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  • The Best New Workouts of 2014

    Best new workoutsWorkout trends constantly evolve as people get bored, as new instructors hit the scene, and when new equipment gets introduced. Whether you love to lift or live for yoga, there's pretty much a niche workout for everyone out there. And you're going to have even more choices in the upcoming year.

    ELLE chatted with Lashaun Dale, Senior National Group Fitness Creative Manager at Equinox Fitness, to try to figure out what the new Zumba or SoulCycle will be in 2014. One thing we can conclusively say: It's going to be a sweaty year.

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    Functional Training:

    Boot camp, CrossFit, and outdoor obstacle course races like the Tough Mudder became popular in 2013, and that trend will continue, but for a much wider audience, according to Dale. "It's not just for diehard people who want to climb ropes and get muddy," she said. "People definitely want to see results and boot camp has raised the bar." Expect to see team training and boot

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  • The Five New Year's Resolutions You Should Never Make

    Self Help Gone Wrong

    Resolution Gone Wrong: Lose Weight

    We've read enough to know that numbers on a scale don't mean anything. But somehow that doesn't seem to matter on January 1, when we're more eager to drop 20 lbs than a Jillian Michaels makeover contestant. The problem, of course, is that muscles and metabolisms don't watch The Biggest Loser. The health risks and self-hatred that come when you assign your body a number are numerous…and crash dieting actually makes it harder to lose weight in the long run. Like the coke fiend you thought was so cool in college, this resolution seems like a rush, but it's really just a bad time.

    Instead...

    Forget about "getting skinny" and get healthy instead. Resolve to hit the gym a few times a week, and schedule your workout sessions into your iCalendar as if they're work meetings or dinner dates. When you focus on the process instead of an imagined result, you'll actually get what you want: a better body, more energy, and a free pass through bikini

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  • 5 Trends that Need to Die in 2014

    These trends need to die in 2014.It's not necessarily that we don't like these trends. Some we innately have problems with (jackets worn as capes, why?) but most of them we're actually kinda cool with (mirrored sunglasses, you're alright).

    It's just that since their fans include everyone from street style stars to the girls next to us on the subway to Cara Delevingne-who only needs to breathe near a handbag or even a sock for girls to start Googling where to buy it-we're seeing them everywhere, and we're a little tired of it. We're ready for some new trends to connect the dots between our favorite fashion bloggers, celebs and co-workers, but for that to happen we're probably going to need a moratorium on these things first. Please?

    JACKETS WORN AS CAPES

    Yes, the cape silhouette is very drapey and glamorous. But if you want the cape look, just wear a cape, right? This nonsense of perching jackets and coats and other sleeved-things on your shoulders doesn't translate. We're not gargoyle statues; we're

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  • Now Trending: Gifting Plastic Surgery for the Holidays

    Plastic surgery for the holidays?It's holiday gift crunch time, people. And if you're still struggling to find the perfect gift for your mom, sister, or boyfriend, why not consider giving some Botox or even a neck lift? Yep, that's on the table. According to a new survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), more people are gifting aesthetic procedures than ever before.

    Dr. Julian Few, a Chicago-based plastic surgeon, acknowledges that he's seen a dramatic increase in procedure gifting, prompting him to start offering the type of electronic gift cards one typically gets at department stores.

    "I had one patient come in and say that she was giving 'Few' this year," Dr. Few said. "At first I didn't know how to take it, but it's a sign of the times I think." Dr. Few said he's sold more than 50 gift cards so far this season, many of them for lower priced procedures like medical-grade peels, which cost between $150 and $200. An owner of a small company even came in to Dr. Few's Read More »from Now Trending: Gifting Plastic Surgery for the Holidays
  • The Workout Pants that Will Make You Want to Go to the Gym

    Courtesy of Nike


    As New Year's Eve starts to approach, we've all got resolutions on the mind. Of course, fitness goals are high on the list. In order to achieve those goals, we're thinking some chic new gear is in order. Cue: Nike's new limited-edition Arctic Monarch print tights. They look cool enough to wear around town post-gym (throw on a chunky knit sweater and boots and you're set), and you'll look like you are already a pretty serious athlete when you are sweating it out on the treadmill. Also, according to Nike, the prints on the dri-fit leggings were "body-mapped to accentuate the athlete's movements in a flattering fashion." We're sold. Here's your exclusive first look at the leggings ($130) and matching sports bra ($80) before they land in Nike stores and online at nikeinc.com


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  • 10 Foods for Gorgeous Hair

    Getty ImagesOne secret to getting luscious locks? Your diet, says nutritionist Dana James. Nibbling on nutrient-rich goodies stimulates the hair's proteins, nourishes and protects its fibers, and increases circulation to its follicles. Here are the best things you can eat for healthier, stronger, and shinier strands. Bonus: These foods help lashes and nails, too.


    1. Brown Rice

    Brown rice is highly concentrated in biotin, a B vitamin that helps improve the elasticity of hair and reduces brittleness. Eating brown rice also nourishes the hair follicle and stimulates hair cell renewal, which leads to thicker strands.


    2. Swiss Chard

    The magnesium, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and sulfur in Swiss chard pack a powerful punch, activating the production of keratin, elastin, and collagen. This makes hair resilient, glossy, and less likely to tangle. (And nurtures eyelashes and nails, as well!)


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    3. Chia Seeds

    Chia seeds contain omega-3 fats, which improve

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  • 9 Foods to Help You Burn Those Thanksgiving Calories

    We know, it sounds like it's too good to be true. But there actually are some things you can eat that spike the metabolism, trigger hormones that release fat, and eliminate toxins that make it hard for your body to shed unwanted pounds. Just be cautioned: For these foods to work their miracles, they must be consumed as part of a clean diet. That's right, don't expect to make up for a junk-filled day by noshing on a few fat-burning kale chips.


    1. Broccoli Rabe

    Who knew that food could talk to your fat cells? That's exactly what the phytonutrient sulforaphane in broccoli rabe does. It stimulates an enzyme that tells your fat cells to burn fat. Meet your negotiator.

    Easy meal ideas:
    Sauté broccoli rabe with lemon zest and chili flakes, mix broccoli rabe and sweet Italian sausage together, or toss broccoli rabe and summer squash with olive oil, mint, lemon juice, and pine nuts.


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    2. Avocados

    The much-maligned fat in

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  • Style Tips from the Chicest Celebrity Daughters (and Their Moms)

    Splash NewsFrom Blue Ivy and Suri to North and Matilda, these celebrity kiddos have totally inherited their mothers' style smarts-and so can you!


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    Beyoncé Knowles & Blue Ivy Carter: Big Hair, Don't Care

    Even now that she's ditched the hair extensions, Beyoncé is the queen of the pop star mane. Her hair has as much range as her vocals, and we can already see Baby Blue following suit with her adorable "halo" of springy curls. And it's just a matter of time before Blue Ivy picks up another of her mother's fashion habits: wearing Tom Ford heels. The designer created a pair of pink satin pumps especially for the tyke.

    Gwyneth Paltrow & Apple Martin: All-Natural Is All Goop Good

    While Apple Martin's personal style is a bit trendier and more playful than mama Gwyneth's typically streamlined wardrobe (purple Uggs are a favorite), the nine-year-old has definitely inherited her mother's all-natural beauty and long,

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  • 6 Steps to Better Dreams

    Courtesy of Walt Disney/Everett CollectionI've always been a fan of things that feel a little magical, like they might provide some kind of insight towards what I should be doing with my life. Tarot cards. Horoscopes. Dream guides. So if someone says that I can actually learn to harness my dream-state subconscious and use it for my own personal greater good-yeah, I'm game to try.


    A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming (Workman), is written by a trio of writers and filmmakers, Dylan Tuccillo, Jared Zeizel, and Thomas Peisel, who also happen to be longtime self-proclaimed "nocturnal explorers." They aim to turn readers into oneironauts-pronounced "oh-nigh-ro-nots," the term is derived from a Greek word that means "dream navigator." This isn't about learning how to interpret nightmares about, say, losing teeth or missing a flight, it's about becoming aware of the fact that you're dreaming while you're dreaming, and then getting into the driver's seat of that dream. I have some pressing questions. How long does this take to learn?

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