• See? No socks.10. I went yesterday--don't muscles need time to recover because of lactic acid buildup and electrolytes and slow- and fast-twitch fibers… maybe I should fall into a Wikipedia hole of these kinesiology-related terms instead.

    9. I'm too hungry to work out right now. I'll go home, prepare dinner, eat, clean up, and then go to the gym.**

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    8. I don't want to wash my hair. Or shower.

    7. My favorite instructor is out, and the sub is never as good. Do something else there? How dare you; you know Wednesday night is kickboxing night.

    6. I forgot socks. No, you can't buy socks anywhere and everywhere.

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    5. There's a new episode of The Mindy Project on for the first time in weeks. DVR? Watch it at the gym? I still watch TV like it's 1955, thank you very much.

    4. I have a headache. Well, I think I have a headache. I feel like I could have a headache that would probably get worse if I

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  • Most of last year's 2M finishers were females(Newser) - Female runners are making half-marathons the sport's most popular distance race, reports Runner's World. It takes note of new stats from Running USA showing that a record 1.95 million people finished a 13.1-mile race last year, which marks a 6% increase from the previous year and an astonishing six-fold rise since 1990. Of last year's finishers, 61% were women, up from 53% in 2004.

    "Runners, it seems, are divided between people committed to running for maybe 40 minutes and people ready to hoof it for more than two hours," observes Rose Eveleth at Smithsonian. "If you fall somewhere in between, well, maybe it's about time you try for 13.1 miles. Everyone else is."


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  • by Lexi Petronis

    Davide MaestriDavide Maestri
    Since you're going to spring-clean your house anyway--or at least that's the plan (I have yet to tackle my closet before the sheer volume of what's in there tackles me)--why not spring-clean your health too?


    According to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the environment of your home can negatively impact your health. Indoor air quality, water purity, and potentially dangerous toxins and chemicals can all lead to possible illness or injury.

    Says Joel R. Cooper, DO, an AOA board-certified family physician practicing at 21st Century Family Medicine in Glendale, Ariz: "By setting aside a few hours one weekend this spring, we can make simple changes inside our homes--from steps to ensure we're breathing clean air to properly disposing of expired medications--that can help lower our risk of becoming sick or injured."

    See more: 11 Dating Don'ts You Should Stop Doing Now

    That's why the AOA suggests these tips--they're little things you can do to help

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  • But is napping the cause, or just a symptom? It's unclear(Newser) - We all know how important it is to get enough sleep-but a new study suggests that daytime napping may actually increase your risk of an early death. Researchers looked at more than 16,000 British adults over a 13-year period, and found that those who slept for an hour or more during the day were almost a third more likely to die prematurely, the Daily Mail reports. Specifically, they were more likely to die from lung diseases, and researchers say napping could contribute to respiratory ailments by triggering inflammation in the body. However, the researchers note that napping may simply be an early sign that your health is in danger, rather than the cause of the problem, the Independent notes.

    In fact, one expert who did not take part in the study suggests, in people with serious lung problems, the naps "may not have hastened death but delayed it." And he notes that the findings show that 85% of people who napped less than one hour a day were at no higher risk of a

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  • A grumpy young old manIf you're a male who's approaching 50, good news: A recent study found that 80% of the 1,315 men surveyed found that life improved around 50, as opposed to the 20% who said life didn't get easier until retirement age. But the good times apparently have an expiration date. The men found that their happiness began to diminish around age 70, which NPR dubs "the approximate moment when grumpiness kicks in for men."

    The study, published in March's Psychology and Aging, shed some light on why the men, who were between the ages of 53 and 85 during the 15-year study, found that life improved at first, then started to be a downer around 70.

    "Older adults," referring to those around 50, "on average have fewer hassles-and respond to them better-than younger adults," explains lead author Carolyn Aldwin. But as decades pass new "hassles" set in, and how the men "appraised" them changed.

    Per a press release, appraisals of hassles improved during one's 60s, then downgraded in one's 70s

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  • by Marissa Gold

    Delphine AchardDelphine Achard

    I can't tell you how many times one ill-timed sneeze ruined all of my hard work with a mascara wand. #allergyproblems. Can any of you relate?


    When you have allergies, your relationship with makeup becomes a little complicated. On the one hand, you don't want to pile on a lot of products, because maybe your skin is sensitive, your eyes are watery, or you tend to rub your eyes or blow your nose and smudge it all off. On the other hand, the worse your allergy symptoms are, the more it shows in your face ("Allergy Face" is the term Zyrtec coined for it). So makeup can become pretty important when you need to look presentable despite frightening pollen counts.

    Celebrity makeup artist Jamie Greenberg came to New York City a few weeks ago to talk about her tips for allergy sufferers. I took notes and then did what any responsible editor would do--I peeked into her makeup bag, of course! Here are the five most important makeup tips for anyone with allergies, along

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  • With so many seemingly healthy choices that, well, aren't (Sugar! Sodium! Preservatives!), it's impossible to know what to reach for. Here, some good things that do come in small packages-and the optimal time to eat them.

    By: Danielle McNally


    Mighty Maca Chocolate BarsMighty Maca Chocolate Bars

    SECOND BREAKFAST:

    Bearded Brothers Mighty Maca Chocolate Energy Bar (Pictured)
    By 10:30, your body has burned through those egg whites, and blood sugar is tanking. This raw, vegan, and gluten- and soy-free treat (made by two actual sibs) is a perfect mix of simple and complex carbs. Plus, it has maca, which combats stress and-as the lore goes-was used by the Incans to maintain energy in battle.

    Whole Foods Turkey Jerky Sticks
    A higher protein snack like this, will stave off hunger longer-with the same number of calories as a high-carb snack-keeping you going through that mid-morning meeting and into lunch. Janis Jibrin, R.D., author of The Pescetarian Plan , recommends pairing this dried meat (about 60 calories each) with 100

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  • Image by AlbanyNY via Wikimedia CommonsImage by AlbanyNY via Wikimedia CommonsSoldiers and cops who finished the Boston Marathon, then raced to the rescue efforts, are coming back to run again.
    By Caleb Daniloff, Runner's World

    Even though David Diamond scrubbed "the hell out" of his Altra Instincts, he knows there's something forever adhered to them. Those shoes carried the 40-year-old Army special operations officer across the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street last year, and then, sickeningly, into a scene of carnage. He will lace up that same pair of size-10 Altras on April 21 for the 2014 Boston Marathon. "I want those shoes to cross that finish line again, as a tribute, as recognition to those involved last year," he says. "I want to carry a piece of them throughout the race."

    Diamond, who has an 18-year-long military career, was one of several hundred military and state police troopers who received an invitational bib from the Boston Athletic Association in appreciation of their service. Many of those invited men and women attend the

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  • Tea with honey and lemon combines several cough-soothing ingredients.Coughing happens when viruses, bacteria, dust, pollen or other substances irritate the nerve endings in the airways between the throat and lungs - which can be distracting and possibly painful. Fortunately, there are ways to sooth a cough naturally.

    A cough is the body's way of trying to clear the passages, and what a valiant effort the body makes in this endeavor. We can cough at speeds up to 60 miles per hour, and the average cough produces enough air to fill a two-liter soda bottle about three-fourths full. The air of a cough sprays out several feet and is accompanied by some 3,000 tiny droplets of saliva.

    While chronic coughs can be a sign of a serious illness, most people consider the common cough to be more of an annoyance than a health issue. Although side effects like chest pain, exhaustion, and incontinence can accompany a cough, the more vexing complaints often have to do with a cough's ability to interfere with your (and your household's) sleep and the propensity to

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  • cooking ingredientscooking ingredientsBy Rachel Morris


    Sometimes not following the recipe can result in a better-for-you dish while being just as tasty. Find out the easiest ways you can turn a regular dish into an extra-healthy one. Plus, get advice on how to make your restaurant meals heart-smart too. Photo by Getty Images/Shutterstock.


    1. The recipe calls for…bread crumbs

    Heart-healthier pick: Rolled oats

    Tip To mimic the texture of bread crumbs (store-bought kinds can be high in sodium), pulse cholesterol-lowering oats in a food processor until grainy. Use to top casseroles or as an ingredient in meat loaf.



    Related: See 8 calming foods that ease stress.


    2. The recipe calls for…bacon bits

    Heart-healthier pick: Smoked paprika

    Tip A small pinch of the spice on top of eggs, Brussels sprouts or split pea soup mimics the smoky flavor of bacon-with almost no calories or fat.


    3. The recipe calls for…salt (to finish off a dish)

    Heart-healthier pick: Citrus juices

    Tip Just a

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