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Alex Guarnaschelli Blogs: Everything You Need to Know About Edible Flowers

Originally posted 07/07/2015 02:20PM

Alex Guarnaschelli is an Iron Chef, Food Network celebrity chef, author of Old-School Comfort Food and the executive chef at New York City’s Butter restaurants. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Tuesday to get her professional cooking tips, family-favorite recipes and personal stories of working in front of the camera and behind the kitchen doors. Follow her on Twitter at @guarnaschelli.
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Hungry Girl Trend Alert: Easy, Healthy Smoothies for Breakfast

Originally posted 07/06/2015 02:36PM

Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of ten best-selling books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.
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6 Ways to Get More out of a Push-Up

Originally posted 07/06/2015 11:24AM

The push-up is one of the most overlooked exercises in the metaphorical exercise book. Sure, it looks pretty easy and most of us know the basics: heels together, wrists underneath shoulders, bend and press your elbows, and voilà, a move that works your entire body pretty much.

But there are certain tweaks you can make to take your push-up technique to the next level. Here are 6 key ways to perfect this exercise — and get the most out of it. All you have to do is follow these tips.

Press your hands into the floor.
When performing a push-up, you want to press the palms of your hands firmly into the floor as if to push away from your wrists. Simultaneously, rotate the arms externally so that the elbows and biceps face forward. This pressure provides a natural tension in your arms, shoulders and upper back, which will help you maintain stability in the upper body throughout the exercise, which helps keep you working hard in proper form.

Squeeze your lats.
Another way to stabilize the upper body is to engage your lats. These muscles are found underneath your armpits and run along the sides of your body. By pressing your palms firmly into the floor you can start to activate them. Then, in addition, think of squeezing your armpits as tightly as possible, like you are holding something in between them. This will keep your upper body completely stable.

Draw your shoulder blades down and back.
Keeping your shoulders shrugged up to your ears puts excess strain on the neck and makes it harder to work the muscles you’re trying to tone: your arms, shoulders and core. The body needs to move as one solid unit. Before you bend your elbows, check to make sure your shoulder blades are pulled down and back away from the ears, engaging your back muscles. To do this, act as if you are trying to squeeze your shoulder blades together.

Keep your neck in line with your spine.
Dropping your head too far down or tilting it too far upward can put too much pressure on the spine and put you at greater risk for injury — the opposite of getting stronger. Find a neutral spine: Instead of tucking your chin completely or looking straight out in front, gaze about 6 inches or so in front of your fingertips and keep your eyes focused there as you push up.

Keep your core engaged.
The core is made up of more than just your abdominal muscles. It’s the entire midsection of your body, basically everything but your extremities. Activating all of your core muscles, including your obliques, abs and glutes, takes stress off the lower back in addition to stabilizing your hips so your body stays in one long line, even as you lower down. By actively squeezing your navel toward your spine, the push-up becomes just as much of an abdominal workout as performing a plank.

Master the breath.
If we were listing these in level of importance, this would probably be No. 1. As with any exercise, breath is always going to help improve your form. It is what drives the movement. Remember to always exhale on the effort of the movement. In this case, that means inhale when you go down and exhale when you press up. As you exhale, you are essentially trying to empty the lungs of as much air as possible to help contract the core and give more power to your movement.

– Jennifer Cohen 

Health.com

Get healthy now with energizing moves, easy recipes, expert tips and tools, and advice on losing weight and feeling great. Find out how to manage conditions like diabetes and depression, stop allergies, prevent heart attacks, and more.

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
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Royal Flower Power! See Camilla’s Summer Bouquet for a Cause—and Learn Her ‘Lemonade’ Secret

Originally posted 07/01/2015 04:38PM

What to do with all those fabulous flowers after a grand royal party?
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Celebrity Trainer Harley Pasternak: A Weight-Loss Secret That Doesn’t Require a Workout

Originally posted 07/01/2015 02:55PM

Harley Pasternak is a celebrity trainer and nutrition expert who has worked with stars from Halle Berry and Lady Gaga to Robert Pattinson and Robert Downey Jr. He’s also a New York Times best-selling author, with titles including The Body Reset Diet and The 5-Factor Diet. His new book 5 Pounds is out now. Tweet him @harleypasternak.
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Surprise! This Fourth of July Cake Is Stuffed With Doughnut Holes

Originally posted 07/01/2015 11:49AM

This cake may just appear to be an ordinary red, white and blue dessert on the outside—but its inner workings tell a different story.
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FILED UNDER: Cake , Dessert , Expert Tips , Food , Recipes

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Feeling Exhausted? Get Better Sleep Tonight!

Originally posted 06/30/2015 12:44PM

Do you feel tired every day? Are you in a codependent relationship with Starbucks? You’re not alone.

“From my mommy friends who can barely drag themselves to kindergarten drop-off, to the powerhouse CEOs who live on Red Bull, they’ve all waved the white flag and accepted exhaustion as their fate,” Dr. Holly Phillips, CBS News’ medical contributor, tells PEOPLE. “Fatigue is explained away as an inevitable consequence of coping with the demands of modern life.”

But it shouldn’t be that way. Adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night, according to the National Sleep Foundation, and too many people are falling short. So Phillips came up with The Exhaustion Breakthrough, a new book — on stands now — filled with tips for getting the best rest.  Read More

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Alex Guarnaschelli
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Alex Guarnaschelli Blogs: How to Make an Easy Crème Brûlée

Originally posted 06/30/2015 11:00AM

Alex Guarnaschelli is an Iron Chef, Food Network celebrity chef, author of Old-School Comfort Food and the executive chef at New York City’s Butter restaurants. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Tuesday to get her professional cooking tips, family-favorite recipes and personal stories of working in front of the camera and behind the kitchen doors. Follow her on Twitter at @guarnaschelli.
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Hungry Girl
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Hungry Girl: Make a Healthy, Patriotic Cheesecake for the Fourth of July

Originally posted 06/29/2015 12:01PM

Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of ten best-selling books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.
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Harley Pasternak
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Celebrity Trainer Harley Pasternak: The Secret to Making Your Workouts a Tiny Bit Easier

Originally posted 06/24/2015 01:40PM

Harley Pasternak is a celebrity trainer and nutrition expert who has worked with stars from Halle Berry and Lady Gaga to Robert Pattinson and Robert Downey Jr. He’s also a New York Times best-selling author, with titles including The Body Reset Diet and The 5-Factor Diet. His new book 5 Pounds is out now. Tweet him @harleypasternak.
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