Why You Need to De-Germ Your Gym Bag ASAP

Avoiding illness at the gym is a bit like driving defensively: You need to anticipate that other people will make mistakes, leading to dangerous (read: germ-y) situations. But while most of your attention is focused on the germ-ridden elliptical machines and free weights, you're completely overlooking a sneaky, disease-harboring source: your gym bag.   read more

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6 Women Who Inspire Us to Work Out Harder

Forcing ourselves to hit the gym is not always an easy feat: Who actually wants to pound the treadmill after work when we could settle down on the couch with some wine and Netflix? Sometimes we need a little extra nudge to get us to set down the vino and lace up our shoes.   read more

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10 Teas to Help You Burn Fat, Slim Down and Sleep Better

Green tea is great for you, this we know. But there are also teas to help boost your burn at the gym, stop you from grabbing that candy bar at 3 p.m. and even chill you out when you're feeling stressed. Rather than reaching for your morning coffee click through for our top 10 teas to help you drink your way slimmer, happier and healthier. No detoxing necessary.   read more

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Healthy Swaps for the Junk Food We Have a Kung-Fu Grip on

It's common knowledge that the more delicious a snack is, the more terrible it is for you. Case in point: junk food. We all know it's bad news. Heck, the name itself implies that there's unnecessary stuff hanging around. And in this case, that unnecessary stuff is extra fat, sugar, salt and calories.   read more

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Find Your Perfect Fall Workout

With winter holidays just around the corner, the mall sales are in full force, the smell of pumpkin spice lattes is in the air, and shopping wish lists start to fill up with long sleeves for sweater weather.   read more

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12 Sneaky Sodium Traps Sabotaging Your Looks

Salt is so in right now -- as in, in everything you eat. As any healthcare professional will tell you, our sodium intake is out of control. Both the American Heart Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that Americans are swilling as much as 3,600 milligrams of the stuff a day -- more than double the recommended intake of 1,500 milligrams max. We all might as well be walking around with our own personal salt licks. And surprise, surprise: all that salt is not doing your looks any favors.   read more

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The 4 Crossfit-Inspired Moves Your Workout Is Missing

Like Gwyneth Paltrow, mascara and pixie cuts, Crossfit is a topic that people have feelings about. Love it or hate it, there's no denying that the bodies of elite Crossfitters Camille Leblanc-Bazinet and Annie Thorisdotter prove that "strong is the new sexy." The fitness program even has a slew of celebrity fans, like the Jessicas (Alba and Biel).   read more

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8 Mind Tricks to Get the Most out of Your Workout

You know that little voice in your head that whispers annoying things like "you can't do it" and "just give up" when you're uncertain about accomplishing a goal?   read more

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Got 10 Minutes? We've Got Your Perfect Workout

Think about what you actually do with 10 free minutes of your time. I waste at least 10 minutes each morning combing through my closet with seemingly nothing to wear. And then I spend 10 minutes perfecting my cat eye and attempting to tame my beastly hair. Then there are the minutes I waste on non-appearance-related pursuits that are probably even less beneficial: Like the 10 minutes I spend flipping through new releases until my boyfriend and I agree on the perfect movie. Or the 10 (or more likely, 60) minutes I devote to browsing pictures of cats and corgis online.   read more

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11 Ways To Lose A Few Pounds Without Really Trying

You can look high and low for a magical pill, squeeze out a few more juice cleanses, or drift from fad diet to fad diet, but at the end of the day, we all know the only way to lose weight is through a healthy diet (or "lifestyle" if you're not a fan of the D word) and exercise.   read more

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