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If feeling strong, toned and confident is part of your mantra, spring into action and recharge your exercise routine with our muscle-defining, effective calorie-burning active yoga workout. More than just a relaxing discipline, yoga is also an incredible workout. Deep, energizing breaths combined with fluid movement and challenging poses train your heart and lungs, light up your muscles and make you feel amazing.
In this program, you'll move smoothly from one pose to the next (this progression, or flow, of poses is known as a vinyasa), rather than holding each position. In addition to the cardiovascular calorie burn this achieves, you'll tone and reshape your entire body, making you look longer, stronger and leaner.
Do these moves in the order shown. To make it a truly cardio-style yoga workout, move from one pose to the next without stopping (but also without getting breathless), giving yourself 4-6 counts to move into each pose before going on to the next. Repeat the sequence 6-8
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Summer is coming, like, mighty, mighty fast, and you know what that means: Gorgeous weather, yes, but also, for us ladies, petty annoyances like exposed feet, exposed pasty legs, sweat in places we don't like to think about, and...bathing suits.Read More »from The easy way to buy a bathing suit
No matter how many magazine articles we read or research we do on our "perfect style", for many of us, the idea of a swimsuit remains terrifying. I used to hate this purchase so much that I wore my busted, unflattering bikini from high school until I was about 26-years-old. By the end, its top was held together with safety pins and its elastic had given out to a point that it fell down at even the hint of a wave. (I solved both problems by wearing a tank top over it--sexy!)
In subsequent years, I made it my mission to crack the code, to learn exactly how to purchase a bathing suit that wouldn't make me feel anxious or insecure or just irrationally bad about my body. Though I still make the occasional (very bad) mistake, through trial and
- Self Magazine | Your Best Summer Body – Mon, May 11, 2009 7:58 PM EDT
SPF 100 has arrived! Although some docs say the difference in protection between SPF 30 and SPF 100 is negligible, others argue every little bit helps. Why? Most people don't use enough sunblock (about a shot-glassful for the body) as often as they should (every two hours), so we don't get the SPF on the bottle, says David E. Bank, M.D., a derm in Mount Kisco, New York.
See our tips: How to stay safe in the sun!
The sweat factor
"Perspiration glistens, so it attracts more light onto skin," says Darrell Rigel, M.D., clinical professor of dermatology at New York University Medical Center in New York City. "It also washes regular sunscreen off the skin." Research by Dr. Rigel found that golfers who wore water- and sweat-resistant SPF 70 had no burn after four hours, unlike those using a classic SPF 15.
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Red alert: 17 percent of you rub sunscreen on only after skin begins to fry, a Self.com poll finds. C'mon, people! "Lotions with
- Brett Blumenthal - Sheer Balance | Your Best Summer Body – Mon, May 11, 2009 2:53 PM EDT
Have you ever eaten a meal, only to find yourself ravenous an hour later? Frustrating, isn't it? I remember growing up, when we would go out for Chinese Food, it was expected that we would be hungry after an hour or so. Chalk it up to bad choices. We obviously weren't eating dishes that were very filling.
Incorporating the right nutrients into your snack or meal can be helpful in ensuring you are satisfied...and satisfied until your next snack or meal. Doing this is important whether you are the type of person who eats several smaller meals throughout the day (like moi) or 3 larger meals a day. Following this rule of thumb will help you ward off cravings for unhealthier foods, ward off major hunger pains and keep your energy levels stable throughout the day.
So what is the secret? The following three ingredients are your key to a happy and satisfied tummy:
1. Lean Protein:
- What's its secret weapon? Lean proteins have a satiating effect. Eating meals that
- Style.com | Your Best Summer Body – Thu, May 7, 2009 9:47 PM EDT
As we're already a week into Skin Cancer Awareness Month, we thought now would be a good time to talk about Neutrogena's annual partnership with the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Its Choose Skin Health campaign will be running through July and encourages Americans to regularly perform skin self-examinations and protect themselves from the sun. And since nothing hammers a point home like a celebrity-endorsed statement, the brand has a few boldfacers on board this year, too: Jennifer Garner is on print duty, while Malin Akerman stars in a skintimate video running on its Web site. One of the best features of the program is its database of doctors, all of whom are offering free skin cancer detection screenings this month. Click here to find a physician near you. In similar news, Aveeno kicked off its "Road to Healthy Skin Tour" this week, which also offers free full-body skin cancer screenings inside a 38-foot traveling mobile home, conducted by local board-certified
Two kids, a busy schedule and, yes, Michelle Obama is still buff. Inspired? So were we. Here's how to get toned up.Read More »from How to Get the Best Arms Ever!
Joyce Boghosian/The White HouseNo Weights Required!
Just do 2 sets of this circuit 2-3 times a week, suggests celebrity trainer Kathy Kaehler.
1. Squat thrust with push-ups
The First Lady is said to be a devotee of this challenging move. Squat down, placing hands flat on either side of your legs. Kick both legs out behind you so you end in a push-up position, with your weight supported by your hands and toes. Do 1 push-up, then jump legs back up under your torso so that you are in a squat position again. Repeat 5-8 times.
2. Tricep dips
Sit just off the edge of a sturdy chair, wrapping your hands around the front of the seat, with your legs extended straight in front of you and your heels on the floor. Lift and lower your body 8-10 times. Don't hunch over (you can bend your knees if it's too hard).
Get on your forearms and toes. Keeping your neck aligned with your spine and your spine and
By now you've gotten the point that skin cancer awareness is a huge deal at Allure. So to honor the month of May (and the rest of summer, for that matter), we reveal our favorite fake tans.
Lancôme Flash Bronzer Instant Colour Self-Tanning Leg Gel With Pure Vitamin E. "This was one of the first self-tanners I ever used, and though I constantly try new ones for work, I always come back to it. The formula is tinted so you can really see where you're applying it, and the color is a pretty, but subtle, golden brown. I have really fair skin so I like that this one isn't crazy-dark or fake-looking. And don't be fooled by the name: I use it everywhere-even on my face." -- Alyssa Hertzig, beauty news editor
Dior Bronze Self-Tanner Natural Glow Body. "A lot of self-tanners, even the ones labeled medium/dark, don't give you a lot of color, but this one does. And it doesn't streak-for real. I once decided to slap it on after a few glasses of wine, and I applied it so quickly andRead More »from Allure's Top 5 Self-Tanners
Call me a reluctant vampire--here's why the sun makes me run to my SPF 70
-Lois Joy Johnson, BettyConfidential.com
I love early dawn and after dusk, but I feel most relaxed in the dark of night. Am I a vampire? No but I'm familiar with the fear of daylight. When I first got my skin cancer biopsy back a little over a year ago, I was in full denial. No. Not me. Mistake at the lab, for sure! Except it wasn't, and now Bettys, I want you to take seriously what I now personally know about skin cancer prevention.
First, know that I had no warning sign of cancer like any of the scary photos I'd seen in beauty magazines. There was no sore, no crusting, no discoloration, no itching, no oozing, no irregular borders on freckles. My eagle-eyed celebrity dermatologist Dr. Fredric Brandt (whom I share with Madonna, among others!) had spotted a shiny area on the tip of my nose. Being a smart-ass beauty editor, I thought I'd survived all those years of SPF 4 sunning and was now in theRead More »from Skin Cancer Prevention
S.Granitz/Wireimage.comGo ahead and slash that gym membership from your monthly expenses. Celebrity trainer Ramona Braganza shares the simple, 40-minute at-home workout that got Alba and Halle Berry into fab post-baby shape.
Follow her fat-burning program four times a week:
10-MINUTE CARDIO: Jog for two minutes; run hard for six; jog again for two.
STRENGTH TRAINING 1: Three rounds of 20 reps using 3-pound dumbbells.
- Forward lunge with biceps curl: Curl weights up as you step forward; release arms down and back as you return to starting position. Alternate legs.
- Reverse flys: Step forward with one leg, bend forward at the waist, and let arms hang. Raise arms, slightly rounded, to sides until they are in line with shoulders. Switch legs every 10 reps.
- Lateral raise: Stand with arms by your sides; lift arms out to the side until they're in line with shoulders.
STRENGTH TRAINING 2: Three Read More »from Get Jessica Alba's $200/Session Workout for $15
Chloe WebberGet a sexy, sleek and healthy stomach with the best gut-strengtheners of all time. The first three work all your ab muscles at once; the fourth slims and strengthens your sides. Add one or more of these moves to your ab routine every time and say hello to a new bikini.Read More »from 4 Ab Exercises That Really Work
Lie with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor, fingertips lightly touching behind your head, elbows out to the sides. Contract your abs and let your head, upper back and shoulders come off the floor. Keep your chin one fist's width from your chest. Hold and squeeze for a moment at the top, then slowly return to the starting position.
Beginner Tip: Don't pull your head with your hands! Imagine a rope pulling your body up from your sternum.
Lie on the floor with your fingertips behind your head. Bend your knees and raise your legs above your hips, calves parallel to the floor. Bring one elbow to the opposite knee while pressing the other leg away from your body at a 45-degree angle. Alternate
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