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How Your Smartphone Ruins Your Workout

Smartphones can be a valuable tool for getting fit. They can count steps, play fitness videos, help us track our progress and connect us with workout buddies and coaches, both real-life and virtual. But when it comes to phone use during a workout, recent research suggests a few reasons to leave your device alone: Texting or talking on the phone while ...

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Best warm and boozy drinks for winter

Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and a pint of something warm to keep the cold at bay. With the cold weather embracing the nation like a damp flannel, we’re in desperate need of a winter fuel allowance. A bottle of kick. A pocket full of sunshine. Homemade warm booze. Here are some simple recipes you should try ...

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What’s the best mattress topper?

We’re all princesses frightened of sleeping on peas these days – how else to explain the rise in popularity of mattress toppers, that squidgy extra layer of comfort under your sheet, atop the bed. Memory foam is popular, but complaints include its sometimes strong smell, plus it can retain heat so well that the bed boils. As an alternative, natural ...

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How to handle going back to work (without crying at your desk)

What are the odds that you’ll wake up every morning this week, open one eye and think: ‘Why on earth is my alarm going off in the middle of the night?’ Then: reality will strike. Christmas is over. The new year has dawned. No more duvet days in your pyjamas, watching Love Actually and browsing the sales online. You actually have to work. ...

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The best Nutribullet breakfast smoothie recipes

He Nutribullet has quickly become one of the nation’s favourite kitchen devices: it was a best-seller last Christmas, with one gadget sold every 30 seconds in John Lewis. Everyone seems to have one, including the Duchess of Cambridge. For those unfamiliar with the gadget, the NutriBullet is an extractor which pulverises vegetables, nuts, seeds and even the pips and stalks of your ...

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How to Make French Toast

A classic weekend favorite, French toast is a great way to use up stale bread. Plus, it’s simple and quick to prepare. You can freeze the leftovers and pop them in the toaster or microwave for a fast weekday breakfast. Follow this step-by-step guide to create fantastic French toast every time. Step 1 GATHER INGREDIENTS To start, you’ll need: 1/3 cup ...

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Beth’s Melt in Your Mouth Barbecue Ribs

INGREDIENTS 4lbs pork ribs 3⁄4cup light brown sugar 1teaspoon hickory smoke salt 1tablespoon paprika 1tablespoon garlic powder 1⁄2teaspoon ground red pepper (optional) 2cups of your favorite barbecue sauce (mine is Sweet Baby Ray) DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 300 degrees f. Peel off tough membrane that covers the bony side of the ribs. Mix together the sugar and spices to make ...

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If you’re slugging energy drinks left and right all day long, you’re priming yourself for insomnia, nervousness, and overstimulation. It’s inevitable: The typical can of the energy-amping elixir can yield about 74mg of caffeine and upwards of 111mg, per the USDA. However, if you’re smart with when and how often you sip, an energy drink prior to a race might ...

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Let’s assume you’re following a 7% body fat diet by the book, you’re working out hard, intense and with plenty of complex, compound movements. You’re excited that body fat is melting away faster than an ice cream sandwich left in the sun, but you still want to get faster results. Getting those abs to show can be quite the process. ...

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