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5-fitness-trends-to-try-in-2015We all say getting fit, getting healthy and losing weight are our New Year resolutions... but sometimes the same old workout is boring and doesn't motivate us. Why not switch it up with one of these new and popular fitness trends, so that next December 31st, you can ring in the New Year with one sexy bod!

Treadmill Training

Workout studios specializing in treadmill training will be expanding throughout 2018. Indoor group running has become popular over the past year too. It’s the new "it" workout and many classes make it much more fun and exciting than just running on a treadmill. Plus, it’s great for improving your running time! 

More Recovery Efforts

People love their intense workouts but in 2018, people are letting their bodies recover too. Recovery is essential for your body and its muscles so you can be a better fit you. We will see an increase in people taking advantage of recovery options like yoga, foam rolling, therapy balls, core strengthening, stretching, full recovery days and more focus on a better night’s sleep. 

More Digital Use

We love our technology, and now it’s our best friend when it comes to our health! Fitness apps are an awesome way to keep your routine organized, unique and they keep you on track. They can also provide inspiration, guidance or even coaching. 

Body Weight Training

Expect to see more body weight training in classes and in personal training. According to an American College of Sports Medicine survey of more than 3,000 fitness professionals, body weight training is predicted to be the next big fitness trend. 

High Intensity Interval Training

HIIT isn’t going anywhere in 2018. The workout alternates intense bursts of exercise with short recovery periods. Why? Because it’s super effective. Plus, which would you prefer: hours of tirelessly working out in the gym or doing a high intense 20-minute cardio session? Yeah, that’s what we thought! 

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A new year is a great excuse to make changes in your life. Edit your wardrobe, make a resolution to eat healthier and even refresh your look. Here are a few makeup must-haves for the new year that are sure to keep you feeling your best.

Orange Lipstick

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This one might sound a little off-the-wall, but there is an orange that works for most skin tones. For pale to medium skin, try a peach color for a subtler look or a brighter, more opaque orange to make a bolder statement. Medium to dark skin can try opaque shades and colors closer to tangerine. Darker skin tones look best with more autumnal oranges, try burnt sienna for a toned-down look or a fluorescent orange if you really want to stand out.

Pastel Lids

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On the spring fashion runways, pastel lids could be seen everywhere. Some went so far as to glue strips of fabric to their models’ eyelids – we don’t recommend such a drastic measure. Instead try finding a thick pastel eyeliner pencil or powder that you are attracted to. A pale blue works well with most skin tones, or try a simple white for a more mod look. Keep the color along the lash line for a more minimal look. If you want to go big, cover most of the lid or make a dramatic cat-eye.

Golden Eyes

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You can create a soft, golden eye effect a number of ways, depending on whether you’re headed to work or to a party. A soft golden powder both under and above the lid looks great for an evening out. If you don’t want to be quite as dramatic, try a golden or sparkly metallic liner for above the lid. The look creates a soft, dreamy effect and looks great on anyone. Add a gold-toned blush or bronzer for a complete, 70s-inspired face.

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Cellulite may be one of the most dreaded words in the English language. For many women, those unwanted bumps are most likely to accumulate on our backsides. 

Most experts agree that a combination of high-intensity circuit-training sessions and strength training. If you get into a routine, completing these exercises 2-5 times a week, you can see results in as soon as one month. Here are a few simple, easy exercise tips to help reduce or eliminate your cellulite altogether.

Reverse Lunge

  • Stand with your feet hips-width apart and about a 5 lb. weight in each hand. (Weight can be less or more depending on your comfort and ability).
  • Take a step behind you so that both knees are bent at 90 degrees. Hold pose for 3 seconds. Return to starting position.
  • Repeat with your left leg. Do 3 sets of 12-15 reps.

Single-Leg Hip Raise

  • Lie on the floor with your left knee bent and your right leg straight, foot pointing directly ahead. Strengthen your core as though in plank pose and hold throughout this move.
  • Raise your hips to form your body into a straight line from shoulder to knee. Hold for 3 seconds.
  • Lower your body and repeat with left leg straight. Do 3 sets of 12-15 reps.

Squats

  • Stand with your feet hips-width apart. Trying to keep your weight in your heels, lower your body until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Make sure to keep your back straight.
  • Do 3 sets of 12-15 reps.

These exercises are a great start to reducing the appearance of cellulite on your thighs and glutes. Remember that a healthy diet is also an important part of reducing fat build-up. Spending more time on simple cardio exercises can also help work these trouble areas. Doing short sprints or taking the stairs also target the muscles on your backside.

SushiStomach grumbling? And you JUST ate?

After chowing down on your white bread sandwich filled with processed bologna and a side of salty potato chips, all washed down with some orange juice, you wonder why within the hour you’re once again craving something to munch on. This is most likely due to the fact that your lunch selection was filled with foods that can actually make you hungrier!

Here are some foods that you might want to "expunge" from lunchbox (and diet in general) to avoid that "I am so hungry, but I just ate" feeling...

Pizza: White flour, hydrogenated oils, processed cheese, and lots of preservatives. Who can resist eating more than one slice of this high-calorie, nutritionally void, yet addicting pie? Even just eating one slice can throw off blood sugar levels, which interrupts production of hunger regulating hormones. If you’re craving pizza though, try your hand at making your own with healthier swaps, such as whole-wheat dough, lots of vegetables and low-fat, minimally processed cheese

Cereal: Most cereals are just white flour dusted in sugar, so why cereal has been deemed the "breakfast of champions" is anyone’s guess. If anything, cereals should be regarded as the "breakfast of sluggishness" for the high content of sugar that causes an intense blood sugar and insulin roller-coaster, eventually leading to fatigue and more hunger. If cereal is your only option though, try and purchase one that has less than 5 grams of sugar per serving. 

White Bread and Pasta: The flour used in white bread is stripped of all its nutritional benefits, including fiber. Thus this type of bread is a nutritional dud. A recent study found that those who ate two or more servings of white bread a day were 40 percent more likely to become overweight or obese over a five-year period. This can be blamed mostly on the fact that your insulin levels will spike quickly after consumption, causing you to crave even more of the white stuff.

Sushi Rolls: You may think you’re doing yourself a favor by eating sushi - hello, healthy fish, right? But these days, there is far more rice than fish packed in these neat rolls and some rolls don’t even contain any of the heart-healthy fish. Take California rolls for example. These rolls contain upwards of 30 grams of carbohydrates, which is like eating three slices of white bread! And you now know that is not ideal for your appetite or diet.

Juice: Would you like a glass of sugar with a small side of fruit? Because that is essentially what you get when you drink juice. As you know, ingesting sugar does nothing but cause your blood sugar levels to rise then plummet fast, thus bringing on the hunger! If you’re a juice fan, make your own with the fiber-containing pulp, and add some sugar-free protein powder to the mix for more staying power.

Artificial Sweeteners: You may think you’re doing yourself a favor by opting for the fake sugar instead of the real stuff, but you’re actually not. While these fake sugars have a trivial amount of calories, they tend to make you crave "real" sweets throughout the day and can eventually affect the hunger control centers in your brain negatively. Plus, how many of you have used a fake sweetener to save calories, only to allow yourself to eat that small bowl of ice cream because you were so "good" earlier?

MSG: Monosodium glutamate is notorious for being found in ethnic food, and it can also be located in canned vegetables, soups, processed meats, and even ice cream. The journal Obesity discovered that people who consume the most MSG are nearly three times more likely to be overweight than those who don’t eat it. According to animal studies, experts believe this is due to a 40 percent increase in appetite just from eating MSG!

Fast Food: White flour, MSG, trans fatty acids, high fructose corn syrup, processed carbohydrates, need we say more? Fast food is a hormonal nightmare! It is not your friend when hunger pangs hit, so try your best to avoid it at all costs, or stick with the "healthier" options such as salads and grilled chicken.

Alcohol: Alcohol has a way of letting you easily say "good bye" to your willpower. One way it does this is by decreasing (by up to 30 percent) your body’s levels of leptin, a hormone designed to crush hunger and keep you feeling full. If you must have a drink, stick to just one, and try to eat a protein-rich snack to decrease alcohol’s numbing affects.

Salty Snacks: Salty snacks are the ultimate magicians. They disappear before your very eyes and you have no idea how it happened! Well, the truth is that these snacks are quickly digestable simple carbohydrates totally devoid of nutrition that you keep eating out of hope that they will fill you up. Instead, they spur insulin spikes that leave you craving more when you’re done. Salt also causes you to crave fizzy, sugar-filled drinks, which only intensifies your desire to eat more.

The bottom line is that if you want to control your appetite, it is much better to simply avoid all the foods mentioned above. If you don’t, you will be in a constant "battle" with your hormones and regretfully, unless you have incredible willpower, the hormones will win. The end result will be you consuming much more than you ever intended of that white bread sandwich, extra large bag of potato chips and orange juice. 

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