It's that time of year again! As usual, we've got you covered with our collection of 2013 gift guides, including incredible ideas on what to pick up for your mom, your beauty-obsessed pal, and the gym-lover in your life.
We'll help you cross off the names on your gift list from now through the end of the year, so make sure to check back for the best picks in tech, fashion, fitness, and more. Also, see all of our holiday planning, tips, tricks, and inspiration as we gear up for the most festive season of the year!
Do you have a fashionable friend who always carefully plans out her gym outfits? Then look no further than this gift guide. We've found a few cute, luxe items made for sweating it out (or for throwing on afterward). Cute gym clothes, bags, accessories — it's all here. Read on for 10 gift ideas for your fashionable fitness friend!
A nutritious diet and regular exercise have helped you reach your weight-loss goal, but you're still trying to get rid of that little extra pooch around your midsection. Here are three things you can do every week to help you achieve a trimmer belly.
Take an honest look at your diet and your bathroom schedule. Your belly might not be caused by fat, but by air trapped in your digestive system. If you're not getting enough fiber (you need 25 to 30 grams a day), constipation can cause bloating. On the other hand, overdoing it on fiber or eating too many gas-producing foods like broccoli, apples, or beans can also make your belly pooch a bit. Thankfully, there are also foods you can eat, like blueberries, that are proven to diminish belly fat, so sip on this flat-belly smoothie made with pineapple and kale.
When Doing Cardio
Studies show that including interval training in your cardio sessions is proven to diminish belly fat. If you find that you normally stick to a consistent pace when running, biking, or swimming, mix it up by adding 10- to 60-second fast-paced or sprinting intervals — here's a 45-minute treadmill workout that does just that. High Intensity Interval Training (aka HIIT) works on the same principle as intervals, where you push to your maximum training for a period of time and follow up with a shorter rest period. Give this type of workout a try with our full-body 10-Minute HIIT Workout.
When Strength Training
Basic crunches can help tone your abs, but they only target certain abdominal muscles. Incorporate full-body exercises like variations of plank or core moves using a ball. Simply balancing on one leg on a Bosu will target your core too.
Pudding made in a blender? You better believe it. Here's a milk-chocolate pudding recipe from chef Matthew Kenny that is raw, easy to make, and full of healthy fats. And it is so very tasty! How does he make this dish so flavorful without dairy, eggs, or cooking? Watch this video to learn his secrets, and then whip up your own batch at home.
Give the gift of love this holiday season by spoiling that special someone with a present that really comes from the heart. From must-have fitness gear to nutrition tools for the kitchen, we've got you covered with over 200 heart-healthy gifts with finds in all price ranges.
With a calendar full of holiday parties in December, it's easy to fall off your healthy wagon — and have a hard time climbing back on board! Who better to talk to about staying on track than The Biggest Loser trainer and fitness guru Jillian Michaels?
Jillian, who recently announced her partnership with Curves that kicks off in 2014, chatted with us about how she strategizes with clients to keep them on track during the holidays.
Don't resign yourself to indulging all month long! Jillian suggests picking "several days to indulge" — instead of the entire month. Plan in advance and know when you'll be taking part in celebratory meals and goodies. Once you have those dates mapped out, Jillian says "be sure to work out that day" so you have the calories to spare on holiday treats. Another holiday tip from the weight-loss guru: bring your own healthy dish to a party. Jillian says "that way you know there will be at least one healthy item to enjoy!"
Jillian's mantra when it comes to special holiday meals? "Moderation is key." If there are certain foods you just can’t omit from your holiday menu, prepare them, but always remember to eat with moderation in mind. We were also surprised to learn that Jillian doesn't believe in the word "cheat." Instead, she says "there are foods that are higher in calories than others, and I consume them in moderation." Jillian allows "20 percent of her daily calories" to come from foods that are less healthy like a sweet treat or the occasional cocktail.
Keep It Clean
While she allows space in her diet for less healthy food, Jillian doesn't take the word "food" lightly. She says that natural sources of sugar and fat are OK in moderation, but "fake sugars, fats, [food dyes], and flavors are never OK. They are not food." She's adamant about steering clear of these "fake foods" because she feels our bodies do not know how to process them, which "not only results in obesity but in disease." Jillian insists to "avoid those foods at all costs!"
The moves in this no-equipment workout have a few things in common: they're basic, functional, and scalable as your level of fitness improves. So while this simple body-weight workout may not seem like much, as you repeat the circuit, you'll learn just how effective it can be. You can time yourself so that as you get better, you can race against your previous times.
Alternating lunges means alternate lunging forward with your right, then left (five times on each side). Check out our tips on how to do a reverse crunch here as well as how to do jumping squats here.
What do yoga cats and muffin tops have in common? Funny you should ask! They make perfect fitness-related gifts for any white elephant exchanges on your calendar this season. For friends who can take a good joke, these 10 finds are ones they'll never forget!
One of a Kind gives one lucky fashion fan the opportunity of a lifetime — the chance to meet their favorite designer and get a custom piece designed just for them! Our winner Ayesha has already met Trina Turk, collaborated on a custom piece, and taken a tour of Trina Turk's gorgeous LA studio, all in preparation for the big moment: the reveal of her one-of-a-kind clothing. Ayesha takes home a lot more than she anticipated . . . watch on to see all of her gorgeous Trina Turk treasures.
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