Health & Beauty
7 Seriously Effective Exercises to Sneak Into Your Beauty Routine
What's more impressive than fitting a workout and a DIY mani into your nighttime schedule? Doing them at the same time, obviously
For an even tougher move, try Mahri's dancer training balances: Relevé high onto the balls of your feet, then lift and hold each foot off the ground for as long as you can. This movement forces you to balance your entire body on the ball of one foot. Make sure to keep your abs engaged and pulled up, while relaxing the neck and shoulders.
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And my beauty routine is no exception. Honestly, I get bored doing all those things I'm "supposed" to do at the sink: flossing, brushing, exfoliating, moisturizing, blow drying (OK, that one I usually skip). But if I complete all of these beauty tasks while doing some simple heel lifts and calf exercises, I'm entertained and feel productive. Score.
At the risk of sounding like Gwyneth Paltrow, I have to admit I enjoy fitting in quick workouts whenever I can. Adding small muscle workouts while you're completing a beauty task is a great form of spot training. I'm a barre class junkie, and sometimes I feel more sore from these exercises that target small muscle groups than a spin or zumba class (I'm serious).
To gather some multitasking wisdom, I talked to several personal trainers for the scoop on the best home workouts. They shared their favorite quick exercises you can complete while you're getting beautiful. Fitting in even 15 minutes of multitasking workouts throughout your day could make a difference.
Obviously, I'm not suggesting you cancel your gym membership. Think of these quick exercises as supplements to your fitness routine. You still need heart-pumping cardio to stay in shape, whether it's in the form of a fast-paced walk around your neighborhood or a fancy studio spin class. But if you're crazy efficient like I am -- or you're not vain enough to just love staring at your face during your beauty routine -- give these workouts a go.