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The Better-Sex Workout

Turn good sex into great sex—and tone your body—with these four Pilates moves<p>If the promise of a long, lean, dancer-like physique hasn't made you a Pilates devotee already, this just might: Pilates can rev your sex life. Many of the practice's poses target the muscles women rely on between the …

Workouts

Get Legs Like a Dancer—In 6 Moves

Pro dancer Akua Noni Parker shares the go-to exercises that keep her lower half stage-ready<p>Want to get a major case of leg envy? Just check out a dancer—they always have amazingly sexy stems. But believe it or not, they don't come from dancing alone. “Dancing is great exercise, but it's primarily …

Muscle

The 14 Best Kettlebell Exercises For A Total-Body Transformation

These will get you strong AF.<p>If you've eyed a cast-iron kettlebell at your gym and couldn't imagine a use for it beyond doorstop, keep reading.<p>First things first: The kettlebell is that ball-shaped weight with a U-shaped handle. “That design means the center of gravity isn’t in the middle of the …

Workouts

21-Day Shape-Up Plan: Get Started

It's still not too late to get strong, lean, and sexy, thanks to this metabolism-revving, muscle-sculpting, weight-loss plan<p><b>How the Plan Works:</b><p><b>GET STARTED</b><p>Get more information about the workout

Fitness

The Girl Who Turned to Bone

Unexpected discoveries in the quest to cure an extraordinary skeletal condition show how medically relevant rare diseases can be.<p>When Jeannie Peeper was born in 1958, there was only one thing amiss: her big toes were short and crooked. Doctors fitted her with toe braces and sent her home. Two …

11 Bizarre Factors That Increase Your Risk Of Heart Disease

Um, whoa.<p>You go for runs, limit your donut consumption, and have never smoked a cigarette. So you're probably never going to get heart disease, right?<p>Er, not quite.<p>It's true that the biggest risk factors for heart disease certainly aren't shocking: They include obesity, a lack of exercise, smoking, …

Medical Research

10 Ways to Get a Flat Stomach

Nutrition

Muscle-Sculpting Yoga

Build long, lean muscles with this yoga routine<p>Yoga Strong<p>"How did you get those arms? Do you lift weights?" Yogis hear these questions all the time and smile knowingly as they respond, "Nope. Just yoga." Yoga requires nothing but ourselves—no weights, no machines, just the ability to lift and hold …

Yoga

Legs and Butt Workout: Blast Your Lower Half

Get lean legs and a tight butt<p>Perform this legs and butt workout once or twice a week: Starting with the first exercise, slowly complete five reps (it should take about 10 seconds per rep: five up, five down). Continue until you've done every exercise. Do two to four total circuits, switching sides …

Workouts

Weight Lifting Tips for Women

Reap the benefits of strength training while warding off injuries<p>Women are hitting the weight room in record numbers, and a new study found that weight-training injuries among women have jumped a whopping 63 percent. Here are the most common slipups and how to fix them, so you leave the gym …

Exercise

30-Day Abs Challenge

Flat abs are made in the gym — AND the kitchen. Use our 30 day ab challenge and eating strategies to get a flatter stomach in 30 days!<p>Follow this 30 day ab challenge to whittle your middle!<p>Day 1. <b>Training Tip:</b> Put Your Core FirstIf flat abs are important to you, promote them to the top of your …

Workouts

Get Healthy in 5 Minutes or Less!

Good news: With these easy tricks, great health can still be yours<p>Got five minutes? If you want to get healthier, that’s all the time you need. Some of the nation’s top docs—including ER physician Dr. Travis Stork, obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Lisa Masterson, board-certified plastic and …

Wellness

10 Facts About Your Muscles

The real deal on the muscles rippling under your skin -- and how to make them strong, sexy and so worth the sweat<p>Meet Your Muscles<p>When it comes to your body, knowledge is power. Literally. The better you understand your muscles and what they're capable of, the more you can do with them, whether …

Muscle

Best Makeup Tips

Your fingers will get the job done, but good brushes are better for blending, lining, and building color. Here are the three you really need:<p>1. Flat Shadow Brush<p>It's ideal for applying your base color. Choose one made with supersoft natural hairs, like sable or goat, if you're working with powdered …

The 3 Worst Breakfast Meals

Some morning meals do more harm than good<p>Yes, it's super important not to skip breakfast—but DO skip these bad boys. Instead, swap them out for healthier (and tastier!) alternatives.<p><b>Microwavable Breakfast Sandwiches</b>Healthy options exist, but many are packed with preservatives and sodium, says …

The Best Protein Sources

You know a protein-rich diet can help you drop pounds—but are you reaching for the right foods?<p>Quick—which has more protein: an egg, or an ounce of mozzarella? Believe it or not, the cheese actually has about 16 percent more protein. You might want to write that down, especially if you’re one of …

Nutrition

Report: Sodium Guidelines Need to be Reconsidered

You may not need to cut back on sodium after all, according to new findings from the Institute of Medicine<p>Keeping your sodium intake as low as possible may not be so smart after all: Although the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting yourself to between 1,500 to 2,300 mg of …

High Blood Pressure

Energize with Yoga

Studies show that some yoga poses reduce fatigue and adjust the hormone cortisol—too little of which can zap your energy. "This sequence engages your core and energizes your system from the inside out," says <i>Women's Health</i> yoga expert Tara Stiles. The poses also require balance, which sharpens your …

The 'I'm Too Busy to Work Out' Workout

Too busy to burn calories? Try this once-a-week 20-minute workout routine that will preserve stamina and build muscle in no time<p><b>The Best of Less</b>Do one set of 10 to 12 reps of each move once a week with 3- to 8-pound dumbbells. Between exercises, hop on a stationary bike or run in place at a …

Workouts

Running for Beginners: FAQs

Run your way to a better body with these beginner tips from Runner's World<p><b>How do I get started?</b>Start walking for a length of time that feels comfortable--anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes. Once you can walk for 30 minutes easily, sprinkle 1- to 2-minute running sessions into your walking. As time goes …

Marathons

Do You Work Out Enough?

Fewer than one in five women do. Find out how much exercise you should be doing<p>Sure, you belong to a gym. But do you use it enough? If you’re like most women, the answer is no: Fewer than 20 percent of American women meet the government’s exercise recommendations, according to data from the 2011 …

Exercise

Yoga Moves for a Pick-Me-Up

Put down the coffee and forget the power nap. These poses will get you more energy<p>Studies show that some yoga poses reduce fatigue and adjust the hormone cortisol—too little of which can zap your energy. "This sequence engages your core and energizes your system from the inside out," says <i>Women's</i> …

Yoga

4 Yoga Moves for a Better Butt

These poses are the fastest way to a backside that will make everyone jealous<p>There are some seriously cute yoga pants out there that can take you from mat to cocktails, but here's the catch: They're all pretty tight. The good news is that you don't need to hit up Google for the best butt workout …

Yoga

7 Awesome Benefits of Birth Control

Besides the obvious one…<p>You already know that birth control offers ridiculously reliable protection against unplanned pregnancies—assuming you're using it correctly, that is. But BC actually has a lot of other amazing social and lifestyle benefits, too. Researchers at the family planning …

Women's Health