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Tone your tush and your inner thighs with one swift move. Standing with your legs wide in a second-position stance works your backside as it supports you, and your inner thighs work as you rotate your legs open. Try this exercise in your living room or the weight room at the gym where you can use a mirror to check your posture.
Note: all of these movements are so minute that you will hardly be able to see them. They are small yet effective, and you will definitely feel the burn when doing them correctly. The tinier the action, the more controlled and successful it is.
- Start in second position, with your legs opened wide to the sides and your toes turned slightly outward. Placing your hands on your hips, bend your knees, going as low as you can. Make sure your shoulders remain directly over your hips and your back stays in a straight vertical line. Use the mirror to monitor your posture. Do make sure to keep your heels directly below your knees to avoid harming the joint.
- While holding second position, in a pulsing fashion lower and raise your hips one inch for 10 to 15 reps.
- Stay at your lowest point and reverse the emphasis of the pulse and begin to lift your hips up one inch in a very tiny range of motion for 10 to 15 reps.
- Extend your arms straight out in front of you with your palms facing down and hold this position for 20 counts.
- Bonus burn: keeping your arms out in front of your body, pulse your knees backward — the movement is small. If you find that it is too hard to press your knees back slightly, bring your toes forward until they are almost parallel, for if your feet are too far turned out, you won't be able to rotate your thighs in the hip sockets. Do this 10 to 15 times.
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If you aren't familiar with lentils, then you should start working them into your cooking repertoire. They keep you full, provide a bunch of health benefits, and take about zero minutes to cook! The red and orange varieties are the quickest-cooking lentils, so they're the best ones for beginners to buy. If you're new to lentils or need to get dinner on the table ASAP, then try one of these three quick and easy recipes.
Lentil soup: This 15-minute lentil soup recipe from Martha Stewart is quick without sacrificing the flavor. The trick to the short timespan is to use precooked canned lentils. Start by cooking the vegetables in broth and adding lentils in the pot to warm.
Lentil curry: For a spicier lentil dish to serve over rice, try this red lentil curry recipe. Although it takes an average of 30 minutes to cook, most of that time is allowing the lentils to cook themselves. Need a quicker option? Try this easy recipe we found on SparkPeople. It only involves four ingredients, excluding the water, and can also be served over rice or on its own!
Cherry lentil salad: Lentils don't always have to be eaten hot. Here's a protein-rich yet light lentil salad recipe from Whole Foods. It involves pitted cherries, onions, and, of course, lentils. The recipe calls for green lentils, but you can opt for red if you need to speed up the process or happen to already have them in your cupboard.
We're in the final push of the holiday season, but there is still some celebrating to do — a few champagne toasts included! That being said, ring in 2013 on a healthy note with Giada De Laurentiis's favorite healthy indulgence: fruit-filled Bellinis. In an exclusive POPSUGAR interview, Laurentiis shared a few tips and tricks on how to enjoy this tasty treat during the most tempting time of the year.
The champagne- and fruit-filled Bellini, unlike most sugary cocktails, is a low-calorie option (only 78 calories per four-ounce serving), while fruit is filled with fiber and antioxidants. You can have the best of both worlds by blending a bag of frozen fruit with two tablespoons of sugar in a food processor, then adding a spoonful or two to a flute of champagne. If you are hosting guests, then consider making a Bellini bar with a a variety of fruit purees. Giada recommends raspberry, blueberry, and the classic mango. Finish off your party with light appetizers that aren't bread-heavy, like this spicy chipotle hummus dip served with veggies. Cheers!
The new year is almost here, so now's the time to start thinking not only about what your New Year's resolutions will be, but also about just how you're going to make sure you stick to them as the weeks go on. Here are some tips on how to plan ahead so you can stick with your fitness goals well beyond January!