I am a bodybuilder. I cannot even count the number of times that I have walked around in a tank top and people have asked me, “wow, do you do a lot of yoga or something?”
I used to get so offended by this question. I would think to myself, “How in God’s name does anyone think that yoga could have built this hard earned muscle? Stretching doesn’t build muscle!”
Little did I know, yoga is way more than just trying to touch your toes, and I was humbled by discovering this first hand when I decided to give it a try. I thought that a nice little stretch session would be good for my flexibility and recovery after demolishing some weights, but yoga offers a lot more than just that.
I ended up doing two workouts that day. I had no idea that yoga could be such an intensive practice and provide much more for my body than an increase in flexibility. Yoga has made its way into my weekly exercise routine, and it has not only helped my flexibility, but also my muscle building as well.
As you roll out of bed, you are met by the warm sunshine of spring. Finally! After months of oppressing rain and cold, warm weather is finally here.
So what to do first? I know! How about we go and sit in the dark, dingy gym to work on our summer bodies we have all procrastinated on.
Sike! Walking on a treadmill while peering out of the gym windows at the blooming flowers and chirping birds is right next to jumping off a cliff on my list of things I would like to do with my time. However, something must be done about the several mugs of hot cocoa and cookies being used as insulation to keep warm during the winter months. Very strategic. But, now it is time to unveil the holy beach bod and it appears the only choice we have is to drag ourselves into the gym if we want to get a workout intense enough worthy of a bikini ready booty.
What’s that, you say? Tight and toned without a dumbbell? That’s right. Those extra few pounds may just be enough resistance to build a bit of muscle. Now, let’s go to the park for a full body workout!
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When we hear the name “Kardashian” the first thing to come to mind is probably a collage of various images of butts. Big butts. But the notorious Kardashian sisters’ secret is out. We all know that you aren’t just genetically gifted; your doctor gave you that rear end, not nature and certainly not hard work.
First Kim Kardashian and then the younger sister Khloe Kardashian have publicly denied getting butt implants, and it is actually true that they don’t have them. Rather, they received butt injections which redeposits fat from the thighs and stomach to the butt. Semantics, really, because the result is the same and pretty obvious that those masses are not naturally occurring.
Many women envy the Kardashian sisters’ bootys, fake or not. They want curves, and they want them now! And, according to The New York Times, for about $10,000 you, too, can immediately have an end table for a back side.
We hate to burst your big booty bubble, but even surgery won’t give you the tight, toned, curvy body of your dreams. Why? It all has to do with the metabolic effects of muscle.
According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, engaging in some form of physical activity every day may serve as the most effective way to lower your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, as well as the most important step in managing the disease in those that have already been diagnosed.
A 2014 study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that about 12.3% of U.S. adults have diabetes, most of whom are Type 2. Type 2 diabetes is recognized as elevated levels of blood glucose due to reduced insulin sensitivity resulting from a poor diet with excess carbohydrates and a lack of exercise. Type 2 diabetes can cause nerve damage, blindness, heart attack and stroke, among many other issues.
“With Type 2 diabetes, your body can no longer make or use insulin, the hormone which helps the body regulate glucose levels,” Dr. Sheri Colberg, a professor of human movement sciences at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., specializing in exercise as it relates to diabetes told the WSJ.
It was just New Years, and now it’s March, which is the start of spring, and spring leads to summer. Even the mention of summer conjures up images of bathing suits and, well, more bathing suits. But it’s ok right? You made another New Year’s resolution to lose weight back in January. And you did great! Back in January…
But now it’s March and by now, most people have already ditched their New Years resolution. If this is you, you’re not alone, so don’t feel guilty. You still have plenty of time to get back on track for summer, so no worries there. And often times, it’s that faraway deadline that can cause you to lose motivation in the first place because there’s no sense of urgency.
If only someone would pay you to workout and eat right. If only someone would reward you with cold, hard cash for hitting your weight loss goal. That would be the ultimate motivation, wouldn’t it? Well, you’re officially out of excuses, because someone actually will.
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Congratulations are in order! Long time couple and stars of the hit reality show Just Jillian Jillian Michaels and Heidi Rhoades are engaged!
The cameras were rolling when America’s toughest trainer popped the question in front of friends and family, starting with a heart felt video about their relationship and ending with Jillian on one knee, presenting an engagement ring to Heidi that matched one on Jillian’s own finger.
FitBit’s bad year just got a whole lot worse.
Amid lawsuits that the heart rate monitor mechanism on the FitBit was giving inaccurate readings, which then threw off other statistics like daily calorie burn, Fitbit‘s stock plunged almost 20% Tuesday February 23, 2016 after the company announced late Monday that sales and earnings for the first quarter would fall short of what analysts’ had projected.
FitBit reported strong holiday sales last year, but investors are growing increasingly concerned that Fitbit is just another flash in the pan fad, likening it to the GoPro, another form of wearable technology that at one point was the must-have camera, but quickly disappointed on Wall Street.
by Mariah Edwards-Heflin
It’s Valentine’s Day, the holiday where all are taught to express our undying love with copious amounts of chocolates, desserts, and of course, sex. We’ve all heard that you can burn up to several hundred calories in a sex session with your boo, so who cares if we polish off those chocolates in one sitting, right?
Sorry, but no. 150 pound person can expect to burn just 72 calories during 15 minutes of sex. While fun, your little Valentine’s Day shenanigans won’t replace the calorie burn of the gym.
So does this mean you need to stress going to the gym to lift some weights on the most romantic day of the year? Not necessarily, unless you are really that committed to the #gymlife. Then by all means, be my guest, it’s actually pretty powerful foreplay before the main event. But there are a ton of fun, active, and healthy dates you can do on Valentine’s Day that work up more of a sweat than a roll in the hay.
ABC’s newest reality weight loss TV show “My Diet is Better Than Yours” is flipping the script and putting the contestants in charge of their weight loss plan. Hosted by Shaun T, creator of the intense and wildly popular workout program Insanity, “My Diet is Better Than Yours” features celebrity personal trainers coaching average Americans as they work hard to lose weight and get in shape with the program of their choice.
The benefits of working out are innumerable, including lowering your risk of chronic disease, improving sleep and energy levels, and reducing stress, but we’re willing to bet your true motivation behind your fitness New Years Resolution is a little more superficial: to lean out and sculpt your physique so you can wear that swimsuit or your skinny jeans with confidence. There’s no shame in wanting to look good! Whether you are new to the gym and working out or already have established the habit and are looking to take your fitness to the next level, we have all the resources you need to get there.
We know you’re barely done digesting your Christmas cookies, but it’s time to start looking forward to 2016. The New Year brings new opportunities to start fresh, set goals for the year ahead and make positive, lasting changes in your life. But before you can starting working toward your New Years resolution, you need to find the right one.
Take some time to reflect on the last year. What would you have liked to have done differently? What was the biggest source of stress for you? What would you have liked to work on, but just didn’t find the time?
Now think forward: What are your goals for this coming year? What do you want to achieve? Get your ideas churning with 8 Ways to Make a Healthy New Years Resolution.
Coming up empty? We’ve got you! 20 Healthy New Years Resolutions You Should Make.