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Daphne Oz Just Shared the Most Relatable Abs Photo 10 Weeks After Giving Birth

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Daphne Oz, author and TV host of Master Chef Junior, shared a super-relatable selfie on Monday, to show that she’s jumping back into the fitness game after giving birth just 10 weeks ago.

“Everyone starts somewhere,” she wrote, along with the hashtag #10weekspostpartum. “Just got sweaty and it felt so GOOD!!”

Oz, 33, who’s the daughter of TV personality Dr. Mehmet Oz, gave birth to her fourth child in August, according to People. She welcomed daughter Giovanna Ines Jovanovic (nicknamed Gigi) with husband John Jovanovic.

This was Oz’s fourth pregnancy in five years—Daphne has three other children, Philomena, 5, Jovan, 3, and Domenica, 1, with her husband—and she told People it was the most physically challenging. Oz said that she battled the challenges that came with her pregnancy by “trying to feel good in my skin, whether it’s finding little ways to take care of myself or finding clothes that fit in a way that makes me feel good.”

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As far as her workout Monday, Oz said it was actually her second since giving birth to Gigi—and that she’s in no hurry to get back to working out on the regular. “I’m not in a rush,” she wrote. “I just want to start to feel my core again and strength in my skin. Consistency and baby steps get it done #onmyway #herewego.”

Also important: The new mom chose a super cute workout set from Outdoor Voices for her sweat session. The Athena Crop Top ($45; outdoorvoices.com) offers more coverage while still showing off your core, and the coordinating Hi-Rise 7/8 Warmup Leggings ($75; outdoorvoices.com) keep you comfortable and stay in place throughout your workout, thanks to the stretchy yet compressive fabric.

Of course, this isn’t the first time Oz has gotten real with her Instagram followers about postpartum life. Last year she posted a photo of herself seven weeks after giving birth. She encouraged new moms not to get discouraged with the challenges that come with motherhood and countered the advice that women should simply “bounce back” after giving birth. “There is no bounce-back, it’s all onwards and upwards,” Oz wrote.

In addition to her body positivity, Oz has also shown a few of her workouts on Instagram, pre-pregnancy. In December 2018, she shared a photo after “starting the weekend sweaty” with a class by Obé Fitness, with instructor Madelaine O’Connell. Before that, Oz shared another sweaty selfie after a workout class, where she revealed she sweats “(almost) every day.” According to Oz, her workouts aren’t about immediate results, but rather doing something good for yourself every day. Amen to that.

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Britney Spears' Abs Are on Full Display In Her Newest Workout Video

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Another week, another Britney Spears workout video—and this time the pop star is combining two of her favorite routines.

In a new Instagram post, shared Monday, Spears shared a video of herself doing an exercise mash-up. "My normal yoga and weights routine always gets me going!!!!!" she wrote. "Great day !!!!!!!"

During the sped-up video, Spears, 37, is shown wearing pink polka-dotted bootie shorts and a black strappy sports bra. Throughout the video, you can see Spears going through a yoga flow (from Downward-Facing Dog to Upward-Facing Dog) and doing other yoga poses like Child's Pose and Cobra Pose, along with variations on free-weight lifts. 

RELATED: Britney Spears Shows Off Her Abs While Doing the Splits to Share Her New Workout Routine

Of course, Spears is no stranger to sharing her workouts on Instagram. Just last week, she shared a video of herself with an unidentified stranger doing an acro yoga-esque routine together. In the video's caption, Spears wrote that it was her "first time to walk on my hands up and down stairs," which, of course, she shared a video of. In addition to her handstand walking, Spears was also shown doing backbends and balancing on her partner's feet. 

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But yoga and free weights aren't the only workouts Spears does. In another recent Instagram post, Spears shared that she had just logged some pool time. "Yes I did my challenge of 60 laps and yes it was hard !!!!!" she wrote. (Spears, however, spoke to her viewers and said she typically swims 20 laps a day—she just chose to challenge herself that particular morning). "When I swim laps in the mornings …. I usually have to take a nap … the water makes me sleepy like a baby," she added.

Clearly, Spears knows a thing or two about switching up her workouts to keep herself engaged. So what's next, Brit? Maybe some HIIT workouts?

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Jada Pinkett Smith's Trainer Demonstrates Her Gravity-Defying, At-Home Workout: 'You Don't Need a Gym'

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Jada Pinkett Smith is showing fans that you don’t need a fancy gym membership to get in a decent workout.

On Tuesday, the 47-year-old Girls Trip star shared a video of the intense full-body exercise routine, created and demonstrated by her trainer Jeanette Jenkins all done in a hallway at the W Hollywood without the aid of a single piece of gym equipment.

Dressed in a black athleisure ensemble with a hot pink sports bra and matching Nike sneakers, Jenkins appeared cool as a cucumber throughout—even though she was upside down for most of the workout.

“THIS!!! Whooped my a#@!!!” Pinkett Smith captioned the video, set to Migos’ song “Stir Fry.”

“Try it! It’s a GREAT routine and u don’t need a gym!” she added.

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Jenkins, a Los Angeles-based trainer dubbed it the “7 Exercise Core & #WallWorkoutChallenge“—going into detail about it on Instagram. 

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To follow along, one must repeat three sets of wall mountain climbers, toe taps, walk out and ins, alternating knee crosses, hand to opposite knees, walk planks to squat jumps, and single leg wall jumps, for 30 to 60 seconds each.

“Let’s just say my entire core & upper body were sore for three days after this!” the trainer wrote in her own IG post. “You can do it! Have fun!!!!”

Of course, fans of Pinkett Smith’s know this isn’t the first time she’s shown off her workouts on Instagram.

Late last month, the wife of Will Smith flaunted her impressive set of abs alongside 17-year-old daughter, Willow, and mother, Adrienne Banfield-Jones, 64, after their family workout.

RELATED: The Best Booty-Boosting Exercises, According to Jeanette Jenkins

“That three generational thing,” Pinkett Smith captioned the shot of her and her family. The three ladies are nearly matching in their sports bras and black leggings, while baring their fit stomachs.

In August, Smith posted a video of Banfield-Jones breaking a sweat during a gym workout. “Why is Gam Bam putting me to shame???” Pinkett Smith joked.

Banfield-Jones also previously showed off her abs on her own Instagram in May, when she posted a revealing shot of herself in a colorful bikini.

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The three generations of women are tight-knit, and launched their own Facebook talk show, Red Table Talk, where they share captivating personal stories.

“I feel like the only real valuable thing in life is sharing what we’ve gone through…

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Tight on Workout Space? Try This Body-Weight Circuit for Small Spaces

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As the weather warms, it’s easy to start slacking on your workouts—but fitting in exercise is worth it. So we’re here to help with this body-weight routine that can be done in a small space (hello, tiny hotel room). “It involves strength and stability, and gets your heart rate up. Even better, it’s a total body workout you can do in a short time frame,” says Lauren Williams, who created the circuit and is a Health Advisory Board member and co-owner of Health Out Fitness and Lifestyle in Vancouver. Now get to it so you can enjoy that sunshine.

Scissor jumps 

Begin in a staggered stance with knees bent and your left foot in front of the right; bend right arm forward and extend left arm back (A). Swiftly jump up, switching legs in midair, like a scissor; simultaneously switch arms (B). Land softly, and repeat. Continue alternating without resting for 90 seconds, increasing speed and intensity every 30 seconds.

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Beast mode leg extensions 

Start on all fours with wrists stacked under shoulders, knees under hips, and toes tucked; lift knees (A). Maintaining this position, reach your right heel up (B). Return to “A,” and then do two more reps. Switch to your left side without dropping the knees; do three reps. Continue alternating for 60 seconds.

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Reverse lunge hold with knee taps 

Sit into both of your legs as if you are in Chair Pose, arms at sides (A). Reach your right leg behind you, coming into a reverse lunge; lower until right knee taps the ground. At the same time, raise arms straight up (B). Return to “A”; then repeat with the left leg. Continue alternating for 90 seconds.

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Superman with 90/90 retraction 

Lie face down with arms extended forward. Squeeze upper back and glutes to lift up arms, chest, feet, and legs (A). Maintaining this position, glide arms backward into a 90-degree angle, pulling elbows up and shoulder blades together (B). Return to “A”; then lower back down. Repeat for 60 seconds.

RELATED: This Ballet-Cardio Workout Will Give You Tighter Muscles and Tons of Energy

Alternating narrow and wide push-ups 

Start in a high plank with hands directly under shoulders (A). Lower into a push-up, keeping elbows close to sides of body (B). Push back up to “A,” and then move right hand out to side so that hands are wider than shoulder-width, centering torso over hands; lower into a push-up (C). Push back up; then return hands to “A.” Repeat the narrow push-up again. Once you return to “A,” move the left hand out to the side, with hands wider than shoulder-width apart and torso centered; lower into a push-up. Continue alternating for 90 seconds.

RELATED: I Did 100 Push-Ups Every Day for Over a Year

Supine core extensions 

Lie face up…

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Jada Pinkett Smith's Trainer Demonstrates Her Gravity-Defying, At-Home Workout: 'You Don't Need a Gym' + MORE

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How This Former Ballerina Is Revolutionizing Home Workouts

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“I spent my teens and early 20s as a professional ballerina, dancing with companies in New York City and Montreal. After retiring in 2008, I went into the boutique fitness field. At first, the only space I could afford was a 500-square-foot room in a church, which meant there was no room for traditional equipment. I had to figure out: What can you do in a small footprint that gives people the benefit of a total gym? I came up with a high-intensity circuit that toned the full body. When I brought in mirrors, people loved them. They found the visual feedback inspiring and also helpful in keeping their form correct.

Fast-forward to 2016, which found me running three fitness studios across New York City. Getting to my own workouts was hard, especially because I was pregnant at the time. Biking or running on a treadmill in my apartment just didn’t appeal. I tried workout apps, but they weren’t immersive enough to hold my interest.

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I started thinking how I could bring that small studio experience into my home…and thought back to the mirrors I’d put in that church years ago. I came up with Mirror, an interactive home gym that hangs on your wall.

In the early days, when I didn’t have a physical prototype, people couldn’t understand what the experience would be like. Then once it was made and they could experience it, I heard, ‘I can’t believe I didn’t think of this!’

Variety’s a key component of a good workout, so Mirror users can choose from live and on-demand classes in cardio, strength, yoga, barre, boxing, HIIT, and more… without leaving their home. I’ve heard from parents who say that for years they’ve struggled to find time to get out of their house and work out—and then felt guilty once they did. Being able to work out at home isn’t just a solution for them, but helps their whole family.

RELATED: 10-Minute Cardio Workout You Can Do at Home

Many wellness-based goals are focused on future rewards—like making you stronger one day. Or thinner. Or healthier. That makes it really challenging to be successful. If you enjoy the experience now, future rewards will come. So that’s another mental shift I’m hoping Mirror will bring. Many people look in their mirror at home and spend time criticizing their body. I want this to help them celebrate what they’re capable of.”

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The $7 Product J.Lo's Makeup Artist Uses to Create Her Head-to-Toe Glow

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Jennifer Lopez is famous for perfecting that elusive, never-too-shiny glow on the red carpet (heck, she even had a perfume named Glow). Luckily, J.Lo's makeup artist Scott Barnes is dishing on the technique he uses to help the star get that radiant, full-body effect—and trust us, it's good.

Barnes teamed up for a video on YouTuber Tati Westbrook's channel to showcase his new makeup brush line and some of his go-to techniques. The 30-minute video is worth a watch in its entirety. Barnes—who's also worked with Christina Aguilera and Celine Dion—shares some of his expert hacks, including why he applies contour under foundation, and that time he used L'Oréal Bronze Coin lipstick as a highlighter, lip color, and eyeshadow for a shoot. But if you just want the most interesting tidbit, it's Barnes' favorite drugstore product: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Lightweight Sunscreen Spray SPF 30. (Buy It, $7, target.com)

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And no, it's not just because sun protection prevents aging. (Although, it totally does!) Barnes actually likes to use the sunscreen as a finishing tool on the red carpet to add to his clients' body glow. Mind. Blown.

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There are several steps Barnes does to build that bronze base and afterward to add dimension. The first step is full-body foundation. If you've seen J.Lo's notorious "naked dress," then you're aware her glow doesn't end at her jawline. Unsurprisingly, Barnes is a proponent of extending makeup below the face. (In the video, he applies Tati's foundation all the way down her chest and even on her hands.) Naturally, Barnes also sells a product called Body Bling, a hard-core body bronzer that reviewers say works even on the palest of complexions.

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Here's where the SPF comes into play. Post-foundation, Barnes will layer on the Neutrogena sunscreen spray to both set the foundation in place and enter "super glow" territory. "Forget the MAC setting spray," he quips in the video. (And of course, "this is also good for your skin, so when you go outside bronzed you maintain your sun protection," he adds.) After misting the sunscreen on Tati's chest, he then applied powder bronzer and highlighter to achieve what he calls "Barbie skin." There you have it.

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Granted, yes, this slick, bronzed look is more editorial than everyday. "I see people who do really beautiful makeup and people look great on the street," he said in the video. "That's not my thing. You'll look good on film, but maybe in person you'll look like 'ah!'" Translation: This full four-step foundation, sunscreen, bronzer, and highlighter combination isn't exactly meant to look natural in person…

I Tried the Maelys Booty Mask That Khloe Kardashian Swears By for a Toned Butt

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I'm no stranger to a booty mask or any product that promises to tone and tighten. Scrubs and creams that claim to smooth, tone, and leave your cheeks with a healthy glow? I've tried them. Brushes and massagers that exfoliate and blast cellulite? Been there. If it’s for your ass and thick thighs, I’ve put it to the test. But no product aimed at treating the butt has stuck it out in my routine, and I was just about to give up on a holy grail booty product.

However, when I heard about a new butt mask and that peach queen Khloe Kardashian was a fan, I had to get my hands on it. Not only has this newcomer booty mask sold out on Sephora an impressive three times since launching in the U.S. in September 2018, but Kardashian posted a series of self-care Instagram stories using the "extra" luxurious cream. 

Was this butt mask the real deal? For the sake of journalism (and my toosh), I needed to find out.

Maelys Cosmetics B-Tight Lift and Firm Booty Mask ($49; sephora.com) is made with firming collagen and guarana, a fruit native to the Amazon with seeds known to contain way more caffeine than coffee beans. Caffeine is extremely helpful in smoothing skin and reducing dimpling (aka cellulite), notes New York City-based dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD.

The formula also boasts detoxifying red grapefruit oil, which activates the lymphatic system. When that is stimulated, cellulite can be prevented or lessened, she adds.

The star ingredients are pink pepperslim and eco-slim. Pink pepperslim is a slimming oil known to reduce fat and is eight times more powerful than caffeine, while eco-slim has 46% higher concentration of caffeine than caffeine extracts. The bottom line? These ingredients could reduce sagging and improve tightness, says Dr. Jaliman.

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To buy: Maelys Cosmetics B-Tight Lift and Firm Booty Mask ($49; sephora.com)

It was finally time to see what all the fuss was about. I decided to give the gym a rest (who am I kidding, I wasn't really planning on working out anyway) in order to give this product a thorough test. 

Upon opening the mask, I was surprised to see how much product you really got. Usually you get cheated with a partially full container or a travel-size amount in a large bottle, but this jar was jam-packed with a dreamy pink cream! I dipped the tips of my fingers in the jar, applied a generous amount of the product to my butt, and started rubbing the cream onto both cheeks.

The directions warn that the product is supposed to lightly warm up, and after a nice lather I felt a slightly warm sensation. I also noticed that the mask dried pretty quickly, which makes it great for slapping on in the mornings even if I'm in a rush (or applying at night, since it won't annoyingly stick to bed sheets)…

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You Can Now Do Outdoor Yoga With Lemurs—and It’s as Magical as It Sounds

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Move over goat yoga, alpaca yoga, and dog yoga. Lemur yoga is about to take the world by storm.

According to The Metro, the Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa, near the Lake District Wildlife Park in Keswick, England, is now offering “lemoga,” also known as doing yoga outdoors with lemurs.

The lemurs already live in the nearby wildlife park, and they’re apparently very friendly and social, so they’re practically perfect yoga buddies.

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“When you watch lemurs they do some form of the poses naturally — that typical pose warming their bellies in the sunshine,” said Richard Robinson, manager of the Lake District Wildlife Park, to the BBC. “It seemed to be a really good combination to encourage people to have a go and spend time with a lemur.”

RELATED: 15 Stretches You Should Do Every Day

The class is part of Armathwaite Hall’s “meet the wildlife” wellness program, which includes walking alpacas around hotels 400-acre grounds, meet-and-greets with meerkats, and special sessions with zookeepers.

RELATED: 10 Yoga Poses to Do at Your Desk

The hotel says “lemoga” is a good way for guests to “feel at one with nature, at the same time joining in with the lemurs’ play time.” They also claim the class is good for stress and reducing blood pressure, especially when lemurs are involved.

We challenge anyone not to get distracted by these inquisitive animals while they’re trying to perfect their downward dog. Frankly, these creatures are so irresistibly cute, we expect there could be more “lemoga” classes elsewhere around the world in the future.

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Smallville Actress Allison Mack Recruited Women for a Sex Cult—Why Would a Person Do That?

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Nothing fascinates us quite like cults. Documentaries about them have a, well, cult following, and groups that are rumored to have cult-like characteristics repeatedly make headlines. This week's news, however, is about more than just rumors.

On Monday, Smallville actress Allison Mack pleaded guilty to charges related to a group called Nxivm, after she allegedly manipulated and blackmailed women into being "sex slaves" for its leader.

Nxivm is a group based in Albany, New York, that billed itself as a self-help organization. In late 2017, the New York Times published an article about a disturbing internal society within Nxivm (called D.O.S.) that did horrifying things, such as burn founder Keith Raniere’s initials below members' hips with a cauterizing device. The article also alleged that members were told to starve themselves to achieve Raniere’s standard of beauty so they could have sexual encounters with him.

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Since the investigation into the society began, increasingly alarming details have emerged, especially about Mack's involvement. In April 2018, Mack was arrested by the FBI on charges of sex trafficking, conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, and forced labor. At the time, she pleaded not guilty, but this week, she changed her plea.

As Mack tearfully pleaded guilty to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy, she also admitted to recruiting women into the cult by telling them they were joining a female mentorship program. In addition, she confessed to forcing them to give her damaging personal information, or "collateral," so that she could blackmail them if they didn't follow her or Raniere’s orders. Now, Mack faces up to 40 years in prision. She's set to be sentenced in September. 

Sounds like it could be straight out of one of those bingeworthy cult documentaries on Netflix, right?

Mack's involvement in this skin-crawling scheme got us thinking: How does an intelligent, successful young woman get caught up in such a twisted dystopian cult? Alexandra Stein, PhD, author of Terror, Love and Brainwashing: Attachment in Cults and Totalitarian Systems, has many thoughts on this, especially because she was once a member of a cult herself. 

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First, Stein says people don't knowingly join cults. "Someone might go to a yoga class, or to a personal development seminar, or to a church, all for perfectly normal reasons," she says, explaining that cults often have a convincing facade…

5 Easy Barbell Exercises for Beginners

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Cardio is great—in fact, it’s a must. But there’s another beneficial component to physical fitness that many women are ignoring: weight lifting. And we’re not just talking about picking up those little 2-pound weights and doing a few bicep curls (though there’s nothing wrong with that). Hitting the weight room—and more specifically, using a barbell—challenges your body in a way nothing else can. “A barbell forces your body into a fixed position, which is biomechanically beneficial because it creates stability on the weight load. This, in turn, gives your muscles more stability to push and pull from, and that helps them stay more engaged,” explains Holly Perkins, CSCS, a Los Angeles–based celebrity trainer and author of Lift to Get Lean.

Lifting heavy becomes even more important as you age. “Women lose muscle mass and gain an average of five pounds of fat per decade,” says Michele Olson, PhD, CSCS, a senior clinical professor of sports science at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama. “In other words, even if your body weight stays the same, if you don’t lift weights to maintain your muscle, you will lose about five pounds of muscle every 10 years and gain about five pounds of fat, which is not good for the heart or our bones.” Still not sure about entering that weight room? Read on for more benefits—plus a few strategies that will turn you into a lifting pro.

RELATED: 5 Amazing Things That Happen to Your Body When You Start Lifting Weights

4 Major benefits of barbell work

It Improves Your Overall Health. You’ve heard the saying that health is wealth, right? Keeping with that, let’s just say weight lifting is equivalent to winning the lottery. Research shows that it slashes your risk of ailments like stroke and heart disease and drastically improves bone and joint health. According to a 2018 University of Michigan study, people with stronger muscles are 50 percent more likely to live longer. And let’s not forget the mental benefits. “Strength training is really powerful for women,” notes Perkins. “It improves self-worth, self-esteem, and confidence, and it builds resilience on a personal and emotional level.”

It Boosts Your Metabolism. When you lift heavy weights, your body releases human growth hormone and testosterone, both of which help you develop lean muscle, says L.A.-based celebrity trainer Ashley Borden, creator of the AB Fit app. And having more lean muscle will naturally keep your metabolic rate fired up. “Muscles are much more metabolically active than fat,” explains Vonda Wright, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and chief of orthopedic sports medicine at Northside Hospital in Atlanta. “This means they take more calories to function, whereas fat doesn’t burn much energy.” In other words, when your muscles are built-up, you are torching more calories whether you are exercising or just chilling…

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Everything You Need to Know About HIIPA: The Exercise Trend for People Who Don’t Have Time to Work Out

– health.com

Let’s face it: On some days, you just don't have the time to spend a full hour clocking miles on the treadmill or pumping weights at the squat rack. You already have one thousand other things on your to-do list, and unfortunately, working out doesn’t always make the cut.

We get it, and we have some good news: New research says that the exercise you do on those no-workout days (you know, when you take the stairs or carry heavy groceries) might be more beneficial than you think.

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Say hello to HIIPA, or high-intensity incidental physical activity. It’s a version of HIIT (high-intensity interval training) that you already do as you go about your everyday life, no gym needed. Last year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) updated the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans to say that physical activity no longer has to last at least 10 minutes to be beneficial. The new thinking is that every bit of activity counts, even if it’s just two minutes at a time.

So what kind of activity qualifies as HIIPA? According to a report published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine this week, HIIPA is any movement you make that gets your heart rate up—such as vacuuming every room in your house, chasing your kids around the backyard, parking your car in a faraway spot and having to walk a few minutes to your office door, and lugging a heavy load of laundry to the laundromat.

Instead of thinking you have to block out an hour of your day to get your blood pumping, you can treat the things you’re already doing as built-in bites of exercise.

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"There is a lot of research telling us that any type of HIIT, irrespective of the duration and number of repetitions, is one of the most effective ways to rapidly improve fitness and cardiovascular health and HIIPA works on the same idea," Emmanuel Stamatakis, PhD, lead author on the report, said in a statement.

The report also says that one of the great things about HIIPA is that it does away with the usual obstacles that hold people back from making exercise a regular part of their routine—like the high price of gym memberships, not having enough time, and simply lacking the skills and motivation.

HIIPA is gaining popularity at just the right time, considering many Americans just aren’t meeting the current guidelines, which call for adults to complete 150 to 300 minutes of moderate physical activity, or 75 to 150 minutes of vigorous activity, per week. Only 26% of men and 19% of women are meeting that benchmark, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association last year with the updated physical activity guidelines.

“The new guidelines demonstrate that, based on the best science, everyone can dramatically improve their health just by moving—anytime, anywhere, and by any means that gets you active,” said Admiral Brett P…

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What Does It Really Mean to Be Happy? 6 Experts Explain

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When you go to your “happy place,” you might picture yourself relaxing on a beach in Bali, fitting back into a pair of favorite old jeans, or landing that promotion you’ve been gunning for. But here’s the thing: Elation, achievement, and success aren’t the same as the warm and fuzzy feelings of happiness—and mixing them up may actually bum you out. That’s why we endeavored to learn what happiness really means, by interviewing a handful of people who have devoted years of their lives to studying it. Read about what their research and real-life experience has taught them; then use their wisdom and advice to boost your own joy. (Spoiler alert: Those old jeans will do more good in the giveaway bin.)

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“Happiness isn’t something you feel. It’s something you do.”

I used to think I had a clear idea of what happiness looks like. I came to the U.S. at 13. My family emigrated from Russia, and we lived outside of Detroit. It was a really rough time, especially because I didn’t speak English. I was overwhelmed with anxiety and self-doubt. The only time I felt OK was when I achieved anything—the day I was moved from remedial English, the day I moved out of the projects.

I thought, “This is how I’m going to be happy: I’m going to achieve things.” I lived my life with this attitude. I’ll be happy when I get into a good college. When I graduate. When I move to New York. When I get married. When I’m able to take care of my family…

I was always proud of my achievements, yet the happiness bubble would eventually pop. I thought I wasn’t doing enough to gain the privilege of feeling good, but I hit a wall, burned out, and couldn’t push anymore.

When I stumbled onto research about gratitude nine years ago, I thought it was a bunch of BS. Saying three things I was grateful for would make me happy? Ridiculous. If I was grateful for everything, I wouldn’t work for anything. Still, I decided to do a 30-day experiment. I told my husband and daughter that each day, I’d write down something I was grateful for and say “thank you” to someone at least once.

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The punch line is obvious. I noticed a difference right away. It’s not like I became a happy-go-lucky person, but I started to find joy in small, everyday moments. Tiny things, like my daughter running up to give me a hug. Coming into my living room and noticing the light hitting a vase of tulips. Even driving to work in minimal traffic and suddenly enjoying the commute.

Before I began practicing gratitude, I wasn’t present for those moments. I only stepped on them before running away. Happiness, I now realize, is not something you feel, but something you do. We don’t have to earn it, or be “good enough…

Gretchen Rubin’s Daily Tricks for Staying Happy

– www.health.com

What inspired you to write about the power of decluttering?

Your space reflects you. It projects your identity to the world. If you look around and everything you own is useful or beloved, you may feel more integrated with yourself.

Any advice for getting started?

Adopt the one-minute rule. Anything you can do in less than a minute, do without delay. Throw away a wrapper. File an email. Hang up your coat. That will get rid of that scum of clutter on the surface of life. And over time, you start to see a big difference.

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Once you’ve cleared the clutter, then what?

It’s not enough to get rid of stuff that’s dragging us down; we also need things that lift us up. We want to be delighted in our spaces. You can add whatever you want to your space to make it beautiful—just choose those things purposefully.

What else do you do to feel happier?

Relationships are most important to me. I’m in four book groups because I love to see friends and I love books. I also have this habit with my sister and parents called “update”: About once a week, we send a super-boring email about whatever’s going on, just to make ourselves feel more connected.

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What’s your morning routine like?

The first thing I do is kiss my husband. He’s usually still asleep, but I’m like, “I want to kiss my husband before I check my phone.” Then most days I go for a long walk in Central Park. It’s exercise, it’s nature, it’s light on my face resetting my circadian rhythm. It’s the greatest thing.

How about when you’re feeling blue—how do you recover?

Do 10 jumping jacks! I tell my daughters this all the time. Or run down the stairs. It makes you feel goofy and energized.

Rubin's new book, Outer Order, Inner Calm, is out now.

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This 6-Step Yoga Flow Will Open Up Your Tight Hips

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On average, we sit for about 12 hours every day. “Yikes” is right. “Whether it’s at a desk or in the car, when people sit for most of the day, they may develop tight hip flexors. These muscles attach to the lumbar spine and could create lower-back pain when they are shortened,” explains physical therapist Erica Anne Meloe, owner of Velocity Physiotherapy in New York City and author of Why Do I Hurt?

So what can you do to help those suffering hip muscles? First, make sure you’re getting up and walking around throughout the day—researchers suggest at least once every 30 minutes. But to further help, try this hip-opening sequence created specifically for Health readers by Peloton yoga instructor Kristin McGee. “These poses take a 360-degree approach, helping to stretch and strengthen the hips from all angles—front, side, and back,” says McGee.

Run through them three to four times a week, and you’ll feel so much looser.

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Cow Face pose

Get onto all fours. Cross right leg over left, then sit back down between your heels or on a block, with knees stacked. Extend left arm toward ceiling, then bend left elbow, bringing palm to touch the center of upper back; then bend right arm behind back, trying to grasp fingers of left hand. Stay here for 5–8 breaths, breathing evenly; then switch sides and repeat. To make it more comfortable, you can also sit on a blanket instead of a block.

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Pigeon pose

From Cow Face pose, slide right leg forward onto the floor, placing right shin parallel to the front of the mat, and slide left knee on floor behind you. Lower left thigh to mat with top of left foot facing down. Stay upright, with torso over hips and hips square to the front of the mat. Remain here for 5–8 full breaths, then bring left foot toward right and repeat on opposite side.

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Bound Angle pose

Sit on mat with soles of feet together and knees bent out to sides. Interlace fingers around feet. Inhaling, press knees down toward mat while sitting up tall; bow forward slightly to get a deeper stretch. Stay here for 8–10 breaths.

Ankle to Knee pose

From Bound Angle pose, cross right knee over left ankle and bring bottom leg in so right ankle is over left knee, with shins stacked. Bring both palms to floor in front of you, leaning forward slightly. Hold here for 5–8 breaths.

Half Reclining Hero’s pose

Kneel on mat with knees together. Sit back on heels, and then extend right leg straight out in front of you. Slide left foot slightly wider than knee with the top of left foot on the floor and big toe angled in, allowing butt to rest on floor. Then place hands on floor behind you and lean back, bringing elbows and forearms to floor behind you. From here, continue to lower all the way to the floor or as far as you can go without pain or discomfort; cross elbows overhead…

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Woman Contracts Rare Autoimmune Disease From Touching Stray Cat: 'I'll Have It for Life'

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Even after contracting a life-altering syndrome from a feral cat she befriended on vacation, Gemma Birch still considers herself an animal lover.

The 25-year-old from Southport, England, was spending a week in Albufeira, Portugal, in June 2015 when she took in a “gorgeous” stray cat who would lounge on the patio of the rental apartment, Birch recalls to PEOPLE.

Immediately smitten, Birch began giving the animal milk from a bowl and letting her inside.

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“She obviously loved me, and she’d follow me everywhere,” says Birch, who runs a lifestyle blog and works in a gym. “I was fine all week. I was so sad to leave her.”

But on the last night, she started vomiting severely and suffering from diarrhea. On the plane ride home, on top of her existing symptoms, Birch started to feel faint.

By the time she landed, her stomach was so swollen she looked “nine months pregnant,” she says. “Like I was about to burst.”

She made it home, where her father immediately told her she needed to go to the hospital because she was so weak and pale, Birch recalls.

After spending a week in the ICU and undergoing many tests, doctors discovered Birch had been infected with campylobacter, a common cause of food poisoning.

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Doctors asked if she’d eaten any uncooked poultry. A staunch vegetarian, Birch said no. Then they asked if she had come into contact with any animals recently, and she remembered her feline friend.

Next came more tests, which helped the medical team discover that she had contracted the infection from a living animal.

“Once they found out, they weren’t worried. They said I’d get better at home with bedrest,” Birch recalls. “But I got worse. I couldn’t walk. I kept falling and losing my balance.”

Her symptoms, inconsistent food poisoning, led Birch to make repeated appointments with her general practitioner, who kept telling her to just get more rest.

“Eventually I stopped going because I felt like I was bugging them,” Birch says. “But you just know when it’s something else.”

Then, two weeks after leaving the hospital — three weeks after returning from Portugal — Birch woke up around 3 a.m. because she’d fallen out of bed.

“I couldn’t feel my legs on the sheets or my feet on the carpet,” she explains. “I started scratching my legs so hard that they bled, but I still couldn’t feel it. I screamed for my dad, and he took me to the hospital.”

In the emergency room, Birch says she googled her symptoms and the campylobacter bacteria, which turned up three words: Guillain-Barré syndrome…

15 Transformations That'll Inspire You to Start Lifting Weights

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15 Transformations That'll Inspire You to Start Lifting Weights

 

Stacey D.

PHOTO: @BOOMFAMF INSTAGRAM

In two years, Stacey went from CrossFit obsessed (left) to entering into the world of powerlifting and counting macros (right). She lost 15 pounds and about 5 percent body fat, but not overnight. "Understanding that this whole fitness thing is a lifelong journey really helps me understand that there's ups, downs, weekends of eating it all, weeks of consistency, fat days, 'damn who dat' when you look in the mirror days, and overall a lot of learning and self-encouragement, forgiveness and love," she wrote.

Katie Crewe

PHOTO: @KATIECREWE INSTAGRAM

The now-trainer and Insta star used to find weights intimidating so she stuck to cardio classes. But once she picked up a dumbbell, she realized the body she wanted couldn't be achieved with light lifting. "My 'gains' came very slowly, compared to many. It took me a really long time to start doing full push-ups (especially darn triceps ones)," she writes. This photo—and Katie's story—are proof that if you can get past intimidation and frustrations, hard work will pay off eventually.

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Kathryn Nash

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Kathryn Nash started reaching for dumbbells as finishers for her BBG workouts, but pretty soon, the weights became her favorite part of the workout. After ditching HIIT to go all in with lifting, it took almost a year for Kathryn to build up her backside. "This took me a solid year of bulking to build the muscle I currently have. Don't be afraid to lift heavy and EAT, ladies!!! You can't grow if you neglect either of them. Muscle growth takes time and a whole lot of patience, but it is so worth it. Gainz are nice and all, but nothing beats the adrenaline rush you get from lifting heavy a$$ iron," she says.

Abby Pollock

PHOTO: @AMPOLLO INSTAGRAM

Over the past four years, the Canadian fitfluencer has built her booty with a mix of heavy lifting four times a week and strategic cardio. "A structured weightlifting routine that has you progressively doing 'more' over time will deliver the best and most predictable results," she writes. 

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Sia Cooper

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Sia switched up her workouts after the birth of her first baby. "My tummy was soft, my thighs were blown, and I just simply didn't feel like ME anymore. Most of all, I didn't think I could ever get my 'body back,'" she writes. So instead, she decided to build a new one. "I began doing something that I had never done before: lift weights!" she adds. The results? Well, that second photo after baby number two speaks for itself.

Mikaela Beauchamp

PHOTO: @MIKAELAFAE INSTAGRAM

For Mikaela, the benefits of weightlifting are more than just physical…

Fitbit Is Having a HUGE Valentine's Day Sale on Some of Their Most Popular Trackers

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In the market for a new Fitbit (or have someone you still need to find a Valentine's Day gift for)? You're in luck: The brand is slashing prices on some of their most popular trackers. From now until February 16, three Fitbit trackers are up to $40 off on Fitbit.com and Amazon.com. New Year's resolution to get more steps—check!

To buy: from $129, fitbit.com and amazon.com

• Fitbit Charge 3 ($129-$149; fitbit.com and amazon.com). With a touchscreen, smartphone notifications, and seven days of battery life, this remains one of Fitbit's most popular trackers, if not its most high-tech—and the current sale makes it a lot more affordable. In addition to a discount on the classic black and blue gray colorways, you can also save $20 on the slightly more expensive special edition hues.

• Fitbit Versa ($169-$199; fitbit.com and amazon.com). The Versa is an incredible fitness tool for people who want a watch to help them through their toughest sweat sessions. You'll get 24/7 heart rate monitoring, personalized onscreen workouts, and four days of battery life. Also good: The ability to stream more than 300 songs right from your wrist.

• Fitbit Ionic with GPS ($230; fitbit.com and amazon.com). The seriously high-tech Fitbit Ionic is the most heavily discounted tracker on this list at $40 off of its original retail price. It boasts a ton of impressive features, including dynamic personal coaching, continuous heart rate monitoring, multiple sport modes, and a water-resistant material that lets you swim in it up to 50 meters. All with a built-in GPS so you can track your distance covered and route maps.

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This Woman Shared Her Cystic Acne Transformation and the Quick Fix That Actually Worked

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If you're tuned into skin-care forums, then you know that the brand Drunk Elephant has a wide stan base. People are loving the fact that the products' ingredient lists are stacked with acids, peptides, vitamins, etc., but free of what the company calls the "Suspicious 6."

One mega fan, Lisa Paddock, recently wrote an Instagram post about her experience with the brand, revealing how the products cleared her acne and, in turn, boosted her self-esteem.

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In her caption, she opened up about a recent mental health struggle that affected "just about every facet" of her life. She was barely making enough money to pay her bills, was in a toxic relationship, and had been dealing with depression and anxiety since she was 12, she tells Shape.

To add insult to injury, she started getting acne for the first time in her 20s. (Yay, mysterious adult acne.) "After I turned 25, my skin completely changed," she says. At first, it was the occasional breakout, but then she started getting painful cystic acne. She tried OTC products, prescription products, and changing her diet, but they didn't help.

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Paddock dove into more research and decided to give Drunk Elephant a try after reading reviews. (ICYMI, the company finally launched a retinol cream this month.) She had quick results that cleared up her acne and boosted her confidence, she explained in her recent Instagram.

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"Within a month my skin had changed drastically and just kept improving with each day of consistent use," Paddock wrote in her recent Instagram post. "The most beautiful part though is that as my skin cleared and healed, so did my soul. The better I began to feel about my skin, the better I felt inside. Some people may think it’s ridiculous to say skin care is a form of mental health self-care, but for me, that is exactly what Drunk Elephant is!"

If that statement has you ready to drink the Kool-Aid, you can copy Paddock's routine product-for-product.

Morning: She mixes one pump each of: 1 pump of B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum ($52, sephora.com); 1 pump of C-Firma Day Serum ($80, sephora.com); 1 pump of Protini Polypeptide Cream ($68; sephora.com); 2 to 3 drops of Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil ($72, sephora.com). (Drunk Elephant advocates mixing its products together to create a "cocktail.")

Then she'll apply C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream ($64, sephora.com) followed by a teaspoon of either Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense Sunscreen ($36, sephora.com) or Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense Sunscreen ($34, sephora.com) mixed with a half pump of D Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops ($36, sephora.com).

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The Only Anti-Aging Serum That Actually Banished My Forehead Wrinkles

– health.com

One day in my late teens, I looked in the mirror and noticed deep lines starting to appear across my forehead. I quickly realized that I’d never appreciated having smooth and wrinkle-free skin until that moment, and because of my fairly young age, I knew this was just the beginning. So I hurried to the nearest beauty store to look for a fix—I was determined to find an over-the-counter product that could give me the best possible results.

When I explained my problem to the saleswoman, she immediately led me to Dermalogica’s Age Smart Multivitamin Power Serum ($69; dermstore.com or ulta.com). At first, I’ll admit, I was turned off by the price tag—but the saleswoman was adamant about how well the serum worked (and I was sort of desperate) so I decided to give it a shot. Little did I know at the time, this serum would become my go-to product and a godsend for my forehead lines over the years.

Since then, I’ve tried quite a few alternatives—both drugstore and luxury brands—and I’ve yet to find one that works as well on my forehead lines as the Dermalogica serum. It comes in a .75-ounce tube, but a little goes a long way, so I only have to purchase it a few times a year. Every time I use the cream overnight, I wake up with my skin feeling soft, smooth, and hydrated, which is an added plus during the harsh New York City winters I experience each year. As someone with acne-prone skin, I have to be wary of serums that are too thick or oily, but I’ve used this cream all over my face and haven’t had a breakout from it yet.

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If my skin’s feeling particularly tired and dehydrated after a late night out or a long day at work, I slather on even more of the cream and let it work its magic. With antioxidants like vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E included in the ingredients, it’s no surprise that it feels amazing on my skin. And while I can definitely feel the product after I apply it, it doesn’t get heavy, greasy, or sticky—in fact, it’s more like a protective shell that hardens slightly after it dries. I usually opt to wash my face the morning after I use it, though it easily comes off with just water.

According to customer reviews, I’m not the only one who’s completely satisfied with this purchase. “I started using this about two months ago and I'm obsessed,” said one reviewer. “It has evened out my uneven skin tone, reduced the wrinkles around my eyes and lips, and overall has made my skin look amazing considering I was a child of the '60s and laid out in the sun everyday with no sunscreen until at least the late '90s. I'm so thankful to Dermalogica for making this awesome serum. I've tried so many ‘miracle’ products and this is the only one that has done what it said. I'm in love.”

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Chocolate Lilac Hair Is the Perfect Trend for Brunettes to Try This Season

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Chocolate Lilac Hair Is the Perfect Trend for Brunettes to Try This Season

Chocolate lilac hair is here, and it's slowly but surely taking over the world. OK, maybe that's a little dramatic, but seriously—this trend is everywhere, and for good reason. Letting whimsical strands of light purple float through a rich brunette mane is the perfect combination of playful and put-together. It's unique, but not over the top. Classy, but not boring. 

There are countless different ways to do this look. You can dial up the purple, giving your strands more of an electric feel, or opt for a lighter shade, giving you the fairy crown you deserve. There's no right or wrong when it comes to a chocolate lilac mane. 

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Before you hop on the trend, it's important you know how to care for newly dyed hair. Shampooing your hair too often can cause colored hair to fade quickly, so pick up a formula that will help retain your color, like R+Co Gemstone ($24, amazon.com) or Oribe Shampoo for Beautiful Color ($46, amazon.com). 

Below, we've rounded up seven of our favorite chocolate lilac looks. Take these to the salon for inspiration, or use them to imagine your own version of this style. No matter what brunette-purple combo you choose, you're guaranteed a head-turning look. 

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The One Squat Variation You Need to Be Doing for a Perkier Butt

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Squats are to leg day as sheet masks are to #selfcaresunday: essential. As many face mask options as there are in the world, there might be even more variations of the classic booty-building move. There are goblet squats, sumo squats, barbell back squats, jump squats, and loads more. Trust us, squats aren't going anywhere soon—but there’s one variation your routine may be missing.

Enter: The Bulgarian split squat—also referred to as the rear foot elevated split squat or just simply a split squat. “Bulgarian split squats are one of the best movements for developing glute, quad, hamstring, and core strength because it’s a unilateral exercise—meaning that it works and strengthens one leg at a time,” certified personal trainer Quianna Camper, a trainer with RSP Nutrition, tells Health.

Why is unilateral leg training such a big deal? According to physical therapist and certified strength and conditioning specialist Grayson Wickham, founder of Movement Vault, it comes down to compensation. “Most people are not perfectly symmetrical. So their right leg or glute might be stronger than the left, which means when you do a normal squat, the stronger side will compensate," he says. "Single-leg exercises like the split squat can help fix those muscle imbalances by developing that lower-body and core strength symmetrically.” Some research even suggests that unilateral exercises are more effective for building strength than bilateral movements like the standard squat. (Talk about upgrading your leg day).

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Because you need to activate your core during Bulgarian split squats in order to keep your chest upright, Camper says, “they also help you build core strength, and the benefit of that is that it improves your overall balance and stability.” Translation: Add Bulgarian split squats to your routine and you’ll sculpt a peach, strengthen your quads and core, and decrease risk of falling (and therefore injury) as you age.

Ready to feel the booty burn? Below, Wickham and Camper walk you through how to do a Bulgarian split squat, plus a few variations of the super-effective single-leg move.

How to do a Bulgarian split squat

Start standing with your feet hip-width apart, facing away from a box, bench, or chair that is no higher than your knees. Extend your left leg back and put the top of your foot (aka laces down) on the box. If this is uncomfortable on your left ankle, you may want to pad your left ankle with a yoga mat or towel. Then, readjust your right leg so that you're standing 12–24 inches in front of the box, hips squared forward. This is your starting position.

When you’re ready to begin, tuck your tailbone, engage your core, and draw your shoulders back. Keeping your chest up, lower your hips into a front lunge position by bending your right knee and dropping your left knee straight to the ground…

The 7 Best Home Treadmills You'll Actually Want to Use

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The new year is the perfect time to finally set up that home gym you've been wanting—and when it comes to at-home workouts, a good treadmill is pretty much essential. Rain or shine, a treadmill will make it easy to get your steps in (no excuses!). Whether you're after the latest high-tech features or would be content with a more basic, budget-friendly model, these are the best treadmills in every price range for 2019.

Treadmills under $3,500

• 3G Cardio Elite Runner Treadmill ($3,399; amazon.com). Pricey? Yes. But serious runners will love this treadmill, which is truly gym-quality. Features like an Ortho Flex Shock suspension system, 4.0 HP motor, large 22"x62" running platform, and amazing 10-year warranty make it one of the best out there. Plus, you can get free assembly when you purchase on Amazon right now.

Treadmills under $2,000

• Nautilus T618 Treadmill ($1,229, marked down from $2,199; amazon.com). As far as treadmill discounts go, this is a big one. Not only is the Nautilus T618 40% off on Amazon right now, but you can also get free expert assembly (an $83 value). This model has tons of bells and whistles, including 15% motorized incline, dual backlit LCD display, 20"x60" belt, and Bluetooth connectivity with the Nautilus Trainer 2 app. If you're the competitive type, you can even sync your workout to the RunSocial App to "run" different routes with other users in real time.

• ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill ($1,219; walmart.com). The ProForm Pro 2000 has a seriously impressive console system. Think: 32 workout settings, 7" backlit display with all your stats, iFit technology, and a built-in EKG heart rate monitor. More than 200 five-star reviews don't hurt either.

Treadmills under $1,000

• Gold's Gym Trainer 720 Treadmill with Power Incline ($599; walmart.com). A Walmart exclusive, this Gold's Gym treadmill offers impressive functionality for the price. There are 18 different one-button workout apps, LED display, a sound system for your music, and a roomy 20"x55" tread belt. Also good? AirStride Cushioning (your joints will thank you), a built-in fan, and incline up to 10%.

• NordicTrack T 6.5 S Treadmill ($599; amazon.com). NordicTrack treadmills are incredibly popular for good reason: They're a trusted brand and a great value. This model is no exception. It's chock-full of features to let you customize your workout experience, including 20 built-in workouts, a console sound system, and access to iFit (plus you'll get a free one-month trial membership). And like the Gold's Gym treadmill, it has a 20"x55" tread belt, which is pretty spacious for the price.

Treadmills under $500

• Confidence Power Trac Pro 735W ($230; amazon.com). It's hard to beat a treadmill under $300, and this affordable model still makes it easy to fit in a serious cardio session…

10 Body-Positivity Moments of 2018 That Were Major Wins for All Women

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Pop the champagne and throw the confetti, it’s time to celebrate. The body-positive movement had some major wins in 2018, from #AerieREAL giving body hair a public platform to plus-size models taking over Times Square. We've rounded up 10 of the most badass body-positivity moments of 2018—so you can relive the top power moves of the year.

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Tess Holliday enjoyed tub time with her young son

We can always count on Tess Holliday to keep it real on Instagram, but her standout post from the year showed her son, Bowie, in the bathtub interrupting her alone time in the bathtub. It's an unguarded moment not everyone would be comfortable posting on social media, yet Holliday had no problem putting it out there. “This photo isn’t ‘flattering’, but I don’t care,” she wrote. “I’m proud of my body, & what it’s capable of & how funny & ridiculous my life/motherhood is.”

Sarah Hyland showed off her surgery scar

Sarah Hyland has never been shy about sharing details of her health issues on social media—especially her kidney transplant scar. In July, the Modern Family actress posted a photo of herself in a bikini while on vacation in Mexico. Look closely; you can see the scar on her abdomen. Hyland had the surgery in 2012 due to a condition called kidney dysplasia.

An #AerieREAL model flaunted her armpit hair

Everyone can agree #AerieREAL is taking home the body-positivity crown this year. The campaign has featured a model in a wheelchair, another with alopecia, and even a woman flaunting armpit hair. She also has braces, something so many young women can relate to but are rarely seen in ads.

Chrissy Teigen clapped back at a hater who criticized her weight

Chrissy Teigen looked absolutely stunning in a silver ensemble at the 2018 Emmy Awards. But while most of her fans were fawning over her style, one lowly Twitter user chimed in with this gem: "I’m asking this with the utmost respectful [sic], but is @chrissyteigen pregnant again?" Teigen isn’t afraid to put haters in their place, and she didn't waste any time doing so. "I just had a baby but thank you for being soooo respectful,” she wrote from her seat at the Emmys. You tell ‘em, girl.

Kylie Jenner's scar graced the cover of a magazine

Kylie Jenner’s scar was front and center on the August cover of GQ. “What’s the biggest scar on my body?” Jenner asked her partner, Travis Scott, in a video at the cover shoot, quizzing him on how well he knows her. Scott had no trouble getting the answer right. “The biggest scar? On your leg,” he replied. Jenner has never tried to hide her the jagged line on her leg, and really, why should she?

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I Tried a Lash Lift—and It Gave Me The Lashes of My Dreams

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Is lash envy a thing? Because I definitely have it. The same way some people might lust over another woman's hair or plump lips, I can't help but stare at a full, fluttery pair of lashes. I wasn't born with Disney princess eyelashes—you know what I'm talking about, from Ariel to Jasmine, they all peek through perfectly framed lids—and I've never been happy with how my lashes looked, especially without mascara. But then I finally came across the perfect solution for long, dark lashes that I feel confident in every day—even without makeup.

I wasn't the type to seek eyelash extensions out. The thought of getting them had never really crossed my mind until it became the beauty industry's worst-kept secret and every editor I knew had them. So, obviously, I hopped on board, too. I went to Envious Lashes in New York City for the first time and tried out a relatively natural set, and immediately it changed the way I looked and felt about my appearance. I was hooked. Over time, I went more dramatic with my fringe and dreaded the day that I would need to take a break from my extensions for the health of my lashes. I'm still a big fan of extensions, but in the long run, they weren't for me because of the maintenance. Going every two to three weeks for a fill-in didn't fit into my schedule, and I had to kiss my precious extensions good-bye.

Though my lashes were healthy post-extensions, they weren't as full or long as I'd grown accustomed to with them on. I'd compare it to walking around in heels for an extended period of time and loving the way your legs look, only to take them off and feel stocky with your new flat feet. So, I turned to a lash growth serum. I've raved about it before—because it really is that good—but after a few weeks of using Rodan and Fields Enhancements Lash Boost ($150; rodanandfields.com), I could already see the difference in my lashes. But then it dawned on me that maybe they should be darker…that's where the tint comes in.

In perusing Blink's menu, I saw that they offered a tint and perm (also referred to as a lift) for $90 at their Saks Fifth Avenue location in New York City. After a little research, I thought, "Hey, this could be it." I made an appointment and went for it. The specialist complimented the length of my own lashes and explained to me that although they were already pretty dark, their blue-black solution would add some extra oomph. I was psyched!

I removed my eye makeup thoroughly and she applied the dye with a protective sticker under my eye so that nothing would get in. This part took about 15 minutes, and then it was time for the lift. I could see a slight difference with the dye, but it wasn't as drastic as I had thought (in my mind, the tips of my lashes were super light and that's why they didn't show up, but that wasn't the case)…

The New Year's Resolutions I'm Making for Healthier Hair and Glowing Skin

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As a beauty editor, you'd think I would have my beauty game in check. In a lot of areas I do—but I’m also human, so my makeup brushes go far too long between cleanings and I don't always remove my makeup before I work out. This year though, those things will change. Join me with beauty resolutions of your own. Dry-brushing, anyone? (I’m not there yet either; maybe next year.)

Clean my makeup brushes once a week

Every Friday I think of my weekend ahead and get this delightful feeling that I’ll have time to wash my makeup brushes—finally! I am an avid makeup-wearer, so I have a collection of about six brushes that I use daily. I’m aware of the product buildup, not to mention oil and dead skin that ends up trapped in the bristles, and yet I still fall short and end up not bathing my brushes as frequently as I ought to. This year, I commit to using my yet-to-be-opened BrushPearl and to pop the top on my Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel, which smells so yummy that it’s almost an incentive to suds up.

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Mask on Sundays (or at least one night a week)

After a really good spin class, I dream of getting home to shower and throw on a sheet mask to relax (really, what’s a better way to wind down after some killer cardio?). Then I get home and I’m sucked into an endless cycle of watching TV with my roommate—why don’t I just shower and then mask while I binge watch? Good question. That’s why it’s on my list, and I think I’ll have my roommate mask with me, making the ritual all the more fun to do. My fave: Dr. Jart+ Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask.

Use cuticle oil and hand cream every night

I preach about how our hands are one of the first places to show our age, and yet I pick my cuticles and let my digits get dry and cracked. I’ve been told by several manicurists that cuticle oil not only improves the appearance of your nails, but helps them grow, too. I really have no excuse because the TenOverTen Rose Cuticle Oil Pen makes it so easy to apply; I’ll be leaving that baby right next to my bed along with the Filorga Hand Cream. I’m addicted to its spa-like aroma, plus it packs anti-aging superstars like hyaluronic acid and collagen.

Remove my makeup before I work out

As bad as it is not to, there are just some nights after work when the last thing I want to do is wash my face in addition to working out—they’re both things I need to talk myself into doing in the first place. But every time I don’t wash my face and allow the makeup from my day to remain intact as I sweat, I wind up with a face full of blackheads, or worse, the first signs of a cystic pimple brewing deep below my skin’s surface. So to not hate myself each time this happens, I’m going to be relying on my trusty Glov On-The-Go Makeup Remover. To use, slip the microfiber pouch onto your finger, add water, and then wipe your makeup away—no cleanser necessary…

NBA Dancer Claims She Was Given a 'Jiggle Test' as Others Recall Developing Eating Disorders

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Fifteen women, all of whom are former NBA dancers, are speaking out about what they call a “decades-long culture of brainwashing.”

Detailing claims of body shaming and the perpetuation of an unhealthy body image, the women came forward with their past incidents, telling Yahoo! Lifestyle about their experiences as entertainers in franchises including the Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns, Charlotte Hornets, Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks and Orlando Magic.

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Lauren Herington, formerly a one-year member of the Bucks Dancers, alleged her coach said she thought Herington looked “questionable” weight-wise and had instructed her to put on the team’s spandex uniform in order to perform a “jiggle test” in front of the team. Herington was 18 years old.

“She’d come up and grab underneath my butt or the side of my belly. She’d be like, ‘Lose 5 lbs. by tomorrow and you’ll be fine,’ ” Herington told Yahoo! Lifestyle.

Her comments come three years after she brought a class-action lawsuit against the Bucks in 2015. In her suit, she alleged that the dancers were paid as little as $3-$4 an hour after covering costs of required beauty routines, like spray tans and manicures.

At that time, Herington told The Guardian that weight restrictions set by the dance team left her “dehydrating and starving” herself to fit into her uniform.

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The Bucks eventually settled Herington’s suit, paying a total of $250,000 in lost wages to 40 dancers. In a statement to Yahoo! Lifestyle, the Bucks said they take all of the allegations “very seriously” but “have found no evidence to support these claims.”

In a statement to PEOPLE, Bucks’ Senior Vice President of Communications Barry Baum tells PEOPLE: “We treat our dancers with the utmost respect and professionalism and value their contributions as ambassadors of our team on and off the court. We are committed to ensuring that all of our employees have a safe and welcoming environment. In recent years we have made improvements to our dancers’ compensation plan to ensure that we pay our dancers fairly. We have the highest regard for our dancers and consider them an important part of our organization.”

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As Herington continues to speak out, others are coming forward publicly for the first time.

Many of those who spoke with Yahoo! Lifestyle also described facing regular weigh-ins and body-fat assessments or “weight probation” or “weight warning” as consequences for appearing to be over a “goal weight…

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