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The Total-Body Circuit Workout You Can Do While You Travel

I travel a lot for both work and play. Oftentimes, part of the fun of travel, for me, is to seek out new gyms wherever I go, to try out new training methodologies and connect with other fitness professionals to see what I can learn from them.<p>But sometimes, ain’t nobody got time for that. During …

4 Moves for Insanely Toned Abs (#NoFilter)

This total-body strength routine works overtime to firm your core by challenging your stability. The result? An effective sweat session we don't mind doing in the heat! Perform three sets on nonconsecutive days three times a week.

3 Exercises That Work Better Than Jumping Jacks

For a cardio workout that's anything but boring.<p>The thing about cardio is that it can bore you to tears in, like, a second (looking at you, elliptical). But you <i>can</i> get it done without slaving away on a treadmill and subsequently wanting to kill yourself.<p>Exhibit A: Jumping jacks. This classic …

Workouts

15 Amazing No-Equipment Workouts

For when you have zero desire to step outside<p>We totally get it: When it’s pouring rain or temps are at Arctic levels, the last thing you want to do is head to the gym. But if you’ve made big fitness resolutions for 2014, skipping workouts because you’d rather curl up on the couch with hot chocolate …

10 Abs Exercises Better Than Crunches

Sayonara, situps! Kick your abs workout into overdrive by trying one of these killer tummy-toning moves.

The Exercise Move That Works Your Belly, Butt, and Hips

Trainers, yoga teachers, and pilates instructors love it—and you will too.<p>Even if you don’t know the Bridge by name, we bet you’re familiar with the pose. This resistance move is super popular with fitness trainers as well as yoga and pilates instructors because it’s simple yet strengthens your …

The 7-Move 7-Minute Circuit That Blasts Fat Fast

Toning every inch of your body in less than 10 minutes sounds like something you can only achieve with the help of Photoshop, right? Wrong! Turns out you can burn serious calories and work every muscle from head to toe with this fat-blasting circuit from Craig Ballantyne, certified trainer and …

The Best Workout for a Toned, Tight Butt

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. "Because they are a particularly sleepy muscle group, performing light …

9 Great Cardio Workouts That Get Your Heart Pumping

And, no, they’re not all done on the 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> …

How To Squat Like A Boss

The squat is one of the most effective lower-body exercises you can do -- and you can do it just about anywhere.<p>No need for an intimidating weight rack or any fancy gear. All you must do is pay attention to a few key pointers:<p>Plant your feet shoulder-width apart (or slightly wider), with your toes …

Fast No-Bulk Arm Exercises

Wave good-bye to arm jiggle and get the sleek arms and stronger shoulders you crave with these upper body toners. You won't have to worry about …

The Do-Anywhere CrossFit Workout

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 suitcase for bulky running shoes and the five pairs of wedges you just <i>have</i> to bring. Plus, it's way too beautiful outside to be holed up in a gym …

7 Exercise Moves for Lean, Sexy Legs

Upgrade your leg workouts with these killer exercises for your hamstrings, quads, and calves

6 Trainers' Favorite Workout Moves for Stronger, Flatter Abs

These go-to exercises are seriously challenging—and seriously awesome.<p>Get ready to revamp your abs strengthening routine. We asked six trainers to share their ultimate move for creating a flat and strong core, and they definitely delivered. Check out their go-to exercises—from dead bugs to body …

30-Minute Workout: Get Total-Body Toned with this No-Equipment Circuit Workout

Get a full-body calorie-blasting burn without any equipment—anytime, anywhere<p>Ready to sweat, fit chicks?! Check out these supersets for a crazy intense all-over toning workout.<p><i>Women's Health</i> Senior Fitness Editor Jen Ator, C.S.C.S., author of <i>Shape Up Shortcuts</i>, takes you through these supersets. …

The Futuristic Technology That Could Enable Interstellar Travel

Technically savvy scientists and engineers have put much effort into conceiving far-future technologies that might make possible near- light-speed …

Humans Have Drilled A Comet For the First Time Ever

Though the Philae lander has run into a few issues during her time on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, she has completed more than her share of science along the way. She's successfully drilled into the comet, analyzed what she found, and is sending data back now.<p>When the European Space Agency …

Space

The Prynt Case Turns Your Smartphone into an Instant Camera… and Then Some

Instant photography is making a big comeback lately. As both the success of The Impossible Project and the popularity of Fuji’s most recent Instax …

Despite Ebola Stigma and Security Woes, Nigeria Pushes Forward

Nigeria’s $10 billion fashion market is growing swiftly, despite the lingering stigma of an Ebola outbreak and a woeful security situation.<p><b>LAGOS,</b> …

North Korea Releases U.S. Citizens Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller

As President Obama leaves for Asia, North Korea releases Americans Kenneth Bae and Matthew from prison.<p>United States officials said Saturday morning that two American citizens who were imprisoned in North Korea are on their way home, after secret negotiations that involved U.S. Director of National …

Boko Haram suspected in suicide bomb at Nigeria school, 48 dead

A suicide bomber-- dressed in a school uniform and apparently carrying explosives in a student rusksack-- killed at least 48 people at a boys high school in northeastern Nigeria Monday.<p>The militant group Boko Haram is believed to have carried out the attack, police told the BBC. The terror …

We listen to sad music to feel nostalgic

If sadness is an unpleasant emotion, then why are we at times so drawn to sad music? By <b>Dan Ruderman</b><p>In a recent study Liila Taruffi and Stefan Koelsch …

The Man Who Disobeyed His Boss And Opened The Berlin Wall

To many Germans, Harald Jaeger is the man who opened the Berlin Wall.<p>It's a legacy that still makes the former East German border officer uncomfortable 25 years after he defied his superiors' orders and let thousands of East Berliners pour across his checkpoint into the West.<p>"I didn't open the …

These Stunning, Simple Posters Tell The Story Of The Syrian Revolution

Syrian designer Fares Cachoux creates heartbreaking and hopeful posters of his country’s struggle.<p>When the Syrian revolution began, Syrian-born graphic designer Fares Cachoux was living abroad. He couldn’t concentrate on his work–especially after his hometown was bombed–so he quit his job, and used …

Middle East

Our All-Time Favorite Volcano Pictures

National Geographic digs into its archives to find the most stunning and surprising photographs of volcanoes around the world.

Geology

Remembering the Fall of the Berlin Wall: A Firsthand Account From a Flipboard Curator

<i>Flipboard’s curator for Germany, Stefanie Bastian, remembers the night the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and suggests magazines to flip through in honor</i> …