• by Anna Maltby

    Terry DoyleTerry Doyle

    Ok, you know SELFers are into working out--we bootcamp, we CrossFit, we Ironman--but even if you're not an extreme athlete, we say you get major props even if you just do a little. Science proves it! Below, four surprising facts about exercise.


    1. Even super-slow running helps your heart, according to a brand-new study.
    When you compare runners to people who don't run, the pavement-pounders are significantly less likely to die of cardiovascular-related causes-even if they're really slow or don't run far at all, reports TIME.

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    2. A 30-minute workout could be more effective than a 60-minute one.
    In one study, exercisers working for a half hour lost more weight after 13 weeks (7 pounds!) than those who hit the gym for a full hour--those guys only lost 5 pounds.

    3. A coffee-break-length cardio session might cure anxiety.

    After a group of sedentary women diagnosed with anxiety disorder did two 16-minute

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  • By Zhena Muzyka

    As a 24-year-old single mom, I had a young son in need of life-saving surgery and only $6 in my wallet. But I also had three other powerful motivators: hope, a love of tea, and a dream to share beautiful, aromatic, organic teas with the world. Now, 13 years later, my son is healthy and Zhena's Gypsy Tea is a thriving, purpose-driven, fair-trade, multimillion-dollar brand.

    Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world next to water, but in the U.S., it's the sixth-after water, coffee, and several brands of soda. If we drank more tea, we'd be thinner, smarter, and healthier-no kidding!

    Tea has been proven to help burn fat, increase clarity and focus, and help our bodies fight free radicals-the very things that age us and cause disease. But, teas' virtues extend far beyond the cup. Here are five unusual uses to make you reconsider throwing that tea bag away.

    Tea reduces under-eye puffiness. Black tea bags to reduce bags? Yes! Simply put your breakfast

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  • Summer fun heats up in a cosmic way this August!

    Expect plenty more support with all of your social and romantic endeavors for the first part of August!

    The August 2014 Horoscopes make it clear that entertainment and the pursuit of pleasure will continue to be a priority.

    Gain more insight into this month with a FREE Tarot reading now!

    By month's end, however, there will be an interesting shift. Suddenly, you'll find you're motivated to get back to work or school.

    By this time, you'll crave that old routine, or you will busy yourself happily by figuring out what new schedule works for your life.

    Sign up to get your FREE daily horoscope delivered to your inbox when you wake up!

    Key Astrology events to watch for this month include:

    August 10: Full Moon in Aquarius

    August 12: Venus in Leo

    August 15: Mercury in Virgo

    August 23: Sun in Virgo

    August 25: New Moon in Virgo

    Look up your zodiac sign here for more key dates and predictions for August 2014!

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  • Just a few small changes can make the world of a difference later.Just a few small changes can make the world of a difference later.

    Talk about scary: Though rare, early-onset Alzheimer's can begin as early as your '30s and '40s. And this can include everything from forgetting things that are important or getting lost in a familiar place to having difficulty managing money, according to Richard B. Lipton, M.D., a neurologist at Montefiore Medical Center in New York.

    But if you occasionally forget your wedding anniversary, don't freak out. Only 5% of Alzheimer's cases -- about five million Americans over age 65 have the disease according to the National Institute on Aging -- are early-onset and they're usually genetic. Even better: Research has also found that adopting healthy habits now may significantly reduce your risk for developing it later. Here are a few recommended steps you can take:

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    1. Ditch the junk food.
    Clear out the junk and stock up on more whole foods. Dr. Lipton suggests following a Mediterranean-style diet full of fish,

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  • By Kelley Rowland

    A couple of years ago, Anamie Saenz and Normeth Preglo of the Philippines wanted to start a class that would become the next fitness craze. So they appealed to the fairy tale femme in all of us and started a how-to-be-a-mermaid academy called the Philippines Mermaid Swimming Academy. Photo by Getty Images


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    The academy teaches the activity it refers to as "mermaiding, an artistic expression and fun whimsical way to keep fit." The PMSA is the first school in the world that focuses on the concept of mermaid swimming and also the first to make it accessible to the masses. Usually these kinds of classes are exclusively geared toward professional performers and entertainers.

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    To fully embrace the under-the-sea existence, participants wear colorful mermaid tails made of a stretch fabric with a monofin at the end. The tail is essential for the workout, as it

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  • Try This Treatment

    If there's one drawback to warm weather, it's that all that time spent outdoors can strip the natural moisture from your hair. The remedy? A deep-conditioning treatment using rich, emollient oils.

    Although many oils can be used -- olive is a favorite in Mediterranean countries, while Native Americans used jojoba -- blends are better, says Los Angeles-based stylist Philip B., who created an at-home kit as part of his line of botanical-based hair-care products. "A mix of different-size oil molecules will penetrate and condition more effectively," he explains.

    With Philip's help, we've created an easy at-home treatment that gives even the driest hair bounce and shine. Follow these steps, and remember your grade-school science: Since oil won't mix with water, it slides right off wet hair. Don't dampen your hair until the wash-and-rinse stage.

    Related: 13 Crazy Beauty Tricks That Really Work

    Go Section by Section

    Brush Hair When It's Dry

    Use a

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  • By Jane Bianchi


    It's important to choose your words carefully when speaking to a cancer patient. Though you probably mean well, it's all too easy to accidentally insult someone. According to Barbara L. Andersen, PhD, a researcher and professor of psychology, two of the best things to say are easy: "I'm sorry you're ill" and "I'm thinking of you." In fact, sometimes gestures speak louder than words. For instance, sending flowers or watching TV with your friend can offer comfort. Every cancer patient has a different opinion and experience, of course, and many know that you do mean well. But to avoid putting your foot in your mouth, don't utter these next 10 phrases. Photo by Getty Images


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    1. "You are strong and will get through this."
    Jacki Donaldson, a 44-year-old cancer survivor and writer/editor in Gainesville, FL, says this sends the message that if you need to be tough to survive. And that's not necessarily true. "I Read More »from 10 Things You Should Never Say to Someone Who Has Cancer
  • by Anna Maltby

    Stephanie FoleyStephanie Foley
    Hitting up lots of summer BBQs right about now? Well, here's a research-backed way to skip out on that "Oh god, I'm going to have to make up for this tomorrow on the elliptical" feeling--serve yourself only the amount you truly want to have eaten when all is said and done.


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    A new Cornell University study of 1,179 people finds that adults eat an average of 92 percent of what we put on our plates. The number is actually higher for meals, when we polish off almost 93 percent of our food, than for snacks, which we only scarf down 76 percent of.

    See more: Satisfying Snacks Under 200 Calories

    Now, you could interpret this as yet another we're-all-eating-too-much study, or you could think of it as an indication that you have more control over your calorie intake than you think. "Just knowing that you're likely to consume almost all of what you serve yourself can help you be more mindful of appropriate portion

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  • by Amie Valpone

    Montrose Digital StudioMontrose Digital StudioIn a world where fast food and quick-fix diet plans are everywhere, it's easy to take a detour from the path of healthy eating. A lot of times it can be hard to change our weight and our lifestyle because we're not even sure what the real problems are. Whether you struggle with cravings or just can't seem to get on board with quinoa, there are many food issues that millions of women struggle with. Luckily, for every diet issue, there is a totally doable solution that can help wiggle you out of your food rut. Check out the list below for some of the most common signs your diet needs a few touch-ups, along with a handful of solutions to help you get back on track!

    1. You are constantly hungry after you eat. If you feel hungry after your meals, it's time to check what you're putting in your body. Are you eating enough healthy fats and whole grains to hold you over and sustain you throughout your day? If not, toss a handful of raw nuts or seeds such as almonds, cashews, Read More »from 5 Signs Your Diet Needs a Makeover
  • Here's how Amy McDougall saved her life — and possibly yours too.Here's how Amy McDougall saved her life — and possibly yours too.

    On the night of April 21, 2012, Amy McDougall had a headache that really frightened her. She would get migraines from time to time, but this was different. The pain, which had started in her jaw a few days earlier, seemed like a toothache at first. Then it morphed into intense pressure in her head, leading her to believe she had a sinus infection. A trip to an urgent care clinic confirmed her suspicion, and the doctor gave Amy a prescription for antibiotics.

    The evening the headache really kicked in, Amy was at a friend's house in Silver Spring, MD, for a home jewelry show. She began to feel woozy, and a spring rain's pleasant patter in the background suddenly intensified -- except the rain wasn't falling harder: The storm-like sound was inside her own head.

    Amy felt flushed and confused: "Everything was a blank," she says. The sound kept getting louder: shhshhshhSHHSHHSHHSHH. She told the other women, "I hear this whooshing sound in my head." Although she felt panicked, Amy

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