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Look Better Naked With These 3 Exercises From Dakota Johnson's Trainer

Steal these moves for a tighter core, leaner legs, and a firmer tush.
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The Fitness Machine That Shook Up My Pilates Routine for the Better

I'm taking an exercise class at Moving Strength, a boutique Pilates studio in New York City, and, well, I'm struggling. My body feels like it's buzzing with electricity. My triceps are burning, my quads are shaking, and my heart rate is growing quicker. Don't get me wrong-this isn't my first time trying the core-strengthening workout; I'm actually a Pilates devotee. But most of the time, I know what I'm getting when I take a class. I expect the Hundred series and some Reformer-supported leg circles. Now, my go-to routine is suddenly getting shaken up-literally-with the help of the Personal Power Plate.

The Personal Power Plate, which launched this past January, is a smaller, more portable version of the Power Plate. Both machines feature a vibrating platform that's meant to amplify any type of workout, not just Pilates, by challenging one's strength, balance, circulation, and flexibility. It's almost like an electronic version of an old-school step (yes, the kind used for 80s-style dance aerobics).

According to the tool's makers, research has shown that whole-body vibration exercise offers a wealth of health benefits, from improved body composition and bone metabolism among postmenopausal women to reduced pain and fatigue in female fibromyalgia patients.

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Still, I wasn't totally convinced that my workout would benefit from the addition of an unstable surface. After all, aren't planks tough enough already? Spoiler alert: The Personal Power Plate made them (and a slew of other classic Pilates exercises) tougher.

My one-on-one session with Moving Strength founder Patricia Ruiz began with a quick stand on the plate to get a feel for the way it vibrated. From there, we graduated to a core series. I sat on the edge of the machine with my feet placed flat on the floor and a squishy ball propped between the plate and my lower back to create a standard Pilates C-curve in my torso.

Only it wasn't so standard once we pressed the start button and the machine started to shake-my abs had to work so much harder than usual to remain stable, especially as we added variations to the mix, like leg lifts and cross-body reaches.  

Other seemingly simple exercises were also amped up when we added the Personal Power Plate to them. Side lunges done with one foot resting on the shaky platform challenged my balance. Mountain climbers performed with my hands placed on top of the plate required extra activation in my upper arms.

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For me, the 30-minute session was just enough to get my heart rate up and my muscles fatigued, which is precisely Ruiz's intention for the Power Plate Pilates class.

If you encounter a Power Plate product (either the larger version that comes complete with handlebars, or the scaled-back platform model I tried) at your gym, don't be intimidated. While elite athletes and fit celebs are fans of the machine (Serena Williams and Sting included), you don't need to be cut to cop their benefits. Even just resting your calves on top of the platform while it vibrates is a great way to massage muscles and speed recovery, said Ruiz.

While I may not integrate the Personal Power Plate into every one of my Pilates workouts moving forward, there's no question that the tool put a spin on my sweat session. For fitness buffs looking to shake up their routine, I think you'll get good vibrations from the gadget.  

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32 Ways to Reverse Holiday Weight Gain in 1 Week

If you gained a few pounds during the holiday season, you're not alone. But the good news is that you can lose the weight quickly—in fact, it's possible to do it in just 7 days.
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Most Obese People Will Never Reach Normal Weight: Study

Title: Most Obese People Will Never Reach Normal Weight: Study
Category: Health News
Created: 7/16/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 7/17/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Good at Imagining Aromas? You May Be Prone to Weight Gain

Title: Good at Imagining Aromas? You May Be Prone to Weight Gain
Category: Health News
Created: 7/7/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 7/8/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Cellulite

Title: Cellulite
Category: Diseases and Conditions
Created: 2/21/2000 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 6/25/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Could a Microbe in Your Gut Help You Lose Weight?

Title: Could a Microbe in Your Gut Help You Lose Weight?
Category: Health News
Created: 6/23/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Marriage Before College Graduation Tied to More Weight Gain

Title: Marriage Before College Graduation Tied to More Weight Gain
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Created: 5/28/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Moving to a Poorer Neighborhood Might Be Bad for Your Waistline

Title: Moving to a Poorer Neighborhood Might Be Bad for Your Waistline
Category: Health News
Created: 5/8/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Biking, Walking to Work Can Help Shed Pounds

U.K. study found a switch away from cars helped folks with 30-minute commutes drop 15 lbs in 2 years
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Health Tip: Manage Weight-Loss Goals

Title: Health Tip: Manage Weight-Loss Goals
Category: Health News
Created: 4/22/2015 12:00:00 AM
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A Surprisingly Small Amount of Exercise Can Fight Inflammation

Chronic inflammation is nasty stuff: It's considered a contributing factor to diseases from arthritis to cancer, as well as long-term health conditions like obesity. Regular exercise has been shown to curb inflammation in the body, but it hasn't always been clear exactly how it helps-or how much activity you need to reap the benefits.

Now, new research suggests that your workouts don't have to be that long, or that hard, to produce real results: Just 20 minutes of brisk walking produced an anti-inflammatory response in immune cells of study participants, supporting the idea that every workout truly does count.

"Each time we exercise, it seems that we are doing something good for our body at the cellular level," says senior author Suzi Hong, PhD, associate director of the Integrative Health and Mind-Body Biomarker Lab at the University of California San Diego.

The study involved 47 adults, who were asked to walk on a treadmill at a pace that felt moderately hard to them. (Think faster breathing and light sweating.) They provided blood samples before and immediately after the exercise, so researchers could measure proteins associated with whole-body inflammation.

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The “after” samples showed about a 5% decrease in a protein called TNF, which is produced by immune cells. Hong says this is a “clear and significant sign that the immune cells are suppressing the inflammatory markers,” which may provide health benefits both in the short term and, when exercise is repeated regularly, the long term as well.

The research also shed light on how exactly this process happens, says Hong. It seems that stress hormones released during moderate exercise may trigger receptors in the body's immune cells. The results were published in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity.

"The message here is that exercise doesn't have to be really intense to have anti-inflammatory effects,” says Hong. That's especially important for people who might be intimidated by the idea of working out, or frustrated by a lack of noticeable results, she adds-including those who are overweight or have a chronic inflammatory disease. “Even before you see weight coming off, there's evidence that you're fighting inflammatory activation in your body,” she says.

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The study did not compare treadmill walking to different types (or different intensities) of exercise, so it's uncertain whether harder or easier workouts would produce similar results.

It's also not entirely clear how much these cellular changes really affect healthy people without elevated inflammation. But it's likely that everyone can benefit, says Hong, since exercise-triggered immune responses can make the body more efficient at regulating inflammation in the long run.

Hong cautions that people with chronic illnesses should always talk with their doctors before starting a new exercise plan, and shouldn't expect exercise alone to cure their problems. But she hopes her research will provide this group with new motivation to add moderate physical activity to their routine.

“Everyone knows that exercise is good for them,” says Hong. “But maybe making it a little more specific-saying that each time you exercise can have a real anti-inflammatory benefit-will help people accept it a little more clearly.”  

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Weight-Loss Surgery Doesn't Boost Bone Health: Study

Title: Weight-Loss Surgery Doesn't Boost Bone Health: Study
Category: Health News
Created: 7/29/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 8/1/2016 12:00:00 AM
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How to Burn Off 24 Holiday Foods

Try these inventive (and fun!) ways to work off that sweet potato casserole.
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Fat Cavefish Give Clues to Obesity in People: Study

Title: Fat Cavefish Give Clues to Obesity in People: Study
Category: Health News
Created: 7/13/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 7/14/2015 12:00:00 AM
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FDA: Use Only Approved Prescription Ear Drops

FDA is taking action against 16 prescription drugs labeled to relieve ear pain and swelling because they are unapproved and haven't been evaluated by FDA for safety, effectiveness and quality. Parents and other consumers still will have many other options for treating ear pain.
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7 Ways to Keep Alcohol From Ruining Your Diet

If you have more than a few drinks a week, the calories start to add up fast. Slim your drink order with this expert advice.
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FDA Research Helps Keep Pets and Humans Safe

Occasionally pet foods and treats can be contaminated with harmful bacteria and can make pets, and sometimes owners, sick. FDA is studying this issue to help keep you and your four-legged friends safe
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A Pound of Weight Gain on a Single Plate?

A trio of shrimp dishes served as a single meal has hooked the top spot at the 2015 Xtreme Eating awards.

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FDA's MedWatch Safety Alerts for Consumers: March - April 2015

FDA reviews a study about a psychiatric drug, and warns consumers about mislabeled over-the-counter medicine, certain human and veterinary drugs, certain homeopathic products, and mammograms performed at a medical practice in North Carolina.
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Higher Altitude May Lead to Lower Weight, Study Contends

Title: Higher Altitude May Lead to Lower Weight, Study Contends
Category: Health News
Created: 5/7/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 5/8/2015 12:00:00 AM
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3 Ways to Cut Calories for Fast and Easy Weight Loss

Shave off extra calories and unwanted weight by following these three quick tips.
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Scientists Pinpoint Brain's 'Hunger Circuit' in Mice

Title: Scientists Pinpoint Brain's 'Hunger Circuit' in Mice
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Created: 4/28/2015 12:00:00 AM
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