10 Ways to Tone Up for Spring
We’re quickly approaching crop-top season, and that can only mean one thing—it's time to break out those fitness class Groupons and put that cute workout gear to use. But exercising doesn’t have to be so arduous! Here, we break down celeb-approved (hello, Heidi and Miranda!) toning tips and secrets to get you moving and glowing in no time. Spring 2014, here we come.
For more tips, pick up the March issue of InStyle, available on newsstands and for digital download now.
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1. Sweat Before Breakfast
Sorry, but you're going to have to earn that smoothie. A study released last year found that subjects burned 20 percent more fat if they exercised before their morning meal. "Working out on an empty stomach produces hormones that enhance metabolism," says N.Y.C. physician and nutrition specialist Jeffrey Morrison.
Blend together 2 tbsp hemp protein powder, ½ cup frozen strawberries, 1½ cups unsweetened almond or coconut milk, and a handful of kale. Stir in honey to your taste.-from N.Y.C. dietitian Brooke Alpert.
2. Clean Up on the Go
Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths, $3; at CVS
3. Stream a Workout
4. Pace Yourself
5. Smooth Out Dimples
Jouer Luminizing Body Glow, $36; nordstrom.com
6. Drink Your Hunger Away
BKR bottles, $28 each; mybkr.com
7. Phone the Right Friend
Studies show that women are more likely to stick with workout routines and lose more weight if they join forces with a well-chosen ally. "Don't call Chatty Cathy," says wellness guru David Kirsch, who trained Anne Hathaway. "Look for someone who will push you and hold you accountable." A buddy with similar fitness levels, goals, and motivation is best.
8. Dress the Part
Gym mirrors are brutal, especially if you're in a dingy T-shirt and stretched-out leggings. "You'll feel better and stay longer if your outfit works," says designer Norma Kamali. To pull up your chest and expose shoulders, try her supportive Racer Active Tank ($155; normakamali.com). To tuck tummies and slim thighs, go for high-waist pants with slimming side panels.
Live the Process Classic Geometric leggings, $185; livetheprocess.com
9. Gym-Proof Your Hair
Sweaty strands requiring a shampoo and blow-dry can keep you from exercising. "Pull your hair into a high pony and throw a headband on," says L. A. hairstylist Kiyah Wright, who works with Gabrielle Union. She likes the sweat-absorbing Save Your Do Narrow Band GymWrap ($25; saveyourdo.com). If you have a thicker texture, consider a weave. With your hair preserved in braids underneath, faux strands can be freshened up with a blast of dry shampoo for volume.