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So you've heard it a million times: Walk more! Aim for 10,000 steps a day! But taking the stairs instead of the elevator will only get you so far. Steal a few of these fresh tips to help you rack up your mileage. (Looking for a great way to track those steps? Click here.)
1. Pace the room while waiting at the doctor's office.
2. Grocery shopping? Make an extra tour around the perimeter aisles before checking out.
3. Use the restroom one floor down (or up) at work instead of heading for the one just down the hall.
4. Ditto with your coffee.
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5. Hide the remote so you have to actually get up to change the channel. Better yet, turn off the TV.
6. Instead of fighting other drivers for that single open spot near the door, do your blood pressure a favor and park several rows away.
7. Walk around the block while your kid is taking dance class/playing soccer/whatever.
8. Get off the bus or subway one stop early.
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A new report issued last week warned us that, if trends in the U.S. waistline continue as they are, 50% of our population would be obese by 2030. There are many reasons why overweight and obesity are such problems right now. Some research suggests that we've grown more comfortable being overweight and that being overweight has become "normal," while being of an ideal weight may appear to be "underweight."Read More »from Is overweight the new normal weight?
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Middle-aged women who drink alcohol in moderation have a better chance than nondrinkers of staying healthy as they age, especially if they spread out their consumption over most days of the week, a new study from Harvard researchers suggests.
The study followed nearly 14,000 mostly white women beginning in 1976. Compared to teetotalers, those who averaged roughly 3 to 15 alcoholic drinks per week in their late 50s had up to 28% higher odds of being free from chronic illness, physical disability, mental health problems, and cognitive decline at age 70, the study found.
The findings don't necessarily apply to men or to nonwhite women. But they add to the "strong, consistent evidence" that people who drink in moderation are less likely than nondrinkers or heavy drinkers to experience health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and dementia, says Qi Sun, M.D., the lead author of the study and a nutrition researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health, in
Getty ImagesBy Sarah KleinRead More »from Sjögren's syndrome knocks Williams out of Open
After playing just one match, Venus Williams announced that she was withdrawing from the U.S. Open. The 31-year-old has had nearly every injury in the book, but she offered an unusual reason this time around: Sjögren's syndrome, a poorly understood autoimmune disorder that causes joint pain and can deplete energy levels.
Williams had played only 11 matches this season due to injuries and illness. "I am thankful I finally have a diagnosis and am now focused on getting better and returning to the court soon," Williams said in a statement.
As many as 4 million Americans have Sjögren's syndrome (pronounced SHOW-grens), according to the Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation, making it the second most common autoimmune disease after rheumatoid arthritis, and ahead of lupus. Ninety percent of the people with the syndrome are women.
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It's "a major women's health problem," says Frederick B. Vivino, M.D., associate professor of
CorbisBy Aviva PatzRead More »from Your new allergy survival guide
Every year, sneeze sufferers swear: "This is the worst allergy season ever." And they're right. "Pollen levels are increasing, pollen seasons are getting longer, and more people are developing allergies," says Estelle Levetin, PhD, chairwoman of the aerobiology committee for the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
In fact, this year's fall allergies (affecting at least 12 million Americans) will likely last up to 27 days longer than average in the northernmost parts of North America, going even into November in some spots, a new study suggests.
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Sneezes from the seasons
While spring and fall allergies cause the same symptoms (sneezing, itchy eyes, and runny nose), their triggers are different.
Spring allergies, which run from February to late July, are brought on by pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds. Fall allergies go from mid-August through the first autumn frost, and are chiefly set off by pollen
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Handheld light beams. Micro-pulse vibrations. The latest skin-transforming gadgets and treatments may sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, but don't let the high-tech flourishes intimidate you: These "skinovations" are actually making it easier to get younger, flawless-looking skin, without having to deal with prescriptions or invasive procedures. And that's no science fiction.
Breakthroughs that…Save you from RX hassle! New over-the-counter lotions deliver (almost) the same benefit as their prescription cousins-without the wait time at the pharmacy counter.
Derm-prescribed skin-bleaching creams often contain a skin-irritating ingredient called hydroquinone. Now there are new, non-hydroquinone-based OTC lighteners that are less likely to produce a reaction, says Tina Alster, MD, clinical professor of dermatology at Georgetown University Medical Center in
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Getty ImagesBy Alyssa SparacinoRead More »from Food fight! Anthony Bourdain and celeb chefs feud over health, taste
The notoriously outspoken bad boy of the food scene is at it again.
Last week, No Reservations star Anthony Bourdain told TV Guide how he really feels about some of the Food Network's biggest celebrity chefs, including Rachael Ray, Guy Fieri, and most notably, Paula Deen, whom he called "the worst, most dangerous person to America."
The professional chef, author, and restaurateur went on to bash the Southern cook for her unhealthy recipes and her influence on an already-obese America. (He ended, poignantly, by saying Deen's food "sucks.")
By Amanda MacMillan
If you're sleeping somewhere other than home, beware. Bedbug prevalence is on the rise, and hotels and motels are some of their favorite hangouts.
These pesky critters can cause severe itching and welt-like bites, and it's costly to get rid of them if they follow you home. What's more, research suggests they can cause financial distress, anxiety, and social isolation.
But no need to get depressed just yet. With these easy tips, you can cut your chances of critter trouble while on the road.
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By Ella Quittner
Let's face it: The rules of weight loss-eat less, move more, treats in moderation- are a drag. And they don't fit with most dieters' quick-fix, thinner-by-dinner expectations. Cue diet crutches: tricks, based on scant science, that may speed up results. So if a friend swears that munching on grapefruit gets her into skinny jeans, or a coworker credits ice water for his sleek physique, should you try it too?
Not so fast. Some diet crutches are helpful, some harmful, and some won't do much either way. We asked registered dietitians for the bottom line ("skip it," "try it," or "do it right") on the most common diet crutches.
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I spent last weekend at the Healthy Living Summit in Philadelphia along with 225 health and fitness enthusiasts. The two-day conference was a great way to meet other bloggers with similar interests and learn how to better improve our blogs and blogging practices.Read More »from Ditch the fad diets to lose the weight for good
Once the conference ended, I enjoyed dinner with a group of my new blog friends. Inevitably, much of our conversation focused on food and fitness (and dogs!), but one of the most interesting conversations we had was about weight loss. Each of us shared our experiences and what worked for us to lose weight and keep it off. All of our weight-loss stories were different, but it seemed that the key to successful weight loss was slow and steady progress on the scale by making lifestyle changes with regard to healthy eating and exercise. Not a single person mentioned having (long-term) success with a fad diet.
Before I found my Feel Great Weight, I tried every fad diet out there. From South Beach to