Extreme Lunges

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VJYJ058hHI I adore a good lunge. They’re just challenging enough and target your major muscle groups while moving so your heart gets a workout too. Experts agree: One noted in a FITNESS Magazine article named the lunge as one of the top nine most effective toners since it hits your leg and butt muscles at the same time. You don’t need any fancy equipment for this super-strengthening exercise ...continue reading

Take a Grill Pill

Longtime readers may have seen this coming…First I shared some delicious grilled recipes for Memorial Day, then bemoaned the fact that I had no equipment to cook this way after enjoying a grilled meal at a restaurant that specialized in the method. So I decided to invest in a pan so I could treat my meat (and fruits, veggies, bread, etc.) to some grate cooking too! (Puns make me almost as happy as they make Anderson Cooper. :) ) I ...continue reading

Three Double-Duty Exercises

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzUyigw-Z_U Can someone please explain how it’s almost September already? It feels like summer just started. Or is it just me? Like the calendar days, weeks and months; minutes can fly by too. All of a sudden it’s 9 p.m. and you haven’t had a second to think about working out, let alone make a trip to the gym! That’s why a time-efficient workout is crucial. If exercise doesn’t ...continue reading

Five August Magazine Bites: The Wonders of Walking and When to Press Mute

When the summer heat is blasting, nothing feels better than cozying up to a shiny, new magazine by the pool (with sunscreen, of course) or in the A.C. So I’ve enjoyed scouring my favorite magazines once again this month for the most useful tips and tricks as well as the most interesting new research findings. Away we go! Besides being a fun way to get from point A to point B, walking is awesome from your health. I love to include ...continue reading

Crunch-Free Abs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SesJ4gpOSJs Ah, crunches and sit-ups. An exerciser can only do so many before begging for a spiced-up routine! Luckily, all of the group exercise classes and DVDs I try provide great inspiration for a nearly endless supply of ab moves. Just one of today’s exercises is reminiscent of a sit-up, but boredom is banished by using a dumbbell as an anchor and adding a leg extension for an extra challenge. ...continue reading

Just Peachy! Recipes To Try For National Peach Month

Whether it’s fuzzy or skinless, dripping with juices or still slightly crisp, there’s a peach out there for any palate—especially with the plentiful crop available during August, National Peach Month! I recently stocked up during a sale at Whole Foods, and headed to my computer as soon as I got home to research fun recipes…after slicing one up A.S.A.P. and eating it unadorned! While I haven’t been able to whip any ...continue reading