Start 2012 off on the right foot!By Holly St. Lifer
Is shaping up at the top of your 2012 to-do list? Resolve to do it! Whether you want to boost energy, bust out of a rut, or sculpt a sexier butt, we've got 9 surefire exercise plans to get you there.
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1. Start Stepping
Invest in a pedometer (about $20 at fwonline.com) and count the number of steps you take throughout the day -- then find some ways to slip in more. "Most of us take about 5,000 steps a day, but to keep the scale steady you should strive for a total of 10,000 steps, or about five miles [roughly 500 calories]," says Wayne Westcott, PhD, fitness research director of the South Shore YMCA in Quincy, Massachusetts. One easy goal: Do five-minute intervals of about 500 steps several times a day. This can be simple: Walk to do an errand that's about six blocks away; pace the sidelines at your kids' sporting events; wander around your living room while you're talking on the phone; park your car instead of
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Think you know which workout burns the most calories? Read below for some surprising fitness myth busters that may just change the way you sweat it up.
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MYTH: Mile per mile, running and walking burn the same.
Not even close. "Running is a more energetic activity, because you're jumping off the ground with each stride," says David Swain, PhD, a professor of exercise science and director of the Wellness Institute and Research Center at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Per mile, running burns about twice as many calories.
MYTH: You need to stay in the fat-blasting zone to slim down.
"Women think low-intensity exercise burns the fat from their hips. That's not the case," says FITNESS advisory board member Annette Lang, a New York City?based private trainer and owner of Annette Lang Education Systems. "If you work out easy for 15 minutes and burn 100 calories, 75 percent may be from fat. If you work out really hard for 15
Even stars can get psoriasis. By Colleen MoodyRead More »from 11 Fittest Moments of 2011
Take a look back at the most jaw-dropping weight-loss transformations, health news, and biggest fitness moments from the past year.
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#11: Kim Kardashian Is Diagnosed with Psoriasis
We know, we're tired of hearing about them too. But thanks to Kim's trip to the doc on E!'s Keeping Up with the Kardashians, this more-common-than-you-think skin condition was given some serious spotlight. More than 250,000 people are diagnosed with psoriasis (where skin gets very red and flaky, almost resembling scales) a year. Not only was this a "Stars, They're Just Like Us!" moment, but hopefully the episode helped others affected with this condition.
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If you're going to lose a world record, this is probably the best scenario to be in.#10: Paula Radcliffe Loses World Record to Herself
Britain's famous runner was stripped of her world record this year after the International Association of Athletics Federations passed a new rule stating females who race
Ball CrunchBy the editors for FITNESS MagazineRead More »from 5 Ab Exercises for a Faster Run
Get a whittle faster. In a study, runners who did these moves four times weekly shaved a minute off their 5K times in six weeks. Try two sets of 12 reps each.
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Lie faceup on a stability ball, knees bent 90 degrees, feet on floor. Put hands behind head with elbows out to sides and crunch up, then lower.
Source: Study at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida
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Hip RaiseHip Raise
Lie faceup on floor with heels on ball, legs extended, arms by sides. Lift hips, forming a diagonal line from heels to shoulders. Hold for 1 count; lower.
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Back ExtensionBack Extension
Lie facedown on ball, knees bent and feet on wall behind you, toes on floor. Bend elbows by sides, bringing fists in front of shoulders. Lift upper body; lower.
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Arm/Leg ReachArm/Leg Reach
Start on all fours. Slowly extend left arm and right leg at the
Sleeping SwanWorkout by Kay Kay Clivio, an instructor at Pure Yoga in New York City
Do these stretches right before bed to fall asleep faster and sleep better.
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What you'll need: a pillow
Tip: With each pose, breathe in and out through your nose for a calming effect on the nervous system.
Targets: Neck, shoulders, back, hips, and legs
- Sit on floor with pillow in front of you. Bend left knee, bringing sole of left foot to right inner thigh. Lift butt and extend right leg behind you.
- Staying centered, gently hinge forward from hips, placing head on pillow. Extend arms forward, elbows slightly bent.
- Hold for 8 to 10 breaths. Roll back up. Switch legs; repeat.
Targets: Back, hips, and hamstrings
- Lie faceup. Bend knees into chest and grab inside edges of feet with hands, palms out.
- Bring knees out to sides, then lower toward armpits, keeping heels above knees, feet flexed.
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Beginner: Stability-Ball Twist
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Work Your Obliques
Target your obliques by using a stability and medicine ball, says Dana Cahill, personal training director at Sky Athletic Club in Rockville Centre, New York. Work up to three sets of 10.
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Beginner: Stability-Ball Twist
1. Lie back on a stability ball with your feet on the floor. Hold a medicine ball at chest level and extend arms.
2. Keeping your butt on the ball, slowly rotate your torso to the left until your knuckles are pointing to the wall.
3. Return to center and repeat on the other side.
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Immediate: Roll and CurlIntermediate: Roll and Curl
1. Begin in a full push-up position with tops of your feet resting on a stability ball, hands on floor shoulder-width apart.
2. Keeping your abs and glutes tight, bend your knees to roll ball in toward right side of chest.
3. Extend your legs to roll ball back to start; repeat to the left.
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By Lisa Kovalovich
It's 10 a.m., just a few hours past your early-morning workout and breakfast, and you're beginning to feel your energy take a nosedive. What do you need right now? No, not another cup of coffee -- you need a snack!
"Snacking keeps your metabolism revved up and is a great way to boost your energy," says Tara Gidus, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. But not just any old snack will do. You need a snack that's full of nutrients to power you through your between-meal stretch. Here, Gidus recommends her favorite energy-boosting snacks.
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Boost up your vitamin C for all-day energy.Fresh Bananas and Apples
Loaded with vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber, fruit is great for times when you need a little energy boost. "It's got vitamins, minerals, and good carbs, which give you quick energy," says Gidus. Choose any fruit you like -- bananas, apples, and oranges are easy to tote along with you since they don't need refrigeration. Berries,Read More »from 11 Energy-Boosting Snacks
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Jenna Lee and her Navy SEAL husband make for one fit pair!At 5 a.m., the alarm rings and starts an "intense morning" for Jenna Lee, a co-anchor of FOX News Channel's Happening Now (which airs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET). She reads up on the news that happened overnight to prepare for the live broadcast and live interviews to come. Then after the show, Lee squeezes in a workout, answers emails and researches for the next day and future projects. News is 24/7! So how does the youngest anchor in cable news, who's also a newlywed, fit everything in with her busy schedule while staying healthy and happy? We discussed just that with Lee earlier this week.
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Was fitness always a passion of yours? My dad retired from the NFL in 1981, right after I was born. I was always on teams-including playing on my older brother's baseball team-taking dance, acrobatics or swimming. It's a habit I've kept up with.
What is your favorite way to stay in shape today? I used to be a big runner, but a varied schedule and
Don't let the cold weather get you blue this winter.By Elisa KronishRead More »from 7 Everyday Fixes for Cabin Fever
Feeling a little blue? Getting out of a winter-induced funk can be a challenge. Follow this list of unusual "therapies" to rejuvenate your spirit and soul.
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1. Tap into your creativity.
Creative arts therapies, like painting and drawing, have been shown to boost immunity in HIV/AIDS patients, and they've proven a positive outlet for patients in psychiatric rehab and adults dealing with bereavement. If it's good enough for professional therapy, it might just help you too. "A new hobby gives you something you can focus your energy on," says Raymond Crowel, PsyD, vice president of the National Mental Health Association. "It can also help inspire you and lift your sadness," he says. So, you're thinking, you're no Picasso. No problem! Put paintbrush to canvas and just go for it. No one has to see your handiwork; it's just for you, babe.
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2. Embrace your green thumb.
- FITNESS Magazine | Healthy Living – Tue, Dec 6, 2011 11:40 AM EST
By Marianne Magno
Thinking of giving the gift of fitness this year to your aspiring gym buddy? Here are some weird, tacky gifts you'll want to cross off your shopping list immediately.
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Ditch the suit, your friend will thank you.
There's nothing like showing your appreciation to your loved one by telling her you think she needs to sweat more while looking like a space cadet. We'd rather get a day pass to a spa. ($12.99, Amazon.com)
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The only belt we want is a trendy faux snakeskin one.
Waist Trimmer Belt
If you wouldn't want to give (or receive) a girdle as a present, then you should cross this waist-slimming belt off your shopping list. We think belly dancing and Pilates are more fun ways to work your abs, anyway. ($12.99, Amazon.com)
Fun fact: This thing isn't even battery operated! Talk about misleading.
We still can't sit through a commercial for this free weight without feeling like we're watching something inappropriate. Avoid getting strange looks at the holiday party and give a spiffy set of dumbbells or kettlebells instead.Read More »from The Worst Fitness Gifts to Give or Get This Season