“Women can definitely do pull-ups, with the proper training,” says certified personal trainer Joseph Alejandria, co-founder of Conquer Performance Training. If you’ve heard otherwise, you may have read a New York Times column entitled “Why Women Can’t Do Pull-Ups.” It discussed a study from the University of Dayton, where 17 women trained three days a week for three months … [Read more...] about Is It True Women Can’t Do Pull-ups?
Drinking red wine through a straw to keep your teeth white has become a mini trend–there’s at least one company making “wine straws” out of thick clear plastic. (What next?!) But can drinking pop or sugary drinks through a straw actually protect your teeth from cavities and stains? “It will minimize contact with your teeth,” says Euan Swan, manager of dental programs at the … [Read more...] about Will Using a Straw Save Your Teeth From Stains and Cavities?
1. Melt Fat, Fast Combining martial arts techniques and heart-pumping cardio, kickboxing is a high-energy workout that is guaranteed to burn calories and fat. “It’s an incredibly efficient workout. Kickboxing alone burns about 750 calories in an hour,” says Sammie Kennedy, CEO and creator of Femme Fitale, a women’s-only kickboxing and mixed martial arts program (MMA). “Add … [Read more...] about 5 Amazing Benefits of Kickboxing For Women
Stay active throughout your life, and you may be able to ward off memory loss. According to a study published in a recent issue of Neurology, regular exercise into old age may be more effective than mental activity at preventing “brain shrinkage”. The study involved more than 600 men and women with an average age of 70 years. Participants underwent an MRI brain scan and … [Read more...] about What You Can Do to Prevent Memory Loss
While the tanning industry has long argued that a “base tan”—achieved gradually over time—will provide protection from sunburn, more and more evidence is finding that’s just not true. The World Health Organization argues that the UVA rays used in indoor tanning salons penetrate the skin deeper and can still contribute to skin cancer. There is also no evidence to support … [Read more...] about Is It Safe To Get A Base Tan?
A true sun allergy—called solar urticaria—is very rare, affecting an estimated 0.5 percent of people. We’re not talking sunburns here! “Some 10 percent of the world’s population might have a skin reaction when exposed to the sun,” says dermatologist Gordon Searles, MD. These reactions can be broken down into two types: sun allergy and sun sensitivity. “People with a sun … [Read more...] about Are Some People Really Allergic to the Sun?
A study published in the September 2012 issue of the American Psychological Association’s journal Dreaming revealed some interesting connections between sleep position and what you dream about. For example, if you sleep on your stomach, you may be having sex dreams more often than people who sleep on their back or side. Participants in the study were asked to record the … [Read more...] about How Your Sleep Position Affects Your Dreams
1. Leisurely Biking What better way to take in the fall scenery than a leisurely bike ride? Biking is a great way to build lower body strength, including your quadriceps, hamstrings and buttocks. And, it may also improve your mood. According to a 2008 study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, biking for just 20 minutes may help to lower anxiety and increase overall … [Read more...] about 6 Fall Activities That Burn at Least 200 Calories
Surprising Psoriasis Facts Psoriasis is a common chronic inflammatory skin condition that involves red elevated patches and flaking silvery scales. Lesions may be painful and itchy, and can appear anywhere on the body, but most commonly occur on the hands, knees, elbows and scalp, says dermatologist Melinda Gooderham, MD. Psoriasis lesions occur as a result of the skin … [Read more...] about 4 Things You Should Know About Psoriasis
When life gets busy, workouts are often the first thing to go. But while they may seem like the last thing you want to include in an already busy schedule, regular exercise can actually make you more confident in your ability to balance work and home life, according to a study published online earlier this year in Human Resource Management. Exercise helps us to psychologically … [Read more...] about The #1 Reason to Schedule Your Workouts
A handful of almonds is a source of easy protein (six grams per serving!). But to get the full benefits, make sure you chew them well. The more you chew, the smaller the almond particles are and the more easily your body absorbs them, according to a panel discussion at the 2013 Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting & Food Expo. Because they’re packed with … [Read more...] about Chew Your Almonds Well for Even More Health Benefits
1. Go for variety over quantity It’s so important to get a variety of colors in your diet, including white foods like garlic and mushrooms. “Every color group offers different phytochemicals and health benefits,” says Nanci Guest, a Toronto-based registered dietitian. “Research shows you’re better off having for example, five servings in a day of different colors, than 10 … [Read more...] about 5 Tips That Will Change How You Shop at The Grocery Store
Probiotics are widely known as “friendly bacteria” that help maintain a healthy digestive system. They also boost immunity, and many healthcare practitioners recommend you have them daily. (When buying supplements, choose brands that have from 50 billion to 450 billion flora per dose.) Now researchers think some probiotics can also improve mental health, and they've come up … [Read more...] about Could Probiotics Boost Your Mood, Or Even Fight Depression?
Sobbing through Titanic for the 10th time may have actually contributed to your happiness. A new study from Ohio State University found that watching a tragic movie caused people to think about their loved ones, which boosted their overall happiness by drawing attention to the positive aspects of their lives. How happy could a tear-jerker make you? Well, that depends on the … [Read more...] about Why Sad Movies Can Make You Happy
Being hangry (angry + hungry) is a legitimate state for some people (myself included; just ask my husband!). An Ohio State University study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found low levels of blood sugar can make married people angrier and likelier to lash out at their spouses. The study, done over 21 days, measured blood glucose levels in … [Read more...] about Why Being Hangry is Bad for Your Relationship
So-called “oil pulling” is making a comeback. According to ancient holistic Ayurveda practice, swishing around an oil such as olive or coconut and then spitting it out is purported to cure some 30 ailments, from headaches to hypertension to diabetes. One claim is that it can improve oral health by controlling plaque. We asked Euan Swan, manager of dental programs at the … [Read more...] about What Is Oil Pulling (and Should You Do It)?
According to a study published in Blood Pressure Monitoring, patients with high blood pressure should avoid crossing their legs while having their blood pressure taken, as it can raise both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. (In patients without high blood pressure, only the systolic pressure rose.) Higher numbers could lead to an increased estimation of cardiovascular … [Read more...] about Does Crossing Your Legs Raise Your Blood Pressure?
While on assignment in Portugal a few years ago, CNN’s Anderson Cooper (pictured) says he suffered an eye sunburn. Here's how he described the experience on his talk show, Anderson Live: “I wake up in the middle of the night and it feels like my eyes are on fire—my eyeballs!—and I think, oh, maybe I have sand in my eyes or something. Anyway, it turns out I have sunburned my … [Read more...] about Can You Get a Sunburn On Your Eyes?