• An injury? Yes. The Mad Men premiere? Probably not.
    By Katy Lindenmuth, Women's Health

    You know that working out does amazing things for your body, mind, and general well-being. But sometimes you're better off staying home instead of sweating. We asked Holly Perkins, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and a New Balance fitness ambassador, for a few specific instances in which it's actually best to steer clear of exercising. Listen up!

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    You're On the Verge of Getting Sick
    "There is a one- to two-day window when people suspect they're sick but often don't listen to the symptoms," says Perkins. If you think you might be coming down with a cold or the flu, take a day or two off from the gym since exercise can tax your immune system. (As an added bonus, you won't be spreading germs.)

    You Suspect You're Overtraining
    This one is a bit tricky because the symptoms of overtraining aren't always clear-cut, says Perkins. But if you work outRead More »from 5 Completely Legitimate Reasons to Skip the Gym
  • by Patrick Rogers

    Allure StaffAllure Staff

    Blink and you'll miss the Drunken Monkey, the modest storefront bar on Staten Island owned by Angela "Big Ang" Raiola, the star of VH1's Mob Wives. But you will never, ever miss Big Ang. On a Friday night, Allure contributing editor at large Joan Kron and I are having a drink at the bar when the TV personality walks through the door, smelling sweetly of Laura Mercier Crème Brûlée body lotion. The place lights up: Fans are there from California and Florida, and a pair from Sweden have arrived to propose a modeling job. "They're from everywhere," says Ang, who clearly loves her public. Italy, Australia, the U.K.--a group from Saudi Arabia even showed up once with bodyguards. "It's nice," she says, "but sometimes they jump on me when I come in. That's a bit much."

    We get the impression Ang can handle it. She orders herself an espresso martini (there's a painting on the wall of her spilling one) and gamely sits down to discuss the elements of her singular style.

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  • Facebook obsessing might hurt your self image. Photo: Getty ImagesIt’s been pretty well established that media images of thin models and toned celebrities can cause a woman’s body image to take a hit. Now comes evidence to suggest that realistic social-media images — on Facebook, specifically — can add to that suffering, too. The latest study on the topic, due to be presented in May at the annual International Communication Association conference in Seattle, found that young women who spend a lot of time on Facebook tend to feel more negatively about their bodies than other young women.

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    “The attention college women pay to physical attributes may be even more dangerous on Facebook than through traditional media because the impact is stronger when it’s people that they know, as opposed to celebrities,” researcher Yusuf Kalyango, an associate professor of journalism at Ohio University, tells Yahoo Shine. And the takeaway, he notes, is that “online objectification and social

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  • by Lexi Petronis

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    You hear all kinds of news about cleanses--why? One reasons may be because there all kinds of cleanses, from juice-only to raw foods.

    If you're considering a cleanse, Marissa Vicario, a board-certified health coach and healthy-living expert, has these tips for figuring out what might be the best type for you.

    Juice Only could be good for: someone who understands that juice-only isn't a quick-fix for weight loss or to correct poor eating habits.
    "A cleanse like this should be undertaken when recommended and supervised by a medical professional," she says. "Many commercial juice-only cleanses contain high amounts of sugar from the fruits and vegetables in the juice; any weight lost tends to be water weight."

    See more: 13 Sneaky Habits That Can Cause Acne

    Liquids Only could be good for: someone who has digestive disorders or needs to let her digestive system rest.
    "A cleanse that includes juices, smoothies, and blended soups is only slightly better than Read More »from Should You Do a Cleanse? Here's How to Find the Best One for You
  • Life Lessons I Learned from a Boyz II Men ConcertLife Lessons I Learned from a Boyz II Men ConcertMy husband and I were lucky enough to get free tickets to see Boyz II Men in Salt Lake City last week. Like any child of the '80s I know countless Boyz II Men songs, and I, like Stephanie Tanner, had a choreographed dance routine to "Motown Philly." But I mean, who didn't?

    And even though I love them, my reaction to the free tickets was probably similar to many of yours when you saw that this concert took place last week, "Boyz II Men is still touring?" When I posted a picture of myself right before the concert on Instagram, I got more than a couple, "What year is this?" type of comments. And that was pretty much my attitude too. I was excited for a reason to dress up and buy some hoop earrings, but that was about it.

    So needless to say, I wasn't really expecting the concert to be a life-altering event. But after the opening acts, the roadies set three stools on the empty stage. And I started to get really giddy.

    Then the Boyz played a reel of their accomplishments, listing the

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  • by Lexi Petronis

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    Who knew? According to new research from the University of Iowa, green tomatoes contain a compound that may help build muscle (and protect against future muscle atrophy).

    Green tomatoes are rich in tomatidine (a compound that's obviously perfectly named), which the researchers discovered stimulates growth in human muscle cells--and also helped mice build more muscle and be able to exercise longer.

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    The authors say they're not yet sure how many green tomatoes people might need to eat in order to reap the muscle-building benefits. Even so, we know that green tomatoes have lots of other good-for-your-health benefits: One large tomato is about 42 calories, rich in antioxidants, provides half the recommended daily amount of vitamin C for women, as well as 2 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber per serving.

    So in the interest of having some variety in your tomato routine, here are some yummy--and healthy--ways to

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  • Do you feel as if every wandering calorie immediately goes straight to your thighs? And at the same time are you eyeing your shorts as summer approaches?
    Strength-training exercises to slim thighs, combined with plyometrics, high-intensity cardio and a healthy diet, is the fastest approach to sexy, toned legs. Strength-training exercises will target the thighs and add lean leg muscles. The more lean muscle mass you obtain the more calories you will burn while exercising and even post-workout. Plyometric drills allow muscles to exert maximum force in a short period of time with the goal of increasing power with explosive movements. High-intensity cardio-based exercises burn more calories and fat in a quicker amount of time, so you don't have to run a marathon to get a runner's legs.
    Check out these 10 heart-pumping exercises that will help sculpt your butt, hamstrings, quads, calves and thighs. Complete the recommended exercises three times a week and you will build muscle and torch Read More »from 10 Exercises to Slim Thighs Just in Time for Shorts Season

  • daily news coverdaily news coverBy Jane Bianchi

    With less than a half-mile left of the Boston Marathon, Carol Downing, 58, was giddy with excitement. For a woman who hadn't taken up running until the age of 40, she was proud to be in the "Super Bowl" of all road races. "I was picking up speed, the adrenaline was pumping and the crowd was getting thicker," says Carol, a retired massage therapist. "I couldn't wait to see my family at the finish line." Photo by New York Daily News/Getty.

    All of a sudden, "everything just stopped. I hit a wall of runners. Then I heard sirens," says Carol. She didn't hear the bombs go off, but one of them had exploded less than 15 feet from her daughters, Erika Brannock, 30, and Nicole Gross, 32, and Nicole's husband, Michael, 33.

    "I remember big flashes of orange and yellow, then I blacked out," says Erika. "When I came to, I smelled burnt metal. I thought, I need to get up, then realized that I couldn't. I closed my eyes and had a conversation with God. I told Him, 'I'm

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  • Running ShoesRight now, I'm editing my next book, Before and After, an examination of the most interesting subject in the world: how we make and break habits. (My editor is reading the draft for the first time right now, in fact, so wish me luck.)

    In the book, I identify multiple strategies that we can use to make it easier to foster good habits. One of the most familiar, and most effective, is the simple, straightforward, powerful Strategy of Convenience. And its counterpart, the Strategy of Inconvenience.

    We're far more likely to do something if it's convenient, and far less likely to do something if it's inconvenient, to an astounding degree. For instance, in one cafeteria, when an ice-cream cooler's lid was left open, thirty percent of diners bought ice cream, but when diners had to open the lid, only fourteen percent bought ice cream, even though the ice cream was visible in both situations. People take less food when using tongs, instead of spoons, as serving utensils.

    We can use

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  • Music can make us laugh or make us cry. And sometimes it can … make us want to schedule a doctor's appointment?

    British rapper Nadia Kamil's song "Pap Rap" is exactly what it sounds like — a catchy rap tune about the importance of women's health. The song's lyrics encourage women to get their annual health exams, including a pap smear (which screens for cervical cancer), when they go to the doctor.

    "Please excuse the misogynist language of hip-hop," she raps at the beginning of the video. She then name-drops writer Mary Wollstonecraft ("she gave birth to modern feminism… and Mary Shelley") as she tries to persuade women to get screened for cervical cancer. To up its extra-catchy factor, the song has the same beat as up-and-coming rap star Azealea Banks' hit single "212."

    Kamil, who shot her music video while on a trip to New York City, also gets political as she talks about health care options in the U.S. versus her native U.K. "Half of the women in the United States are leaving their

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