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Bethany McIlrath

About Bethany McIlrath

Bethany McIlrath has several years of experience writing about and practicing healthy living techniques. An avid reader and researcher at heart, Bethany knows how work can force a sedentary lifestyle. She also knows how to fight back and stay active anyway. Self-described as someone who can’t sit still, she is often found stretching, snacking on yogurt, and trying new aerobic moves.

Losing The Last 10 (Stubborn!) Pounds


fat in the human body
fat in the human body

After shedding excess pounds and slimming down, it feels great to be near to your ideal weight goal. Many people find, though, that those last 10 pounds seem impossible to lose. Even those that manage to shed the last 10 often tend to gain them back.

Why are those 10 so hard to lose?

Body weight is not an exact equation. Crossing the threshold from overweight to a healthy weight is a great choice. However, a “healthy weight” does not leave you lean and thin. To shed the last 10 pounds means that you have to be more than healthy. You have to be fit.

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Why Cycling Tones the Whole Body


Cycling Tones
Cycling Tones

Riding a bicycle is known to provide a wide array of health benefits, including improving cardiovascular function and lowering stress levels. One of the most powerful benefits of cycling on the body, though, is that it tones so many muscles at once.

Cycling tones:

The Core Muscles

When a person maintains proper posture while cycling, they must work their back and abdominal muscles. Holding healthy posture while the limbs are moving requires extra work, forcing the fine muscles in this part of the body to get stronger and tighter. As a result, one of the benefits of cycling can be a great compliment to exercises like crunches when it comes to trimming the waistline.

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Squat Your Butt Away!!!!!


Air Squats Exercise
Air Squats Exercise

Thought of more for looks than for function, many people seek a toned, muscular butt to improve their appearance. The butt is actually one of the strongest muscles in the body, though. Comprised of gluteal muscles, including the gluteus maximus (the largest muscle in the whole body,) the butt gets a workout every time you sit, stand, climb, or bend at the hip.
To get your butt beyond exercise into the realm of toned and tight, try these versions of squats:

1. Square Step Squats

To target the gluteal muscles more specifically, take small steps while in the squat position. Bend your knees and bring your butt back to enter the squat position first. Then shuffle your right foot out away from your body. Hold for a few seconds. Repeat with each foot in each direction. You will move in a basic square pattern and tone every edge of your gluteal muscles in the process.

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