As we’re experimenting with more at-home workouts to keep ourselves healthy and happy outside of the studio, I wanted to look into improving one of the simplest total-body (but mostly core) exercises: the plank. I’m no stranger to plank challenges, in fact I planked for two minutes every day for two weeks a while back.
As a marathon runner, I spend more time in the sun than I feel comfortable with, considering my fair complexion and family history of skin cancer. But while I’ve always been religious about slathering on a waterproof, SPF-80-or-higher sunblock on my body and face before heading out on my workouts, there’s one spot I often
For building muscle, burning fat and calories, and even improving your mood, strength training is where it’s at. But, like with any other exercise method, the potential for injury is real if form and safety measures aren’t taken seriously. Before jumping into a strength-training routine at home, check out these essential tips from certified strength
If your at-home gym — or, you know, that corner of your living room where you squeeze in your workouts — is lacking in the equipment department, you’re definitely not alone. I finally managed to get my hands on a few sets of light dumbbells, but even those are no match for my gym’s weight
The Irish dancing show-slash-phenomenon Riverdance has been going strong since the mid-90s, but as with so many other things, its productions have come to a halt during the coronavirus pandemic. The show’s performers are scattered around the world from Ireland to Australia to Granada, Spain, but they came together for a virtual collaboration that’s leaving
Last year, Reebok promised to donate up to $50,000 in proceeds from its Pride collection to Boston-based nonprofit Fenway Health. This year, the brand’s Pride efforts look a little different: Reebok just launched its “All Types of Love” collection featuring footwear, apparel, and accessories. This coincides with its “Proud Notes” campaign, which celebrates activists and
Naomi Osaka has yet another impressive title to her name: the highest-paid female athlete in history. At just 22 years old, the Japanese tennis star raked in a whopping $37.4 million in prize money and endorsements over the past year, which is more than any other female athlete has ever earned in a 12-month span,
It doesn’t matter where you are — poolside, hanging out in a nice air-conditioned home, or chilling on the front porch — there’s something exceptionally satisfying about an ice-cold ultrarefreshing cocktail in your hand on a sweltering summer day. The only downside is that throwing back a few drinks can start to add up, calorie-wise.
Shawn Johnson has never been one to back down from a challenge. Go to the Olympics at age 16 and win gold? Will do. Return to gymnastics three months postpartum? Sure, why not. If you ask us, her latest endeavor required just as much strength, determination, and honestly, courage: an AcroYoga partner challenge with her
Planks are one of those exercises that never seem to get easier no matter how often I do them, and I’m OK with that — I like a challenge! One of my favorite dynamic plank variations is the plank to pike because it simultaneously challenges core stability and strength, and I always feel it working
Prioritizing your well-being is always a good idea, but sometimes it can get expensive, and that’s not fun. But, fear not. We found some items we use on the daily, and others we’ve been wanting to try, that will seriously up our wellness game. The best part is, not one of them is over $50.
It seems like almost everyone has settled into a new sense of normal amid the COVID-19 pandemic. And, that applies to athletes training for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, who were hit with another unique setback when the Games were officially postponed one full year. While some have taken time off from training and focused on
After an emotional comeback at the 2020 National Championships, figure skater Gracie Gold is putting in the work to make her 2022 Olympic dreams come true. That means tough workouts, like this weighted full-body session, that focus on getting in shape while cultivating a positive mindset. “Fitness has always been a huge part of my
In a candid interview during Verizon Media and Yahoo’s virtual “Reset Your Mindset” event, held in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, US Olympian Michael Phelps opened up about the mental health struggles he’s faced throughout his athletic career and during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in particular. Phelps has been an avid proponent and spokesperson
To get through the challenging times our pandemic-stricken world has put us in, going with the flow seems like our best option. Even GOAT and tennis superstar Serena Williams knows this — she took six full weeks off from tennis at the start of social distancing guidelines and stay-at-home orders. She slowed down physically. This
For weeks, Venus Williams has been blessing our feeds with Instagram Live workouts, often featuring celeb guests or famous athletes (like, you know, her sister Serena Williams). Monday’s workout was a legs and arms “burnout” session with former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, and just a heads-up: it looks hard! Williams is a former world No.
During this challenging time, Selena Gomez is encouraging fans to “take a break” and focus on their mental health. The “Rare” singer teamed up with Instagram on May 19 to talk about her own self-care routine, with an emphasis on how she prioritizes mental health on a day-to-day basis. Gomez is incredibly open about her
I found the lump in my left breast the weekend I hosted my best friend’s bachelorette party. It was the only time I had ever done a self-exam. No doctor believed the lump to be cancer — they referred to it as ropey, lumpy, and normal. But I was worried. I finally convinced a doctor
When’s the last time you cleaned your yoga mat? It’s OK if you can’t remember because neither can I. I really didn’t put much thought into wiping down my yoga mat after a virtual session or stretching since I’m the only person who uses it and I’m using it in the comfort of my home.
[embedded content] A dream is a wish your heart makes — and your wish for serene music has come true. If you’re a Disney fan and have the Calm meditation app, we have great news for you and your bedtime routine: five instrumental versions of Disney princess songs are now available to help you unwind
I started intermittent fasting (IF) three years ago, and I’ve tried just about every method possible from 16:8 (fast 16 hours and eat in an eight-hour window), to alternate day fasting (fast every other day), to 5:2 (fast two days a week). I’ve appreciated every method and found benefits for each, but how do I
No space, no equipment, no time? Honestly, no problem. A step-by-step solution: First, to stay on track, add our Instagram Live workout schedule to your Google Calendar. Second, throw on some comfy clothes — that’s the only gear you’ll need. Third, show up in whatever area of your bedroom, living room, garage, or basement you
When you’re stressed, worried, or anxious, your body and mind can feel tense and agitated. Taking a few minutes to breathe deeply and stretch your body can make a huge difference in helping to improve your mood, making you feel lighter, calmer, and more emotionally balanced. If you could use a little break from the
If you’ve ever aspired to be a professional ballerina or you simply want to master the basics, now’s your chance to shine! We’ve been loving all the virtual class offerings from fitness professionals, and lately, we’ve really been into live ballet classes. From beginner to more advanced classes, there’s something for everyone. Check out a
It’s not every day you get to meet your idol on a video call, but that’s what happened to Miracle, an 11-year-old gymnast from New Jersey. A Lindsey Vonn Foundation scholarship winner, Miracle tuned into a call with the Olympic skier and got a major surprise when Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Shawn Johnson hopped on
A good playlist is exactly what I need to fuel my morning commute into the office. Since the novel coronavirus pandemic has caused me (and much of the world) to shift into work-from-home mode, I haven’t been commuting and, therefore, I haven’t been listening to music in the morning. But I’ve been thinking: that doesn’t
Jennifer Lopez dropped a couple of gym selfies on Friday night and reminded us why she’s our fitness inspiration. Decked out in Niyama Sol camo activewear, the superstar sent fans a motivational message with her Instagram. “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you . . .” she captioned the photos. You heard her,
The fifth episode of ESPN’s The Last Dance opens with a veteran Michael Jordan in the locker room of the 1998 NBA All-Star Game, bantering with his Eastern Conference teammates about 19-year-old Kobe Bryant, who would become the youngest player ever to start in the annual matchup. “That little Laker boy’s gonna take everybody one-on-one,”
The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) now recommends that all Americans wear cloth masks in public spaces to help prevent the spread the novel coronavirus. As a general rule, doctors suggest wearing a mask even while you’re exercising, and cycling is no exception. Shoshana Ungerleider, MD, an internist at Crossover Health in San Francisco and
I’ve told a number of people recently that I found the best workout tights with pockets. Sometimes using words like “best” and “perfect” can be tricky to justify when you’re explaining an opinion, so I thought it would be important to break down what attributes to these tights earning a favored title. I’ve been a