amana images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Even if you live in a tiny studio apartment, you can still find a way to stay active indoors until the Blizzard of 2015 blows over.
Grace DeSimone of American College of Sports Medicine Spokeswoman explains how:
Take the Stairs
Indoor stairs and steps can be turned into calorie-blasting machines, DeSimone said. Walking up and down stairs burns an average of about 7 calories per minute, according to the Compendium of Physical Activity. Take them at a jog, and you’ll up the calorie burn to 11 per minute.
Though it’s harder to get the recommended 10,000 steps per day when you’re cooped up indoors, it is possible, especially if you wear a fitness tracking device, she said.
Stairs can also guard against binging, DeSimone pointed out.
“Put all the snacks up high out of reach or down in the basement,” she advised. "That way you have to run up and down the stairs every time you feel like having a cookie.”
Use What You've Got
Everything you own can be used for exercise, DeSimone said.
For example, squat up and down in a chair to strengthen your butt and thighs. Or do dips on the edge of the couch to strengthen your arms, shoulders and chest.
“If you’ve got weights or bands, great, but if not you can use laundry bottles or cans for strength work,” she said. “If your kids are small enough, even they can be used for bench presses.”
Find an App
There is an app for any possible fitness goal you might have and many of them are free, DeSimone said.
“Download one, use it, delete it and try another one,” she said, adding that many take into account tight spaces and lack of equipment.
If you’re not into apps, search the Internet for streaming, downloadable or written workouts. Your gym’s website can be a good resource, she said. Equinox Gyms, for example, offers a free “Do Anywhere” workout complete with demo videos.
Make It a Game
One way to get the whole family up and moving is with a rousing game of balloon volleyball, DeSimone said.
“Trying to keep the balloon from hitting the floor is a lot harder than it looks. It burns calories and wears everyone out,” she said.
Break Out the Shovel
You may not be looking forward to shoveling your sidewalk or driveway once the storm is over, but DeSimone said you should be if you’re interested in getting a great workout. Besides burning up to 640 calories an hour, cleaning your walk works virtually every muscle in your body.
“Just be sure to switch sides every few minutes so you don’t get a backache,” she said.
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ABC/Lou RoccoAlicia Keys turned 34 years old on Sunday, and her husband Swizz Beatz turned the clock back 25 years for a birthday celebration with the cast of the 1990 flick, House Party.
“My husband surprised me with the craziest party ever!!!!!!." Keys wrote on Instagram." Str8 out of the movie house party!!! He brought the party to me!! Come on’!! You remember this."
The movie’s stars Kid ‘N Play performed, and they were joined by their co-stars, Tisha Campbell and Adrienne-Joi Johnson.
“Worlds best Patna, husband, BFF and party planner!!!! ( 2nd to me shhhhh don’t tell him!!), "Alicia wrote in another Instagram post. Thank you soooo much my love @therealswizzz for loving me on a whole other stratosphere #mygreatestinspiration,”
"Happy Bday @Aliciakeys my Love. House party at The Dean Estate," Swizz commented on Instagram, "We did House Party 4 Real. Much love for the entire cast that came out." He posted a video leading the party in singing "Happy Birthday."
In tribute to the film’s sequel, House Party 2, the couple wore matching 8-ball pajamas.
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"Recently the publishers for the song 'I Won't Back Down,' written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, contacted the publishers for 'Stay With Me,' written by Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips, about similarities heard in the melodies of the choruses of the two compositions," Sam’s rep told Rolling Stone Monday. "Not previously familiar with the 1989 Petty/Lynne song, the writers of 'Stay with Me' listened to 'I Won’t Back Down' and acknowledged the similarity."
Sam’s rep added, "Although the likeness was a complete coincidence, all involved came to an immediate and amicable agreement in which Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne are now credited as co-writers of 'Stay With Me' along with Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips.”
Tom Petty's reps haven't yet commented. It’s unclear if he or Lynne will receive royalties from the song.
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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- The news broke in December that the hottest couple quite literally in Hollywood -- Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello -- were engaged. But Vergara finally confirmed the news Sunday night on the SAG Awards red carpet, and even dished on their upcoming nuptials.
Have they picked a date yet? The Modern Family actress told Access Hollywood on the red carpet, "We're trying to figure it out because…he's shooting and promoting Magic Mike this summer and I'm promoting my movie with Reese Witherspoon and so we're kinda busy, but we're trying to do it maybe fall."
Magic Mike XXL will strut into theaters July 1, while Vergara's film with Witherspoon -- Don't Mess With Texas -- hits theaters May 8.
"Summer is going to be too crazy," Vergara added.
Still, they do know they'll have a large guestlist. "It's big. We started, like, 'It's only 20.' Yeah right! It's like now there's like pages and pages," she said.
Vergara also gushed about the new sparkler on her left hand. "It's all about the bling-bling, so he knew what I needed," she said with a smile.
Still, the actress would've said yes if Manganiello opted for a smaller diamond. "I opened it up and I checked it to see," Vergara quipped. "He's so handsome that it would have been okay, you know? I would have said, 'Okay, yeah.'"
Manganiello popped the question on Christmas Day while on vacation in Hawaii. The two began dating last May, after Vergara ended her two-year engagement to businessman Nick Loeb.
Modern Family airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.
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