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3 Yoga Poses to Relieve Tight Hamstrings

Whether you’re a runner, a weight lifter, or a living-room-workout-when-I-can girl, at some point or another, your hamstrings have been tight. Tight hamstrings can make your hips, lower back, and even your knees hurt.

Your hamstrings are the muscles in the back of your thighs. Each leg has 4 hamstrings. These muscles are responsible for flexing your knees. (Stand on your right leg and put your hand on the hamstrings of your left leg. Bring the left heel up toward your butt and let it back down slowly. As you do, you’ll feel the hamstring working.)

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The 13 Best Abs Exercises You Can Do Standing Up

We get it: You don’t always want to do crunches or planks or even use gym equipment to work your abs. Luckily, you don’t have to. If you’ve never thought about working your core while standing, you should. It may even be more effective because your core muscles aren’t just the ones you see in the mirror: They wrap all the way around your body—from your “six-pack” abs to your obliques (which hug the sides of your trunk) to the muscles that stabilize and support your spine.

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The Ultimate Guide to Dining Out and Not Blowing Your Diet

By now, you know how to track what you eat and effectively lose fat. There’s plenty of quality scientific information out there on the subject.

Most of you will find yourselves weighing out food and using measuring cups, a digital scale, and while this allows for consistent and predictable results, there’s always going to be a level of uncertainty when you dine out. You can’t accurately measure the portion sizes or be 100% certain of the ingredients that are being used.

For many, the solution you create is to just avoid going out to eat altogether. The fear of blowing your diet overpowers any desire to socialize with friends and family. 

That’s the safe choice, but it’s also…

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The 15-Minute Low-Impact Workout to Strengthen Your Butt

Newsflash: You don’t need to put yourself through a soul-crushing workout to see changes in your body. And this 15-minute, low-impact workout from Grokker proves just that.

 

These bodyweight-only moves can be done at the gym or on your living room floor. When you hit play, you’ll follow trainer Le Jon Guillory through a series of kickboxing-inspired moves, all performed on your knees, that will burn out your bum and build serious strength in your glutes. Plus, the trainer’s high-energy style and sense of humor will keep you motivated (and maybe even smiling) ’til the end.

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Hero Work Out of the Day (Veteran’s Day 11/11)

CrossFit is quickly becoming “the training” program for our Military, Law Enforcement and Fire Fighters. Since day one CrossFit has embraced our men and women in uniform and they have chosen to honor the Heroes who gave their lives to keep us and our country safe.

These CrossFit Hero WODs listed below are some of the most intense workout experiences that you could experience. They have been conceived and are intended to be performed with intense effort, in honor of our fallen Heroes. Don’t think to your self, I can’t do that or it looks to hard. Instead focus on what you can do, scale where needed, and think about the Hero that has given his all for our freedom. Honor these Hero’s with your best effort.

 

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15 Easy Prenatal Bodyweight Exercises, for When You Want to Lie on the Couch and Eat Saltines

If you’re expecting, then you probably already know pregnancy isn’t exactly like the glossy photos you see in magazines or the picture-perfect scenes on TV. Sure, it can be amazing and joyful. But there are also times you’re stuck in bed, feel sick to your stomach, or are just plain uncomfortable. During those moments, the last thing on your mind is exercise.

But hear us out. Studies show moderate exercise during pregnancy can improve sleep; maintain your physical fitness; and reduce your risk of diabetes, excessive weight gain, depression, and an unplanned C-section. Regular exercise also helps prepare your body for labor and can even make it shorter.

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6 Ways To Actually Get A Workout In Every Day

As the days shorten and winter draws closer, it’s hard to always find the motivation to work out—and it’s even harder when you have to make yourself wake up early to do it. It’s definitely possible, though. Here’s how to get over all those excuses you’re making and keep exercising through the colder months. Here is how you get a workout in every day.

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All About BCAAs

What are branched chain amino acids?

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) are so called because of their structure, which includes a “side chain” of one carbon atom and three hydrogen atoms. There are three BCAAs: leucine, isoleucine, and valine. Of these, leucine is the most heavily researched, and appears to offer the biggest physiological benefit. (More on that below.)

For the science geeks, these hydrophobic (water-fearing) amino acids are referred to as “aliphatic” (from the Greek aleiphar, or oil), as their central carbon attaches to a branched non-cyclic, open carbon chain.

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Parents: How to Instill a Love of Fitness in Your Kids

I’m choosing to build their character traits around a love of fitness, fun and wellbeing. I think these traits work well with so many game paths that it’s a great choice for most parent character-builders.

Is it easy? No, but it’s vitally important to foster and ingrain these attributes early in order for maximum impact and longevity.

But how do we do it? Well, I’m glad you asked.

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The Body Part I’m Most Self-Conscious About Is the One People Admire

“I have a confession to make that might get me into some trouble. Alas, in the name of female empowerment and in the interest of transparency, here it goes: I’m not particularly fond of my legs.

 

For as long as I can remember, my gams have had a nickname that reference their size. I’ve run the gamut from “Thunder Thighs” to “Quadzilla,” and while I do embrace my body as a whole and love it so completely—my legs wouldn’t be something I’d pick out as my favorite. And while most people tend to look at abs as a marker of physical progress, I admire other women’s legs.

When people ask me what I like most about my body, I usually say..”

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Your Brain Is A Muscle You Can Strengthen: Here’s How

“I am who I am.” I’ve heard this line from patients countless times. “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is another version. Regardless of the form it takes, these statements are based on the same flawed belief that our ability, skill, and character are set in stone.

The fixation of this mindset begins early. Society labels us, and we label ourselves. A child is told he is a good or a bad listener. A high school student thinks of herself as good or bad at math. These labels become even more entrenched in adulthood.

We are especially good at knowing what we are not. It’s not unusual to hear someone say one of the following:

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The Absolute Best Healthy Halloween Candy Recipes

We love costumes, candy, and pumpkin-carving as much as ever. But we also know there’s a whole other side to Halloween—a world of spiritual significance to tap into. So, leading up to October 31, we’re sharing content aimed to help you connect with your transcendent potential and more effectively create the life you want, from the inside out. In other words, to manifest magic.

Today, we’re sharing antioxidant-packed Halloween treats that will satisfy your sweet tooth and leave you feeling totally vibrant.

While you may have given up artificial flavor and sugar-laden store-bought candy, there’s no reason to be sitting around munching celery stalks at your Halloween festivities (unless you want to, in which case, you do you!).

We’ve rounded up the absolute best of the healthy Halloween candy recipes, so you can have your (antioxidant and protein-packed) Snickers bar and eat it, too. Be a good fairy and give it out to trick-or-treaters (everything on this list is kid-tested and approved!), or embrace your inner witch and keep it all for yourself.

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