• Falling behind no matter how early you wake up? Here's how to get focused faster.

    By Corrie Pikul
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    As Soon as You Throw off the Covers

    What to do: Pull on extra layers.

    What it does: Turning up the heat makes it hard to stay sleepy. Body temperature naturally tends to drop when we're in the deepest part of our sleep cycle, which is two hours before we wake up, says Rafael Pelayo, MD, a sleep specialist at the Stanford University Sleep Medicine Center. That's why those hours of sleep right before the alarm goes off tend to be the most cozy.

    How it makes you more productive: Your body will feel literally warmed-up and ready to go, and your mind will follow.

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    If You Usually Stumble Around Like a Zombie (Even After a Full Night of Sleep)

    What to do: Shift your sleep schedule to match your circadian rhythms. It sounds like your alarm is currently jerking you out of low-wave sleep, putting you in a state of

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  • Cinnamon is one of those ingredients we always have on hand in our pantries. Whether we're making a breakfast treat for the kids or baking oatmeal-raisin cookies, cinnamon has a comfortable place in our kitchens. It's far more versatile than nutmeg (although, to be fair, nutmeg is a necessity for béchamel sauce), and it has a long shelf life, making it a consistent presence on the spice rack. But it's not just delicious in apple pies or buttered toast. It's been suggested that cinnamon is chock full of health benefits. Ancient Chinese medicine has long valued cinnamon for its medical value, and now that holistic treatments and home remedies are so in vogue, we're paying more attention to the capabilities of the bark-turned-spice. While the following claims should be taken with a grain of salt (or a pinch of cinnamon), the following are some widely-held beliefs about the health benefits of cinnamon:

    1. The spice's aroma has been said to boost mood, cognitive function and

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  • I have a love-hate relationship with the core-strengthening exercises my yoga instructor never fails to introduce at some point during our 90-minute session. Although I know the region-specific workout is important and an indicator of overall fitness ability, it's hard! It burns!

    We're told that strengthening the core is the key to having a strong back, to lifting correctly, and to ultimately burning more fat. And Dr. Andrew Cappuccino, a reknowned spinal surgeon in Western New York, explains that abdominal work is a huge component of exercise after a back injury.

    When discussing two primary well-known back exercises, the Williams' Flexion Series and the McKenzie Exercises, Dr. Cappuccino so frequently brings up the word core that I ask him if having a strong tummy means you're less likely to get injured in the first place. Absolutely, he tells me. "Literature is replete with studies that show the better the integrity of the core, the less instance of wear and tear injury," he

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  • Are you sitting down? A new study shows women are better than men at multitasking. Shocking, we know. (Though, to be fair, the researchers also suggest there are certain advantages to men's "one-track mind"-but we'll get to that later).

    Psychologists from the Universities of Leeds, Glasgow, and Hertfordshire decided to test the common assumption that women are better "jugglers" than men. It does seem a rather presumptuous theory, once based on a vision of a Susie Homemaker-type cooking dinner, answering the phone, and keeping one eye on the kids as they finish their homework. Nowadays, for working moms negotiating job responsibilities, showing up to the kids' plays, and caring for infirm parents, the notion seems less sexist, more just plain fact. (Of course, the study tested a small sample set, and there are definitely tons of dads who keep just as many balls in the air quite gracefully.

    However, there is "astonishingly" little empirical evidence to support the claim that women

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  • 5 Ways to Stay Active & Healthy at a Desk Job5 Ways to Stay Active & Healthy at a Desk JobOf all the dangerous career possibilities out there, one of the jobs most likely to make you sick is a desk job. While you may have found a stable job with a decent salary, it could actually be putting you at risk. Research shows the paycheck and benefits of a sedentary job come with higher medical costs and an 82% increase of dying from cardiovascular disease.

    The occupational hazards of desk jobs rank right up there with firefighters, pilots, and construction work. Who knew? Unfortunately for my husband and I, our salary greatly depends on spending hours upon hours at our desk. I write, he codes, and it's all done at a computer. Ergonomic keyboards and desk chairs have nothing on reduced activity levels. So, we have to get a little more creative to stay active and healthy with our 40-hours-at-a-desk job.

    Here are 5 ways to lower your health risks with a desk job:

    1. Take frequent breaks.
    Get up at least once an hour to walk around, even if only for a minute or two. You

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  • Frances Chan. Photo: FacebookA 92-pound Yale University student has finally ended her face-off with school officials who spent months insisting that she either gain weight or be suspended. And Frances Chan, 20, who contends she never had an eating disorder to begin with but is simply genetically thin, could not be more relieved.

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    “It felt really bad to be this powerless,” the student told the New Haven Register Sunday. “I ate ice cream twice a day. I ate cookies. I used elevators instead of walking up stairs. But I don’t really gain any weight.”

    Chan’s problems with the Ivy League school began back in September, when she went to Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven to have a breast lump checked. Though the lump was benign, it led to Yale Health, the student health center, scrutinizing her general health and, in particular, her low weight.

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  • Hair-removal beauty brand Veet is coming under fire for its latest ad campaign, titled "Don't Risk Dudeness," which portrays women who haven't shaved their body hair as men. In one of the commercials, a guy wakes up in bed next to his girlfriend — only to discover that she's now a large, bearded man since she hasn't shaved her legs since (gasp) yesterday.

    Earlier this week, the company told its more than 300,000 Facebook fans to be on the lookout for Veet's new ad campaign, which would premiere during Monday night's episode of "Dancing with the Stars." Now, that same Facebook page is full of angry comments from women who don't like the way the company is using gender stereotypes to sell their products.

    "This commercial is incredibly offensive. For a company geared toward women you should be ashamed of yourself for sending out such a sexist message," wrote one Facebook user.

    "Your new ad campaign sucks. Real dudes love their women regardless of when they last shaved," added another.

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  • The redesign has been praised by many food-industry insiders and reviled by some (Newt Gingrich calls it "symbolic liberalism"). We question whether it will make a real difference.

    By: Ian Landau

    FDA food labelingFDA food labeling

    A few weeks ago, First Lady Michelle Obama, head of the Let's Move campaign, and FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg announced proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts panels that adorn the labels of packaged foods. You know, the ones that tell you a 20-ounce bottle of Coke Classic contains close to twice as much sugar as a Three Musketeers bar.

    The new changes include:

    1) Distinguishing the number of grams of added sugars from naturally occurring sugars

    2) Updating serving-size amounts to more accurately reflect current (read: usually larger) serving sizes compared to 20 years ago (like upping a serving of ice cream from a paltry quarter cup to a cup).

    3) Making the calories and servings-per-container lines bigger and bolder. Dropping calories from fat to reflect the latest

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  • Running is not only great for the soul but good for your health.
    By Jennifer Van Allen, Runner's World

    You've probably heard it said that exercise is medicine. You might've also heard recently, that running may not be so good for you after all. Despite recent reports that too much or too little running can drastically shorten life spans, there's a raft of scientific evidence proving that regular exercise (150 minutes per week, which is about 30 minutes five times per week)--and running in particular--has health benefits that extend well beyond any pill a doctor could prescribe. Studies have shown that running can help prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, some cancers, and a host of other unpleasant conditions. What's more, scientists have shown that running also vastly improves the quality of your emotional and mental life, and even helps you live longer. Here's how:

    PLUS: The 5 Health Tests You Need to Ace This Year

    1. Running makes you

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  • Read this before you raid the fridge
    By Kenny Thapoung, Women's Health

    Your stomach's the ultimate prankster: It can trick you into believing you're jonesing for food when really, you don't need the sustenance at all. Well, we're not falling for it anymore--and you won't be either after you get this need-to-know intel.

    You're Dehydrated

    Guzzling water doesn't speed up weight loss, but skimping on H2O can make you confuse thirst for hunger, according to experts. Luckily, we've got 10 ways you can drink more water.

    Q&A: Can Water Really Help You Lose Weight?

    You're Constantly Looking at #FoodPorn
    Unfortunately, your favorite Instagram pastime isn't so great for your waistline. A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience found that seeing images of crazy-delicious food activates the brain's reward center and can cause you to overeat.

    You're Not Catching Enough Z's
    Sleep deprivation makes food look extra appetizing, causing you to feel hungrier and reach for

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