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Pliés, relevés, and sauté jumps don't just look graceful, the ballet moves also lengthen and strengthen muscles and burn calories.

Ballet-inspired classes like Pure Barre, Bar Method, and Balletone are a popular workout trend that incorporates moves from ballet, Pilates, and yoga to upbeat music.

Many gyms offer ballet-inspired fitness classes, and barre studios offer classes for overall conditioning as well as targeted workouts for abs, thighs, or glutes. There are even "barre light" classes for beginners.

You don't need a tutu or ballet slippers. Instead, dress in comfortable workout clothes and show up to the 60-minute classes prepared to use the ballet barre to do the movements your teacher shows you.

Some classes also use small balls, resistance bands, and hand weights to do floor work. The low-impact workout focuses on proper alignment.

Read more: Barre Classes: Benefits, Exercises, and What to Expect

Sometimes working out just isn't in the cards. Maybe you've been sick or have an injury. Or maybe your schedule is totally unforgiving and you're overloaded with work and sports.

It happens to everyone. You'd be hard pressed to find a person who has never taken some time off from training. For a few weeks, a break from exercise is not all that problematic. But de-training issues begin to arise if you extend it for too long.

Here's how skipping workouts affects your body for the first four weeks, and for the time thereafter.

In the first four weeks . . .

Your conditioning decreases

You can quickly improve your conditioning. At the same time, your endurance is one of the first things to go after you stop working out. "You see some high level CrossFit guys who can get in great conditioning shape in a couple of weeks," says Dr. John Rusin, a strength coach specializing in sports performance physical therapy and rehab. "You can get linearly better and linearly worse by not doing your specific energy systems work."

Read more: This Is What Happens to Your Bod When You Stop Working Out

Did you know that up to 60% of human body is composed of water? Have you heard that you need at least eight glasses of water every day? Well, we've been hearing it from doctors, nutritionists, trainers, and health and fitness experts every single time. Aren't we?

The idea of eight glasses of water every day was first proposed by a researcher in 1921 after measuring the ratio of water intake to urine output while also considering the change in color of the liquid. Every doctor agreed and later it went on to become a standard minimum requirement for everyone ranging from teens to grandparents.

Insufficient Intake Of Water Increases The Likelihood Of Multiple Diseases

There are multiple researches pointing out that anyone that doesn't take the minimum quantity of water intake is likely to experience problems like heat stroke, kidney stone formation, urinary infection, dry mouth, poor cavities, bladder and colon cancer, cataract, lung infection, and weakened immune system.

In a study conducted by medical researchers at Harvard University in 1999, it was found that 47,909 men that were under observation had a 7% lesser chance of developing bladder cancer for every single cup of water they took. It was concluded that drinking eight cups of water every day can reduce the threat of bladder cancer by up to 50 percent.

Read more: Reasons Why You Should Drink Eight Glasses Of Water Every Day

Not sure how to work out on a rowing machine without looking like a total fish out of water? It's easy to make mistakes when using a rower, officially known as an "ergometer," the first couple of times. But you'd be crazy to avoid the machine altogether out of sheer embarrassment. Rowing can burn up to 800 calories an hour and is extremely effective in working your whole body from head to toe. Quads, hamstrings, back, abdominals, arms, shoulders and calves are all used in the rowing stroke. Depending on how you train, you can increase your aerobic fitness or focus on building muscle strength and explosive power.

RELATED: 3 Rowing Machine Cardio Workouts for Strength and Endurance

Rowing's efficiency and effectiveness, plus its reputation for being a low-impact workout for all ages and body types, has made it increasingly popular in gyms and fitness studios across the U.S. CrossFitters are getting on board with rowing, too; numerous boxes incorporate the rower into WODs (Workout of the Day) and there are several CrossFit Games rowing events.

Row Like A Pro: Technique 101

Read more: 6 Rowing Machine Mistakes (And How to Fix Them)

Over 33 percent of American adults and nearly 20 percent of American children and adolescents are obese. These numbers might be a bit of a surprise, but you've heard about this for years—as a nation, we're getting fatter by the minute. Which means we're putting ourselves at a higher risk of major disease and cutting years (if not decades) off our lifespans.

How did this happen? For one, most Americans don't eat very well. A recent study found that over 50 percent of the average American's calories come from "ultra-processed" foods. Most of us know we should be eating more fruits, veggies and whole foods, but many of us still suck down too many frozen meals and soft drinks. In addition to making poor food choices, we've got a serious problem with portions. Most Americans don't just eat unhealthy foods—they eat way more than the recommended serving size. This combination is a big reason why obesity is on the rise, and a new study sheds light on why we overeat so often.

Entitled "Salt Promotes Passive Overconsumption of Dietary Fat in Humans" and published in The Journal of Nutrition, the study set out "to investigate the effects of both fat and salt on ad libitum food intake." Researchers from Deakin University in Australia recruited 48 healthy participants and fed them four separate lunches over the span of a month. The lunches looked the same—elbow macaroni and tomato sauce—but the researchers altered the amount of salt and fat in each dish. The dishes were either low-fat and low-salt, low-fat and high-salt, high-fat and low-salt, or high-fat and high-salt. Researchers measured how much the participants ate, how satiated they felt after the meal and how much they enjoyed it.

Read more: Is This Common Ingredient Making You Eat Too Much? A New Study Has The Answer

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