Sayonara, situps! Kick your abs workout into overdrive by trying one of these killer tummy-toning movesIf you still think that doing crunches will score you amazing abs, you're in for a rude awakening. Flattening your belly requires multi-muscle exercises that target all the regions of your core--upper and lower abs, obliques, transverse abdominis, and lower back muscles--to burn major calories and cinch your waistline in no time. Ready to step it up? These 10 moves from the Women's Health Big Book of Abs are guaranteed to blast fat and show off your sexy, sleek stomach.
Dumbbell Pushup Row
Place a pair of dumbbells about shoulder-width apart on the floor. (A) Grab the handles and position yourself in a pushup position. (B) Lower your body to the floor and then press back up.
(C) Once you're back in the starting position, pull the dumbbell in your right hand up toward the side of your chest. Pause, then return the starting position and repeat with your left hand. That's 1 rep. Try to prevent your torso from rotating each time you row the weight.
Dumbbell Curl to Squat to Press
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Sayonara, situps! Kick your abs workout into overdrive by trying one of these killer tummy-toning movesIf you still think that doing crunches will score you amazing abs, you're in for a rude awakening. Flattening your belly requires multi-muscle exercises that target all the regions of your core--upper and lower abs, obliques, transverse abdominis, and lower back muscles--to burn major calories and cinch your waistline in no time. Ready to step it up? These 10 moves from the Women's Health Big Book of Abs are guaranteed to blast fat and show off your sexy, sleek stomach.Read More »from 10 Abs Exercises Better Than Crunches
4 Signs He's Not Ready For MarriageThese days, more guys are taking their time to get hitched. Is yours one of them?Read More »from 4 Signs He’s Not Ready for Marriage
He's crazy about you, sure, but that doesn't mean he's ready to put a ring on it-at least, not so fast. New research reveals that men are waiting longer to get hitched than they used to: According to the most recent stats from the U.S. Census Bureau, 64 percent of men aged 25-29 had never been married, as opposed to just 19 percent in 1970.
While it's hard to pinpoint the exact cause of the Great Marriage Crash of twenty-something millennials, experts say a few factors may be contributing to the trend. "These days, people are taking longer to finish school and launch their careers," says Brad Wilcox, Ph.D., a sociologist and director of the National Marriage Project. "Men have that natural provider instinct, so they want to feel financially secure before making that kind of long-term commitment." And when it takes longer for him to get to a comfortable place in his career (thank you, crappy economy), it
Turns out, it's not so safe to streamline the delivery processDoes it seem like everyone and their moms has had a c-section-or knows someone who has? It's not all in your head: Cesarean delivery rates increased by nearly 60 percent between 1996 and 2009. But a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report finds that the rate of cesarean deliveries in the U.S. has leveled off for the first time in 12 years.Read More »from The Surprising Truth About C-Sections
Experts credit the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a nonprofit women's health care advocacy group, with curbing the upward trend. In 2009, the group launched a public health campaign to discourage physicians and expecting mothers from undergoing unnecessary c-sections.
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Why C-Sections Can Be Dangerous
Cesarean deliveries are riskier than vaginal births because cutting into your abdomen exposes you to bacteria, which increases your odds of getting an infection, says George Macrones, MD, a representative for the ACOG. A c-section delivery can also heighten your chances
You are NOT what you eat.
If we were what we ate, then people who ate lots of hot dogs and pork chops would be solid walls of muscle. People who ate lots of pasta would be stringy and fat-free. People who ate lots of pecan pie would be Zooey Deschanel (sweet, but nutty and flaky).
And people who ate a lot of fat would be fat.
What's that, you say? That last sentence is true? People who eat fat are fat? Well, no, not necessarily. Science shows that eating fat won't make you fat any more than eating money will make you rich.
Now, eating foods that are packed with the wrong kinds of fat will make you fat. Trans fats found in pie crusts and other baked goods, and saturated fats found in processed and grain-fed meats, add hefty calories while doing mostly harm to your body's nutritional bottom line. But healthy fats will do the opposite: They can quell your appetite, cutting the number of calories you eat in a day, while improving your heart health and stoking yourRead More »from 5 Fatty Foods that Make You Skinny
Don't let these warm-weather wounds sabotage your fitness plans. These strategies will help keep you injury-free this summer.Read More »from 6 Summer Pains that Sabotage Your Workout
Scrapes and Cuts
THE PROBLEM: Trip and fall in shorts and a tank top and your exposed limbs could end up with road rash.
THE FIX: Clean out any dirt and debris with soap and water to prevent staph infections, which thrive in hot, humid environments. Keep the wound moist and covered with a bandage until the skin heals to prevent scarring.
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THE PROBLEM: Muscle spasms can last for (an agonizing) several minutes. "You're more likely to become dehydrated in the heat, which means you've lost nutrients necessary for proper muscle function," says Jeff Stephenson, M.D., a sports-medicine physician in Louisville.
THE FIX: Stretch, lightly massage the muscle, and guzzle some water or a drink that contains electrolytes. If the cramp subsides, finish as planned; if not, call it a day. "Cramps are a sign that you're
These power foods will make your skin glowPutting your best face forward starts with making healthy skin start from the inside out. "Unless your skin is getting the nutrients from food that it needs, it just won't look its best," says WH advisor Lisa Drayer, R.D., author of The Beauty Diet. Instead of just covering a blemish or hydrating a dry patch, head them off entirely by tossing these power foods into your grocery bag.Read More »from Top 10 Foods for Perfect Skin
Hey, guess what? Almonds are seeds, not nuts, and they're stuffed with vitamin E, a potent sun blocker. Volunteers who consumed 14 milligrams of the vitamin per day (about 20 almonds) and then were exposed to UV light sunburned less than those who took none. "Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant that helps to protect skin cells from UV light and other environmental factors that generate cell-damaging free radicals," explains Jeffrey Dover, M.D., associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University.
Suitable Switch 2 Tbsp peanut butter; 1/2 cup broccoli
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Those dreaded dimples are sapping your confidence-here's how to dealOn your cheeks, dimples are perfectly fine-cute even. On your thighs? Not so much--especially during short-shorts season. But cellulite is more than just a bummer; it can also be a major blow to your self-esteem. Women who have cellulite think they're less attractive than women without cellulite, according to a new Harris Poll commissioned by Cynosure Inc, a cosmetic, aesthetic, and medical laser company.Read More »from 3 Tricks That’ll Help Get Rid of Cellulite
Harris Interactive surveyed more than 1,000 U.S. women above the age of 18. Out of the women who admitted to having cellulite (40 percent, for the record), 90 percent were bothered by the condition. Of the women who reported feeling insecure due to their cellulite, 76 percent also said that it makes them feel unattractive.
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So what is cellulite exactly? Basically, the layer of fat beneath your skin gets squished and squeezed by bands of collagen, fibrous connective tissues that are arranged in a manner that makes bits of fat pop out
Get ready to roll your eyes at the lame lines that guys whip out when they don't feel like using protection
By Kelly Thore, Women's Health
When Is It Okay to Go Without a Condom?In this edition of disturbing male confessions, more than 80 percent of guys admit to having used at least one tactic to avoid using condoms during sex, according to a new survey published in the Journal of Sex Research. And even worse, men said they try three and a half different kinds of tactics over the course of their hookup history, on average. Definitely not OK.
When Is It Okay to Go Without a Condom?
For the study, researchers from the University of Washington polled more than 313 men between the ages of 21 and 30 on their sexual behaviors, including their histories with condom use and/or resistance to using condoms. "We wanted to uncover how common condom-resistance behaviors are among men and what kinds of coercive tactics are most frequently employed to persuade their partners," says study author Kelly Cue Davis, PhD,
Binge Eating? Over-Snacking? Here's how to fix your food slip-ups, stat!You can't fool us. Yes, you eat healthy foods. Yes, you stock your fridge with fresh fruits and vegetables and always order the salmon. But then the water heater breaks and you're late for a meeting and there's cake at work and a friend pops over unexpectedly and suddenly, it's 10 P.M., the produce is rotting, and your dinner consists of stale beer and a bag of Cheetos.Read More »from 5 Ways to Recover from Your Diet Mistakes
It happens to every woman--but that doesn't mean you're destined to live in a dietary wasteland. If you sin--or rather, when you sin--against your otherwise good-for-you diet, here are five strategies and the right foods to help you find nutritional salvation so you don't overeat.
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THE SIN: The breakfast binge
Your morning meal is a giant latte and a huge banana-nut muffin--nearly 1,000 calories (most of them from fat). That's almost two-thirds of your daily caloric allotment before 10 A.M.
YOUR SALVATION: A lunchtime turkey sandwich on whole wheat--with as many
The 5 moves that earn the TV host such fabulous, flat-as-a-board absIt's totally (blissfully!) crunch-free! "Training your hamstrings, lower and upper back, and triceps lengthens your midsection and is the key to great abs," says trainer Harley Pasternak, author of The Body Reset Diet, who created this workout. Three times a week, complete 20 reps of each move, going from one exercise to the next without stopping, then repeat the circuit for a total of three sets.
For more on Maria and Harley and to meet the finalists for The Next Fitness Star competition (which the two stars are judging), pick up the July/August issue of Women's Health on newsstands now!
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Move 1 Skater Lunge
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Step your left foot behind your right leg and bend both knees to lower into a lunge, with your left knee directly behind your right heel (shown). Press through your right heel and bring your left foot back to the starting position. That's one rep; repeat on the other side and