5 Reasons To Get Yourself A Workout Bestie ASAP

Celebrity besties like Reese Witherspoon and Naomi Watts have paired up to practice yoga together and we wholeheartedly applaud them. Working out with a pal is a great way to stay motivated, achieve your fitness goals and most importantly, make working out fun.

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So do as the stars do and schedule a workout date with your bestie:

1. You’ll get fit faster

Don’t worry if your workout buddy is in better shape than you. Working out with someone who’s at a higher fitness level than you can cause you to push yourself harder, meaning you’ll see results faster. According to a small 2012 study, published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, college women performed better on aerobic tasks, like bike riding, when they were told stopping early would hurt their partner’s performance.

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7 Things People With Emotional Control Don’t Do

We’ve all been there; that moment when we calm down and realize that our emotions just completely took over our bodies and caused us to behave in a way that we now regret.

While this is natural and human, the frequency of this experience is completely contingent upon how we’ve learned to regulate our emotions on a regular basis.

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The reality is that how we identify, accept and overcome emotions is entirely within our control. We don’t need to become slaves to our feelings—riding the unpredictable waves of emotional highs and lows. Instead, we can reflect on some of the things that people with more emotional control don’t do — and try to stop doing these things ourselves.

Here are seven things that people with emotional control simply don’t do:

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How to Become a Morning Person

We all have that friend that somehow jumps out of bed at the first chime of her alarm, and gets started with her packed day with a perky attitude. If she does it without a drip of coffee, it’s even more maddening.

For the rest of us, productivity before noon feels like an impossible goal, and the snooze button is at once our arch nemesis and savior. We dream of what life would be like if we could actually get stuff done before heading into the office—imagine how many more happy hours you could make it to if you got your workout in before the day started.

If you’re naturally a night owl, there’s a chance you may never love the morning. “But you can stop hating the morning,” says Norman Rosenthal, M.D., clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine and author of The Gift of Adversity. “You can stop being dysfunctional in the morning,” which for many people, is a necessity to keep their jobs, or get up and tend to their young kids.

To help you start your mornings on a happier note, we talked to experts to learn how we can do as the mythical morning people do.

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Do Probiotic Products Live Up to Their Promises?

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A daily dose of good bacteria can boost your health, but not all foods containing probiotics are created equal. Find out which are the best to add to your diet.

You’ve probably heard the term “probiotics” thrown around in your doctor’s office or grocery store, especially regarding some staple foods in your kitchen, includingyogurt, kefir, and kimchi. You might’ve also caught wind that probiotics are living microorganisms (including common bacterial strains like Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium as well as yeast), but not the scary kind that make you sick. It’s the opposite: Probiotics support proper body function by stimulating the immune system, promoting digestion, inhibiting growth of potentially harmful bacteria that lead toinfections, and producing key nutrients, such as B vitamins and folate. That’s not all: Probiotics have also shown to alleviate diarrhea and constipation, decrease the duration of colds, aid weight loss, and lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

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The Best Cannabis Strains for Insomnia

Insomniacs, this list of sleepy cannabis strains is for you. You’re tired, but your eyes just won’t close. You toss and turn until you’ve tried every humanly possible position. You wake up clouded, lethargic, and irritable. Insomnia is the worst, but luckily cannabis is shown to be an effective and safe sleep aid for many people. It can slow racing thoughts, dissolve pain, relax muscles, and deliver its own sleepy chemicals to help you fall and stay asleep. However, as many have testified, finding the right strain is key.

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We put together a list of 10 particularly sedating strains to give you an idea of what to look out for on your next visit to the dispensary. But first, some tips to keep in mind:

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Beating Crohn’s Disease: A Cannabis Journey

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In 2007, after 11 months of diarrhea and extreme stomach pain, Fatin Phoenix Ward was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. “I was on steroids and cortisone for several months,” she says. “But I had numerous side effects and my colon was still swollen. My stomach and colon were starting to feel like they were decaying on the inside, accompanied with diarrhea as well as erythema nodosum on my legs and elbows [an inflammatory condition characterized by inflammation of the fat cells under the skin, resulting in tender red nodules or lumps that are usually seen on both shins], which lead to extreme pain in my elbow joints and affected both legs. I wasn’t able to straighten my arms and grab things, nor was I able to walk for several weeks. I was paralyzed! I was completely dependent on my family’s help. The pharmaceutical drugs I had to take did not really help, but rather made everything worse, as I’ve suffered from many side effects affecting my skin and my mobility for months. I found myself in the darkest hour of my life. The pain was so strong that I couldn’t sleep, stay awake or even think straight, and it seemed that no cure was available.”

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What is a Naturopathic Doctor?

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Naturopathic physicians combine the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science. Steeped in traditional healing methods, principles and practices, naturopathic medicine focuses on holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. By using protocols that minimize the risk of harm, naturopathic physicians help facilitate the body’s inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health. It is the naturopathic physician’s role to identify and remove barriers to good health by helping to create a healing internal and external environment.

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