Activewear

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How does Pure Barre instructor and Zella PRO Missy DeWalt trick herself into fitting a little more ab work into her day? She makes TV commercials work for her. The average break lasts two minutes. In an hour-long show, that’s 12 full minutes you could be toning and strengthening that core. If there’s time to zone, there’s time to tone! Sorry. That was awful. But Missy’s tips are rock solid. Here are three exercises she personally mixes in while vegging out to her favorite shows.

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Forearm Plank: This is an awesome exercise, because it fires up the whole body and requires minimal space. When you do this, you need to focus on pulling your abs up and in–almost trying to take any arch out of your lower back. I like to tell people to imagine a cup of hot coffee on their back! Holding this position for 30 seconds is good. 90 seconds is better. It’s something you can build up to. You also need to make sure you keep your gaze in front of your fingers to keep your neck inline with your spine.

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How to tone your abs at work? A 10-step, 10-minute workout you can do anywhere? We got you. We tapped three four of our Zella PROs for their expert advice on simple ways to incorporate fitness and wellness into your daily life. We’re not talking signing up for a marathon or some weird cleanse diet. These are practical baby steps to better living for real people, from real people that you can start right now.

Our bonus pro, Heather McBride, is a barre3 instructor in New Jersey.

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The leotard: synonymous with Jazzercise, step aerobics and the Crystal Light National Aerobic Championship. It was the workout uniform for over a decade (bonus points if you wore one with pantyhose) until replaced by a surge of advancements in activewear design and technology, and, you know, clothes that looked good on more than just one body type.

Thanks for the memories, wistful-looking ladies. We hereby close our 1987 spring catalog and lay workout leotards back to rest—right alongside Hypercolor shirts, Baja hoodies and stirrup pants.

SHOP: Activewear

— Jeff Powell

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’Twas the season to indulge, friends, but now ’tis the season to atone. Throughout the month of January, we’ll be bringing you all sorts of Wellness Realness—information and inspiration you can use to get out of lax mode and into good-for-you mode. Or at least stop eating cookies for lunch and skipping your morning run.

Amanda Torres isn’t just part of the team of knowing voices at the other end of the line when you connect with our online Beauty Stylist program. She’s also a self-described gym rat, which makes her the perfect person to help you fill your virtual gym bag with sweat-proof beauty products for your workout.

“My love for fitness stems from a resolution-turned-reality when I lost 75 pounds between 2013 and 2014,” Torres told us. “I find myself at the gym five nights a week, and I know that even with my extensive beauty background, being beautiful at the gym can be tough!

Notice she doesn’t say impossible. Nope. Our beauty pro has the eight products you need—and lots of good tips too. In fact, we’ll just slide on over and give her the floor.

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Circle up the feel-good focused bookworms; this month’s trio of tomes is right in line with January’s Wellness Realness focus.

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’Twas the season to indulge, friends, but now ’tis the season to atone. Throughout the month of January, we’ll be bringing you all sorts of Wellness Realness—information and inspiration you can use to get out of lax mode and into good-for-you mode. Or at least stop eating cookies for lunch and skipping your morning run.

How to tone your abs at work? A 10-step, 10-minute workout you can do anywhere? We got you. We tapped three of our Zella PROs for their expert advice on simple ways to incorporate fitness and wellness into your daily life. We’re not talking signing up for a marathon or some weird cleanse diet. These are practical baby steps to better living for real people, from real people that you can start right now.

Last up, we’ve got Laurie Grant, a certified fitness instructor in Calgary, AB.

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’Twas the season to indulge, friends, but now ’tis the season to atone. Throughout the month of January, we’ll be bringing you all sorts of Wellness Realness—information and inspiration you can use to get out of lax mode and into good-for-you mode. Or at least stop eating cookies for lunch and skipping your morning run.

How to tone your abs at work? A 10-step, 10-minute workout you can do anywhere? We got you. We tapped three of our Zella PROs for their expert advice on simple ways to incorporate fitness and wellness into your daily life. We’re not talking signing up for a marathon or some weird cleanse diet. These are practical baby steps to better living for real people, from real people that you can start right now.

Our second pro, Kiki Cordero, is the owner of COR Pilates TRX Yoga in Scottsdale, AZ.

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’Twas the season to indulge, friends, but now ’tis the season to atone. Throughout the month of January, we’ll be bringing you all sorts of Wellness Realness—information and inspiration you can use to get out of lax mode and into good-for-you mode. Or at least stop eating cookies for lunch and skipping your morning run.

How to tone your abs at work? A 10-step, 10-minute workout you can do anywhere? We got you. We tapped three of our Zella PROs for their expert advice on simple ways to incorporate fitness and wellness into your daily life. We’re not talking signing up for a marathon or some weird cleanse diet. These are practical baby steps to better living for real people, from real people that you can start right now.

First up, Laurenn Cutshaw, a spinning and yoga instructor in San Diego, CA.

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‘Twas the season to indulge, friends, but this ’tis the season to atone. Throughout the month of January we’ll be bringing you all sorts of Wellness Realness—information and inspiration you can use to get out of lax mode and into good-for-you mode. Or at least stop eating cookies for lunch and skipping your morning run.

Before we start beating too hard on the wellness drum, we had to share a few snapshots from an amazing late-’70s Nordstrom catalog we stumbled upon. The perfectly coordinated, ‘sporty’ lifestyle shown in our 1979 activewear catalog looks a little more Arnold Palmers at the country club than it does cardio-pumping at Zumba. But hey, there were three more years to go before Jane Fonda came out with her first workout video that helped popularize aerobics—and the legwarmer. Today our shorts, tennis skirts, track jackets and hoodies strike a more practical fashion/function balance for a more serious active lifestyle. But we still love this old-school look back at the past.

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Zella PRO: Layers, Baby, Layers

Our Zella PRO expert instructors are ready to get you going with inspiration, info and tips on staying fit and healthy. Here Lisa Kristin—a group fitness instructor at the Seattle Gym—talks about cold-weather workouts.

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Fall leaves, crisp air, changing seasons. The darker mornings and evenings are here, but don’t let that stop your outdoor workouts. You can still enjoy biking, running and more, you just have to be prepared—and you have to be layered. Here’s our quick guide to getting comfortable, equipped and active.

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