Get it in at home with these quick living room workouts

If you’re like me, getting to the gym after work is just as large a task as working out once you get there. Lack of a gym membership doesn’t mean your exercise has to suffer.Then there’s the couch that’s calling you after a long day.There are quick workouts waiting to be had in the same place you love to binge watch your favorite shows. Try these fast fitness challenges that I use at home when I don’t want to choose between staying active or missing my primetime shows. Plié Squat  \r\nSquats in general are known to target the leg muscles as well as give your butt muscles a boost. This is the kind of body challenge that will have you sore the next day — totally worth it! To make sure you’re doing them correctly, stand with your legs wider than your shoulders with your hands on your hips. Squat until your…

How to stay fired up about your workout as the weather cools down

So the weather is cooling down, but that shouldn’t pause your runners momentum. There’s a myth that running in the cold is bad for your lungs. There are risks to running during fall and winter weather, especially for those who live with asthma or any pre-existing lung condition. Cold weather puts less heat stress on the body as opposed to hot summer body which makes the body tired. Getting a runny nose is just a natural reaction to the weather and can simply be solved with a pack of tissues tucked away. In fact most of getting over your winter running troubles is all about more of these things.\r\n\r\n\r\nDress warm… ahem, layers\r\nDressing for a cold run is no different from dressing for the winter’s coldest morning — just add layers! Start from head to toe. Wear two pairs of socks or wool socks that aren’t prone to absorbing water or…

The guide to getting fit with friends

Managing a fitness routine seemed daunting until I figured out a hack — bring a friend! From cardio to yoga, it’s more fun when you have a buddy alongside you who’s sweating and working just as hard as you are. Exercising with a partner allows you to learn more moves, become more motivated, and have fun with someone who’s going to hold you accountable for all of those goals you set at the beginning of the year. If you don’t have a gym membership or personal trainer, an exercise buddy is an affordable alternative with some added healthy competition to avoid ruts.\r\nHere are Cosmopolitan’s 6 exercises to get fit with a friend.

3 major keys to exercise for women over 40

After age 35 your body faces some hormonal changes that will force you yourself to make lifestyle and fitness changes. To say it candidly, you begin to gain weight easier. The way you eat isn’t always the issue when it comes to age-related weight gain. At times the problem is that your body is no longer activated with your performances or your body is now reacting differently. This is commonly known as the “middle-age spread” and it’s that decline in metabolism that takes place around middle-age. The symptoms: loss of muscle tone, increase belly fat.\r\n\r\nYou can’t stop the aging process, but you can be preventative. Begin with these 3 keys to apply to your workout regimens.\r\nCut the cardio\r\nCardio is a favorite for almost everyone, but after a certain age it does more harm than good to the body increasing the production of stress hormone, cortisol.Cortisol is only good for depositing and…

4 reasons to add tennis to your workout routine this week

If you’re like me, you’d rather skip the gym and go for a run around the neighborhood or play a sport to stay in shape. Regular or routine activity is just as effective especially when the weather is nice. In lieu of the U.S. Women’s opening channeling your inner Serena Williams could be just the thing to land a body like the tennis champ. Actually playing a few rounds of tennis could have a great effect on the inner you as well as your outer muscles. These are some reasons to get out on the tennis court for your next workout.\r\nCardiovascular health\r\nWhen you watch a tennis match, it’s like watching the players do hundreds of mini sprints back and forth across the court. This increases your heart rate and pretty much gives a burst of energy that lasts even after your match is finished. This kind of activity is great for…

Creative Dumbbell Moves That Build Muscle Head to Toe

Greatist writes:\r\n\r\nWe could go on and on about the benefits of strength training—but it’s probably best just to let you try it for yourself. Thanks to this workout from Alex Silver-Fagan, trainer and Women’s Health’s Next Fitness Star finalist, you can.\r\n\r\nWhen it comes to creating workouts, her motto is simple: “Just get moving,” Silver-Fagan says. The trainer, who got her start in bikini competitions and then realized she wanted to do more to promote a well-rounded, healthy lifestyle, now teaches rowing and CrossFit and practices yoga #everydamnday.\r\nHow to use the list\r\nYou’ll need a pair of 10- to 20-pound dumbbells to complete this workout. Do each move in order for the indicated number of reps. Do the entire circuit 1 to 2 times for a quick pick-me-up—or 3 to 4 times for a full workout. Do this 3 to 4 times per week.\r\nGet to the full workout here.

This yoga workout will de-stress you in 20 minutes or less!

Try this short yoga routine to de-stress in less than 30 minutes!\r\nWhat a difference 20 minutes of yoga in the morning or during a midday break can make! Yoga expert Adrienne put together a sequence to assist you in “letting it go”. This is a quick routine when you need to let go of stress in life and focus your thoughts back to yourself and what’s most important. Press play and hop on a mat or save this short segment for later!\r\n\r\nMore Yoga with Adriene