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7 Black Workout Leggings Health Editors Swear By

There’s no shortage of bold and bright workout leggings out there—but sometimes, all you really want is a basic black pair. Black tights slim the legs and hips, match all your other workout apparel, and can easily go from your sweat session to running errands. We asked our editors what their go-to pair of black leggings were for all of their workout needs and here are their favorites.

Onzie Track Leggings ($69; zappos.com)

“I have a relatively slim waist compared to my hips, and despite all those squats I’ve been doing at the gym, my butt’s still kind of flat. My shape makes it hard for me to find leggings that don’t slide down during my workouts. So I was thrilled with I tried Onzie leggings and realized that not only do I look and feel amazing in them, they stay put! This pair has mesh cutouts around the knees that add a fun little extra to basic black.” —Christine Mattheis, deputy editor

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Photo: Zappos.com

Champion Shape Women’s Tights ($50; hanes.com)

“I LOVE the Champion Shape tights. They used to only make them in a crop style, but they have full-length leggings now. Woo! The name says it all: The seams are in places that almost help contour your hips, thighs and butt, so they look super-flattering on any body type. They are also affordable, yet don’t get destroyed in the wash.” —Jacqueline Andriakos, associate editor

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Old Navy Go-Dry High-Rise Compression Leggings ($30; oldnavy.com)

“I’m addicted to Old Navy activewear. The price is always agreeable (there’s always a sale!) and they always have a wide selection of black leggings that can range from plain to something with more flair like cutouts or a subtle pattern. I’m loving the high waist on this pair because it keeps me tucked in and I don’t have to worry about exposing my belly when I’m moving about.” —Dwyer Frame, contributing editor

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Lululemon Pace Rival Crop ($88, lululemon.com)

“I can’t live without my Lululemon Pace Rival crops. I have numerous pairs, and they have never failed me (even if they rip, Lululemon will replace them). I wear them on my runs and when I go to the gym. There is mesh behind the knee that gives you extra mobility and keeps you cool, and big pockets on the sides for gels, keys, or a phone. They fit perfectly—not too low or high—and the fabric is moisture-wicking and quick-drying, and they have plenty of stretch while hugging you in at the same time.” —Alison Mango, editorial assistant

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Fabletics Winn Mid Rise Capri ($50; fabletics.com)

“I tried the Kate Hudson/Fabletics intro offer for a full workout outfit for $25 a few months back. After it arrived, I decided that the concept of subscribing to monthly fitness outfits wasn’t really for me, BUT I did end up loving the pair of black capri leggings that came with the outfit. They’re also sold on the regular Fabletics site (so you don’t need to sign up for a monthly membership to buy them).” —Kathleen Mulpeter, senior editor

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Brooks Running Women’s Streaker Tight ($105; brooksrunning.com)

“They’re seamless and feel amazing!” —MaryAnn Barone, social media editor

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REI Lucy Hatha Leggings ($89; rei.com)

“I love the Lucy Hatha Leggings at REI because they make my legs look tight. They’re comfortable and they are moisture-wicking—I’ve worn them to yoga, on hikes, and as thermals under my clothes in the winter.” —Janet Lawrence, senior video editor

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Hilaria Baldwin Proves There’s No One-Size-Fits-All Approach to Exercise After Childbirth

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About a week after she gave birth, while her newborn son Leonardo was taking a nap, Hilaria Baldwin squeezed in a run. “I gave myself the goal of 5-10 min to jog. I surprised myself and did 23 minutes,” she captioned a sweaty selfie on Instagram last Thursday. “I feel great and refreshed.”

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But a few days later, the yoga star took to Insta again to express her frustration over flak she caught for exercising so soon.

“The body has to heal, even in perfect birthing conditions,” one person had commented on Baldwin’s pic. “Uterus recovering, pelvic floor needs to strengthen again, relaxin hormone pulsing through system and making joints loose, milk production ramping up production, and already running,” another person said about the 32-year-old mom of three.

Baldwin responded in an impassioned post, pointing out that every body, and every pregnancy, is different: “My pregnancy, birth, and recovery is between ME AND MY DOCTOR,” she said. “So please: stop with the negativity about me just having a baby.”

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RELATED: The Best (and Worst) Exercises for Pregnant Women

While it might seem like all new mothers would need a good deal of time to recuperate, there is no one-size-fits-all healing period after a vaginal birth, says Jen Gunter, MD, an ob-gyn based in San Francisco. “If Ms. Baldwin’s body tells her she is ready, that is great,” she wrote in an email to Health. “I am sure she was in excellent physical shape beforehand, so she might be able to do more sooner that someone who was less physically active before and during her pregnancy.”

Baldwin also credited the fact that she’s always been fit, and exercised throughout her pregnancy: “Fitness is my job…. Which means my body is accustomed to working out,” she wrote on Instagram. “I don’t want to sit down, lay down and do nothing. That’s not what my body is telling me it wants and needs.”

The reality is, as Baldwin pointed out, that every woman’s experience is unique. “Of course someone who has a large tear and was in labor for 36 hours may have a longer road back to exercise than someone who had no stitches and a six hour labor and delivery,” Dr. Gunter said. “The best advice is to let your body be your guide, just go slow,” she explained in an email to Health. And obviously, she added, consult with your doc.

 




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Jen Widerstrom’s Selfie Reminds Us Even Celeb Trainers Have Stomach Rolls

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Jen Widerstrom encouraged us all to be a little kinder to ourselves on Sunday, with two side-by-side selfies posted on Instagram. In one, she’s standing in a crop top and leggings, and her core looks taut and toned. In the other, she’s sitting down so we can see the stomach roll at the top of her waistband.

“We all look like this when we sit,” the Biggest Loser trainer wrote in the caption. “Don’t stress about the way your body looks in certain positions. These photos were taken 2 minutes apart!”

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RELATED: 5 Weight Loss Tips From Celeb Trainer Jen Widerstrom

So far the post has racked up more than 16,600 likes and 650 comments, many from fans expressing their appreciation for Widerstrom‘s willingness to show her body from all angles—not just the flattering ones.

We’re so used to seeing highly-edited, perfectly-posed images on Instagram, it’s easy to lose perspective on how our bodies actually look IRL. But Widerstrom’s simple message of body-acceptance is a helpful reality check: When you sit, the skin on your stomach is going to bunch up, no matter how fit you are.




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Kristen Bell Hilariously Chronicles Her Pre-Emmys Prep—See the Face Mask-Clad ‘Grams

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When it comes to getting ready for the red carpet, Kristen Bell likes to keep it real.

Ahead of her arrival to the 2016 Emmys red carpet, the 36-year-old Bad Moms star took to Instagram to hilarious show us just how much work goes into preparing to step in front of the cameras. Yes, the proud mother of two may have spent her Saturday relaxing and paddle boarding, but she started her hair, makeup, and overall beauty prep hours before the show.

“Getting ready for the #Emmys…look closely…I have serious doubts this is actually a lip conditioning sticker my makeup artist @simonesiegl applied over my mouth…I’m pretty sure she just wanted me to zip it,” she first hilariously wrote as the caption to a ‘gram in which she sports a funny-looking eye-mask.

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In addition, Bell continued to share her Emmys journey with a follow-up image of pins in her hair, joking that she thought that’s how her glam team expected her to look for the A-list guests.

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And while we would have fallen off of our chairs had the actress stepped out in that manner, she once more managed to turn heads the moment she arrived at L.A.’s Microsoft Theater. The blonde beauty rocked a blush-toned ethereal Zuhair Murad dress on the red carpet. “I wanted to do something more, I don’t know, whimsical than I’ve ever done before. And this pattern was perfect,” she told E! on the carpet. “Despite having to grab it in every which way, it’s very comfortable.”

Looks like all of that prep paid off.

This article originally appeared on InStyle.com/MIMI.




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Supermodel Emanuela de Paula’s Simple Trick for Looking Like You Actually Got Sleep

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A few things happens to us MIMI gals when Fashion Month kicks off. For starters, our social media feeds are flooded with behind-the-scenes beauty and runway photos, meaning our fingers go into double tapping overtime. So many things to like, so little time. On top of that, we’re left completely mystified by the lives, travel, and beauty secrets of supermodels.

Besides going from tent to tent, how do they jet-set all over the world and look so damn good? Luckily, supermodel Emanuela de Paula, who is also a L’Oreal Paris Brand Ambassador and a former Victoria’s Secret Model, shared all her personal secrets. From her go-to snacks to the under-eye trick that works legit miracles, check ‘em out below.

What hair-care products do you NEED in your bag? 

“I travel really often and love it more than ever now the more I do it! I treat my hair in a very good salon in Brazil, and they have this incredible hair product called PROTEIN. I use it on my hair almost everyday, 30 minutes before washing. It’s like a treatment to keep the hair strong, shine, and super healthy.”

What’s the eye cream you swear by to give you a rested look? 

“Camomile tea bags for 10 minutes lying in bed. Trust me!”

RELATED: Victoria’s Secret Model Taylor Hill on the Workouts She Totally Can’t Stand

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Do you have any go-to lipstick shades you always have on you?

“There is one I absolutely LOVE, it is from Tom Ford but I forgot the name! It’s kind of a netural color for my skin tone. I love the brownish pink hue and the texture is not too dry, it’s perfect!”

What are you grabbing to stay fueled?

I love almonds, rice crackers with almond butter, grapes, and apple!”

So what other essentials are always in your bag?  

“Hand sanitizer, sunblock, headphones, lip balm, and my camera! I have a blog Manu by Manu, and I take all the pictures on there!”

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What about the skin-care that always makes your routine?

Ling, Vichy, and SkinCeuticals are some brands I swear by.”

This article originally appeared on InStyle.com/MIMI. 




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Taylor Hill Spills on the Workouts She Can’t Stand—Plus the Routine She Totally LOVES!

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I have lived through my fair share of product discontinuations, but one of the saddest situations I’ve had to deal with in that genre was when Victoria’s Secret said “no more” to their swim line. FYI, those bikini bottoms stayed on even through the most treacherous of waves. But the brand quickly made up for the bad news with the launch of VS Sport. The sports bras are the bomb, and I had the opportunity to chat with one of the models of the brand (who’s also an Angel and the face of Lancôme, nbd) backstage at Brandon Maxwell’s Spring/Summer ’17 NYFW show. And that model, was Taylor Hill.

Given that she has access to some of the cutest workout clothes ever (seriously look at the sports bra and pants in that pic below), I needed to know about the workouts that she loves and the workouts she totally hates. Because if there’s anything I like chatting about just as much as the exercises that give me joy, it’s the ones I despise.

“I hate running. I can’t stand it. It’s the worst. It’s hard—it’s TOO hard. It’s hard on my knees. It makes my knees pop,” she told me.

It took me, like, four years to truly enjoy running, so believe me, Taylor, I GET YOU.

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As for the workouts she digs? You’ll want to book yourself a class at modelFIT in NYC because that’s where her trainer serves up an amazing class.

“I work with a personal trainer, her name is Lauren Duhamel. She specializes in muscle isolation and toning and lengthening. She comes to my house, and we don’t use a lot of weights and stuff, but I see the results really quickly,” she noted.

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By really quick, she said she’s seen (and felt) changes in her body in about three days.

RELATED: What Cycling Exclusively for a Month Did for My Bod

And, of course, we chatted beauty. Right now, Tay is totally into highlighter (#same) and she says she never ever forgets to moisturize. Pshhh, she’s not giving wrinkles a chance!

This article originally appeared on InStyle.com/MIMI.




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Hilaria Baldwin Shares Honest Full-Body Selfie One Day After Giving Birth

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Just 24 hours after giving birth this week, Hilaria Baldwin snapped a selfie in the hospital bathroom mirror, wearing only her bra and underwear. The yoga star’s goal? To show what a woman’s postpartum body actually looks like.

“It always makes me a bit nervous to do something like this,” the 32-year-old mom of three wrote on Instagram, “but I feel that in the age of such strong body shaming, I want to do all that I can to normalize a real body and promote healthy self image.”

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This isn’t the first time Baldwin has stripped down to document the physical effects of childbirth. In the weeks after her son Rafael was born last year, she posted a series of bellygrams (#ShrinkingBaldwinBabyBump) to show how a mother’s body returns slowly.

It doesn’t happen right away for anybody, not even supermodels. By six weeks postpartum, most new moms lose about half their pregnancy weight, per the National Institutes of Health. Ideally the rest of the pounds melt away with a healthy eating plan and fitness routine.

Baldwin brought up this longer-term goal at the end of her latest Instagram post: “I am a firm believer in how a good diet and the right balance of exercise make us happy, healthy, and strong,” she wrote. We love that Baldwin is promoting getting fit in a healthy way, even if it takes time.

 




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Simon Biles on Her ADHD: ‘It’s Nothing That I’m Afraid to Let People Know’

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Simone Biles’s privacy was seriously invaded this week, when Russian hackers attacked the World Anti-Doping Agency’s athlete database and released medical information about the USA gymnast.

According to ABC News, the published documents revealed that Biles had received a medical exemption to take methylphenidate, a stimulant used to treat ADHD that’s typically banned. Ever the role model, 19-year-old Biles took to social media yesterday to clear up any confusion about her medication: “I have ADHD and I have taken medicine for it since I was a kid,” she tweeted. “Please know, I believe in clean sport, have always followed the rules, and will continue to do so as fair play is critical to sport and is very important to me.”

If the hackers were hoping to smear Biles’s image, they failed. As ABC News senior medical correspondent Jen Ashton, MD, explained, drugs like methylphenidate (known by the brand name Ritalin) “are thought to work by enhancing neurotransmitter function in the brain.” They would not affect an athlete’s performance, she said.

Biles wasn’t the only target of the hackers: They also published medical information about Serena and Venus Williams.

“In each of the situations, the athlete has done everything right in adhering to global rules for obtaining permission to use a needed medication,” Travis T. Tygart, president of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, told the New York Times.

On Twitter, Biles was quick to add that she’s not embarrassed about her ADHD diagnosis in the slightest, writing, “Having ADHD, and taking medicine for it is nothing to be ashamed of nothing that I’m afraid to let people know.”

If you ask us, Biles’s response to the unthinkable privacy breach is gold.




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Bun Dropping Is the Latest Beauty Craze Taking Over Instagram

Every once in a while, the Internet brings us something highly confusing yet instantly necessary. If you’ve ever come across the “Oddly Satisfying” video category on the Instagram explore page, you already know what I mean. Who knew that watching silly putty being folded could take up three hours of our mornings?!

However, the latest video trend taking over good ol’ Insta. has been dubbed “bun drops,” which we feel is a nod to the fact that the videos feel like whatever the hair version of a mic drop would be, and they have become our go-to for midday meditations.

Before we even try to explain it, check out these bun dropping videos below.

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Apparently, a ton of Instagram users have hair so long and luscious that Rapunzel would be envious, and they have been posting slow-motion videos of their buns unraveling. Yep, the same thing you do to your topknot after a workout… or that ballerina bun after a dance recital when you were like, six years old. So insanelysoothing and mesmerizing, right?

With that we say, if you’re sporting super long hair, consider a bun drop video. And if you’re not, join us in some serious hair-spectatorship.

 

This article originally appeared on InStyle.com/MIMI.




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Ariel Winter Posts a Reminder to Be Kind Online

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Unfortunately, when it comes to online bullying, Ariel Winter has had enough personal experience. The Modern Family actress is often on the receiving end of nasty comments of trolls commenting on things that, well, they have absolutely no business commenting on.

Whether it’s her high school graduation dress or a bikini shot that someone has deemed “too revealing,” Winter has had to deal with some serious cyber hate. And while some in her situation would fire back negative comments, she always chooses the high way—and that’s why we’ll forever be #teamAriel.

Yesterday, she took to Instagram to post a response against online bullying and it pretty much made our day.

“Every time someone bullies me online, it gives me a chance to re-emphasize to my fans, and even myself, how important self-acceptance is,” she started her post. “[…]the question I ask myself each time I read the mean comments is if this is how you talk to a stranger online, I can only imagine how cruelly you speak to yourself,” she continued. Check out the full post below.

RELATED: Ariel Winter Reveals New Hip Tattoo in Sexy Bodysuit-Clad Instagram

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To quote another celeb, “Kill ’em with kindness” and we think Ariel just did.

 

This article originally appeared on InStyle.com/MIMI.




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