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10 At-Home Workouts That Are Perfect For Snow Days

Snowed in? Abysmal weather outside? No desire to see human beings outside your home lair? No problem. These 10 at-home workouts require minimal equipment and no exiting of the house. TBH, you don't even have to put on clothes if you don't feel like it. Whether you need to warm up on a frosty day, fill the void of missing your favorite studio class, or keep yourself from going stir-crazy, these will do the trick.

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The Fitness Marshall Goes Latin With This Sexy Enrique Iglesias Song

Enrique Iglesias just dropped "Subeme La Radio" and he's left us with an ultrafun song that we know will be on repeat all Summer long - so naturally, we're dancing to it with The Fitness Marshal. You'll totally feel like a rock star with this one.

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Strong Abs Start With This 7-Minute Workout

Get the printable version of this seven-minute HIIT workout here!

When it comes to high-intensity interval training (HIIT), the pros definitely outweigh the cons. While it may feel unpleasant to push your body to go faster and harder for that short time period, the rewards are worth it: HIIT helps you blast more belly fat, save time, and burn way more calories (even after your workout is long over) than a lower-intensity workout alone. A 2013 study published in the American College of Sports Medicine's Health and Fitness Journal found that a few minutes of training at almost your max can accomplish all of this in way less time than a traditional workout. How much less? Try just seven minutes total.

The ACSM's interval workout consists of 12 exercises, which should be done at an intensity of eight on a scale of 10; each exercise lasts 30 seconds, with a 10-second rest in between. Repeat the circuit if you'd like a longer workout. Keeping the intensity up - and the rest periods short - is key, so keep reading to learn the moves and then get going! You'll need a mat and a chair or bench.

This post was originally published on May 21, 2013.

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Proof That You Should Go Running During That Next Rainstorm

Ever felt discouraged to go on a jog because it was raining outside? Rethink your approach - you can still get a lot done. Running alone in the rain is a great opportunity to build mental strength, play around with your foot strike to work on durability, and even focus on a range of motion. So the next time the clouds appear overhead, lace up those sneakers.

We've partnered with adidas Running to help you build muscle and get greater on every run.

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Slim Your Inner Thighs With Our 5-Minute Workout

Feel proud showing off your thighs with this five-minute workout. It combines cardio and strengthening moves to target your inner and outer thighs instantly - your upper legs are guaranteed to be on fire by the end.

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The 6 Stretches For Anyone With Tight Hamstrings

If you run, bike, are desk-bound all day, or have been sitting in a car or plane traveling, your hamstrings could use some extra love and length. It not only feels good to stretch this commonly tight area, but hamstring flexibility is also important for the health of your back, hips, and knees. Here are six easy and essential stretches that target the backs of your legs. To avoid injury, it's best to do them at the end of a workout, when the muscles are warm.

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The 10 Jogging Strollers Every Parent Is Going to Want For Spring

Nothing can influence getting in the swing of a new workout routine like a wave of good weather. This Spring, be prepared when the desire to get outdoors hits with a jogging stroller that will enable you and your little one to spend some time outside - no matter the terrain.

From expensive models for hardcore trails to economical options for new athletes, check out our 10 favorite jogging strollers perfect for chasing your running goals!

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No Equipment, No Gym, Just Calorie Burning - Let's Go!

Cross jacks are an excellent way to get your heart rate up, but this variation of jumping jacks really rocks your inner thighs, making it an awesome toning exercise, too!

Here's how to do it - no need for equipment, a gym, or even much space in your home. Get ready to sweat!

  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and extend your arms straight out to either side with palms facing down. This is the starting position.
  • Jump and cross your right arm over your left and your right foot over your left. Jump back to the starting position, then cross with the opposite arm and foot. This counts as one rep.
  • Continue alternating sides and repeating this movement until you complete 25 reps. Be sure to keep up the pace and don't allow too much time for recovery between jumps - this way you'll be sure to keep up your heart rate and engage your whole body.

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What's Better: HIIT or LISS?

The following post was originally featured on Fit Bottomed Girls and written by Alison, a contributor for Jenn, who is part of POPSUGAR Collective.

Boy, do I love me some cardio. And you should, too. Think about it: of all the muscles in your body, not one is as important as your heart. It's the only muscle that never gets to stop contracting . . . well, at least not if you wanna stay alive.

It's a pretty well-known fact that heart disease is the leading cause of death in this country. According to the surgeon general, you should be getting 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise (like brisk walking or bicycling) or 75 minutes per week of more vigorous exercise (like running or group fitness classes), or some equivalent mix of both.


For years, the debate over whether HIIT (high intensity interval training) or LISS (lower intensity steady state) is better has raged on. When asked, I always say it depends on what your goals are. If your goal is to build a powerhouse of a heart, then listen up: I'm about to break it down for you — strictly in terms of heart health.

What You Need to Know About HIIT

HIIT workouts, also known as interval training or metabolic conditioning, involve short bouts of high intensity (hard) work followed by a period of rest. HIIT is mostly anaerobic, which means that during exercise, your body is fueled primarily by stored carbohydrates rather than relying exclusively on oxygen. By doing HIIT exclusively as your cardio work, you might believe that your heart is fitter than it actually is, because when you venture outside of the aerobic (oxygen-fueled) zone, you're not actually getting the full cardiovascular benefits.

Additionally, due to the intensity, a HIIT-only diet can actually strain your cardiovascular system and stress your heart out. Too much HIIT can also negatively affect your nervous system and trigger symptoms that look and feel like anxiety — elevated heart rate, sleep disturbances, lack of focus, agitation and restlessness — all of which just continue to stress your heart out.

The Benefits of LISS

LISS is a term used to describe an activity that's performed at a consistent, steady effort for an extended period of time. The intensity is lower and that's what allows you to maintain the activity for longer without the need for rest in the middle of the workout.

Since LISS keeps your heart rate in the aerobic zone, it's fabulous for conditioning your heart and improving blood pressure and circulation. Because of this, LISS causes your resting heart rate to decrease — a signal that your heart doesn't have to work so hard just to pump blood to the rest of your body and keep you alive.

LISS is much easier on the body so it's excellent for beginners and can be done more frequently than HIIT without stressing out your ticker more than it's able to bounce back from. The point of LISS is to place just enough strain on your heart to make it have to adapt and get stronger, but not so much that it freaks your heart out.

The Verdict

HIIT and steady state cardio are both great ways to get fit. In a perfect world, you'd include a little of both, but if you could only pick one and your goal was purely heart health, I'd suggest LISS. While HIIT certainly has its pros — shorter workouts and awesome metabolism-boosting effects — when it comes to heart health, nothing beats the aerobic benefits of LISS.

Now, I know that LISS isn't nearly as glamorous as HIIT, but if you needed another reason to include a little more LISS in your life, here you go: in order to do HIIT, your ticker has to be strong enough to recover between high-intensity bouts . . . this is a function of your aerobic system. In other words, by doing LISS you strengthen your heart in ways that will ultimately improve your performance during your HIIT workouts, because those hard efforts rely heavily on your aerobic system to get your heart rate back down during rest intervals.

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