Newsletter 7/13/18: The Best Lower Body Exercises

the best lower body exercises

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1. Workout of the Week: Lower Body

Tone your legs without wrecking your joints with some low-impact, lower body strength exercises like the stability ball glute bridge. Grab a stability ball (or if you don’t have one, do this exercise with your feet on the floor) and lie down with your feet pressing into the ball (or the floor). Lift your hips off the ground and hold. Oooh, feel the burn! [Swirled]

2. Life Hack: Pickle Juice Edition

Treat muscle cramps immediately by drinking pickle juice. The juice makes acetic acid, which helps your muscles relax.

3. What to Watch
: “Grace and Frankie”

Two frenemies whose husbands have been business partners for years are given the shock of their lives when they’re told their husbands are leaving them… for each other. [Netflix]

4. What to Read: “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt

When a terrorist bombing rips through the art museum that 13-year-old Theodore Decker and his mother were visiting, he survives alone, taking with him a small painting that serves as a beacon of hope as he descends into a life of crime. [Amazon]

5. What to Listen To: “LifeAfter”

Fans of “Black Mirror” will want to binge-listen to LifeAfter, a thrilling fictional podcast where people’s social media presences leave enough of a trace to reanimate a person’s memory after they die. It’s chilling, but you won’t be able to stop listening. [Stitcher]

6. R&R: Matcha And Manuka Honey Face Mask

Get ready to glow by making a DIY soothing and dark circle-banishing face mask. Mix equal parts manuka honey and matcha (which is grainy enough to gently exfoliate your skin), apply it to your freshly washed face and chill for a few minutes. Then, wet your hands, rub the mixture in circular motions on your face, rinse it off and moisturize. [Swirled]

7. What to Eat: Eggplant Parmesan

The fastest way to impress someone? An eggplant parm recipe that’s easy to make and involves a lot of mmm sounds. Layer slices of eggplant with tomato sauce and cheese, and bake the dish for 30 minutes. Yep, you just died and went to heaven. [Swirled]

8. What to Drink
: Summer Blueberry Smoothie

Refresh yourself immediately by making a summer blueberry smoothie, which involves throwing frozen blueberries, frozen bananas, almond milk and almond butter in a blender. Sip, enjoy, repeat. [Swirled]

9. Dream Destination: Gates Of Heaven, Bali

If you’ve looked through any travel Instas recently, the famous Gates of Heaven in Bali’s Pura Lempuyang has probably caught your eye. A must-see in person, the gates are part of the highest temple in Bali, so when clouds cover the Agung volcano adjacent to the gates, all you’ll see is sky. Dreamy.  [Swirled]

10. Wild Card: 14 Of The Strangest Foods You Can Buy On Amazon

You already know you can find just about everything on Amazon. But did you know the mega website carries out-there items like honey mustard crickets and snapping turtle jerky? Yep, it’s getting weird, but we’re into it. [Swirled]