Health Advice Roundup: The 5 Best Tips of the Year

As 2012 comes to an end, we round up the five best health tips to see you through the new year.

In our weekly Q blog by Equinox, we divulge insider information previously known only to trainers and health gurus, who take a break from the gym and share exercise and diet tips to help us get in shape and stay that way—like avoiding whey and milk protein and building muscle with vegetable-based protein instead. Or explaining why men who work out longer actually lose less weight. Or what a proper lat pulldown looks like (if you're pulling the bar down behind your head, you're doing it wrong). Or steering our gaze toward the scantily clad yoga couple who made the sexy, slow-motion workout video The Contortionist.

Now that we're approaching the end of the year, it seems like a particularly good time to review our favorite pearls of health wisdom before we (more or less) ignore them during our upcoming eggnog-and-maple-glazed-ham-fueled holiday feasting.

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Is Too Much Exercise Making You Fat?

The principles of minimalism may now be applied to your workout, as a new study gives strong evidence for a less-is-more approach to fitness. The research, published in the American Journal of Physiology, found that men who worked out for 30 minutes daily over the course of about three months lost an average of seven pounds, while those who exercised for 60 minutes a day lost only about five pounds when all was said and done...continue reading...

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4 Surprising Tips for Getting Flat Abs

You've got it down. You stopped crunching and drinking beer and you started interval training and doing planks—and maybe you even tossed in some yoga and Pilates. You've almost completely shed that pesky layer of fat that was hiding the six-pack you always knew was there, and now it's time for the finishing touches. Subtle as they may be, these targeted tips from some of Equinox's top experts will help take your abs from toned to totally sculpted...continue reading...

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3 Things You're Doing Wrong at the Gym

Equinox trainer Philip Easley laments the gym faux pas that keep him up at night.

The human anatomy is complex. It's not something to throw around any way you see fit or abuse by doing things you see others doing. Improper movements can be dangerous, they can actually defeat the purpose of the exercise entirely, and they can be a pointless waste of energy. Here are the most baffling non-exercises I commonly see people doing on machines...continue reading...

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Why Plyometrics May Be the Perfect Workout

It's not news that plyometrics burns calories and builds muscle simultaneously, making it, arguably, the most efficient and effective way to work out. So why aren't you doing it yet? "During explosive movements, muscles contract at a greater force than they do during standard strength-training exercises, which can help speed results," says Kyle Hunt, a Tier 3+ trainer at Equinox in New York City and a former NFL player. "But with this increased force production, you want to make sure you build a strong base from which to progress"...continue reading...

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The Sexiest Workout Video Ever?

Yoga. You tried it once—or maybe even for a week. But if there was ever an incentive to really give it a go, this is it. The latest Q video features yoga's hottest couple, L.A.-based Equinox instructors Briohny Smyth and Dice Iida-Klein, mastering an Acro Yoga flow...continue reading...

About the author:

Q by Equinox is the daily blog of the luxury fitness brand. Check back here weekly for new posts that tap into Q's stable of world-class trainers and experts to keep up with all things health and well-being.

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