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8 Workouts You Can Do From The Comfort Of Your Home

8 Workouts You Can Do From The Comfort Of Your Home

While we practice social distancing, we are also practicing snatching our waists in the comforts of our own homes.

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We can't front, not being able to go to the gym decreases our motivation. But thanks to the world wide web and smart televisions, we can set up a gym in our humble abodes. Streaming workouts from home has never been more convenient and more necessary than in these transformative times. Even Auntie Extraordinaire, Debbie Allen hosted a dance class on Instagram to promote movements in our homes.

There are also many benefits to working out at home. From convenience to privacy to availability, you can create a physical workout space that is catered to your needs. Not to mention, you won't have to spend extra coins on a gym membership.

We know that finding videos that have moves you want and an instructor you can relate to is major. That's why we rounded up a list of videos featuring some magical black girls. Scroll through our mini-catalog of workout videos that will put Kanye's Workout Plan to shame!

For a slim waist & booty...

Brittne Babe is a famous fitness instructor and model so we always trust her workouts. In this workout, she focuses on building abs through strength and power with these full body moves. She encourages you to grab a mat and get started! Some exercises include Side Twist Plank and Pushup to Twist Kick.

For a full body workout that allows you to tone & keep your curves...

Simply Shana is all about pushing it. The goal of this video is to tone up so you can keep your curves. Using an empty space in her home, she kept great form while also remembering to breathe. Subscribers say that this workout was tough but completely worth it.

For a workout that combines cardio & strength...

For those of us that don't have Megan's knees, this workout is for you. Cece gives us tips and tricks on how to get a good workout in without sacrificing our ailing joints.

For a workout that helps you attack that lower belly pudge...

Looking to snatch your lower abs, give this video a try. I definitely plan on trying this one out because I struggle with a pouch that doesn't wanna leave. Brick Built recommends completing these exercises 3-4 times a week to see results.

For a workout that combines self-love with fitness...

Jessamyn Stanley is a body positive goddess. In her video, she practices self-care while staying active in this eight-minute flow. Yoga is known to help ease the physical discomfort that is caused by anxiety.

For a HIIT cardio workout that gives you abs at home...

Quarantining with bae? Try this 30 minute HIIT cardio and abs workout before you Netflix and chill. SELF Magazine says, "In this routine, you'll keep moving for a full four minutes through cardio moves like pop squats, scissor steps, and jumping jacks—then finish each round with a 60 second plank."

For a hip-hop dance routine that torches calories...

We love a good dance session because it doesn't feel like a workout. Those quarantine snack calories will meet their match with hip-hop Tabata taught by Keaira LaShae. You don't have to be a professional dancer to do this workout. Keaira believes in passion over perfection.

For a full-body workout with no equipment...

In just 15 minutes, Annabelle Hayes takes us through a full body workout. From hip thrusts to alternating toe touches, you will definitely feel the burn after this set of exercises.

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Five Things To Know Before Becoming A Dog Mom

This post is in partnership with Blue Buffalo.

So you’re thinking about becoming a dog mom? We love that for you! Having a happy, furry friend to greet you at the door each day, cuddle up on the couch with, and keep you in touch with the great outdoors is one of life’s greatest joys. And that’s before we get into all the cute puppy outfits there are to buy! But there are some key and non-negotiable things to know and consider before saying yes to bringing home a fur baby.

If having a pet is new to you, then naturally you might have tons of questions not only about how this new responsibility will transform your lifestyle, but also about how best to nurture your four-legged friend. Few things compare to the joy and companionship that a dog’s loyalty and love bring, but learning how to nurture and train them is a learning curve that requires equal parts preparation and patience. Once you find your rhythm, you and your furry new boo will form a bond that will add the brightest spark to your life.

If you ask any member of the canine crew you know, they’ll tell you they don't play about their babies! They’ll also probably give you a laundry list of things they wish they knew before bringing their new dog home for the first time. If you’re thinking about opening your doors to a new pup, there are a few things to prepare and assess. With the help of Blue Buffalo, a natural pet food brand trusted by millions of pet parents, we’ve rounded up five key things to know before joining the dog mom club.

1. Staying Active Is Key: Let’s keep it real — we all have days where we want nothing more than a 24-hour Netflix binge fest from the comfort of our couch. That’s especially true on a day where the weather is trash. We feel you on that. However, dog moms should make it a point to keep their pups active each day. Influencer Dynasti Hunt considers her Goldendoodle Aiden part of the family, and she loves to find creative ways to keep him moving rain or shine. “Aiden and I have realized the importance of staying active at home, even when the weather is bad outside,” says Dynasti, who loves spontaneous yoga and dance sessions with her adorable doggie.

2. Keep An Eye On Their Diets: Just like humans, our pals have to maintain a healthy, balanced diet in order to live long and quality lives. You might find it easy to tell what’s healthy to eat for yourself, but it can be a bit trickier to know the difference when it comes to pet food. Just because you see a product label with the words vegetarian, grain-free, or certified organic doesn’t automatically mean it’s the healthiest for your buddy at this particular stage in their life. Finding a trusted pet food brand like Blue Buffalo is key. They offer recipes for specific breed sizes, life stages, needs and preferences — this definitely comes in handy for picky eaters or dietary restrictions. For example, Aiden Da Doodle is allergic to chicken-based products, and thankfully BLUE allows Dynasti to choose from a variety of products that are formulated without chicken.

3: Use Treats Creatively: Are doggie treats the golden ticket to getting your pooch to act right? Yes, but they’re also good for so much more. Treats are great tools for positive reinforcement, whether you’re trying to potty train a young puppy or get them to learn tricks. Influencer Sauve Xavier, an Instagram comedian, who has gained over a million Instagram followers for his hilarious videos with his Dobermans Knox and Bear, says he plans clever scavenger hunts around his house as an incentive to keep his dogs active and challenged. Using BLUE Treats made with healthy ingredients, he’s able to dish out rewards without feeling guilty. Take it from the guy who can actually get his dog to help with chores.

4. Know That Planning Ahead Is Everything: If you are a first-time dog mom or thinking about becoming one, keeping your buddy on a schedule is going to be key. For example, potty-training puppies need to be walked every few hours so that you can keep the habit of going outside in and the possibility of them peeing on your precious rugs out. Most pets also need to be fed twice a day (morning and night.) What does this spell? Sacrifice. You’ll need to be present and arrive home in time to keep your dog’s routine going. So know that you won’t be able to indulge in spontaneous plans the way you might have before. This is most certainly a lifestyle change if you’re used to coming and going as you please, but the reward of raising a well-behaved pup is well worth it. You might also want to think about how you can recruit your partner, roommate, friends, or family to share in the responsibilities for those days when life happens and you’re ever in need of a little dog sitting help. You can also search the web for hired help if you’re in a pinch. Remember — it takes a village to raise a child (even a barking one)! Pro tip: Download the Buddies by Blue Buffalo app to get advice and tricks and plan for your pet parenthood adventures ahead.

5. Research Dog-Friendly Activities in Your Area: As you move about through life, you’ll find yourself looking for more and more dog-friendly places to go and things to do beyond just the local dog parks. Round up a list of bars, breweries, brunch spots, and shopping centers that welcome pups into their establishments. This will allow you to make the most of your days while being able to bring your pup along for the ride. It’ll also create opportunities for you to meet up with other dog moms and dads and arrange future play dates (or real dates with a fellow dog parent? Who knows)!

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