While you were getting a workout in this week, all kinds of A-listers were exercising too. Lucy Hale rocked a baseball cap leaving the gym while Jennifer Lopez showed off some killer wedge sneakers after her fitness regimen. Check out what all the stars did to break a sweat this week – maybe it will give you a little weekend workout inspiration!
Whether you’re in love (or in hate) with the classic burpee, you can’t argue that it’s a great warmup move to target every muscle while getting the blood pumping. Here’s a playful variation to try that targets the core big time – it’s so fun your abs won’t even realize they’re getting majorly ripped. And because it’s still a burpee, your legs and butt will get an equally good workout.
- Begin standing with the arms extended overhead.
- Bend the knees and, in a controlled motion, lower your tush all the way to the floor.
- Roll onto your back, drawing your knees toward your face.
- Use momentum to kick forward, landing on the feet.
- Rise to stand, and do an explosive jump straight up, getting as much height as you can. Remember to keep your elbows bent and palms off the floor while you rise so you’re using your core muscles and not your hands to help you get up.
Start off rolling through 10 in a row, or if you’re ready to step it up, try this challenge: see how many reverse burpees you can do safely and effectively in one minute.
There was a lot going on at the MTV VMAs this year. We’re taking a look at everything, starting with the craziest and most beautiful looks on the red carpet and later Nicki Minaj’s wardrobe malfunction. Don’t forget the best moments from the show, too, from Miley Cyrus‘s surprisingly heartwarming acceptance speech to Taylor Swift‘s astounding ability to “Shake It Off,” and finally, Beyoncé’s performance and Blue Ivy’s adorable dance moves. Did you miss the show? Keep scrolling for everything that happened, from start to finish.
Not all fats are bad. In fact, incorporating healthy fats into your diet can actually be good for you. Unlike saturated fats, monounsaturated fats help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, while boosting your HDL (good) cholesterol. Dietary fat is also good for us because it is one of three macronutrients that supports a number of our body’s functions and provides us with energy. Here are the good fatty foods that deserve a place in your diet!
- Avocados: Avocados contain monounsaturated fats (and antioxidants and beta-carotene too!), which is said to help enhance memory and prevent heart disease. The recommended daily intake (RDI) of fat is 65 grams, and one cup of avocado contains almost one third of your fat intake for a day, about 23 grams. So it’s probably best to stick with eating just a half an avocado each day.
- Coconut oil: Coconut oil got a bad rap over the years, but previous studies were performed on partially hydrogenated coconut oil, rather than raw, virgin coconut oil. While many hydrogenated saturated fats raise bad cholesterol levels, raw coconut oil has been shown to increase levels of good cholesterol. As long as you buy virgin coconut oil, you’ll be able to reap this healthy benefit.
- Walnuts: Walnuts are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids with anti-inflammatory properties. In addition to lowering LDL cholesterol, they are also a great source of protein, fiber, vitamin E, magnesium, zinc, potassium, riboflavin, and selenium.
- Salmon: High in omega-3 acids and protein, salmon boasts fatty additions you can make to your regular diet. Eating it just once or twice a week can help your body reap all the healthy benefits. If you’re not a fan of cooked salmon, try a piece of salmon sashimi or a sliced smoked salmon instead.
- Olive oil: Add some healthy fats to your next salad by mixing up a homemade olive oil dressing. Olive oil is high in vitamins A and E, chlorophyll, and even magnesium. But due to its high levels of monounsaturated fats, it can lower bad cholesterol levels and your risk of heart disease.