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These yoga panties will follow you through your vinyasa.<p>Plus, everything else JoAnna Garcia carries in her gym bag.<p>It will work wonders for your digestion.<p>It's referred to as "black magic" by devotees.<p>If you had to choose one...<p>Because we know you've got 10 minutes you can spare.<p>​It’s a crime …

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Yoga for Pain Relief<p>Relieve all your aches and pains with these soothing yoga poses<p>Pain Killers<p>Most people start hitting the mat because they want the famous yoga body: toned arms, tight abs, gravity-defying glutes. And it doesn't take long to discover how great yoga can make you feel on the …

21 Snacks for Flat Abs

These guilt-free nibbles will leave you satisfied and bloat-free.<p>There's no reason to cut snacking out of your life just because you're trying to shed belly flat—but you <i>do</i> have to be smart about it. The saying "abs are made in the kitchen" exists for a reason. Enhance your efforts at the gym with …

Carbs That Will Help You Lose Weight

<b>Quinoa or Brown Rice</b><br>Like sweet potatoes, whole grains also have lots of fill-you-up fiber and water—way more than white starches. And if you cook them al dente, which means you take them off the heat sooner so they’re still slightly chewy, they won’t raise your blood sugar levels as much—so you’re …

The Grocery List That Will Help You Drop Pounds, Build Muscle, and Gain Tons of Energy

Kirsch mixes and matches these ingredients to create healthy meals that maximize weight-loss results. Stock up to prepare for the Challenge.<p><i>David Kirsch is a wellness visionary with over two decades of experience in uncovering and harnessing the powerful connection between mind, body, and spirit.</i> …

What to Do Every Hour to Drop Pounds All Day

<b>6 a.m.</b><br>Wake up, and drink a big glass of water. It'll fill you up and get things moving to prevent belly bloat. Eat a small snack that offers quick carbohydrates and a little protein, such as half a banana and a few almonds—eating first thing jump-starts your metabolism.<p>And if you have time, …

8 Foods That Give You an Afternoon Energy Boost That AREN'T a Cup of Coffee

The key to beating the dreaded afternoon slump, Gans says, is being prepared with healthy snacks on-hand, specifically, foods with carbs for quick energy, and that are high in fiber, protein, and/or healthy fats to provide longer-lasting energy, without the jolt of caffeine.<p>"A lot of times, when …

8 Genius Ways to Use Veggies You Never Would Have Thought Of

Beat salad boredom with these beyond-creative veggie creations<p>Sick of your go-to veggie dishes? It’s time to switch it up! Get the spring back in your step the next time you hit the produce aisle with these crazy-smart ways to eat vegetables.<p>Roast The Whole Darn Thing<p>This whole-roasted cauliflower …

21 Recipes to Help Beat Belly Bloat

<b>1. Chia Pudding</b><p>High in anti-inflammatory omega-3's, this sweet chia pudding is a make-ahead recipe that will save you time, fill you up on fiber, and help you de-bloat. Mix together the ingredients the night before, pop it in the fridge, and look forward to a special treat the next day.<p><b>2. Apple</b> …

Fitness Habits You Should Establish in Your Twenties

15 Fitness Habits You Need to Establish In Your 20s<p>Your future self will thank you<p>Of course your twenties are a time to live it up, explore your options and do what you're crazy about. But they're also a time to get into the habit of, well, practicing healthy fitness habits—because doing so will …

13 Thoughts Every Woman Has During Her Period

<b>"Wait, I'm a day (or an hour) late…yep, definitely pregnant."</b> Even if the most action you've seen this month was on <i>Scandal</i>, this will inevitable go through your head. It may be irrational, but it's there. Call your best friend, she'll understand.<p><b>"But…I have cramps."</b> Whether it's calling out sick, …

high-intensity circuit workout

<b>Here are the moves you'll do:</b><br>1. Front Squat<br>2. Single-Leg Deadlift (one minute per leg)<br>3. Bent-Over Row<br>4. Push Press<p><b>And for more super efficient workouts, check out Jen's new book, Shape-Up Shortcuts!</b>

You Can Eat Fast Food And Still Lose Weight

You Can Eat Fast Food And Still Lose Weight—Seriously<p>Just order these smarter options<p>A science teacher from Iowa has been getting a ton of buzz recently for losing nearly 40 pounds after 90 days of eating McDonald's—and only McDonald's. You, too, can eat fast food and lose weight—just go for …

The (15 Minute) Skinny Jeans Workout

Exercise 1 Squat, Lunge, Curl<p>Stand with your arms at your sides and squat until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Push back up to the starting position. Then take a giant step forward with your left foot and lower your body until your left thigh is parallel to the ground. Push up onto your …

Weekend Challenge: Overhead Dumbbell Split Squat

Try this intense move for your lower body<p><i>Join the</i> Women’s Health <i>Weekend Challenge to help you meet your fitness goals fast and make your weekend workouts count. Check out our Facebook page every weekend and challenge yourself to try a new exercise. Thousands of women already have. Join them, and</i> …

The Best Workout Smoothie

The Best Post-Pilates Smoothie<p>Brooke Siler, author of <i>The Women's Health Big Book of Pilates</i>, shares her fave shake recipe<p>iStock/Thinkstock<p>Life's all about balance…and so is this nutrient-dense shake. A mix of carbs, fat, and protein, it will keep you fueled the right way post-Pilates. Mix the …

Train Like a Beast

Exercise 1 Frog Squat Jumps<p>The explosive power and wide stance of this amphibian-inspired exercise work your glutes, quads, hamstrings, and inner thighs while getting your heart rate up to torch calories. Stand tall, with your feet a little wider than hip-width and your feet slightly turned out <b>(A)</b>. …

Easy Ways to Lose Weight

<b>Ditch the guilt:</b> Recent research shows beating yourself up about eating something indulgent can sabotage your weight-loss efforts. Instead, look at treating yourself as a celebratory—not shame-inducing—event.<p><b>Ignore the scale:</b> Numbers go up and down and stall in a plateau all the time, which can do …

The Do-Anywhere CrossFit Workout

Exercise 1 Jump Squat<p>Stand with your feet wider than hip-width apart, toes pointed slightly out. Keeping your chest upright and core tight, bend your knees and sit your hips back, extending your arms straight in front of you at shoulder height <b>(a).</b> Press through your heels to jump as high as you can …

Low-Cal Winter Dinner Ideas

<b>Vegan Split Pea Soup</b><p>Warm up an especially chilly day with a big bowl of this vegan split pea soup. Easy to make and high in protein, this meat-free version of the classic is only 326 calories.<p><b>Toasted Quinoa and Lemon Cabbage</b><p>This lemony mix of high-fiber, protein-rich toasted quinoa and wilted …

Whole Grain Breakfast Recipes

<b>Apricot Pistachio Granola</b><br>Makes about 8 cups<p>3 cups rolled oats<br>1 cup raw pistachios, coarsely chopped <br>1 cup raw pepitas<br>1⁄2 cup raw sesame seeds<br>1⁄2 cup raw sunflower seeds <br>1 tsp kosher salt<br>1⁄4 tsp ground cinnamon<br>1⁄2 tsp ground cardamom<br>1⁄2 tsp pure vanilla extract<br>1⁄2 cup extra-virgin olive oil<br>1⁄2 cup …

6 Secrets to Getting Up for a Morning Workout

<b>Get a blast of sunlight.</b> <br>When your eye senses light, it sets off a chain reaction in your brain that leaves you feeling alert and energized, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Soak up rays by standing near an open window, or position your bed so it faces east and natural light will wake …

The 10 Best Workout Songs of 2013

So to honor this fantastic year in music, blast these awesome songs from 2013 during your next workout. You've probably downloaded some of them over the past 12 months... but we bet they're not all in one kick-butt playlist!<p><b>1. Pitbull ft. Ke$ha, "Timber"</b><p><b>2. Katy Perry, "Roar"</b><p><b>3. Lady Gaga,</b> …

Melt Method: Moves That Blast Cellulite

Exercise 1 Back Thigh Shear<p>With your upper body on the ground, move the roller under your upper thighs (just below where your butt meets your thighs) and extend your legs <b>(A)</b>. Slowly drag your legs together <b>(B)</b> and apart (like you’re making a snow angel or doing jumping jacks) to “Shear” the backs of …

Set Your Intention

Experts say intention setting can be a powerful tool in any fitness discipline, not just yoga. "It zeros in on something you can connect to emotionally, and unlike a long-term goal, you can make good on an intention in a single session, which is very satisfying," says celeb trainer Brett Hoebel. In …

Women's Health

Your 1,500-Calorie Eating Plan<p>Yes, it's possible to limit your calories but still eat like a queen. Here's how<p>Breakfast<p><b>Berry English Muffin</b><br>1 Tbsp natural creamy peanut butter<br>1 Ezekiel 4:9 whole-grain English muffin<br>1 Tbsp dried chia seeds<br>1/2 tsp ground cinnamon<br>1/4 cup sliced strawberries<p>Spread …

Lose 10 Pounds

Exercise 1 Dumbbell Squat to Overhead Press<p>Hold weights at your shoulders, elbows bent, feet hip-width apart. Bend your knees and lower until your thighs are nearly parallel to the floor. As you stand, press the weights overhead until your arms are straight. Return to start. That's one rep.<p>Exercise …

3 Super Fun Slimming Vacations | Women's Health

<b>SwellWomen Surf & Yoga Retreat</b><br>Not into backpacking? Try a surf and yoga vacation instead. A company called SwellWomen brings you to Maui, HI, for a week-long female-only health and fitness retreat. You get daily portion-controlled meals prepared by a private chef, plus two hours of surfing and yoga …

The Ultimate Leg Workout Routine

Exercise 1 Lateral Band Walk<p>Place a mini resistance band just below your knees and stand with your feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent <b>(a)</b>. Maintaining a tight core, step your left foot out to the side <b>(b)</b>, followed by your right. Continue for 30 to 40 small steps, keeping tension on the band, …

6 Moves That Lengthen and Strengthen

Exercise 1 Grand Pliés<p>Because this move is wider than the average squat, your inner thighs get in on the action. Stand with your feet wider than hip width, toes turned out <b>(A)</b>. Squat down as low as you can while keeping your chest high and letting your arms hang down in front of you <b>(B)</b>. As …