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  • 5 Ways to Breathe Easier

    By Amy Levin-Epstein

    5 Ways to Breathe Easier5 Ways to Breathe Easier"Take a deep breath." "Just breathe." Everyone from our yoga instructor to our mother has given us this advice at some point. But how many of us actually heed that suggestion? Wild child Lindsay Lohan went as far as to have the word "breathe" inked on her inner wrist a few years back. Here's how to actually breathe better-no tattooing necessary!

    While You Work

    Breathe Out: Are you literally holding your breath at the office-or all day at home with kids-and, as a result, skyrocketing your blood pressure and stress levels? A British study found that workers who were chronically stressed were 68 percent more likely to die of heart disease, suffer from a nonfatal heart attack or experience chest pain as opposed to those who were happy worker bees.

    Breathe In: According to research from the University of Oregon, meditation helps slow the release of cortisol, which the body produces in response to stress. Plus, the study's test group showed signs of less

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  • The Truth About Strength Training

    By Abigail L. Cuffey

    Don't fear the dumbbells-strength training is not only beneficial for women, it's essential. As women age, they naturally lose muscle that's important for overall body functioning, says Polly de Mille, a clinical exercise physiologist and administrative director of the Women's Sports Medicine Center at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Incorporating strength training-which means using some sort of resistance to get stronger-into your weekly routine will replace this necessary muscle. And don't worry: Contrary to popular belief, you won't end up looking like Mr. T!

    Not sure it's for you? Think again. Here are the full-body health benefits:

    1. Bone density
    Weight-bearing exercise is the way to go in order to build strong bones and avoid fractures, says Felicia Cosman, MD, president of the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

    2. Brain function
    In a recent study of women ages 65 to 75, those who did just an hour or two of strength

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  • Get Smart About Sugar

    By Woman's Day Staff

    Get Smart About SugarGet Smart About Sugar

    Photo: © Tara Donne

    These days, it's not uncommon for a particular food to capture the public's attention in a big way-sometimes because it's thought to be oh-so-good for you (oatmeal) and other times, just the opposite (stick margarine).

    Soon enough, however, the spotlight fades, another "it" food steps up to the plate and the cycle begins again. One of the few foods to buck this trend is sugar-nutrition's bad penny, if you will. Weight-loss diets treat it like battery acid, and the USDA's Dietary Guidelines advise us to moderate our intake. It's no wonder artificial sweeteners and other sugar substitutes are such hot commodities. The question is, are these sugar alternatives all they're cracked up to be, or are we better off eating moderate amounts of the real thing?

    "Added" vs. "Natural"

    Before getting into amounts and alternatives, it's important to note that there are two main types of "real" sugar: added and natural. Added sugars are, as the

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  • How to Pick Sunglasses

    By Abigail L. Cuffey

    How to Pick SunglassesHow to Pick SunglassesThe sun can do serious damage to your eyes, raising your risk of sight-robbing conditions like cataracts and macular degeneration. Here's how to pick sunglasses that truly protect.

    1. Scrutinize labels. There's no industry standard for UV labels, so it's hard to know if they're accurate, says Madeline L. Romeu, OD, UV advisor for the American Optometric Association. The safest bet: Pick sunglasses that say "99% or 100% ultraviolet blocking," instead of just "UV protection."

    2. Go dark. If you look in a mirror and can easily see your eyes through the lenses, the glasses probably won't block enough light.

    3. Fit matters. Make sure the frames aren't too loose. If they slide down your nose, damaging sunlight will stream in from the top and sides.

    4. If possible, go to a pro. It costs a little more, but buying from an eyeglass shop (such as LensCrafters) instead of a stand in the mall means a technician can check the UV protection capabilities of the

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  • 10 Things Women Can Learn From Men

    By Brendan Tapley

    If we're lucky, our relationships become the best classes we can enroll in-and our husband or wife our most transformative teacher. Real intimacy, after all, is a powerful mirror, and often what our partner reflects back to us are the qualities we have long desired in order to become more balanced, whole and authentic. In that spirit, what follows are 10 things men can teach women. Not the typical inventory of boardroom strategies, this list instead examines the deeper ways men shape themselves that in turn may help keep you in better shape.

    1. Self-Focus
    Men are routinely criticized for putting themselves and their interests first, but this criticism is often leveled by women who have been wrongly taught that personal passions detract from others-where their attention should be focused. Self-focus, unlike selfishness, is guided by a healthy desire to fill one's well. A well that, when full, not only leads to a richer experience of living but also will

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  • The Best Times to Save on Everything

    By Mary Hunt

    Extreme bargain hunters have something in common: timing. No matter what they're trying to save on, they've got it down to a science, knowing specific days (and even the exact time of day) when a bargain is at its best. Want to save thousands? Listen to their deal-hunting secrets.

    Hotel Rooms

    Best time to book a room? 4 p.m. local time on a Sunday, says CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg. Calling then can save you significantly, but the process can be tricky, so follow these steps:

    1. Call the hotel's local direct line, not the 800 number. The 800 number will connect you to a clearinghouse that books rooms for hundreds of locations. "The people who answer those phones don't have the power to give you a better deal," says Greenberg.

    2. Don't ask to speak with Reservations-that will only get you routed back through to the 800-number clearinghouse. Instead, ask to speak to the manager on duty. He has the authority to negotiate rates.

    3. Be courteous.

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  • The Best Sex Positions for Every Situation

    By Sarah Joi

    The Best Sex Positions for Every SituationThe Best Sex Positions for Every SituationGot pain? Pregnancy wishes? Confidence issues in the sack? We have a position for all that! We spoke to top female sexual health experts to hear their recommendations about the best positions for the most common sexual health concerns. Get ready to meet your new favorite moves.

    The Best Position for Baby-Making
    While it's true that you can get pregnant from all kinds of sexual positions, there is one that health experts frequently recommend as the way to increase your odds of becoming pregnant, and that's the "missionary" position (male on top) with a "pelvic tilt," says Amy Levine, a New York City-based sex coach, certified sexuality educator and founder of "Putting a pillow under the tush can help elevate your pelvis, and create a slide effect-providing an easy path for his swimmers to make their way through your cervix on their journey to your ovum," she says. "Typically, women who try this tend to maximize the ejaculation, since it stays in

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  • How to Say No to Anything

    By Kimberly Fusaro

    Sometimes a tiny little word-N-O-is the most difficult one to say. No matter how hard you try to be strong-willed, you've likely found yourself stumbling over those two letters-or worse, agreeing to do something because you can't spit them out. But there's no need to say yes when you're feeling the exact opposite. We thought up 10 no-worthy scenarios and got relationship and etiquette experts' tips on how to finally put your foot down.

    Your mother-in-law wants to drop off her three cats while she's out of town for a long weekend.
    Assuming you've taken in her four-legged friends in the past, your goal here is to change her expectations for the future. While blaming an allergy-prone visitor might work this time, she's going to get suspicious if the same friend is in town every time her cats need somewhere to rest their paws. Skip the white lies and be direct. If you can't be the solution, offer to help find one, urges Sylvia Lafair, PhD, author of Don't

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  • A Star is Born—Just Not with That Name

    By Amanda Greene

    It's not uncommon for stars to change their names before making it big. Whether to avoid confusion (one comedian's birth name was Albert Einstein) or to add that special star quality (another famous heartthrob upgraded from Archie Leach), swapping out given names is a time-honored Hollywood tradition. Read on to see if you know which well-known stars have given the term "name dropping" a whole new meaning.

    Albert Brooks (Birth name: Albert Einstein)

    Through his first year of college, actor Albert Brooks was known by his birth name, Albert Einstein (no relation). To avoid confusion with the famous scientist, the actor chose Brooks, a family name, when he began his stand-up comedy career. The name switch was an obvious move for him: When asked why he did it, he replied: "Do I even have to answer?" Photo by Retna.

    Ben Kingsley (Birth name: Krishna Bhanji)

    The Academy Award winner was born in England as Krishna Pandit Bhanji-Krishna is the name of a Hindu

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  • 6 Ways to Decorate with Nature

    By Jean Nayar

    Why not make the most of nature's bounty by bringing it indoors to create artful accents for your home? In just minutes you can transform those graceful leaves, textured twigs and beautiful blossoms into a keepsake that can last for seasons to come. Here are some easy ways to decorate with elements from nature.

    1. Branching Out
    Transform a cheap, dorm-style lamp into a sculptural focal point by adorning its spindle base with a collection of cut branches. Gather five or six dry fallen tree branches, cut them with a handsaw to the height of the lamp base and sand the ends. Clean and dry the branches, then apply several thin even coats of paint to each branch, letting it dry between coats. Use a hot glue gun to affix the branches to the base.

    Photographed for Woman's Day by John Gruen

    2. A Feast for the Eyes
    Indulge the foodie in your family with framed images of eye-appealing edibles. Simply snap shots of vegetables, fruits or spices against

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