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Shape November 2017

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United States
Meredith Corporation
10 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
post, pin, tag, click & tweet

SCAN TO SEE WHAT’S TRENDING! Download the free Love My Shape app and scan the page. @Shape @FitnessMagazine Slay this way You’re on a fit mission, and we’ve got your back. Join Shape’s private Facebook group, #MyPersonalBest, at shape.com/bestgroup for motivational tips, healthy how-tos, and workout inspo all season long. Dig right on in Start your Thanksgiving this year at fitnessmagazine.com/thanksgiving, where we break down why one day of superfeasting won’t sabotage your better-body goals. Post-turkey, try the simple yoga hacks at fitnessmagazine .com/yogafordigestion. 642,000 That’s how many people got hooked on our Thoughts You Have video series. We’ve taken a just-for-laughs look at your inner dialogue during hot yoga and HIIT class. Next, we’re fast-forwarding past the real talk that runs through your head during a marathon, from start to finish line. Share in the WTF…

2 min.
family traditions

Last August I went on a two-week cleanse (pardon the detour from the headline above, but I’ll get to that). It was more of an elimination plan, so I could eat actual food, but just no food or beverages that contained sugar, dairy, alcohol, or grain-based carbs. In other words, the things I like. But lately I was having far too much of all of that, and I wasn’t feeling great. I made it exactly four days. By then I was such a quivering mess of cravings I decided to make a list of exactly what I wanted, just to get it off my chest. I let my mind go blank, and what bubbled up first was chocolate fudge. Not just any fudge, but a specific type of fudge from a…

1 min.
hug your social network

ANOTHER REASON TO RACK UP QUALITY TIME with your pals: Scientists say it will keep you going strong. Having close friends is linked to better health and increased overall happiness, especially as we get older, according to a new review of studies by Michigan State University involving almost 280,000 people. “Investing in the most meaningful and important friends and keeping them close reduces stress and anxiety and makes us feel good,” lead researcher William Chopik says. “Through this, we become more joyful and healthier over time.” Who doesn’t heart that?…

1 min.
beaut right now

Do a skin tea-tox Matcha—it’s not just for sipping anymore. The new Odacité Green Ceremony Cleanser ($55, odacite.com) is packed with the antioxidant powerhouse—as well as hydrating spirulina and aloe vera—to detoxify and clear your complexion. Just add a few drops of water to the naturally antibacterial powder, massage it into your skin to work its magic, and rinse. Spray&go Your favorite heal-all salve now comes in an easy-to-apply aerosol. A gift for those who shower at the gym, the Aquaphor Ointment Body Spray ($11, drugstores) is perfect for hard-to-reach spots like your back and shoulders, and the rich blend of ingredients, which includes mineral oil, glycerin, and panthenol, leaves your skin soft for hours. BRIGHT-ON BALMS Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils ($26, clarins.com) are plant-based lubes that provide the comfort and hydration of…

1 min.
nutrition right now

SAVE CASH ON HEALTHY STAPLES Here’s a cheap trick to eat well: The new Brandless.com cuts out the “brand tax” (that premium you pay for a brand name) and the middleman (the supermarket) and ships you highquality, healthy basics like coffee, coconut oil, and peanut butter— all for $3 or less. Better yet? Most of the food items are organic too. Smash hit Baby avocados aren’t just Instagram stars—the minis make big sense, says nutritionist and Shape advisory board member Keri Gans, R.D.N. While it’s easy to overdo it with a full-size avocado (or get stuck with browning leftovers), the little version is like a portion-control gift to guac, Gans says. She also likes to use them in a spin on avo toast: Mash half a baby avocado with two hardboiled eggs and…

1 min.
style right now

Retro kicks get a remix We just can’t get enough of polished sneakers, and the newly revamped (and gilded) Nike Classic Cortez styles feed our craving. This year marked the shoe’s 45th anniversary, so Nike is releasing it in a slew of updated colors. “The Cortez is an icon because the design is simple and sleek,” says Andrea Corradini, a senior product director at Nike Women’s Sportswear. And while the brand may freshen the paint, “it always keeps its timeless look and feel.” Tartan up! Plaid is back in a big way, and an elevated version of the print is appearing in activewear to make even our most basic leggings feel refined. Go for a version with dark undertones and extralarge checks to give the preppy pattern a sporty effect. On the street,…