Ericka McConnell/FITNESS MagazineBy Joanna Chen
I know what to do when my thighs get a little jiggly (hello, squats and lunges), but what about when the trouble zone in question is a little higher up -- like on top of my shoulders? I'm talking about my brain, which has gotten noticeably flabby in the past few months. Suddenly it was taking me several minutes to figure out how to cook Minute Rice. Names of celebrities spent more time on the tip of my tongue than rolling off it. "You know who I'm talking about, right?" I would ask my husband. "That actor in that hit movie.... That guy?"
The one thing I did know: It was time for a brain-boosting intervention. So when I got an e-mail informing me that I had been selected to join the tens of millions of women and men who have plunked down money for the privilege of becoming a member of an online "brain gym," where I could play interactive games that are scientifically designed to sharpen the mind, I was intrigued.
Turns out, most of the people who belong to these gyms
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Either your jeans shrank or your belly grew, and chances are it's the latter. You're exercising and eating right, so what's up with the bloating? Sometimes the culprit is obvious (hello, Aunt Flo and last night's burrito!), but other times your healthy habits are the cause. Read on for five surprising reasons your belly can balloon -- plus advice on how to deflate it fast.
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Tummy Puffer: Downing Fluids Before Your Workout
It's important to drink plenty of fluids when it's hot out to prevent dehydration, especially when you exercise. Also, steadily sipping water encourages healthy digestion by keeping food moving through your system, says Christie Achenbach, RD, a dietitian in Destin, Florida, who specializes in nutrition for exercise. But chugging too much water before your workout makes your belly swell.
Deflate-it fix: To avoid that sloshy, overfull feeling, drink about 16 to 24 ounces of water one to two hours before
Peter Ardito/FITNESS MagazineBy Jenna Autuori-DedicRead More »from Running with Your Dog: Expert Tips
Take dog walking to the next speed level and you and your canine will score twofer benefits. "Your dog is a great motivator who makes exercising fun," says Jt Clough, the author of 5K Training Guide: Running with Dogs. Capitalize on your daily outing by burning more calories as you build your pet's cardio fitness. Lace -- and leash -- up with these tips from Clough.
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Ease into it.
Dogs should be physically active for at least a half hour twice a day, according to the American Kennel Club. Begin with 15 minutes at a comfortable clip in the first week, adding five to 10 minutes and more speed as your four-legged friend progresses, Clough recommends.
Pace yourself -- and your pal.
"Most dogs run faster than humans," Clough says, but you shouldn't feel you have to sprint. Heed these suggested speeds from Josiah Neuman, the training director for the Neuman K-9 Academy: Small dogs, like Boston terriers, can typically go 2 1/2 to 3 1/2
Amy Postle/FITNESS MagazineBy Melissa WalkerRead More »from 4 Crash Diets–Tested!
We asked women to try four popular new eating plans that promise slimming results fast. Get the good (14 pounds lost!), the bad (zero pounds lost!), and the icky (spinach juice!) right here.
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The Paleo Solution
The Diet: Paleo Solution proponents believe that our early ancestors' whole-foods diet is healthier than our modern (superprocessed) regimen. That means no chips or cookies or even prepackaged "healthy" foods, like yogurt. Instead you eat three to four meals daily of four to eight ounces of lean protein (chicken, turkey, or seafood), raw or lightly cooked vegetables, and healthy fat (oils or nuts). Daily caloric intake hovers around 1,200 to 1,400.
The Tester: The Sweets Addict, Christian McKenzie, 29
"My weakness is cookies and cake," Christian admits. When she noticed that her energy was low and she had put on about seven pounds, she joined a gym and started reducing portion sizes. Christian stopped gaining but didn't drop
Denise Crew/FITNESS MagazineBy Sharon LiaoRead More »from Why Do You Pig Out After You Work Out?
Before training for my first marathon, I prepped like crazy. I read running books, devised a plan, and scheduled workouts into my Google calendar. What I didn't anticipate was around-the-clock hunger. After a run, my stomach screamed for sustenance all day. "I'm run-gry!" I cried as I plowed through sleeves of crackers and cookies and stacks of pancakes. It's no wonder I didn't shed a pound -- and probably gained a few -- despite logging hundreds of miles in four months.
Research suggests that my experience is surprisingly common. In a Louisiana State University study, it was the dieters who worked out the most who didn't lose as much weight as they expected to. "Too often, people overcompensate for exercise," explains Mary Jane Detroyer, RD, an exercise physiologist in New York City. "That's one of the main reasons women don't get the weight-loss results they anticipate." Use these strategies to outrun your hunger so you can finally cross your weight-loss finish
Bryan McCay/FITNESS MagazineBy Karen Ansel, RDRead More »from 30 Surprisingly Healthy Fast Foods
Sometimes eating on the fly is a fact of life. Findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that fast food accounts for more than 15 percent of daily calories for people in their twenties and thirties. If your busy schedule calls for the occasional grab-and-go meal, FITNESS is here to help. Our cheat sheet identifies two safe bets for lunch or dinner at 10 of the most popular chains. With these menu picks, which each have 480 calories or fewer and are low in artery-clogging saturated fat, you can eat burgers, tacos, and fries guilt-free.
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• Premium Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken and low-fat balsamic vinaigrette plus Fruit 'n Yogurt Parfait; 375 calories, 9.5g fat (4g saturated)
• Grilled Honey Mustard Snack Wrap plus small french fries; 480 calories, 19g fat (5g saturated)
• Fresco Steak Burrito Supreme plus black beans; 430 calories, 10.5g fat (3g saturated)
- FITNESS Magazine | Healthy Living – Mon, Jul 22, 2013 2:02 PM EDT
TIm Soter/FITNESS MagazineBy Rachel SturtzRead More »from Best Road Trip Ever: Active Vacations Across the Country
Ride shotgun with FITNESS for this sporty girl's guide to 10 of the most visited cities in America. Whether you want to get amped on adrenaline, hit the water, or burn off the local eats, try these heart-thumping picks for a perfect fit-away.
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New York City
1. Scale a faux rock face at Brooklyn Boulders climbing gym, where you can take classes or tackle the 22,000 square feet of walls -- from beginner-friendly routes to advanced overhangs -- on your own ($25 for a one-day pass, brooklynboulders.com). To get a grip in Manhattan, head to the multichallenge wall at the Sports Center at Chelsea Piers ($50 for a one-day pass, chelseapiers.com).
2. Dip your paddle in the Hudson River at one of the free kayaking locations in Manhattan -- Pier 40, Pier 96, or at West 72nd Street -- with walk-up excursions on evenings and weekends (downtownboathouse.org). Or head to Brooklyn for a row on the East River, at either Brooklyn Bridge Park
Peter Ardito/FITNESS MagazineBy Jenna BirchRead More »from The 9 Worst Cocktails for Weight Loss
It's summertime, and all you want to do is sip a cool cocktail under the sun. We hear you. But before you pop in that little pink umbrella, make sure you choose your cocktail carefully for your health and waistline. Here, the biggest cocktail calorie bombs of the season.
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With its high-cal sugary mixers and artificial flavors-and rum on top of that-a 3.5-ounce pina colada will spike your sugar intake by 35 grams and your calorie count by more than 300 at a minimum. You'll probably consume more calories in this glass than you would with a Big Mac. "There are better ways to treat yourself to a tropical cocktail than mixing sugar with alcohol," says registered dietitian Keri Glassman, author of The New You (and Improved) Diet. She suggests combining rum with unsweetened coconut water and a fresh slice of pineapple to satisfy your craving instead.
Long Island Iced Tea
Iced tea? Sounds low-cal, but it's definitely not. "A Long
Ericka McConnell/FITNESS MagazineBy Lauren Tumas SchumacherRead More »from 7 Surprising Sunburn Hot Spots
We all rely on our best buds to tell us when our nose and shoulders are getting red at the beach or by the pool. But it's those everyday scenarios, like watching a baseball game or hanging out at a BBQ that can give you a red-hot surprise. In addition to burning, sun damage comes in the forms of discolorations, wrinkles, and blistering. According to Mona Gohara, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, one blistering sunburn doubles your lifetime risk of melanoma and five regular burns doubles your chance for cancer in that area. (Melanoma is also the number one cancer among women in their 20s.) Learn how to protect areas you might have missed.
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Hot Spot: Your Eyes
We all know that sunglasses will prevent crow's feet from forming around your peepers, but if left unprotected, did you know that your eyes could actually get sunburned?
Lucas Zarebinski/FITNESS MagazineBy Lauren CardarelliRead More »from FITNESS 2013 Healthy Food Awards: The Best Juices
If you're going to drink your calories, make them count with good-for-you juices that taste great -- we found eight!
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What Makes a Winner
Companies submitted 69 new juices to FITNESS. Our experts -- Anar Allidina, RD, a dietitian in private practice in Toronto; Keri Gans, RD, the author of The Small Change Diet; and Stephanie Middleberg, RD, the founder of Middleberg Nutrition in New York City -- helped us determine which ones should move on to the next round. Those finalists were sampled and voted on by FITNESS staffers.
Trop50 Red Orange
This stevia-sweetened blood orange juice has "an exotic, not-diety flavor," a tester said, plus less than half the sugar and calories of regular OJ and 120 percent of the vitamin C you need daily. (50 calories)
Looking for a sports drink that tastes like "a tropical vacation in a bottle"? Then this mix of coconut water and pomegranate juice is for you. It's packed