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Tighten and Tone Your Abs

Tighten and Tone Your Abs
Warmer weather means less clothing—making spring the perfect time to start getting your abs in shape for summer! Certified personal trainer Jessica Smith, star of the “10 Pounds DOWN: Cardio Abs” DVD, designed this effective workout routine with targeted strength moves to help you develop a strong, flat stomach and cardio bursts to blast away that extra layer of belly fat. How it works: Do this workout on three or four nonconsecutive days per week. And be sure to maintain a healthy diet for best bikini-belly results. BONUS: Check out this full-length workout video to see the moves in action! You can use your keyboard to see the next slide ( ← previous, → next) Sculpt flat abs for summer with these fat-melting moves Promo Subtitle Image Alt Text Bikini-Belly Bootcamp Title Text Media Root By Jessica Smith Related:  Weight & Weight Loss

Look Five Pounds Thinner with the Right Bra Who doesn’t remember that awkward moment when your mom took you to the local department store to buy your first bra? You walked into a vast sea of nude and blush-colored brassieres and passed by shockingly large cup sizes that could hold watermelons—a far cry from your humble set. And the person to help you find the right bra for your newly perky breasts? An elderly lady, peering down at you over the reading glasses perched on her nose, measuring tape in hand. Even though her attitude was one of “I’ve seen it all before, honey” you felt mortified, anxious and overwhelmed. QUIZ: How Happy Are You? Sure, now that training bras are in your distant past, you probably pop into Victoria’s Secret instead and pick up a sexy bra or two, but the person helping you this time around is most likely about 20 years old and has no clue about how a good bra should fit. Considering how many hours you log in a bra each day, that's a lot of time to spend feeling downright uncomfortable. Start out firm.

Pistol Squats | Shape Magazine One-legged squats don't seem very tricky—after all, you did manage to pick up that cotton ball you dropped without putting your newly pedicured foot on the floor—but squatting on one leg seriously challenges your balance. It also activates your core and just about every other muscle in your lower body, including your glutes, hamstrings, and calves. Try it: Stand holding your arms straight out in front of your body and raise your right leg off the floor. Push your hips back and lower your body as far as you can. Pause, then push your body back to the starting position. Tip: Modify this move by using a resistance band or do them in front of chair or weight bench in case you lose your balance or get stuck (It happens). You can use your keyboard to see the next slide ( ← previous, → next) Promo Subtitle Image Alt Text 25 Most Deceiving Exercises (They Tone More than You Think!) Title Text Media Folder: Media Root By Charlotte Andersen 44009 shared this

Beauty Tips from Around the Globe | Jeddah Beauty Blog From rock solid Dominican nails to shiny Japanese hair to the radiant complexions of Asian Brides different cultures bring different beauty secrets. Each country has its own ancient beauty secrets so let’s learn from them to also achieve these beautiful looks. Here are some of the world’s best all natural beauty tips. Some of the most beautiful international models come from Brazil. Along with their bronze bodies they all seem to have long beautiful legs. In Jeddah, we have the beautiful Red Sea, but as an alternative you can use seasalt . When we think of Egypt, one person whom definitely comes to mind is the Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra. For a radiant glowing complexion like the Queen of the Nile, pour two cups of powdered milk and a cup of honey into your steaming bath and enjoy a relaxing dip . Indian brides-to-be use this ancient remedy to brighten their skin before their big day. Ever wonder why Japanese women have such beautiful shiny hair? Hate it when one of your nails breaks?

4 Great Core Exercises To Help Flatten Your Abs Everyone wants flatter abs, and a lot of people try to “spot reduce” by doing ab exercises to try to get them. The problem is, you aren’t going to lose fat from your midsection by doing 1,000 crunches. It’s just not going to happen. What I like to do instead is Core Exercises. 7 Reasons Core Exercises are good for your personal training routine: Core exercises improve your balance and stabilityCore exercises don’t require specialized bulky equipmentCore exercises can help tone your absStronger core muscles make it easier to do almost all other physical activitiesCore exercises can be done at your own paceCore exercises can be done from the comfort of your own homeCore exercises can help you reach plenty of your other fitness goals Now it’s time for the workout. Breathe freely and deeply during each exercise. Click on the exercise name to see a video demonstration of the exercise. Key points – Exhale while raising your body. Place all your focus on the lower abdominal area contracting.

30 Challenges for 30 Days Did you know that it takes 30 days to form a new habit? The first few days are similar as to how you would imagine the birth of a new river. Full of enthusiasm it gushes forth, only to be met by strong obstacles. The path is not clear yet, and your surroundings don’t agree. Old habits urge you to stay the same. So, take a moment to reflect on the question ‘Who do I want to be in 5 years?’ Check out this short TED talk first to get inspired: Now pick one or more challenges and stick with them! However, be cautioned, picking too many challenges at the same time can easily result in a failure of all of them. #1 Write a I-Like-This-About-You note/text/email each day for someone (Easy) This is the perfect way to let someone else know you care. #2 Talk to one stranger each day (Hard) This is a great one to cure approaching anxiety. #3 Take one picture each day (Hard) This one gets harder nearing the end of the challenge because at one point you will run out of the easy shots. We recommend:

Bikini Boot Camp It’s May ladies. And this can only mean one thing: Bikini season is upon us. Yikes! If you’re like me, you are probably thinking that you could use a little toning before slipping into that two-piece over Memorial Day weekend. Or perhaps you’re a procrastinator and keep telling yourself that you will work out…tomorrow. No matter your attitude toward fitness, it’s safe to say that we should all aim to be the best versions of our selves: Fit, healthy, and fabulous. When bikini season is on the line, fasts and fad diets may be tempting. My Bikini Boot Camp Plan: The Rules The Off-Limits List No candy, baked goods, or ice cream. Breakfast Options Lunch & Dinner Options Snacks Grapes & GrahamsPear or apple with string cheeseGreek yogurt with pomegranate seedsHummus and veggiesRaw vegetablesAny of the snacks listed in my 7 Days to Skinny Jeans Plan Exercise Options Everyday Exercises If you follow this plan strictly for the next few weeks, you will be in great shape by Memorial Day weekend. XO Lauren

How To Lose Belly Fat Fast For Teenagers First, some facts about teen girls and belly fat. The normal, or healthy, percentage of body fat actually increases for girls as they enter their teens. So it's not unusual for a previously angular or "boyish" figure to become more rounded. It's also not unusual for girls to "thicken" a little in their middles prior to growth spurts. Think of it as a piece of elastic getting thinner as it gets longer. Finally, if a teen girl is carrying too much fat, one month isn't much time to take it off, as the recommended healthy weight-loss rate is between 1 and 2 pounds per week. The best indicator of obesity isn't weight, or even how a girl looks in a bathing suit, but her body fat percentage. Teens should try to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity most days of the week. Teen girls should include muscle- and bone-building activities in their 60 minutes of activity at least three times per week. Teen girls need calories, including fat calories, in order to grow.

The Secrets to Beautiful Skin I have always loved Cinnamon-Raisin bread, so I went and found a basic recipe and then added the most wonderful ingredients to make it extra special. I love tons of flavor in my foods, and this bread reflects my tastes completely. If you also love bold flavors, then this is a recipe for you! It is the perfect breakfast food ( I prefer a slice buttered, but if you want to toast it it’s amazing that way, too!), it is also the perfect gift. There are some pieces of equipment that are really necessary to own to be able to keep your property in prime condition.

The 100 Healthiest Foods In the fast-paced world of nutrition research, it seems like a hot discovery hits the news every week. So we asked prominent scientists doing groundbreaking work on how edibles stave off illness to pin down the 100 most nutrient-packed foods. To make our list, a food had to be very rich in at least one vitamin, mineral or other compound known to protect against cancer, heart disease or other diseases. Be supermarket smart and use this list as your shopping list. you body will be glad you did! ANTHOCYANINS: Plant pigments that help protect you from heart disease. by Janis Jibrin, R.D.

You Know You Want Sexy Abs! | healthkicker The next month or two of work on Xanga 2.0 is going to be busy, so I wanted to share with everyone a roadmap of how we’re thinking about things! We’re dividing the work on this project into four basic phases. Phase 1. As described here, we’ve imported over every account that we have on Xanga over to the new system so that anyone who could sign into Xanga can still sign into Xanga 2.0. Finally and most important of all, we’ve imported over 2 million blogs from the old system. * We’ve archived the blogs of the hundreds of thousands of blogs where the user has logged in in the past 5 years and has at least two subscribers. * We did an additional set of archives for 200k users who had logged in the past year and had at least 10 blogs. * We’ve also archived the blogs of every single user that’s ever been premium at any point in the past… And of course, a lot of you guys archived your own blogs using the old Xanga archive generator. Phase 2. Phase 3. Phase 4.

20 Celebs Criticized for Their Curves Accusation: The queen of curves was criticized when an unretouched image from a photoshoot was leaked showing cellulite and a few extra inches that the final picture didn't have.Response: She fired back on her blog saying, "I'm proud of my body and my curves and this picture coming out is probably helpful for everyone to see that just because I am on the cover of a magazine doesn't mean I'm perfect." [Click to Tweet this!] You can use your keyboard to see the next slide ( ← previous, → next) And what they have to say about it Promo Subtitle And what they have to say about it. Image Alt Text 20 Celebs Criticized for Their Curves Title Text Media Folder: Media Root By Charlotte Andersen Topics: FeaturedTopic: body image Related articles

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