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Health March 2016

Enjoy living the healthy life with solutions and advice from the experts at HEALTH magazine! Each issue is packed with smart and fun new ways to stay in terrific shape, look amazing and discover tasty (and healthy!) things to eat. For annual or monthly subscriptions (on all platforms except iOS), your subscription will automatically renew and be charged to your provided payment method at the end of the term unless you choose to cancel. You may cancel at any time during your subscription in your account settings. If your provided payment method cannot be charged, we may terminate your subscription.

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10 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
new from health

25 Secrets to Shape-Up Success Even your buff workout instructor needs some fitspiration every once in a while. Learn 25 tips experts use to stick to their goals at health.com/workout-motivation. Never miss out on great food, fitness, beauty and wellness strategies! Scan the cover image above to subscribe to our monthly print and tablet editions for only $12 a year. #Spring Superfoods It's time to power up your diet with in-season finds. Follow us on Twitter (@goodhealth) and look for #SpringSuperfoods for picks that help your energy, metabolism and more! #WorkOut WithHealth Spring training season is here. Share a photo with us on Instagram (@healthmagazine) of your top way to get fit using #WorkOutWithHealth. We'll regram our favorites! What Love Does to Your Body Falling head over heels results in more than a faster heart rate. Visit health.com/body-on-love…

2 min.
"happy begins here"

That simple sentence sits at the top of every cover of Health. Why? Because happiness is the foundation of wellness. It's a way of life we can choose, and it's more accessible than we often realize. Small shifts in our daily habits or thinking can put us in the fast lane to contentment. That's what I learned from "A Little Advice from Some of the Happiest People on the Planet" (page 112). Even more encouraging: The paths to happiness are diverse. Just ask Heidi Klum, Lauren Conrad or the 15 other folks who share how they mastered the art of being happy. One of my favorite tips, from Dan Buettner, is to keep reminders of family someplace I walk by every day. The idea that we can access happiness in many ways…

1 min.
getting buff with battle ropes

Battle ropes may not be brand-new, but lately the plus-size twine has been showing up all over the place—in big-brand gyms and boutique fitness studios alike. It goes without saying that whipping them around makes you feel badass. But the real benefit? They sculpt you from shoulder to shin. "They also help develop your power and explosiveness, plus your anaerobic and aerobic endurance," says Alonzo Wilson, founder of Tone House in New York City. Work your shoulders, legs and core with snakes: Begin in a half squat with head and chest up; hold a rope end in each hand. Open arms wide, then bring them back together. Continue motion so the ropes look like slithering snakes. Keep it up for one minute, maintaining a half squat. Rope burn Working out with these…

1 min.

We've all been "hangry"—so hungry, we're angry—but now there's another kind of next-level irritability: feeling "slangry," or worked up due to lack of sleep. Scientists at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center studied the brain activity of adults as they tried to memorize numbers superimposed on either unpleasant or neutral images, once after a full night's rest and again after being awake for a day. After no sleep, the amygdala—the brain area that processes emotion—showed higher levels of activity in response to both types of images. "We're not able to regulate our emotional responses without sleep," explains study co-author Eti Ben-Simon. WOMAN, STEPHEN SMITH/GETTY IMAGES…

1 min.
new think on concealer

Instead of dotting coverup only under the eye area, draw a V, advises celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal: Apply from the inner eye corner down to the middle of the apple of the cheek and back up to the outer eye corner, then blend. "Doing so brightens the entire face, as opposed to just lightening dark circles," she says. "Plus, it lends itself to that glowy look we all love." Don't forget the eyelids. "It's one of the biggest secrets to looking awake," notes Roncal. "I call it the 'ice cream cone' method: The cone is the triangle, and the lid is the ice cream on top."…

1 min.
the best hiit workout, according to science

The scoop Any HIIT (high-intensity interval training) session has major fat-burning benefits, but a 4×4 workout is tops for improving fitness, per a new study in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. Try it Tackle this treadmill workout three times a week for the next six weeks to up your cardiorespiratory fitness. Not a fan of the dreadmill? Study author Fredrik Hjulstad Baekkerud says any cardio exercise that uses large muscle groups (think biking or even burpees) should work, too. [This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]…