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  • Tighten Your Core with Ice Skater Gracie Gold's Oblique Exercise

    by Thailan Pham

    Sports Illustrated/Getty ImagesAs the newly crowned U.S. national champion, ice skater Gracie Gold is showing up to the Sochi Olympics on a swell of positive momentum. Now the Smuckers spokesperson and skater has her sights set on the podium -- and it doesn't hurt that the 18-year-old couldn't have a luckier last name. Poised to win, ya think?

    For Gold, performing is "a way to share what I love to do with the rest of the world. You can share that emotion, like an actor," the ice skater says.

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    If you've seen her powerhouse triple-triple combinations, you'll agree she's quite a pro at pairing athleticism with artistry.

    "Skating can make you feel athletic, graceful, beautiful," says Gold. "That's what makes [the sport] so special."

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    To stay strong for all the show-stopping flips and balancing acts she does on ice, the skater focuses on her core in the gym. Her favorite do-anywhere move? Core

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  • Halfpipe Skier Brita Sigourney's Secret to Fabulous Abs

    by Thailan Pham

    Sarah Brunson/U.S. FreeskiingSarah Brunson/U.S. Freeskiing

    Halfpipe skier Brita Sigourney is probably doing everything in her power not to spring into a euphoric backflip right about now: Her sport, halfpipe skiing, is making its grand debut at the Olympics this year -- and she's one of the lucky few who've scored a spot on the U.S. team.


    She's crazy talented and has already skied her way to a couple of X-Games medals, but it was more the appeal of camaraderie and artistry that drew Sigourney to the sport.

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    "Everyone was always really laid back and friendly, and it didn't seem like a super competitive or cutthroat sport," she says of first starting out. "There is so much room for creativity in freeskiing, I think it would have been hard not to get drawn in."

    And for a halfpipe skier, self-expression -- and the expression of said creativity -- means finding a way to put your own spin on tricks while flying up into the air.

    "Learning new tricks is a scary experience,

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  • For a Healthy Superfood Buzz Snack on Blue Diamond's Mocha Almonds

    by Sarah-Jane Bedwell, R.D.

    Courtesy of Blue DiamondCourtesy of Blue Diamond What do you get when you combine two superfoods into one snack? Well in the case of Blue Diamond's brand-new Coffee Almonds, a healthy snack that gives you a bonus buzz. Blue Diamonds' quality almonds are combined with real coffee to create all three flavors, Caramel Macchiato, Roasted Coffee, and our favorite (because hello... chocolate!!), Mocha!


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    Each one-ounce serving (that's about 24 of these bad boys), contains a filling 160 calories, three grams of fiber and six grams protein. Plus, snacking on these coffee almonds is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up because you'll get all those sustaining nutrients plus a natural dose of caffeine from the coffee used to spice the nuts. For an extra pick-me-up, enjoy an iced coffee with your afternoon almonds for a truly buzz-worthy snack!

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    In fact, Blue Diamond is the official snack nut of the United States Skiing

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  • Reel in that Social Media Rant

    by Annie Daly

    Alexandre WeinbergerAlexandre Weinberger A long, dramatic vent feels so good in the moment, but has one ever solved your problem? Why experts say these tirades are hurting you, and what to do instead.


    Ten bucks says you've had at least one major blowup this week. Your morning commute was horrific or your boss set you off, so naturally you took to Facebook or Twitter to bitch about it, watching the validating likes and comments roll in.

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    Whatever the specifics, experts say that ranting is on the rise -- in many ways because of social media. In fact, people tweeted the hashtags #Rant and #TwitterRant 33 percent more in 2013 than they did in 2012, a recent search from Topsy Data Services found. "But using social media to have a public tantrum triggers others to join in with more negativity, which only adds to the frustration and contributes to an inability to face your issues head-on -- and that's a skill you need to navigate your career and life," warns

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  • It's True! New Fresh (and Healthy!) Foods from 7-Eleven

    by Sarah-Jane Bedwell, R.D.

    Courtesy of 7-ElevenCourtesy of 7-Eleven Healthy food at a convenience store may sound like an oxymoron, but no longer thanks to the recently-expanded 7-Eleven's Fresh Foods line. In addition to fresh-cut fruit, yogurt parfaits, and snack trays with hummus, mini pitas, veggies, grapes, and cheese cubes, they also offer salads and portion-controlled versions of favorite 7-Eleven treats, mini tacos and mini donuts. The newest offerings include two hearty sandwiches, the Steakhouse Roast Beef Sandwich and the Bistro Deluxe Sandwich with under 450 calories each. Take a look below for the scoop on some of our favorite Fresh Foods options.


    Bistro Snack Protein Pack: This fresh selection of snack items helps you power you through your day with carbohydrates, protein and nutrient-packed fruits and veggies from the mini pitas, cheddar cheese cubes, red grapes, celery, baby carrots and hummus. With 390 calories and 21 grams of fat, this snack pack is the perfect light meal.

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  • Could Your Vitamins Be Hampering Your Endurance Training?

    by Anna Maltby

    Arthur BelebeauArthur Belebeau If you're popping vitamin C and vitamin E pills to stay healthy this winter, this might give you pause: A new study in the Journal of Physiology finds that those supplements might reduce the effectiveness of endurance training. (Eep!)


    Two caveats right off the bat: This was a small study -- the subjects were 54 healthy, young men and women -- and we're bending an in-house rule and reporting on it without having received any response to our requests for comment from the study author (though we'll keep you posted if we do hear back!).

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    Anyway, the study subjects were assigned to either a group that took daily supplements of vitamin C (1000 mg) and vitamin E (235 mg) or a placebo. (Note: Those vitamin dosages are consistent with what you'll find in typical supplements available in drugstores.) All participants also completed a training program where they did endurance exercise such as running three to four times a week.

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  • Read This Before You Start CrossFit

    by Sara Angle

    Bill DiodatoBill DiodatoWe asked two of New York City's top CrossFit trainers for the goods on the box, WODs and how to stay safe and see results, so the only thing looking whack in class will be your ripped arms.

    You've heard about it, your girlfriends are obsessed with it, and you're dying to see if it's as intense, exhausting and sweaty as they say. Ready to jump in to CrossFit? Not so fast.

    The routine, which combines body weight exercises and cardio with weight lifting, is not your typical trip to the gym.

    "Each workout is done with high intensity so you are pushing yourself as hard as you can, or want to," says Maddy Curley, coach at BRICK New York (v), a CrossFit box in NYC. If you're looking for minimum workout time (think 20 minutes a few days a week) and fast results, CrossFit could be for you.

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    Why are CrossFit studios called boxes? Any other terms I should know?

    CrossFit studios are called boxes because they are more of a

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  • Study Drop: Can Shivering Burn Calories the Way Exercise Can?

    by Anna Maltby

    Edward SteichenEdward SteichenIf the polar vortex is getting you down, take heart: A new study in Cell Metabolism finds that shivering may have some of the same calorie-burning, metabolism-boosting effects as exercise does.

    Specifically, the researchers found that when the body shivers, it produces a hormone that stimulates the production of brown fat (a gross-sounding, but actually-awesome kind of tissue that burns energy in order to maintain the body's core temperature) and improves your metabolism.

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    That hormone is called irisin, and we're still learning about its functions as scientists just discovered it in 2012 -- they found that it is produced by the skeletal muscle after exercise.

    "We decided to study this hormone because we were wondering why skeletal muscle, an organ that burns energy, should stimulate the function of brown fat, another organ that burns energy as well," study author Francesco Celi, M.D., told SELF. "We reasoned

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  • by Sarah-Jane Bedwell, R.D.

    Courtesy of Touchstone PublishingCourtesy of Touchstone Publishing
    While we'd never recommend a juice fast -- one can wreak serious havoc on your bod -- we're all for adding in a veggie-heavy green juice for a serious nutritional boost during our day. Juice Generation, one of the trendiest juice and raw food spots in New York City (and one of the originals, having first opened in 1999), has just released a cookbook penned by Eric Helms. Featuring juicing tips, ingredient explanations and recipes galore, this is not a book to be missed if you're a fan of getting in your daily greens.


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    With celeb fans including Kristen Bell, Blake Lively and Hillary Swank, it's no wonder A-listers and the starstruck alike flock to one of Juice Generation's 12 (and counting!) outposts. We were able to snag a recipe from Bell, who combines leafy greens with smooth avocado for a delectable concoction.


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  • Exercising in Cold Weather Could Burn More Calories—Here's Why

    by Courtney Rubin

    Edward SteichenEdward Steichen
    Being chilly during a workout could help you torch up to 15 percent more calories. Here's why.

    First let's address that 15 percent! it can add up to a bonus 77 calories on a 5-mile run. Pretty major. And here's how it works: When you feel cool, your body actives brown fat. This so-called good fat uses sugar and fat as fuel to generate body heat -- a seemingly simple process, but it requires a ridiculous amount of energy (aka caloric burn -- or 15 percent) to pull off, The Journal of Clinical Investigation found. But there's a Goldiocks clause, researchers say: To turn on your brown fat, you can't begin a workout so bundled up that you feel toasty or so freezing that you're shivering. Create a just-right temp and burn max calories with our tips.

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    * COVER LESS: Hats can trap too much warmth. The result? You overheat and brown fat hibernates. Our trick: Insulate just your ears with a headband.

    * LAYER

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