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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 …

This Yoga Sequence Will Strengthen Your Core

Crunches are certainly not the only way to a strong core.<p>This yoga sequence from LA-based instructor Caley Alyssa works the muscles in your hips, abdomen and lower back as you train them to move together to build balance and stability.<p>The exercise will feel challenging at first, but the more you …

Yoga

7 Weight Loss Shortcuts That ACTUALLY Work

Cutting corners meets cutting pounds<p>We would never tell you to take weight-loss supplements or to try something super sketch like the corset diet. In general, making small, sustainable lifestyle changes is the best route to weight loss. But we get that doing something quick-and-easy is more …

Q: What makes Finnish teachers so special? A: It’s not brains

David Cameron argues we need to train the smartest to teach. But Finnish universities select only 10% of applicants – and not the cleverest<p>When my niece was finishing school in Finland, more than anything else she wanted to become a primary teacher. Despite her genuine interest in teaching she …

Education

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By gum, the West is wrong about Singapore

<i>Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose</i><p>- Me & Bobby McGee, Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster<p>IT must be nice to be Western and …

CNN's Fareed Zakaria pays tribute to Mr Lee Kuan Yew on his GPS cable TV show

Leading CNN journalist and Washington Post columnist Fareed Zakaria yesterday called Mr Lee Kuan Yew the most interesting man he had ever interviewed …

Asia

How to Wash Your Face: 10 Face-Washing Mistakes

The 10 Biggest Face-Washing Mistakes<p>Learn the common habits that cause annoying skin problems<p>Washing your face seems like the least complicated part of your beauty routine, right? Turns out that some common lathering habits can cause a whole list of skin woes, including dryness, irritation, …

6 Exercises You're Doing Wrong—and How to Get 'Em Right

<b>Chinups</b><br>Actually, they should be called chest-ups. That's because you should aim to pull your chest (not your chin!) to the bar to reap the max body-strengthening benefits. Doing so stops you from relying solely on your biceps and better engages the muscles around your shoulders. The result: more …

9 Ways Stress Messes With Your Body

The side effects of stress might be scarier than whatever you're worried about.<p>Stress really sucks. It sucks up your energy, your desire to get to the gym, and even your libido. And while some stress can help you kick butt when your body goes into fight-or-flight mode, daily stress can mess with …

The Secret to Dropping More than 30 Pounds Fast

It's no secret that muscle is more metabolically active than fat, so by having more lean muscle on your skeleton, you'll burn more calories even at rest. Fortunately, Darden says he discovered a super-efficient way to build muscle while losing weight: It's called "negative training," and Darden …

How to Avoid Bloating

<b>Salty Processed Products</b><br>A handful of chips, a serving of canned soup, cold cuts…if you got it from a bag or a box, it’s probably loaded with salt, which causes you to retain water and resemble a blowfish. Steer clear of these offenders as much as possible so as not to exacerbate bloating.<p><b>Soda</b><br>Those …

6 Things You Need to Know Before Trying Face Sheet Masks

<b>…And They Don’t Replace Serums, Either</b><br>“My patients prefer serums for everyday,” says Palmer. “These masks are more of a luxury, used for special events or flying when you have a lot of dryness. Used every day, they can get expensive—over $90 a week.” Although the masks can be found anywhere (your …

Skin Care

9 Eating Habits That Are Derailing Your Weight-Loss Efforts

<b>Exercising Sans Carbs</b><br>Low-carb foods might help some women shed a few pounds—but they'll backfire if you're kicking it in the gym. "High-intensity exercise requires carbohydrate fuel, and high-intensity training is what sculpts your body," says dietician Susan M. Kleiner, R.D., Ph.D., a scientific …

How to make the perfect Irish coffee

Irish coffee is one of those irredeemably naff drinks that, done well (or consumed late enough in the evening), are actually really, really nice. (See also, the pina colada, the frozen daiquiri, and almost anything containing blue curaçao.)<p>Its poor reputation stems from the fact that it is often a …

Coffee

6 Reasons You're Not Seeing Results from Your Workouts

<b>You're doing too much of the same thing.</b> It's awesome to find your fitness passion, whether it's indoor cycling, Zumba, barre classes, or running. But if that's <i>all</i> you do, you're going to get very good at it...and then any body changes you were making will drop off. Luckily, there's an easy fix: …

7 Skin-Care Ingredients You Might Be Allergic To

Before you try a new skin-care product, be aware of these common irritants.<p><b>1. Salicylic Acid</b><br>"[This] acid is the same active ingredient in aspirin," explains Engelman. "And three to five percent of the population is sensitive to aspirin, too." Salicylic acid is usually used to treat blemishes, but …

7 Foods I Prep Each Week to Make Sure I Eat as Healthy as Possible

Keri Glassman, R.D., shares the 30-minute routine that helps her make more nutritious choices all week long.<p>Sure, you <i>want</i> to reach for a healthy snack—but if you forgot to pack cut-up veggies and the vending machine is <i>right there</i>, then odds are you're going to go with the bag of pretzels. If you …

8 Mistakes That Are Slowing Your Weight Loss

Read up to lighten up.<p>Everyone makes mistakes, right? Luckily, though, these weight-loss errors are simple to fix. Learn what you might be doing wrong—and how to get back on track ASAP.<p>Mistake #1: You Have a Wimpy Breakfast<p>If you put some butter on a piece of toast and run out the door each …

15 Healthy Foods That Make You Feel Full and Satisfied

15 Healthy High-Fiber Foods That Make You Feel Full and Satisfied<p>Fill up (and not out) with these good-for-you, high-fiber foods<p>We’re about to totally bust through the notion that healthy foods can’t be filling. You see, naturally high-fiber foods are key when it comes to getting your nutrients <i>and</i> …

Healthy Eating

7 Types of Squats You Should Be Doing

7 Squat Variations You NEED to Try<p>Your go-to butt exercise could use an upgrade<p>Squats are like the LBD of your workout—they’re the perfect staple and they make your body look pretty amazing. But just like your wardrobe, your fitness routine could use some variety. For an upgrade with major results, …

Kettlebell Mistakes You're Probably Making

Mistake: You overcomplicate things<p>Kettlebell snatch? Turkish get-up? If you don’t know what a move is (or how to pronounce it), don’t do it—especially if you’re just starting out. “These exercises are probably too advanced for somebody who’s learning how to use kettlebells for the first time,” says …

How to Lose a Pound By Next Week

In order to lose one pound a week, you need to burn 3,500 calories per week, or 500 per day. But exercise is just one piece of the weight-loss puzzle. If you make diet changes by cutting calories during any given meal, then you won't be bound to intense 500-calorie burning workouts every day—you'll …

Fitness

How to Lose 15 Pounds Without Dieting

<b>The research:</b> For the study, 10 "recreationally active" college-age women (so, not athletes) of normal body weight were given a high-protein meal (45 percent protein), low-protein meal (15 percent), or no food at all before walking on a treadmill. The women who ate the high-protein meal an hour …

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 …