Winter Workouts For When It’s Just Too Cold Out

Bella Breakdown It can be even harder to get yourself to go to the gym, or hit the pavement for a run when it’s freezing cold out. It’s warm inside, you’ve got a blanket and a good book, and the last thing you want to do is leave the house. If you’re trying to push yourself to get in shape this winter, I’ve got some easy workouts that will make exercise a lot more tolerable. In just 20 minutes, you can get your heart pumping, get your muscles warm, and work on getting that toned body you crave. The...

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How To Get Comfortable At A New Gym

Bella Breakdown It’s January and the gyms are packed. Whether you’re an experienced gym goer who’s just joined a new facility, or if this is your firs time ever in a gym, it can be intimidating to walk in on the first day. With your fitness goals in mind, you can embrace the gym and follow a few tips to get the most out of your experience. 1. Do take advantage of the free training session A lot of gyms offer one or two free personal training sessions when you join. Even if you’re not into the idea of...

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UPRIGHT GO: Start The New Year Off Right By Improving Your Posture!

A New Year comes with new resolutions. Every year I set my intentions to be better physically, mentally, and spiritually and this year is no different. However, a couple months ago I was thrown a bit of a curve ball when I found out I tore a tendon in my left shoulder pretty bad. After seeing multiple doctors and getting a ton of MRI’s they found that my posture was a big part of the problem. My shoulders curve in and slouching is making my condition way worse as there is unnecessary pressure on the front of my shoulder....

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Exercises To Beat Belly Bloat

Bella Breakdown It’s that time of year when there’s constantly yummy food around. You may be eating a little more than normal, or indulging in some heavy foods. You shouldn’t feel bad about treating yourself, it is the holidays after all, but your body may fight back with uncomfortable bloating and gas. Even if you’re at home with family and don’t have access to your gym, there are some exercises you can do to help combat the bloat, and to get you back to normal. As a bonus, a little exercise can also help offset some of that rich...

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How To Stay Fit While Traveling

Bella Breakdown Traveling at this time of year is wonderful. You’re probably spending time with family, enjoying lots of yummy food and staying cozy inside. It can also be a time when we tend to fall off the exercise wagon though. I know that I’m a lot less inclined to work out when I’m traveling, and have people to visit and things to do and see. But this is also an opportunity to jump start your New Year’s fitness goals and get on track! 1. Bring Sneakers and Fitness Clothes This may sound obvious, but if you don’t pack...

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Five Tips To Stay Hydrated This Winter

Bella Breakdown We all know that staying hydrated in the summer is important, but it’s easy to let our hydration habits slip in the cooler months. Winter can be extremely dehydrating, especially for our skin and hair, which means it’s critical to keep drinking plenty of water throughout the day. In addition, you may be indulging in more alcoholic drinks this holiday season, and the best way to counteract their effects is to keep hydrated! 1. Try Warm Water If you’re too cold to even think about guzzling ice cold water, try warming up a cup with some flavoring...

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Should You Exercise When Hungover?

Bella Breakdown Let’s face it, being hungover is the WORST. As if you didn’t already have enough regret about the previous night’s debauchery. You’ve probably heard a lot of myths and tricks about curing a hangover, but one of the most controversial ones is exercise. Should you exercise even when standing up feels like a big effort? While it’s true that exercise can help you sweat out the toxins in your body and get rid of excess alcohol in your blood stream, it can also be damaging. One of the biggest reasons not to exercise intensely is dehydration. If...

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Yoga Poses For Stress And Anxiety

Bella Breakdown We all experience stress from time to time, and those feelings can manifest themselves in different ways in our body. Many times, stress can cause tightness, pain and other physical symptoms in our bodies. Exercise in general is a proven tool to combat the effects of stress, but it’s also important to slow down and incorporate some healing postures and stretches into your routine. Try some of these poses next time your feeling on the anxious side. Sukhasana with Forward Bend Easy pose, or sukhasana, is a seated, cross-legged position. The forward bend helps you to focus...

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