Dan Saelinger/Fitness MagazineBy Alexa Joy Sherman
I recently had one of those rock-bottom, bummed-with-my-body moments. Oh sure, I'd had a few of them through the years, but this time was different. I was 30 pounds overweight and in the worst shape of my life. So I committed to a complete diet-and-lifestyle overhaul, beginning with a one-week fat-blasting jump start involving calorie-torching cardio, plenty of protein, and a scarcity of starch. It wasn't the worst week of my life, but it sure felt like it -- to me and my family. If I saw my husband enjoying a slice of pizza, or my 5-year-old son innocently offered me a gummy bear, I snapped at them. I swore at them (OK, just at my husband). I cried into my crudités.
I'm not the only one who gets "hangry" (so hungry that you're angry). According to a recent study published in the Journal of Consumer Research, people who ate an apple instead of chocolate for dietary reasons were more likely to choose violent movies over milder ones and were more irritated by a
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Triathlons used to be for elite athletes. Not anymore. More than 1 million everyday athletes -- more than 38 percent of them women -- took the starting line in 2011, according to USA Triathlon. That's up more than 40 percent from 2000.
"Women are getting ballsy," says Alison Kreideweis, cofounder of the Empire Triathlon Club in New York City. "They love its challenge, atmosphere, and enormous fitness gains."
Fitness gains, indeed. A triathlon's swim-bike-run power combo practically guarantees a better body. Plus, the sprint distance (half-mile swim, 12-mile bike, and 3.1-mile run) eliminates some of the intimidation and is popular with tri beginners. It's the best way to ease into your first race, ensure a great experience, and become a lifelong triathlete, Kreideweis says.
Here, 10 tips to get the most out of your first sprint triathlon.
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Laura Doss/Fitness MagazineBy Colleen MoodyRead More »from The 5 Most Common Running Injuries and How to Fix Them
Running may not be a contact sport, but runners can certainly rack up a slew of injuries. Here, the most common running injuries and how to feel better fast.
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#1: Runner's Knee and ITBFS
Runner's knee is often called ITB friction syndrome (ITBFS), but the two are actually different things. "Runner's knee happens when cartilage in the kneecap is irritated, while ITB friction syndrome occurs when the tendon from your hip to the outer knee gets tight and inflamed, irritating the outer bone of the knee," says Leon Popovitz, MD, founder of the New York Bone & Joint Specialists in New York. Combined, these two make up a majority of the knee problems runners experience.
So how do you tell the difference? With ITBFS the pain is usually isolated outside of the knee, says Dr. Popovitz. The tendon will feel very tight (almost like a cord) and pain will often radiate up into the hip. Both runner's knee and ITBFS will flare up
Brian Klutch/Fitness MagazineBy Samantha SheltonRead More »from Rise and Shine: The Healthiest Cereals
If your morning meal can be best described as "Pour, eat, repeat," it's time to shake up your wake-up. But venturing into the cereal aisle, where every box seems to be plastered with confusing claims that make even the biggest nutritional dud seem like a winner, is enough to make you want to skip breakfast. To the rescue: eight cereals that really belong in your bowl. Our nutritionists verified that each one contains at least 3 grams of fiber, no more than 13 grams of sugar (some of which comes from dried fruit), and less than 230 calories per serving, while our testers ensured that they tasted great.
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What Makes a Winner
Companies submitted nearly 40 new cereals 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
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Photo courtesy of iStockPhotoHave you ever wondered about how to handle sticky situations at the gym, in yoga class, or when exercising outdoors? We got expert advice on questions about how to deal with sticky workout situations.Read More »from Sweatiquette: Answers to Common Exercise Etiquette Questions
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Q. "My friend gloats about her recent weight loss. How do I shut her up?"
A. She may be boasting because she feels insecure, but it's annoying to hear about it over and over. Steer the conversation in a new direction: Acknowledge her success, then change the subject by asking "How's your family?" or "What's new at work?" suggests Judith Matz, a clinical social worker and coauthor of The Diet Survivor's Handbook. If she circles back to weight talk, be up-front and tell her it's getting tedious, Matz says. Explain that you're glad she's proud of herself but you would rather talk about other things, like the great yoga class you just took.
Q. "My stomach sometimes gets upset when I work out. How do I avoid
Laura Doss/Fitness MagazineBy Lauren Tumas SchumacherRead More »from 6 Foods that Fight Off Belly Bloat
It's time to de-puff that pouch! Bloating -- fluid building up between cells in your body -- can be caused by poor digestion, too much sodium, or your period. But according to experts, if you pay attention to what you're eating, you can usually avoid it. Good news, right? Stay in bikini-ready shape all year long with these bloat-busting bites.
Water with Lemon
A lot of people skip sipping on water when they are bloated, when in reality they should be doing the opposite. "People tend to think that when they're holding on to water they should cut back drinking it, but that's not the case," says David Grotto, RD, a FITNESS advisory board member and author of 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life and The Best Things You Can Eat. Retaining water is actually your body's way of holding on to fluid so you don't dehydrate. If you're having a bloating problem, that's the time you want to push fluids, not restrict them, says Grotto. Since lemons are a natural diuretic
Laura Doss/Fitness MagazineBy Dana HudepohlRead More »from 7 Ways to Reboot Your Relationship
A hot sex life is like a hot body: You gotta work for it. "In the first six months to two years of a relationship, the newness creates all the passion for you," says Sheryl Kingsberg, PhD, a professor of reproductive biology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland. After that, you need to keep the sizzle from fizzling. "A lot of couples think, If we have to work at it, there's something wrong with us. Smart couples, though, know that long-term relationships require effort to keep the energy alive," Kingsberg says. We talked to top experts and tracked down the latest research to find out what the happiest and most sexually satisfied couples do. Read on to make their habits your own -- and to sexify your life.
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Secret 1: They never stop dating.
Couples who play together, stay together. In a recent relationship survey of nearly 100,000 people, 88 percent of "extremely happy" couples said they go on
Bryan McCay/Fitness MagazineBy Hallie Levine SklarRead More »from Break the Headache Curse
Plagued by constant throbbing? You're not alone. Women are three times more likely than men to get migraines, and we're also more prone to tension headaches. But you don't have to spend one more day lying in a dark room waiting for the pounding to stop. Find out how to pinpoint what's causing your pain and get instant relief.
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It's no secret that work stress can lead to splitting headaches. But surprisingly it can also cause what experts call let-down headaches. These kick in after you've finished a demanding project or even when you're finally vegging out during a much-needed vacation, says Lawrence Newman, MD, the director of the Headache Institute at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. Plunging levels of stress hormones, which can affect your sensitive brain chemistry, may be to blame.
Head off the hurt: Take a five-minute daily breather with this visualization exercise to short-circuit
Karen Pearson/Fitness MagazineBy Amy AhlbergRead More »from What to Eat for an Easier Period
Are you plagued with period pain, fatigue, or other symptoms that turn you into a zombie for the week? Get relief by upgrading your diet. Here, experts share the foods that can boost energy, beat cramps, banish moodiness, and more.
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Iron-Fortified Whole-Grain Cereal
Many women, especially those who consume very little meat or are vegetarians, don't get the iron they need. This saps their energy and makes it difficult for them to concentrate, says Karen Ansel, RD, an American Dietetic Association spokesperson. "For women with heavy periods, iron is even more important because they lose larger amounts with each monthly flow. Iron-fortified whole-grain cereal is an easy way to get your daily dose." Ansel recommends looking for a box that provides at least 25 percent of the daily value for iron, then chase it down with a glass of orange juice -- its vitamin C will help you absorb even more iron. At
Sarah Kehoe/Fitness MagazineBy Christie GriffinRead More »from 7 Shocking Facts About Sleep
Yes, we at FITNESS love a great early-morning workout. But we also know about the importance of a good night's sleep, and not just because sleep deprivation is tied to weight gain. Here, the most interesting health facts that warn against burning the candle at both ends. Pace yourself, people.
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If you're sleep-deprived before getting your flu shot, it can take three to four weeks for the vaccine to kick in. Those who don't get appropriate rest have a weaker immune system, which hinders the vaccination's effectiveness.
Source: University of Chicago and Ohio State University study
2. Take This to Heart
Poor sleep is more dangerous to women than to men. Women experience higher risks of cardiovascular problems when they don't get enough rest and they're also more susceptible to psychological distress, depression, and anger.
Source: Duke Medicine
3. Big-C Shifts
There's a link between those who work night shifts and