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This 10-Minute Core Workout Will Make You Feel Confident As Hell

By now you know that a strong core (the muscles that surround and support your spine) is essential to mastering nearly every exercise. But did you also know that core strength holds the key to killer confidence too? For proof, check out this quick 10-minute core workout. 

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The do-anywhere routine targets your core muscles from every angle, which will cinch in your waist like a corset and help you stand taller, sit straighter, and walk prouder thanks to extra support for your low back and spine. Which is to say: You’ll be strutting into rooms like a boss in no time. This workout is the perfect finisher to your go-to cardio routine or a great option for busy days when you can’t make it to the gym. Plus, there’s a bonus AMRAP at the end to test your total-body strength and track your progress, so be sure to bookmark or pin this one. Getting in any movement—even if it’s just 10 minutes—makes you feel accomplished and proud, so press play to get started. 

To recap: You don’t need any equipment for this workout. An exercise mat is optional. 

Workout:
Plank Crawl
Superman Series
Side Plank Thread the Needle (R/L)
Reverse Plank (With Leg Raise)
Circle Crunch
Turtle
Inchworm (With Push-Up Progression)
Bear
Bonus AMRAP

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Wine Lovers: Can You Make It Through This Post Without Spending $50?

Wine is one of those rare things that has the power to make pretty much every situation better. Having a bad day? Pour yourself a glass. Having a good day? Pour yourself a glass. Most wine drinkers appear to fall into one of two camps: the fair-weather fans and the fanatics. If you’re a part of the latter group (guilty!), we’ve rounded up a list of 19 products you need in your life:

JK This Is Totally Wine Mug 1. JK, This Is Totally Wine Mug

Not all vices are created equal. Exhibit A: It’s not exactly socially acceptable to walk around the office with a glass of pinot. But no one bats an eye when you’re on your third cup of coffee. Keep your coworkers on their toes by sporting this mug. “It’s 10 a.m., there can’t really be wine in there,” your coworkers say with a laugh. Wanna bet?

($ 14.95; zazzle.com)

SipCaddy 2. SipCaddy Bath and Shower Cup Holder

A short list of things we were introduced to in college: all-nighters, ultimate frisbee, and shower beers. Since we’re adults now, it’s time to class up that last one. Introducing shower wine. Fill up your glass, place it comfortably in the SipCaddy, and take sips in-between sudsing. If you really want to indulge, use the cupholder while taking a bath. After all, vino will always do more to relax you than bubble bath. 

($ 13.95; amazon.com)

I Solemnly Swear I Am Up to No Good 3. I Solemnly Swear I Am Up to No Good Wine Glass

Butterbeer is great, but nothing is as magical as a glass of wine. It’s enough to cast a spell on you. OK, enough bad wizarding puns—even without them, these wine glasses are a Harry Potter fan’s dream come true. 

($ 13.99; integritybottles.com)

Wine Condoms 4. Wine Condoms 

For those *rare* times when you don’t finish a bottle in one sitting, you need to figure out how you’re going to keep the leftover wine from spoiling or spilling. We’ve had so-so luck with wine stoppers, so we like the look of wine condoms. The tight seal means you can lay a bottle on its side in your fridge and not worry about any of it dripping onto the shelf. Plus, just like regular condoms, you can keep one in your pocket at all times so you’re ready when the moment strikes. 

($ 13.97, set of 6; amazon.com)

BellaVita Portovino 5. BellaVita Portovino

OK, at first we thought this Franzia with handles was a hilarious (and slightly pricey) gag gift. But there are lots of situations where stealthily carrying around wine would be a major plus. Sitting through a boring movie? Visiting those relatives who look down on drinking before noon? All fair game. 

($ 74.95; bellavitabags.com

Oenophilia Neoprene Stemstrap 6. Oenophilia Neoprene Stemstrap

Don’t let the fancy name fool you: This is a glorified wine necklace. The lanyard and rubber lining hold your glass snugly in place so you can use your hands for other things—like eating, gesturing wildly, or filling up another glass of wine. 

($ 7.99; amazon.com)

Hakuna Moscato T-Shirt 7. Hakuna Moscato Tank 

Some people wear their hearts on their sleeve. We wear ours on a graphic t-shirt. Different strokes for different folks, right? Wine and Disney films are our two true loves—and they also happen to be our Friday night plans. 

($ 21.99; lookhuman.com)

Yes Way Rose Beanie 8. Yes Way Rosé Beanie 

Sommeliers will tell you rosé is a summer beverage—and probably scoff at the fact that you consider drinking pink at all. But who are they to tell you how to live your life? Celebrate rosé all winter long—when sunshine and balmy temps are a distant memory—with this adorable and super-warm beanie.

($ 40; yeswayrose.com)

Wine Wipes 9. Wine Wipes 

Few things hit the spot like a full-bodied red wine after a long day. (Look at us trying to sound like we don’t walk into the liquor store and say, “Your cheapest bottle, please.”) The not-so-fun part of drinking red wine? It stains your teeth. Unless, of course, you have Wine Wipes. They’re mini stain removers that come in a compact mirror so you can make sure your pearly whites are, well, pearly white wherever you are. 

($ 7.62, pack of 15 wipes; amazon.com)

Tony Moly Red Wine Mask 10. Tony Moly Red Wine Mask

If you’re using a sheet mask and you don’t have a wine in hand, are you doing it right? Actually, it doesn’t matter. This Tony Moly mask, infused with red wine extract, takes boozy self-care to a whole new level. The manufacturer claims that wine extract “reduces the appearance of enlarged pores while tightening and purifying skin.” We’re not so sure we buy that, but it left us feeling (and smelling) good. 

($ 3.75; ulta.com)

Igloo Daytripper Insulated Backpack 11. Igloo Daytripper Insulated Backpack

Picnics seem so romantic, but the only one we’ve been on turned into a disaster. We opened our tote bag and found the wine had crushed the crackers and dented the cheese. Oh, and of course, we forgot a corkscrew. Tears followed. We’d actually consider picnicking again with the Igloo Daytripper Insulated Backpack. It has separate pouches for drinks and food (plus plenty of padding to stop the bottles from clinking) and comes equipped with knives, a cheese board, and a bottle opener. What more could you ask for?

($ 79.99; amazon.com)

Wine Bottle Lights 12. Wine Bottle Lights

We’re going to take a wild guess and say you’ve got a bunch of empty wine bottles lying around (no judgment). You’re keeping ’em for all those DIY projects (wine bottle candles, wine bottle vases, etc.) you’ll probably never do. So maybe save time and opt for the do-it-mostly-yourself route. This strand of battery-powered lights is designed specifically for wine bottles and tells the world, “Yes, I like to drink and watch HGTV.”

($ 8.99, set of 3; amazon.com)

Winosaur Tote 13. Winosaur Tote

Scientists can’t vouch for the accuracy of this illustration. For starters, it’s not clear that grapes existed during the Triassic period. Plus, could a T. rex—with its small hands—really hold a wine glass? (These are the questions that keep us up at night.) But the Winosaur Tote is also irresistibly cute, so go ahead and snag one. Wine not, right? 

($ 18; society6.com)

Primavera Wine Opener 14. Primavera Electric Wine Opener 

Confession time: We usually buy bottles with a screw top because we somehow made it to adulthood without learning how to properly use a corkscrew. It’s not that we can’t use one. It’s just that, like, half the time, we break the cork. But then we learned about electric wine openers exist to do all the hard work for you. This one from Primavera is a savior—no more cold sweat when someone asks, “Hey, can you open this bottle?”

($ 16.99; amazon.com)

Legless Pirate Corkscrew 15. Legless Pirate Corkscrew 

For those of you who have mastered the art of using a corkscrew, check out this pirate-themed one. The design is hilarious—the pirate has a bandana, beard, eye patch, earring, and a parrot on his shoulder—and it’s functional. Well, at least that’s what our friends who can use a corkscrew tell us. Oh, and once you get the cork out, it looks like the pirate has a peg leg. The designers behind the Legless Pirate Corkscrew are geniuses. 

($ 15; amazon.com)

Vacu Vin Rapid Ice Wine Cooler 16. Vacu Vin Rapid Ice Wine Cooler 

We love a crisp sauvignon blanc or a dry pinot grigio on a hot day. But it’s only refreshing (and drinkable) if the white wine is chilled. Seems easy enough, but we’re terrible at planning ahead. Since ice cubes dilute wine and ruin the whole experience, we’ve become fans of the Vacu Vin. It’s a specially designed ice pack that chills bottles in five minutes. We keep one in the freezer at all times in case of emergency. 

($ 9.56; amazon.com)

The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert 17. The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert

Supposedly half the sensory experience of drinking wine comes down to smell. But what are we supposed to be smelling? Fruity and woody notes? What does that even mean?! We were lost before we got our hands on this incredible scratch-and-sniff book. Author Richard Betts is a master sommelier, but not the pinkies-up kind. He explains the basics in a way everyone can understand.  

($ 8.68; amazon.com)

Lockey USA Combo-Cork Bottle Lock 18. Lockey USA Combo-Cork Bottle Lock

Some wine is for sharing, but most isn’t. For all those bottles that fall into the latter category, you need this lock. It’s basically a bottle stopper with combination lock on top so you can keep your precious vino away from moochers. 

($ 19.88; amazon.com)

Meow Wine Glasses 19. Meow Stemless Wine Glass 

Not sick of puns yet? See if you feel that way after reading this: A glass of Malbec is the purr-fect end to a long day. And two glasses? That gets us feeling frisky. We’re paw-sitive all the cat lovers in your life will be fans of these stemless beauties. Makes you want to drink, doesn’t it?

($ 16, set of 2; urbanoutfitters.com)

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This Indoor Cycling Class Doubles As a Tour of Paris

The funny thing about indoor cycling is you pedal for an hour, but you don’t actually go anywhere. OK, if you go to SoulCycle, you might be spiritually transported, but you’re still in the same room.

What if your indoor cycling class could take you somewhere? Hop aboard the Paris Navigating Gym. The 45-seat boat travels down the Seine powered by all that pedaling, so it’s super green too. Carlo Ratti Associati, the firm that designed the floating gym, says it could be ready for riders in 18 months. Now you have another excuse to visit Paris.

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Trolls Relentlessly Body Shamed This Woman, but There’s a Happy Ending

Trolls on Twitter will probably never go away, but actress Zendaya’s response to a cruel meme is proof that haters never prosper. When she caught wind of a now-deleted body shaming meme, she clapped back with a super satisfying tweet.

Here's the meme:

Body shaming meme

And here's Zendaya's response:

But the story doesn't end there: Zendaya asked her followers to help track down the woman in the photo, so the actress could offer her a modeling contract for the clothing line Daya by Zendaya. And because the Internet is a magical place, Zendaya's followers found the woman, Ciera Davis, on Twitter. Davis said the offer was a dream come true:

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This Is What Post-Baby Bodies Really Look Like—Get Used to It

For whatever reason, we have this idea that the first few months after giving birth is all sunshine and giggling babies when, really, it’s not. That's why we love moms—like Alexandra Kilmurray—who give us a much-needed dose of reality by telling us what postpartum life is really like.

Kilmurray is unapologetically honest about the many struggles new moms face: the physical and mental changes, and the possibility of postpartum depression. In a moving Instagram post, she writes, "It took me 18 months to get here, 18 months to not cry when I look in the mirror, 18 months to finally feel beautiful in my own skin again!" Check out the full post below:

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Read This Before You Start Judging Big Girls at the Gym

In a doctor’s eyes, Katie Karlson is obese. She’s 5’9” and weighs more than 200 pounds. But those stats don’t tell you that she has worked out at least four days per week for the past six years or that she’s been a vegan for the past 10 months. By those standards, she’s healthier than most of us. But she knows many people see her and think anyone with her body type could never be healthy, let alone fit.

In a super-inspiring Instagram post, Karlson commiserates with all the other big girls (and guys) at the gym. The ones who were told they weren’t athletic when they turned the color of a ripe tomato while jogging in gym class. The ones who were taught to think of exercise as punishment—suggesting that in the process of nourishing themselves, they were doing something wrong.

Check out her wise words below—and see if she changes your mind about what healthy looks like:

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This Thanksgiving Use #BodyBeThankful to Share the Things You’re Grateful Your Body Can Do

The holidays are an easy time to go HAM on sweets, which almost always leads to self-loathing. Maybe you’re not happy with the way your belly jiggles or you’re frustrated your jeans don’t button so easily after Thanksgiving dinner.

The #BodyBeThankful campaign is here to remind us we should be grateful for the awesome stuff our bodies can do—and not get too worried about the way they look. Sara Haley, a fitness blogger, started the campaign to encourage people, especially fellow moms, to celebrate their bodies during the holidays. Here’s the post that kicked things off:

sarah haley Photo: Instagram/@sarahaleyfit

Participating is easy: Upload a photo of yourself, use the hashtag #BodyBeThankful, and talk about one thing you’re proud your body can do. It doesn’t matter if it’s doing squats at the gym, getting out of bed, or carrying laundry—everything counts. Here’s some inspiration:

#BodyBeThankful Photo: Instagram/@willpower.silk

body be thankful Photo: Instagram/@mikekarpenko body be thankful Photo: Instagram/@caracappel body be thankful Photo: Instagram/@the_mama_sagas

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Premature Ejaculation Isn’t a Joke—and Neither Is This App That Gives Guys a Helping Hand

Finishing too soon is a more serious problem than you probably think. Studies estimate that it affects nearly one in three men. It can be embarassing and confusing, but the good news is with a little training, guys can see major improvements.

That’s where Pea, the premature ejaculation app, comes in. So, what does this app actually do? “Just think of it like training for a race,” Brennen Belich, the app’s founder (who struggled with the issue himself), said on Product Hunt. “If you want to be able to run for 30 minutes straight, you wouldn’t train by sprinting for two minutes, getting tired, and giving up.” In other words, those solo sessions aren’t doing you any good if they’re speedy.

The app (currently available for iOS devices) teaches men to add foreplay when masturbating and even comes with a timer to help with endurance. Sure, some of this sounds silly, but it’s important to discover what brings you pleasure while also meeting your partner’s needs too.

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This Woman Is Owning (and Wearing) Every Word Someone’s Said About Her Body

When it comes to our bodies, it seems like everyone has something to say. Even when those remarks are “positive,” they can make us feel like crap— especially since we aren’t asking people for their constant judgment. Plus when the comments are negative, they can lead to a lifelong body-image struggle. That’s why Jojo Oldham, a designer from the U.K., decided to do something about all the things people have said about her body over the years.

She took all the phrases—the good, the bad, and the ugly—and painted them onto a white dress. By wearing and owning them, not only does she looks like a total badass, but she also proves that we are way more then what what people say about our bodies:

Photo: Lucy Ridges You’ll notice that there are both nice (“stunning”) and nasty (“porky”) remarks, and that’s part of what makes it so powerful.

jojo oldham dress Photo: Lucy Ridges jojo oldham dress Photo: Lucy Ridges As she explains on her blog, Oldham didn’t make this dress for your pity or to show off the more positive comments. Instead, she’s trying to celebrate the newfound love she has for her body and hopes to inspire others to do the same:

“I’ve reached a point in my life where I finally feel at peace with my body. I still long to be in just one photo wearing a sleeveless top where my upper arms don’t look like giant hams. Or to find a pair of denim shorts that my thighs don’t bulge out of like sausage meat making a desperate escape from the confines of its casing. But I am very happy with my lot. I’m healthy (cross fingers touch wood), strong, and have a body that enables me to do all the things I love (dance, walk, wear tropical print jumpsuits, fling kettlebells around, and sit on my arse watching back to back episodes of The Walking Dead). So what if my upper arms continue waving long after my hand has stopped? Those same upper arms enable me to carry massive boxes all by myself, punch punchbags really hard, and wave my arms in the air like I just don’t care for a really long time.

I respect my body and I look after it. Occasionally I test its limits by trying to cram too much pizza or wine into it, or dancing a bit too enthusiastically, but on the whole we’re good. I’ve stopped treating exercise as a means of bullying my body into fitting into things it’s never going to fit into. Now I exercise in celebration of it, not in battle with it.”

jojo oldham dress Photo: Lucy Ridges Oldham also opens up about her own body-image struggles:

“The urge to delete unflattering photos of myself is overwhelming, even when they represent really happy moments which I never want to forget. I had an absolute blast at my wedding. I felt on top of the world and my husband and I loved every minute. But when I first looked at my photos, my stomach lurched. My eyes skipped past the smiling face, knockout dress and movie star hair and all I could see were chins and bellies. Everywhere. I had a go at myself for not sucking my tummy in more and not learning to smile in a more photogenic way when I’m ecstatically happy. Then I got over it. Turns out that when I’m having the best day ever my chins come out. All three of them. And frankly who can blame them. It was one heck of a party.”

jojo oldham dress Photo: Lucy Ridges Her message is one we can all get on board with— loving your body is not easy, but we all deserve to love the person we are right now:

“I’d rather be the me that isn’t afraid to go out or to eat the cheese or drink the wine or do the running man at wholly inappropriate times, than the me who’s half a stone lighter. And if that means I’m never going to find a pair of denim shorts I feel great in, and that my arms are probably always going to look like giant hams in photos, then I’m good with that. Because we should all be able to celebrate and love ourselves without fear of criticism from others, whatever shape or size we are.”

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Hate Trump or Clinton? This Website Uses That Anger to Help You Lose Weight

Setting goals is one thing, but actually sticking to them is, well… yeah. The aptly named website Trump Your Goals is here to help, whether you want to lose weight or run a 5K—albeit in a pretty messed up way.

Here’s how it works: Enter your goal, set the deadline, choose the amount of money you’ll pony up if you fall short, and answer the question: Who do you hate more, Trump or Clinton? If you don’t complete it, the site donates the cash to your least favorite presidential candidate.

Trump Your Goals Photo: Trump Your Goals

This all sounds pretty backward, and to be fair, there’s not much accountability here. You just have to say you completed your goal—and we know how easy that is.

Science does back up the so-called anti-charity form of motivation. Studies have shown people are more driven by the possibility of a punishment than a reward. There’s also research that supports attaching money to your goals and making them public.

But there are plenty of ways to stick to your goals that don’t involve inadvertently supporting a cause you’re fundamentally against. Apps such as Commit and Strides can keep you on track, or if you’re really the type that needs to put your money where you mouth is, tell a friend you’ll buy them a drink if you fall short. Because life does get in the way, and it’s not worth compromising your values.

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