Laura Doss/Fitness MagazineBy Megan McMorris
Get results, stay motivated, and sculpt every bit -- just by using these all-new tips on your next walk or run.
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Listening to your favorite downloads while you run or walk revs you up in more ways than one: Past studies found that tuning in to fast, upbeat music (think Fergie, the White Stripes, Amy Winehouse, Shakira) when you exercise can boost your endurance by up to 20 percent.
If you have a reward, such as a skim latte, waiting for you at the end of a walk, there's a better chance you'll get out the door. Or give yourself an exercise-related goal with added benefits, like getting in shape for an inn-to-inn walking tour of New England or for a vacation spent hiking volcanoes in Hawaii, suggests Mark Fenton, author of The Complete Guide to Walking.
Bring the Kids
Here's where multitasking comes in handy -- plan a weekly walk with your family. You'll burn calories, catch up on what's new, and
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These days, logging an overwhelming number of hours on our computers, laptops, smartphones, and iPads seems to be the norm. But it turns out you could be losing more than just precious time while plugged into the technology matrix. Here, the physical, mental, and emotional tolls of overusing the Internet -- and why occasionally disconnecting from the digital world may not be such a bad idea.
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You'll Have More Time for You
A recent TIME mobility poll surveyed 5,000 people and found that 84 percent of participants couldn't go a single day without their mobile device, with 25 percent admitting that they checked their phones every 30 minutes. That's dozens of times a day! And the need to stay connected isn't just tied to your smartphone. A study presented at the British Psychological Society's annual Occupational Conference found that 70 percent of employees studied did not meet the recommended guidelines for physical activity,
Clean and PressBy Betsey StephensRead More »from Hit Every Muscle in 5 Minutes
Beyond busy? Try this fast, total-body routine from Keli Roberts, a master trainer in Pasadena and star of the TimeSavers video workout series.
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1. Clean and Press
Targets shoulders, back, butt, legs
a. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and place a 5-pound dumbbell on the floor near each foot. Squat, bringing the dumbbells to the outside of your knees, palms down.
b. Stand, bringing the dumbbells to your hips, then raise the weights through your shoulders and overhead. Lower and repeat for 60 seconds.
Side Lunge and Row2. Side Lunge and Row
Targets back, butt, legs
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, holding a pair of 5-pound dumbbells at your sides. Take a big step out to the right with your right foot, bending right knee 90 degrees while keeping left leg straight. Draw your left elbow straight up, keeping arm close to side and butt tight. Return to start and repeat for 30 seconds; switch sides.
- FITNESS Magazine | Healthy Living – Thu, Nov 1, 2012 12:21 PM EDT
Denise Crew/Fitness MagazineBy Amy Ahlberg
We're all looking to turn over a new leaf when it comes to our health, but going overboard with rigid resolutions or impossible regimens isn't going to net you lasting results. Instead, try these expert tips on how to really stop succumbing to some of your worst vices, whether you're hooked on sweets, junk food, or late night snacking.
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Think artificial sweeteners are a diet "do" because they contain no calories or sugar? Think again. Studies suggest that regular consumption of artificial sweeteners like aspartame (found in diet sodas) may actually lead to weight gain, says Rachel Beller, RD, founder of the Beller Nutritional Institute. It turns out they can trigger our bodies to crave sweets and sugar. Beller advises cutting back gradually: "If you were using three packets in a cup of tea or coffee, for two weeks cut down to two packets, then cut down to just one packet for the next couple ofRead More »from Skip the Cleanse: 7 Healthy Ways to Detox Your Diet
Laura Doss/Fitness MagazineBy the editors of FITNESS; drills created by Dave Kuehls
Pushing the pace is not just for stopwatch nuts looking for faster times on race day. Speedier strides burn more calories per minute and boost your cardiovascular capacity, making everything you do -- from errands to exercise -- feel easier, says Dave Kuehls, author of How to Run a Personal Record. Follow his drills to stop huffing and start hauling.
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Do speed work on a track -- the distances are measured out for you.
How to do it: Run ladders: Try a 200-meter sprint, 400-meter fast, 600-meter moderate, 800-meter slow. Reverse order back to start.
Why do it: Upping your tempo strengthens your legs and increases your lung capacity.
Run at goal race pace for an entire workout.
How to do it: Check your watch every 1/4 mile to make sure you're being consistent.
Why do it: Practice helps your body memorize a desired speed.
Bert Meadows/Fitness MagazineBy Christie GriffinRead More »from When to Replace Your Exercise Essentials
To get the best results from your workout -- and stay safe, too -- you can't keep ignoring the necessary upkeep and replacement of your most important items. "It's worth it, especially since most gear is fairly inexpensive and other gear may have useful upgrades," says Corey Twedt, NordicTrack Research and Development Manager. "You should always check your items for tears, cracks, or yellowing, and replace them so you can prevent injuries." Here's how to know when it's time to pony up the dough for a better performance.
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Tanks, Pants, and Other Apparel
When to replace them: Varies
Must-know info: The lifespan of your apparel depends on each garment's type of material and the manufacturer's specific instructions (which can be found on the tag, the information/price tag, or inside a pocket). Fabric softener diminishes the breathability, water repellency, and wicking ability of performance fabrics -- so those items
- FITNESS Magazine | Healthy Living – Fri, Oct 26, 2012 12:18 PM EDT
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Try these 5 easy noon-till-night shortcuts. They'll add up to a thinner you!
Related: Try the Get a Better Body After Baby Workout
1. Lunch shortcut: Just add beans
To turn pasta, soup, or greens into a hefty meal, toss in garbanzo, black, or kidney beans. Besides containing fill-you-up fiber and protein, they also pack iron, zinc, and folic acid into each bite. Try this flavorful dish: Mix black beans with cooked brown rice, a little chili powder, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime.
2. Snack shortcut: Empty your crisper
Take apples, oranges, and bananas out of the fridge and keep them in a bowl on your kitchen counter for easy-to-see (and eat!) treats.
Related: More Foods to Add to the New Mom Diet
3. Salad shortcut: Ditch the tossing
Yes, salads are a great low-calorie meal option, but all that chopping and arranging is hardly doable with a newborn. Instead, keep plastic baggies full of pre-cut baby carrots, celery, bell peppers, and grape tomatoes in your fridge
Laura Doss/Fitness MagazineBy Pamela O'BrienRead More »from The FITNESS Guide to Healthy Snacking
Munching between meals is a good thing, say nutritionists. But as our second exclusive snacking poll shows, our habits may be in need of a mini-makeover. Here, what you're eating?and what we might suggest as today's specials (all less than 150 calories!).
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Top Drawer Fixes: Twenty-three percent of us are ready when a craving hits -- we keep a stash of goodies in our desk drawer at work. What you'll find nestled between the paperclips and Post-its:
1. Candy/candy bars/gum
Favorite Food Fixes: Thirty-nine percent of us tear into a bag of chips. Twenty-five perfect dip into the cookie or candy jar. Just 19 percent bite into healthy snacks such as fruit, nuts, low-fat yogurt, and cheese.
-- Americans spent more than $32 billion on packaged snack foods last year
-- Seventy-six percent of us are impulse eaters, grabbing whatever treats we can get our
Ann Elliot Cutting/Fitness MagazineBy the editors of FITNESS MagazineRead More »from 8 Steps to Think Yourself Slim
Attitude means the difference between diet success and failure. Our 8-step plan will keep you on track.
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1. Define Your Motivation
Weight loss is a three-part process: Exercising and cutting calories are vital, but your mental outlook can mean the difference between success and failure.
"Self-defeating thoughts are often the most overlooked factors when a dieter gets off track," says Jeffrey Wilbert, PhD, author of Fattitudes: Beat Self-Defeat and Win Your War with Weight (St. Martin's Press, 2000). "You feel disappointed when a quick fix turns out to be anything but, or weak if you succumb to an intense craving for ice cream." Without the resolve to overcome such thoughts, sticking with any major lifestyle change can be difficult, if not impossible.
The key is to adopt the right attitude before you start your plan. "If you're really serious about slimming down, you need to think long-term. That's why it
Brian Klutch/Fitness MagazineBy Maridel ReyesRead More »from The 9 Dirtiest Spots at the Gym
You hit the gym regularly to be healthy and fit. Yet you may be getting more than flat abs and strong arms there. Gyms are hotbeds of germ activity, researchers say. Norovirus, which causes stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea, can survive for a month on the surface of exercise machines. The fungi responsible for foot infections multiply at a blinding pace in the shower. And microbes like MRSA, an antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can lead to dangerous skin infections, lurk in the locker room. To help you stay safe, FITNESS asked top experts to ID the biggest danger zones in the gym and to share the best germ-beating strategies.
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Hot Spot: Free Weights, Weight Machines, Exercise Balls
Germ Meter = High
Because so many people handle it, this equipment is rife with bugs and viruses that can lead to colds and other infections. "I've even found MRSA on an exercise ball in a gym," says Philip Tierno Jr., PhD, a clinical