Move Over, Zoodles — Black Bean Pasta Is Coming to a Table Near You

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5/01/16 Always on the search for pasta alternatives like zoodles, whole wheat pasta, and spaghetti squash, we might have another one: black bean rotini. On my weekly trip to Trader Joe's, I came across an endcap full of organic black bean rotini pasta; after seeing there was only one ingredient — black bean flour — I had to give it a try. These noodles are packed with double the amount of protein and 650 percent more fiber than your average semolina flour pasta for the same serving [Read more...]

13 Incredible Bodyweight Exercises You Can Do At Home

You’ve probably heard things like ‘you don’t need any equipment to have a great workout,’ and ‘you can do these moves anywhere,’ a hundred times. And honestly that’s great news because getting to the gym every day isn’t always a reality. While it’s true that you can use just your bodyweight to work all of your muscles (and get that cardio pump on) the question is…well, what exactly do you do? Related: Get More At-Home Workouts Enter [Read more...]

9 Relaxing Stretches You Can Do in Bed

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Stretching has a way of melting away stress and worry, but there's no need to unroll your yoga mat. Here are nine stretches you can do in your pajamas and your bed — either before you go to sleep or once your alarm goes off — or both! Do all nine if you have time, or just pick a few. Either way, you'll feel more relaxed, whether you're heading to the land of nod or waking with the sun.

The Right and Wrong Way to Eat Chia Seeds For Health

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There's good reason chia seeds have been on everyone's minds these days. These tiny seeds are high in protein, fiber, calcium, antioxidants, and omega-3s, but there is a right and wrong way to eat them, and one man recently learned the hard way. In one patient case study, one man experienced intense dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing, after ingesting a tablespoon of dry chia seeds and chasing it with water. One of the reasons chia seeds are touted for weight loss is because they expand multiple [Read more...]

Feel The Burn In Your Obliques With This Ridiculously Good Core Move

PeopleImages / Getty Images Even if you’ve done downward dog a gajillion times in yoga class you’ll want to try this abs-focused variation called the Downward Dog Reach from Katherine Greiner of KGBody. This move incorporates a diagonal reach that recruits your obliques (they’re the muscles that run along the sides of your waist). That’s not the only benefit: The exercise also incorporates another core-focused position, plank. And you’ll move through downward dog, a [Read more...]

This Move Will Do Serious Work on Your Abs

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4/29/16 You've mastered the plank. You've schooled the side plank. Now you're ready for the next challenge: a side plank with reverse fly. This challenging plank variation works just about every muscle in your body while also giving your core an extratough workout. Side planks already do a good job at working the side body, and adding a reverse fly into the mix will also tone the shoulders. Start working this into your strength-training routine, pronto! Related: Feel the Burn in This [Read more...]

6 Ultra-Effective Abs Moves That Aren’t Planks Or Crunches

AleksandarNakic, Getty Images/Graphic by Jocelyn Runice Crunch time? Good news: That doesn’t have to mean actual crunches. Or planks. Chosen by NYC-based trainer Rebecca Kennedy, these six moves will do an amazing job of strengthening your midsection—from all the angles. Killer? Yeah. But totally worth the burn. And while there’s nothing wrong with sticking to the classics (after all, planks are fitness mainstays for a reason), you definitely don’t have to [Read more...]

This Is the Diet to Go on If You Want to Lose Weight (According to Harvard Researchers)

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4/28/16 If you want to lose weight, what's on your plate is often more important than the minutes you spend in the gym. And if you want to see the most change, a new study from Harvard says you should be cutting carbs, not fat. Related: Low-Carb Dinner Recipes You'll Want to Add to Your Rotation For the study, published in PLoS One, researchers from Harvard and Brigham and Women's Hospital reviewed 53 randomized trials of over 68,000 patients who had been assigned to either low-fat or low-carb [Read more...]

7 Equipment-Free Leg Workouts You Can Do Anywhere

Zoonar / N.Okhitin / Getty Leg day—groan. Lots of squats—groan times two. Strengthening your lower body is tough, but it doesn’t have to be the worst, and you definitely don’t have to be stuck inside a gym this summer to work on those squats. From fast-paced circuit routines to gentle Pilates exercises and ballet-inspired strength moves, the seven workouts below can be performed just about anywhere with absolutely no equipment. Do them in your [Read more...]

Hilarious CrossFit Tweets That’ll Make You Psyched For Your WOD

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It doesn't matter if you've been to CrossFit once or 100 times. These tweets will make you laugh off that WOD, that is, unless your abs are so sore it hurts! If you put your ear up to somebody who eats Kale & Quinoa, you can actually hear them doing Crossfit. — A_B (@Anon_imosity) April 21, 2016 i use crossfit to avoid my personal problems in life — wario (@pizzaboyfriend) April 19, 2016 I tried to pay my Crossfit instructor in kale and infinity scarves today but then I [Read more...]

This Macro-Counting Formula For Weight Loss Is the Tool We’ve Been Missing

This Macro-Counting Formula For Weight Loss Is the Tool We've Been Missing

We recently learned all about the power of counting macronutrients and why it's so much more efficient (and healthy!) for your body than simply focusing on a calorie count. By focusing on carbohydrates, protein, and fat, you can better optimize your diet for your physical and personal needs, whether you're boosting your metabolism, cutting fat, or building muscle. Many of us want to know what it takes to lose weight, right? What's the optimal diet for weight loss and fat cutting? What does that [Read more...]

Carrie Underwood’s Go-To Workout Moves For A Strong Lower Body (No Regular Squats!)

Check out the moves that give Carrie Underwood her crazy-strong lower bod from Glamour magazine. Carrie Underwood gives us a little leg envy. OK, a lot of leg envy. To get those incredible stems, Carrie works out with her longtime trainer, Erin Oprea, several times a week. We asked Carrie and Erin to share their favorite moves to sculpt miniskirt-ready legs. 1. Squat Into Lunge Squat down on your left leg, right toes just touching the floor for balance. Without standing up, move your right [Read more...]

17 Women Share Their Best Tips For Getting Motivated To Work Out

Sam Edwards, Getty Images Working out is hard as hell—even before you hit the gym. Sometimes the best intentions, like setting an early alarm or packing sneakers in your work bag, won’t be enough to get you ~*psyched*~ about the grueling training session you’ve got planned. The truth is that every day won’t feel like a fitness fairytale, so don’t be so hard on yourself. Plus, it’s totally fine to skip the occasional workout. In fact [Read more...]