Denise Crew/Fitness MagazineBy Marisa Cohen
Stop falling off the workout wagon. Our 9 simple strategies will help you outsmart your inner slacker and harness more mojo to get up and go.
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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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- FITNESS Magazine | Slim & Fit for Fall – Tue, Aug 28, 2012 4:39 PM EDT
Alexa Miller/Fitness MagazineBy Jenna Autuori-DedicRead More »from Tricks of the Tread: Treadmill Interval Tips and a Workout
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
Kana Okada/Fitness MagazineBy Rachel Meltzer Warren, RDRead More »from Good Eggs: 6 Healthy, Easy Morning Recipes
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
Aaron Goodman/Fitness MagazineBy Hallie Levine
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
Laura Doss/Fitness MagazineBy Kimberly DalyRead More »from Take a Hike: 6 Top Trails to Hit
Instead of pounding the pavement, opt for a workout on the less-beaten path. We'll show you how ridiculously simple it is to make your escape -- even steps from your city limits -- and get a whiff of nature's de-stressing effects. Ahh.
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1. For the classic American experience...
South Rim Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Designed for hikers of all abilities, this route offers epic views of the canyon carved over the past 17 million years by the Colorado River. And with shuttle-bus stops along the way, you can walk as little or as long as you want.
Length: 2.8 miles
Difficulty level: Easy
2. If you love Dr. Seuss...
Cap Rock Nature Trail, Twentynine Palms, California
You'll see the odd trees that have inspired children's book illustrators and rock bands alike in the heart of Joshua Tree National Park. Plus you'll learn cool facts about the rock formations and ecology of the Mojave Desert from
- FITNESS Magazine | Healthy Living – Wed, Aug 22, 2012 12:06 PM EDT
Sarah Kehoe/Fitness MagazineBy the editors of FITNESS MagazineRead More »from The FITNESS Dollar Menu: Budget-Friendly Groceries
Short on cash? You're not limited to the high-fat stuff. Add these good-for-you foods to your grocery list -- they're all under $1 per serving.
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A serving of oatmeal for breakfast can lower cholesterol and your risk of heart disease. Save your health while saving money.
The protein and fat in eggs keep you feeling full, so you're less inclined to snack in between meals.
One red potato contains 66 micrograms of cell-building folate -- about the same amount found in one cup of spinach or broccoli.
One medium-size apple has 15 percent of your recommended daily serving of fiber, which can help lower cholesterol.
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Chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, are rich in fiber and protein. Cook them with spices for a flavorful, healthy meal.
Bananas are great as a carb-packed energy booster and they contain
Blaine Moats/Fitness MagazineBy Dana Hudepohl
The average woman uses birth control for at least three decades. So you must really like yours, right? Probably not. Seventy percent of women use a BC that they would change in some way if they could, according to a survey sponsored by Merck. Take this quiz, developed with the help of Pamela D. Berens, MD., professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive science at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, to see which type will keep you not pregnant and happy.
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1. If you made a New Year's resolution to take daily vitamins, what would happen?
A. I'd spend an hour reading labels at a health food store before choosing a brand.
B. I'd buy chewables.
C. I'd start on January 1 and never miss a day.
D. I'd try my best but end up skipping more than I take.2. How do you feel about your period?
A. It's a natural part of life. I deal.
B. It interferes with my workouts.
C. I'dRead More »from What's Your Birth Control Personality?
Michael David Adams/Fitness MagazineDon't get sucked in by sneaky labels that manufacturers slap on products to make you buy them. Learn which foods deserve the healthy glows they wear -- and which are downright devilish.Read More »from What Food Labels Really Mean
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Sales of gluten-free products, which are designed for people with celiac disease, or an inability to digest gluten (the protein in wheat, barley, and rye), have doubled since 2005. The boom is thanks in part to celeb devotees like Gwyneth Paltrow, but the market-research firm Packaged Facts reports that people are going G-free in an attempt to ease ailments like irritable bowel syndrome and attention deficit disorder. Shoppers also think these foods will help them lose weight.
Reality check: These pricey products aren't necessary unless you have celiac disease (only about one in 133 people does, according to a study) or gluten sensitivity, which means you test negative for celiac but still suffer symptoms like diarrhea and migraines when you ingest
Cheyenne Ellis/Fitness MagazineWhat do the world's top fitness authorities know about getting a better body? Plenty, thanks to hundreds of studies, thousands of hours in the lab, and countless real-life success stories. We've asked nine cutting-edge exercise experts for their favorite tips on blasting fat, sculpting muscle, and improving each and every workout. Choose your top fitness goals, then read on for the research-proven strategies that get results.Read More »from The 8 Most Effective Ways to Get Your Best Body
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Goal: Blast fat and firm muscle
Winning Strategy: Full-body cardio
Researcher: John Porcari, PhD, professor of exercise and sports science at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Adding upper-body movements to activities like walking or running is a surefire way to both blast extra calories and sculpt more muscle. The most effective device, according to Porcari's research, is the power belt, a strength-building apparatus worn around the waist, featuring spring-loaded handles for pumping your arms ($90 at walkerswarehouse.com).
Paige Greenfield/Fitness MagazineBy Kelly L. PhillipsRead More »from Got Milk? Try Chocolate After Your Workout
When it's time to choose a liquid chug after a long, tough workout, there's a slew of options out there. Water? Gatorade, POWERade, or All Sport? Endurox R4? Physiologist Joel Stager, director of the Human Performance laboratory at Indiana University, has even one more potential workout recovery drink to add to the list: chocolate milk. His study, published in this month's International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, names this kids' favorite an optimal post-exercise recovery aid.
Before your stomach recoils, take a look at chocolate milk's ingredient list. For a high-endurance athlete, Stager's team sees it as a catch-all workout recovery drink. Compared to plain milk, water, or most sports drinks, it has double the carbohydrate and protein content, perfect for replenishing tired muscles. Its high water content replaces fluids lost as sweat, preventing dehydration. Plus it packs a nutritional bonus of calcium, and includes just a little