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Got Lupita Nyong'o Arm Envy? Try This Circuit Workout for Strong, Sexy Arms

You may never have Lupita’s acting chops—but at least you can score lean, strong arms like hers<p>There was much to love about best supporting actress Oscar award winner Lupita Nyong'o at last night's Oscars: her gracious acceptance speech, her gorgeous Prada gown, and of course, those toned, …

5 Exercise Moves That Improve Your Balance

Don't pull a Jennifer Lawrence at the Oscars—incorporate these moves into your regular workout routines to help boost your coordination<p>Gotta give it to Jennifer Lawrence—the girl knows how to take a high-profile tumble. Last night, the <i>Hunger Games</i> star tripped at the Oscars for the second year in a …

The 15-Minute Resistance-Band Workout

What is about the size of your iPhone and cheaper than your morning latte, and can sculpt sexy stems and a firmer butt?<p>The answer: a mini resistance band.<p>If you've never used one, you're not alone. Resistance bands have gained props for being portable, affordable, and superefficient, but their …

The Best Abs Workout: Get Six Pack Abs in Weeks

<b>You've been obsessing over your abs for almost two decades.</b> That ends now. Because we laid out one of the best ab workouts for women to kick those elusive buggers out of hiding. Finally.<p>Why's our plan so damn effective? Because it hits your entire core—not just your ab muscles but the muscles that …

The 5-Minute Workout That Will Kick Your Butt

All you need for this fast-paced routine is a pair of dumbbells<p>Think you don't have time to work out today? Enter this 5-minute, high intensity routine. This workout was created by <i>Women's Health</i> senior fitness editor Jen Ator, C.S.C.S., author of the new book <i>Shape-Up Shortcuts</i>. You'll do 5 moves in …

10 Ways to Drink More Water

Get guzzling with these tips for staying hydrated

3 Ultra-Effective Exercise Machines You're Not Using, But Should Be

Don't let these babies go unnoticed<p>It’s easy to get into a gym routine and just bust in, do your thing, and leave. We all do it. (Especially in this nasty cold weather: have you SEEN the 10 stages of running when it's freezing outside? Yeah.) But in case you haven’t noticed, the gym is filllled …

The Waist-Cinching Workout for Toned Abs and Obliques

Give your workout routine a new twist—literally. These six moves hit all of your major muscle groups with extra emphasis on your obliques to whittle your middle. Move from one exercise to the next without resting, then repeat this four-minute circuit three times with a 1-minute break in between …

7 Exercise Moves for Lean, Sexy Legs

Upgrade your leg workouts with these killer exercises for your hamstrings, quads, and calves

The 15-Minute Body-Weight Workout

Ah, summer: long days at the beach, cocktails rimmed with salt, and—most important—a break from everyday life. But it can also mean staying in cramped hotel rooms and deciding between packing your running shoes or those cute wedges in your carry-on.<p>Staying on track with fitness is key in the …

Fitness

Fry Fat in 15 Minutes

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 exercise as you can in 30 seconds, without resting in between moves. Rest one …

How to Train Yourself to Do a Split

Make like Bruno Mars in two easy steps<p>No disrespect to Anthony Kiedis’ abs, but we were more blown away by Bruno Mars’ split during the Super Bowl halftime show last night (check out that incredible GIF of his flexy feat, below). It got us thinking: what does it take to pull off that kind of …

Lose 15 Pounds in 6 Weeks: The 8-Hour Diet Training Plan

The entire idea of an eight-minute workout goes against conventional wisdom. And that's true—unless you're following the 8-Hour Diet, in which case eight minutes, first thing in the morning, is all you need to rev your metabolism and torch calories.<p>Here's why: Unlike the average American who's …

15-Minute Workout: Core Exercises

Hitting your muscles from all angles is the absolute best way to sculpt a tight, sexy midsection.<p>If your abs routine consists of crunches, crunches, and more crunches, you may still have some jiggle around the middle. That's because the crunch works only one part of your core, and in a very …

15-Minute Workout: Get Fit with Cables

Unlike other gym machines that lock you into a fixed motion pattern (think the seated hip abductor or leg press), the cable tower, which has weight stacks and swappable handles, allows for more functional movements so you can work your muscles from all angles with a greater range of motion. The …

The (15 Minute) Bye-Bye Arm Jiggle Workout

Strapless dresses expose your upper back, shoulders, upper chest, and arms. This workout will shape all those places. Do these arm exercises one after another with no rest in between. Repeat the circuit, resting a minute between circuits.

Early Bird Gets the Burn

<b>Get up and go.</b> Literally. "If you work out be­fore your day distracts you, your chances of exercising regularly go way up," says Cedric Bryant, Ph.D., chief science officer of the American Council on Exercise. And AM sweating can make you sharper all day: "Exercise enhances the secretion of …

Giada’s Top 5 Tips for Staying in Shape

The celebrity chef pretty much has negative free time. Here’s how she gets her fitness in anyway<p>Giada De Laurentiis whips up delicious dishes on TV and in cookbooks, is preparing to open her first-ever restaurant this spring in Las Vegas, and still manages to find time for exercise. (Oh, and did we …

Q & A: How Can I Turn Exercise Into a Permanent Habit?

How to make sweating it out second nature<p><b>The question:</b> “I keep hearing that making exercise a habit is the best way to stick with it. But how do I actually <i>do</i> that?”<p><b>The expert:</b> Greg Justice, an exercise physiologist and author of <i>Mind Your Own Fitness</i><p><b>The answer:</b> There isn't a magical way to do it, or …

15 Minute Abs Workout

These moves, designed by Ashley Ntansah, personal-training manager at Club H Fitness in New York City, target your entire abdominal wall, especially the transverse abdominis—the midsection muscle that pulls in your belly like a corset. And this sexy abs workout does more than just firm your core: …

15-Minute Leg Toner

Not sure what to do at the gym? Opt for this user-friendly fitness workout that helps strengthen and lengthen the muscles in your lower body. Do it two non-consecutive days each week.<p><b>GET STARTED:</b> Complete all sets of each move (resting 60 seconds between each one) before continuing on to the next …

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 …

5 Breathing Exercises to Try Today

Boost your energy, find your focus, and rev your workouts with these breathing exercises you’ve never tried<p>Take a deep breath. Chances are your shoulders shrugged and your chest puffed out.<p>And chances are you don’t realize that’s <i>not</i> how you’re supposed to breathe. See, that belly breath your yoga …

You HAVE to Check Out Mo'Nique's Super-Inspiring Weight-Loss Tweets

The Oscar winner is a great source of motivation…and a few laughs, too!<p>Mo'Nique's acting skills have made her a certified star—she even scored herself an Oscar in 2010 for her supporting role in <i>Precious</i>. But there's another platform where this entertainer totally rules: on Twitter. Mo'Nique's …

4 Breakfast Mistakes That Are Making You Gain Weight

Watch out for these four a.m. meal traps<p>You already know that eating breakfast can help you slim down. But just because you are (hopefully!) making a concerted effort to rise and dine doesn’t mean you can eat whatever you want when you wake up—sorry, but calories still count before noon. So we …

The Fat-Blasting, 5-Minute Circuit

Sculpt a leaner bod without spending hours at the gym<p>We'll let you in on a little secret: You can torch major calories and burn fat in just five minutes. Don't believe us? You will after you sweat to this high-intensity circuit workout created by <i>Women's Health</i> senior fitness editor Jen Ator, …

Women's Health

5 Things You Need To Create The Ideal Home Gym

You don't have to spend big bucks to carve out a kick-ass home workout area<p>Ever crave a killer sweat session—yet the idea of getting dressed and schlepping to the gym sucks all the energy out of you? Not to mention dealing with crappy weather. Luckily, with a few key pieces of equipment and enough …

7 Workouts for a Great Rear View—No Butt Job Required!

Butt augmentations are on the rise. We much prefer these butt-sculpting workouts<p>Ever since Beyoncé (and don't forget Kelly and Michelle) first sang the praises of a bootylicious backside, women have been vying for ways to turn their pancake butts into something a little more… filling. The …

7 Ways to Balance Strength Training and Cardio

As part of my 6 Weeks to Bootcamp Fit journey, I’m learning all about how to fit in both my running and strength training, without sacrificing either<p>Of of all the perks of strength training, the promise of a boost in my running performance—and injury-proofing my body—was one of the most compelling …

The Ultra-Intense Workout Move That Burns Fat Fast

The burpee has a goofy name, but the fat-burning benefits are nothing to laugh at<p>Imagine an exercise that offers big cardio benefits, works every major muscle group, and torches mucho calories. That’s a burpee (aka, a squat thrust) in a nutshell. Developed in the 1930s and used by the military to …