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6 YouTube channels to follow for your fitness fix

No gym subscription? No problem!

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Want to start working on your fitness habit but don’t have the time or resources to go to the gym? Or maybe you want something new to supplement your regular workout schedule? There’s a ton of free content out there on YouTube, and if you’re like me, who sometimes just isn’t in the mood to step out of the house, it’s a lifesaver.

Building an exercise habit can be intimidating, but discovering the kinds of workouts that motivate you to get up and move make the process so much easier. Here are six channels that can help!  

Fitness Blender

Run by husband and wife team Daniel and Kelli, the Fitness Blender hosts full-length workout videos with varying degrees of difficulty. Videos are shot on a plain white background for maximum clarity and they include a timer and calorie count per exercise to make it easier to follow along. The best parts of the channel are the workouts that include a warm up and cool down — great for people that tend to forget about these essential steps during sessions.

THENX

Looking to build strength and bigger muscles? Chris Heria of THENX specializes in calisthenics workouts, which are focused on bodyweight training. Think powerful, explosive moves with great form and exercises using bars, rings, and parallettes. His channel works best as a supplement to your regular routine, and even better if you have access to equipment, but he has a number of pure no-equipment bodyweight videos that are just brutal — in a good way! For those interested in getting into calisthenics or those looking to improve the skills they already have, his channel’s your bet.

Yoga With Adriene

Whether you already have a regular yoga practice or are looking to begin your journey, Yoga with Adriene is there for you. All levels of yoga (yep, even kids’ yoga) and many themes are represented here. Yoga for scoliosis? She’s got it. Yoga for those with weak knees? Covered. Yoga routines customized for teachers, golfers, runners, swimmers, office workers with desk jobs… all there. Whether you need to refresh yourself in the morning or need a pick-me-up after a stressful day, tune in to Adriene’s relaxing voice and clear instructions to center your body and mind.

Tone It Up

Tone it Up’s channel looks a little different from the others on this list. That’s because it’s not just a fitness channel, but a lifestyle hub geared specifically to women who love the beach. The channel is famous for its focus on getting you the bikini body you want through HIIT-based workouts, but it’s grown to also encompass beauty tutorials, meal prep tips, inspiration, vlogs, and Q&A’s. Karena and Katrina have also been featured in a number of both print and digital magazines, reaching out to women the world over.

The Fitness Marshall

Not a fan of regular gym workouts and want a different approach to cardio? Dance! Caleb Marshall (aka the Fitness Marshall), has a relentless — and let’s face it, hilarious — energy that will get you smiling through his slew of choreographed workouts to the most popular hits. Each video lasts the length of a song, so you can pick out your favorite ones for a short warmup or choose to do his Workout of the Week playlist, which collects several for up to an hour of cardio.

Blogilates

The one thing you need to know about Cassey Ho is that she somehow never stops talking even in the middle of an intense Blogilates workout. She’s bright, bubbly, and a good distraction for when you’re sweating all over your mat. Her channel focuses on Pilates workouts that usually need no equipment, and she also has a series with her own spin on HIIT — with Pilates incorporated into the intense interval training. If you’re looking after your overall health too, she provides recipes for clean eating and is a great proponent of building confidence and body positivity.

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Google Pixel 3 Top Shot: The Instagram boyfriend you never had

How to get those perfect IG photos

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We’ve all been there. You’re at a beautiful place wearing beautiful clothes, the lighting is just right and you wish you could capture it in a photo — the makings of a perfect travel #OOTD photo!

Except, the photo came out bad and you totally looked awkward. Whether it be because of your lack of an IG boyfriend, or just a boyfriend, a friend, or a stranger tasked to take the pic with a lack of IG skills, it happens. And as you sulk in regret at that wasted photo opportunity and the knowledge that that picture you had in your head will never grace your IG feed, know that there is a feature that can remedy this.

Remember the Google Pixel 3? Yes, the smartphone that came in Not Pink.

In the process of reviewing the phone, I came upon a glorious realization: The Top Shot feature is exactly what I never knew I needed for my travel #OOTDS.

Let’s backtrack. Google’s Top Shot is a feature that automatically takes a number of photos to ensure you don’t miss the actual moment.

But, what it’s also good for is making sure you get that perfect Instagram shot. You’ll never have to ask someone to take your photo and insist they just keep tapping the shutter hoping one photo comes out good enough. Top Shot goes as far as recommending you the good takes. It’s the Instagram boyfriend you always wished you had!

This feature also works wonders for awkward posers like myself. I just have someone take a photo, make sure I move around during the shoot, and pick out the best candid-looking one.

The results? Photos that are good enough for your feed! Here are some samples from my recent trip to Paris.

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I assure you, none of those looked that good in the initial photos but Top Shot came to my rescue.

Ladies, you’re welcome. Enjoy your prettier Instagram feed!

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Dyson Airwrap hair tutorial and real-life hold test

Is it hard to use? Does it really work?

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The Dyson Airwrap, ever since its announcement, has been the stuff of hairstyle dreams and legends. The high-tech curling iron revolutionizes the way we do our hair!

But, does it really work? Can a normal girl like myself actually get her hair to look as fab with this new-fangled hair gadget? I put it to the test.

In the video above, you see me doing my hair and the final looks. I try a total of two styles — curly and straight — and take my ‘do out and about to see if my hair would hold. And yes folks, this was only the second time I used the Airwrap on myself, ever.

The results impressed!

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Stay tuned for the full review of the Dyson Airwrap on Her GadgetMatch. For similar topics and features, visit the website here.

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Tinder’s new feature tells you when a lot of people are swiping in the area

You’re welcome, Tinderella!

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Dating app Tinder is finding more and more ways to get people swiping more.

Enter: The new Swipe Surge feature.

Let’s face it, not all areas or events are equal — in terms of swipe activity, that is. But, fret not. Tinder will now tell you if you’re in an area with a high swiping ratio to make sure you don’t miss out on all the fun.

Wait, what fun exactly? Well, according to Tinder, during a Swipe Surge, activity on the app is 15 times higher than normal. This means that the chance of finding the love of your life (or the love of tonight 😉) is higher by 250 percent and even chatting up some cuties becomes 33 percent faster. Yep, those are some serious computations.

To get in on the fun, enable push notifications so that the app can notify you when a Swipe Surge is happening in real time. Once you’ve joined the Swipe Surge party, you’ll be put on top swiping priority. Tinder will even show you who’s actively swiping at that moment!

Oh, what fun! Swipe Surge is being tested on iOS in select cities. Unfortunately, we don’t know which ones, or when it’s coming to all users; if it even ever will.

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