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  • Ellie Goulding Shares MORE of Her Running Secrets

    by SELF Staffers


    Bella Howard Singer Ellie Goulding has taken the US by storm -- and not just with her lyrical stylings. The British pop star -- who is currently on tour with hottie Bruno Mars and has a forthcoming release, Halycon Days, dropping August 27 -- recently raced the Nike Women's Half Marathon in Washington, D.C. and shared her training program (plus a few extra secrets!) with SELF. But Ellie's got a few more valuable tips in her pocket for all of you runners -- beginner or advanced. Check out five more running facts you may not know about Ellie -- not yet, at least.

    * She's been running since she was 18, and has been "obsessed" ever since. Goulding runs every single day -- even if it's just a small one.

    * She's motivated by clever music. And that doesn't just mean one genre -- she likes everything from classical to the heaviest dub step.

    * She likes things loose. In terms of her clothing, that is: Goulding doesn't like wearing really tight stuff. She wants to look good -- not be

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  • 5 Tips for Your Outdoor Summer Yoga Practice

    by Amanda MacMillan


    photo by Kyle Ericksenphoto by Kyle Ericksen We've been saying it for weeks but it's finally official: Happy Summer! Now that the sunny season is finally here, we're psyched for lots of new outdoor workouts over the next couple of months -- including plenty of al fresco yoga. Here in New York, rooftop classes are all the rage right now (Not to mention the 15,000-person "class" held in Times Square last week to celebrate the solstice!), and all over the country, yogis are headed to local parks, beaches and even mountaintops to get their outdoor om on.

    But an open-air yoga class isn't exactly like an indoor one, says Brigitte Bourdeau, instructor for Serene Social's morning rooftop classes at NYC's trendy James Hotel. Here are her tips for what to bring, what to remember during class and how to best enjoy your surroundings, no matter where you are in the great outdoors.

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    Pack sunscreen, bug spray and plenty of water. This should go without saying, but if you've got a

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  • How to Fix Dry, Cracked Heels

    by Alexandra Samuel


    photo by Delphine Achardphoto by Delphine AchardSo this week's beauty Q is from a guy, but it's definitely the kind of thing that frequently affects the ladies, too: How do I heal cracked heels?

    Have you ever had one of these? They are the worst. They happen when your feet are exposed to the air or are constant rubbing against a shoe, which makes the heel's skin super dry and callused. Add the pressure of your feet pounding the pavement when you walk or run, and the callused skin can -- and usually does -- crack. Ask a doc, and he'll tell you they're heel fissures. Anyway, they hurt like hell, but they can be fixed at home. Here's how.

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    Before you get into bed, soak your feet in warm water for 20 minutes. You can add some essential oils if you like the way they smell (try lavender to relax or peppermint to rejuvenate), but just plain water will do the job, too.

    Next, use a clean pumice stone to scrub your feet, avoiding the cracks so you don't irritate them. BTDubs, If

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  • What to Do If Your Boss Calls All the Time

    by Alyssa Longobucco


    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesYou can't remember the last time your boss didn't need something on a Saturday. The job's good, but you're burning out. Reclaim your life with these three tips.

    Check your signals: You might think you have zero power over your boss, but actually, we teach others how to interact with us in subtle ways we don't even realize, says clinical psychologist Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D., author of A Happy You. Answering your boss's email and calls at night and on days off sends a message that you're OK with your time being her time. Sure, you want to show you're indispensable, but remember: She already knows it, or she wouldn't rely on you so much.

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    Set a new course: Obviously you can't just start blowing off your boss's cries for help: Every incoming message you try to ignore will only amp up your fears of letting her down, Lombardo says. Plus, she will think you're flaking. So tell her you'll be unavailable, but in a way that makes it clear

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  • Gabrielle Union's Total Tummy Toner

    by Thailan Pham


    Steve EichnerSteve Eichner Smokin' hot actress Gabrielle Union lit the red carpet on fire this weekend at the BET Music Awards. What's not to envy about her ultra cool confidence and super toned curves -- especially in a Zac Posen gown like this?!

    The Being Mary Jane star keeps her fantastic figure in check with the help of celebrity life stylist AJ Johnson of the AJ Zone. "She's got great legs, a cute tight butt, and tight abs," says Johnson. "The whole package together is hotness!"

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    You won't find any arguments here! Now how about telling us how to get a piece of that package? According to Johnson, it's all about establishing a partnership between food and exercise. One of their favorite toning exercises? Ball Squats, which upgrade the fun factor of regular squats by working in the aid of an exercise ball. With our eye on Union's discipline (and that hottie beau of hers, Dwyane Wade) we're resolved to get on the ball, pun intended.

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  • New Study: Watching an Avatar May Help You Lose Weight

    by Amanda MacMillan


    courtesy of Temple Universitycourtesy of Temple UniversityCLARIFICATION: We didn't say that watching Spielberg's Avatar can help you lose weight. (Although star Zoe Saldana's rockin' body can certainly be an inspiration!) Rather, we said watching AN avatar can help -- specifically, a computer-generated character that looks like you, doing healthy things like walking on a treadmill and shopping for produce. That's according to a new study from Temple University, published on Monday in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology.

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    Researchers recruited eight overweight women who had been trying -- unsuccessfully -- to slim down for years. The women picked out physical characteristics (hair color, skin color, weight) for avatars designed to resemble them; then, once a week, they watched DVDs featuring their look-a-likes participating in healthy behaviors. In one session, the avatar learned about portion sizes at dinner, viewing a plate with a serving size that was too large and one

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  • The Best Meatless Burgers and Dogs to Toss on the Grill

    by Sarah-Jane Bedwell


    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesFourth of July is almost here, and that means BBQs galore, serving up burgers and dogs hot off the grill. But not all of us are carnivores, so if you're all about going meatless this Independence Day (or any other day for that matter), there are some terrific veg-friendly options on the market that'll satisfy your cookout cravings and taste delish, too. Dish 'em up in whole grain buns with all the fixings, from flavorful pesto and juicy tomatoes to avocado slices and a good old piece of sharp cheddar. Now get the fire going!

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    Amy's Bistro Burger: This gluten-free veggie burger was tasty enough to win several taste test awards, so you know it's good. Made with organic brown rice, pinto beans, mushrooms and a bit of BBQ sauce, it truly delivers in taste and nutrition.

    Field Roast Frankfurter:
    Unlike traditional highly processed hot dogs, these old-world style vegan frankfurters use simple, fresh ingredients to create a

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  • Why Strength Training Matters for Runners

    by Jessica Cassity


    photo by Riccardo Tinelli photo by Riccardo Tinelli Those gazellelike creatures who effortlessly zip through the park have a secret: strength training. Here's why these five fast firmers work.

    Sculpted Upper Body: Yes, a buff back and arms are hot. Combined with a lower-body routine, they can also help you quicken your pace by 4 percent, research shows.

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    Hard Core: Tight abs improve posture. Why you care: An upright stance will help you easily pick up speed. Runners who did ab work for six weeks ran more efficiently, shaving 42 seconds off 5K times, a Barry University study reports.

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    Strong Hamstrings: What makes running really tough? Getting hurt. Shore up the muscles in the backs of your legs and you may prevent injury, studies suggest.

    Toned Thighs: When distance runners added squats to their strength workouts, they could run 21 percent longer and were 5 percent faster, Norwegian researchers found.

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  • Better Than Dinner-and-a-Movie Dates

    You like him. You really, really like him. So up the ante and propose one of these surprising, creative, not-at-all-cheesy things to do.

    by Jasmine Moir

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  • Sneaky Stomach Slimmers: No Crunches Required

    You don't need a gym (or even gym clothes) to work those six-pack muscles. Be stealthy to get healthy with these discreet midriff downsizers you can do anywhere.

    by SELF

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