Here are the basic strength-building movements you should memorize and use for a lifetime. To read more click here!
Archives for May 2015
Potatoes are definitely America’s favorite vegetable. And, generally speaking, we like our potatoes fried. According to the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association, the potato chip was invented in 1853 and has been America’s number-one snack food for more than 50 years. In 2011, Americans ate 1.5 billion pounds of potato chips — that’s about four pounds per person. And while there’s nothing wrong with potato chips once in a while, there are some healthier chip alternatives on the market. But whatever you choose, how much you eat still matters. “While some alternative chips may offer more varied nutrients and special ingredients like flax or chia seeds, at the end of the day, a snack food is a snack food. Whether you’re eating bean chips, carrot chips or potato chips, you still have to watch portion size, calories and sodium,” says Caroline Kaufman, M.S., RDN, nutrition expert and blogger at CarolineKaufman.com. Here are nine better-for-you chip options and how they compare over typical potato chips. To read more click here!
We all want to work out on a regular basis, but when fitness time is competing with work, household chores, events with family and friends or just the comfort of your bed, it can be really hard to make that goal a reality. However, with the right mindset and just a bit of planning and prep, you can make sure that your workouts happen. To read more click here!
When it comes to cardio, sometimes it seems like we’re stuck between a rock (thetreadmill) and a hard place (spin class). Both are effective, but both can get boring, fast. Fortunately, there’s a better way to burn calories without even stepping foot in a gym. Say hello to high-intensity bodyweight exercises. In this 20-minute video, Dana McCaw, certified trainer and Grokker expert, shows you how to perform a variety of exercises that work your entire body, burn major calories, and make you break a serious sweat—without any weights or equipment. You’ll start with a quick lower-body warm-up before moving into two rounds of five heart-pumping moves, from front lunges to lateral hops, that target evey muscle in your body, from legs to abs to back. Ready to feel the burn? Just press play. To read more click here!
Ever wonder how every yoga instructor you meet has more energy than Jess on New Girl, even at a 7 a.m. class? Yeah, coffee (or green tea) may play a role, but caffeine isn’t the only explanation. The secret is, well, yoga. We were skeptical when certified yoga instructor Brett Larkin told us too. But she says her 15-minute, a.m. routine centers the mind, balances the body, and jolts you awake with more lasting energy than an any coffee drink can provide. Even on those mornings when you can barely drag yourself out of bed (we’ve been there), come to your mat—or simply your living room rug—for this sequence that anyone can do (no experience or toe-touching flexibility required!). Not only do these feel-good poses perk you up, but they’ll also open your hips, stretch your shoulders, and lengthen your spine. The result: You’ll walk away feeling centered, focused, and ready to own the day. To read more click here!