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  • The #1 Way to Melt Fat

    By Jaclyn Emerick, SELF magazine

    Jumping rope is the calorie zapper you shouldn't skip: It incinerates 100 big ones in fewer than 8 minutes. "When it comes to cardio, nothing burns better than jumping rope, and it tones head-to-toe," says Gerald Calvo, group fitness manager of Equinox in New York City and creator of its Rope Burn class. Fine-tune your form with his tips, then hop to it for up to 5 minutes for a warm-up, 20 minutes for a full cardio session, or 30 seconds between strength sets to drop pounds by leaps and bounds.

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    STAND TALL: Keep neck relaxed and gaze ahead-resist the urge to look at your feet-to keep spine aligned. Lift chest and lower shoulders to avoid hunching, which can also strain the back.

    SQAURE OFF: Hold elbows at sides, bent 90 degrees, with arms slightly forward, palms up. For smooth turns, it's all in the wrists. Rotate hands, not the entire arm, in small circles. Contracting shoulders, triceps and

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  • When You Should Never Lie About Your Weight

    By April Daniels Husser, SELF magazine

    Have you ever lied about your weight? I suspected I wasn't the only nutty person to have fudged the number when no one else was ever going to see it (like on the elliptical machine at the gym, for example), and as it turns out, I was right. A recent study published in the journal Ethnicity & Disease found that most people lie about their weight when they're filling out surveys.

    It's kind of silly, but it's usually harmless to lie about your weight. However, according to Barb Dehn, RN, a women's health nurse practitioner in Silicon Valley, Calif., there is one person to whom you should never lie about the number on the scale.


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    Who's that? Yourself! "Many of us like to think of ourselves as slimmer than we are," says Dehn, who says her patients are often shocked when her office scale puts them at least 5-7 pounds heavier than they thought they were.

    "They are in denial about

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  • How to Deal with Bullying at Work

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    Thirty-four percent of women report having experienced bullying at work, according to a 2011 poll from CareerBuilder and Harris Interactive. And you thought you were done dealing with mean kids back in middle school! Unfortunately, adult bullying is common-- and difficult to deal with, too. When children are bullied, we see them as victims who need an adult to step in for protection. But when you are the adult, figuring out how to handle peers who are aggressive towards you tends to be much more difficult.


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    So what is bullying? I see it as active intimidation or aggression directed towards a person for no good reason. Adults can actually be even more effective harassers than kids because we're able to use much more subtle and sophisticated forms of intimidation. Whether someone is sabotaging your projects, spreading unfounded rumors around the water cooler (or the old classic: stealing your lunch money), it's

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  • 3 Delicious Reasons to Eat Cherries

    By April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine

    You may associate cherries with late spring and summer -- ahh, nibbling on cherries by the pool ... we can't wait! But February is indeed National Cherry Month, and since they're super tasty and super good for you, there's no reason life can't be, well, a bowl of cherries right now!

    We checked in with SELF contributing experts Willow Jarosh and Stephanie Clarke, registered dietitians and co-founders of C&J Nutrition, to the get the health scoop on why you should be snacking on these delicious super treats.


    Related: 21 Good-For-You Snacks



    1. They're packed with antioxidants. Tart cherries, also called sour cherries, are rich in antioxidant compounds including anthocyanins and quercitin, which may play a role in reducing total body inflammation as well as fighting free radicals.

    2. They soothe sore muscles!
    Tart cherries have been getting a lot of attention lately based on new research suggesting that they may speed

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  • 7 Sexy Ways to Get in the Mood for Valentine's Day

    By April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine

    Today isn't just any old Tuesday -- it's Valentine's Day (as if you could forget!). The beginning of the work week might not be as sexy as, say, Saturday night, but we have a few tips and tricks for getting in the mood for L-O-V-E!

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  • 3 DIY Chocolate Valentine's Day Gifts

    By April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine


    Anyone can buy a box of candy or a pretty trinket, but if you really want to impress your Valentine, how about whipping up a homemade gift filled with chocolatey deliciousness?

    "Stiletto Chef" Candice Kumai, a contestant on season one of Bravo's Top Chef and the author of Lean and Lovely Recipes for a Healthy, Happy New You, says many of us have lost touch with our ability to create handmade, DIY creations.
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  • Single? Valentine's Day Isn't Just for Couples

    By April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine

    To the single and searching, Valentine's Day can seem like a cruel excuse for couples to flaunt their passion in lonely people's faces. But if you don't have a Valentine this year, take heart: Valentine's Day isn't just for couples anymore.


    Related: 21 Good-For-You Snacks


    After Christmas, Valentine's Day is now the biggest gift-giving holiday, according to a recent survey conducted by ORC International, sponsored by Godiva Coffee. A whopping 88 percent of Americans plan on giving some sort of Valentine's Day gift this year, but a majority of women are giving presents not only to their mates, but to their kids, immediate family members and -- you guessed it -- themselves!

    And if you don't have a significant other, consider yourself spared from the cheesiness of V-Day. "Many people consider Valentine's Day a Hallmark holiday, so don't let it get you down if you don't have a special guy in your life at the moment,"

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  • 5 Vaccines Adults Need

    By April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine


    When I was a kid, my mom used to take me out for a treat following a trip to the pediatrician to get a shot. I thought those days of sore arms and ice cream cones were pretty much behind me, but as it turns out, I'm not done getting poked in the arm (although the treat is optional now) -- and neither are you.


    According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are a few important vaccines that adults need -- and aren't getting. Kind of scary, considering the CDC estimates that 45,000 Americans die ever year from vaccine-preventable diseases.

    Related: 21 Good-For-You Snacks

    Abigail Shefer, MD, FACP, is a medical epidemiologist and Associate Director for Science in the Immunization Services Division (ISD) of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) at the CDC. (Try saying that five times fast!). Shefer told HealthySELF that the main vaccinations all

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  • 5 Reasons Why He Didn't Call

    By April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine


    It's happened to all of us. The date goes perfectly -- he's cute, he laughs at your jokes and you're even having a good hair day. The stars have aligned ... you can't wait for the next date! And then ... nothing. Zip, nada, zilch. He doesn't call you again. Why?

    A new online service called WotWentWrong.com provides a way for you to get feedback from a date who never reappeared, or a new romance that died without explanation just as you thought things were getting good. To use their service, you register, fill out a form with the specific info you're looking for, and it gets sent to your delinquent date. He or she can then reply through the site without having to contact you. Closure, anyone?


    Related: 21 Good-For-You Snacks


    Let's face it, most of us are not going to send a form to the guy who dissed us. But we still want to know ... why didn't he call? Amy Levine, sex coach and founder of Ignite Your

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