• The sunshine never felt so good.You know your day would be way more efficient if you could just drag yourself out of bed before work and fit in your workout.

    But executing this healthy plan is way easier said than done. If you're looking for more motivation to get up and get moving, a new study from Northwestern Medicine might give you that extra push.

    The April 2014 study of 54 participants (men and women with an average age of 30) found that people who got the majority of their daily light exposure in the morning had a significantly lower BMI than those who didn't get much exposure until later in the day.

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    This connection was independent of each person's physical activity level, caloric intake, sleep timing, age or season. Researchers point to sunlight's role in regulating our circadian rhythm as the explanation for its effect on BMI.

    "Light is the most potent agent to synchronize your internal body clock that regulates circadian rhythms, which in turn also regulate

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  • High-powered professionals from CEOs and DEA officers to Carnegie Hall musicians are retraining their lungs to help them keep cool under pressure. Here's why you should too.


    By: K. Aleisha Fetters, Photograph by Dylan Coulter

    Dylan CoulterDylan Coulter

    Lying prostrate on the ground with the rifle in his hands, eyes narrowed on his mark, Steve Kardian concentrated on not moving a muscle. "I need complete control for long-range shots; even one micro flinch can send the bullet flying feet from your target," he says. The FBI defense tactics instructor had been called upon by a top military agency to take on a classified secret service-like assignment-if he failed these qualifying tests the job was gone. Just before stepping up to the line, Kardian performed a deep diaphragmatic breathing exercise taught to him by his respiratory guru of two years, Belisa Vranich. "It brought a calm over me. I was able to maintain my positions and hit all my targets."

    Kardian was so impressed with the changes Vranich's

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  • New study finds a 'moderate' regimen is best(Newser) - Training to run a marathon has got to be one of the healthiest things you can do, right? Maybe not: A new study found that "moderate" runners lived longer than people who don't exercise at all-and people who run lots of miles, HealthDay reports.

    The study, led by the co-director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the Lehigh Valley Health Network, involved 3,800 runners who supplied info on their heart risk factors and their use of NSAIDs like ibuprofen; almost 70% of the group clocked more than 20 miles a week. The findings were presented Sunday, but have yet to be published in a peer-reviewed journal. According to the results, how much should you run? One cardiologist who reviewed the data suggests you no more than 2.5 hours per week, spread out between two or three sessions consisting of slow or moderately-paced running.

    It's not clear why too much running might be bad for longevity, but the study appears to rule out factors like prior cardiac risk (linked to

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  • by Lexi Petronis

    George ChinseeGeorge Chinsee
    With the official onset of spring, it only makes sense that we're starting to think about spring-cleaning--homes and closets, sure, but also our minds and bodies. Arielle Fierman is a board-certified health coach and motivational speaker who has these cool tips for spring-cleaning your body and brain.


    1. Drink water. Research shows that upping your water intake helps rev up your energy and digestion-- and can even help give your skin a nice glow. Recommended amount: at least the amount equivalent to half your body weight in ounces. (So, if you're 140 pounds, drink 70 ounces of water a day.)

    2. Load up on greens.
    "Raw, steamed, sauteed, chopped, shredded--no matter how you eat them, they have lots of nutrients that will help make your skin glow, rid your body of toxins, and rev up your immune system," Fierman says. "They're loaded with fiber and phytonutrients to help your organs do their best work. My favorites include frozen spinach blended in a smoothie for

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  • The Latest Celebrity Who's Reminding Teen Girls It's OK to Have FlawsThe Latest Celebrity Who's Reminding Teen Girls It's OK to Have FlawsLook at the two photos of pop sensation Lorde performing at last weekend's Lollapalooza music festival in Santiago, Chile.


    You might assume that in typical starry fashion, the top photo was the one the artist sanctioned, and the bottom image one that she tried to stop being published.

    You'd be wrong. Lorde herself tweeted both photos to her 1.3 million Twitter fans with the caption: "I find this curious - two photos from today, one edited so my skin is perfect and one real. Remember flaws are OK," followed by a smiley emoticon.

    In a world filled with women airbrushed to perfection with no pimples and cellulite in sight, isn't it refreshing that Lorde is embracing what might be considered "flaws," but in reality are normal for a vast majority of teens - namely acne. So instead of every fan gazing up at a vision of utter perfection and wondering why their skin isn't as smooth and blemish-free, they look up and see she's just like them. What is even more remarkable is that

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  • by Alexandra Samuel

    Dan DruryDan Drury

    My allergies have been OUT OF HAND, so I started using some of those Breathe-Right strips in an attempt to de-clog before an important presentation I had for grad school. The first few days, I felt a little relief, but the third day, I was feeling a little overeager and, well, ripped off the strip a little too quickly and was left with the nerdiest injury ever: a massive bruise on the bridge of my nose. And I'm not talking about a little shadow. I'm talking hit in the face with a tennis ball like this chick. Okay, a little bit smaller than that, but still really freaking dark. And normally I'd throw on glasses, but that didn't do the trick -- and wouldn't for this gal, either. So I dug into my five plus years of experience as SELF's beauty editor for my best tips, tricks and products for covering up those nasty bruises.


    See more: Look Better Naked

    Anyway, your new weird-skin-color saver? Smashbox Color Correcting Foundation Primers. I bet you thought I'd

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  • 20 Tell-Tale Signs You've Become a Health Food Nut20 Tell-Tale Signs You've Become a Health Food NutThose of us who are really into this whole healthy eating thing, I'll admit, tend to get a little obsessive. Some may even call us crazy! We try to play the cool card and pretend like we're okay letting a little junk food fly, but we die a little inside each time our child eats a Cheeto. For the most part I'm pretty dang proud of the drastic changes we've made to our eating habits and proudly let my freak flag fly. But every now and then, I catch myself saying or thinking something, and even I have to roll my eyes at myself, and wonder, "Who have I become?!" To prove that we don't take ourselves too seriously, I compiled a little list of 10 tell-tale signs that you just may be a health food nut. If you can nod in agreement to just a few of these, you dabble in the art of healthy eating and are doing just fine, but if you nod your head yes to the majority of them, you probably need an intervention.

    10 Tell-Tale Signs You've Become a Health Food Nut:

    1. You think it's funny that

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  • Dust bunnies glistening under the (finally!) glorious spring sunshine? Instead of grabbing the broom and dustpan, try this total body tone-up, created specifically for SELF by Carolyn Barnes of Taskercise. And because no great workout is complete without a kickass playlist, we've got your tunes covered, too, thanks to the creative folks at Beats Music.
    by Jacqueline Risser

    Courtesy photoCourtesy photo

    Carolyn Barnes, a former professional dancer, certified Pilates and fitness instructor, and overall busy woman, created Taskercise as a way to sneak exercise into her packed day while also completing run-of-the-mill tasks. She shared her top time-saving moves with SELF, so you can skip the "didn't make it to the gym" regret--and spruce up your crib while getting your sweat on.


    First Up: Windows or Mirror

    Where You'll Feel The Burn: Chest, arms, core, butt and calves

    Grab your favorite window/mirror cleaner and some paper towels. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart about an arm's length from a mirror or

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  • Tart cherries boost muscle recovery. Health.com
    by Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD

    As a sports nutritionist, I'm always on the lookout for research about how various foods can enhance athletic performance, speed recovery, and build muscle mass. When I pass this info on to my clients, they often feel the effects quickly, and I relish remarks they share like, "Wow, what a difference!" or "I feel 10 years younger." Here are 11 foods currently on my "eats for athletes" list, the research behind why they deserve a place on your training table, and simple, healthy ways to take advantage of their benefits.

    Beet juice for stamina
    Recent research shows that this ruby red root veggie may be more effective at boosting energy than caffeine, or nearly anything you'll find in the supplement aisle. When UK researchers asked male athletes to down either 16 ounces of organic beetroot juice or a placebo, those who gulped the real thing cycled for up to 16% longer, an effect scientists say isn't achievable by any other known means, including training.

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  • By Justin Sedor, Refinery29

    Diet fads come and go every day, each one more extreme than the next. No carbs, no fat, high fat, no meat, high meat, no gluten - we don't know about you, but we can hardly keep up. The one piece of conventional wisdom that we just can't seem to shake, though, is the idea that cutting calories will help us lose weight. Okay, yes, there is definitely truth to the concept that a net calorie deficit will result in body-weight reduction. But, obsessing over those little numbers on the back of your groceries often means ignoring basic tenets of nutrition. All calories are definitely not created equal; while a scoop of ice cream and an avocado contain the same number of calories, one choice is fundamentally healthier than the other. The important thing, of course, is to focus on giving your body what it really needs. But, it's almost impossible to ensure you're getting the right balance of nutrients when you're busy tallying calories.

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