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  • Survey Says: Most College-Aged Women Want to Be Married by 30

    Dana Meltzer Zepeda, SELF magazine

    Fewer Americans are getting married young than ever before, but according to a recent survey, a "deadline" for tying the knot still exists among college women. D-Day? The big 3-0.

    The results were part of the "Ultimate College Girl Survey,"conducted online by Her Campus Media, the parent company of HerCampus.com (an online community for college women). Nearly 2,600 college women from 677 different colleges and universities took the survey, representing the classes of 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 almost equally.

    Of the respondents, 85.1 percent said that they'd like to be married by age 30. Specifically, 46.5 percent said they'd like to get married between age 25 and 27; 20.9 percent said they'd like to tie the knot between 28-30; and 17.1 percent want to walk down the aisle by their 25th birthdays.

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    "We were not surprised with the finding that college women want to be married by 30, because we've

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  • 6 Ways to Get Back into Your Skinny Jeans

    April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine

    Bathing suit season inspires us to be as fit as possible -- but by the end of the summer, we've spent more time barbecuing and eating ice cream than we have working out!

    Hoping to squeeze back into your skinny jeans by fall? We asked Jim White, registered dietitian, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and spokesman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, for his top slim-down tips.

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    Work out in the great outdoors.
    The weather is getting cooler, making late summer/early fall the perfect time to take your workout outside, says White. "Grab a friend and some weights and create a circuit in the backyard," he suggests. Plus, racing season begins in the fall -- consider signing up for one near you! For more outdoor workout inspiration, check out SELF's 8 Outdoor Bench Moves.

    It's all about the schedule.
    "The key to fitting into those skinny jeans is schedule," says White. "Adopting a routine will help in

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  • Easy Fitness Fixes for Labor Day Splurges

    Amanda MacMillan, SELF magazine

    If your plans for this Labor Day weekend involve more sleeping, eating and drinking than physical activity, that's okay -- it's a holiday! But even if you don't feel like working out, we've come up with some fun and festive exercises to offset your not-so-healthy habits.

    "Studies show that quick bursts of activity, even as little as 30 or 60 seconds at a time, have real benefits in terms of calorie burning and cardiovascular conditioning," says Michele Stanten, a certified fitness instructor and author of "Walk Off Weight" (and SELF contributor!). "Even if you're not spending an hour at the gym, a few minutes of movement is certainly better than nothing." Still not sure how you'll squeeze it in? It's easier than you think.

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    Holiday happening: The final summer Friday of the year
    Fitness fix: Hit the gym before the bar.

    Planning an afternoon Happy Hour with your crew? Invite them to join you for a

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  • The Only Move You Need to Whittle Your Waist

    Dana Meltzer Zepeda, SELF magazine

    Trendy peplum dresses and tops may not be the corsets of yore, but they definitely accentuate your waistline and hips. Throw the spotlight on your trim middle with a move that targets your whole core. (It works for skinny jeans, too!)

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    All you really need is one great lower body toner to trim your tummy, says Klara Bella, a yoga and Pilates instructor at Zooga Yoga in Culver City, California. Incorporate this multi-tasking move into your regular routine 3 to 4 times a week to "work your deep core muscles and engage the oblique muscles, which will help slim down your waist."

    Sideline Leg Lift

    Lay down on the left side of your body, staying in a long line from the crown of the head to the toes. Stretch your bottom arm out and lay your head down. Bending the top elbow, place your top arm's palm on the mat in front of you.

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    Keeping your big toe joints touching,

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  • 3 Habits that Lead to Obesity

    April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine

    Do you find yourself glued to the screen, whether it's your computer or TV? It could be packing on pounds.

    Researchers at the Milken Institute (a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank) in California found a direct link between spikes in technology usage and increases in obesity rates in 27 countries between 1988 and 2009.

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    Specifically, the increase in "screen time" was cited as a major factor, meaning time devoted to using computers, watching TV and playing video games.

    "Technological innovations, more processed foods, a greater amount of 'screen time,' less exercise, and higher consumption of snack foods have all played a role," report co-author and economist Anusuya Chatterjee said in a news release. "These are all the adverse effects of a knowledge-based society."

    To conduct the study, Milken researchers looked at the connection between a country's level of investment in communication

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  • Your Guilt-Free Guide to Partying Hard

    Andrea Bartz, SELF magazine

    Summer's moving to an end. Go all out and let loose--you'll get some major body benefits!

    Chow down.
    A late-night bite could elevate your metabolism, says Heather K. Jones, R.D., of San Francisco. But keep it decent. At the bar, pick a shrimp cocktail, guac or hummus. The 24-hour diner calling you? Opt for a veggie omelet: Eggs contain protein, your body's building block of lean, calorie-torching muscle. Even better if you swap out those hash browns for a fruit cup.

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    Flirt brazenly.
    Chatting up a cute guy triggers a flood of the happy hormone dopamine, which makes you more positive, says Jeremy Nicholson, Ph.D., a social psychologist in Boston--and optimism could heighten immunity. Skin-to-skin contact cues the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin, Nicholson adds. So get touchy. We're 99.9 percent certain he won't mind.

    Laugh the loudest.
    Cracking up relieves stress and acts as a natural pain med,

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  • 5 Must-Haves for a Day Hike

    Alexandra Samuel, SELF magazine



    Have you ever walked part of the Appalachian Trail? The "AT," which extends more than 2,100 miles from Georgia all the way up to Maine, turned 75 this month. (It was officially dedicated on August 14, 1937.)



    If you live -- or happen to be vacationing -- in one of the 14 states the AT passes through, summer is a great time to experience part of the trail yourself. You'll almost certainly break a sweat, that's for sure (and can burn almost 500 calories an hour!), but the forest's natural shade and the route's sometimes high elevation may even provide a break from August's intense sun and heat.



    To commemorate the Trail's big milestone, go for a hike this weekend. (Not on the East Coast? Find another route near you at trails.com.) Take along plenty of water, a few snacks, and our following favorite hiking products. Have fun!


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  • 6 Ways to Use Summer Berries

    CN Digital StudioSarah-Jane Bedwell, SELF magazine

    Summertime is the best time to enjoy berries at their peak. From juicy strawberries to sweet blueberries to plump blackberries and raspberries, there is a berry for you no matter what your tastes are! While berries are delicious to eat on their own, sometimes they are even better when used as a part of a dish to add flavor, color and nutrients, all while adding very few calories . Try these "berry" good ideas to see what I mean.

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    Berry sauce:
    Puree berries in your food processor (you can do all of one kind or a mix), strain to remove any seeds and add a dash of sugar or honey to increase the sweetness, if needed. Then you can use this sauce over meats and fish for a sweet twist on a savory dish, or to dress up vanilla ice cream or even oatmeal!

    PB & B: Forget the jelly, which is high in sugar and low in fiber, and opt for berries on your peanut butter sandwich instead. They will still add that delicious fruity

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  • 5 Ways to Celebrate Women's Equality Day

    April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine

    It's hard to imagine, but less than 100 years ago, your opinion on who should be sitting in the Oval Office next January would, by law, be just that -- an opinion. This Sunday, August 26th, marks the 92nd anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote in the United States. That's cause to raise a glass of champagne this weekend to the ladies who came before us and changed our place in history! Here are five more ways to celebrate Women's Equality Day:

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    1. Make sure you're registered to vote!
    If you've moved, need to update your info or just aren't sure if you're already registered, visit the non-partisan website CanIVote.org, which is hosted by the National Association of Secretaries of State. You can also find your polling place, learn how to vote by mail and even get election results.

    2. Make a donation to Planned Parenthood.
    Women's economic and social

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  • Find Your Best Workout Class

    Amanda MacMillan, SELF magazine

    I love taking group fitness classes at my gym (and testing out new ones all over New York City for this blog!), but I often wonder -- is there really a big difference between them all, in terms of payoff? Sure, yoga can teach you how to do a handstand and kickboxing helps you blow off some steam, but will one type of workout really give me leaner limbs, or protect me from injury, or sculpt my six-pack more than another?

    To set the record straight, I spoke with Marc Santa Maria, New York City's regional group fitness director for Crunch gym (which, speaking of limbs, has a class list longer than a pair of Hollywood legs!) about which classes are best for which goals. See which of these scenarios fits you best, and see how Santa Maria's suggestions fit into your workout routine -- or, if you've already got a favorite class of your own, let us know what it is and why!

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    Goal: "I want something to balance out my

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