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6 Ways You're Doing Squats Wrong

Lean legs and a tight tush are just a few tweaks away.<p>Squats are one of the best exercises for a stronger, fitter you—but only if you do them right. So before you crank out another rep, make sure your squats aren't falling victim to these all-too-common mistakes:<p><b>Letting Your Knees Fall In</b><p>A …

5 Exercises You Should Be Doing Way More Of

Get the max from your gym time—without adding more reps or more minutes<p>You're all about multitasking when it comes to your job, your to-do list, and even your free time (seriously, who <i>just</i> watches TV these days?). So why shouldn't your workout—and your body—benefit from the same smart shortcuts? …

5 Moves for Toned Arms and Shoulders

Five moves to firm your upper bod<p>It may not feel that way just yet, but spring is right around the corner—and that means short sleeves, bathing suits, and generally showing off those glorious shoulders of yours. This five-move circuit contours your arm and shoulder muscles for a sexy …

21 Days to Fit and Lean: Three-Week Workout Plan

This sensible-yet-butt-kicking plan will get you in the habit of working out—and you'll love the results so much that at the end of the three weeks, you won't wanna stop<p>Welcome to February—the month where weight loss and fitness resolutions go to die. (No, seriously—February 7 is actually known as …

15 Minute Workout: Sculpt a Knockout Body

The new way to rev your metabolism, burn fat, and build lean muscle—stat!<p>The new way to rev your metabolism, burn fat, and build lean muscle—stat!<p>You may have zero desire to step inside a cage and brawl like a UFC fighter, but it couldn't hurt to train like one. These guys (women, too!) are lean, …

Lose Your Belly with Just Two Exercise Moves

Seriously!<p>A couple of month's ago, <i>Men's Health</i> asked Alwyn Cosgrove, C.S.C.S.—one of the world's top trainers—to create a cutting-edge fat loss program for <i>Men's Health</i>. And, of course, he obliged. But a curious thing: One of the workouts in the plan featured just two exercises.<p>That's right: When …

Get a Bikini Body That Rocks in 3 Weeks: Training Plan

Throw your muscles a curveball with these new toning exercises for a smoking hot bikini body<p>Whether you're breaking a sweat regularly or totally slacking, it's time for a change. To get a smoking hot bikini body this summer, you have to shock your muscles to get it into sizzling shape.<p>It takes …

24 Clever Kitchen Gifts For Your Favorite Twentysomething

You're not living in the real world until you own a bicycle-shaped pizza cutter.

3 Pilates Moves for Super Flat Abs

Add these calorie-torching "afterburner" abs moves to your workout<p>Want an extra challenge. . .and an even sleeker stomach? Add these calorie-torching "afterburner" ab moves to your workout. And then check out Brooke Siler's incredible book, <i>The Women's Health Big Book of Pilates</i>, for even more …

7 Boxing-Inspired Moves That Torch Calories

Punch, kick, and jump your way to a toned bod<p>Whip yourself into fightin' shape with this circuit of seven moves borrowed from boxing and mixed-martial arts gyms. Do the exercises one after another and complete the circuit up to three times (taking breaks between the moves and sets if you need to) …

9 Pilates Moves That Burn Major Calories

Get your heart pumping for a leaner physique

Down Syndrome Detection Improving Among Younger Moms

Younger women are availing themselves of safe, easy ways to screen for chromosomal abnormalities like Down syndrome, according to new research conducted by British researchers. Because Down syndrome is more common in babies born to older mothers, many younger women had previously tended to avoid …

9 Butt Exercises for a Super-Toned Tush

Yeah, you squat. But aren’t you ready to mix it up a bit?<p>So sick of squats? We hear you. The key to a gravity-defying backside is introducing new exercises that tone every inch of your rear. These 9 moves from the <i>Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises</i> target all the muscles in your glutes and …

Fry Fat in 15 Minutes

Build strength and burn fat--even if you have less than 20 minutes to spare<p>This fast-paced strength circuit from trainer Craig Ballantyne alternates upper-and lower-body muscle groups to blast more calories in less time. In short, here's how to burn fat, fast.<p><b>Do it:</b> Complete as many reps of each …

10 Abs Exercises Better Than Crunches

10 abs exercises for women that are so much better than crunches.<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 target all the regions of your core—upper and lower abs, obliques, …

4 Yoga Moves for a Better Butt

These poses are the fastest way to a backside that will make everyone jealous<p>There are some seriously cute yoga pants out there that can take you from mat to cocktails, but here's the catch: They're all pretty tight. The good news is that you don't need to hit up Google for the best butt workout …

20 Baby Food Purees That Are Anything But Boring

Graduating from breast milk and formula to solids is a major milestone in a baby's first year. If your little one is ready to make the leap, throw …

46 Sex Positions Everyone Should Try In Their Lifetime

...or tonight.<p>Opting for the same tried-and-true positions during sex is kind of like watching your favorite movie: You know you're going to enjoy it, and you're well aware how it'll end (happily, obvi.) But even though your fave film may be endlessly amazing, it never hurts to switch things up and …

26 Ridiculous Reasons I've Cried Since Having a Baby

I didn't always buy into the clichés about women being emotional roller coasters due to pregnancy or post-partum hormones. After all, I still felt like myself during my pregnancies, albeit with a shorter temper and a fuzzier memory. Mainly I thought the stereotype was one more way for people to …

19 things to say to your son before he's grown

denise slark images/Flickr / Today<p>Boy Running in Cape: Things to Say to Your Son<p>There are many (many) life lessons that parents should share with …

The 10-Minute Total-Body Toning Circuit

You definitely have time for this heart-pumping workout<p>Each of these exercises works multiple muscle groups for an efficient total-body routine, with some extra emphasis on the upper thighs, an area some people want to give a little more love. To increase the cardio burn, do as many reps as you can …

Love and Pregnancy: 10 Fun Date Ideas for Pregnant Moms and Partners

Just because a bottle of bubbly isn't on the menu doesn't mean you can't whip up some romance!<p>That bun won't be in the oven forever. Take advantage of the alone time you've got left with one of these creative date ideas.<p><b>1. Picnic under the stars.</b> Download an app, like StarTracker or Sky Walk, to …

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5 Moves that Make You Stronger, FAST

Hold it right there! These isometric moves only LOOK easy<p>Isometric exercises, in which you hold a position perfectly still for a few seconds, trigger a ton of activity in your muscles—a real boon to boosting strength and endurance. (Just think how quickly you feel it in your biceps when carrying a …

Cranberry-Corn Toaster Cakes Recipe

These corn muffins have a crunchy top, and tart cranberries add bursts of zingy flavor. Perfect for freezing and re-toasting later.<p><b>Notes:</b> I used a muffin top pan with cups that had 1/3 cup volume. I filled each with about 5 tablespoons batter. Freeze leftovers stacked between parchment paper and …

Taffy Apple Salad Recipe

<i>Did you make this recipe?</i><p><b>Yield:</b> 10 to 12 servings<p><b>Prep:</b><p>10 minutes<p><b>Cook:</b><p>10 minutes<p><b>Total:</b><p>20 minutes<p>A deliciously light sweet and salty …

How to Get Fit WITHOUT the Gym

You already have the only fitness tool you really need<p>Maybe your membership got too expensive or you’re too busy to go more than once a week. Whatever the reason for breaking up with your gym, we have good news: You don’t need a fancy health center—or even equipment—to burn fat and sculpt muscle. …

20 Hearty Fall Recipes That'll Warm You Up

When you need comforting, these are the only things that'll do.<p>Comfort food season has arrived, so skip the summer salads and opt for hearty soups, casseroles, and roasts. These autumn dishes are filling, easy to make, and perfect for a cold fall day. We also threw some baked goods in here, too, …

Make a Month of Baby Food

You don't have to be a pro in the kitchen to create fresh, healthy purees for your baby. We tell you how in just four simple steps, grocery list included.<p>When my son Mason was a baby, we'd pick up fresh produce at the farmers market. Then while he napped, I'd make large batches of puree and stock …

The Easiest Healthy Dinner Recipe EVER

Kitchen-phobic? We promise you can make this!<p>If the last dinner you made came with microwave instructions, it’s time to step it up. <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Jessica Seinfeld (Jerry Seinfield’s wife) serves up yummy recipes with simple instructions in her new book <i>The Can’t Cook Book: Recipes</i> …