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How to Reduce Belly Fat: A Complete Plan to Shrink Your Waist

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that the current diet of the Western world is between 70 to 90 percent starch, sugar and fat, and the average sleep time is less than eight hours a night. From driving to working at desks to watching TV, the No. 1 form of activity is sitting, …

The Fit 5: Real Talk With Reggie Bush

Things in life may be changing dramatically for Reggie Bush—last month, the 28-year-old tailback signed on as a free agent with the Detroit Lions and …

The Do-Anywhere CrossFit Workout

No time? No equipment? No space? No problem. This travel-friendly, CrossFit-inspired workout will blast fat and sculpt muscle in minutes. No excuses!<p>Vacations generally present a number of fitness obstacles, and summer ones are no exception. For starters, there never seems to be enough room in your …

Workouts

The Ultimate Weight-Loss Circuit Workout

<i>By Joe Dowdell, CSCS for Shape.com</i><p>If you're short on time but still want to fit in an effective training session -- especially if your goal is fat loss -- metabolic resistance training (MRT) is tough to beat. With this training style, the goal is to maximize caloric expenditure while also …

Natural Ways to Protect Yourself against GMOs

<i>by guest blogger Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, Lac, integrative medicine pioneer</i><p>Whether we like it or not, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) currently dominate much of our commercial food supply. At last count, as much as 70 percent of the food in an average grocery store in the United States contained …

10 Quotes for Instant Fitspiration

Win the weight-loss battle! These mantras are guaranteed to help you go that extra mile

Fitness

DSM-5: Saying Goodbye To Asperger's Syndrome

By: Wynne Parry, LiveScience Contributor<p>Published: 06/11/2013 11:34 AM EDT on LiveScience<p><b>Editor's Note</b><i>: With the release of the latest edition of the mental health manual, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (the DSM), LiveScience takes a close look at some of the disorders it</i> …

Yoga for People Who Hate Yoga

Doing yoga with Francisco Kaiut is doing yoga from the inside out. In fact, to say the word "doing" is already too active, too aggressive, as it's more of an un-doing.<p>I am someone who has never felt very comfortable in a modern yoga class. Plagued by an inner clamoring about how inflexible I am, …

Renewable Energy at 4 p.m.

We were on the 4 p.m. ferry, which departured half an hour late due to delays from boarding the 400-plus passengers returning from a holiday weekend at Cape Cod. A long line formed at the snack bar as soon as we were underway and I noticed that many emerged from the line holding bottles of beer. A …

10 Simple Ways to Eat Clean and Save Green

Ever since I started sharing my journey from Hot Pockets to whole foods, I've often heard that it's difficult to afford a healthier lifestyle. I won't argue with you there. Real food is pricier than processed food made in a lab or a factory. And you will certainly see a jump in the grand total on …

How Yoga Can Help You On the Job

A certain kind of yoga may boost your brainpower, according to a new study. Discover the sequence that can help you get ahead.<p>Every time you speak up in front of your boss, your mind zeros in on all the ways you might mess up. Sound familiar? There’s a simple way to keep your cool: Practicing 20 …

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When You 'Don't Have Time' -- Tips to Reach Your Health and Wellness Goals

As a health and lifestyle coach, I've seen the devastation that can occur when people neglect their health and wellbeing by letting their to-do lists control their lives. So have you, I'm sure.<p>But consider this: How can you accomplish what you need to do, day in and day out, if you don't take …

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 …

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4 Ways to Ensure Better Sleep

<i>By Jan Bruce, CEO and co-founder of meQuilibrium</i><p>When it comes to creating an arsenal of stress-reducing tools, it doesn't matter how much yoga you do or how much herbal tea you drink -- your efforts aren't worth much without a solid night's sleep.<p>Don't underestimate the power of shut-eye to improve …

15-Minute Arm Workout: Armed For Summer

Get firmer, stronger, sexier arms and shoulders with this fast-acting circuit workout<p>The heat of summer is right around the corner, and that means breaking out the essentials: sundresses, tanks, and lots of skin. If your arms aren't ready to see the light just yet, don't freak. New York City …

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We Tried It: The 7-Minute Workout

<b>What We Tried:</b> The seven-minute workout, as made popular by a <i>New York Times</i> article covering a recent circuit workout published in the American College of Sports Medicine's (ACSM) <i>Health & Fitness Journal.</i><p><b>Where:</b> In the comfort of my own living room.<p><b>What We Did:</b> The seven-minute workout involves a …

Unity, Balance, and Power

Lincoln told us that a house divided against itself cannot long stand. In unity there is strength; in balance, power. In disunity and imbalance, therefore, the opposite -- weakness and vulnerability.<p>As I wrestle with opposing inspirations on the topic of our unity, balance, and power, I am a little …

Road Bike Safety 101: How to Get There, Get Fit, and Not Get Hit

<b>Put down the phone</b>. We shouldn’t even need to say this, but talking on the phone, texting, or checking Instagram while biking are major no-nos. Also …

When It Comes to Our Brains, Study Suggests Yoga Trumps Running

We’ve learned that yoga can make us limber like Gumby, help relieve anxiety and pain, and reduce blood pressure Does yoga therapy reduce blood …

Runners: Don't Let Poor Technique 'Run' You Into the Ground

Whether it's for exercise or simply to de-stress, running is one of the most popular pastimes today. Rain or shine, it's a sport that requires little beyond a good pair of shoes. Old, young, men, women... we run in nearly every region of the world. And it's easy, right? Who doesn't know how to …

Why Setting Goals Doesn't Work (And How to Start Moving Forward With Ease!)

The thing about most goal-setting processes is... <i>they don't work.</i><p>One of my coaching clients recently sent me a list of goals he had created for himself using other books and personal development tools. We were just beginning to work together so it was helpful to see what he was working to create in …

Restless Legs Syndrome Tied To Higher Risk Of Early Death

By: Bahar Gholipour, LiveScience Staff Writer<p>Published: 06/12/2013 04:17 PM EDT on LiveScience<p>Men who suffer from restless legs syndrome may not live as long as those without the condition, according to a new study.<p>The study found that men with restless legs syndrome (RLS) were nearly 40 percent …

Getting Enough Sleep Is Smart, Not Selfish

It's getting late, yet there are still things you need and want to do. So you keep going until exhaustion takes over, never adjusting the alarm clock that will clang for you to get an early start on all the things you have to do the next morning.<p>Sound familiar?<p>Far too often, we see sleep as an …

5 Ways Yoga Makes Sex Better

Yoga is more than a path to Zen. In fact, it could be a path to the “big O” as well. Simply put, a regular practice can prime you for an awesome sex …

Compound Exercises for Muscle Growth in Weight Training

<b>Compound exercises</b> work multiple muscle groups such as the legs and butt with squats; the shoulders and arms with overhead presses; and a wide range …

The Best Warm-Weather Running Gear

Soaring temps don't have to mean retreating to the treadmill—or worse, skipping your run altogether. Try this running gear designed to help keep you comfy, even in the heat

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5 Secret Ways to Exercise at the Pool

No doubt about it, swimming is great exercise: The water is 12 times more resistant than air in every direction, and when you do laps, you're using all your major muscle groups (shoulders, back, abs, legs, hips, <i>and</i> butt).<p>But swimming laps isn't the only way to exercise in the pool. In fact, these …

How to Pick the Perfect Shoe for Any Workout [Infographic]

Copy the code below to share this infographic on your website or blog:<p><a href="http://www.greatist.com/fitness/how-to-choose-shoes-for-exercise/" …

Embrace Your Inner Guacamole

I turned around and it's June -- only to be greeted by an abundance of rain, sticky subway cars and an overuse of the cliché icebreaker "where did the year go" ringing from the rooftops. We get it summer, point made loud and clear -- you're here to stay until the bookend of Labor Day kicks you to …

Yoga: How We Help People With Disabilities Gain Access to Integrative Therapies

<i>This is an interview with Crystal Hinton, who started her yoga service career caring for her younger sister, Chanda, when Chanda moved to Colorado in 2000. A shooting accident at the age of 9 left Chanda paralyzed, a C/6 injury. In 2003, Chanda "hit rock bottom" as a result of raging medication</i> …