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  • Why Your Annual Doctor Visit is Important

    Go see your doc!Go see your doc!Saw that new research that says you don't need to go to the doctor every year for a checkup? Disregard that.

    By Korin Miller

    A little background: A study of 183,00 people in the U.S. and Europe found that healthy people who regularly visit the doctor for checkups were just as likely to die over the study's nine-year period as people who didn't get checkups. So, people concluded that there's no need to get an annual physical.

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    Hold the phone, says Cosmo Radio women's health expert Jennifer Wider, MD. It's important for you to get regular physicals from your doctor because some serious health problems can develop out of nowhere-and early detection is key to making sure you're okay. Think: Melanoma, high cholesterol, etc.

    And going to the doc when you're sick doesn't cut it because the focus is on the particular problem you're having, not your overall health. You need a legit physical where your doctor checks things out-while you're feeling

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  • 8 Ways to Stay Motivated to Workout

    Keep yourself motivated with these tips!Keep yourself motivated with these tips!You know how important it is to hit the gym to stay healthy, but sometimes…it's the last thing on the planet you want to do. We feel you. That's why we rounded up scientifically-proven tips and tricks on how to up your workout motivation-and keep it going. So you never have to "drag" your ass to the gym again.

    By Korin Miller

    1. Drink Up
    Happy hour is great for your fitness routine, according a study from the University of Miami. Researchers discovered that people who drink alcohol exercise more-and the more they drink, the more they exercise. Um…pass the Cosmo.

    2. Exercise Less
    Scientists from the University of Copenhagen found that there's no need to go crazy at the gym-working out for 30 minutes will help you lose weight just as well as if you worked up a sweat for 60 minutes. Yes please.

    Related: 5 Foods You Should Never Eat

    3. Work Out for 3 Minutes
    Pressed for time? Go big and go home. A new study from Colorado State University found that working out at a hard pace for 2.5

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  • Why You Should Stand Up Straight

    Mama was right about standing up straight!Mama was right about standing up straight!Feeling kinda blah? Stand up straight-it'll make you feel awesome. No, seriously.

    By Korin Miller

    According to new research from San Francisco State University, walking with bad posture can make you feel depressed. And it's not that depressed people walk with bad posture-forcing yourself to slouch makes you feel kinda crappy.

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    For the study, scientists had 100 people walk in a slouched position and then skip down a hallway (skipping forces you to have good posture). A few minutes after each turn, they were asked to rate their energy levels and took a survey that rated their level of depression.

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    Researchers discovered that people felt more bummed out and had less energy after they walked in a slouched position, but immediately felt perkier when they had better posture.

    Okay, you're probably not going to start skipping around work when you need a 3 p.m. energy boost, but it's definitely worth keeping your posture in check

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  • Study: Women on Birth Control Don't Use Condoms

    Well, you know condoms are important. But are you using them?Well, you know condoms are important. But are you using them?Freaky research alert: A new study found that women tend to stop using condoms when they go on birth control. Even worse, when they go off the Pill, they don't usually start using condoms again.

    By Korin Miller

    For the study, researchers from Stanford University followed 1,194 sexually active women who visited Planned Parenthood for birth control. Scientists asked them how they felt about using condoms (and how their partners felt about it) and tracked them over the course of a year.

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    In the beginning, 36 percent said they consistently used condoms. It dropped to 27 percent three months later (after they were on birth control). And while some women stopped using hormonal birth control during the year, more than half of that group didn't use condoms after they went off the Pill.

    Scarily enough, the biggest factor in whether women used condoms was their partners-if they were with a guy who wasn't that into condom use, they just didn't use them.

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  • 5 Foods You Should Never Eat

    Put. Down. The. Margarine.Put. Down. The. Margarine.You already know you should limit how much junk food you eat on a regular basis in order to be healthy. But nutritionist Stephanie Middleberg, RD, founder of Middleberg Nutrition, says you should avoid some foods altogether. Her list of foods you should never eat

    By Korin Miller

    1. Artificial Sweeteners
    In small doses (think: one teaspoon per serving), sugar is totally fine. But it gets a little dicey when you have too many artificial sweeteners. Here's the deal: Sweeteners are way, um, sweeter than sugar, and they can reset your taste buds to crave sugary foods. As a result, you end up eating more junk. Plus, people who limit their artificial sweetener use find that they have more energy, and don't have as many cravings.

    2. Margarine
    Most of us think it's a healthy alternative to butter (err, guilty), but margarine has loads of trans fats, which increase your cholesterol. And it contains a lot of ingredients vs butter's one or two. The calorie count is also similar to butter, but

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  • 15 Updos to Wear with Everything

    Whether you need fancy night-out locks or a simple get-that-hair-off-the-back-of-my-neck look, one of these pretty updo hairstyles will do the trick.

    By Cosmopolitan

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  • 8 Ways to Tell a Man is in Love with You

    Does your guy do any of these things?Does your guy do any of these things?It's no secret that guys can take for-ev-er to drop the L-word. But just because he hasn't said "I love you" yet doesn't mean he isn't head over heels for you. We got real men to spill on the signs a guy is crazy about you.

    By Cosmopolitan

    1. You Catch Him Staring at You

    Men always ogle the objects they desire - it's the reason you're always busting us cleavage-peeping. So consider: With all that eye candy out there, if it's you he's staring at, his affection runs deep. There's the secret stare (you'll have to catch him in the act). "Watching my girlfriend at a party allows me a private moment when I can pinch myself and wonder how I deserve this amazing person in my life - a perspective I can't get when she's right there in front of me," says Patrick, 30.

    2. He Gazes in Your Eyes
    Another I-love-you look is the steady gaze. Guys are guarded when it comes to showing emotion. If they lock eyes for a full-tilt, unabashed stare, they're lowering their shield to let you in.

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  • Where the 2012 Presidential Candidates Stand on Women's Issues

    Who deserves your vote?Who deserves your vote?2012 presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney clash on the topics that matter most to you. Consult this crucial cheat sheet before you cast your vote.

    By Lauren Panariello

    1. Abortion

    Obama: Pro-choice. He strongly supports Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision establishing a woman's constitutional right to an abortion, and says he'll continue federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

    Romney: Pro-life. Despite recent remarks that he has "no legislation with regards to abortion...that would become part of my agenda," Romney has called Roe v. Wade "one of the darkest moments in Supreme Court history" and believes abortion access should be decided by each state. (BTW, He later back-tracked on his most recent comments, saying that he would govern as a "pro-life president.") He also wants to stop federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

    2. Equal Pay

    Obama: Signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, which ended the 180-day statute of limitations

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  • 10 Tips on How to Be a Good Kisser

    Be the best kisser he's ever had.Be the best kisser he's ever had.In our opinion, kissing is underrated. The right kind of kiss can nail a second date, get you both insanely turned on-even make him fall more deeply in love with you. We got real women to spill on the go-to moves that made them good kissers.

    By Molly Triffin

    1. "I start off really slowly. First, I just rub my closed lips against his, without actually kissing. Next, I take his bottom lip into my mouth and very gently suck on it; then I do the same to his top lip. Finally, I take both of his lips inside of mine and bite them softly. By that time, he's all over me." -Liliana D.

    2. "I wear a gloss that contains cinnamon oil. It makes my lips look plump and feel super pillowy." -Megan A.

    3. "Every so often during a very passionate kiss, when our lips are sealed together, I'll inhale through my mouth instead of my nose. It almost feels like I'm taking his breath into my body-it's incredibly intimate and intense." -Lili C.

    Related: Guys Reveal "The Best Kiss I Ever

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  • Burn More Calories by Cutting Back at the Gym

    An excuse to go to the gym less? Yes, please.An excuse to go to the gym less? Yes, please.We're all for eating right and working out to stay fit. But when scientists tell us we can slack a little…yeah, we're not going to say no to that.

    By Korin Miller

    That's why we were amped to read a new study that found you can burn up to 200 extra calories a day after working out for just 2.5 minutes. Yup, you read that right.

    Related: 5 Foods You Should Never Eat

    For the study, researchers from Colorado State University and the University of Colorado tracked how much energy participants burned on two different days. On one day, they did a sprint interval workout on a stationary bike; on the other day, they didn't work out.

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    Scientists discovered that participants had a big uptick in calorie burning on the workout day, even though they only did intense sprint intervals for five 30-second periods with four minutes of slow pedaling with little resistance in between. After their short workout, the participants mostly hung out, watching movies and

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