Photo: Courtesy of Mimi MartelBy Corrie Pikul
The Body Part You Abuse Even More When You Stand
The hot spot: Upper back
The problem: We're all trying to decrease the amount of time we spend in our seats. But few desks are optimally configured for standing while working with the top of the screen at or below eye level, leaving many standers hunched over. "For every inch your head inclines forward, you add 10 pounds of weight for your body to carry," says Jill Miller, ERYT, a fitness therapy expert and creator of the Yoga Tune Up program. "Your spine becomes like a fishing rod with a giant tuna hooked at the end of the line--but that tuna is your head," Miller says.
The potential pain: Tightness and aches that start at the back of the neck and run down to the middle of the back or up into the head (turning into a tension headache).
The pre-hab: Miller says that this Thoracic Rolling Pin exercise is one of the most requested moves from students in the Rx Series at Equinox gyms, a recovery and performance-boosting
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1. Boldly Shop Your Closet
Figuring out where to start can be the hardest part. If you don't have a specific color in mind, interior designer and The Big Book of Chic author Miles Redd has a suggestion: Take a closer look at your wardrobe. "Look for the common themes and what colors draw you in," he explains. "If your closet is full of gypsy caftans and old vintage furs, let that inspire what colors you choose."
In fact, your entire paint palette could come from a single item. When you take a picture using a paint-selection tool like Benjamin Moore's Color Capture or Sherwin-Williams' ColorSnap, the app will immediately pull out key colors and match them to the respective brands' paint colors.
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You may have the perfect color in mind for your living room, but there are two factors that can impact which shade you choose: (1) when you'll be using the room the most; and, (2)
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Startup cost: $79 (includes a full carbonator that can make 60 liters of sparkling water, plus 12 liters of soda flavors)
How often you need to use it to make it worthwhile: Every other day for eight months.
If you drink seltzer or other sparkling beverages like it's, uh, water, it makes economic (and eco) sense to purchase a machine. Let's say you finish a bottle of store-bought seltzer every two days (which is about how long it takes before the bubbles get flat): In eight months, you'll have gone through 120 bottles, which would cost about $80 (at 67 cents per liter)--aka the equivalent of your initial investment in a Sodastream. And that's just for plain, sparkling water. If you're making cola or another flavored soda, you'll save even more.
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Startup cost: $40, plus ingredients
How often you need to use it to make it worthwhile: Once a week for two-and-a-half months.
Yes, you can make yogurt with a pot, a thermometer
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The Routine That Makes You Appreciate Your Favorite Sitcom Even More You can use a character's predictability to remind you to keep you moving--sort of like a college drinking game, but with squats instead of shots. Love New Girl? Try this circuit workout from Mike Donavanik, a Los Angeles-based personal trainer and the creator of the Extreme Burn DVD series. Every time Schmidt says something offensively lame, use that as a cue to do one exercise for one minute. Donavanik recommends alternating upper and lower body moves: Start with push-ups, then squats, then tricep dips, then lunges. Finish with crunches. Keep cycling through these five exercises for the entire 30-minute show.
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Strengthen Your Arms Without Ever Leaving the Couch
Tricep dips tone the muscles on the backside of your upper arms, Donavanik says, and the only piece of equipment you need is a sturdy piece of furniture. Position your hands on the
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The Mac 'n' Cheese with a Snappy, Crackle-y Top
A toasted, crunchy topping is the perfect contrast to ooey, gooey mac 'n' cheese. One of the easiest ways to achieve optimal crunch is to mix equal parts crisped rice cereal, like Rice Krispies, with grated cheese (use whatever kind you'd like, from Parmesan to cheddar), and sprinkle over the casserole before baking.
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The base of a cheesecake, pudding pie or ice-cream pie can be made from graham crackers, so swapping in the mini version, using Cinnamon Toast Crunch, for instance, isn't an enormous leap--yet it yields supercrispy (and cinnamon-flecked) results. Combine 2 cups of crushed cereal (you'll probably need to start with about 4 cups) with 3 tablespoons of melted, unsalted butter and press into a pie dish; chill, then proceed with your filling recipe.
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The Issue: The Thrill is...Going.
The Redo: Change the Vibe.
At the beginning of our marriage, my wife, Robin, and I got into the habit of griping about the day's frustrations as soon as we got home from work. After a while, though, I realized that if you discuss only problems with your partner, there's a good chance you'll develop a problem relationship. I'd read that the
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No one has time to run to the doctor for every stuffy nose or aching muscle, but relying on over-the-counter (OTC) drugs for seemingly minor health problems sometimes does more harm than good. In certain cases, medication can make symptoms worse or mask more complicated conditions. Read this, then decide which route--a pill or an appointment--is best for you.
The Problem: You woke up with congestion, a runny nose, and a phlegmy cough.
Pill or Doc? Pill. For up to one week while you ride out a cold, take a cold medicine that contains an antihistamine (to dry out passages) and a decongestant (to open airways), says Marc Leavey, MD, an internist at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. And don't forget to drink plenty of fluids. Though doctors may prescribe Z-Paks (six tablets of azithromycin, the most commonly prescribed antibiotic in the United States) to treat cold viruses, they're effectiveRead More »from Achoo! when You Should See a Doctor
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1. He's Obsessively Acquiring Electronics
As the novelist and essayist Charles Baxter put it in his book Burning Down the House, "People in a traumatized state tend to love their furniture." It's almost as if we're gathering things to bolster against loneliness. And there's a study to confirm the same rule applies to marriage: Margaret Clark, a professor of psychology at Yale, found that "people who attach more value to their possessions may be less secure in their personal relationships than those who put less value on material goods." A large-screen, 3D-enabled television isn't complicated. A shiny new tablet won't expect too much.
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The first time it happens, you think, "How nice, that we can just be quiet together." But the 12th time you might experience a chill so subtle you blame it on the temperature in the room. Here you are, sitting together in a nice place and...having absolutely nothing to say to
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Three Keys to Gorgeous
The cut: Choose a medium-length style; a few long layers around your face are an option. If you look good in short hair, you might try a pixie.
The shampoo: To keep gray healthy and soft, wash your hair only two or three times a week with a clear or white shampoo (like Klorane Silver Highlights, $13). Once or twice a month, wash with a violet-based shampoo to remove dullness and product buildup.
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All shades of hair have the potential to turn a pure, radiant white, says Elizabeth Cunnane Phillips, a trichologist at the Philip Kingsley clinic in New York City. White hair has no melanin (the pigment that
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Order Them the Thing They Love Without the Thing They Hate
They adore martinis but not the olive. They're mad for olives but not the pimento. They long for flowers, but not baby's breath. In all these cases, when you show up--or send over--the thing that they usually have to special order (or fix, by picking out the all-too-often-always-included unwanted additions), you're effectively making what some people might call a little dream come true. (Other people, myself included, believe that there is no such thing as a little dream. Dreams are all one size--larger than life.)
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Yes, it's so easy as to be considered cheap, but it's nonetheless effective. Also the fact that you spent 3, 13 or 73 minutes folding and refolding such an object for them proves, even if the rest of the world blows, they still have somebody who's willing to endure paper cuts to service someone else's happiness.
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