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Previously considered a tasty treat, the muffin top is now one of the most dreaded aspects of the body and women want them gone asap. Unfortunately, crunches aren’t working for you but this is mainly because the muffin top is primarily fat but muscles such as the abs, glutes and lower back are attached underneath, making crunches ineffective in getting rid of them. However, working all of these muscles can help cinch your waistline and shrink that muffin top. The following are some hardcore exercises that will kill that muffin top, left and right. 1. Dumbbell squat to shoulder press rotation Holding a pair of dumbbells with each hand by your side, bend into a squat as if you’re sitting on a chair. Push your hips back and keep your abs tight and back straight. When you’re returning to standing position, push the dumbbells overhead while twisting your torso to the right. You should feel your obliques working. Make this one seamless movement by lowering the dumbbells and going back to squat position. Repeat with left side. Perform 6 reps on each side. 2. Lunge to overhead press Hold dumbbells in each hand at shoulder height and get into a lunge position. Bend your right knee to a right angle in front of your body, making sure your knee does not go beyond the plane of your toes. Keep the left leg extended behind you with the left knee slightly bent. Keep your neck and beck neutral. As you return to standing position, tighten your core and press the dumbbells overhead. Bend your knees again to return to lunging position and lower the dumbbells to shoulder height. Perform 6 reps on one side and repeat on the other side. To make this exercise more challenging, perform walking lunges while keeping other movements the same. 3. Weighted Russian twist This is definitely one of our favorites when it comes to killing the obliques. Sit on a mat with knees slightly bend and heels on the floor. Hold a heavy weight (5 to 10 pound) dumbbell, kettlebell or medicine ball in front of your chest and lean back, engaging your abs. The lower you lean back, the harder this exercise will be. Twist right and touch the weight to the floor and then twist left, touching the weight to the floor again. This is one rep. Perform 15 to 20 reps. 4. Scorpion twist Lie face down with your legs extended, your arms out and your palms touching the mat. Swing your right foot back bending the knee over your body and placing your foot as close as possible to your left hand. This should be one big motion done smoothly. Return to start and repeat on the other side. Perform 10 reps per side. ...
Who doesn’t love Cold or Hot salad bowls? And who doesn’t love pesto pasta Salad Recipe? We are sure you guys can’t get enough of this simple dinner idea. Brown-rice, gluten-free brand of pasta is used here for that little extra healthier punch plus it cooks fast whilst the chicken is sautéing. The first time this recipe was put to action, it stole the limelight at a dinner party like a boss. The chicken adds up beautifully to the flavors making it a tummy filling dish. You can use a homemade pesto for that added punch of freshness but it will add up a little extra minutes to the cook time. Trust us, this bowl of chicken pasta will make your family very happy at that dinner table. Serve it cold as a pasta salad or as a hot delicious entree! Ingredients 16 oz package pasta (gluten free) 1 tsp olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced 1 sliced onion Salt & pepper to taste 1/3 cup diced tomatoes 1/2 cup pesto sauce Arugula leaves (Optional) Method 1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. 2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic until tender, then stir in chicken. Season with salt & black pepper. Cook until chicken is golden, and cooked through. 3. In a large bowl, combine pasta, chicken, tomatoes, onion, arugula leaves and pesto. Toss to coat evenly. Nutritional Info Serves 8 Nutritional value per serve: Calories 326 Kcal, Fat 10 g, Carbs 40 g, Protein 17 g Checkout more than 500 healthy recipes in Mevo app now. Download from iOS Appstore / Google Playstore. ...
Your calf is found on the lower half of your leg and is an important muscle for maintaining balance, supporting strength, and protecting you from injury. The calf surrounds your Achilles tendon, so all athletes, especially runners, should be sure to strengthen and stretch their calves. The calf muscles are actually two muscles working together. The gastrocnemius is the larger, rounder muscle at the top of the calf, while the soleus is the long muscle running horizontally up and down the lower leg. Here are three exercises that are perfect for targeting both of these calf muscles. 1. Standing Calf Raise This is the standard exercise for targeting the calf muscle. Stand close to a wall so that you can reach out for balance. Keep your knees loose and not locked. Bring your weight onto the balls of your feet, tuck your hips slightly and engage your core. Slowly, with purpose, rise up onto the balls of your feet, squeezing your calf muscles. Pause at the top. Slowly lower back down to the ground. Repeat this ten to twenty times. If this feels too easy, there are two variations that will increase intensity. First, try standing on a step or a bench, with the balls of your feet firmly on the surface, but your heels hanging off. Sink your heels down as low as you can go, then rise up onto your toes. This increases the range of motion, making the calf muscle work harder. Secondly, add a dumbbell into the exercise. Holding onto a weight while you practice the calf raises will make the exercise more intense. 2. Single Leg Calf Raise This exercise is very similar to the standing calf raise, except on one leg! Stand close to a wall, tuck your hips and engage your abs. Keep your knees loose and not locked. Pick up one foot. You can hook this foot behind the other leg, or simply hold it floating in the air. Slowly, rise up onto the ball of your standing foot, squeezing your calf at the top, then lower back down. Repeat this exercise ten to twenty times on each leg. The same variations for the standing calf raise apply to this exercise as well. Consider practicing it on a step, or add a weighted dumbbell. As with all exercises, be sure to maintain good form throughout. If your form is poor, adjust the exercise to make it easier for your body. 3. Hiking, Walking, or Climbing Stairs These are three similar exercises that will all be very beneficial for your calves. Climbing up hills and stairs requires a lot of exertion on the part of your calf muscles. If you are lucky enough to live near some mountains, get outside and hit the trails! If you don’t have a mountain nearby, head to a nearby staircase, or go to your gym and hop on the Stairmaster. Alternatively, you can walk on a treadmill that is set to have a steep incline. All of these exercises will engage your calves and help you build strength. STRENGTHENING & TONING CALVES IS EASY Because they are part of your legs, calf muscles are very easy to target. Yet they are so often ignored during weight lifting routines. If you want to protect yourself from injury and increase your overall strength, consider adding these calf exercises into your weekly routine. You’ll notice differences in no time! Download Mevo app now from – App Store – https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/mevo-weight-loss-fitness/id1082646969?mt=8 Play Store – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mevolife.mevo&hl=en ...
I’m a hard core DESSERT LOVER and only I know how hard it is not to indulge in the sweetness of desserts literally every day. This summer, I made a lot of desserts at home as this way I could have easily controlled the sugar quantity and also omit various kinds of preservatives that the market available packaged dessert options contain. Fruits are very essential in my life and whenever I feel I need that sweet fix, I make some very easy yet delicious fruit sorbets at home. You would only need your favorite fruit, some sugar ( very less quantity, as the fruit already contains the natural sweetness in it), some lime juice and food coloring to make this one. Try GUAVA SORBET tonight and surprise you loved ones. Ingredients 2 cups ripe chopped guavas 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 tsp lime juice a few drops of strawberry red fruit color Method 1. Combine the guavas, sugar and 1 cup of water in a pan and bring to a boil. 2. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes till the guavas soften and the sugar syrup is of one string consistency. 3. Cool slightly and blend in a liquidizer. 4. Strain through a sieve and add the lemon juice and red food color so that the mixture is pink in color. Mix well and cool completely. 5. Pour into a shallow container. Cover and freeze till it is firm. 6. Serve small scoops in long stemmed ice-cream glasses. Nutritional info Serves 2 Nutritional value per serve: Calories 250kcal, Fat 1g, Carbs 58g, Protein 1.5g Get more of such health and easy to make recipes in Mevo – Weight Loss & Fitness app. Available both on Android and iOS. ...
Listening to music when you hit a gym to improve your workout isn’t a new trend, but it is not really appreciated by the traditional runners who prefer the peace and focus that comes with an earbud-free run. The question that arises is that does music negatively affects workout or does it actually boosts the performance? To find out the answer to this question, we poured through the results of multiple studies that have been conducted in this regard. The final conclusion of these studies was that music actually boosts the workout endurance. Let’s have a deeper look at the contribution of music in a fruitful workout- 1. A good rhythm can elevate your mood Ever wondered why the perfect song could make your tough workout, easy & interesting? An August 2013 analysis found that people often listen to music as a way to find self-awareness and change moods. No matter what happened an hour ago, you could use your playlist to help you escape negativity & power up your workout. 2. Music triggers “want to move” mode It has been proven scientifically that music possesses “high-groove” qualities, which is the main trigger for an effective workout. As soon as, you play the rhythm the brain gets excited and induces physical movement & boosts up the workout performance even without your consent. 3. Music motivates you to go longer Need to get through a tough interval session? Your playlist should do the trick! Journal of Sports and Exercise Psychology recently published a study, which explicated that listening to rock, and pop music while doing cardio workouts increases exercise endurance by 15 %, and also results in a more enjoyable exercise experience! 4. It helps you stay off the couch The results of a study explicated in Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research highlighted that athletes who listen to motivational music after a workout session stayed more active, and reported a lower exertion level than those who didn’t. 5. A good rhythm can help you keep up the pace The rhythm of the workout music stimulates the motor area of the brain as to when to move, thereby aiding self-paced exercises such as running or weight lifting. Effective responding to these time signals helps in an efficient use of energy levels, as keeping a steady pace is easier than a fluctuating one! 6. It is a good type of distraction Working out with music helps in lowering the distraction caused by exertion, which can benefit the overall performance by up to 15%. Basically, this implicates that your playlist has the ability to distract you & no matter how much you’re dreading that workout, you’ll go through it! All these facts have made it very clear that music and exercise make a good team to boost up workout performances! This discussion can be very well concluded with a statement by Costas Karageorghis, Ph.D., from London’s Brunel University School of Sport and Education, “Music is like is a legal drug for athletes.” So plug in your ear pods and get ready for a great workout session now! ...
Detox teas aren’t new in the market. Celebrities such as Giuliana Rancic are popular for using tea diets to shed several pounds within a set period. Kendall Jenner recently claimed that she got her body runway ready by drinking as many as 12 cups of a lemon grass and green tea a day. By now, it’s well-established that any trend involving detoxing with just a fancy beverage is unsustainable for a long period. Chances are that surviving on tea for more than a day will leave you fatigued, irritable and incapable of performing any active tasks. However, a teatox or a tea detox that is designed to supplement an existing, healthy diet can actually benefit you massively, without taking a toll on your energy levels. WHY TEA? Unlike any other drink, the health benefits of tea cover all territories. One 2013 study showed that tea can help lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, while lowering blood pressure, improving cognitive health and mood and keeping your energy levels up all day along. Since traditional teas like green and black tea contain lower caffeine levels than coffee, they do not cause any energy crashes. In fact, some studies show that teas such as green tea could help you lose weight, possibility because of their caffeine content and its ability to boost metabolism. DETOX TEAS Green, black and white tea are amazing on their own, but you can boost benefits using a tea blend or detox tea with other added ingredients, such as: 1. Ginger 2. Garlic 3. Red clover 4. Milk thistle 5. Lemongrass 6. Peppermint 7. Fenugreek 8. Fennel 9. Dandelion 10. Chamomile 11. Cilantro 12. Cayenne Such ingredients contain properties that help support the liver – a major organ involved in the natural detoxification process of your body. Ingredients such as ginger can help ease oxidative stress in the liver and improve its detoxification ability. LOOK OUT FOR THIS INGREDIENT One common ingredient found in detox teas you should keep an eye out for is a herbal laxative called senna. As a part of the detoxification process, senna helps cleanse the intestines, but taking too much or consuming it for too long is linked to a few side effects. These include electrolyte imbalance, diarrhea, dehydration and vomiting. We recommended consuming teas without any senna or laxatives, but if you still want to have it, consume it for a few nights only to prevent any harmful effects. HOW TO DETOX WITH TEA Experts suggest drinking tea when you wake up and before you go to bed, as it can help your system rev up in the morning and calm down in the night. Be strategic about the drinks you choose and avoid any tea with caffeine (green tea, black tea etc.) in the night as it may interfere with your sleep. If you love tea, you may drink several cups a day. A word of warning, if you’re sensitive to caffeine, you may be able to handle five to seven cups without any issues. THE MOST IMPORTANT PART… Is not your tea blend but what you have on your plate. A tea can be treated as a supplement for detoxification but consuming a diet filled with processed food, sugar and trans fat will make your teatox ineffective. In order to get the most out of your tea detox, be sure to consume plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy sources of protein and good fats. Download Mevo app now from Google Playstore/App Store to get amazing healthy quinoa recipes which will keep you motivated to accomplish the weight loss goals faster and live a healthy life. Sign Up on Android or Iphone. ...
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