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5 Ways to Quiet Your Negative Thoughts

Does your mind sometimes dwell on all that seems wrong in the world, in your world? Do your negative thoughts build on each other, taking way too much space away from the positive? If so, you're not alone.<p>Negative thoughts have some serious power. If you're not careful, they can take hold of your …

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5 Exercises That Will Show Your Lower Belly Who's Boss

One trainer's favorite moves for flattening that tricky spot<p>When you're trying to target your lower abs, all abs-strengthening moves are not created equal. Fact is, some are much more effective at working those tough-to-get-to muscles. So we asked celebrity trainer Michelle Lovitt, an Asics America …

Why Being Single Is Better Than Being in a Crappy Relationship

Not only is every breakup hard—from explaining to friends and family why it didn't work out to feeling like you lost a part of yourself—but entering back into the single world can also be daunting. Still, staying in a bad relationship is definitely worse. "Research shows that one of the main …

8 Mistakes That Are Slowing Your Weight Loss

Read up to lighten up.<p>Everyone makes mistakes, right? Luckily, though, these weight-loss errors are simple to fix. Learn what you might be doing wrong—and how to get back on track ASAP.<p>Mistake #1: You Have a Wimpy Breakfast<p>If you put some butter on a piece of toast and run out the door each …

12 Weird Beauty Uses for Coconut Oil

<b>Oil Pulling</b><br>If you haven't heard the buzz about oil pulling yet, it's time to get on the bandwagon. Swishing coconut oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes a day (preferably at the beginning of the day, before you brush your teeth) may help to detoxify your body, cure headaches, whiten teeth, and …

11 Reasons Living Alone Is the BEST

You don’t <i>always</i> have to refill the toilet paper right away.<p>Related: You don’t have to have the awkward conversation with your roommate about how it’s simply *unacceptable* when <i>she</i> doesn’t refill the toilet paper.<p>You can leave your phone on the table without worrying that your texts will be …

7 Trainers Share Their BEST Strength-Training Tips

Use their secrets to sculpt and strengthen to the max.<p>It's no secret that strength training is <i>so</i> good for you. Countless experts have told us that it helps burn fat, increase bone density, and—oh yeah—seriously tone every inch of your body. To find out how you can get even more out of your strength …

7 Ways to Get Your Butt Back in Gear When You're Feeling Zero Motivation to Work Out

How to keep laziness, burnout, and forgotten gym shoes from standing in the way of your workout.<p>Whether you've got workout burnout or are feeling defeated after missing a week's worth of gym time during a vacation, it can be hard to snap out of your no-workout coma. But here’s the thing: You need …

3 Simple Ways to Make Zucchini Pasta

You could call any of these things "zucchini pasta," but when I talk about it, I almost always mean raw zucchini that has been sliced to look—and act—like noodles. The point of the dish isn't really to mimic a bowl of wheat pasta but rather to create a fresh, creative, and fun raw vegetable dish …

Flat-Belly Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Two Snacks for Under 1,600 Calories

The Flat-Belly Day meal plan from the September 2014 issue of <i>Women's Health</i><p>It's totally possible to eat delicious food that isn't completely loaded with empty calories. In fact, we've got a full meal plan for it. Click through these slides to see recommended recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, …

The Beauty Benefits of Meditation

“Our muscles tense and skin loses that rosy glow and fine lines and wrinkles begin to form," Banks says. Stress also effects hair loss. As the blood vessels begin to constrict, it deprives hair follicles of the oxygen, minerals and vitamins it needs for healthy hair growth." Vitamins are instead …

Q&A: Do Certain Body Parts Lose Weight Faster Than Others?

<b>The answer:</b> Yes—but where the fat melts off first is totally different for everyone and has a lot to do with your genetically determined body profile. "If you tend to gain weight around your waist, you'll likely lose weight from your midsection first as well," says Brill. Meanwhile, if extra …

The Difference Between Slow and Fast Weight Training

Generally speaking, most of those aforementioned workout-ers should take it down a notch, says Darden. "Yes, you can train too fast," he says. "The problem with speeding up the tempo is that doing so can increase the forces and cause injury to the muscles and joints, especially if it's done …

The Fast Route to a Rock-Hard Body

It wasn't even considered a sport at first—rock climbing began as a training tool for alpinists preparing to battle unforgiving ascents in the Alps. In the late 1940s, it became a competitive sport, but still, the first climbing gym in this country (Vertical World in Seattle) didn't open until …

Abs Exercises Better Than Crunches

10 Abs Exercises Better Than Crunches<p>Sayonara, situps! Kick your abs workout into overdrive by trying one of these killer tummy-toning moves.<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 …

6 Salad Ingredients That Help You Drop Pounds Faster

<b>Hemp Seeds</b><br>"These trendy seeds are a great source of satiating protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber," says Kohn. Also, because they're slightly sweet, they satisfy your sweet tooth without added sugar. You can add a tablespoon to your salad for a reasonable 40 calories.<p><b>Avocado</b><br>Half an avocado (160 …

6 Ways You Should Be Using Essential Oils

<b>Create a Sexy Scent</b><br>A custom-blended fragrance is an absolute luxury, and this one is as alluring as they come: Tisserand likes to blend sandalwood or cedarwood with lemon, orange, or mandarin oil for a sultry scent. Just dilute your oil mixture into a lotion before you use it (essential oils can be …

New Sex Toys | Women's Health

14 Crazy New Sex Toys You Probably Haven’t Tried—But You Really Should<p>Did someone say "crazy sex toys"? Yes. Yes, they did.<p>Photograph courtesy of form 8/lelo/Nu Sensuelle<p>You’ve got a lot of options when you’re looking to buy a sex toy. How many spots do you want to target? One? Two? <i>Three</i>? Do you …

The Female Orgasm: How it Works

That's what evolutionary biologists have been trying to figure out — with little success. <i>The Case of the Female Orgasm: Bias in the Science of Evolution</i> by Elisabeth Lloyd, Ph.D., a biology professor at Indiana University, shoots holes in virtually every theory that has ever attempted to pinpoint …

Dater Diary: The One Thing I WON'T Settle for in Love

I met him on Hinge and for our first meet-up, he suggested a fancy-shmancy cocktail bar downtown. After we made our way through three cocktails in less than two hours (sorry not sorry), he casually said, "I actually made dinner reservations at the place upstairs, if you’re interested."<p>"Were you …

5 Common Mistakes That Kill Your Motivation | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Motivation is the driving force behind our actions. More motivation to do the right things is therefore one of the most common desires people have. …

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Crispy Pan-Fried Noodle Cakes With Seafood Recipe

Crispy and a little saucy, egg noodles pan-fried until they form a crispy-on-the-outside, tender-in-the-middle cake is a classic Hong Kong and Guangzhou dish. A nest of egg noodles are fried in a wok until golden brown and topped with a combination of stir-fried meat, seafood, or vegetables. Here's …

I'm a guy and I'll never badmouth my wife

“My wife is just such a pain in the ass!” he said, as we were changing in the gym locker room.<p>“You know how it is…” he finished.<p>Blankly, I stared at him, cocking my head sideways like a befuddled mastiff.<p>“No. I really don’t,” I replied.<p>As I finished dressing myself and walked out, you could hear a …

How to Feel Calmer in 60 Seconds

When Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet want to dial up the radiant factor, they call on Dallas-based facialist Joanna Czech (who holds residence at the Paul Labrecque Salon & Spa when she's in NYC). Here, the skin-firming guru—she's known for her uplifting facial, which practically excavates …

5 Easy Tricks to Bust Out of a Bad Mood

Bad moods are the worst, aren't they? Especially the ones that you just wake up with and can't shake. Those are the ones I really dislike. But as I've come to learn over the years, you can either make or break your own happiness. And while sometimes it isn't easy, no matter the circumstances, you …

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5 Ways To Quiet a Racing Mind

Yawn!<p>That’s exactly how I started every morning when I was feeling the impact of burnout.<p>I was tired and exhausted during the day, and then my mind …