Sunday, July 5, 2020

Why I Stopped Wearing Fitness Trackers During the Pandemic

There was a time, not too long ago, when I was a double-fisting fitness tracker kind of girl: Apple Watch on the right hand, FitBit on the left. It's not that I monitor my steps and calorie count that closely. I just liked getting the happy notification that I'd hit my step goal,...

Try These Resistance Band Moves If You Don’t Have Dumbbells

Young Asian sports woman exercising with a resistance band outdoors, with urban city skyline as background
Resistance bands are great for home workouts because they're easy to store and travel with, and can be used at all levels of fitness. Plus, they can be used instead of tools you may not have access to at home, like dumbbells. ACSM-certified personal trainer John Ford agrees: "The main reason I love ...

Live Workouts on POPSUGAR Fitness’s Instagram, Week of 6/29

Ready for a new workout? Good news: we have four of them coming your way this week as we keep our Instagram Live workouts on @popsugarfitness going. Tune in for no-equipment cardio and low-impact strength sessions, plus a donation-based boxing workout led by Deja Riley to benefit the American Civil Liberties Union. And...

Menstrual Cup vs. Menstrual Disc: Why I’ll Keep Using a Disc

After two pregnancies and realising I needed to join the super absorbency tampon club, I went to pick up a box and saw a few brands of menstrual cups on the shelves. They were affordable and good for the planet, and since I was recycling and using reusable glass containers for my lunches...

Symptoms of Tight, Overactive Pelvic Floor Muscles

A young woman experiencing pelvic discomfort, she is grimacing in pain.
When people think of pelvic-floor muscles, it's usually in the context of pregnancy (or post-pregnancy), urinary incontinence, and the well-known pelvic-floor exercise kegels. But, believe it or not, the pelvic floor has a very important job for all genders, regardless of whether you've given birth before. "The pelvic floor is a thin, bowl-shaped...

Best Strength-Training Exercises For Beginners

Starting anything new can be both exciting and confusing, especially when it comes to fitness. If you've just gotten into strength training and have no idea where to begin, we've got you covered. Before you start doing more intense movements like box jumps and burpees, you've got to learn the basic movement patterns,...

When to Watch Athlete A, Netflix’s Gymnastics Documentary

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 01:  Margaret Nichols of United Staes reacts during day ten of The World Artistic Gymnastics Championships at The SSE Hydro on November 01, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)
2020 has been a banner year for sports documentaries, from the giddy drama of Cheer to the nostalgia of The Last Dance — but Netflix's latest offering will strike a very different tone, detailing the investigations into sexual abuse allegations against former team doctor Larry Nassar and the failures of USA Gymnastics to...

Toilet Flushes Could Lead to Coronavirus Spread, Study Says

During the coronavirus pandemic, everyday activities have become sources of anxiety, from travelling on public transportation to eating in a restaurant to touching your face. Now, new research suggests that an action as unavoidable as flushing a toilet might be yet another way for the virus to spread. When you flush a toilet, a...

How to Relieve Muscle Soreness After Squats

I was only 30 seconds into my lower body workout, but I already knew my legs would feel like jello the next day — my virtual instructor had just announced that every single circuit featured a squat variation. Standard squats, air squats, goblet squats, squat thrusts — they all made the list! As...

Is Shortness of Breath a Symptom of Anxiety?

Of all the physical symptoms of anxiety, shortness of breath might be one of the most frightening. Your chest gets heavy and tight, you feel like you can't suck in enough air, and you might even get dizzy or lightheaded. And feeling like you can't breathe can make you feel even more anxious,...
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