• by Marissa Stephenson

    Stephanie Rausser

    Stephanie Rausser

    Where you work out matters. Match the surface to your get-fit goal.

    Grass: You naturally lift your feet higher to clear the blades, says Yale University cross-country coach Amy Gosztyla. So working out on the lawn versus a treadmill, track or pavement acts like a mini butt-and-leg-shaping drill.

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    Sand: You'll raise your heart rate 10 extra beats per minute (which means you'll burn more calories) doing sprints on the beach versus a firmer surface, but without feeling like it's much harder or being any more sore the next day, a Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research study finds.

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    Road: You're speediest on blacktop, so if you're timing a run, do it here, Gosztyla says. Just make sure your next workout is on softer stuff, like grass, to give your joints a break.

    Trail: Jumping over rocks and roots as you hike trails helps you burn 13 more cals per minute than walking on l

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  • by Amanda MacMillan

    CN Digital Studio

    CN Digital Studio

    It's obvious that people who are offered money for losing weight will fare better than those who aren't. (Hello, Jessica Simpson!) But a study just published in the Annals of Internal Medicine finds that cash incentives for weight loss are even more successful when awards are based on an entire group's performance, rather than an every-man-for-himself-style competition. See, guys? There's no "i" in team.

    University of Michigan researchers found that group-based financial incentives, like those that may be offered to employees if together they can lose a certain number of pounds, led to nearly three times more weight loss than cash awards based on individuals' weight loss alone.

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    "Approaches such as 'The Biggest Loser' have received popular attention as ways to harness group dynamics to encourage weight loss," say the authors, "but the 'winner-takes-all' nature could be discouraging for everyone but the most successful perso

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    By Holly C. Corbett and Anna Roufos

    While our hearts are in the right place, our schedules often get in the way of our healthy goals. In fact, according to our exclusive FITNESS survey, up to 97 percent of you aspire to live healthier lives. Unfortunately, you're hitting some serious roadblocks: Forty-two percent say there simply aren't enough hours in the day to make your wellness dreams a reality. Starting right now, we'll show you how to take back your time. With as little as 10 seconds here and 20 minutes there, you can completely transform you life -- mind, body, and spirit.

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    In 1 Minute You Can...Find Your Focus
    Instead of thinking I need to work out, fine-tune your objective to something like I'm going to do my 30-minute DVD workout on Monday before work. "Being detailed forces you to think through the steps necessary to accomplish the goal and makes it harder to find excuses," says Jackie Keller, trainer and author of Body Afte

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  • By Annie Georgia Greenberg, Refinery29

    Wake up, full-time snackers: Getting fit for summer starts now. Which means you'll need a long term slim down plan that actually works. So, we've turned to two of the city's top fitness and nutrition experts to give us a rundown on what to do (and not) to feel our best by beach time.

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    Tracy Anderson gives us the secret to her celebrity client's rock-hard bods while top Equinox trainer Christian Swain tells us which "healthy foods" are secretly sugary. Consider this an all-access pass to the new you. You might not thank us while you're doing that cardio, but we're sure by July you'll feel differently. Click through for fitness and diet tips to know for spring!

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  • By Jen Mueller, for SparkPeople

    We've always heard that the positive benefits of physical activity continue long after your workout
    session is over. More energy, less stress and those "feel good" endorphins are some of the immediate effects. But what about the mysterious "afterburn" that a lot of people talk about? Do you really continue burning more calories after the workout, or is it really just during the workout that matters? A new study finds that it's possible to burn more calories throughout the day--in fact, up to 14 hours later.

    The study, published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, took 10 healthy males and examined their energy expenditure under two different sets of conditions. "During the first session, participants were mostly inactive, but they stood and stretched for two minutes every hour. They could also perform everyday tasks, such as washing their hands and brushing their teeth, as needed. During the second session, participants followed t

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