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5 Apple Desserts to Make This Fall

As the weather starts to change and cooler days roll in, the switch in seasons is also evident by the festive dishes that start coming to the table: the tasty pumpkin bread, meaty chili, and of course apple everything. Apples have always been a key component of autumn. They come into season just as fall kicks into high gear, with many apple fests taking place to celebrate the new crop. Apple lovers wait on baited breath for this time of year since fresh, ripe pickings can add a crisp, sweet flavor to plenty of dishes and are often a focal point of pies, turnovers,…

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7 Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

For young children, Halloween night is one of the best of the year. But trick-or-treating can be dangerous if kids and parents aren’t careful. Take a look at some vital trick-or-treating tips before you accompany your child. 1. Plan a route in advance. Trick-or-treating could take you several streets away from your house, which can cause sore legs and a bit of frustration. Avoid long paths by mapping out a route before leaving the house. Stick to paths that you and your child are familiar with to avoid getting lost.

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7 Reasons You Should Exercise Outdoors

Have you lost motivation to exercise? Changing workout environments can help you get back on track. And there’s no better place to exercise than outdoors. You can do it in your backyard, the park, track field or even in the forest. You probably know that running outside is better than running on a treadmill. Well, you can benefit from doing strength training outdoors. All you need is a floor mat (optional) and proper technique for different bodyweight exercises. Here are 7 reasons you should exercise outdoors. 1. You will perform better I’m always able to perform more reps and do more challenging exercises…

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7 Habits That Are Destroying Your Immune System

It’s cold and flu season, and people everywhere are terrified of being brought down by an illness spread by their kids or coworkers. While these bipedal germ factories often spread illness by touching us or public items that we then touch after them, they’re not always to blame for your aches, sniffles or sore throat. Lifestyle and diet choices often determine whether you get sick more than your germ-y acquaintances. Keep reading to discover several ways your habits could be putting you at risk this cold and flu season. 1. Smoking It boggles the mind to think that with all the known health consequences associated…

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The Best Way You Can Fight Weight Gain after Weight Loss

Anyone who has tried to lose a substantial amount of weight knows that the true challenge often lies in keeping those shed pounds from creeping back on. The good news is that weight regain is not a foregone conclusion — there are strategies you can use to make your weight loss permanent. Metabolic adaptation  Several factors impact your ability to keep weight off for good, says endocrinologist Bartolome Burguera, MD, PhD.  One of the main factors is your basic metabolic rate, or how many calories your body burns while at rest. “You start losing weight and the basic metabolic rate goes down from 2,000 to 1,600, so…

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Boots: The Best and Worst Styles for Your Feet

Boots may look great. But they should feel great, too. “Look for a boot with a nice wide toe box, good arch support and side-to-side stability,” advises podiatrist Gina Hild, DPM. Follow her tips on choosing and wearing boots, and your feet will be forever grateful. High-heeled boots These boots can tighten your heel cords and load weight onto your forefoot. They can worsen capsulitis (inflamed ligaments at the base of a toe) and neuromas (thickened nerve tissue between toes). While high-heeled boots won’t cause bunions, they can make them worse. Surprisingly, boots with a 1-1/2-inch or lower heel sometimes ease Achilles tendon or heel pain.

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Is Yoga Exercise? Depends What Kind You Do

Yoga is a spiritual and physical practice that can help people improve their strength, balance and stress levels. But is yoga exercise? As many who practice yoga know, the poses and breathing exercises ― while calming ― don’t often get the heart pumping. If you want to pack physical activity into your busy schedule, this can be a turn off. But it doesn’t have to be this way. D. Enette Larson-Meyer, a metabolic energy researcher at the University of Wyoming who also happens to be a yoga teacher, has a few suggestions for people who want to make their yoga practice…

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The Scientific Reason Why Dressing for Success Works (With a Twist, Of Course)

You always hear the phrase “dress for success,” and think, sure, I’ll step it up a notch today when I get ready. And it probably works, right? You sit up taller, you receive compliments on how sharp you look, and you feel important because your attire is so much fancier than what you wear on the weekends. And now you’ve got the science to back that feeling up. As a recent Science of Us article points out, there have been past studies on how clothing affects performance. For example, the Scientific American highlights studies proving more formal outfits lead to higher…

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Don’t Apologize For Your Obsession With Fall. It’s Science.

Everyone seems to love the fall: journalists, everyone on the internet and of course pumpkin spice latte enthusiasts, in particular. What is it about autumn that gets everyone so excited? According to Kathryn Lively, professor of sociology at Dartmouth College, our obsession with the season is a social construct that starts when we’re children. “We’re conditioned from a very early age that the autumn comes with all these exciting things,” Lively told The Huffington Post. “As children, we come to associate fall with going back to school, new school supplies, seeing friends. It’s exciting, for most. We still respond to this pattern that we experienced for…

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Doctors Significantly Better Than Google, According To New Research

(Reuters Health) – Doctors are much better than symptom-checker programs at reaching a correct diagnosis, though the humans are not perfect and might benefit from using algorithms to supplement their skills, a small study suggests. In a head-to-head comparison, human doctors with access to the same information about medical history and symptoms as was put into a symptom checker got the diagnosis right 72 percent of the time, compared to 34 percent for the apps. The 23 online symptom checkers, some accessed via websites and others available as apps, included those offered by Web…