Flat, defined abs are the holy grail of fitness: highly coveted by many but just out of reach for most, an often thankless crusade involving countless crunches. Or so we’ve been led to believe. Now, a new workout DVD promises a chiseled core without a sit-up in sight. “Core Yoga,” led by instructor Shiva Rea, is a compilation of three of the yogi’s most popular workouts: “Creative Core Abs,” “Creative Core + Lower Body” and “Creative Core + Upper Body.” The DVD is broken up into seven segments that focus on the midsection, using flowing movements to strengthen belly and back muscles. The segments can be done individually as mini-workouts or combined to customize the practice. There may not be any crunches, but with 90 minutes of instruction, “Core Yoga” is still a challenge.
The tech Web site Mashable.com has rounded up a slew of new and soon-to-be-released smartphone applications for couples related to sexual health and intimacy. They range from chaste to racy, and all are intended to increase intimacy in an increasingly digital age. “Too often, social media plays a role in exacerbating an already existing condition of disconnection,” Karen Ruskin, a licensed marriage and family therapist, told Mashable. “A couples app provides an opportunity to use technology to the couple’s advantage, rather than playing a role in the potential harm of the couple.” The tamest apps, such as Cupple and Between, allow couples to share texts, videos and photos. The apps claim to offer more privacy than text messaging, and they tidily archive a couple’s exchanges. Duet is a way to ask someone out on a date. (If your crush doesn’t have the app, he or she receives the invite via text message.) With Avocado, couples can share to-do lists and save special moments in their relationship. Pair’s “Thumbkiss” feature allows couples to virtually kiss by placing their thumbs together on their separate smartphone screens at the same time. Feel Me takes that idea to another level: When two people touch their iPhones to the same spot on the body at one time, the screen lights up and vibrates.