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One Time You SHOULDN’T Have Sex

You might want to make a date with your Netflix instead<p>When you're having a super-stressful day, it's normal to turn to chocolate, a glass of wine, or a friend you can vent to. But if you happen to turn to sex (hey, we all cope differently!), you might want to be careful. Women who tend to have …

Research

3 Steps to Taming Static Flyaways

No dryer sheets? No problem. Here are better ways to tame electro-charged flyaways<p>Tote a box of dryer sheets? Yeah, that's about as practical as stilettos in a snowstorm. Here are better ways to tame electro-charged flyaways.<p><b>Consider Your Hair Type</b>Static tends to be a straight-hair issue. "Curls …

What's Better For Building Muscle: Heavier Weights or More Reps?

Should you do more reps or lift heavier weights?<p><b>The question:</b> If I want to build more muscle, should I lift heavier weights or do more reps with lighter weights?<p><b>The expert:</b> Lee Boyce, C.P.T., owner of Boyce Training Systems in Toronto<p><b>The answer:</b> Actually, you need to do both if you want to see …

Muscle

Fry Fat in 15 Minutes

Build strength and burn fat--even if you have less than 20 minutes to spare<p>This fast-paced strength circuit from trainer Craig Ballantyne alternates upper-and lower-body muscle groups to blast more calories in less time. In short, here's how to burn fat, fast.<p><b>Do it:</b> Complete as many reps of each …

Workouts

10 Ways to Get a Bodacious Butt

Get a backside that's even better than a Photoshop job<p>When Kim Kardashian shared this post-workout butt selfie on Instagram, the Internet pretty much freaked out. After rumors flew that the pic was Photshopped, Kim responded in an extended tweet last week saying, "It sucks when people make up …

Workouts

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

Why You Can't Stop Snacking

Hint: Lack of willpower has nothing to do with it<p>Do you open a bag of chips, only to find yourself clawing at the bottom minutes later? Your mistake might be stashing the bag within arm’s reach: Seeing nearby foods actually triggers neurological impulses to dig in, according to a new study in <i>PLoS</i> …

Will Power

9 Great Cardio Workouts That Get Your Heart Pumping

And no, they don't require a treadmill<p>If the first thing you think of when you hear the word “cardio” is running, <i>giiirl</i> do we have some workouts for you to try. Of course, we heart running—it’s a great way to calm your mind and build cardiovascular strength. But it’s definitely not the <i>only</i> way to …

Exercise

Is Sleeping in Your Makeup Really THAT Bad?

An expert weighs in<p><b>The question:</b> Is not washing your face before bed every once in a while really that bad?<p><b>The expert:</b> Dennis Gross M.D., founder of 900 5th Dermatology in New York City and creator of Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare<p><b>The answer:</b> The quick answer: yes, it really is <i>that</i> bad.<p>A survey over the …

Dry Skin

6 Surprising Signs You're Stressed Out

The very visible (and bizarre) things that stress does to your body<p>You're stressed. We're stressed. Everyone's stressed. No big deal, right? Because it's so common, you might think that if you're not lying on the floor from exhaustion, you're probably fine. But stress has an insidious way of …

Women's Health

What Happens When You Don’t Use Shampoo for 5 Years

She didn't wash her hair for 5 YEARS. See how it turned out!<p>You’ve heard that you don’t have to wash your hair every single day and that suds-ing up too much may even strip the healthy oils from your scalp. But, um: What about not shampooing your hair for almost <i>five years</i>?<p><b>MORE:</b> 7 Ways You’re …

Hair

Avoid the Comfort Food Trap

The grub you think will give you an emotional lift often leaves you down in the dumps—how to overcome this bad-mood food slump<p>The term <i>comfort food</i> is a bit of a misnomer. We indulge in stuff like milkshakes and cheeseburgers to soothe ourselves, but they can actually have the opposite effect once …

Nutrition

5 Foods That Can Help Extend Your Fertility

Granted, your ability to get preggers depends largely on your genes. But you can start making conception-friendly diet choices to up your odds<p>The first step toward a healthier reproductive system is balancing your hormones through diet, says holistic health counselor Alisa Vitti, founder of the …

Nutrition

Tastes Better Together: Honey and Black Pepper

4 mouth-watering ways to enjoy this major flavor combo<p><b>Ricotta-Pear Flatbread Pizza</b><p>2 thin-crust flatbreads1/4 cup balsamic vinegar1 Tbsp honey3/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese1 tsp chopped fresh thyme1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepperPinch of salt1/2 red pear, sliced …

Food

Can Sex Make You Smarter?

Have sex tonight because…science!<p>Besides being a stress-reliever—and being pretty darn fun—getting frisky has another awesome upside to it: Sex may boost brainpower, according to a recent animal study published in the journal <i>Brain Research</i>.<p><b>MORE:</b> 13 Reasons Why Winter Sex Is the Best<p>For this study, …

The Brain

10 Foods Every Healthy Kitchen Needs

(A.K.A. your new grocery list)<p><i>By Leta Shy for POPSUGAR Fitness</i><p>When it comes to eating well, you need to set yourself up for success. A kitchen filled with cookies and chips, for example, won't help you learn to snack on fruit instead. Be smart by stocking up on healthy items that keep for a while …

Healthy Eating

The Strange Reason You're Exhausted

It has nothing to do with what you did last night<p>Even if you're dragging at 5pm, you may want to avoid that late-afternoon latte. Consuming caffeine even six hours before bedtime can lead to significant sleep disturbances, according to a new study in the <i>Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine</i>.<p>In this …

Sleep

Ellie Goulding's Fit Message: "Train for Power, Strength, Flexibility, and Agility"

An avid runner with a half marathon under her belt, the UK singer is our workout crush of the day.<p>We confess, we are totally crushing on UK singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding right now. Instead of sending out a workout selfie that humblebrags about her body or shows off her massively toned assets …

Marathons

Do Low-Cal or No-Cal Drinks REALLY Help You Lose Weight?

Diet soda junkies, this one's for you<p>When you're trying to slim down, it makes sense to give up sugary soda and go with the diet kind, saving yourself 140 calories per can, on average. But weirdly, drinking low- or no-calorie beverages may not actually change the number of calories you rack up per …

Nutrition

Does Working Out Make You Eat More?

The counterintuitive way your body responds to a sweat session<p>Considering that you torch mucho calories when you totally kill it in a cycling class, you’d expect your body to respond with crazy-intense hunger pangs that lead you directly to the refrigerator (or nearest drive-thru). But actually, …

Fitness

The 15-Minute One-Dumbbell Workout

Downsize your equipment, maximize your results<p>Fancy equipment. Pricey gyms. Experienced personal trainers. All are nice pluses—but you don't need them to sculpt a better body. In fact, when you're short on time, stuck at home, or navigating a packed gym, scaling back can make you more …

Workouts