The Ultimate One-Move, Five-Minute Workout.
If I had to do one move every day, it would be this one. This exercise (based on a classic “burpee,” but kicked up a notch or two) is great if you’re crunched for time and only have five minutes to spare, because it works the whole body. Get ready to get your heart rate up! You’ll shape the arms, abs, legs, and, in particular, target the fat around the midsection. Do it every day—if you’re up for it, that is.
Although we’ve broken the exercise into steps, one step should just flow into the next.
Are Cosmetics the Secret to Looking Younger?
There’s a lot of confusion about whether makeup makes us look older or younger, and often the conventional wisdom of makeup tends to contradict itself. For example: did you pile on the eyeshadow as a teenager, hoping not to get carded? Or, do you think that a woman of “a certain age” shouldn’t wear dark lipstick because it’s too harsh?
The answers to beauty’s greatest contradictions may lie in science. A new study suggests that there may be a more subtle cue to evaluating someone’s age: Facial contrast. Essentially, there may be scientific proof that cosmetics actually can help us look younger.
Psychology professor Richard Russell and CERIES (an independent research foundation established by Chanel in 1991) published a study in March of this year assessing 289 faces ranging from 20 to 70 years old. According to the study, redness of the lips, definition of the eye, and the luminance contrast between the brows and forehead are all subconscious cues for assessing a person’s age. They found that the color and depth of eyebrows, eyes, and lips contrasted less and less with the surrounding skin as age increased. In other words, as age increased, contrast decreased. And contrast, it turns out, is important in visually determining how we age.
Three Gentle Moves For a Stronger Back.
I can’t even count how many times a client has entered my studio and complained of back pain, whether from sitting too much or sleeping the wrong way. When this happens, one’s instinct is usually to stretch—and in many cases, that is absolutely the right answer. But I have also found these three simple strengthening moves to be really effective in gently supporting the back. This quick routine has helped even my weakest clients to build a stronger foundation to live their lives ache-free.
So if this sounds like you, take less than five minutes out of your day and work your way to a stronger, healthier back!