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  • How to Be Safe when Exercising Outdoors

    by Lexi Petronis


    CN Digital StudioCN Digital Studio There are times when I feel especially adventurous during my daily runs, so I take different slightly routes to mix things up a bit. This isn't always successful though.

    In fact, sometimes it's just stupid. Yesterday I rediscovered an overgrown path that is clearly almost never used--except at least once, when somebody apparently decided to dispose of a big loop of barbed wire in the middle of the path. A big loop of barbed wire that somebody else--me--didn't see, and stepped right into, ending up with bloody scratches all over the places. And because pieces of metal hanging around in the great outdoors are prime spots for tetanus, I decided to play it safe and get a tetanus shot (it's been a while since I had my last booster).

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    All of this is to say: Exercising outdoors is great for your body (and your mood!), but it's important to be safe when you're doing it. So here are a few

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  • 5 Secret Ways to Exercise at the Pool

    by Lexi Petronis


    Physical ArchiveNo doubt about it, swimming is great exercise: The water is 12 times more resistant than air in every direction, and when you do laps, you're using all your major muscle groups (shoulders, back, abs, legs, hips, and butt).

    But swimming laps isn't the only way to exercise in the pool. In fact, these ways of toning up and burning calories are so down-low, people might not even notice that you're exercising at all!

    Tread water.
    Keep your arms and legs moving! Treading water burns about 11 calories a minute, which is about the same as running 6 miles an hour. And a lot less sweaty.

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    Crunch your abs. Stand in the shallow end with your back against the side of the pool, then extend your arms along the edge. Bring your knees up to your chest, extend your legs in front of you, then bring them back to your chest again.

    Pretend you're Spider-Man. Or, you know--Spiderwoman. Face the edge of the pool and fan your arms out next to

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  • The Health DOs and DON'Ts of Wearing Sunglasses

    by Alyssa Clough


    You wear sunscreen to protect your skin, right? So it makes sense that you should give the same amount of care and concern to your eyes, especially in the summer months when we spend more time in the sun. This seems intuitive, but only 12 percent of Americans say protecting their eyes is their top priority when purchasing a pair of sunglasses, according to a new report from The Vision Council.

    The same study shows that Americans are lying about their sunglass use: While 72 percent of adults reported wearing sunglasses outside, an observational study confirmed that only 60 percent don them. What's more, 77 percent of adults say they wear them when they drive, but in reality, only 52 percent actually do!

    The Vision Council shares their DOs and DON'Ts to finding the perfect summer sunnies, and why you need to wear them:

    DO wear them in the early morning and in the late afternoon. Think 8 to 10 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. The most damaging rays for your eyes and exposing your

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  • 3 Quick Daily Moves that Secretly Tone Your Abs

    by Lexi Petronis


    Didn't have time to get to the gym today? Not a problem--you can still give your abs a solid workout doing the activities you do every day, anyway. (So now there's truly no excuses! Oh, well.)

    While driving, busing, or subway-ing to work: the perfect time for isometric contractions--if not traffic. Pull in your abs and contract them without holding your breath. Hold them in for at least two seconds and repeat for at least two songs on your iPod or the radio to get maximum benefit.

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    While waiting in line at the bank or the lunch line: Do leg lifts! With your feet two to three inches apart, contract your core muscles and slowly lift one leg no more than six inches off the ground while balancing on your other leg for 15 seconds. Stay straight and try not to wobble. Repeat with the other leg, switching between legs until you reach the front of the line.

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    While sitting at your

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  • Demi Lovato's Dream: To Make a Barbie with Her Own Body Type

    by Lexi Petronis


    Demi Lovato is already starting to make her wish list for her 21st birthday in August, and here's what's on it so far:

    Yep! She tweeted the wish for a more realistic Barbie to her more than 14 million followers, asking them to send the idea on to Barbie's official Twitter account.

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    With legs up-to-there and a teensy-tiny waist, Demi's right: Barbie's proportions aren't exactly what you'd call like a real woman's. In fact, according to rehabs.com, if she were a real woman, Barbie's skinny neck wouldn't even be able to lift her head, and only a few inches of intestine and half of a liver could fit into her 16-inch waist. Plus, her six-inch ankles and kids' size-3 feet wouldn't enable her to actually walk upright--she'd have to crawl around on all fours.

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    Rehabs.com reports that 1 in 10 children already has an eating disorder by the time they enter high school, and that

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  • One Reason We Eat the Whole Thing of Ice Cream when We're Depressed? We Can't Taste It!

    by Lexi Petronis


    photo by Romulo A Yanesphoto by Romulo A Yanes Do you turn to sweets and fatty foods when you're feeling down? I know, the sad-lady-eating-all-the-ice-cream is kind of a cliche that you see in basically every romantic comedy, ever--but a lot of us really do seek comfort in high-calorie, sugary foods when we're depressed. And now, a new study is showing why we might not be able to stop eating.

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    Researchers from the University of Wurzburg in Germany have discovered that temporary, strong emotions--like what you might feel after watching a super-sad movie--can actually hinder your ability to taste the fat in food.

    In the study, participants who were already feeling sad and anxious according to a survey on depression watched videos that had weepy story lines and others that had happy ones. After both, they drank creamy beverages that had different levels of fat in them. It turned out that they experienced stronger sensitivities to bitter, sweet, and sour tastes, but

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  • Quitting Coffee is Now a "Mental Health Disorder" (No Wonder it Makes Us Feel Bonkers)

    by Lexi Petronis


    photo by Romulo Yanesphoto by Romulo YanesHave you ever tried to quit caffeine? Oh, wow--when I did, I spent half of a day feeling weirdly jittery, nursing one of the worst headaches I've ever known, and dreaming of a very dark room.

    Yep, if you've ever gone through it, you know that caffeine withdrawal is a real thing. And now, American Psychiatric Association has included it in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. It has also termed another coffee-related affliction as a "mental health disorder": coffee intoxication.

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    Experts say that you'll officially be diagnosed if you suffer from three of the five symptoms: headache, fatigue or drowsiness, depressed mood or irritability, concentration difficulty, and flu-like symptoms such as nausea within 24 hours of quitting. So to avoid dealing with any of those nasty side effects, docs suggest drinking no more than 100mg of caffeine a day--about one coffee drink.

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  • Paris Jackson Has Been Hospitalized for a Possible Suicide Attempt

    by Megan Angelo


    photo by Charles Bushphoto by Charles BushPeople and TMZ are reporting that Paris Jackson has been hospitalized following a potential suicide attempt.

    The reports say that Paris, the 15-year-old daughter of the late Michael Jackson, was taken by ambulance from her Calabasas, Calif. home around 2 a.m. today.

    Paris has recently been spending time with birth mother Debbie Rowe--the two were spotted riding horses together last month. It was Rowe who confirmed to Entertainment Tonight today that Paris had indeed gone to the hospital. The exact nature of her medical condition at the time is still unclear.

    Last September, Paris told Glamour: "I love my dad, and I'm proud to be his daughter. I just don't think the title 'M.J.'s daughter' fits me. A lot of people think he's the only reason I'm making it, but I want to show that I do have talent and that I can make it if I try. I want to be my own person."

    This story is definitely still developing, and we wish Paris the best. Our thoughts are with her.

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  • 3 Ways to DIY a Sports Bra when You Can't Find Yours

    by Lexi Petronis


    SatoshiSatoshi It happened--again!--this weekend. The sports bra was nowhere to be found, and I'm not the kind of exerciser who's happy going without. So instead of skipping the run, I improvised. I found a semi-stretchy, mostly Spandex tank top at the back of a drawer, and folded it in half, upward (I figured the doubling of stretchy fabric would provide some extra support), and pinned it. Perfect? No--it didn't wick away sweat like a real sports bra, and things were a bit, er, jigglier than I might have preferred. But it passed!

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    Another possible sports bra stand-in: a bathing suit top. Not a string bikini, of course, but if you have a two-piece sporty swimsuit that's more for swimming than for sunning, it may have enough sports-bralike qualities to keep things in place. A word of caution, though: Some swimsuit fabrics aren't made for jumping up and down outside of water, so there's the possibility of chafing--yeowch. If you

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  • Counterfeit Condoms: How to Tell Real from Fake

    by Lexi Petronis


    CN Digital StudioCN Digital Studio So a huge international counterfeit condom ring was just busted in China. By "huge" I mean that 4.65 million packaged prophylactics--all bearing the names of real brand-name condoms--and another 1,100 pounds of unpackaged condoms were found at the scene.

    Um, wow. Counterfeit condoms.

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    Ladies, this may sound very "duh," but we don't want to be dealing with counterfeit condoms. One, because they're not regulated the way real condoms are. Two, they'll likely be made with cheap ingredients that you don't want anywhere near your body. Three, they are far less likely to protect against pregnancy or STDs.

    In fact, says Thomas Amedzra, head of drug enforcement at the Ghanaian Food and Drug Authority (FDA): "When we tested those condoms, we found that they are poor quality, can burst in the course of sexual activity, and have holes which expose the users to unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease."

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