This is Holly Perkins, a certified strength and conditioning specialist who designs many of the workout routines we feature on WomensHealthMag.com:You'd say she appears pretty fit, right?She is.While we always prefer to talk about the amazing things you can do with a strong, in-shape body—rather than talk about what it looks like (after all, there's no one definition of what a healthy bod should look like)—according to The Belly Button Challenge, which has been trending on social media in the past couple of weeks, she's not "thin."The idea behind the test (if you haven't heard about it already) is that if you can reach around your back from one side of your waist to the other, and then touch your belly button with the same hand, it supposedly means you're "skinny." Of course, it's complete b.s. And to prove it, Perkins filmed herself "failing" the challenge. Take a look:The exercise is much more about flexibility and how long your arms are in … [Read more...] about See 4 Top-Notch Fitness Pros Happily Failing So-Called ‘Skinny Challenges’
Ever notice how so many women these days rock workout tanks, yoga pants, or high-tech running shoes even when they’re just pushing a shopping cart through the supermarket or picking up dry cleaning? Sure, wearing workout clothes outside the gym is somewhat trendy, but there might be something else to it. Seems they’ve tapped into a real psychological phenomenon called “enclothed cognition,” which suggests that the clothing a person wears can trigger mental changes that positively affect their performance.MORE: Steal Mindy Kaling's Workout Motivation TrickThere’s not a ton of research on it, but one study out last year from Northwestern University took a look. Study authors discovered that when participants donned a lab coat, they performed attention-related tasks better than when they wore regular street clothes. True, a lab coat isn’t the same thing as a sports bra. But in a recent interview with The Atlantic, one of the study authors said he … [Read more...] about Does Wearing Fitness Gear REALLY Boost Your Workout Motivation?
The Kardashian–Jenner family is one that many people look up to for tips on fashion, dieting, and overall swag. All the Kardashian sisters (Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, Kylie and Kendall) are known as fashion and pop culture icons for many reasons. They all have enviable looks and shapely figures that some can only dream of. Well, look no further, because we have the scoop on how all the ladies stay in shape fit. Get ready to soak up the Kardashian diet secrets. Kim Kardashian may have been out of the spotlight for a while, but she has always been known to flaunt her fashion choices and curvaceous figure. When she shared with Entertainment Tonight that she recently lost 60 pounds, we couldn’t help but wonder how she did it. Well, the answer is that Kim follows the Atkins diet. This diet emphasizes eating lots of protein and low carbs. Colette Heimowitz, who is Kim’s nutritionist, says that the reality TV star and business woman also counts calories. On the … [Read more...] about Kardashian Diet: See What Kardashians Eat to Stay Fit and Look Sexy
Elle Fanning, actress Dakota Fanning’s younger sister, loves to take dance classes to stay in shape, fit, and active. The budding star was photographed leaving a dance studio earlier this month in Los Angeles, showing off her midriff and toned abs. She left the gym without makeup and wearing short blue cycling shorts with a black hoodie and pale sports bra. The young fashionista has said that Grace Kelly is a style icon of hers, though it is debatable if Kelly would have worn such an outfit to the gym were she still alive. Fanning says that she enjoys dressing up, whether it’s for a photoshoot or premiere. For her, it’s like creating a character. She admits to still being experimental with her clothes. Fanning, 18, has a slim midsection and toned physique. Dancing is an excellent fitness activity for many reasons. It improves cardiovascular systems, tones muscles, strengthens the calves, helps with coordination, and can burn a lot of calories if it is a vigorous … [Read more...] about Elle Fanning, Dakota Fanning’s Sister, Stays Fit with Dance Workout
There’s no need for a gym when you’ve got the great outdoors. Whether you’re a runner, walker, hiker or biker, heading outside and enjoying the fresh air is the perfect way to get a workout in – until cold weather descends in the winter. Yet, you don’t have to hibernate, and in turn, pack on the pounds like a bear during the cold months. Rather, stay in shape and stay motivated to work out with these tips. Figure Out What Motivates You The first thing you need to keep your workout routine going in the winter is motivation to get off that couch. And how you get motivated depends on what drives you. For some, setting out workout clothes the night before so you see them as soon as you wake up is one way to do it. Another way to motivate yourself is to put something inspirational, like a photo of the beach or an inspiring quote, on your fridge (and not just because it’ll make you think twice about what you’re about to eat), or to … [Read more...] about Keeping Up With Your Fitness Routine During the Winter
Embarking on a fitness journey requires the kind of resolve that doesn’t expire at the sight of a double cheeseburger and large fries, or when you come home sore after the first day of training. You see, some people are eager only at the beginning but suddenly lose interest once the workout becomes harder and tedious. Others, on the other hand, merely content themselves about dreaming of becoming fit someday without doing something about it. The thing is if you want to be in shape and be healthy, you don’t stop at wanting to become fit. You can have a lifetime convincing yourself that taking the trash from the kitchen to the backyard counts as exercise, but if you don’t get your ass to the gym, it’s never going to happen. You might even think of going to the gym at least once a day every day, but this particular mental calisthenics will not give you the six-pack abs or the svelte figure you’ve been pining to have. What can work though is developing a … [Read more...] about Think Fit to Get Fit: How to Develop a Fitness Mindset
Harley Pasternak, Rihanna’s personal trainer, reveals the fitness regime of Rihanna. He said that 26-years old singer exercises at least three times a week for 25 minutes. The cardio training consists of riding, cycling, running and jumping a rope. Because she is constantly busy, most of the exercises she does at home or in a hotel room. Rihanna won the award for a best international solo singer and was named the sexiest woman in the world in the prestigious magazine Esquire. Since then, she became idol of many young girls. The diet of Rihanna If you train hard like Rihanna, you need to consume carbohydrates with every meal. You do not have to exaggerate to import large quantities but a little bit in every meal to have energy during the day. The best food is the one that digests fast, gradually release energy and to be full of beneficial vitamins and minerals. Pineapple is an excellent choice, as well as bananas, pears, peaches and dried fruits. That can be combined with … [Read more...] about The Interesting Diet & Fitness Plan of Rihanna!
Have you been distressed or stressed out lately? It could have something to do with your diet or your exercise patterns. Studies show that people that exercise are, no big surprise, healthier. What people might be surprised by is that people get healthier not just in body but in mind as well. Regular exercise relieves bodily tension and stress. It puts the body under duress for a little while, but the body likes to be used in this way, and you can feel the endorphins as a result. There are plenty of natural bodily boosts that are perfectly adequate for the normal day. Not to say you should forego modern medicine when you really need it. The only point is that the body still has its own version of excitement juice. Emotional health is highly connected to fitness. A body that is in shape is much better equipped to deal with emotional stress. This is because of the way that the things a person can stress about tend to build up on one another. The result is that they … [Read more...] about Understanding the Emotional Health and Fitness Connection
I often look at Fitness and Health Magazines and see these beautiful perfect people on the front cover or inside the magazine and ask myself “why after the many years and hours I have worked out, don’t I have a body like this?” Then I realize it is probably airbrushed and fixed to look like the perfect body without any flaws. But sometimes it’s hard and I feel that most people feel this way. So many people just want to be beautiful and perfect. I feel if we do our best and workout everyday we should be proud of ourselves for doing so. But so many people have low self esteem they can’t get beyond being perfect so these articles actually affect their mental health and make them feel bad about themselves. We must all know by now that no one is perfect and we all have our flaws and should be proud of them in a way as it makes us who we are. We all wouldn’t want to have the same body or look the same would we? I feel these magazines damage a lot … [Read more...] about How Fitness and Health Magazines Affect your Mental Health
The female figure is born of an array of shapes and size. Some women are short and curvy, and gain weight easy, while other women find it difficult to add lean muscle mass. A higher density of muscle equals a higher metabolism and leaner body. Some types of exercise may help, or even hinder, the shape of the body. Some women visit the gym on a regular basis with the hope that, one day, they will be able to fit into the pair of skinny jeans that has been gathering dust in the closet for years. Other women perform the wrong types of exercises and end up feeling, and looking, bulkier. A personal trainer is a very useful investment if you want to radically alter your body shape. The initial consultation indicates to the personal trainer exactly what you want to achieve, which includes looking at your diet and creating an exercise plan that will help you reach your weight loss and body-alteration goals. An effective way to test whether an exercise or activity is working well for your body … [Read more...] about Shape The Body The Right Way