Blog Posts by FITNESS Magazine

  • Meds Not to Mix: Your Guide to Taking OTC Drugs Safely

    Jonathan Kantor/FITNESS MagazineJonathan Kantor/FITNESS MagazineBy Rebecca Brown

    With all the meds on the market these days, it's tough to keep straight what is safe to take and what isn't unless there's an MD at the end of your name. Here, the way prescriptions, OTC pills, and even food can interact with each other.

    Related: Prescription for Danger: 7 Harmful Health Shortcuts

    Grapefruit Juice and OTC Antihistamine, Fexofenadine (Allegra)
    A study conducted by the University of Western Ontario in Canada revealed that grapefruit products and some citrus fruits, like oranges, contain chemicals that can affect various medications in your body, often times causing the medicine to stay in your body longer. "In grapefruit juice, it is thought that naringin, a flavonoid compound naturally found in the fruit, interferes with the absorption of some drugs," says Joseph S. Bertino Jr., Pharm.D and associate professor of pharmacology at Columbia University. "Grapefruit juice turns on a pump in the small intestine that blocks some drugs from moving through

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  • Find Your Backbone and Survive Tough Times

    Cedric Angeles/FITNESS MagazineBy Dana Hudepohl

    This woman fell six stories and nearly died, but didn't let the disaster keep her from dancing. Learn how to harness your grit and resilience so when the going gets tough, you get tougher than ever.

    Related: The 10 Best Resolutions to Make All Year Round

    Weather the Storm

    When Mississippi native Nicole Marquez, a 25-year-old aspiring dancer and actress in New York City, returned home from an audition in 2008 to find herself locked out of her apartment, she went to the rooftop to improvise a way in through a window. That's the last thing she remembers. The next day, the building's super found Nicole unconscious in the alleyway six stories below with a broken neck, back, pelvis, and ribs and a collapsed lung. She coded three times in the ER, and the doctors didn't know whether she would live, let alone walk again. Yet she persisted through seven months of intensive therapy in the hospital, and today, Nicole, who has a metal rod running along her spine, is not only

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  • The 10 Healthiest Foods on the Planet

    Chris Gallo/FITNESS MagazineChris Gallo/FITNESS MagazineBy the editors of FITNESS Magazine

    These 10 superfoods are proven, expert-beloved disease fighters and energy boosters. Add them to your meals and get on the fast track to a super-healthy body.

    Related: 6 Fat-Fighting Superfoods

    Why They're Healthy:

    -- Just one lemon has more than 100 percent of your daily intake of vitamin C, which may help increase "good" HDL cholesterol levels and strengthen bones.
    -- Citrus flavonoids found in lemons may help inhibit the growth of cancer cells and act as an anti-inflammatory.

    Quick Tip:
    Add a slice of lemon to your green tea. One study found that citrus increases your body's ability to absorb the antioxidants in the tea by about 80 percent.

    Why It's Healthy:

    -- One medium stalk of broccoli contains more than 100 percent of your daily vitamin K requirement and almost 200 percent of your recommended daily dose of vitamin C -- two essential bone-building nutrients.
    -- The same serving also helps stave off numerous cancers.

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  • As Seen on TV: Fitness Infomercial Gadgets to the Test

    Bonnie Holland/FITNESS MagazineBonnie Holland/FITNESS MagazineBy Stephanie Dolgoff

    Whenever I watch an infomercial, I sit there rapt, as the woman on the screen struggles with the same traumas of being female that I do: lopsided boobs, bra bulge, unwanted facial hair (as if any such growth other than your eyebrows is wanted, really), an avalanche of plastic lids tumbling out of her cabinet, and blobby upper arms that flap like grand-opening flags outside a car dealership, to name a few. Her moments of un­utter­able frustration are always filmed in black and white. Then, just as when Dorothy lands in Oz, we see a burst of Technicolor as our heroine employs the cheesy-name miracle gadget that instantly solves her problem.

    So when FITNESS asked me to indulge my craving for infomercial products to my heart's content, I was thrilled. Now I could satisfy my curiosity as well as yours. Here's the lowdown on what made me fitter, as well as what reaffirmed the adage "If it sounds too good to be true, it's not worth $19.95 plus shipping and handling."

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  • Fat-Proof Your Life

    John Herr/FITNESS MagazineBy Andrea Bartz

    I was headed to the DMV to renew my driver's license, and I had to walk past a food court to get there. Even though I had just eaten lunch, the smell of pizza and Chinese food was making my stomach rumble, and I could practically feel my pupils turning into tiny cheeseburgers, cartoon-style. Ninety minutes' worth of paperwork later, I was slathering extra frosting on a Cinnabon. "We're continually being offered calorie-dense food in big portions, and we don't have to work hard or spend much money to get it," says Barbara Rolls, PhD, the author of The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet. "If you wanted to fatten someone up, you couldn't design a much better environment than the one we live in." And a lot of Americans are succumbing: 33 percent of adults are overweight and 36 percent are obese. But there's good news: You can beat the odds and ditch extra pounds. Here, the 10 hurdles standing between you and your goal weight -- and how to tackle every one.

    Related: 12 Sneaky Ways

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  • Hormones Gone Haywire?

    Mickey Burton/FITNESS MagazineMickey Burton/FITNESS MagazineBy Paige Greenfield

    They're your body's secret weapon: Hormones keep your heart thumping, your digestive system churning, and your brain sharp. "Whenever you feel off, your hormones could be the cause," says Scott Isaacs, MD, an endocrinologist at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. They can get out of kilter when you're stressed, tired, or eating poorly and create all kinds of havoc. Here, five signs that your hormones have gone rogue -- and how to get them back on track.

    Related: 7 Life Shortcuts That Hurt Your Health

    You're Tired All the Time
    "If you're logging eight hours in the sack and still waking up groggy, low progesterone levels could be stealing your sleep," says Sara Gottfried, MD, the author of The Hormone Cure. Progesterone naturally plummets with menopause, but it can begin dropping as early as your thirties, when your ovaries start releasing fewer eggs. Because the hormone regulates your internal thermostat, a low level of it may cause your body

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  • The Cost of Fitness: When to Splurge and Save on Your Fitness Routine

    Ture Lillegraven/FITNESS MagazineTure Lillegraven/FITNESS MagazineBy Melissa Roth

    Some women spend big bucks for a hot bod or a cool workout. Others swing it on the cheap. FITNESS investigates who's splurging, who's scrimping, and how you can trim the price of keeping trim.

    The Class Act
    Meghan Springmeyer, 28
    Advertising sales executive
    New York City

    Monthly Fitness Bill
    CrossFit membership: $220
    Classes: $500-$600
    Race fees: $50-$100
    Apparel/gear: $200
    TOTAL: $970-$1,120

    Go-to routine
    : Group classes
    Springmeyer pays up to $40 a pop at fitness boutiques such as SoulCycle (indoor cycling), SLT (a Pilates-and-cardio hybrid), Physique 57 (barre), and Exhale Mind Body Spa (Core Fusion sculpting). "It's expensive, but because the studios are intimate, it's almost as if you're getting a personal-training session," she says.

    Money-saving move
    : Sweat working
    Instead of taking clients out to eat, Springmeyer often brings them to her favorite exercise classes. "It has helped me create some great professional relationships," she says, "without

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  • Oil Change: Healthy Cooking Substitutes for Olive

    Blaine Moats/FITNESS MagazineBlaine Moats/FITNESS MagazineBy Elizabeth Brownfield

    You would never dream of limiting yourself to a single spice or type of cuisine (well, maybe Italian, but only if gelato were part of the deal). So why are you reaching for extra-virgin olive oil every time you cook? These six alternatives have the same 120 calories and 14 grams of fat per tablespoon as the "gold" standard does. But unlike EVOO, some can stand up to the high heat of stir-frying, while a mere drizzle of others can transform a dish. And because each delivers a special set of nutritional benefits, switching things up won't just make your meals tastier, it can give you a health boost too.

    Related: What You Need to Know About Going Gluten-Free

    Mildly nutty peanut oil is a great choice for healthy frying. Because it can be heated to a higher temperature than many other oils, foods cook faster in it and have less time to absorb the extra calories and fat. It's also a surprising source of resveratrol, an antioxidant that is found in grapes and

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  • Run Strong! Hill Workouts to Run Stronger and Faster

    Jeff Olson/FITNESS MagazineBy Wendy Giman

    Tackling hills can pump up your pace, even when you're cruising down them. Uphill and downhill training helped runners shave their race times by 2 percent (for example, more than two minutes off a 1:50 half-marathon) thanks to increased leg strength, according to a study from Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. You too can go turbo with these hill-mastering tips from Darren De Reuck, the head of running for Boulder Coaching in Colorado.

    Related: The FITNESS Half-Marathon Training Guide

    The Plan
    You don't need to aim for supersteep to reap benefits, Darren De Reuck says. Look for a hill with a long, steady incline (a slight three- to five-degree slope), or jump on a treadmill to replicate his runs below.

    In the Park
    0 to 5:00 Warm-up (Do jumping jacks, high knees, butt kicks, then an easy run.)
    5:00 to 9:00 Strides (Pick up the pace for 30 seconds, then slow to an easy run/walk for 30 seconds. Do 4 sets total.)
    9:00 to 11:00 Steady run uphill
    11:00 to

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  • FITNESS 2013 Gear Guide: The Best Sports Bras

    Ture Lillegraven/FITNESS MagazineTure Lillegraven/FITNESS MagazineBy Jenna Autuori-Dedic and Lauren Cardarelli

    The jiggle is up. We tested more than 75 styles to find these top sports bras that banish the bounce -- wherever your workout takes you.

    Related: Your Sports Bra Fitting Guide

    Pounding the Pavement
    When you hit the ground running, it's with a force two and a half times your body weight. No wonder a third of marathoners in a study from St. Mary's University College in London complained of breast pain during training. Finding the right sports bra squelches that ache in 85 percent of women with the complaint.
    A/B cup: Compression-style The North Face Stow-N-Go II racerback with front pocket ($40,
    A/B cup: Asics Soriada pullover bra with peekaboo cutout in back ($46,
    C/D cup: Lululemon Athletica All-Sport compression bra with crisscross back ($52,
    C/D cup: Breast-encapsulating Adidas Supernova Racer bra with removable padding ($40,
    DD+ cup: Saucony Curve Crusader bra with

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