SCULPT YOUR BEST BODY EVER!
Gym bound? Hit up a group workout for a contact (exercise) high. In a new study by the University of Oxford in the UK, exercisers who warmed up in sync with some one else increased their speed and endurance more than when they were moving to their own rhythm.
“The presence of others may actually reduce the discomfort of working out, allowing you to push harder,” lead author Arran Davis explains. “It may also lead to an extra boost of endorphins, because you feel empowered by the people around you.” Take your pick: The perk should work for any sweaty class you choose, whether boot camp or zumba.
REPEAT AFTER ME “It’s not about being the best; it’s about being your best.” SKYLAR DIGGINS, AMERICAN BASKETBALL STAR VIA TWITTER
Dumbbells can pump up your vitamin D
One more reason to get your reps: Your body will be able to use muscleboosting vitamin D more efficiently, suggests the latest research in the journal Experimental Physiology. Scientists found that resistance training, compared with aerobic exercise, led to a greater number of vitamin D receptors in muscles. This helps increase muscle mass and improve muscular function.
THE BEST AB EXERCISE YOU SHOULD BE DOING
Pilates is great for sculpting the core – and making you look taller and leaner. But if you really only have time for one tummy-toning move, make it the plank, says Claudel Kuek, CEO and founder of Powermoves Pilates in the Park. Do this on alternate days to start seeing a difference in your middle:
• Lie face down with legs extended, forearms resting on a mat, shoulder-width apart and hands in fists. Tighten the abs, tuck toes in and lift the hips off the mat so your body forms a straight line from head to heels. Make sure the abs are engaged throughout the exercise, while keeping your eyes down, neck long and shoulders relaxed. Hold for 30 seconds while breathing normally and then lower to start. Rest, then repeat five times.
The time at which the most consistent of exercisers slot their workouts, according to data from Jawbone activity trackers. The least consistent tend to exercise after 6pm. Your lesson: Stuff happens during the day to derail your best sweat intentions, so set your alarm for early in the morning and get it out of the way.