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The Best Workout for a Toned, Tight Butt

Exercise 1 Prone Leg Raise<p>Lie facedown on the floor with your head supported by crossed arms, legs shoulder-width apart, core engaged <b>(a)</b>. Contract your glutes to lift your legs about 12 to 16 inches off the ground and bring them together to touch <b>(b)</b>. Pause, then slowly lower back to start. That's …

7 Exercise Moves for Lean, Sexy Legs

Upgrade your leg workouts with these killer exercises for your hamstrings, quads, and calves<p>Tired of the same old squats and lunges in your leg workout? We totally get it. The next time you want to tone your lower half, try these 7 challenging moves from the <i>Women's Health Big Book of Exercises</i>. …

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10 Common Habits That Hurt Your Skin

We're not talking obvious skin sabotage like chain-smoking Pall Malls or sprawling in a tanning bed. Some habits, like enthusiastic exfoliation and loading on anti-agers, are actually good practices gone wrong. However, with the expert tips and fixes below, "it's surprising how much the skin can …

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 …

Weird Ways to Lose Weight

7 Weird Things That Promote Weight Loss<p>And get this: One of ‘em is chocolate!<p>If you want to shed pounds, you know the best way to do it: healthy eating and exercise. That being said, we’ve learned about some pretty interesting—and, well, seriously strange—weight-loss tricks via research over the …

Exercise Snacking: How to Make 1 Minute of Exercise Work Like 30 Minutes

Think of exercise the same way you think of food, and break it up into snack-sized sessions rather than marathon ones. That’s the message of the …

Fed Up : Sugar and the Thing About Skinny-Fat People, Even You Model Types

Skinny might just be the new fat, according to Katie Couric, the executive producer on Stephanie Soechtig's new health documentary <i>Fed Up</i>. Together they take an elaborate look at sugar, one the better-known causes of the American obesity epidemic, and finally offer something new to the conversation: …

What Women Really Want

When men complain that their wives don't respond to their amorous advances, chances are they are approaching them as husbands rather than as admirers. They make the mistake of thinking that a wife wants primarily to be loved, when in fact she principally wants to be desired, not just loved and …

The 7 Worst Texting Turnoffs

<b>Using Pet Names Too Soon</b> <br>"I personally cannot stand getting a text that says 'babe' and 'sweetheart' when we're not exclusive. Such a turnoff!" <i>-Christoph, 25</i><p>"When it's early on and you start using nicknames that I did not consent to, it's a deal breaker. My name is Steven, that's the name my mother …

7 Crazy-Interesting Facts About Your Clitoris

Celebrate your pleasure powerhouse with these fascinating tidbits.<p>Happy International Clitoris Awareness Week! Yes, you heard that right, there’s a whole week dedicated to your lady button, so whip out those clitoris-shaped balloons! Clitoris Awareness Week runs from May 4-11 and is sponsored by …

Europeans Are Getting Fatter, Just Like Americans

Ireland is predicted to become the fattest country in Europe by 2030, according to a study released by the World Health Organization and the UK Health Forum.<p>As many as 90 percent of Irish men and 84 percent of Irish women are projected to be classified as overweight or obese by then. Blame goes to …

Makeup That Makes You Look Tired

<b>Mistake 1: You choose monotone colors</b><br>Creating definition between each of your facial features helps to make you look more awake. Instead of going for plain, one-dimensional color all over your face, subtly define your brows, eyes, cheeks, and lips.<p><b>Mistake 2: You use the wrong under-eye …

7 Profound Gifts to Honor a Mother That Cost Nothing

A gentlemen named Gary Chapman* created something called the "5 Languages of Love": words of affirmation; acts of service; receiving gifts; quality time; and physical touch. On Mother's day, gazillions of dollars are spent via gifts, candy, flowers, etc., to let mothers know how special they are, …

Eating Gives Life

You eat from the moment of birth to the moment of death. Eating gives you life and sustains you. It brings you joy, zest, vitality, and builds relationships. It can also bring illness, sadness, chronic pain, isolation, and for some, a premature death. It all depends on your relationship with …

5 Easy Ways To Make Your Mom Happy

Clock's ticking, guys! Here's how you can pull together a last-second Mom's Day miracle<p>A card, flowers, and brunch are the go-to gifts for the woman who raised you, but are they that thoughtful? What does a modern mom really want on the official salute-your-mom day of the year? Stop clinging to the …

18 Men Share the Totally Random Things That Turn Them On

“Sundresses drive me crazy—sexy, yet conservative.” –<i>Wayne</i><p>“Athletic women drive me up the wall. Nothing better than seeing a woman jogging about or working out in the gym. Watching her doing weighted squats, it's hard for me to avert my eyes.” –<i>Joseph</i><p>“Women in tennis dresses/clothes. Maybe it’s the …

10 Women Share the Best Love Advice Their Moms Ever Gave

Get ready to laugh and cry.<p>Raise your hand if you've ever had an awkward sex talk with your mom. OK, so yes: Moms frequently dish out very embarrassing advice in this department—but they also dole out some seriously sparkly gems about love and romance. So we asked <i>Women's Health</i> editors, …

How Blake Lively Stays Fit Without a Gym

If that sounds seriously fun to you, know it's seriously healthy, too: Research shows that spending time in the great outdoors is a guaranteed health-booster—and that exercising outside burns more calories and is more satisfying than working out behind closed doors. So whether you enjoy regular gym …

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 …

7 Healthy Foods That Can Also Be Poisonous

<b>Rhubarb</b><br>While the tart stalk is full of antioxidants and calcium—and it's definitely fair game for pies and smoothies—the roots and leaves contain oxalic acid, a toxin that can cause nausea, vomiting, and weakness—even if you ingest it in small amounts, says McVoy. A larger serving could even damage …

Hair Lies You Need to Stop Telling Your Stylist

For instance, let's say you try a DIY dye—then tell your colorist that your hair color is natural. Well, the worst-case scenario is pretty freakin' awful: Turns out that some box colors contain metals that can cause a reaction when combined with other chemicals. So when your colorist applies a …

The Importance of Making Headspace

My mother always said that I was terrible at doing nothing.<p>I am fine with being terrible at doing nothing because I am so rarely without something to do.<p>Lately, though, I have found in my quiet moments, those spaces in between projects or grading, those fleeting hours (more realistically minutes) …

Why Does Your Willpower Wane? And 7 Tips to Pump Up Your Willpower Muscle

Call it "discipline," "self-regulation," "self-control," or good ol' "willpower," the fact is, most of us wish we had more of it. When it comes to sticking to a healthy diet or starting a new fitness routine, who wouldn't want it to be easy to say no to the chocolate lava cake or jump out of bed at …

The Look That Men Find Most Attractive | Women's Health

Then these photos were altered to create 21 pictures of each woman with various amounts of makeup on and presented to 44 observers (22 male, 22 female). The observer could move through the images smoothly, seeing a gradual increase and decrease in makeup. Then they were asked to choose which …

5 Smart Steps to Cut Down On Sugar

The bad news about sugar just keeps on coming: A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study linked taking in too much of the sweet stuff …

13 Things You Should Never EVER Say During Sex

<b>"Let's just get it over with."</b> Hey, sometimes a quickie is what you're really craving—plus, you have a bootcamp class in an hour, and it fills up <i>so</i> quickly. Your partner will understand right? (No, no they won't.)<p><b>"High five!"</b>Alright people, this isn't drunken sex in a dorm room. This is adult sex. …

Weightloss tips

8 Habits that are Messing with Your Metabolism<p>A few little tweaks can help you max out your calorie burn<p>You exercise, and you try to eat right. But unfortunately you may still be slowing down your calorie burn—and your weight-loss efforts—without even realizing it. Lauren Slayton, M.S., R.D., …

15 Subtle Ways Guys Say 'I Love You'

<b>1. He Kisses You Passionately…and Lingers</b><br>Who doesn't love a lengthy kiss? When he's continuously initiating these and you can feel the passion each time he does, chances are he's more than just a little excited to be around you.<p><b>2. He Tells You That His Friends Love You</b> <br>If all his buddies are …

30 Healthy Choices to Make Before 30

30 Health Choices All Women Should Make By Age 30<p>See how many you can check off so far<p>Make healthy behaviors a habit while you're still young, and you're more likely to hold onto them throughout your life. To that end, here are 30 health choices every woman needs to make by time she reaches the big …

Get That Sexy Bedhead Look For Any Hair Type

<b>Try:</b> <b>Herbal Essences Naked Volumizing Souffle</b> ($5, at drugstores).<p><b>2.</b> Tilt your head over and rough-dry hair with a blow-dryer.<p><b>3.</b> Once dry, wrap two-inch sections of hair around a 1 1/4-inch curling iron, leaving two inches of your ends unwrapped so they stay straight, and varying the direction of …