Transformers. The word may conjure up big-screen images of giant robots sent from outer space to save the world, but it can also be used to describe people--perhaps not ordinary ones, but certainly earthly people who have cultivated a talent for inspiring positive change in others. In this month's issue of Women's Health we feature six such transformers. They've shared their most effective, body-sculpting, pound-shedding secrets with the magazine-and we're giving you a sneak peek from one of those fitness phenoms, Bob Harper of NBC's "The Biggest Loser." So whether you want to make big physical changes this year, or just want to trim and tone what you've already got, prepare to be inspired.
BOB'S TOP TIPS:
1. Practice the sun salutation. This isn't just for yogis--it's a total-body move that strengthens every inch of you. Do them fast to raise your heart rate.
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2. Work in intervals. For the fastest and best results, add bursts of sprints into a slow run. Try this on your next jog: After a five-minute warm-up, dial up your speed to an effort of about eight or nine (out of 10) for 30 seconds; then slow down to an effort of three and recover for up to three minutes. Your goal: Work up to seven sprints in a half-hour run.
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3. Fill up on fewer calories. I like these wheat-germ crackers called Bran Crispbread. Each has 12 calories, no fat, and five grams of fiber. Add a bit of hummus and you can have a plateful.
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4. Get some shut-eye. People who get enough sleep make better choices and have more successful weight loss. Recovery time is essential, so make it a priority.
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