By Jenny Everett, Self magazine
Young women are pre-programmed to store fat around their butt, hips, and thighs. It's evolutionary (thanks, cavewoman ancestors) and genetic (thanks, Mom). But that doesn't mean you're stuck with flabby inner thighs.
You can't spot reduce fat, so the key, according to three top trainers, is a 360-degree approach in which you're burning off fat with cardio (intervals, intervals, intervals!), controlling bulge with smart food choices, and toning with smart, simple moves that isolate the inner thighs.
Here are our experts' go-to thunder thigh-thwarting moves:
The Expert: Exercise physiologist Tom Holland, owner of Tom Holland's Athletic Club in New Canaan, Conn.
You Thigh Toning To-Do: Lying Hip Abduction.
Lie on your right side with right arm outstretched beneath your head and left palm on the ground in front of your chest. Extend bottom (right) leg and bend left leg and place foot flat on the ground behind your right knee. Keeping foot neutral (90
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When we think about retro trends, we generally get a nostalgic twinge for fashion (leg warmers!), hairstyles (teased bangs), TV shows ("Growing Pains" and "Punky Brewster"), and toys (Cabbage Patch Dolls and Shrinky Dinks).
But recently, we read about an up-and-coming health club chain (60 locations and counting) called Retro Fitness, which is totally '80s-themed. Kind of brilliant (they play "Rocky" and "Sixteen Candles" on a big screen in the cardio room). This got us thinking about old-school, leotard-clad workouts.
Here's an homage to our faves (complete with hilarious video) and what you can learn from them:
Buns of Steel: Minimal equipment, mucho rhythmic movement and leg warmers. Oh, yeah, and if you're as bold as host Tamilee Webb, you can wear a belted THONG leotard. "You're seeing more of this calisthenics-style workout coming back into fitness," says Eric Casaburi, founder of Retro Fitness. "It's drills and constantly changing the workouts.
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Over the last couple of years, food additives such as high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats have received a major public health smackdown. Studies have recently indicated that cancer cells feed on HFCS and some states and counties have banned trans fats (Amen!).
But with all of the non-perishable faux foods (from veggie burgers to frozen yogurt to trans fat-free crackers) still lining store shelves, it's clear that sketchy chemical-laden ingredients are constantly sneaking into our shopping cart and, ultimately, our bodies.
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"I think that you always have to be on guard against the 'health halo' effect, where the fact that something is gluten-free, or low-fat, or organic, or whatever the manufacturer has put in capital letters on the front of the package, blinds you to the fact that it's high in sodium, or sugar, or calories, or undesirable ingredients," says Monica Reinagel, M.S., a nutritionist, chef,
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By Paula Derrow, SELF magazineRead More »from The Pleasure Diet: Day 1
Most of us believe the words "pleasure" and "diet" don't go together. But Paula Derrow, SELF's articles director, is on a quest to lose 17 pounds the pleasurable way, with no deprivation and absolutely no self-flagellation. Follow along as she learns to change her eating habits for life, so she can enjoy the foods she loves and live the life she wants without being a slave to the scale.
Bonus: Follow The Pleasure Diet here!
Day 1: My pleasure diet begins Today is the first day of the rest of my life, er, I mean, the first day of learning to lose weight the pleasurable way (as opposed to dropping pounds through deprivation, a technique destined to fail with a hedonist like me). I've struggled with my weight since adolescence, when I morphed from a cute, regular-sized girl to an awkward, chubby teen who assuaged her self-consciousness with sneaky eating. (Yes, I'd raid the refrigerator after my parents went to bed, binging on whatever I could get my hands
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Growing up, girls are encouraged to "be nice." But new research suggests that being too nice can be detrimental to your personal and professional life (fewer promotions and raises).
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"Women are raised and socialized to 'do the right thing' and to 'be nice,' and not trained enough in being assertive," says Kiki Weingarten, co-founder of DLC Executive Coaching and Consulting in New York City. "Assertiveness doesn't mean being nasty, or rude, or a b*tch, or any of the other negative connotations. Assertiveness means being able to stand up for yourself and your own best interests without knocking anyone else down or being nasty."
According to Craig English, co-author of Anxious To Please: 7 Revolutionary Practices For The Chronically Nice, you might be a chronically nice person if...
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2. You feel worried or fretful so often it seems normal
3. You can't
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The Scene: "Now, I'm the kind of person who, when a ninth-generation Indonesian medicine man tells you that you're destined to move to Bali and live with him for four months, thinks you should make every effort to do that," Elizabeth Gilbert writes after an Indonesian medicine man did exactly that. And she did, indeed, move to Bali, where she made life-changing discoveries.Read More »from SELF'S EPL PROJECT, DAY 3: Find Yourself a Medicine Man or at Least a Welding Class
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The Reality: Most of us aren't headed to the South Pacific! It's hard enough to get to the Jersey Shore or even the local park. That's why we watch Lady Gaga--to escape our own reality. But here's news: watching other people's lives is NOT an excuse for not living yours.
Be someone you aren't! If only once a week--or for a week.
We hear it all the time: Do something radical and uncover the real you. The flying trapeze! Belly dancing! But does it really work?
Meet Laine Bergeson, a senior editor at Experience Life magazine based in St.
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The Scene: The author Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on her bathroom floor "for something like the forty-seventh consecutive night." She'd finally arrived at the place in life she'd thought she wanted--the house, the apartment, and the husband, with an eye toward kids--only to find she didn't want that life at all.Read More »from SELF'S EPL PROJECT, DAY 2: Permission to Freak Out, Granted
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Ask some obvious questions. You may receive unexpected answers. Despite the fact that she was a successful writer who often examined herself in her
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Are you so busy today that you're not even sure how you'll make it through the rest of the week?
Believe it or not, it's better than the alternative. A new study published in the Journal Psychological Science confirms that busy people are happier than those who are idle or have more I'm Bored (insert whiney voice) downtime.
Tiring as it may be, accomplishing a bazillion little things in a day (from tackling soap scum on the shower door to finishing a big work project) is like a happy pill. On the flip side, lazy days tend to leave people feeling a little blue.
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"Boredom can make the most beautiful day a drag," says Kiki Weingarten, co-founder of DLC Executive Coaching and Consulting in New York City. "It saps creativity, energy, enthusiasm, and can sometimes get people ruminating and brooding on what's wrong in their lives. This can begin a downward spiral that's harder to get out of than if they'd just
- Healthy SELF, SELF Magazine | Healthy Living – Tue, Aug 17, 2010 8:55 PM EDT
If you're one of the millions of women who read "Eat Pray Love" or saw the Julia Roberts movie this past weekend, you might be wondering how you can achieve the "EPL" lifestyle -- without booking a flight to Bali.
We talked to yoga teacher Mandy Ingber, who currently trains Jennifer Aniston, about how you can use yoga to detox (after a big meal), meditate (aka pray) and open your heart (to love). This is what she told us!
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