Showing posts from August, 2020

Why You Shouldn't Take Melatonin in the Middle of the Night, According to Experts

This Board Turns Holding Planks into a Fun at-Home Video Game - and I Tested It Out

As a former gymnast , I did a lot of planks during strength and conditioning sessions at the end of practice. You could say, then, that I got used to planks - and liked them, too! I've since found a device that can make the traditional plank exciting while challenging your core: the Stealth Core Trainer. There are three different Stealth Core Trainer models, and the yellow one that my dad, an Amazon superfan, got is the least expensive. I was skeptical when he unpacked it because I'd never done anything like this before. To use it, you download the Stealth Fitness app which has free and premium games ($25 per year). To use the trainer, all you have to do is place your phone on the designated spot and follow along to the game while in a plank. You'll move forward and back, twist side to side, and tilt on the board, which increases the difficulty of the plank. I've only tested out the two free games: Galaxy Adventure (set in space) and Speed Gliding (where you try to

The Most Flattering Black Leggings I've Ever Worn Happen to Be 40% Off Today

I Drank Celery Juice Every Night For a Week, and This Is What a Doctor Had to Say About It

This Dietitian's Antidiet, Body-Positive TikToks Make Us Want to Stand and Applaud!

The antidiet, body-positive movement is flooding TikTok, and we love @beautifuleatsandthings ' account! Andy Mathis is a body-positive registered dietitian and a food blogger, and her posts discuss topics including body image, fatphobia, nutrition myths, and diet culture. Mathis told POPSUGAR that in the past, she and food have had a love-hate relationship. She loved the taste of it but hated feeling guilty or depressed after eating "bad foods" such as pizza or cookies. After becoming a registered dietitian, she said, "I made it my mission to help others develop a better relationship with food and put an end to these common health misconceptions brought on by diet culture." This is where a lot of her TikTok inspiration comes from! "It makes me happy to know that my videos are helping others make peace with food and understand that health is not determined by a certain body size ." Mathis's energy is fun and friendly, and her message of loving y

20 Calming Playlists on Spotify to Help Quiet Your Mind Right Now

It's safe to say that we all need a little bit of calm right now. A safe harbor, a cozy nook, a place to go to get away from it all (at least for a little while). Before you brew a cup of tea, grab a book, or light an aromatherapy-tinged candle , make sure you have a calming, soothing playlist to serve as the perfect backdrop for your preferred form of self-care . Maybe the music is a bit jazzy, with a soft beat to it, or piano-centered, or of the Spanish coffeehouse variety - whatever floats your boat, as long as it's relaxing AF and quickly gets you to the aforementioned safe harbor. The playlists included here are great for doing yoga , stretching, or even some slow functional training, but they can also work for any moment when you need some calm. We can't make outside problems go away, but we can take some time for ourselves to recharge and come back renewed and refreshed. So, the next time you show yourself some TLC, put on one of these playlists and feel your str

Everything You Need to Know to Vote Safely in Person During COVID-19

The 2020 election is quickly approaching, and, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic , a number of states are giving voters the option of mailing in their ballots or voting absentee . If you're able to vote without waiting in a line full of people, medical experts strongly recommend doing so. "All politics and controversy aside, from an infectious-disease standpoint, if you mail in your ballot, you are less likely to be exposed to infection," Chad Sanborn , MD, a pediatric infectious-disease specialist at KIDZ Medical Services in Florida, told POPSUGAR. To find the voting guidelines and options for your local election site, visit . The ability to vote by mail or absentee varies from state to state , leaving many voters with no option other than casting their ballots in person. If you fall into this category, here are steps you can take to keep yourself as safe as possible when you arrive at your polling location. Related: If You're Voting by Mail This Y

How to help your child get the sleep they need

This year, back-to-school plans are still a work in progress, and some (perhaps many) children will be learning from home because of the pandemic. As tempting as it might be to let the summer sleep schedules stay in place, it’s important that children have a regular routine — and that they are sleeping during the dark hours and awake during the light ones, as our bodies do best that way. So while a child whose trip to school is just a walk to the kitchen table might be able to sleep a bit later than one who has to catch an early bus, no child should be spending all morning in bed. Sleep is crucial for all of us, and this is particularly true for children. Without enough quality sleep, children are more likely to have health and behavioral problems — and difficulty learning. Here are a few simple things you can do to help your child get the sleep they need. Have a regular schedule Our bodies do best when we go to bed and wake up at roughly the same time every day. Children and tee

Serena Williams Gets Candid About the Williams Sisters' Legacy in This Emotional Nike Video

Venus and Serena Williams took the tennis world by storm, disrupting the status quo as two Black girls from Compton, CA, ready to leave their mark on a predominately white game. For Nike's latest "You Can't Stop Us" campaign, imagery of the Williams sisters from the start of their careers to the present plays while Serena narrates their experiences playing against one another. "Ever since we were little girls, you've compared us to each other. My game versus her game. My ranking versus her ranking. My titles versus her titles," she says. But what the younger Williams sister wants you to know is that although they are competitors, it's always been about more than wins and losses - they're sisters no matter the outcome. "You saw two tennis players trying to win a game, we saw two sisters changing it," she says. It's easy to get caught up in stats and records, especially when it comes to two of the greatest athletes ever, but thi

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This Is Exactly How a Nutritionist Uses Turmeric For Health, So You Can Do the Same

Ever since kale was revealed to be the most super of all leafy greens, health-savvy eaters have been keeping an eye out for the next big thing in nutritious eating. Avocados were the leader in the category for some time, but there's a new hero in the superfood sect that's been around for centuries but only recently taken the mainstream by storm: turmeric. Related: Exactly How Much Turmeric to Have a Day to Reap Its Anti-Inflammatory Benefits Why should you eat turmeric? By now you've heard the hype over this spice, but you're probably wondering if it's really all that great and if you should actually consider adding it to your diet. We get that. Thankfully, turmeric is not hype. To the untrained eye, turmeric may resemble ginger, but it is richer in color with a heck of a lot more potent smell. The spice is actually a root derived from a plant called curcuma longa, which can be used whole or ground and is known for its powerful antioxidant properties. Thin

Naomi Osaka Wanted to Be Like Kobe Bryant - He Told Her to Be Better

Naomi Osaka is the first Asian tennis player ever to be ranked No. 1 in singles. She's also the only Japanese player and the fifth Black woman to win a Grand Slam title. Not to mention, she's the highest-paid female athlete in the world . Those are great accolades - though the 22-year-old feels like she still has growth to do (don't we all). " I've been figuring out my voice more ," Osaka said in an interview for WSJ. Magazine 's September Women's Style issue. "I definitely think it's time to start gaining confidence and taking on what you feel." Osaka has made it her mission to do just that off the court. She went to protests in Minneapolis days after the death of George Floyd earlier this year, and she then wrote an essay for Esquire about her experience protesting and detailed her support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Related: Ahead of Her Olympics Debut, Naomi Osaka Announces She Will Represent Japan "It means so

I Changed the Way I Buy Activewear - and Sometimes I’m Happier Without the New Outfit

My quest for the perfect black workout leggings is never-ending - simply because I don't want it to end. Shopping for activewear is my weakness, much to the dismay of my wallet. If I step into a Target, it takes an element of willpower not to walk out with a new sweatshirt: "But this one is so much different than my others," I inevitably say. My justification for buying so many strappy sports bras, lightweight racerback tanks, and bike shorts? Since I love working out so much - from going to the gym for a lift to attending studio cycling and hot yoga classes - I would definitely wear every single item I purchased, even if I didn't do the proper shopping research before clicking buy. The truth? A good 50 percent of my stock never made it into regular rotation. When gyms and workout studios closed in March, my habit didn't quit - since I never really changed out of lounge clothes for the first few weeks, I figured I had a "valid" excuse for why I nee

Drift Into Bliss with Autogenic Training

Reduce your anxiety with this soothing meditative relaxation technique. Autogenic training is a technique aimed at triggering the relaxation response by making the practitioner feel warm and heavy through trance-like  diaphragmatic breathing and the repetition of verbal cues. This practice can help reduce anxiety and calm you down after a stressful situation. Essentially, all you have to do is relax, be undisturbed, sit in a comfortable position, and concentrate on verbal suggestions about warmth and heaviness in your limbs. See also   A Yoga Sequence to Train Your Brain to Relax Try This 30-Minute Autogenic Practice 1. Choose a quiet room where you won’t be disturbed. 2. Keep the room temperature at a moderately warm, comfortable level. 3. Keep external stimuli to a minimum. 4. Turn the lights down low. 5. Wear loose clothing. 6. Sit in an armchair in which your head, back, and extremities are supported and you are as comfortable as possible. Or sit on a stool, sligh

Grab a Towel, Because These Instagram Live Workouts Will Leave You Dripping

Ready to shake up your workout routine? Meet us on Instagram and YouTube this week, because we're going live with some fresh routines. From cardio boxing to core crushers, we've got an intense week coming up and you're invited for all of it. Tune in on @popsugarfitness for the workouts and check out the schedule below (and add it to your Google Calendar ) to see exactly what we've got coming up. You can also catch up with our previous Instagram Live workouts on the free Active by POPSUGAR app. We'll see you there! 30-Minute Cardio-Boxing and HIIT Workout With Leila Leilani : Monday, Aug. 31, at 9:30 a.m. PT/12:30 p.m. ET (equipment recommended: light dumbbells) 30-Minute No-Equipment F45 Workout With Libby Vincek : Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 9 a.m. PT/12 p.m. ET 35-Minute No-Equipment Barry's Workout With Chelsea Cox : Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET 30-Minute Core-Crusher Workout With LIT Method : Thursday, Sept. 3, at 9 a.m. PT/12 p.m. ET (

Put Your Muscles to Work With This HIIT Cardio Dance Workout to "WAP" ​

If you can't get enough of Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's latest hit and our new favorite anthem, "WAP," you're not alone. It's officially on all of our workout playlists, we've been randomly reciting lines throughout our day, and we don't plan on stopping anytime soon. We've been waiting for YouTubers to release workouts set to "WAP," and we're loving this "WAP"-inspired dance HIIT workout by Bernadette Barber. The moves are fun and easy to follow along to, and you should absolutely expect to be sweating after it's over. If you're looking for a quick and fun workout to do, this has your name written all over it. Be sure to check out the full routine in the video above! via POPSUGAR Fitness

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You Only Need 10 Minutes For This Quick and Effective Ab-Focused Workout From Jake DuPree

Yes, this workout is only 10 minutes, but let's be honest, it only takes two minutes to feel the burn in a Jake DuPree workout. Expect moves like roll-ups, leg raises, and side planks to work your core in different ways. Make this quick session even more challenging by adding a pair of light (one- to three-pound) dumbbells. Find more workouts from Jake in his 21-Day Full-Body Transformation plan, available on Active by POPSUGAR. via POPSUGAR Fitness

This 4-Week Plan Is Designed to Help You Shed Pounds Simply by Walking and Lifting Weights

Walking can help you lose weight , but if you want results, it's important that you pair it with strength training . Enter this walking and weightlifting plan from Bonnie Micheli , an ACE-certified personal trainer and cofounder of Shred415 - it's designed to help you build lean muscle and burn more calories , the recipe for weight-loss success . To achieve that, you'll focus on getting more steps in six days a week, and add strength training on four of those days. If you're already concerned about squeezing it all in, don't stress. "You don't need to complete all of your steps at one time," Bonnie told POPSUGAR. "Every step counts. Even if you only have 10 or 20 minutes at a time to walk, it counts!" Plus, the strength-training sessions are only 10 minutes long. As you start to build more muscle - during the four-week plan or after - you can try repeating each set two to three times for an added burn, but by that point, you'll feel mo

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We Asked an Expert How to Build Stronger Leg Muscles - These 3 Compound Exercises Were Her Answer

Compound exercises aren't just great for saving time during your workouts. In addition to utilizing multijoint movements that work groups of large muscles, they can be done with minimal equipment, unlike many isolation exercises that only work one muscle at a time. And while you may think your legs get plenty of exercise already from running, walking, or other cardio it's important to take the time to focus on strengthening your legs , so that you can prevent injury and increase flexibility. "Working two muscle groups at once is essential to improving total body coordination," Ellen Piccolotti , NASM-certified personal trainer and fitness instructor and CEO of X2o Studio in Los Gatos, CA, told POPSUGAR. "Your body has to work harder to balance, and it takes extra focus to make different muscle groups work together." Try these three moves from Ellen to get stronger legs stat, helping you add more power to all your future workouts. Related: We Asked

Jeanette Jenkins Has a Weight-Free Cardio Sesh That's Low Impact, and We're SO Ready For It

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jeanette Jenkins (@msjeanettejenkins) on Aug 25, 2020 at 5:04am PDT Jeanette Jenkins has been on a roll when it comes to posting workouts you can do right in your living room, backyard, bedroom (my workout area of choice sometimes!), and other places in your home. Remember her ab workout using only a pillow ? Now, Jenkins has a 10-move cardio sculpt workout that targets your abs, back, arms, and lower body. It has many of our favorite qualities: it's low impact (aka there's no jumping and, she explained in her Instagram comments, there's minimal impact on the body and joints) and includes exercises that require zero equipment. Jenkins said you should do each exercise for 30 to 60 seconds and complete the circuit two to three times through. See her demonstrate the moves in the Instagram slideshow above. Note: some slides feature more than one exercise. The 10 exercises are: Sumo

Your First Breathwork Practice Will Be Eye-Opening - Here Are 5 Tips to Guide the Way

Put simply, breathwork is any kind of breathing exercise or technique , or any type of intentional change you make to your breathing rhythm. "It starts with the conscious changing with the pattern of your breath," said Millana Snow, an energy healer, breathwork teacher, and founder of Wellness Official . All of us are breathing, all the time, every day, but when you do breathwork, "You're choosing a specific pattern that you repeat over and over again," Snow told POPSUGAR. "You can ultimately alter the state of not just your body, but also your mind, your emotions, and your energetic and spiritual state." It sounds like a tall order for something as simple as breathing, but the science is there to back it up: studies have shown evidence of the positive mental and physical effects of breathwork , even recommending it to college students in need of a mental boost. "It's kind of having a new resurgence, with people recognizing how powerful it

Add This 5-Minute EMOM Circuit to the End of Your Next Strength Workout

When the countdown clock hits that last five minutes, it can be tough to keep your head in the game of a strength workout - raise your hand if you've ended a session with an Instagram scroll rather than one final push. EMOM finishers are the perfect solution, helping you to top off your workout on a high (and supersweaty!) note. "Every minute on the minute - aka EMOM - workouts challenge you to complete an exercise for a certain number of reps in less than 60 seconds. The remaining time within the minute serves as your recovery," Sophie Folts-Mercure , the creator of Ballet Fit Theory at Fit Atelier and NASM-certified personal trainer, explained. EMOM workouts allow you to log in a lot of quality work quickly and efficiently, Folts-Mercure said. The resting and working periods during an EMOM workout are also programmed with a purpose - to keep you moving and to prevent your heart rate from falling too much in between sets. "These workouts are excellent for meta

6 Poses To Stretch and Strengthen Your Hamstrings

Soften that stress in the backs of your legs with this grounding sequence. Ahhhh, hamstrings. For some of us, it seems like they tighten up no matter what we do. They talk back whether we are sitting squatting, running, biking, or lifting weights. On the other side of the spectrum, those of us who are fairly mobile (whether naturally or through doing lots of yoga) might have little to no feeling in the backs of our legs. Either way, it's time to bring these key muscles more fully online, because incorporating yoga moves that both stretch and strengthen this area will have you standing taller and moving with more grace, power, and ease in no time. Pro tip: focus the stretch on the belly of the muscle rather than at the attachments (your hamstring attachment points are at the knees and sitting bones). If you feel pulling in either of these areas, back off by bending your knees slightly and engaging your core a bit more diligently.  Source: Yoga Journal

Mask Up and Stay Safe With These Pretty Multilayered Face Masks

Sunglasses? Check. Wallet? Check. Stylish, tie-dye, double-layered cloth face mask? Check! Fabric face masks are the most important accessory we have now, so it's good to keep a wide variety on hand in multiple colors, patterns, and designs to match every outfit in your closet - because, ya know, a leopard-print face mask does not go with a pink gingham dress. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention said that wearing a mask over your nose and mouth will help slow the spread of COVID-19. But not all face masks are created equal - and I'm not just talking about how they look. A study in Physics of Fluids found that stitched, double-layered cotton masks were the most effective in stopping the spread of droplets . If the cougher was wearing this type of mask, their droplets only went two-and-a-half inches on average, rather than three feet in other masks, seven inches for those wearing a simple bandana, and eight feet for those not wearing a covering at all. Luckily,

I Tried an Olympic Gymnast's 4-Move Ab Circuit - and Planks Will Never Be the Same

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Samantha Peszek (@samanthapeszek) on Aug 14, 2020 at 2:55pm PDT I knew the four bodyweight moves Olympic gymnast Samantha Peszek shared on Instagram were going to be challenging but great for targeting the core - after all, I tried her former teammate's ab routine last year , and it ignited my midsection big time. Peszek, who was a member of the US women's Olympic gymnastics team in 2008 that won silver and who went on to compete for UCLA , said these creative plank exercises will "up your ab game." The four moves that Peszek shared were: "plank twist jumps," which are similar to a plank-to-pike jump but you're twisting to the side and tucking your knees in; "plank kick to side," like kick-throughs but in a plank position; "plank knee-in kickback," similar to a Three-Legged Dog yoga pose with a crunch; and a "side plank elbow to knee

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Light Up Your Abs Like Dynamite With This 3-Minute BTS Cardio Workout

" Dynamite" came out last week and (I'm not exaggerating) I haven't stopped singing it since. One listen lodges this perfect-for-summer BTS song in your head, so you might as well make the best of it and get a workout in at the same time! That's where this three-and-a-half minute cardio routine from Mylee Dance comes in. The fitness YouTuber and choreographer lays out the perfect moves to this BTS beat, so smooth you won't even realize that you're doing squats and hip thrusts until you feel your core at the end. The choreography moves fast, so you might need a few run-throughs to get it down, but hey - more reps means more sweat, and that's why we're here. Bonus: Mylee even incorporates some of BTS's original choreography, so if worst comes to worst, just channel J-Hope and keep grooving. Check out the full routine above and try it out for yourself for some quick cardio! Related: These 7 Intense Workouts Are Set Only to BTS Songs, an

How to Approach Exercise When You Have Hand Pain, According to a Physical Therapist

I've been working out around my knee pain for years - swapping in low-impact exercises and joint-friendly moves for jumps and squats on the days where my discomfort is at a peak. But figuring out how to exercise without worsening hand pain is brand new to me - and unfortunately, still a work in progress. Yoga was out, since I couldn't bear weight on my thumb without wincing, and gripping a dumbbell in my hand was not happening - to be honest, I didn't realize just how much I relied on my hands in all of my go-to workouts. Thankfully, the pain was a one-day affair, but it did make me curious if working out with a hand injury was possible, or even advised, so I checked in with Lucy McLeod , B. Physio, DPT,CHT, physical therapist and certified hand therapist at HSS. Ahead, the tips that are essential to keep in mind before getting in a sweat. Understand Your Injury - and Check in With an Expert This isn't the time to self-diagnose. If you're dealing with pain or

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