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TV before bed, wearing ballet flats: How harmful are these habits?

Better Homes and Gardens Health Director Amy Brightfield quizzes Hoda and guest cohost Savannah Guthrie about how harmful some habits really are, like not washing your face before bed or only changing your sheets every other week.

Quizzes

Should you cut fat or carbs? Study offers new answers in the diet debate

It seems like everyone is cutting carbs to try to lose weight and barely a day passes without someone touting the benefits of a carb-free life. But a new study comparing cutting carbs with cutting fat finds slashing fat provides a slight advantage when it comes to weight loss.<p>“It is best if you … …

Nutrition

Fitness Foursquare: My Way to Check In During Travel

<i>by guest blogger Gina Kim,</i> Women's Health <i>editorial intern</i><p>Wrangling my foot around my body and arching my back into position, I find it almost impossible to catch a breath.<p>"Can you hurry, please?" I ask, as I manage to half-laugh through gritted teeth.<p>"Click."<p>I first decided to instagram photos of …

Madrid

You Don't Need To Go Low-Carb To Burn Body Fat, Study Says

If you've ever tried to lose weight, you've probably gotten drawn into the argument over whether it's better to cut carbs or fat from your diet. A new study doesn't completely resolve that question, but it does provide an important insight.<p>Some proponents of the low-carb diet insist that you must …

Nutrition

How to Burn Calories Without Even Exercising

So aside from hiding your chair, how can you log more standing hours? First, ask your company if they’ll allow you to buy or build a standing desk. If not, you can always try these simple tweaks to get off your butt for at least three hours every day and stand up for your health:<p><b>Stand up while</b> …

Half Marathon Training for Beginners

Believe it or not, if your long runs are up to three miles, you're ready to train for a half-marathon. Running 13.1 miles might seem impossible now, but you will make it, as long as you take it one week -- and one mile -- at a time. With a positive mind-set, smart pacing, and strategic walk breaks, …

Marathons

Coca-Cola's New Health Venture: Coke Is Right But So Wrong

The Coca-Cola Company is right: Americans need more exercise. It is also correct in pointing out that we do not pay "enough attention to exercise." Moreover, Coke deserves praise for donating money to build fitness centers in more than 100 schools across the country. Thus, Coke can make an …

Framing

6 Things You Can Do At Night to De-Bloat And Promote Weight Loss

<b>Do a Nighttime Workout</b><br>You know that sweating can help you drop pounds, but you may think that exercising too close to bedtime can keep you up at night. Luckily, that's not true; a 2013 survey from the National Sleep Foundation found that active people are 56 to 67 percent more likely to say they …

12-year-old's fashion line, Rosie G, funds fight against cystic fibrosis

A young girl suffering from cystic fibrosis is on a mission to raise awareness of her disease — in the most fashionable way possible.<p>Grace Rose Bauer, 12, launched her fashion line Rosie G in 2013, and now she's getting ready for her biggest fashion show yet, this Saturday in Los Angeles. Her …

Genetics

More Americans using smartphones to help them stay fit

Researchers find that 20 percent of Americans use some kind of technology to track health data – most commonly, smartphone apps for functions like counting steps.

Apps

5 Fascinating Facts About Breakfast

Americans love breakfast. According to recent data, sales for breakfast items are passing those for lunch and dinner, and multiple fast food stops …

Holistic Medicine

8 Weight-Loss Mistakes Runners Make

It's true that running eats up more calories than nearly any other activity: The average man burns 124 calories per mile, and the average woman burns 105, which means a three-miler nets you a 315- to 372-calorie deficit. But you can easily overspend your calorie deficit with something as simple as …

Nutrition

The Best Workouts for Anyone Who Hates Cardio (But Needs It)

<i>By Aly Teich, Glamour</i><p>You rarely hear anyone say, "I just love cardio!" But it's a necessary evil for staying healthy, losing weight, and/or maintaining a healthy BMI (not to mention a whole host of heart benefits). How to deal? I've tested a gazillion workouts as part of my job, and I've found that …

Exercise

John Green Has A Refreshingly Honest Take On Mental Illness

John Green is dropping some real talk about what it's like to live in the spotlight with a mental illness.<p><i>The Fault in Our Stars</i> author hosted a Reddit Ask Me Anything session earlier this week, where he opened up about his experience with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and anxiety. One user asked …

Mental Health

This Healthy Snack Idea Is a Gamechanger

While you can use this trick with your standard berries-and-Greek yogurt parfait (or even just a single-serve tub of flavored yogurt if you want to go the easy route), we didn't stop there. We came up with some fresh topping ideas, too. And let us tell you: They. Are. So. Good. (Anyone who tuned …

19 Reasons Why Cycling Is the Best Exercise

So here I am enjoying my thirteenth Global Corporate Challenge (GCC) and, as always, I've discovered something new about myself as I do each time the GCC gets underway. This year I've decided that I've been neglecting the opportunity to enter cycling and swimming activities into my daily GCC step …

Swimming Pools

30 Super-Easy Healthy Dinner Recipes For Weight Loss

30 Super-Easy Healthy Dinners That'll Help You Lose Weight<p>You'll be counting down the minutes 'til you can make these healthy dinner recipes!<p>Levi Brown/Jeff Harris<p>When you get home after a long day at work, it can be so tempting to grab takeout or heat up a frozen meal instead of making dinner …

Wha Do Your Dreams Really Mean

Seven Things You Really Want To Know About Dreams<p>As a practicing psychologist, I find that my clients are fascinated by dreams. Most of them have read a little Freud, who called dreams "the royal road to the unconscious." Freud believed dreams can help us access our innermost thoughts; our fears, …

Zip-lines

Going the Distance? Hydration and Exercise

I could write all day long touting the various benefits of exercise. It's important to establish an exercise regimen because physical activity offers many health benefits, including decreasing blood pressure, increasing muscle strength, lowering blood fat levels (cholesterol and triglycerides), …

Wellness

5 Strength-Training Moves That Double as Cardio

Exercise 1 Overhead Barbell Squat<p>Hold a 35- or 45-pound barbell with your hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Place the barbell directly over your head with your arms fully extended but not locked <b>(A)</b>. Stand with feet shoulder-distance apart, and lower your hips into a squat. Lower until …

How Your Sleep Position Could Affect Your Brain

<i>By Neha Kashyap, dailyRx News Reporter</i><p>Are you a back or a stomach sleeper? The way you sleep may be linked to the likelihood of neurological decline.<p>Researchers from Stony Brook University found that side sleeping, compared to back or stomach sleeping, may more effectively remove brain waste and …

Dementia

The Top 28 Best Healthy Snacks

Nibble away with these healthy snacks that all clock in at 100 calories or less.<p>Todd Huffman<p>Computer screens, dogs, your paycheck: Some things should only come in size XL. But at snack time, smaller really can be better—even if your appetite feels super-sized. It's just a matter of figuring out …

10 Ways to Drink More Water

Get guzzling with these tips for staying hydrated<p>Time to drink up—and we don’t mean heading to the nearest happy hour. First Lady Michelle Obama recently announced her latest stay-healthy initiative with a Partnership for a Healthier America: Drink just one more glass of water a day. Sounds easy …

Workouts You Can Do in 5 Minutes or Less That Are Actually Effective

We've got awesome moves for when you have very little time to exercise.<p>Best news ever: Even quickie workouts have plenty of benefits. (Science says so!) Knock out one—or all—of these drills faster than you can think of an excuse not to.<p>For more quick workouts, check out our Shape-Up Shortcuts …

5 Awesome Reasons to Take More Naps

<b>30 Minutes:</b> <br>It can offset the inflammation caused by a crappy night's slumber.<p><b>45 Minutes:</b><br>All that dreamin' can improve memory and lower blood pressure.<p><b>60 Minutes:</b><br>An hour gets you over your midday slump better than a cup of joe, say researchers.<p><b>90 Minutes:</b><br>A full sleep cycle restores energy and …

7 Ways to Overcome Fear and Live Your Dreams

Anais Nin once wrote, "Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage".<p>If you're longing to expand your life by going after your dreams, here are seven ways to overcome fear which may be keeping you stuck.<p><b>1. Shine the light on your fear.</b><p>Pinpoint the fear that's plaguing you the most -- …

Happiness

Women's Health

How to Become a Morning Workout Person<p>Even if you're an early bird, getting up before the sun rises to go sweat your butt off can be seriously daunting. The good news: It's possible to become a morning workout person (with relatively little pain). Just follow these 7 steps<p>iStockphoto/Thinkstock<p>Pack …