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The 50 Most Wrinkle-Prone U.S. Cities


Could your city be giving you wrinkles? A new study by RoC suggests yes.

The skincare brand recently teamed up with research firm Sperling's Best Places to determine the 50 U.S. cities that are toughest on skin today, and those that will be most damaging down the road, in the year 2040.

To come up with their wrinkle index, the researchers factored in UV exposure and smoking rates, of course; but they also considered things like exercise habits, diet, and hours spent on the job.

The no. 1 wrinkliest city of 2016? Riverside, California. The sun-soaked locale clocked in as the biggest skin saboteur, thanks to its hot, dry weather, pollution, and long commute times. 

But the researchers predict that 24 years from now, that top spot will shift east, to the City of Brotherly Love. Currently ranked #3, Philadelphia will become even more hazardous to its residents' complexions, due in part to rising smoking rates and stress levels. (For the complete list, see the RoC Wrinkle Ranking.) 

Denver nabs the no. 2 spot on the 2040 forecast, as it's expected to get hotter and hotter. The city's rise in average temperature will be among the top five in the nation, according to the report.

Seattle (which is predicted to get drier), Chicago (with one of the longest average commutes in the country), and Minneapolis (also expected to get warmer) are forecasted as the third, fourth, and fifth most winkle-prone cities of the future.

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Thinking about relocating? Consider San Jose, California! Way down at #50, it just may be home to the fountain of youth.

But if you have no plans to move, don't sweat it: There are plenty of ways you can protect your skin, no matter where you live—from using a quality retinol cream to sleeping on a silk pillowcase. For more advice, check out our collection of the best anti-aging tips of all time.

Sweat Mecca: Once America’s Largest Bank Hall Is Now Under Armour's Deposit in Fitness


When Cam Newton visits Under Armour in Baltimore, he heads to the bank. For workouts.

Already with an impressive workout facility at its worldwide headquarters on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the new Under Armour Performance Center powered by FX Fitness at 10 Light St. has turned America’s largest bank hall in the 1930s into one of the most unique fitness stops anywhere. A stop Newton has already made since the facility opened in May. 

Not only is the Light Street location in the heart of the Inner Harbor, but developers kept the building’s history in tact, while merging it with the modern. The classic bank hall now sports a 60-yard field turf run, with each of the oversized teller bays off the hall still wrought with the original ironwork.

Chris Welsh, FX executive vice president of fitness, says the historic main hall—still with marble pillars, iron ordainments and fossil designs—blends with the space kept at high energy. With racks, bars, benches, plate-loading and free weights in the various former teller bays, mounted TVs that display daily workouts and plenty of open space to encourage people to “get up and move,” there’s nothing quite like the look of the old bank.

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Climbing the marble stairs to the second floor offers more in the way of movement. With 70 pieces of cardio in the mezzanine overlooking the bank hall, Under Armour and FX Fitness have also loaded up on state-of-the-art machines, such as the ARC trainer, which mimics of the motion of a skier, in an Under Armour-branded design. Expect anchor points aplenty for TRX bands or bags, a Jacob’s Ladder machine for incline work—a popular machine for use by firefighters—30-degree incline treadmills and even space for a DJ to overlook the main space.

A 30-bike spin room and Barre studio sit off the second floor.

When Newton visited, it wasn’t only about the workout. The Under Armour facility also boasts a full salon, health-focused café, retail component and a six-bed physical therapy space. To ensure the correct frame of mind for visitors, the bank’s former deposit vault, still complete with the vault door, now serves as a tranquility room.

While branded Under Armour, the Inner Harbor location is open by membership to the community.

FX Fitness owner Nate Costa opened the Under Armour facility in the former bank, but it comes as his fourth Under Armour location. Already with space at Hunt’s Point and a relatively new workout facility at Building 37—the first building at Under Armour’s future campus nearby the Inner Harbor—the other most well known workout space for Under Armour comes at its headquarters on the water, the former Procter & Gamble soap factory.

It is there that spin classes move onto the promenade for workouts overlooking the Inner Harbor and exercise classes shift outside onto the FieldTurf that connects the water to the brick building that houses the workout facilities, open to both Under Armour employees and the community…

9 Reasons to Never Skip a Workout, As Told To Trainers


9 Reasons to Never Skip a Workout, As Told To Trainers

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Sure, it would be nice if you bounded out of bed in the morning and into your running shoes. Or rushed home from work and went straight to the gym multiple times a week—no bribes or pep talks required. But let’s be honest, that doesn’t always (uh, rarely?) happen. However, some people have found that one no-excuses method to moving more. They get their butts in gear, even when it’s tempting to stay on the couch. So we asked Daily Burn 365 trainers and fitness pros what their clients say is the best workout motivation. Next time you’re thinking of skipping out on fitness, steal one of their secrets.

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1. “I’m doing it for them.” You often hear that exercise should be a time you invest in yourself. It’s all about you. But sometimes, it’s even better to look at the big picture. Figure out who else your health benefits—whether it’s just for bragging rights or something more. “One client told me, ‘I’m exercising to prove to my wife that I can do this,” says Daily Burn 365 trainer Prince Brathwaite, who’s also the CEO and founder of Trooper Fitness. Another said, ‘I want my kids to have something positive to look up to.’”

2. “There’s comfort in routine.” No matter how busy life gets, think of your workout as something that keeps your life in line. Amid the chaos, a sweat sesh can feel pretty darn good. “One of my clients who takes barre just finished her nursing residency. After 12-hour shifts, she’d come to class simply because she wanted to maintain a normal life and have something for herself,” says Krystal Dwyer, instructor at Flybarre and CityRow in New York City and DB365 trainer. “That’s motivation. She inspires me.”

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3. “Because Jon Snow is waiting.” Rewarding yourself for a workout well done is the way to go. (Err, as long as your prize isn’t always a double scoop of chocolate chip cookie dough.) Bentley Garton, elite trainer at LA Rox and Daily Burn Fitness/Nutrition Coach, had a client with a unique prize in mind. “She would only let herself watch the latest episode of Game of Thrones if she had done four workouts that week,” she says. You might prefer a new sports bra or an hour of Instagram surfing and that’s good too. Whatever gets you to the finish line!

4. “It makes sense financially.” If you pay for a gym membership or monthly subscription, you better use it, right? Sometimes thoughts of throwing cash away can help you get up and at ‘em. “One client sat down with her husband and made a chart with the total cost per month of a gym membership and what that would make each visit cost—for instance, one trip would cost the full monthly amount,” explains Cheri Paige Fogleman, a New York City-based fitness instructor and Daily Burn 365 trainer…

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Are You Doing These Yoga Poses All Wrong?


Are You Doing These Yoga Poses All Wrong?

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Ideally, you’d have a personal yoga teacher to tell you every time your feet or hands aren’t in the proper places for key yoga poses. That way, you’d feel the “oohs” and “aahs” in all the right spots. But unfortunately, instructors can’t be everywhere at once, so a few form mistakes may slip by them. That doesn’t mean you can’t get aligned like the pros, though. We asked experts to ID the most common missteps, whether they’re committed by beginners or experienced yogis. Keep reading to ensure your yoga game is as on point as possible.

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Mistake #1: Putting your feet too close to your hands in downward-facing dog
This happens all the time, says Rhode Island-based yoga instructor Jessie Dwiggins. But its easy to position your hands and feet properly. “Start in a high plank with the hands directly underneath the shoulders,” Dwiggins says. “Then lift the hips up and back.” If your heels don’t touch the floor, that’s OK—it’s just a sign that your hamstrings are tight. You can always slide a blanket under your heels to have something to press into. What’s more important is that your weight is evenly distributed between both of your hands and feet, and that you activate your upper-arm muscles and core. You should notice a stretch down the backs of your legs.

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Mistake #2: Letting your shoulders tense up in chaturanga
If you sit at a desk most days, you probably roll your shoulders forward without even realizing it. Well, think of the chaturanga as the opposite of that hunched-over-your-computer posture. “Chaturanga requires the shoulder blades to slide down the back, as the head of the shoulders lift away from the floor,” says Dwiggins. (You should feel an opening in your chest.) With your shoulders by your ears, you could put unnecessary strain on your upper body, which can lead to rotator cuff issues, Dwiggins says.

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Mistake #3: Leaning into the balls of your feet in mountain pose
The idea here (and in any pose): No matter what part of your body is touching the floor, you should have a firm, grounded connection. So putting too much pressure on your pinky or thumb in poses like plank or downward-facing dog is also problematic. “In down dog, people get a lot of wrist pain, often because they’re leaning on the pinkies,” says Gwen Lawrence, yoga coach and owner of Power Yoga for Sports. Think about plugging your whole hand or foot into the floor and distributing the weight as evenly as possible.

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Mistake #4: Rounding the lower back too much in forward bends
People tend to push their hips back when bending forward in poses like standing forward fold, dolphin and pyramid, because it seems easier…

Why Is Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease Spreading at Florida State University?


A viral infection known as hand, foot, and mouth disease is sickening students at Florida State University and other schools around the country. The illness—which spreads through contact with bodily fluids or contaminated surfaces—can cause a rash, fever, blisters in and around the mouth, and painful sores on the hands, feet, and buttocks.

Hand, foot, and mouth disease is usually seen in young children, and outbreaks are often linked to daycare centers. But in the last month, it’s been reported at high schools in Indiana, Vermont, and New Jersey.

The University of Colorado at Boulder also experienced several cases on campus in August. And NBC News reports Florida State University (FSU) has seen 22 cases so far this semester.

While hand, foot, and mouth disease can sound—and look—scary, it’s not usually dangerous, says Nadia Qureshi, MD, pediatric infectious disease specialist at Loyola Medicine in Maywood, Illinois. It can be quite uncomfortable, though, and usually lasts five to seven days. There’s no cure and no vaccine to prevent it, so the best treatment is staying hydrated and taking over-the-counter medicine for pain and fever.

The most common cause of hand, foot, and mouth disease is the coxsackievirus, which spreads just like the common cold or flu. Dr. Qureshi says that outbreaks among older children and adults are rare, but not entirely surprising.

“In the past couple of years we’ve seen a new strain of the virus that causes a more severe and more atypical presentation of symptoms, and it does affect children as well as adults,” she says. “And a college dorm is the perfect place for it to spread: People are touching doorknobs, sharing things, living in close proximity to each other, and it’s easy to pass the infection back and forth.”

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The new strain, a natural evolution of the virus, tends to cause a more widespread rash and more painful blisters. But even this form rarely requires medical intervention, except in the case of very young children who have trouble swallowing because of painful blisters in their mouths. In very rare cases, says Dr. Qureshi, the coxsackievirus has been linked to serious brain or heart complications.

According to WCTU TV, FSU administration has speculated that the outbreak may be due to a sewage spill during the recent Hurricane Hermine, or to a related electricity outage that prohibited laundry from being done and allowed germs to spread. 

To help prevent new cases, FSU is sanitizing all public spaces on campus, and has advised all living facilities on campus to sanitize their residences, as well. They’ve also encouraged frequent hand washing and the use of hand sanitizers. (CU Boulder also warned students working in science labs that the coxsackievirus can be especially harmful to rodents, and urges them to take “extra care not to spread the disease…

Feel Guilty About Ditching Your Fitbit? You’re Not Alone


If you’ve ever taken off your fitness tracker “for just a few hours” and found it months later in the back of a drawer, you can surely relate to this: Researchers are studying why people stop using Fitbits, and the emotions they experience—from guilt to freedom—when they give them up. The researchers hope their findings will show that there’s no “right” way to track health and fitness data, and help developers create devices that will ultimately be more useful for consumers.

For their new study, computer scientists at the University of Washington surveyed 141 people who had previously used Fitbit but had since stopped. Half said they felt guilty or frustrated about their lapsed use, and nearly all of those who felt that way said they’d like to return to tracking.

About half of those who felt guilty said they’d stopped tracking because they lost their Fitbit or did not replace it after it broke. The rest said they lacked motivation to stick with it, or kept forgetting to use their device.

As for the other half—those who didn’t feel guilty for abandoning their Fitbits—45 participants said they had “conflicting feelings” about stopping, and were ambivalent about the prospect of starting again. Five people said they’d learned enough about their habits in the time they used their Fitbits, and 21 said they got no value out of tracking, found it annoying, or struggled to connect the data to actual behavior changes.

When the researchers made various recommendations about going back to tracking, those who felt guilty were very receptive to them. But those who had already gotten what they had wanted out of self-tracking felt those same suggestions were judgmental and unhelpful.

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A previous study from the same group of researchers found that many people who gave up fitness trackers experienced no real difference in their lives. Some, however, experienced guilt for not keeping up with their habit, while others felt “relief from the tyranny of self-tracking,” the researchers said.

The new results, presented this week at the Association for Computing Machinery’s 2016 International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, show that one-size-fits-all tracker designs lead to missed opportunities for serving different types of users, the researchers say.

“Right now self-tracking apps tend to assume everyone will track forever, and that’s clearly not the case,” said co-author James Fogarty, PhD, an associate professor of computer science and engineering, in a press release. “Given that some people feel relief when they give it up, there may be better ways to help them get better value out of the data after they’re done, or reconnect them to the app for week-long check-ins or periodic tune-ups.”

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The takeaway?

Most of the researchers’ advice is aimed at developers and marketers of these tracking tools…

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Health Apps Really Do Help People Exercise More, Eat Better, Study Finds


If you're in the habit of checking your phone regularly, take note: It could actually improve your health, if you start using the right apps.

A new review of research on technology, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, found that people who take advantage of support and programs on smartphones or the internet are more likely to eat better, exercise more, and engage in other behaviors linked to health and longevity.

"Here we have the convenience of all these apps so you can exercise or you can eat healthier or quit smoking," says Martha Daviglus, MD, PhD, a spokesperson for the American Heart Association, who was not involved in the study. And even if the change isn't pronounced, "it's better to lose a few pounds than to lose none or to even increase your weight," Dr. Daviglus adds.

The authors of the new review paper evaluated more than 200 studies that had looked at the effect of different technologies on diet, exercise, weight, and tobacco and alcohol consumption. All of these factors play an enormous role in our risk for many diseases, including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, conditions which are almost as widespread today as cell phones. 

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In the new review study, the most common types of technology were apps, text, or voice messages and automated voice response systems. The review included research done over the past 23 years (so many of these technologies are now outdated). Overall, technology—new or old—had a positive effect on behaviors that influence health.

The quality of the studies varied, however, as did the magnitude of the effects. For instance, tech interventions could add as little as 1.5 minutes to your weekly exercise routine, or as much as 153 minutes. Only two of seven studies looking at quitting smoking found benefits. 

Programs that proved most effective were those that incorporated goal setting and self-monitoring (such as recording how much you ate or weighed), and those that involved multiple forms of communication (like personal counseling and texts) and which carried individualized messages. The program which increased weekly physical activity by 153 minutes a week, for instance, sent customized motivational messages. 

The technology was also more effective when paired with good old patient-doctor or patient-healthcare provider communication. 

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Most of the studies were very short-term, making it hard to know if they would be effective over the long time periods usually needed to make serious lifestyle changes. "They couldn't demonstrate if this really could work more than one year or only because it's the novelty, that people decide to try it and they get bored," says Dr. Daviglus, who is also a professor of medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago…

Why It’s Especially Important to Work Out If You Drink Alcohol


Drinking alcohol at or above recommended levels has been linked to an increased likelihood of disease and early death—but a new study says that getting regular exercise may offset some of these risks. The paper, published online yesterday in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, is the first to examine the opposite influences that physical activity and alcohol intake seem to have on mortality due to cancer, heart disease, and other causes.

Alcohol consumption is an “integral part” of western culture, the study authors write. In 2013, 88% of American adults said they’d had alcohol at some point in their lifetime, while 56% had imbibed in the past month. That’s true despite some troublesome statistics. While low to moderate levels of drinking may provide some health benefits, it has also been shown to raise the risk of certain cancers.

The consequences of heavy drinking are clearer, still: Many studies have shown that drinking in higher-than-moderate amounts (in the United States, that’s considered more than 7 servings a week for women and more than 14 for men) increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, several types of cancer, and death from all causes.

Exercise, on the other hand, is known to help people stay healthy and live longer. In fact, the study authors write, physical activity and alcohol consumption “may be linked to chronic disease through shared pathways but acting in the opposite directions.” 

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So they set out to see whether staying active might help cancel out the harmful effects of alcohol consumption over the years. To test their hypothesis, they looked at survey responses about health and drinking from more than 36,000 adults in England and Scotland, recorded between 1994 and 2006.

Over the next several years, nearly 6,000 of those adults died. After accounting for other factors that could potentially influence their results, the researchers found that drinking any amounts (compared to lifelong abstinence) was associated with a heightened risk of death from cancer—and the more people drank, the higher that risk was.

Heavy drinking (defined in this study as more than 14 servings a week for women and more than 21 a week for men, a now-outdated British guideline) was also associated with increased risk of death from all causes.

But when they factored in physical activity, they saw a more nuanced picture. The links between drinking and death—from all causes as well as from cancer—remained for people who got less than the recommended 7.5 MET hours, which is equal to 150 minutes of moderate physical activity, a week. For those who moved at least that much, however, those risks were lessened or canceled out.

In fact, people who were physically active and drank occasionally (not every week) seemed to have lower risk for cardiovascular death than those who were complete teetotalers…

Now You Can Wear Pumpkin Spice Highlighter While Drinking Your PSL


It's officially pumpkin spice season, so you know what that means. Pumpkin spice… highlighter?

Yup, now you can sip on that sweet and satisfying PSL with your boots and scarf while also wearing a sheer coat of pumpkin spice highlighter atop your cheek. According to PopSugar, the product is sold by Etsy user FeatherRiverBody, who specializes in mineral makeup and pigmented eyeshadows. "Pumpkin Spice Latte" is a perfectly subtle shade of pale orange and costs $5 for 10 grams. It's sold as both an eyeshadow and a highlighter, so it offers some flexibility in terms of usage. Based on reviews, it makes a seriously gorgeous highlighter.

While we're on the subject of beauty and skin-care products scented like pumpkin spice, let's talk about a few more options that may satisfying your PSL cravings. For starters, you could always try a pumpkin spice bath bomb, like this option by Etsy user CountryMarketCrafts, or this one made by MagickAndMacabre and shaped like an actual pumpkin. It doesn't get any more autumn-inspired than that, tbh.

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You could also treat yourself to some pumpkin spice soap, like this gorgeous, cold-pressed bar from ModBathandBody and BareBasicCo's pumpkin spice scented foaming bath butter. You could even try some pumpkin spice-inspired nail polish, like GemCityTiffany's "Pumpkin Space Latte" holographic polish.

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Extreme Wave Rider, SUP Champ Kai Lenny Shares His Workout Routine


Some athletes dabble in more than one sport. Maui’s Kai Lenny excels in them, competing internationally in everything from big-wave surfing to stand-up paddle surfing and racing, from kite surfing to tow-in surfing and more. With so many water sports in Lenny’s life, the waves serve as a gym.

“I use these other sports as forms of working out,” Lenny says. “It keeps training creative and exciting. It doesn’t get stale. As soon as it gets stale, you lose that motivation.”

While to a certain extent all of what Lenny does—and he currently competes in eight sports—involves riding waves, making the sports similar enough they can feed off one another and allowing him to take something he’s learned from one sport and move it into another. But the differences allow him to cross-train and use different muscles through all the sports.

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Take wind surfing. Lenny says that sport builds his strength and core muscles for stand-up paddle boarding because the constant force in the sail forces him to pull and hold onto the rig while jumping.

With so much going on, Lenny says the hardest part is saying no. He could compete every weekend of the year multiple times over. “I choose the ones I like to do and choose the biggest races and biggest events,” he says. For now, his competitive focus is on stand-up racing and big-wave surfing’s world tour. “I try not to oversaturate to perform the best in the events that I do.”

While the on-water training takes focus, he says the training for stand-up racing requires a more stringent plan, using endurance paddling and sprint intervals along with more mellow days of paddling technique training to keep him sharp. But that doesn't mean Lenny isn’t flexible when he gets a call that he needs to be in Mexico in 72 hours for a big-wave competition. “To go from paddling in controlled flat water to death-defying waves that are unpredictable, that takes a lot of feeling and concentration,” he says. “It is just a different approach and you have to stay very adaptable.”

Lenny does hit the gym for an hour three times a week for high intensity work or recovery, but he feels like training using the sport is the best way to build strength specific for that discipline. His routine, though, depends on how he wakes up. And where his heart rate stands.

Every day he wakes up and checks his heart rate, using the number to determine how hard he’ll push himself that day. When Lenny takes to the water, he doesn’t stop monitoring his heart rate. Or applying it to his training. “If I feel I am pushing hard and my heart rate says otherwise, I push harder,” he says. “Your heart isn't going to lie. If I’m working too hard, I switch up equipment or technique. It is super important to know how you are feeling. I’ve gotten so used to knowing what my heart rate feels like that I don't even need to look at a heart-rate monitor…

Many Antibacterial Soaps Are Now Banned: FDA


Certain ingredients that are common in antibacterial hand and body soaps are no longer allowed. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Friday that ingredients including triclosan and triclocarban—which have long raised safety concerns because they have been linked to hormone disruption, bacterial resistance, and even possibly liver cancer—will no longer be allowed.

The agency released its long-awaited final ruling on the issue, and said in a statement that companies can no longer market their antibacterial hand and body washes if they contained these ingredients. That’s because “manufacturers did not demonstrate that the ingredients are both safe for long-term daily use and more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections.”

The FDA says the rule is intended for products that require use with water, and does not include hand sanitizers or wipes. Some companies had preemptively begun removing the ingredients from their soaps due to public pressure and safety concerns.

In 2013, the FDA asked soap manufacturers to provide evidence on the safety and effectiveness of ingredients like triclosan and triclocarban after data suggested that they could increase risks for hormonal problems and bacterial resistance. If companies wanted to continue using these ingredients they had to prove that they worked better at reducing infections than products that didn’t contain them. The FDA says companies did not provide adequate safety and effectiveness data for 19 different ingredients.

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“Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water,” Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) said in a statement. “In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term.”

You can read more about the FDA’s decision here.


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7 Easy Pilates Moves for a Quick Core Workout


7 Easy Pilates Moves for a Quick Core Workout

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Can’t remember the last time you tried to tone your core? Though it might sound intimidating, a Pilates workout could be one way to start developing a stronger center. “One of the best things about Pilates is it is truly for anyone of any level,” says Andrea Speir, Daily Burn Pilates instructor. “Classical Pilates consists of over 600 exercises, all of which have modifications and variations.”

Pilates might imply a pricey studio or fancy equipment to some, but in reality, all you need is a mat. These seven easy Pilates moves require no gear, and are simple enough to try almost anywhere. You’ll find yourself strengthening more than just your core, too. “Pilates is a full-body form of exercise, so everything is getting targeted,” Speir says.

Even if you’ve been skipping out on ab workouts for a while, you can probably still pull off these moves with a few modifications. “In my opinion, it is one of the best things for newbies or people who feel they are out of shape because it will help build a solid base of strength… Everything is based on what your level is and yours alone,” says Speir. Try these seven simple moves to get started today.

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7 Core Exercises for a Beginners’ Pilates Workout

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1. The 100
At the core of every Pilates practice is ‘The 100,’ which is designed to get your blood pumping and warm you up, Speir says. Struggling to make it to the end of this move? “Make this a “50” instead,” Speir advises. “That means inhale for five counts and exhale for five counts. Do that five times. Focus on how much your abdominals are engaging and breathe.”

How to: Draw both legs into your chest, hold on to your legs, curl your head and chest up to a tight ball (a). Send your legs out to a tabletop position with your knee directly above your hip and shins parallel to floor. Hold on behind your thighs and actively curl up, deepening and hollowing out your abs (b). Hover your arms right above your abdominal wall and start to pump your arms 6 to 8 inches up and down, taking deep breaths, inhaling for 5 counts, exhaling for 5 counts (c). Repeat 10 times, without taking a break. Rest your head flat on the floor, rather than curling it up, if the move feels too difficult.

RELATED: The Ab Moves You Aren’t Doing (But Should!)

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2. Rolling Like a Ball
Don’t take yourself too seriously. This playful move is actually a simple way to simultaneously massage your back muscles while also working your abs, Speir says. “This exercise is great for beginners because the rounded shape of your spine helps teach you how to properly and effectively engage the core muscles, while challenging them to work hard,” Speir says…

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