Strong Body Workout
Get Strong AND Sexy
Are you ready to transform your body? Get fit and toned with these helpful tips from fitness personality, author and body image consultant Jennifer Cohen.
Los Angeles-based fitness personality, author and body image consultant, Jennifer Cohen believes in taking a realistic approach to fitness. The author of No Gym Required: Unleash Your Inner Rock Star thinks that fitness doesn't necessarily involve going to the gym and doesn't involve a one-shape-fits-all result.
"I think one of the biggest misconceptions is that all fit people look alike. A big part of my philosophy is about helping people become the best version of themselves and set realistic goals for their body type. This sets them up for success and really evolves into a sustainable, healthy lifestyle," says Cohen.
With swimsuit season on the way, many folks are wondering what the best exercises for toning our beach bodies are.
Cohen suggests three moves that will help tone your body.
If you're feeling like you can't fit in a workout, Cohen says it's still possible, even with only 15 minutes each day. "HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, is a workout method where you exercise within 85 percent of your target heart rate for short periods at a time. It's one of the most time-efficient ways of working out," says Cohen.
Taming the belly pooch
Got belly? As many moms can tell you, pregnancy can leave a lasting pooch on the belly that seems like it will never go away. Good news, though! It can, with a little effort, says Cohen.
Start by making over your diet. "To work on the pooch, you'll want to cut out sugars and fill up on protein, vegetables, whole grains," she says, "and make sure you're getting your daily supply of vitamin c. Flat stomachs are 80 percent a healthy diet."
Exercise matters too, though. "Work in short bursts of exercise in your day to burn fat; HIIT is perfect for this. You'll also want to work on lowering your stress levels and getting enough sleep, though these are much easier said than done with a new baby," says Cohen.
Eating well isn't just important for women looking to tame their belly pooch, though; it's key for every healthy woman. "For a power breakfast I love steel-cut oatmeal with a handful of berries and a small scoop of Greek yogurt. After workouts I'll grab an Evolve protein shake so I can make sure I get the nutrients I need after a workout," says Cohen.
Evolve is a 110-calorie protein drink with 20 vitamins and minerals as well as 12 grams of protein and a good supply of fiber. Sweetened with stevia, monk fruit and cane sugar, it's lactose- and gluten-free.
As for no-no foods, Cohen says they really don't exist. "I wouldn't label anything as an absolute 'forbidden food.' If you eat healthy with a mind toward nutrition 90 percent of the time, you'll be able to indulge in a cheat meal every once in a while," she says.
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