Ditch the excuses--these tactics can keep you strong the next time you get the urge to bailAs awesome as a great workout can feel, it's hard to magic up the motivation to make it happen some days. But new research suggests you should power through, even if you're not 100 percent feeling it.
Even "forced" exercise can help protect against anxiety and stress, according to a study from the University of Colorado at Boulder. So essentially, dragging yourself to the gym is just as beneficial to your Zen levels as going voluntarily. "Sometimes, you just have to bite the bullet and push yourself to work out, even if you're feeling less than inspired," says Wendy Larkin, master trainer at Crunch San Francisco. "I have to force myself to go on a run every Sunday, but after I do, I feel better, my mood is better and I sleep better."
Need a little help getting off the couch? These tactics can keep you strong the next time you get the urge to bail.
Schedule sessions with a trainer
If this seems like a duh, that's because it is. Think about it: You commit a) weeks in advance to b) actual
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Ditch the excuses--these tactics can keep you strong the next time you get the urge to bailAs awesome as a great workout can feel, it's hard to magic up the motivation to make it happen some days. But new research suggests you should power through, even if you're not 100 percent feeling it.Read More »from 5 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work Out
It's National Women's Health Week! To celebrate, we're challenging you to focus on your well beingWhen was the last time you visited a doctor for a checkup? Do you know what, if any, health risks run in your family? How often should you get a pap smear? Why, you ask, are we playing this game of Twenty Questions?Read More »from 7 Ways to Put Your Health First
Now through Saturday, May 18th marks National Women's Health Week, a wellness initiative coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and we think the mission behind this event is too critical for any woman to ignore.
"The truth is, as women, all of us are busy juggling jobs and family responsibilities and everything else, and it's easy for things like healthy eating and exercise to fall to the bottom of the list," says First Lady Michelle Obama in an essay she wrote for us in honor of National Women's Health Week. "However, we all know it's just as important to focus on our own health as it is to focus on the well being of our spouses and, if we're parents, our kids."
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We couldn't agree more.
.Although you can safely lose only about 1 to 2 pounds of body fat a week, you can feel more confident by swimsuit season if you begin making changes today. Here are 7 attainable goals to set and stick to, starting now:Read More »from 7 Ways to Get Bikini-Body-Ready, Starting Now
1. Get your sweat on with strength training! If you want a bikini body, this is non-negotiable: Fit your workout in, no excuses! Commit to a full-body strength-training program at least three times a week to burn calories during the workout, boost your metabolism's calorie-burning power for 24 to 48 hours after, and develop lean muscles that look and feel better than flab. Perform exercises that use more than one muscle group such as squats, pushups, rows, and lunges in a circuit to make your workouts most efficient. Tip: Try working out in the morning to get your metabolism revved up for the rest of the day.
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2. Make your butt and belly your top priorities. Your glutes (butt muscles) are the biggest muscles in your
Christina Taylor used Facebook to lose more than 100 poundsAs a high schooler in Barrie, Ontario, Christina Taylor, now 25, didn't eat your standard bagged lunch. When she wasn't hitting the drive-through with friends, she was chowing down on pizza from the restaurant her mother owned. "She would send the delivery guy to my school," says Christina. By the time she was 15 and stood 5'7″, Christina weighed 380 pounds.Read More »from "Facebook Helped Me Drop Over 100 Pounds!"
In 2003, Christina joined her high school choir on a trip to Italy. But a week in, she was forced to spend the day in bed while her classmates explored Rome. "I was too heavy and tired to move," she recalls. Humiliated but determined, Christina resolved that she would never again let her weight limit what she could do.
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Back home, Christina started doing her mom's old aerobics videos a few times a week and soon joined a gym to use the weight machines. She kissed the drive-through good-bye and dropped 50 pounds in the next seven months. Over six years,
Some fitness partners flake out, miss workouts, or make excuses. But here's a partner that won't: your dog. New fitness classes for out-of-shape people and their pets are popping up across the country. And it's about time: More than 52 percent of dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention's 2012 National Pet Obesity Survey. Compare that to the stats for their owners: About one-third of Americans are obese, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control.Read More »from 6 Workout Moves to Do with Your Dog
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Working out with your dog doesn't just benefit your health, though. It can be a real treat for your pet--and for you. "A dog is the best motivator you'll ever have," says Tricia Montgomery, founder and president of K9 Fit Club, a Hinsdale, IL-based fitness club for people and their pets. "All they want to do is spend time with you and please you," she says. "They look forward to it." And although they
When you're crazy-busy, something's gotta give--and often it's the healthy stuff: regular workouts, good eating habits, a decent amount of shut-eye. But actress Keri Russell has found an entirely different set of sacrifices to make--in the wardrobe and late-night-TV departments. She wears one outfit a week ("My number one style rule," she says with a laugh) and tries to turn in before her own TV series, the hit FX drama The Americans--in which she plays a KGB spy living in 1980s suburban Washington, D.C., with a husband and two kids--comes on at 10 p.m. (Go behind the scenes with Keri Russell at her cover shoot, or read an excerpt of our interview with her in the Women's Health exclusive, Keep Calm and Keri On.)Read More »from 5 Tricks to Keri Russell's Killer Bod
In order to play a tough KGB agent, Keri worked out with Avital Zeisler, a Krav Maga instructor who moonlights as a hand-to-hand combat consultant. "Working out [this way] makes you feel fierce," says Keri. "I tend to be very internal--getting on the subway and keeping my eyes
Can't remember the last time you changed your makeup look? We're here to help
It's one thing to go through a makeup phase-fuchsia lipstick and glitter nail polish, anyone?-but it's quite another to experience a full-on beauty rut. According to a new survey by CouponCodes4u.com, the average woman keeps the same daily makeup look for 11 years. Eleven! Repeat after us: Change is good. Try these five tweaks to freshen up a stale beauty routine.
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Unlike other vacations, exercise breaks generally last longer than you'd like--and the mementos they come with are ones you'd rather not hang on to. You know how it goes: Two missed workouts snowball into two months of zero fitness motivation, and suddenly you can't button your jeans or do a pushup to save your life. In fact, research shows that body fat, weight, and waist size can rise--and fitness levels can dip--after just a five-week hiatus.Read More »from How to Overcome 5 Common Fitness Slumps
We know it's not just physical roadblocks; there are psychological and logistical challenges, as well. That's why we asked experts how to tackle tricky setbacks. No matter where you are now, this plan will help you shape up to a hotter, healthier body.
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You Recently Had a Baby
Intense exercise is usually off-limits for six weeks postpartum. After that, sheer exhaustion can keep moms couched.
Training Tip: Even if you're wiped, pop in a DVD or slip your baby in the stroller for a brisk
Staying up to date on the latest vitamin D research is practically a full-time job--new studies come out so often. The latest findings? Consuming higher-than-recommended amounts of D may give your immune system a boost--potentially lowering their risk of some cancers, heart disease, and other conditions, according to research published online last week in the journal PLOS ONE. While previous studies have linked adequate vitamin D intake to increases in bone strength and decreases in cancer, depression, and autoimmune disorders such as Type I diabetes and multiple sclerosis, this is the first study to show that exceeding the minimum RDA could be key to better health, explains New York City nutritionist Stephanie Middleberg, RD. So does that mean you should start popping vitamin D like candy--or that a deficiency could be to blame for any health issues you might currently have?Read More »from Should You Worry About Your Vitamin D Levels?
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Not so fast. First, the PLOS ONE study was small; it included just eight
Just glancing at the fruit bowl can help increase your self-disciplineWhat you see is what you eat: When you're trying to clean up your diet, looking at a waistline-friendly food (like an orange) may help keep you from reaching for an unhealthy snack, according to a study in the journal Eating Behaviors.Read More »from Stare at This to Eat Better
Researchers at The University of Leeds studied 13 dieters and 21 non-dieters. On two separate occasions, they exposed each group to one of two foods-chocolate or an orange - to compare how participants reacted to tempting food afterward. After seeing and smelling one of the two foods, each group was invited to snack on an assortment of oranges, chocolate, and cereal bars for 10 minutes.
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When dieters were shown the orange, they ended up consuming fewer calories and 60 percent less chocolate than when they were shown the chocolate. By contrast, the non-dieters ate a similar amount whether they glimpsed the orange or the chocolate beforehand. When you're already trying to eat healthfully, just eyeing a piece of fruit cab