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7 Ways to Shower Smarter

Find out the surprising missteps you've been making behind the curtain<p>You spend time showering every. Single. Day. So don't you think you should do it in the smartest way possible? We consulted experts to find out how you can make better use of the minutes you log behind the curtain to get softer …

Skin Care

16 Detoxing Cleanse Foods

Get a jump-start on losing extra pounds with these essential cleanse foods<p>As a nutritionist, I always suggest that my clients get a jump-start on weight loss and a new way of eating with a short "cleanse," to help eliminate cravings, wake up the digestive system, and prepare the body for a new …

Nutrition

25 Playlists for Every Possible Workout Routine on the Planet

You'll never get sick of a playlist again.<p>Whether you're looking for a playlist for your next run, your strength-training routine, a dance-cardio session, your yoga practice, or just because you're so over everything that's in your iTunes right now, trust us: We've got you covered...<p><b>The Justin</b> …

Strength Training

Are Cycling Shoes Really Worth the Investment?

Find out how much your foot gear impacts your workout.<p><b>The question:</b> "I love to cycle, but I only do it two times a week, so I'm having trouble justifying buying cycling shoes. Am I missing out on major benefits by not wearing cycling shoes on the bike?"<p><b>The experts:</b> Equinox master trainer and master …

Students Who Turn in Work at the Last Minute Get Worse Grades, Study Finds

Procrastinators, you’ve been warned — a new study suggests that students who turn in homework at the last minute get worse grades.<p>Two professors at …

Hardscaping 101: Landscape Uplighting

Make your garden an evening event. Landscape lighting not only extends the hours you can use outdoor living space, it also improves safety (you can …

Landscaping

Run Faster, Get Firmer: The 15-Minute Runner Workout

This do-anywhere workout will tighten your bod and boost your jogs.<p>It's summer: great time to say buh-bye to the gym and take your workouts outside But that doesn't mean you have to ditch your strength training and just focus on cardio, says Jordan Metzl, M.D., author of <i>The Exercise Cure</i>. It's …

Workouts

Magical Nighttime Long Exposures and Composites by Matt Payne

Oregon-based photographer Matt Payne's passion for the outdoors shines through in his stunning landscape and nightscape photography. He finds the most enchanting moments in which vibrant colors and lively motion overhead complement the stillness of the world below.<p>Payne uses long exposures and …

How to Work Your Back When You Don't Have Gym Equipment

Traditional pullups and rows aren’t the only way to get a sculpted back.<p>Having a strong, toned back means so much more than looking slick in a halter dress (not that <i>that’s</i> not awesome, too): Strengthening these muscles is key to good posture—or in most people’s cases, reversing the sitting slouch …

Workouts

The No-Pushups-Necessary Arms Workout

Follow this five-move plan to sculpt sexy tank-top shoulders and arms.<p>Hate pushups? We hear you. While the pushup is a great exercise for your chest, back, shoulders, and arms, it’s not the only effective way to sculpt your upper body. In fact, even top trainers admit that this all-star exercise …

Workouts

4 No-Bake Birthday Cakes for Hot Summer Days

There's no need to turn the oven on to make these couldn't-be-simpler birthday cakes.<p>Too hot to bake? No problem. Whip up one of these no-bake wonders for birthday boys and girls of all ages. Just don't forget the candles.<p><b>Mud Pie</b> Fill a pre-baked cookie or graham cracker crust with about 2 pints of …

Flatten Your Belly with This Killer Ab Workout

Get a tight stomach in just six weeks without doing a single crunch. This may be the easiest workout we've ever printed<p>Get ready to whip off your cover-up: This workout, created exclusively for <i>Women's Health</i> by Rachel Cosgrove, C.S.C.S., owner of Results Fitness in Newhall, California, combines …

Workouts

Bicep Curls and Other Exercises You Might Be Doing Wrong

If you're not familiar with proper form for the exercises you're performing, there's a high risk for error. Even with seemingly simple exercises, like dumbbell bicep curls for example, there are lots of things that can go wrong.<p>The problem with weightlifting and resistance training -- although both …

Exercise

7 Treadmill Mistakes You Might Be Making

Plus, easy fixes that will have you running smarter AND burning more calories<p>Surprise: Running on a treadmill is not only about putting one foot in front of the other. With a few tweaks to your form, habits, and plan, you can get so much more out of your indoor running workout. The best place to …

Treadmills

5 Mental Skills You Need to Get Through ANY Workout

You've got more in you—here's how to find it.<p>When you're dripping sweat, your heart is pounding, and your legs are on fire, finishing a workout is <i>tough</i>. Whether it's trucking through that last mile, squeezing in that last rep, or staying in that yoga pose for 10 more seconds, we've all been …

How to Deal If Your Coworker Is Giving You the Cold Shoulder

A new study says office ostracism could be more dangerous than bullying.<p>It's a sad truth that workplace bullying is a fairly common phenomenon. Now, a new study is bringing up another office offense that you don't hear about as often but that might be happening more frequently: workplace ostracism, …

Psychology

The Surprising Food That Can Lead to Weight Loss

It's probably not part of your meal plan yet, but it should be.<p>If you think of prunes as something old people eat to keep their digestive systems, um, moving, then listen to this: A new study presented at the European Congress on Obesity suggests that these dried plums can play a big role in …

How to Get Single-Digit Body Fat

If you want to get leaner than lean, every bite counts<p>At a fitness conference last Spring, I joined some friends for breakfast. It was a normal breakfast up until the moment Spencer Nadolsky, D.O., pulled a scale out of his gym bag to weigh a banana.<p>I knew Dr. Nadolsky was preparing for a …

10 Abs Exercises Better Than Crunches

10 abs exercises for women that are so much better than crunches.<p>If you still think that doing crunches will score you amazing abs, you're in for a rude awakening. Flattening your belly requires multi-muscle exercises that target all the regions of your core—upper and lower abs, obliques, …

Workouts

The Best Abs Workout: Get Six Pack Abs in Weeks

Lose belly fat: Use this abs workout to get strong core muscles and sexy, flat abs in no time<p><b>You've been obsessing over your abs for almost two decades.</b> That ends now. Because we laid out one of the best ab workouts for women to kick those elusive buggers out of hiding. Finally.<p>Why's our plan so …

Workouts

15-Minute Morning Workout Routine | The Art of Manliness

Adrian Peter Schmidt was born in the Alsace-Lorraine region of what is now France in 1872. His genetics and circumstances did not point to a future …

The Crazy-Important Step in Reaching a Fitness Goal

I'm training for my first Ironman, but I couldn't do it without THIS.<p>Whether you're looking to tackle your first half marathon or shape up for swimsuit season, there's one crucial step you can't afford to skip: Building an all-star support network. In fact, after setting the goal itself, it may be …

The Ultra-Intense Workout Move That Burns Fat Fast

The burpee has a goofy name, but the fat-burning benefits are nothing to laugh at<p>Imagine an exercise that offers big cardio benefits, works every major muscle group, and torches mucho calories. That’s a burpee (aka, a squat thrust) in a nutshell. Developed in the 1930s and used by the military to …

Exercise

Jump Around! 5 Plyometric Moves for Major Fat Burning

This explosive workout will fire up your calorie burn.<p>Stuck in a fitness rut? Adding a plyometric workout to your weekly routine can help you get results even faster. This fancy fitness term refers to explosive, jumping movements, which have been shown to boost muscle strength, cardio ability, and …

The Best Workout for a Toned, Tight Butt

Trust us on this: This is a workout you should seriously get behind<p>Blast unwanted fat and create a knockout butt with this two-phase program from Perkins. First, the "Wake 'Em Up" body-weight exercises are designed to light up your central nervous system and get your glutes primed and ready. …

Workouts

Weekend Challenge: Lateral Raise

Did someone say 'sexy shoulders'?<p><i>Join the</i> Women's Health <i>Weekend Challenge to help you meet your fitness goals fast and make your weekend workouts count. Check out our Facebook page every weekend and challenge yourself to try a new exercise. Thousands of women already have. Join them, and achieve</i> …

5 Questions Everyone Should Ask A Trainer

Because when your audience is an expert, why not?<p>Many gyms offer you a complimentary training session when you first join, as a way to—spoiler alert!—entice you into buying a training package. And, while there are so many great reasons to hire someone one-on-one (starting with, you'd be hiring …

5 Exercises You Should Be Doing Way More Of

Get the max from your gym time—without adding more reps or more minutes<p>You're all about multitasking when it comes to your job, your to-do list, and even your free time (seriously, who <i>just</i> watches TV these days?). So why shouldn't your workout—and your body—benefit from the same smart shortcuts? …

Muscle

3 Moves That Are Secretly Amazing for Your Abs

Bored with planks and all crunched out? Try these little known core exercises<p>When it comes to sculpting strong, tight abs, there's a lot more you can do other than planks, sit-ups, and crunches. Personal trainer Rachel Cosgrove, the genius creator of the <i>Women's Health</i> Spartacus 4.0 Workout in the</i> …

Are These The Best Workout Songs Ever?

And the award goes to…<p>Here at <i>Women's Health</i>, we're forever on the hunt for great songs to help get you through your sweat session. That's why we were more than happy to team up with Gold's Gym and <i>Men's Health</i> last month for the March Music Madness Battle of the Sexes, where participants in the …

Men's Health