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  • 8 Beginner Running Tips from Newbie Runners

    Fitness MagazineFitness MagazineBy Marianne Magno

    Stick to your training plans and take on more miles with these tips from readers who've successfully crossed the finish line.

    Related: The FITNESS Half-Marathon Training Guide for Every Level

    Tip #1: It's Important to Cross Train
    "A runner needs to cross train to keep their body in balance," says Leanne Kemp, who has run two marathons and several other distance races. "I discovered my love for hiking when we moved to southern Utah. My running has improved greatly because I hike. Hiking allows your body to take a break from the pounding, and build up strength and endurance. I get the same high when I get to the top of a mountain as I do when I get to the end of a race."

    Tip #2: Sometimes You Just Have to Push Through It
    "My husband is an elite runner and when we were first dating, I had a weepy moment complaining about my weight," says Megan McGown. "He said, 'Change into your sports bra, we're going running.' That day changed my life. At just five minutes in, I was

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  • 5 Ways to Rehab Your Bad Habits

    Christopher Gallo/Fitness MagazineChristopher Gallo/Fitness MagazineIt's never too late to undo the damage from your former smoking, sunning, or couch-potato ways. Learn how to reverse the effects for a healthier future.

    The Crime: You were a couch potato until you hit your thirties.
    It would have been great if you had gotten the exercise bug in your twenties, but don't sweat it. Evidence shows that you'll get health benefits no matter when you start, according to Alpa V. Patel, PhD, an epidemiologist for the American Cancer Society. Case in point: Women who work out regularly -- even if they started later in life -- slash their risk for breast cancer by 25 to 30 percent, according to a recent study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. You can expect a slew of other health perks, too: stronger bones, a brighter mood, and a reduced risk for heart attack, stroke, and diabetes.

    Your rehab plan: Now that you're moving, the trick is to make your new workout kick stick. Whenever you feel like reverting to your lazy days, remember how being active

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  • The Best New Workout DVDs of 2012

    Peter Ardito/Fitness MagazinePeter Ardito/Fitness MagazineBy Karla Walsh

    We asked more than 100 women to sweat-test the latest titles. Here, check out the top picks to fast-forward your best body.

    Related: Alison Sweeney's Couch Workout

    Awesome Ab Blaster: Intermediate/Advanced
    Bob Harper: Totally Ripped Core, $15, mytrainerbob.com
    What you'll need: a pair of 3- to 5-pound dumbbells
    Calories burned: 380 during a 48-minute routine, 65 during an 11-minute bonus*
    The skinny: Testers loved the "fun mix of fast-paced core exercises," like weighted side crunches, and muffin-top-melting plyometric bursts from The Biggest Loser's master motivator. They also gave a thumbs-up to the on-screen countdown clock; it helped them push through the full routine, which made one reader "'good' sore every time I completed it." Finish with the stretchy bonus session, which includes trunk rotations and windmills.
    Watch a clip from the workout >>

    Supershaper: Intermediate
    Personal Training with Jackie: 30 Day Fast Start, $15, amazon.com
    What you'll need: a pair of

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  • Happy Feet: The Healthy, Pretty, Pain-Free Foot Care Guide

    Ericka McConnell/Fitness MagazineEricka McConnell/Fitness MagazineBy Shaun Dreisbach

    • They contain a quarter of all the bones in your body.
    • They log, on average, 1,000 miles a year.
    • They absorb one-and-half times your body weight with each step.
    • And they get zero respect.

    We're talking, of course, about your feet. Sure, you may treat them to the occasional pedicure or prop them up at the end of a long day. But experts say we ought to be much, much kinder than that. "The feet are the second-hardest working part of your body. The first is your heart," says Steven Ross, MD, president elect of the American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society. "Your feet are your foundation; if they hurt, you're going to be a very unhappy person." So let's spread a little love. Here, everything you need to know for feet that feel good all day, every day -- no matter what you put them through.

    Related: Soothe Your Soles: Feet-Pampering Tips

    5 Pain Solutions
    1. Foot Cramps: Those weird muscle spasms that can make your toes or arches lock up.
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  • 5 Reasons to Start Taking a Multivitamin

    Fitness MagazineFitness MagazineBy Janis Graham

    You don't head to the gym or out for a jog without prepping properly: sneakers, iPod, water bottle. But a multivitamin? Umm...Chances are, you don't pop one daily -- almost half of women under age 40 don't, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Big mistake, since more than 90 percent of women in their 20s, 30s, and 40s don't meet their vitamin and mineral requirements through diet alone -- and you need that multi even more if you exercise. "Vigorous workouts raise your body's vitamin and mineral requirements, so it's practically guaranteed that you won't get enough nutrients from food," says sports nutritionist Dawn Weatherwax-Fall, RD, coauthor of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Sports Nutrition. Here are surprising new reasons that a multi is a must -- along with how to find the best brand.

    Related: Get More Vitamin D: Foods to Add to Your Diet

    Pick a Better Bottle

    Drugstores carry more vitamins than nail-polish shades, but that doesn't mean

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  • 14 Life-Changing Secrets to a Better You

    Denise Crew/Fitness MagazineDenise Crew/Fitness MagazineBy A.J. Hanley

    We've uncovered insider advice on what you need to know about absolutely everything -- for flatter abs, less stress, unforgettable sex, and more.

    Related: The Naked Truth: How Women Really Feel About Their Bodies

    Your Best Diet
    1. The Secret to... Picking the Right Diet for You
    Look for your favorite foods. "An obvious but often overlooked point is that the best diet is one you'll stick to -- not a hyped-to-the-hilt plan or the strategy that helped your sister drop 10 pounds. If you adore fruit or pasta, for example, a high-protein regimen is a recipe for failure. Remember that a diet is a way of life rather than a quick fix -- and it's hard to live with a plan that keeps you away from the things you love."

    --Lisa Sanders, MD, an assistant professor at Yale School of Medicine and author of The Perfect Fit Diet: How to Lose Weight, Keep It Off, and Still Have the Foods You Love (St. Martin's Press, 2006)

    2. The Secret to... Curbing a Sugar Craving
    Don't beat it -- eat

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  • How Rebecca Romijn Shed the Baby Weight (and Her Workout Playlist!)

    Rebecca RomijnRebecca RomijnNot every celebrity mom magically morphs back into a size 2 within weeks of having a baby. Actress Rebecca Romijn readily admits that it was a struggle to drop the more than 60 pounds she gained with twin daughters Dolly and Charlie, now 3. "Losing that weight was probably the hardest thing I've ever done in my life," says Rebecca, 39, who stars in the Tyler Perry comedy Good Deeds. "I had to change the way I worked out, the way I ate -- everything."

    As you see, she succeeded brilliantly. In fact, Rebecca says she is fitter now than ever. "I'm stronger, I have more energy, and I feel better, too," she says, settling into a banquette at the London NYC hotel in New York City to share the secrets of her success with FITNESS. "I was proud to get back into a bikini!"

    Related: Try Rebecca Romijn's Bikram Yoga Workout

    Okay, we're dying to know: How did you finally lose the baby weight?
    Everything I did before I got pregnant -- like Pilates, which I had done for about 14

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  • Sexy New Ways to Work Out

    Courtesy of CrunchCourtesy of CrunchBy Meghan Reid

    Looking for a change in your usual toning classes? The newest fitness trends are ones that work your tricky spots while giving you a leg up (literally) with your sex life. See which class below fits your personality for a sleek, sculpted body.

    Related: The FITNESS Get It On Guide

    Where: Crunch Gym, locations nationwide
    Class: Pole-ography

    If you always wanted to secretly whip around a pole you can now check it off your bucket list. This beginner pole dancing fitness class will teach you a simple choreographed routine broken up over a month. "You'll learn not only a routine, but some basic pole-fitness moves, such as different kind of spins, dismounts to the floor, and walking variations," says Kyra Johannesen, Crunch national pole fitness director. "The class gives you an upper-body workout and is great cardio because it's continual movement." Not to mention, you'll earn some extra brownie points at home with your new moves before getting busy.

    Related: The

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  • 4 Habits of Highly Effective Exercisers

    FItness MagazineFItness Magazine

    By Jennifer Soong

    Day after day, working out can feel like a drill. Yet fitness devotees somehow muster the motivation to get exercise regularly. Steal their tricks and (almost) never miss a workout again.

    Related: Sexy New Ways to Work Out

    1. Don't put away your gear.
    From the moment she rises, Kristina Monét Cox, 26, has exercise on the brain. That's because the first things she sees are her sneakers and workout clothes. "I've got them next to the bed in plain sight," says Kristina, the CEO of a communications firm in Houston. "I've also got dumbbells right where I can see them in the bathroom, and a balance ball, a yoga mat, and a jump rope strategically placed throughout the house." Forgetting to exercise is never her problem.

    Why it works: Visual cues are a wake-up call to your brain. "We all have competing priorities like work, family, chores. Sometimes we need a reminder to keep exercise at the forefront," McGonigal says.
    Do it yourself: If you

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  • 10 Ways to Go Green, Get Healthy, Save Money

    Fitness MagazineFitness MagazineBy Josh Dorfman

    Reduce your carbon footprint and boost your bank account with these easy, healthy, earth-friendly tips from Josh Dorfman, author of The Lazy Environmentalist on a Budget.

    1. Choose eco workout wear.
    Look for tops, pants, shorts -- even sports bras made with recycled materials, such as Cocona fabrics, which come from coconut shells. They dry quickly and provide excellent sun and odor protection. (For info and products, go to www.coconafabric.com.) Need new sneaks? Brooks running shoes feature the industry's first biodegradable midsole (www.brooksrunning.com).

    Related: Workout Gear Cute Enough for Outside the Gym

    2. Make a fair trade.

    Instead of buying new fitness DVDs and books, use swapping sites like www.swapadvd.com and www.paperbackswap.com to trade with thousands of other people for free.

    3. Wheel and deal on exercise equipment.

    Whether it's a bike, a Bowflex, or a Precor elliptical machine, you'll find great deals at craigslist.org in the local classified ads

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