We all remember how Miley Cyrus got seriously bad press for twerking on stage back in 2013. Turns out twerking is not as bad as you might think it is. If you look beyond the fact that it basically looks like dry humping, the rest is actually nothing but good news.
Let's look at the obvious first - girls who twerk are more fit. Not only are they more fit, but they're fit in all the right places. Twerking is one of the best exercises out there to shape your luscious booty, says Healthline. So if you want to have nice and round buns, you know what to do, girl!
In addition, according to Women's Health, twerking can burn more calories than a standard workout, i.e. over 1,000 cal in one hour. Not to mention that this kind of work-out is way more fun than usual cardio/weights exercises.
According to an Italian study, dancing can make you feel better about yourself and, generally, help you be happier. A bunch of patients recovering from surgery admitted that dancing made them feel more joyful than a regular gym workout or biking. Another Swedish study showed that young girls who dance have a higher self-esteem than those who don't.
Can twerking make you smarter though? Yes, it can. Dancing increases cognitive acuity at all ages, states the New England Journal of Medicine. In fact, dancing makes your mind more acute than reading, bicycling, swimming, doing crossword puzzles or playing golf does! In other words, if you have an exam you want to ace, for better results, twerk before taking it!
Here's a video that will have you hypnotized for a little while... these girls are obviously exceptionally smart, happy and fit!
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When it comes to spending more time indoors and working from home, making the space you inhabit as comfortable and well-designed as possible is key.
For some, that means living in a central location, being surrounded by breathtaking views or having access to tons of great amenities — or all three.
While it can be challenging to find a place in Montreal that checks all of these boxes, MTL Développement's latest condo project spearheaded by Lalib Al Jundi, La Tour Fides, does just that.
Situated in Quartier des Spectacles, known for its arts and culture scene, La Tour Fides is smack dab in one of Montreal's trendiest neighbourhoods, with the picturesque Old Port and Montreal's downtown core close by.
Each window above the ninth floor of this 19-storey building has an unobstructed view of either the mountain to the north, the river to the south or the city skyline all around.
Along with its stunning views, La Tour Fides is chock-full of amenities including a cinema, heated indoor pool, spa, café, gym and yoga studio.
La Tour Fides also offer Smart Studios, intelligently designed apartments to make living your daily life a breeze. From the TV, music system, and blinds to lighting, heating and alarms, if something can be voice activated in these "next-generation homes," it is.
No more digging around the couch cushions for the remote, just use your voice to turn on your smart TV. Or use a voice command to open the blinds, revealing the stunning skyline without you even getting out of bed.
Plus, you can set a routine that best suits your schedule using the Smart Studios app, putting luxury living literally at your fingertips. Turn on the air-conditioning when you're on your way home so you can return to a chilled haven in summer, or turn the lights off remotely if you realise you'd left them on while out and about.
Each of La Tour Fides' Smart Studio homes is equipped with built-in furnishings made to maximize space and convenience. Transform your desk into a dining table at the end of the day and sit down to a home-cooked meal before revealing the hidden murphy bed when you're ready for a good night's rest.
And if you have visitors, they can experience La Tour Fides too by booking a guest suite of their own. Once they're done admiring the view, you can invite your guests on a tour of nearby Galerie de l'UQAM, the Notre-Dame Basilica and the many shops and restaurants nestled in the area. Afterwards, wind down in La Tour Fides' game room or its on-site cinema.
With over 10,000 square feet of amenities including 24/7 security and concierge services, La Tour Fides might just be the dream home you're looking for.
One- and two-bedroom apartments, as well as penthouses, are currently for sale with down payments ranging from 10 to 35%; exceptionally, they've also got a promotion going on where they will be accepting down payments for 5%.
Along with the beach, organizers are planning for a summer full of outdoor group activities that you and your friends can sign up for.
Pending government approval, you'll be able to sign up for a beach spikeball league, a beach soccer league, and a beach volleyball league! For those less sporting types, Wednesdays will be reserved for Latin dance workshops "for dancers of all levels and even for those with a rather shy dance step!"
The beach will officially be open to the public on May 19, 2021. For more information and to sign up for a sports league or dance classes, check out the official website.
Being in tune with our bodies is important for many reasons. It's how we get in touch with our feelings, decipher our wants and determine our needs both physically and mentally.
The intuition that comes with knowing your body — what's normal and what's not — can be life-saving. Canadian beach volleyball player, Grant O'Gorman, knows this better than most.
Testicular cancer is the number one most commonly diagnosed cancer among young men aged 18-35. While the outcome for men with testicular cancer is often positive, early detection continues to be key. If it's caught early, it's both treatable and curable, but 62% of men who are most at risk don't know how to check themselves for warning signs. Men's health charity, Movember, is on a mission to change that.
By spreading awareness and educating men on how to self-examine at home, and encouraging them to get to a doctor if something doesn't seem right, this charity is leading a conversation that aims to change how men approach their health.
Since April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, Movember is teaming up with this young cancer survivor to spread the word.
In 2019, Vancouver-based Grant felt like a superhero. The then 25-year-old Olympic hopeful went from representing Canada at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour to being completely blindsided by a chilling cancer diagnosis.
Now, he's working with Movember to tell his story and help educate others on the risks of testicular cancer.
No matter your age or how healthy you are, Grant says it's crucial to be aware of your body and to go see a doctor if anything seems off: "You might think you're super healthy, but trust me, I was the healthiest guy and it happened to me."
In an exclusive interview with Narcity, Grant opens up about his personal journey and offers advice to young men.
Questions and responses have been edited for clarity.
Tell us about your journey with testicular cancer. When were you diagnosed and how did you find out?
"In the middle of 2019, my teammate Ben Saxton and I were at the world championships representing Canada, and I noticed that my nipple was feeling a little weird. I thought maybe I dove and scratched it or something. But a couple of weeks later, it started to get bigger. When I squeezed it, liquid came out, and I thought that was super weird.
When I got back to Canada, I went to the doctor and had an ultrasound done on my nipple. Nothing came up. They couldn't figure out what was going on.
I went to a couple of different doctors, and finally one of them suggested I get an ultrasound of my testicles, and that's where they found it. I was diagnosed with testicular cancer."
In what must have seemed like the blink of an eye, you went from being a healthy professional athlete to someone dealing with cancer. What was that like, and how did being diagnosed change you?
"I've always been very strong and healthy as an athlete. The discomfort in my nipple didn't affect my playing, so I thought I was totally fine.
But when they told me, 'You have cancer, you have to get surgery to get this removed,' I remember thinking, 'Why is this happening to me? How is this happening to me? I'm healthy and strong. I do everything I need to for my body.'
Being an athlete, I always felt like a superhero, and as soon as this happened, I just felt vulnerable."
What treatment did you have, and did you fully understand the support available to you?
"I just had my right testicle removed — I didn't have to get chemotherapy or anything else. Luckily, it hadn't spread.
Support-wise, I was lucky to have my whole Volleyball Canada team. I have a psychologist available to speak with me whenever I need, a physiotherapist, my teammate, and my wife, Isabela, so I was okay.
It was the start of the COVID-19 pandemic though, so we were sort of isolated from everyone, which made it a little bit tougher."
What do you wish you had known then that you know now?
"I wish I'd known to really be aware of my body and if something is off — even if it's a small thing — to get it checked out right away. Knowing your body is crucial.
Also, never be shy to go to the doctor, even if you think it's embarrassing. I probably wouldn't have gone to the doctor if my wife hadn't made me go, and then the cancer could have spread more."
For many men, it can be uncomfortable to talk about topics like this. What have you found is the general attitude towards testicular cancer among your peers, and how are you working to change perceptions and raise awareness?
"It's important to realize that there is nothing to be embarrassed about. It's a health issue. It's about remaining healthy and alive. You shouldn't be shy about it.
I was never really nervous to tell my friends or anyone, but I think if I was younger I probably would have because it's a very private area.
The main thing is checking yourself regularly, or if you're someone who wants to keep your partner or someone in your life safe, be sure to tell them to check themselves.
If you detect it early, you might only have to get the surgery, as I did. If not, it could be worse."
What is one piece of advice you have for newly diagnosed men, and one piece of advice for men in general?
"If you've recently been diagnosed with testicular cancer, know that there are a lot of other people who have gone through it. I spoke to another beach volleyball player who also had testicular cancer in the past, and it really made me feel more comfortable and that I wasn't alone.
For men in general, know your body well. Besides your testicles, know your feelings, know your hormones... if something's changing, get checked out."
Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
"Testicular cancer is a young man's cancer, so check yourself regularly. But if you also have brothers, partners, husbands and fathers that are in your life, remind them to check themselves regularly too.
You can follow the YouTube channel my wife and I have created to learn more about our journey with testicular cancer."
To learn more about testicular cancer, visit the Movember website or check out Movember's Nuts & Bolts page for relevant and reliable tools to help you confidently handle the testicular cancer journey.
This article was originally written by Ashley Corbett and published on Narcity Canada.