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Love Your Lower Body!

Love Your Lower Body!
The newest way to shape up your belly, butt, and thighs without stressing your joints: Flip your workout upside down! These five moves, designed by fitness expert Ellen Barrett, star of Prevention's Flat Belly Diet Workout DVDs, use one piece of equipment you're sure to have in your home—a wall. You'll isolate the tough-to-reach muscles that pull in your belly, lift your backside, and trim your thighs. The perfect complement to weight-bearing exercises such as walking, inverted moves use gravity to naturally boost circulation and provide an instant energizing rush. They also give your knees and hips a break from the pounding of upright life. Perform the following routine barefoot 4 or 5 times a week.

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10 Body-Sculpting Exercises You Can Do While Watching TV If you have been spending hours on monotonous cardio equipment, this is your game changer. Start seeing twice the results in half the time. Brett Hoebel, creator of the 20-Minute Body and trainer on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” season 11, says, “Lunge jumps are a form of plyometrics, which are great for revving up your heart rate and metabolism, especially when using large muscles like the quads, hams and glutes. Make sure you land with your front foot flat to ensure less knee stress and more work on the booty. These are a great booty builder!” HOW TO DO THEM: Start with your feet hip-width apart and bring one leg a few feet in front of the other. oatmeal Don't miss my follow-up post to this one with8 MORE REFRIGERATOR OATMEAL FLAVORSplus FAQs and more tipsCLICK HERE This easy, no-cook "summer porridge" has make-ahead convenience and is packed with nutrition to get your day off to a healthy start. Make it in individual mason jars for a perfect serving size and an easy grab-and-go breakfast straight from the fridge (it's eaten cold). Take it along to work or anywhere. Great to serve on a breakfast or brunch buffet.

How To Flatten Your Belly and Reduce Stomach Fat at Any Age "The body stores fat in the belly because it can access and use that fat quickly for energy, which was critical hundreds of years ago, when the body was fine-tuned for periods of starvation," says Marie Savard, MD, a women's health physician in Philadelphia and the author of The Body Shape Solution to Weight Loss and Wellness. Another belly inflator: "Starting around age 30, sedentary women lose 5 to 7 pounds of muscle every decade," says Wayne Westcott, PhD, a Prevention advisory board member and director of fitness research at Quincy College in Massachusetts. "This lowers your metabolic rate by 2 to 4% every 10 years, causing you to slowly pack on weight even if you're not eating more calories." More from Prevention: 3 Ways to Get Rid of Visceral Fat

Exercise Ideas for a Strength Training Workout With Dumbbells Everyone knows that weightlifting can get boring fast. But that's a pretty lame excuse to avoid the weight room – especially since strength training is one of the most effective ways to sculpt your body. And there's nothing boring about that. So get in the game with two- to three-pound hand weights (aka dumbbells). Then try the exercises below from Astrid McGuire, a certified fitness instructor at Barry's Bootcamp and one of CosmoBody's kick-ass trainers. Summer Arms Challenge by Skinny Ms. Summer or not, there’s no better time to get those beautifully toned and defined arms. This challenge is designed for 7 days, but don’t stop there! You can easily incorporate these routines into your normal workout week once the challenge has ended. After the 7 day challenge, you can choose two workouts to do each week. Any of these routines can be done at home or in the gym.

10 Machine-to-Free-Weight Swaps Years ago, machines were all the rage at the gym. Manufacturers spent a lot of time and money to make theirs the latest and greatest, says Mark Nutting, CSCS, fitness director of Saco Sport & Fitness in Saco, Maine. “In fact, we used to train football players on machines, which we’d never do now.” Here’s why: Machines lock you into a predetermined path of motion, which takes away the ability to challenge and strengthen core and stabilizer muscles. In short, they don’t mimic functional movements. “Strength doesn’t transfer as well from machines to daily activities as well as free weights,” says Nutting.

Eat Salmon to Lose Weight - Drop Five Pounds in a Week Make One Food Sacrifice Cutting out one indulgence — such as the chips you have with lunch or the chocolate dessert you eat after dinner — can subtract a few hundred calories from your diet, which translates into less flab, says Blum. "Your body won't even notice their absence." How Can You Tell That You’re Actually Building Any Muscle? A man working on building muscle | Source: iStock You’ve been hitting the gym like clockwork, carefully planning your diet, and adding weight every single week to your lifts. The problem is that you’re still not seeing the results you were hoping for — at least not yet.

Chair Workout Ironically, I don’t own a chair (#postgradproblems). My parents, however, own many, and I did this workout when visiting them one weekend. I’m going to get right into the breakdown of the exercises and skip the witty banter this morning because I think the part of my brain that comes up with clever things died between hours 10 and 11 of Country Fest on Saturday. Inner Thigh Exercises – A Workout for Inner Thigh That Will Give You The Thighs You’ve Always Wanted Inner thigh is one of the most common problems for women all around the world. The inner thigh is a troublesome part of the body, especially when the inner part of the thigh rubs against each other. In this article, I am going to list out some of the best inner thigh exercises which will help tone your inner thigh muscles and give it that perfect shape. However, this inner thigh workout will not get rid of the inner thigh fat that rubs against each other. Exercises can only help tone your muscles and there is no way they can reduce your fat. If you want to learn the best way to remove the thigh fat and learn how to get your body in the best shape of your life, you should scroll down to the bottom of this page and opt in for my free newsletter where I’ll share with you exactly how to get your lower body in the best shape of your life.

How to Perform Hip Flexor Stretches: 10 Steps Edit Article Yoga Poses to Stretch Hip FlexorsOther Stretches for Hip Flexors Edited by Permasofty, Chris Hadley, Harry Honda, Teresa and 5 others The hip flexors are a group of muscles including both muscles of the hips and upper thighs. Your hip flexors move your knees into your chest and also move your legs from front to back and side to side. Real College Student of Atlanta: Eating clean for rookies {part 1} I have tons of self control when it comes to just about everything besides food. I love good food and good food loves me. So trust me, I understand how difficult the concept of healthy eating or "eating clean" sounds, but it's not too bad if you ease your way into it like I've been doing for the past two weeks.

7 Essential Things You Should Do After Every Workout - Page 7 Post-workout recovery is an essential, albeit often overlooked, segment of any fitness routine. After any bout with the barbells or tango with the treadmill, enacting a cool-down phase and post-exercise recovery period is just as important as actually doing the work itself; no matter if you’re focusing on your arms, lower body, or working on that six-pack. Often, in haste to get out of the gym, we can finish our sets or our last quarter-mile, grab the keys and water bottle, and high-tail it to the parking lot to get back home.

Heel Exercises - 8 Easy Exercises for High-Heel Wearers Nothing's worse than struggling to walk in a fabulous (and vertiginous!) pair of pumps. Instead of relegating them to the back of your closet—never to be worn again—implement a new fitness routine designed to strengthen and stretch your stems, as well as minimize the risk of sustaining common stiletto-related injuries (think chronic sciatic nerve pain, foot stress fractures, and hip and knee tendinitis). Whether you prefer working out at the gym or in the comfort of your home, our friend Terrence Walcott, Training Manager and Training Specialist at DavidBartonGym in New York City, helped us demonstrate eight great moves that'll give you a gorgeous set of gams—and a much more graceful gait.

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