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Kelsey Wells’ Before-and-After Photo Shows How She Stopped Feeling Self-Conscious About Her Muscular Body

One of our favorite fitness influencers just shared inspiring words about her relationship with her body. On Saturday, personal trainer Kelsey Wells posted a side-by-side photo with a caption about how she’s embraced her muscular figure.

“The first time I saw a photo of myself flexing like this (years ago when I first began consistently exercising) my first reaction was not kind. I felt uncomfortable and my automatic mental response was to feel self conscious of my legs,” she wrote, later adding, “I just wanted to be thin.”

Most of Wells’ social media content includes videos of her routines (check out her six butt-sculpting exercises here), before-and-after snaps of people doing her PWR program, and photos with her family....

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Taking a Hot Bath Burns As Many Calories as a 30-minute Walk, Study Says

Good news: researchers are saying that relaxing in a hot bath and doing absolutely nothing may be just as beneficial for your body as a 30-minute walk. A group at Loughborough University did the strenuous job of tracking this theory with 14 men who were put through two tests: a one-hour bicycle ride and a one-hour bath in 104-degree-Fahrenheit water.

The goal was to raise the body's core temperature by one degree. All in all, the cycling burned many more calories, but the researchers did come across something somewhat surprising: Relaxing in the hot bath did burn 130 calories, which is about the amount you'll burn on a half-hour walk.

The Conversation shared some additional findings from the study. The blood sugar of all participants was also tracked for 24 hours after...

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This Super-Fun High-Intensity Workout Will Make You Forget You Are Exercising

 

If you are a fan of dancing and you love HITT, then this Strong by Zumba sequence is right up your ally.  It takes the best of both worlds and meshes it all into one butt-kicking workout that’s also super fun. So expect exercises that focus on body weight, muscle conditioning, cardio, and plyometrics, set against some cool original tunes that basically make it easy to keep up. And when you add in that ball of energy known as celeb trainer Jeanette Jenkins, who whips everyone from Pink to Alicia Keys into shape, it’s a guaranteed good time.

The best part is that you don’t need a stitch of equipment. (Translation: There is no excuse for you not to get your sweat on.)

Watch the video to follow along with the creative and effective...

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Mindy Kaling Uses Weights on the Treadmill—Should You Start Doing That Too?

 

Whether you consider the treadmill your sacred space for indoor runs or a torture device, the fact is, you can get much more out of this machine than a cardio workout. Just ask Mindy Kaling. Her trainer, Jeanette Jenkins, posted a video on Instagram of the Champions and A Wrinkle in Time actress walking it out at a moderate pace on a treadmill while performing hammer curls to an overhead press.

 

RELATED: 5 Amazing Things That Happen to Your Body When You Start Lifting Weights

What’s the benefit of bringing the upper body into this treadmill-based workout party? According to Rustin Steward, a Tier 3+ Trainer at Equinox Sports in New York City, multitasking in this way not only helps decrease the...

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5 Amazing Things That Happen to Your Body When You Start Lifting Weights

You probably already know that hitting the weights at the gym or doing bodyweight exercises makes you stronger and fitter. But what many people don't realize is that strength training does far more than that for both your body and your mind.

"I'm actually so surprised when women still admit to me that they don't do any weight training," says Los Angeles-based celebrity trainer and exercise physiologist Michelle Lovitt. "The benefits go so far beyond getting big muscles. I encourage everyone to stray away from only heading for the cardio machines."

Read on for five incredible effects of weight lifting that will help you finally ditch the excuses for avoiding the weight room. And if you're already a lifter, these perks just might make you even more excited to hit the gym.

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