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5 Unique Ways to Look and Feel Taller and Thinner.

Here are 5 things you may not have thought about putting into daily practice, but doing so can provide a number of benefits. Not only are these good health habits to create, but they can also give you a slimming, confident appearance. This is important since your body affects your mind and your mind affects your body. So make sure to get started with these tips as soon as possible!

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Want a faster more effective workout? Then slow it down.

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Want a more effective workout? Picture this: You are sitting on an overhead press machine (image above), or holding two dumbbells and pressing the weight overhead over and over again with the intention of building muscle strength and definition to the shoulder girdle. The “typical” formula used in gyms is performing “3 sets of 15 repetitions (or reps)” of each exercise you do. There is a more effective workout! Read on:

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Questions for Melanie. Are you a Vegan, and how did you get your arms so toned?

After reposting the “trash the dress” photo shoot. I received a few similar questions from readers. I decided it was easiest to answer them in a post.

I’ve seen you write posts about being Vegan. How long have you been a vegan? Almost 20 years

Are you a strict vegan? Not by the most strict vegan standards. I wear leather, I eat honey, bee pollen, royal jelly etc. The only dairy I product I consume at home is raw butter sometimes. I eat as vegan as possible out at restaurants, but with a relaxed approach. I am sure I have consumed some chicken stock or hidden dairy over the years, especially when it comes to birthday cake!

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Have you used a Fit Ball or Stability Ball before? We are sharing some great ways to use it!

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No excuses here! Whether the weather is cruddy, you are crunched for time, or a true multi-tasker at heart, using a fit ball/stability ball at home is awesome. Even if you don’t use it to work out, having it as an alternative office chair is such a healthy idea! Just sitting on it while you work will align the spine, work your balance, and force the core to engage.

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Need some kick-butt workout ideas for the New Year? Dare you try something new?

Our latest guest feature on Fab Over Forty challenges you to Try Something New! There are so many possibilities when it comes to exercise, sometimes we get stuck in a rut and don’t like to step outside of our comfort zone. If you need to, grab a friend like we did, and explore some unique possibilities.

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Fitness Tip Inspiration From Ballet

Ballet at your desk? Whether you are sitting at your desk or driving in your car, take opportunities to work your core and check your posture.

Pull your belly-button to your spine, lift the chest, and place your chin level with the floor. Hold this as long as possible and do it as often as you remember.

By pulling that “pouch” in and flattening the transverse abdominal muscles you will help to train them to stay that way!

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Do you want to work out with a partner? Then check out the posts we did for the blog: Fab Over 40!

Head to the fabulous blog – Fab Over 40and check out the two guest posts we did this week! The first one is about about the benefits you may mot normally realize of working out with a partner: 9 Unique Benefits of Working Out with a Partner. And the other one: Exercises to Do with a Partner, gives you some fun exercises you can try with your partner.

Let us know what you think and if you try any of them!

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Guest Post: My Yoga Project. A guy’s journey into yoga class, the basic what, why and how.

For thousands of years Yoga has been practiced by many individuals interested it improving their health. With the many differences in Yoga classes and teachings, fitness minded individuals are discovering that Yoga offers something for everyone.

Yoga has a long history. Locations in the Indus Valley show stone carvings of Yoga poses dating back approximately 5000 years. Yoga was thought to be discovered in this country in the 1800’s but was widely known and accepted in the 1960’s due to the interest in eastern cultures.

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Wedding / Health Planner Version 1.0 For 2-3 months out. Resources for your to-do’s for healthy I-Do’s

Choosing accessories no matter what your style, don’t rule out natural stones, crystals, metals and gems. Go glam with crystals, high fashion with metals, and natural with stones. Each element can bring additional meaning and energy to your wedding. These themes can be carried over onto the bridesmaids and into your décor.

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Work those trouble spots! They will get toned with these moves.

No matter your age or fitness level, most women would agree on the “trouble spots” – buns, outer thighs, belly, and back of arms. We have outlined the top exercises for you to do to get after those areas! Do as often as possible for best results. Where do you find these you ask? Well……..

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Melanie & Nicole each share their own path to the yoga mat, and why they each plan on sticking with it.

One of our first fitness features was Intro to Yoga Feature on The Everygirl’s site. It inspired us to share with you our path to the yoga mat…..

Nicole’s Yoga Journey

I started my yoga journey when I was 18. I had just started college and joined a gym that offered classes. I started going with my friend and we would stay for the poses (asanas in Sanskrit) but leave right before the meditation (Shivasana). The teacher let me go and knew I would come around eventually. Yoga is a mind and body connection and the final meditation is just as important as the poses themselves.

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Don’t use your girls as an excuse. Run, Skip, Hop, Bound & Jump for joy. ENELL sports bra giveaway!

Congratulations to Mary Ann the winner of a free ENELL sports bra! Oprah called it a “bra with style and support”. Get the girls in check and looking good so you can focus on building core and back health while feeling great when you work out! No more excuses! Bring on the plyometric exercises!

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Check out our newest feature on The Everygirl – The 30 minute workout you can do anywhere!

Whether you live somewhere it is sunny and warm all year, or have to turn your workouts indoors due to rain, sleet, snow, or freezing cold, this a a great 30 minute workout to use anywhere! We are all about no excuses around here, so this is just another option for you when you need a quick and healthy workout.

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Looking for an Indoor Workout? Check out our 4th feature on The EveryGirl Blog using Ballet & Bands

You don’t have to leave the house, and you don’t need a lot of space. This is a great indoor workout incorporating two things you may not usually cross train with, basic ballet moves and resistance bands. These simple moves can pack a punch if done with attention and posture. You may wake up the next day surprisingly sore!

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Lower Body Workout for The Everygirl!

Melanie and Nicole had a blast working on this feature for The Everygirl! The focus was on 6 standing poses geared toward the lower body. These are easy and powerful poses to incorporate into your workout routine or use this as a base for your new yoga practice.

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