Don't let these warm-weather wounds sabotage your fitness plans. These strategies will help keep you injury-free this summer.
Scrapes and Cuts
THE PROBLEM: Trip and fall in shorts and a tank top and your exposed limbs could end up with road rash.
THE FIX: Clean out any dirt and debris with soap and water to prevent staph infections, which thrive in hot, humid environments. Keep the wound moist and covered with a bandage until the skin heals to prevent scarring.
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THE PROBLEM: Muscle spasms can last for (an agonizing) several minutes. "You're more likely to become dehydrated in the heat, which means you've lost nutrients necessary for proper muscle function," says Jeff Stephenson, M.D., a sports-medicine physician in Louisville.
THE FIX: Stretch, lightly massage the muscle, and guzzle some water or a drink that contains electrolytes. If the cramp subsides, finish as planned; if not, call it a day. "Cramps are a sign that you're
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These power foods will make your skin glowPutting your best face forward starts with making healthy skin start from the inside out. "Unless your skin is getting the nutrients from food that it needs, it just won't look its best," says WH advisor Lisa Drayer, R.D., author of The Beauty Diet. Instead of just covering a blemish or hydrating a dry patch, head them off entirely by tossing these power foods into your grocery bag.Read More »from Top 10 Foods for Perfect Skin
Hey, guess what? Almonds are seeds, not nuts, and they're stuffed with vitamin E, a potent sun blocker. Volunteers who consumed 14 milligrams of the vitamin per day (about 20 almonds) and then were exposed to UV light sunburned less than those who took none. "Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant that helps to protect skin cells from UV light and other environmental factors that generate cell-damaging free radicals," explains Jeffrey Dover, M.D., associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University.
Suitable Switch 2 Tbsp peanut butter; 1/2 cup broccoli
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Those dreaded dimples are sapping your confidence-here's how to dealOn your cheeks, dimples are perfectly fine-cute even. On your thighs? Not so much--especially during short-shorts season. But cellulite is more than just a bummer; it can also be a major blow to your self-esteem. Women who have cellulite think they're less attractive than women without cellulite, according to a new Harris Poll commissioned by Cynosure Inc, a cosmetic, aesthetic, and medical laser company.Read More »from 3 Tricks That’ll Help Get Rid of Cellulite
Harris Interactive surveyed more than 1,000 U.S. women above the age of 18. Out of the women who admitted to having cellulite (40 percent, for the record), 90 percent were bothered by the condition. Of the women who reported feeling insecure due to their cellulite, 76 percent also said that it makes them feel unattractive.
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So what is cellulite exactly? Basically, the layer of fat beneath your skin gets squished and squeezed by bands of collagen, fibrous connective tissues that are arranged in a manner that makes bits of fat pop out
Get ready to roll your eyes at the lame lines that guys whip out when they don't feel like using protection
By Kelly Thore, Women's Health
When Is It Okay to Go Without a Condom?In this edition of disturbing male confessions, more than 80 percent of guys admit to having used at least one tactic to avoid using condoms during sex, according to a new survey published in the Journal of Sex Research. And even worse, men said they try three and a half different kinds of tactics over the course of their hookup history, on average. Definitely not OK.
When Is It Okay to Go Without a Condom?
For the study, researchers from the University of Washington polled more than 313 men between the ages of 21 and 30 on their sexual behaviors, including their histories with condom use and/or resistance to using condoms. "We wanted to uncover how common condom-resistance behaviors are among men and what kinds of coercive tactics are most frequently employed to persuade their partners," says study author Kelly Cue Davis, PhD,
Binge Eating? Over-Snacking? Here's how to fix your food slip-ups, stat!You can't fool us. Yes, you eat healthy foods. Yes, you stock your fridge with fresh fruits and vegetables and always order the salmon. But then the water heater breaks and you're late for a meeting and there's cake at work and a friend pops over unexpectedly and suddenly, it's 10 P.M., the produce is rotting, and your dinner consists of stale beer and a bag of Cheetos.Read More »from 5 Ways to Recover from Your Diet Mistakes
It happens to every woman--but that doesn't mean you're destined to live in a dietary wasteland. If you sin--or rather, when you sin--against your otherwise good-for-you diet, here are five strategies and the right foods to help you find nutritional salvation so you don't overeat.
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THE SIN: The breakfast binge
Your morning meal is a giant latte and a huge banana-nut muffin--nearly 1,000 calories (most of them from fat). That's almost two-thirds of your daily caloric allotment before 10 A.M.
YOUR SALVATION: A lunchtime turkey sandwich on whole wheat--with as many
The 5 moves that earn the TV host such fabulous, flat-as-a-board absIt's totally (blissfully!) crunch-free! "Training your hamstrings, lower and upper back, and triceps lengthens your midsection and is the key to great abs," says trainer Harley Pasternak, author of The Body Reset Diet, who created this workout. Three times a week, complete 20 reps of each move, going from one exercise to the next without stopping, then repeat the circuit for a total of three sets.
For more on Maria and Harley and to meet the finalists for The Next Fitness Star competition (which the two stars are judging), pick up the July/August issue of Women's Health on newsstands now!
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Move 1 Skater Lunge
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Step your left foot behind your right leg and bend both knees to lower into a lunge, with your left knee directly behind your right heel (shown). Press through your right heel and bring your left foot back to the starting position. That's one rep; repeat on the other side and
Want to lose more weight without eating less? Add these fat-burning nutrients to your diet and accelerate your weight loss by up to 70%You can lose weight without starving yourself or drastically restricting your food choices. You can eat reasonable portions and put in reasonable workouts at the gym, and you can shed fat while you do it.Read More »from 7 Best Supplements for Weight Loss
How? It all comes down to eating the right combination of foods--foods that will shift your body out of fat-storage mode and into fat-melting mode. Specific vitamins and nutrients can actually help to flip an internal switch that signals cells throughout your body to burn more calories, wasting many of those calories as heat. Without these important nutrients, the opposite happens. Your body holds onto fat. Your metabolism slows and your weight-loss efforts become an exercise in futility.
Optimize these critical fat-melting nutrients so you can finally drop those stubborn pounds and keep them off for good. In this way, you can still consume reasonable portions and put in a reasonable amount of exercise. Yes, you still have to watch your portions. Yes, exercise is still important. But
Step right up to take a guess at how much each of these by-the-beach staples will weigh you downForget the beach for a sec--one of the main attractions on a boardwalk is the food! Corn dogs and fudge just taste like summer, right? But some boardwalk grub can seriously set you back calorie-wise. Step right up to take a guess at whether each of these by-the-beach staples are over or under 400 calories.Read More »from The Calories in Your Favorite Summer Foods
OVER: A seven-ounce serving of fresh-cut fries sets you back 607 calories and-wait for it-32 grams of fat!
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UNDER! A one-ounce serving of the sugary stuff-the amount you'll typically find on a cone-has 105 calories and 26 grams of sugar. Two ounces-the standard serving size for a bag full-has 210 calories and 53 grams of sugar.
UNDER--but just barely. Eat one on-the-stick corndog, and you're consuming 380 calories (and 730 milligrams of sodium-yikes!).
Salt Water Taffy
UNDER AGAIN! You can chew on five pieces and still consume a reasonable 170 calories and 20 grams of sugar.
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A new book turns traditional theories about sexuality on their headsRead More »from 5 Myths About Female Desire
5 Myths About Female Desires
You've probably heard it before: women are hardwired for monogamy, while men are primed for casual sex. The problem is, a growing body of research points to a much more complicated picture than that. In the new book What Do Women Want: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire, award-winning journalist Daniel Bergner highlights new research that challenges commonly held beliefs about the female sex drive.
"This idea that women's desire is less of a drive than male desire," says Bergner, "I feel like that is a disservice to us all." So Bergner talked to sexologists, primatologists, and real women to see if those long-held theories about female sexuality really tell the whole story. What he found was a ton of research that flew in the face of these commonly held myths:
10 Surprising Facts About Love and Sex
Myth 1: Monogamy is just "easier" for women than for men
Evolutionary psychologists have explained
Why surfer chicks have amazing bodies.The key pillars of fitness that help give competitive surfers an edge-muscular endurance, balance, core stability, and total-body strength-can help you score a bangin' bod even if you have no plans to hang ten. Just practice a few of these land-based moves from Rocky Snyder, author of Fit to Surf: The Surfer's Guide to Strength & Conditioning.Read More »from 4 Surfer Moves for a Killer Body
Heart and Lungs
Pro move: Tread water, then rush to catch the next big wave.
Steal it: Add 30-to 45-second high-intensity intervals eight to 12 times throughout a steady-state cardio workout.
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Legs and Butt
Pro move: Keep a low center of gravity to stay up on the board.
Steal it: Do as many staggered squats (one foot in front of the other) as you can in 20 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds. Repeat eight times, alternating your leg positions in each set.
Pro move: Paddle like crazy.
Steal it: Do straight-arm pulldowns with a cable machine or resistance band; pull the handles from high in front of you