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Why This Celebrity Trainer Recommends Sleep Over Working Out

This just in: Sleep is not for the weak. According to Reese Witherspoon’s fitness trainer Ashley Borden, making sure you get those extra Zzs is crucial to tackling your workout.

“I always tell my clients that I would rather them get sleep instead of working out on four hours of sleep,” Borden told mindbodygreen.com. “Studies have shown that between 7.5 and eight hours of sleep every night helps the body repair itself and regulate inflammation in the body.”

Borden, who has also worked with the likes of Christina Aguilera, Mandy Moore, and Ryan Gosling, said sleep also affects your metabolic process.

“[Not getting enough sleep] produces a higher amount of the inflammatory stress hormone, cortisol,” she said in the interview. “Cortisol has its time and place in our bodies, but not at night. Cortisol heightens our alertness, the last thing we need when we crave sleep.”

Aside from sleeping in, Borden also recommends that her clients avoid sugar and load up on greens.

“Sugars are inflammatory and trigger more sugar cravings, along with increasing inflammatory cortisol levels, which cause belly fat,” she said. “Choose vegetables that are all the colors of the rainbow and focus on dark green veggies, too. These give us phytonutrients, which have many antioxidant assets that can put a stop to cell damage, which helps strengthen our immune system, prevents cancer, has a positive effect on our hormones, and improves our overall health and vitality.”

And even though temperatures are dropping, Borden says it’s important to take your workout outdoors.

“Getting outdoors for even 10 minutes provides the body with a natural dose of vitamin D,” she said. “Being outside also provides amazing mental stimulation.”

One way she gets her clients moving? An outdoor workout that sounds like something Witherspoon’s Wild character, Cheryl Strayed, would approve of.

“I have taken clients out for power walks with a backpack full of mini bands and bands with handles to create a hillside neighborhood circuit workout,” she said.

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Bob Harper Shares 'Extremely Private' Photo of Himself in a Coma a Year After His Heart Attack

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Bob Harper is still healing mentally and physically following his heart attack last year.

In an intensely emotional post on Instagram Friday, Harper shared a chilling photo of himself while he was in a coma last year. The former The Biggest Loser trainer, 52, wrote that it was an “extremely private photo.”

His reason for sharing? Harper recently achieved a major milestone in his emotional recovery, training in the same room he had experienced his heart attack.

“This was me 1 year and 10 days ago, in a coma. TODAY I just did 18.1 (a CrossFit workout for those of you that don’t know) @bricknewyork in the same room where I went into cardiac arrest,” he wrote in the caption.

“To...

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The Weird Reason Why Stress Sweat Might Smell Worse Than Exercise Sweat

Some people do notice they give off an extra-foul stench when they’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious. A little background info: The purpose of sweating is to regulate body temperature; with stress sweat, a shift in hormones, such as adrenaline, causes the body to have a fightor-flight response that leads to excessive sweating. But there are two main types of sweat glands, and they produce different types of sweat. When you exercise, you produce sweat, consisting mainly of water and salt, from eccrine glands all around the body that open on the surface of the skin in order to cool you down. When you’re stressed out, sweat gets produced by apocrine glands, which are located in spots on the body that have lots of hair follicles. While all sweat is odorless, the perspiration...

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What to Do If Working Out Is Killing Your Knees

Knee pain is a common exercise complaint. The knee is an intricate joint, involving bones, menisci, muscles, tendons, and ligaments all supporting the joint. If there is damage or stress to any of these components, you may have achy knees. Plus, many physical activities—running, jumping, stretching, bending—can put a lot of strain, impact, or body weight directly on the knees, and in turn, cause pain while you work out. This is common among weekend warriors who work out intensely but inconsistently. You can also develop tendonitis over time if you’re regularly doing these motions.

Some causes of knee pain are a bit more serious, however. A common cause in young people, especially those who exercise or play high-impact sports, is patellofemoral pain syndrome....

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5 Ways to Torch Your Core in Every Workout

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This article originally appeared on DailyBurn.com. Check out the rest of the exercises at Daily Burn.

At the core of every movement is just that: your core. And while lots of times “core” and “abs” become synonymous, it’s not 100% correct to use them interchangeably. Your rectus abdominus, transverse abdominus and obliques do comprise your midsection, but those aren’t the only muscles involved. Your back, hips and glutes also provide that stable base you need for stepping forward and backward, jumping side-to-side or turning all about. So to get a serious core workout you need to work them all.

“Core strength and stability not only enhances...

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Even Light Exercise Can Help You Live Longer

A new study shows that small bouts of light physical activity are enough to increase lifespan in older men.

Government guidelines recommended that adults get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise every week. However, only about half of American adults actually meet those recommendations, and for older adults, they may seem hard to achieve. But a new report published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests that there’s a way to tweak guidelines to make them more feasible for older people, while still maintaining health.

In the report, researchers looked at about 1,180 men — average age, 78 — who agreed to wear devices that measured their movements for seven days. They were followed for about five years. The researchers...

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The Upper Body Exercise Alicia Vikander Does for Amazing Arms

When Alicia Vikander, 29, steps into the role of Lara Croft in Tomb Raider (in theaters March 16), her upper body strength will be on display. And this circuit was key, says her trainer, Magnus Lygdbäck. "It was crucial to Alicia’s aesthetics, helping her shape her arms, and it gave her the strength needed to wield weapons and climb."

Alternating Bicep Curl + Double Biceps Curl

Stand with feet hipwidth apart and arms at sides, a dumbbell in each hand (A). Bend right elbow, and curl weight to shoulder (B). Lower to start. Repeat on left. Do 8 reps per side. Follow with double curls, cutting weight in half. Do 10 reps. Repeat circuit 4 times.

Dumbbell French Press

Lie faceup on a bench with knees bent and feet flat. Holding a dumbbell in each hand,...

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