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How To Use Fresh Basil in 4 Surprising Ways

I look forward to the time when our basil (<i>Ocimum bacilicum</i>) is ready to begin picking each year. We’re pretty close, so my thoughts have turned to …

5 Mental Skills You Need to Get Through ANY Workout

You've got more in you—here's how to find it.<p>When you're dripping sweat, your heart is pounding, and your legs are on fire, finishing a workout is <i>tough</i>. Whether it's trucking through that last mile, squeezing in that last rep, or staying in that yoga pose for 10 more seconds, we've all been …

The 5 Phases of How to Quit Sugar for Good

Thinking about entering sugar rehab? Good thought. Here's how to tackle the seemingly impossible task.<p>Suspect you're hooked on the sweet stuff? It's time to restore your brain to its pre-sugar-fiend state. Resetting your palate and eradicating cravings isn't easy, but it is possible. Instead of …

3 HIIT Workouts You Can Do At The Beach

<i>By Alex Orlov for Life by DailyBurn</i><p>In honor of sunny days and warmer temperatures, now's the perfect time to say so long to the weight room and take things outside. And why not head straight to the shore? Apart from the beautiful views and mood boost from spending time in the sun, your muscles will …

Trouble In Paradise: Opiate Use Spikes On Martha's Vineyard

Underneath the charm of Martha's Vineyard's picturesque beaches, peaceful woods and luxury homes is a problem: Since August, there have been six overdose deaths on the island.<p>"That's a phenomenal rate for a community of 16,000 people — and that's not to mention the overdoses that haven't been …

Chia Seed Pudding Breakfast - Video Recipe

30 Health Choices All Women Should Make By Age 30

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Women's Health

What Sugar Does to Your Body

Here's what happens to your system when you eat something packed with the sweet stuff.<p>The instant something sweet touches your tongue, your taste buds direct-message your brain: <i>deee-lish</i>. Your noggin's reward system ignites, unleashing dopamine. Meanwhile, the sugar you swallowed lands in your …

10 Reasons the 5K is Freaking Awesome

You can train and still have a life, race hard and walk normally the next day, and get really fit really fast.<p>My one carry-on and six personal items are stashed in the overhead compartment. The seat pouch in front of me is crammed with the tools necessary to get us through a 13-hour flight back …

Marathons

How to Recover Between Intervals

When to walk, jog, or push the pace between intervals.<p>Speedy interval sessions require rest between repetitions—and especially when you’re pushing your limits, the natural instinct may be to stop and put your hands on your knees while you catch your breath. But experience teaches us a …

Marathons

27 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism and Torch Fat Today

Well, what are you waiting for?<p><i>By Leta Shy for POPSUGAR Fitness</i><p>If you're looking for a way to burn more calories without much more effort, you've come to the right place. Here's how you can boost your fat burn ASAP:<p><b>Do Cardio</b>Cardio is crucial for keeping your metabolism running smoothly. In one …

Nutrition

Oregon's secret surprises

Known primarily for the quirky city of Portland, Oregon is a mostly rural state that holds a landscape diversity to rival anywhere in the US. Big hitter destinations like Mt Hood, Crater Lake, Cannon Beach and the Columbia Gorge get heavy fair-weather traffic but there are plenty of other amazing …

Oregon

Driving California's Sierra Nevada

Drive up into the lofty Sierra Nevada, which conservationist John Muir called ‘The Range of Light.’ Here you can witness earth-shaking waterfalls, hug towering trees, clamber up granite domes and camp out in high-country meadows where wildflowers bloom.<p>This article is an excerpt from the thorough …

National Parks

These National Park Hotels Are as Pretty as the Parks They're In

<i>by Kristin Conard, CNTraveler.com</i><p>In 1864, with Abe Lincoln's endorsement of the Yosemite Grant, one of the nation's first protected public spaces was established -- and the groundwork was laid for more U.S. national parks. But did you know that many of these American treasures also have luxe …