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  • Easter Candy Workout

    Bari Lieberman, SELF magazine

    Perhaps the Easter Bunny is onto something... all that hopping can burn 10 calories a minute. Melissa Paris, fitness expert, top trainer at Reebok Sports Club New York and Lululemon ambassador, shares three calorie-torching exercises that help melt sugar overload:

    Easter Hunt Hop: Jump squats are a great post-sugar splurge exercise "because you will get your heart rate up while working over 200 muscles in your body," Melissa says.

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    Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and toes pointed forward. Start by bending at the knee while pushing your hips back, as if to sit into a chair. When your hamstring are at about 90 degrees, push through your heels and jump up, fully extending the legs. Make sure to look up the whole time in order to keep your posture perfect. Land softly and immediately start the next squat. Repeat 20 times for 3 sets.

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  • Fix Your Biggest Cardio Flubs

    Dana Meltzer Zepeda, SELF magazine

    Getting your heart racing isn't the only fundamental element of get a great cardio workout. Although working up a sweat may seem like a no-brainer, most of us make the same mistakes over and over again, putting ourselves at risk for unnecessary pain and injuries.

    I recently caught up with Alice Burron, exercise physiologist and American Council on Exercise personal trainer and spokesperson, to help debunk the most common cardio flubs. Here's what you need to know:

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    "My alarm didn't go off. I had an early meeting. I worked late last night!" You've used every excuse in the book but, unless working out truly becomes a habit, you'll never reach your fitness goals.


    "It is recommended that you do cardiovascular exercises every day for 30 minutes. At the minimum, set aside 30 minutes three times a week. Make this a priority appointment and don't bail out!"

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  • Facebook and Your Body Image

    April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine

    "OMG I look so fat in those jeans! I'm un-tagging that photo of me!" "Wow, my old roommate's arms looks so skinny in her wedding dress..." "Yikes, I barely recognize myself in these photos from high school!"

    Have thoughts like that ever crossed your mind while checking your Facebook feed? If you're like most people, they probably have. According to a recent survey conducted by The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt, Facebook may be yet another source of our body image problems.

    Wanting to take a close look at Facebook behavior, The Center commissioned a public survey to examine how social media is influencing body image and hyper-awareness of body size. Of the 600 respondents surveyed (ages 16 to 40), 51 percent reported that seeing photos of themselves and others on Facebook makes them more conscious of their body and weight. Thirty-two percent of respondents said they feel sad when comparing Facebook photos of themselves to their

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  • How to Live Alone—and Love It

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    Moved into your own place recently? Congrats! You're part of the growing number of people choosing to forego roommates and live alone (rates of solo dwellers have doubled over the past three decades, according to recent reports.) However, a new study from the journal BMC Public Health indicates that people who shack up alone also have an increased risk of getting a case of the blues--by up to 80 percent! While the benefits to living alone are huge (no messy roommates!), take some precautions to avoid falling into a rut.

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    Your newfound independence can be liberating--but also isolating, which can make you feel lonely. Plus, you may get so used to being by yourself that you may find it hard to get along with others at times. When you live with someone else, you're forced to compromise, negotiate and play nicely with others constantly (Who will clean the bathroom? Who pays which bills? You get the picture!). But when you get your

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  • Are You Attracted to Your Emotional Opposite?

    April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine

    He loves me, he loves me not...
    These seven little words can evoke very different feelings in different people -- from a shrug of the shoulders to sheer panic. Which end of the spectrum you're on, and how you fare in the dating world, both have to do with your emotional attachment style. Do you know what yours is?

    Psychiatrist and neuroscientist Amir Levine, M.D., co-author of Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find and Keep Love (paperback edition: Jan. 2012), told HealthySELF that your attachment type depends on two things: your attitude toward intimacy and closeness, and how sensitive, or vigilant, you are when it comes to your relationships.

    Levine says he and his co-author, Rachel S.F. Heller, M.A., based their work on a large body of research into romantic relationships that goes back more than 20 years. They say the science of adult attachment predicts, with a great deal of accuracy, how people will behave

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  • Easter Candy Under 200 Calories

    Photo courtesy of marshmallowpeeps.comPhoto courtesy of marshmallowpeeps.comApril Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine

    Ah, spring! The glorious season of gorgeous blossoms, pedicures, love in the air and ... chocolate and candy overload everywhere you look! Whether or not you celebrate Easter, it's impossible to totally bypass all of the temptations out there (I'm pretty sure I hear Cadbury Creme Eggs at the drugstore down the street calling my name as I write this!). Luckily, there are plenty of treats you can eat to satisfy your springtime sweet tooth without totally blowing your bikini body plans.

    First, SELF contributing editors Stephanie Clarke and Willow Jarosh, registered dietitians and co-founders of C&J Nutrition, gave us these tips to tame Easter candy overload this Sunday:

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    1. Look for candy that is made without partially hydrogenated oils, which is code for trans fats.

    2. Eat ONLY what you love. Don't take a bite out of something you're pretty sure you'll be lukewarm about "just to see if you like it" -- you'll probably

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  • The Surprising Fix for Bad Breath

    Photo courtesy of soap.comPhoto courtesy of soap.comApril Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine

    In the movies, people never seem to have morning breath. The sexy girl and the hot guy wake up and immediately start smooching -- much to my horror, as I imagine the lack of brushing that has taken place. Because, face it, no one wakes up with minty-fresh breath. Not even Ryan Gosling.

    But ... have you ever felt like your breath could be better, and not just the morning after?

    Dr. Alice Boghosian, DDS, spokeswoman for the American Dental Association, says there is a huge range of causes of bad breath, from the simple to the complex. The most basic causes are the obvious ones, like eating foods that cause odor (think: onions and garlic!), and food particles getting caught in your mouth and starting to decompose (gag). Another, not so well-known cause is having a dry mouth, due either to dehydration, mouth-breathing or even certain medications.

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    A more serious cause of bad breath, says Dr.

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  • 7 Weight-Loss 'Myths' that You Shouldn't Believe

    7 Weight-Loss 'Myths' That You Shouldn't BelieveWe have a list of the biggest weight-loss myths out there. Don't be fooled!

    Jim White, registered dietician, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and spokesman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, gave HealthySELF his top 7 weight-loss myths -- and the real truth behind each of them:

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    1. Don't eat after 8 pm.

    "There is no magic time when the carriage turns into a pumpkin -- and if there was, that pumpkin can't tell time anyway!" says White. It's not about the when, he explains, it's about the what and how much. One problem is that people tend to eat too much of the wrong types of food at night (mindless munching in front of the television). Not eating enough during the day or boredom are two reasons behind the nighttime binges, says White, but if you eat the proper amount throughout the day, you will not be famished at night and take it out on the chips and ice cream.

    2. You should wait until you're REALLY hungry to eat.

    If you wait too long

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  • What You Can Do to Support the Violence Against Women Act

    Photo courtesy of house.govPhoto courtesy of house.govApril Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine

    Heard of the Violence Against Women Act? U.S. Senators are debating it as you read this, and it could make a huge difference in your life or the life of a woman you care about.

    What exactly is the Violence Against Women Act? According to the office of Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., "Originally passed by Congress in 1994 as part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, this landmark, bipartisan legislation was a response to the prevalence of domestic and sexual violence and the significant impact of such violence in the lives of women." Before the Act, orginally championed by then-Sen. Joe Biden, was passed, some states didn't even have stalker laws on the books, if you can imagine that.

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    In both 2000 and 2005, the law was reauthorized with unanimous Senate approval, but this year, it's facing opposition -- all Republicans on the Judiciary Committee voted in February against sending the Violence

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  • Your Co-Workers Are Making You Fat

    April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine

    A slice of birthday cake here, a group margarita excursion there ... are your co-workers deliberately trying to fatten you up? Probably not, but it sure feels like it sometimes! What's a would-be healthy gal to do?

    "Your work environment can impact your waistline," Angela Ginn, registered dietitian and national spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, tells HealthySELF. Ginn says your co-workers can influence your food choices and even the quantity of food you eat!

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    Of course, this isn't a huge surprise -- the people you spend time with in all aspects of your life can have an effect on your weight, as Ginn points out. "One study out of the University of British Columbia reports people eat 1.5 times more in the company of a thin person who eats a lot than in the company of an overweight person," says Ginn. "And research from Harvard Medical School suggests that your risk of becoming obese increases 20

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