12 Sneaky Sodium Traps Sabotaging Your Looks

Salt is so in right now -- as in, in everything you eat. As any healthcare professional will tell you, our sodium intake is out of control. Both the American Heart Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that Americans are swilling as much as 3,600mg of the stuff a day -- more than double the recommended intake of 1,500mg max. We all might as well be walking around with our own personal salt licks. And surprise, surprise: all that salt is not doing your looks any favors.   read more

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April 15, 2014  |  10:04 AM  |  1 COMMENT
5 Reasons You Should Never (Ever) Pull an All-Nighter

Ah, the all-nighter. You think you're a badass for staying up all night on a caffeine-fueled bender, but whether you're wrapping up a deadline in the wee hours or dancing on tables at an after-hours speakeasy, sacrificing just one night of sleep is hell on your body.   read more

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March 27, 2014  |   9:03 AM  |  2 COMMENTS
The Cancer-Fighting, Disease-Preventing Superfoods You've Gotta Try in 2014

"Let thy food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food." So said Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. With this list of superfoods, you can toss the contents of your medicine cabinet entirely, and rely on your kitchen pantry instead.   read more

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February 25, 2014  |   6:02 AM  |  COMMENT
7 Major Workout Mistakes That Keep Advil in Business

You're finally following through on that New Year's resolution. You'll get to the gym, sign up for that 10K and come up with a workout plan. But before you do, consider this: Every year, more than 174,500 women end up in the ER with an exercise-related injury. The No. 1 cause of exercise-related injury? "Overenthusiasm," says Dr. Joseph Horrigan, a board certified chiropractic sports medicine practioner at DISC Sports & Spine Center in Los Angeles.   read more

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February 5, 2014  |   5:02 PM  |  COMMENT
Your Monthly Flow Chart: Fitness For Every Part of Your Cycle

Aunt Flo, the dot, the curse, whatever you call it, it's your period. And when you're feeling all crampy and bloated, the last thing you feel like doing is downward dogging in a crowded yoga studio. But guess what? Hormonal changes can actually give you an advantage at the gym at different times of the month. So we reached out to endocrinologist Dr. Florence Comite and exercise physiologist Dr. Tim Coyle at ComiteMD in New York to find out what really happens to your body during each phase of your period. Then we roped in celebrity trainer Kristin McGee, certified master personal trainer Danielle Girdano and strength and conditioning coach Brandon Mentore to break down the best workouts for each phase of your cycle. Here's the rundown on how you can maximize your fitness goals all month long.   read more

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January 16, 2014  |  12:01 PM  |  1 COMMENT
Holidays' Worst Food Bombs -- and How to Defuse Them

Who wants to diet during the holidays? Thanksgiving, New Year's and every party in between revolves around food (well, okay, family, but food's a close second), so counting calories or carbs during these months feels like a task better suited to the Grinch. Still, no one wants to greet the New Year in pants two sizes too small, either.   read more

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November 22, 2013  |   9:11 AM  |  3 COMMENTS
Master the Art of Napping

I don't have many regrets, but the most glaring one is not embracing the scheduled, mandatory pre-school and kindergarten naps. Now, the ridiculous sleep deficit I carry (thanks to years of late-night cramming, poor life choices, and an early morning commute with no end in sight) won't let me forget it.   read more

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October 29, 2013  |   9:10 AM  |  6 COMMENTS
8 Crazy-Fun Runs You've Gotta Try

Blame it on my crappy knees or a childhood filled with organized sports that regularly used sprints as punishment, but I hate running. I complain about it on a daily basis, and yet, I drag myself to the treadmill and force myself to run to reap its cardiovascular benefits, to continue to fit into my skinny jeans, and because the gym's TV is my only access to cable (a girl's gotta watch "Breaking Bad" live before the spoilers get tweeted left and right).   read more

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September 30, 2013  |   8:09 AM  |  4 COMMENTS
10 New Workouts That Put Prancercise to Shame

The class list at my gym has more options than a Chinese takeout menu ... and some of the classes, like "Animal Flow" or "IntenSati," seem even more mysterious than the "brown sauce" that covers my usual tofu order.   read more

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August 5, 2013  |   6:08 AM  |  4 COMMENTS
Got 10 Minutes? We've Got Your Perfect Workout

Think about what you actually do with 10 free minutes of your time. I waste at least 10 minutes each morning combing through my closet with seemingly nothing to wear. And then I spend 10 minutes perfecting my cat eye and attempting to tame my beastly hair. Then there are the minutes I waste on non-appearance-related pursuits that are probably even less beneficial: Like the 10 minutes I spend flipping through Netflix until my boyfriend and I agree on the perfect movie. Or the 10 (or more likely, 60) minutes I devote to pictures of cats and corgis on Buzzfeed.   read more

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August 2, 2013  |  11:08 AM  |  1 COMMENT
6 Healthy Swaps for Your Favorite Treats

When you hear the term "emotional eater," what do you usually picture? Probably something straight out of a romantic comedy: A sad sap who just went through a bad breakup, blaring depressing music in the background and shoveling heaping spoonfuls of ice cream into her mouth (straight out of the tub). A good friend may come over eventually, equipped with even more junk food, and the "eat your feelings" mentality continues while the rain pours outside.   read more

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July 29, 2013  |   8:07 AM  |  1 COMMENT
6 Relaxing Yoga Poses to Try at H(ommmm)e

Let's address the Ganesh (err, elephant) in the room. You wear yoga pants regularly. But you actually practice yoga...maybe...once or twice a month? For busy women everywhere -- no matter how much you love the calm feeling after an hour and a half of breathing, stretching, and focusing -- it's tough to squeeze in a yoga class as frequently as you'd like.   Start breathing

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July 17, 2013  |  11:07 AM  |  7 COMMENTS
7 Seriously Effective Exercises to Sneak Into Your Beauty Routine

I'm a type-A kind of gal who needs to stay busy -- and productive -- all day long. Whether it's squeezing in a few sun salutations while my morning coffee is brewing, or late-night cleaning and nail-painting while catching up on the latest "Mad Men" episode, I'm a crammer.   read more

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July 11, 2013  |   9:07 AM  |  1 COMMENT
How to Feel Calmer -- Instantly

We all have those moments. Your boss asks you to come in on a Saturday, your car decides not to start, or maybe you dribble coffee all over your favorite shirt. Next thing you know, a wave of emotion is welling up inside you -- anger, sadness, frustration, anxiety. In the heat of the moment, you want to yell, throw the nearest handy object, or just break down and cry. It can be difficult to deal with those strong emotions in a healthy, pro-active way.   read more

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June 30, 2013  |  11:06 PM  |  1 COMMENT
5 Ways to Use Summer to Boost Your Mood

It's been six months since you made those ambitious new years resolutions and if you're anything like us, you haven't given them a thought since you packed away the faux-grass after Easter. With demanding work schedules and the stress that comes with every day life, it can be easy to catch the "half-way blues" -- the feeling you get at the mid-point in the year when you're in need of a kick-start to get back on track for a healthy and happy life. Thankfully, the summer season can be just the kick-start you need.   read more

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June 30, 2013  |  11:06 PM  |  1 COMMENT
11 Healthy Smoothie Ingredients You Need to Start Buying

Some people can't start their day without a venti-sized quadruple-shot latte. Me? I can't get going without my morning green smoothie. Go ahead. Call me a crunchy, lentil-lovin' yoga snob like my co-workers do. But nothing gets me going in the morning like a kale-almond butter-blue-green algae-banana smoothie. It's my (healthy) crack in a blender.   read more

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June 3, 2013  |   2:06 PM  |  4 COMMENTS
Healthy Swaps for the Junk Food We Have a Kung-Fu Grip on

It's common knowledge that the more delicious a snack is, the more terrible it is for you. Case in point: junk food. We all know it's bad news. Heck, the name itself implies that there's unnecessary stuff hanging around. And in this case, that unnecessary stuff is extra fat, sugar, salt, and calories.   read more

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May 21, 2013  |   4:05 AM  |  6 COMMENTS
Chill Pill: 5 Simple Tips to Help You Stress Less

Stress for me is pretty much a constant. With dozens of lists constantly running through my head and never enough time to check everything off, my nerves are racked. Of course, it probably doesn't help that I plan everything from my workout schedule to my closet organization. I even plan my 30-minute power nap -- which usually just turns into a stress session full of additional list making.   Get tips

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May 3, 2013  |   8:05 AM  |  2 COMMENTS
5 Ways Positive Thinking Can Change Your Life

See the glass half full, find the silver lining, look on the bright side...there are endless platitudes and clichés that are so regularly recited, they don't seem to carry much meaning. This seems especially true on the days when metaphorical rain pours down on your metaphorical parade, or when a storm cloud seems to be hovering over your head for days on end. But taking a closer look at optimism reveals these everyday turn of phrases actually have the right idea in mind. When put into routine practice, positive thinking can change your whole life for the better...and in more ways than one.   read more

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March 27, 2013  |   1:03 PM  |  9 COMMENTS
6 Stretches That'll Change Your Life (Or at Least the Way You Sleep)

Lately, the word "full-time" has taken over my entire schedule: I have a full-time job, I'm a full-time student, and I've been a full-time health freak since this whole "new year, new you" idea started trending. So naturally, there's hardly any room to fit sleep into my jam-packed agenda. As sad as it is to say, sleep has become just another task on my checklist instead of a rejuvenating activity I need to, well...live. By the time I get home, I have just enough energy to shower, scarf down some food and watch the latest episode of "Scandal" before passing out with my iPhone in one hand and a to-do list running through my head. Basically, I'm a sleep-deprived mess.   See stretches

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March 7, 2013  |   8:03 AM  |  5 COMMENTS
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