• Well, this means there's a positive side to all this freezing weather!We already know that sitting at our desks all day every day is doing us a big disservice when it comes to our weight loss goals. Seriously-how many people can actually say they get in 10,000 or more steps on an average workday? Studies have even shown that sitting for more than three hours per day can cut your life short. And now, a surprising January 2014 study gives us another reason to get up out of our cozy office chairs and venture outside-especially when it's cold.

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    According to researchers writing in the Cell Press publication Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism, the warm indoor environments in which we spend most of our time could be partially to blame for our expanding waistlines. One of the article's authors, Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt of Maastricht University Medical Center in The Netherlands, says that considering how much time we spend indoors, he and his team thought it was worth exploring how the thermostat-controlled

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  • Courtesy of Getty ImagesCourtesy of Getty ImagesBy K. Aleisha Fetters

    Friendly competition is one thing, but these Olympic-grade, tabloid-worthy rivalries take things to a whole new level.

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    Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding
    The Rivalry: Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding had skated together on the U.S. team for years, but it was obvious each wanted gold, especially as time progressed and Harding's career became marked by increasingly more blunders -- typically involving a wardrobe malfunction that would stop her mid-performance.

    The Tipping Point: At the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which was held less than two months before the Winter Games, an attacker clubbed Kerrigan's knee in the women's locker room with a metal baton, preventing her from skating. It turned out the attack had been planned by Harding's ex-husband and her bodyguard. Kerrigan, who had largely recovered by the Games, finished second. Harding, who was inexplicably allowed to compete, fell during her routine and missed

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  • Refinery29By Justin Sedor, Refinery29

    For years, we've been hearing that diet soda gives you cancer. Aspartame, the calorie-free artificial sweetener used in most diet drinks, was long thought to be a carcinogen, a theory that was used by many health advocates to scare us all out of our Diet Coke habits. It didn't work, of course - and, anyway, just last month, European health officials published findings suggesting that aspartame is perfectly safe for human consumption. Millions of diet-soda fiends rejoiced and all was well in the low-cal kingdom.

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    Well, with another day comes another scary warning about diet soda. Recent testing by Consumer Reports suggests that the artificial caramel coloring used in many diet sodas could contain unsafe levels of a chemical by-product that many experts believe to be carcinogenic. It's called 4-methylimidazole, or 4-Mel, and was found in high levels in a number of diet-soda samples bought in

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  • By Farhana Nazir, Refinery29 Years_Spent_At_Your_Desk There's nothing worse than those days when there never seems to be a moment to step away from your desk (who has time to pee, let along take a walk to grab some lunch). But, while all work and no play can make Jane a very dull girl, it might also be causing her some serious health problems. A recent article in The Washington Post chronicles in careful detail the negative effects of sitting for nearly eight hours a day (which is exactly how long the average American spends seated).

    Four experts weighed in - and their list of ailments is long: Sitting for too long can increase your risk for heart disease, colon cancer, and poor circulation. And, that's just the beginning. Complaints of an inflexible spine, strained neck, and soft bones are common, along with reduced brain function, or "foggy" brain, limp glutes, and "mushy" abs (ugh).

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    Turns out, the Brits are no better at standing up and stepping away during

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  • Your next pot of soup will be your tastiest yet.Your next pot of soup will be your tastiest yet.

    Chilly winter months call for the quintessential cozy dinner: soup. Make sure you're simmering up your most delicious and healthiest pot by avoiding these common mistakes.

    1. Boiling instead of simmering
    You want a small bubble or two to rise to the surface of the liquid every few seconds. More than that and your meat and vegetables will come out dry and overcooked.

    2. Not using enough salt
    Nothing is as crucial as seasoning correctly. Taste as you go. While you can use a recipe as a guideline, learn to trust your own tastebuds.

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    3. Ignoring water
    Think you can't make a delicious soup because you don't have broth? Just use water instead. Trust me on this one. In fact, you're better off using water than an inferior broth loaded with sodium. Before you dump in a can or container of broth, taste it. If you wouldn't eat it as is, why would you want to add it your soup? You may even find you prefer soups made

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  • Move from occasional buds to BFFs with advice from our relationship experts.Move from occasional buds to BFFs with advice from our relationship experts.

    1. Find the time
    Build a get-together into your schedule (join a committee or attend weekly yoga together), so you see each other regularly. "Then after class, get a smoothie or tea to spend quality time talking and sharing," says Shasta Nelson, CEO of GirlFriendCircles.com, a women's friendship matching site. Most women consider someone a friend after six to eight interactions -- about two months into the weekly fitness routine.

    2. Pump up the positive
    Vent sessions and heart-to-hearts are healthy, but in moderation. Compliment your friend on an accomplishment, try something new together, and take photos. "Powerhouse female friendships are relationships where women are cheering, supporting and both publicly and privately affirming each other," Nelson says.

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    3. Use (don't abuse) social media
    Liking a pal's post or leaving her a quick note is a great way to remind a friend you're thinking of her, but don't let your

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  • Getty ImagesYou finally have a legitimate reason not to respond to a late-night email from your boss: According to a new study conducted by Michigan State University, people who use their phones for work-related purposes after 9 p.m. don't sleep that well and are less productive the following day.

    "We studied work-related phone calls, emails, and text messages because engaging in work before bed doesn't allow people to disengage from their day, unlike more relaxing activities like texting with a friend," lead study author Russell Johnson, an assistant professor of management, tells Yahoo Shine. "We chose to study 9 p.m. because studies show that most people fall asleep anywhere between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m."

    Interestingly, when compared to people who engaged in other stimulating activities, such as watching "excessive" amounts of television before bed (two hours of viewing or more), those who used their phones slept the worst. "Smartphones are the most disruptive gadgets because they're portable, so

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  • by Anna Maltby

    Greg DelvesGreg Delves
    If it feels like you have no willpower at the end of a long, tiring day (pass the barbecue chips, right?!), think again, suggests an opinion piece recently published in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences. The authors say that while self-control is harder for us in moments of fatigue, we still do have some. It's not that we can't control ourselves, but rather that we don't feel like it.

    "When people are 'depleted' or fatigued, they experience a change in motivational priorities such that they attend to and work less for things they feel obliged to do and attend to and work more for things they want to do -- things they like doing," lead author Michael Inzlicht, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough, told SELF.

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    That's significant, Dr. Inzlicht says, because it's counter to both popular belief and what some psychologists have been preaching for some time now.

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  • Esther Sung

    Juicing 101Juicing 101Juicing. Seems like everyone's doing it, and not just the rich and famous. Going to the grocery store or the gym, more and more branded bottles are for sale, and brick and mortar juiceries keep opening up. It's as if the thirst can't be quenched. So, to help you--the home cook--get going, we put together our own juicing story with easy-to-follow tips to get you going. Also, we've gathered some of our favorite juice cleanse recipes, including several from New York City's Juice Generation and Southern California's Ritual Cleanse. So other than the initial cost of equipment and ingredients, why should you try juicing? Well, here are several reasons that I personally find compelling.

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    1. Drinking fresh-pressed juices can increase your daily consumption of fruits and vegetables. Now, I love to eat fresh fruit and vegetables. The taste, texture, smells--they're unique and add variety. But there are those days when taking in the recommended 1 1/2 cups

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  • The Real Cost of Those Sleepless NightsThe Real Cost of Those Sleepless NightsGet a group of moms with young children together and the conversation will eventually turn to the subject of sleep; who's getting it, how are you getting it, and when will I get it. It's expected that parents won't get sleep when their kids are young, but I was surprised how little the moms with kids past kindergarten are sleeping.

    One friend recently showed us her sleep chart that was logged on her Fitbit, a bracelet that measures your steps taken, calories burned, and the amount of minutes asleep. It also measures the hours awake. She had almost as many hours awake as asleep, logging only 4 hours of actual sleep with wakefulness interspersed.

    I don't know how she can function, but according to the New York Times, she's not alone. According to the National Sleep Foundation, "Between 50 and 70 million people in the United States suffer from some form of chronic sleep disorder."

    Lack of sleep can cause irritability, memory loss, and slowed reaction time. I know this happens

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