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Health Benefits of Lifting Weights

Steklenski and Kantor used to share a common resistance to, well, using more resistance. In fact, while both women are now hooked on lifting weights (and heavy ones at that), both of these women had never lifted before they began training with me a few months ago. After all, listen to certain …

7 Exercises for Better Sex

Master these moves, and an orgasm is practically in the bag<p>Exercise doesn’t just help you tone up and slim down—it can also make sex so much hotter. Try any (or all!) of these moves from the <i>Women’s Health Big Book of Sex</i> during your next workout for a more intense orgasm—no kegels necessary!<p>For …

Health

Take the Pilates Hundred Challenge

The name Hundred comes from the number of arm pumps and breaths required as you hold the position with your core muscles engaged. We’ll show you the step-by-step instructions, below, taken from our new book <i>The Women’s Health Big Book of Pilates</i> by our friend and Pilates instructor Brooke Siler. But …

Yoga

Smoky eyes: six of the best beauty products

'The joy of smoky eye makeup is that it suits every age, face and eye shape, and looks better as the evening progresses'<p>Sexy, smudgy, smoky eyes: everyone seems to want them, while mostly feeling that successful application is beyond their capabilities. This must be overcome, because it is one of …

Beauty tips: smoky eyes with Bobbi Brown - video

Sali Hughes meets beauty legend Bobbi Brown in New Jersey. Here, Bobbi shows Sali how to perfect the classic smoky-eye look that she favours. She details her preferred shades, brushes and layering techniques to build up colour and depth, to help you achieve gorgeous, wearable eyes that don't look …

Sex Facts: Have Great Morning Sex

Have Great Morning Sex<p>Having sex first thing in the morning does more than put a smile on your face—it boosts your health, your looks, and your relationship<p>Digital Vision/Thinkstock<p>For most of the working world, the blaring of the alarm clock isn't a happy sound. So why not turn that rude awakening …

Women's Health

Have Your Best (At-Home) Workout Ever<p>7 tips to boost your motivation—and calorie burn—for a better at-home workout<p>Stockbyte/Thinkstock<p>Who needs a fancy-pants gym membership<p>when you've got everything you need—your body and about 20 feet of space—at home? Problem is, you've also got a sink full of …

Weekend Challenge: Alternating Dumbbell Bench Press

Boost your upper-body strength with this killer chest exercise<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 yourself to try a new exercise. Thousands of women already</i> …

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 …

Even Super-Short Workouts Keep Your Weight Down | Women's Health

Turns out, the shorter bouts of higher-intensity activity were about as effective at lowering participants' BMIs (minute for minute) as the longer bouts of higher-intensity activity were. Both higher-intensity activity groups also showed a smaller risk of being overweight or obese. Lower-intensity …

8 Spa-Like Bathrooms Designed to Instantly Soothe

Let these airy oases across the globe spur some ideas for creating your own refuge.

Interior Design

8 Ways to Stick to Your Workout

<b>3. Book It</b><br>"You'll never find the time you've got to make the time," says Chuck Wolf, manager of sport science and human performance at the USA Triathlon National Training Center in Clermont, Florida. While that seems obvious, lack of planning continues to be the biggest reason people fail to work …

How to Relax: Calm Foods Battle the Effects of Stress

6 Healthy Foods That Relax, Calm, and De-Stress<p>Studies have found that these options can help contribute to a healthy mental state, buffer against the harmful physical effects of stress, and dial up your serenity level. Eat your way to Zen.<p>Shutterstock.com<p>Asparagus<p>It's true that side effects may …

Wellness

Fatty Foods: 5 Deliciously Healthy Treats That Are Good for You

5 Fatty Foods That Make You Skinny<p>Delicious, fatty foods that help you lose weight? Where can you sign up? Right here!<p>iStockphoto/Thinkstock<p>You are NOT what you eat.<p>If we were what we ate, then people who ate lots of hot dogs and pork chops would be solid walls of muscle. People who ate lots of …

How to Increase Metabolism: The Fastest Way to Lose Weight

5 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism All Day Long<p>Speed up your metabolism to lose weight now<p>Speed Up Your Metabolism<p>Here's a secret: slaving away inside your body—right this minute—is your very own personal trainer working tirelessly to help you burn calories and shed fat. It's called your metabolism, …

4 Morning Sex Tips That Will Make Every A.M. Amazing

If you're using one of the following excuses to avoid getting it on when you first wake up, here's how to kick your hesitation out of bed—and have some fun keeping yourself in it.<p><b>"Mornings are rushed."</b><br>To enjoy sunrise sex, you have to chill out. "For women to reach full levels of arousal, they need …

Male Body Sex Facts

12 Surprising Facts About the Male Body<p>Bizarre but totally interesting details about his anatomy<p>iStockphoto/Thinkstock<p>Can't imagine what it's like to be a guy? Now you don't have to wonder—or ask him to explain why he likes it rougher than you do. Just read on for everything you never knew about …

Lose 10 Pounds

Exercise 1 Dumbbell Squat to Overhead Press<p>Hold weights at your shoulders, elbows bent, feet hip-width apart. Bend your knees and lower until your thighs are nearly parallel to the floor. As you stand, press the weights overhead until your arms are straight. Return to start. That's one rep.<p>Exercise …

Workouts

15-Minute Arm Workout: Armed For Summer

Exercise 1 Inchworm<p>Stand with your feet hip-width apart, bend over, and touch the floor in front of your feet with both hands. Keeping your legs straight and core tight, walk your hands forward as far as you can without letting your hips drop. Pause, then slowly walk your feet toward your hands. …

Hiking the John Muir Trail: Going Out to Go In

“I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” ~ John Muir<p>Drawing wild-eyed wanderers and scruffy-haired men from around the world, the 211-mile John Muir Trail has a reputation of immeasurable proportions. Making its way …

Effective Lower Abs Workout: How to Get a Sexy Six-Pack

Gold Medal Abs<p>Eight serious ab moves from top Olympic trainers that will score you a rock-solid middle<p><b>DO IT</b> Train your core with these eight moves three nonconsecutive days a week to flatten your belly and get super sexy abs! Either do them all together as a stand-alone workout or add three or four …

Stand Up for Flat Abs

Challenge your core with this fast belly-tightening routine you can do on your feet<p>When you want to sculpt lean, sexy abs, doing crunches is highly overrated. Why? On-your-back moves target just one part of your midsection and leave out the deep-lying muscles that cinch in your waist. This upright …