• 30 Fitness Commandments to Live By

    Don't worry, we'll spot you.

    By Ruthie Friedlander

    Going to the gym can be stressful. Instead of leg elongating slacks, calf-defining heels, and tricep shrouding knits, we're thrust into the intimidating world of green juiceheads wearing nothing but our butt huggers. And though the only posted guidelines are few and far between-ditch the cell phone and re-rack your barbells (it's what separates us from the animals!)-sweat enthusiasts know there's a secret manual of unwritten rules. Here, we unearth it:

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    1. If you think you are in everyone's way while you are jumping rope, you most certainly are.

    2. During SoulCycle, if I'm not on the beat, and you're just jamming away with your dominant leg to "Holy Grail," let's avoid eye contact. We both know what's happening.

    3. Don't check your e-mail while doing your planks. This too shall pass.

    4. There is no shame in an Eminem-only playlist game.

    5. It's okay to cry during Eagle Pose. We store emotion in

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  • Know Your Feelings: How to Manage 5 Negative EmotionsKnow Your Feelings: How to Manage 5 Negative Emotions Do you ever get so mad that you feel like your blood is literally boiling and your brain is going to explode out of your skull if one more thing pisses you off? Obviously, your blood can't literally boil, but I challenge you to find someone who hasn't been so angry that they've seriously questioned the possibility. As my son is now at the age where he gets loudly and violently frustrated when he can't express his emotions, I've been thinking a lot about how to teach him which emotions are which. Happy and sad are pretty easy: I smile overly brightly and shake my hands excitedly for happy. I frown, look down, and lower my voice for sad. Mad is not too hard, either: I clench my fists and squish my face as I shake my head and hands back and forth. But what about the more complicated emotions? How do we express and convey those? Embarrassment, disgust, apprehension? Teaching my son has been a good lesson for me; it's taught me to learn how I identify and demonstrate what it is I'm Read More »from Know Your Feelings: How to Manage 5 Negative Emotions
  • By: Danielle McNally

    Packaging of Wholesome FoodsPackaging of Wholesome Foods

    BRANDS USE SPECIFIC visual cues to get you to buy stuff that seems "wholesome." Michael Bierut of famed New York City design consultancy Pentagram reveals three tricks of the trade.

    1) Brown Baggin' It
    "Earth tones, rough-hewn typography, and stamps all evoke the world of brown rice and unprocessed flour-honest with a capital H."

    2) At A Minimum
    "The 'healthy expensive' look is understated-lots of white space. Not antiseptic but simple, like a Tiffany box."

    3) Keep It Personal
    "Labels that go on about a product ('harvested in sunny hills for generations') imply authenticity. As does transparency: Items that are hardly packaged at all-just cellophane, tape, a label-suggest it's come direct from a farm."

    Looking for a snack we guarantee is healthy-no brand decoding involved? Here are 14 delicious and good-for-you options that satisfy.

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  • Researchers are finding connections between everyday chemicals and the bulging-belt-line epidemic.
    By Leah Zerbe, Rodalenews.com

    There's more to the obesity epidemic than eating too many hot wings and excess sitting. Certainly, poor food choices, particularly too much sugar and sweeteners, and a lack of exercise are major pieces of the obesity puzzle. But a landmark 2002 study, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, found the obesity epidemic paralleled the increase of industrial chemicals in the environment.

    Now researchers are finding that exposures to certain common endocrine-disrupting chemicals--not just lifestyle choices--could be programming us for weight gain, diabetes, and related problems. "We have to acknowledge the fact that obesity is not just about will power, that it's not just all someone's fault," says developmental biologist Retha Newbold, MS, CT, of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

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  • How’s this for familiar: You walk into a restaurant intending to eat healthfully, but before you know it, you’ve ordered a burger with a side of fries. Don't blame yourself just yet — the problem may not be your willpower, but the menu layout. According to a new study published in the Journal of Consumer Research, people make unhealthy food choices when they read menus with low-calorie sections.

    The study found that when healthier fare is grouped together under general headers such as, “Under 550 calories” or “Low-fat meals,” diners outright ignore those choices in favor of bad-for-you dishes. “People generally want to make healthy choices, but because menus have so many options, it’s easier to dismiss an entire food category when it’s grouped together — especially the healthier section,” Jeffrey R. Parker, PhD, assistant professor of marketing at Georgia State University, tells Yahoo Shine.  

    Here’s what happens when people read menus: Due to an overload of choices, the brain

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  • Zzzzz...As our societal demands get even greater with each passing year, we find that we are "on" 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This results in greater rates of insomnia, with more and more people reporting that they just can't turn off their brains at night.

    Mental over-activity is a big problem for many people, but there are some helpful techniques that might aid in quieting things down at night.

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    1. Give yourself some mental and physical wind-down time. We are so busy nowadays that there's just not enough time in the day to get everything done. As a result, many people are working (housework, schoolwork, job tasks, managing finances) up until bedtime. The problem with this is that sleep isn't simply an on/off switch. We need to unwind and dim our mind in order to set the stage for sleep. Allow for at least an hour before bedtime to be protected, relaxing, wind-down time. This can help create closure for the day and allow your brain to

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  • Sure you want to touch that?
    By Linda Melone, Prevention

    You wouldn't think of using your gym's elliptical without first wiping it down, and you've been giving anyone with the slightest of sniffles a wide berth since you could walk. But it turns out some of the most contagious things lurking about don't even involve germs--and all the hand sanitizer in the world won't keep these weird things at bay. Check out these surprisingly "catching" issues and the simple ways to protect yourself.

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    Your co-worker's crummy day
    A stressful day for your office mate may rub off on you, according to research from the journal Social Neuroscience. The study shows that even simply seeing an anxious person ups your stress hormones. "To protect yourself, take steps before and after you interact with a stressed-out person," says Elizabeth Lombardo, PhD, a Chicago-based psychologist.

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  • If you've been in a gym recently, you have probably seen them: fellow fitness fanatics rolling around on the floor with a foam cylinder. Have you wondered what exactly what they were doing? Foam rolling is a really important way to help protect your muscles from injury when you have been exercising.

    So if you've traded in serious couch-time for serious treadmill time, check out our foam-rolling exercises. The best part is you can even do it in front of the television--you get the benefit of the workout and the latest episode of Girls at the same time. What could be better than that?

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  • Is it just us, or does it sometimes seem like the world is full of women heading to the gym in booty-hugging yoga pants with bouncy ponytails and an I-was-born-to-work-out attitude? A girl can start to feel intimidated and give up on exercise. We won't let that happen! This frank, beginner-level Q&A is full of expert info to pump you up and get you moving. By Alyssa Shaffer, REDBOOK.

    1. I started a workout regimen and now I'm fatter. How is exercise helping if all I want to do is eat?
    First, the good news: There are benefits to exercise besides a smaller skirt size. You slash your risk for diabetes, heart disease, and dementia and get the mental-health perks. But to keep your weight in check, make sure "blood sugar levels remain steady so you don't end up famished and prone to overeat," says Heidi Skolnik, a nutritionist who has worked with the hungry New York Knicks, Giants, and Mets. Before exercising, have a snack with 15 to 25 grams of carbs (half a banana works). After

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  • Does double-dipping spread germs? And what's the deal with the five-second rule?

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters

    Germ Facts vs. MythsGerm Facts vs. Myths

    It's hard not to be a germophobe. After all, we live in a germ-infested world. However, misinformation tends to spread faster than nasopharyngitis (a.k.a. the common cold), so we rounded up some of the most prevalent strains of viral wisdom to sort out the old wive's tales from the actual facts.

    The 5-Second Rule

    Verdict: Half-truth

    Off-the-floor eating is far from ideal, but if you act fast, it isn't that gross, statistically speaking. In a new study from Aston University, researchers dropped foods on floors and let them sit for anywhere from three to 30 seconds. Then they tested the levels of E. coli and staphylococcus aureus and found that food picked up just a few seconds after being dropped is less likely to contain bacteria than if it's left for longer stretches of time-no surprises there. However, both the type of food and the type of floor make a

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