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8 Moves From A Certified Trainer to Strengthen Your Core

Stop everything — and consider your posture. 


Are you sitting up straight? Are you standing? No matter what you’re doing right now, your core is working hard to keep you balanced and stable. And if you’re just starting to explore an exercise routine, learning how to strengthen your core could help support your fitness goals and your health. We sat down with Briana Rodriquez, Certified Personal Trainer (and Jenny Craig’s resident Registered Dietitian Nutritionist), who shared her top eight exercises to strengthen core muscles, and discussed how a strong core can benefit your entire body.    

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Your Ultimate 30-Day Workout Plan to Start the New Year

Now that the New Year’s confetti has finally settled, you’re ready to be more active — but where do you start? 


We’ve got you covered. 


This 30-day workout plan has just what you need to feel your best in 2020 — and it’s great for beginners, too! For the next 30 days, we challenge you to try these activities on your own, with a friend, or even with a group: Join us in celebrating a happy, healthy new year!

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Healthy Tip of the Week: Be More Active

Each week, we’ll highlight some of our favorite healthy habits and the benefits behind them. We’ll also share a quick and simple tip from Heather Lake, a Jenny Craig Health & Lifestyle Contributor, to help support your weight loss goals and inspire you throughout the day! This 12-week series will focus on everything from exercise tips for beginners to delicious ways to incorporate more protein into your meals.

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High-Intensity Workouts: Tips for Beginners and the Benefits for Weight Loss

New workouts can be intimidating, and that’s especially true for HIIT. The name itself might sound a little scary. But it’s not nearly as daunting as you might imagine, and the benefits — muscle definition, improved cardiovascular health,1 and potentially even weight loss2 — make the workout well worth the effort.

 

The acronym, HIIT, stands for “high-intensity interval training,” and it’s used to describe workouts that rely on short blasts of all-out energy (these are the intervals) followed by brief periods of rest (where you catch your breath for the next round). 

 

For decades, athletes have used interval training for weight loss and performance gains. HIIT just formalizes the strategy into an everyday workout. If you’re following a weight loss program or have hit a weight loss plateau — interval training can be a powerful way to boost your efforts. 
 

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The Secret to Men's Fitness: 5 Tips to Start and Stay Motivated

A week runs for 168 hours. Assuming you spend eight hours a night in bed and 40 hours a week at work, you still have 56 hours to use as you please. So if men’s fitness routines seem intimidating, remember this: According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, you only need 2.5 hours of exercise per week to keep your heart and body strong.1

 

More is better, of course. But 2.5 hours is the number to aim for. And that sounds easy, right? Perhaps — but if you don’t find the time every week to work out, you’re not alone: Most men still don’t set aside time for fitness. Fewer than 20% of adults actually follow through with the government's exercise recommendation.2 And that may be one of the reasons why obesity, diabetes, and heart disease are so prevalent today.

 

The truth is, exercise is one of your biggest weapons against weight gain and poor health (of course, eating a healthy diet is just as important!). It works better than any pill on the market, with known benefits that include weight maintenance, disease prevention and better sleep. Exercise might even make you feel better: The Mayo Clinic reports that it may simultaneously boost your mood and give you more energy.3

 

If you’re just getting started with a weight loss program like Jenny Craig, you’ll want to start by focusing on your diet. (We have the best foods for men’s health right here.) But once you’re committed to better health and weight loss, you’re going to want to include fitness into your regular routine. Here’s how to get started and a few of the best workouts for men.

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7 Simple Moves To Add To Your Workout Routine Right Now (No Gym Required!)

We get it: Life can be crazy-busy! With work, running errands, picking your kids up from school and extracurricular activities (or your pup from doggy daycare!), your to-dos probably seem endless — so much so that the mere thought of spending an hour at the gym is almost comical. How can you possibly fit in a workout? Here’s some good news: You don’t actually have to get your exercise in at the gym — there are other ways you can get fit, without a membership! 

 

In fact, there are a number of exercises you can do right at home — whether that’s in your backyard or living room — that will benefit your health without any gym equipment. And when it comes to working out, the health perks are practically endless. 

 

For one, experts agree that exercise can support your weight loss efforts, and is a great way to keep your heart healthy.1 Staying active could help lower your blood pressure and “bad” LDL cholesterol levels, and make your heart muscle stronger.2

 

Getting active can even help if you are at risk for having diabetes — studies indicate sedentary people who started exercising were able to lower their insulin resistance.3 

 

So, if you’re crunched for time but still want to reap the numerous benefits that come along with breaking a sweat, try these exercises. You can do them from the comfort of your own home, build your strength and improve your fitness — no gym required! Start with 10-15 repetitions, then add additional reps as you feel more comfortable.

 

New to fitness? Check out our Beginner’s Guide to Exercise

 

Remember to always consult your physician before starting a new exercise routine. 
 

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