• 16 Health Secrets Olympians Know

    You'll never need to land a triple toe loop or steer a rocketing bobsled (we hope), but how to eat for energy, unkink your back, and smile away nerves? Those kinds of tips could come in handy, so we got them from 10 spectacular Winter Olympians. Thanks, ladies, and good luck out there. By Caitlin Moscatello, REDBOOK.

    Lindsey Vonn1. Power up with a parfait
    "Before a workout, I'll have Greek yogurt with almonds, blueberries, and pineapple. The yogurt has the perfect mix of protein and fat, the fruit provides carbs, and almonds add an energizing boost of omega-3 fats." -Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn, 29, who won the women's downhill at the 2010 Olympics

    2. Beat anxiety with RPMs
    "A few minutes of meditation gives me more clarity and focus, and it's as rejuvenating as caffeine. But it's so easy to skip it if I don't do it first thing. So I live by the RPM rule: Rise, pee, meditate. In that order."-Snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler, 32

    3. Forgive yourself to turn around a mistake more quickly

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  • Are you accidentally overdosing on sugar?When you're trying to eat right, there are a lot of obvious nutritional potholes to avoid. Packaged donuts. French fries. White bread. You might miss them, but you know it's worth it to steer clear. It's even more of a bummer to learn that some of the things you thought were good for you (or at least OK for you) are actually sabotaging your efforts.

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    Too much added sugar or added syrup (that is, added to foods rather than part of them) is bad for your body-and bad for your beauty, too. Sugar is quickly absorbed, and high levels of sugar in your blood can hamper the function of important proteins-for example, making hemoglobin unable to properly deliver oxygen to your tissues. Further, if you eat too much sugar and produce too much fat from that, your body can build up what's called insulin resistance, which is one step away from type 2 diabetes. High blood sugar also disrupts the lining of your arteries and causes dangerous

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  • 5 Best Weight-Loss Apps

    By Josue Ledesma Cheapism.com

    Accountability is key in any weight-loss program. With most of us carrying a smartphone everywhere, diet apps make that possible at every moment of the day and night. But with hundreds of diet apps on the market, deciding on the best can be a bit much. In updating our list from last year we discovered a couple of newcomers that feature some nifty elements.

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    My Fitness Pal Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker. Ranking first on our list again for 2014, this diet app from My Fitness Pal provides calorie counts for more than 3.5 million foods and 300 exercises, a goal and calorie tracking tool, and a barcode scanner. Unlike other diet apps, all the features are free and built-in.

    It's hard to ignore the convenience of Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker. Data is backed up in the cloud so it's easily accessible through your computer or the app itself. You can customize your goals and receive reports based on your progress

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  • Michelle Obama turns 50 on Friday, and it’s a milestone she’ll celebrate in true “Let’s Move” fashion with a dance bash at the White House on Saturday. But the first lady has been in a festive mood for a while now. “I have never felt more confident in myself, more clear on who I am as a woman,” she told Parade recently. “But I am constantly thinking about my own health and making sure that I’m eating right and getting exercise and watching the aches and pains. I want to be this really fly 80-, 90-year-old.” Seems like a pretty likely scenario for the energetic, über-achieving “mom in chief.” But let’s not rush it. Instead, here’s a look back at the life and rise of Mrs. Obama, née Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, who once noted, “There’s nothing magical about my background.” Plenty that’s inspiring, though. See our special Happy Birthday slide show here.

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  • by Locke Hughes for SHAPE.com

    How to overcome any tough situationHow to overcome any tough situation

    "Get over it." The trite advice seems easy, but it's a struggle to put situations such as a brutal breakup, a backstabbing friend, or the loss of a loved one in the past. "When something has caused you real emotional pain, it can be extremely hard to move on," says Rachel Sussman, a relationship expert and author of The Breakup Bible. "These events can trigger larger psychological issues, which can take a long time to reconcile."

    Tough as it can be to work through things, it's worth it, for both your mental and physical health. "Holding on to negative emotions leads to chronic stress and depression, which studies have linked to weight gain, an increased risk of heart disease, and other serious health problems," says Cynthia Ackrill, M.D., a physician specializing in neuroscience and stress management.

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    So take a deep breath and get ready to let go of your emotional baggage. While overcoming a Read More »from How to Overcome Life's Toughest Situations
  • by Anna Matlby

    Bill DiodatoBill DiodatoIf you're young and fit, type 2 diabetes may not be on your radar -- but it might be in the future. The disease has seen an epidemic-proportion increase in prevalence in the U.S. over the last few decades, and it's currently the seventh leading cause of death. Scary, right?

    Well, here's some awesome news on how you can beat it: Muscle-strengthening exercise may significantly reduce your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Researchers in PLoS Medicine report this week that middle-aged and older women who completed more than 150 minutes per week of muscle-strengthening activity (that's about 2.5 yoga classes' worth!) had a 30 to 40 percent lower risk for type 2 diabetes than did women who did zero muscle-strengthening work. That's pretty cool, because while we already knew that aerobic exercise helps reduce T2D risk, we weren't sure if anaerobic exercise had a link to the disease.

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    "While it is well established

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  • by Joanne Chen

    Chris CraymerChris CraymerRelax. Seriously. Stress -- even the energizing kind -- can sap glow and bring on breakouts and other ugly issues. One secret? Devote one workout a week to your mind.

    Essentially, you're strength training your brain. Meditation and yoga don't just relieve stress, they also buffer against it, reveals a study published in Psychosomatic Medicine. It compared yoga novices with regular practitioners of Hatha yoga (which involves breath control and meditation). They found that the beginners had 41 percent higher levels of a stress-related protein in the blood than the pros. And novices were five times as likely to have higher levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation that may be linked to acne and conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

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    The De-stress Rx: "A few minutes a day of meditating is all you need to build neural connections that say, 'Hey, calm down,'" says Nina Smiley, Ph.D., coauthor of The Three Minute Meditator. Read More »from Stop Stressing: It Messes with Your Skin!
  • The American College of Emergency Physicians grades U.S emergency medical care at a D+.The American College of Emergency Physicians grades U.S emergency medical care at a D+.

    By: Darria Long Gillespie, MD, MBA

    If you have an emergency, you assume that your 911 services and ER will be ready to take care of you, right?

    Maybe not. The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) released their "2014 Emergency Medicine Report Card" and the U.S. as a whole got a grade that you wouldn't bring home to Mom -- a D+. One important distinction -- this was NOT a grade of ERs and ER doctors, but instead an evaluation of how well the country supports emergency care.

    When you need to go to the ER, having a good ER doctor is crucial. But just as crucial is the state and federal "infrastructure" needed to maintain emergency rooms for true emergencies. As an ER doctor, I can and do treat the elderly lady sick with pneumonia because she was unable to get a vaccine, or the man whose leg infection became severe because he was unable to see an outpatient doctor. I also see the pedestrian struck by a vehicle at an unsafe intersection -- an accident that could have

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  • energyatworkI'm re-posting this quiz, because I've been thinking a lot about this issue lately.

    I read Cross and Perker's The Hidden Power of Social Networks: Understanding How Work Really Gets Done in Organizations, and I was riveted by their discussion of energy. This caught my eye, because my father is always emphasizing the importance of energy, whether at work or at play - especially at work. (For other excellent advice my father and mother gave me, look here.)

    Cross and Parker argue that energy is a key factor in understanding who is effective at work, and why. When they analyzed networks of co-workers, knowing whether someone was considered an "energizer" and a "de-energizer" shed a great deal of light on how networks worked, and how productive various people managed to be. Their discussion is complex, but here are some highlights.

    About energizers:
    - those who energized others are much higher performers
    - energizers are more likely to be heard and to see their ideas acted

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  • by Sarah-Jane Bedwell

    Courtesy of TGIFridaysCourtesy of TGIFridays What better way to celebrate the end of a busy work week than to enjoy dinner out with friends? And what better place to go than TGI Fridays -- especially now that they have a brand-new menu full of lower calorie options. Bonus? According to Fridays SVP and Chief Marketing Oficer Brian Gies, these entrees "are being launched as the primary offers in Fridays 'Pick 2 for $10' value platform, giving almost any guest the opportunity to try these items." From chicken to steak (yeah, the superfood!) to appetizers to drinks, you're sure to find something that you'll love without breaking the calorie bank -- and your wallet, too. Try one of these delicious options this week!

    * Sizzling Chicken & Spinach:
    For a reasonable 400 calories, you can enjoy this miso-glazed chicken, fire-grilled and served sizzling over a bed of fresh spinach, zucchini and squash, hand-cut red peppers, cremini mushrooms and grilled balsamic-glazed onions. Plus, it's paired with a fresh tomato Read More »from Slim Down with TGIFriday's New Menu (Cocktails Included!)


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