Blog Posts by ExerciseTV

  • Don't Be Fooled By These 5 Exercises


    By Laurel House

    Chances are you're wasting your time and energy doing exercises that aren't working out. Why? Between "fast-fix" gadgets and "no pain, strength gained" gimmicks, it's easy to fall prey to the many "magic bullet" fitness tricks playing into our deep insecurities and desires to finally shake the weight and get healthy once and for all. Before you waste another minute, dollar, or ounce of energy, know that the best way to obtain your fit goal is the old fashioned way: cardio, resistance, diet, dedication… repeat, repeat, repeat day in and day out. From running to swimming, even speed walking to dancing, the only real "trick" is to get your heart rate up for a sustained period of time (to help burn off the fat), engage different muscle groups (to tone and fire up your metabolism), and eat a healthy balanced diet (for sustained energy and fuel). Beyond those basics, here are 5 exercises NOT to be fooled by that aren't just a waste of time and energy, but can also

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  • 4 Simple & Slimming Portion-Controlling Tricks


    By Laurel House



    Stop stressing about losing weight. That won't get you anywhere. In fact, stress can actually contribute to weight gain! Instead, take control… portion control, and you will finally have those fab abs and lean thighs that you have been, well, stressing about.

    If you're like me, you were raised with the "finish everything on your plate" mantra from your mom. And there was actually a reason for it. No, it wasn't to stuff your face every night, filling your gut to the gills, and it wasn't really because she was concerned about the starving children in Africa (though that is definitely an issue). Instead she was suggesting that you only serve yourself what you will eat. Problem was, your eyes have grown to be bigger than your stomach. And that's where portions sizes come into play.

    Here are 4 tips to help curb your food enthusiasm and stay slim throughout the year:

    1. Practice Portion Control

    Read and memorize the basic principles of

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  • Make Up Your Mind and Your Body Will Follow


    By Laurel House


    Many say weight loss is 80% diet and 20% exercise. I believe that it's 100% mental. Once you set your mind to something, everything else follows... goes for pretty much everything in life. Make a decision. Then do what needs to be done to make it happen, and it will.

    Want to get healthy, lose weight, give up chocolate, or tone your triceps? Make Up Your Mind and Your Body Will Follow.



    Here are 3 ways to help your mind move your body or stop a snack attack in its tracks:

    Hungry? Sure about that?

    Sometimes symptoms other than hunger cue us to crave food when what we really need is love, sleep, calm, or water. Before you splurge, take stock of your senses. If you realize that you really aren't hungry, hone into your psyche and see if there is something else that you are craving- like a bath, a hike, or a hug.

    IF/THEN

    Studies show that women who create a list of alternatives to typical workout excuses tend to exercise twice as much as those

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  • Tweet Your Way To Toned Arms And A Trimmed Butt [video]

    By Laurel House

    Twitter can be a total time suck. You log onto your TweetDeck, type your thought- making sure to get all of the current hashtags in, then you get caught up in conversations, stalking, and reading various paper.li feeds. Suddenly an hour has passed! It's time to take full advantage of your twitter time and multitask those moments… by working out. Yes, you can seriously get an arm and butt toning workout while staring at your computer screen. No this is not an alternative to your full daily cardio sesh, but it is a great addition, helping to amp up your metabolism, burn more calories, even give you a dose of energy thanks to the increased blood flow through the veins and to the brain.

    Here are 5 Ways to Tone your Arms and Butt on Twitter

    1. Butt Squeezes (100 seconds)

    Squeeze your butt cheeks. Clench them tight! Hold for 10 seconds. Release briefly. Hold again! Repeat 10 times.

    2. Speed Bag Boxing (100 seconds)

    Pretend you are boxing a

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  • Facebook Your Way to Fab Abs [video]

    By Laurel House

    Admit it… you spend entirely too much time on Facebook, but you somehow can't find the time to sneak in that workout. Because each day you exercise brings you one day closer to achieving your goal, it's time to stop dodging it and find a way to fit in an extra workout without edging into your online social time. Yes, you can tone your abs while on Facebook! But before you try and use doing these moves as your out when it comes to making time for a full-on cardio session sans-computer, keep in mind that these exercises are great ADDITIONS to your routine, helping to keep your metabolism pumping, calories burning and muscles engaging all day long.

    Ab Squeezes

    Keep friend requesting, updating your status, or even just stalking and simultaneously tone your abs with Ab Squeezes. As if you're being punched in the stomach, exhale fast and squeeze all of the air out of your stomach as your flex your abs. Flex them tight! Hold for 10 seconds. Release briefly. Hold

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  • 7 Reasons To Smile Today [video]

    By Laurel House

    Do you ever just wake up in a foul mood that you can't seem to shake? Instead of sitting at home and sulking in your misery, suck it up, put a smile on your face and be social! It's good for you… literally!

    I know… sounds insane. But sometimes something as simple as a smile from someone else can flip your frown upside down (as trite as it seems). I remember one morning I woke up the day after my boyfriend had broken up with me, and all I wanted to do was marinate in my misery. After a few hours I decided to pry my butt off the bed and go for a walk. Along the way I crossed the path of about 200 exhausted marathoners on their last mile. Sweat streamed from their pores and their faces articulated more agony than even I could imagine. Since I had no water, energizing foods or a finish line to take the pain away, I looked one particularly pathetic runner in the eye and smiled- hoping to at least tell her in my own way that she was doing an awesome job. Her

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  • Should You And Your Child Lose Weight Together?


    By Laurel House






    Is your child overweight? Are you? It's time to take an honest look at yourself and your family and realize that you aren't all overweight thanks only to genetics, but lifestyle habits and food choices. In fact, you very well could be to blame for your child's weight problem. Harsh? Maybe. But the reality is that, except on some occasions, children are overweight because:

    -They watch and copy what their parents eat. Do you encourage to eat healthy food, and take joy in eating (or at least fake it) healthy food yourself? Or do you talk about how much you hate vegetables as you deep fry your chicken, snack on chips, wash it down with a soda, then say that you need to go on a diet?

    -They watch and copy their parents' interest and participation in physical activities. Do you go to the gym, get outside and play sports, and talk about how much you enjoy exercise, being healthy, and getting your blood flowing? Or do you sit on the sofa watching TV and complain

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  • Perky, Lifted, and Shaped: How To Get a Better Butt [video]

    By Laurel House




    It's bikini season, time to put your best butt forward! Ever since Kim Kardashian's revered rear bumped the sinewy silhouette aside as the most coveted shape of a woman, we have done all we can to lift, shape and perk up our own backsides to bootylicious proportions.








    When it comes to making the best of what we've got, it's a 5-prong approach:


    Shrink

    Tone

    Your Diet

    "Fit"- as in how your Jeans Fit, and Pocket Placement

    Water

    SHRINK

    Cardio: Cardio exercises such as workout videos, kickboxing, step aerobics, stair climbing, stairmaster, jogging, power walking intervals on an incline, hiking, swimming or rollerblading 4-6 times per week for 30-45 minutes will help with butt shaping. The great thing is that you don't have to go to a gym for this, do do-yourself workouts and you will still get the incredible butt you want! If you want to make the most of your time and really get the fastest results, look to The Butt Bible.

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  • Sex & Coffee… Good For Your Heart, Bad For Your Head



    By Laurel House

    Sex and coffee are both, for many, basic pleasures. It's the first thing you want when you wake up in the morning. The last thing you want after dinner. And maybe one in the afternoon as a treat. Turns out there are ups and downs to both, and while they may be good for your heart, sometimes they have negative effects on the head. Here are the heart and head deets that you need to know:



    SEX and Your Heart:

    - Sex is good for your heart, cutting your risk of heart attack and stroke in half when performed three times a week.

    - Sex can effectively contribute to your cardio and aerobic workout, helping you maintain or even lose weight. How? When aroused, your heart rate jumps from around 70 beats per minute to 150, helping your body burn an average of 200 calories- which is equivalent to running for about 15 minutes.

    COFFEE & Your Heart:

    - Coffee drinkers are less likely to die of heart disease thanks to coffee's ability to help

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  • Lose Weight, Have Better Sex, and 5 Other Ways Scents Can Rock Your World

    By Laurel House

    Some people consider themselves to be major "foodies." But have you ever heard someone say they are major "smellys?" May sound strange, but your sense of smell makes up about 70% of your experience of food. That's because the sense of smell is 10,000 times more accurate than the sense of taste.

    Beyond enjoying your meals, your most basic behaviors-like feeding, fighting, even addiction and sexual pleasure-are triggered by certain smells. Smells have a lot of power over you. But don't feel helpless, you can use the power of smell to your advantage. If you know where to look (or what to smell) you can lower your stress levels, improve brain function and physical performance, relieve pain, even appear 6 years younger!

    Take a whiff of these advantageous aromas.

    Enliven Your Libido

    Scent: Black Licorice

    Next time you are in the mood to get randy, ask your guy to bring over some candy! A study conducted by Alan R. Hirsch, neurological director,

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