Posts Tagged ‘exercise’


Posted: September 23, 2012 by jerkmag in STUMBLED
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Want a workout that can give you abs in 10 seconds?

So do I, but this one does take a little more time. However, you only need to hold each pose for 5- 10 counts and do three repositions of each.

Oh and there are only five moves. I’m pretty bad at math, but it seems like that’s a pretty speedy way to get a core. For those of you who are even worse at math than me (although part of me doesn’t think you exist) this workout is 90 seconds max.

I also actually think it works because I’ve done a couple of the moves sporadically on my own for longer sets and seen some results.

One more plug for this workout- it’s yoga so you can get abs while you’re distressing. I’d say this is one of those workouts you want to make time for  and the good news is – it’s not even that much time.

Oh, by the way. I also stumbled upon (see what I did there) these while roaming the internet. If these can’t get your boy’s interest, I don’t know what will.

-Shannon Hazlitt

Everyone is looking for ways to lose weight even if it looks, sounds, is obnoxious. Oh hey drink this “smoothie” and stand on your head I swear it works. Okay well I’ve never heard that one but come on you know what I’m talking about. Crazy ideas and routines to do to shed those extra pounds that probably will come right back after you quit what you’re doing. And please, quit, because what you’re doing is probably not healthy or just makes you look like a fool anyway.

Yet, these people took exercise to the next level. The corporate level. Who thought turning your desk into a treadmill would work? This guy.

Craig Engler saw how working out wasn’t fitting into his schedule and took it to the extreme. Not only did he start working out, but also started exercising during work hours. How? By turning his desk into a treadmill or turning his treadmill into a desk, whichever way. By walking or jogging during work he lost roughly 65 pounds. Congrats.

Now to me this is a little extreme. I get bringing the gym to you and adding it into your work time so you don’t have to go to the gym but spending over $1000 on it? No fucking way. If you have money to do this and really care that much then be my guest but seriously walk to the gym or go run around the block a few times a week. That’s free.

Other people have tried the recent bandwagon switch to sitting on an exercise ball at work instead of an office chair. This does burn a few more calories than sitting in a chair but as recent doctors have discussed it has a higher risk of injury. As discussed in an article on the New York Times Health page, The Claim: Replacing Your Desk Chair With an Exercise Ball can Improve Your Posture, studies show more slumping and slouching on the ball than in a regular chair.

As stated in the article by Anahad O’Connor, “A study last year, by Dutch researchers, compared workers who did hour-long typing tasks on exercise balls and while seated in office chairs with armrests. The balls produced more muscle activity and 33 percent more ‘trunk motion.’ But they also produced more spinal shrinkage.” So I guess changing up your work environment isn’t always the best thing.

When deciding to change something in your life, even if it is just a chair, make sure it is for the best and will not harm your body or work ethic in the process.

-Brooke Leone

I found this blog on Pinterest when searching for workouts and such. With a tag line like Lazy Girl Fitness who doesn’t want to click on that to see what it’s all about?

Violet Sage is a blog with several goals and accomplishments. She’s kind of inspiring. Also what I’ve noticed is that she has been married for almost 20 years and you can’t feel her age through her blog. Incredible. I look at a lot of blogs daily and I can approximate the users age just by the material posted.

Lazy Girl Fitness is a few recent posts that you can do around your house with whomever and wherever. While brushing your teeth, waiting for the microwave to stop, folding laundry, and reading a book. My favorite one is the laundry-folding bit.

Dead lift laundry: Squat down, lift your laundry with you and then above your shoulders for a little extra. Do this 15 times each time you have a new load (dirty or clean).

Wall sits while folding: What better way to fold but with a wall sit! Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and then proceed to sit against the wall (keeping your back flat) and fold. If it gets too easy, try going on your toes, shoot for folding 5 pieces of laundry at a time.

Now I think this is a great idea but is this realistic? I feel like if I was folding my laundry, sitting on the wall (not possible) would probably make my laundry even more of a mess than it was when it came out of the dryer. As a neat freak and someone who does laundry once a month, this would be the longest wall sit challenge of my life. Of anyone’s life for that matter. The dead lift stuff is a little more tangible since laundry gets pretty heavy at times.

I’ll definitely be trying these and other workouts from the site, though.

-Brooke Leone

The 30-Minute Outdoor Workout

Posted: May 22, 2012 by jerkmag in CRISP -- health
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It is finally consistently beautiful here in Upstate New York. That means sitting in the sunshine all day long, running in the fresh air and not that smelly gym, and taking our workouts outdoors.

I always brush up on my fitness techniques and exercises because there are constantly new workouts available. Your body also gets used to your workouts if you do them every single day, which means you should add some variety into your workouts. Do something Monday, Wednesday, and Friday but not Tuesday or Thursday.

Here are a few exercises I found on that are very simple but very efficient. Plus they’re for your outside workouts.

Side Leap: Stand on a flat surface with your feet together, bend your knees and hop as far as you can to your right without putting your left foot on the ground. Bend your right knee and hop as far to the left as you can without placing your right foot on the ground. Do 20 hops on each side, for a more intense exercise, go faster or slower and increase the amount of hops you do.

Park Bench Dip: With your back to the bench, place your hands on the bench, hip width apart. With your feet together and your body in a sitting position, bend your elbows to a 90-degree angle and return to start position. Keep your body close to the bench at all times. Complete 12 to 15 reps.

Park Bench Push Up: Place your hands on the park bench while walking your feet out behind your body until your legs are completely extended. Bend arms and lower chest toward bench. Complete 12 reps. For another variation of the push up visit

Hanging Crunch: Take hold of a sturdy tree branch, monkey bars, or other elevated item, keep arms fully extended while bringing your knees up towards your abs. Do as many as you can.

For more workouts visit

-Brooke Leone

You sure that’s the right shoe?

Posted: May 4, 2012 by jerkmag in CRISP -- health
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I love shoes. Let’s just put that on the table right away. I’ll probably buy any type of shoe or any color shoe depending on what mood I’m in and how much peer pressure is placed upon me.

My favorite shoes are my flip-flops because, well, I don’t really like wearing shoes so these are the least coverage possible. However, we all have to wear shoes if we want to go to any public place, unless you’re one of those students who walk around campus barefoot. I don’t really know how that works but hey congrats for having the biggest calluses ever. Gross…

So yes, shoes are a must. A lot of students on Syracuse University’s campus go to the gym frequently (way to go). But are you wearing the proper shoes for your workouts? I have no idea to be honest. I love my running shoes since they are the only ones that I’ve found that DON’T give me blisters, but I didn’t know that there were certain shoes for the gym, outside, and for the specific activity you’re doing. I mean yeah, I know that there are climbing shoes, running shoes, cross training shoes, special biking shoes, hiking shoes, etc. etc. etc… but lets be real, who knows what specific running shoe goes to the gym with you and what one stays outside? No one.

Well, Women’s Health Magazine has created an interactive piece that will help you differentiate between your vibrant pretty neon Nikes and those less colorful Asics hiding under your bed.

Just to be more specific, the site gives you ideas on shoe shopping tips, what shoes are for the gym, group classes, and for running. Check the site out, it has some great stuff on it and some stuff you probably never would have thought about.

-Brooke Leone

Two Weeks Notice

Posted: November 8, 2011 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives
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Many of us freshmen will be going home for Thanksgiving break in a mere two weeks and will be reuniting with not only family and close friends, but also judgmental high school kids. Whether you choose to see people that are still in high school or not, just know that there is one thing they will definitely talk about behind your back: how much weight you’ve gained.

It’s important to note that although the “freshmen 15” refers to the entire freshmen year, some of us have most likely gained about 3-5 pounds of solid Easy Mac, Sbarro pizza, self serve ice cream and alcohol (sorry, mom) during our first semester of college.  And it shows.

So in order to avoid the dirty looks, now is the time to do a quick slim down before going home.  Avoid eating season fries and dessert every night and hit the gym when you’re bored instead of Facebook stalking.

Shape Up,

Fresh Meat

If you’re lame enough to need a pickup line to come anywhere close to a girl, try telling her that by having sex with you for more than just tonight, she can reduce her risk of dying from cardiac arrest. Unless, of course, you’re seriously that horrendously ugly to the point where she looks at you the next morning and regrets her very decision for being there in the first place. Because then, and only then, will she actually have a heart attack.

Recent studies from Tufts and Harvard are showing that those who engage in episodic sexual intercourse are more at risk of having a heart attack than those who do it regularly. Occasional sex raises the chance of having a heart attack by more than 2.5 percent in individuals who lack in proper exercise and diet. So let’s be real, that’s all of us–especially if you find yourself on more than once a week.

Those who have sex on a regular basis offset their chances of a heart attack by 45 percent. So here are your options: Have more sex or stay celibate. And judging by this campus, I’m guessing more sex is in everyone’s future, if not already. In all seriousness though, don’t be stupid. Wrap it up. No one here is majoring in babysitting.

-Julia Fuino

Autumn is my favorite season. But aside from the great fashion, delicious food and the beautiful landscapes, it has one extreme downside: it’s the beginning of flu season.

I hate being sick. Seriously, I would rather have both of my arms broken and have to walk around wearing two casts instead of being confined to my bed. So, in lieu of walking around campus waiting to be infected, I recently got my flu shot.

If you only ever decide to take my advice on one thing, let it be this: always get a flu shot. Now, this obviously won’t apply to those who are allergic to the shot itself (sorry about that, by the way; it must be torture having to wait in anticipation to contract the yearly flu), but if you can get it, I suggest that you do.

However, if you can’t get the shot or just don’t want to, you can still protect yourself from the weeks-long sickness by taking preventative measures. According to the Center for Disease Control, there are six main steps one can take to prevent the flu from taking over your body, and even to treat it if you’re one of the unlucky sufferers: