Fitness aficionados flock to these specialized classes because they really work. We tested the hottest offerings to find the seven so good that you'll never go back to your regular old elliptical routine. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.
In an ideal world, we'd do cardio one day, weights the next, and alternate the muscles we worked for optimal fitness. In the real world, devoting that much time to exercise is virtually impossible. Enter SLT (Strengthen, Lengthen, Tone) 30/30, sometimes referred to as "Pilates on crack." For 30 minutes, you'll perform lunges, squats, planks, bicep curls, and more on a Megareformer, a highly-evolved version of the a Pilates reformer featuring additional springs, straps, cords and handlebars. A half-hour, fast paced, yoga-flow practice follows. The lingering soreness in our inner-thighs, glutes, and upper abdominals is a testament to the class' immediate effects. Although SLT is currently only in New York City, studios throughout the country use similar
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Fitness aficionados flock to these specialized classes because they really work. We tested the hottest offerings to find the seven so good that you'll never go back to your regular old elliptical routine. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.Read More »from The 7 Best New Boutique Workouts
The trend is definitely buzzy, but is it healthy? Yes, if you do it right. Please don't spend your hard-earned cash on a juice diet until you read this. By Betsy Stephens, REDBOOK.
Celebs pony up $10 for one produce-packed juice blend--and now Starbucks is bringing juicing to the rest of us with its new Evolution Fresh stores. We got to the bottom of the liquid diet mania:
To juice or to blend? If you're new to the lingo, here's a tip: Smoothies and juices are very different animals. A smoothie serves up whole fruits and vegetables, pulverized and sucked through a straw. Juice is made by separating the liquid and most of the nutrients from the pulp, which is then tossed. Die-hard juicers say getting rid of the pulp speeds vitamin delivery to your body, but "there's no evidence to support that claim," says Melina Jampolis, M.D., an internist specializing in nutrition. Plus, pulp has cancer-fighting, weight-maintaining fiber. Her opinion: Fresh juice can be great, but a pureRead More »from The Truth About Juice Cleanses
Don't beat yourself up for never hitting the gym - these moves from Jennifer Cohen, health and fitness expert and author of No Gym Required, will have you feeling tight and toned all before you sit down to work. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.Read More »from 10 Ways to Fit in a Workout Before 10 A.M
When you wake up, immediately hit the floor and do 10 pushups. "As you get stronger, add an extra two pushups each week," says Cohen. As you increase the amount of reps, you'll spot a real difference in your upper arms. Looking good!
For a high-protein breakfast, microwave eggs for two minutes. Fit in cardio by doing 20 jumping jacks, 20 squats, 20 front lunges, and 20 tricep dips on your kitchen chair before the buzzer goes off.
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When you're brushing your teeth, alternate between calf raises and squeezing your butt muscles for toning every other day.
Squeeze in 50 crunches before you get dressed. "It's great to do abdominal exercises before you put on your
If you're wild for The Hunger Games and obsessed with Twilight, pick up this batch of young adult novels that will have you turning pages as quickly as your children. Family book club, anyone? By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.
If you like fairytales, try Between the Lines
What better to read with your daughter than a book co-written by a mother-daughter team? A collaboration between Jodi Picoult, the bestselling author of My Sister's Keeper, and Samantha Van Leer, her 16-year-old daughter, this modern-day fairytale follows bookish Delilah, a 13-year-old loner so obsessed with a children's fairytale she actually wants to live in it. The fairytale's hero, Oliver, on the other hand, wishes to escape its pages. The two develop a romance across two worlds, leaving the characters - and us - to wonder how we separate reality and fantasy.
Best for: Ages 12+
If you liked The Hunger Games, try Crewel
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In need of your daily cuteness fix? We crowdsourced the most amazing pet tales on Redbook's Facebook page and we have to say, they're not only pretty awe-inspiring, but aww-inspiring, too. Get ready to click "share." By Kayla Miller, REDBOOK.Read More »from Families' Most Inspiring Pet Tales
Retriever to the Rescue
"Last summer, I was pet sitting for my sister's Black Lab, Millie. On our leisurely evening walk, I stepped off the curb and broke and dislocated my ankle. I actually had to crawl back into the house, and Millie immediately knew something was wrong. She lay on the floor with her chin on the injured leg's knee and rested her paws next to my ankle while we waited for the paramedics. When I started to black out, she sat up and begun licking my face and chuffing softly at me. The next evening, when I emotionally melted down. Millie crawled up to the bed, started licking my tears, and once again, the gentle, soft, reassuring chuffing began. Millie is the best 'first responder' ever!" - Alex Z.
Digging up fun
"One day, I got a
- Redbook | Pets – Wed, Sep 26, 2012 2:58 PM EDTIf purebreds aren't quite doing it for you, consider adding a perfectly-tailored hybrid canine to your clan. Now, meet your new best friend. By Kayla Miller, REDBOOK.
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We asked our Facebook fans about the tiny things their spouses could do that would have a BIG impact. Leave this open on a screen where he just might accidentally stumble upon it. By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.Read More »from 10 Little Gestures She Wishes You'd Do
"Yesterday, I asked my husband if he would have come by my office to pick up my car and put gas in it. He said that he would have, and it really made me wish I had called and asked! He also blows me kisses all the time. It's our code for 'I love you.' We've been doing it for the 10 years of our marriage." - Lori B.
Try a random act of affection
"Walk up and give me a hug for no reason or kiss me when I'm just washing dishes. A woman loves affection." - Barb A.
Send a sweet tweet
"We met on Twitter one year ago and now do some goofy little things to show our love for each other. My husband's little Twitter gestures now include sending out a #showsomelove or #luvofmylife tweet to our more than 2,000 followers. He also snaps and posts impromptu pics on Instagram;
School is in full swing, and the term "hectic schedule" just took on a whole new meaning. If you feel like there's a void in your life where you kids used to be, read on for tips to reestablish the bond. By Kayla Miller, REDBOOK.Read More »from 30 Ways to Stay Bonded with Your Kids
Start a family ritual each morning by giving each family member a kiss before walking out the door.
2. Same place, same time
Tough time coordinating schedules? Download Kidgistix, an app that helps coordinate everyone's calendars. It'll get your family all into the same routine.
3. Carpool chitchat
Take advantage of all those school and after-school activity runs. Switch off the radio and simply talk and connect.
4. Fridge friendlies
Post a whiteboard on your fridge or backdoor, and stock it with Post-Its and erasable pens. Use it for a family communication center: "Good luck at your game today, Josh" or "Kerry, let us know how your speech went. We're cheering for you!"
5. Tech timeout
Set aside sacred unplugged time - an hour a night or whenever
Aaron Traister admits he's no Cliff Huxtable, but please don't compare him to the dingbat fathers on TV today. He'll ground you! REDBOOK.
When I think about TV sitcoms, I imagine the classics of my youth, featuring characters like Cliff and Clair Huxtable and Steven and Elyse Keaton, where everyone laughed and learned and grew a little between the Energizer Bunny and "Where's the beef?" commercials. Back in the day, sitcoms tricked me into believing that there were dads out there who were as cool as Cliff and as sensitive as Steven--that fatherhood was going to be about wearing colorful knit sweaters and knowing exactly what to do if my son idolized Nixon. Eventually, I realized that these TV patriarchs were far too perfect, and now, as an adult (and husband and dad), I'd much rather watch people catch crustaceans off the coast of Russia on Deadliest Catch.
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- Nix these surprising complexion killers to get a healthy - and youthful - glow. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.
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