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  • Alexa Miller/Fitness Magazine

    Alexa Miller/Fitness Magazine

    By Jenna Autuori-Dedic

    Feel as if you're on a conveyor belt to nowhere? Love your indoor run again with these get-in-the-zone strategies from trainer Jay Blahnik, the creator of the popular Tread & Shred class at Equinox Fitness Club in Newport Beach, California.

    Related: Rock Your Run: 8 Beginner Running Tips

    Treadmill Tips

    Replicate the road. "To mimic flat ground, move the treadmill's incline to 1 percent instead of 0," Blahnik says. "This makes up for the fact that there's no forward motion when you run in place." Ramp up the incline to 4 percent or more for hills.

    Find your sweet spot. "Running too close to the console changes your arm swing, and being too far from it makes you take smaller steps so you won't feel as if you're falling off the back," Blahnik says. Inch back from the console toward the center until your swing feels natural.

    Related: Run Your First (or Fastest!) 5K

    Clock out. Instead of watching the minutes crawl by, "pick a speed and incline that are challenging

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  • Kana Okada/Fitness Magazine

    Kana Okada/Fitness Magazine

    By Rachel Meltzer Warren, RD

    If your stomach tends to start rumbling an hour after you've finished breakfast, it's time to think outside the cereal box. A new study from Louisiana State University showed that people who ate a morning meal made with eggs felt fuller and consumed fewer calories at lunchtime than those who ate cold cereal. One explanation: Each 72-calorie egg contains six grams of hunger-busting protein, not to mention memory-boosting choline and vision-protecting lutein. Get cracking with these delicious egg dishes -- whip one up in less than 15 minutes.

    Related: More Egg Recipes: Any Way You Want 'Em!

    Marinara-Poached Egg
    Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a small sauté pan over medium heat. Add 1/4 small yellow onion, thinly sliced, and sauté until browned, about 5 minutes. Add pinch of red pepper flakes and 1/2 cup marinara sauce. Heat sauce until warmed through, about 1 minute, then gently break 1 egg into it. Cover pan and simmer over low heat until white is firm, 5 to

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  • Laura Doss/Fitness Magazine

    Laura Doss/Fitness Magazine

    By Hallie Levine Sklar

    Ever wonder if your diet is missing something? Add our expert-approved, eat-right picks to stay lean, healthy, and strong.

    Related: 10 Stay-Slim Foods to Have in Your Kitchen

    The Cancer Fighter
    Don't let brussels sprouts' signature scent turn you off. "The smell is a compound called allyl isothiocyanate that causes precancerous cells to self-destruct," Jonny Bowden, PhD, author of 'The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth' says. "It's entirely possible that eating them every few weeks could help greatly reduce the incidence of colon cancer."
    Bonus benefits: These mini-cabbages are packed with fiber and immune-boosting vitamins C and A.

    The "Skinny" Steak
    Red meat has a bad rap. The thing is, it really is good for you. Ideally, go for a cut that is both lean and grass-fed. A recent report from the Union of Concerned Scientists shows that meat from grass-fed cows usually has more conjugated linoleic acid (which has been shown in animal studies to combat

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  • You don't need to join a gym with fancy equipment to stay fit. In fact, if you notice your busy work schedule, you will note that you don't have enough time to go to the gym either. The best and well-equipped gyms are usually the most expensive ones too. This doesn't mean that you stop exercising altogether. Here are simple exercises that you can try at home for which you don't require any gym equipment:

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  • Aaron Goodman/Fitness Magazine

    Aaron Goodman/Fitness Magazine

    By Hallie Levine

    When you feel as though you might literally bust a gut, follow these simple, speedy strategies for beating the bulge.

    Related: 7 Fat-Fighting Dinners

    1. Switch your birth control.

    Oral contraceptives contain estrogen, which causes your adrenal glands to produce fluid-retaining hormones, explains Mary Jane Minkin, MD, clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at the Yale School of Medicine. The experience is highly individual: Some women don't notice an increase in bloating, while others feel themselves puffing up within days of starting a new pill. If you fall in the second camp, talk to your ob-gyn about trying another brand. Both Yasmin and Yaz contain the hormone drospirenone, which may ease bloat, since it's also a diuretic. Of the 70 percent of women in a recent study in the journal Contraception who reported abdominal bloating while taking birth control pills, about half said their symptoms were gone after six months of switching

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