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Shape March 2017

Live life in Shape. Get Shape digital magazine subscription today for expert style advice for your body type; confidence-boosting beauty solutions; the latest diet and nutrition news; workouts that really work; plus the best ideas for healthy living!

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United States
Meredith Corporation
10 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
whoa, you look great!

Stick with Shapeall through 2017 to make it your most bossyearever.Each month we’ll give you the tools you need to optimize your mind and body. Our latest leg-up: Revamp your wellness routine with expert tips for finding a workout that speaks to you and an eating plan that suits your lifestyle. Get started now atshape.com/personalbestand use the hashtag #mypersonalbest to share your wins along the way. Do a gear cleanse It’s time—de-funk your boxing gloves, disinfect your yoga mat, and nix earbud grime. Watch the video how-tos for getting the gross out in our tutorials at fitnessmagazine.com/clean. SCAN TO SEE WHAT’S TRENDING! Download the free Love My Shape app and scan the page. Let’s hear it: #LoveMyShape Cover star Michelle Monaghan snapped this selfie to help Shape spread the body positivity. Your turn! Follow us…

3 min.
sporty chic

Not so long class at lunch, and I wanted to make the transition from offiv=ce to mat as seamless possible. Each piece of this outfit was carefully calibrated for maximum lunchtime workout ease. The top was the Classic Tucker blouse designed by Gaby Basora, our Mover & Shaper this issue. It's deapey and comfy and ultraflattering on all body types, and easily glides over a sports bra without creating obvious unibood, Andit covers some of my butt. The leggings were the perfect straight-leg silhouette, not too flared, not form fitting down to my ankles, with just enough fabric to semi-tuck into the boots so they made my legs look long and strong. The boots? They’re fur-lined and so comfortable you can wear them without socks. I kicked the boots off…

1 min.
bring your stress down to size

Take a breather, and get used to that chill feeling, because you’re going to be experiencing it a lot now that experts have developed a new way to block out tension. “We call it cognitive jujitsu,” says Hans W. Hagemann, Ph.D., coauthor of the new book The Leading Brain: Powerful Science-Based Strategies for Achieving Peak Performance. It works like this: When you feel anxious, don’t suppress it; describe it—angry, overloaded, pressured—says coauthor Friederike Fabritius. The mere act of labeling your state of mind forces you to use the prefrontal cortex of your brain, which is the more rational and analytical part, they explain, thereby taming the stress-fueled emotional limbic system. Practice it, and peace out.…

1 min.
beaut right now

Saving face Clear skin for less ka-ching is yours now that Differin Gel 0.1% ($14, drugstores)—a prescription-strength retinoid, a.k.a. dermatologists’ top gun for fighting acne and wrinkles —is available without an Rx (!!!) or an eye-popping price tag. SO LONG, SKIN FLAWS You’ll be amazed at what these primers can do. Dip into the spongy Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Cushion Corrector +Primer Duo($17, drugstores) that suits your complexion— yellow/green hides under-eye circles and neutralizes redness, while peach/lavender brightens dark areas. Plus, your fine lines, pores, and imperfections will blur under an ultralight layer (complete with SPF 20) before you apply any makeup. The cool firming tool Your cleansing brush just got a slick twist that will give your skin a spa-grade refresh. The Clarisonic Smart Profile Uplift ($349, as shown, or $54 for detachable massage…

2 min.
nutrition right now

GO WILD! We all got on board with “free-range.” Now the “wild” food label is the latest to look for. The moniker simply means that a plant or animal exists naturally in the environment it’s been harvested from. And that means what for you? Wild foods can be healthier, says Mary Ann Lila, Ph.D., the director of the Plants for Human Health Institute at North Carolina State University. Without human interference, plants accumulate phytochemicals to make them thrive, and in animals, more vitamins build up in the flesh. Those compounds help strengthen our immune systems; they also amp up the flavor. Seek out wild salmon, blueberries, and rice, Lila says. YOUR PASTA CRAVING ISLEGIT There’s actual scientific cred behind your lust for pasta. Experts say they have identified a sixth taste, starchy, and…

1 min.
style right now

Steel yourself This season’s standout shade is a flashy metallic—once reserved for superheroes and now deemed wearable for mere mortal champions. To feel instantly invincible, throw on one brilliant piece, like this chrome Lacoste Coated Silver windbreaker ($295, lacoste.com), over muted separates Spring flings Shoe lovers, step it up. Pop queen Katy Perry is bringing her signature quirky style to footwear with a debut line that’s all eye candy. Her color-blocked take on classic pool slides ($59, katyperrycollections.com) will quickly become your favorite for barefoot workouts or just lazy Sundays. HOT FOR HARDWARE From tough studs to bold zippers, edgy embellishments are taking hold on sportswear. Incorporate the trend with a grown-up tracksuit, like this modern set by Jonathan Simkhai x Carbon38. The winning mix of grommets and tear-away pants will cover all bases—sexy, sporty,…