We see you over there, kicking butt in the fitness dept. You've got a routine going; you're making friends at classes, and you're always excited to sweat it out. We're not here to tell you to press pause on the momentum — keep revving, girl — but we do think it's good to double check your habits periodically to make sure you're on target and taking care of your body in the process.
Yes, we all know that we should be exercising — it's the actual doing that's the hard part. That's where walking comes in: It's accessible and it has a surprising amount of health benefits, which range from boosting your energy levels and mood to decreasing your chances of catching the flu (always a win in our book).
Fact: Plastic is pretty darn bad for the environment and your health. That's because a) plastic doesn't biodegrade, and b) it actually releases toxic chemicals (like bisphenol A, a.k.a. BPA) that can get into your bloodstream, which can in turn lead to health issues. In other words? If you haven't yet switched to using a reusable water bottle yet, Earth Month is the perfect time to start. That doesn't mean you have to settle for something boring, though. Tote your H2O around in style with one of these super-luxe water bottles, all of which are BPA-free. Whether you're headed to the gym or work, they make hydrating an easy and stylish experience.
After recently dragging my friend to a boxing class — where we both had a ton of fun, btw — she came up to me and discreetly said, "Girl code: I can totally see through your leggings." I didn't think it was that bad, but the "bend over" test in the mirror revealed that, well, all was revealed. Turns out, over half of my favorites were basically transparent when I was doing the very things I was supposed to be doing in them.
Whether you rely on fitness streaming to augment your gym workout or to guide you through a sweat session in the comfort of your own home, a whole lot has changed in the world of digital workouts lately. Fitness streaming has grown exponentially in three main areas.
Spring has sprung and if you're looking for a helpful way to say goodbye to the winter blues, it might be worth creating a new workout routine — after all, it'll definitely help boost those endorphins.
Refueling before and after a workout is definitely crucial — and though it's certainly tempting to reach for an energy drink and a sugary protein bar after a grueling sweat session... well, that's probably not the most healthy choice.
Staying committed to your wellness resolution goals can be a struggle. However, keeping yourself at the gym doesn't have to unbearably painful — especially if you listen to the experts. And these pros suggest that packing the right essentials in your gym bag is key to keeping you focused and on track all winter long.
We're not knocking unisex gyms — so many great ones are out there — but sometimes, a lady just wants to sweat it out with her fellow ladies. Female-only workout spaces breed a certain level of comfort and inspiration that others don't. For starters, you don't have to worry about being hit on or watched and you can go hard without a care in the world. Also, such spaces tend to cater more to feminine needs (i.e. bathrooms are stocked with feminine hygiene products, girly deodorants, hair ties, etc). Best of all, though? You're surrounded by like-minded women who encourage, inspire, and commend you — and that's motivating AF.
New year, new gym membership? Welcome to the fitness club. The gym is a great place to be this time of year, but it can also be a little overwhelming. To help you feel comfortable at the gym and reach your fitness-related goals, we reached out to a handful of people who know the gym-sphere best of all: trainers. With their help, we've uncovered some of the biggest gym-related mistakes people make so you can feel like a pro the next time you sweat it out.
If you're like most people, the start of the new year signals a time to recommit to a regular fitness routine. The thing is, it's easy to get bored at the gym, especially if all you do is run on the treadmill. That's why we asked top fitness and wellness experts for what they think is going to be popular in 2019. The following nine trends will make working out more fun so that you can reach your goals this year.
The holidays are all about indulgence, while the new year brings with it a renewed sense of self-improvement. Now is the perfect time to set your New Year's resolutions and achieve your fitness goals all throughout the year. Committing to a healthy lifestyle seems hard, especially after the seemingly neverending festivities, so we've rounded up three easy ways to help you get your fitness on all year long.
There's been a lot of talk about CBD oil this year and its potential for helping people with sleep issues, stress and inflammation (not to mention beauty and skin care benefits), but you may not know about the potential benefits of CBD on endurance and overall fitness. The claim sounds crazy considering CBD is one of the main chemical compounds in cannabis (found in both hemp and marijuana varieties), which isn't usually associated with energy boosts or healthy eating. Before we explore the topic, however, it's important to hash out the legal issues of the compound, which depend largely on the source of your CBD.
Are you the type of person who struggles to work out solo, mainly to wander around a gym with no direction? Do you like to work out in a group setting where someone tells you what to do, while surrounded by others going through the exact same experience. If this sounds like you, you may benefit from taking a group fitness class. Whether you like to stick to one type of class like yoga or indoor cycling or you like to mix it up with Class Pass, there are endless types of classes and gyms to choose from. I tried out eight of the current most popular fitness classes and break it down so you know exactly what to expect and maybe it will help you start on a new fitness journey that you truly enjoy and want to stick with. Here's how I fared — from the invigorating to the most sweat-inducing.
Like many people do in the days leading up to January 1, I deliberately sat down with a journal and wrote out a list of goals I wanted to accomplish in the next 365 days. I covered all the biggies: finances, fitness, travel, relationships and even mental wellness. Also, like many people, I felt a bubbling confidence while scribbling away that made me feel like this year was going to be different in terms of actually achieving said goals.
Working out used to mean throwing on an old t-shirt and shorts and heading to a globo gym where you could anonymously sit on a recumbent bike for an hour. But times they are a-changin'. Ratty t-shirts are being replaced by stylish athleisure wear, and boutique fitness classes are giving regular gyms a run for their money. People want the close-knit community boutique gyms provide, and they're willing to pay triple the price of a regular gym to get it. But, calorie-burning-wise, are these trendy classes actually worth it?
Who wants to diet during the holidays? Thanksgiving, New Year's and every party in between revolves around food (well, okay, family, but food's a close second), so counting calories or carbs during these months feels like a task better suited to the Grinch. Still, no one wants to greet the New Year in pants two sizes too small, either.
Some people will tell you that summer bodies are built only in gyms -- but we're here to tell you that those people simply lack imagination. The way we look at it, we're constantly burning calories. Standing in line for an hour to buy your first Balmain dress from H&M burns 94 calories*. Reading "The Girl on the Train" for 30 minutes? Torches 44 calories.
As I stand in the dark wings of the stage, I feel my nerves kick in. After months of skipping nights out with friends, turning down my favorite meals and logging countless hours in the gym, I only have ten seconds of undivided attention from the judges. As I muster up confidence, I hear my coach's voice in my head, "You deserve to be up there. Stand with pride. You earned this moment." Suddenly, I hear my name echoed throughout the auditorium and I feel my body begin to shake. Taking a deep breath, I puff up my chest, channel my inner goddess and step into the spotlight of the stage.