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Francia Raisa Says She ‘Couldn’t Move for 2 Months’ After Giving Selena Gomez Her Kidney

Francia Raisa Says She ‘Couldn’t Move for 2 Months’ After Giving Selena Gomez Her Kidney

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Francia Raisa went through a tough recovery process after she donated a kidney to Selena Gomez.


“It’s harder as the donor because we are losing something our body didn’t need to lose,” Raisa, 29, said during an upcoming appearance on Harry Connick Jr.’s daytime talk show Harry, according to Just Jared.


The Grown-ish actress added that watching her friend get “up and at it immediately” while she still had to go through months of recovery first was difficult.


I’m a very, very active person,” she said, explaining that it was hard when “my doctor said I couldn’t move for two months.”


“I couldn’t do anything active. All I could do was walk. That was very hard for me, and I have a dog,” she continued. “Every day the thing I look forward to is drinking my coffee, and walking, and I couldn’t do that. It was really, really hard.”



RELATED: Selena Gomez’s BFF Francia Raisa Reveals Why She Decided to Give Her a Kidney


Gomez shocked fans in September of last year when she announced that, due to lupus complications, she’d received a kidney transplant from her best friend Raisa over the summer.


Explaining why she made the decision to give her friend a kidney, Raisa told Today’s Savannah Guthrie, “One day she came home and she was emotional. I hadn’t asked anything. I knew she hadn’t been feeling well.”


“She couldn’t open a water bottle one day. She chucked it and she started crying. And I said, ‘What’s wrong?’ and that’s when she told me. And she goes, ‘I don’t know what to do. The list is seven to ten years long.’ ” she continued.


“It just vomited out of me: I was like, ‘Of course I’ll get tested,’ ” she added.



Raisa’s mother, Virginia Almendarez, spoke to Telemundo’s Al Rojo Vivo following the news, revealing that the pair had “been friends for many years.”


“They’re like sisters. I love her a lot, too. She loves me a lot. She says I’m her mom,” she continued, before adding that following the surgery, the longtime friends became closer than ever.


“The love between them has really grown. Selena is a great girl, and she also has a big heart, as does Francia. I’m very proud of both of them,” Almendarez said. “Francia has a huge heart because not anyone would just let go of one of their organs to give it to someone else.”


And after her recovery period was finally over in late September, Raisa shared a video of herself on Instagram lifting weights as she told fans how “happy” she was to be able to return to her active lifestyle.



“Happy to be back,” she captioned the video, during which her scar from the surgery that saved her friend’s life was visibly present.


Raisa’s full interview on Harry airs on Monday.


Source: Francia Raisa Says She ‘Couldn’t Move for 2 Months’ After Giving Selena Gomez Her Kidney

February 20, 20180 commentsRead More
The One Thing You Can Do to Feel More Confident About Your Body, According to Plus-Size Model Tabria Majors

The One Thing You Can Do to Feel More Confident About Your Body, According to Plus-Size Model Tabria Majors

You might remember Tabria Majors from her viral Instagram photos recreating Victoria’s Secret ads, which proved that plus-size models can sell (and look amazing in) lingerie, too. And while the body-positive influencer said she doubts she’ll be a Victoria’s Secret angel anytime soon, she’s now one of six #SISwimSearch finalists—vote for her here—hoping to earn a spot in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2019 rookie class.


RELATED: The 15 Best Body Positive Moments of 2017


Majors’ bold attitude and commitment to self-love makes her an inspiration for other women hoping to feel more confident in their skin. So when we had the chance to catch up with her in an Instagram Story interview, we jumped at the opportunity. Here, she opens up to Health about her favorite fitness moves, how she handles haters, and why it’s so important to make body peace and start loving the way you look.


How does it feel to be included in SI Swim?


“It feels amazing to be in SI this year. I still can’t believe that I’m here. It’s been a long time coming and I’m so excited that everyone finally gets to see the issue.”


What do you love most about your body?


“What I love most about my body is that I’m really strong. If I had to choose a favorite part, it would probably be my legs. I think they really represent my strength and also my femininity as a woman.”


How do you work out your legs?


“As far as working out, burpees are my favorite. They’re really hard, but they’re a great total body workout.”




What are your go-to moves for working your core?


“To work my core, I really enjoy playing racquetball, but if you want to do just a movement, I love the leg-ups where you’re holding the bar and you’re bringing your legs up because it’s incredibly difficult.”


Why is it important to you to be sex-positive?


“I embrace my sexuality a lot as a woman. I think everybody should be able to express that freely. We shouldn’t hold back, we are humans, we are sexual beings, and that’s that.”


RELATED: Yes, There Are 11 Different Types of Orgasms. Here’s How to Have Each


What would you tell young women who don’t know how to communicate what they want when it comes to sex?


“Communication is key in any relationship and it will probably be one of the most difficult discussions you ever have with someone, but just communicate with them freely beforehand: your likes, your dislikes, what you’re comfortable with, not comfortable with. It’s important that you left them know what you’re comfortable with and not comfortable with so you can be on the same page moving forward.” 




 


What do you do to practice self care?


“For self care, I really enjoy meditating every morning and every night. I begin my day like that, I end my day like that. I think it just provides a nice space of mental clarity.”


How did you get into meditation? 


“For me meditation has been very difficult over the past year, but I just started out doing five seconds every morning and every night, and I just work my way up gradually. I’m at one minute now.”


RELATED: How to Add Self Care to Your Workout Routine


How do you deal with criticism?


“I used to feed into the negative comments I received, but I find it’s best to just ignore it. These people don’t know me, they’re just judging me from a photo, and they’re projecting their insecurities onto me.”


What advice do you have for anyone struggling with body image?


“If you’re struggling with your body image, I just encourage you to find one thing that you like about yourself and just focus on that. If there’s something you want to change, feel free to change it—change is good! And if you want to remain the same, that’s good too.”


Source: The One Thing You Can Do to Feel More Confident About Your Body, According to Plus-Size Model Tabria Majors

February 16, 20180 commentsRead More
The Internet Is Living for This French Figure Skating Pair's Heavy Metal Performance

The Internet Is Living for This French Figure Skating Pair's Heavy Metal Performance

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Olympic pairs skating just got so hardcore and the internet is here for it.


France’s Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres performed to the metal band Disturbed’s take on Simon and Garfunkel’s classic “Sound of Silence” at the free skating event and it elicited some truly excellent internet reactions.


The pair, who won the bronze medal at the 2017 European Championships, finished sixth place in the team event short program with a score of 75.34. It was enough to advance them to the medal round. But perhaps most importantly, the duo won over the internet with how they epitomized elegance to a surprisingly hard-hitting track.


It’s the go-to song for the pair, who have been skating together since 2010. They also used the song for their free skate last year. “It was our coaches who found it,” James told the Associated Press about the song. “They were like, ‘We really think it could be a hit.’”


This marks the first Olympics where competitors can skate to songs with lyrics. The use of popular music is helping viewers connect even more with what’s already one of the most popular sports of the Winter Games.


See the best reactions to the pair below.
































Listen for yourself below.




Don’t expect all pop hits at the rink in Pyeongchang. Fan favorites like France’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron plan to perform to “Moonlight Sonato.”Wint


Source: The Internet Is Living for This French Figure Skating Pair’s Heavy Metal Performance

Watch: 17-Year-Old American Vincent Zhou Lands First Quad Lutz in Olympic History

Watch: 17-Year-Old American Vincent Zhou Lands First Quad Lutz in Olympic History

What an Olympics it’s been for 17-year-old American athletes. 


Snowboarders Chloe Kim and Red Gerard took home gold in their events earlier this week. Now, teen figure skater Vincent Zhou has made Olympic history by landing a quadruple Lutz. 


Zhou is the first skater to ever land the jump at the Olympics. 




No skater has successfully landed a quad Axel in competition, making the Lutz the most difficult quad jump you’ll see at the Olympics


Fellow American Nathan Chen, who is just 18, also has a quad Lutz in his routine and landed two of them during his free skate at Skate America earlier this season.


Source: Watch: 17-Year-Old American Vincent Zhou Lands First Quad Lutz in Olympic History

The Surprising Secrets to Living Longer—And Better

The Surprising Secrets to Living Longer—And Better

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Old age demands to be taken very seriously–and it usually gets its way. It’s hard to be cavalier about a time of life defined by loss of vigor, increasing frailty, rising disease risk and falling cognitive faculties. Then there’s the unavoidable matter of the end of consciousness and the self–death, in other words–that’s drawing closer and closer. It’s the rare person who can confront the final decline with flippancy or ease. That, as it turns out, might be our first mistake.


Humans are not alone in facing the ultimate reckoning, but we’re the only species–as far as we know–who spends its whole life knowing death is coming. A clam dredged from the ocean off Iceland in 2006–and inadvertently killed by the scientists who discovered it–carried growth lines on its shell indicating it had been around since 1499. That was enough time for 185,055 generations of mayfly–which live as little as a day–to come and go. Neither clam nor fly gave a thought to that mortal math.


Humans fall somewhere between those two extremes. Globally, the average life span is 71.4 years; for a few lucky people, it may exceed 100 years. It has never, to science’s knowledge, exceeded the 122 years, 164 days lived by Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, who was born when Ulysses S. Grant was in the White House and died when Bill Clinton lived there.


Most of us would like a little bit of that Calment magic, and we’ve made at least some progress. Life expectancy in the U.S. exceeds the global average, clocking in at just under 79 years. In 1900, it was just over 47 years. The extra decades came courtesy of just the things you’d expect: vaccines, antibiotics, sanitation and improved detection and treatment of a range of diseases. Advances in genetics and in our understanding of dementia are helping to extend our factory warranties still further.


None of that, however, changes the way we contemplate the end of life–often with anxiety and asceticism, practicing a sort of existential bartering. We can narrow our experiences and give up indulgences in exchange for a more guardedly lived life that might run a little longer.


But what if we could take off some of that bubble wrap? What about living longer and actually having some fun? A Yale University study just this month found that in a group of 4,765 people with an average age of 72, those who carried a gene variant linked to dementia–but also had positive attitudes about aging–were 50% less likely to develop the disorder than people who carried the gene but faced aging with more pessimism or fear.


There may be something to be said then for aging less timidly–as a sort of happy contrarian, arguing when you feel like arguing, playing when you feel like playing. Maybe you want to pass up the quiet of the country for the churn of a city. Maybe you want to drink a little, eat a rich meal, have some sex.


“The most important advice we offer people about longevity is, ‘Throw away your lists,’” says Howard Friedman, professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, and co-author of The Longevity Project. “We live in a self-help society full of lists: ‘lose weight, hit the gym.’ So why aren’t we all healthy? People who live a long time can work hard and play hard.” Under the right circumstances, it increasingly seems, so could all of us.


Marie Ashdown, 90, has lived in New York City for nearly 60 years, in an apartment on the east side of Manhattan. New York has beaten down younger people than her, but Ashdown, executive director of the Musicians Emergency Fund, loves city life. “I have a fire in my belly,” she says. “There’s not one minute of the day that I don’t learn.”


As a classical-music connoisseur, Ashdown organizes two concerts a year at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. When she’s not working, she takes weekend trips outside of the city, and spends her free time binding old books. Like many New Yorkers several decades her junior, she often orders takeout rather than bother with cooking. “We have the best and worst here,” says Ashdown. “We learn to cope, live on the defensive and conquer fear.”


She’s hardly the only senior who loves city living. In the U.S., 80% of people ages 65 and older are now living in metropolitan areas, and according to the World Health Organization, by 2030, an estimated 60% of all people will live in cities–many of them over age 60. You may lose a little sidewalk speed and have to work harder to get up and down subway stairs, but cities increasingly rank high on both doctors’ and seniors’ lists of the best places to age gracefully.


Every year, the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging (CFA) ranks the best metropolitan places for successful aging, and most years, major cities sweep the top 10 spots. No wonder: cities tend to have strong health systems, opportunities for continued learning, widespread public transportation and an abundance of arts and culture. That’s not to say that people can’t feel isolated or lonely in cities, but you can get lonely in a country cottage too. In cities, the cure can be just outside your door.


“We all long to bump into each other,” says Paul Irving, the chairman of the Milken Institute CFA. “The ranges of places where this can happen in cities tend to create more options and opportunities.”


It’s that aspect–the other-people aspect–that may be the particularly challenging for some, especially as we age and families disperse. But there are answers: a 2017 study in the journal Personal Relationships found that it can be friends, not family, who matter most. The study looked at 270,000 people in nearly 100 countries and found that while both family and friends are associated with happiness and better health, as people aged, the health link remained only for people with strong friendships.


“[While] in a lot of ways, relationships with friends had a similar effect as those with family,” says William Chopik, assistant professor of psychology at Michigan State University and the author of the study, “in others, they surpassed them.”


If the primacy of family has been oversold as a key to long life, so has the importance of avoiding conflict or emotional upset. Shouting back at cable news is no way to spend your golden years, but passion, it’s turning out, may be more life-sustaining than apathy, engagement more than indifference.


In a study published by the American Aging Association, researchers analyzed data from the Georgia Centenarian Study, a survey of 285 people who were at least (or nearly) 100 years old, as well as 273 family members and other proxies who provided information about them. The investigators were looking at how the subjects scored on various personality traits, including conscientiousness, extraversion, hostility and neuroticism.


As a group, the centenarians tested lower on neuroticism and higher on competence and extraversion. Their proxies ranked them a bit higher on neuroticism, as well as on hostility. It’s impossible to draw a straight line between those strong personality traits and long life, but the authors saw a potential one, citing other studies showing that centenarians rank high on “moral righteousness,” which leads to robust temperaments that “may help centenarians adapt well to later life.”



At the same time that crankiness, judiciously deployed, can be adaptive, its polar opposite–cheerfulness and optimism–may be less so. Worried people are likelier to be vigilant people, alert to a troubling physical symptom or a loss of some faculty that overly optimistic people might dismiss. Friedman and his collaborator Leslie R. Martin, a professor of psychology at La Sierra University in Riverside, Calif., base their book on work begun in 1921 by Stanford University psychologist Lewis Terman, who recruited 1,500 boys and girls born around 1910 and proposed to follow them throughout their lifetimes and, when he died–which happened in 1956–to have successors continue the work. Friedman and Martin have been two of those successors, and they’ve learned a lot.


“Our research found that the more cheerful, outgoing children did not, for the most part, live any longer than their more introverted or serious classmates,” says Friedman. “Excessively happy people may ignore real threats and fail to take precautions or follow medical advice. It is O.K. to fret–if in a responsible manner.”


One tip for long life that is not coming in for quite so much revisionist thinking is exercise–and some seniors are achieving remarkable things. Take Ginette Bedard, 84, of Howard Beach, N.Y.


It was a drizzly morning last Nov. 5, but that didn’t stop Bedard from crossing the New York City Marathon finish line first in her age group. Bedard picked up running decades ago as a way to keep fit, but she didn’t run her first marathon until she was 69 years old. “I was watching the marathon runners on TV and I was so envious,” she says. “I was thinking, I cannot do that, they are all superhumans.”


So she decided to become one of them. She began training daily until she could run the full 26.2 miles, and she’s run nearly every New York City Marathon since. “It takes discipline and brainpower and dedication,” she says. “The running is hard, but the finish line is euphoria.” She now runs three hours every day along the beach.


Few physicians would recommend that all octogenarians pick up a three-hour-a-day running habit, but adding even a small amount of movement to daily life has been repeatedly shown to be beneficial, for a whole range of reasons. “Exercise likely works through several mechanisms,” says Dr. Thomas Gill, director of the Yale Program on Aging. “Increasing physical activity will improve endurance; it benefits muscle strength and balance and [reduces] occurrence of serious fall injuries. It also provides a benefit to psychology, by lifting spirits.”


Exactly how much–or how little–exercise it takes to begin paying dividends has been one of the happy surprises of longevity research. A 2016 study found that elderly people who exercised for just 15 minutes a day, at an intensity level of a brisk walk, had a 22% lower risk of early death compared to people who did no exercise. A 2017 study found that exercising even just two days a week can lower risk for premature death. Researchers from McMaster University in Canada even found that breaking a sweat for just 60 seconds may be enough to improve health and fitness (as long as it’s a tough workout).


Healthy eating is something else that may have a lot more wiggle room than we’ve assumed, and if there’s such a thing as a longevity diet, there may be more on the menu than seniors have been told. “I have my wine and ice cream,” says Bedard without apology. Similarly, 90-year-old Ashdown phones her takeout orders into Tal Bagels on First Avenue, not some trendy vegan joint.


“It really is an issue of moderation,” says Peter Martin, a professor of human development and family studies at Iowa State University, who runs an ongoing study of centenarians. Martin notes that while most centenarians eat different but generally healthy diets, one consistent thing he has picked up from work with his 100-plus crowd is breakfast. “They rarely skip breakfast,” he says. “It’s often at a very specific time, and the routine is important.”


Alcohol has its place too. An August 2017 study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that light to moderate alcohol use (14 or fewer drinks per week for men and seven or fewer for women) is associated with a lower risk of death compared to people who don’t drink at all. If you’re a nondrinker, that’s no reason to start, and if you drink only infrequently, it’s no reason to drink more. Still, among the more than 333,000 people in the study, light and moderate drinkers were 20% less likely to die from any cause during the study period compared with their completely abstemious peers.


There’s also an argument for letting go of diet obsessiveness, especially if you’re at a reasonably healthy weight already. A 2016 study found that women over age 50 who were categorized as normal weight, but reported fluctuating (dropping more than 10 lb. and gaining it back at least three times) were 3½ times more likely to experience sudden cardiac death than those whose weight stayed the same. The takeaway: simply stay in a healthy range; striving for a smaller size isn’t necessarily doing you any longevity favors.


Finally, as long as seniors are enjoying themselves with some indulgent food and drink, they may as well round out the good-times trifecta with a little sex. It’s no secret that remaining sexually active has been linked to life satisfaction and, in some cases, longer life. One celebrated study, published in the British Medical Journal in 1997, followed 918 men in a Welsh town for 10 years and found that those with a higher frequency of orgasm had a 50% reduced risk of mortality. Friedman and his colleagues, working with the Terman group, found something similar–though not quite as dramatic–for women. A 2016 study from Michigan State University was less sanguine, finding that older men who had sex once a week or more were almost twice as likely to suffer a cardiovascular event than men who had less sex; that was especially so if the more active men were satisfied with the sex, which often means they achieved orgasm. For older women, sex seemed to be protective against cardiovascular event.


The problem for the men was likely overexertion, but there are ways around that. “Older adults have to realize that it’s intimacy that’s important,” says Dr. Gary Kennedy, director of geriatric psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. “If the focus is on pleasure rather than achieving orgasm each time, it can be fulfilling.”


In this and other dimensions of aging, Kennedy cites pianist Vladimir Horowitz, who died at age 86 and was still performing into his 80s. Conceding the limitations of age, he left the most demanding pieces out of his performances; of those that remained, he would play the slower ones first, making the faster ones seem faster still by comparison. “He would optimize, not maximize,” says Kennedy.


There is an admitted bumper-sticker quality to dictum like that, but compared with the familiar age-related wisdom–take it slow, watch your diet, stay cheerful–it’s bracing. There are, Kennedy says, no truly healthy centenarians; you can’t put 100 points on the board without getting worn out and banged up along the way. But there are independent centenarians and happy centenarians and centenarians who have had a rollicking good ride. The same is true for people who will never reach the 100-year mark but make the very most of the time they do get. The end of life is a nonnegotiable thing. The quality and exact length of that life, however, is something we very much have the power to shape.


–With reporting by AMANDA MACMILLAN


Source: The Surprising Secrets to Living Longer—And Better

February 15, 20180 commentsRead More
Mirai Nagasu Set the Record Straight About the Alleged "USA Tattoo" on Her Thigh

Mirai Nagasu Set the Record Straight About the Alleged "USA Tattoo" on Her Thigh

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You would think that when Mirai Nagasu became the first American female figure skater to land the triple axel at the 2018 Olympic Games, that’s ALL anyone would talk about. Turns out that you can accomplish a feat of strength at the Olympics and people will still be like, “That’s great, but is that a gigantic tattoo on your thigh?”


During her routine, it appeared as if Mirai had “USA” tattooed down her thigh. While that would have been baller if it was the case, what you saw was just therapeutic tape. In fact, you can even buy your own Team USA KT Tape like Nagasu’s online, which is meant to relieve pain and provide support to sore muscles, joints, and tendons.


After Twitter worked itself into a frenzy over speculation that Nagasu had a giant thigh tat, Nagasu set the record straight by retweeting someone who explained that she’s just wearing tape.


“No, Mirai Nagasu does not have a huge tattoo on her inner thigh,” someone wrote on Twitter. “It’s therapeutic tape. Unless…She has a huge tattoo of therapeutic tape on her inner thigh???!!!”


Nagasu had a sense of humor about the whole thing and added: “Omg mindblown that I’ve been figured out.”




She also responded “just some tape” to another report about her “tattoo.”




So, sorry all-of-Twitter, but this…




…is not the badass tattoo you thought it was.




On the bright side, this entire debacle led us to Nagasu’s Twitter account, where we learned that she is clearly a woman after our own hearts.






She’s a Pitch Perfect fan who also wants to meet Leslie Jones? Same.


Source: Mirai Nagasu Set the Record Straight About the Alleged "USA Tattoo" on Her Thigh

February 14, 20180 commentsRead More
Get Stronger Abs in 30 Minutes With This At-Home Pilates Routine

Get Stronger Abs in 30 Minutes With This At-Home Pilates Routine

This 30-minute core strengthening workout from CLUB Pilates brings the reformer-based class right to your living room–at no cost.
Source: Get Stronger Abs in 30 Minutes With This At-Home Pilates Routine

Exactly How Many Calories You Could Burn Trying 6 Olympic Sports—Instead of Just Watching

Exactly How Many Calories You Could Burn Trying 6 Olympic Sports—Instead of Just Watching

And no, we’re not going to tell you to take up skeleton.
Source: Exactly How Many Calories You Could Burn Trying 6 Olympic Sports—Instead of Just Watching

February 13, 20180 commentsRead More
Get Stronger in 18 Minutes With This Full-Body Routine You Can Do at Home

Get Stronger in 18 Minutes With This Full-Body Routine You Can Do at Home

Watch this video for an 18-minute Sculpt Society workout that will ramp up your heart rate and deliver a total-body burn.
Source: Get Stronger in 18 Minutes With This Full-Body Routine You Can Do at Home

4 Oblique Exercises to Target Your Love Handles

4 Oblique Exercises to Target Your Love Handles

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This article originally appeared on DailyBurn.com. Check out the rest of the exercises trainers never do at Daily Burn.


When it comes to getting rid of love handles, you’ll want to skip the waist training trend. More often than not, whittling your middle comes down to better nutrition paired with ab exercises that target the obliques.


CeCe Marizu, Daily Burn 365 trainer, says, “It’s important to build up both your internal and external obliques because they create a force that builds strength to allow muscle to take over the fatty areas everyone calls their love handles.”


Sculpting your oblique muscles will not only give you a more defined midsection, it will also help stabilize your core and support your back. “Your external obliques will help your trunk rotate, while your internal obliques also help with rotation but on a deeper level,” Marizu explains. Here’s the perfect workout to keep your sides in check and build total-core strength.


RELATED: 50 Ab Exercises to Score a Stronger Core


Ab Exercises to Target Your Love Handles


What’s best about the oblique exercises below is that they target more than just your love handles. They strengthen your entire posterior chain, too. “Dynamic exercises, like spiderman push-ups and side planks with a reach through, help with your love handles by building muscle. A lot of times we can be neglectful of our side bodies,” Marizu says.


Perform each move for 30 seconds and then take a 30-second break for as many rounds as possible. Marizu recommends doing these exercises three to five days a week. “You don’t have to work long, but work smart,” Marizu says. That means putting a big emphasis on your diet. “Do your core work and show your love handles some love by eating right,” she says.


 Side Plank with Reach Through


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1. Side Planks with Reach Through


How to: Lie on your right side and place your right hand firmly on the ground. Engaging your core, prop yourself up into a side plank. Stack your left foot over your right, so your body is in a straight line (a). Extend your left arm towards the ceiling and then lower your arm in front of you and bring it under your right hip (b). Bring your left arm back above your head (c).


 Spiderman Crunch


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2. Spiderman Crunch


How to: Get into push-up position with your shoulders directly over your hands (a). Lift your right foot a few inches off the ground and bring your right knee towards your right elbow as you lower your body into a push-up. Be sure your hips don’t drop and your back doesn’t arch (b). Return your right foot back to the starting position as you push yourself back up (c). Repeat on the left side.


 The Saw


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3. The Saw


How to: Sit up on a mat with your legs extended in front of you. Spread them as wide as the mat (a). Form a “T” with your arms out to the sides and twist toward your right side, stretching your left hand towards your right foot. Pulse three times (b). Untwist yourself and return to center (c). Repeat on the left side. (For more Pilates ab exercises like this one, head here.)


RELATED: The Ab Moves You Aren’t Doing (But Should!)


 Crab Reach


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4. Crab Reach


How to: Sit with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground in front of you and your right hand firmly on the ground behind you. Keep your left arm bent by your side (a). Lift your butt off the floor while extending your left arm behind you, reaching for your right side as you come into a reverse tabletop (b). Return to the starting position and repeat on the left side (c).


 


Source: 4 Oblique Exercises to Target Your Love Handles