If You Really Want Gabrielle Union’s Sexy Abs…

A press image of Gabrielle Union and Taraji P. Henson

How can you get sexy abs like your favorite celebrities, such as the ever-lovely Gabrielle Union and Taraji P. Henson? Gabrielle maintains her sexy body by sticking to a well-balanced diet. Since she has a sweet tooth, she allows herself occasional treats. She also does Pilates and cardio.

Similarly, Taraji says “If I want great abs, that means less of my two favorites: Popeyes and peach cobbler ala mode.”

Both of these beautiful stars has learned that moderation and portion control are keys to success.

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Core exercises.

Taraji P. Henson posing in a red dress

What are core exercises?

While sit-ups and crunches only work superficial surface muscles, standing moves strengthen deep core muscles that lead to a great six-pack. Put your mat away and give your neck a rest. Standing abs exercises work more muscles than crunches—and the more muscles we use, the more calories we burn.

Try these toning moves that you can do on your feet, to maintain your taught tummy all year long!

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Standing Side Crunch

Stand behind the chair with your left hand on the back, right hand behind your head. Shift your weight into your left leg, tap your right leg out to the side, keeping heel lifted, and lean your torso towards the chair. Bend and lift your right knee up (knee faces forward as you lift) and do a side crunch by pressing your right shoulder down towards your right hip. Hold for 1 count and then return to start. Do 20 reps on the right, then switch sides and repeat.

The Canoe

Stand with your feet 3 feet apart, knees slightly bent, and hands clasped. Keeping your hips still, bring your hands down to your left hip, “paddling” backward. Next, raise your hands up to chest level, and then paddle them to the right hip. Do 10 alternating reps for each side. If it’s too easy, hold a 2- to 5-pound dumbbell in each hand.

Core Swimmer

Stand behind a chair with both hands on the back. Step your feet back and together, bend knees slightly, and lean forward from your hips until your chest is parallel to the floor. Slowly raise your left arm outside of your ear as you rotate your torso to the left. Hold for 1 count and then return to start. Repeat, alternating sides each time, for a total of 20 reps.

Knee Cross Crunch

Stand with your shoulders in line with your hips, and extend your right arm up and your left leg to the side, toes pointed. Next, lower your right elbow and raise your left knee, crunching them together on a diagonal line. Return to start.  Do 1 set of 10 on each side, non-altering.

Double Arm Reach

Stand with your feet 3 feet apart and hands clasped. Contract your abs and perform a plie keeping your hands toward the floor. As you push up, raise your arms to the right. Next, lower your hands with another plie and then lift them to the left. Too easy? Hold a 2- to 5-pound dumbbell in each hand.

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The Top 10 Fitness Gadgets That Work

A couple doing sit-ups on the floorOne of the number one fitness questions of all-time: which fitness gadgets actually work?

The fitness world is never short of a new fad or gadget claiming to get you into serious shape. From the infamous Thighmaster to the downright peculiar Shake Weight, the fitness industry is saturated with products promising big results with little effort. Six-Pack abs in sixty seconds? Only in your dreams. Shoes that tone your legs and butt? Better keep on walking. That’s not to say all gadgets are a waste of your time (and money). There are products out there that actually work, whether by helping you target specific muscle groups or offering a mental boost to push you past physical thresholds. If you’re seeking a little extra motivation, or just itching for something new to play with, we’ve rounded up 10 pieces of gear—from high-tech toys to gym staples– that will actually help you get in shape.

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