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‘Tis the season for short-shorts, bikinis, and the quintessential sundress. Though you may have body envy for the ladies who model that swimsuit you just bought, there’s a sure-fire way to quickly tone your three most in-demand areas for summer: your arms, abs, and ass. We talked to Rachel Buschert, an expert Fitness Instructor at Equinox, to give us an easy 15-minute circuit workout for those “three As.”

While the summer’s warm weather welcomes al fresco dining, weekend jaunts to the beach, and evening strolls without so much as a coat, it also brings to reality that dreaded two-word phrase: bikini body. But no need to be insecure, ladies! We reached out to a Fitness Instructor at Equinox, Rachel Buschert, to discuss a brief, killer workout to zap three troublesome areas in which many women hold insecurity: arms, abs, and derrière.

But if you really want to see results, don’t just stick to these three moves. “You need to do something for your entire body, and it needs to be high-intensity,” said Buschert. “Of course you can work those specific muscle groups, but the main goal of the workout should be to get your heart rate up and to burn a lot of calories.” Read the rest of this entry

Be good to your ticker and your body with these easy sweat-free moves

Slim Body, Strong Heart

Do you shy away from free weights at the gym? Thankfully, there are a slew of other ways to build your muscles that don’t require a pricey membership or bulky equipment. Besides the benefits of toning your body, resistance workouts help improve blood pressure and lower your diabetes risk. Strength training can also give you an instant mood boost and help fight depression, much like a brisk walk or jog around the block does. Click through for easy moves you can do at home and on the go.

Do calf raises while you chat.

Whenever you’re on the phone, press up onto the balls of your feet—use your free hand to hold the edge of a table for balance. Stay there for a few seconds, tighten glutes and abs, then lower down. Read the rest of this entry

10 Summer Food Myths That Can Make You Sick

Warm-Weather Eating

As temperatures rise, so do your chances of getting food poisoning. According to the USDA, the number of illnesses surge from May to September, when picnics and cookouts mean food is out in potentially dangerous temperatures. But even though disease-causing bacteria are lurking, you can stay healthy. Here are the biggest misconceptions about summer food safety and the facts that can keep sickness at bay.

1. Myth: Food is safe in a cooler.

“Life begins at 40 degrees,” says Bethany Thayer, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “If your cooler’s temperature rises above that, disease-causing microorganisms multiply.” Read the rest of this entry

How to get rid of cellulite

ummer holiday imminent? Here’s how to win the war on cellulite

Cellulite has annoyed women and puzzled scientists for years, but fortunately, there are some methods that can help you ditch those dimples in time to bare all in your bikini. Here, sports scientist Ross Edgley rounds up the latest solutions offered by science so you can win the war on cellulite should you become 1 of the 87% of women in the UK affected.

What is cellulite?

Cellulite is basically a term used to describe the dimpled and uneven appearance of skin caused by fat deposits that are just below the surface of the skin. Although scientists don’t know exactly what causes it, it’s believed to be related to the body’s inability to get rid of toxins, fat and fluid which becomes trapped under the skin and cause fibrous tissue to become hard, which is responsible for producing the dreaded dimpling effect. So what methods can you use to combat it? Read the rest of this entry

Get Legs Like a Dancer—In 6 Moves

Pro dancer Akua Noni Parker shares the go-to exercises that keep her lower half stage-ready

Want to get a major case of leg envy? Just check out a dancer—they always have amazingly sexy stems. But believe it or not, they don’t come from dancing alone. “Dancing is great exercise, but it’s primarily cardio,” says Akua Noni Parker, a professional dancer and member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Company. Parker, who has been dancing since the age of three, has performed on stages around the world. Now, you can catch her (and her awesome legs) in action at New York City’s Lincoln Center from June 12-16where she’ll be performing in the acclaimed show Revelations, among others.

These six moves, which Parker does daily, will get your legs in show-off shape, too—even if you have two left feet. “These exercises hit major leg muscles like your quads, hamstrings, and calves—but also target your core and glutes and help with hip stabilization,” says Karen Joseph, a personal trainer and owner of Fountain of Fitness in Valrico, Florida. Pick a few of your faves and add them to any workout—or do all six exercises as one circuit two or three times a week. Read the rest of this entry