Alexandria Morgan's name is buzzing after her ad with TomTom was banned from TV. In the video, Morgan runs in a strapless bra, while also wearing TomTom's Runner Cardio watch, which measures heart rate without a chest strap.

Outside of her controversial ad life, Morgan is a frequent Instagram user. Here are some highlights from her profile, @alexandriatothemax:

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Despite a blowout loss to the Seahawks in the Super Bowl XLVIII, the Denver Broncos are getting a lot of love heading into this season.

According to VegasInsider.com, the Broncos are favorites at 6/1 odds to win Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, 2015, in Arizona. The defending champion Seahawks follow closely at 13/2 odds.

History, however, disagrees with Vegas about the Broncos. Just seven teams have ever made it back to the Super Bowl after losing the big game the previous season. And of those seven teams, only two won in their return to the Super Bowl -- the 1971 Dallas Cowboys and the 1972 Miami Dolphins.

The losing team in the Super Bowl has not returned to the big game in the subsequent season in 20 years, since the Buffalo Bills capped their run of four consecutive appearances with Super Bowl XXVIII in January 1994.

Peyton Manning maintaining his elite, record-breaking play is key if Denver hopes to beat the odds and return to the Super Bowl for another chance to win a title.

Take a look at how the close -- or not close -- the past 20 losing Super Bowl teams came to returning to the championship game.

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Professional football kicks off in a month and a week. Marinate on that for a minute.

NFL training camps are in full swing, with most teams already resuming practice in pads. Much is still to be determined before September, though, namely how the rookies selected in May's draft will fill depth charts. The next month and change will provide ample opportunity for Johnny Manziel to surpass Brian Hoyer and for Jadeveon Clowney to shed the rust of a recent sports hernia surgery.

But neither of them have shined like some other members of the 2014 class. Though it's recklessly premature to really decide, a handful of rookies seem to be already enjoying standout summers. Stunningly, none of them are JFF.

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If your warmup typically consists jogging on the treadmill for 10 minutes, that's a big mistake. Top trainers are using roughly the same amount of time to do exercises that help clients move better and get better results. A warmup is no longer something that can be skipped -- it's an integral part of the workout.

"Our clients consistently say, 'I feel better,' and we've seen a significant reduction in injuries since we've adopted this warmup approach," says Mike Boyle, A.T.C., creator of Men's Health Thrive and owner of Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning in Woburn, MA. "You shouldn't gauge a workout by what you do in the gym, but how you feel when you get out of bed. That's going to tell you whether you're moving forward or backward."

Start every workout with these eight exercises, Boyle recommends. Do one set of each exercise, with minimal rest between sets. Even though some of these exercises may seem easy, doing them consistently will help you become stronger and fitter.

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By Katie Rosenbrock
TheActiveTimes.com

Core strength: Whether you're an elite athlete or an occasional exerciser, it’s an essential part of maintaining your overall fitness (and good posture, too!).

A strong core acts a stabilizer for the rest of your body. "You can look at it as the source of all power in the body,” says Travis Eliot, an expert yoga instructor and creator of The Ultimate Yogi. "One of the main reasons Bruce Lee was able to do his famous '1-inch punch' that could break wood was because that particular movement originated from his core."

OK, so maybe you're not in pursuit of becoming the world's next great martial arts star (if you are, more power to you!), but perhaps you'd like to focus on your abdominal muscles in order to develop your athletic performance or to achieve that all too elusive a "six-pack" ab aesthetic.

Yoga is often overlooked as an effective method for strengthening the core, but according to Beth Shaw, a fitness expert and the president and founder of YogaFit, a regular yoga practice is actually one of the best ways to really challenge your abdominal muscles.

"Yoga helps you naturally tone and condition your core by simply supporting the weight of our body parts,” says Shaw. “Some poses work out different parts of your core, but you are always working against your own weight and gravity. Going to lift weights will isolate working out one specific area. Yoga, however, is able to condition an entire region, like the core."

Yoga can be a better alternative or supplement to traditional ab exercises because many poses target some of the deeper abdominal muscles that aren't commonly engaged.

"I think a lot of people think about the abdominals just being the washboard part of the stomach area, which is called the rectus abdominis,” says Eliot. "But underneath that you have the transversus abdominis, and off to the side you have both the internal and external obliques."

Shaw adds that yoga is also beneficial for the fact that it can help to increase your range of motion and reduce your risk for injury when participating in other activities.

Plus, whether it comes from increased strength, an improved body image or a mixture of both, Eliot notes that building a strong core will give you a confidence boost, too. "On a deeper level a strong core also equals strong self-esteem because this is where our confidence resides," he says.

Of course, no mention of improving your overall fitness is complete without taking a look at the bigger picture. True health and wellness is all about balance. For all-around improved fitness (and especially if you're after that six-pack), Eliot recommends the following.

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Start in the kitchen cutting out gluten, processed foods, refined sugars, bad fats, and alcohol; pack in cardio at least three times a week, which can come from a strong power yoga class or a favorite cardio activity; and set aside three 15-mininute sessions per week devoted to a core routine."

To find out which yoga poses you should include in that 15-minute session, I asked both Eliot and Shaw to share their favorite core-strengthening poses.

“The core ultimately allows the torso to move in all directions. Without it we would move like a robot,” says Eliot.

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By Catarina Cowden
TheActiveTimes.com

The Tour de France has quite a history. Every year it brings thousands of dedicated fans to watch three weeks of uphill battles and long stages, falls and failures, wins and newly broken records. Every year a little bit more history is made.

As the race route has increasingly strayed outside of France (this year some stages will also pass through the U.K., Belgium and Spain), the Tour has gained popularity and prominence around the world. The 21 stages of the 2014 Tour include nine flat stages, five hilly stages, six mountain stages with five high-altitude finishes, and one individual time-trial stage.

The rules have become important. Included in our 11 things you didn't know about the Tour de France are reasons that the rules are now so strictly implemented. Among the 198 riders and their teams, there are different objectives. Certain riders skills are used for particular terrains and to win specific recognition and jerseys.

In the past, the competitive nature of the Tour was at an entirely different level. Cyclists were harsh. Rules did not matter. Cheating was the norm -- from the use of itching power to spiking opponents' drinks. The Tour de France was a nasty contest in which to make enemies early on.

But the crowds always flocked. Considering how long the event lasts, these fans are dedicated. They stand for hours a day just to see a quick flash of cyclists riding by. There is even a Tour de France icon/mascot, El Diablo, who is known by fans for his wacky costume and entertaining ways.

Now more than a century old, the Tour de France has a history that repays exploring. In doing so, we are exposed to the ways of the times past Tours were held in. From the first Tour winner, Maurice Garin, to the unwritten rules of riders, find out 11 things you didn’t know about the Tour de France.

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