Joss Whedon is the TV writer when it comes to dramas that showcase girls kickin' butt (who wasn't motivated to hit the gym after watching Buffy's vampire slaying moves?). So it made sense to call up the actresses of his new series Dollhouse, now in its second season, for SELF's partner workout. Costars Eliza Dushku (a Buffy alum!) and Dichen Lachman toned together to show you how dropping pounds is better with a buddy.
Keep reading for the stars' shape-up secrets, and head over to the Fitness pages for a video demonstration. Don't forget to check out Eliza's and Dichen's moves here and in SELF's October issue, on newsstands September 22.
Eliza's Get Fit Tips: "If I work out, it makes a difference between whether I have a clear, present mind or a messy, clogged and irritable one!"
"Weight training is especially important in addition to doing the exercises properly with correct alignment and a clean diet. It makes me burn more throughout my day and feel amazing."
"I grew up playing
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Joss Whedon is the TV writer when it comes to dramas that showcase girls kickin' butt (who wasn't motivated to hit the gym after watching Buffy's vampire slaying moves?). So it made sense to call up the actresses of his new series Dollhouse, now in its second season, for SELF's partner workout. Costars Eliza Dushku (a Buffy alum!) and Dichen Lachman toned together to show you how dropping pounds is better with a buddy.Read More »from Get fit with the stars of Dollhouse!
- Self Magazine | Fashion – Thu, Sep 3, 2009 8:14 PM EDT
For someone with such famous parents (and step-parents), it was such a treat to discover that Rumer Willis is as down to earth as any aspiring actress. She stopped by this afternoon--in between appearing on the Today Show this morning and Letterman tonight--to tell us about her new horror movie, Sorority Row (It's funny, too! She said another reporter dubbed it "Mean Girls with knives"). Rumer showed off her new tattoo (co-star Briana Evigan got a matching one), told us what she's dying to try tomorrow in Chicago and revealed what she's up to next.Read More »from Rumer Willis talks about her new movie and show off her new tattoo
It's only fitting that the daughter of two celebrities should appear in the celebrity zip code. That's right, Rumer will be guest-starring on the second season of 90210. The actress has already filmed two episodes as a high school journalist who "may have a lesbian storyline." Rumer promised this season will be even better than the first, and admitted that she's never seen a single episode of the original (oops!).
She's been doing a
- Self Magazine | Autumn In New Jeans – Mon, Aug 31, 2009 6:11 PM EDT
To find more willpower when reserves run low, we consulted the guru we'd all love to have on speed dial: Jillian Michaels. (OK, we do have her on speed dial; she's now a contributing editor.) Channel her voice when you're flagging.
Excuse "I have zero time to exercise!"
Jillian says I feel your pain-my life is crazy, too. But good-for-you habits are the last thing that should go. If you don't take care of yourself, you'll have less energy to be that supportive person in your loved ones' lives. I tell working moms to ask for help. It used to take a village to raise kids; you can't do it on your own.
Excuse "Who can afford a gym and fresh produce? Not me."
Jillian says Commit to a $100 investment in 10 fitness DVDs and you'll have enough variety for six months at least. You can do a whole workout-sit-ups, jumping jacks, squats-without any equipment. And imagine the cost of taking diabetes meds for the rest of your life-much more than theRead More »from Help me, Jillian! Motivation tips from The Biggest Loser Trainer
Hungry? SELF's got you covered. We taste-tested every healthy food we could find to compile this list of the most slimming, delectable breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners and-yippee!-even desserts. Prepare to say "Yum!"
By Erin Hobday and Merritt Watts
From the September 2009 Issue
Your ideal body starts in your kitchen. Having nutritious, tasty food on hand is key to conquering cravings, feeling energized, defeating disease and dropping pounds permanently. But with roughly 47,000 products crammed on grocery store shelves, it's tough to know what to toss into your cart.
To make eating right easy, SELF recruited experts Willow Jarosh, R.D., and Stephanie Clarke, R.D., of New York City to design nutritional criteria for dozens of foods, accounting for calories, fat, sugar, fiber and more. Then we invited an army of hungry readers to sample every good-for-you option out there (so you don't have to) to vote on the ultimate yogurt, bagel, chips, pretzel, candy, chocolate, frozenRead More »from SELF'S 2009 Healthy Food Awards!
- Self Magazine | Healthy Living – Mon, Aug 24, 2009 6:26 PM EDT
Say what you will about Heidi Montag, The Hills' actress rocks a killer body (and no, it's not all the result of a doctor visit!). Heidi, who just posed for this month's issue of Playboy, hit the gym with trainer Chad Waterbury to get in shape before her photo shoot--and her first live performance at Sunday's Miss Universe Competition. We talked to Heidi about why she really needed to get in shape for Miss Universe, her go-to toning move and what we can expect from MTV's most controversial couple this season.Read More »from How Heidi Montag got fit for Playboy and the Miss Universe Competition
Heidi will take the stage at the 58th Annual Miss Universe pageant with artists including Flo Rida, David Guetta and Kelly Rowland. For her first performance ever, (live, no less!), she's pretty confident--even if she'll be singing at "the biggest televised event in the history of TV, bigger than the Super Bowl, it's bigger than the World Cup." "I like to go the bigger, the better," Heidi tells SELF. "So this is actually a miracle, a dream come true, I feel so blessed, so honored
- Self Magazine | Fashion – Wed, Aug 19, 2009 6:03 PM EDT
Fifty-two percent of Americans say they have sensitive skin, a problem that often gets worse with each birthday. But not everyone has exactly the same complaint. Check out the most typical types, then calm the culprits with these stay-forever-young tips from Leslie Baumann, M.D., a dermatologist in Miami Beach.
By Eleanor Langston
Genetics plays a role in deciding your complexion, but you can't blame Mom for all your pesky pimple problems: Breakouts result from a combination of high levels of bacteria, increased oil production and dead skin cells clogging your pores.
Scan the skin-care aisles for products that contain antibacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredients to alleviate any irritation. Three zit erasers that Dr. Baumann swears by: benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and sulfur.
What to avoidRead More »from Get the red out: How to take care of sensitive skin
Coconut oil and avocado oil, two pore cloggers, are often found in hair conditioners. If yours contains either, wash your face after you
Channel your inner barista and percolate a perfect pot with these tips.
By Beth Janes
Seek out better beansDelicious coffee starts with beans that suit your taste buds. Keep these guidelines in mind when you shop: African beans yield a cup with fruity and floral flavors and less bitterness, says Kenneth Davids, editor of the Coffee Review in Berkeley, California. On the other hand, beans grown in South and Central American countries brew richer, fuller-bodied coffee.
How healthy is your caffeine habit? Take the quiz!
Do the daily grindFor a more flavorful mug, buy whole beans and grind right before you brew: Grinding releases the beans' oils, but they degrade quickly. Choose a conical burr grinder (such as the Capresso Infinity Conical Burr Grinder, $100), which doesn't heat up grounds, preserving the delicate oils.
Find out why coffee is the ultimate superdrink!
Strike the right balanceTwo level tablespoons per cup of cold water is the standard ratio for drip Read More »from How to make a tastier cup of coffee
The food pyramid? Yawn. The latest news is the sex pyramid. Learn why including different types of lovemaking in your romantic repertoire can help you have more fun in bed.
By Jenna McCarthy
Subsisting on a diet drawn from one food group isn't healthy or gratifying. Even eating cupcakes 24/7 eventually would get old! And yet when it comes to feeding our sexual appetite, many of us rely on one mode to sate all of our romantic cravings. Turns out, women who order the same meal at the same restaurant every time, so to speak, are missing out. Engaging in different shagging styles not only prevents boredom in the bedroom, but "it also fulfills your many physical and emotional needs, allows you to express different aspects of your personality and enables you to grow sexually as a couple," explains Ian Kerner, Ph.D., a sex and relationship therapist in New York City. No one is saying you have to install a trapeze in your bedroom or invite the neighbors to join in. But just as followingRead More »from The Sex Pyramid: Ways to have more fun in bed
Java and caffeine are chock-full of health benefits. Here are the top reasons to order up a cup.
Benefit your beanIt's a no-brainer! Lifelong caffeinated-coffee fans may be less prone to develop Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Coffee's antioxidants may tamp down cell damage linked to Parkinson's. And caffeine blocks inflammation in the brain, which is associated with Alzheimer's.
Make a tastier cup of coffee: Channel your inner barista and percolate a perfect pot with these tips.
Sip for your smileCaffeinated java has antibacterial and antiadhesive powers, so it may keep cavity-causing bacteria from eating your enamel. And drinking a cup daily has been shown to slash oral cancer risk by half. Also, compounds found in coffee may limit cancer cell growth and DNA damage.
Brew for your breastsCoffee's a bosom buddy! Premenopausal women who downed four cups of regular coffee per day experienced a 38 percent reduction in their breast cancer risk, a study in The Journal Read More »from Coffee: The ultimate superdrink!
Seemingly harmless habits can affect what size you'll be 5 or 10 years from now. Peek into your future with our quiz. Then use this cheat sheet to target the most effective ways to make a difference. Want to see how you?re doing? Retake the quiz every month to track your progress.
By Maridel Reyes
Improve your eating
Write off weight. To lower BMI, keep a food journal. Jotting down all bites is the top predictor of weight loss. Track your calories with SELF's logs.
Befriend a farmer. Shop at a farmers' market to balance your diet (lots of produce, no packaged snacks!). Locate one here.
Eat heartily in the A.M. Make your morning meal the main one. Aim for up to 500 calories. Studies show big breakfasts can keep you small.
Start cookin'. Prepare at least half of your meals at home. It's one of the best methods to ensure you take in more vegetables and less fat.
Snack smarter. Stop smoking and munch right to help your body stay at a healthy weight. For everyRead More »from 11 ways to change your weight fate