Blog Posts by SHAPE magazine

  • The Resolution That's Not on Your Radar

    by Locke Hughes for SHAPE.com

    Get 11 expert tips to truly reconnect with the people in your life this year. Get 11 expert tips to truly reconnect with the people in your life this year. You have hundreds of connections on LinkedIn and even more friends on Facebook. You like their photos on Instagram and send frequent Snapchat selfies. But when was the last time you talked to any of them face-to-face? Thought so. And that lack of genuine bonding could be doing more harm than you think.

    "While electronic communication is a great blessing of our age, it has also jeopardized the power of human connection by taking away personal touch and intimate involvement," says Edward Hallowell, M.D., founder of the Hallowell Centers and author of Connect: 12 Vital Ties That Open Your Heart, Lengthen Your Life, and Deepen Your Soul.

    This disconnectedness has taken a serious toll on our health and wellbeing. Having weak social relationships is equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day, more harmful than being inactive, and twice as dangerous as obesity, according to a Brigham Young University review. People with poor connections also had a 50

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  • 5 Real Women Share Their Resolution Game Changers

    by Charlotte Andersen for SHAPE.com

    Real women on how they changed their lives for good. Real women on how they changed their lives for good.

    Real women share the little-known secret that were essential to their success.

    1. Krysten Bishop, Toronto, Ontario
    The goal: To overcome breast cancer and regain her health.

    The game changer: Before her breast cancer diagnosis, Krysten viewed working out as a penalty for not being good enough. "I had spent a lot of time exercising to achieve a number on the scale or to wear a certain dress size. It wasn't about health," she says.

    Facing a life-threatening disease, she realized that she had to decide what was truly important-a bangin' body or a healthy body-and something changed. "I chose health. All of a sudden I started to respect my body for its strength and its ability. And I learned how to love myself," she says. After recovering from a double mastectomy, exercising and racing became an extension of who she was and a way to love that person.

    RELATED: 13 Fitness Secrets You've Never Heard Before

    The aftermath:
    Krysten is now

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  • The 8 Biggest Fitness Myths You Still Believe

    by Jay Cardiello for SHAPE.com

    Fitness experts dispel these common myths for goodFitness experts dispel these common myths for goodThere is no shortage of opinions on the best ways to lose weight and get into shape. Over my career I have heard some fitness myths over and over again, and still hear them today! To help decipher fact from fiction, here is some more information about eight persistent assumptions that might be holding you back.

    1. It's better to use a machine.
    Machine-only based programs train your body in a single, linear motion. These one-dimensional forms of exercise make you more susceptible to injury. Think about it: We live in a multi-dimensional world. Completing multi-joint exercises such as weighted squats, lunges, and deadlifts will prepare your body better for real life.

    2. Losing weight only happens in the gym. It takes 250,000 crunches to burn one pound of fat. I believe that 80 percent of all fitness success happens in the kitchen, not the gym. If you spend one hour (or just four percent) of your day working out, you have the rest of you day to nullify your

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  • 20 Foods that Ruin Your Workout

    by Jessica Smith for SHAPE.com

    Skip these foods before your workout to have a better sweat sesh.Skip these foods before your workout to have a better sweat sesh.Don't panic! These foods are all healthy ones that you should be eating regularly--just not right before your next sweat sesh or workout. Here's why:

    1. Flaxseeds: While they are great for your body (and weight loss), flaxseeds are full of fiber, which could impede your workout efforts by causing gas and/or bloating, says Stella Metsovas, a clinical nutritionist and diet expert in Los Angeles, Calif.

    "You definitely want to limit the amount of fiber you take in 2 hours before and after exercising. In addition to flaxseeds, stay away from fiber supplements, bran, and high-fiber breads and opt for a mixture of protein and carbohydrates instead right before your workout."

    RELATED: 10 Snacking Mistakes that Cause Weight Gain

    2. Gel packs: Think that energy gel is a great way to prep for your workout? Think again! "Unless you are very athletic (engaging in over 90 minutes of cardiovascular training per day), chances are you don't need those gel

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  • Breakfast Mistakes that Are Causing Weight Gain

    by Tiffany Tse for SHAPE.com

    These sneaky breakfast booby traps could be causing weight gainThese sneaky breakfast booby traps could be causing weight gainWe know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but what we don't know about the morning meal could inadvertently be packing on the pounds! We consulted with health expert Dr. Lisa Davis, Vice President of Scientific and Clinical Affairs at Medifast, to expose 15 of the biggest breakfast no-nos.

    1. Think before your first bite: When coworkers bring in treats, the office can become a calorie trap. Davis' advice? "Stop, get centered, take a deep breath, and focus on your health goals," she says. Which is better: the taste of a muffin or the feeling of reaching your goals?

    2. Don't be fooled by juice: You may think that gulping down a glass of OJ is a great way to start your day, but many store-bought varieties are packed with sugar. "A healthy serving of orange juice is about as much as you could squeeze out of one orange," Davis says. "A better idea may be to have a glass of water and eat the orange itself: Whole fruit offers you all the

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  • The No-FOMO Digital Detox

    by Locke Hughes for SHAPE.com

    Ready for a stress-free digital detox? Ready for a stress-free digital detox? Chances are your smartphone is within arm's reach right now, if you're not already using it to read this. We're spending more time than ever on our digital devices-anywhere from one to two hours daily, depending on which study you consult-and with the flood of incoming texts, emails, calls, and push notifications, it's rare if our screens stay dark for more than a moment.

    While there's no doubt technology has made our lives easier in many ways (remember roadmaps?), research suggests that our addiction to it is real. "Every new notification or text triggers the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that drives us to seek rewards, so you keep coming back for more," explains Levi Felix, co-founder of Digital Detox and Camp Grounded, which run tech-free weekend getaways for adults.

    This vicious cycle is taking a toll on our health, mental well-being, and relationships. Surveys and studies have reported an association between various tech and

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  • Are You Making a Good First Impression?

    Yahoo editors have selected this article as a favorite of 2013. It first ran on Yahoo Shine on Feb. 6 and was one of the most popular stories of the year. The story breaks down how to make a good first impression in five easy steps - from body-language tips to wardrobe suggestions.


    Five surprising ways people judge you when they first meet youFive surprising ways people judge you when they first meet youWhen you meet someone for the first time or simply pass a stranger on the street, it's human nature to make assumptions about them: He's conceited and lazy, she's rich and friendly, that little girl is a huge brat. And you may have wondered what people think of you the first time they lay eyes on you.

    "When it comes to appearance, how you put yourself together matters more than being conventionally pretty," says Brandy Mychals, author of How to Read a Client from Across the Room (McGraw-Hill, 2012). "A job interview can be over before you even sit down because the person has already made snap judgments."

    Some of the ways others come to those opinions aren't what you may expect. Check out these five things

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  • Gabrielle Bernstein on How to Sweat Your Way to a Happier You

    by Jamie Stone for SHAPE.com

    How exercise can boost your happiness levelHow exercise can boost your happiness levelWhen Gabrielle Bernstein walks into a room, you can almost feel the energy change-the New York Times bestselling-author practically radiates positivity. She's busy sharing her inspiration through talks, books, GabbyB.tv, and more, including chatting with SHAPE about how staying fit can help brighten your spirits on even the worst day.

    SHAPE: Studies suggest exercise can help lead to greater happiness. What do you think is the connection between the two?
    Gabrielle Bernstein (GB): I equate physical activity with happiness not just from the perspective of producing endorphins but also from the perspective of really moving through emotions and getting stagnant energy to move through our body. When we move, we open up to our intuition and bust through a lot of the physical and emotional blocks that are often holding us back.

    RELATED: 22 Ways to Improve Your Life in 2 Minutes or Less

    SHAPE: How do you maximize this benefit of exercise?
    GB: Typically

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  • The 5 Healthiest Winter Fruits and Vegetables

    by Keri Gans, R.D.N., for SHAPE.com

    Stock up on these winter fruits and veggies to boost your energy, immune system, and more.Stock up on these winter fruits and veggies to boost your energy, immune system, and more.It seems every year when winter approaches, many of my patients complain, "There just aren't as many fruits and veggies available." I, of course, beg to differ. Yes, the farmers markets and supermarkets aren't booming with an assortment of colorful berries (at least tasty and inexpensive ones), tomatoes, or corn, but they still have plenty of healthy options. These five are delicious and provide the greatest nutrition bang for your caloric buck. You just might miss them come summer.

    1. Beets: The problem with beets is that many people avoid them because they think they are high in sugar. However, that really isn't so: One raw beet has 5.5 grams for 35 calories. Plus they are a good source of magnesium and calcium (both important for bone health), iron (which you need for energy and to prevent and hair loss), fiber (to help to fill you up), and folic acid (necessary for the production and maintenance of new cells in our bodies, and especially

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  • The 12 Easiest Healthy Eating Tips--Ever!

    by SHAPE editors

    12 A-list experts share their top effortless advice for eating clean, staying energized, and losing weight. And yes, dessert is included!

    These expert tips will take the guesswork out of eating right once and for all.These expert tips will take the guesswork out of eating right once and for all.1. Make room for dessert. "Ditch the all-or-nothing mentality. Instead of being either perfect or off the rails, aim for a realistic balance. For example, if you're craving something carb-rich, like a brownie for dessert, omit the starch from your dinner, but keep the veggies and lean protein. Making room for treats while still eating healthfully overall makes a whole lot more sense than yo-yoing between strict dieting and overindulging." -Cynthia Sass, R.D., author of S.A.S.S. Yourself Slim: Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches

    2. Perform quality control. "You can have the most incredible combination of seasonings and superb preparation, but if the quality of the ingredients is poor, the dish will miss the mark. The most simple foods are delicious as long as the ingredients are top quality. Don't skimp on quality or

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