By now you know that the world of abs exercises and core work is so much bigger than #basic crunches. (But for the record, when done properly, crunches do have their rightful place in your workout.) No one knows this better than yogis, who constantly use their core to stabilize their body for inversions and holds that require super-strong abs.
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Want to instantly make your workout feel easier and more fun? Take it outdoors. While simply spending more time in the great outdoors provides many health benefits, a new study shows it can also help you work out longer and stronger.
Finding motivation to hit the gym in the peak of summer is hard, so we tapped the Tone It Up girls for some fun moves you can add to your routine with just a medicine ball or your own bodyweight—and a workout buddy. Because who better to give us some new partner moves than real-life best friends and trainers, Karena and Katrina? (Related: Try the Tone It Up Girls' Quickie Total-Body Strength Workout)
In this post, creative director at IAMPROUD and body-positive, self-love advocate Sophia Anderberg is reminding all of her 70K Instagram followers that we're all in the same boat together—even though every person and every body is very different. "Before you put yourself down for the weight you have not lost, the cellulite you have got on your butt or the bubblebumps you have on your thighs, look at us! The only reason we have a hard time loving our bodies is because of what society made a picture of that we will be happier if we lose weight or look in a certain way. If you have cellulite, or if you don't, if you weigh 55 kilos or 85, or more, or less, if you have dark hair or light hair, thighgap or no thighgap, WELCOME TO BE A SEXY HUMAN, regardless of your body size! Two girls in the picture, two different bodies, two different personalities, ONE LOVE for our own bodies! If we can, you can! You are perfect!"
Photo: @fiaanderberg Instagram
"BREAKING NEWS: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO LOSE WEIGHT TO BE WORTHY OF WEARING A BIKINI THIS SUMMER," wrote Megan Jayne Crabbe, body-pos activist and author of Body Positive Power, in this Instagram. "I used to spend every single summer starving and sweating to get the body on the left, telling myself that I was only allowed to be seen in swimwear once I'd hit that goal weight (and even once I did, it still wasn't enough). Not once did I ever hear the message that you don't have to shrink your body to deserve a summer in the sunshine.
Which is why I'm telling you now, so that you know the truth: you do not have to lose weight to be worthy of wearing a bikini... This year I didn't set a goal weight to hit before my holiday. And I didn't sit by the pool sucking my stomach in and worrying what everyone else thought about my body either. I just went. I laughed and played and ate and swam and wore every damn bikini I own without changing my body one bit. And guess what? It was so much better than all the self-hatred filled holidays that came before."
Photo: @bodyposipanda Instagram