Nobody likes working out.
Ok, some people do, but sadly I'm not one of them. My roommate is one of those people that gets up at 5:30 am and is in the gym by 6:15 am. She has tried to motivate me a couple of times by literally dragging me out of my bed and making me go with her to some grueling workout class. So not my style. Plus, we live 30 minutes from the closest gym, so spending an hour commuting before I've even started getting ready for work feels like such a waste of time. I've slowly gained about 20 pounds over the last 18 months, and I knew I was going to have to find a workout routine that worked for my schedule if I was going to lose it.
Working out at home just made the most sense. My roommate, the gym bunny, told me that at-home workouts just don't compare to what you can achieve at the gym. Determined to prove her wrong, I started looking for an at-home workout plan that would give me serious results. My research led me to BodyBoss. BodyBoss is a 12-week fitness program designed to give you the maximum level of results in the shortest amount of time. You work out 24 minutes a day, 3 days a week. They sent me a fitness routine book, and also helpful videos you can follow along with on your phone, iPad or TV, so all of the workouts can be done at home and no equipment is required.
Just 24 minutes a day sounded super achievable. The shorter amount of time is possible because of HIIT strength training exercises—High-Intensity Interval Training is designed to help you keep burning more calories even when your workout is over, they call it the #BossEffect. I checked out the BodyBoss Facebook page and was impressed with the honesty of the questions and comments from all the women in the community. Real women, all over America, encouraging each other while they try to hit their fitness goals. That support system, as well as the incredible before & after photos, are what made me feel confident enough to order BodyBoss and get started. Here are actual photos of some of the inspiring women and their transformations that helped convince me that if they could do it, I might be able to do it, too.
Since I was a fitness rookie, and knew almost nothing about healthy food options (totally NOT doing wheat grass or living on celery!), I also joined the community every Monday for the free Facebook LIVE sessions where we all get tips, recipes and answers to our questions from Kim Lyons, the top trainer from one of my favorite TV weight-loss shows, The Biggest Loser. It's like a personal training session with one of the best coaches in the world! She answered several of my questions, gave me some of my favorite snack and meal tips, and I even won an Amazon Gift Card and a BodyBoss mat, just for commenting and asking a question. Kim's a busy mom like me, and she just keeps everything real, which makes me feel like I belong.
Now I've been using BodyBoss for about 9 weeks, and I'm so happy with the results so far. It's completely changed the way I feel about working out and I haven't looked, or felt, this good in years. I've even gotten my gym obsessed roomie to start using BodyBoss! She can't believe that she has an entire workout completed in half the amount of time she used to spend commuting to the gym. It's helped me make the most of the little free time I have, and on top of the physical results, I feel a lot less stressed now that I am finally working out on a regular basis. I can't wait to keep working out with BodyBoss, and keep working towards my fitness goals.
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Breaking down the bias of comfort films.
With the constant onslaught of complicated news that 2020 has brought, sometimes you just want to be able to shut off your brain, relax, and feel happy.
Enter comfort films. These are the feel-good movies that feel like a warm hug when you finish them, the ones that allow you to escape for a short while. We often turn to these types of films in times of trouble or extreme stress, and when we're not sure what films of this nature we should watch, we turn to the Internet for options.
25 years ago, pop stars and rappers were were expected to stay in their respective lanes. But Mariah Carey proved that hip-hop and pop were a match made in heaven—changing popular music as we know it.
Hip-Hop is pop—not in sound, but rather in terms of influence and authority.
Certainly pure pop—pasteurized and whipped into its ultimate peak in the early 2010s—is still breathing, though despite its name, the genre's reign as the chieftain of popular music has ended.
Drake and Bad Bunny are as much of pop stars in 2020 as Carly Rae Jepsen and Kesha were in 2012. Spotify reports that, at this very moment, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's "WAP" is the most-streamed song in the United States. Immediately following that is trap-pop cut "Mood," a TikTok-famous summer bop by 24kGoldn and Iann Dior, two of many rising zoomer rappers who have embraced Hip-Hop's guidance in most melodic forms, like trap-pop, emo rap, alternative hip-hop, and pop-rap. And if that's not enough to give Hip-Hop a throne, Nielsen Music has confirmed that eight of the top 10 artists of 2020 so far are, of course, rappers.