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It's Week 2 of Your Total-Body Workout Through the Trails | Women's Health

But to keep increasing your endurance and strength, we're going to ramp up your strength-training routine with a total-body workout. In the kinetic chain, or the way your muscles work together in your body, every link (a.k.a. each muscle) needs to be as strong as the next. And that full-body …

8 Recipes for Six-pack Abs

1 of 9<p>Neustockimages/Getty Images<p>6-pack Abs Recipes<p>Abs work takes a ton of patience and varying exercise. Despite all the hard work, some …

9 Easy-to-Make Pitcher Cocktail Recipes

Company's coming: Why not make the night easy by forgoing the bar in favor of a pitcher cocktail?<p>Here, nine large-batch recipes you can whip up in a flash.<p><b>Red Sangria</b><p>The original pitcher cocktail, made zippier with Lillet Rouge and Grand Marnier. <b>Get the recipe</b>.<p><b>Ginger Shandies</b><p>This beer-on-ginger …

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

Philosophers and scientists have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots<p>One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being …

Consciousness

17 Make-Ahead Breakfasts for Busy Mornings

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but busy mornings result in us skipping it altogether more often than not. These 17 make-ahead options make starting the day off right with some non-coffee sustenance much much easier. Featuring a wide spectrum of healthy <i>and</i> indulgent eats, you’ll be …

15 colorful landscape photos from around the world | CNN Travel

The Definitive Reading List of the 14 Best Books of 2014 Overall

I consider my annual best-of reading lists a kind of Old Year’s resolutions in reverse — unlike traditional resolutions, which lay out an aspirational list of priorities for the new year, these represent a look back at the books that proved themselves most worth prioritizing over the setting year. …

Surreal Places You Won't Believe Actually Exist

Our imaginations take us to grand and colorful places that we can not conceive as a reality. But what if those colors actually existed right here on Earth?<p>There are places right here on our planet that are absolutely extraordinary. They defy norms and go far beyond the beauty that a typical …

Moses, Jesus, Mohammed and Company: The Critical Problem with the Prophet System

Moses is big right now. A blockbuster movie, <i>Exodus: Gods and Kings</i>, will shortly be released, glorifying his role in leading the ancient Hebrews to freedom-- with some not insignificant assistance from God. And just about a week ago, the Texas State Board of Education approved textbooks extolling …

Best Breakfast for Your Ride

What you eat when you wake will make or break the rest of your day<p>Of all the day's meals, breakfast is the most predictable. Pick up a menu at almost any diner and the choices are pretty much the same. At home, we sit down to the same bowl of cereal or pop another bagel into the toaster. Yet …

What Happens to Your Body When You're Dreaming

As you physically power down at night, your brain—and imagination—run wild<p>• It all starts with the brain stem, which flips you into sleep mode and—once you hit the rapid eye movement (REM) stage—shuts off muscle movement. Everything but your eyes is temporarily paralyzed. (Good thing, or you'd …

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The Best Science Books of 2014

On the heels of the year’s most intelligent and imaginative children’s books come the most stimulating science books published this annum. (Step into the nonfictional time machine by revisiting the selections for 2013, 2012, and 2011.)<p>1. THE ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSE<p><i>“If we ever reach the point where we</i> …

Palawan, The Most Beautiful Island In The World, Is Sheer Perfection

It's hard to believe the Philippines are an under-appreciated tropical travel destination, especially with their extraordinary hiking, diving, beaches and of course -- islands that are THIS beautiful.<p>And while we'd like to visit every single island in the Philippines, there's one island in …

9 Ways To Make Your Home Look Expensive

New York-based home stager, Cheryl Eisen, shares her best ideas for creating stylish interiors. After years of designing spaces for high-end real estate companies, she's spilling the beans on how you can spruce up your home decor without draining your wal<p>New York-based home stager, Cheryl Eisen, …

First Look: Columbia 2014 Jacket Made With Special 'TurboDown' Insulation

Set to launch in mid-2014, Columbia Sportswear has developed a new insulation mix marketed as “down on steroids.”<p>The company was in Minneapolis last …

How Many Calories Do I Need A Day To Lose Weight? | Women's Health

And, it's also important to remember that, when it comes to cutting calories for weight loss, lower is not always better. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, your calories should never dip below 1,200. That’s because most women, unless they are very small, will burn more calories …

6 reasons religion may do more harm than good

It’s hard to argue with some of these…<p>Most British people think religion causes more harm than good according to a survey commissioned by the Huffington Post. Surprisingly, even among those who describe themselves as “very religious” 20 percent say that religion is harmful to society. For that we …

The Jurassic Coast Is Quite Possibly The Most Beautiful Place In England... With A Prehistoric Secret

By jove! We do declare we've just stumbled upon the most beautiful spot in all of England!<p>The Jurassic Coast spans 95 miles of pristine waterfront on the country's southern coast. Among the rolling trails and sandy beaches, you'll find rock formations from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous …

2014's Best Hotels in The World

Boutique-hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith have announced their best hotel award winners for 2014.<p>Boutique-hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith have announced their best hotel award winners for 2014. <i>Via HarpersBazaar.co.uk</i>

Five Sun-Drenched Caribbean Islands to Visit This Winter

With winter holidays well on the way, there's no time like the present to set sights on a sun and fun filled escape to the colorful Caribbean. Covered in rainforests, dotted with volcanoes, bursting with wildlife and waterfalls, all surrounded by endless white sand beaches, the Caribbean islands …

Adventure Dreams: 10 Classic Adventures

These are the quintessential adventure experiences you organize your year around because they require fitness, specialized gear, and maybe a large chunk of time off work. Our top ten cover life-list terrain in the mountains, ocean, and the desert and include the expert advice, gear tips, and …

Hiking

The 9 Best Money-Saving Travel Tips

1-<b>Pick Destinations Based On Currency Exchange Rates</b><p>My destinations are selected based on where the dollar is strongest. Flexibility in choosing my vacation allows me to be opportunistic.<p>Reviewing online currency valuation articles helps determine where the exchange rates are best. A strong dollar …

In Taiwan, a quest to reach Sun Moon Lake

Taiwan’s most gruelling cycling challenge heads from the depths of the dizzying marble Taroko Gorge to the KOM summit, ending at a green- and blue-hued lake surrounded by leafy hills.<p>Taiwan is a striking natural paradise of forest and parkland. Dotted with hot springs and lakes, the country is …

Hiking

The Day Dostoyevsky Discovered the Meaning of Life in a Dream

One November night in the 1870s, legendary Russian writer <b>Fyodor Dostoyevsky</b> (November 11, 1821–February 9, 1881) discovered the meaning of life in a dream — or, at least, the protagonist in his final short story did. The piece, which first appeared in the altogether revelatory <b>A Writer’s Diary</b></i> …

Banff National Park

This Canadian park boasts some of the world's finest unspoiled ecosystems.<p><b>Location:</b> Alberta <b><br>Date Established:</b> 1885 <b><br>Size:</b> 1,641,027 acres<p>Simplicity marks the origin of Banff—Canada’s first national park. In 1883, on the slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, three railway workers discovered a natural …

National Parks

Bali Time

It has been some time since my last visit to a tropical destination. Gloomy October days are perfect for for a quick escape closer to the equator. A couple of days in Bali were a perfect little retreat. Amazing nature, friendly people, tasty food, volcanoes, temples, surfers, beaches, coffee, rice …

50 Recipe Projects to Tackle This Weekend

Epic moussaka, layers of lasagna, tamales, soup dumplings, and more recipes that are worth the work.<p>Are you counting down to the weekend and/or a nice long break from work? You're probably planning on going to a museum, cleaning your house, or catching up on your favorite TV shows. But why not …

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