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Yoga Poses That'll Help You Look Better Naked

<i>We're pumped to present our favorite story of the week from our pals at POPSUGAR Fitness!</i><p>That feeling of calm joy isn't the only thing you'll walk …

Yoga

Writing Your Own Ceremony Vows? Read These Tips First

Read lots of vow examples for inspiration.<p>Start by reading traditional, by-the-book vows from your own religion if you practice a certain faith, and …

Tweak Your Exercises to Add Power to Your Run

Boost performance by adding a twist to your workout.<p>If you've been doing the same strength-training exercises for months, your muscles may be in a holding pattern. "To add distance or increase speed, your cross-training efforts need to push your limits," says Michael Silverman, a physical therapist …

Workouts

5 Ways to Eliminate Back Fat

<b>Turn Up Your Cardio</b><br>If you're serious about getting rid of fat, you've got to start getting serious about cardio. According to the USDA, you should perform 60-minute sessions five times a week.<p>For even more intense cardio, opt for interval training that alternates between periods of pushing your …

Easy Postrun Pasta Recipes

Food

Better Body Plan Part 2: Drop 10 Pounds in 4 Weeks

Miko Lim<p>Get Tighter<p>You'll be hooked on the insta-trim effect you feel with this workout. "There are more reps and less rest than in Month 1, but …

Arm Exercises To Fight Arm Jiggle | Women's Health

The (15 Minute) Bye-Bye Arm Jiggle Workout<p>Ture Lillegraven<p>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.

Abs Exercises Better Than Crunches

10 Abs Exercises Better Than Crunches<p>Sayonara, situps! Kick your abs workout into overdrive by trying one of these killer tummy-toning moves.<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 …

The Plank Workout That Will Tone Your Abs, Sculpt Your Tush, and Strengthen Your Arms

Exercise 1 Plank Row and Kickback<p>Start in a plank position with your right hand resting on a dumbbell <b>(A)</b>. Row the weight to your chest <b>(B)</b>; pause, then straighten your elbow until your forearm is parallel to the floor <b>(C)</b>. Pause, then reverse the movement to return to start. That's one rep. Complete …

5-Minute Abs (Proven in a Lab!)

<b>The Science</b> There's a magic formula: Any trio of a faceup + facedown or lateral + standing move = ultimate firming. This trifecta targets your core …

How to Seriously Upgrade Your Treadmill Interval Workouts

<b>Center yourself.</b> "Running too close to the front of the treadmill shortens your stride," Siik says. Stay in the middle of the belt to ensure that you …

The Best 15-Minute Workouts for 2015

Lasagna with Turkey Sausage Bolognese

8 to 10 Servings<p>Active Time: 1 min<p>March 2011Print<p>Ingredients<p>2 tablespoons olive oil<p>2 cups chopped onions<p>1/2 cup diced carrot<p>1 tablespoon fennel seeds, crushed in spice mill or in mortar with pestle<p>1 pound spicy Italian turkey sausages, casings removed<p>3 large garlic cloves, pressed<p>1/2 cup dry white …

Spices

12 Habits to Keep up Your Running Motivation

Follow these everyday tips for a fitter, healthier, and happier new you.<p>Runners dream big. Tackling a new distance, posting a personal best, losing 20 pounds—we embrace grand challenges. But what happens after that goal is (hopefully) met? You risk losing motivation and stalling—unless you’ve …

Fitness

Here's A Diet For People Who Really Love Food

Bon Appétit magazine's fifth annual Food Lover's Cleanse is here and it looks amazing — albeit a little intimidating — but SO DELICIOUS.<p>For the fifth year in a row, <i>Bon Appétit</i> has just published their post-holiday, get-healthy eating plan called The Food Lover's Cleanse. It's two weeks' worth of …

10 Best Fiction Books of 2014

1 of 10<p>10. The Southern Reach Trilogy, Jeff VanderMeer<p>Over the course of three compulsively readable and nontraditional sci-fi novels—<i>Annihilation,</i> …

The Gym Bag Diet: Single-Serving Beauty Essentials

Here Are All of Our No. 1 Story Picks from This Year

<i>All through December, we’ll be featuring Longreads’ Best of 2014. To get you ready, here’s a list of every story that was chosen as No. 1 in our</i> …

The ten best books of 2014

A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS<p><i>By Marlon James (Riverhead)</i><p>Exploding with violence, the third novel by Marlon James cuts a swath across recent Jamaican history. It leaves its Kingston ghettos strewn with victims, a few of them lovers, all of them spattered with blood. Seven killings? That’s just …

Chaussons aux Pommes (French Apple Turnovers)

Makes 8 Servings<p>Print<p>Ingredients<p>FILLING<p>3/4 pound Granny Smith apples<p>3/4 pound Golden Delicious apples<p>1/4 cup water<p>3 tablespoons sugar<p>3/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice<p>PASTRY<p>1 14- to 16-ounce package all-butter frozen puff pastry (1 or 2 sheets, depending on brand), thawed<p>1 egg, beaten to blend (for …

Baking

Linzer Stars

Makes about 20 sandwich cookies<p>December 2012Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour<p>1 1/3 cups slivered almonds<p>1 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon<p>1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt<p>2/3 cup sugar<p>1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature<p>1 large egg<p>2 teaspoons dark rum<p>1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract<p>1/2 …

Dessert

Apple Dutch Baby

4 Servings<p>Summon your family to the table while this dutch baby bakes; it will be fabulously puffed when it comes out, and you’ll enjoy hearing the oohs and aahs before it deflates.<p>October 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>apple cider syrup<p>4 cups apple cider<p>2 tablespoons unsalted butter<p>1 tablespoon light brown …

Breakfast

The Best Strong-and-Steady Workout Playlist

Certain things are better when speedier, no questions asked. Take the line at the DMV, for example. Or Amazon shipping. But when it comes to your workout, you don't want to do a rush job—that's a surefire way to sacrifice your form, says Debra Strougo Frohlich, co-owner and cofounder of Row House, …

The Best Workout for a Toned, Tight Butt

Exercise 1 Prone Leg Raise<p>Lie facedown on the floor with your head supported by crossed arms, legs shoulder-width apart, core engaged <b>(a)</b>. Contract your glutes to lift your legs about 12 to 16 inches off the ground and bring them together to touch <b>(b)</b>. Pause, then slowly lower back to start. That's …

Run a 5K Faster with These Five Fun Workouts

Working on a 3.1-mile PR? Coach Jenny has your training covered.<p>There's nothing like racing a hard 5K, especially when the runner's high kicks in. It's a rewarding distance to race, and you can run many of them in a season!<p>In order to race fast, you've got to run fast in training. Here are five fun …

Marathons

Easy Savory Cornbread

8 Servings<p>A simple, straightforward cornbread that we’d happily serve alongside a bowl of chili on any other day of the year.<p>November 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, cooled, plus more for baking dish<p>1⅓ cups all-purpose flour<p>1⅓ cups cornmeal<p>2 tablespoons sugar<p>1 tablespoon …

Breakfast

30 Super-Easy Healthy Dinner Recipes For Weight Loss

30 Super-Easy Healthy Dinners That'll Help You Lose Weight<p>You'll be counting down the minutes 'til you can make these healthy dinner recipes!<p>Levi Brown/Jeff Harris<p>When you get home after a long day at work, it can be so tempting to grab takeout or heat up a frozen meal instead of making dinner …

Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

MAKES 12 Servings<p>Grinding half of the walnuts into the streusel makes for extra tender, buttery muffin tops.<p>Print<p>Ingredients<p>Topping<p>¼ cup (½ stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces<p>¼ cup (packed) light brown sugar<p>2 tablespoons all-purpose flour<p>2 tablespoons whole wheat flour<p>½ teaspoon kosher …

Breakfast

Saint-Florent Cocktail

8 Servings<p>An easy-drinking aperitif made slightly more potent with the addition of gin.<p>October 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>honey syrup<p>¼ cup clover honey<p>assembly<p>1½ cups gin<p>¾ cup fresh lime juice<p>½ cup Aperol or Cappelletti<p>Angostura bitters<p>Champagne or sparkling wine<p>8 lime wheels<p>Recipe Preparation<p>honey …

Bitters