Peter Ardito/Fitness MagazineBy Karla Walsh
We asked more than 100 women to sweat-test the latest titles. Here, check out the top picks to fast-forward your best body.
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Awesome Ab Blaster: Intermediate/Advanced
Bob Harper: Totally Ripped Core, $15, mytrainerbob.com
What you'll need: a pair of 3- to 5-pound dumbbells
Calories burned: 380 during a 48-minute routine, 65 during an 11-minute bonus*
The skinny: Testers loved the "fun mix of fast-paced core exercises," like weighted side crunches, and muffin-top-melting plyometric bursts from The Biggest Loser's master motivator. They also gave a thumbs-up to the on-screen countdown clock; it helped them push through the full routine, which made one reader "'good' sore every time I completed it." Finish with the stretchy bonus session, which includes trunk rotations and windmills.
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Personal Training with Jackie: 30 Day Fast Start, $15, amazon.com
What you'll need: a pair of
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Peter Ardito/Fitness MagazineBy Karla WalshRead More »from The Best New Workout DVDs of 2012
- FITNESS Magazine | Healthy Living – Mon, Mar 12, 2012 12:58 PM EDT
Ericka McConnell/Fitness MagazineBy Shaun Dreisbach
- They contain a quarter of all the bones in your body.
- They log, on average, 1,000 miles a year.
- They absorb one-and-half times your body weight with each step.
- And they get zero respect.
We're talking, of course, about your feet. Sure, you may treat them to the occasional pedicure or prop them up at the end of a long day. But experts say we ought to be much, much kinder than that. "The feet are the second-hardest working part of your body. The first is your heart," says Steven Ross, MD, president elect of the American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society. "Your feet are your foundation; if they hurt, you're going to be a very unhappy person." So let's spread a little love. Here, everything you need to know for feet that feel good all day, every day -- no matter what you put them through.
1. Foot Cramps: Those weird muscle spasms that can make your toes or arches lock up.
Make it Read More »from Happy Feet: The Healthy, Pretty, Pain-Free Foot Care Guide
Fitness MagazineBy Janis GrahamRead More »from 5 Reasons to Start Taking a Multivitamin
You don't head to the gym or out for a jog without prepping properly: sneakers, iPod, water bottle. But a multivitamin? Umm...Chances are, you don't pop one daily -- almost half of women under age 40 don't, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Big mistake, since more than 90 percent of women in their 20s, 30s, and 40s don't meet their vitamin and mineral requirements through diet alone -- and you need that multi even more if you exercise. "Vigorous workouts raise your body's vitamin and mineral requirements, so it's practically guaranteed that you won't get enough nutrients from food," says sports nutritionist Dawn Weatherwax-Fall, RD, coauthor of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Sports Nutrition. Here are surprising new reasons that a multi is a must -- along with how to find the best brand.
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Pick a Better Bottle
Drugstores carry more vitamins than nail-polish shades, but that doesn't mean
Denise Crew/Fitness MagazineBy A.J. HanleyRead More »from 14 Life-Changing Secrets to a Better You
We've uncovered insider advice on what you need to know about absolutely everything -- for flatter abs, less stress, unforgettable sex, and more.
Related: The Naked Truth: How Women Really Feel About Their Bodies
Your Best Diet
1. The Secret to... Picking the Right Diet for You
Look for your favorite foods. "An obvious but often overlooked point is that the best diet is one you'll stick to -- not a hyped-to-the-hilt plan or the strategy that helped your sister drop 10 pounds. If you adore fruit or pasta, for example, a high-protein regimen is a recipe for failure. Remember that a diet is a way of life rather than a quick fix -- and it's hard to live with a plan that keeps you away from the things you love."
--Lisa Sanders, MD, an assistant professor at Yale School of Medicine and author of The Perfect Fit Diet: How to Lose Weight, Keep It Off, and Still Have the Foods You Love (St. Martin's Press, 2006)
2. The Secret to... Curbing a Sugar Craving
Don't beat it -- eat
- FITNESS Magazine | Healthy Living – Tue, Mar 6, 2012 11:53 AM EST
Rebecca RomijnNot every celebrity mom magically morphs back into a size 2 within weeks of having a baby. Actress Rebecca Romijn readily admits that it was a struggle to drop the more than 60 pounds she gained with twin daughters Dolly and Charlie, now 3. "Losing that weight was probably the hardest thing I've ever done in my life," says Rebecca, 39, who stars in the Tyler Perry comedy Good Deeds. "I had to change the way I worked out, the way I ate -- everything."
As you see, she succeeded brilliantly. In fact, Rebecca says she is fitter now than ever. "I'm stronger, I have more energy, and I feel better, too," she says, settling into a banquette at the London NYC hotel in New York City to share the secrets of her success with FITNESS. "I was proud to get back into a bikini!"
Okay, we're dying to know: How did you finally lose the baby weight?Read More »from How Rebecca Romijn Shed the Baby Weight (and Her Workout Playlist!)
Everything I did before I got pregnant -- like Pilates, which I had done for about 14
Courtesy of CrunchBy Meghan Reid
Looking for a change in your usual toning classes? The newest fitness trends are ones that work your tricky spots while giving you a leg up (literally) with your sex life. See which class below fits your personality for a sleek, sculpted body.
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Where: Crunch Gym, locations nationwide
If you always wanted to secretly whip around a pole you can now check it off your bucket list. This beginner pole dancing fitness class will teach you a simple choreographed routine broken up over a month. "You'll learn not only a routine, but some basic pole-fitness moves, such as different kind of spins, dismounts to the floor, and walking variations," says Kyra Johannesen, Crunch national pole fitness director. "The class gives you an upper-body workout and is great cardio because it's continual movement." Not to mention, you'll earn some extra brownie points at home with your new moves before getting busy.
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By Jennifer Soong
Day after day, working out can feel like a drill. Yet fitness devotees somehow muster the motivation to get exercise regularly. Steal their tricks and (almost) never miss a workout again.
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1. Don't put away your gear.
From the moment she rises, Kristina Monét Cox, 26, has exercise on the brain. That's because the first things she sees are her sneakers and workout clothes. "I've got them next to the bed in plain sight," says Kristina, the CEO of a communications firm in Houston. "I've also got dumbbells right where I can see them in the bathroom, and a balance ball, a yoga mat, and a jump rope strategically placed throughout the house." Forgetting to exercise is never her problem.
Why it works: Visual cues are a wake-up call to your brain. "We all have competing priorities like work, family, chores. Sometimes we need a reminder to keep exercise at the forefront," McGonigal says.Read More »from 4 Habits of Highly Effective Exercisers
Do it yourself: If you
Fitness MagazineBy Josh DorfmanRead More »from 10 Ways to Go Green, Get Healthy, Save Money
Reduce your carbon footprint and boost your bank account with these easy, healthy, earth-friendly tips from Josh Dorfman, author of The Lazy Environmentalist on a Budget.
1. Choose eco workout wear.
Look for tops, pants, shorts -- even sports bras made with recycled materials, such as Cocona fabrics, which come from coconut shells. They dry quickly and provide excellent sun and odor protection. (For info and products, go to www.coconafabric.com.) Need new sneaks? Brooks running shoes feature the industry's first biodegradable midsole (www.brooksrunning.com).
Related: Workout Gear Cute Enough for Outside the Gym
2. Make a fair trade.
Instead of buying new fitness DVDs and books, use swapping sites like www.swapadvd.com and www.paperbackswap.com to trade with thousands of other people for free.
3. Wheel and deal on exercise equipment.
Whether it's a bike, a Bowflex, or a Precor elliptical machine, you'll find great deals at craigslist.org in the local classified ads
Alexa Miller/Fitness MagazineBy Lia HuberRead More »from Eat to Live Longer: Nutrition Secrets of Okinawa
The islands of Okinawa, a lush archipelago southwest of the main island of Japan, are home to the largest and healthiest population of centenarians on earth. They suffer significantly fewer heart attacks and 80 percent fewer incidences of breast cancer and prostate cancer, and have lower rates of diabetes and less than half of the ovarian and colon cancer cases that we do. Their secret? A nutrient-dense diet and stress-proof lifestyle.
Before you pack your bags and say sayonara to your on-the-go American fast-lane life, consider this: "It's the little tweaks to your everyday routines that can make the biggest difference in your lifelong wellness," says Peter Martin, PhD, director of the gerontology program at Iowa State University in Ames. Think of today as the first day of the rest of your long, healthy life. Get started with these six simple steps.
Related: What to Eat to Live to 100
Maintain Your Weight
Okinawan centenarians tend to stay lean throughout their lives
Brian Bowen Smith/Fitness MagazineWorkout by Susan Antonaccio, a certified instructor for Bikram Yoga NYCRead More »from Rebecca Romijn's Hot Yoga Workout
Rebecca Romijn credits her smokin' post-baby bod to steamy Bikram yoga sessions. Try this five-asana sample of a typical 90-minute class from Susan Antonaccio, a certified instructor for Bikram Yoga NYC in New York City. Roll out the mat!
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Balancing StickBalancing Stick
Targets butt and legs
• Stand with feet together, arms by sides. Step forward with right leg and hinge forward at hips as you reach both arms overhead, interlacing fingers and pointing forefingers up.
• Simultaneously lift extended left leg behind so that body is as close to parallel to floor as possible from fingertips to left foot. Hold for 15 to 20 seconds.
• Return to start, switch legs and repeat. Then repeat sequence.
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Targets arms, abs, obliques, and butt
• Stand with feet together, arms by sides.
• Extend arms overhead and interlace fingers,