Get ready for bathing suit seasonSummer is right around the corner. After a winter full of bad habits, what are some changes we can make to get bathing suit ready? Personal trainer to the stars Ashley Borden joins Easy Does It host Ereka Vetrini to share some tips.
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According to Borden, the first thing step that she tells her clients is to eliminate dairy, even if just for a week. "Only because a lot of people don't know if in fact they are lactose intolerant or not. And you don't know until you don't have it," she explains.
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Borden also says it's important to monitor your sodium intake. In addition, she says, "a lot of people actually don't even realize that artificial sweeteners are also very bloating because they are like, well, I'm not consuming any calories. But that can also really upset the stomach and bloat you as well." And finally, Borden says to drink a lot of water.
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Get ready for bathing suit seasonSummer is right around the corner. After a winter full of bad habits, what are some changes we can make to get bathing suit ready? Personal trainer to the stars Ashley Borden joins Easy Does It host Ereka Vetrini to share some tips.Read More »from Get Ready for Bathing Suit Season
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Yet another reason to say "namaste": A small 2010 study found that regular yoga practice may reduce inflammation in the body. "Inflammation, which can be triggered by stress, can worsen allergy attacks," says immunologist Gailen D. Marshall Jr., MD, PhD, who recommends yoga to his stressed-out patients.
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A 2008 study found that alternate nostril breathing-one of the most common breathing exercises in yoga-can increase your body's relaxation response.Read More »from How Yoga Can Relieve Your Allergies
Try it: Cover your right nostril and inhale through your left for a count of ten. Hold your breath for five seconds. Then cover your left nostril and exhale through your right for a count of ten. Inhale through your right nostril and hold for five seconds. Cover your right nostril again and exhale through your left. Do three more rounds.
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I've often watched the young female gymnasts in competition in a state of awe and wonder. How do they do all those jumps and twirls on the balance beam without falling off and make it look so easy in the process? The precision, the focus, the leap in the face of fear mentality - how do I get some of that?
Maybe that routine on the balance beam is like the healthy lifestyle to you. Some days there seems to be no balance and you can't get all the things in order to make it work. You're juggling the job, the family, the pets, the bills, the laundry, the housework, the yard work, or some combination of all those things and more. How are you supposed to fit in exercise, healthy grocery shopping, time to prep and
cook meals, plan meals for the next day or week? It's daunting, frustrating, and frankly you might just want to give up. Well don't.
The thing about those gymnasts on TV is they didn't show up at the training facility yesterday and jump into
.We interrupt your regularly scheduled exercise program for this important message: Repeatedly doing the same workout sets you up for fitness failure. Cross-training, or mixing up types of activity, is a smart way to speed results. "Fitness is a three-piece equation: flexibility, strength training, and cardio. Ignoring one component leaves you more prone to injury," says Geralyn Coopersmith, an exercise physiologist and national director of the Equinox Fitness Training Institute. Find the best match for your current workout below. Aim to switch up your routine 2 or 3 times a week. (Is it time to revamp your fitness routine altogether? See these 10 Signs Your Workout Needs a Makeover to find out.)Read More »from 4 Ways to Supercharge Your Workout
Primary Workout Yoga
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The Good Housekeeping Research Institute Engineering Lab put 26 six- to 12-sheet cross-cut shredders through their paces. We spent 40 hours feeding 'em paper (sometimes stapled or paper-clipped) and CDs to assess speed, safety, and noise levels. We also noted how easily they jammed or overheated and how much mess they left in their wake around the recycling bin.
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At 16" x 13" x 4", this stylish, lightweight device is ideal for small spaces and rolls easily to where you need it. Its pullout bin makes cleanup a snap - and we love the brilliant color.
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Find out the best compact umbrellasThe only thing worse than getting caught in the rain without a brolly is being stuck with one that is flimsy or falls apart. That's why the Good Housekeeping Research Institute Textiles Lab evaluated 31 compact folding models for resistance to heavy rain and to turning inside out (inversion), as well as for ease of use. We also measured length, weight, and canopy diameter to help you find the ideal tote-able - and save your looks on your next good hair day.
Samsonite Windguard Auto Open Close ($30, amazon.com)
Fabric held fast to spokes with over 35 pounds of pulling force applied. Easy to operate.
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ShedRain RainEssentials Auto Open and Close ($32, amazon.com)
Just 0.45 lbs., and durable in inversion and spoke tests. Provides good coverage, too.
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Totes Signature Micro 'Brella ($24, amazon.com)
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