I started practicing yoga about two years ago, and it changed my life in so many ways: yoga changed how I run, it helped with my anxiety, and it even redirected the course of my career, playing a huge role in how I ended up here at POPSUGAR as a fitness editor. The practice of yoga can totally be a metaphor for life off the mat – like when certain things come super easily for some people, but they’re totally challenging for you, leading you to feel crazy frustrated (sound familiar?). This was the case for me and headstand. I’ve been enviously watching friends make progress, while I flailed around with my legs (sort of) in the air, but nowhere[…]

Committing to regular workouts is one way to lose weight and get strong, but if you want to maximize your time, here are five things you should do at every single workout to burn more calories and reach your goals faster. Change up your routine: While you may be a runner or yogi at heart, always doing the same workout is bound to make you hit a plateau; it can also lead to overuse injuries that could prevent you from exercising at all. Try to switch up your workouts every single day to keep your body and brain guessing. Mix up the types of exercise you do, the equipment you use, the order you do things, and the speed or[…]

3/18/173/18/17 If you have a few 5Ks and 10Ks under your belt, you’re probably thinking about running your first half marathon. Doubling your racing distance means building endurance by increasing your weekly mileage. Don’t be daunted by this! Try this 16-week training schedule that adds miles safely. There are cross-training, strength-training and stretching, and rest days built into the program to help prevent injury. Plus, the long runs are on Saturdays when you have time to go the distance, giving you Sundays to recover. Click here to print an image-free version of the training program. POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions[…]

3/16/173/16/17 This no-equipment-necessary move is an excellent way to work the booty and hamstrings while tightening up that often-overlooked lower part of your midsection. The good morning is also a great exercise to perfect your form for a deadlift. Here’s how to do a good morning — make sure you’re activating that lower ab section (transverse abdominis) and keeping your core stable to protect your back. Stand with your feet hip-width apart and place your hands on your hips (or at the back of your head) with your elbows opened wide. Pull your abs to your spine and keep your back neutral while pressing your butt backward, hinging at the hips, until your back is almost parallel to the floor.[…]

s Can you imagine getting the effects of a three-hour workout in only 20 minutes? It very well might be possible. A new wave of fitness is making its way west from London, and it’s called EMS training. Have you heard of it? Seen it on Instagram? It’s still so new in the States that not many people in the US have tried it yet. We’re going to give you the rundown of this training style that claims to be the future of fitness. What Is It? EMS stands for electrical muscle stimulation; in training, a machine delivers electrical pulses that stimulate muscle contraction. If you’re thinking, “But wait, electrical impulses in the body already stimulate muscular contraction. It’s called[…]

I started running three years ago to lose weight and get in shape and since then, I have finished two half-marathons, a triathlon, one 10K, and a handful of 5Ks. I still enjoy the weight-loss benefit that comes from running, but that’s not what has motivated me to stick with a regular running schedule. The other benefits of running are far more motivating than the scale. 1. Confidence Before I started training for my first half-marathon, my longest run was three miles. It felt great to cross the finish line of my first few 5Ks, but I wanted to see if my body was capable of something more. Now I know that both my body and mind are capable of[…]

Ask most trainers and they’ll tell you that a healthy workout routine consists of strength training, cardio, and rest days, ideally spread throughout the week. But for those of us who love two-a-days or long sessions at the gym or just need to maximize our time, the common question seems to be: Which do I do first, strength or cardio? This was the burning question I had for Natalie Carey, certified trainer and sports nutritionist at DIAKADI Fitness. “Strength training should always come first — always,” Natalie said without skipping a beat. The benefits of structuring your workouts this way are plenty, she added. Fat Loss If losing weight is your goal — specifically fat — weight training before your[…]

Total Body Bodyweight Workout | POPSUGAR Fitness Skip Nav Subscribe to the Must Have Box Here’s a Total Body, No Equipment, Under 10-Minute Workout Personal Essay My 6-Month CrossFit Transformation Isn’t What I Thought It’d Be Beginner Fitness Tips 5 Reasons Working Out at Night Will Change Your Life Intermediate Workouts This Plank Workout Challenges Every Muscle and You Can Print It Photo 1 of 9   ← Use Arrows Keys → 1 Here’s a Total Body, No Equipment, Under 10-Minute Workout Short on time, but need a butt-kicking total body workout? We’ve got your back . . . and arms . . . and legs and booty and abs. This quick, effective, and challenging workout uses every muscle group, so[…]

I don’t like to work out in the morning. I’m not a morning person. The aroma of coffee isn’t something that wakes me with a smile. The light shining through the blinds at the crack of dawn is something I avoid as much as possible. The heaviest thing I want to be lifting in the morning before work is my pillow. As I said, I’m not a morning person. But wait, we’re supposed to work out in the morning, right? Actually, no. You don’t have to. In fact, there are a bunch of reasons you should train at night. I do and it changed my life from the first time I tried it. First things first: Let’s put the elephant[…]

How to Breathe While Running | POPSUGAR Fitness Skip Nav Subscribe to the Must Have Box Use This Pro Tip to Run Without Feeling Like Your Lungs Are Imploding Vegan You’ll Never Eat Another Gummy Bear or Marshmallow Again After Hearing What It’s Made From Running Own the Treadmill With This Interval Run — No Matter Your Level Ab Workouts 11 Workouts For Ab Day Inspiration 2/22/172/22/17 A couple weeks ago, we headed to the track at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco for some running drills with Adidas athlete and pro marathoner Neely Spence Gracey, who taught us an ingenious breathing trick for running longer without feeling like our lungs were going to implode. Breathing is one of the most[…]