The Checkup: How to Make a Loaf of Bread Last Forever

• Whenever I get bread at La Colombe’s Fishtown location (if you haven’t consumed an entire loaf of their fig bread in one sitting, I don’t know what you’re doing with your life), I am ecstatic to have it around for, like, 24 hours — but before I know it, it’s turned hard as a rock. Next time I grab a loaf, though, I’ll be embracing this freezer trick, which involves a baking sheet, some parchment paper, and a freezer bag to make a single loaf of bread last for upward of six months. [POPSUGAR Food]

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Be Well Workout of the Week: Reimagine Your Core Workout

What is your core, exactly, you ask? Well, the core is made up of much more than just the abs on the front of your body. It is made up of muscles on the front, back, and sides of the torso, and muscles that connect the upper body and lower body that are responsible for stabilizing the body. A strong core helps generate power, strength, and stability during not only exercise, but all movement throughout the day. In other words, your core is super important.

So this week’s workout is going to target — you guessed it! — your core. But not with your typical core exercises. Read: You will find no crunches here. Still, when doing these exercises you want to make sure you’re always engaging your core. Think about squeezing your belly button in toward your spine, dropping your shoulders and engaging your lats, and tucking your hips under before beginning any movement. This will put you in a good position to make sure you’re getting the most out of each move.

Your orders are simple: Go through the below circuit three times. And voila! You’ve completed your totally reimagined core workout.

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The Checkup: How to Make the Perfect Omelet — Without Having to Wash ANY Dishes After

• I hate nothing more than scraping burnt egg bits off of a pan. Which is why I was flabbergasted to learn I never have to do that again — but I can still have ALL the omelets I want. The trick? Cook the omelet in a plastic bag. Sounds weird, I know, but you’ll understand after watching PureWOW’s tutorial. [PureWOW]

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The Checkup: The Most Efficient Exercise to Strengthen Your Entire Core

• A recent study put folks to work, having them perform a slew of of abs-strengthening exercises while hooked up to electrodes to determine which exercises worked the core muscles most efficiently. The winner when it came to the entire core? A fancy plank with legs on a stability ball and arms on the ground, paired with alternating leg lifts. Here’s to saving time at the gym! [Women’s Health]

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3 Tweaks to Make Your Ab Workouts Way More Effective

Getting strong, sculpted abs is often the number one item on everyone’s fitness wish list. As a longtime Pilates instructor, I’ve fielded hundreds of questions from my students about how they can strengthen their core and tone up their abs. Usually, after their ab work to date has failed them, they’re left wondering if there’s some magical exercise they just haven’t found yet.

The thing is, though, many people are frustrated that their ab work isn’t working because they’ve gotten incomplete or inaccurate information, leading them to do exercises that aren’t very effective. Don’t worry: If you’re in this camp, it’s an easy problem to fix — it just requires a little understanding about how the body works. Below, the three keys to making your ab work actually work. Read more »

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