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Lack of Sleep May Trigger Anxiety

Staying out all hours and making do on a few winks of sleep might not just make you look rough in the morning—it could actually cause you to feel …

Sleep

The Misguided Logic of Deporting Fat People

A South African man is facing deportation due to his stature.<p>After six years living in New Zealand, Albert Buitenhuis may have to go back to South Africa. The government decided he’s too heavy to stay.<p>Buitenhuis is now facing deportation after officials denied his request to renew his work visa. He …

Here's a Good Excuse to Eat a Steak Today

If you're jonesing for a steak—or other iron-rich foods, like spinach, liver, or nuts—here's your perfect excuse. A new study has suggested that foods rich in iron may help cut the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's later in life.<p>Researchers studied more than 2,500 people between the ages of 70 and …

It Pays To Exercise

A little sweat can pay off in big ways.<p>How's this for sweat equity: Women who worked out moderately for 20 to 30 minutes three or more times a week earned 9 percent more than those who didn't, according to one study cited in a <i>Journal of Labor Research</i> paper. Here are just a few of the ways exercise …

Types of Yoga: The Best One for You

But also like sex, the endless options mean you never have to settle for a lackluster session or the same variety every week. After all, sometimes you want it fast, other times slow, sometimes you want a lot of talking, sometimes you want silence. Here, we help you find the right practice for your …

Abs Exercises Better Than Crunches

10 Abs Exercises Better Than Crunches<p>Sayonara, situps! Kick your abs workout into overdrive by trying one of these killer tummy-toning moves.<p>If you still think that doing crunches will score you amazing abs, you're in for a rude awakening. Flattening your belly requires multi-muscle exercises that …

Endurance Training Without Injury

<b>Don't Go For Both Distance and Speed Right Away</b><br>Trying to go longer and faster simultaneously is a dangerous combination, says Newby-Fraser. Nix that idea. Instead, focus first on building up your distance. "Step one is slowing down a little bit to make it sustainable," says Newby-Fraser. Once your …

Health Blog Roundup: Get Your Health Back On Track, Learn To Love Burpees And More

<i>There are hundreds of wonderful sites on healthy living to be seen all over the blogosphere. Here at Fit Links, we'll introduce you to some that have caught our eye.</i><p>It's officially August, and we can't believe how fast the summer has been flying by. But just because summer will soon come to a close …

Not Sleeping Well? Blame the Moon

Lunar phases seem to affect the length and quality of our sleep.<p>This week in the journal <i>Current Biology</i>, Dr. Christian Cajochen and team at the University of Basel in Switzerland claim to have demonstrated that "subjective and objective measures of sleep vary according to lunar phase."<p>All the more …

Cooking Healthy Foods on the Grill

Don't limit yourself to hot dogs, hamburgers, and steaks — grilling can be a very healthful method for cooking a variety of foods because you don't …

BBQ

What Is Insomnia? The Features, Symptoms, and Causes

Though it is the most common of the various sleep disorders, one may wonder: What is insomnia? How is insomnia defined and diagnosed? When struggling …

Sleep

Can You Exercise Too Much?

Exercise is healthy (and maybe even addicting), but when it comes to hitting the gym, is there such a thing as too much? <b>When the amount of exercise</b> …

Calcium Requirements and Dietary Sources

Dietary calcium is a major mineral, and it's the most abundant mineral in the human body. Most calcium is stored in the bones, and teeth (about 99 …

Calcium

Stay Fit While You Travel

The best on-the-go fitness products<p>Don't Sweat it<p>This Type-A carry on seriously has all your organizational bases covered. Bonus: It keeps your dirty workout clothes and sand-covered bikinis sealed off in a separate compartment—which then zips out into a convenient laundry bag during or after your …

Watermelon-Strawberry Water

Less than 15 minutes<p>1<p>Sometimes, water just doesn't do it. We know it's the healthiest drink out there, but every once in a while you just need a …

4 Yoga Moves for a Better Butt

These poses are the fastest way to a backside that will make everyone jealous<p>There are some seriously cute yoga pants out there that can take you from mat to cocktails, but here's the catch: They're all pretty tight. The good news is that you don't need to hit up Google for the best butt workout …

Yoga

8 Essential Abs Moves to Get a Flat Belly

Exercise 1 Plank with Leg Lift<p>Get into a modified pushup position with your weight resting on your forearms and toes, elbows directly beneath your shoulders. Your body should form a straight line from your neck to your ankles. From that position, brace your core and lift one foot off the floor. You …

12 Ways to Fight Stress and Help Your Heart

The evidence is piling up that the answer is—yes, stress is bad for your ticker.<p>"There are studies to show that stress is comparable to other risk …

Healthier Vegetable Enchiladas

Less than 1 hour<p>4<p>12 Ingredients<p>4 1/2 cups diced mixed vegetables (we used Brussels sprouts, crimini mushrooms, bell peppers and yellow onion)<br>• 2 cloves …

Best Workout Songs

It’s smart to sync your sweat sessions to an upbeat soundtrack: music can inspire you to work out at a higher intensity, distract you from the extra effort, and help you relax, according to a 2007 review of 15 studies on the effects of music on exercise.<p>To make the most of your workouts, lace up …

Bikini Body Workout: The Ultimate Body Shaper

Exercise 1 Sumo Deadlift Shuffle<p>Grasp one end of a heavy dumbbell with both hands, arms hanging straight in front of you, and stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart, toes turned out slightly. Step your left foot out to the left, bending your knees and pushing your hips back to lower …

Running for Beginners: Proper Running Form

<b>In Midair</b> ›Don't swing your hips from side to side. (You're running, not salsa dancing!) ›Swing your arms straight back and forth; don't cross your body's central line. ›Keep your shoulders back and relaxed. ›Think of bending your knees and flexing your ankles to form 90-degree angles.<p><b>Back on the</b> …

Running and Sleep

"The underestimation of the actual performance after sleep deprivation may lead to a decision not to start an activity in operational situations because of the feeling that the activity cannot be completed successfully," the researchers wrote.<p>In other words, lack of sleep might make you feel like …

The 10 Best Fitness Foods for Women

Eat up, get fit! Because the path to a strong, capable, toned body begins in the kitchen

Nutrition

Stop Cravings with these Peanut Butter Breakfasts

After each experiment, researchers took participants’ blood samples and asked them to rate their appetite levels. Turns out, those who ate peanuts in the a.m. reported feeling fuller eight to 12 hours after breakfast—and peanut butter had an even stronger appetite-suppressing effect.<p>The results of …

How to Protect Your Knee to Help Avoid Cartilage Loss and Meniscal Tears

The knee is one of the most stressed joints in our body due to our bipedal or upright stance and thus gait. It is a joint articulated by two of the longest lever arms in our body: the femur and tibia. For you physics minds out there, that equates to a high torque and pressure across this …

Hot Yoga

Surprisingly, no difference between the core body temperatures after the two classes was found. After both, the student’s core temperatures rose to an average of 99 degrees, well below the unsafe 104-degree level when you start seeing trouble, says study author John Porcari, PhD, an exercise and …

How long can you go without sleep?

There is no doubt that shut-eye is essential for humans. But how much do you need, what is it for and what happens if you don’t get enough?<p>James May delves into the mysteries that still surround a good night’s sleep.<p><i>For more videos subscribe to the Head Squeeze channel on YouTube.</i>

Sleep

Sleep and Tech Gadgets

So for this study, researchers set out to see if it was possible to get smartphones, tablets, and other devices—all suspected to hamper sleep quality when used before bed—way below that: under the 30-lux mark. After using a light monitor to measure the brightness of a variety of gadgets, they found …