Happy Valentine’s Day!
After enjoying some chocolates and other sweet treats today, here are a few ways to shape up for Spring, courtesy of InStyle!
If you dodged workouts all winter, don’t expect to run like Usain Bolt on the treadmill the first day back into your routine. It will take some time to get back into your routine. Gwyneth Paltrow’s trainer, Tracy Anderson, suggests starting with just 15 minutes, four to six days a week. “The next week jump to 30 minutes and the following week move to 40,” she says.
Stream A Workout:
Grab your mat and push aside the coffee table – Websites like Crunch Live, barre-based Physique 57, and DailyBurn are offering on-demand videos of their top classes. At $5 to $10 for a 30-minute workout, these videos are a fraction of the cost of a normal class at one of these trendy gyms. Buy a monthly subscription or pay as you go to get dozens of options, form full-body assaults to low-intensity and prenatal picks, without the commitment of joining a gym.
Phone The Right Friend:
Studies show that women are more likely to stick with workout routines and lose more weight if they join forces with a well-chosen ally. Choose a buddy with similar fitness levels, goals and motivation to maximize your workouts.
Gym-Proof Your Hair:
Sweaty strands requiring a shampoo and blow-dry can keep you from exercising. Pull your hair into a high pony and throw a headband on. Try the sweat-absorbing Save Your Do Narrow Band Gym Wrap ($25; saveyourdo.com). If you have a thicker texture, consider a weave. With your hair preserved in braids underneath, faux strands can be freshened up with a blast of dry shampoo for volume.
Clean Up On The Go:
Sometimes you have to cram in those burpees any which way you can. If that means postponing a shower, stash these towelettes in your gym bag. Infused with a cooling cleanser and a zingy scent, they also leave behind a superfine powder that keeps you dry after you cool down. (Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths, $3; at CVS)
The March issue of InStyle hits newsstands Friday, February 14.
-- Ryan Patterson
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