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You Can Absolutely Speed Up Weight Loss! A Beachbody Trainer Shares 3 Fitness Tips

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You Can Absolutely Speed Up Weight Loss! A Beachbody Trainer Shares 3 Fitness Tips

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You’re eating a healthy diet, watching your calorie intake, and focusing on whole, unprocessed foods. That’s the key to weight loss, but you can speed up your efforts by incorporating exercise. Beachbody supertrainer Autumn Calabrese, creator of 80 Day Obsession, shared these three fitness tips to help you find weight-loss success.

December 14, 2018 at 05:52AM

Stay More Mindful in Your Everyday Life With This 1-Week Mindfulness Plan

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Stay More Mindful in Your Everyday Life With This 1-Week Mindfulness Plan

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It seems like we’re constantly plugged in: scrolling social media, listening to podcasts, and streaming TV shows take up all of our free time. But have you ever stopped to just take a big breath and be mindful? "Mindfulness" has become such a buzzword over the last couple of years, but what does it actually mean?

David Schiller, author of Mindfulness: Ideas and Inspiration to Open Your I, best describes mindfulness as "intentional seeing" in his book. To break it down, it means to "hit pause, slow down, try to let go of the endless stream of thoughts, and just focus on what’s in front of us." This means being aware of your surroundings and your thoughts, and to be fully present.

Since we are so used to having distractions running in the background – listening to music in the car, watching TV while cooking, streaming a podcast while gardening – it’s rare we are actually present and focused on what we are doing. Although that seems like a big ask, here are everyday ways you can incorporate mindfulness into your life. For just a couple of minutes a day, you can focus on your breathing, tune out your thoughts, and keep your mind on the simple task at hand.

We’ve compiled a one-week plan for being more mindful each day. Since mindfulness isn’t meditation exactly, you may also want to add a few minutes of guided meditation into your day. Doing so will help you de-stress, focus, and have more energy for the rest of your busy life.

December 14, 2018 at 03:21AM

1 Side Effect Doctors Don’t Want You to Fret Over, If You’re Still Putting Off That Flu Shot

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1 Side Effect Doctors Don’t Want You to Fret Over, If You’re Still Putting Off That Flu Shot

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Despite the fact that it’s easier than ever to get your flu shot (many stores and standalone pharmacies even offer the vaccine for free), there are lots of reasons you might be putting it off, from stressful holiday planning to vaccine-specific questions you simply haven’t had the time to ask. Here’s one you can check off your list: the flu shot is unlikely to interact with other injections or any of the prescription or over-the-counter medications you’re taking.

"Currently there are no confirmed medications that interact with the annual flu vaccine," Carolyn Kaloostian, MD, MPH, a clinical assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, told POPSUGAR. "There were some case reports over the last 30 years of increased medication levels of some anti-seizure and blood thinning medications. However, follow-up studies have not confirmed a consistent relationship, and these are likely a result of other factors."

Phil Johnson, MD, professor of general internal medicine at McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, added that immunosuppressant or steroid drugs and certain vaccines, such as the PCV13 vaccine for pneumonia prevention (which is commonly given to adults over age 65), could make the flu vaccine less effective and cause a mild reaction it.

"However, this isn’t a situation where we would necessarily warn a patient," Dr. Johnson said. "Getting other vaccines at the same time can cause bleeding at the injection site, but your doctor generally would not use this as a reason to warn against getting a flu shot."

Why? It’s simple, really: the flu shot is just so important. "The annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect your loved ones and yourselves, as millions of people get the flu each year, and tens of thousands die from flu-related causes," Dr. Kaloostian said. The benefits far outweigh the risks and side effects, which are typically very mild.

December 14, 2018 at 02:39AM

This Is Why You’re Always Bloated During Travel – Here’s How to Fix It Before Your Next Trip

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This Is Why You’re Always Bloated During Travel – Here’s How to Fix It Before Your Next Trip

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The process of traveling – especially during the holidays – can be extremely stressful due to traffic, flight delays, and trip cancellations. Besides testing your patience, travel can also disrupt how your body functions. Nope, we aren’t talking about tight hamstrings because airlines have reduced how much leg room you have to accommodate more seats; we’re talking about your digestive system.

Not exactly the icebreaker conversation you’ll want to have with your seatmates, but it’s important to know how travel impacts your digestion. To understand how that cross-country flight is messing with your stomach, making you bloated, gassy, and constipated, POPSUGAR spoke to Samantha Nazareth, a double board-certified gastroenterologist in New York City.

Related: The 1 Thing I Never Board an Airplane Without (Hint: It’ll Minimize the Germs)

"Most people are traveling for hours on end, and not really moving a whole lot. As soon as we sit and don’t move, that slows down the movements inside of us called peristalsis," Dr. Nazareth said. Peristalsis is wave-like muscle contractions that are responsible for moving the food you eat from your esophagus to your stomach and your intestines, and eventually, you’ve got to go number two.

Getting up throughout your flight or stopping at a rest stop to shake out your legs may help slightly, but if you really want to avoid constipation and other stomach discomfort, Dr. Nazareth recommends the following three pieces of advice – and they’re easy to do.

Related: These Are the 5 Parts of the Airplane to Avoid, According to Experts

December 14, 2018 at 02:39AM

New Year, New Sports Bras: These Are the 12 Picks We’re Loving Right Now

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New Year, New Sports Bras: These Are the 12 Picks We’re Loving Right Now

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Ask any woman who works out about sports bras, and be prepared for a short monologue about her favorite brand or a horror story about the one that broke mid-sprint. People are passionate when it comes to sports bras because they’re the most critical piece of our workout wardrobe. So we’ve done a little digging and come up with our favorite picks that are available right now. Think high-support cult favorites and adorable strappy styles perfect for yoga. Now all you have to do is shop!

December 14, 2018 at 02:20AM

I Spent $48 on a Sleep Mask, and It’s Better Than Sleeping With Blackout Curtains and Ear Plugs

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I Spent $48 on a Sleep Mask, and It’s Better Than Sleeping With Blackout Curtains and Ear Plugs

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When you wake up almost every day at 4:45 a.m., sleep becomes a necessity, but also a luxury. Most days, I get around five to six hours of sleep – that is if I can fall asleep. At night, I find myself listening to the noises outside my window (because there’s always something going on in New York City), running through my to-do list for the next day, week, month, and year (I think a LOT), and worrying about my training and work schedules.

Although I try my hardest not to scroll through Instagram in bed, and follow these expert tips for better sleep, I still struggle to get a quality night’s rest most of the time.

I’ve heard a ton about weighted blankets improving sleep, but I really like my comforter, and the way my studio apartment is set up, I just don’t have enough room for another item (unless it sneakers). Because space is limited and I don’t have the funds to renovate a brownstone in Harlem, I decided to try a sleep mask.

I wish I had some great story as to how I came across the Lunya Washable Silk Sleep Mask ($48), but knowing me, I was probably shopping online at 2 a.m. Not going to lie, the price point had me feeling some kind of way, but after reading 49 reviews, I felt more confident in my purchase.

After wearing this mask every night for a couple of weeks, I know this for sure: I never want to go to bed again without it. Dramatic? It depends on who you ask, but it’s 100 percent true. So what makes this mask better than a $10 one I can find at Target? It’s machine-washable, it’s silk (which means I’m fighting off wrinkles and protecting my skin), it muffles noise, it’s better than blackout curtains, and it doesn’t leave dents on my face or hair.

A few months ago they changed the lights on my street, and ever since I’ve been dealing with obnoxious light coming through my window at night. I considered blackout curtains, but decided against them because the light is nice overall (just not when I’m trying to sleep). After a few nights of wearing this mask, I noticed I was able to sleep through the entire night (except waking up to go to the bathroom), which is very rare. The annoying people who party outside while everyone else is sleeping? Couldn’t hear them.

I also have a habit of waking up and checking every clock in sight (microwave, stove, and cable box because I live in a studio apartment) throughout the night because I’m paranoid about sleeping through my multiple alarms. Since wearing this mask at night, I’ve woken up once or twice to check the time. That’s what I call progress, people.

Investing in this eye mask was a great decision on my end, and I’m obviously not the only one who feels this way. Lunya offers six silk sleep masks, and currently, five out of six colors are sold out. Fortunately, I spoke with the team at Lunya, and they said they will be restocking and releasing new colors of the silk masks in mid-January. That gives you enough time to save up all your holiday money to get one.

If you can’t wait to get your hands on their silk mask, check out the brand’s Pima cotton Restore Mask ($48).

December 14, 2018 at 01:40AM

26 Healthy Recipes That Will Make Everyone at the Dinner Table Merry This Holiday Season

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26 Healthy Recipes That Will Make Everyone at the Dinner Table Merry This Holiday Season

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The holiday season is amazing for so many reasons, the biggest one probably being all. the. food! From peppermint bark to gingerbread, treats are all around. And while we fully support indulging in moderation, you can certainly whip up a lighter and healthier recipes that still celebrate the season.

Cutting back on a little bit of sugar, avoiding refined carbs, and just adding some more vegetables here and there can go a long way. These next 26 recipes can prove to you just how delicious having a healthy holiday can be.

Related: Raise a Glass This Season With These 13 Lightened-Up Cocktail Recipes

December 14, 2018 at 12:59AM

I’m a Dietitian, and This Is How I Avoid Gaining Weight at the Holidays

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I’m a Dietitian, and This Is How I Avoid Gaining Weight at the Holidays

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The holidays may be the most wonderful time of the year, but with your calendar double- and triple-booked with parties, booze flowing freely, and tempting treats at every turn, it’s also the most challenging time to stay on track with your fitness goals. That’s why most people gain one to two pounds over the last several weeks of the year. While that’s not excessive, it’s not a gift you can easily return with a sales receipt. Here’s the good news: you don’t have to forgo the festivities in order to avoid that holiday weight gain – instead, try these strategies that have always worked for me.

December 14, 2018 at 12:40AM

22 Coffee Mugs For the Fitness-Lover in Your Life Who’d Rather Be “Sore Than Sorry”

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22 Coffee Mugs For the Fitness-Lover in Your Life Who’d Rather Be “Sore Than Sorry”

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Picture this: it’s 6:30 am, it’s pitch dark out in the dead of Winter, and you’re dreading that early morning indoor cycling class you booked the night before when it sounded like a much better idea. You look around your apartment and let out a deep sigh. Since it’s not physically possible to plug yourself in and juice up with some energy, you go for the next best thing: coffee. The human charger. While Amazon’s giant 64-ounce coffee mug sounds appropriate for that hour, we’d like to be able to get through the class without leaving to pee every three minutes, so what we really need is something that’s going to motivate us to get to the class and be excited about it.

A coffee mug with the words, "Wake up beauty, it’s time to beast," is exactly what we’re talking about. Ahead, find 22 coffee mugs for the fitness-lover in your life who really just wants to "drink coffee, lift weights, and play with my dog," or the friend who lives and breathes "Coffee. Cardio. Cocktails."

December 14, 2018 at 12:40AM

All the Leggings You Need to Add to Your Collection in 2019

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All the Leggings You Need to Add to Your Collection in 2019

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No matter how impressive our workout wardrobe may be, we’ve always got room for more leggings. And this year, there have been quite a few pairs that made it into our Hall of Fame. If you’re going to crush your New Year’s goals, treat yourself to a great new pair of leggings. Of all the styles you could possibly choose, these are our 14 favorites. Now all you have to do is get moving.

December 13, 2018 at 11:59PM

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