Laura Doss/Fitness MagazineBy Melissa Daly
Expert solutions for nagging fitness obstacles so you can finally get fitter, faster, stronger.
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How to Choose and Anchor a Resistance Band
A piece of stretchy rubber seems like simple enough equipment. But then, how stretchy is too stretchy? And where in your house are you supposed to tie the thing? Kit Rich, a Los Angeles-based celebrity Pilates instructor, clears up the confusion: If you're new to exercise, choose the lightest band to start, usually the equivalent of a three-pound dumbbell. If you already work out, go with the next level, five to seven pounds of resistance. (Bands are typically color coded. Try the GoFit Power Loops kit to get three levels of resistance; $15, gofit.com.) "To increase the resistance of any band, just shorten it, by holding it closer to where it's anchored," Rich adds. Depending on the exercise, you can anchor the band under your feet or tie it around a doorknob, a sofa leg, or a
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You'll Instantly Lose 10 Pounds
True. Take one seven- to eight-pound baby, plus about two pounds of blood and amniotic fluid, and you're pretty much assured a 10-pound weight loss in the hospital after you deliver. "In the first week you will probably lose another three to five pounds of water weight. However, it will take time until you return to your pre-pregnancy weight," says Lisa Druxman, a San Diego-based fitness trainer and author of Lean Mommy. "It took nine months for you to put the weight on, so you should give yourself at least that to take it off."
Your Hair Will Start to Shed
True. Up to 50 percent of women experience an increased shedding period after giving birth. "It's
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Sold under names like NutraSweet® and Equal®, aspartame is one of the more controversial and studied sweeteners on the market. In fact, "by 1994, 75 percent of all non-drug complaints to the FDA were in response to aspartame," says Cynthia Pasquella, clinical nutritionist and holistic practitioner. Those gripes ranged from vomiting and headaches, to abdominal pain and even cancer.
The Scoop: Aspartame has zero calories and is often used for baking, it contains a broth of unfamiliar ingredients, such as phenylalanine, aspartic acid, and methanol. "The methanol from aspartame breaks down in the body to become formaldehyde, which
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Verdict: Go green
Fruits and veggies that can't be peeled (or where you usually eat the skin) are typically coated with insect repellants -- the USDA has found 28 pesticides on conventionally grown potatoes, 39 on strawberries, and 48 on grapes and apples. Unfortunately, the substances that keep bugs off your berries have been linked to cancer, lung disease, birth defects, reproductive problems, and more, so opt organic when purchasing leafy greens, apples,
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Tip #1: Go the Cheap Route
Fill your fridge with actual ingredients, not pre-packaged foods. "It's easier than you think to cook from scratch, not to mention much cheaper," says Carole Carson fitness expert and author of From Fat to Fit. "You'll only use three to four ingredients, and the end result is much healthier than something that is frozen or processed."
Tip #2: Get Ready to Reorganize
You alone have control of your cupboards, yet with a family to please along with a sweet tooth that just won't budge you may find your shelves are often filled with more calorie bombs than flat-belly eats. To keep everyone
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Six exercises to burn fat and tone your body in less time than it takes to sip a morning latte with this total-body workout from Sarah Slattery, a trainer at Equinox Fitness in New York City.
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- Stand tall with arms extended out to sides, abs engaged.
- Bending from waist, reach right arm toward left toes; repeat on left.
- Do 25 reps, alternating sides.
Targets: Butt and legs
- Lunge forward with right leg; hold for 4 seconds, then pulse up and down 5 times.
- Repeat on left.
- Do 2 reps.
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3. Triceps Kickback
- Hold dumbbell in right hand.
- Bend at hips until almost parallel to floor.
- Bring elbow to ribs, straighten forearm back, and return.
- Do 15 reps on each arm.
Targets: Chest and core
- Start in plank position (palms on floor, hands below
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3 Tips to Get Going
Get mojo from your mini-me.
"When I used to swim, it was always for external goals, like scholarships or world records," explains Janet Evans, who, as a 40-year-old mother of two, came back to the games after 16 years, hoping to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. "Now it's more personal. I remind myself that I'm showing my 5-year-old daughter that if you set a goal and work hard for it, you can achieve anything. Yesterday she said to me, 'Mommy, you smell like chlorine.' And I said, 'Get used to it, girl!'"
Go for instant gratification.
Sure, working out can help lower your risk for cancer, heart disease, and a slew of other scary illnesses. But those long-term benefits seem awfully abstract when you're trying to tear yourself away from New Girl to go
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Feel as if you're on a conveyor belt to nowhere? Love your indoor run again with these get-in-the-zone strategies from trainer Jay Blahnik, the creator of the popular Tread & Shred class at Equinox Fitness Club in Newport Beach, California.
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Replicate the road. "To mimic flat ground, move the treadmill's incline to 1 percent instead of 0," Blahnik says. "This makes up for the fact that there's no forward motion when you run in place." Ramp up the incline to 4 percent or more for hills.
Find your sweet spot. "Running too close to the console changes your arm swing, and being too far from it makes you take smaller steps so you won't feel as if you're falling off the back," Blahnik says. Inch back from the console toward the center until your swing feels natural.
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Clock out. Instead of watching the minutes crawl by, "pick a speed and incline that are challenging
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If your stomach tends to start rumbling an hour after you've finished breakfast, it's time to think outside the cereal box. A new study from Louisiana State University showed that people who ate a morning meal made with eggs felt fuller and consumed fewer calories at lunchtime than those who ate cold cereal. One explanation: Each 72-calorie egg contains six grams of hunger-busting protein, not to mention memory-boosting choline and vision-protecting lutein. Get cracking with these delicious egg dishes -- whip one up in less than 15 minutes.
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Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a small sauté pan over medium heat. Add 1/4 small yellow onion, thinly sliced, and sauté until browned, about 5 minutes. Add pinch of red pepper flakes and 1/2 cup marinara sauce. Heat sauce until warmed through, about 1 minute, then gently break 1 egg into it. Cover pan and simmer over low heat until white is firm, 5 to
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When you feel as though you might literally bust a gut, follow these simple, speedy strategies for beating the bulge.
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1. Switch your birth control.
Oral contraceptives contain estrogen, which causes your adrenal glands to produce fluid-retaining hormones, explains Mary Jane Minkin, MD, clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at the Yale School of Medicine. The experience is highly individual: Some women don't notice an increase in bloating, while others feel themselves puffing up within days of starting a new pill. If you fall in the second camp, talk to your ob-gyn about trying another brand. Both Yasmin and Yaz contain the hormone drospirenone, which may ease bloat, since it's also a diuretic. Of the 70 percent of women in a recent study in the journal Contraception who reported abdominal bloating while taking birth control pills, about half said their symptoms were gone after six months of switchingRead More »from 10 Ways to Stop Belly Bloat