Britney Spears Shares Her Trick For Balancing in Handstand

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Stretching in the morning keeps me motivated 💜💜💜💜

A photo posted by Britney Spears (@britneyspears) on Dec 21, 2016 at 4:39pm PST

Handstands in the morning! We love Britney’s caption to this Instagram pic, “Stretching in the morning keeps me motivated.” And now we’re inspired to get moving too! Try this handstand trick where you kick up and balance your foot on something like a Bosu Ball on a bench, a wall, a coffee table, or even your couch. It feels so good to be upside down — you gain new perspective, increase your circulation, and it’s one of the funnest ways to tone your upper body. PS — that dog in the background makes this pic even more awesome!

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Britney Spears Loves Being Upside Down!

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Good morning! May you all have a blessed day 😊

A photo posted by Britney Spears (@britneyspears) on Dec 19, 2016 at 9:19am PST

Britney Spears is at it again, hanging out upside down on her hands in this gorgeous handstand variation. It’s part scorpion and part split! If you’ve ever tried doing a handstand against the wall, you know how challenging it is and a great workout for your upper body. Britney is so strong and flexible — it’s inspiring us to try!

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The Guy on Rollerblades Deadlifting 495 Pounds Isn't Even the Craziest Part of This Video

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A video posted by Jon Call (@jujimufu) on Dec 6, 2016 at 5:58pm PST

Just when we convinced rollerblades were out of style, Instagram fitness star Jon Call brought them back with more energy and strength than we could’ve ever imagined! Call, who goes by Jujimufu and refers to himself as “the anabolic acrobat,” posted a video of himself on Instagram, deadlifting 495 pounds while on rollerblades and giving us all an ab workout from laughing so hard. Between his modelesque hair flip and Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” playing in the background, three reps have never been this entertaining. That kind of energetic vibe is exactly what we need to see in the gym. We just hope he didn’t wipe out when rolling away from the weights!


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Amy Schumer Posted About Loving Your Body and It Is Perfection

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We can count on comedian Amy Schumer for a lot of things—making us laugh, telling it like it is, and giving us #relationshipgoals. But we can also count on her for making us feel positive about ourselves and our bodies, no matter what they look like. On Instagram, Amy Schumer posted about loving your body and it is perfection. (A big thank-you from us!)

Of course, you may remember how Schumer’s talked about body image issues before, like when she was on the Today show and spoke to Maria Shriver about it. In the segment, Schumer told Shriver how she found confidence through fashion.

“It’s been a struggle for me my whole life,” Amy told Shriver. “Especially just being in the entertainment industry. Standing on a stage in front of people, I can’t perform my best or be confident if I’m not sure… If I’m pulling at something [that I’m wearing]. Sometimes I would just want to throw in the towel and be like, ‘I’m not gonna go do standup tonight.’”

Awww, how many of us could relate at some point, right?! Yet Schumer’s always there to remind us that we are perfect just the way we are. And her latest Instagram posts are no exception.

We love this post so much, we want to print it out and save it. Or maybe we’ll just make it the screensaver on our phones.

And then, just in case we weren’t paying attention, there’s this one.

Such. Wonderful. Advice.

And you may remember this funny post from last year, too.

Once again, thank you, Schumer, for the reminders to love ourselves—and our bodies. No questions asked. #BodyAcceptanceGoals, amirite?


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How You Feel About Facebook Likes Says Something About Your Personality

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Do you feel a rush every time a Facebook photo or status update gets a new "like" (and a little depressed when your posts are ignored)? The way you answer that question may reveal a part of your personality: people with a true sense of purpose are less likely to be emotionally affected by social media likes than those without, according to a new Cornell University study.

“Purposeful people noticed the positive feedback, but did not rely on it to feel good about themselves,” says Anthony Burrow, PhD, co-author of the study and assistant professor of human development at Cornell University.

Writing in the Journal of Experimental and Social Psychology, Burrow and his co-author define a sense of purpose as a “self-organizing life aim that organizes and stimulates goals, manages behaviors, and provides a sense of meaning.” People with a strong sense of purpose tend to agree with statements such as “To me, all the things I do are worthwhile” and “I have lots of reasons for living.”

To see how people’s online lives might be affected by their senses of purpose, the researchers conducted two experiments. They hypothesized that those with stronger senses of purpose would get less of a self-esteem rush from virtual likes, “because they are already guided by a sense of connection with, and service to, others.”

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In the first study, they asked 250 active Facebook users from around the United States how many likes they typically got on photos they posted. People who usually got more thumbs-ups also tended to have higher self-esteem—but only among those who had low levels of purpose, based on a six-question test to measure “life engagement.”

For those who had higher levels of purpose, on the other hand, self-esteem remained the same, on average, regardless of how many likes they got.

In the second study, 100 Cornell University students were asked to post selfies to a mock social media site, and were then told that their photo had received either a high, low, or average number of likes. Again, getting a high number of likes was associated with higher self-esteem only among those with less purpose. For those who scored higher in purposefulness, number of likes had no effect on self-esteem.

This makes sense, says Burrow: Purposeful people have the ability to see themselves in the future, he explains, and act in ways that help them achieve their long-term goals. Therefore, they’re more immune to feelings of—or dependence on—immediate gratification.

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The findings highlight the protective effects that having a purpose can have on a person’s mental health, he adds. While it’s nice to receive compliments, online or otherwise, it shouldn’t be your main source of pride.

“Otherwise, on days when you receive few likes, you’ll feel worse,” he says. “Your self-esteem would be contingent on what other people say and think.”

Instead, he says, it’s healthier to find confidence in more permanent aspects of your self-worth. “You want to show up with rigidity: ‘I know who I am and I feel good about that.’”

Previous studies have been done on purposefulness and its role on health and self-esteem, but most have looked at it as a buffer against negative or stressful events. Research has suggested it may protect against heart disease and dementia, and may even help people live longer and take better care of themselves as they age.

But this is the first study to show that having a sense of purpose can also blunt the emotional impact of positive events, as well. This is an important part of the discussion, says Burrow, since staying even-keeled—through bad situations and good ones—may be more valuable to health and wellbeing, long-term. It may even help keep us from getting an inflated sense of confidence or reading too much into small victories.

“If a student takes a test, gets a great score, you don’t want him to get a big head and back off—you want him to keep working and do better,” he says. “Just like you want to acknowledge the bad things but not quit, you also want to be able to acknowledge the good things but not get carried away with celebrating.”

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So how do you find your sense of purpose, if you don’t feel like your life is particularly worthwhile? There’s no solid research on what works best, but Burrow says that shifting your focus to the future—and really thinking about what you want that future to look like—is a good starting point.

It may also help, he says, to zero in on a hobby you’ve spent a lot of time on, a role model you’d like to emulate, or a moment in your life that’s had a big impact on you, positive or negative.

“In research where people are asked to nominate the source of their purpose, they tend to name one of these three things,” he says.

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How Posting on Facebook Affects Your Memory

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Posting about personal experiences on social media makes them easier to remember in the future, finds a new study—and no, it’s not just because Facebook reminds you of them every year.

Scientists have long known that writing down, talking about, or otherwise reflecting on events can help people recall them later. And one might assume that posting about them on social media sites—such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, or a personal blog—could have similar, positive effects, the study authors wrote in the journal Memory.

But social media posts could have an opposite effect, as well: Research has also shown that when we become used to having information digitally available at all times, we tend to become reliant on the Internet and forget details more easily. “Accordingly, many of our life details may no longer need to be internally stored and retrieved if we know that we can later refer to our online journals to locate the information,” they wrote.

So the researchers set out to see which of these theories was true, in the first study to look at the effects of social media on memory.

First, they asked 66 Cornell undergraduates to keep a daily diary for a week. In the diary, they briefly described the events that happened to them each day outside of their normal routines. They were also asked to record whether they had posted about each of these events on social media, and to rate their personal importance and emotional intensity.

At the end of the week and again a week later, the students were given a surprise quiz to see how many events they could recall. During both quizzes, events the students had posted about online were easier for them to remember. This was true even when the researchers controlled for importance or intensity of the event; in other words, people weren’t simply posting about significant events they’d be more likely to remember anyway.

“If people want to remember personal experiences, the best way is to put them online,” said lead author Qi Wang, PhD, professor of human development in Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology, in a press release. All types of social media provide an important outlet for sharing experiences with others, she added, which can be an important part of the memory-building process.

“The process of writing about one's experiences in the public sphere, often sustained by subsequent social feedback, may allow people to reflect on the experiences and their personal relevance,” the authors wrote.

The study also noted that sharing personal perspectives of recent events on social media also helps people create and shape their “sense of self.”

“That’s happening when we use social media, without us even noticing it,” Wang explained. “We just think, ‘Oh, I’m sharing my experience with my friends.’ But by shaping the way we remember our experiences, it's also shaping who we are.” Features that allow you to look back at memories from the past—like Facebook’s On this Day feature or the third-party Timehop app—can help reinforce that sense of self, she said.

“Memory is often selective,” Wang said. “But in this case, the selection is not done by our own mind; it’s done by an outside resource. So interactive functions on social networking sites can also shape how we view our experiences, how we view ourselves.”

In fact, the authors write, the “virtual externalization of personal memories has become commonplace” in this technology-driven age. And their study, they say, is “the first step toward a better understanding of the autobiographical self in the Internet era.”


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What Your View of the Olympics Says About Your Personality

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Who do you think should be the real winner of the Olympic Games: the country with the most gold medals, or the country with the most medals overall? How you answer that question may provide a clue about how happy you are, says a new study.

Happy people value silver and bronze medals more than unhappy people, say researchers from the Center for Happiness Studies at the University of Seoul in South Korea. Because of that, they tend to celebrate second and third place finishers more—and to prefer the “total-medal method” for ranking countries in the Olympics, rather than the “gold-first method.”

This makes sense, say the study authors, since previous research has shown that happy people tend to appreciate and find joy in the “little things” in life. But since there hasn’t been much research about how happy and unhappy people value societal events (as opposed to personal events), they wanted to test their hypothesis—using the Olympics as a theoretical scenario.

The researchers recruited South Korean and American participants, and gave them questionnaires to determine their overall self-perceived happiness. Then they asked them about Olympic medals: In one experiment, the South Korean group was asked about how countries’ medal counts should be ranked (gold only versus all medals). In two additional experiments, both groups were asked how many silver and bronze medals they thought equalled one gold medal.

In the first experiment, people with higher happiness scores were more likely to favor the total-medal method for country rankings, while those who scored lower tended to think that gold medals should be the deciding factor.

In the second two experiments, participants who scored higher on the happiness scale also tended to give more weight to silver and bronze medals. This pattern existed in both groups, suggesting that the association between happiness and medal preference is the same across different cultures.

On average, study participants who saw themselves as happy estimated that it would take 2.68 silver medals to equal a gold one. Self-perceived unhappy people, on the other hand, though it would take 4.14.

The study couldn’t show why happy people appreciate bronze and silver medals more, but the researchers have a theory. Previous studies have shown that happy people tend to group things together, they say—and this is just another example of that.

“This finding implies that happy people, compared to unhappy people, tend to group gold, silver, and bronze medals together into an inclusive category (‘achievement’) and treat them equally,” they wrote in the study. “Conversely, unhappy individuals might discriminate among the medals more and group them separately into three hierarchically distinct categories of gold, silver, and bronze medals.”

The study, which will be published in the January 2017 issue of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and was posted early online, looked at happiness and medal valuation from a spectator perspective.

Previous research that’s looked at happiness from an athlete perspective suggests another interesting pattern: Olympians who win bronze medals tend to seem happier than those who win silver, they say. After all, the second-place finisher just narrowly missed the top spot, while the person in third place is happy to be on the podium at all.


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7 fitness Instagrams to follow now


Whether you’re after workout inspiration, fit fashion tips and healthy eating ideas, we’ve put together 7 Instagrams you need to follow now.

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1. Steph Prem @stephieprem
As the founder and head trainer at Studio PP Steph Prem’s feed varies from reformer workout shots, healthy eats and snaps of when she’s out and about, that’s what keeps it exciting and oh so inviting.


A photo posted by Steph Prem (@stephieprem) on Jan 26, 2016 at 11:05pm PST


2. Lily Kunin @cleanfooddirtycity
Hailing from the Big Apple, Lily will show you how to cook up a storm for any day of the week with simplicity and authenticity.


A photo posted by Clean Food Dirty City (@cleanfooddirtycity) on Jan 22, 2016 at 8:58am PST


3. Sally Matterson @sallymatterson
She’s been in the personal training business for over 12 years so rest assured you’re in really good hands. She has a cute staffy and her office is on the water, um need we say more?


A photo posted by Sally Matterson (@sallymatterson) on Jan 24, 2016 at 4:17pm PST


4. Lauren Hannaford @lozhannaford
As a former elite gymnast, you’ll find her doing handstands all day, everyday. Be right back while I go practice my handstand.


A photo posted by Lauren Hannaford (@lozhannaford) on Feb 5, 2016 at 1:31am PST


5. Belinda @belinda.n.s
Fit mum alert! A true advocate to the healthy lifestyle, there are go gimmicks here. Full of fresh foodie ideas, outdoor adventures and daily motivational quotes, we’re loving her motto.


A photo posted by ⚫️ b. + blivewear (@belinda.n.s) on Feb 1, 2016 at 11:21pm PST


6. Sarah B @mynewroots
As a self taught cook, Sarah’s feed is filled with plant based dishes, wholesome foods and innovative creations. This might be the feed you need get cooking.


A photo posted by Sarah B (@mynewroots) on Feb 4, 2016 at 10:04am PST


7. Diana & Felicia @basebodybabes
Where fitness, fashion and food come alive. WARNING: may evoke a serious case of workout gear envy. You were warned.


A photo posted by HEALTH+FITNESS EDUCATION/INSPO (@basebodybabes) on Jan 17, 2016 at 1:17am PST


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