Full T Push-UpBy Hagar Scher; Photographs by Chris Fanning
Sculpt sexy arms and a firmer chest with these 9 push-up variations from Todd Durkin, owner of Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego.
1. Full T Push-Up
Targets shoulders, chest, arms, abs, obliques, thighs
Begin in full push-up position -- wrists below shoulders, legs extended, toes tucked under, abs engaged. Lift your right arm toward the ceiling, rotating entire body to right; keep hips and legs stacked. Hold for 2 counts, then return to start. Do one push-up; repeat on left side. Do 10 reps per side.
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Dive-Bomber Push-Up2. Dive-Bomber Push-Up
Targets shoulders, chest, arms, abs, back, hamstrings
Start in downward-facing dog -- hands slightly more than shoulder-width apart, hips lifted, heels reaching down. Glide chest forward and through arms, bringing it down between your hands and arching back toward ceiling; hover hips 2 to 3 inches off floor. Reverse, pressing into hands and bringing hips back up. Do 10 reps.
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Enjoy your Easter splurges, guilt-free, with these smart moves to burn off the calories.
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5 Peeps (160 calories)
It's not Easter without these chewy chicks!
Burn It Off This Way: Hopscotch!
"Turn a traditional Easter egg hunt into an inferno for those unwanted calories," says Dallas Mitchell, a fitness coach for Sola Life and Fitness, also at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. "Hopping burns 20 calories per minute." Whether you play hopscotch with your kids or do jumping jacks, in 10 to 15 minutes those Peeps will be history.
Note: The calories burned are estimates. What you burn depends on your height, weight, and the vigor in your workout.Courtesy of Hersheys'Peanut Butter Egg (1.2 ounce, 170 calories)
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Whether you work up a sweat in the morning or evening, chances are you grab a little bite before you hit the gym. A snack before you work out helps give you energy and stamina to go the distance. But did you know that eating a snack after you work out is even more important? "You want to make sure you feed your body to help repair muscle tissues and replenish glycogen stores [which are depleted after a strenuous workout]," says Kristin Reisinger, MS, RD, a sports nutritionist and competitive figure athlete based in New Jersey. Here, six top snacks to fuel your body post workout (Reisinger recommends chasing each of these snacks with 8-12 ounces of water).
Protein Shake with Banana
"After a workout, you want ample protein combined with a carbohydrate," says Reisinger. A protein shake made from whey protein, water, and half a banana is a great choice, since your body quickly turns it into energy.
Recommended Serving Size: 2 scoops of whey protein powder
Cable TowerBy Liz NeporentRead More »from The 5 Best Gym Machines for Women
Make yourself a regular on this equipment and you'll speed up your metabolism while sculpting sexy muscles.
How It Works
Begin by doing one set on each machine, using a weight you can lift between 8 and 15 times. If you can breeze through all the repetitions, go slightly heavier; if you're shaking after the first few reps, lower the amount of weight. Take a 30-second break (no more!) between each exercise to give your body adequate time to recover. Aim to do the workout two or three times a week. After two weeks, do two sets on each machine; after one month, challenge yourself. Promise: no bulky muscles.
• You can bump up your metabolism by nearly 20 percent for at least two hours after your workout.
• Studies show that circuit training twice a week may lower blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health.
• It'll put you in a better mood. One recent study found that women who regularly lifted weights felt healthier and had a more positive body image.
Haley DidlerAs told to Leslie GoldmanRead More »from Body Proud: "What We Love About Our Bodies"
A broad back, a big butt, chiseled arms -- embrace your strongest asset. Here four women reveal what they love most about their physique.
My Strong Abs
"Taking care of 200 horses keeps my abs flat and strong. No gym workout gives me the same satisfaction -- or results."-- Haley Didier, 24, assistant ranch manager
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Haley Didier, 24, assistant ranch manager, Fort Collins, Colorado
A typical day has me stacking and loading up to 30 bales of hay, cleaning animal pens, and hoisting massive garage doors. My abs are the first muscles I call on for every task: When riding a quarter horse at full speed across the prairie as I round up mares, I need to keep my core contracted and my back straight to maintain my balance and follow the horse's motion. Animals can sense when you're in control. If I were wobbling around with a weak center of gravity, the horses wouldn't have any confidence in me and might even try to buck me.
Before this job, I
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It's easy to be green these days. Just make sure you add the springy shade to your plate, as well. From fruits to veggies and more these superfoods are stocked with perks for your health and weight.
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This leaf is quickly rising in popularity, and for good reason. "Kale is a nutritional powerhouse with tons of cancer-fighting properties, as well as 3g of fiber and 4g of protein per two-cup serving," says Rachel Beller, RD, founder of the Beller Institute and nutritionist for The Biggest Loser season 13. Add on to its résumé an exceptional source of health-boosting chlorophyll, calcium, iron, and vitamins A and C and it's clear this veggie is here to stay. It's also versatile, says Amy Chaplin, vegetarian chef and author of the blog Coconut & Quinoa. "I love it raw in salads, steamed, marinated, baked into chips, sautéed, or blended into soups."
Don't let the size fool you. Peas are often overlooked as a source of nutrition,
Amy Postle/Fitness MagazineBy Peg RosenThat "helpful" advice you hear at the gym may actually hurt you. We'll help you distinguish the truth from the B.S.
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"Heat and vigorous exercise help you sweat out toxins."
You aren't likely to purify your body of much of anything by sweating, whether in a hot yoga class or sizzling sauna, because all that's in perspiration is water, salt, and a smattering of electrolytes, according to Rachel Vreeman, MD, author of Don't Cross Your Eyes...They'll Get Stuck That Way! "Sweat glands sit in the skin and aren't connected to other systems in the body, so it makes no sense that they would eliminate waste," she says. "The only role of perspiration is to keep us cool." The body does a pretty good job of getting rid of what it doesn't need, largely through the liver, kidneys, and digestive tract. There's nothing special you have to do to help, other than eat well, stay hydrated, and keep fit so those organs can functionRead More »from 6 Health Lies Trainers Tell You
The Chili PepperBy Kristen Wolfe BielerRead More »from Eat Right for Your Body Type
Fat is like real estate: It's all about location. Whether you're an apple (round in the middle), a pear (bigger on the bottom), or a chili pepper (narrow all over), losing weight is not one size fits all. "Your body type is the key to figuring out the best diet and exercise program," says Marie Savard, MD, an ABC News medical contributor. Find your shape along with the eating plan that will help you make the most of it.
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The Chili Pepper
Chili peppers have a narrow shape with no real difference between the size of their hips, waists, and shoulders. When peppers gain weight, it's usually around the middle, putting them at an increased risk for heart disease and diabetes, Dr. Savard says.
The Chili Pepper Diet
This plan is about eating for health. "Peppers do well on a diet that incorporates healthy fats, which may decrease the risk of cardiovascular problems," says Neva Cochran, RD, a dietitian and nutrition
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Laura Doss/Fitness MagazineYour mind and spirit may be the most overlooked-and under appreciated-components of your well-being. But research has shown that nourishing them not only lowers stress, lifts mood and improves relationships but can also protect your health. "Mind, body and spirit are interdependent, so if you take care of your spirit, your body and mind will reap the rewards," says Linda Sapadin, Ph.D., a psychologist and author of It's About Time! The Six Styles of Procrastination (Penguin, 1997). "And if you nurture your body, your mind and spirit."Read More »from 11 Mind, Body, Spirit Mistakes You Might Be Making
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1. You stay indoors all day
Lack of sunlight, even during summer, can leave you lethargic and depressed. Just 20 minutes is enough to brighten your outlook, so if you work inside, take a brisk walk outside at lunch.
2. You've banned chocolate.
"Chocolate stimulates mood-enhancing brain chemicals like serotonin," says Debra Waterhouse, author of Why Women Need Chocolate (Hyperion, 1995). The amount in
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Kara GoucherBy Sara WellsRead More »from Eat like an Olympian: Diet Tips from Marathoner Kara Goucher
Elite runner Kara Goucher has worked with a number of sports nutritionists, but these days she's more of DIY-type when it comes to making sure she's fueling properly for her intense twice-daily runs and workouts. "Everybody is different, so the key is discovering what works best for you," she explained. "For me, that took some trial and error, but I think I finally figured it out." Here, her top strategies for eating right -- whether you're running, racing, or hitting the gym after work.
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1. Change your view: "After I finished the Boston Marathon [in 2009], a reporter asked if I was going to eat whatever I wanted for the rest of the week. The truth is, I eat what I want every day, so this week won't really be any different. I love food, but I don't look at it as a reward for a hard workout; it's fuel to help me run harder and recover faster."
2. Find what works: "When I worked with the nutritionist before the New York Marathon she had