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  • Why it Really Matters What Time of Day You Work Out

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    By Corrie Pikul

    You want to: Lose weight

    You should try: Early morning

    Research from the American Council on Exercise has shown that people who exercise soon after waking tend to both be more consistent and to exercise more often than those who work out at other times of the day. Other studies have shown that a 45-minute a.m. workout can make you less ravenous for breakfast (and more prone to make healthy choices) and more likely to keep moving and burning calories throughout the day. Keep in mind that even if you wake up raring to go, your muscles will need time to warm up, so ease into the workout (doing a few jumping jacks or walking while swinging your arms should do the trick).

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    You want to: Get stronger

    You should try: Late afternoon or early evening

    You're naturally pumped up from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. This is due partly to testosterone, which seems to be most responsive to exercise at this time of day, but also because your

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  • Beyond Oatmeal: 4 Healthy, Hot Cereals to Try

    Illustration: Katherine Streeter

    By Johannah Sakimura

    A warm, hearty start to your day can be the perfect buffer against chilly mornings. And beyond the obvious options, there's a bounty of less familiar but still good for you grains that can easily transform into piping hot porridge. Whip up a big batch of these heart-healthy picks on Sunday, then reheat single servings throughout the week for speedy, substantial, delicious A.M. meals.

    Millet

    Though it's a common ingredient in birdseed, this mineral-rich grain isn't just for our feathered friends. One cup of cooked millet provides 24 percent of women's daily requirement of bone-strengthening magnesium and 20 percent of immunity-boosting zinc. And emerging research on animals has shown that whole-grain foxtail millet can help reduce levels of triglycerides and inflammation, two risk factors for heart disease.

    Make It a Meal Since millet can be slightly chalky, Jennifer Iserloh, founder of Skinny Chef Natural Foods, combines it with oats to create a

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  • 5 Makeup Secrets from the Rockettes

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    We asked four Radio City Rockettes, who have test-driven dozens of products and techniques (they do their own makeup), to kick a few secrets our way.


    Danielle Morgan

    Favorite Prop: MAC Haute & Naughty Lash ($21; MACCosmetics.com) "It lets you apply either a thick coat, for the top lashes, or a thinner coat, for the bottom."

    Trick of the Trade: "Take a less-is-more approach. Excess makeup can smear. Apply foundation with a damp sponge for a lighter layer."

    Related: Party-Perfect Makeup Ideas For Every Occasion


    KT Wilson

    Favorite Prop: Clinique Advanced Concealer ($17; Clinique.com) "It's creamy but dries to a matte finish and doesn't cake under my eyes."

    Trick of the Trade: "After applying powder blush to the apples of your cheeks, run the brush over your forehead, chin, and the tip of your nose for a subtle all-over glow."


    Samantha Berger

    Favorite Prop: NYC New York Color Liquid Eyeliner ($3; drugstores) "It makes a super-smooth line that opens up my

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  • The Prettiest Bed Ideas to Steal Right Now

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    By Candace Braun Davison

    The Snugglier Alternative to Your Old Duvet

    We're referring to one aspect of the rustic design movement that has made its way to the bedroom: knit blankets-larger than the usual living-room throws, typically in earthy, neutral tones and made using natural fibers. Interior designer and A Place Called Home author Jason Grant says that recently, he's been finding more people than usual drawn to handmade styles that appear softer and more inviting-to-the-touch than sateen and polyester-blend fabrics. Grant recommends trying an oversize knit-where you can easily wriggle your fingers between each stitch-like the chunky wool designs found at Little Dandelion.

    Read More: What The Sleep Experts Do to Get A Good Night's Rest

    The Coveted Headboard That's All Over Pinterest

    Upholstered headboards continue to dominate home-décor blogs and shelter magazines-adored for the tailored, refined look they lend to even the most basic beds-but what many people don't realize is that

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  • 4 Ways to Defend Yourself Against Emotional Pirates

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    By Martha Beck

    Cecily and Gwen hit it off on a Caribbean cruise after they realized they lived close to each other. Back home, they began meeting for coffee and conversation. Gwen told Cecily about her troubled marriage, her sciatica, her intrusive mother, the trials of parenting. Cecily told Gwen...almost nothing. Somehow, Cecily's life just never seemed to come up. But one stressful morning, Cecily finally decided to share.

    "My dad's got cancer," she told Gwen, clutching her coffee mug. "I'm really scared for him."

    "Oh," said Gwen. "That reminds me of the time my boyfriend-well, ex-boyfriend-thought he had skin cancer." She went on to tell the tale, in tragic terms, with herself as the dramatic heroine. Later Cecily told me, "That's when I realized that Gwen is kind of self-absorbed." Kind of? The "friend" Cecily made is an emotional pirate.

    You've probably encountered similar brigands on the high seas of life. Some are charming or charismatic, others whiny. But they

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  • Curtis Stone's Top Recipes for a Stress-Free Holiday Party

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    By Curtis Stone

    I've always believed that having people over to eat is one of life's greatest pleasures-which might explain why I love the holidays so much. What better reason to call up friends and neighbors and invite them to enjoy good company and a few bites?

    But here's what I don't love: a fussy party requiring so much last-minute scrambling that you don't get to enjoy it. If you're stressing out in the kitchen while your guests mingle, it's time to reexamine your strategy. I like to make a few fantastic, simple, eat-with-your-hands hors d'oeuvres-all of which can be prepared in advance-and lay them out in one big spread so guests can help themselves. I mix up a festive cocktail to serve as people arrive, and that's it; my work done, I'm free to socialize. My guests don't wonder where I've disappeared to, and I actually have fun at my own gathering.

    The key to party fare is this: A little variety goes a long way. You don't need a ton of dishes-just a few guaranteed

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  • 7 Little-Known Facts About Colds

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    By Corrie Pikul


    You're more likely to pick up germs from a keypad than a used tissue.

    If your sniffly friend wants to show you photos of her toddler on her phone, offer to hold her purse while she does the scrolling. Droplets of moisture containing cold-causing viruses get dispersed (and thus, neutralized) on tissues, fabrics and other soft materials but remain intact on metal, glass and the scratch-resistant polycarbonate of an iPhone. Cold viruses can live on these types of objects for up to 18 hours, says Jennifer Collins, MD, who has a private practice specializing in allergy, asthma and immunology and is affiliated with Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. In one 2007 study, when healthy people touched hard, smooth things like light switches, doorknobs and telephones that had been contaminated with viruses, 60 percent picked up the germs after one hour, and around 30 percent became infected at 18 hours. (Flu viruses tend to be heartier: Not only can they live from one

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  • Brene Brown: 3 Acts of Gratitude that Can Strengthen Your Family

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    By Brené Brown

    I look forward to the holidays with childlike glee. As soon as the Texas heat drops below 80 degrees, I sneak a few Christmas carols onto my playlist; the tree goes up right after Thanksgiving. But by mid-December, I've gone into survival mode, and I'm not feeling much holiday joy. Why? Because when I'm scrambling to string up lights or send out another 50 cards-that is, when I'm worrying about the outside world's perceptions-I forget to be present in my own home for my husband and our two amazing kids.

    Oprah has said that what we all want most in life is to be seen, and I couldn't agree more. A joyful home is one in which people feel seen and appreciated. It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking the holidays are about giving and receiving presents or attending parties, but it's really small, quiet acts of gratitude that cultivate connection. Gratitude creates joy-not vice versa. So this year I'm going to give thanks every chance I get for that special group of folks

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  • 3 Delicious Meals You Can Make with Thanksgiving Leftovers

    Photo: Tina RuppBy Marcia Kiesel

    Curried Mashed Potato-Turkey Soup

    Bored of turkey sandwiches? Try this flavorful soup as an unexpected way to reuse a few holiday favorites.


    Get the recipe: Curried Mashed Potato-Turkey Soup

    Related: 6 Easy Pie Recipes Anyone Can Bake

    Mushroom, Turkey, and Potato Pie

    This delicious casserole-made with roast turkey, green beans, onion, mushrooms, mashed potatoes and fresh sage-is the perfect solution to an overstuffed fridge.

    Get the recipe: Mushroom, Turkey, and Potato Pie

    Read More: 5 Basics We're All Cooking Wrong


    Turkey Hash Patties

    Forget turkey burgers! Serve a couple of these patties with a salad for a simple, no-fuss dinner that's ready in 30 minutes.

    Get the recipe: Turkey Hash Patties


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  • Dr. Oz: 6 Ways to Sleep Better—Starting Tonight

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    By Dr. Mehmet Oz

    I don't have to tell you how important a good night's rest is for your health-and you don't have to tell me how hard it can be to squeeze in those precious hours of shut-eye. But an overbooked schedule may not be the only reason you're exhausted; the change in seasons could also be to blame. Up to 20 percent of adults may experience mild seasonal affective disorder, which can be caused by a disruption in the body's natural circadian rhythm triggered by fewer daylight hours in winter, and may lead to disordered sleep patterns, according to a 2013 study in the Journal of Affective Disorders. Another issue: sleep apnea. This condition, which is characterized by pauses in breathing, may worsen in winter because of upper-airway infections (associated with colds) and irritation from indoor-air pollution (which can increase when we shut our windows to seal in heat). But sweet dreams can be yours with a few simple adjustments to your routine. Here's what to do.

    Get a

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