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How to Buy the Best Blender for Your Kitchen

How to Buy the Best Blender for Your Kitchen

Whether you need a basic blender for morning smoothies or a high-powered model that whips up soups and nut butters with ease, we’ve got you covered. Here are our top picks for the very best blenders on the market right now.
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November 30, 20150 commentsRead More
19 Ways Your Body Changes When You Fall in Love

19 Ways Your Body Changes When You Fall in Love

Those butterflies in your stomach aren’t just in your head. Here are some of the ways falling in love can affect your body.
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10 Reasons Why You Should Sign Up For The SELFxTone It Up Challenge

10 Reasons Why You Should Sign Up For The SELFxTone It Up Challenge

In case you haven’t heard, SELF has been working on something special…we’ve teamed up with Tone It Up to kick off the ultimate fitness challenge. It’s going to be amazing, here’s why:

1. You don’t have to do anything right now.

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The four-week challenge doesn’t start until January 3. Sign up now, then relax and enjoy the holidays. We’ll be in touch in a few weeks to give you everything you need to plan ahead.

2. Except enter for a chance to win a ~vacation.~

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By signing up now you can enter for a chance to win a luxe beach vacation…which is the best reason to use the palm tree and sun emojis during winter.

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My Workout Story: How A Weekly Hike Changed My Life

My Workout Story: How A Weekly Hike Changed My Life

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It was July on a small mountain near my home in Santa Fe, and I was looking for a sign. I found it—well, her—walking toward me on a trail. The “sign” was Natalie Goldberg, whose best-selling book Writing Down the Bones was a bible to me in my early days as a journalist. She would become my hiking partner. And she would help reboot my writing career, which was, at that moment, as quiet and sleepy as my three-week-old daughter, napping in a carrier against my chest.

I already knew about Natalie, of course. The same way people in Santa Fe, and around the world, know about Natalie: A longtime Zen practitioner and writing teacher, she’s published 14 books. And I knew she led workshops for both accomplished and aspiring writers.

We shared only a short conversation that first time on the mountain: Was my baby OK in her carrier? Yes. But it was the inspiration I needed to attend her upcoming writing retreat. There, a friendship blossomed and we hatched a plan to hike together. And so began our weekly ritual. Like mindfulness meditation, hiking with Natalie became its own practice, steeped in a precise tradition of our own invention.

We always walk the same trail: two miles to the top of 8,500-foot Picacho Peak, a small mountain on the edge of town, and back down. We climb in silence, saving our words for the descent. The trail winds through a narrow canyon, past juniper trees, and thick-skinned pines. At the halfway point, Natalie stops to sit and meditate on a granite ledge overlooking all of Santa Fe, and I keep hiking to the top. Then I descend and find Natalie sitting cross-legged beneath a tree, and we talk the whole way down. These are our rules, and we rarely deviate.

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How Skipping A Workout Can Actually Be Good For You

How Skipping A Workout Can Actually Be Good For You

The buzziest trend in the fitness world has nothing to do with weights or reps: Right now, it’s about recovery. Put in the time and you’ll feel fitter, faster—all around better—in every workout.

how stretching helps recovery from workouts

Leaning back over an exercise ball helps stretch the entire front of your body. (It’s OK if palms don’t touch the floor at first.) Then kneel with your hands on top of the ball in front of you and go into Child’s pose. Enjoy the deep back stretch.

Whether you’re a gym newbie or serious athlete, you want an edge. And for years that’s meant more, more, more … mileage, dumbbells, sweat. But there’s a new way to score extra oomph: recovering smarter. Stretch classes have become a staple at gym chains like Equinox, boutique studios like CityRow, and even some CrossFit locations. The words foam roll are now part of our vernacular. Our call: Soon, whole studios will be devoted to all the stuff you do when you’re not crushing your workout. Recovery is the hottest thing in fitness.

The best part? It really works. Just ask Gabby Rosenthal, 31, a public relations director in New York City. For years she was frustrated by her tight hips, bad knees, and subpar flexibility. In boot camp classes, she needed so many modifications that she felt like she wasn’t performing her best. She ran half marathons, but aches and pains made her take walk breaks.

Then a trainer introduced Rosenthal to foam rolling. Last summer, she committed to doing the 20-minute routine daily, and everything changed. After three months, she’d clocked a personal best by almost 30 seconds per mile in a 5-mile race, and she could do one-legged squats for the first time. “It’s made a crazy, huge difference,” she says. “Now I don’t ever skip it because I know I can’t work out as well without rolling.”

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November 29, 20150 commentsRead More
These Simple Stretches Will Help Combat That Too-Full Feeling

These Simple Stretches Will Help Combat That Too-Full Feeling

Most of us end up eating way more than usual on Thanksgiving, and since many of the dishes may be richer or sweeter than you’re used to, it can cause some major discomfort in the tummy department. Here are some gentle stretches from PopSugar Fitness that you can do to help ease digestion.

One-Legged Spinal Twist

One-Legged Spinal Twist

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This twist can help get things moving in your belly. It’s also a great pose to do after sitting for a long period of time.

  • Bend your right knee and cross your left elbow over to the outside edge of the knee and look over your right shoulder.
  • As you breathe, continue to deepen the twist. Stay here for about 30 seconds, then do the other side.

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November 27, 20150 commentsRead More
24 Fat-Burning Ab Exercises (No Crunches!)

24 Fat-Burning Ab Exercises (No Crunches!)

Abdominal exercises to burn fat, flatten your belly, and strengthen your core.
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November 25, 20150 commentsRead More
21 Worthless Foods a Nutritionist Will Immediately Cut From Your Diet

21 Worthless Foods a Nutritionist Will Immediately Cut From Your Diet

Want to start eating healthier and lose weight? Four nutrition experts share the red-flag foods you should avoid as part of a healthy diet.
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How to Do a Tone-It V Hold

How to Do a Tone-It V Hold

Build strength in your core with this challenging ab exercise. In this video, fitness expert Kristin McGee demonstrates the belly fat-burning Tone-It V Hold. Your abs will thank you!
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November 24, 20150 commentsRead More
How to Do Plank Hip Dips

How to Do Plank Hip Dips

Planks are already a powerful exercise for your core. Make them even more effective by adding oblique-strengthening moves to the pose. In this video, fitness expert Kristin McGee demonstrates how to do Plank Hip Dips.
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