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Spending so much time at work can make you worse for wear—and not just mentally. Sitting improperly can up your chances for shoulder, wrist, back and neck injuries. Worse, you may not recognize your body's warning signs, such as muscle stiffness, aching and fatigue, says Jean Duffy Rath, Dip MDT, a physical therapist in Syracuse, NY. That's why it's important to change your workstation to fit your needs. "You wouldn’t drive without first adjusting your car seat—you need to do the same for your desk chair," says Dr. Duffy Rath, who suggests readjusting weekly. Here's exactly what to do to minimize pain at a desk job. Read More ›
Altering just a few of your daily habits can go a long way, protecting your noggin in the process. Even having just one more cup of coffee or one more hour of sleep can keep your mind sharp for years to come. Continue reading for advice from a nutrition researcher, an exercise expert and a scientist.
One study found that eating two or more ½-cup servings a week delayed the onset of Alzheimer's by 2½ years. Read More ›
Yes, eating a lot of vegetables is crucial for good health. But the way you prepare them can also ward off disease. Keep clicking for five easy ideas for getting the most out of your favorite veggies.
1. Stir-fry carrots or steam broccoli.
Chopping and then heating them releases carotenoids, powerful antioxidants that may help fight cancer. Read More ›
There's no denying the secret curing powers found in certain everyday items. Salt water, for instance, can take the sting out of a sore throat. And an oatmeal bath can ease eczema. So how about soothing a burn with butter? Not so fast. That and other common home remedies aren't just ineffectual; they can actually exacerbate the issue. So before you go DIY on treating bad breath, colds or cuts, check out these nine tactics to avoid. Read More ›
When you think of shaving calories from your day, a strict diet and exercise regime may come to mind. But it doesn’t have to be that hard! The following simple changes to your daily routine could help you stop snacking, get your body to burn extra calories and more. It's the little things, right?
1. Exercise at night.
Evening sweat sessions can curb cravings that watching TV can't. According to an April 2013 study in the journal Obesity, our circadian system makes us hungriest a few hours before bedtime. But you may feel fuller after working out: A different study in the journal Metabolism found that perceived fullness was higher among participants after 12 weeks of aerobic training than before they were exercising. So a brisk walk after dinner each night may make you less likely to snack before bed. Read More ›
Be amazed by what's happening during your snooze sessions
Sleep—such a peaceful word, isn't? It evokes images of closed eyes, slow breathing, dreams and relaxation. But while you're dozing, your body's systems are doing lots of crazy things that will blow your mind. Don't worry: They're all normal. Still, you may never think of hitting the hay the same way after reading this. Read More ›
Treating minor health problems doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, you may already own some of the miracle-workers in this slide show. Click through to find out which foods, drinks and craft supplies (yes, craft supplies) can make you feel better fast.
1. Soothe a Sunburn with Vinegar
Plain white vinegar helps ease the pain and itch of a recent burn, and may also prevent blisters from forming. If the burn is on your face, soak a cotton ball in vinegar and dab onto affected areas. If it's on a larger part of your body, use a washcloth or paper towel and cover your skin for 15 minutes. Read More ›
Ragweed, the biggest culprit of autumn allergies, starts pollinating in mid-August and ends with the first hard freeze. Read on to keep symptoms—like a runny nose and congestion—to a minimum.
1. Start meds before you sneeze
RX nasal corticosteroid sprays prevent your body from releasing chemicals that react to ragweed. The medication works better if it's already in your system once the allergen is airborne. Read More ›
Could when you work out help you drop pounds, or even boost your overall health? “The best time to exercise boils down to what works for you consistently,” says Jessica Matthews, an exercise physiologist and spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise. That said, there are times when exercising will keep you at your physical peak, improve your mental health and maximize your calorie burn. And there are other times that are best avoided, as they up your chances for illness or injury. Here’s how to be sneakily strategic.
1. Exercise in the Late Afternoon
If you're looking for the sweet spot for exercise, science says to lace up your sneaks between 4 and 5 P.M., when your body temp is at its highest. Studies have shown that boosts your workout—your muscles are more flexible, your strength is at its peak and your perceived exertion is at a low (read: exercise feels easier). This doesn’t mean you should quit lunchtime Zumba if that’s what works for you, cautions Matthews. But next time you’re considering upping the intensity with a boot camp class, schedule accordingly! Read More ›
The latest nutrition buzzword: probiotics, the live bacteria that maintain the balance of microorganisms (or "bugs") in your gut. And that’s proving to be vital for your health. Probiotics support digestion and strong immune function says New York City–based registered dietitian Rochelle Sirota. According to studies, they may also prevent obesity and improve your mood. You’ve no doubt heard that you can find probiotics in yogurt, but where else are the good bugs hiding? While there isn’t an official recommendation about how much probiotics you should eat, incorporating more of these 10 foods and drinks into your diet is a good start. Read More ›
Feeling sick? Used to be that you'd dial your doctor (or go straight to the ER). Now, there are more options. Click through to decide what's best for your situation.
Go here if: You have a non-urgent symptom like a sore throat or an elbow sprain during office hours. Your primary care doctor (usually a family physician or internist) is also best for checkups, shots and ongoing issues like diabetes.
Find it fast: Don't have a doctor? Check with your insurance for practitioners who are covered under your plan. You can also go to ZocDoc.com and search for local doctors who take your insurance; they'll even book appointments. Read More ›
Woman's Day editors tasted 65 jars of the sandwich staple to determine these top picks. (Someone had to do it!) But before you see the winners, learn some necessary PB lingo.
Peanut butter has to be at least 90% peanuts with no artificial sweeteners,
flavorings or preservatives—otherwise it must be labeled peanut butter spread.
Natural peanut butters don’t contain hydrogenated oils as stabilizers, so they may separate (you’ll see peanut oil at the top of the jar) and need to be stirred.
TIP: After the oil’s been stirred into natural peanut butter, store the jar upside down. Then you won’t need to restir before every use. Read More ›
Everyone seems to be on a gluten-free diet, and new gluten-free products keep cropping up on store shelves. But is gluten really bad for you? And can nixing it help you lose weight? “Many people are misinformed about who should be on a gluten-free diet,” says KT Park, MD, a clinical researcher and gastroenterologist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. “Unless you have celiac disease or another medical reason to avoid gluten, a gluten-free diet isn’t beneficial.” So before loading your shopping cart with gluten-free foods, here’s what to keep in mind. Read More ›