Superior Muscle Growth Plan B Workouts Your Favorite Workout Splits

Do you want to build lean muscle and get your “goal body” as quickly as possible? Do you want to do this WITHOUT gaining excess body fat, spending all of your time in the gym, using a diet or workout that isn’t customized to you, or doing myth-based nonsense that only works for people with amazing genetics?

Superior Muscle Growth is the ultimate science-based program for building your ideal body, regardless of your age, genetics, gender, body type, available schedule, or specific goals. This step-by-step plan has been tested, adjusted, and improved over a span of 15 years by myself, my hundreds of clients, and the thousands of men and women who have come to me for help and advice.

Do you work out at home with nothing but some resistance bands, or a few dumbbells, or just your own body weight? If so, I’ve written the ultimate guide to getting the results you want without a gym. I call it: The Home Workout Guide

It contains beginner, intermediate, and advanced home workouts. 2-day, 3-day, 4-day, and 5-day home workouts. Body weight options, dumbbell options, and resistance band options. 170+ home exercises to choose from, with video examples for each. And so… much… more.

Do you want to lose body fat and get leaner in the easiest and most effective way possible? Do you want to do it WITHOUT losing muscle, feeling hungry all the time, giving up your favorite foods, doing 100 hours of cardio, or struggling with plateaus, motivation, metabolic slowdown, and everything else that sucks about losing fat?

Superior Fat Loss is the most effective approach to losing fat quickly, safely, and easily, while eliminating every single problem that prevents most people from reaching their goal or maintaining it afterwards.

My work involving fast food nutrition was used in a study called The Effect Of Fast Food Restaurants On Obesity And Weight Gain, which was published in the American Economic Journal in 2009/2010. My work has appeared in textbooks published by Pearson Education (Teaching Today’s Health, 10th Edition), among others.

In several years since, this “Plan B Workouts” website has become the place where I’ve done all of my writing, and it’s grown into significantly more than just a guide to creating “plan b workouts.” (So yeah, the name is semi-weird, but at least the story behind it makes sense.)

Throughout this period, my workout and diet guidelines have been recommended by doctors to their patients, used by teachers in schools and universities, and utilized by members of local law enforcement and military.

My diet/training programs have been adapted by coaches, trainers and diet professionals at every level, and used by natural bodybuilders, figure competitors, models, and athletes. I’ve written a few books – Superior Muscle GrowthSuperior Fat Loss, and The Home Workout Guide – each of which has been read by tens of thousands of men and women, with overwhelmingly positive feedback.

Over 215,000 people are actively subscribed to receive email updates from me to ensure they never miss a thing that I put out. My work has been seen by millions of people from all over the world, in every country imaginable, and translated into a variety of different languages.

Back in 2001, when I was just 18, I wrote about this experiment I did with ab exercises to prove that spot reduction was a myth and no amount of ab workouts or As-Seen-On-TV ab gadgets (which were at the height of their popularity at the time) would actually burn belly fat. It became so popular that I was contacted by a Fox TV station and scheduled to appear live on air for a segment they were doing on infomercial ab machines. (9/11 happened soon after, so I never got to make my TV debut.)

But hey, I have good news! I’m here to help prevent your head from exploding. To do this, I’m going to help you find exactly what you need and clearly lay it all out for you. Kinda like a little website tour, so to speak.Ready? Let’s begin…

  • The Weight Training Guide
  • The Diet Guide
  • The Beginner Workout Routine
  • The Muscle Building Workout Routine
  • The 5-Day Workout Routine
  • My 4 Favorite Workout Splits
  • Losing Fat
  • Building Muscle
  • Diet & Nutrition
  • Common Myths

If you like what you’ve seen here, chances are you’re going to like the new (free) content I put out on a regular basis. To ensure you never miss a new article, program or guide of some sort, I’d highly recommend subscribing. This way, whenever I put out something new, you’ll get a quick email letting you know. As a bonus, I’ll also send you a copy of The 9-Step Diet Checklist for free as a thank you for subscribing.

Source: Superior Muscle Growth – Plan B Workouts

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Planning on Going Back To The Office, Hitting The Gym or Attending a Wedding? A Guide To Staying COVID Safe

Dr. Anthony Fauci declared last month that the U.S. is transitioning “out of the pandemic phase,” following mask mandates lifting across the country. However, that doesn’t mean COVID-19 is behind us. Surges continue in different parts of the U.S., while an estimated 300 people die every day because of the virus.

So it’s understandable that some people — at least the ones who have been trying to protect themselves and others from the highly-contagious virus for the past two years — are feeling a bit confused about what exactly they should be doing at this stage of the pandemic to stay healthy and safe.

Dr. Joseph Khabbaza, a critical care medicine specialist and pulmonologist at the Cleveland Clinic, tells Yahoo Life, “A lot of people have been given a sense that this is probably over for most of us. The answer isn’t going to be the same for every two people.”

Khabbaza says that’s because every person has to assess their own individual risk factors when it comes to getting COVID. Dr. Prathit Kulkarni, an assistant professor of medicine in infectious diseases at Baylor College of Medicine, agrees, telling Yahoo Life: “Safety precautions at this stage in the pandemic are related to one’s personal risk of having a bad outcome from COVID-19, vaccination status and one’s personal risk tolerance. All situations are slightly unique and require an individual and situational risk assessment.”

With the exception of people who are immunocompromised or elderly, though, “if you’re fully vaccinated and up-to-date on boosters, your personal odds of getting severe illness are very low, even if you come across the virus,” says Khabbaza. “Whereas for people who have not been vaccinated they may not factor in that they are at high risk for severe illness. But that’s something some people have chosen.”

How can you protect yourself in general?

In a nutshell, getting vaccinated and boosted if eligible is still the right call — especially if you’re more vulnerable to severe illness from COVID — and offers “the best protection,” says Kulkarni.

He adds: “Folks who are at higher risk for a worse outcome from COVID-19 may wish to enhance their protection from contracting COVID-19. The best way to do this is with a well-fitting mask. N95 respirator-type masks afford the greatest individual protection.”

Kulkarni says that “the folks who are potentially at the highest risk at this point in the pandemic include unvaccinated individuals, especially older persons, folks who are at higher risk but have not yet been boosted such as older persons or people living in nursing homes and people with significant immunocompromising conditions.”

Both Kulkarni and Khabbaza say it’s also important to know what the COVID rates are in your area or where you’re traveling to. “Following CDC’s tracker of COVID activity around the country can also be helpful to get a gauge for how things are going in a particular geographic area,” says Kulkarni.

Planning on going back to the office, hitting the gym or attending a wedding? Keep these precautions in mind to stay COVID safe and healthy.

Flying on a plane

With multiple U.S. domestic airlines including Delta, American and United dropping mask requirements on flights, you may be wondering how to stay safe while traveling on packed planes. The CDC states that it continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time. But depending on your own personal risk factors and risk tolerance, while at the airport, “if you’re able to space apart from people and avoid close sustained contact, then a mask is not going to be needed,” says Khabbaza. But when you’re in prolonged close proximity to others, it’s a good idea to mask up.

For example, Khabbaza shares that he doesn’t wear a mask while walking around the airport because he’s in motion and able to distance himself from others. However, he puts on a mask while in the security line “because of close contact.” He then takes it off walking to the gate and while sitting at the gate “because I’m away from other people.” Once on the plane, Khabbaza puts his mask back on. “Ventilation in airplanes seems to be good, but to me, it’s easy enough to minimize my risk in a setting with others by wearing a mask,” he says. “That’s where you’ll get more value for masking.”

Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and professor of health policy and management at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, told CNN that wearing a mask in the highest-risk settings while traveling is key. “That includes during boarding and deplaning when the ventilation systems on airplanes are often not running,” she says. “Don’t drink or eat at those times.”

Although airlines often hand out sanitizing wipes as you board, Khabbaza explains that, from a COVID transmission standpoint, “I don’t think that would have much of a barrier.” That’s because “contact with surfaces is not as big of a mode of transmission as initially thought, if at all,” he says. That said, it doesn’t hurt to wipe down the seat and tray table for hygiene’s sake.

Kulkarni agrees, saying, “In general, wiping down surfaces via routine cleaning can be generally helpful for avoidance of transmission of several different infectious organisms.”

Eating at a restaurant

In general, it’s safer to dine outdoors when feasible. “Similar to the initial stages of the pandemic, outdoor transmission of COVID is very limited compared to indoor transmission,” points out Kulkarni.

Khabbaza says to keep in mind that “if you are choosing to dine in a restaurant, most of your risk is when you’re sitting down and eating, which is much of the time.” Putting on a mask while walking for “a few seconds to your seat” or wearing one on the way to the restroom may not change the fact that there’s a “slightly higher risk of indoor dining right now,” he says. “Theoretically, it could lower it a little bit, but you’re drinking, eating, talking and laughing when seated and not moving around — that’s where the risks are.”

Khabbaza says the safest way to dine indoors is by choosing restaurants with big open windows to further lower the risk of transmission or going to restaurants during off-hours “when they’re not full.”

Working in an office

If you’re alone in your own office or in a private cubicle, a mask likely isn’t needed. “It will be hard to transmit if far away from others and there’s a barrier with cubicles,” Khabbaza says.

But he stresses that it’s important to know your company’s policy on vaccinations and whether employees need to show proof of vaccination to better assess the risk. “If vaccination is mandatory that certainly makes things a lot safer,” Khabbaza says. “But if you’re in close sustained contact all day at work, masking is probably not a bad idea, especially in times of high cases.”

Wearing a mask can also help put co-workers and employers who are more vulnerable at ease. “If you’re working with people you know are immunocompromised or elderly, it’s OK to try to protect them with masking,” he says.

Along with distancing and good ventilation, Wen told CNN that “testing that’s done at least once a week can help catch early, asymptomatic COVID-19 cases and serve as an additional layer of protection.”

Visiting a public pool

The good news is that the virus doesn’t transmit through water, per the World Health Organization. There’s also the protective benefit of being outdoors while at a public pool. However, Khabbaza points out that “close sustained contact with someone in a pool might have some of that risk.”

If the pool isn’t crowded, it’s easy to avoid people and space apart. “But if it’s a crowded pool party, there’s a risk and masks aren’t feasible,” he says.

When going indoors, such as to the locker room, it’s a good idea to put on a mask if there are several people close by. The CDC recommends bringing extra masks and storing them in a plastic bag in case one gets wet.

Going to the supermarket

In general, supermarkets are “lower risk from a COVID standpoint because you’re not really in close sustained contact — a lot of it is walking by people,” says Khabbaza, “and you can space out in a line at the cashier.”

But if you’re concerned or immunocompromised, he says, “just wear the mask, and then you have a barrier over your nose and mouth.”

Working out at the gym

The size, crowd and ventilation matter when it comes to gyms. Small boutique gyms that rely on fans to circulate the air are going to be “a little [riskier] if crowded because there’s not much ventilation,” says Khabbaza. “In the really big gyms, spacing can be done” so you can distance yourself from others. Large gyms are also more likely to have an HVAC system for better air filtration.

“If you can space out, it’s going to be relatively safer compared to smaller gyms where spacing isn’t much of an option,” says Khabbaza.

While wiping down gym equipment isn’t essential from a COVID transmission standpoint — “it would be very hard to get it, especially if you’re not touching your face,” Khabbaza says — it’s a standard recommendation to do so before and after using gym equipment in general.

Attending an indoor party or wedding

If you’re at a high risk of severe illness, “it might be reasonable to avoid weddings at times of [COVID] surges,” says Khabbaza, who recommends wearing a well-fitting N95 mask at group events, particularly if you’re more vulnerable. “If you’re anxious about the possibility of getting it, weddings may not be best for you during times of surges.”

That said, most weddings take place at “big venues where you can space out a bit,” he says. “If you’re spaced out and in a mask, you should be very good about minimizing your risk.” But Khabbaza says that the best protection is being up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, which makes the odds of severe illness “extremely low, assuming you have a normal immune system,” he says.

You can also go one step further to assess the risk of attending a larger social gathering: Dr. Preeti Malani, chief health officer at the Division of Infectious Diseases and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Michigan, told NPR that before a big event, “ask if people must be vaccinated and/or tested to attend and if they have to show proof or are on the honor system.”

Staying at a hotel

While you don’t need to wear a mask when you’re in your own hotel room, you might want to put one on while riding the elevator if it’s crowded or if you’re staying at a big hotel with longer elevator rides that stop at multiple floors. “A short elevator ride will be on the lower end [of the risk spectrum], but not impossible,” says Khabbaza. “But transmissibility becomes higher when in close contact.”

A 2021 study found that in elevators without proper ventilation, an infected person coughing can transmit viral particles “all across the elevator enclosure.”

Another option to stay safe: If you don’t want to mask, wait for the next empty — or mostly empty — elevator if it’s feasible, or take the stairs, suggests Khabbaza.


Source: Planning on going back to the office, hitting the gym or attending a wedding? A guide to staying COVID safe now.

Further reading:

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Monkeypox outbreak linked to superspreader event at adult sauna (Yahoo) |…

MISCExplainer: What to Know About Monkeypox (Visual Capitalist) |…

Human monkeypox: an emerging zoonosis (Lancet) |…

First monkeypox genome from latest outbreak shows links to 2018 strain (NewScientist) |…

Monkeypox virus evades antiviral CD4+ and CD8+ T cell responses by suppressing cognate T cell activation (PNAS) |…

FDA approves first live, non-replicating vaccine to prevent smallpox and monkeypox (FDA) |… Nov 3, 2021

ACIP Meeting – Orthopoxviruses Vaccines (CDC) | Israel reports first case of monkeypox, suspects others (ABC) |…

New York officials investigate case of suspected monkeypox (Miami Herald) |…

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How Exercise May Affect Our Alcohol Consumption

People who work out regularly and are aerobically fit tend to guzzle a surprising amount of alcohol, according to a new study, well timed for the holidays, of the interplay between fitness, exercise and imbibing. The study, which involved more than 40,000 American adults, finds that active, physically fit men and women are more than twice as likely to be moderate or heavy drinkers as people who are out of shape.

The results add to mounting evidence from previous studies — and many of our bar tabs — that exercise and alcohol frequently go hand in hand, with implications for the health effects of each. Many people, and some researchers, might be surprised to learn how much physically active people tend to drink. In general, people who take up one healthy habit, such as working out, tend to practice other salubrious habits, a phenomenon known as habit clustering.

Fit, active people seldom smoke, for instance, and tend to eat healthful diets. So, it might seem logical that people who often exercise would drink alcohol sparingly. But multiple studies in recent years have found close ties between working out and tippling. In one of the earliest, from 2001, researchers used survey answers from American men and women to conclude that moderate drinkers.

Defined in that study as people who finished off about a drink a day, were twice as likely as those who didn’t drink at all to exercise regularly. Later studies found similar patterns among college athletes, who drank substantially more than other collegians, a population not famous for its temperance.

In another revealing study, from 2015, 150 adults kept online diaries about when and how much they exercised and consumed alcohol for three weeks. The results showed that on the days they exercised the most, they also tended to drink the most afterward.

But these and other past studies, while consistently linking more physical activity and more drinking, tended to be small or centered on the young, or relied on somewhat casual reports of what people told researchers about their workouts and alcohol intake, which can be notoriously unreliable.

So, for the new study, titled “Fit and Tipsy?” and recently published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers with The Cooper Institute in Dallas and other institutions turned to more objective data about tens of thousands of American adults. All were part of the large and ongoing Cooper Center Longitudinal Study, which looks at cardiovascular health and its relationship to various behavioral factors and other medical conditions.

Study participants visited the Cooper Clinic in Texas for annual checkups and, as part of those exams, completed treadmill tests of their aerobic fitness. They also completed extensive questionnaires about their exercise and drinking habits and whether they worried about their alcohol intake.

The researchers gathered records for 38,653 participants who were of legal age and reported drinking at least once a week. (The authors left teetotalers out of the study mix, because they wanted to compare light drinkers to heavier drinkers.) Then they ran numbers.

As in earlier studies, the fitter people were, the more they tended to drink. The fittest women were about twice as likely to be moderate drinkers as women with low aerobic capacities. Moderate drinking meant the women drank between four and seven glasses of beer, wine or spirits in a typical week. The fittest men were more than twice as likely to be moderate drinkers — up to 14 drinks per week — as men who were less fit.

The researchers considered people’s reported exercise habits and adjusted for age and other factors that could have influenced the results, and the odds remained consistently higher. Fit men and some women also had a slightly higher likelihood of being heavy drinkers — defined as having eight or more weekly drinks for women and 15 or more for men — than their less fit peers.

Interestingly, fit women who were heavy drinkers often reported concerns about their level of alcohol intake, while fit men in that category rarely did. What might these results mean for those of us who work out regularly to try to stay in shape?

While they clearly show that fitness and increased drinking go hand-in-hand, “most people probably don’t associate physical activity and alcohol intake as linked behaviors,” said Kerem Shuval, the executive director of epidemiology at the Cooper Institute, who led the new study. So, people who exercise should be aware of their alcohol intake, he said, even tracking how often they imbibe each week.

Doctors and scientists cannot say with certainty how many drinks might be too many for our health and well-being, and the total likely differs for each of us. But talk to your doctor or a counselor if your drinking worries you (or worries your spouse or friends or training partners).

Of course, this study has limits. It mostly involved affluent, white Americans, and it showed only an association between fitness and alcohol intake and not that one causes the other. It also cannot tell us why working up a sweat might lead to excess boozing, or vice versa.

“There probably are social aspects,” Dr. Shuval said, with teammates and training groups bonding over beers or margaritas after a competition or workout. Many of us likely also put a health halo around our exercise, making us feel our physical exertions justify an extra cocktail — or three.

And, intriguingly, some animal studies show that both exercise and alcohol light up parts of the brain related to reward processing, suggesting that while each, on its own, can be pleasurable, doing both might be doubly enticing.

“We need a lot more research” into the reasons for the relationship. Dr. Shuval said. But for now, it is worth keeping in mind, especially at this festive time of year, that our running or cycling outings or trips to the gym could influence how often, and how enthusiastically, we toast the new year.

Source: How Exercise May Affect Our Alcohol Consumption – The New York Times



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All The Yoga Accessories You Need To Improve Your Practice

Our homes have become not only a place to lay our heads but also our offices, classrooms and gyms. So it’s no wonder Canadians may be searching for balance and a little serenity in their lives.

Yoga delivers a dose of calm and can help to relieve stress and anxiety. But it’s not just medicine for the soul; it can also offer a challenging workout or a gentle stretch, depending on the discipline you choose and the poses you practice.

Check out our selection of yoga accessories, available in Canada, to take your regular sessions to the next level. Remember: Yoga is about progression, not perfection, so keep practicing!

Yoga mats

One of the most important and affordable yoga accessories is the mat. It will keep you comfortable, helping you to relax into stretches and breathe deeply. At the end of your session, when you enter the meditation section, a good mat will help you forget where you are and drift away.

Yoga Mat (starting at $40.26;

Yoga Mat


Yoga Mat

Created by a community of independent artists, these yoga mats are comfortable and look great. Lightweight yet durable, you’ll be spoiled for choice with all the beautiful designs and colour options, with shipping available across Canada.

Be1Yoga Thick Nonslip Yoga Mat ($32.95;

Be1Yoga Thick Nonslip Yoga Mat


Be1Yoga Thick Nonslip Yoga Mat

Available in six colours, all with a black backing, this yoga mat is thick and comfortable underfoot. The nonslip material will make sure you keep your balance no matter how hard you work out.

Amazon Basics TPE Yoga Mat ($59.16;

Amazon Basics TPE Yoga Mat


Amazon Basics TPE Yoga Mat

The dense rubberlike material TPE creates a thick and soft mat that’s perfect for floor work and yoga poses. This mat is available in five colours, including blue, red, purple and green, and comes with the Amazon Basics one-year limited warranty.

OGOGO Hot Yoga Mat ($25.99;

OGOGO Hot Yoga Mat


OGOGO Hot Yoga Mat

Available in 12 stunning designs, including an ocean vista and sunsets, these mats give you a beautiful scene to focus on while you stretch. The lightweight design can be folded instead of rolled to save space and makes a great choice for traveling yogis.

Desert Dreaming Suede Travel Yoga Mat ($79;

Desert Dreaming Suede Travel Yoga Mat


Desert Dreaming Suede Travel Yoga Mat

Montreal-based Sugarmat makes beautiful yoga mats that you’ll want to show off. This synthetic suede travel yoga mat folds up into its own cute carry bag and feels amazingly soft on the skin.

Nonslip Yoga Towel ($69.95;

Nonslip Yoga Towel


Nonslip Yoga Towel

These towels feature a waffle material that gives great grip and catches any sweat drips before they fall onto your mat. Made from 100% recycled materials, primarily plastic water bottles, you can feel good about this sustainable purchase. Plus, the double-sided print makes them a super-attractive addition to your yoga gear.

Meditation accessories

It’s fine to use a chair to meditate, but a special meditation cushion can help you get into the right position. Plus, it looks great in your yoga corner.

Walden Original Meditation Cushion ($179.07;

Walden Original Meditation Cushion


Walden Original Meditation Cushion

The Walden meditation cushion is filled with natural buckwheat with a layer of memory foam on top for total comfort. Over time, the cushion conforms to your unique shape, providing support where you need it the most. These cushions encourage you to tilt your hips slightly, aligning your spine and making for a very comfortable meditation session.

Leewadee Meditation Cushion Set ($119.99;

Leewadee Meditation Cushion Set


Leewadee Meditation Cushion Set

This set comes with a Zafu cushion featuring a carry strap and a mat that rolls up for easy storage. Choose from a huge range of colours and designs to coordinate with your decor. It can also help you to develop the perfect lotus position.

Serene Tibetan Singing Bowl Set ($24.05;

Serene Tibetan Singing Bowl Set


Serene Tibetan Singing Bowl Set

Begin your meditation practice with the soothing sound of this Tibetan singing bowl set. Hand-painted and complete with a wooden striker, you’ll soon be sinking into a deeper state of being.

Bluecony Ikuko Original Meditation Bench ($139;

Bluecony Ikuko Original Meditation Bench


Bluecony Ikuko Original Meditation Bench

If kneeling isn’t comfortable for you, try a meditation bench, which allows you to practice a kneeling posture while supporting your weight. Crafted from cherrywood, this bench comes with a travel bag, and the legs easily detach to allow you to reach a Zen-like state no matter where you roam.

Yoga journals

Keep track of your progress, the poses you found easy or challenging and the way you felt during practice with a handy yoga journal.

Yoga Notebook ($7.84;

Yoga Notebook


Yoga Notebook

This 100-page notebook features inspiring and motivational quotes to deepen your thinking about yoga, meditation and mindfulness. Take a moment before or after your practice to jot down your thoughts and feelings.

Erin Condren Soft Cover Notebook ($15.65;

Erin Condren Soft Cover Notebook


Erin Condren Soft Cover Notebook

Use this notebook as a bullet journal to sketch poses or to write down your impressions after a session. The lay-flat feature is particularly helpful during class, as you can simply lay the journal on your yoga mat and jot down your thoughts. As always with Erin Condren journals, you can choose from a selection of pretty designs.

Meditation: A Day and Night Reflection Journal ($22.76;

Meditation: A Day and Night Reflection Journal


Meditation: A Day and Night Reflection Journal

Track your meditation practice with this journal that has space to record your daily mantra, intentions and any meditation aids you have used, such as cushions or candles. You also get a snapshot of your changing emotions and any challenges you faced during your practice.

The Mindfulness Journal ($23.56;

The Mindfulness Journal


The Mindfulness Journal

This journal has actionable prompts that help to focus your mind and intentions on the practice ahead. There’s a prompt for every day of the year divided into weekly mindfulness topics. There’s also writing space for your own thoughts.

Yoga apparel

Any comfortable clothes that allow your body to move work well for yoga, but if you’re looking for something special to make you really look forward to your next session, check out these suggestions.

The Sport Scoop Top ($82;

The Sport Scoop Top


The Sport Scoop Top

The double-lined compression material used on this super-comfortable bra top by Vancouver-based sustainable swim and body line Londre keeps you cool no matter how long you work out. The inclusive line includes sizing from XS to 5XL, and this particular top comes in seven colours.

Icyzone Workout Tank Top for Women ($28.25;

Icyzone Workout Tank Top for Women


Icyzone Workout Tank Top for Women

This three-pack of racerback style tank tops is incredibly affordable. Choose from a wide range of colour combinations to match your yoga pants and let the sweat-wicking fabric keep you dry and comfortable through every pose.

Baleaf Women’s Harem Pants ($29.99;

Baleaf Women's Harem Pants


Baleaf Women’s Harem Pants

For lighter workouts and meditation sessions, choose these loose-fitting harem pants, which come in either black or dark grey. The soft fabric feels great, and the pockets are extremely useful.

By: Fiona Tapp

Source: All the yoga accessories you need to improve your practice | CNN Underscored


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The Unspoken Reasons Employees Don’t Want Remote Work To End

It’s no secret that employee-employer tensions about heading back to the workplace are growing. As more employers push to get employees back in-house, the workers themselves are taking a harder stand. An April 2021 survey by FlexJobs found that 60% of women and 52% of men would quit if they weren’t allowed to continue working remotely at least part of the time. Sixty-nine percent of men and 80% of women said that remote work options are among their top considerations when looking for a new job.

The “official” reasons that they don’t want to head back to the workplace are well-documented. They’re more productive. It’s easier to blend work and life when your commute is a walk down the hallway. But, for some, the reasons are more personal and difficult to share. Who will walk the dog they adopted during the pandemic? They gained weight and need to buy new work clothes. The thought of being trapped in a cubicle all day makes them want to cry.

We spoke with several people who shared their very personal reasons why they don’t want to return to work. (Because of the sensitive nature of some of the comments, Fast Company has allowed some of the individuals to use a pseudonym to protect their identities.)

‘I need to nap during the day’

Since 2013, when a backpacking incident caused a spine injury that required two surgeries, Lynn (not her real name) has been dealing with chronic pain and sleep issues. As a result, she’s often tired during the day and realized she wasn’t at her best, especially after lunch, when fatigue would often set in.

“When I’m in meetings, and people throw questions to me, I can’t really answer instantly [or I] say the wrong things,” she says. She didn’t feel comfortable talking to her boss or colleagues about the issues she was facing and was dealing with anxiety, depression, and hair loss in recent years as a result of her sleep issues. But, during the pandemic, she’s been able to adjust her schedule so she can take a nap during her lunch hour and rest periodically when she needs to do so. (Research tells us that naps are good for our brains.)

Since she’s been working from home, her productivity has soared—and her supervisor has noticed and begun complimenting her on her work. She feels sharper and healthier. Her biggest concern right now, she says, is that she will have to give up the balance she has finally found.

‘I’d give up my raise for remote work’

Melvin Gonzalez, a certified public accountant (CPA) for Inc and Go, an online business formation website, is facing a dilemma. “I love my career, love my job, and have amazing benefits which include a lifelong pension—something very rare in today’s labor force,” he says. “However, as with everything in life, there is a price to pay: my commute,” he says. Gonzalez travels two hours each way, which adds up to more than 20 hours per week just getting to and from work.

Gonzalez said he never really considered how much time he was spending on commuting until he worked from home during the pandemic, He used the extra time—the equivalent of a part-time job—to go to the gym, spend time with his wife and children, and still get his work done.

Now that he’s facing heading back to the office, he’s not ready to give up that time. He and his colleagues have shared their concerns with their employer, but he doesn’t think remote work will continue to be an option. He says he’s even willing to give up a raise to keep his flexibility. “This has certainly become my main concern about going back to the office,” he says. “I believe my mood for work will not be the same.”

‘I’m in recovery’

Until the pandemic hit, Frank (not his real name) worked at a high-end restaurant in Philadelphia. What his co-workers didn’t know at the time was that he was struggling with alcoholism. The environment, where he had ready access to alcohol and co-workers who loved to go out for drinks after work, made it difficult for him to quit.

But, while many saw their substance abuse issues increase during the pandemic’s isolation, Frank was able to get his addiction under control, he says. Now that the restaurant is resuming full service again and inviting him to return to his old job, he has concerns about whether that will put his recovery in jeopardy. “Most people don’t recover because they’re not willing to change their lifestyle,” he says. If he refuses to return to his old job, money will be tight, but he’s pretty sure he can make a go of it. “I also don’t want to admit to all of my co-workers that I’m a recovering alcoholic,” he says.

‘I don’t want to give up my side hustle

“My reluctance is really the opportunity cost of commuting,” says Shondra (not her real name), a public relations professional in New York City. Before she was laid off in April 2020, she would wake at 6 a.m. to have enough time to get ready, walk her dog, commute, and start work by 10 a.m. After she was laid off, she started picking up freelance work, which turned out to be lucrative—and which she could easily do from home.

Shondra has a new employer, but the plan about whether or not employees will be required to be back at the office full-time is “very unclear,” she says. For now, she has plenty of time to complete her responsibilities for her employer and work on her freelance projects. That won’t be the case if she goes back to her long commute. Plus, the thought of being on mass transit with so many other people gives her pause from a safety perspective, she says.

She’s waiting to see what happens but is reluctant to give up the freelance work that got her through her layoff. “It’s given me the opportunity to build a nice nest egg, in case—God forbid—something like that happens again,” she says. “I don’t want to lose this opportunity by having to return to the office full-time.”

Gwen Moran is a writer, editor, and creator of Bloom Anywhere, a website for people who want to move up or move on. She writes about business, leadership, money, and assorted other topics for leading publications and websites

Source: The unspoken reasons employees don’t want remote work to end


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