Elizabeth Siegel, Allure magazine
There's been a lot of emphasize on body language this week. (A certain smirking, shrugging duo may be to blame for that.) We know that body language can impact how confident and powerful someone appears, but the way you sit or stand doesn't just influence how others perceive you-it actually changes the way you feel about yourself.
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Assuming a dominant or submissive pose for as little as two minutes "leads to hormonal changes that configure your brain to basically be either assertive, confident and comfortable, or really stress reactive and feeling sort of shut down," says Amy Cuddy, a researcher at Harvard Business School. In a recent study, she asked subjects to strike a dominant or submissive pose for two minutes. Those who had assumed a dominant position experienced a 20 percent increase in testosterone levels and 24 percent decrease in levels of the stress hormone cortisol. As for those in
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Overdo it this weekend? No worries--here's how to get back on track.
Step one: Toss out the remnants of last night's greasefest.
Today, fill your plate with good stuff--produce, lean protein, whole grains. And the next time you find yourself fork-deep in mac 'n' cheese, use these stay-slim tips:
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Get spicy. Cinnamon, turmeric and other spices may inhibit enzymes that help you digest fat--so the fat gets expelled, not stored on your butt.
Drink decaf. Sat fat may interfere with your body's ability to respond to insulin; some research suggests adding caffeine could dampen that ability even more. Do decaf to keep blood sugar in line.
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breast cancerOne of the most frustrating things about breast cancer is how much current information is just plain wrong. It seems like everywhere you turn, there is a myth that needs to be debunked, a rumor that has to be laid to rest. It can be very frustrating.
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For a woman with a recent diagnosis or someone who is worried about her chances, these myths can be frustrating and scary at best. If you're diagnosed with the dreaded disease, it isn't a death sentence necessarily even though it may feel like it is.
With that in mind, here are the 10 biggest breast cancer myths to forget right now:
- Breast cancer is a death sentence: With so many new treatments and constant research, the old way of thinking about this disease is becoming obsolete. More and more women are surviving. Currently, the 10-year survival rate is about 85 to 90 percent.
- Everyone who is diagnosed has a family history: In fact only about 70
Want to expand your horizons, be a braver person and enjoy life to the fullest? The secret isn't fearlessness but admitting what scares you. Then use that knowledge to push yourself further than you ever thought possible. Go on. Take a leap. When you're in a panic, pick one of these tricks to tamp it down.Read More »from 5 Ways to Overcome Your Fears
Tell Yourself a Story
If something frightens you, try talking about it unemotionally, as if you were describing an ordinary photo: "The plane is taking off. The girl's seat belt is fastened. She's holding a book." In a study from Columbia University, when people were asked to view frightening images, then talk about the pictures as detached observers (as if they were narrating a story), activity in the amygdala-a brain region where you register fear-quieted, while areas linked to self-control sparked up.
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Breathe From Your Belly
It's called diaphragmatic breathing. It's easy, and it works: Inhale slowly from your lower belly to a count of four,
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The average woman eats 29 percent more saturated fat per day than is healthy, experts say. Cut back with these tweaks.
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mammogramNow that it's officially Breast Cancer Awareness month, we're sure to be saturated with info about all the different prevention and screening methods for the disease. But it doesn't have to be October for women to get a mammogram. For many, especially women over 40, it's an annual routine exam and, err, well, not exactly the most pleasant one.More from The Stir: Here's a Hilarious Reminder to Do Your Monthly Breast Exam! (VIDEO)
A doctor who specializes in the health needs of women, Dr. Yael Varnardo -- aka Dr. V of AskDoctorV.com -- admits, "There can be actual physical discomfort and mental anxiety that goes into the whole [mammogram] process that winds us up." But thankfully, it is possible to make the exam less annoying. Here, Dr. V shared with us her top tips for a more comfortable mammogram ...More from The Stir: 5 Things You May Not Know About Mammograms
Before the exam:
- It's to your own benefit to follow instructions to a tee. For instance ... "Don't wear
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On sunny days, Dr. Brad Merritt has watched on the sidelines of his son's sporting events from the shade of his umbrella. The 37-year-old dermatologist, who already has had basal cell skin cancer on his face, is determined to protect himself from the sun.
"Is there any such thing as a safe tan?" asked Merritt, assistant professor of dermatology at the University of North Carolina. "The answer is, `There is not.'"
Despite piles of research on the skin cancer risks of sun exposure and tanning beds, dermatologists and cancer groups struggle to persuade people to protect their skin from ultraviolet rays.
Encouraged by media images and tanning industry marketing showing tans as sexy and healthy, many people - especially teens and young adults - head to the beach, backyard or tanning bed to get that look, notwithstanding warnings and public service announcements about cancer, premature wrinkling and blotchy skin.
Skin cancer is now the most common form
- betterhealthblog.com | Healthy Living – Mon, Oct 8, 2012 11:19 AM EDT
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Peter Ardito/Fitness MagazineTake dog walking to the next speed level and you and your canine will score twofer benefits. "Your dog is a great motivator who makes exercising fun," says Jt Clough, the author of 5K Training Guide: Running with Dogs. Capitalize on your daily outing by burning more calories as you build your pet's cardio fitness. Lace -- and leash -- up with these tips from Clough.Read More »from See Spot Run! 5 Experts Tips to Run with Your Dog
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Ease into it.
Dogs should be physically active for at least a half hour twice a day, according to the American Kennel Club. Begin with 15 minutes at a comfortable clip in the first week, adding five to 10 minutes and more speed as your four-legged friend progresses, Clough recommends.
Pace yourself -- and your pal.
"Most dogs run faster than humans," Clough says, but you shouldn't feel you have to sprint. Heed these suggested speeds from Josiah Neuman, the training director for the Neuman K-9 Academy: Small dogs, like Boston terriers, can typically go 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 miles per hour
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