Fitness

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I’m not really sure how the whole thing started. I just knew that I needed to do something good for myself — different. It’s like I just woke up one day and went, “Yep, I’m going to do this.” And I did. Let me rewind a bit. My name is Emily and I’m a food-a-holic.
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You started running months ago, yet every time you hop on the scale, you’re let down by the results. What gives? While running does burn mega calories, here are some reasons you may not be seeing the weight-loss results you’re after. Postrun Pig-Outs Burning tons of calories can cause a famished feeling afterward, but it’s
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There are times in life when your woes can only be cured with a slice of fluffy bread, and you shouldn’t be deprived of that joy just because you’re trying to maintain a healthy diet. Bread is a highly accessible food wherever you go; you can get your hands on a sandwich or avocado toast
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There’s good reason chia seeds have been on everyone’s minds these days. These tiny seeds are high in protein, fiber, calcium, antioxidants, and omega-3s, but there is a right and wrong way to eat them, and one man learned the hard way. In one patient case study, one man experienced intense dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing,
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Eating breakfast is one way to get your metabolism fires burning strong, but what you eat can boost your metabolism even more. With a quick whir of the blender, here’s a smoothie recipe loaded with metabolism-boosting ingredients. In this recipe, you’ll find calcium-rich Greek yogurt, almonds, and broccoli, a nutrient that has been shown to
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One of the more popular methods people use to lose weight these days is counting macronutrients, a method that tracks the amount of protein, carbohydrates, and fat you eat every day. Rather than counting calories, counting macros is said to be a healthier, more effective way of tracking the food you’re eating and how that
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Squat challenges are all the rage now, and while it certainly is an accomplishment to work your way up to 200, 500, or even 1,000 squats (yikes!), doing the same kind only works certain muscles. Here’s a new challenge for you to try. It involves five different squat variations that you repeat and eventually work
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There’s nothing like a cold beer or a nice rosé after a long run. Two 2015 studies, however, show a close relationship between alcohol intake and physical activity, suggesting that exercise may even directly influence the amount people drink and when. One of the studies includes research conducted by Pennsylvania State University, which looked at
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If you go to any activewear store, you’ll notice a lot of the same stuff — skintight leggings, strappy sports bras (and bralettes), racerback tanks, and compression shorts. For some women, this is awesome: more ways to show off the body you’ve been working on! But the truth of the matter is, not everyone wants
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If barre exercise classes are inspired by ballet, Barre Hop brings the beat by infusing the moves with hip-hop. Created by dancer and barre instructor Ericka Taylor, this 30-minute workout is a treat and will work your entire body — there’s even a fun dance section to get your heart rate climbing. Grab a sturdy
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Our thumb-scrolling came to a screeching halt the second we saw Briana Chandler’s Instagram . . . and you can see why for yourself: Insane, right? The fitness influencer started her fitness journey during her freshman year of college and hasn’t slowed down since. She told POPSUGAR that she had always been active and athletic,
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There is a special kind of love for Halo Top at POPSUGAR. People here go wild for the low-calorie, high-protein ice cream and can barely believe it’s not laden with fat and sugar. How can something that tastes so damn good only result in 300 calories for an entire pint?! Since its release last year,
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If you’re just starting a workout routine, doing gazelle-being-chased-by-a-lion sprinting intervals will be just as painful as they sound. Ease into it by doing a brisk walking workout that includes short and slow jogging intervals. This lower-impact workout is not only great if you’re a beginner, but those expecting or getting over an injury —
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Sometimes the trick to getting healthier and losing weight starts in very small ways; even the tiniest of changes in your habits can lead to drastic success. Author Matthew Kelly once said, “If a plane from London to New York changes its direction just five degrees south, it will end up in Venezuela.” Keep that
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Trying to cut coffee out of your morning? A cup of hot water with fresh lemon juice is an ideal alternative that many nutritionists drink every day — and it’s not just because of its tangy flavor! Here are four compelling reasons to make this quick concoction part of your morning ritual. It helps you
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We recently had a casual conversation with Brooke Barnett — a woman we interviewed last year who lost over 100 pounds — about eating habits, healthy tips, and wellness philosophies, and she dropped a little knowledge on us. Apparently, there are two groups of people: moderators and abstainers. According to Brooke, determining which one she
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Feeling forgetful while you’re on your period is a real, physiological thing. The combo of mental fog, hormonal fluctuations, and impacted sleep leaves you feeling not quite like yourself right around that time of month. But you shouldn’t feel embarrassed or frustrated! So many women go through this — we’re truly all in this together
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Weight-loss success happens when you truly love to live a healthy lifestyle, as Cynthia Ortega found out. Here, she tells Zumba’s lifestyle blog, Zlife, about her struggles with weight and how she finally found what works — and lost 230 pounds! Cynthia: Before Born and raised in Houston, Cynthia Ortega used to look in the
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It’s natural to be curious about what fitness professionals eat on a daily basis. Their bodies need to be in tip-top shape, which means they rely on a healthy diet and regular exercise. Keon Saghari, professional dancer, choreographer, and yoga instructor, spends the majority of her day moving her body, so she needs food to
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This may seem like a silly question, but it’s one we’ve all pondered at least a few times along our weight-loss journeys. Where does the fat go when we lose weight? Do the fat cells burst and flush out? Do we expel it during bathroom breaks? Do little fairies fly in at night and swipe
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Don’t let your guard down — cold season is still in full effect. The combination of Winter’s dry air, a turned-up thermostat, and closed windows can wreak havoc on your respiratory system. The best way to combat dry air and reduce your susceptibility to infection is to invest in a humidifier. If you’ve suffered through