Exercise is one component of weight loss— it’s a scientific fact. But that doesn’t mean your only options are weight lifting or marathon running. One of our favorite Fat Flushing ways to move that bod is rebounding! Bouncing on a mini-trampoline (known as a rebounder) is a low-impact exercise that is a great way to cleanse the lymphatic system because the up and down jumping motion parallels the way lymph nodes function. How does cleansing the lymph nodes impact weight ...Read More
Stretching is important to keep the body limber, relaxes the body and mind, keeps circulation going, and also helps release toxins. But with all the benefits, is there a “right” time and “right” way to stretch? Here are some popular myths and the truth behind them… 1. Myth: Stretching one particular muscle (or group of muscles) will only relieve that area, hence the reason for LOTS of different stretch moves. Every muscle in your body is connected— have you ever ...Read More
While You Work When you’re at work, it’s likely that “exercise” is the last thing on your mind. But these few simple tricks can inject some active moments into your sedentary workday without disrupting your work routine. 1. Keep a small cup for water instead of a big one. You’ll stand up more often for refills, plus trips to the bathroom. 2. Get a live office plant instead of a fake one. Getting up to water it every so often ...Read More
You don’t need any fancy sneakers, or a budget-breaking gym membership to get up and get moving! These little everyday substitutions can, believe it or not, make a difference in your overall health. Here are a few ideas to try while you’re at home: 1. Stand up to change the channel instead of using a remote. 2. After laundry is folded, take a few trips to put it away instead of one big trip. 3. Talking on the phone? Walk ...Read More
Here are a few stretches that can lengthen and strengthen your lower back muscles, which will ease tension and aches. Hip Stretcher: This will stretch your hip flexor muscles, which run from your lower back to the front of the thigh bone. Sit on the edge of a bed or table, and lie back. Grasp your knees, flattening your entire lower back against the surface. Grab your left knee with both hands and extend the right leg so it hangs ...Read More
The rules and warnings about stretching are all over the map. Here’s what you need to know… One of the most crucial parts of your workout is the cool-down stretch. Stretching keeps your connective tissues elastic. It also helps your body flush out the lactic acid that accumulates in your muscles after exercise—the same lactic acid that contributes to aches and pain. Finally, stretching improves the range of motion in your joints and muscles and helps relieve stress and prevent ...Read More
Begin on your hands and knees. Round your back by contracting your abdominal muscles and tucking your pelvis. Then allow your back to sag toward the floor as you lift your chest forward. Hold briefly. Repeat three to five times. This is a stability exercise that trains your entire core, including your abdominal, lower-back, and hip muscles.
Stretching—in general—boosts energy, releases tension and improves circulation. Stretching during the workday is not only an ideal way to relieve muscle tension, but can also relax your mind. Try these quick and easy stretches to rejuvenate yourself, and get back in the game! Back extension and shoulder blade pinch: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and gently lean backward to the point of mild tension with your arms also reaching back and squeezed towards each other. Tighten ...Read More
Looking for a quick move to add to your workout routine? Try this bicycle move that will target your abdomen: While lying on the floor, press lower back to the ground, lift shoulder blades, and lace fingers behind your head. Bring knees up to approximately a 45 degree angle and preform a bicycle pedal motion, alternately straightening your legs. Touch left elbow to right knee, then right elbow to left knee. Complete 3 sets of 15-20 reps.
Add this classic move to your workout routine for an all-around body burner: While lying face down, place forearms on the floor, with either palms face down or hands together. Raise off the ground onto toes and elbows, firing your glutes. Keep back flat by engaging abdominal muscles, and be sure to not raise your rear or sag your middle to the ground. Hold for 30-60 seconds, repeating 1-3 times.