Forget the dreadmill — it's time to finally make treadmill workouts more interesting. Instead of slogging away at the same pace in the same direction, Chambers suggests slowing down the speed and doing side lateral skips. "They primarily work the muscles in your butt, hips, and thighs, but they also hit the transverse abdominus — the deepest layer of the abdominal muscles — to add a little spice to your workout," he says. Try the following quickie routine: side lateral skips: 30 seconds on each side (repeat so you do skips twice per side),1 minute: sprint (as fast as you can go),1 minute: rest; repeat 4 times.
"When eating out, I see tons of people ordering vegetable side dishes, but they don't usually realize that those are often seasoned with salt and cooked or sautéed in oil," says Hulslander. "Most oils average a 3:1 omega ratio, or the ratio of healthy omega-3s to not-so-healthy fatty acids, which is considered unhealthy by most standards. Make sure to ask for steamed veggies if that's your choice."
Jump It Out
Remember the good ol' school days, when jumping rope was something you actually did for fun, not exercise? It's time to bring that back, says fitness trainer Emily Skye. "Jumping rope is one of the most effective calorie-burning exercises you can do," she explains. "Try doing 1 minute of skipping, then 30 seconds of rest before repeating 10 times." Bonus: It only requires a tiny piece of equipment, you could have your kids do it, too, for some healthy family bonding, and Skye says just 10 minutes of jumping could burn upward of 100 calories.