Sophia Gutierrez

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Tone Up With These 6 Power Moves for Your Mind and Body

<i>By SELF Staffers</i>, SELF<p>These toners also boost mental focus, says Sarita Allen, Linda Celeste Sims's pilates teacher (and an Ailey Extension instructor). Try them three times a week.<p><b>1. Warm-Up Breathing</b><p>Stand with your back against a wall, heels touching, and inhale, reaching arms out to sides and …

4 Super-Simple Protein Bars You Can Make at Home

Whip up muscle-building treats without the bogus ingredients<p>Protein bars are a convenient source of muscle-building nutrients, but they often come packed with unwanted ingredients. Some mass-market companies load their bars with chemicals to optimize shelf life and taste, says <i>Men’s Health</i> nutrition …

How To Stretch For Better Sleep

If you have troubling drifting off to dreamland, you've probably tried a long list of remedies to get more and better Zzs, from lullabies to warm milk to a hot bath.<p>But if you're not already a regular yogi, you may not have thought yet to turn to the practice to rock you gently to sleep.<p>In the …

Add an avocado, lower your cholesterol

Just an avocado a day can significantly lower your cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease, a new study shows.<p>Avocados are rich in so-called healthy fats and other nutrients and the study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, shows the creamy fruit can work within …

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The Only 5 Exercises You'll Ever Need

By Michael Beck, DETAILS<p>It sounds like a bad infomercial: Get ripped in less time! We're conditioned to believe that jaw-dropping, body-transforming results are achieved only by putting in the hours. But if you've been adhering to the muscle-isolating back-and-bi, chest-and-tri gospel, the truth …

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