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Improve Your Fitness (and Your Physique) in Less Than 30 Minutes*
Too many studies to ignore have shown that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) can boost muscular and cardiovascular fitness as effectively as steady-state cardio--in half the time. This HIIT routine was created for Oprah.com by Jessica Matthews, an exercise physiologist for the American Council on Exercise (ACE), and includes strengthening exercises that target the parts of you soon to be exposed in a swimsuit (i.e., almost all of your parts). Matthews recommends doing each move for 30 seconds, followed by 30 seconds of walking in circles to bring your heart rate down. After completing all seven exercises, rest for one minute. Repeat the circuit two to three times.
Matthews is a big fan of a dynamic warm-up to get the muscles psyched to work (remember, this is going to get intense). She suggests doing 5 minutes of arm circles, Frankenstein walks, half squats and any other moves that
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Wilted or Drying Herbs: A Savory Spread for Just About Anything
Blogger, writer and producer Rebecca Lando loves to eat seasonal, organic and local food but is determined not to waste any of it--even a $5 bunch of herbs. In The Working Class Foodies Cookbook, she explains that herb butter is a great way to give that bundle of not-so-fresh thyme, oregano, basil (or any other herb, really) one last chance. You can mix it into a stick of butter and heap the result on thick slices of baguette and broil it for a twist on garlic bread; toss it with hot pasta and Parmesan for a quick dinner, or with just-cooked fish or shellfish; slip a pat of it into a baked potato or on grilled or roasted vegetables or steak; or just spread it on toast.
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Random Bits of Cheese: A Dish That's Way Better Than a Sad-Looking Snack Platter
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To upgrade summer's coolest brews, lose the sugar and stir in these extras instead.
"Instill in your kids the idea of visualizing who they want to be. My mom used to do this with me all the time; she would point to the Romper Room hostess and say, 'You have the personality for that.' She had these specific career ideas for me that I thought were hilarious." -- Jenny Rosenstratch, author of Dinner: A Love Story
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Photo: Oprah.com"Mothering is partly the daily practice of living my own life, so that my daughter is free to live hers." -- Sil Reynolds, coauthor of Mothering & Daughtering: Keeping Your Bond Strong Through the Teen Years
Photo: Oprah.com"Calm down, people. I used a special baby shampoo that I later learned had carcinogens in it, and I freaked. Then I found out that it causes cancer only if you feed several bottles of it to your child every hour." -- Jenny Lawson, author of Let's Pretend This Never Happened
Photo: Oprah.com"Get outside! Have a picnic, climb a tree, make a fort, watch the clouds move through the sky.
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Check Your Data Plan
Your company might be able to offer you up to a 25 percent discount on your cell phone bill--and it's possible your boss doesn't even know about it. All you have to do is enter your corporate (or school) email onto your cell phone carrier's employee discount page to see if you qualify.
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Ask for the Leap Year Bonus
Sometimes your company won't consider a raise because that will make you more expensive forever. But if you feel like you are really deserving, ask for a one time raise. Tory Johnson, workplace contributor for Good Morning America and business consultant at Women For Hire, recommends asking for a "spot bonus." Johnson told me, "You can say, 'I know it's not time for my annual review or I know salary budgets are frozen. Based on this significant contribution, I'm hoping you'll consider a spot bonus for
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Keep a Messy Table
A meal's carnage--for instance, leftover bones, fatty scraps and rinds--acts as an "environmental cue" to stop eating. When diners at an all-you-can-eat chicken-wing buffet chowed down at unbussed tables, they ate significantly less food than those whose tables had been cleared between courses. The sight of empty beer cans and wine bottles may also reduce alcohol consumption, say the study's authors, Cornell University's Brian Wansink and Collin Payne.
Dine with a Man
Eat a meal with a male companion, and you'll likely consume fewer calories (720 versus 833 for women), found a study led by Molly Allen-O'Donnell at Indiana University. "Unconscious scripts" drive women to eat less in the company of men because they want to appear "more feminine," and men eat more with women to appear more "masculine," Allen-O'Donnell writes.
Inflate Your Calories
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It May Freak You Out (a Little)
Yes, you can inhale fear--and it changes your brain, found a German study in which "fear sweat" sniffers showed increased activation in neural circuits associated with empathy (not so for sniffers of normal sweat). After breathing it in for at least five minutes, you may feel more anxious (and not know why), as volunteers did in a study at the Monell Chemical Senses Center.
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It May Geek You Out
In an experiment led by Denise Chen at Rice University, female volunteers scored higher on a word-association test after smelling sweat from the armpits of horror-movie watchers (compared to neutral or no sweat). Through learned association, inhaling "fear" or "stress" sweat may make us more alert and vigilant--which translates into a cognitive boost.
It Can Trigger Your Sexual Sixth Sense
We've all heard about the power of smell and its role in choosing lovers who are
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