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  • Studying Too Hard Could Hurt Your Workouts (but It's Not an Excuse to Stop Studying, BTW!)

    by Lexi Petronis

    Gray ReginaldGray ReginaldWhen your body is overtired, you know it--and it makes exercise that much more challenging to deal with. But new research shows that if your brain is overtired, it may make working out harder too, no matter how energized your body may be.

    The new study, by scientists from the University of Kent in England and the French Institute of Health and Medical Research, found that too much thinking leads to a kind of fatigue that makes your body tired and subsequent workouts shorter and more exhausting.

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    The research involved putting volunteers through a 90-minute computer test, where they watched letters flash by, counted them, and had to punch various keys--the test is known to induce mental fatigue, and, honestly, even writing about it is making me yawn. The volunteers also watched a relaxing 90-minute movie called Earth. After each event, the participants exercised at a specialized one-legged ergometer to the point of

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  • Fact: More People Skip the Gym in October Than Any Other Month! Here's How to Get Motivated

    by Lexi Petronis


    Kyle EricksenKyle EricksenYou'd think that cold months like February might be when people would rather do anything but make the trek to the gym and work out. But according to research from Gold's Gym, October is what they call a "fitness pitfall"--the slowest gym month of the year based on membership check-in data across all of their gyms, nationwide.

    It's not yet entirely clear why this is so--and, of course, it could be be that the not-too-hot, not-too-cold weather means more people are exercising outside than hitting the gym. Or maybe, now that we're starting to swap out sundresses for sweaters, it's a little easier to find an excuse not to work out. But still, a little motivation to get thee to the gym is never a bad thing, right? Here are a few ways to do it this month:

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    * Experiment with classes. Many gyms switch up their class schedules in the fall, adding all kinds of new classes--including things like hot spinning

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  • 4 Foods that Just Might Help Fight Against Breast Cancer

    by Lexi Petronis


    Romulo A YanesRomulo A YanesYour risk for breast cancer depends on a lot of different factors. Some of them--genetics, family history--are things you can't change. But other risk factors come from what your lifestyle is like...for example, smoking or lack of exercise. And some research shows that diet can play a role too--but not always in a negative way. In fact, some foods may actually help provide protection against breast cancer.

    Pumpkin and sunflower seeds: A study of thousands of breast cancer patients and thousands of women without breast cancer found that the more of these seeds--which contain high amounts of plant estrogen-like compounds--that were eaten, the less risk there was of developing breast cancer after menopause.

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    Green tea: Some research has suggested that green tea might help women with breast cancer by limiting the growth of the tumor. The polyphenols in the tea could possibly cut down the proteins that

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  • The Month of the Year You're Most Likely to Get Pregnant

    by Shaun Dreisbach


    Getty ImagesGetty Images Yes, you read that right--more women conceive in November than in any other month. How we know: Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta shows that August is the most common birth month; backtrack 40 weeks, and that means sperm is meeting egg soon.

    So why November? The spike could be rooted in our animal instincts to seal the deal before heading into winter hibernation, but science hasn't proved that theory. Other likely causes: Couples have more sex when it's chilly outside in general, says Glamour contributor Katharine O'Connell White, M.D., chief of the division of general obstetrics and gynecology at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. Factor in the drinking that's common as the holidays begin, she adds, and you have fewer inhibitions and more sex. Plus, with holiday travel, it's easy to forget your birth control. ("This happens a lot," says Dr. O'Connell White.)

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    But

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  • A New, Easy Trick to Keep Your Wine Portions Under Control

    by Lexi Petronis

    photo: Romulo A Yanesphoto: Romulo A Yanes When you're watching calories, alcohol is one of those sneaky things. I mean, there are some possible health benefits associated with a glass of two of vino--the reservatrol in red wine specifically may help keep your heart healthy--but it's easy to overpour and wind up drinking a lot more than you meant to. Eyeballing a 5-ounce serving isn't always easy.

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    According to new research from Iowa State and Cornell universities published in Substance Use and Misuse, there may be an easy trick to pouring less: Use a narrow glass and pour the wine while the glass is sitting on the table.

    And the researchers of the small study also found that people who pour wine while holding wider glasses in their hands tended to drink more. Why? The results of the study found that people tend to focus more on measuring the vertical than the horizontal--so when you drink from a narrower glass, your brain thinks that you're

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  • Yum, It's Pumpkin Latte Season! Here's How They All Stack Up

    by Lexi Petronis


    Robert Mitra/WWD Just about every time I try to write "pumpkin" I end up writing "pumpking," which probably shows you how I feel about pumpkin flavors. I basically think they rule.

    And I know I'm not the only one! Take, for example, the return of pumpkin lattes to the counters of coffeehouses (and fast-food restaurants--McDonald's just added its own!) all around--they're seriously everywhere. But how do they stack up against one another, nutrition-wise? Here are some comparisons. (Each one listed here is approximately the same size and is calculated based on a drink made with skim or nonfat milk, but I included whipped cream. Obviously, if you choose whole or soy milk, or skip the whip, the nutrition counts will change a bit.)

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    Starbucks Tall Pumpkin Spice Latte (made with nonfat milk, with whipped cream):
    Per 12-oz. serving
    Calories: 260
    Total Fat: 6g
    Saturated Fat: 4g
    Cholesterol: 30mg
    Sodium: 0mg
    Total Carbohydrates:

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  • Calling All Peanut Butter Lovers! the Sticky Snack May Boost Your Breast Health

    by Lexi Petronis

    Stephanie FoleyStephanie FoleyDid your mom or dad pack you plenty of PB&Js in your lunchbox? Well, job well done, parents--those peanutty sandwiches may have done a small part in improving your overall breast health.

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    New research from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Harvard Medical School has found that, in a study of more than 9,000 girls (from the ages of 9 to 15) who ate peanut butter or nuts twice a week or more, 39 percent were less likely to form benign breast disease by the time they turned 30. (Benign breast disease is noncancerous, but it raises the risk of later developing breast cancer.)

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    The researchers aren't exactly sure why this could be--they think it might possibly because eating peanut butter or nuts takes the place of reaching for other, junkier foods (earlier studies have linked peanut butter, nut, and vegetable fats to lower breast

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  • The Healthiest Late-Night Snacks, when You're Feeling Nom-my at Bedtime

    by Lexi Petronis


    Yanes,Romulo AYanes,Romulo A In general, my time-to-eat clock shuts down for duty around 9 P.M. But not always! Last night, I'm pretty sure I logged as much time pondering the contents of the fridge as I did working (which was the reason I was up and snack-ish in the first place).

    But some snacks are better for nighttime eating than others. Leftover pizza? Ice cream? Delish--but not exactly the best for your belly just before you go to sleep. Generally, you want to stick with a snack around 200 calories (anything more than that starts to tread into actual meal territory), with bonus points if they're not empty-nutrients are as important pre-bedtime as they are the rest of the day.

    And--interestingly!--there may be some benefits to eating a snack before bed. Some studies have shown that it could help keep you from overeating the next morning and maybe even give your metabolism a nighttime boost.

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    Strawberry shake. Not made with ice cream,

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  • How to Throw a Totally Gourmet but Healthy Tailgating Party

    by Lexi Petronis


    Yanes,Romulo AYanes,Romulo AThere's no reason to resort to the same-old, same-old at a tailgating party. I mean, just because you're stuck in a parking lot doesn't mean you can't get a little fancy--and still be healthful about it.

    That's why nutritionist Rania Batayneh, MPH, author of The One One Diet, came up with these smart snacks for your next tailgate:

    * "Replace boring crackers and bulky breads with all-natural Old London Melba Snacks. These flavorful snacks have a gratifying crunch and baked, whole-grain goodness to keep you full and satisfied. Old London Melba Snacks have fewer calories, less fat and sugar, and more fiber and protein than regular crackers. The Sea Salt flavor is my favorite--I like to serve the snacks sweet with goat cheese or figs and honey, or savory with lox and cream cheese."

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    * "Just two tablespoons of America's favorite dip--blue cheese or ranch--will set you back 140 calories and 14 grams of

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  • Stock Up on These Amazing Fall Superfoods (You'll Be so Glad You Did!)

    by Lexi Petronis


    Romulo YanesGet your shopping list ready! Now that it's officially fall--believe it or not--it's time to get your hands on some of the season's yummiest superfoods. Like...

    Brussels sprouts: There are days I swear I could live on brussels sprouts alone--they can be so good (just check out this recipe!). Plus, they're high in vitamin K, folate, and iron.

    Apples: Did you know that apple skin is filled with heart-healthy flavonoids? It's true! You can eat them raw, of course, or sprinkled over your salad...there are tons of ways to enjoy them. And chopping them up and putting them into a healthy apple pie totally counts--just keep those skins on.

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    Cauliflower: With compounds that may help prevent cancer, tons of vitamin C, and phytonutrients that may even lower cholesterol levels, it's kind of amazing how good cauliflower can be for you. You can even use it to make faux rice, mashed potatoes, or chips.

    Pears: Juicy pears are

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