By Julia Scirrotto
With texts, tweets, and Facebook feeds invading your bedroom, it's a romantic battlefield out there. That's why SHAPE teamed up with the guys at Men's Fitness to find out exactly how all this technology is affecting your sex life. The good news? Nearly 50 percent of you reported your business between the sheets has never been better. The bad? Read on …
We're living in stalker nation: Thanks to sites like Facebook, Foursquare and Twitter, you've got high-quality surveillance tools at your disposal, and you're definitely not shy about using them. Around 81 percent of you refuse to de-friend your ex on Facebook, and 75 percent admit to placing them under near-constant monitoring. The downside? They also know that you just checked in at Chipotle. Again.
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First the post-it, now this!: More than 50 percent of you say you've been broken up with-or done the heartbreaking yourselves-via text message. Which, we're guessing, is only
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By Jennipher Walters
If you've ever had back pain, you know it's the worst. You can't move without it aching, and almost any chore ends up feeling like a workout. Thankfully, there are some easy ways to get back pain relief- many of which take almost no time at all!
5 Easy Ways to Get Relief from Back Pain
1. Massage. If you're wondering how to relieve back pain, one of the easiest ways is to book a massage for back pain. A recent study from the Group Health Research Institute found that Swedish massage may be better for easing low-back pain in the short term than medication.
2. Yoga. Turns out that back pain relief may just be a down dog away. According to a 2005 study from the Annals of Internal Medicine, yoga may be more likely to relieve chronic back pain and reduce the need for pain medication than conventional exercise or reading a self-care book.
3. Tai Chi. Many times people suffer from low-back painRead More »from 5 Easy Ways to Beat Back Pain
- SHAPE magazine | Love + Sex – Wed, Jul 6, 2011 4:24 PM EDT
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By Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD
The phrase you are what you eat is absolutely true. So if you want to feel well, frisky, fold these five foods into your eating repertoire. Nothing exotic necessary!
They're a great source of zinc, which has been shown to boost sex drive by pumping up testosterone. Use them as a garnish for just about any dish, from your morning oatmeal to a garden salad, stir fry, or dessert (try dipping whole strawberries in melted dark chocolate then rolling in roasted pumpkin seeds).
Any food that's good for the heart is good for the loins because heart-healthy foods keep arteries clear and boost circulation to allow blood, oxygen and nutrients to flow freely! In addition to heart-healthy fat, one ounce of almonds provides 35 percent of your daily vitamin E needs, another sex hormone booster and powerful antioxidant that prevents arteries from hardening, the top cause of poor blood flow. One ounce (twenty three almonds) makes a perfect portable
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The start of bikini season means lots of leg will be flashing! Don't cover up at the beach or pool this summer. We've got five tips you can incorporate into your everyday workout routine that will help you get leaner, stronger, sexier legs faster!
Work Your Lower Half in Every Move: Your lower body is the easiest and quickest place to build calorie-torching lean muscle. You have over 200 muscles below the belt, including the largest muscle in your body - your gluteus maximus. So get off your glutes and get your lower body going in everything you do. Stand on one leg for shoulder presses or squat during biceps curls. The more you work your lower half, the faster you'll see results. Need more ideas? Try this total body routine.
Get off the Machines at the Gym: Those weight machines at the gym may look impressive, but they aren't helping you build an impressive physique. You'll burn more calories and work more muscles at once by doing a side lunge instead of using an isolation equipment
Meet Alexi Mintz, Cofounder of 3Floz.com, one of the more brilliantly thought-out ideas I've heard of in a while. 3Floz.com is exactly what you think it is, a one stop shop for all of your favorite TSA friendly beauty products. I can't tell you how long I had been waiting for this idea to surface when I met Alexi almost a year ago. Alexi, being the travel enthusiast that she is, knows her products and knows how to get them to her destination without cracking, breaking, spilling, leaking or being taken away from the TSA -- all things, I, as well as the rest of the general population, are challenged with on a regular basis.
With the heat of the summer coming on, I asked Alexi what trips she has planned and which of her favorite products she intends to bring along. She told me she plans on spending a few weekends at the beach and definitely won't be a stranger to her parents' farm house out in the country.
Take a sneak peak at what you can find in Alexi's carry-on...
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Think you weren't born with the perfect metabolism? Think again! These tricks and tips will rev up your metabolism, which will help you burn fat and get fit.
Maximize your muscle: Muscles are fat-burning furnaces, so be sure to do enough resistance training to build and maintain them (these fast workouts tone your whole body in 30 minutes), and follow your workout with a healthy meal or snack that contains protein, carbohydrates and fat. Building new muscle raises your Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR), so you'll burn more calories every day.
Don't skip meals: Eat six small meals a day to avoid blood-sugar spikes and minimize urges to binge. Try to schedule meals at the same time each day. If you feed yourself well throughout the day, you'll learn to understand when your body truly needs food. You can't starve yourself and expect to make good choices at the next meal. Need a few healthy lunch ideas? Check out these top food swaps from a nutritionist.
Sleep tight: Try to get 7-8 hours of
By Rebecca Soskin, Shape.comRead More »from 5 Soothing Paint Colors That Help You Relax
If you're constantly on the go-getting everyone out the door in the morning, dropping the kids off at school, working late, picking up the dry cleaning, grocery shopping, cleaning, taking the dog to the vet, getting your workout in, and cooking dinner for the family-then you're probably longing for at least 10 minute a day to relax. The good news is you won't have to travel far to take a breather. You can do it in the comfort of your own home. How? By choosing paint colors that are proven to boost your mood. Read on for colors that will make your long and stressful day seem less overwhelming.
Paint Color: Blue
Blue is a very soothing color that helps calm your mind and reduces tension. It's often used in bedrooms because of its ability to help people sleep. When choosing the right blue you want to make sure that it's soft, neutral, and restful. (Related: Top Picks for Blue Paint)
Paint Color: Violet
The color violet stems from blue and when done right, it
Craving something sweet, salty, crunchy, or creamy? We have a healthy snack to satisfy any craving for less than 200 calories. The SHAPE magazine staff recommends these snacks for the girl on the go.Read More »from 5 Great On-the-Go Snacks
The Laughing Cow Sharp Original Mini Babybel
(60 calories, 5g fat per round)
"I'll never go back to buying those bland 100-calorie string cheeses again," said a staffer. Pair one with a handful of whole-grain crackers and you'll come in under 200 calories while fulfilling 14 percent of your daily calcium needs. ($4 for a bag of 6)
Dylan's Candy Bar Almond Dark Chocolate 100 Calorie Bar
(100 calories, 7g fat per 0.7-oz bar)
This antioxidant-packed treat is "bigger than one of those fun-size candy bars but small enough that I don't feel like I've thrown off my entire diet by eating the whole thing," said one staffer. ($2 each)
Fiber One Chocolate Fudge Brownies
(90 calories, 3g fat per brownie)
"The fudge drizzle, chocolate chips, and chewy texture make these my new favorite 4 p.m. treat,"
Don't let these common tummy-toning questions come between you and a slim stomach! Trainers reveal how to get flat abs fast.Read More »from 3 Things to Know About Getting Flat Abs
Q. Should I train my abs at the end of my workout?
A. It depends. There's some validity to the claim that training your abs last preserves your core strength for the earlier parts of your workout: "If you're going to do squats or multimuscle exercises like push-ups or lunges that require a lot of balance, you might want to do abs last so your core is fresh and strong," says certified trainer and fitness author Kurt Brungardt. The caveat? "The danger of always putting your ab workout at the end is that people run out of time and end up never training them," notes Auckland, New Zealand-based certified trainer Kathryn M. Clark. So the best time to do ab moves is truly whenever you're most likely to actually do them.
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Q. If abs are endurance muscles, do I have to do hundreds of reps to get results?
A. No. Abs do have greater
Your wedding planning isn't finished until you've heard this hard-earned advice from women who've been there, done that - so you don't have to.Read More »from What I Wish I Knew Before My Wedding Day
Spend more time with mom the morning of your wedding
When Roseann Manarte got married, the morning of her wedding was a big blur. "There was so much confusion and shuffling between stuff to get done that I don't really remember taking a few minutes to sit and breathe," says Manarte. "My mom and I are so close and she did so much to help plan my wedding, I wish I could have spent some alone time with her; I know it was such an important moment for her as well." Her wedding was the fairy tale she always imagined, but Roseann says she would have allotted some "personal time" into her morning preparations.
CHECKLIST: Even though you are the icing on the cake, don't forget about the people who helped you get to this moment. Take a few minutes to sit with each of them before you walk down the aisle.
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