Blog Posts by The Editors of WOMEN'S HEALTH

  • Best Sunglasses for Your Face Shape

    You can rock any style of sunnies (aviator, oversize, wayfarer, cat-eye) so long as you pick a pair with the right details for your face shape

  • One Piece, 3 Ways: T-Shirt Dress

    Shop your closet for a whole new look

    By Susan Rinkunas, Women's Health Senior Online Editor

    There's no denying that a new outfit can transform how you feel and act-but shopaholic tendencies are bad news for both your bank account AND the environment.

    A smarter way to revamp your look? Switching up the way you wear your staple (or statement) pieces. We're thrilled to introduce a new feature: "One Piece, 3 Ways," where the Women's Health fashion team will serve up outfit inspiration based on one key item. (Bonus: You might already have it in your closet!)

    Spring Fashion to Refresh Your Look

    Here, Women's Health contributing accessories editor Jennifer Yoo suggests three chic ways to wear a loose dress.

    Staple Piece: A breezy silk dress that will never go into storage
    Petiole T-Shirt Dress, $460, petioleny.com

    Look 1: Summer
    The perfect beach shift to slink in and out of-and still look chic for that sunset cocktail.
    Caracas Sisal Basket Tote, $109,

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  • 3 Biggest Weight Loss Mistakes You're Making

    Trying to shimmy into your skinny jeans? Beware the habits that are sabotaging your progressTrying to shimmy into your skinny jeans? Beware the habits that are sabotaging your progressThe countdown to bikini season has begun. But even if you're busting your butt at the gym and following a nutrition plan down to the peas and carrots, you've got to get your head in the game in order to reach your fitness goals, says Rachel Cosgrove, trainer and author of Drop Two Sizes. "If you're not in a success mindset, a positive mindset, then it's going to be really hard to overcome that," she says. So no more easy outs! Be your biggest champion by ditching these damaging habits:

    RELATED: 15 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

    Mistake No. 1: You use the word but

    One of the biggest challenges many women face: ending negative thoughts and excuses. Any time you use the word but, you completely discount whatever comes before it. For example: "I am going to cook at home this week, but I don't know if that will work because I have a really busy week." Try substituting it for the word and. "I am going to cook at home this week, and I have a really busy week." Now those two things can

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  • Get Swimsuit-Ready in 7 Days

    You have one week until your beach vacay--here's one tweak you can do every day to look lighter and feel firmer You have one week until your beach vacay--here's one tweak you can do every day to look lighter and feel firmer Tank tops, shorts, and swimsuits… oh my! It's almost the end of May, which means you'll have to peel off your winter clothes soon. While only you know what you've been hiding underneath all those layers, you're not the only one who feels insecure this time of year.

    "Going hungry isn't good for anyone. Eventually, you'll end up breaking down and overeating," says nutritionist Carrie Wiatt. With a week until Memorial Day, here's one tweak you can do every day to look lighter and feel firmer.

    Related: Rev Your Metabolism in 8 Minutes

    SUNDAY
    Eliminate Processed Foods

    They're easy to get sucked into, yet unsatisfying. "They make you crave more food than your body needs," says Wiatt. If you can't pronounce the ingredients, the food is off-limits. Or hit the produce aisle for foods with no label at all.

    MONDAY
    Lay Off The Sauce

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  • 5 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work Out

    Ditch the excuses--these tactics can keep you strong the next time you get the urge to bailDitch the excuses--these tactics can keep you strong the next time you get the urge to bailAs awesome as a great workout can feel, it's hard to magic up the motivation to make it happen some days. But new research suggests you should power through, even if you're not 100 percent feeling it.

    Even "forced" exercise can help protect against anxiety and stress, according to a study from the University of Colorado at Boulder. So essentially, dragging yourself to the gym is just as beneficial to your Zen levels as going voluntarily. "Sometimes, you just have to bite the bullet and push yourself to work out, even if you're feeling less than inspired," says Wendy Larkin, master trainer at Crunch San Francisco. "I have to force myself to go on a run every Sunday, but after I do, I feel better, my mood is better and I sleep better."

    Need a little help getting off the couch? These tactics can keep you strong the next time you get the urge to bail.

    Schedule sessions with a trainer
    If this seems like a duh, that's because it is. Think about it: You commit a) weeks in advance to b) actual

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  • 7 Ways to Put Your Health First

    It's National Women's Health Week! To celebrate, we're challenging you to focus on your well beingIt's National Women's Health Week! To celebrate, we're challenging you to focus on your well beingWhen was the last time you visited a doctor for a checkup? Do you know what, if any, health risks run in your family? How often should you get a pap smear? Why, you ask, are we playing this game of Twenty Questions?

    Now through Saturday, May 18th marks National Women's Health Week, a wellness initiative coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and we think the mission behind this event is too critical for any woman to ignore.

    "The truth is, as women, all of us are busy juggling jobs and family responsibilities and everything else, and it's easy for things like healthy eating and exercise to fall to the bottom of the list," says First Lady Michelle Obama in an essay she wrote for us in honor of National Women's Health Week. "However, we all know it's just as important to focus on our own health as it is to focus on the well being of our spouses and, if we're parents, our kids."

    RELATED: Michelle Obama on Putting Your Health First


    We couldn't agree more.

    Take

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  • 7 Ways to Get Bikini-Body-Ready, Starting Now

    .Although you can safely lose only about 1 to 2 pounds of body fat a week, you can feel more confident by swimsuit season if you begin making changes today. Here are 7 attainable goals to set and stick to, starting now:

    1. Get your sweat on with strength training! If you want a bikini body, this is non-negotiable: Fit your workout in, no excuses! Commit to a full-body strength-training program at least three times a week to burn calories during the workout, boost your metabolism's calorie-burning power for 24 to 48 hours after, and develop lean muscles that look and feel better than flab. Perform exercises that use more than one muscle group such as squats, pushups, rows, and lunges in a circuit to make your workouts most efficient. Tip: Try working out in the morning to get your metabolism revved up for the rest of the day.

    RELATED: The Fastest Way to Lose 10 Pounds

    2. Make your butt and belly your top priorities. Your glutes (butt muscles) are the biggest muscles in your

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  • "Facebook Helped Me Drop Over 100 Pounds!"

    Christina Taylor used Facebook to lose more than 100 poundsChristina Taylor used Facebook to lose more than 100 poundsAs a high schooler in Barrie, Ontario, Christina Taylor, now 25, didn't eat your standard bagged lunch. When she wasn't hitting the drive-through with friends, she was chowing down on pizza from the restaurant her mother owned. "She would send the delivery guy to my school," says Christina. By the time she was 15 and stood 5'7″, Christina weighed 380 pounds.

    The Change

    In 2003, Christina joined her high school choir on a trip to Italy. But a week in, she was forced to spend the day in bed while her classmates explored Rome. "I was too heavy and tired to move," she recalls. Humiliated but determined, Christina resolved that she would never again let her weight limit what she could do.

    RELATED: Top 20 Habits That Are Making You Fat

    The Lifestyle

    Back home, Christina started doing her mom's old aerobics videos a few times a week and soon joined a gym to use the weight machines. She kissed the drive-through good-bye and dropped 50 pounds in the next seven months. Over six years,

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  • 6 Workout Moves to Do with Your Dog

    Some fitness partners flake out, miss workouts, or make excuses. But here's a partner that won't: your dog. New fitness classes for out-of-shape people and their pets are popping up across the country. And it's about time: More than 52 percent of dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention's 2012 National Pet Obesity Survey. Compare that to the stats for their owners: About one-third of Americans are obese, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control.

    RELATED: 20 Habits That Are Making You Gain Weight

    Working out with your dog doesn't just benefit your health, though. It can be a real treat for your pet--and for you. "A dog is the best motivator you'll ever have," says Tricia Montgomery, founder and president of K9 Fit Club, a Hinsdale, IL-based fitness club for people and their pets. "All they want to do is spend time with you and please you," she says. "They look forward to it." And although they

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  • 5 Tricks to Keri Russell's Killer Bod

    When you're crazy-busy, something's gotta give--and often it's the healthy stuff: regular workouts, good eating habits, a decent amount of shut-eye. But actress Keri Russell has found an entirely different set of sacrifices to make--in the wardrobe and late-night-TV departments. She wears one outfit a week ("My number one style rule," she says with a laugh) and tries to turn in before her own TV series, the hit FX drama The Americans--in which she plays a KGB spy living in 1980s suburban Washington, D.C., with a husband and two kids--comes on at 10 p.m. (Go behind the scenes with Keri Russell at her cover shoot, or read an excerpt of our interview with her in the Women's Health exclusive, Keep Calm and Keri On.)

    In order to play a tough KGB agent, Keri worked out with Avital Zeisler, a Krav Maga instructor who moonlights as a hand-to-hand combat consultant. "Working out [this way] makes you feel fierce," says Keri. "I tend to be very internal--getting on the subway and keeping my eyes

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