These days I try to make sure every type of workout I do involves some abs exercises. And on the days when I really want to focus on strengthening my core, I'm torn between doing classic moves on the mat like crunches, or more full-body moves like planks, side-planks, and twists. But when I want to get the most-challenging abs workout (you know, the one you'll still feel days later) I turn to Pilates. Why? For starters, Pilates is literally one of the most core-focused workouts out there (if you've ever been to a Pilates reformer class, you know what I mean). In fact, it's one of seven Pilates benefits you don't want to sleep on.
But when time, location, (or my wallet) prevents me from hitting up a Pilates class IRL, I prefer to get in a workout from home. The only problem? I don't have many Pilates moves memorized (and I like to switch things up and keep it interesting) so only doing the same three moves I can remember seems pretty boring. So naturally, I turned to the internet for inspo (more specifically, YouTube). When you search "Pilates Abs Workouts" on the platform, you'll find literally thousands of videos. And if you're anything like me, more options isn't necessarily a good thing. (Decision fatigue is real.) And if that isn't overwhelming enough, once you find a video that looks okay, how do you know if the workout is any good? And that's where the beauty of YouTube ratings and likes come in. All of the videos below are vetted for having at least 1K likes and most have over 50K views. Plus, all of them can be done anywhere, with no or little equipment (like a yoga mat.)
BY MERCEY LIVINGSTON AUG 20, 2019
Figuring out what to eat before and after a workout can be such a struggle, but it's worth it. When it comes to a pre-workout snack, what you choose to put in your mouth is important. If you're going to put the machine that is your body through the paces, you want to fuel it first with proper nutrition. And no, I'm not talking about pre-workout supplements. I'm talking about real, delicious meals and snacks. The kind of foods you would enjoy anyway—and will enjoy even more when you know they're helping you reach your fitness goals.
Of course, what you eat after a workout is really important, too. Indeed, refueling after exercise gives your body what it needs to recover from the exertion and helps you build bigger, stronger muscles.
Together, that means being thoughtful about what you eat before and after exercising will help you maximize the benefits of all your hard work at the gym. So, what’s the best pre-workout snack? And what’s best to eat after a workout? As a registered dietitian, I recommend the meals and snacks below. Consider them a critical part of your training plan. Check it out, get started.
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When you have oily or acne-prone skin and are also obsessed with perfecting your makeup look, the right products are everything. Not only is it essential to find color matches for face makeup such as foundation and concealer, but it’s also key to use products that keep your skin type in mind. While wearing makeup can certainly help to minimize the appearance of breakouts, you definitely don’t want your cosmetic products to contribute to them either. Noncomedogenic (or non-pore clogging) and/or oil-free products are essentially the holy grail of makeup formulas for this skin type, according to our panel of dermatologists.
From primers to setting sprays to foundations, our oily and acne-prone testers left no bottle unturned to find the best of the best in makeup products that offer a flawless finish without compromising skin health in the process. Read on for makeup picks for oily and acne-prone skin that offer seamless, long-lasting coverage without the threat of an annoying zit (or shiny T-zone).
If you work out, or if you talk to people who work out, you should be familiar with high intensity interval training. You probably associate it with sweating, panting, and burpees—lots of burpees. Beyond those basics, you know that it's intense, you do a variety of moves in intervals, and it's training. Name says it all, right?
Well, actually it doesn't. There's a lot more to high intensity interval training (hereafter referred to as HIIT) than its name alone suggests. In fact, HIIT refers to a very specific and particular type of training, and it's possible to do interval training, or high-intensity training, without actually doing a real HIIT workout. There's also a lot of misinformation about HIIT out there that might lead you to believe that you're going to get the shredded results you want without putting in the necessary work. The truth is that HIIT can be an incredibly effective way to work out and see the body composition and fitness results you want, but you need to do it right. Good news: We're going to help you read between the letters. Here, fitness pros share the must-know HIIT facts so you can torch calories, burn fat, and build muscle effectively.
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Whether you’re reading this because you’re thinking of giving anal play a try or you consider yourself something of an anal sexpert, welcome. By now, you’ve probably been exposed to the idea that anal can be a lot of fun. But it can also raise a bunch of intimate questions you might feel too embarrassed to ask, well, anyone.
Thankfully, asking doctors intimate questions is kind of our forte here at SELF. Below, you’ll find 13 common anal sex questions and their answers. Hope you’re ready to learn.
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More bounce to the ounce curl refreshers!
How hot was it this weekend? So hot, I saw a squirrel using oven mitts to pick up a nut. But really, girls with the curls dread humidity. After washing, plopping (if you’re not familiar with the method, here’s what you need to know), styling, and mastering an optimal sleeping position that won’t flatten your curls, there’s nothing more annoying than all of that effort going to waste thanks to humid weather.
But as temperatures rise, humidity becomes inevitable. So what’s a girl supposed to do? Round up your product(s) that keep frizz at bay. Take a look, here are 13 curly hair products that are tried and true—and sure to keep your frizz at bay this summer. From creams to foams to jellies, all you have to do is choose the right formula based on your hair type and preference, and rest assured your curls will be able to shine in all their glory, no matter how it feels outside.
Don't worry; your booty isn't doomed.
If you have a desk job, chances are you’re sitting in your chair for 8+ hours each day. When you get up every now and then, maybe you notice your tush is a little sore and your hip flexors a little tight. Well, it's not just your imagination; it's very likely that your butt hurts if you're sitting a lot. While all that excess typing and minimal moving may be good for your career, it’s not all that great for your butt. But don’t quit your day job—there are steps you can take to keep all that time on your keister from going numb or making you achy. If your butt hurts when sitting, these tips are for you.
It's no secret that strengthening your core is a great thing to do. When I say core, I'm talking all the muscles that make up the trunk of your body—the ones that support your spine and keep your body upright, allow you to twist to the side, and stabilize your body when you lift something heavy (be that a weight or a suitcase). A strong core is not only incredibly helpful for developing your overall strength and fitness, but it's just essential for everyday life. It can even help reduce lower-back pain. Basically, we can all benefit in some way from some regular core-strengthening work.
Now, there are obviously tons of core exercises you can do, and you probably know a handful already. But if you're looking for some new ideas, we've got you covered. Sure, traditional core exercises, like mountain climbers, leg lifts, and planks, are great. They get the job done. I, however, tend to get a little bored of doing the same things over and over again. Of course, consistency is a good thing, and also a great way to track your progress—but let's be honest, sometimes we all just need a new challenge to keep our fitness routines feeling fresh and exciting.
If you're looking for a new, challenging way to work your core, give the below dumbbell exercises a try. They all involve added weight, so they're great for anyone who already feels comfortable doing bodyweight exercises with proper form and wants to add some extra resistance. These moves are also compound exercises, which means that they work multiple muscle groups at once. So instead of only focusing on your core, you'll work that area while also getting in a little bonus strength work in areas like your arms and back. By engaging more muscles at the same time, everything becomes a bit more challenging and requires you to really focus on what you're doing—which means you won't just breeze through the movements, and instead, will really put your mind into your workout.
You'll also notice the majority of these moves have you working on one side at a time. These type of exercises, called unilateral moves, challenge your balance and require your core to work a bit harder to keep you stable. You don't want to go wild with throwing your balance drastically off-kilter when you're lifting weights for the sake of core strengthening (it's not really safe and oftentimes can work against you) but including a few unilateral moves in your routine is a great way to develop that skill (stability) safely and effectively.
Since these dumbbell moves are pretty varied, try picking three or four that you like to string together into a circuit. Try doing 10-12 reps of each move, and repeat the circuit three times. Or, you can choose one or two to swap for a similar exercise you're already doing but don't feel jazzed about anymore. Try starting with a medium-weight set of dumbbells, and increasing the weight as your get stronger. Here's some more info on how to choose the right weight for your body and current fitness level.
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Done right, foreplay can be just as good as the main event. But whether you're in a long-term relationship or first-time hookup, it tends to get overlooked. Part of the reason? It's easy for foreplay tips to feel a little contrived: Start by making out, move on to some over-the-bra action, make your way below the belt. But foreplay doesn't have to be quite so paint-by-the-numbers. Sex therapists and experts weigh in with their favorite foreplay tips and ideas—and you're going to want to try them all the next time you get frisky. Take it easy, there are 17!
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