This week, a few of our favorite actresses opted for high-intensity workouts while others took the more mind-body approach to their fitness routines. Vanessa Hudgens hit up a Pilates class with her sister, Reese Witherspoon spent some time in Downward Dog, and one talented actress even went on a hike with her betrothed. Click through to see how the stars stayed in shape all week long.
The 2013 Emmys are right around the corner, but before the awards are passed out on September 22nd, we're giving you a chance to predict the winners. The television enthusiast who makes the most correct guesses can win $1,000 and an iPad!
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Keep your fingers crossed on Sept. 22nd, because if you predict the highest number of Emmy winners, then you could be the lucky winner of $1,000 and an iPad!
This week on POPSUGAR Girls' Guide, we shared a killer Banana Boat S'mores recipe on Just Add Sugar with Brandi Milloy (picture it: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, marshmallows, bananas). We also revealed more footage from Top That! host Becca Frucht's interview with Lil Bub, including a spot-on impersonation of the celebrity feline by cohost Tyler Oakley. Allison McNamara shared an all-new episode of Designer DIY, walking us through how to make on-trend ombré canvas shoes. Finally, this week's Top That! lightning round uncovered which celebrities went to high school together. As always, let us know what you think, and click that subscribe button below for more great videos!
As the weather cools down, keep those thighs looking bikini-ready under your favorite pair of jeans with this move simple yet effective move you can do anywhere. This exercise will tone your upper legs, making them appear slimmer, while also giving you power when sprinting up hills on foot or on your bike.
- Sit with your legs extended in front of you. Bend your right knee and clasp your shin with both hands.
- Flex your left foot and lift it a few inches above the ground. Sweep it away from your body to the left (as shown above). Hold here for three seconds. Then return your leg back to center and hold for another three seconds. This counts as one rep.
- Keep your deep abs engaged by pulling your navel to your spine, complete three sets of 12 to 15 reps with each leg.
The gift of a bloated belly isn't only reserved for women during that time of the month. Sometimes it's the foods we eat that can cause that full, gassy feeling. Here's a list of foods that may be contributing to your balloon-like belly, so you may want to think about limiting or avoiding them.
- Dairy products: Lactose intolerance can range from mild to severe, but either way, gas is usually a symptom. Try limiting the amount of milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream you eat, and see if that helps. If it does, you don't have to ditch dairy altogether. Drink lactose-free milk, or take Lactaid pills to help your body digest milk products.
- Apples and pears: These fruits contain about five grams of fiber each, so they're an excellent source of soluble fiber, but they can also wreak havoc on sensitive tummies. Don't avoid them entirely, though. Eating half or a quarter of these fruits, or peeling them first, will allow you to enjoy their flavor without paying the price.
- Beans: This magical fruit contains oligosaccharide, a type of sugar which is not normally digestible by our bodies. When this sugar reaches your large intestine, the bacteria go to town eating it up, and the gas you produce is an unfortunate byproduct. Eat small amounts of beans along with easily digestible whole grains such as rice or quinoa to help your body get used to them.
- Broccoli, cabbage, and asparagus: These highly nutritious veggies are often avoided because of the odoriferous outcome. The reason these veggies cause gas is due to raffinose. This sugar goes undigested until it reaches the large intestine, where it's fermented by methane-producing bacteria. Unfortunately, there's nothing you can do to cut down on the gas they produce, but eating them in moderation and with other foods should help prevent a bloated belly afterward.
- Fatty foods: Fat slows down digestion, giving food more time to ferment. It also increases the sensation of fullness.
- Salty foods: Sodium may not cause gas, but it definitely makes you retain water. Cut back on the salt you add to foods, and be a label reader to make sure you're not exceeding 2,300 mg a day.
- Gum and hard candy: When you chew or suck on these, you end up swallowing more often, which means you're probably swallowing more air. Also, ones that contain artificial sweeteners can also lead to GI issues.
- Carbonated beverages: Bubbly drinks such as soda and beer release carbon dioxide, which can translate to bloat.
If you're still feeling bloated, try this detoxing yoga sequence.
While road tripping is always a good time, finding suitable snacks while traveling can be a chore. All that processed food can make your time behind the wheel lead to a little weight gain. One simple way to avoid an expansion of your waistline is to pack your own snacks when you hit the road. Here are eight 150-calorie snack-pack ideas perfect for any long car trip or flight. Just assemble your snack, bag it, and then pack it in your purse or carry-on. Not only will you save some calories, but also, you'll save some dough.
Running up and down a stairwell is a great workout, but it can get stale quickly. Stair exercises can shake up the boredom while also challenging the lower body even more. Additionally, it's also a no-excuse workout — all you have to do is show up! Whether it's at your local park, office, or apartment building, we are pretty certain there is a stairwell near you. Learn these five easy moves, and get ready to make the most of your next excursion to the park!
Weekends; for many of us they're the only time to fit in a workout and break a sweat. If you don't have a gym membership or are looking for some fresh ideas to mix up your routine this Saturday and Sunday, we have a (printable) solution. These two workouts are long enough for a good sweat but not too long, so you can enjoy other things — like brunch or game day!