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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 …

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 …

5 Ways to Eliminate Back Fat

You won't miss it at all.<p><i>This article was written by Lizzie Fuhr and repurposed with permission from POPSUGAR Fitness.</i><p>Back bulge around the bra area or a pesky muffin top aren't fun to deal with. But you can feel more confident in your own skin with just a little extra effort. Sure, targeting …

Fitness

Easy Postrun Pasta Recipes

<b>Caprese Tuna</b><p>Sustainably fished albacore tuna (such as Wild Planet) provides protein and selenium, an antioxidant that may ease postexercise oxidative cell damage.<p><b>Choose Your Pasta</b><p>5 cups cooked penne or fusilli<p><b>Add the Mix-Ins</b><p>2 cans (5 ounces each) water-packed albacore tuna, drained<br>1 pint cherry …

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 …

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.<p>1. Standing V Raise<p>Hold a dumbbell in each hand and stand …

Workouts

10 Abs Exercises Better Than Crunches

10 abs exercises for women that are so much better than crunches.<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 target all the regions of your core—upper and lower abs, obliques, …

Workouts

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

Still doing bunches of crunches? Seriously?<p>We don't like to play favorites, but...for planks, we'll make an exception. "They are, without a doubt, the best core exercise there is," says trainer David Kirsch, who works with Kate Upton and Liv Tyler. The harder-than-they-look poses in this workout …

Workouts

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

Anyone and everyone has time for these super fast sessions.<p>Work hard, get sweaty, and get done in 15 minutes. Sound like the perfect workout plan for you? We thought so. If you're ready to kick off 2015 with fresh strengthening moves that tone your muscles in a hurry, look no further. Simply check …

Workouts

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 …

Recipes

12 Habits of Highly Motivated Runners

Everyday tips for a fitter, healthier, and happier new year.<p>Runners dream big. Tackling a new distance, posting a personal best, losing 20 pounds—we embrace grand challenges. But what happens after you accomplish your goal, or if your resolve weakens before you succeed? You risk stalling—unless …

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 …

Healthy Eating

10 Best Fiction Books of 2014

10. The Southern Reach Trilogy, Jeff VanderMeer

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 …

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 …

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

Faster isn't always better—and this mix from Row House is proof.<p><i>Every week, Your New Favorite Playlist introduces you to workout-worthy tunes from a different fitness brand. This week, Row House shares one of its go-to playlists.</i><p>Certain things are better when speedier, no questions asked. Take the …

Music

Roast Chicken with Potatoes and Olives

4 Servings<p>Active Time: 15 min<p>Total Time: 1 min<p>Chicken legs, potatoes, and briny Kalamata olives star in this easy one-pan dish.<p>October 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 bay leaf, crushed<p>1 teaspoon fennel seeds<p>½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes; plus more for serving (optional)<p>1½ pound fingerling potatoes, …

Recipes

The Best Workout for a Toned, Tight Butt

Trust us on this: This is a workout you should seriously get behind<p>Blast unwanted fat and create a knockout butt with this two-phase program from Perkins. First, the "Wake 'Em Up" body-weight exercises are designed to light up your central nervous system and get your glutes primed and ready. …

Workouts

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 …

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 …

36 Super-Easy Healthy Dinners That'll Help You Lose Weight

Repeat after me: no more takeout.<p>The weeknight hustle is real.<p>After getting home from work or a workout, it’s can feel damn near torturous to spend more energy scrounging up a meal, especially a healthy and still tasty one. (That’s probably why clicking through a delivery app seems so …

Food

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 …

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 …