Get A Free 30-day Membership To Kayla Itsines' Sweat Program

Here’s How To Get A Free 30-day Membership To Kayla Itsines’ Sweat Program

Want a piece of the Kayla action? Well, you got it! To kick 2019 off right, we’ve worked with Kayla to offer every Women’s Health reader an exclusive one-month membership to Sweat, the fitness app where you can follow Kayla’s killer BBG and BBG Stronger workouts. Plus score access to more than 400 recipes, so […]

by | Aug 27, 2020

Want a piece of the Kayla action? Well, you got it! To kick 2019 off right, we’ve worked with Kayla to offer every Women’s Health reader an exclusive one-month membership to Sweat, the fitness app where you can follow Kayla’s killer BBG and BBG Stronger workouts.

Plus score access to more than 400 recipes, so you can fuel your body better.

Sign up via the SWEAT website here and use the code: WHXKayla2019AU

Here’s a taste of what you’ll enjoy…

 

1. Incline Push-Up

Place a chair horizontally in front of you. Place both hands on the chair slightly further than shoulder-width apart with feet together on the floor behind you, resting on the balls of your feet. This is your starting position. Inhale. While maintaining a neutral spine, bend your elbows and lower your torso towards the chair until your arms form two 90-degree angles. Exhale. Push through your chest and extend your elbows to lift your body back into the starting position. Repeat for 10 repetitions.

2. Squat

Plant both feet on the floor shoulder-width apart. This is your starting position. Inhale. Looking straight ahead, bend at both the hips and knees, ensuring that your knees remain in line with your toes. Continue bending your knees until your upper legs are parallel with the floor. Ensure that your back remains within a 45- to 90- degree angle to your hips. Exhale. Push through your heels and extend your legs to return to the starting position. Repeat for 10 repetitions.

3. Bent-Leg Raise

Start by lying on your back on a yoga mat with your hands beneath your coccyx. Engage your abdominal muscles by drawing your belly button in towards your spine and elevate your legs off the mat slightly. This is your starting position. Inhale. Bend your knees and using your abdominals, draw them in towards your chest, ensuring that your feet stay together. Exhale. Slowly extend your legs to return to the starting position. Repeat for 12 repetitions.

4. Static Lunge

Plant both feet on the floor in a split stance with your left leg forward and your right leg back, ensuring that your feet are shoulder-width apart. This is your starting position. Inhale. Bend both knees to approximately 90 degrees. If done correctly, your front knee should be aligned with your ankle and your back knee should be hovering just off the floor. Exhale. Extend both knees to return to the starting position. Complete 10 repetitions on the same side, before completing the remaining 10 repetitions on the other side.

*Exclusive Reader Offer Terms & Conditions: This offer permits one (1) month free access to the SWEAT app and must be redeemed between 03/01/2019 12:01AM AEDT to 03/07/2019 11:59PM AEST. Offer does not apply to existing users with an active trial or active subscription, or those who have recently cancelled but are yet to finish their remaining billing cycle. Sign-up must be completed via the SWEAT website at join.sweat.com (although may still be used via the iOS/Android apps) and the promo code must be applied at the time of sign-up. Further details on how to do this can be found at support.sweat.com/hc/en-us/articles/360000382635-Promotional-Codes

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It’s official: Shorts Season is officially here. While lockdown has seen many of us realise that activewear is less something to be worn for a workout and more a uniform we choose to do any and all daily activities in, when the warmer temperatures roll around, that favourite pair of sweatpants and leggings sometimes don’t cut it. Sure, they might be a staple in any wardrobe, but the Aussie sun doesn’t listen to reason, no matter how comfortable or cute it might be. And when it comes to summer, working out in leggings can feel like being trapped in a sauna, the sweat pooling at your ankles and around the waistband – as well as those other areas we won’t mention here. 

But as we transition from leggings to shorts, it becomes clear pretty quickly that not all shorts are created equal, and certainly not all shorts are fit for a workout. Take it from us at Women’s Health HQ, we’ve been there, tried it and lived to see the consequences. From the shorts that look cute but ride up to show your undies on the run, to those that feel like being strapped into a harness that’s digging into your hip bones. Then there are the fabrics that can cause chafing – a big no – and those that basically shine a spotlight on any area you might be sweating. 

Thankfully, a number of brands are here to cater to your exercise needs with innovative materials, fabrics and sustainable options to see you through a summer of movement. Regardless of your workout preferences or daily activity, we’ve selected the best shorts that will ensure you feel good in your body, shorts that get you excited to embrace the day and attack it with energy, that make you want to get outside and enjoy the outdoors, whether it be walking, running, or socialising in the park. Here are our pick of the best bike shorts below. 

Nagnata

Uptown Biker, $240

What says summer more than a pop of orange and the sleek shape of these Nagnata biker shorts? With its mid-length and horizontal raised rib side detail, these are shorts you can wear both for a workout and out to meet the girls. Made in Australia with a technical knit fabrication, the double-layer jacquard provides gentle sculpting qualities for the body, making it an excellent choice for light to moderate fitness activities like yoga, pilates or barre. 

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New Balance

Q Speed Fuel Short, $70

We love the colour of these shorts from New Balance which are cut with a sleek, speedy look that also helps to elongate the legs. Featuring NB DRY moisture wicking fabric, these are the shorts you want for high intensity exercise or long runs, keeping you comfortable and dry. There’s also an interior brief for added comfort and a stash pocket to keep your essentials. 

All Access

Ultra High Rise Zip Front Biker Short, $78

Yes, the colour is amazing but the fit is equally sensational on these All Access shorts. For those who love a high-rise fit and wide waistband that holds you in at the waist, look no further. The sleek, shiny look offers mid-compression and the fabric is moisture-wicking, so you can stay comfortable even during your sweatiest workouts. 

Nike

Nike x Naomi Osaka Utility Short, $90

Few things are worse than heading out the door for a run and realising your shorts offer no pockets for those essentials you need. You’re left to hold your iPhone, keys, and anything else you might need in your sweaty palm. Thankfully, Naomi Osaka knows what we need when it comes to exercise shorts and these utility shorts from her collaboration with Nike offer all that and more with a relaxed fit and elastic waistband. 

Tracksmith

Session short Tights, $72

When it comes to bike shorts, you want to feel supported and held in but you also want to be able to breathe. These Tracksmith session short tights are exceptional in offering support while still ensuring comfort remains a priority. Forget about chafing, these shorts won’t ride up and down and the fabric offers more coverage and support against the body. 

Outdoor Voices

Relay 3” Short, $48

Who said summer shorts have to be boring? Outdoor Voices brings fashion-forward style and playfulness to their collections with fun prints and exciting colours. We love the relay 3” shorts for their ultralight, quick-drying fabric that also happens to be made from recycled polyester. But more importantly, we love the print and Poppy Swirl is as good as it gets. There’s even a hidden pocket for your valuables, too. 

Lululemon

Align High-Rise Short 6”, $69

If you’re familiar with the buttery-soft feel of Lululemon’s tights, you’ll want to get your hands on a pair of their shorts, too. Made with the same Nulu fabric that their tights are known for, these shorts feel weightless and super soft. They might be our go-to staple for any workout, but the feel is so second-skin that it’s hard to not wear them for every other activity, too. 

Spiritual Gangster

Seamless Biker Short, $112

These biker shorts from Spiritual Gangster move with you, thanks to a three-tiered compressive waistband that offers a flattering high waist that hugs you in all the right places, without proving constrictive. They offer medium compression but are built for all day comfort, and the colour is a true summer staple because, let’s face it, who doesn’t love tie-dye?