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Ab Work: 5 Moves to Add Right Now

Tired of doing sit-ups?  Try  these innovative ab moves from our favorite trainers to really chisel your core.  Bonus tip: Do these after your favorite cardio routine for the best burn.

Jackknife

The jackknife is a killer ab exercise that will really get your abs burning while testing your flexibility.  To perform a jackknife, lay on your back with your legs straight and your arms extending over your head.  On an exhale, keep your legs and arms straight as you bring them together in a jackknife position, letting your shoulder blades come off the floor.  Inhale as you return to the start.  The jackknife is an especially difficult exercise as the arm and leg movements work both your upper and lower abs at once, leaving your entire core on fire.

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8 Winter Workouts to Check Off Your Bucket List

It’s almost 2015 and you know what that means: New Year’s resolutions. Focus on the coming months and the quite cold weather to create a fitness bucket list. It’s a great way to stay active during the winter and try new activities that can burn a lot more calories than you might think.

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Sledding

Whether you have kids or just want to embrace your inner child, sledding is a great way to stay active while having fun. It also burns mega calories: a 150 pound woman sledding for an hour can burn up to 500 calories. Continue reading

Workouts to Try This Summer

Summer is a great time to take your workouts outside and try something new.  Many of these activities are ones you can do with friends and family to stay active while having fun.

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Stand Up Paddleboarding

Monica from Run Eat Repeat says she has recently fallen in love with stand up paddleboarding. It offers a different perspective than kayaking or canoeing, and many say that the repetitive motion of paddling is relaxing.  But, paddleboarding has benefits for your body as well – it provides a cardio workout and requires the use of your core muscles to stay balanced and paddle yourself through the water, which helps builds strength.  If you already enjoy paddleboarding, try taking a SUP yoga class, offered at Manhattan Kayak Club and KamaDeva Yoga.

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Beach Volleyball

Beach volleyball isn’t just a great group activity – it’s also a great workout.  A 150 pound woman can burn about 500 calories in an hour of beach volleyball.  In addition to cardio, you’re getting a total body workout.  When you hit the ball, you’re working your arms, back, and chest.  As you run through the sand, you’re working your legs and core to stay stable on the uneven surface.

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Hiking

Janetha from Meals and Moves enjoys taking advantage of the beautiful trails and mountains in Utah, where she lives. Hiking is an inexpensive activity, and it’s great for both your body and mind.  The natural formation of hills provide built-in interval training, which can help you burn more calories.  Hiking also forces you to maneuver in different ways, which is great for building muscle, especially in your legs.

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Bicycling

Summer is a great time to pick up cycling again.  It’s excellent cardiovascular exercise and works your legs and glutes without stressing your joints.  Consider riding your bike to and from work to fit in some physical activity into your day.

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Pool Activities

Both Jenn from Fit Bottomed Girls and Jess from Big City Little Blog love getting into the pool in the summer.  Jess points out that you don’t need to restrict your pool activity to just swimming – treading water and diving are also good exercises. Being in the water is great as it is low impact but creates resistance, so you have to work harder.  If you like something more structured, there are a number of aqua fitness classes.  Try cycling in the pool at Aqua, or Aqua Cross at Crunch, which combines in-water aerobics with dry land training.