Getting wedding fit: Celebrity trainer shares tips, moves for brides-to-be

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Lanie Parr is getting ready for her upcoming wedding in June.

“I’m looking mostly forward to feeling good, looking good,” Parr, a 29-year-old New York City resident, said. “I want to lean out. I’m actually looking forward to eating better and having more energy.”

So ABC News’ Good Morning America paired her with celebrity trainer Anna Kaiser, the founder of AKT.

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“It really is all about having fun,” Kaiser told Parr at the start of their 30 days together. “I don’t want your workouts to be grueling.”

Parr was working out one to two days per week prior to training with Kaiser.

1. Dance cardio and strength workouts: Kaiser put Parr on a schedule of six to seven workouts per week using her signature style of dance cardio paired with strength and resistance training. Parr trained in Kaiser’s AKT studios in New York City but also used AKT On Demand to train from home and when she traveled.

“The first week I will say, after every class I thought I was going to pass out,” Parr said. “After the first seven days, I just went into every class really excited and motivated because I was already seeing results.”

2. Nutrition: Kaiser also had Parr eat foods high in protein and skip sugar, recommending that she eat a piece of dark chocolate if a craving struck.

“I think the hardest part of this was being in social settings where I couldn’t enjoy some things that I was used to enjoying,” Parr said. “But then after a few weeks of that, it was just the norm for me.”

What happened after 30 days

At the end of the 30 days, Parr had lost 11 pounds overall and 13 pounds of fat and gained two pounds of muscle. Her body fat percentage also decreased by seven points.

When she went to try on her once-snug wedding dress, it fit perfectly.

“I felt 100 percent more comfortable in it,” Parr said, adding that her advice for others is to just get started and not make excuses.

Kaiser attributed Parr’s success to her dedication over the entire 30 days.

“The short-term fitness journey is most people will start to see results and back off,” Kaiser said. “But If you really want to keep up a long term goal, keep yourself consistent.”

Now here’s an at-home workout for you

Kaiser designed a circuit workout for brides-to-be.

In the first round, do each of the five exercises for one minute each, with no breaks in between. In the second round, do each exercise for 30 seconds with no breaks in between.

In the third and final round, do each exercise for 15 seconds at an all-out pace.

“Make sure you’re setting up proper form and then really push yourself,” said Kaiser, who recommends doing the circuit four days per week.

1. Deep squat step outs: Hold 8 to 10 pound weights. Lunge to one side, with knees and toes at 45 degrees, return to center, step to the other side and keep repeating.

2. Push- up row: Use 5, 8 or 10 pound weights. Start in a wide push-up position. Bring your chest all the way down to tap the floor, push your body up and then pull one arm up to a row, keeping hips square to the floor. Repeat on other side. Modify by keeping knees on the floor or forgoing the rows and focusing on plank to push-up.

3. Switch lunge with overhead torso rotation: Start in a lunge position, holding an 8, 10 or 12 pound weight. Switch feet two times and then press arms overhead as you rotate your torso in the direction of your front knee.

4. Hammer curl to scaption: Bend forward slightly, lift weights to shoulders in a hammer curl and then extend arms to scaption as you raise your body.

5. Jacks in a circle: Hold a weight in both hands and extend it to the sky as you do a jumping jack, moving in a circle.

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New to the gym? Trainer shares three tips for first-time gym-goers

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Brooke Cutler was relying on group fitness classes because she did not feel confident training at the gym by herself.

“It’s definitely intimidating for me coming into a gym and having no idea what [I’m] doing, being around buffer people and stronger people,” Cutler, 30, said. “I’m looking forward to becoming more confident and being able to work out on the machines on my own.”

Cutler’s goal was to build her muscles as well as her confidence.

“I really want to work on my upper body strength and feel comfortable when I look at myself and when I’m working out with other people,” she said.

So ABC News’ Good Morning America paired her with Lee Lawrence, a personal trainer at Crunch Fitness in New York City.

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Lawrence told Cutler that in the gym, everyone is “in the same fight.”

“That’s probably the biggest thing for first-time [gym-goers] to know, they can look like Arnold Schwarzenegger or anyone else,” he said. “They’re in the same fight.”

He broke down his 30 days with Cutler into three pieces of advice for first-time gym-goers.

1. Get help from an expert: Lawrence and Cutler met for one hour each week. They covered all parts of the gym, from the machines to the free weights to the mats, and did something different each session.

2. Stay in your lane: Lawrence had Cutler focus on what she was doing, and not pay attention to or think about the people around her. “Stay in your lane and run your race and then we’ll be fine,” he said.

3. Make the gym your playground: Cutler and Lawrence agreed that every week they met they would say to each other, “This has been so fun.” Lawrence said his biggest goal was to “make sure that we were having a great time.”

What happened after 30 days

Cutler discovered her own strength and her own motivation.

“I really surprised myself with the things that I could do and the strength that I had,” she said. “I did not know how strong I was.”

“I am comfortable going to the gym. I find it exciting to work out,” Cutler added. “[Lawrence] taught me a lot of things that I didn’t know how to do, new equipment to use. He has really shown me a way to motivate myself.”

One of Lawrence’s proudest moments for Cutler was watching her take on the squat rack for the first time.

“Our first time going over there she was a little bit nervous,” he recalled. “Once she did it, it was like, ‘Let’s see how much [weight] you can put on after that.’”

Now here’s an at-home workout for you

Lawrence shared a workout that will only take 10 to 15 minutes but will give you the most “bang for your buck,” targeting all your muscles.

1. Lunges: Holding a set of dumbbells, step back into a reverse lunge and then step directly into a forward lunge with the same leg. Pause before returning to the reverse lunge and repeat sequence.

2. Shoulder press: Start with your palms facing you, at shoulder height. Bring arms out so that both palms are facing outward and raise arms into a shoulder press. Repeat.

3. Squat: Start with weights at shoulder height, palms facing you. Squat down, pushing hips forward and squeezing the glutes as you return to standing. Repeat.

4. Renegade rows: Start in a high plank, with hands on dumbbells. Row one arm at a time, keeping hips parallel to the floor.

5. Plank walk-ups: Start in low plank position. Move hands one at a time to the position of your elbows and repeat. Aim to keep hips still and parallel to the floor.

6. Windshield wipers: Lay on your back with your palms down on the ground. Lift knees to a 90 degree angle. Rotate knees from side to side.

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Costs of lifesaving drugs rising faster than inflation: Study

digicomphoto/iStockBY: DR. NAOMI KAPLAN

(NEW YORK) — Prescription drug prices are rising much faster than inflation rates in the United States, and patients who need life-saving medications are suffering the consequences – sometimes fatally.

Newer, safer products entering the market are one reason that costs are going up, but they’re not the only one. Drug companies are also inflating the price of existing, brand name drugs, according to a recent study published in Health Affairs, which analyzed nearly 28,000 national drug codes —- unique numbers that identify every legally manufactured medication in the U.S. —- from 2008 to 2016.

The prices of brand name injectable drugs, for example, rose by 15 percent each year during that time period, the study found. These injectables include brand name insulin for people with Type 1 (T1) diabetes.

“My monthly cost [was] $900,” Sarah Stock, a grandmother from Iowa with Type 1 diabetes, told ABC News. “Insulin used to cost me around $600 per month five years go, and 10 years ago it was $300 per month.”

Stock said that although her current prescription is covered by Iowa Medicaid, the rising costs once forced her to ration her medication. Type 1 diabetics require insulin to control their blood sugar levels, and and without insulin they will die.

Unlike many medications, insulin is like oxygen to Type 1 diabetics – they cannot live without it. Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) will set in within hours or days in a T1 diabetic, and the patient will go into a coma and die without insulin –- the only available treatment.

Lantus, a popular brand of long-acting insulin that has been on the market for over a decade, increased in price by 49 percent in the year 2014, the study found.

Meanwhile, the costs of oral brand name drugs nearly doubled in the nine years that were studied. Each year, the prices of these drugs increased at five times the rate of U.S. inflation. Generic oral drugs had the smallest price increases, with a 4.4 percent increase each year —- and yet, this was still double the rate of inflation. Costs for specialty medications, such as those for hepatitis C, rose 13 times faster than inflation, according to the study.

New drugs entering the market accounted for the rising cost of generic and specialty medications, whereas brand name price hikes were primarily driven by drug companies inflating prices on existing medications, the study said.

Patents on specific drugs reduce competition and therefore contribute to rising costs. Patents provide market exclusivity to new, brand name drugs, and encourage manufacturers to innovate and invest in new drug development.

Other companies cannot create an alternative medication during the patent period, which allows the manufacturer of the new drug to make back the money spent on research and development.

When a drug patent expires, however, a generic may not come onto the market. Drugs made from living cells, such as insulin, are expensive to manufacture as a generic and not considered identical to the brand name form. The FDA requires further scrutiny in these cases, which is costly.

These rising prices are impacting patients’ health nationwide.

When Stock would ration her insulin, her blood sugar “would always be above 200; normal is 90 to 120,” she said, adding that in addition to always feeling tired, thirsty and sick, she also had to undergo “surgery a few times to drain infection from wounds that wouldn’t heal.”

In 2017, 26-year-old Shane Patrick Boyle was out of work so he could care for his dying mother in Arkansas, and waiting for his Affordable Care Act insurance to kick in, according to The Nation and a graphic art website called The Nib. A Type 1 diabetic, Boyle couldn’t afford his life-sustaining insulin, so he launched a GoFundMe page to raise insulin money. Boyle died two days after his mother did. He was $50 short of his GoFundMe goal.

Three months later, T1 diabetic Alec Raeshawn ‘Big Al’ Smith, 26, was found dead in his Minnesota apartment, after rationing his insulin because he had aged out of his parents’ insurance and couldn’t afford his own, The Nation reported. The cause of death was DKA, according to his obituary.

Some drug companies have been held accountable for the rising prices. The state of Illinois recently recovered $135 million from a settlement made with Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. following a 2005 lawsuit filed by Attorney General Lisa Madigan against 47 drug makers. The lawsuit alleged that Teva fraudulently inflated wholesale prices to receive more money in Medicaid reimbursements.

According to the White House Council of Economic Advisers, prescription drugs prices fell almost 3 percent in 2018 when adjusted for general inflation, the largest decline in prescription drug prices in 46 years.

Data from the first 10 days of January 2019, however, reveal a price hike in 490 drugs, including approximately two dozen Johnson & Johnson (J&J) drugs, which averaged a 6 to 7 percent price increase, a spokeswoman for Rx Savings Solutions, a prescription drug purchasing solutions company, told ABC News.

J&J said that the average price rise for about two dozen drugs will be 4.2 percent this year, according to Reuters. The pharmaceutical company said rebates and discounts that were negotiated with payers -— such as insurance companies, private employers, and the government -— would improve drug access for patients since they would contribute to drops in net prices.

For Stock, however, any price increase on drugs that are required simply to live are unethical.

“The drug companies are holding our lives hostage so they can profit. Everyone needs insulin to live, but only diabetics have to pay for it”.

Dr. Naomi Kaplan is a resident physician in physical medicine and rehabilitation, and a member of the ABC News Medical Unit.

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Mom learns foster baby is her adopted son’s sister, so she adopts her as well

Ashley Creative Co.(NEW YORK) — A single mother received the surprise of her life after discovering that the baby girl she was about to adopt shared the same biological mother as her newly adopted son.

“[Hannah] is the opposite of Grayson,” Katie Page of Parker, Colorado, told “Good Morning America” of her kids. “He loves to chill and she’s a wild thing. As soon as I started figuring it out that she was his sibling, I said, ‘Absolutely, [I’ll adopt her].’ Once I took in Grayson and I accepted being his mom, I accepted his family.”

Page divorced in her early 30s before becoming a foster parent in 2016. During her marriage, she experienced issues with infertility but had dreams of being a mom, she said.

“It was on my bucket list and I also always wanted to adopt,” Page added.

Page cared for four foster children before meeting Grayson — a baby boy who was abandoned at the hospital. On May 25, 2017, Page officially adopted Grayson, who is now 2 years old.

“The minute I saw him in the hospital, I fell in love,” Page said. “He’s so calm and sweet. He has the biggest challenges of all the kids.”

A month after Page adopted Grayson, she received a call about a newborn girl, named Hannah, who needed a home.

Page said as soon as she met Hannah, now a year old, that she knew she wanted to give her a forever home as well.

But when Page brought Hannah home and saw the name of the biological mother on the hospital bracelet, she noticed a similarity.

“[The caseworkers] told me her story, which was really similar to Grayson’s,” Page recalled. “I saw her medical bracelet and the first name of her mother was the same name as Grayson’s mom. She didn’t have a typical name.”

Page said it was unclear whether or not Grayson and Hannah were brother and sister because their mother had lied about her last name and date of birth when she left Grayson at the hospital on the day he was born. Both children had been exposed to methamphetamines in the womb, according to Page.

Page’s roommate, Ashley Chapa, was present as she began unfolding the mystery.

“It was as surreal as you could imagine,” Chapa told “GMA.” “Katie got her binder out from her paperwork with Grayson and we realized, same first name — everything. I’ve always thought she was a superwoman, but I think she is more now.”

On Dec. 28, 2018, Page officially adopted Hannah. Months prior, Page had a DNA test done on the children that confirmed them to be biological siblings, she said.

Page hopes to adopt Grayson and Hannah’s 5-month-old sibling this year, she said.

“I was a single woman in a four-bedroom house and now every room in my house is full,” Page said. It’s never dull. People ask me all the time, ‘How do you do it?’ I never thought I’d have three babies, but God doesn’t give you more than you can handle.”

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Stress, anxiety weigh on government employees as shutdown continues

JM-Stock/iStockBY: DR. ANEES BENFERHAT

(PHILADELPHIA) — The federal government’s partial shutdown is affecting an estimated 800,000 federal employees, many of whom will not be receiving their paychecks this weekend even as they continue to work.

About 51,000 of those employees work for the TSA, including Brian Turner, a 27-year-old husband and father to a newborn baby. Turner is a TSA officer at Philadelphia International Airport. During a work break on Thursday, he told ABC News about the anxiety and stress he felt because of his paycheck getting delayed.

“We are a paycheck-to-paycheck family and we depend on that regular income,” Turner said. “Passengers have been very sympathetic. We’ve had a lot of people coming up and saying, ‘Thank you for being here and working without pay.’ That keeps you going even when you’re feeling stressed.”

As government employees move further into January, they’ll have to consider living expenses, such as bills, groceries, and rent or mortgage, and these can really put a strain on families, increasing stress, according to Oscar Holmes IV, Ph.D., an assistant professor of management at Rutgers University School of Business.

When stress hormone levels rise, a person risks poorer health outcomes, such as high blood pressure and insomnia, Holmes said. And as the shutdown gets longer, the consequences of stress can compound, making people more likely to make careless mistakes or become distracted, he said.

Although Turner said that he doesn’t believe his or his colleagues’ job performance has suffered, he agreed that “there’s no shortage of stress,” having had to celebrate the holidays knowing he likely wouldn’t be getting paid.

“It was our baby’s first Christmas, so we wanted to make it big and special, but we had to cut back a lot on that, which was really hard,” he said. “There’s only so much you can cut back, because all our expenses go to the baby and bills.”

Turner said that he started stretching his income once he heard rumors about a possible shutdown, and because his wife works, too, the family has been able to fall back on a little bit of savings. However, he said that some of his colleagues aren’t as fortunate.

“I have some coworkers who are single parents, so I do have colleagues who don’t think they can make it to the next paycheck. … I can imagine if you have to pick between putting food on the table and paying for gas to drive to work, you’re going to choose to feed your kids,” Turner said.

The government shutdown is poised to become the longest ever, with no end in sight. Even when it does end, it’s likely that the effects of it will linger as employees work to make up for missed payments, Holmes said.

“There is likely to be a psychological hangover effect long after the shutdown ends,” Holmes said, adding that it erodes the idea that the government provides stable jobs. “A situation like this makes the reputation of the government as an employer even worse.”

Turner said that he takes great pride in his job, but he agreed that this shutdown makes him think differently about the stability he has working for the government. He was with the TSA during the 2013 shutdown, but said that this one feels different as it’s the first one where he won’t be getting paid on time.

“This seems like it will be happening more and more now, so it’s something I need to be prepared for,” he said, noting that despite his check getting delayed, he still doesn’t plan to leave his job.

“I love my job, and it would never be an easy choice to leave. I’m going to try to hang in as long as I can. There are a lot of dedicated people who work in the government. You don’t go into this line of work for the pay,” Turner said. “I think the general consensus is that people are going to do it for as long as they can. If they have to leave, it’s not going to be by choice.”

Dr. Anees Benferhat is a resident physician in psychiatry in New York City and a member of the ABC News Medical Unit.

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Norovirus outbreak on Royal Caribbean cruise ship sickens 475 passengers

Joel Carillet/iStock(NEW YORK) — The Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas cruise ship is cutting its journey short after 475 passengers and crew members have been infected with a norovirus, Royal Caribbean Cruises announced Thursday.

The cruise line initially reported on Thursday that more than 250 passengers had fallen ill.

“We think the right thing to do is to get everyone home early rather than have guests worry about their health” the cruise line said in a statement, adding that returning early “also gives us more time to completely clean and sanitize the ship before her next sailing.”

Guest and crew members began getting sick when the ship departed the Port Canaveral in Florida on Jan. 6. The ship, originally scheduled for a seven night cruise, made its first stop in Haiti Tuesday where the ship hosted a lunch buffet on land, said Abby Perrin, a passenger on the ship told ABC News. That night, Perrin said she and her mother began experiencing symptoms associated with food poisoning, like vomiting.

The next day, the ship arrived to Jamaica, but passengers said they weren’t allowed to leave the vessel.

Thursday morning, the ship headed for its next scheduled destination in Cozumel, Mexico, but officials canceled the cruise while it was still en route. Now it is on its way back to Florida.

“It was pretty upsetting that we weren’t able to get into Jamaica at all,” Perrin said. “Then we were supposed to be in Mexico tomorrow, which we were really excited about, and it turns out we’re going back to Florida instead.”

About three percent of people aboard the ship are affected by the norovirus, according to the cruise company.

Alan Thomas is currently aboard the ship with his spouse and two friends.

“People are still getting sick,” he told ABC News. “At a cafe next to Guest Services last night, there was a kid vomiting in the trash can.”

Thomas shared a video on Twitter of crew members cleaning the ship. He told ABC News that crew members are not allowing guests to serve themselves food or drinks.

Norovirus is a contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea. A person can become infected through having direct contact with another infected person, consuming contaminated food or water, or touching their nose and mouth after touching contaminated surfaces, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Norovirus is the leading cause of foodborne illness in the U.S., according to CDC.

It is not yet known what caused the outbreak, but most instances of norovirus occur in food service settings like restaurants, according to the CDC.

The Royal Caribbean advertises the Oasis of the Seas as one of the world’s largest ships.

In 2017, about 220 passengers aboard a five-night Royal Caribbean cruise suffered from a gastro-intestinal illness.

All of the current Oasis of the Seas passengers will receive a full refund, Royal Caribbean Cruises said in the statement.

“Our guests sail with us to have great vacations, and we are sorry this cruise fell short,” the statement reads.

The cruise company said the ship is scheduled to return to Florida on Saturday.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention release real-time flu statistics for the first time

Tero Vesalainen/iStock(ATLANTA) — For the first time ever, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released data about flu cases in the midst of flu season.

The CDC says, so far this flu season, between 6 and 7 million people have gotten sick, with 30 states reporting widespread flu activity.

Despite those reported cases, hospitalizations remain relatively low. The CDC says between 69,000 and 84,000 people have been hospitalized due to the flu, and the overall hospitalization rate is about 9 per 100,000 cases. Compare that to the same time last year, and it was about 30 per 100,000 cases.

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How to perfectly answer this ‘horrible’ 1st date question: Dating expert

ABC News(NEW YORK) — You said yes to a first date with someone you met online! Now what?

Online dating can be a cold experience at first, but expert Matthew Hussey has all the right moves to break the ice once you meet for the first time IRL.

After going through a dating app boot camp and “swiping up a storm,” Marisol Casariego said she narrowed down her options to just three men and she’s ready to move the flirty conversations to a first date.

But before she does dating expert Matthew Hussey shared some tips and what not to do for “First Date Friday” on GMA.

Hussey says there are a few key rules to abide by, and it starts with nonverbal communication.

Tips for non-verbal communication


Start with a friendly hug

Hussey suggests just the right amount of warmth upon the initial interaction, “I want you to Goldilocks it.”

“When you show up be warm. Give him a big hug. Don’t worry about being hot in the first five minutes,” he said. “There’s time but don’t play it too cool for school, either.”

Be aware of your seating arrangement

Hussey said many times people make the mistake of sitting across from one another, which he said “is intense because your energy is all pointed towards each other” and can make silence awkward. Instead, he suggests that both people sit on the corner at a right angle or bench style at the bar.

“You’re closer, so it should feel more awkward but it doesn’t because you’re not facing directly at each other,” he said. “If there’s a silence, you’re just people watching together.”

Tips for verbal communication


Don’t be too literal with your answers

There are some common questions people ask on a first date, but how you respond is key. Hussey said that asking, “How are you?” is just another way to find something to talk about so it’s good to give an answer with some detail to keep the date engaged.

Otherwise, he said it becomes like a game of tennis.

“You serve me the ball, I’m hitting it back,” Hussey explained. “Conversation is a game of catch. Let me catch it for a moment and take pressure off you and throw it back.”

Give your date a hook

When talking to your date, Hussey said it’s an opportunity to be honest and explain how you’re feeling so they have a hook.

Try to give high-value responses

Another common and “horrible question,” in Hussey’s mind, is, “Why are you still single?” He suggests keeping it simple and framing the answer to make your date think about themselves.

“When a guy says that to you he’s trying to make you think about you — But you’re not going to accept that. Instead, you’ll make him think about him. So when you say, I’m looking for a great connection and if I didn’t find that I wouldn’t settle. He’s now thinking, ‘Am I going to give her that great connection? Am I going to be good enough?'”

Casariego ultimately chose Brian Goldman, a third-year resident physician who loves hiking and being active outside. The two met face to face on GMA ahead of their first date to try out some of these tips together!

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Study: Americans are not having enough babies to replace themselves

Rawpixel/iStock(NEW YORK) — The country’s fertility rate has hit a 30-year low and Americans are not having enough babies to replace themselves, a new National Vital Statistics report published on Thursday has found.

The nation’s total fertility rate was 16 percent below the level for a population to replace itself in 2017, the report found, although fertility rates varied widely by state and demographic. Total fertility rates represent the expected number of lifetime births per 1,000 women, given current birth rates by age.

Only two states — South Dakota and Utah — had total fertility rates above replacement levels. The gap between South Dakota, which had the highest rate, and Washington, D.C., which had the lowest rate, was 57 percent. The study looked at the total fertility rates for 2017 based on 100 percent of registered births across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Total fertility rates also varied by race. Utah had the highest total fertility rate for non-Hispanic white women, the study found. Meanwhile, the highest total fertility rate among non-Hispanic black women was in Maine. For Hispanic women, the highest total fertility rate was in Alabama and the lowest were in Vermont and Maine, the study found.

In general, U.S. fertility rates have been declining and women are generally giving birth for the first time later in life, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Experts say a number of factors contribute to the decline: economic uncertainty, student loan debt, lack of paid family leave policies and the high cost of childcare in many areas, according to Dr. Karen Guzzo, the associate director of the Center for Family & Demographic Research at Bowling Green State University.

Guzzo said she isn’t surprised by this report’s numbers, which reflect an overall trend over the past several years.

“This is basically a continuation of what we saw last year, and really, the last couple of years,” Guzzo said. “What’s more surprising is that over the longer term, we kind of expected that after the Great Recession has supposedly disappeared and we are doing much better, fertility rates would start to pick up, and they have’t.”

She said that the fact that fertility rates haven’t recovered offers some insight into how people feel about their current economic situations.

“They really haven’t recovered as much as we had expected, and I think that suggests a lot about how people feel in terms of their own personal lives and how secure they feel. It’s not just the global or national economic or GDP numbers, it’s, ‘Can I pay my bills, can I pay my student loans, can I buy a house, is my job secure? Do I have a strong relationship and can I maintain that?’ So people go through a lot of uncertainty,” she said. “I really think that those characteristics haven’t improved as much over the last 10 years, and that’s probably what’s going on here.”

Still, Guzzo said it’s possible to turn these numbers around and get fertility rates back to replacement levels. Policies that make college, housing and childcare more affordable could go a long way toward making that possible, she said.

“The U.S. can recover from this. A lot people are delaying having kids, but they’re not saying never. In the long-term, this might not be this sort of huge crisis,” Guzzo said. “There are all these things we can do to reduce some of that financial insecurity and uncertainty young adults feel that would go a long way to helping our fertility rates.”

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Bust resolution excuses with this nine-move, at-home workout

GrapeImages/iStock(NEW YORK) — If your 2019 resolution to make it to the gym has fallen by the wayside, here is the excuse-busting workout you need.

Lacey Stone, a trainer on E!’s Revenge Body, has an at-home workout that can be done as you watch TV, requires no equipment other than your body and is just nine moves.

The circuit workout created by Stone includes everything from tricep dips to high-intensity intervals designed to get your heart rate up.

After any high intensity workout — even one done at home — Stone, an ambassador for CorePower high protein recovery shakes, suggests doing two things to take care of yourself.

“I recommend that you get sleep and that you have protein post-workout so that your muscles can repair and you can be a better you in the new year,” she said.

Get all the details on Stone’s at-home workout below:

Legs

Squat: Sit on the couch, push your heels into the ground as you raise your body, squeezing your glutes at the top. Make it more intense by adding a jump or holding weights as you squat.

Single leg lift: Lay on your back with your arms extended, palms down. Engage your core and lift your glutes up to a bridge. Lift one leg straight to the sky and pop your hips and glutes towards the ceiling. Lower and repeat on both sides.

Do both moves for three rounds. Rounds should last 30, 45 or 60 seconds, depending on you.

Arms

Push-up: Place your palms down on the edge of a couch cushion and extend your legs so you are in a high plank. Lower your chest down to the couch and push up. Make sure to engage your core.

Tricep dip: With your back to the couch, place your palms on the cushion, with your fingers hanging over. Extend your legs to around 90 degrees in front of you and dip your body, activating your triceps. Push back up, and repeat.

Do both moves for three rounds. Rounds should last 30, 45 or 60 seconds, depending on you.

Core

T-rotation: Lay on your back with your arms extended to the side, palms down, and your legs extended to the sky. Move your legs side to side.

Plank: Get in a high plank position and then lower down to your elbows and hold. Remember your body needs to be engaged to do a plank effectively.

Do both moves for three rounds. Rounds should last 30, 45 or 60 seconds, depending on you.

High-intensity interval training (HIIT)

Side jump: Step side-to-side and then add a little jump, landing on one foot on each side. Jump higher and faster to add intensity.

Kicks: Start in a standing position and kick your legs in front of you. Intensify it by adding a jump as you kick.

Star jump: Stand with feet together. Then jump your legs out with your hands extended in the air, like a star. Step back to a feet-together position and repeat. Add intensity by extending your legs in the air as you extend your arms.

Do all three moves for three rounds. Rounds should last 30, 45 or 60 seconds, depending on you.

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