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16 things to never do at the gym

<p>Don’t be that person<br />It makes sense that you get ‘in the zone’ at the gym, enjoying your ‘me time’ and doing your utmost to make the most of your fitness time. But gyms are still public places! You still need to be respectful of others, and that means avoiding these behaviours that’ll make your fellow exercisers give you the stink eye (perhaps literally). Of course, now with the rampant spread of COVID-19 leading to some gyms being closed and others enacting strict rules to reduce the spread, there is a whole new set of gym faux pas.</p> <p>Don’t leave a mess behind<br />So, you need a mat, Bosu ball, an assortment of free weights, a foam roller, an incline bench, and a few kettlebells to complete your workout? Great – but when you’re done, remember the cardinal rule of any gym. “At the end of your workout, or as you’re done with each piece of equipment, put everything back,” says Dawn Bartolini, a lifestyle and weight-loss coach (who happens to have lost more than 45 kilos). “Your mama doesn’t work here!” On that note, put everything back where it belongs, not where it’s convenient.</p> <p>Don’t grunt the entire time<br />Look, we get it: you’re lifting sooo much weight. But no one is impressed: “Lifting heavy weights is hard, but if you’re grunting on every single set – you’re a tool,” says trainer, James Shapiro. “No one is impressed, you’re awarded no points, and no one will talk to you. Please relearn how to breathe properly, which will also help you make greater increases in strength and lean muscle.”</p> <p>Don’t make the locker room public<br />There’s really no need to catch up with your boyfriend on video chat while you’re touching up your makeup in the locker room. Please move this to the top of your list of things to never do at the gym, says Eve Dawes, trainer and yoga, spin, and Zumba instructor. “Do not FaceTime in the locker room. We are trying to shower and get changed, not be part of a peep show.”</p> <p>Don’t set up camp by the weight rack<br />There’s an unspoken ‘no-lift zone’ in every gym, and it’s called the weight rack. In fact, consider one and a half metres all around the weight rack off limits for your workout. “If you start a set of bicep curls while standing right in front of the rack, you block the entire gym from accessing the weights,” says certified personal trainer, Dani Singer. “Grab the weights you need, and find an open spot on the weight floor to perform your workout. Stay out of the weight rack area, unless you’re grabbing or returning your weights.”</p> <p>Don’t praise a stranger’s progress<br />Just as you would never assume a woman is pregnant, you should never offer unsolicited praise to fellow gymgoers –­ even if you think you are being kind by giving them a compliment. “I am not a skinny woman,” says Jeanette DePatie, a plus-sized, certified fitness instructor. “I have had several people come up to me over the years and say things to me that they believe are encouraging – like, ‘good for you!’, ‘Stick with it, and you’ll lose the weight in no time,’ or ‘It’s so great that you’ve started on your fitness journey.’ Obviously, they are completely unaware that I’m a 20-year licensed fitness teacher who is not exercising to lose weight. Don’t assume you know where somebody is in their exercise journey or that you know why they are exercising.”</p> <p>Don’t be a machine hog<br />There are only so many machines and pieces of equipment to go around at a gym – and during peak times that may mean you have to remember the lessons you learned in the sandbox during preschool. “Be courteous of others when you’re using the equipment,” says certified personal trainer, Michael Kuang. “If you see someone waiting to use the same thing, tell them how much longer you will be. Or better yet, offer to let them work in between your sets.”</p> <p>Don’t throw your weights<br />Unless you’ve joined a power-lifting or CrossFit gym, there’s no reason to bang your weights down on the ground in between sets. “Besides giving people a heart attack when a 100-kilo bar slams to the floor, you are seriously putting people at risk for a broken foot,” warns personal trainer, James Cappola. “If you are in a regular gym with a general population, you have to act accordingly. Don’t be the guy who comes in, attempts to lift a 100-kilo barbell, and then throws them to the floor because the last few reps are too much.” Either use a spotter or use less weight, bro.</p> <p>Don’t crowd the squat racks<br />If you aren’t doing a compound exercise – like a squat, deadlift, or shoulder press – then stay out of the squat racks. “This isn’t the place to do your bicep curls, because you can use dumbbells or other bars specifically for that,” explains Nick Rizzo, who has spent six years as a competitive powerlifter and four years training others. “This applies to all other types of random exercises you see people doing in squat racks.”</p> <p>Don’t belt out a tune<br />You’re in the zone and your playlist dishes up your favourite tune. What do you do? Start singing? No, thank you. You’re not at home in your shower and everyone outside your headphones can hear your hums, whistles, not to mention profanities as you try to rap alongside Cardi B. “Please, no singing at the top of your lungs,” says Bartolini. “Nobody needs to hear your ‘na-na-nas!’” Yes, you can have fun during your workout, but not to the point of distracting others.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Jill Schildhouse. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.co.nz/healthsmart/fitness/16-things-to-never-do-at-the-gym?pages=1"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.co.nz/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p>

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Billionaire launches scathing attack at Serena Williams over her weight

<p>Serena Williams' husband Alexis Ohanian has accused Madrid Open owner Ian Tiriac of being racist and sexist after he told the American athlete to retire.</p> <p>The former Olympic tennis star turned billionaire Tiriac urged the 39-year-old to retire due to her age and weight.</p> <p>“At this age and the weight she is now, she does not move as easily as she did 15 years ago,” Tiriac said on Romanian TV. “Serena was a sensational player. If she had a little decency, she would retire.”</p> <p>This isn't the first time Tiriac has taken aim at Serena's weight.</p> <p>In 2018, when asked about the state of women's tennis, he took aim at the champion by saying: “With all due respect, 36 years old and 90kg …”</p> <p>Serena then responded: “It’s an ignorant comment and it’s a sexist comment. Maybe he’s an ignorant man.”</p> <p>And now, after Tiriac's most recent comments, William's husband and father to their three-year-old daughter Alexis Olympia, has hit back on Twitter.</p> <p>Co-founder of Reddit Ohanian mocked 81-year-old Tiriac.</p> <p>After a quick Google search, Ohanian discovered Tiriac had not won a single Grand Slam single, tweeting: “Safe to say no one gives a damn what Ion Tiriac thinks.”</p> <p>Ohanian added: “Had to Google it … turns out my 3 year old has more Grand Slam victories than this.”</p> <p>He then responded to a fellow Twitter user, who tried to defend Tiriac.</p> <p>Ohanian wrote: “Keep defending your racist, sexist clown.”</p> <p>He later added: “2021 and no holding back when a racist/sexist clown with a platform comes for my family.”</p> <p>Williams needs just one more Grand Slam title to equal Margaret Court’s incredible record.</p> <p>She also boasts 16 Grand Slam doubles titles and four Olympic gold medals.</p> <p>Tiriac, meanwhile, never made it past the fourth-round at a Grand Slam in singles.</p> <p>He did win the 1970 French Open doubles title, however.</p>

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Sister dumped from bridal party after lockdown weight gain

<p>A bride-to-be has caused controversy after admitting that she dumped her sister from her bridal party after she gained weight.</p> <p>The bridezilla revealed she asked her sister to step away from her bridesmaid duties after she put on 10kg during lockdown.</p> <p>She further went on to explain that her older sister struggled with eating disorders her whole life, but still tried to defend her actions.</p> <p>But after she was slammed over her decision, she eventually confessed to wanting to "protect her wedding day".</p> <p>Sharing on Reddit, the bride-to-be admitted the move had divided her family.</p> <p>“My sister Julia was overweight growing up while the rest of us (five girls, no brothers) were always petite,” she said.</p> <p>“No one in our family ever treated her badly for her weight, though my mum did try to help her diet several times throughout our childhood for purely health reasons.</p> <p>“She was hospitalised for her eating disorder for the first time when she was 18, and she’s been in and out of treatment facilities since then.</p> <p>“Pre-pandemic, Julia seemed to be on a recovery kick again. She looked healthy, seemed to be eating normally. I was hopeful she could keep it together and felt okay about asking her to be a bridesmaid at that point.</p> <p>“That was the last time I saw her though (Feb 2020), until I saw her Friday for Christmas Day.</p> <p>“Julia has gained a LOT of weight in that time, probably 10kg, which is a lot because she’s short. This is a huge red flag to me because prior relapses have been preceded by weight gain, which seems to trigger another relapse.”</p> <p>The bride-to-be said it was then she made the decision to dump her from her wedding.</p> <p>“I [decided] it makes more sense for her to not be a bridesmaid. That way she can wear whatever she wants, be skinny or fat, show up or not, and it won’t affect the day as a whole,” said said.</p> <p>“So I texted her after Christmas to ask if she was doing okay. Sure enough, she admitted she’d been having body image issues since gaining weight during lockdown.</p> <p>“I kindly asked her to step down from being a bridesmaid, explaining that it was for her own good and I was only doing this because I cared about her. She seemed upset but agreed to step down.”</p> <p>The decision ended up causing a heated debate amongst family members, with even the bride's fiancé joining in, saying she was harsh to dump her sister over her weight.</p> <p>“Now our dad is furious with me, saying Julia is heartbroken,” she said.</p> <p>“My mom and sisters are all on my side here and agree Julia not being a bridesmaid is what’s best for everyone.</p> <p>“So I wasn’t that worried about being in the wrong here—until my FIANCÉ said I was wrong and basically called me out for even bringing up her weight with her.”</p> <p>She added that while she was worried for her sister’s mental health, she was also concerned about her wedding day.</p> <p>“Yes, of course protecting my wedding day is part of my consideration here,” she said.</p> <p>“God forbid one single day doesn’t revolve around her I guess.”</p> <p>Some Reddit users slammed the bride.</p> <p>“The obsession over the wedding pictures is disgusting. Why does a wedding have to be an Instagram event?” said one.</p> <p>Added another: “Bride sounds so self-centered. Thank god the fiancé talked some sense into her.”</p> <p>Said a third: “With family like this, it’s no wonder she has an eating disorder.”</p> <p>But others disagreed, with one saying: “Maybe she went about it the wrong way, but her feelings are valid. Also what girl doesn’t dream a perfect wedding day, it’s natural to overthink all the variables that play into it.”</p>

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Mother’s warning after dangerous COVID side-effect

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>British doctors are scratching their heads after a seven-year-old boy battles a rare disease in the ICU which is linked to the boy's COVID-19 diagnosis.</p> <p>Logan Walsh contracted COVID-19 alongside his mother, but medical workers believed the pair had recovered from the disease six weeks ago.</p> <p>Doctors were immediately concerned as Logan's organs started to fail, his skin blistered and he developed heart murmurs, which are symptoms of Paediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PIMS-TS).</p> <p>PIMS-TS is a rare and life-threatening condition that doctors believe was brought forward from COVID-19.</p> <p>It's not the first time doctors saw children develop this syndrome after catching COVID-19 and Logan's mother is urging for health experts to be more aware of this dangerous side-effect.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839310/blisters-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a9f396f1e5eb499f9b14f379f4d0c7da" /></p> <p>“The doctors told me they were seeing children and teenagers who had already had COVID-19, showing no symptoms when they had it and then coming in later, just like Logan,” she said.</p> <p>“They go on all the time about how this pandemic only affects the elderly and often say it doesn‘t seem to affect children.”</p> <p>“When this first began happening (to Logan), not all doctors were able to recognise it, and the link in the condition to COVID-19 is only just starting to be taken seriously.”</p> <p>Thankfully, Logan is recovering after a stay in the ICU where he was given steroids. He was sent to rehabilitation to relearn how to walk.</p> <p>“As his joints and muscles had swollen, Logan now requires physio to help with rehabilitation, and to walk again,” Ms Walsh said.</p> <p>“Thankfully, the initial treatment eventually got his condition under control.</p> <p>“Logan is recovering slowly, and made it home on Christmas Day.”</p> <p><em>Photo credits: Facebook</em></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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9 signs you’re drinking too much water

<div class="author"> <p>Dietitians constantly remind us that drinking enough water is absolutely vital in order for our bodies to function properly. And it is – unless you drink too much of it. Though most people look out for the signs of dehydration, over-hydration is equally as dangerous. Drinking too much water can result in water intoxication, also known as hyponatremia, causing the inside of cells to flood due to abnormally low sodium levels in your bloodstream. In severe cases, water intoxication can lead to debilitating health problems such as seizures, coma and even death.</p> <p>You constantly have a water bottle in hand<br />If you carry around your water bottle all day and immediately refill it when it depletes, you may be drinking too much water. Constantly adding water to your body can result in low sodium levels in your blood, which can cause all of the cells in your body to swell. According to exercise professor Tamara Hew-Butler, this can become particularly dangerous when your brain starts to swell. “Your brain can only swell about 8-10% before it reaches the skull and it pushes your brain stem out,” says Hew-Butler.</p> <p>You drink water even when you’re not thirsty<br />The best way to know if your body really needs more water is to be consciously aware of whether or not you actually feel thirsty. “Our bodies are so programmed to fight against dehydration because we’ve always been living in fear of scarcity or not having enough, so we have all of these built-in mechanisms to protect us against that,” Hew-Butler says. “One of these mechanisms that all animals have is thirst. Thirst is every body’s individual monitor that lets them know if they need more. The more water you need, the thirstier you get.”</p> <p>You continuously drink water until your urine is clear<br />If you’re drinking a healthy amount of water, the colour of your urine should be straw-coloured to transparent yellow. Though most people believe clear urine is the healthiest sign of hydration, having urine with no pigmentation at all may be a sign that you’re drinking too much water. For most people, eight to 10 glasses of water a day is considered a normal amount. This suggestion varies depending on an individual’s height, weight and exercise patterns.</p> <p>You urinate frequently, including during the night<br />You may be drinking too much water if you find you often wake up in the middle of the night to use the toilet. According to the Cleveland Clinic, most people urinate between six and eight times a day. If you find yourself urinating more than ten times a day, you may be drinking more water than your body needs. Other causes include an overactive bladder and caffeine. To prevent night time urination, have your last glass of water a couple of hours before bed to give your kidneys time to filter the water through your body. (Frequent urination could be an indicator of diabetes insipidus, too.)</p> <p>You feel nauseous and may experience vomiting<br />The symptoms of over-hydration look a lot like those of dehydration, according to Hew-Butler. When you drink too much water, your kidneys become unable to get rid of the excess liquid, and water starts to collect in the body. This can cause a number of unpleasant symptoms, often including nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.</p> <p>You have throbbing headaches throughout the day<br />Headaches are both a sign of over-hydration and dehydration, similar to nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. When you drink too much water, the salt concentration in your blood reduces, causing the cells in the organs throughout your body to swell. When your salt concentration is low, your cells grow. When you drink too much water, your brain actually grows in size and presses against the skull. This added pressure can cause a throbbing headache and more serious health problems such as brain impairment and trouble breathing.</p> <p>You notice swelling or discolouration in your hands, lips and feet<br />In many cases of hyponatremia, people will experience noticeable swelling or discoloration in their hands, lips and feet. When all of the cells throughout your body swell, your skin will start to visibly swell as well. Those who drink too much water may gain weight suddenly due to swelling and excess water in the bloodstream. If you’re drinking more than 10 glasses of water each day and notice swelling or discoloration in your hands, lips and feet, consider cutting back on your water intake and see if your symptoms subside.</p> <p>Your muscles feel weak and tend to cramp easily<br />Having a healthy, fully functioning body is all about balance. When you drink too much water, your electrolyte levels drop and that balance is compromised. Low electrolyte levels can cause a number of unpleasant symptoms, including muscle spasms and cramping. You can prevent muscle problems by replacing a couple of glasses of water a day with coconut water, which is full of electrolytes and 100 percent natural.</p> <p>You feel tired or fatigued<br />Your kidneys are responsible for filtering the water you drink through your body and making sure the fluid levels in your bloodstream stay balanced. When you drink too much water, your kidneys have to work even harder, creating a stressful reaction from your hormones that leaves your body stressed and fatigued. If you’re constantly drinking water and find yourself struggling to get out of bed, it may be because you’ve added unneeded stress to your kidneys.</p> </div> <div class="author"> <p class="p1">Written by Lianna Roth Hursh, medically reviewed by Dr Michael Spertus. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.co.nz/healthsmart/tips/9-signs-youre-drinking-too-much-water"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.co.nz/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</p> </div>

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"Bringing the heat": Rebel Wilson flaunts slimmed down figure after 30kg weight loss

<p>Rebel Wilson has lost 30kg during her “year of health”.</p> <p>The week, the actress showed off her incredible figure as she spent time with Mrs Canada Globe, Lorelei Higgins.</p> <p>The 40-year-old wore skin-tight leggings with a black blouse, showing off her trim figure.</p> <p>Taking to Instagram to share multiple photos and videos, the two were seen spending time together at Wilson’s LA home.</p> <p>“Mrs Canada and I bringing the heat,” Rebel captioned a photo of the pair hanging near the outdoor fire pit.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CIxCv53L6VA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CIxCv53L6VA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Rebel Wilson (@rebelwilson)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“World peace,” she added as a hashtag.</p> <p>The Pitch Perfect star has been on a health journey this year, after setting a goal of reaching 75kg.</p> <p>Last month, she proudly announced that she had smashed that goal, showing the number 74.6 on a scale.</p> <p>“Hit my goal with one month to spare!” she wrote in the caption. “Even though it’s not about a weight number, it’s about being healthy, I needed a tangible measurement to have as a goal and that was 75 kilograms.”</p>

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17 butt exercises that are better than squats

<p>Step aside squats; there are plenty of other butt workouts that are better for isolating the glutes. Don’t get us wrong, squats aren’t an inherently bad exercise. They are excellent for your quads, the front thigh muscles of your legs, and your back muscles, too. Squats improve the overall strength of the lower body, and the movement also allows you to maintain tension in your glute muscles. (Your glutes are three muscles that make up your butt: the gluteus minimus, gluteus medius, and gluteus maximus.)</p> <p>But the classic squat move might present a few challenges and shortcomings, especially if your goal is to work on your butt. For some people, squats put too much stress on the knees and back. And to get the most glute activation out of a squat, you need to know how to squat correctly. Your butt must be lower than parallel with the floor – a range of motion not everyone can achieve. Squats focus on going up and down. In everyday life, however, we also move side to side. So, it’s important to target other muscles that are part of the glutes to move well.</p> <p>Squats should just be one tool in your arsenal for glute growth. Here are other glute exercises that experts recommend implementing into your butt workouts.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Bodyweight deadlifts</strong></p> <p>Five different strength training experts say deadlifts are one of the best butt exercises. Plus, there are tons of different variations of this movement. Kelly Vargo, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and an instructor for the department of exercise and nutrition sciences at George Washington University, recommends a traditional deadlift. “This exercise is a home run for the posterior chain as it recruits the core, hamstring and glute muscles,” Vargo says.</p> <p><strong>How to do a deadlift:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Start this exercise in a neutral position standing with feet together, core engaged, shoulders relaxed, and a slight bend in the knees.</li> <li>The next step is to hinge at the hips and begin to bend forward. It is important to keep the shoulders back, almost retracted to counteract the tendency to round the shoulders forward, which is harmful to the back. Slowly continue to bend forward, keeping the hands close to the front of the legs and pushing the hips backward. There should be tension building in the hamstrings.</li> <li>Continue to bend forward until your shoulders start to round or until you get to the floor. Slowly extend the body and hips back into a neutral position.</li> </ol> <p><strong>Kettlebell, dumbbell or barbell deadlifts</strong></p> <p>For more challenging butt workouts, add some weight to your favourite moves. Although squats and deadlifts may look similar, they target different muscles, according to personal trainer Henry Halse. “The deadlift involves your hips more because you’re lifting the weight off the ground and standing up with it,” Halse says. “The biggest hip muscles are your glutes.”</p> <p><strong>How to do a kettlebell, barbell, or dumbbell deadlift:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Start with the weight on the ground between your feet. Stick your butt back and arch your lower back as you go down to grab it.</li> <li>Grab the weight with both hands and lift by driving through your heels.</li> <li>Then, stand up tall before lowering the weight back to the ground.<br />Advertisement</li> </ol> <p><br /><strong>Bodyweight Romanian deadlifts</strong></p> <p>Sports physical therapist Leada Malek says that Romanian deadlifts use all the glutes and hamstrings to help protect your back and perform the movement well. If you work on your technique and activate your core, you’ll see awesome results with this movement. Make this movement easier by stopping halfway to parallel, Malek recommends.</p> <p><strong>How to do a Romanian deadlift:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Make sure to select the appropriate resistance band for your current ability, then place the band under your feet and stand with a slight bend in the knees and feet a comfortable hip-width apart.</li> <li>Grip the band with your knuckles facing outwards. Hands should be slightly less than shoulder-width apart.<br />Push the hips backward and maintain a neutral or straight spine as you hinge down, stopping just before parallel with the ground.</li> <li>Keep the core engaged as you initiate from the glutes and extend the hips to stand back up.</li> </ol> <p><br /><strong>Dumbell or kettlebell Romanian deadlifts</strong></p> <p>Kettlebell or dumbbell Romanian deadlifts are a more hip-dominant exercise than the squat, according to kinesiologist Jeremy Ethier. That means the move favours the glutes more and enables you to apply more stress to the glutes in a slightly different way than other butt workout exercises. The movement provides an excellent glute stretch, too.</p> <p><strong>How to do a dumbbell Romanian deadlift:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Hold a dumbbell in each hand by your sides. Brace your core by preparing as if someone were about to punch your gut.</li> <li>Next, hinge over at the hips by pushing your hips back like you’re ‘closing a car door with your butt’ and lower the dumbbells. Keep your knees just slightly bent and your back flat as you come down.</li> <li>Once the dumbbells reach about shin level (or as low as you can while still keeping a flat back), squeeze your glutes and thrust your hips forward to stand straight up again.</li> </ol> <p><br /><strong>Glute bridges</strong></p> <p>Glute bridges are another popular butt move with exercise experts. Ethier likes them because a study in the International Journal of Sports Medicine found that they are more effective for glutes growth than the traditional squat. “It’s also a great alternative to squats for the glutes since it enables you to provide a ton of work onto the glutes in a manner that’s very easy on the knees and back,” Ethier says.</p> <p><strong>How to do a glute bridge:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Lie on your back with your knees bent, and your core braced. Without arching your lower back, squeeze your butt muscles to get them engaged.</li> <li>Then, lift up while keeping your glutes contracted.<br />At the top, squeeze your glutes as hard as possible for about 5 seconds before coming back down and repeating.</li> </ol> <p><br /><strong>Single leg glute bridges</strong></p> <p>Take glute bridges to the next level and turn them into a glute isolate exercise by performing this move with one leg, Halse recommends. “Since you’re lying on the ground, you don’t have to concentrate on anything other than squeezing your butt,” he says. “Plus, you don’t need to get your quads and hamstrings involved.” Make it even tougher by holding a weight like a dumbbell in your lap.</p> <p><strong>How to do a single leg glute bridge:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Lie on your back with both feet flat on the ground, 15cm from your butt.</li> <li>Lift one leg straight into the air.</li> <li>Press through the heel of the foot that’s on the ground and lift your hips up as high as you can. That’s one rep.<br /><br /></li> </ol> <p><strong>Lunges</strong></p> <p>Good butt workouts are incomplete without some form of a lunge: this move is transformative, which is just one reason to make it a staple in your glutes workouts. There are many different variations, but the traditional lunge is worth doing, according to Vargo. “Lunges fire up the legs, strengthen the core, promote balance, and recruit the glute muscles,” she says. “These exercises are a win-win for shaping legs and glutes.”</p> <p><strong>How to do a lunge:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Start in a neutral position standing with feet together, core engaged and shoulders relaxed.</li> <li>Step forward with the right foot.</li> <li>As the right foot lands on the ground, simultaneously bend both the right and left knees. Lower your centre of gravity until your back left knee gently touches the ground. Ensure you are in an upright posture with the core engaged and shoulders relaxed.</li> <li>At this point, press off the floor with the right, front foot, raising the centre of gravity and bringing the right foot back next to the left foot into the original starting position. Repeat with the left foot stepping forward.</li> </ol> <p> </p> <p><strong>Lateral lunges</strong></p> <p>Always try to include a lateral movement in your butt workouts because the glutes are responsible for not only forward and back motions of the leg, but side to side motions, too, according to Halse. Not only is the lateral lunge his favourite exercise, but it’s a quick workout move that can transform your body.</p> <p><strong>How to do a lateral lunge:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Hold a weight down in front of your legs with both hands.</li> <li>Step out to one side, stick your butt back, and reach the weight down towards the ground.</li> <li>Then, stand back up and step your feet together. Alternate legs on each rep.</li> </ol> <p><br /><strong>Reverse lunges</strong></p> <p>Hone in on your butt without putting tons of stress on the knees and lower back with this exercise. Plus, if you choose to squat, this is a great complimentary movement as it better activates the glutes and hamstrings, Ethier says. Make sure to focus on your form to avoid exercise injury.</p> <p><strong>How to do a reverse lunge:</strong></p> <ol> <li>If you like, hold a pair of dumbbells at your side.</li> <li>Take a long step back and bring your back knee towards the ground until it just about touches the ground. Avoid rounding your back as you do so and keep your front shin vertical over your front foot.</li> <li>Then, push through the heel of your front foot to rise back up to the starting position. You should feel your glute of the front leg work as you do so. Repeat with the other leg.<br />Need a little cardiovascular workout? Try this at-home HIIT workout.</li> </ol> <p> </p> <p><strong>Hip thrusts</strong></p> <p>Personal trainer Morgan Rees and physiotherapist Lauren Lobert Frison both suggest hip thrusts for good butt workouts. You can use a barbell, resistance band or your body weight to perform the movement. You’ll need a bench or a chair about 30-50cm off the ground, depending on your height.</p> <p><strong>How to do a hip thrust:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Start with your butt on the ground, knees bent up, so your feet are flat on the floor, and leaning against a bench or chair. Line the bench up near the bottom of the shoulder blades.</li> <li>If you’re using a bar, place it along the hip’s crease. If you are using a glute resistance band, set it right above the knees.</li> <li>Keep your hands either behind your neck, in your lap, or resting on the ground, according to Frison.</li> <li>Keep your spine neutral, neck aligned with the spine (do not look down towards your feet), and press your glutes towards the ceiling lifting your butt off the floor, Rees says.<br />You don’t want your back arched at all at the top. You want your lower leg to be vertical at the top, so you may need to adjust your feet to be closer or farther away from your butt.</li> </ol> <p> </p> <p><strong>Kickbacks</strong></p> <p>Perform this glute isolation exercise that Rees and Frison recommend for stronger butt cheeks.</p> <p><strong>How to do a glute kickback:</strong></p> <ol> <li>This can be done with a cable machine using an ankle strap attachment, a band, or a dumbbell behind the knee.</li> <li>Place your knees and arms shoulder-width apart, hands on the floor.</li> <li>Place the resistance band above your knees or a dumbbell behind one of your knees.</li> <li>Press your foot towards the ceiling maintaining close to a 90-degree angle the entire time.</li> </ol> <p> </p> <p><strong>Clamshells</strong></p> <p>Ethier and Malek love clamshells to work your butt. “This exercise is important to target a glute muscle that tends to get overlooked in bigger movements like the squat,” Ethier explains. “It’s called the gluteus medius and plays an important role in hip stability and helping with the overall shape of your glutes.” Malek adds this move also works hip abductors and hip external rotators, which are key balance muscles and help with knee stability so you can avoid injuries and knee pain.</p> <p><strong>How to do a clamshell:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Lie on your side with your knees and hips bent. Use one arm to make a pillow for your head. With your other hand, place your thumb on the bone in the front of your hip. Wrap your other fingers around the upper part of your butt. This muscle is the gluteus medius, and you want to feel this muscle working as you do the following movement, Ethier says.</li> <li>Next, while keeping your feet together and core braced, open up your top knee like a clamshell so that the knee of your upper leg rises towards the ceiling. Maintain a bent knee level with the ankle. As you do so, avoid rotating your hips.</li> <li>Hold at the top briefly before coming down and repeating for more reps. If this move is too easy, add a resistance band around the top of the knees, Malek suggests.</li> </ol> <p><strong><br />Side-lying hip abduction</strong></p> <p>Target the same critical butt muscle, the gluteus medius, with this movement. “This muscle is the balancing muscle in the glute group that helps keep us straight,” Malek explains. “It also plays a large role in controlling our trunk with hip hinges and bending over, which helps protect your back.” If this movement is too challenging, practise holding this at the top instead of doing repetitions.</p> <p><strong>How to do a side-lying hip abduction:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Lie on your side, legs stacked.</li> <li>Straighten the top leg, and lift it slightly behind the torso. Be sure to avoid rolling backwards. Lower your leg, and repeat.</li> </ol> <p><br /><strong><br />Step-ups</strong></p> <p>This glute exercise makes sure you’re working both sides of your butt. It requires stepping up and isolating the glute muscle of each leg, Vargo explains. If this move is hard to do with good form, lower the step or chair’s elevation. But if this is too easy, Vargo recommends adding in weights or increasing your pace.</p> <p><strong>How to do a step up:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Start in a neutral position standing with feet together, core engaged and shoulders relaxed. Step up with the right foot on the chair (or whatever tool for elevation you are using).</li> <li>Press down on the surface of the chair with the right foot, raising the centre of gravity and bringing the left foot onto the surface of the chair.</li> <li>Step back off the surface of the chair with the left foot followed by the right foot, finishing the repetition in the beginning neutral stance. Repeat this with the left foot, Vargo says.</li> </ol> <p> </p> <p><strong>Split squat</strong></p> <p>The need to keep your balance during this movement makes it such a dynamic exercise for your lower body, especially your glutes. This is basically a single leg squat or stationary lunge, a good addition to your butt workouts.</p> <p><strong>How to do a split squat:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Start in a standing position. Your back knee should be relatively perpendicular to the ground and can be elevated on a bench for support.</li> <li>Slightly hinge forward, keeping the front foot firmly placed on the ground. Keep your shoulders back as you hinge forward and lower yourself towards the ground and back up.<strong><br /><br /><br /></strong></li> </ol> <p><strong>Hook-lying hip abduction</strong></p> <p>Hip abduction occurs when you move the leg sideways and away from your body, Frison explains. The muscles used in this movement, hip abductors, not only involve your glutes, but they also help people perform basic everyday activities like walking.</p> <p><strong>How to do a hook-lying hip abduction:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Lying on your back with your knees bent, so your feet are flat on the floor, bring your knees apart and then back together.</li> <li>You will want a strong band around your legs, either just above or just below your knees. You can also do this sitting if you prefer, Lauren says. Don’t let the band snap your knees back together; control it on the way back.</li> </ol> <p><strong><br /><br />Sidestep</strong></p> <p>Sidestep (or crab) targets your glutes with a resistance band.</p> <p><strong>How to do a sidestep:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Stand in an athletic position (slight knee bend, flat back) with and a resistance band around your legs (the higher up it is, the easier it will be so it can be anywhere from your upper thighs to around your feet).</li> <li>Take a large step sideways, keeping your toes pointed forwards. Follow with the other foot, keeping tension on the band the whole time.</li> <li>Repeat, walking sideways, and then go back the other way.</li> </ol> <p><br /><br /><strong>Bonus: Jump squat</strong></p> <p>OK, so this is technically a squat. But according to Halse, it’s worth adding to your butt workouts. “While regular squats aren’t as helpful for glute development, explosive exercises like the squat jump are,” Halse explains. “Your glutes are large and powerful, and designed to help you do explosive activities like sprint and jump.” That’s why you should try to include some jumping exercises in your workouts, like squat jumps. If you have knee, hip or back issues, however, you might want to avoid this exercise.</p> <p><strong>How to do a squat jump:</strong></p> <ol> <li>For this exercise, all you have to do is squat down low then jump up high. Try to get your feet to leave the ground.</li> <li>Land softly on your feet with your knees slightly bent and repeat, Halse says.<br />Now you’ve got your body sorted, give your brain a boost with these weird brain exercises that make you smarter.</li> </ol> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Emily DiNuzzo. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.co.nz/healthsmart/fitness/17-butt-exercises-that-are-better-than-squats?pages=1"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.co.nz/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p>

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7 things you should always do on a Monday

<p>Start a diet<br />No matter how tired you are on a Monday morning, you’ve got to admit, the first day of the week provides a refreshing opportunity to start anew. That feeling is particularly helpful when it comes to starting a diet, according to a University of Pennsylvania report. “On certain days, called temporal landmarks, you have a different view of yourself,” said Jason Riis, co-author of the report. “You become more forward-looking.” The trick is in not tiring of your new plan by Wednesday. And if you do fall off the wagon, don’t wait until the following Monday to restart. Jump back in the next morning.</p> <p>Gossip with co-workers<br />The Monday blues are real, and scientists guess that one reason we get them might date back to our caveman days. “Humans are social animals, and to feel happy we need to feel comfortable in our place in a ‘tribe,’ so to speak,” writes Mental Floss. “Even after just two days away, according to scientists, we need to make sure our place in our work environment is secure. Gossiping with your co-workers is an important part of gearing up for the work week, and if you don’t do this, you might feel out of sorts.” It’s an interesting idea, and at the very least, you’ll value the catch-up time.</p> <p>Wash your hands<br />For one reason or another, Mondays are the most common day of the week for calling in sick. In fact, according to one British study, more than a third of all sick days take place on the first day of the week. It’s hard to say whether that’s because Monday is truly the day you’re most likely to fall ill, or because a stunning number of folk want a three-day weekend. Whatever it is, we’ll leave you with this advice: on Mondays – and every day – wash your hands.</p> <p>Head to the gym<br />For similar reasons that Monday is a great day to start a new diet, it’s also the perfect opportunity to hit your goals at the gym (or pool). One Jawbone report found Monday is the most popular day of the week for gym-goers. And while that might mean you have to wait in line for the best machines, it also means you’ll start your week on a healthy footing. We can’t argue with that.</p> <p>Schedule surgery<br />Researchers already know that the morning is the safest time of day to go under the knife. It’s when hospital staffs are most alert and least likely to make a mistake. That same earlier-is-better approach applies to days of the week as well. The risk of death after undergoing a non-emergency surgery is lowest on Monday and goes up every day of the week thereafter, according to a report in the British Medical Journal. But don’t freak if your surgeon only has spots on Thursday. The increase is a mere fraction of a percent – from 1% on Monday to 1.44% on Friday.</p> <p>Invest in the stock market<br />If you’ve invested in the stock market, you already know that the key is to buy low and sell high. And it turns out, because of a slew of market factors, stocks have a tendency to drop on Mondays. That’s bad if you plan to sell, but if you’re in the market to add to your portfolio, you may just snag a bargain.</p> <p>Make the ultimate to-do list<br />When it comes to goal setting, what better day of the week to lay things out than Monday? Research published in Psychological Science suggests that we may be more likely to follow through with our professional goals if we start on a Monday rather than a Thursday. And while there are a ton of ways to make the perfect to-do list, we like this goal-setting idea from Peter Gasca: “I make it a point to set one new and aggressive personal goal for the week, such as trying a new exercise, reading a book, or learning a new song on the guitar,” he writes on Inc. “The point is to provide you motivation during your busy week to pursue an interest that you enjoy outside of work.”</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Juliana LaBianca. This article first appeared on <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/tips/7-things-you-should-always-do-on-a-monday" target="_blank"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.com.au/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p>

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Hugh Grant reveals panic-inducing COVID-19 symptoms he experienced

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Actor Hugh Grant went into graphic detail about the strange symptoms he experienced while battling coronavirus this year.</p> <p>Grant, 60, and his wife Anna Eberstein were struck with the illness and Grant made the detailed confession on <em>The Late Show</em> with Stephen Colbert.</p> <p>The pair suffered from normal coronavirus symptoms, which included a tightness in the chest and a loss of smell but also experienced other odd symptoms.</p> <p>“It started as just a very strange syndrome where I kept breaking into a terrible sweat,” he said, describing it as “like a poncho of sweat.”</p> <p>“Then my eyeballs felt about three sizes too big and this … a feeling as though an enormous man was sitting on my chest, Harvey Weinstein or someone,” he said.</p> <p>Grant started "to panic" when he lost his sense of smell.</p> <p>“I started sniffing flowers, nothing. And you get more and more desperate. I started sniffing in garbage cans. You know, you want to sniff strangers’ armpits because you just can’t smell anything,” he explained, telling Colbert he even resorted to spraying his wife’s Chanel No. 5 perfume “directly” into his face.</p> <p>The pair have since recovered from the illness and a recent test reveals he now has antibodies for the virus.</p> <p>He's not the only celebrity to experience odd symptoms from COVID-19, with actress Alyssa Milano losing a lot of her hair after just one brushing as she was diagnosed with COVID-19. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Thought I’d show you what <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Covid19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Covid19</a> does to your hair. Please take this seriously. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WearADamnMask?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WearADamnMask</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LongHauler?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LongHauler</a> <a href="https://t.co/H0wCmzYswV">pic.twitter.com/H0wCmzYswV</a></p> — Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) <a href="https://twitter.com/Alyssa_Milano/status/1292540903047852034?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 9, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>“I am what they call a ‘long hauler’. Last night, I had real heaviness in my chest. I went to the ER just to make sure it wasn’t a blood clot. Thankfully, it wasn’t,” she wrote on Twitter, seemingly having the same symptoms Grant experienced.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Rebel Wilson shows off incredible transformation at Halloween party

<p>Rebel Wilson has showed off her incredible weight loss transformation in new photographs wearing a coronavirus-themed Halloween costume. </p> <p>The Aussie star dressed as a warrior princess, opting for a skin-tight leotard, a cape and purple boots.</p> <p>Sharing a number of posts to Instagram, the 40-year-old also showed off her skills with a pair of nunchucks.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CHA6ULWAxqK/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CHA6ULWAxqK/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Just call me: RONA (Warrior Princess) ...destroying ‘rona wherever I go 😝</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/rebelwilson/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Rebel Wilson</a> (@rebelwilson) on Oct 31, 2020 at 9:15am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Just call me: RONA (Warrior Princess) ...destroying ‘rona wherever I go,” she wrote in one post.</p> <p>In a second post, Wilson was flanked by two other women, including her sister, who also had nunchucks.</p> <p>“TOGETHER WE ARE: THE NUN-CHICKS,” Wilson wrote.</p> <p>Rebel also posted a video to her stories showing her destroying a coronavirus cell-shaped piñata ball.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CHBY6szLVxP/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CHBY6szLVxP/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">TOGETHER WE ARE: THE NUN-CHICKS 💪🏻 @marissamontgomery @annachi.wilson @bamastunts</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/rebelwilson/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Rebel Wilson</a> (@rebelwilson) on Oct 31, 2020 at 1:42pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I’m going to crush this coronavirus,” the 40-year-old said in a video.</p> <p>In another snap, Wilson was seen posing with boyfriend Jacob Busch.</p> <p>Wilson has shared several photos of her weight loss journey over the past few months.</p> <p>The 40 year old announced earlier this year she was embarking on a “Year of Health” in 2020.</p> <p>She revealed in October she was only 3kg away from her goal weight of 75kg.</p>

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“Ugly and repulsive”: Acid attack survivor slams troll after undergoing 400th operation

<p>British TV personality and model Katie Piper has shared the vicious taunt she received from a troll on Instagram, calling out the cruel nature of the comments.</p> <p>The 37-year-old has been the subject of vicious trolling since suffering a horrific acid attack in 2008.</p> <p>The mum was assaulted by an ex-boyfriend while walking in the street in London, and has since undergone almost 400 surgeries to correct the damage that resulted from the attack.</p> <p>Sharing a screenshot of the message she received on her Instagram, the troll wrote: "You're the most repulsive and ugliest thing I've ever seen why even bother with make-up."</p> <p>In response, the TV presenter noted "more work needs to be done" to combat online harassment.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CFeJjjvj3lt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CFeJjjvj3lt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Morning 🌻🌼 Amongst all this uncertainty the sun and being able to take walks has provided some consistency and peace. What’s providing you with a little escapism and clarity at the moment? Big or small My dress is @ted_baker</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/katiepiper_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> K A T I E P I P E R</a> (@katiepiper_) on Sep 23, 2020 at 12:43am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"I've posted this message from my inbox to show you all the work and conversations around diversity and inclusion, the everyday reality for anyone who is in the minority category," she wrote.</p> <p>"The everyday existence is very different to the positivity campaigns. More work needs to be done."</p> <p>A week before, Piper shared a health update after having an operation on her right eye.</p> <p>The TV personality was left blind in her left eye following the March, 2008 attack.</p> <p>A representative for Piper told the Mail Online she was "being as brave as ever" in the lead up to the procedure and "remains positive about the future."</p> <p>"The operation was a skin graft to her upper eyelid using skin from her left arm. She is currently resting to minimise the threat of infection and to ensure a quick recovery. Katie thanks everyone for their care and warm wishes," they added.</p> <p>Piper sustained the injuries from her ex-boyfriend Daniel Lynch and accomplice Stefan Sylvestre.</p>

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Non-smoking mum reveals symptom she ignored that turned out to be cancer

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A Brisbane mum's lung cancer symptoms were masked by her pregnancy for months and almost was diagnosed too late.</p> <p>However, she's warning other mums to not make the same mistakes she did and get tested early.</p> <p>Samantha Bladwell thought something was wrong as she was 30 weeks pregnant but figured it was to do with the baby.</p> <p>She would be short of breath in weird situations, such as walking up a hill or giving a presentation at work and had decided to take herself to her GP.</p> <p>Her GP wasn't convinced but sent her off for tests anyway.</p> <p>After a CT scan, a biopsy and conversations with specialists, she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, which was in her spine, her brain and both of her lungs.</p> <p>“It was very surreal, and all a bit of a blur,” she told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.kidspot.com.au/parenting/real-life/reader-stories/i-thought-i-was-rundown-and-pregnant-but-the-truth-was-so-much-scarier/news-story/c8e65317b91a044635f6e93ea65c3073" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink">Kidspot.</a></p> <p>“People assume if you’ve got lung cancer, you smoke, so it’s your fault. I’ve never smoked a cigarette in my life,” she said.</p> <p>‘The truth is anyone with lungs can get lung cancer. No-one deserves to have lung cancer, it’s horrible.”</p> <p>She's now urging other mums to get tested as she initially blamed her shortness of breath on the expected baby.</p> <p>The mother-of-two is now undergoing target therapy which works to specifically kill cancer-causing cells.</p> <p><em>Photo credits: Kidspot</em></p> </div> </div> </div>

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How to stop your glasses from fogging up while wearing a mask

<p>The COVID-19 pandemic brings with it a problem unique to those who wear glasses: The moment the face mask goes on, those lenses instantly fog up.</p> <p>It’s an annoying quirk that boils down to the difference in temperature between your body and your glasses. When you breathe, the warm air that leaves your mouth and nose escapes through the top of your mask, turns into condensation, and fogs up the cool surface of your lenses.</p> <p>Though foggy glasses are inconvenient, widespread mask-wearing remains one of the most important public health measures we have to protect ourselves against the novel coronavirus, says Dr Anna Banerji, an associate professor at the University of Toronto. Since the virus is airborne, wearing a face covering like a mask creates a physical layer of protection between you and any air droplets from infected people. “And, if you wear a mask properly, it protects someone else because your droplets aren’t going to the nose or mouth of someone and potentially infecting them,” Banerji says.</p> <p>The good news? There are measures you can take to ensure your vision remains crystal clear throughout the pandemic. Here are five tips to help you avoid foggy glasses while wearing a face mask.</p> <p><strong>Use soap and water</strong><br />Banerji suggests washing your glasses with soapy water and then wiping them dry. “There’s a film of soap that’s left over which might reduce the risk of fogging,” she advises. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, glasses get foggy because of the surface tension between the water molecules in your breath. The thin film left behind by the soapy water reduces the surface tension and causes the water molecules to spread out evenly, rather than cluster on your lenses to create fog.</p> <p>It’s best to use dishwashing detergent or a basic hand soap – anything that is for sensitive skin or contains lotion might get stuck to your lenses and smear.</p> <p><strong>Wear your glasses over your mask</strong><br />Changing the position of your glasses might divert the warm air away from your lenses. If you’re finding that your vision gets cloudy with every breath you take, try pulling the top of your mask higher onto your face so that your glasses are sitting on top of the material.</p> <p><strong>Mind the gap</strong><br />You might be having trouble with foggy glasses because your mask doesn’t fit tightly enough. The result is a gap at the top of the mask, by the bridge of your nose, that lets warm air escape behind the lenses of your glasses. Make sure that your mask fits securely over your nose. If you have a mask that has an adjustable nose bridge strip, mould the strip to follow the contours of your nose for a tighter seal.</p> <p><strong>Tape it down</strong><br />Another way to close the gap at the top of a mask is to tape it down across the bridge of your nose. Even before the pandemic, some health care professionals who regularly wear glasses would put a strip of surgical tape along the top of their masks to prevent the warm moist air from escaping. Just make sure you’re using medical tape or sports tape that’s safe for use on skin.</p> <p><strong>Use a tissue</strong><br />If you’re still having problems with your glasses fogging up, try folding a facial tissue horizontally and placing it under the top of your mask at the bridge of your nose. The moisture from your breath should be absorbed by the tissue instead of escaping behind your glasses.</p> <p class="p1">Written by <span>Rebecca Gao</span>. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.co.nz/healthsmart/how-to-stop-your-glasses-from-fogging-up-while-wearing-a-mask"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.co.nz/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</p>

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12-year-old autistic boy "left to die" after drinking bleach

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A 12-year-old boy has been "left to die" after being tricked into drinking something that his mother believes was laced with bleach.</p> <p>Ronnie Phillips was left in an induced coma after sneaking out of the house with his younger brother to meet some other children.</p> <p>It was here that the other children gave Ronnie the drink, which he took as he thought it was alcohol.</p> <p>Ronnie's heartbroken mother Danielle Potter told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.sussexlive.co.uk/news/sussex-news/crawley-boy-12-left-die-4597796" target="_blank">SussexLive</a></em> that her son collapsed and his brother was screaming for help as he thought he died.</p> <p>“I just want to make people realise the dangers of drink, drugs, playing stupid games and running away leaving a child to die,” Danielle told the publication.</p> <p>“Kids will be kids but this sort of stuff is just ridiculous and dangerous”.</p> <p>Sharing her son’s experience online as a warning, Danielle added: “What my 12-year-old thought would be a laugh and a bit of fun with his mates has resulted with him like this in a coma, a machine breathing for him and in ICU.”</p> <p>His grandmother posted an update to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/fq96f-ronnie?utm_source=facebook&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1&amp;fbclid=IwAR2zp7jBuyRAVDGQTn4JQjQaVSkdzDbMpNWqxA83MLKfVKNMLP0Ez1CPW50" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink"><em>GoFundMe</em></a> page updating people about Ronnie's condition.</p> <p>“This is my 12 year old grandson who is autistic. On Friday night some older children tricked him into drinking bleach and the result was him having to be put in a induced coma!” Tracey Willmor wrote.</p> <p>“He is now awake but can’t understand why no one likes him and would do this to him when he thought they was his friends! I want to show him that people do care and are not all nasty”</p> <p>Ronnie has since recovered and is due to return home soon.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Mother gives grave warning after daughter loses leg

<p>A mother is urging parents to think again before they let their children near and around adult equipment after her own daughter lost her leg in a horrific lawnmower accident in August.</p> <p>Mum Sarah Reardon said her three-year-old daughter Abigail Reardon, is dealing with her new circumstances “far better than all the adults in her life” after she was reversed over by the mower in Franklin, Massachusetts.</p> <p>The horrifying accident took place on August 22 and resulted in extensive damage to Abigail’s left foot and leg. </p> <p>It left her needing an amputation from her mid-calf.</p> <p>Ms Reardon said the accident happened quickly. </p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838231/baby-loses-leg-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3ab4b3d15ae448858175ce9b20d1172b" /></p> <p>“She was out playing and the lawnmower was put into reverse and she was there,” the heartbroken mother told Boston 25 News.</p> <p>The driver of the ride-on mower has not been identified because what happened was an accident, she said.</p> <p>Abigail spent 16 days at the Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence. </p> <p>The little girl has undergone five surgeries and her mother said more surgeries are likely to come.</p> <p>Ms Reardon aid she had an “amazing, determined, resilient little spirit”.</p> <p>“Abby lost her left foot and leg up to the middle of her calf, endured plastic reconstructive surgery, has significant soft tissue injuries to recover from, and is fighting bacterial and fungal infections from her wounds,” she wrote on a GoFundMe page.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838232/baby-loses-leg-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7f7598eb86a447d78768670d345f38d9" /></p> <p>Her mum also said she faces ongoing issues, including requiring medications, and “will need many prosthetic leg fittings over the course of the next 15+ years, or until she’s done growing”.</p> <p>“As the bones in her amputated leg grow, it’s likely the skin won’t stretch fast enough to keep up, so she’s expected to go through many procedures to ‘shorten the bone’ as she grows.”</p> <p>The mum said the accident was also witnessed by Abigail’s older sister Alexa. </p> <p>She has also expressed she wants said Alexa to begin counselling to help her understand the accident.</p> <p>Ms Reardon said she wants parents to be aware of the dangers of ride-on mowers. </p> <p>“They’re obviously very dangerous machines,” she said. </p> <p>“I’ve learned way more statistics than I wanted to about what happens to over 9000 children a year.”</p> <p>Ms Reardon was citing statistics from the American Academy of Paediatrics. </p> <p>AAoP advises children be kept indoors while ride-on mowers are in use.</p> <p>A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Abigail’s family pay for medical costs.</p>

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10 easy ways to improve gut health

<p><strong>How to improve gut health naturally</strong><br />At any given moment, there are trillions of bacteria living in your gut. Known as a ‘microbiome,’ this culture of microscopic organisms is essential to gut health, playing a role in everything from the digestion of food to the regulation of metabolism. What’s more, research suggests the condition of your microbiome can also impact your mood and your ability to fend of illness.</p> <p>Although the market is saturated with expensive probiotics that can give your microbiome a boost, it turns out you can actually change your internal ecosystem simply by adapting your lifestyle.</p> <p>“The gut microbiota is very dynamic, so if you start taking up healthy food habits, it will respond and will modify very quickly – even within 48 hours,” says assistant professor Corinne Maurice. But to improve gut health in the long-term, you need to stick to those healthy habits, because the benefits can disappear just as quickly. Here’s expert advice on how to improve gut health naturally.</p> <p><strong>Foster gut health by diversifying your diet</strong><br />Maurice explains that most people who are sick with a gut-related disease – or even other conditions, like diabetes and allergies – have one thing in common: a lack of variety in their microbial populations. It’s clear that a healthy gut is a diversely-populated gut, and one of the best ways to build a diverse bacterial community is to eat a wide range of healthy foods.</p> <p><strong>Eat yoghurt and kefir for a healthy gut</strong><br />Consuming cultured dairy products, such as yoghurt and kefir, introduces healthy bacteria into your gut. Those bacteria may not take up permanent residence there, but they can have positive effects even while passing through. A 2011 study found that, when a strain of bacteria that’s common to yoghurt was ingested by mice, it regulated their moods. This has led scientists to believe the bacteria could have the potential to treat depression in humans, too.</p> <p><strong>Don’t give up cheese in the name of gut health</strong><br />Could cheese be good for gut health? It seems increasingly likely. A study conducted by the American Chemical Society found that people who ate cheese had higher levels of a certain by-product of gut bacteria that’s been associated with a reduction in cholesterol. There’s a caveat, however: Maurice says it’s mostly unpasteurised cheeses that have those good-for-you microbes.</p> <p><strong>Be diligent about your dental health</strong><br />It might seem strange to mention oral hygiene when discussing how to improve gut health, but it’s all connected. Multiple studies, including one conducted by the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have found that harmful forms of bacteria that grow in the mouth often make their way into the gut or even the bloodstream. Regular brushing can keep those potentially harmful microbes in check-and your gut bacteria in balance.</p> <p><strong>Cook whole grains</strong><br />Whole grains, like quinoa, barley and oats, have dietary fibre that can’t be broken down by your intestines. That means they reach your colon intact, where they become food for the microbes and can help boost their populations. “When we give these [whole grains] to animals or humans, we note an increase in microbial diversity,” says Maurice.</p> <p><strong>Snack on nuts</strong><br />Like grains, nuts are also packed with fibre. In a 2016 study published in the journal Advances in Nutrition, researchers found that mice that were fed walnuts experienced changes in their gut microbes and developed fewer instances of colon cancer.</p> <p><strong>Spice things up</strong><br />Cooking with spices like garlic, ginger and turmeric, doesn’t only make your meals delicious; it can also curb the growth of harmful bacteria in your gut. “These spices actually contain very powerful antibacterial chemicals,” says Maurice. “But they’re not bad for your good bacteria; they’re bad for your bad bacteria.”</p> <p><strong>Indulge in dark chocolate</strong><br />Dark chocolate contains fibre and plant-based molecules called polyphenols. Since both of these compounds are difficult for the intestines to digest, they can travel deep into your gut where they’re fermented and metabolised by microbes. This process in turn releases health-promoting anti-inflammatory chemicals.</p> <p><strong>Sip some polyphenols</strong><br />A 2013 study from the journal Food Research International found that drinking black tea and red wine could improve the bacterial composition in the gut. That’s because, like chocolate, wine and tea contain microbe-feeding polyphenols.</p> <p><strong>Don’t give up on antibiotics</strong><br />Ever heard that taking antibiotics can throw your microbiome out of whack? It’s true to an extent, as antibiotics have a habit of destroying the microbes in your gut indiscriminately; but, as Maurice notes, there’s no other therapeutic alternative at the moment. Instead of avoiding antibiotics altogether (or failing to take the full dose as prescribed by your doctor), she recommends counteracting the effects on your gut by eating a diverse diet or even taking a probiotic temporarily.</p> <p><em>Written by </em><em>Jill Buchner</em><em>. This article first appeared on </em><a href="https://www.readersdigest.co.nz/healthsmart/10-easy-ways-to-improve-gut-health?pages=1"><em>Reader’s Digest</em></a><em>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><a href="http://readersdigest.co.nz/subscribe"><em>here’s our best subscription offer</em></a><em>.</em><em> </em></p>

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Olivia Newton-John gives sweet update on cancer battle

<p>Olivia Newton-John has been battling breast cancer since 1992 and has given her decades-long friend Richard Wilkins an update on her health.</p> <p>She's also started a new foundation, called the Olivia Newton-John Foundation, which aids the global fight against cancer.</p> <p>The Foundation joins the Olivia Newton-John Centre in Melbourne, which has been helping Australians fight cancer since 2012.</p> <p>"My dream is to find kinder therapies for cancer," Olivia said beaming.</p> <p>"When I was going through chemotherapy, radiation and chemotherapy, as I've done for the past 28 years, I've always dreamt of kinder ways to treat people. I've seen so many go through these processes and I know there are (other) ways we can research.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CF-X2T0DXuk/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CF-X2T0DXuk/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">I am proud to announce the establishment of the Olivia Newton-John Foundation. With your help, we will realise a world beyond cancer. Please check out and follow my new @onjfoundation. See the full video on the ONJ Foundation website. (Link in Bio.) Love and light, Olivia 🧡 #onjfoundation #beyondcancer</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/therealonj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Olivia Newton-john</a> (@therealonj) on Oct 5, 2020 at 1:03pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"I want to bring the science to different things I have done to still be here. This is my life mission. I have wanted to do this for such a long time.</p> <p>Olivia has also been isolating and taking care of her health in the American countryside.</p> <p>"I feel great and I'm so grateful I'm able to be in the countryside. I feel so much for people stuck in cities or apartments, or alone," she said.</p> <p>"I have my animals and my husband. This has actually been one of the rare times in my whole life where I have been in one place for more than three weeks.</p> <p>"I feel guilty admitting I've enjoyed having the excuse to be home. I can't go anywhere, I'm in that bracket with an underlying condition and have to be careful.</p> <p>"Everybody is going through dreadful times and having to worry about their immune systems and are very conscious of their health. People with cancer have had this concern always.</p> <p>"Cancer was here before COVID and it's going to be here a long time after."</p>

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“Treat yourself”: Rebel Wilson’s offers diet advice to fans

<p>Australian actress Rebel Wilson has shared some health advice with fans while posting more snaps from her recent trip to Monaco.</p> <p>The 40-year-old shared multiple photos to her 8.7 million followers on Instagram on Sunday.</p> <p>The pictures were taken at the end of September when the star took a trip to Monaco, where she attended a charity gala with her rumoured boyfriend, Jacob Busch, and an exhibition at the Nouveau Musee National de Monaco.</p> <p>“Remember though girls, you still gotta treat yourself,” she captioned a photo of herself dressed up on a balcony eating a cake.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CF7zz5-ASpK/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CF7zz5-ASpK/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Remember though girls, you still gotta treat yourself 😘 🍰 (I just do it with food now only once or twice a week...and substitute bubble baths on alternate nights)</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/rebelwilson/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Rebel Wilson</a> (@rebelwilson) on Oct 4, 2020 at 1:10pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I just do it with food now only once or twice a week... and substitute bubble baths on alternate nights,” she wrote.</p> <p>The actress also updated fans on her health journey progress, after revealing she wants to reach her goal weight of 75kg.</p> <p>“Gearing up for a great week ahead,” she wrote alongside a picture of herself on a hike.</p> <p>“This week was super busy but I got up super early 3 times and went on a hike ... even did a couple of 100m sprints to get the heart rate even higher (although my ‘sprint’ is probably someone else’s ‘slow jog’).</p> <p>“I felt proud of myself and now only 3kg away from my goal weight!”</p>

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Jane Fonda releases new exercise video to encourage voting

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Jane Fonda, well known for her exercise videos which were initially released in 1982, has gotten back into the swing of things and released a new video.</p> <p>In her latest Instagram video, she's teamed up with Register2Vote to lead Exercise That Vote, which is a video promoting voter registration and voting on November 3rd in the US election.</p> <p>"Hello, class, we're bringing back the movement," Fonda says as neon graphics fill the screen and '80s music plays in the background. </p> <p>"We need you to be in shape in the upcoming race. I need you to be strong, I need you to be laser focused, I need you to be fully committed to the task at hand, so let's get ready to exercise our right to vote."</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CF-FJGop3lP/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CF-FJGop3lP/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Let’s Get Registered!!!! 💪. We’re getting in shape for the race of our lives this November and it has never been more important to exercise your right to vote. Many states have registration deadlines today so do not wait! Head to the link in my bio and check your registration status now! LET’S DO THIS!!!!! #ExerciseThatVote</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/janefonda/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Jane Fonda</a> (@janefonda) on Oct 5, 2020 at 10:21am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The video features a wide range of celebrities in 1980s workout gear, including Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom, Ken Jeong, Ashley Benson, Kerry Washington, Amy Schumer and Shaquille O'Neal.</p> <p>"Exercise your glutes, exercise your quads and most of all, exercise your right to vote," Fonda says.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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