Teen Spending and the High Price of Fitting In

Kids are subjected to as many as 5,000 advertisements a day, according to Nathan Dungan, financial educator and founder of Share Save Spend. “Companies play on kids’ insecurities and their need to belong,” he says. Kids have become walking billboards with sports and designer logos emblazoned across their shirts, hats and backpacks. Glitzy, sensual ads send…

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Choosing Water Over Soda Boosts Health and Energy

Drinking tap water costs less than a penny per glass. Yet, in 2012, Americans spent $11.8 billion on bottled water — nearly 2,000 times the cost of tap water, according to the Beverage Marketing Corporation. Many consumers choose bottled water over tap because it’s more convenient or they prefer the…

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Weight Work: Why Everyone Should Strength Train

Strength training isn’t just for body builders or competitive athletes looking to bulk up. People of all ages and abilities can improve their overall health by integrating weightlifting into their weekly workouts. Resistance-based exercises can be performed using free weights, kettle bells, tubing, weight machines, or even your own body…

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Lemons Add Vitamins and Flavor

Lemons do more than add flavor to food and drinks or a fresh scent to your cleaning products. They provide powerful antioxidants that can help you build a stronger immune system and fight off diseases. Lemons are rich in Vitamin C, citric acid, folate, potassium and fiber. For centuries, they…

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The Hidden Risks of Multitasking

Multitasking is way overrated. We have the illusion of getting more stuff done, but the quality of our work usually suffers and we rarely do anything to completion. When I try to juggle several tasks at once – like answering texts, email and phone calls while working on a writing…

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Why Yin Yoga Is a Must for Type A Yogis

People are naturally drawn toward what they like and enjoy, so it’s no surprise that high-energy, hard-driving yogis tend to do strenuous, faster-paced Ashtanga-style yoga classes – often in a heated room, so they can warm up quicker, sweat more and get their heart pumping faster. By applying the ancient…

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6 Steps to Sleeping Soundly

Sleep deprived people not only walk around feeling groggy, but they also put themselves at a higher risk of chronic diseases, obesity and accidents. Here are a few simple ways you can get the sleep you need to rejuvenate and heal your body and mind: 1) Make sleep a priority.…

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6 Ways to Clear Out the Clutter

  It feels so good to get rid of stuff you no longer need – to clean out cluttered closets and overstuffed drawers, to dump moldy food sitting in the back of the fridge, or to vacuum up all the dust bunnies hiding under your furniture. This yogic principle of cleanliness or…

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How to Overcome Disabilities through Yoga

The first time I saw Shawn Sullivan roll up in a wheelchair to a power yoga class, I figured he must have misread the schedule. I had just laid out my mat and was ready to take a challenging hot vinyasa class loaded with pushups, complicated arm balances and inversions.…

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The Secret to Long-Term Weight Loss

If you’re looking for the maximum calorie burn, high-intensity aerobics is the go-to fitness activity. A vigorous one-hour swim will burn around 700 calories for the average 160-pound person. And going on an hour-long fast-paced run can burn a whopping 850 calories or more. Compare that with a typical Hatha…

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