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An Ab Fab Workout

In anticipation of rocking our favorite two-piece this summer, we asked trainer Harley Pasternak how he's helped Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Jennifer Hudson tone their abs. "You've got to do all three of these moves if you want to look great from every angle," he insists. Do three sets of 20 for each, three times a week.

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The 10 Best Yoga Songs

When was the last time you paused in your downward dog and actually listened to the music at your neighborhood yoga studio? Maybe never — the best yoga playlists, after all, are made to soothe, drown out distractions, and hum along pleasantly in the background. But Rara Davis, Craig Kohland, and Amani Friend so enjoyed the down-tempo, internationally inspired notes behind the best yoga music that they founded Yogi Tunes, a site dedicated entirely to yoga music. The site launches in January and boasts an expanding collection of playlists created by top instructors.

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5 Easy Ways to Switch to (Healthier!) Greek Yogurt

When my roommate suggested replacing Dannon Light & Fit Vanilla – a staple sweet snack in my fridge – with plain Greek yogurt, I was skeptical. From what I’d heard about the foreign food, it was way too tart for my taste, especially without any added flavor. But since I didn’t know the difference between Greek and American-style, I wanted to do a bit of research before dismissing the idea.

Most low- and nonfat yogurts are high in calcium, low in calories, and good for digestion, but apparently the Greeks take their diets a step further. Both types are made by fermenting milk with live bacteria cultures, but Greek-style is strained to remove the liquid whey, which means a thicker consistency with more protein per serving. Another difference? Subtract the American version's extra sugar and carbs as lactose is filtered out with the whey.

After my mini investigation, I decided to attempt adding Greek yogurt to my diet. It’s tough to opt for the plain version (love that vanilla), but the thought of no artificial sweeteners makes me happy. I’m still adjusting to the texture and tang, but when mixed with the right foods, it tastes just as good (if not better). Here are five easy ways to use this healthy ingredient:

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Confessions of a Middle-Aged Figure Skater

Christina Han on becoming an amateur ice skater as an adult.
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How to Get Serena Williams's Tennis-Yoga Booty

We went to fitness boot camp with the tennis star!

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Hips Don't Lie: Athletic Wear for Real Women

I don’t know if I’m an apple or a pear. Bananas are nice, but I doubt I’m one of those either. I just don’t like comparing my body to a fruit basket. But I do know this: I have hips...and thighs. And good lord, yes, a butt.

I consider myself active and have a (fairly) healthy lifestyle, but no amount of squats, crunches or sprints will ever rid me of my curves. Real woman have curves, remember? So then why was it so hard for me to find athletic wear for women that actually fit well and gave me the support I needed? I was so sick of avoiding the mirrors at the gym (or worse, skipping a workout entirely) because my too snug tank top was inching up past my belly button with each squat, and my shorts were riding up my thighs with each stride on the treadmill. Do you know how hard it is to sprint when you’ve got one hand between your thighs trying to pull your shorts back to a more G-rated location? Difficult and unattractive. Exercise is supposed to make you feel better about yourself and yet, somehow, it was making me feel worse.

So, a friend of mine recommended I try the new athletic wear from ellasport, their mission is to “provide women with workout apparel that makes them look and feel amazing…because when you are comfortable and feel good about how you look, you have a much better workout!”

So I tried a few pieces and it was love at first crunch. Imagine, a line of athletic wear designed to be supportive and comfortable. ellasport, where have you been all my life?

Here are some of my favorites:

The Charlotte Running Tank
It's super light, breathable and supportive...without the dreaded back fat!

The Park Tee
Skinny arms at last! The sleeve hits just under the shoulder muscle - the slimmest part of your arm.

The Chloe Long Sleeve Tee
The fit is amazing! It's smaller at the top and wider over the hip so it doesn't ride up.

The New Power Capris
Finally, even I can look long and lean. The Tactel®/Lycra® fabric blend provides moderate compression that gives a slimming fit.

Try ellasport today and get 15% off your first order.
Just use promo code marieclaire at checkout!
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Get Your Best Water Workout

Speedo's Core Stabilizer suit, $98 (speedousa.com)

WHAT IT IS: A swimsuit constructed with the same NASA-designed precision as Michael Phelps' super-skintight number, but comfier (this amateur version boasts a knit fabric that has more give than that of the pros').

WHAT IT DOES: Its girdled core region keeps hips afloat for less drag and speedier stroking.

THE RESULT? A more efficient workout.

WHAT WE LOVE: The belly-flattening silhouette—and the bust-supporting, sewn-in sports bra.
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Fashion Meets Fitness

Mark your calendars, fans of the latest fashion and fitness! This weekend, Gilt Groupe, the online boutique, is launching a "Get Fit Weekend" with a cool sale stocked with sneakers, fitness gear, and even gym memberships, all selling way below retail value. The site is advertising a range of New Balance and Reebok sneakers for women and men, Crunch classes and personal training sessions (offered at 20-45% off!), plus yoga gear from NaLa Seattle and even jogging strollers and waxing packages. So take your marks, get set, and log on for some good spring bargains. But make sure to warm up first. These items will go fast.

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Golden Girl Lindsey Vonn's Top 5 Fitness Tips

Lindsey Vonn

Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn stopped by our offices last week to dish about her medal, her man (skier Thomas Vonn) and her upcoming vacation (she's thinking Virgin Islands). In a pink tweed blazer, jeans, and Tory Burch shoes, it was a different Lindsey than the one we saw on the slopes, but we loved it! We  asked for her top fitness tips, and here's what she said:

 

1. Do something! No matter what your goal, start with baby steps. Even 20 minutes of cardio a day gets you closer than sitting on the couch.


2. Get creative. Lindsey admits to cramming in 20 sit-ups or 40 push-ups in airports and hotels when she's on the road, not training. Building the habit of doing something every day, no matter where you are, is key.


3. Weight lifting gets a bad rap. It only bulks you up if you go overboard with too-heavy weights. Lindsey recommends more reps but at a lower weight to tone muscles and burn calories.

 

4. Eat and run. Traveling for training for much of the year, this girl's got eating on the road figured out. At Starbucks, she'll order an egg white and spinach wrap, plus coffee with non-fat milk. If she's ordering a salad to go, she throws out half the dressing right away. At home in Vail, where she loves cooking for Thomas, she makes chicken and rice--light on the gravy for her.

 

5. Change it up. Lindsey's second-favorite sport, tennis, is a great way to get outside and stay active without going crazy training in the gym. The point is to switch workouts enough that your body--and brain--don't get bored.

 

 

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Zen and the Art of Soul Maintenance

Who isn't afraid of spinning? Where do I begin: the crazy Euro disco music, the intense instructors with a headset strapped to their head, the uber-skinny LA first wives clubs or even skinnier PR flacks... I could go on and on.
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Would You Shop for Sperm Online?

Women are turning to the Web to shop for top-notch sperm donors. Would you consider it? Vote below!
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Eat This Now: Citrus

Besides its own bright taste and vitamin C punch, it amps up the flavor and nutrition of other foods, too.
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How to Stop Snoring

Can a simple injection quiet the throat muscle's vibration in noisy sleepers?
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The Surprising Ways to Beat Fear

Tapping into your inner Wonder Woman may actually be an issue of matter over mind.
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Our Relationship with Food: 5 Shocking Statistics

I know you’ll be rethinking your next meal after seeing these stats. I am!
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Blogging Sundance: Dropping Pounds with alli

Where do celebrities, studio execs, and ungodly amounts of snow collide? The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. I’m chilling (literally—it’s 14 degrees!) at the ski resort for a couple days thanks to GlaxoSmithKline, the pharma company. GSK brought a bunch of health journalists out to the mountains to talk about alli, the diet pill, and announce some news about the brand.
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The Office Nosher's Calorie Counter

Here, we tallied the size of 100-calorie portions of your favorite desk-side treats.
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Is Winter Causing Your Back Pain?

Dark, chilly days may be the culprit for an ailment besides seasonal affective disorder.
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Burn 450 Calories in 30 Minutes

No Aspen escape in this year's travel plans? Snowshoe guru Ron Rash offers strategies that will work in your local park...or backyard. Cycle through these snowshoe steps for 30 minutes, and you'll burn up to 450 calories.

1. Run a lap (it could be around your house or block), pumping arms up and down.

2. Stake out a small hill, about 100 yards (it doesn't need to be steep). Sprint up, then take an easy jog down. Repeat three times.

3. Find the closest stretch of snow pileup. Using the claws in the front of the snowshoes to dig into the snow, step up and down the pile in a zigzag pattern, from one end of the snowbank to the other.
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You're Not Lazy...Just Normal

Ever wonder who those people are, streaming out of the gym at 6 a.m., all finished with that early-bird Spin class and raring to tackle the day? They're mutants—at least according to a recent article in Science. A variation of the DEC2 gene—known as the insomnia gene—allows some humans to feel refreshed and energetic after just six hours of sleep. Mice with the mutant gene spend an hour-and-a-half longer each day on the running wheel compared to their counterparts. Humans born with the gene just make the rest of us feel bad.
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