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.
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.