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Side Plank is a challenging pose that helps you build a strong core and tone the sides of the body. If you always cringe when this pose gets called out by your yoga teacher, it's time to revisit the basics. Take a deep breath and read these tips to build a stronger pose instantly.
Draw a straight line: Proper arm alignment is key if you want to rock this pose. Your palm should be planted on the center of your mat, directly below your chest. Once you press up into Side Plank, lengthen your free arm out toward the ceiling. Imagine drawing a straight line across your chest from your hand on the ground to your hand in the sky.
Inner thigh to ceiling: While the arms are important, it's not a good idea to rely entirely on your upper body. It's integral to engage strong legs in order to get the most of this pose. A great tip I love? Try to push your inner thighs to the ceilings. This tiny shift in your perspective will help get the legs working hard and make the pose far easier on your upper body.
Keep reading for one more Side Plank tip.
With hectic schedules, sometimes eking out a 20-minute workout is the best we can do during the week (good thing there's no shortage of short-but-effective total-body workouts to do!). Even if you count exercise more as a hobby than a necessity, everyday errands and to-do list necessities can put a limit on time.
Weekends, however, are perfect for longer workout sessions. Whether it's a crisp Fall hike or a cycling trip out of town, time off is made for being active while having fun. So tell us, do you exercise longer on the weekends?
We are pumped to share one of our fave stories from Shape here on FitSugar.
With marathon season almost at its height, many runners are putting in those final long runs, tapering, and setting their sights on the finish line. And while the miles matter, what you put (or don't put) in your belly can be just as important.
Whether you're running your first 26.2 or are looking to take home a PR, Susan Kleiner, Ph.D., R.D., bestselling author of numerous books including Power Eating, has advice to help your marathon be your best.
1. Let thirst be your guide.
According to Kleiner, nothing beats the impact of hydration on performance. She recommends drinking a sports drink with electrolytes to replace fluids.
"If you are racing just to participate and finish, then drink when you are thirsty throughout the event," she says. "If you are racing to win or achieve your personal record, then have a structured fluid replacement plan during the race and be sure to stick with it."
See more tips for eating on marathon day after the break!
If you are what you eat, then why not be super? Here are five superfoods, loaded with nutritional benefits, that are in season now. Unlike gogi berries and acai, these fruits and veggies are not exotic, and you should have no problems finding them in the produce aisle of your neighborhood grocery store or local farmers market. Take a look to see why you should be putting these seasonal delights in your grocery basket and what to do with these fruits and veggies once you get them home.
Indoor cycling is all the rage these days, especially with rainy days and cooler temps. And we know that setting up a stationary bike can be intimidating. Since the proper fit makes the workout so much better — and prevents injury — we tapped endurance rider Audry Adler to give us the skinny on adjusting a bike. Watch and learn! Then head to cardio cycling early to set up your bike just right and then get your sweat on.
Halloween is only a few days away, but we've got a cocktail to help start the celebration early! Using Fall ingredients like ginger, nutmeg, and antioxidant-rich pumpkin, this cocktail is definitely a treat to get you in a festive Halloween mood. Best of all, it's not weighed down with sugary juices or refined sugars; since pumpkin is naturally sweet on its own, the drink only needs a touch of agave nectar to round it out.
Learn how to make this pumpkin cocktail after the break!
'Tis the season for turkey, pie, and biscuits. If you want to get an early start before you cook your bird, here is a cranberry sauce that puts a new spin on the traditional recipe. Adding pomegranate juice as well as the seeds gives this traditional recipe an extra flavor burst and loads it with antioxidants. Make it now to use on everything from breakfast pancakes to the classic Turkey Day.
See the recipe after the break!