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This woman's 'wine workout' will motivate you to exercise

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A 24-year-old California woman just made working out a lot more fun.

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April Storey, a health educator and fitness blogger, posted a 15-second video now called “The Wine Workout” on her Facebook page in January. The video shows Storey creatively using wine bottles and wine glasses in a simple exercise routine. 

"I was getting ready to do a workout, a video like I normally do - posting workout videos. I saw the wine there and I'm like, 'You know, that would be kind of funny to incorporate wine into this workout video,’” she said.

According to KRCR, the video went viral after former Star Trek star George Takei shared the video to his nine million followers.

Storey has posted dozens of workout videos on social media. Most of them are exercise routines that can be performed in one's home and don't involve alcohol.

"What I want to show people with my videos is that fitness is something you can do every day, you can do it anywhere, and you can use anything,” she said. "You don't have to have equipment. You don't have to spend a lot of money."

Despite the attention and funny comments The Wine Workout has garnered, Storey reminds people to drink their workout wine responsibly and in moderation. She told KRCR she only used one glass of wine in her video and said she didn't even drink the full contents of that glass. She also warned against drinking multiple glasses of wine per workout.

For all the wine and fitness lovers out there❤️𾦆 thanks for all of the shares, positive feedback, and encouraging comments!Posted by April Storey on Monday, February 22, 2016

Since today is #nationalwineday I thought it was only fitting to post another #wineworkout - this time focusing on...Posted by April Storey on Thursday, February 18, 2016

CrossFit athlete shows weightlifting strength while dancing to Beyonce hit

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CrossFit competitor Khan Porter is known for showing out in the weight room. 

Usually he's talked about for his ability to lift excess poundage, but this time, he's gaining attention for his graceful dance moves. 

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In a video posted to his Facebook page, Porter, an Australian native, shows gym-goers the best way to lift a loaded barbell -- dance over to it.

While dancing to Beyonce's "Single Ladies," Porter approaches the barbell. He pauses to lift it gracefully and with ease and then drops it -- still dancing.

If Porter's performance is any indication of what women can expect to see at the gym, chances are memberships will be increasing in no time.

The clip has been viewed more than 240,000 times on Facebook.

Watch it in its entirety below. 

Seeing as Instagram only allows 15 seconds of dancing and apparently the interwebs doesn't mind a bit of Beyoncé, here is the full version of my pre snatch boogie.Channing Tatum Khan at me bah Bar at 120kg/264lbswww.iamkhanporter.comPosted by Khan Porter on Monday, January 11, 2016

The world's first 'smart bra' is finally here

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Move over Apple Watch and Fitbit. There's new biometric technology on the market.

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A Canadian-based company is promoting what it's calling the world's first smart bra.

The OMbra, made by OMsignal, has built in sensors that track heart rate, breathing rate and calories burned, among other metrics. The data is then accessed through a mobile app.

"Women gravitate towards wearables, but they don't want an item they have to put on or worry about every day," said OMsignal chief marketing officer Shaz Khang. "If they're going to be wearing it all day, they want to get more information."

In 2014, the company released a line of smart shirts for men. Now, OMsignal is expanding its product line.

"After much applause and a plethora of requests from eager women who wanted in on the action too, the day has finally come for us to reveal the OMbra," the company's site reads. 

According to CBS News, a team of sports bra designers, scientists and engineers worked to produce the final design after testing at least 1,633 prototypes.

The smart bra is set to debut at the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas.

It will begin shipping in the spring with a price point of about $150.

Read more or preorder the garment here.

94-year-old Florida woman becomes powerlifter

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It may be time to go to the gym because 94-year-old Edith Traina is outdoing most of us.

Traina started powerlifting at age 91 and has since become hooked by the competition, WTVT reports.

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"(My friend) dragged me kicking and screaming to the gym, and I figured I'd keep her happy for a while and get her off my back, but I got hooked," she told WTVT.

Since starting her training, Traina has competed in more than a dozen competitions and is the only person in her age group.

"With this I just walk up lift it put it down. I get all this applause, great for the ego," she said.

Traina hopes that her work will inspire others to try something new. Next on the docket? Setting a personal lift record for her 100th birthday.

"I'm looking forward to doing at least 200 pounds by the time I'm 100 so I can celebrate my centennial," she said.

105-year-old sprinter sets new record

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Hidekichi Miyazaki just turned 105-years-old.

He’s also the world's oldest competitive sprinter.

On Wednesday he broke his own record for oldest competitive sprinter while running the 100-meter dash at the Kyoto Masters Athletics Autumn Competition in Kyoto, Japan.

He finished the race in just 42.22 seconds.

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Miyazaki had previously broken the same record by running the 100 meter dash in 34.10 seconds at the age of 103. 

This week, Miyazaki was happily greeted by his grandchildren when he crossed the finish line, but he couldn’t help but be disappointed.

“Today my target was 35 seconds. I shed tears of disappointment because I was not in good condition. I am not satisfied with today's time. But I am satisfied that I could cross finish line,” he said.

Miyazaki, also known as “Golden Bolt” after Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, told Guinness World Records that he started running competitively in his 90s when he was seeking a new hobby.

“My secret is that health comes first,” he said.

Study: When moms spend time with kids it’s usually eating, watching TV

The two most common activities mothers and children do together are eating and watching TV. Then comes homework. Way down the list is going for a walk, bike ride or dancing together.

Here’s the breakdown for top three activities mothers and children do together: eating a meal (90 percent), watching television (79 percent), and doing homework (65 percent), according to new survey conducted by Woman’s Day and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a national non-profit founded by the American Heart Association and Clinton Foundation working to combat childhood obesity.

When it comes to exercise, only half of the 1,154 moms surveyed had gone out together for a walk, run, or bike ride with their kids (ages 5 to 18) in the last week and just 26 percent had played a sport, run around or danced together.

According to the survey, when mothers spend ten minutes or more doing something with their children, it is more likely to be sedentary or involve a screen than be physical.

“The survey results underline the increasingly sedentary lifestyle many of our kids are leading,” says Dr. Howell Wechsler, CEO of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation in a press release. “The good news is, there is opportunity to change this trend—and families can make small changes that make a big difference.”

Woman’s Day and the Alliance encourage families to #Commit2Ten and visit http://www.commit2ten.org/ to receive a personalized fitness profile, a 30-day activity calendar, resources and motivation to commit to 10 additional minutes of physical activity per day.

Woman’s Day Editor in Chief Susan Spencer offers the following tips for incorporating more exercise into the day:

— Walk with your kids to school. One of the magazine’s readers lost 90 pounds by walking the mile to school with her daughter daily instead of driving!

— Turn exercise into a game, like setting up an obstacle course in the backyard for younger kids or challenging older kids to see who can be the first to hit 10,00 steps a day.

— Make sure you’re setting a good example. If you’re grimacing through a workout dvd, it’s not going to encourage your children to join you. Do something that puts a smile on everyone’s face, like dancing around to music.

— Younger kids especially thrive on routines, so schedule exercise in daily like you would other regular activities. You could take a daily walk after dinner as a family or kick off each morning by doing yoga together. Knowing exactly when you’ll get active helps eliminate the “when will we fit this in?” question.

— Sign up for a group walk together. Whether a mile race or a 5K, kids will love the challenge of getting to the finish line together.

New app lets users see what they’ll look like after losing weight

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For those looking for a visual incentive to stick with their weight loss plan, a new smartphone app may come in handy.

Called Visualize You, the app can process an image of a user at his or her goal weight by utilizing 3D model technology.

The target weight photo can be saved for future inspiration and shared on social media.

The app is available in the Apple App store and Google Play store.

Planet Fitness bans member who complained about transgender woman in locker room

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A Planet Fitness gym in Midland, Michigan, has banned a member after she complained to staff about a transgender woman using the locker room.

According to ABC News, Yvette Cormier, 48, said she spoke to a staff member at the front desk last weekend after she noticed someone "dressed like a man" in the women's locker room. 

Cormier said the person was wearing blush and a wig but looked "very manly."

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The staff member said, "Whatever gender you feel you are, that's the locker room you're allowed to go in," according to Cormier.

The staff member reportedly told Cormier that if she felt uncomfortable, she could wait until the transgender woman left the locker room. 

"I stood back and said, 'How about he waits until I'm done in the women's locker room? Or get a unisex bathroom,'" Cormier told ABC. "He asked if I would like to talk to the manager, and I said, 'I'm calling corporate.'"

The corporate office reaffirmed the company's gender-identity policy. Cormier said she told several other members about the incident, and the gym eventually revoked her membership.

"Our gender identity non-discrimination policy states that members and guests may use all gym facilities based on their sincere self-reported gender identity," the company, which markets itself as a "judgment-free zone," said in a statement. "The manner in which this member expressed her concerns about the policy exhibited behavior that management at the Midland club deemed inappropriate and disruptive to other members, which is a violation of the membership agreement, and as a result her membership was cancelled."

In an interview with WNEM-TV, Char Davenport, a professor and member of the area transgender community, praised Planet Fitness for its effort to be more inclusive. But she also stressed that many people don't understand transgender issues and may be caught off-guard in similar situations.

"Private showers and changing areas really would go a long way in resolving these issues," she said.

Super-fit mom accused of fat-shaming women with Instagram photo

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British mom Abby Pell says pictures of her fit body she posts to Instagram are meant for motivation and that getting in shape is 'about priorities.'  But critics say she is fat-shaming people everywhere after a picture she posted last year read: "I have a kid, a six pack, and no excuse."

The picture recently started making its way around the Internet after Pell came in 4th place at  a World Beauty Fitness & Fashion bodybuilding competition. Many of the comments left were negative in nature. One Instagram user wrote, "Exploiting your motherhood to show off is despicable and shameless," according to the Daily Mail.

The 33-year-old says she only meant to inspire others."I've been accused of adding to unnecessary pressure put on women and more specifically mums to lose weight," she writes. "I would like to clarify that this is not my objective whatsoever."

Pell – who goes by @superabs on Twitter and Instagram – tells People magazine she works out four to five times a week, concentrating on different body parts each time to achieve her figure. 

Despite the backlash, Pell says she's proud of her pictures and has no regrets.

A photo posted by ABBY PELL (@superabs) on Dec 3, 2014 at 2:06pm PST

Yoga could be as beneficial for the heart as walking, biking

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Good for the mind and good for the body: Scientists say doing yoga can improve your weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and, most importantly, your heart. 

The health benefits of yoga have long been known, but a review of 37 previous studies claims it can be just as effective as biking and walking.

One lead researcher of the study, Paula Chu says, "This finding suggests that [people] who are physically limited in some way do not have to 'pound the pavement' in order to improve their cardiovascular risk profile."

The study was published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology and shows both healthy people and those with health risks saw similar benefits from yoga.  

Researchers believe yoga's health benefits might come from a reduction in stress. 

The American Heart Association says stress can lead to an increased heart disease risk, and high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It can also affect eating, drinking and smoking habits. 

Yoga is becoming more and more popular in the U.S. A 2012 study by Yoga Journal found about 20.4 million Americans practiced yoga nationwide, up from an estimated 15.8 million four years prior. 

And Women's Health points out there are plenty of different styles of yoga to choose from.

Still, even though the study looked at about 2,800 people, the researchers say not to draw any "definitive conclusions" from the study, mainly because there are so many different forms of yoga. The amount of practice needed for these health benefits to happen is also a factor. 

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