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How Do You Define Success?

<i>Even during times of transition, we can redefine our idea of success.</i><p>I've always been a tad nonconformist, but I'm noticing how one of my long-treasured beliefs is coming of age.<p>Success can, and in some cases must, be defined by individual preference rather than outward norms or previously accepted …

How To Train Your Brain To See What Others Don't

Charles Darwin had one of the greatest "aha!" moments in all of history when writing his magnum opus <i>On The Origin of Species</i>. After reading a book written 40 years earlier on population growth and resource competition, Darwin immediately saw the connection to the variation among species that he had …

Weekend Challenge: Body-Weight Jump Squat

This move gives your lower body a super sculpting challenge while torching some serious calories<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</i> …

How to Lose Weight in 7 Days

Need to lose weight fast? Like in one week? Implement one simple tweak every day to feel lighter and firmer in just 7 days.<p>7 Days to Slim<p>Looking for a realistic deadline diet? Make these tiny tweaks from <b>Shape-Up Shortcuts</b>, a NEW amazing book from Jen Ator, C.S.C.S., <i>Women's Health</i> magazine's senior …

Legs and Butt Workout: Blast Your Lower Half

Get lean legs and a tight butt<p>Perform this legs and butt workout once or twice a week: Starting with the first exercise, slowly complete five reps (it should take about 10 seconds per rep: five up, five down). Continue until you've done every exercise. Do two to four total circuits, switching sides …

6 Myths About Introverts To Stop Believing

If common stereotypes have anything to say on the matter, it's that introverts are socially awkward loners who abhor large crowds and don't like people very much. An introvert may not be a particularly friendly or happy person, but hey, at least they're smarter and more creative than the average …

Free Your True Self

With all the messages that we get from friends, family and society about who we are, should be or need to be, your true self can feel caged behind bars of expectations. Like the tiger in the cage that would not leave when the gate was open to be set free, we can keep our genuine selves caught …

Defining Success

The beauty of success is that you can define it however you want. Success is what you determine it to be. No one can define it for you. Besides, that wouldn't be authentic or very motivating. Success is an internal sensation, an internal feeling of accomplishment or contentment.<p>Success always …

Myths And Facts About Weight Loss

<i>By Tamara Duker Freuman for U.S. News</i><p>Collectively, my patients have shed thousands of pounds through our work together. I've worked with preteens through octogenarians; men and women; healthy folks and others struggling with chronic diseases. While each patient's weight-loss journey is unique, …

Pounding, Throbbing, Sharp Or Dull? What Your Headache Is Trying To Tell You

So, your head hurts. What do you do?<p>When it comes to headache treatment, it all depends on what type of headache you have to begin with. And although some headache types are vastly different -- migraine is the only type of headache accompanied by the sensory symptoms known as aura, for example -- …

The Cocktail for Success: Confidence and Fear

Truman Capote once said, "Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor." That couldn't be any more accurate. Whatever you do in life, no matter how big or small, there's the opportunity to fail with every success and the opportunity to succeed with every failure.<p>Everyone wants to be a …

What makes us extroverts and introverts?

Why do some people prefer adventure and the company of others, while others favour being alone? It’s all to do with how your brain processes rewards.<p>Will you spend Saturday night in a crowded bar, or curled up with a good book? Is your ideal holiday adventure sports with a large group of mates and, …

Self-Control and Success

Most of us believe that a certain amount of self-control is crucial for success. In order to succeed in the modern world, you need expertise in some area. Gaining that expertise requires work and practice. The discipline to work or practice at something means that you have to give up things that …

Burn Fat Fast!

Get your perfect body with these superfast body sculptors<p>Preventing too much holiday cheer from settling on your waistline comes down to simple calorie math: If you want to indulge in a few extra calories, you'll have to sweat off a few more than usual. Send 'em packing with these four explosive …

Pilates in the Pool

Perform these 5 moves the next time you go for a swim<p><b>WHY THE POOL?</b> It lets you move in three dimensions instead of two, explains Rebecca Pfeiffer, M.P.H., a certified Pilates instructor and Poolates creator. "This gives your core and waist a deeper workout than you get on land," Pfeiffer says. …

3 Powerful Questions That Can Transform Any Situation

We are often so wrapped up in our own so-called "problems" that we fail to see the constant opportunity for growth in every situation. My mentor Michael Beckwith once told me that the universe answers every question that we ask, but the problem is that most people ask disempowering questions. We …

Teach Yourself: Start A Project

I wrote this for High School Students, but it’s applicable to anyone. It’s an address to education and self-fulfillment.<p>More high school and college students should start projects. Projects are a means to bite-size, practical, and self-driven education. They help you navigate interests and learn …

15-Minute Workout: Medicine Ball

Get a fast and effective total-body workout by utilizing a medicine ball in your workout<p>Pop quiz: What piece of fitness equipment can you throw, catch, hold, and lift? The correct answer: a medicine ball. (If you answered "a dumbbell," please don't work out near us.)While it can work like a …