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Video: Full Body Workout That’s a Snap

Resistance bands are an easy, effective way to boost your fitness.\r\nThere are several advantages to using resistance bands. The first and most obvious advantage is they’re compact and lighter than free weights — so easy to travel with or keep at home creating a quick and easy workout without having to head to the gym.\r\n\r\nThere is also a mechanical advantage: resistance is maintained through every part of the motion, so you’re fully engaged the whole time – this means muscles and micro muscles. With free weights, on the other hand, there are particular times when the movement isn’t countering gravity at enough of an angle to create muscle activation. With resistance band training, every part of both the concentric and eccentric part of the exercise has resistance, resulting in better range of motion, strength and more complete stimulation. If it sounds technical, that’s because it is. But the good news…

Fitness Fashion: Summer Tanks

Our top picks for working it while you work out\r\nWe all have our basic workout tops, but these new tanks bring fashion from the runway while keeping performance a top priority. Who said you can’t look good while working out?\r\n\r\nSweaty Betty Bakasana Sensitive Yoga Mesh Top\r\n\r\nChannel your inner Athena with this Grecian goddess-inspired cowl-neck tank. The top layer is loose, flattering, and opaque in the front, while a fitted mesh layer reveals a bit more in back.\r\n\r\n$88, www.sweatybetty.com\r\n\r\nUnit-Y Pirouette Tank\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nSo what if you aren’t the best in barre class. Keep all eyes on you in Unit-Y’s Pirouette Tank.  Unit-Y is a young upbeat company that has taken a new spin on fitness wear. The pretty straps on the back riff on the classic wrap-up ballet slipper.\r\n\r\n$28, www.nordstrom.com\r\n\r\nAdidas by Stella McCartney Run Performance Tank\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nIt’s a performance tank that combines cut outs and faux-layering for a look so chic you may want to wear…

The Outdoors: Your Free Gym


Busy schedules, vacations and travel for work are the three most frequent excuses I get from my clients about why they can’t continue to work out. I always have suggestions about how we can all break free from the walls of the gym and move our bodies just about anywhere. Since the weather is still warm, the outdoors is the best place to get fit. Even if you do have access to a fitness facility, taking it outside can help provide a change of pace and scenery, and serve as a wonderful boredom buster. With an added dose of Vitamin D (but don’t forget to wear sunscreen!) you won’t feel like you are wasting a beautiful summer day in the gym, plus you can encourage family and friends to join you.\r\n\r\nBreaking out of the norm and learning to see the world as your gym is an extremely beneficial practice. Not…

The Benefits of Exercising Outdoors

It’s more than just the wind in your hair and the sun on your skin…\r\nWhile the allure of the gym — climate-controlled, convenient and predictable — is obvious, especially in winter, emerging science suggests there are benefits to exercising outdoors that can’t be replicated on a treadmill, a recumbent bicycle or a track.\r\n\r\nYou stride differently when running outdoors, for one thing. Generally, studies find, people flex their ankles more when they run outside. They also, at least occasionally, run downhill, a movement that isn’t easily done on a treadmill and that stresses muscles differently than running on flat or uphill terrain. Outdoor exercise tends, too, to be more strenuous than the indoor version. In studies comparing the exertion of running on a treadmill and the exertion of running outside, treadmill runners expended less energy to cover the same distance as those striding across the ground outside, primarily because indoor exercisers face no wind…

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