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I spent a good portion of the year sweating it out in my living room, (upsetting my downstairs neighbors) testing the hottest DVDs on the market. Here are the five standouts from 2013 that have earned a permanent space in my home workout collection.
Tracy Anderson Dance + Cardio
The reason celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Shakira, and Kirsten Dunst are hooked to the Tracy Anderson Method? The program delivers real results. Even if you can't attend class at her Brentwood studio, bring Tracy to your living room in her Tracy Anderson: Dance + Cardio DVD ($15). Tracy "performs" solo, offering two 30-minute dance routines that tone your entire body and get your heart pumping. For those self-proclaimed as having two left feet, this DVD is doable but will definitely keep you on your toes. If you're really concerned about keeping up, invest in Tracy's Method for Beginners DVD ($15) that makes sure you have every move mastered.
The Biggest Loser: Six-Week Cardio Crush
There are so many reasons I'm a fan of The Biggest Loser: 6-Week Cardio Crush DVD ($15) — OK, I'll be frank, Bob and Dolvett are two big reasons I love this pick. Effective and fast-paced, this six-week program offers three engaging workouts that build in intensity, plus a warmup and cooldown program to make sure your muscles get all the attention they deserve. Anyone who's a fan of The Biggest Loser — or is looking to transform their body in 2014 — will benefit from this DVD.
Sexy Abs Cardio Sculpt
Jeanette Jenkins is one of our favorite celebrity trainers, and we've been loving her new DVD Sexy Abs Cardio Sculpt ($10, originally $20). Featuring The X Factor judge Kelly Rowland, this 60-minute workout DVD combines different fitness methods like kickboxing, weight training, yoga, and even ballet, with Jeanette's signature moves that whip her clients into shape. For more info, check out our interview with Jeanette and Kelly where they discuss this project and share great healthy tips!
Doonya Bollywood Workout
This year, Bollywood-style dance workouts caught on for good reason, and The Doonya Bollywood Workout ($33 for three DVDs) is one of the most fun series I've worked out with to date. The Doonya Workout is a three-part series consisting of: separate beginner breakdown; cardio dance and conditioning; and abs, glutes, and cardio DVDs. Quality instruction keeps you connected to your workout from start to finish, and the two Doonya instructors, Kajal and Priya, serve as the perfect ambassadors for this high-energy cardio craze. Their infectious smiles and positive energy transcend the screen, helping you stay motivated as you feel the serious burn.
Jillian Michaels Yoga Inferno
Jillian Michaels promises, and certainly delivers, two intense workouts in her most recent offering of 2013: Jillian Michaels Yoga Inferno ($15). Yoga and Jillian seem like incongruent concepts, but surprisingly, the Jillian Michaels brand of no-nonsense motivation translates well to these two challenging and creative 30-minute sequences. This DVD somehow manages to toe the line in order to find that perfect sweet spot for an effective and quick yoga-inspired workout that mixes things up.
Don't feel sorry for beans. They may be known mostly for their unpleasant side effect when eaten, but beans are actually nutritious little gems. If you follow these tips, you can eat beans without the bloat, which means you can reap these weight-loss benefits. Here are three reasons to plate-up with beans.
While the fiber content of beans helps keep things moving, it also gives you that "I'm full" feeling. Satiating your hunger is the key to preventing overeating and consuming too many calories for the day. But you don't just need to eat a plate of plain beans; in fact, you can add beans to smoothies — you won't be able to taste them at all — throw them in your scrambled eggs, add them to soups, pasta dishes, or homemade pizza.
Beans aren't just for vegetarians. Omnivores can soak up bean protein as well. High-protein beans help keep energy and blood-sugar levels stable, which helps prevent cravings for sugary pick-me-ups that tend to be high in calories and void of nutrition. Since a couple hours between meals tends to be common crash times, including beans for breakfast and lunch will keep you peppy until your next meal. Whip up a sweet potato, chickpea, and quinoa veggie burger, a plate of polenta with beans, or a satisfying bowl of cumin-spiced lentils with quinoa.
When trying to beat the scale, you need to make sure that you're eating quality foods low in calories and high in nutrition. Beans make perfect snacks too, so look beyond the typical carrot sticks and hummus pick-me-up (but do try this black bean hummus). You can snack on honey-roasted cinnamon chickpeas, veggies with creamy white-bean dip, or these delicious edamame pear crostinis. You can also enjoy a low-cal dessert with fortified with beans, like these peanut butter oatmeal raisin cookies or black bean brownies.
We've all got someone (or two or three . . .) on our gift list who rocks to their own special beat. So this holiday season, treat them to something spectacular that's easy on the eyes, music to their ears, and perfectly in tune with their personal sense of style.
Not only do Beats Solo HD headphones deliver the superior sound Beats by Dr. Dre products are famous for, but they also look as good as they sound — drenched in colors that are red like a heart, teal like Miami, white like snow, and lots more.
Just because running isn't a gear-heavy sport, doesn't mean the runner in your life won't appreciate a few gifts to inspire her training, lift her spirits when the going gets tough, and celebrate her big finishes. Here are some great ideas for the women on the run in your life.
— Additional reporting by Leta Shy
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Grab a set of five-pound dumbbells and take five minutes to sculpt some seriously sexy arms! This quickie workout, created by celebrity trainer Astrid McGuire, will burn out your biceps and triceps and prep your arms for the little black dress.
Just when you think you've gotten your hands on the best fitness gear or health food of the year, another tempting one comes along. Instead of trying them all, we did the work for you! Throughout 2013, we tested the best of the best, from shoes to sunscreen to snacks. Check out our top picks, and buy them for yourself now, or give them as gifts this holiday season. They'll be just as noteworthy in 2014; they're that good.
If you have a long holiday list to tackle, we're here to help you score the perfect find — without breaking the bank. We've rounded up 25 gifts, with selections for the runner, yogi, cyclist, and overall fitness freak. Your wallet will appreciate that all these finds are under $25.