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    Most of us have coveted Jennifer Aniston's beachy-glam hair, youthful glowing skin, and obviously lean muscular body for years. Forget SmartWater -- the woman must be drinking straight from the fountain of youth, right?

    All right, perhaps, but she definitely has another secret weapon that's not really much of a secret at all ... The actress has worked for more than 10 years with yoga instructor and wellness expert Mandy Ingber. The go-to Hollywood fitness guru, who also trains Kate Beckinsale, is a huge proponent not just of working out, but tapping into simple relaxation techniques that work holistically to help Jen -- and all of her clients! -- looking and feeling their best.

    The Stir recently caught up with Ingber, and she shared with us her 5 easiest, quickest, and most effective tips for toning up your body and mind.

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    Vacation! Yay! Sun, surf, lying out instead of working out.

    Ummm ... no. Unless you want to come home 10 pounds heavier, adding activity to your otherwise lazy time is a good plan (read: multiple pina coladas by the pool will go to your butt if you just sit on it the whole time).

    "While you're on vacation, you might be consuming more alcohol and food than you normally do," says New York Sports Club instructor Melissa Morin. "Fitting in a good sweat session keeps your metabolism working, and helps you burn off the extra calories."

    If you're at the beach, walking or running on the sand is a great way to get cardio (the unstable surface challenges your muscles in new ways). Or just try these toning moves demonstrated by Morin for a little "beach blanket workout." Exercise you can do without even leaving your towel? Sign us up!

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    You have big plans to go to the gym after work today. You arranged someone to be there to take care of the kids, you packed your gym bag, you piously said no to after-work drinks with your colleagues. Then 6 p.m. rolls around, and, well ... maybe the kids need help with their homework tonight after all. Or your boss is going out for drinks, maybe you should go along too. Or you’re exhausted after a long day, and didn’t you read somewhere that you’re more likely to get injured exercising when you’re tired?

    Chances are, you already know when you’re making excuses because you just don’t feel like working out. But are there actually times when it IS a good idea to skip the gym? Yes, there are -- and here’s the personal trainer take on what’s a valid excuse and what’s NOT.

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    Remember the name Kacy Catanzaro. She has just become the first woman ever in history to advance to the finals of the show American Ninja Warrior. If you have ever watched the show, then you know what an incredible feat this is, especially for a tiny little 100-pound, 5-foot woman. And yet that is EXACTLY what Catanzaro has done.

    For those who have never seen it, American Ninja Warrior makes even Ironman competitors look like slouches. Contestants must complete insane obstacle courses that test every muscle in their bodies. It takes agility, speed, endurance, and incredible arm, core, and leg strength just to get to the competition. Awesome athletes fail. Regularly.

    And that's why Kacy's historical run is so amazing. Even if you don't watch the show, this is so inspiring, both for women and for anyone who has ever been told they "can't." See for yourself:

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    Ahh, the scale. You’ve had a great week of getting your workouts done, and eating healthy, and you step on the scale with excitement building -- how much will you have lost? Three pounds? Maybe four?

    Cue horror music as you look down and see the same number you remember from last week or, even worse, higher. But the reverse is true, too, when you’ve ... um ... "forgotten" a couple of workouts, and then the kids wanted to make cookies, and don’t forget the pizza. When you check your weight on the scale, certain that you’ve gained, doesn’t it feel amazing to see a surprise loss? 

    Why? Why are we tying our mood, and our self-worth, to a number on a scale? "Duh, because I’m trying to lose weight!" I hear you say. I’m here to tell you: The best way to lose weight safely and maintain your weight loss, is to forget about the scale. Get rid of it, seriously. Here’s why ...

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    Jessica Simpson has always had amazing legs, no matter what weight she’s been. She's also never afraid to show them off in everything from shorts to mini skirts. We've seen a lot of leg and we've ALWAYS wanted more.

    While genetics obviously plays a (large) part in her lean, shapely legs, she's also obviously spent a lot of time in the gym as well. Recently this mom of two has kicked (ha!) it up a notch with her diet and exercise. It’s definitely paid off. I wonder if we'll be seeing her in a short wedding dress for her upcoming ceremony with fiance Eric Johnson?

    If you want to know how Jessica sculpted her legs to look this good Check out these six fantastic moves that can help you sculpt your way lean, too. Maybe you'll be rocking your own Daisy Dukes soon enough.

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    How many times have you admired a celebrity who looks perfect three months after baby and been bitter? Maybe if I had a personal trainer, personal chef, and private gym, I could look like that, too! 

    Most of us don't have the money to spend on those luxuries. But that doesn't make it impossible.

    The fact is, Working out doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Check out these money-saving tips that will help you get fit like a star without breaking your "real person" bank.

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    I've always been a relatively thin person, dropping the baby weight after each of my four kids pretty quickly, but turning 38 hit me hard right in my midsection. And the back of my arms.

    And oh, hey there thighs!

    I've always been pretty active, maintaining a very healthy (and low-carb) diet, working out always daily, and generally remembering to stretch after I'm done. And if I fall off the wagon, I'm usually back into my pants with a little extra exercise and calorie watching.

    But just lately, I've noticed a distinct change in my body, mostly that my pants are tight in weird places. Turns out, I've been making these five exercise and diet mistakes that are probably not helping my cause. Are you doing them too?

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    You know that thing where you start working out a lot and you're all, "can't wait to see how skinny I get!" and instead you lose nothing at all? Or worse, even gain weight? Yeah, I hate that, too. Well, the usual explanation is that your new exercise routine has made you monstrously hungry and you're eating more than you were before. Dah, stupid exercise! Making us want to eat food. But wait -- don't blame all exercise. It turns out there's a specific kind of exercise that makes you snack more. And that exercise is ... the exercise you hate the most!

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    If you've been putting off getting to the gym because you're too old to start a workout routine, well, just shut up! Because 91-year-old Harriette Thompson just finished a 26.2-mile marathon. Are you listening??? She's 91! Not only that, she finished it in seven hours, seven minutes and 42 seconds, which means it takes her about 16 minutes to cover a mile. Hello, it takes me ten! And I couldn't go on to do 25 more miles if you paid me five million dollars -- though I would certainly try. But there's more!

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