How to get those 6-pack abs!

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If you want to reveal 6-pack abs by the pool or at the beachskip the crunches, and even the planks! We now know it’s all about the cardio. Exercise scientists from Auburn University did a study and found that when people did ab-exercises for 6 weeks, they didn’t lose ANY abdominal fat. That’s because we can’t spot-reduce fat. We lose it all over. However, consistent amounts of aerobic exercise – like running or swimmingcombined with strength training and a reduced calorie diet DOES result in weight loss, everywhere on your body, including your stomach.

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Do you have weird food cravings?

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Why do you crave weird food combos, like egg salad and grape soda? It’s probably because you loved them as a kid. According to the journal Appetite, past experiences of pairing sweet drinks with calorie-rich foods makes those pairings more tempting throughout our lives. The trick is to separate the two – and drink water with egg salad, and soda with broccoli. Your mind will break the association, and you’ll start to lose the craving and eat healthier.

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Got a headache?

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Ask someone to give you a back massageMassage prompts the release of feel-good neurotransmitters almost instantly. It also reduces the production of inflammatory compounds that make pain worse. And the results can last up to 24 hours!
And a massage works on a headache whether you get a back massage, or a leg or foot massage. And it doesn’t have to be a deep tissue massage either. Even light pressure will do the trick.

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Hard of hearing?

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If it seems like everybody you talk to these days is mumbling, you might want to get your hearing checked. And not JUST so you can stop saying, “Huh? What did you say?” It can also help your brain. Because researchers at Johns Hopkins found that having good hearing helps keep your brain stimulated, which reduces your risk of Alzheimer’s by 20%.

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Catching a flight?

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Arrive at the airport wearing loosenon-binding clothing – instead of tight-fitting. It’s not just about being comfortable on a long flight. It could save your life. According to travel expert Christopher Elliot, wearing form-fitting clothing can reduce circulation in your legs – which raises your risk for developing deep vein thrombosis – dangerous blood clots that can break free and lodge in your lungs or brain, and cause a stroke, or even instant death. So wear your sweats. You may not look fashionable – but you’ll live longer.

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Is it bad to down your vitamins with a cup of coffee?

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Yes. That’s according to preventive medicine expert, Dr. Mark Moyad. He says coffee revs up your gastrointestinal tract, so everything passes through more quickly – which could keep your body from absorbing all the nutrients, and send you running to the restroom instead. So if you’re having coffee AND you need to take pillswait an hour, then swallow your vitamins with water.

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Before you try Botox…

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…try some blueberries, first. Research at the University of Hawaii found the antioxidants in blueberries slow the formation of fine lines and wrinkles… because they boost production of collagen and elastin, the inner structure that keeps our skin smooth and supple. Those same compounds also help heal damaged skin – making it look younger and healthier, again.

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What boosts your odds of a car accident?

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Your MOOD! Driving angryanxious or teary-eyed makes you 10 TIMES more likely to crash! That’s because your brain is occupied elsewhere, as the emotional part overrides the rational part. Leaving you distracted, even if your eyes are on the road. Which decreases your reaction time and makes you less likely to see a risky situation before it’s too late.

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Dangerous items you may own!

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What won’t you find at the home of Dr. Seth Podolsky? He’s vice chair of the Cleveland Clinic Emergency Services Institute. And he says having these two things at your home is a recipe for disaster: Power washers and extension ladders. He says his ER team regularly treats patients for head trauma and collapsed lungs after they’ve fallen off really high ladders. And what’s up with power washers? The high-speed, powerful spray can easily cause lacerations and penetrating injuries from the jet of water itself, and any debris it might dislodge, like rocks and paint chips that shoot out like bullets.

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If you have asthma, pay attention to the Weather Channel.

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Because you’re more likely to have an asthma attack after a thunderstorm. That’s according to researchers from the University of Georgia. They say the electrical currents caused by rain and lightning break up pollen into extra-tiny particles. And the smaller they are, the farther they’ll travel on the wind, and the more likely you’ll be exposed to them. So if you have asthma and a storm is coming – stay indoors, even for a few hours afterward.

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