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POPSUGAR Fitness inspires readers to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle with news and tips on exercise, eating, gear, and more!



Published: Thu, 29 Jun 2017 07:42:52 -0700

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10 Cute Sneakers in Summer's Hottest Color, Coral

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 07:30:05 -0700

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We're predicting a trend in fitness gear: coral is going to be a hot shade for Summer. The vibrant color stands out in a crowd - it's for women who aren't afraid to be bold. The best way to test out the shade is with your shoes. There are a wide variety of coral sneakers out there, so we rounded up our favorite picks. Take a look at the options and buy a pair.




Britney Lost Over 80 Pounds, and This Is the 1 Thing That Helped Her Keep It Off For Over 6 Years

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:25:02 -0700

"The reason it is so difficult for us to change is that we focus too much on the microcosmic steps, or the "program," and not enough on changing the perspective that landed us where we are in the first place. Deep and true changes come from the inside out, not the other way around. We can try all different kinds of techniques to #transform ourselves, but unless we address the underlying structure, we are just moving the pieces around. Shift your inner viewpoint, though, and your world transforms." - @baronbaptisteyoga Last night I stayed up devouring the words of Baron Baptiste from Journey Into Power (our assigned book for #YTT), like he was speaking to me. Every word felt relatable, every word was hitting me at my core. It was giving me chills. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ I wouldn't have kept my weight off for over 6 years if I didn't go through my internal #transformation. Yes, physically my body transformed with a diet, and plenty of exercise, and crazy willpower but I stayed on my path because of how I was able to switch my internal conversation with myself. I used to spit hate at myself daily, now I have love for my body, my skin, my cellulite, my stretch marks, and small boobs and big booty, my extra skin on my legs and thighs, the list could keep going. BUT without discovering how to love my body in every way I wouldn't have been able to maintain my #weightloss. I had tried SO many diets before actually being able to keep the weight off. The difference, I made an internal transformation + an external one. The combo has a lasting effect. Start speaking to yourself out of love, become in love with your natural authentic beauty, your raw self and watch your world transform. My hate I had for my body was holding me back from being able to fully transform even though I wanted to change so badly. Let's work on changing out inner dialogues while we also work on our physical bodies. How do you learn to love your body you might ask, surround yourself with people who are madly in love with their bodies. Fill your feeds with #bodypositivity CONTINUED IN COMMENTS... #transformationtuesday A post shared by Britney ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ (@fittybritttty) on Jun 27, 2017 at 6:03pm PDT We're well aware of Selena Gomez's bikini style and even her favorite travel-ready airport looks, but let's take a second to talk about her undeniable gym style. Whether Selena is hitting the gym in West Hollywood or working with her personal trainer Amy Rosoff Davis and getting in shape with some Pilates, she's got a signature look. And like her airport style, it's rooted in high-waisted bottoms and a lot of slouchy, cropped tops. In this instance, that means high-waisted leggings and sports bras or loose-fitting gym tees and sweatshirts - and don't forget her standard pair of Adidas Boosts or running shoes. Related30-Minute Selena Gomez Workout For Flat Abs and Toned Legs [...]



We've Officially Located the Best Sports Bras of 2017

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:20:03 -0700

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As the athleisure game continues to get stronger and stronger with more and more brands and trends always on the scene, the number of sports bra options we have now is better than ever. No matter your sport or style of choice, your chest size or your mile time, there's never been a better time to find the sports bra of your dreams. We rounded up 15 of the year's most valuable players for you to choose from.




23 Healthy Frozen Desserts to Help You Cool Off Without a Ton of Calories

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:50:12 -0700

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When it comes to healthy homemade frozen desserts, two-ingredient vegan chocolate ice cream is only the beginning. From ice cream to popsicles to 30-calorie froyo cupcakes (yes, it's true), there are so many ways to give in to your sweet tooth without regretting it later. Plus, as the weather gets warmer, what's better than sinking your teeth into a cool, refreshing treat? Read on for the 23 best healthy frozen dessert recipes you can make all Summer long.

- Additional reporting by Jenny Sugar, Lizzie Fuhr, and Hilary White




This Is How Many Calories You Should Burn If You Want to Lose a Pound

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:45:10 -0700

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Losing weight can be a difficult challenge for many people, especially when you factor in rigorous workouts, clean eating, and counting how many calories you should burn if you want to see results. Although the scientific rule of thumb is that you need to burn 3,500 calories to lose one pound, burning 3,500 calories in a day probably sounds daunting and impossible. The good news is, it's also not ideal.

Instead of aiming to burn 3,500 calories in a day, you should consider burning 500 calories per day for a total of 3,500 by end of week. Losing one pound per week is more ideal because it indicates that you are losing fat and not muscle, according to Christine Luff, a certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist.

If burning 500 calories every day sounds like a hard goal to accomplish, you should consider the fact that cutting back on calories in your daily diet will also help create a deficit. One manageable way to achieve your goal: cut out 250 calories from your diet and burn 250 through exercise. This way, you won't feel totally deprived of those foods you love, and you also won't feel burnt out from trying to burn 500 calories through exercise alone. Just be sure you are getting enough food to sustain all the hard work you are putting in the gym! Sounds like a win-win situation, doesn't it?




We've Found Your Next Workout

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:30:04 -0700

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15 Mermaid Pool Floats That Will Speak to Your Ocean-Loving Soul

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:53:02 -0700

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Calling all mermaids: these inflatable pool toys are sea-queen-approved and will totally speak to your ocean-loving soul. Get your merbabes together for a pool party, or bring these along on your next boating excursion. You'll turn any event into a magical mermaid cove - and you'll have yourself a luxe throne to soak up some rays! From scalloped shells to iridescent tails, there's a float here for every under-the-sea princess.




23 Pieces of All-Black, Edgy Workout Gear to Match Your Cold, Dark Soul

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:40:16 -0700

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If the darkest workout gear possible inspires you to break a sweat, more power to you. Let everyone else jump on the all-white-workout-gear train, and stick to what makes you feel best by dressing in all black. The following 23 items offer both functionality and chic, edgy style, and they all come in your favorite color ever.




30 Whole30 Recipes to Help You Survive Your Summer Diet

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:40:03 -0700

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If you're attempting Whole30 this Summer, allow these seasonal recipes to help keep you on track. There's not a single no-no ingredient listed in any of these approved recipes (don't worry, I checked!). Though you might be saying bye to dairy, grains, legumes, and sugar, you know what you can't ever get enough of? Fresh Summer produce! These recipes star tomatoes, peppers, watermelon, and more veggies and fruits that put you one day closer to achieving tiger blood.




Is It Stomach Flu or Appendicitis? Pay Attention to These Signs

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:40:02 -0700

My mom winced in pain this Saturday while we were driving to yoga. "You OK, Mom?" I asked her. Even though she kept assuring me she was fine, the pain magnified over the day. And yet, she carried on with her busy Saturday plans, smiling and acting normal, until dinnertime when she couldn't bring herself to eat or drink anything. We had all consumed the same foods that weekend, so we ruled out food poisoning. "Maybe I have a little bug," she reassured the family. Over the next few hours, she developed a fever that spiked, and she grew sicker as time passed. My dad rushed her to the hospital, and a CT scan confirmed what none of us could have guessed: she was suffering from appendicitis. The next 12 hours were painful and life-threatening for my mom and stressful and emotional for the family. She worsened while the hospital scrambled to gather a surgical staff on a Sunday. By the time she was treated, her appendix had ruptured. Luckily, her surgery and recovery have had zero complications. She's still recovering and is showing positive signs, but it made me think: if our family had known the differences between a stomach virus and appendicitis, maybe we would have taken her to the hospital sooner. There are a few key telltale signs of appendicitis that differ greatly from stomach flu, and it's worth committing them to memory. RelatedDo You Have a Stomach Bug, or Was It That Food You Ate? Stomach Virus Appendicitis Cause Passed by a virus that attacks the intestines; you catch it by coming in contact with someone who is infected or by touching something he or she has touched. This virus can also be passed on through contaminated food or water. Caused when the appendix, a finger-shaped pouch at the end of your colon, becomes infected and inflamed. Anyone with an appendix can develop appendicitis at any time in his or her lifetime. Symptoms Watery diarrhea Nausea and/or vomiting Abdominal cramps Fever Muscle aches Headache Symptoms appear one to two days after exposure to the virus and usually last for one to two days but can last for up to 10 days. Sudden abdominal pain that usually begins around the navel and shifts to the lower right abdomen Pain is worse when walking or coughing or with jarring movement Loss of appetite Nausea and/or vomiting Fever that worsens Constipation or diarrhea Rectal pain Symptoms can show up quickly and worsen dramatically within hours. Surgery is often required and recovery takes up to two weeks. Complications Dehydration (caused by excessive vomiting and diarrhea) A ruptured appendix (the pus-filled appendix bursts and spreads infection throughout the abdomen. Can be life-threatening and requires immediate surgery) A pocket of pus forms in the abdomen (if appendix bursts, an abscess may form, requiring a surgeon to insert a tube to drain the infection before removing the appendix) Method of diagnosis A doctor will ask about your symptoms or take a stool sample. If they see bacteria, they know it's not a bug. A doctor will ask you questions about the pain before conducting a physical exam, blood test (to check for high white blood cell count, indicating an infection), urine test (for possible UTI or kidney stone), and CT scan to confirm diagnosis. Treatment Rest Replace lost fluids Gradually begin to eat bland foods such as toast, rice, and potatoes Avoid dairy products, caffeine, spicy foods, and fatty foods Antibiotics to prevent infection Painkillers Surgery to remove the appendix (appendectomy). Generally, it will be laparoscopic (with very small incisions), but if it's ruptured or infected, an open appendectomy may be required. Prevention Avoid coming in contact with an infected person or anything he or she has touched. Wash your hands thoroughly and of[...]



25 Healthy Recipes That Make Chicken Breast Taste Exciting

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:25:08 -0700

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Chicken has been known to be an excellent source of lean protein when abiding by a healthy meal plan. The protein in chicken plays an important role in weight loss, along with maintaining a healthy weight. It helps keeps you satisfied longer, along with aiding the production of muscle tissue, an important factor when following a regular workout routine. But all of us can admit the idea of chicken again for dinner can be a bit boring. These 25 healthy recipes will pull you out of that poultry rut, leaving you inspired to cook exciting new meals for your next dinner.




A Fitness Editor Shares Her Week of Meals and Workouts

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:25:03 -0700

A "Unicorn Parfait" that you'll find in Friday's food log Since becoming a fitness writer, I can't tell you how many questions I get about my routine, my food, my favorite products . . . actually, I can tell you. I get one to four questions a day from anyone from family to complete strangers. Most recently, a co-worker asked me what my typical week looks like, so I decided to lay it all out. This is a sample week, spliced together from two different weeks because of the holiday weekend and travel throwing off my usual routine, but this is actually a very accurate (and painfully honest) account of what my days look like on any given week. Some days my nutrition is on point, other days I'm in a downward spiral of processed carbs. I'm a human, OK! RelatedFind Out What a Bikini Competitor Eats in a Day The through line with my food is that I make a lot of cleaner choices, so I don't actually have an issue if I decide to eat half a pint of ice cream or go out to dinner with friends. I also make healthy foods that I LOVE, and I don't force myself to eat things I don't enjoy. I eat often, so I'm never super hungry (that's when I make my worst decisions - food and otherwise), and try to plan ahead as much as possible. Sunday Exercise: This past Sunday was a rest day for me in terms of workouts, but I still was a bit active - I headed up to the Muir Woods National Monument (one of my favorite places!) for a brisk early morning trail walk (not sure if you can call it a hike) for a couple miles before heading back to the city. Note: I've been following the Tone It Up nutrition plan's eight-week challenge, so on Sundays I meal prep to set up for a healthy week. I use this time to make protein muffins for the week, chop and prep veggies, cook quinoa, make chia pudding, etc. I also typically have an apple cider vinegar metabolism drink every morning, but since it's so redundant, I left it out of the food diary. Food: M1: Rebbl's Maca Mocha (I'm OBSESSED, and you need to try it). There's no coffee in it, just maca! M2: Small fresh-squeezed OJ from Whole Foods while grocery shopping and a lemon protein muffin that I ate fresh from the oven while meal prepping. M3: Hefty salad and an Icelandic yogurt (skyr - another obsession of mine). M4: Cauliflower-acaรญ smoothie (TBH, it was pretty flavorless . . . I need to work on my recipe). M5: Quinoa bowl with chicken, wilted kale and garlic, roasted sweet potatoes, edamame, and a little truffle salt - holy yumminess. RelatedI Gave Up Booze and Surprisingly My Life Doesn't Suck Monday Exercise: Mondays and Tuesdays vary for me, but it's usually a studio class of some kind, like Flywheel, SoulCycle, Core40, or yoga. On this particular Monday, I did a 60-minute C2 CorePower Yoga, with my friend Janine teaching. It was sweaty, challenging, yet powerfully relaxing and restorative. Lots of balance work and single-leg poses! Food: M1: Iced almond milk latte from Starbucks with a whole lot of cinnamon. M2: Protein muffin - this week I made lemon chia seed (in lieu of poppy) from the TIU plan and added a little almond extract (great decision, TBH). They're probably my favorite protein muffins to date! M3: Leftovers from that miraculous quinoa bowl the night before. M4: Chia pudding with cacao nibs and strawberries. M5: TIU "tahini tray dinner" with chickpeas, cauliflower, broccoli, and roasted sweet potatoes. I prep these in bags with olive oil, tahini, and minced garlic so I can throw it all on a cookie sheet, bake it, and call it a night. For "dessert," I had GT's guava goddess kombucha. Thursday's workout Tuesday Exercise: I love the slow, low-impact, muscle-shaking burn from Lagree-method Megaformer classes, and there's a Core40 on my train line to work! I do the Core40 Ramped class, which is Megaform[...]



Here's That Cauliflower Pizza Crust Everyone Keeps Talking About

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:20:03 -0700

Cutting back on gluten and grains? This veggie-powered pizza needs to make its way to your kitchen. Freshly grated cauliflower serves as the base for the creative and delicious crust that you can fold up just like traditional pizza! The recipe only called for grape tomatoes and fresh basil, but feel free to toss a ton more veggies on this pizza pie to bulk it up a bit. At less than 300 calories for half the pie, this is a pizza recipe you can enjoy sans guilt. RelatedPrepare to Be Fooled by These Crispy Cauliflower Buffalo "Wings"Just as Irresistible: Gluten-Free No-Mac and Cheese Cauliflower Crust Pizza From Paula Deen IngredientsNonstick spray 2 1/2 cups cauliflower, grated (about 1/2 a large head) 1 large egg, lightly beaten 1 1/4 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup tomato sauce 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half 2 cloves garlic, sliced 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes Fresh basil leaves, optional Directions Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, and preheat oven to 425ยบF. Grate the cauliflower using a box grater until you have two cups of cauliflower crumbles. Place in a large bowl and microwave for seven to eight minutes, or until soft. Remove from the microwave and let cool. Mix in the egg, one cup mozzarella, parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper. Once combined, pat into a 10-inch round on the prepared pizza pan. Spray lightly with nonstick spray and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden. Top the pizza with the sauce, 1/4 cup mozzarella, grape tomatoes, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Bake in the oven until melted and bubbly, another 10 minutes. Top with basil before serving. Source: Calorie Count Information Category Main Dishes, Pizza Yield Makes two servings. Nutrition Calories per serving 272 calories [...]



Apologies to Your Bank Account, but You Need All of These Rainbow Pride Month Nikes

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:10:03 -0700

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Nike's best - and latest - styles have been made over in magical rainbow colorways for Pride Month. The brand is making a bold statement with BETRUE, a campaign that shows the Nike team is "standing together against bigotry and any form of discrimination."

Not only is the message powerful, but the shoes are ridiculously covetable. Like, so good that every month will be Pride Month according to your feet.

"The BETRUE collection seeks to empower all athletes by supporting initiatives to end discrimination in sport," Nike says on its website. "Since 2012 in the U.S., Nike has provided approximately $2.5 million in financial and in-kind support to LGBTQ causes. Nike remains true to its core belief that diversity and inclusion in sport make the world a better place for all."

Check out the VaporMax, Pegasus, Flyknit Racer, and Cortez (seriously, we meant it when we said best styles) all decked out in their rainbow best for Pride.




This At-Home Strength-Training Routine Will Make You Feel Like a Badass Ballerina

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:05:21 -0700

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We're constantly inspired by the unique and innovative workouts coming out of New York City, and most recently we've been captivated by ChaiseFitness, a workout that combines ballet, Pilates, and strength training all in one dynamic class. "Our in-studio classes incorporate an element of resistance training whether through our overhead bungee system or through resistance bands," said ChaiseFitness Cofounder Rachel Piskin, a New York City ballerina who started ChaiseFitness with her mom, Lauren. Rachel told POPSUGAR that "using resistance in your workout will help you build long, lean muscles and a strong core, and will help improve posture and balance."

You can get your ChaiseFitness workout at home, even if you're nowhere near their beautiful studio in NYC. "We actually developed an entire series of online streaming videos called ReinventYou that enable clients to get that Chaise dancer-like body at home all using just a resistance band!"

But first, here's a sneak peek at what you'll find in those streamed videos: five of ChaiseFitness's favorite full-body moves. You'll need one medium or heavy resistance band (Chaise recommends one that is at least 60 inches in length) - you can get a Theraband or something similar on Amazon, at Target, or in your local sporting goods store (or you can bring this workout to your gym and use the equipment there!).




"Hip Dips" Are the Latest Body-Positive Movement Taking Over Instagram

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:50:06 -0700

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It's time to say goodbye to hot dog legs and the thighbrow, because this year, bikini season is all about embracing your "hip dips." Unlike warm-weather Instagram trends of the past, the latest movement to take over social media is about people of all shapes and sizes embracing their natural curves. Self explained that hip dips are the indentations where your hips and your thighs meet. They are also referred to as "violin hips," a nod to the way the instrument (and our bodies) curve out, then in, and then out again.

Hip dips are a natural part of the human body and Instagram users all over the world are posting photos to show just how inclusive this trend is. Over 1,600 posts have been shared on Instagram with the #hipdips hashtag, and the photos each share a different story. Many women have opened up about hip dip insecurities in the past, but this wave of body positivity has encouraged them to accept theirs.

"In recent years, proportionate hour-glass bodies have been glamorized in the media heavily . . . but I have realized that I will never have a perfect hour-glass shape because I have very prominent hip dips," Instagram user jenneydoll wrote in a post. "There's absolutely nothing wrong with it, but it is one of those things I don't absolutely love about my body. However, I accept it and I'm learning to love all my imperfections because that's what makes us human."

Read on to see the empowering photos of women embracing their hip dips.