Whether your goal is to completely make over your body or just to commit to a more regular routine, these fitness finds will help you actually stick to that resolution this year.
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The holidays may be over, but that doesn’t mean you left the stress at your in-laws’ place. A new phone app and heart rate monitor, Vitness RX, can help you get fit and destress. The tool assesses your stress based on a bio-marker called heart rate variability (HRV) and suggests a workout to correspond to your mood: a Heating workout when you’re calm; a Cooling workout when you’re overwhelmed. Think of it as a cross between a personal trainer and a mood ring.
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Instead of isolating muscles like typical hand weights do, kettle bells work major muscle groups at the same time thanks to their unique shape. Since your body has to work harder to balance the bells’ shifting center of gravity, you burn more calories – between 400-600 in 30 minutes. For a quick workout, try this eight-minute video.
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Exercises like running and weight training can do a number on your joints. The sandbag is an intriguing alternative. Working out with a heavy bag gives you the cardio intensity of sprinting without the pounding on your knees. Plus, since the bag is constantly moving, it’s creating even more resistance than you’d get with typical weights. Try The Ultimate Sandbag Training System that includes a bag, instructional booklet and DVD. Or create your own bag with an old duffel and sand.
The new minimum for working out is 30 minutes, five days a week. To get the most out of your half hour, try Ugi — a new workout routine that consists of strength, cardio and core training using a weighted, beanbag-like ball. The ball comes with a DVD featuring five customizable half-hour workouts you can do at home with this single piece of equipment.
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Don’t have time for the gym, but need the motivation (and entertainment) of a fitness class? Try an online fitness subscription. Celebrity trainer Simone de la Rue’s BBS TV ($29.99 a month) lets you sample tons of different classes, from dance routines to jump rope cardio to butt- or ab-focused workouts. And unlike sites that stream live classes, these videos are taped previously so you can tone up on your own time.
This 20-Minute Workout Beats an Hour on the Treadmill
Work or work out? For once, you don’t have to choose one over the other. FitDesk takes the stationary bike to another level, takes the stationary bike to another level, attaching a small desk so you can use your laptop while you burn calories. We wouldn’t recommend this for someone who wants an intense workout, but it’s a great option for someone with limited time.
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