How I’m Learning (and Accepting) That It’s Okay to Skip a Gym Day

When I first picked up a regular workout routine, I reaped the physical and mental benefits of getting into shape. I reveled in the endorphins and the compliments people were giving me. But then, my newfound love for working out turned into something else, and I stopped nurturing my body with rest days. It turns out a lot of people get to this unhealthy point of working out. So, I talked to local fitness trainer and physical therapist Gina Mancuso of CoreFitness to get the scoop on why it’s not only okay to take rest days, but why it’s essential to a healthy fitness practice.

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Be Well Workout of the Week: Get a Great Workout With Just a Bench and 10 Minutes

A 10-minute workout? Consider us sold.

Here’s the deal: One round of this workout will take you 10 minutes to complete, and all you need to get through it is a bench (or a really stable surface of some sort). There are 10 exercises, and you’ll do each one for one minute. So, if you are crunched for time, just get through once or twice. If you have some more time for your workout, try to make it through as many times as you can in the time you have available.

Okay, now find your closest park bench and get to work!

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The Checkup: The Weird (But Smart!) Thing You Should Do Every Time You Pee

• Effective weight-loss hacks are never as easy as they sound  except for this one. This one-minute post-pee workout will give you a good burn, even when you don’t have time to hit the gym. The catch? You’ve got to do it every time you go to the bathroom, which is about six times a day for the average woman. Here, get the full mini workout of push-ups, lunges, and squats. (Sorry, but the squat it took you to get your bum on the toilet doesn’t count.) [PopSugar]

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Be Well Workout of the Week: The Glorious 7-Minute Workout

Yep, this workout really is over in just seven minutes. Now, before you start crying with joy, listen up: Each round in this workout lasts for seven minutes, and you, my friends, get to choose how many rounds you want to complete, whether that’s one or 10. And I know you have seven minutes somewhere in your day to commit to a workout, so no excuses to skip this one!

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Get Fit for Summer: Workouts for Every Body Part (Yep, Including Your Pelvic Floor)

‘Tis summer, the season of tank tops, bikinis and belly-baring crop tops. I.e. the season that can make you realize that all those arms-and-abs days skipped during winter actually did have an impact. That’s where this workout cheat sheet comes in: We’ve rounded up our favorite workouts for every body part so you can strengthen whichever areas you totally slacked off on for, oh, the past six months.

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Be Well Workout of the Week: How to Kill It at the Gym With a Kettlebell

For this week’s workout, I want you to challenge yourself to make it through this full-body workout ladder using only one kettlebell. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, grab a friend and challenge them to a workout race to see who comes away the winner.

You’ll start with 20 reps of each exercise listed below, with everything being single count (so every time you do the exercise on one side, it counts as a rep), then drop down to 18 reps, then 16 reps, and so on down the ladder until you finish with just two reps of each exercise.

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Be Well Workout of the Week: Your Ticket to Lean, Mean Legs

This workout is going to target your — you guessed it! — legs. So be prepared to feel the burn and then some.

You have a circuit of exercises to do three times, and each time you go through, your reps will decrease, but your weights will increase. So, start with a set of weights you can do 20 reps with, and then increase from there. And you’re going to hold onto your weights for just about every exercise in the circuit, so choose wisely. Good luck!

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