Denise Crew/Fitness MagazineBy Eleanor Langston
Stay pretty and protected all summer long with these new head-to-toe defenders and dermatologists' secrets for preventing sun damage, burning, and skin cancer. Now go out and play!
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Skip-It Excuse: "Sunblock Is Too Greasy to Wear Under Makeup"
Sunny Solution: It's risky to rely solely on the SPF in your base: Derms say that to get the full SPF value listed on the packaging, it would require seven times the amount of foundation and 14 times the powder you normally wear. "Women don't put enough on, and the makeup's pigments may dilute the sunscreen," says Joshua Fox, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. Pair makeup with a broad-spectrum sunscreen that's tailored to your complexion concern. Have dry skin? Olay Regenerist UV Defense Regenerating Lotion SPF 50 ($30, drugstores) contains moisturizing peptides. Want to prevent lines? Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream SPF 35 ($30, sephora.com) is packed with
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Denise Crew/Fitness MagazineBy Eleanor LangstonRead More »from 5 Skin Secrets to Ditch the Sunblock Excuses
Denise Crew/Fitness MagazineThe sad truth: You can crunch yourself into a coma and still have ab flab. If you really want a sleek, sexy midriff, you've got to tweak your diet. All of the best waist-whittling foods contain fiber to banish bloat, antioxidants to boost your abs routine's effectiveness, and protein to help maintain a healthy metabolism. Here, the top 10 choices for flatter abs.Read More »from Eat Your Way to a Six Pack: 10 Flat-Belly Foods
These delicious and versatile nuts contain filling protein and fiber, not to mention vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant. They're also a good source of magnesium, a mineral your body must have in order to produce energy, build and maintain muscle tissue, and regulate blood sugar. "A stable blood-sugar level helps prevent cravings that can lead to overeating and weight gain," says David Katz, MD, a professor at the Yale University School of Medicine. But what makes almonds most interesting is their ability to block calories. Research indicates that the composition of their cell walls may help reduce the absorption of
Laura Doss/Fitness MagazineBy Emily DornRead More »from 5 Rules to Run By: Smart Eating Habits for Runner
If you're just kicking off a new running program, follow these five nutritional guidelines. They'll help you get the most out of your workout -- and your body.
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1. Go for Lean and Green
Introducing a running regimen makes it more crucial to feed your body the heart-healthy foods routinely touted by nutritionists. Melinda Manore, the chair of the department of nutrition at Oregon State University, recommends centering your diet around whole grains, fish, lean meats, fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy. These foods will meet your basic nutritional needs and will help your body recover after exercise.
2. Timing Is Everything
When it comes to fueling up for a workout, the when is just as important as the what. If you hit the pavement in the morning, you might not have time to down a big breakfast and digest it, but Manore suggests that you still need something light before exercising -- such as a piece of toast
Denise Crew/Fitness MagazineBy Sharlene K. JohnsonRead More »from Try it Now: The Happy Diet
You Are What You Eat
According to the experts, the familiar saying is true. "There's an incredibly strong correlation between the food you consume and how you feel," says FITNESS advisory board member Ashley Koff, RD, a nutritionist in Los Angeles. "When you balance healthy carbs, protein, and fats, you get exactly what your body needs for long-lasting energy and a good mood." At FITNESS, we call this The Happy Diet.
Here are a few get-happy rules to eat by:
Nothing is off-limits.
Eating plans that cut out entire food groups leave you feeling hungry, sluggish, and grumpy. "When your body isn't getting the nutrients or pleasure it needs from food, you're more likely to overeat," says Leslie Bonci, RD, director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a FITNESS advisory board member. "Feeling satisfied isn't just about portion size -- it's also about taste and variety."
You can eat carbs and fat.
Really! You need a healthy mix of
By Mindy BerryRead More »from Mom, Thanks for the Gift of Fitness
Mindy and her family.She's our mentor, our teacher -- and for many of us, our exercise role model, too! In these very special thank-you notes, writer Mindy Berry and four other daughters describe how their moms got them moving.
Make Time to Work Out
Mindy's mother, Jackie, has always exercised. "I tell Mindy never to feel guilty about taking time for it," says Jackie, who walks on the treadmill every morning and took up yoga last year at age 61. "When I was a young mom of three girls, I didn't have much spare time. I also worked part-time as a high-school French teacher. But most days I played tennis for an hour after school. It was my 'me time' -- I chose it over watching TV or reading -- and the sense of well-being it gave me made me a better mom." Mindy, a freelance writer, has taken that lesson to heart. "Now that I'm an adult, I realize the reason I love my morning jog and trying a new yoga or Pilates class is because I had my mom as a role model," Mindy says. "She gave me a passion
Fitness MagazineBy Marisa CohenRead More »from What You Need to Know to Get Flat Abs
The two figures standing in front of me one recent winter morning could not look more different. On the right is Carrie McCulloch, MD, a musculoskeletal anatomy expert and the medical director for Kinected Pilates studio in New York City, who is sizing up the shape of my waistline. Dr. McCulloch's own midsection happens to be perfectly rounded because she is only weeks away from giving birth to her first child. On the left is her assistant, Mr. Bones, one of those hanging skeletons that teach medical students how the thigh bone's connected to the hip bone. Mr. Bones doesn't actually have a waist, just a hollow space between his ribs and pelvis.
Dr. McCulloch is demonstrating how this inner bony foundation can set the stage for your torso's outer appearance, tapping the stacked bones that make up her assistant's spine.
I ask Dr. McCulloch how I ended up with a relatively slim 26-1/2-inch waist that has forced me to belt every pair of pants I've ever bought in order to
Photo courtesy of Las Ventanas al ParaisoBy Colleen MoodyRead More »from 6 Destinations for a Fit Honeymoon
If the idea of lounging poolside with endless margaritas makes you yawn, try booking your honeymoon at one of these fit resorts. You know what they say -- the couple that sweats together stays together!
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Las Ventanas al Paraíso, Mexico
Tennis! Horses! Tequila lessons! This Los Cabos resort has a little bit of everything. Spend your days yachting, surfing, or on a desert excursion...and your nights wining, dining, and dancing. Newlyweds can also enjoy romantic perks like an aphrodisiac dinner menu, salsa lessons, or an ATV ride through the Baja desert. Visit rosewoodhotels.com/lasventanas for more information.
Green Island Resort, Australia
This destination gives you the chance to actually live on one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, as it's located on the Great Barrier Reef in Tropical North Queensland. Extremely eco-sensitive to guests and the surrounding areas, diving, snorkeling, and
Mary Lynn Blabutta/Fitness MagazineBy Sara DromanRead More »from 7 Time-Savers for the Office
The clock strikes five, but you're not even close to being done with your day. Meanwhile, Ms. Perfect in the next cube is scooping up her purse and bidding all a cheerful goodbye. Want to know her secrets to getting more work done in less time? Our experts can help.
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1. Feeling Good? Get to Work!
Laura Stack, author of Leave the Office Earlier, says that one of the biggest ways that people waste time not is by not matching their tasks to their energy level. "During peak energy periods, you should be working on complex tasks, like writing proposals or number crunching." Save the filing and answering e-mails for low-energy times. Unfortunately, Stack says that when office workers are in a good mood they tend to socialize. "That's when they want to do the fun stuff. Then they feel energy lag and say, 'I guess I should get to work.' So something that would have taken 30 minutes in a peak zone could take 90
Andrew Southam/Fitness MagazineThe Biggest Loser's Alison Sweeney may spend more time on TV than she does in front of it, but the multitasking mom has mastered the art of finding exercise options in her living room or hotel room. "When it comes to working out, I don't just let it happen; I make it happen. I think about it a day in advance," says Sweeney, who walks the talk on these pages. Got 24 minutes during your fave sitcom? Then sculpt sexy muscles at home. "Anyone can do it," says Sweeney's trainer, Stevie Sant'Angelo, who designed this fast allover firm-up exclusively for FITNESS using just a couch and a single resistance band. "You'll get your sweat on and tone all the top trouble zones on your own schedule." Do 15 reps of each move then repeat the circuit twice. Stash the band between your sofa cushions so it's always on hand to keep your body supersleek.Read More »from Biggest Loser Host Alison Sweeney's Couch Workout
Targets: Back, shoulders, and biceps
• Loop center of band around couch leg and sit on floor facing couch, holding ends of band in each hand,
Jonathan Kantor/Fitness MagazineBy Melissa DalyRead More »from 8 New Diet Rules to Eat Better
Quit playing hunger games. The new rules of dieting will surprise you -- and keep you slim and satisfied.
1. Find your balance.
Calories in, calories out. We've been told that dropping pounds or maintaining our weight rests solely on this simple equation. Wrong! "In reality, not all calories are created equal," says dietitian Ashley Koff, RD, a coauthor of Mom Energy and a FITNESS advisory board member. "Quality is just as important as quantity." Here's why: Munching two 100-calorie packs of cookies for your midmorning snack gives you a total of two to three servings, or about 36 grams of carbs, and very little protein. Your body uses just 15 to 20 of those grams of carbs for energy, and unless you're highly active, it will probably store the rest, Koff explains. As a result, you end up gaining weight rather than losing it.
Stop the calorie obsession and focus more on balancing your nutrients. "Every time you eat, aim for unlimited amounts of nonstarchy vegetables