Patrick Flanigan/FITNESS MagazineBy Stephanie Dolgoff
Supermodels get it. Heck, even Jillian Michaels has it! But you don't have to suffer with the orange-peel effect on your butt and thighs. We got top derms to spill the secrets on what really works -- and what doesn't -- to get rid of cellulite.
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What Cellulite Is, Exactly
I can't tell you how many times I've cast my envious gaze on those women in yoga class who can put their ankles behind their necks or contort into a full wheel while I struggle to reach my toes. Today, though, as I twist in front of the mirror, trying to look at my own butt, I'm grateful for my inflexibility. It's as if my body is protecting me from the dimpled, puckered truth.
I am talking about cellulite, which some 80 to 90 percent of women -- even Olympic beach volleyball players and supermodel yogis -- have. While those oh-so-attractive lines and divots in your fatty bits are in no way harmful to your health, the dermatologists and plastic
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- FITNESS Magazine | Healthy Living – Thu, Jul 11, 2013 10:15 AM EDT
Patrick Flanigan/FITNESS MagazineBy Stephanie DolgoffRead More »from All Puckered Out: What Really Works (and Doesn't) to Get Rid of Cellulite
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Alexa Miller/FITNESS MagazineBy Marianne MagnoRead More »from 6 Outdoor Workout Hazards - and How to Prevent Them
Spending time with nature has its benefits -- fresh air, vitamin D from the sun, and a nice change of scenery to help you unwind. But taking your workout from the gym to the great outdoors has its downsides too. Here's what you need to know before heading out for a sweat.
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Stepping off the treadmill or elliptical means your workout can take you to unfamiliar places. Before you make a trek, make sure you know exactly where you're going. Stop by your nearest REI or local outfitter to find trails and maps. Download apps like National Geographic Park Maps and Maprika, which allow you to track your steps and find trails, even without cell reception. Going in the water? "Swim parallel to shore for a frame of reference and learn to sight an object on the shore," recommends Jeremy Oyen, REI Expert and Curriculum and Training Coordinator for REI Outdoor Programs and Outreach. Doing so also provides a quicker way out of the
- FITNESS Magazine | Healthy Living – Tue, Jul 9, 2013 11:54 AM EDT
Laura Doss/FITNESS MagazineBy Eleanor LangstonRead More »from Sun-sational! Protection Perks About Sunscreen You Didn't Know
Protecting your skin doesn't have to be a goopy, sticky mess. The newest sunscreen formulas are lightweight, prevent wrinkles, and even zap zits. Here's how to use them for prettier, healthier skin all season long.
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Protection Perk: Wearing SPF Cuts Your Skin Cancer Risk in Half
You've got the stats down -- melanoma rates in women under 40 are on the rise, one in five Americans will get skin cancer -- but the latest news will reboot your motivation to shake the bake. A new study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that daily use of SPF 15+ sunscreen reduced melanoma risk by 50 percent. Fortunately, it's never been easier to shield your skin. "The newest sunscreens have smart technology and come in sophisticated formulas," says Jeannette Graf, MD, a dermatologist in Great Neck, New York. Our pick: oil, which offers high protection and gives skin a sheen. Try L'Oreal Paris Sublime Sun Sheer Protect
Doron Gild/FITNESS MagazineBy Maura KellyRead More »from How to Ditch the Sugar Habit
I consider myself a pretty healthy eater. I chow down on a variety of fruits and veggies, lean protein and whole grains, and I do my best to keep my sweet tooth in check. So I never really worried about how much sugar I was getting -- that is, until I recently heard one doctor say that high doses of sugar were poison and another that he was eliminating the refined sweetener from his diet. Uh-oh. Was the sugar I sprinkled on my oatmeal and stirred into my coffee -- and okay, the occasional cookie or three -- hurting my health?
If I'm eating too much of the sweet stuff, I may have reason to be concerned, doctors say. Sugar is made up of roughly equal parts glucose and fructose. When we consume it, the pancreas releases insulin, which helps our cells use glucose as fuel. However, if we eat more sugar than our bodies can process, insulin instructs our system to store the excess as fat, and we gain weight. The more you weigh, the greater your risk for such health conditions
Denise Crew/FITNESS MagazineBy K. Aleisha FettersRead More »from The Unhealthiest Ballpark Foods to Eat
Some of our favorite food traditions are a swing and a miss. Learn how to sub out those unhealthy ballpark eats this summer, plus find out what the biggest calorie bombs in the stands are.
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The Strikeout: Nachos
A standard serving of nachos contains more than 1,000 calories, but perhaps the biggest issue is the additives, says Laura Cipullo, RD, owner of Laura Cipullo Whole Nutrition Services in New York City. The chips are brimming with salt and the nacho cheese is probably more chemical than it is cheese. "Processed cheese foods" only have to be composed of 51 percent cheese. The rest can be anything the manufacturer thinks will make you eat more. Gross. Plus, let's face it, you'll devour those nachos in five minutes and still be hungry.
Sub it out: Soft pretzelGranted you don't dip it in that gnarly cheese, a soft pretzel contains roughly 450 calories, says Cipullo. Make it healthier by skipping on sodium: Ask for a salt-free
Bryan McCay/FITNESS MagazineBy Jessica CassityRead More »from How to Run in the Heat Safely
Baby, it's hot outside -- but what's a devoted runner to do? "Match your workout to the weather by slowing down during exercise and seeking shade afterward," says Samuel N. Cheuvront, PhD, a research physiologist at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine. To beat the heat, heed his 411.
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Pick sunrise or sunset.
Your best bet on a hot day is to head out in the early morning or evening, when your shadow is twice as long as you are tall. According to the National Weather Service, exposure to direct sunlight can increase how hot it feels by as many as 15 degrees.
Mind the 90-degree line.
"When the mercury is above 90 -- the temperature of the surface of your skin -- you'll gain heat from the air around you, and your body heat will have nowhere to go," Cheuvront warns. At that tipping point, you'll sweat more and your body temperature will rise rapidly, making you more susceptible to heat-related
Peter Ardito/FITNESS MagazineBy Kimberly DalyRead More »from Hiking Guide: What You Need to Know Before You Go
One morning last summer, after yet another subway commute spent spooning strangers on a crowded train, I decided to burn up my vacation time, blow my savings, and just go hiking. In the 11 years I'd lived in New York City, I hadn't so much as seen a trail, but I had always wanted to do a multiday trek someplace way off the grid. I kept thinking, Maybe my pal, Jennifer, will come with me when her schedule clears up, or, Maybe my next boyfriend will be into backpacking. Finally I figured, What the heck, I'll go solo.
With a few clicks, I signed up online for an excursion to Mount Everest Base Camp. Before I knew it I was standing at 17,598 feet in Khumbu, Nepal, having spent eight days climbing the equivalent of eight 100-story skyscrapers. Now back in my fifth-floor walk-up, I've discovered easier ways to get my nature fix than flying to the Himalayas.
"You can find a hiking tour and trailheads a short ride from just about any city," says Jessica Wolinsky, a
- FITNESS Magazine | Healthy Living – Thu, Jun 27, 2013 12:56 PM EDT
Lisa Lee/FITNESS MagazineBy Caroline TigerRead More »from Happily Ever Fatter? How to Avoid Post-Wedding Weight Gain
I had two important men in my life during the months leading up to my wedding: my loving fiancé, Jon, and my intense trainer, Jason. While I'd been a three-times-a-week gym-goer for a decade, now I was suddenly spending more time with Jason than Jon. Military-drill-style commands ("Drop and give me 20! One more!") rang in my ears instead of romantic sweet nothings.
It was thrilling to watch as speed, distance, and calories burned climbed higher on the treadmill while my dress size plunged. I even maintained the intensity of my sweat sessions on our Hawaiian honeymoon, hitting the gym at our resort. Once home from paradise, though, life took over and my routine relaxed. My portion sizes began to mirror my husband's, and I even started to follow his lead after dinner, treating myself to ice cream most nights. By our first anniversary I'd gained back every pound I'd lost, and then some.
Mine is a familiar story, as it turns out. Research suggests that "newlywed
James Michelfelder/FITNESS MagazineBy Rebecca BrownRead More »from How to Choose the Right Workout for You
Is your workout really working? Here's how to choose the right routine to help you reach your fitness goals.
Related: QUIZ: What's Your Fitness Personality?
So, What's Your Fitness Goal?
If you want to squeeze everything you can out of your jaunt to the gym, you'll first need to establish your long-term objective. We're all motivated by different factors, but trainer and Equinox fitness expert Keli Roberts says there's one pretty common one -- and we bet you can already guess what that is. "The number one reason women come to me is for weight management, or to lose that extra 10 pounds," she says.
But it's not always so black and white -- there's a lot of overlap when it comes to intentions. Some people want to build muscle, but also improve their endurance or flexibility. Either way, it's important to narrow down your intentions as much as possible. So sit down and think about it: Are you interested in weight loss, building and toning muscle, or an overall
Devin AlexanderBy Rachel Meltzer Warren, MS, RDRead More »from Time to Tweet? Then You Have Time to Eat!
We'd all cook healthier meals, if only we had the time, right? But with the average American spending two hours per day on social networking sites, chances are we have more opportunity than we think. If you're able to find a couple of minutes here and there to update your Facebook status or check Twitter, you already have all the time you need to throw together a nutritious meal. We asked eight healthy living pros to tweet us their favorite fast eats -- good-for-you meals (and one dessert) that can be rattled off in a flash and prepared almost as quickly. Read on for their delicious "tweats."
Related: 15-Minute Meals: Easy, Healthy Dinner Recipes
BBQ Chicken Pizza under 500 calories: Wheat lavash bread, BBQ sauce, grilled chicken, red onion, goat cheese, cilantro.
-- Devin Alexander, The Biggest Loser chef and New York Times bestselling author (@chefdevin)
Really Fast Rice Bowl
Top spinach with brown rice, oven-roasted mushrooms,