These dairy free twists will serve up your favorite flavors!
The latest workout studio to take the NYC fitness scene by storm is none other than Tone House. Talk to pretty much any trainer, fitness devotee, or gym rat in town and they’ll tell you that, of all the studios to try, Tone House is a must. Why? “It’s the first-ever extreme, athletic-based studio aimed at unleashing the inner athlete in everyone,” says co-founder Alonzo Wilson.
In other words, a sweat session here is hard AF, but in a way that feels really freaking good. And the benefits you reap are killer. “The human body is designed to move as a whole and on multiple planes—forward, backward, up, down and laterally—and that’s similar to how athletes train to stay in peak condition,” says Wilson. “So when you work out at Tone House, you can get the same or similar benefits as them—improved cardio endurance, muscle strength, power, speed, core strength, agility, reactivity, balance, and more. Not to mention you’ll burn about 800 to 1,000 calories per class.”
Now, we’re not ones to brag about how great a workout is and not let you in on the action. So we teamed up with Wilson to develop a 20-minute, no-equipment workout (OK, you need two paper plates, but that’s it!) reminiscent of what you’ll experience at Tone House’s brick-and-mortar. Bust it out next time you’re ready to get sweaty—and don’t be surprised if you end up using it again (and again). Because with the results you’re about to get, it’s pretty damn easy to get addicted. Consider yourself warned. (For more tips on how to build muscles strong enough for bridge pose, pick up Women’s Health’s Lift to Get Lean by Holly Perkins.)
To warm up, do high knees for 20 seconds, bringing your knees up to your chest. Do toe taps side-to-side using the paper plates for 20 seconds. Rest for 15 seconds. Do two sets.
Lots of us swear by our bedtime tea—and many companies make teas specifically geared to helping you get a better night's sleep. But do these concoctions actually work, or are they mostly placebo? We had a couple of nutritionists peek at the most common ingredients to weigh in on their actual effects on tiredness and sleep.
Turns out, while the ingredients in bedtime teas vary, a few of the most common just might put you in the mood for sleep.
So do bedtime teas really work? Unfortunately the answer isn’t clear-cut. “Most of the research is very weak or in animal studies. That’s normal for most herbal remedies,” says Langer.
The Dog Days of Summer are here. Cool off without losing the beach bod you've been working on.
When that parched feeling strikes, the solution seems simple enough: guzzle a glass of H20 and steer clear of salty foods. But if you find that your thirst isn’t quenched no matter how much water you drink, your bod could be dropping a hint that something else is going on.
“When we’re thirsty, we naturally think dehydration—but that feeling of thirst may be a sign of an underlying medical condition,” says Mia Finkelston, M.D., board-certified family physician for the telehealth app LiveHealth Online. If excessive thirst is present more days of the week than not, then you should check in with your doc for a consult—especially if you’re experiencing other weird symptoms too, such as fatigue, headaches, skin and hair changes, and an uptick in bathroom breaks.
If you want to seriously improve your upper-body strength, sculpt your shoulders, and chisel your core with just one single move, it’s time you start doing the pushup. I don’t just say this because I’m a fitness editor and by default a true believer in functional, fundamental exercises, particularly the hard ones that most of us put off.
Try these different types of shots this weekend, or all week; whatever floats your boat.
BY BROOK BENTEN, ACSM-CERTIFIED EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST FOR PREVENTION
Strength training creates tiny microscopic tears in the muscle fibers that allow them to grow back stronger—that's why you feel muscle soreness post-workout. The process of healing those tears takes 24-48 hours, so avoid doing this program on consecutive days. Allow 1-2 days between, and do cardio or stretching workouts while your muscles heal. If you rarely or never experience this soreness, increase the weights you are lifting.
Even though many women want to develop their lower body, it’s unfortunate to see so few women utilizing the exercises shown by research to be the most effective at gaining muscle and strength.
As always when we want a super-efficient workout with proven results, we turn to the experts. Meet American Council of Exercise trainer Niki Klasnic who shares her favorite at-home fitness routines with her nearly 400K Instagram followers, and created this special butt workout for Women's Health.
For seriously toned buns, do three rounds of this routine twice a week.
Rowing those calories away.. FEEL THE BURN!
Everything grilled is better!
Even superfoods can use a boost. These easy additions and subtractions can transform three of your everyday go-to meals—smoothies, sandwiches, and salads—into nutrient powerhouses.
When the original supergreen crashed on the scene, everything was kale, yeah! But since it’s been added to everything from smoothies to brownies (note: this is not a thing people, stop it!), we don’t blame you if you’re saying kale, meh.
But its superstar status isn’t for nothing. “What makes kale so great for you is that it is loaded in vitamins like A, K, C, and Bs that help to keep your bones healthy, eyes healthy, boost your immunity, give you energy, and fight off free radicals in the body that cause damage and premature signs of aging,” says Brigitte Zeitlin, R.D., owner of BZ Nutrition. “Plus, it is a great source of minerals like manganese, copper, calcium, and iron—all important when it comes to keeping your muscles healthy and bones strong.” It’s also chock full of filling fiber.
Because you don't have to go without flavor to stay healthy.
That said, it’s just as important to down protein at breakfast: Unlike carbs, “our bodies can’t store protein, so it’s important to work it into every single meal,” says Karen Ansel, R.D. What’s more, this cell-building macronutrient is key for preventing mid-morning hunger pangs. “When you eat protein your gut releases satiety hormones that tell your brain that you're full and have had enough to eat,” she explains.
Brigitte Zeitlin, R.D., recommends aiming for at least 15 grams at your first meal of the day to stay full, focused, and satisfied until lunch. Here are a few simple swaps, additions, and tweaks to increase your morning protein intake.