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The Sexier Side of Sweat

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

As the fitness editor, I’ve blogged before about the wide-ranging perks of exercise. Well, here’s another to add to the list: A major bedroom benefit.

Not only can working out regularly increase your body confidence so you feel sexier, it can actually boost your orgasms.

According to new research published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, frequent exercisers have greater blood flow to their clitoris than do women are sedentary—which translates to more fireworks in the sack.

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Get Five a Day to Fight Fat

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

If you’re looking to slim down, make dairy a mealtime do. Among dieters, those who ate five servings of dairy a day lost significantly more weight than those who only ate three, found a recent Australian study. According to the researchers, they key may be that dairy’s high levels of vitamin D, calcium, and protein  increase the body’s ability to burn fat.

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April Fools’ Day Eats

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Picture 4Happy April Fools’ Day! Have you pulled a (harmless) prank yet on your kids?

I spotted a few great tricks  you can whip up today—in the form some delicious recipes—right here.

Take this hearty breakfast for instance; turns out the egg-and-toast combo is actually an easy dessert of almond pound cake, yogurt and canned apricot halves. Yum!

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Relaxation on a Roll

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Picture 5As a health editor, I’m constantly reading about the health benefits of staying stress-free, so I’ll try just about anything to combat my Type-A tendencies. My new favorite tool:  t spheres, sets of two organic rubber massage balls infused with aromatherapy oil. I was skeptical about them at first (can a scented bouncy ball really chill me out?), but since licensed massage therapist and t spheres-creator Stephanie Whittier walked me through a few basic self-massage techniques—showing me how to apply the spheres to the pressure points on my neck, or roll them under my feet—I’ve reached for ‘em every afternoon when I hit that 3 o’clock slump. Not only do the spheres pack a serious pain-relieving punch, I love tailoring which set I use to my mood (peppermint for a pick-me-up; rose geranium if I’m a ball of nerves). After just a minute of rolling, I’m refreshed, relaxed, and ready to bounce back to work.

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Tune Out, Live Longer

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Picture 4Yet another reason to turn that TV off! For every hour you spend in front of the boob tube each day, you may increase your risk of early death from heart disease by up to 18 percent, says a new study in Circulation, a publication of the American Heart Association. According to the researchers, the issue is the extended time spent just, well, sitting there while watching; moreover, they’ve suggested that the risks associated with being sedentary aren’t necessarily offset by exercising more. It seems that people who watch less may engage in more incidental movement simply by walking around and doing household chores—which can have a protective benefit for the heart. Not keen on giving up your favorite show? Try to get up during every commercial break to stretch or do a few jumping jacks. Your ticker will thank you.

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Smarter Fitness

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Picture 4More motivation to get sweaty: Working out throughout adulthood can help keep your memory sharp and your attention span sustained as you age, according to a new study from the University of Toronto. But that doesn’t mean you should feel pressured to constantly push your workouts to the max. The researchers found that women who regularly engaged in moderate exercise throughout adulthood had better working memories and attention spans than those who regularly engaged in a strenuous workout.

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Feeling Fuller Longer—We’ll Toast to That!

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

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If you’re a fan of toast at breakfast, make yours a slice of rye. According to Swedish researchers, among people who ate breakfasts that differed only in the type of bread they were served, those who had rye bread were significantly less hungry after 8 hours than those who had wheat (surprising but true!).

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Update: Our food editor, Karen, noted that this study was based on the dark, dense whole grain ryes that are common in Europe. Most of the US ryes are
actually made from wheat flour, so to get the benefits, be sure to check the label before you buy!

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Cool It!

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

83154603_66c49343e2Winter night are the perfect time to curl up under a blanket with a plate of cookies and mug of tea, but if you often enjoy it steaming hot, be warned: According to a recent study in the British Medical Journal, drinking very hot tea (over 158 degrees F) can raise the risk of esophageal cancer by 800 percent. In order to sip safely the researchers recommend that you wait four minutes before drinking.

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