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How to do a Perfect Plank Pose

By Maire,

Plank pose is sort of a magical pose. You do it during a yoga class as well as during a strength training class and fitness trainers often call it “the only exercise you need to train your whole body”.

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What to Order At Brunch: Nutritionists Weigh In

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If you’re a fan of weekend brunch, you already know that it can be an easy meal for splurging. After all, it’s usually a laid back, lengthy affair where it’s tempting to have a cocktail and an indulgent entrée — especially if you’re dining out — as well as other treats you wouldn’t normally have during the week. But if you’re health-conscious, you don’t have to choose between enjoying a delicious brunch and skipping it altogether! Use these expert-approved tips to navigate the brunch menu the healthy way.

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Yoga Poses That Athletes Need

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Everyone knows it’s better to bend than to break. These eight yoga poses will enable athletes to recover and function at peak level.

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6 Pre-Workout Snacks Nutritionists Eat

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Just like it helps to have an exercise plan in mind before you hit the gym, being prepared with the right pre-workout snack will keep you on track with your fitness regimen. Not sure what to eat to fuel up? The rules of eating before exercise can be confusing, so we asked nutrition pros for their go-to recommendations. From healthy carbs for an energy boost to protein for staying power, these expert-approved eats will help you maximize your workout.

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12 Super Easy Ways to Transform Your Health in 2017

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New Year Health Tips

New Year new you? We all want to live a little healthier, but that doesn’t mean we have to make massive changes. These easy health tips are simple and sustainable ways to increase wellness in a big way…

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7 Reasons You Should Listen To Music When You Workout

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Research consistently finds that listening to music distracts athletes from their “bodily awareness”. And a recent study found that not just listening, but controlling and creating music in time to one’s pace had an even more profound effect on perceived effort during a workout. Here are seven very good reasons to rock out during your next gym session. More

31 Healthy Holiday Dessert Recipes

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We know what’s on your gift list: Easy holiday desserts that taste great, are good for you (OK, not as sugary or fattening as traditional seasonal treats), and make amazing gifts. You’re welcome!

There’s nothing better than spending a cold winter day inside by the fire, whipping up delicious holiday treats for your friends and family. But all those baked goods you indulge in during the month of December can take a toll on your waistline; according to recent research from Cornell University, the average weight gain for Americans during the Christmas-New Year’s season is 1.3 pounds. (What’s more, it took half the participants in the study five months to shed the weight they’d gained during the holidays.)

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7 Ways to Make Your Lunges More Effective

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These aren’t your average lunges.

by: Alexa Tucker | Self.com

 

Lunges are a fantastic compound exercise to target your legs and glutes, but if you rely on the same movement to work your lower body in every workout, you might be hampering the butt-strengthening benefits of the exercise. You can avoid this by mixing in different lunge variations, explains David Juhn, CPT, personal training manager at Life Time Athletic at Sky in NYC.

“The body can adapt to same sequence of exercise over time,” says Juhn. “It’s important to constantly challenge our bodies with different movements.” Changing things up can help avoid fitness plateaus, whether your goal is to gain strength or lose fat.

Plus, many lunge variations incorporate other fitness benefits, including twists that work your core and plyometric jumps that jack up your heart rate. “[Variations] can turn normal mundane workout to dynamic and challenging routines,” says Juhn. Here are seven amazing ones that will make your regular lunge envious.

Lunge Exercise Tip

Step Up With Reverse Lunge

“This entire sequence demands coordination, balance, and core stability,” says Juhn.

  • Stand in front of a box or step, about one foot away.
  • Step up with your left foot and drive your right knee up towards your chest.
  • Step your right foot back to the starting position and step your left back into a lunge, lowering your knee toward the ground (make sure your right knee doesn’t go past your right toes).
  • Step your left leg back onto the step or box to repeat the movement.