Trainers reveal their No. 1 go-to piece of workout equipment. If you could only use one piece of workout equipment for the rest of your life, what would it be? We wanted to know, so we went to some of our favorite fitness trainers to see what their No. 1 go-to workout tool is. Here's what they had to say:
1. Kettlebells: "Kettlebells are so versatile and portable. Right now, my family and I are traveling to every state and I've made a goal to do a different kettebell workout in each one!" - Jenn Nims of Girl Heroes
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Jeni S2. Tabata timer: My favorite piece of equipment is my tabata timer that plays through my iPod so I can play my sweet mixes and my class can hear the beep over the music. Awesome." - Jeni Svestka
fit knit chick3. Pull-Up Band: My new pull-up band! I've got several female clients using it to master an unassisted pull-up. And it's helping me in my quest for one too!" - Tamara Grand of Fit Knit Chick
Kristen S4. Bosu ball: "I love the BOSU ball! Burpies using it are my all time favorite! " - Kristen
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- SHAPE magazine | Healthy Living – Wed, Jan 25, 2012 10:56 AM EST
Trainers reveal their No. 1 go-to piece of workout equipment. If you could only use one piece of workout equipment for the rest of your life, what would it be? We wanted to know, so we went to some of our favorite fitness trainers to see what their No. 1 go-to workout tool is. Here's what they had to say:Read More »from Trainers Reveal: "My No. 1 Piece of Workout Equipment"
- SHAPE magazine | Fashion – Wed, Jan 25, 2012 10:32 AM EST
By Charlotte AndersenRead More »from 7 Secret Spots to Score Cute (and Affordable) Gym Clothes
If you're tired of spending a fortune on workout clothes just to look like everyone else, try these seven little-known hot spots:
E-bay and Craigslist offer some surprisingly good choices. 1. E-bay and Craigslist: When nothing but the super expensive stuff will do (and hey, I'm not judging! I once had to have a running skirt that cost more than a week's worth of groceries), go to Ebay.com and Craigslist.org first. Often you can find Lucy, Lululemon, Nike, and Athleta stuff brand new with the tags still on for less than half of what you'd pay at the store. Even the "slightly used" items are usually in very good condition.
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Athleta2. Athleta clearance sales: I get so excited every time the Athleta catalog shows up at my house. Unfortunately their stuff, while excellent quality, is usually out of my price range. But keep an eye on their clearance and you can find some great deals.
Dancewear solutions3. Dancewear solutions: Want something fun and unique that no one else in your gym will be wearing? Dancewear
If you're looking to ease into a raw food lifestyle, but don't know where to start, look no further! We've provided three delicious and nutritious recipes (they taste as good as they look!) that are also easy to make so that you can transition slowly into this healthy lifestyle.Read More »from 3 Easy Raw Food Recipes to Try
Green giant cilantro pesto1. Green giant cilantro pesto: This stuff is good with everything! If there was ever a condiment that really gets me fired up, it's this one. Green Giant Cilantro Pesto wakes up just about anything you can throw at it, and breathes new life into those dishes you've made a million times. Invite the green giant over for a bite!
Ingredients: 4 bunches fresh cilantro
1 peeled medium sweet onion
Juice of 3 lemons
¼ cup toasted pine nuts (optional)
¼ tsp. ground chipotle pepper (or cayenne)
2-3 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. agave nectar or honey
Salt to taste
1. Trim ends off cilantro bunches and place them in a large bowl of fresh water, dunking them several times. Drain water and repeat once more to
Is he Mr. Right or just Mr. Right Now?He may leave his dirty socks on the floor, but at least he opens the door for you. When it comes to relationships, you take the good with the bad. But when you're dating a guy you think just might be Mr. Right, how do you determine if he's really the one you're destined to spend the rest of your life with?Read More »from How to Tell If He's "The One"
We went to the experts to find out how to tell if a guy truly is Mr. Right-or just Mr. Right Now. Here are five tests your soulmate must pass.
1. The Chivalry Test: Patti Stanger, Millionaire Matchmaker, author, and Bravo TV star, says chivalry is not dead-at least not when it comes to the 'good' ones. "Things like opening the car door or immediately giving you your portion of food when you're splitting a dish at a restaurant-these are all important signs to look for to know if he'll ultimately treat you right," Stanger says.
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And in this case especially, actions speak louder than words. "Words are often used as a substitute for
By Rachel WilkersonRead More »from The Stages of Weight-Loss Grief
The stages of weight-loss grief. If there's one thing I've learned as a professional "before" and "after" (I lost about 75 pounds during the first few years after high school graduation) it's that the hardest part about losing weight is not rejecting dessert-it's managing the reactions of your nearest and dearest. You're suffering through really intense workouts, but they are suffering through very intense emotions. I've narrowed it down to six stages of weight-loss grief:
1. Pride. Initially, everyone from your BFF to your mail lady will be so happy for you. They'll hug you, get tears in their eyes, and tell you how proud they are. And they probably mean well. But after a while, you'll start to think, "OK...I gave up McDonald's and stopped drinking eight jumbo margaritas every weekend. It's not that big of a deal."
Don't be surprised if you get a promotion at work and no one is interested in hearing about it. Who cares about your job? You're a size four!
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- SHAPE magazine | Healthy Living – Mon, Jan 23, 2012 4:43 PM EST
It really is all mental. Mind over matter. We've all heard that, right? Now, new studies are showing that exercise and really is mental. So-called ' brain training' is proving effective in helping people make smarter food choices, work out more often, and even cut out unhealthy habits like excessive drinking.Read More »from Why Eating Right and Gym Motivation Really Are All Mental
We reached out to Lumosity, a company that develops games and programs for brain training, to find out how we can apply the latest breakthroughs in neuroscience to improve cognitive abilities and make healthier lifestyle choices.
Memory games and positive thinking may help to control our impulses to eat unhealthy foods.
Sitting at the computer is not exactly synonymous with exercise. But, according to recent studies, daily 'brain training' with such as Lumosity's Memory Matrix, can strengthen willpower and promote healthy lifestyle choices. Researchers in Amsterdam found that problem drinkers who followed challenging cognitive training regimens like memory games
First-date questions to avoidYour eyes met across the room, or, your online dating profiles just "clicked." Whatever the circumstances, you saw potential, he asked you out, and now you're ready for that butterflies-in-your-tummy first date.Read More »from 5 Questions NOT to Ask on a First Date
So what happens when you're both sitting across the table from one another and the conversation turns personal? Most of us know to stay away from controversial topics like politics and religion, but what is fair game for two people attempting to get to know each other? If you hope to turn him from first date to soul mate, here are five questions that you should never ask.
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1. Asking about "The Ex."
This one often slips out in storytelling when dishing about holiday memories, bad dates, or old college tales. "Try to keep it in check as much as possible," says Hilary Rushford, founder of gentlemen's branding blog dapper & the duchess. "You don't want to sound hung up on someone else. Even just the idea of the last person you were crazy
Can't sleep? That's one symptom you shouldn't ignore. It's common to shrug off the occasional sleep problems, bouts of diarrhea, or headaches, but when should you seek medical attention? We went to the experts to get their opinions on seven common symptoms and when you can rest easy--and when you should head to the doctor's office.Read More »from 7 Symptoms You Should Never Ignore
1. Sleep problems: Amy Korn-Reavis, respiratory therapist and sleep technologist, cautions you should not ignore sleep-related issues. "I have been working in this field for a long time. I believe one of the things people do not talk to their physicians about is their sleep problems," she says. "If a person has heart issues, diabetes, or high blood pressure and they have issues sleeping, snoring, or high levels of fatigue, they should talk to their physician about it."
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If you don't know where to begin and are suffering from the conditions mentioned, Korn-Reavis suggests using an Epworth sleepiness scale or a Berlin questionnaire and discussing the results with your
- SHAPE magazine | Healthy Living – Fri, Jan 20, 2012 10:32 AM EST
FlaxseedsDid you know that certain foods, even healthy ones, could be sabotaging your workout? While all of the foods mentioned below make great additions to a healthy diet and active lifestyle, they should also be avoided at least two hours before you work out, in order to help you maximize your workout regime. Read on to find out which foods we're talking about:Read More »from 5 Surprising Foods that Can Slow Down Your Workout
1. Flaxseeds: While they are great for your body (and weight loss), flaxseeds are full of fiber, which could impede your workout efforts by causing gas and/or bloating, says Stella Metsovas, a clinical nutritionist and diet expert in Los Angeles, Calif.
"You definitely want to limit the amount of fiber you take in two hours before and after exercising. In addition to flaxseeds, stay away from fiber supplements, bran, and high-fiber breads and opt for a mixture of protein and carbohydrates instead right before your workout."
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Hard-boiled eggs2. Hard-boiled eggs: Hard-boiled eggs are a great source of lean
By Charlotte AndersenRead More »from Use Your Brain for a Better Sex Life
Three ways to use your brain for a better sex life. Sex is fun. I'm sure I don't need to sell you on the concept. But exactly how fun dancing the horizontal mambo is depends more on what's going on up top than, well, anywhere else. Your brain is your most powerful sex organ, and learning how it works can be the difference between "eh" and "ah!"
Let's start with hormones. Any woman who's ever wondered why she cried through a shampoo commercial and ate six bars of chocolate only to find Aunt Flo on her doorstep the next day won't be surprised that hormones like dopamine (the happiness hormone), oxytocin (the cuddling hormone), and even testosterone (yes, girls have some too), rule our sex drive too. We tend to think of hormones as things that control us, but it turns out we have some control over them as well. And it all starts with your brain!
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Dr Daniel Amen, researcher and author of the book Sex on the Brain: 12 Lessons to Enhance Your Love Life, compiled more