Lap swimming is one of the most intense workouts there is. But if you can't swim laps (or you just hate it), you can still burn calories and get a great total-body workout in the pool this summer. Try adding some of these super-effective moves to your existing routine or make up your own circuit. Either way you'll get a great workout-no lap swimming required!
Great for your abs on dry land, doing the ab bicycle in the water adds extra work for your core, shoulders, and legs to keep you from floating away.
Tip: Rest your elbows on a pool noodle if you don't have a pool edge to use.
Half Suspended Jumping Jack
Jumping jacks go to a whole new moon-walk level in the pool. Not only do you have to push through the water, but you also have to keep your balance as your natural buoyancy will lead you to tip forward or back. Jump your legs out as you normally would but don't let your feet touch the bottom when you bring them back to the center.
Tip: Try a full suspended jumping jack by
Lap swimming is one of the most intense workouts there is. But if you can't swim laps (or you just hate it), you can still burn calories and get a great total-body workout in the pool this summer. Try adding some of these super-effective moves to your existing routine or make up your own circuit. Either way you'll get a great workout-no lap swimming required!Read More »from 5 Ways to Burn Fat in the Pool
Esthetician Gunilla Eisenberg has been voted San Francisco's best facialist by San Francisco magazine and has successfully launched her own line of facial oils. "Summer rays and vitamin D are good for a healthy complexion, but they can cause premature aging and skin dehydration," says Gunilla. How do you find that balance between sun exposure and protection? We asked Gunilla for tips.
- Find a great sunscreen. "Look for a physical sunblock with an SPF of at least 15 that protects against both UVB and UVA rays," says Gunilla. Products that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are the best. Gunilla recommends Marie Veronique Moisturizing Face Screen. "Stay away from chemical-based sunscreens that contain retinol or Vitamin A, as they have been found to accelerate skin cancer." See more of our sunscreen picks here.
- Re-apply that sunscreen every 2-4 hours, and "wear a hat or try to stay in the shade during the peak hours of sun exposure - between 2 and 5 p.m."
- Lisa Carey | Summer Time Fun – Thu, Jun 9, 2011 5:03 PM EDT
Sweet dreams I admit, I'm not really a morning person. You of course adjust for work, especially when you are rising but not shining at say 5am in order to get to work on time. So, this summer I was as bad as a teenager with my hopes and dreams of sweet dreams past our normal 6:30/7:00 am wake up call during the school year. This would be the first year since I was a teen (many moons ago, when dinosaurs roamed the earth) that there was the chance that I would get to sleep late. Since I am a WAHM who works until late at night I was especially looking forward to catching some extra ZZZ's. But I was wrong.Read More »from User Post: I was looking forward to sleeping late in the sweet summer time: Weren't you?
I have a early bird. One of my children is an early to bed (if I am lucky) and early to rise child. While I love my "Good morning momma" greeting, a hug and a kiss from my daughter, it would be nice if it was just a little later in the morning.
I have a hard working man. I am very lucky that I do. It's just too bad that his boss doesn't understand that I would like to sleep in a little later and
- PageDaily | Summer Time Fun – Wed, Jun 8, 2011 10:36 PM EDT
Just because you sweat at the gym, doesn't mean you can't do it in style. From post-gym primping, to super cute equipment, check out my favorite product recommendations when sporting around town.Read More »from Be Chic at the Gym: Cool Workout Wear and Accessories
Lululemon Athletica Power Y Tank Lululemon Athletica just can't be beat in terms of fit and style for exercise clothing. This form-fitting tank with built-in shelf bra allows for freedom in movement and is flattering on all figures. Available in a range of radiant hues (my favorite for this season is the light pink).
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Lululemon Athletica Reversible Wunder Under Pant Reversible Like a second skin, these reversible pants are made to move. The Wunder Under Pant is made of a material that provides a four-way stretch, has a smooth elastic waistband to hide the very dreaded muffin top, and even includes a hidden waistband pocket to hold your money and keys. I love the look of the tight legging-style pants when working out!
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- Babble.com | Summer Time Fun – Wed, Jun 8, 2011 9:36 PM EDTFor more unique popsicle recipes, visit Babble.
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- Julie Meyers Pron | Summer Time Fun – Wed, Jun 8, 2011 8:43 PM EDT
- small plastic cup
- drinking straw (cut in half to make smaller)
- hole punch
- rubber band
- thin, disposable dish cloth, like Handi-Wipes, cut into 5-inch (or so) squares
- bubbles: pour thin layer onto a dish or in a wide bowl
about a quarter inch below the rim, punch a hole
lay cloth over top and use rubber band to attach
stick straw through hole, about a half inch in
turn cup upside down and dip cloth into bubbles
blow into straw (make sure your child is able to blow first. I recommend practicing blowing first, to insure the child doesn't inhale when she puts her mouth on the straw.)
The kids will be so excited that they are making bubbles! It's fun to see how high their bubbles can go, and just as fun to blow the bubbles off the top. Enjoy!
Thanks to Gail at Kesher Israel Read More »from Parenting Guru: Make a bubble blower with your kids
- Redbook | Summer Time Fun – Wed, Jun 8, 2011 5:41 PM EDT
By Aaron Traister, REDBOOKRead More »from 7 Contradictory Things Iâ€™d like To Do On Fatherâ€™s Day
I think celebrating Father's Day is sort of silly, but my wife Karel is totally into it, so who am I to pass up a holiday where I'm the focus of the attention? Every year, Karel asks me what special thing I want or need to recharge my patriarchal batteries for the next 364 days. And every year, I find myself wanting diametrically opposed things. These contradictions illustrate the choices that dads make every day-between careless, youthful fun and responsible behavior that makes your life easier and better in the long term. For example:
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1a. I want to sleep late and catch up on some desperately needed shut-eye.
1b. I want to wake up early and pack as much into the day as possible. I could get up before the sun and drive out to the country to paint and still be home in time to have the rest of my day (okay, maybe just an hour or two of sunlight) in front of me. I never get a chance to do that anymore.
2a. I want to
- Jim Healthy | Summer Time Fun – Tue, Jun 7, 2011 11:00 PM EDT
Our Thirst-Quenching Tangerine Green Tea Smoothie
Summer eating has its own delights: digging in alfresco…grilling…and partaking of the bounty of the garden and farmer's market. It's a time when the blender is pressed into heavy rotation, to make tasty dip, yummy chilled soup, an ice-flecked smoothie, tempting party pate, frozen yogurt, or no-bake refrigerator pie.
Summer is also an easy season to pack on unwanted pounds, given all of the extra socializing, frolicking in the sun and surf, and picnicking. But do not fear: MyHealingKitchen is here with rehabbed recipes for your favorite pureed treats. We've created these recipes in our test kitchen, with our top-of-the-line VitaMix blender.
Whether you're dining at home or signed up to bring a dish to a potluck or cookout, rely on the following to deliver healthful, healing benefits without sacrificing a drop of delicious.
Ahhh… crowd-pleasing onion dip. At its worst, it's loaded with refined sodium, preservatives, sour cream, and oil-and barelyRead More »from Recipe Rehab: 5 Best Healing Summer Blender Recipes
Doesn't Dad deserve something better than a little cologne or a new tie this Father's Day? Here are some of my favorite gadgets this year that will keep Dad more than happy for the rest of the summer.
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Olympus E-PL2 - $599.99 - If Dad is a shutterbug, chances are he carries a big DSLR and sometimes brings along a small point and shoot when he doesn't want to bother with the huge camera bag. With the Olympus E-PL2, however, he gets the best of both worlds. This camera has removable lenses, takes excellent still and video shots, and weighs about as much as a pro-level point and shoot.
It comes in black, red, silver, and white and includes a hotshoe connector at the top that can hold a microphone, wireless transfer device for sending photos to phones and computers over the air, or a flash. Extra lenses, including zoom and macro models, cost a few hundred each when he's ready to branch out.Read More »from 6 Father's Day gifts dad will geek out over
When warm weather arrives, so does the urge to liberate your legs-in all their pale, vein-ridden or fuzzy glory. Use these fast fixes (and more serious solutions) to bare yours with confidence.
TO FIGHT FUZZ
The good news is that hair growth on your legs typically slows with age. The bad news? Because the skin on your legs also gets drier, fuzz removal is more likely to cause irritation.
1) FAST FIX: A MULTIPLE BLADE RAZORRead More »from 4 Ways to get your legs in shape without exercise
Razors are the gold standard for quick, easy hair removal. "Pick one with multiple blades to get the job done in fewer strokes and minimize nicks and razor burn," says Arielle Kauvar, MD, clinical professor of dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Center. Try (1) Schick Intuition Naturals Sensitive Care ($9.50; drugstores), with four blades centered in a skin-conditioning solid that melts onto wet skin as you shave. Other keys to a clean sweep: Moisten skin with warm water first and shave in the morning, when legs are less likely to be
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