Regular life often feels like a workout-but does it count toward the 30 minutes of physical activity you're supposed to get each day? Sometimes. The facts, from Robert Stoner, president of the American Health and Fitness Association:
1. Carrying your baby: It's not exercise.
It may leave your arms sore, but hoisting a baby or even a toddler doesn't rate as a workout in the health sense because it doesn't engage your cardiovascular system. What's more, studies show that women carrying things slow down, which prevents you from burning as many fat calories as you would walking solo or pushing a stroller briskly for 20 minutes.
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2. Dashing up and down the stairs: It's exercise!
Stair workouts slash more calories than walking does - up to 100 calories in 15 minutes. So making 10 trips up and down between floors of your house counts as at least part of your daily workout requirement.
3. Shopping at the mall: It's exercise!
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It's the little buys you barely notice that do the most damage to your bottom line. Beth zooms in on some new offenders.
1. Shrinking groceries. Many brands, including Häagen-Dazs and Tropicana, are slashing the size of some of their products by up to 20 percent while keeping prices the same, Consumer Reports recently revealed.
The fix: Compare products based on lowest unit price, not total price, to see which one really costs less.
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2. Online gaming. Popular programs like FarmVille and Smurfs' Village are free to play, but parents are reporting that their kids have unknowingly racked up big bills on in-game accessories that can cost more than $200.
The fix: Don't give your kids the password needed to make purchases.
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3. Group deal sites . Groupon and LivingSocial should save you cash, but customers don't manage to use 10 to 20 percent of the
By Colleen Oakley, REDBOOK
These quick, no-sweat strategies will smooth out the bumps, bring the sexy back, and, ultimately, make your love last. They're too easy not to do.
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It turns out that love is in the details: "We know from marriage and divorce research that it's the everyday things - having fun, connecting, and showing you care - that make or break a marriage," says Debra Castaldo, Ph.D., author of Gifts of Love. We heard the same from other experts, real couples, and even one of America's greatest living poets. So we worked up this list of 17 fast little somethings that'll help you and your guy go all gaga for each other again.
2. Have a quick bitchfest (just not about each other).
"It's very detrimental to a relationship to pretend you're always doing great," says Brian Grossman, Ph.D., a relationship expert and author of Learning to Listen: Did You Hear What I Think I Said?
By Ashley Niedringhaus, REDBOOK
We've all been there. It's mere hours before you have to leave for the airport and nothing is packed! These tips will help you get packed and out the door fast (even with kids).
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1. Enlist the kids.
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2. Don't waste time folding.
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It's too trendy. I'll look like a clown in that super-bright makeup. I'll look like a fat clown in those pants. Stop it! These bold fashion and beauty trends are so pretty and flattering, there's nothing to fear but looking awesome.
1. A Maxi Skirt
We dare you to find anything sister-wifey about this skirt. Can't do it, can you? It's all in the happy-making color and the silky sway of the fabric that hints at what's underneath when you walk. Add a simple turtleneck and you're as sleek as can be.
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Q: "I've had to face the difficult decision of ending several friendships this year. They had become competitive and superficial, and I wasn't my authentic self around these women. I just deleted them from Facebook and avoided all contact. Is there a better way to handle this?" -C.B., 38, Texas
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1. Keep Hydrated I'm sure the general population thinks dieticians sound like a broken record when it comes to the whole water thing, but it really is important. Drinking the recommended eight cups of water a day will help your body function at peak performance levels.
2. Keep Calcium Levels Up Current obesity research shows that a dip in calcium levels can trigger the same hormone that causes the body to hold onto fat to be released. Choose low-fat dairy, cheese, yogurt, salmon, tofu, and oatmeal.
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There's something about Costco that brings out the weird in people. It was the place after all where a woman asked me with a totally straight face if all my kids have the same father. (She even had the nerve to argue when I assured her they did. "But they all look so different!" Paternity test on aisle 12!) So today I just had to smile when an elderly woman pointed out my 2-year-old daughter's mismatched shoes with an aghast, "Didn't you notice that before you left the house?" Laughing, I answered, "I did! And as long as she puts her own shoes on she can wear them however she wants. There are just some arguments that aren't worth having with kids!" After I got home I wondered what else besides shoes do other parents put in the not-worth-it category.
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Q: "I'm a chocolate freak. How can I satisfy my cravings without downing a bag of M&Ms?"
A: This is a question I get asked so often! The key is to think single-serving snacks. Most sugar-free chocolate pudding cups, for example, have 60 calories or less. I also love Skinny Cow's fudge bars, at only 100 calories a pop, and Vitalicious VitaTops Deep Chocolate muffin tops - for a reasonable 100 calories, you get nine grams of super-filling fiber and a treat that tastes like a brownie. But for those times when a girl just has to have a candy bar, I'm a fan of Q.bel Dark Chocolate Wafer Rolls, which you can find in most health-food stores: They're crispy and creamy at the same time, and each roll has only 60 calories.
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