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Foam Rolling vs. Stretching: Which Is Better?

<i>Photos: Pond5</i><p><i>By Amanda Woerner for Life by DailyBurn</i><p>You know you're supposed to be foam rolling and stretching your muscles, to keep your body strong and healthy. But what if you can barely squeeze in your workouts in the first place -- let alone 10 extra minutes at the beginning and end of each …

Everything You Need to Know About How to Cook in College

Back to school? Don't settle for subpar cafeteria food. Here's how to be a master dorm chef.<p>The mere thought of campus food evokes thoughts of congealed pizza and tasteless dining-hall casserole. And when most collegians say they "cook"? They really mean they know how to stir powdered cheese into …

26 tips to help you survive a long haul flight

Being trapped in an airborne metal tube for hours on end will take a toll on even the most frequent flyer.<p>But long haul travel doesn't have to be an uncomfortable experience. Here are here are some helpful tricks that'll make economy feel like first class — or in the very least, more enjoyable.<p>One …

27 must-have travel apps for every step of your journey

Travel is one of the industries that has completely transformed by the smartphone evolution and as a result, there is an abundance of ingenious apps designed to make your trips easy to plan, cheaper, well-informed and more enjoyable.<p>Short of literally packing your bags and rooting out your …

5 Things Women With Amazing Skin Always Do Before Bed

There's more to it than getting your beauty rest.<p>Beauty sleep is important, but what you do <i>before</i> you conk out makes a difference in your complexion too. These quick pre-bedtime tips will leave your skin smoother and more radiant by the time your alarm starts buzzing.<p><b>1. Cleanse Twice</b><br>Have you ever …

7 Workouts To Try When You're Feeling Too Lazy To Move

Sometimes all we want is to stay in bed or on the couch when we know we <i>should</i> get up for a workout. When the urge to veg hits, the powerfully lazy mood seems as though it could take over your entire day.<p>However, this lethargy doesn't have to cancel out your ability to partake in and reap the real …

Where to Find the 7 Best Food Trucks in Chicago

Chicago is known for one of the most mobile foods anywhere — the hot dog. So, it’s not a stretch to think that food trucks might have a place in the …

Coconut Flour Brownies

Rich and fudge-y, these <b>Coconut Flour Brownies</b> might be the perfect choice for you if you are following a specific exclusion diet or, if you are like …

Tone Your Abs on a Mat: 5 Moves Better Than Crunches

Feel the burn, skip the crunches.<p>The mat is a great place to sculpt sexy abs. What's not so great? Only doing crunches—which utilize just a portion of your core muscles—to tone up. So we put together five intense and efficient core-strengthening moves that target <i>all</i> the regions of your abs. Here's …

Workouts

Why You Should Be Eating Carbs For Breakfast

Carbs get a bad rap. Thanks to fad diets like South Beach, Atkins and Paleo, not to mention a national gluten-free obsession, skipping grains has become a popular move over the past few decades.<p>But grain-free meals don't necessarily make for healthier meals. When you're doing it right, eating some …

The 8 Best Doughnuts in LA

Doughnuts. Do we really need to say anything else? Here are the best of the best, all around town.<p><b>Donut Snob</b><p>It's the ingredients that make these doughnuts (available at area shops like Cofax and Food + Lab) so top-drawer: natural citrus zest, fresh berries, pure Madagascar bourbon vanilla, …

In the future, you may be able to turn invisible with this roll-on squid tape

For the past century or so, military scientists say, the United States has been locked in a perpetual search for new ways to deceive its enemies' eyes.<p>In World War II, strategists covered military equipment in netting and coated it with dull-colored paint. More recently, researchers have been …

The Ultimate Chocolate Granola

ohhhk. I am seriously bursting at the seams.With joy, I mean. With joy. Granola joy and dog joy.There are two really happy things going on in my life …

These Blended Frozen Banana Recipes Are Better Than Ice Cream

It’s time to rethink the banana.<p>All you need is a freezer and a blender to transform the potassium-, serotonin- and fiber rich fruit into the creamiest, most healthy treat we’ve had all year.<p>We scoured the internet for delicious ideas, but really, you can’t go wrong: peel and slice some slightly …

Trainers Share the Worst Fitness Advice They've Ever Heard

It's a familiar scenario for many: you're at the gym when you unintentionally overhear the two nice women on the treadmills next to you discussing the parameters of their exercise routines, or a trainer doling out a piece of fitness advice to their client.<p>You catch something they say and to …

10 Genius New Uses for Dish Soap

It helps with so much more than just cleaning greasy pots and pans.<p>Dish detergent might be a sink-side staple, but its cleaning power is incredibly helpful all over the house. Because the liquid is mild, it's often a great choice over harsher chemicals (plus, we bet you've got an ever-ready …

Cleaning

What 3 Nutritionists Order at Chipotle

Yes, it is possible to get something there that's not a total calorie bomb. Here's proof.<p>It's not exactly news that a burrito loaded with cheese and sour cream is also filled with calories. But <i>The New York Times</i> revealed some sobering information about your Chipotle habit yesterday, looking at more …

Healthy Eating

Ways to Get Strong Without Lifting Weights

In a perfect world, we would always have easy access to all the fitness equipment we need, but for most of us that's just not reality.<p>Whether it's a long day at work that throws off your desire to get to the gym, a hectic travel schedule that drags you away from your fitness center or maybe you …

Toasted Oatmeal with Strawberry Chia Jam

Toasted Oatmeal with Strawberry Chia Jam and Coconut Whipped Cream<p>Author: Cookie and Kate<br>• Prep Time: 10 mins<br>• Cook Time: 25 mins<br>• Total Time: 35 …

Blondie Recipes For Those Who Know That Chocolate Doesn't Always Rule

Listen all you brownie fans, we understand your love of this rich and decadent chocolatey dessert bar. We too adore our chocolate. But the problem with brownies is that they overshadow the blondie -- and the blondie deserves better than that.<p>Blondies are just as amazing, even sometimes better, than …

Solo Travel: What to Know Before Traveling By Yourself

<i>by Lilit Marcus, Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Photo by Dougal Waters/Getty Images<p><b>If you've booked a trip by yourself, keep these tips in mind before and during your journey--they'll help you have a safer, happier solo trip.</b><p>Solo travel used to be an anomaly, but now it's so common that some hotels even have …

This Maker Created a Different Origami Figure Every Day in 2014

We’re big fans of all things making, especially paper art. But when makers take on a daily challenge involving one of the most complex forms of the medium — origami — we have to stop and stare (in admiration, of course). That’s exactly what origami artist Ross Symons made us do with his 365 Days of …

Crafting

4 Mistakes You're Making When Doing Squats

Growing your booty is not as easy as doing 50 air squats a day. Here's what you should be doing, and what you need to stay away from.<p>You're probably one of those people — like many of us — who believes the more often you work out and the harder you push yourself, the more in shape you will be. Of …

No excuses: Apps to get you in shape in no time

New year, new you, right? Well, at least until life gets in the way. Don't let your busy schedule stymie your goals to get moving with these apps.<p>The hot new fitness trend is getting in a workout in a short amount of time, from as little as seven minutes. These apps can help you fit in a workout …

Apps

5 Secretly Healthy Cupcake Recipes

Cupcakes are the new kale.<p>Not even halfway through January and your dedication to your #healthy2015 resolution is already waning (along with your tolerance for winter)? The key to staying strong is not depriving yourself of goodies, but rather turning indulgences into better-for-you treats. You <i>can</i> …

13 DIY Decor Solutions That Will Make Your Life Easier

Laundry Rooms

Packing Hacks: The Best Carry-On Bags for Your Trip

<i>SmarterTravel.com is celebrating the New Year with Packing Hacks: 31 Days to the Perfect Suitcase, a monthlong series devoted entirely to helping you become an expert packer!</i><p><i>Each day on SmarterTravel.com, we'll offer packing tips and advice, plus opportunities to win fabulous prizes along the way.</i> …

Chocolate-Walnut Brownies

This recipe comes from our book "Clean Slate: A Cookbook and Guide."

How-To: Triangle Pouch

Stitch up some quick and cute triangle pouches with this easy-to-follow tutorial from A Spoonful of Sugar!<p>Ready to start sewing? Click here to see how it’s done.