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7 Reasons You're Not Building Muscle Even Though You're Lifting Weights + MORE

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How to Find the Perfect Eyeshadow for Your Eye Color

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Eyeshadow for green eyes

Want your eyes to look super vibrant? It might sound strange, but it’s all about red tones. “Green and red are direct opposites on the color wheel, so they ‘flare’ when next to each other,” explains makeup artist Troy Surratt, founder of Surratt Beauty. Since classic red isn’t wearable, choose hues that are created with red—any shade of pink or purple, says Surratt. If you prefer neutrals, use soft pink or rose gold. For more drama, go for a rich shade, like burgundy or purple.

1. Maybelline NY Color Tattoo Liquid Eye Chrome in Gilded Rose ($10; walmart.com)
2. Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette Collector The Street and I ($60 for 5 shades; neimanmarcus.com)
3. Mac Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Oh My Mocha! ($16; nordstrom.com)

Eyeshadow for brown eyes

Lucky you! The most common eye color is also the most neutral, meaning almost anything goes. "You have a lot of options, but high-shine neutrals, like gold, make the perfect pairing for a daytime look, while bold jewel tones, like sapphire and amethyst, create dimension for night,” says Sarah Lucero, a makeup artist and the global executive director for Stila Cosmetics. For the most striking effect, concentrate the color along the upper lash line and blend out, smoking it up gradually. “Focusing the intensity closer to the eyes—instead of the crease—will make them sparkle more,” says Lucero.

1. Laura Mercier Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays ($48 for 6 shades plus powder; sephora.com)
2. CoverGirl truNaked Jewels Eyeshadow Palette ($12 for 8 shades; cvs.com)
3. Touch in Sol Metallist Liquid Foil & Glitter Shadow Duo in Lara ($25; sephora.com)

Eyeshadow for hazel eyes

Your eyes are an interesting combination of brown and green, and the color of your makeup (and clothes) will affect how they appear. You can change their look by choosing different shades, says Lucero. To play up the mix of tones, opt for a neutral, such as gray or taupe. “These shades are ideal since they’re both warm and cool, just like hazel eyes,” explains Surratt. Shades in the purple family intensify the green areas and subtly highlight any gold flecks, too.

1. Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Eyeshadow Stick in Bluffing ($5; walmart.com)
2. Clarins 4-Color Eyeshadow Palette in 05 Smoky ($43; bloomingdales.com)
3. Make Matte Finish Eyeshadow in Cement ($25; amazon.com)
4. Chantecaille Mermaid Eye Color in Hematite ($34; neimanmarcus.com)

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Eyeshadow for blue eyes

Your best color is orange (yes, really!). Don’t believe us? Again, it all goes back to basic color theory: Blue and orange are complementary colors, which means they look brightest and most intense when paired, says Surratt. Since orange is hard to pull off, pick shades in the orange family that aren’t too far outside your comfort zone, such as peach, champagne, copper, terra-cotta, and rust…

7 Reasons You're Not Building Muscle Even Though You're Lifting Weights

– health.com

You've been spending tons of time in the gym trying to get Michelle Obama arms, but you don't seem to be building any muscle. What gives?

Several things could explain why your arms are as noodly as ever (or why your butt isn't getting any bigger or your shoulders don't look any more sculpted)—and most of them are completely under your control. Here, our experts uncover reasons you’re not building muscle so you can make the changes you need to make all your hard work pay off.

You’re doing mostly cardio

Don’t get us wrong—cardio is important for keeping your body fat down and keeping your heart health in check. (Bonus points if you run or bike, since outdoor exercise is linked to better energy and improved mental health.) But when it comes to building muscle, hitting the treadmill won't help you much. “Every component of exercise, minus cardio, can help with muscle hypertrophy,” which is the scientific term for muscle building, says Michelle Lovitt, an exercise physiologist and trainer in Los Angeles. “Cardio tends to burn calories and puts your body in a deficit, which is great for leaning out, but not building mass.”

RELATED: Lifting Weights May Protect Memory as We Age

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You’re not using heavy enough weights

Those 5-pound dumbbells were a great place to start as a beginner, but if you've been lifting weights for a while, it's time to bump up the weight. “You can use both exercise machines and free weights,” explains Michele Olson, PhD, exercise physiologist, professor of exercise science at Auburn University Montgomery, “but, if you are not lifting heavy enough weight, it doesn’t matter if you are primarily using free weights or machines.” In order to build muscle, you must break down muscle tissue using a weight that is challenging enough to cause micro-tears, which when repaired, form denser, stronger fibers.

You’re not sleeping enough

Those micro-tears that are such a key factor for muscle-building need rest to rebuild themselves and grow stronger. When do they do that? When you’re asleep! “You have to rest and feed your muscles between workouts or you will tear them down and they will become weaker,” says Olson. “Over time, you run the risk of over-training, which can result in injury, and possibly even more sleep troubles.”

RELATED: 8 Factors That Could Be Keeping You Up at Night

You’re inconsistent with your routine

If you're serious about putting on some muscle, then the most efficient way to do it is with three intense resistance training sessions and two lighter intensity workouts per week. “You need to have consistency in a workout program, hitting at least each muscle group two times a week to build muscle,” explains Lovitt. If you’re looking to switch up exercises, Olson suggests swaps such as sumo squats instead of traditional squats; step-ups on a bench instead of lunges; and then rotating back to the former…

Can Foam Rolling Really Get Rid of Cellulite?

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Using a foam roller is a proven way to loosen tight muscles, speed recovery after a tough workout, and prevent injuries. Lately, though, we've been hearing about another big benefit of rolling out: banishing cellulite. The FasciaBlaster, MELT Rollers, and Be Aligned Rollers all promise to erase those annoying lumps and bumps under the skin.  

Cellulite affects all body types—even people who are super-fit and toned—and up to 90% of women will experience it in their lifetimes. So it seems almost too good to be true to think that massaging your body with a foam cylinder could make dimples disappear on your legs and butt. But it turns out it does work—sort of. 

First, it’s important to understand what cellulite really is. “Cellulite is a genetic condition that makes you predisposed to having fibrous bands between your fat cells,” says S. Manjula Jegasothy, MD, dermatologist and CEO and founder of Miami Skin Institute. Everyone has a layer of fat separating their skin and muscles; for some, this fat layer lies smooth, but those with lots of fibrous bands wind up with that cottage cheese appearance on the surface of the skin, says Dr. Jegasothy.

The idea behind foam rolling for cellulite is that it breaks up and loosens fascia (connective tissue that protects and separates muscles), Dr. Jegasothy says, allowing fat to lie flat under the skin. And after some foam rolling or self-massage with a myofascial release/trigger point ball, you will see some skin-smoothing benefits. “What myofascial release devices might do as a side effect is create a little bit of superficial edema, or swelling, and that can actually make the surface of the skin seem a little smoother,” says Dr. Jegasothy. “That’s why people think maybe it will improve the appearance of the dimpling from cellulite.


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If a quick visual improvement is what you want, then roll away. Just don't expect the results to last for more than a few days. "It doesn't do anything for the fibrous bands, and it's a very transient effect…so we don't consider that a viable treatment for cellulite," Dr. Jegasothy says. 

New York City-based dermatologist Whitney Bowe, MD, agrees. "It can temporarily help. Foam rolling is essentially plumping up the dermis, which overlies the pockets of fat that tend to bulge in cellulite. This makes it hard to see the uneven fluctuations beneath as easily—hence the improvement in the appearance of cellulite," she says.

If you’re looking for a more long-term treatment for cellulite, Dr. Jegasothy says there are two effective treatments. One, radio frequency, is a device that tightens the fibrous bands that create cellulite so they lie flat against the skin. Results last for three to six months. “The cellulite does come back,” says Dr…

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Only Watch This Pore Strip Remove Blackheads Up Close If You Think You Can Handle It + MORE

Blackheads happen to good people. They’re just part of life. If you’ve ever had one (or more than one), you’ve probably tried removing them with pore strips. When the strip is successful, it can be so incredibly satisfying. So of course, there’s a pore strip removal video tha.... More »

Prepping for a Destination Race? Here’s What You Need to Know

Many say that the best way to see a new city is to run through it—I’m a big believer in this concept. From 5Ks on the West Coast to half marathons down South to international marathons (I recently ran 26.2 miles in Tokyo!), traveling for races has given me the opportunity to see the .... More »

Sarah Michelle Gellar on How She Keeps Herself Motivated Every Day   + MORE

This video is part of Health's My Mantra series. Follow along with new videos on our Instagram page and share your own words of wisdom using #MantraMonday. Sarah Michelle Gellar knows what it means to be motivated. The actress become a household name in the 1990s.... More »

Torch Calories With This Total-Body Circuit Workout + MORE

This article originally appeared on DailyBurn.com. Creating an all-encompassing workout — one that gets your heart rate up while strengthening every major muscle group — takes some fancy fit work. But it’s something Steve Uria, founder of Switch Playground in.... More »

Adele's Makeup Artist Has the Most Genius Hack for Your Under Eye Concealer + MORE

[brightcove:5187515756001 default]   This article originally appeared on InStyle.com. Especially in summer's ever-climbing temperatures, keeping our concealer from creasing into those fine lines underneath our eyes (we should have started with the eye cream earlier, we know). Setting sp.... More »

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7 Reasons You're Not Building Muscle Even Though You're Lifting Weightshealth.com
Can Foam Rolling Really Get Rid of Cellulite?health.com

Is Running Good or Bad for Your Knees? + MORE

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Is Running Good or Bad for Your Knees?

– health.com

This article originally appeared on Time.com. 

Running has a reputation for causing wear and tear on knees over time, leading to joint pain, arthritis or other injuries. But a recent small study found that 30 minutes of running actually lowered inflammation in runners’ knee joints, leading many to question whether running really does increase a person’s risk for injuries—or if it helps prevent them.

In the report, published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology, researchers at Brigham Young University brought 15 healthy runners ages 18 to 35 into a lab where they took samples of their blood and knee joint fluid before and after they ran for 30 minutes on a treadmill. They also assessed the same samples when they were sedentary.

The researchers expected to find an increase in molecules that spur inflammation in people’s knee fluid after they ran, but they didn’t. Instead, they found that pro-inflammatory markers actually decreased after a 30-minute run. The scientists ended up only getting complete information from six of the people in the study, but they saw the same results in all of those people.

“It was surprising,” says study author Matt Seeley, an associate professor of exercise science at BYU. “We expected the molecules to increase, but it was the opposite.” Seeley stresses that the report is a pilot study, and that due to the small number of people, there’s not a lot that can be inferred from the findings. The researchers also only looked at inflammation right after people ran, rather than a week or month later. But Seeley says his team plans to do the same study in more people in the future.

“I think, and hope, the data shows that running is good for your joints,” Seeley adds. “Although the results are limited, they are also unexpected and could be important.”

Some experts not involved in the study say that while the study findings are intriguing—even given the small sample size—it’s not yet clear whether running can protect knees from injuries or arthritis. “There is data on both sides of the fence,” says Dr. Brian Feeley, an orthopedic surgeon at the University of California, San Francisco. “We know that there are some people that run all the time with no knee problems, and others that have arthritis at a relatively young age.” (Feeley was not involved in the recent study.)

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For many runners, a 30-minute session is relatively short, and Feeley says the study does not necessarily suggest that long-distance running is safe. Other studies of marathon runners have found changes in cartilage that could suggest potential for injuries that can persist for months after a long race.

“Taken together, this suggests that there is probably an evolutionary advantage to allow us to run relatively short distances where our bodies protect cartilage from damage by decreasing inflammation,” says Feeley…

Venus Williams Describes Her Workout Routine and Eating Habits: 'It's My Job to Be Healthy'

– health.com

This article originally appeared on People.com. 

Working out and eating well are the norm for Venus Williams.”It’s my job to be healthy, so it’s something that’s always in the forefront for me,” the tennis pro, 36, told PEOPLE while discussing her upcoming collection for EleVen. “I’ve been doing this for a quite a while, so it’s easy to be in a routine of what I need to eat and what I need to do to perform at my best level.”Williams varies her workout routine depending on how far out she is from a match, and how tough the match will be.”If it’s two weeks out, it’s a different routine than the day or two days before,” she explains. “Two weeks out I’m training as hard as I can, and then the day before it’s all about just easing your way into the match.”When she’s in training mode, Williams says gym workouts are just as vital as tennis practice.

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“I usually do an equal amount of time on the court and time in the gym,” she says. “Half the battle is in the gym.”And when she’s not training, she’s sure to give her body the rest it needs.”Taking time off is also important too!”As for her eating habits, when Williams is preparing for a tennis match, she’ll load up on healthy carbs such as steamed rice and sweet potatoes. And while she eats a clean, plant-based diet for the most part, she does let herself splurge when she wants to.”I do splurge, absolutely, because I’m human and I want to have a great life,” she says. “I happen to love different treats and butter, things like that. You just have to live a balanced life.”

The Best Eyebrow Growth Serums, According to Dermatologists

– health.com

The latest non prescription brow serums are supposed to enhance the thickness of the brow hairs you do have and help stimulate growth in areas that are sparse. You don't need to see a doctor to get a serum (as you do with the lash-and-brow enhancer Latisse). Apply once or twice a day (following package directions) and, the companies claim, you'll see results in as little as two weeks. 

What the pros say

There are dozens of over-the-counter brow serums, but they're not all created equal, stresses Francesca Fusco, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. The best of these OTC formulas pack peptides, adds Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. (Some other serums rely only on essential oils, which simply strengthen the hair you already have.) 

Petptides are "messengers designed to do a specific job—in this case, encourage hair growth and healthy hair follicle activity," explains Dr. Zeichner. Products with peptides include VegaBrow Volumizing Serum ($80; vegalash.com), RapidBrow Eyebrow Enhancing Serum ($50; amazon.com), and RevitaBrow Advanced Eyebrow Conditioner ($110; nordstrom.com). (The makers of RevitaBrow stop short of promising actual hair growth, however.)

"RapidBrow has proved to be the go-to among my patients," says Dr. Fusco. Most people tolerate peptide serums well, the experts say, but they can cause irritation; discontinue use if you notice redness, itching, or swelling.

RELATED: 5 Eyebrow Mistakes You're Probably Making

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What we say

Although brow regrowth doesn't happen overnight, these peptide-rich picks add fullness. For those with sensitive skin, we like VegaBrow; in addition to peptides, it contains anti-inflammatory botanical ingredients, such as red clover and mung bean, which are gentle on your skin. However, if it's serious brow rehab you're after, you may want to go straight to RapidBrow. No matter which serum you try, if you use it regularly you should see a boost in the condition of your arches. 

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This Hotel Now Has Rooms With Mini Personal Gyms Inside + MORE

It’s not always possible to keep up with your workout routine while traveling. So one hotel chain is making it easier to cycle, do yoga, or sweat along to a cardio routine video without ever leaving your room. Last month, Hilton Hotels debuted their Five Feet to Fitness in.... More »

Model Molly Sims Just Shared a 20-Minute Circuit Workout on Instagram—and Her Abs Look Amazing   + MORE

In a perfect world, you’d have unlimited time every day to work out—with plenty of time left over to shower and sip a smoothie afterward. In reality, you’re lucky if you can even make it to the gym, and even model Molly Sims, 46, knows that struggle.  Her solution? Quick 20.... More »

Emily Skye Says She’s "Getting Stronger" in a Post-Baby Body Photo Showing Loose Skin + MORE

Fitness influencer Emily Skye is enjoying her post-pregnancy workout regimen with her “cutest training buddy ever.” In a mirror selfie with her three-month-old daughter Mia, Skye shared her progress since giving birth. “Some people might think my progress is due to my genetics.... More »

The One Squat Variation You Need to Be Doing for a Perkier Butt + MORE

Squats are to leg day as sheet masks are to #selfcaresunday: essential. As many face mask options as there are in the world, there might be even more variations of the classic booty-building move. There are goblet squats, sumo squats, barbell back squats, jump squats, and loads more. Trust us, s.... More »

6 Plyometric Exercises for a No-Running Cardio Workout + MORE

This article originally appeared on Life by Daily Burn. The answer to your boring relationship with cardio: plyometric exercises. The lovechild of speed and strength, these explosive movements allow you to create max force in a short amount of time. So you not only get fit in a flash, b.... More »

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Is Running Good or Bad for Your Knees?health.com
Venus Williams Describes Her Workout Routine and Eating Habits: 'It's My Job to Be Healthy'health.com
The Best Eyebrow Growth Serums, According to Dermatologistshealth.com

Stop Searching: We've Found the Only Foundation You'll Ever Need + MORE

Hair extensions and hair treatments are just one way that Invisiblend Hair Studio helps to increase our client’s quality of life. A hair technician or hair salon specialist is more than just a stylist, they are a friend. A person to vent your week to, express your joy and life achievements, there is more than just beauty when it comes to our hair stylist.We hope the reviews and blogs and posts help your day go smother

Stop Searching: We've Found the Only Foundation You'll Ever Need

– health.com

This article originally appeared in SouthernLiving.com.

Finding the perfect foundation is no easy feat. If you're anything like me, you have a laundry list of requirements including full coverage and no caking. Until a few weeks ago, I didn't think a product like this existed. And to my knowledge, it didn’t. Well, until now. Just yesterday, IT Cosmetics released Confidence in A Compact ($38; ulta.com), a moisturizing and anti-aging full coverage foundation that they were generous enough to send me a sample of several weeks ago before it was available online. Like all the other products we consider featuring, I put it to the test. And here’s what happened.

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Since I entered my 30s just over a year ago, something unexpected happened: for the first time in my life, I had acne! Now, I don’t mean to brag, but I was one of the lucky ones who had next-to-perfect skin all through my teens and twenties. So imagine my surprise when 3-0 rolls around, and I’m struggling to keep a clear complexion. The hydrating BB cream that I had been using just wasn’t covering the discoloration that the acne had left as a parting gift. However, the fuller coverage bases I tried were just too heavy and not giving me the kind of moisture I needed for my dry skin that was just getting drier from wrinkle-prevention products. What’s a girl to do?! So when I opened this compact, patted the sponge in foundation, and began to blend onto my skin, it was like the heavens had opened up and dropped a gift right into my hands. Not only did it even out my skin tone, I could feel the moisture being delivered right to my driest spots and it left me with a stunning dewy finish. The best part? The SPF-equipped makeup didn’t budge all day. And only after I fell in love with the out-of-this-world results, I learned that it’s also the first-ever, clinically shown anti-aging solid serum. Seriously, there is nothing more I could ask for in a foundation. I’ll be sticking with this one for the long haul.

Sephora Can't Keep This Moisturizer in Stock

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This article originally appeared on InStyle.com.

As the groundhog determined last week, we have roughly six more weeks of winter ahead of us—potentially more if you live in an area where it seems to snow until, what, April some years—so it goes without saying that the need to moisturize is at an all-time high. A super-hydrating formula like Peter Thomas Roth's Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream would be the ultimate skincare staple, that is, if you can even get your hands on the stuff. At the launch event in New York City, Roth himself told reporters that the product continues to sell out with every restock, then presented photos of a few empty Sephora displays taken at outposts around the country. In fact, the Water Drench Cloud Cream is currently the top-selling moisturizer at Sephora, and once we tried it out on our own skin, we no longer had to wonder why.

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First of all, the texture is a total dream. It's so lightweight, it almost feels like a gel, but penetrates with the power of your favorite heavy-duty serum. It's made of 30% hyaluronic acid—which, fun fact, can retain up to 1,000 times its weight in water from moisture in the air—with three different molecular sizes to ensure every layer of your skin is hydrated. Served up with a side of elderberry extract, silk proteins, and Mexican blue agave, the moisturizer tackles any existing wrinkles, but the brand's patented Pentavitin complex hydrates your complexion for up to 72 hours after your first application. Expect a new shipment at your local Sephora by mid to late February, or pick up a jar for $52 online at sephora.com while you still can.

Target Is Running a Major Deal on Apple Watches

– health.com

This article originally appeared on SouthernLiving.com.

You can score the Series 1 38mm Apple Watch at Target for $199.99, which is $70 off of the regular price and $169 less than the Series 2 Apple Watch. The offer includes several different color options for the band and the watch face. If you have not yet found the perfect gift for your Valentine, we are certain this will be a welcome surprise. The sale will run through February 11.

BUY IT: $199.99; target.com

When comparing the Series 1 and Series 2, the biggest difference is the Series 2 is waterproof and the Series 1 is only splash resistant. The Series 2 watch also has a built in GPS, but the Series 1 will measure distance traveled when walking or running. 

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This Is the Most Popular Nail Polish on Pinterest This Spring + MORE

This article originally appeared on RealSimple.com.  There’s a new Essie nail polish topping the pages of Pinterest and it goes by the name of Topless and Barefoot ($9; amazon.com). With summer just around the corner, you might think the most popular hue would be a bright pink or coral. .... More »

5 Things to Know About AHCA, the New House Republican Health Care Bill That Just Passed + MORE

This article originally appeared on Money.  The Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare narrowly passed the House of Representatives on Thursday, advancing a plan that would gut health coverage for millions of Americans while delivering tax cuts to the rich. The American Health Care Act, .... More »

Julia Roberts Got a Gorgeous New Haircut That Everyone Is Freaking Out About + MORE

Julia Roberts just got a major hair refresh — and we’re loving it. The Academy Award-winning actress, 51, chopped her signature long waves into a textured shoulder-length lob that the internet can’t get enough of. With the help of longtime hairstylist Serge Normant, Rober.... More »

The One Squat Variation You Need to Be Doing for a Perkier Butt + MORE

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Jennifer Lopez Shows Off Incredible Biceps as She Says She's 'Feeling Like Superwoman' + MORE

  Jennifer Lopez doesn’t need a cape to look and feel like a superhero. On Wednesday, the “El Anillo” singer, 49, showed off her buff biceps in a clingy maroon dress and silver hoop earrings on Instagram. With her hair swept back, Lopez flexed her incredible arms as.... More »

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Editor Tested: The Workout That Completely Transformed My Abs + MORE

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Editor Tested: The Workout That Completely Transformed My Abs

– health.com

This article originally appeared on InStyle.com.

I own twice as many sports bras as I do regular bras. My ideal happy hour involves cardio rather than cocktails, and I never leave home without a pair of gym shoes in my bag just in case the mood strikes to hop into a fitness class while I’m floating around the city. Needless to say, I love working out.

Bonus: being in my role here at InStyle means I get to try a lot of different workouts as studios open around town, which means I rarely commit to the same workout for an extended period of time. Or that was the case, rather, until I found SLT.

Blend muscle-lengthening yoga moves with core-toning Pilates principles and you get the full body-sculpting workout known as Strengthen Lengthen Tone. It’s basically a hyped up Pilates class done on a calorie-torching Megaformer machine, and it's one of the most challenging 50-minute sessions you can find.

Since I started taking class (I’ve been a twice-a-weeker for well over a year now) I’ve seen my body transform unlike any other workout I’ve done (and trust me, I've tried them all). Nothing has worked as well to create a seriously defined core (among other things, including glutes of steel) than regular visits to this hotspot (no wonder that Sofia Vergara, Jamie Chung, and Nina Agdal are regulars. I once took class right next to Karlie Kloss.)

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Although it was clear that my body was changing, I was curious as to why this workout was so much more effective than anything else I’ve tried. “SLT is so effective because it combines the principles of cardio, Pilates and strength training into a revolutionary workout,” SLT founder Amanda Freeman tells me after I pepper her with questions to help me understand the magic. “The workout on the Megaformer allows you to target muscles so specifically and work them until muscle fatigue. And there are a wide variety of moves, so your body is constantly challenged. “

But like most good things in life, it doesn’t come easy. The first time I took class, I could barely hold a plank. My muscles were shaking beyond control. I was next-day sore before I even got off the machine. Afterwards, I couldn’t walk up stairs for days. Now, I can pike up and down the machine like a pro, and I have the core to prove it. I don’t always break a sweat during class (which in the past was always my gauge for how hard I was working; I hated not sweating during a workout) yet every time I take class, I’m still incredibly sore afterwards, further proving that this workout is still changing my body.

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Why is it such a good ab definer? “Thanks to the Megaformer machine, our clients are forced to engage their core nearly the entire 50-minutes of a class,” Freeman says. “The variety of moves that are performed in a class target your abs from all angles in ways no other workout can…

Does the Sound of Noisy Eating Drive You Mad? Here’s Why

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This article originally appeared on Time.com

If you’ve ever been tempted to confront someone slurping their soup in a restaurant, or if a person breathing loudly next to you in the movie theater is enough to make your blood boil, then you’re not alone: You’re one of many people suffering from a genuine brain abnormality called misophonia.

Misophonia, a disorder which means sufferers have a hatred of sounds such as eating, chewing, loud breathing or even repeated pen-clicking, was first named as a condition in 2001.

Over the years, scientists have been skeptical about whether or not it constitutes a genuine medical ailment, but now new research led by a team at the U.K.’s Newcastle University has proven that those with misophonia have a difference in their brain’s frontal lobe to non-sufferers.

In an report published in the journal Current Biology, scientists said scans of misophobia sufferers found changes in brain activity when a ‘trigger’ sound was heard. Brain imaging revealed that people with the condition have an abnormality in their emotional control mechanism which causes their brains to go into overdrive on hearing trigger sounds. The researchers also found that trigger sounds could evoke a heightened physiological response, with increased heart rate and sweating.

For the study, the team used an MRI to measure the brain activity of people with and without misophonia while they were listening to a range of sounds. The sounds were categorized into neutral sounds (rain, a busy café, water boiling), unpleasant sounds (a baby crying, a person screaming) and trigger sounds (the sounds of breathing or eating). When presented with trigger sounds, those with misophonia presented different results to those without the condition.

“I hope this will reassure sufferers,” Tim Griffiths, Professor of Cognitive Neurology at Newcastle University and UCL, said in a press release. “I was part of the skeptical community myself until we saw patients in the clinic and understood how strikingly similar the features are.”

“For many people with misophonia, this will come as welcome news as for the first time we have demonstrated a difference in brain structure and function in sufferers,” Dr Sukhbinder Kumar, from the Institute of Neuroscience at Newcastle University and the Wellcome Centre for NeuroImaging at University College London, added. “This study demonstrates the critical brain changes as further evidence to convince a sceptical medical community that this is a genuine disorder.”


The Scary Reason #Fitspo Isn’t As Healthy As You Think

– health.com

The #fitspo photos of toned, muscular bodies in your social media feeds may motivate you to get your sweat on. But those pictures could have a negative side too. For some women, posting such images could be a sign of risky eating and exercise habits, according to researchers from the School of Psychology at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia.

For their study, published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, the researchers looked at 101 women who regularly posted fitspiration on Instagram—often workout photos, sometimes overlain with a quote (think "Strong beats skinny every time"). A comparison group consisted of 102 women who regularly posted travel pictures, another popular type of inspirational content on Instagram.

What the researchers discovered about the fitspo-posters was alarming: Nearly 18% of them were at risk for diagnosis with a clinical eating disorder, compared to just over 4% of the women in the travel group. The study participants who posted fitspiration were also more likely to experience feelings of shame and depression when they missed a workout—which is a a key indicator of compulsive exercise, according to the study authors. 

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"It seems likely, at least for some women, that even though they may present as fit and healthy, regularly posting fitspiration is a culturally sanctioned way of rationalizing dietary restriction, disordered eating, and over-exercising," the authors concluded. 

As the researchers point out, #fitspo may not be as harmless as it seems. For one, it entails "repeated representation of only one body type (lean and toned) that is unattainable for most women," they write. What's more, fitspo focuses on how working out can make you look, rather than the long list of important benefits exercise can provide, from improved digestion and energy to more balanced moods and less inflammation.

So while a snapshot of sculpted abs may help you get off the couch and to the gym, it's important as ever to evaluate the real reasons you work out, and make sure you're sweating first and foremost to get fit and healthy, physically and mentally.






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