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Road to Recovery
Most people look at me and assume I’ve been running my entire life. And while my childhood was filled with physical activities such as soccer, swimming, and cross-country, I didn’t fully understand the power of exercise until I laced up a pair of sne
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MAKE YOUR GOTO SPOTS Better
KNOW WHO TO TALK TO. To advocate for maintenance or improvement of a city park or trail—like installation of more lighting—call your city’s parks-and-rec department or city council. “You have a right to ask for trails that are safe,” Bourquin says. A
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The Great Escape
Jennifer Fernjack is scuba diving in crystal-clear blue water, surrounded by the most colorful fish she’s ever seen. She happily floats above stunning coral reefs and listens to the soothing hum of the bubbles coming out of her oxygen tank. The ocean
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Perspective
As a woman who runs and hikes on the regular, getting questions like “Didn’t someone get attacked on that trail?” “Are you really going out there alone?” and “Why don’t you just stay in the gym?” make me sad. They also make me angry. I don’t want to
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Sound Effects
1 7 A.M.—RISE (AND SHINE) Go for gentle, cheerful tunes. The brain comes “back online” slowly in the a.m., and more aggressive music might feel unpleasant. 2 8 A.M.—WIN YOUR WORKOUT Fast, intense hits from, say, Top 100 and classic-rock playlists may
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LEARN TO DE-ESCALATE Your Situation
Although it’s best to avoid a physical confrontation, if possible, when faced with a harasser, “offenders thrive in an environment where victims are intimidated and hesitant to speak up,” Grattan says. So any demonstration of strength, even if you’re
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Bedtime Stories
Whether it’s the symphony of late-night garbage trucks, or your kids climbing in next to you before your alarm sounds, or, worst of all, your own mind refusing to quiet down and let you doze off, getting good Zs can seem like…a minefield littered wit
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MAINTAIN YOUR brain
Research into the potential impact to our health when consuming grapes suggests that the whole grape—which contains over 1,600 natural plant compounds, including antioxidants and other polyphenols—offers a range of intriguing health benefits when inc
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Perspective
Earlier this summer, my 13-year-old daughter and I were walking on a trail after finishing a run when a man on a bicycle rode by. He made a disgusting comment about our bodies. My daughter, confused, turned to me and asked, “What did he say?” Not kno
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Liz's LETTER
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF @lizplosser I had nothing “against” therapy… but paying someone to listen to me talk about myself for 45 minutes once a week seemed like an indulgence, if I’m being honest. Did I really need it? When would I fit it into my life? Plus,
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The Champs Are Here
Clean gritty greens, herbs, and leeks effortlessly with the help of this easy-to-push lever, which doesn’t make a ton of noise and locks flat to fit in your cabinet. Zyliss Swift Dry Salad Spinner, $35, zyliss.com Finally, a line of BPA-free containe
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Leader of THE PACK
Q: Why did you start HikeClerb? A: I love hiking, and I used to go out a lot by myself. On some trails, I wouldn’t see anyone for 20 minutes at a time. That made me a little uneasy. So two years ago, I created HikeClerb so women wouldn’t have to hike
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Balancing Act
I get to work on time, pay my bills, and demonstrate the traits of a responsible grown-up. But the truth is, I’ve never become an adult when it comes to food. Leave me alone with a bag of gummy bears and it will be gone in minutes. Show me a recipe f
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Handle With Care
Sometimes it’s hard to find time to get your laundry done, prep meals, and schedule doc appointments. Now, imagine having to adult for yourself and another, well, adult. That’s the reality for 10 million millennials who look after an older relative o
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Brain Power
For years, neuroscientists were seriously bah-humbug about the brain. They pretty much thought it was a static lump that just declined over time. But recently (as in, the past 30 years—a blink of an eye in the research world), they realized they had
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Treat Yourself
Hey, spending a hot sec on your well-being isn’t selfish. “Caregiving is a roller coaster, and our natural inclination is to do, do, do,” says Priya Soni, CEO of The Caregiving Effect. She minded her father, who was suffering from a neurological cond
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Wonder Woman
Actress. Mother. Philanthropist. If you want to get Kristen Bell’s attention, might I suggest you transform into a fitness ball or a nutritional supplement, a back stretcher or a muscle roller on social media. “If I see it, I’m getting it,” the 39-ye
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Baking Soda Toothpaste: The Clean Your Mouth Has Been Waiting For
ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda Toothpastes remove up to 5X more cavity-causing plaque in hard-to-reach places than a non-Baking Soda toothpaste.Wouldn’t you want a vacuum that removed 5X more dust? Blasting your teeth with UV rays as your mouth is held op
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Debt of Gratitude
If you live in California, Rhode Island, or New Jersey, you’re in a state that has paid family leave insurance (FLI) programs. And more states will get on board in 2020. Congress also supplies tax incentives to employers who offer paid family and med
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Back To The (badass) Basics
Aside from being a fab abs exercise, this one teaches you how to engage and activate your butt. Connecting with your booty is super important for many other lower-body movements, like squats or deadlifts. HOW TO Lie on back with knees bent, feet flat
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STOP PROCRASTINATING ONCE & FOR ALL
I always put out a top-notch product if I wait until the last minute and feel the time crunch. The stress of deadlines motivates me. Ever utter similar lines while doing everything but finishing the work you speak of? This is one of the biggest—but o
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Slice of Reality
I hate pie. Sorry to say it, but I do. Apple, pecan, pumpkin…you name it, I’ll pass. (Yes, even your grandma’s “famous” recipe.) The issue here is texture. What some call decadent, I call wet. I mean, fruits, nuts, and gourds should maintain their in
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Scroll Patrol
Scroll. Screenshot. Send. Sh*t talk. That’s what I found myself doing every few months with two of my best college friends. It’s not as if I hopped onto Instagram hoping to find a post that we could all ridicule, but whenever one of us did—often pluc
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Redefining Regimen
“Routine” is not a word Mr. Mercedes actress Breeda Wool would use to describe her a.m. hours. With ever-changing call times and shoot locations, she considers herself lucky to hit her mark on schedule. But back home in L.A., now that the third seaso
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Reclaim Your Run
ON THE LAST SATURDAY OF JUNE 2019, survey Bryanna Petrie left her in-laws’ house around 5:30 a.m. and headed down a scenic road. She had four miles plus strides on tap. Petrie tries to be aware of her surroundings, formulating escape routes just in c
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Happy Homecoming
IF YOU FEEL… The Sunday Scaries after a break are the scariest. “There’s such a contrast, going from no commitments to dozens,” says Gillihan. Instead of freaking out, create a plan with a few (yes, just a few!) tasks to tackle each day. And note tha
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Perspective
It was 2017, and I had just moved to a new neighborhood. During the day, I felt completely at ease walking to and from my apartment. Sure, sometimes the sounds of my steps were woven together with calls of “Hey, baby,” “Smile, sweetheart,” and the li
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