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When you hear “80s workout routine” what comes to mind first? Is it the leotards? The legwarmers? The pastels and shag haircuts? Admit it, you’re thinking of Jane Fonda, right? But she wasn’t the only one to hit it big during the Golden Age of the aerobic workout video. Some of the decade’s brightest stars made workout videos, whether they rose from the industry or not.
When I discovered Zumba almost 3 years ago I became instantly hooked, and within two months I received my certification to teach. I had grown up taking dance classes, but when I moved away for school I stopped dancing and attended the group fitness classes at my gym. While I enjoyed working out, there was always something missing in my exercise routine. I loved dancing because it never felt like exercise. It was just fun. When I found Zumba, everything clicked. Zumba infuses some of the sexiest and most rhythmic dance steps into a high intensive cardio class. Some people may wonder how someone could even burn 600 calories salsa dancing. But let me tell you, it’s possible.
Ever heard of foam rolling? Me neither until a couple days ago! My gym recently created an hour long class dedicated to relaxing those pesky built-up muscle knots by using a foam roller. It feel like you’re giving yourself a deep tissue massage, and the best part is you can do it at home. Here are some basic exercises to try with a foam roller.
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Place the foam roller horizontally under your calves. Begin to extend your body forward so the foam roller moves up your calf to just under your knee, then slowly move back until the foam roller reaches just above your ankles. Repeat slowly, holding your position every couple inches or wherever feels tender. Hold for 30-60 seconds.
Position your body face down and place the foam roller horizontally under your quadriceps. Begin to extend your body forward so the foam roller moves down your thighs to just above your knee, then slowly move back until the foam roller reaches just under your pelvis. Repeat slowly, holding your position every couple inches or wherever feels tender. Hold for 30-60 seconds.
Position your body horizontally on the mat and place the foam roller under your right hip bone. Lift you legs up to deepen the exercise. Begin to slowly move your body side to side, holding your position every couple inches or wherever feels tender. Hold for 30-60 seconds. Repeat on opposite side.
Set yourself up the same way you would for an upper and lower back exercise. Now when you move to side to side twist your abdomen so your right arms meets your left and the foam roller comes just under your shoulder. Press your weight into your should while in this position and hold for 30-60 seconds. Repeat on opposite side.
I never imagined myself to take on the sport of running. With two brothers at home, my interests revolved around basketball, and yes, WWE Wrestling. But as I started high school, my parents encouraged me to let go of my WNBA dreams and give running a shot. In retrospect, I’m glad I did. Cause let’s be real, I’m no Lisa Leslie.
I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have a diligent workout routine. So when I heard about the new “7-Minute Exercise” last week I was pretty excited. Who can’t manage dedicating just seven minutes of their day to exercise, right? Without further ado, I tried it out and here’s my review.
Let me tell you, folks, it may have only lasted seven minutes, but it was quite a ride!
Recently, I’ve started trying to live a healthier lifestyle. After converting to vegetarianism, I thought the next logical step would be to exercise more. I’ve been going to the gym more regularly, and let me be frank: I hate it. However, I am 25 pounds slimmer than I was 6 months ago, so I won’t complain. To take my health-consciousness to the next level, I decided I’d start incorporating more green tea, dark chocolate, and wine into my diet. The dark chocolate and wine you’ll never hear me complain about, but the green tea is another story. I find myself asking the question: does anyone actually like this stuff?
By now I’m sure you’ve heard the news that Lululemon had to recall their yoga pants for being see through. My question is, why would anyone buy their yoga pants in the first place?
Thanks to Asics, I think I am finally able to master the art of working out and looking good. And just in time too because I found myself in a desperate need for workout gear that wasn’t sweatpants. Asics was kind enough to hook me up with some workout gear from their Abby collection and a few pairs of running shoes for me to test out.