The quick answer: YES When a recent study found that sitting all day shortens women's lives, we gasped in our cubicles, leapt to our feet, and then...sat back down. But there's good news: You can undo the damage and the physical symptoms of stress, whether you spend your days stuck at a desk or chasing kids around.
DO YOU SIT ALL DAY LONG? It's official: Sitting too much is bad for you. Not only does it place pressure on the low back and tailbone, causing pain and even sciatic nerve trouble for some women, but two recent studies also found that the more time people spend on their butts each day, the more likely they are to die of cancer or heart disease. How to stay healthy: The way to ward off both back strain and the scarier, more serious health effects of sitting is fairly simple. "For five minutes every hour, get up and do something - a trip to the bathroom or the watercooler works, but the more active you can be, the better.
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The quick answer: YES When a recent study found that sitting all day shortens women's lives, we gasped in our cubicles, leapt to our feet, and then...sat back down. But there's good news: You can undo the damage and the physical symptoms of stress, whether you spend your days stuck at a desk or chasing kids around.Read More »from Is Your Job Ruining Your Body?
- Redbook | Author Blog Posts – Thu, Oct 21, 2010 4:33 AM EDT
You think your holiday traditions are crazy? Read about a woman who smoked a turkey outside - in Alaska - or the eat-a-thon at Joan Rivers's house, and other Thanksgivings served up with a heaping side of "You've got to be kidding me."Read More »from Thanksgiving, Extreme Edition: The Craziest Holiday Traditions
By Elizabeth Jenkins
SHE COOKED OUTSIDE...IN MINUS 38°
As an Army wife of 18 years, Michelle Polhamus, 42, has hosted Thanksgiving in every place her husband was stationed, no problem. But a few years ago, she found herself off the grid and out of her element - in North Pole, Alaska. Still, she wasn't about to let a little thing like the weather (38 degrees below zero) get in the way of a good meal, so Michelle and her husband decided to cook a 22-pound turkey in a free-standing smoker. Outside. On their front deck the night before Thanksgiving. After tossing in apple and cherry wood chips, the couple bundled up at 6 p.m. - a balmy 2 degrees at the time - and placed the turkey on the grill. They trudged outside every two hours to monitor its progress,
Another weekend watching football and chowing down with your man? If you're like me, you've tried all the usual suspects (ribs, burgers, dogs), and you're wondering how much longer you can keep gorging yourself on wings. (I love them too, but a gal can only take so much.) Before you resign yourself to munching on those lonely celery sticks, take matters into your own hands. If you're hosting, steal some winning moves from my tailgating playbook:Read More »from 7 New Tailgating Food Favorites
Instead of burgers, try Meatball Sliders.
Meatballs aren't just for spaghetti - slip 'em between buns, and you get convenient mini-sliders. (Don't forget to invite your friends and neighbors over: the recipe yields a ton of these addictive little bites.)
Instead of plain old hot dogs, try Chili-Beer Hot Dogs and Bratwurst.
Franks are always a stadium stand-by, but can be dry, and generally lackluster. These hot dogs are simmered in beer and chili to amp them up with flavor and give them a juicy snap.
Instead of packaged chips and dip, try
1. Keep your eye-cream in the fridge for quick under-eye depuffing. The cold constricts blood vessels to help swelling go down- and it feels extra refreshing.Read More »from 7 Ways To Look Younger In 30 Minutes
2. An at-home gloss treatment giving your face a happy boost. dramatically amps up shine and refreshes your highlights, Try: L'Oreal Paris Colorist Secrets Shine Gloss, $9.
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3. Define your eyebrows. A pair of full, arched brows works like an instant eye lift. Pluck errant hairs and fill in sparse areas with a fine-tipped brow pencil.
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4. Apply a firming body cream. Toned, taut skin is the age-defying holy grail (see: Demi Moore). Try: Jergens Skin Firming Daily Toning Moisturizer, $5.
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5. Have your stylist snip you some layers. Hair that moves lifts your features and just looks fun and free.
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6. Take a brisk 30 minute walk whenever you can sneak one in. You'll jump start your metabolism and circulation and
- Redbook | Fashion – Wed, Oct 20, 2010 5:31 AM EDT
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1. On-The-Go Hair Gloss: Break open one capsule anytime, anywhere, for a hit of smoothing serum. Avon Advance Techniques Daily Shine Capsules, $8.
2. Easy On The Eyes: Wear these already-color-coordinated shadows alone or layered together for a vibrant effect. Mark Seeing Stripes Eye Color Trios in Violet Riot and Baby Blues, $6 each.
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3. Quick Slick Lips: Just one swipe of this sheer coral gloss is all you need for a perfectly soft and shimmery smile. NP Set Luscious Lip Shine in Honolulu, $15.
4. Shortcut to Cool: Changing your nail color is the fastest way to try on a trend - and this fall, it's all about deep, rich metallics. We're loving Nars Vintage Nail Polish in Mash, $16.
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5. Instant Drama: No need to line your entire eye: CoverGirl makeup artist Molly Stern says to apply Liquiline Blast Eyeliner Pencil in Green Glow, $8, just to the upper, inner thirds of the lash line for a stunning glint of green.
- Redbook | Moments Of Motherhood – Wed, Oct 20, 2010 5:09 AM EDT
Parents and teachers alike have struggled for years to figure out why some kids just hate reading. However, by focusing instead on their bookworm-like counterparts, we may find the key to making reading more pleasurable for even the most reluctant reader.Read More »from Bringing Books to Life: 5 Tips to Get Kids Reading
1. Travel Without Leaving Home
Inspire curiosity by offering kids something different from what they experience in their day-to-day lives. Pick books from places or time periods different from your own. Once kids find a topic they're interested in, they'll be itching to find out more!
2. Show Them the Rewards
Kids often don't see the intrinsic value of reading. Show them the value with rewards they can see. Summer reading programs are great but with the summer ending, consider Pizza Hut's Book-It program, which rewards kids for meeting afore-set monthly reading goals. For more details, go to bookitprogram.com. Alternatively, you can work with your child to create your own reading rewards system at home.
3. Make the Choice to Change
Is it just us, or does it feel like after you get married the fun sex convos you used to have with friends suddenly just stop? Ladies, right here, right now, we're revoking the gag order.Read More »from Sex Secrets Women Won't Share With Each Other
Who's talking about what?
We polled REDBOOK readers to find out.
61 % say they talk about sex less with their friends now than they did when they were single
20 % say they never talk about sex with their pals anymore
36 % say they wish they chatted about sex more often
22 % say they stay mum out of respect for their husbands (17% say there's just not much to tell)
23 % of women who don't chat about sex say they would if a pal brought it up
78 % of women say they know their guy shares sex-life details with his friends
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These ladies think they have solid reasons for keeping mum, but if they opened up, they'd learn more about themselves and their friends - and find out they're so not alone.
What I'm not telling: "My husband and I are really adventurous. We
You may be a whiz at comparing travel rates online, but it turns out that good old conversation could save you a lot more. In a Consumer Reports poll of 1,000 people, 83 percent said they'd nabbed a better hotel rate simply by - shocker - asking. It's even more of a possibility now, given lower occupancy rates in hotels, reduced demand for rental cars, and the scramble to fill every last room for the holidays. So start talking and get what you want for less.Read More »from How to Talk Your Way into Amazing Travel Deals
KEEP ASKING FOR BREAKS. Before you leave for your trip, search online for current hotel and car rates. If they're lower than what you got, says Peter Frank, creator of the travel blog Let's Be Frank, "call and ask for that rate." At the hotel or car place, tell the clerk if you're on a trip for a special occasion, like a birthday or anniversary. Then ask, "Any chance of an upgrade?" For hotels, it helps to arrive later in the day. "Last year, our family got to a Vermont ski resort on Christmas Eve," says Ellen Smokler, 42, of
Being a mom is a private journey, but the events that shape us as moms are often lived out loud on the national stage. Here are 21 groundbreaking, lighthearted, or serious milestones that have made motherhood what it is today.Read More »from Big Moments That Have Shaped Modern Motherhood
The First Mother's Day (May 1914)
President Woodrow Wilson designates the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day, calling it "a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country."
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The Epidural (1930s)
Before John Bonica, M.D., invented the epidural block, relief for the pains of labor meant being knocked out. Today, women can be awake for the momentous occasion that is birth.
Lucille Ball's Pregnancy (1952)
The star's pregnancy is written into I Love Lucy - a TV first. Scripts are reviewed by a priest, a minister, and a rabbi, and CBS insists on using the word "expecting" instead of "pregnant." But fans love it, and the episode featuring Lucy's delivery sets a new ratings record.
The Breast Pump (1960s)
More and more moms are saying they aren't getting anywhere near enough ZZZs, and it's wrecking their health, their careers, even their marriages. We found out what's really keeping them wide awake at all hours, and what women can do to get some much-needed shut-eye.Read More »from Why Moms Can't Sleep â€” And How to Start!
PROBLEM: Schedules + Stress = No Sleep
Often moms can't get enough sleep because their crazed schedules (are there benefits to stress?) don't allow it. "I constantly get up in the middle of the night to do things I can't get done during 'normal' hours," says Melissa Gaskins, 32, who often cleans and pays the bills during the wee hours. Faced with the options of getting an extra hour in bed or having a picture-perfect home or career, many choose the latter, says Gary Zammit, Ph.D., director of Clinilabs Sleep Disorders Institute at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York. But you can cram a life into a crazy schedule.
SOLUTION: Avoid doing things in bed that cause stress, advises Meir Kryger, M.D., a sleep specialist at