• by SELF Staffers

    Tyler BoyeTyler BoyeIf you want to know what it's like to have a super jampacked schedule and still manage to stay active, just take a cue from Maria Menounos. The Extra host just started up her Oxygen reality show last week (Chasing Maria Menounos) and has a second diet and fitness book coming out this summer!

    When it comes to staying in shape, Menounos embraces a simple mantra: "Just keep moving!" The reality star, who opts for stairs and stretches during business calls, takes after her dad. "My father, at 70, never stops moving," she says. "He does yard work with his headphones on, dancing and singing to Greek music."

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    One move she does with trainer Andrea Orbeck is the bench v-up: all you need is a park bench! "I like this move because it's a great overall toner, and it's fun!" says the EveryGirl's Guide to Diet & Fitness author.

    And we like it because we're total fans of getting folks outside (weather permitting!) with

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  • Low back pain causes more disability worldwide than any other condition.Low back pain causes more disability worldwide than any other condition.

    By Nancie George, Everyday Health

    Back pain affects about 80 percent of us at some point. In fact, low back pain causes more disability worldwide than any other health condition, according to a new study published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. The problem will only get worse over the next few decades as the world population and the proportion of older people continues to grow, warned the study's authors.

    Here are four proven ways you can ease low back pain.

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    1. Get moving, get stronger, and stretch. Exercise is a great way to improve back strength and relieve chronic back pain. Strengthening exercises like weightlifting not only help build bone density, they can also ease back pain.

    Although weightlifting can help reduce back pain, make sure you're doing it right: Always warm up before hitting the weights, and practice good posture and proper breathing during your workout.

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  • by Zahra Barnes

    Matthew RodgersMatthew Rodgers

    Girl, we feel you. Here's how to shut it down right.


    1. Ice him out. If the guy on the bike across from yours is staring, you can take it as a clear signal that he's interested. Put the kibosh on it by showing him you are so not down. It's all about body language: Keep your eyes (and your focus) on the workout, and maintain an assassin's frozen stare so he knows you're not looking to mingle.

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    2. Make the guy cringe. So he just won't quit looking. What now? It's time to escalate. What he's doing is rude, but he's assuming he can get away with it. Prove him wrong by challenging him directly, asking loudly: "Can I help you with something?" Suddenly, everyone at the gym will be looking at him, and that embarrassing public exposure should make him back off.

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    3. Pull in the big guns. If this silent harassment turns into someone following you around or getting too close, you can go to

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  • Photo: @karliekloss/TwitterBecause modeling so often has a short shelf life, some top models have built their brands by transitioning into other careers — think Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum hosting reality shows; Josie Maran and Iman launching beauty companies; or Christy Turlington going back to college to study public health before launching a maternal health nonprofit.

    But today's crop of It Girls is going in another direction — toward the kitchen. This week, 25-year-old British model Daisy Lowe launched a cooking-class Web series for the fashion magazine Grazia. Her first book, a dessert-centric cookbook called "Sweetness & Light," will be published in July.

    One of Lowe's contemporaries, fellow Brit Jourdan Dunn, 23, has a YouTube show cleverly dubbed "Well Dunn with Jourdan Dunn," where she demonstrates recipes and invites celeb friends like rapper 2 Chainz to help her in the kitchen.

    And it's not only models on the other side of the pond who are embracing their culinary sides. Karlie Kloss, a 21-year-old

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  • Accelerated spa treatments have literally been "popping up" across the country. Speedy services are offered for brows, nails, and blowouts so you can get your beauty fix in 30 minutes or less (more time for spinning! Or, um, Scandal). Now, we've added a new must-do to our maintenance routine: Express facials. Red Door's Cornelia Zicu explains how to DIY a lux experience right in your own home.
    by Amanda Downs

    Arthur BelebeauArthur Belebeau
    Got a minute? Neither do we. Thankfully, the beauty industry has heard the cries of over-scheduled women around the country and revamped their approach to relaxation (i.e. they're going to give it to you a whole lot faster). Today, 61% of spas are now offering express treatments, according to the 2013 U.S. Spa Industry Study, including some of our faves like Red Door Spa, Bliss, Dermalogica, and Repechage. "Time is the new luxury. We want the same results [we're used to receiving] but in minutes, not hours," says Cornelia Zicu, global chief creative officer for Red Door Spas.

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  • Robots Take OverRobots Take OverI was visiting with my friend, Ally who has an important position in HR at a major corporation. She was talking to my teens, telling them where the jobs are going to be in the future. "Technology and environment," she said. "You know what jobs won't exist in a few more years? Customer service," she went on to say. "Customer service jobs will be nearly non-existent."

    "That's okay. With his grades," I nodded my head toward my son, "my kids are likely to end up scooping elephant poop at the zoo," I joked. Then I thought about it for a minute. Could she be right? No customer service? Sure, you rarely speak to a person when you call a customer service line anymore. You get routed through an automated system, but I can't imagine customer service jobs disappearing altogether. Will they?

    Later that same evening, my kids and I went out to dinner with Ally. We walked into a Chili's restaurant in Winter Garden, FL and were seated at a table upon which sat a small screen, not unlike an iPad.

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  • 12 American Women Duped into Thinking They'll Marry Prince Harry in New Reality Show12 American Women Duped into Thinking They'll Marry Prince Harry in New Reality ShowOh dear. It looks like Prince Harry is getting the Joe Millionaire treatment.


    If you have access to the Internet, cable television, or a gossip magazine or have even the most limited knowledge of the British monarchy, chances are you'll know who Prince Harry is. Somehow, somewhere, though, there are still people walking amongst us who have no idea who he is or what he looks like, for that matter.

    And if you're reading this blog right now, there's a good chance that you're not one of them.

    Fox is set to debut a new reality television show called I Wanna Marry Harry, with 12 blissfully clueless American women vying for Prince Harry's heart. The only problem is that these women have been duped into thinking that they are going to be competing for the real Prince Harry, but instead, they'll be tricked by Prince Harry impersonator and actor Matthew Hicks.

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    While Matthew shares the same physical characteristics as our good ole'

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  • Scientists reveal a simple difference that could change breakfast forever.How much is a bowl of cereal? Seems like kind of a silly question. Because a bowl of cereal is the amount of cereal that fits in a bowl. Except that it's not.

    First of all, how big is your bowl? That makes a difference. A deep soup bowl is going to hold a lot more than a shallow fruit or salad bowl. In fact, since most breakfast cereals have a serving size of ½ cup to 1 cup, a "bowl" of cereal should fit in a teacup (before milk). And then you have to factor in the size of the cereal bits themselves, which is why a team of researchers at Penn State crushed up wheat flakes with a rolling pin for a March 2014 study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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    Picture a single Grape-Nut, one Lucky Charm and a solitary Bran Flake. Now imagine a handful of each. You'll be able to palm a lot more Grape-Nuts, nestled in close and tight, than flakes, which will layer unevenly, with air betwixt and between. The Penn State

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  • by Locke Hughes for Shape.com

    How to breathe your way to a better body, mind, and lifeHow to breathe your way to a better body, mind, and life

    Although you've been breathing since the moment you were born, you've probably been doing it all wrong. "We're all born knowing how to inhale and exhale correctly, but with today's technology, hurried schedules, and everyday stress, most of us have lost that ability," says Belisa Vranich, Psy.D., author of the new book, Breathe: 14 Days to Oxygenating, Recharging, and Fueling Your Body & Brain. "As a result, most of us 'under-breathe' in a dysfunctional way." And this dysfunctional breathing can make you feel winded during CrossFit or after climbing a few flights of stairs, no matter how fit you are. Oxygen is fuel, and part of feeling fatigued during exercise has to do with not fueling our cells well enough through our breath. "You can have the heart and cardiovascular system of an elite athlete but the lungs and breathing muscles of a total couch potato," Vranich says. Fortunately re-learning the right way to breathe is easy. The first step is Read More »from You've Been Breathing Wrong Your Entire Life
  • By Brianna Steinhilber


    Doubt the bagel you had for breakfast counts as a high-protein meal? Don't. While meat, eggs and nuts may come to mind when you think of good protein sources, some of your other favorite foods (like your morning bagel) are chock full of the nutrient. Keep clicking to see 10 that can help you reach the daily recommended protein intake of 46 grams in surprising and delicious ways. Photo by Getty Images.


    1. Black Bean Pasta
    25 grams per 2-ounce serving

    Although pasta's better known for its high carb content, protein's a key player in the black bean variety. Made from just beans and water, this pasta capitalizes on the high-protein black bean, packing every 2 ounces with more than a serving of salmon's worth of the nutrient. Bonus: The special spaghetti has just 17 grams of carbs, less than half of what's in standard pasta. Look for a package at your local Asian specialty store, the Asian section of your supermarket or on Amazon.com.\


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