Are you falling out of love with your love handles? One of the secrets to trimming down the waistline is toning up those obliques. Thanks to the slim and trim Joy Bauer, I learned a new move that left my sides begging for a breather. A bit challenging on the body, it's an easy enough motion to learn and definitely gives the obliques a run for the money, which means your belts and slim fitting dresses will be thanking you.
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In my mind, there may be no better perk for the wealthy than having your very own plane. Aside from coming and going as you please (with a few minor limitations), you can eat better, relax properly, and even fit in a little exercise. I wouldn't be surprised if Madge has a yoga studio on her jetliner. While I can dream of being a yogi in the sky, I'll just settle with a few moves to help keep me fit and flexible in flight. Come check them out and keep them in mind when you take to the clouds this holiday season.
'Tis the season to show off your gams! Sure Summer is when we bare the most skin, but holiday soirees often mean dressing up and shimmying on a pair of stockings and heels. If you want to do some quick toning and defining, you can trust a few hardy sets of calf raises to help you out. The simple leg lifts are easy enough to do just about anywhere and will have you feeling (and looking!) sexy and svelte. And, in addition to the aesthetic benefits, they'll help get you ready for all those much-anticipated Winter sports.
A basic move, you will want to begin with your feet about four to five inches apart with toes aimed directly in front of you. Take two counts to lift your heels up in a steady motion. Lower down in two counts and repeat. A quick exercise, it's almost too easy to get carried away and do too many in one set; be careful to not overdue it as you may be too sore to walk the next day. Work your way up to higher counts by starting with 30 lifts. When you get comfortable, you can add on to your tally and even try different variations.
You may not love doing the leg lift exercises yet, but if you read up on some easy places to squeeze them in, you might find yourself addicted to them. Come check them out!
I never turn down an invitation to a holiday party. Too often, it's the same for the food, cocktails, and treats that often accompany them. To make sure I'm snacking smart at the soirees' snack stands, I've checked out two popular items that tend to find their ways onto many a hostess's serving tray — olives and almonds.
In her new fitness video, Joy Bauer, nutritional expert of NBC's Today Show and former gymnast, shows how easy it is to stay trim with two simple 20-minute cardio workouts. But it's not just her; she's teamed up with professional trainer Lisa Wheeler. The tall, svelte blonde essentially leads Joy in the routines. I'm not quite sure why she didn't make the cover since she does much of the directing, but it's a good thing she's there as she's much more than an inspiring figure. Lisa helps show the modified versions of exercises and points out Joy's perfect form, which makes you check your own along the way. To keep the viewer engaged, Joy sprinkles in her tidbits of wisdom and pointers. She also makes you feel normal when she says, "Don't feel bad if you can't do this, guys!" as she wobbles herself.
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Are you a hup, two kind of gal? Ladies who like to take their exercise to the extreme levels often enjoy a round of boot camp every now and then — or even every day. Then there are others who would like to participate in such a class but don't have the time or confidence for such endeavors. If you'd like to get out there and give it a test run before committing to such a dutiful ritual, you can set up your own version of boot camp to gear yourself up for the real deal.My brother-in-law, a half Ironman triathlete, marathon runner, athlete to boot, also participates in a boot camp where he leads the group in their sunrise ritual. Here are a few exercises and pointers he likes to employ among his "troops."
- Start in a kneeling position on the ground and jump up to your feet. Then, jump in the air and bring your knees to your chest. Do this 10 times.
- Time for sprints! Do one 100-meter sprint followed up by one 200-meter sprint and then one 400-meter sprint. This is easiest if done on a track as it's already measured out for you.
- You'll need a partner for this exercise: One person does 50 full sit-ups (not crunches) while the other plants her hands on the feet and steadies herself in a plank position. Switch positions and repeat.
- Do 50 push-ups. If you must, do them on your knees and try not to take rest breaks.
- Finally, gear up by marching high knees for 30 seconds. Back it up with butt kicks on the way back.
Do this whole routine three times with water breaks in between.
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Want sexy legs and a tight tush? Get going on the lunges. A simple "no equipment necessary" kind of exercise, these can truly be done anywhere, anytime. It may look a little odd if you start doing them in the middle of a meeting with your boss, but there are some other unusual places that actually make sense. Come check them out.
So tell me, what's your favorite piece of equipment at the gym?
The next time you're sounding a bit like a drunk mouse, give my citrus trick a go and let us know how it works out for you!
If you haven't seen them yet, you must not be looking too hard — the triple flavored popcorn tins are already popping up at shopping malls, pharmacies, and grocery stores just in time for the gorge holiday season. Growing up, they were always a big holiday hit in my house. My grandma ate the cheddar, my mom ate the buttered, and I gobbled up the caramel. Now it seems the cycle has shifted as I'm drawn to the buttered, my daughter to the caramel, and my mom to the cheese. Now if they were all equally healthy, I wouldn't care much who ate what. Since they're not, I'm paying more attention and figuring out which one is better for trimming fat while I trim the tree.
Gym rats gather 'round. If you are a dedicated member at your local sweat stop, you should be able to recognize these machines with no trouble at all. Come take this quiz and see if you know the monikers for these sweat-inducing apparatuses.
I've never been a "hit the ground" running kind of girl. It's not that I sleep in late or shutter at the sunlight; I just like to lay in bed and enjoy the warmth of my cozy down comforter before allowing my toes to touch the floor. With the chillier shorter days playing into my lazy hand, I've started doing some morning stretches right under my covers that are almost having me hopping out of the sheets and into my jogging shoes. Come check out the simple moves you can do to get your morning started.
If you didn't take advantage of Black Friday and there's not a good enough deal for you on Cyber Monday, there's still hope for you. There are countless deals to be had before Uncle Bob arrives and all the unwrapping commences. If you've got a sports nut in the family or are looking for deals for yourself, check out these gym-friendly items that are red-lined just in time for the holiday season. You may even get lucky enough to get free shipping and gift wrapping, too!
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Pancake, flat, saggy, and plentiful are a few words often used to describe a derriere in need. But taut, perky, and firm would be preferable when talking about your own. If you are hoping to tighten up your tush, try out these yoga moves. You'll notice the lift after just a few weeks.
Warrior 3 is a great pose for toning the back side. The glute muscles lift that leg up and hold it so it remains parallel to the floor. You will use the glute meds, muscles on the side of the pelvis, to stabilize you too — that's the beauty of one-legged poses. Start the slideshow to see five more booty-ful poses.
- Wash hands frequently and/or carry hand sanitizer.
- Carry extra ziplock bags in case of emergency. They are helpful for collecting trash and can help prevent leaks in your bag.
- Buy water or refill an empty bottle at the airport to stay hydrated in flight.
- Pack extra healthy snacks so you don't load up on cheesy crackers and cookies.
- Bring a small medicine bottle of basic items — aspirin, stomach soothers, gas relievers, and lip balm are some common essentials that can come in handy.
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I know dogs are supposed to be man's best friend, but I'm starting to think my iPhone is. I may not be able to cuddle up to its warm furry coat, but it keeps me in touch with my friends and family, provides the soundtrack to my life, and even acts as a personal trainer. Who needs a Jillian or Jackie when you've got an app that will count your calories for you, introduce a new yoga routine to you, and cheer you along on your jog? If you're looking for some apps to get you motivated or jump-start a new routine, check these five out and get sweating!
Step away from the remote — or at least that's what I'm trying to do. My non-television watching friends continue to espouse the benefits of their Fox-, NBC-, and CNN-free lives and I can't much argue against them. These days it is nearly impossible to steer clear from televisions; restaurants, airports, places of work, and gyms cater to our 24/7 news cycle obsessed society, but there are other ways to get the news and keep from becoming a couch potato. Here are some good reasons you should consider hitting the "Off" switch:
- You may actually finish that book you've been reading for the last few months.
- Heavy television watchers are more likely to become obese.
- You can make that long awaited phone call to an old friend or friends.
- If you sit too close to a television, you may get a headache. Probably not going to happen if you sit too close to the ocean.
- Does watching Snooki suck face compare to the high you get after going on a hike?
When it comes to Thanksgiving, it's like a war of the pies. Be it apple, pumpkin, cherry, or pecan pie, there's bound to be some sort of competition between the sweets. If my taste buds could have their druthers, we'd dive right into the pecan pie and never look back. Unfortunately for my senses, yet fortunately for my skinny jeans, my willpower is better than that. While no pie is truly a good choice, some are better than others.
In the true autumnal spirit, I chose the two pies most commonly associated with a Thanksgiving supper and compared them side by side. Come check out the nutritional breakdown and tell me what you would choose!
In my little utopia, I'd have a little sunny yoga deck off my bedroom where a personal yoga instructor would help me with my practice in privacy. Sadly that is not my reality, but I have found a pretty darn good substitute. It may not provide the sunshine, but YogaGlo does just about everything else.Branded as "everyone's yoga," YogaGlo offers something for everyone — without all the boredom that some find in DVDs. For $18 a month, which is about the going rate for one studio class, subscribers can pick from over 600 classes. Unlike my local gym, which only offers a few versions of 55-minute classes, YogaGlo serves up sessions for folks who have five minutes, 15 minutes, 45 minutes, or 210 minutes. And it's not just basic yoga. Anusara, Hatha, Kundalini, and Yin are just a few of the versions offered at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.