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Weekend Challenge: Swiss-Ball Hip Raise and Leg Curl

This move requires both knee flexion and hip extension, which are the perfect ingredients for hot glutes and hamstrings<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. Check out our Facebook page every weekend and challenge</i> …

Drop Two Sizes

• <b>Author:</b> Rachel Cosgrove<p>Groundbreaking research has shown that weight loss does not equal fat loss. The dreaded number on the scale and emotional backlash that come with years of frustrating yo-yo dieting is often what holds readers back from successfully losing weight. <i>Women's Health</i> fitness expert …

Fitness

The New Abs Diet for Women

• <b>Author:</b> David Zinczenko & Ted Spiker<p>Easy to follow, easy to stick to, and more satisfying than a great-fitting pair of jeans, <i>The New Abs Diet for Women</i> has been retooled with groundbreaking new science for even faster results!<p><i>Women's Health</i> has loaded this new edition with more useful tips, …

Fitness

The MELT Method

• <b>Author:</b> Sue Hitzmann<p>In The MELT Method, therapist Sue Hitzmann offers a breakthrough self-treatment system to combat chronic pain and erase the effects of aging and active living—in as little as ten minutes a day.<p>With a focus on the body's connective tissues and the role they play in pain, stress, …

Get Legs Like a Dancer—In 6 Moves

Pro dancer Akua Noni Parker shares the go-to exercises that keep her lower half stage-ready<p>Want to get a major case of leg envy? Just check out a dancer—they always have amazingly sexy stems. But believe it or not, they don't come from dancing alone. “Dancing is great exercise, but it's primarily …

What Your Hair Color Says About Your Health

Oddly enough, your natural hair color offers insights into your mental and physical wellbeing<p>Our hair is our most noticeable trait—and we obsess over it accordingly. But even though we spend lots of time enhancing and re-enhancing our tresses, we probably haven't considered something pretty cool: …

Tone Your Abs, Arms & Ass With This 15-Minute Workout

'Tis the season for short-shorts, bikinis, and the quintessential sundress. Though you may have body envy for the ladies who model that swimsuit you just bought, there's a sure-fire way to quickly tone your three most in-demand areas for summer: your arms, abs, and ass. We talked to Rachel …

Bodyweight Exercise

20 Tips for Better Sleep

Sound slumber results in increased energy and productivity, improved heart and immune system health, a better mood, even a longer life. And hey, you …

Bedtime Stories

The Best New Exercises for Women

Discover the best workout for women that you're not doing

One Single Surprising Habit of Happy People

The single most frequent habit of happy people is gratitude. They notice it, feel it, express it, absorb it, and practice it. Gratitude is a stress reliever, a mood booster, and it gives the immune system a lift. (1) It offers these benefits of exercise plus better sleep without all the …

Top 10 Tricks for a Healthier, High-Energy Workday

Working at an office can be surprisingly unhealthy. Between sitting all day, eating poorly, and enduring never-ending stress, your office can take a …

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 …

Yoga Poses You Can Do Without Leaving Your Bed

Good news for yogis and sleep enthusiasts alike: You can take your practice to bed.<p>And there is good reason to do so. The ancient practice of yoga promotes a bounty of mind and body benefits, including things like strength and flexibility, stress relief and even a sunnier disposition -- benefits …

Legs and Butt Workout: Blast Your Lower Half

Perform this legs and butt workout once or twice a week: Starting with the first exercise, slowly complete five reps (it should take about 10 seconds per rep: five up, five down). Continue until you've done every exercise. Do two to four total circuits, switching sides (when necessary) every other …

One-Day Diet Solutions

These quick-fix food remedies do everything from flatten abs to tame PMS symptoms...in 24 hours

Could Simple Things Like Stretching, Smiling, And Sitting Up Actually Make You Work Better?

Yes, says science.<p>If you’re reading this while slumped over your smartphone or hunched in front of your laptop, chances are that you’ll be less assertive with the next task you have to tackle.<p>Why? Because, as a growing body of research is finding, the way you hold your body shapes the way your mood …

Got Back Pain? Check Your Posture

You probably spend hours in front of a computer every day—so make sure you’re doing it right<p>Your job shouldn’t be a pain in the neck—at least not literally. Yet two out of three office workers have felt physical pain in the last six months, according to a new survey released by the American …

Study: Your Cell Phone Is Ruining Your Sleep

And no, the built-in alarm clock has nothing to do with it<p>Everyone loves to get a “goodnight” text, but sending too many messages before bedtime may cut into your sleep quality: Sending <i>and</i> receiving too many text messages can lead to poor sleep, according to a new study published in the journal</i> …

The Scientific Way to Mend a Broken Heart

Most of us have experienced heartbreak, and when you think about how it made you feel, it's very similar to physical pain and suffering. That's no …

Breakups

15 Homemade Beauty Recipes

We’ve been on a DIY beauty kick recently with homemade face masks, lip balms, and face scrubs. But there are so many more things you can DIY in your kitchen to use in your beauty routine. Here are a few of our favorite makeup essentials, hair products, and a few luxuries, too. We think an at-home …

Beauty

7 Exercise Moves for Lean, Sexy Legs

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

The 5-Minute Fat-Blasting Workout

Here's the thing about the relationship between time and exercise: Even if we could all find five free minutes each day (and it's safe to assume most of us can), we likely wouldn't use it to work out.<p>That's because many women assume that five minutes isn't long enough to actually help drive …

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5 New Lunges to Try, STAT!

Your basic lunges aren’t cutting it anymore

5 New Moves to Reveal Your Abs

How fast can you complete this grueling fitness challenge?<p>Leave the crunching to the accountants. "If you want to reveal your six-pack, you need to blast your abs <i>and</i> strip away the fat that covers them," says BJ Gaddour, C.S.C.S., metabolic training expert and owner of StreamFit.com. One of the …

Straight Up

Could posture be the secret to your total health?<p>Sandra Lanshin Chiu, a former investment banker who once worked 100-hour work weeks, knows firsthand that sitting hunched over at a desk all day can wreak havoc on the body. After constant bouts of sickness and muscle aches, she left her high profile …

How Simple Mini Habits Can Change Your Life

<b>“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” ~Alan Watts</b><p>It was late 2012, just after Christmas, …

5 Natural Teeth Brighteners

Get a gorgeous smile with these easy tricks.<p>You may not be on the red carpet, but with the amount of flashes happening on your holiday party circuit, you might as well be. And while you often know the main smile saboteurs (red wine, coffee, etc.), what about all the foods that can actually do your …