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How Successful People Stay Calm

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with …

What's Better For Building Muscle: Heavier Weights or More Reps?

<b>The answer:</b> Actually, you need to do both if you want to see muscle growth without injuring yourself or hitting a plateau.<p>Lifting heavy weights with lower reps builds dense, lean muscle—but constantly upping the heaviness will exhaust your body fast. That’s why lifting lighter weights with more …

Can Eating Chocolate Help You Lose Weight?

It turns out, the sweet stuff can fight sugar spikes. In one study from the University of L'Aquila in Italy, people who ate a candy bar's worth of dark chocolate once a day for 15 days in a row decreased their potential for insulin resistance by almost 50 percent.<p>While researchers credit flavonoids …

Why Your Shoulder Hurts

But pulling exercises can create a problem of their own, called anterior humeral glide. Which, yes, sounds like something you get penalized for in Olympic figure skating (especially if the Russian judge is in a bad mood that day). And, like skating deductions, it usually happens because you’re …

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 …

Celebrity Butt Selfies

<b>Drop It Like It's Squat</b><br>Flexing your glutes in a squat or lunge works—just look at Jen Selter, the Instagram star who's become internet famous for her bodacious butt. One thing, though: don't actually try to alter your squat form for the sake of a selfie, because that can be dangerous and cause …

The Healthiest Time to Exercise

A recent study suggests the time of day can make a difference<p>Photography By Thinkstock<p>Good things come to those who wait to work out. Hitting the gym in the evening may produce bigger heart benefits than sweating in the a.m., according to new research from China. People who regularly worked out …

7 Types of Squats You Should Be Doing

7 Squat Variations You NEED to Try<p>Your go-to butt exercise could use an upgrade<p>Squats are like the LBD of your workout—they’re the perfect staple and they make your body look pretty amazing. But just like your wardrobe, your fitness routine could use some variety. For an upgrade with major results, …

Brain Benefits of Exercise

It’s a double-dose: With regular exercise, you burn calories <i>and</i> change the way your brain reacts to certain foods, says study author William Killgore, Ph.D. It could be that exercise enhances sensitivity to leptin—a protein in fat cells that controls appetite and sends signals to your brain to tell …

4 Ways to Outsmart Your Stomach

New research says your gut has a circadian clock of its own—play to its strengths to keep weight off and stay energized all day long<p>Your stomach knows what time it is. That’s the new finding from Australian researchers, who discovered that your gut has its own circadian rhythm, much like the one …

6 New Food Rules to Follow

You might not know you're missing vital nutrients, but here's how to get them<p>You’ve heard the standard nutrition advice before, like stick to fruits and vegetables, and focus on whole foods. But what if you’re following all the tips and <i>still</i> missing out on important nutrients?<p>In order to make the …

7 Foods That Boost Your Libido

And we’re not just talking about oysters<p>If your libido has been MIA lately, your diet may be to blame. Obviously you’re not going to be in the mood when you’re feeling weighed down and bloated. But aside from eating healthier, there are few specific picks you should chow down on to boost your …

The Strange Reason You're Exhausted

Still think that cup of coffee after dinner won't screw with your slumber? Here's the thing: The participants didn't report <i>feeling</i> like they'd gotten less sleep, even though they had. But we're willing to bet you'll start to feel pretty groggy and sluggish if you're getting less-than-ideal sleep on …

Control Cholesterol with Weight Training

Why? The quality of those good guys is more important than the total amount of HDL in your bloodstream. “Just because someone has naturally high levels of HDL doesn’t mean it’s working better. When you exercise, your HDL gets more efficient, and it doesn’t have to work as hard to keep your …

5 Foods That Lead to Inflammation

How your diet may be putting you on the fast track to disease<p>Can your dinner lead to your demise? People who eat foods that spur inflammation, such as those high in fat and sugar, have a greater risk of dying sooner than folks who stick with fruits and vegetables, finds new research from the …

10 Crazy Fitness Rules That Should Exist

2. Before you purchase luggage with wheels, perform a suitcase walk. Carry a dumbbell—choose one that equals half of your body weight—by your side for 40 to 100 yards. (No cheating! Click here to see <b>how to do a suitcase walk with perfect form.</b>)<p>3. Sure, go ahead and buy that Big Gulp full of soda. …

3 Ways to Upgrade Your Treadmill Workouts

<b>Shake Up Your Warm-Up</b><br>A standard treadmill warm-up lasts five minutes. The thing is, walking briskly can get boring fast. To challenge yourself from the get-go, open up your hips, and (bonus!) target your inner thigh muscles, alternate between walking forward, backward, and sideways. <b><br>Try it:</b> For a …

Exercise

Abdominal Exercises: The Waist-Cinching Workout

Exercise 1 Criss-Cross Jacks<p>Get your heart rate pumping with this variation to the standard jumping jack. Jump out to widen your feet and send your arms into a T position <b>(A)</b>, then jump in, crossing your legs and your arms <b>(B)</b>. Repeat, alternating the cross of your hands and feet. Do 20 reps.<p>Exercise …

Breast Cancer Prevention: 7 Important Steps

7 Ways to Keep Your Breasts Healthy<p>Must-know changes and early-detection methods<p>Protect Yourself<p>When it comes to young women and breast cancer, there's good news and bad news. The good: Their chances of having the disease are much lower than an older woman's. The bad: If cancer does strike, it can …

Men's Health - Fitness, Nutrition, Health, Sex, Style & Weight Loss Tips for Men

Well, this is excellent news.<p>Been focusing on your upper body? Tug these on and your secret will be safe.<p>Here's the secret to the Ice Man's seemingly superhuman abilities.<p>Don't worry. Everyone who wants to work out still can.<p>"This is a healthy way for a child to be punished because it's …

Women's Health

3. Warrior III<p>Begin in Crescent pose with your legs in a lunge and your hands overhead. Join your palms together in front of your heart and lean forward over your front thigh. Keep gazing forward and lift your back leg off the floor until it is parallel to the floor. Extend your upper chest and …

Yoga

Oatmeal: Your Healthiest Breakfast Yet

Boost Your oatmeal with these recipes<p>iStockphoto/Thinkstock<p>Oatmeal's health-food reputation is so solid, you might not think to check the label. But some brands cram in artificial ingredients and sweeteners that displace the heart-smart, waistline-trimming benefits. Luckily, there's an easy …

Men's Health - Fitness, Nutrition, Health, Sex, Style & Weight Loss Tips for Men

Been focusing on your upper body? Tug these on and your secret will be safe.<p>Here's the secret to the Ice Man's seemingly superhuman abilities.<p>Don't worry. Everyone who wants to work out still can.<p>"This is a healthy way for a child to be punished because it's exercise."<p>"I find using lube and taking …

Legs and Butt Workout: Blast Your Lower Half

Exercise 1 Side Leg Raise<p>Lie on your left side, rest your head on your left arm, and place your right hand on the floor in front of your chest. Your legs should be straight with your right leg on top of your left leg. Without moving any other part of your body, slowly raise your right leg as high …

Avoid an ACL Injury

<b>How Women Land Differently</b> <br>Women and men were equally likely to land stiff-legged, not bending their knees to absorb a sufficient amount of the force.<p>However, women were much more likely—3.6 times as likely—to land with their knees pointing in, with the force moving in that direction. Why might …

Oregon State University

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The Ultimate Leg Workout Routine

Exercise 1 Lateral Band Walk<p>Place a mini resistance band just below your knees and stand with your feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent <b>(a)</b>. Maintaining a tight core, step your left foot out to the side <b>(b)</b>, followed by your right. Continue for 30 to 40 small steps, keeping tension on the band, …

Preparing for a Run

*Four hours before your workout, drink 12 ounces of fluid. If your urine is the shade of apple juice or darker two hours before you exercise, drink another eight to 12 ounces. If you'll be working out longer than 60 minutes, replenish with a 16-ounce sports drink every hour, or four ounces every 15 …

Birth Control FAQ

<b>Birth control slip-ups, effectiveness, and troubleshooting</b><p><b>If I'm on the ring or the patch and forget to replace it on the right day, do I need to use backup?</b><br>While clinical trials have shown that you may have one or two days of leeway, experts suggest taking extra precautions. "The safest course of …