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April 19, 2009

Kickstart Your Metabolism

Sporty Fashion For You

Fuchsia top, $806, skirt, $600, Roberto Cavalli; orange swimsuit, $185, OMO Norma Kamali; shoes, $575, Yves Saint Laurent.

Photo Credit: Don Flood

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No time for a long, intense workout? James Timmons, Ph.D., at the Heriot-Watt University of Edinburgh, Scotland, suggests this quick and stunningly effective sprint protocol:

1. Hop on a stationary bike (or other cardio machine).

2. Pedal as fast as you can for 30 seconds.

3. Cool down for one minute.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 five more times.

According to Timmons, subjects who followed this exercise regimen every day for two weeks saw not only a 6 percent boost in aerobic capacity but also a 23 percent improvement in insulin control during this period.

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