Blog Posts by The Editors of WOMEN'S HEALTH

  • 7 Steps to Becoming a Morning Workout Person

    Even if you're an early bird, getting up before the sun rises to go sweat your butt off can be seriously daunting. The good news: It's possible to become a morning workout person (with relatively little pain). Just follow these 7 steps

    Pack a Bag

    Every night when you get home from work, put your dirty gym clothes in the hamper and set aside a crisp, new exercise outfit. Having to dig through your dressers drawers at 6 a.m. is no fun. It's much easier to have an outfit ready to go, so you don't have to fully wake up before you get dressed.

    PLUS: The 15 Most Annoying Gym Habits

    Force Yourself Out of Bed

    Move your alarm clock across the room. That way you can't sleepily snooze-button your way through your morning sweat session. By forcing yourself to jump out of bed to silence the dreaded buzzer, you're forcing yourself to wake up quicker. And once you're already up... might as well go work out, right?

    Have a Light Snack

    Eating a full meal in the morning before your workout can make

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  • The Best Beers for Women

    Never met a beer you liked? Here are the ones that may finally win you over.Never met a beer you liked? Here are the ones that may finally win you over.You wouldn't know if from beer commercials, but women enjoy a pint every now and then, too. Especially now that the rise of craft brewing has flooded the marketplace with styles and flavors as nuanced as wines.

    The grand experiment: We put together a panel of women who would rather drink tap water than willingly walk into a craft ale house on a hot day. We also roped in Master Cicerone Nicole Erny, who helped us find beer styles for each of them based on their preferences for other beverages.

    BEWARE: Top 10 Things That Slow Your Metabolism

    If you like tea:

    You'll appreciate a light-bodied Belgian-style wheat beer. The low alcohol and high carbonation make it a perfect brunch brew (yes, that's a thing), and are usually accompanied by orange peel and coriander flavors.

    Try: Blanche de Bruxelles, St. Bernardus Wit, or Allagash White.

    If you like coffee:

    Make a smooth, dark stout your new brew. They're varied as a category: Imperials tend to be high in alcohol with strong malt

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  • How Men REALLY Feel when You Keep Your Last Name

    By Robin Hilmantel, Women's Health

    Hello, my name is....Hello, my name is....

    Will middle school girls doodling "Mrs." in front of their crushes' last names soon be a thing of the past? More than one in four brides want to keep or at least hyphenate their last names, according to a new survey from WeddingDays.co.uk, a UK wedding directory.

    Granted, the site only polled 200 brides-to-be from overseas. So we decided to look into how women feel on this side of the pond. Turns out, it's a slightly different story: Just 8 percent of married women have decided to keep their last names (while about 6 percent either hyphenate or modify their last names in some other way), according to a 2011 survey from The Knot.

    10 Secrets of Super Happy Couples

    The number of women keeping their maiden names after marriage peaked in the 1990s, when about 23 percent of married women decided to buck the name-taking tradition, according to a 2009 study published in the journal Social Behavior and Personality. The same research found that the

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  • Malin Akerman’s Parenting Tips for New Moms

    The actress is starring in a new ABC show this fall. Here, her advice for fellow first-time momsThe actress is starring in a new ABC show this fall. Here, her advice for fellow first-time momsThe actress you know and love from Watchmen, The Proposal, and The Heartbreak Kid is starring in her first TV show this fall, hitting the set of ABC's Trophy Wife just four months after giving birth to son Sebastian. Here's what the star had to say about splitting her time between the baby and workouts, dropping the pregnancy weight ASAP, playing a woman who struggles to prove she's more than just a trophy wife, and more.

    You had your son Sebastian in April, but you do not look like you have a four-month-old (in case you were wondering, the photo above is post-baby!). How did you lose the pregnancy weight so fast?
    Well, I wish I could tell you it was easy, but it was hard work. A lot of exercise and diet, obviously--anything from hiking and Pilates to cycling and CrossFit. Anything to create muscle confusion to keep my muscles guessing so I wouldn't plateau. And then also diet-wise, making sure to have a lot of healthy foods and snacks throughout the day. I've had a lot of fresh

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  • The Best One-Day Diet Solutions

    These quick-fix food remedies do everything from flatten abs to tame PMS symptoms...in 24 hoursThese quick-fix food remedies do everything from flatten abs to tame PMS symptoms...in 24 hoursSpanx can solve a lot of life's problems, but they can't make you look better in your birthday suit.
    Nor can they tame PMS, perk you up after one too many cocktails, or keep you revved in bed. But the right foods can.

    Don't let the dreaded D-word throw you off. These daylong diets aren't about deprivation or even losing weight; they're about noshing on the right nutrients so that you'll look better and feel better--fast.

    "We Leave for a Romantic Getaway Tomorrow" Diet
    Your sexual vitality depends on eating foods that are rich in the amino acid L-arginine, says Robert Fried, Ph.D., senior professor of biopsychology at Hunter College and coauthor of Great Food, Great Sex. Found in nuts, poultry, and seafood, this sexual secret weapon promotes healthy blood flow to the sex organs so you can experience maximum pleasure.

    Also, devouring heavy foods before the big lovefest can weigh you down and divert blood flow away from your sexual regions. Reach for lighter fare that balances carbs

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  • 4 Surprising Truths About Gluten-Free Diets

    If your grocery store seems to be overflowing with gluten-free products, it's not in your head; however, the benefits of following a gluten-free diet just might be.

    A gluten-free diet is the only known treatment for celiac disease, an autoimmune digestive disease which affects the small intestine's ability to absorb nutrients from food in one in 133 Americans. Celiac disease is now more common than ever: A 2009 study published in the journal Gastroenterology found that the rates of undiagnosed celiac disease increased dramatically over a 50-year span. For suffers of the disease, ingesting gluten can cause significant digestive problems and malnutrition.

    But what about the rest of us? Suddenly, "going gluten-free" has become a popular trend among the health-conscious. (It's no wonder that the gluten-free food and beverage industry grew at an annual rate of 30% from 2006 to 2010, according to market research firm Packaged Facts, and that sales are expected to exceed $5 billion by

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  • Cardio Vs. Strength Training: Which Matters More?

    Passat or Prius? TradeIn one corner: Dumbbells. In the other: A jump rope. The ref: Women's Health, to determine whether strength or cardio rulesIn one corner: Dumbbells. In the other: A jump rope. The ref: Women's Health, to determine whether strength or cardio rulesr Joe's or Whole Foods? And when it comes to getting the body you want: strength training or cardio? Back when you carpooled in Ma's minivan, men went to the weight room and women hit Jazzercise. But recently, taking a cue from athletes, many fitness gurus insist that strength training is where it's at. Some even suggest ditching cardio altogether.

    To resolve the strength vs. cardio conundrum, we culled research and chatted up experts to find out how each would fare in a head-to-head matchup (don't worry, nobody's going to bite anyone's ear off). Whether you want to get buff, torch calories, or run your fastest mile ever, we've decoded which discipline you should devote your sweat to--and created a workout that's perfectly proportioned to give you all the benefits. Now, let's get ready to rumble...

    RELATED: Which Impacts Your Weight More, Diet or Exercise?

    1. To KO fat--and keep it off

    Cardio's edge
    Calorie for calorie, cardio has a slight advantage. You'll

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  • 10 Abs Exercises Better Than Crunches

    Sayonara, situps! Kick your abs workout into overdrive by trying one of these killer tummy-toning movesSayonara, situps! Kick your abs workout into overdrive by trying one of these killer tummy-toning movesIf you still think that doing crunches will score you amazing abs, you're in for a rude awakening. Flattening your belly requires multi-muscle exercises that target all the regions of your core--upper and lower abs, obliques, transverse abdominis, and lower back muscles--to burn major calories and cinch your waistline in no time. Ready to step it up? These 10 moves from the Women's Health Big Book of Abs are guaranteed to blast fat and show off your sexy, sleek stomach.












    Dumbbell Pushup Row


    Place a pair of dumbbells about shoulder-width apart on the floor. (A) Grab the handles and position yourself in a pushup position. (B) Lower your body to the floor and then press back up.
    (C) Once you're back in the starting position, pull the dumbbell in your right hand up toward the side of your chest. Pause, then return the starting position and repeat with your left hand. That's 1 rep. Try to prevent your torso from rotating each time you row the weight.












    Dumbbell Curl to Squat to Press

    (A)

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  • 4 Signs He’s Not Ready for Marriage

    4 Signs He's Not Ready For Marriage4 Signs He's Not Ready For MarriageThese days, more guys are taking their time to get hitched. Is yours one of them?

    He's crazy about you, sure, but that doesn't mean he's ready to put a ring on it-at least, not so fast. New research reveals that men are waiting longer to get hitched than they used to: According to the most recent stats from the U.S. Census Bureau, 64 percent of men aged 25-29 had never been married, as opposed to just 19 percent in 1970.

    While it's hard to pinpoint the exact cause of the Great Marriage Crash of twenty-something millennials, experts say a few factors may be contributing to the trend. "These days, people are taking longer to finish school and launch their careers," says Brad Wilcox, Ph.D., a sociologist and director of the National Marriage Project. "Men have that natural provider instinct, so they want to feel financially secure before making that kind of long-term commitment." And when it takes longer for him to get to a comfortable place in his career (thank you, crappy economy), it

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  • The Surprising Truth About C-Sections

    Turns out, it's not so safe to streamline the delivery processTurns out, it's not so safe to streamline the delivery processDoes it seem like everyone and their moms has had a c-section-or knows someone who has? It's not all in your head: Cesarean delivery rates increased by nearly 60 percent between 1996 and 2009. But a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report finds that the rate of cesarean deliveries in the U.S. has leveled off for the first time in 12 years.

    Experts credit the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a nonprofit women's health care advocacy group, with curbing the upward trend. In 2009, the group launched a public health campaign to discourage physicians and expecting mothers from undergoing unnecessary c-sections.

    RELATED: 7 Lies We Tell Our Doctors

    Why C-Sections Can Be Dangerous
    Cesarean deliveries are riskier than vaginal births because cutting into your abdomen exposes you to bacteria, which increases your odds of getting an infection, says George Macrones, MD, a representative for the ACOG. A c-section delivery can also heighten your chances

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