3-Minute Read: This Is the Most Effective Cardio Machine at the Gym, Hands Down
Welcome to 3-Minute Read, your midweek rundown of everything we're talking about at Byrdie HQ. Every Wednesday, we'll get you up-to-date on the beauty news you need to know—in only three minutes.
1. Hey, gym bunnies: It's time to step up.
Like it or not (I'm firmly in the "not" camp, personally), cardio is a crucial part of any workout routine. But while we can all concur that there are many ways to get your heart racing, a common misconception is that the treadmill is your best bet for efficient cardio. Not necessarily: Seth Maynard, the director of fitness and lead instructor at the buzzy NYC total-body boutique haunt Switch Playground, makes the case for the oft-ignored StairMaster to Well and Good.
Maynard says that stair climbing is especially key for anyone who has finicky joints. "It's actually my favorite cardio machine," he says. "It lifts and tightens everything, burns a lot of calories, and is easier on the knees." Best of all: Because you're fighting gravity as you exercise, you only need to log 20 to 30 minutes to get an effective workout. Head over to Well and Good to get more details on the comeback of this relatively retro piece of equipment.
2. This upcoming makeup collab is a Francophile's dream.
The ever-iconic Charlotte Gainsbourg (daughter of the ever-iconic Jane Birkin) is teaming up with Nars for a makeup collection that's both French girl– and It Brit–approved. It's due out on April 15—get your first peek here.
3. Here's everything you've ever wanted to know about Kiehl's (but were afraid to ask).
Allure is giving the low-down on the beloved skincare brand's fascinating history. (For example, you've probably never heard of its best product.)
4. Pro tip: Use your Beautyblender along your hairline.
5. Don't go to Ulta without this vlogger-approved shopping list.
Beauty YouTubers agree: These are the best beauty products on the market.
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