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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.

Burn off Your Meal Now that chain restaurant menus list how many calories are in each dish, it’s harder to justify eating certain foods anymore (we’re talking to you, 460-calorie scone from Starbucks). But a study, presented by Texas Christian University researchers at the Experimental Biology meeting in April 2013, found that people make even healthier choices if, instead of seeing the calorie count, they’re shown how much exercise it takes to burn off what they’re considering eating. Maybe one day, menus will list how many minutes you’ll need to log on the rowing machine to erase that scone (48 minutes with vigorous effort, for the record). Until then, here’s a quick guide for you (all calorie calculations are based on a 140-pound woman): Cheeseburger One single cheeseburger at 343 calories = 30 minutes of vigorous freestyle laps in the pool Cheese Pizza One slice of cheese pizza at 285 calories = 50 minutes of walking at a brisk pace (that means 4 mph on the treadmill) Tostadas Soda Beer

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

corgi 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

Outsmart Your Eating Instincts The road to diet hell is paved with good intentions. Even if you’re committed to eating healthily, our minds are tricky little buggers that often derail our plans, without us even realizing it. The result is that people, in general, eat way more food than they think they do. Here are nine stealth-y tricks to take control of your mind-of-its-own appetite. QUIZ: Is Your Eating Influenced? Eat dinner on dessert plates. Are your eyes bigger than your stomach? RESEARCH: We Can't Stop Eating Drink from thin glasses. If a short, wide glass looks smaller than a tall, thin glass, don’t be fooled. MORE: The Dirty Truth About Water Eat at the dining room table. Prone to eating straight out of the container while standing at the kitchen counter? QUIZ: Measure Your Daily Diet Drink a glass of water before eating. Think you’re hungry? MORE: How Much Water Do You Really Need? Nix “family style” serving platters. MORE: When Everyone Around Is Overweight... Snack on pistachios. MORE: Snacking: Good or Bad? Read More

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.

The Couch-to-5K Running Plan By Josh ClarkPosted Saturday, 1 January, 2011 Couch to 5K ® | Beginning Running First off, you may be asking, "exactly how many miles is a 5K?" A 5K is 3.1 miles. We're here to help you achieve your goal of beginning to run your first 5K. Too many people have been turned off of running simply by trying to start off too fast. You should ease into your 5K training plan gradually. It's easy to get impatient, and you may feel tempted to skip ahead in the program, but hold yourself back. Start Your 5K Training | A Few Minutes Each Week Each session should take about 20 or 30 minutes, three times a week. Be sure to space out these three days throughout the week to give yourself a chance to rest and recover between efforts. Run for time or run for distance There are two ways to follow this Couch to 5K ® training program, to measure your runs by time or by distance. Before setting out, make sure to precede each training session with a five-minute warmup walk or jog. 5K Training Schedule

Workouts for your Derrière V Shape A V-shaped butt is full on top and wide on the sides but disappears lower down as the butt muscle approaches the top of the thigh. The trick to enhancing this shape is ensuring the entire buttocks muscle gets a workout. You won’t find any better advice for doing that than from original Buns of Steel star, Tamilee Webb. Webb’s favorite exercise for rounding out a V is called the Step Up. MORE: Big Moments in Butt History Saggy There’s a reason A-listers like Heidi Klum, Faith Hill and Liv Tyler all have gravity-defying glutes: their trainer David Kirsh. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your toes angled slightly outward. To banish all excess fat from your rearview, Kirsh also suggests eating a healthy diet and doing 45 minutes of cardio daily. Double Butt You know about the double chin, so how about the double butt? Lay face down with your legs out straight and your forehead resting on the backs of your hands. MORE: The Best Jeans For Your Butt Shape Bubble Butt

Study: 'Healthy Obese' Still at Increased Risk of Heart Attack Maintaining a healthy body weight is essential for reducing the risk of heart disease, according to a new study from Denmark. This is true even for people who don’t have metabolic syndrome (MetS), a group of risk factors for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. “We documented that overweight and obese individuals have an increased risk of heart attack and disease even in the absence of metabolic syndrome,” says Dr. Børge Nordestgaard, co-author of the new study, published today in JAMA Internal Medicine. “In other words, even metabolically healthy overweight and obese people are at an increased risk of heart problems.” While metabolic syndrome is sometimes viewed as a single condition, it includes several components—high blood pressure, increased fasting blood sugar levels, high triglyceride levels, low "good" HDL cholesterol levels, and a large waistline. Learn Everything You Need to Know About Metabolic Syndrome » Mixed Results from Previous Studies

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