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Holiday cookie recipe: Almond candy cane cookies

Nothing says Christmas quite like candy cane cookies. Kristen Johnson, a reader from Santa Monica, as well as a finalist one year in our L.A. Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off, submitted this recipe, flavored with aromatic almond extract. She writes:<p>"My mother, Wendy Johnson, had me brainwashed as a …

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Loosen up: exercises to keep backache at bay

Improve your posture with this back-strengthening workout<p>There is a common misconception that core strength is all about sit-ups and a six-pack. “In fact, it’s the deeper muscles in your core that support your lower back,” says Fiona Troup, clinic director at Six Physio in London. “These are best …

Yoga

How to Master the Kettlebell: 3 Moves for Beginners

You may have seen these around your gym and just thought they were another one of those “gimmicky” pieces that seem to pop up out of nowhere. But in …

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Help Ease Back Pain With a 10-Minute Yoga Sequence

<i>By Yoga Journal</i><p>Half Knees-to-Chest Pose<p>Ardha Apanasana<p><b>5 rounds, 2 breaths each, 1 minute total</b><p>Lie on your back. On an exhalation, draw your right knee toward your chest and hold your right shin with both hands. In this and the following 4 poses, do not press your lower back to the floor; instead, …

How can I access Kindle e-books on different devices?

The best option is to manage your content and devices from your Amazon account, says Rick Maybury<p><i>We were pleasantly surprised to find that books purchased for our two Kindles automatically appear on our Samsung tablet as well. Now we have a second Kindle Fire. Books ordered on this also go to the</i> …

A library at your fingertips: The best free Kindle books

It’s often tough to fathom that Amazon’s Kindle, the predominant ebook reader of the decade thus far, has been around for nearly a decade. Even …

8 Beauty Uses for Baking Soda

<b>Prevent Sweat Stains and Body Odor</b><br>Mix baking soda with a little bit of water to turn it into a moist paste, then apply it under your arms for an all-natural deodorant.<p><b>Clarify Your Hair</b><br>Every now and then, hair needs some relief from product buildup. Add a small amount of baking soda to your shampoo, …

Lose Your Belly with Just Two Exercise Moves

<i>(Looking for a program that will help you get a flat tummy—and keep it that way? With our Lose Belly Fat—For Good routines, you can see results in as little as two weeks.)</i><p>Cosgrove's response: "Running is just one exercise, but no one questions that when it comes to burning fat." (Another great way …

The Exercise Move That Works Your Belly, Butt and Hips

<b>Alteration: Hands-Up Bridge</b><br>Get in the basic bridge position, but this time do the move with your hands directly in the air; it forces you to engage your abs and glutes more.<p><b>Alteration: Unilateral Bridge</b><br>Go back to the basic bridge position, but this time raise one knee to your chest or extend it all …

This One Simple Move Will Work Your Entire Body

<b>SO…ARE YOU IN?!</b><p><b>This exercise was adapted from The Women's Health Little Book of Exercises, published by our parent company, Rodale. For more awesome moves, get The Women's Health Little Book of Exercises today!</b>

What to Do Every Hour to Drop Pounds All Day

<b>6 a.m.</b><br>Wake up, and drink a big glass of water. It'll fill you up and get things moving to prevent belly bloat. Eat a small snack that offers quick carbohydrates and a little protein, such as half a banana and a few almonds—eating first thing jump-starts your metabolism.<p>And if you have time, …

The Super-Quick Fat-Burn Workout

Exercise 1 Lunge Run<p>Stand with your feet hip-width apart, arms at your sides <b>(a)</b>. Step back and lower into a reverse lunge, then pump your arms like you're running for three to five seconds, keeping your core tight <b>(b)</b>. Press through your front heel to return to standing, then quickly repeat on the …

5 Exercises You Should Be Doing Way More Of

<b>Rows</b> <br>So much of what we do and how we move involves the muscles on the front of the body—the chest, abs, biceps, etc. But pulling exercises like rows strengthen your back to improve posture and balance out the body. Plus, you'll look that much sexier in halter dresses. The bent-over row uses …

6 Trainers' Favorite Workout Moves for Stronger, Flatter Abs

<b>The Trainer:</b> Tony Gentilcore, a certified personal trainer and strength and conditioning specialist, and co-founder of Cressey Performance in Hudson, Massachusetts<p><b>Why This Move Is Awesome:</b> The major perk is that it targets your abs and prevents "cheating" by keeping your lower back in a neutral …

5 Best Calf Slimming Exercises To Do At Home

If you are one of those people who are “blessed” with bulky calves, then today workout is for you. I can understand how frustrating can be when you …

4 Standing Moves for a Super-Flat Stomach

Pooch, be gone.<p>You can get a stronger center without unfurling an exercise mat. In fact, the standing abdominals routine below hits all of the muscles that make up your core, from your abs to your hips, your pelvis to your lower back.<p>Check out the four exercises in our handy video and pin-able …

The Move That Will Give You a Total-Body Burn This Weekend

Strengthen all over—and fast.<p>Beth Bischoff<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. Thousands of women already have. Join them, and achieve your fitness goals faster!</i><p><b>Cross-Body Mountain Climber:</b> This core-strengthening …

Kettlebell Workout: Total Body Toning Fitness Routine

Exercise 1 Around-the-Body Pass<p>Hold the kettlebell with both hands in front of your torso and stand with your feet hip-width apart. Release the kettlebell into your right hand and move both arms behind your back. Grab the bell with your left hand and bring it back to the front (completing a full …