Run, Refresh and Reduce

Run, Refresh and Reduce

Cardio for Women, Workouts For Women
Ever feel charged up after a run? Recent studies tell us why.Ever feel charged up after a run? Besides bombarding you with those feel-good endorphins, recent research found that running mitigated the negative impact of chronic stress on the part of the brain in charge of learning and memory. Stress weakens your neural connections, which over time impacts memory. But when stressed subjects exercised, those connections remained intact. Another study published in Cell Metabolism found that those same brain-benefiting mechanisms also helped strengthen the immune system and amped fat metabolism: Exercise reduces the chemicals associated with depression and mental illness and converts them into other chemicals that act positively in the body, turning white fat cells into energy-burning brown cells and enhancing the ability of immune cells to combat inflammation.
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“Skip It” Crossrope Full-Body Workout

“Skip It” Crossrope Full-Body Workout

Cardio for Women, Fat Loss for Women, Fat-Loss Strategies for Women, Workouts For Women
Do you remember jumping rope as a kid? Do you remember how much fun you had — not to mention how you could jump for what seemed like forever and never get tired? Fast-forward to today. Skipping is an inexpensive, super-effective, fat-burning exercise that most people can do just about anywhere. And we now have more options available to us — to take our “childhood love” to the next level. Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteFor anyone who’s up for the challenge, you may want to consider Crossropes. These cool jump ropes come with adjustable weighted handles that allow you to increase your intensity as you get stronger, and they help you sculpt out a stronger, leaner and more athletic physique. You not only will get a great overall conditioning workout, but…
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Band + Balance = Burn

Band + Balance = Burn

Total-Body Workouts for Women, Workouts For Women
At first glance, this workout looks simple: An upper-body workout using a band. And yes, this do-anywhere plan does hit all your major upper-body muscles in a circuit format. But even though your upper half is hard at work, your lower body does not get a reprieve: For each move, you’ll assume a challenging stance or position and hold it for the duration of each exercise to improve balance, stability and core strength, amp calorie burn, and leave your legs shaking and quaking.Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteChair Squat Overhead PressStand on top of the band with both feet just inside hip width. Hold the handles at your shoulders, then bend your knees and hips as far as you can to “sit” in the air while keeping your torso as erect as…
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Grow Your Glutes – Oxygen Magazine

Grow Your Glutes – Oxygen Magazine

Glute Workouts for Women, Workouts For Women
Form: Banded Donkey Kickback Squats, lunges and good mornings are leg day must-haves, but though they do engage the glutes, they don’t really emphasize them over the quads and hamstrings. A banded donkey kickback provides that unique stimulus, building your butt and balancing out your gains on both sides. You can use a cable machine for this move, but a band offers an added bonus: You’ll get more resistance at the top when the band is fully stretched, amping the intensity just at the point that your hamstrings are the least involved and the glutes are the most engaged.Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteAttach a resistance band around a rig or another stable object at floor height by looping it through itself, and secure the other handle around the arch of one foot.…
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Go With the Flow – Oxygen Magazine

Go With the Flow – Oxygen Magazine

Workouts For Women, Yoga for Women
First and foremost — this is not yoga. It’s not capoeira. It’s not break dancing, parkour or gymnastics. Though you may see some familiar shadows of these practices here, Animal Flow is a beast unto itself. “Animal Flow is about understanding how to move from a really primal level,” says Venus Lau, a level-2 certified Animal Flow instructor, trainer and movement coach based in Los Angeles (venusfit.com). She credits Mike Fitch, her personal mentor and the creator of Animal Flow, with changing her understanding of exercise. “He created a system that is very step by step to help people connect to the ground, connect to their bodies, connect to their brains,” she says. “It’s about tapping in and not tapping out.” Thanks for watching!Visit WebsitePrimal PowerAnimal Flow uses only your…
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Massy Arias: Rise Above – Oxygen Magazine

Massy Arias: Rise Above – Oxygen Magazine

Life, Mind and Body for Women, Total-Body Workouts for Women, Women's Fitness Personalities, Workouts For Women
An estimated 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression, according to the World Health Organization. But despite its pervasiveness, there is still an unambiguous stigma attached to depression that makes it an unmentionable subject of conversation, no matter your race, creed, country or age. In fact, more than 50 percent of Americans don’t seek treatment for the condition, and even fewer admit to having a mental health issue at all for fear of judgment, shame and discrimination. Thanks for watching!Visit Website“Mental health is taboo everywhere, and in my country, we never talk about these things — people just get labeled as crazy, even if they are only depressed,” says the Dominican-born Massy Arias. “But I think we should be open about it, and depression should be treated the same as…
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Buck Furpees – Oxygen Magazine

Buck Furpees – Oxygen Magazine

The #OxygenBadassBurpees Challenge, Total-Body Workouts for Women, Training Tips for Women, Workouts For Women
Love ’em or hate ’em, burpees are an incredible exercise, working nearly every muscle in your body to build strength, power, endurance, coordination and agility. At their foundation, they require no equipment, and as for fat burning? They kick ass. Use these eight variations to shred up for summer and rock those short shorts with confidence.Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteNothing spells nausea more than a workout riddled with burpees. And though you might think it was created by an evil masochist, the burpee was actually invented in the 1930s by an unassuming American physiologist and Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University named Royal Huddleston Burpee. He designed an exercise he called a “squat thrust”— place your hands on the ground, jump your feet back into plank, jump your feet back underneath you…
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4 Moves for Killer Tank-Top Arms

4 Moves for Killer Tank-Top Arms

Arm Workouts for Women, Exercises by Bodypart for Women, Shoulder Exercises for Women, Shoulder Workouts for Women, Training Tips for Women, Workouts For Women
As the weather begins to hint at sunshine and warmer temps, the realization that you will soon need to shed layers of clothing begins to set in. But are you ready to reveal your arms to the world? “It isn’t uncommon for winter weight gain to leave some women feeling discouraged or lacking confidence, especially when it comes to their upper body, as they transition from jackets to tank tops,” says Felicia Romero, a trainer and former fitness cover model who recently appeared on season 2 of Fit to Fat to Fit on Lifetime. “I tell my clients to set realistic goals and be consistent with nutrition and exercise plans to ensure they feel confident, sexy and like a knockout in whatever they want to wear this season.” Thanks for…
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Raise Your “Bottom Line” With Workout Wedges

Raise Your “Bottom Line” With Workout Wedges

Exercises by Bodypart for Women, Glute Exercises for Women, Training Tips for Women, Workouts For Women
In need of a lightweight elevation that helps round out your butt and you can take just about anywhere? Incorporating workout wedges to your glute program will help you achieve that and more. The elevation and non-slip surface combination allow you to not only feel safe but also to push through your heels more effectively. When you’re able to push through your heels, this allows for better glute activation in every exercise. With better glute activation, your glutes will respond and shape up in all the right places, and that’s the overall goal, right? Talk about a win-win!Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteSo grab a hold of some workout wedges and let’s build a better butt … after all, it is the largest muscle in our body!ExerciseSetsRepsElevated Single-Leg Glute Bridge   410-12Elevated Goblet…
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Build a Better Squat: Part 1

Build a Better Squat: Part 1

Exercises by Bodypart for Women, Leg Exercises for Women, Leg Workouts for Women, Training Advice for Women, Training Tips for Women, Workouts For Women
Writing a single guide on squat mechanics could easily turn into an endeavor the length of a book. Here, we’ll touch on some of the main mechanics to get you squatting like it ain’t no thing, with a ton of different variations tailored to your current level.Build a Solid FoundationAs a physical therapist and athlete, there is no stronger cause I have than encouraging my clients to build a strong base. If it looks bad or worse and if it feels bad, something isn’t right. First, move well. Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteA beautiful air squat is a head-turner where I come from. Performing a basic air squat is something that is a necessary and functional component of everyday life. Think getting in and out of a chair or picking something…
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