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    1. Health Rules You Can Bend - Diet

      10. Eat as healthfully as possible every day. It's OK to occasionally eat high-calorie, low-nutrient foods. Just not too often, and not too much. "I tell people to eat as well as possible during the week, but on Saturdays to eat favorite foods in moderation. This model gives people something to look

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    2. Health Rules You Can Bend - Sleep

      3. Get eight hours of sleep a night. Many people naturally tend toward eight hours. But everyone is different, and data show that people who sleep seven hours a night actually live longer. Are you well rested the next day, or are you tired? "The key is how you feel," says Alice D. Domar, PhD, co-aut

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    3. Health Rules You Can Bend - Colds

      2. Stay away from people with colds. Unless you have lung disease or bad asthma, it’s fine to be around people with colds. "No one should be so health obsessed as to engage in antisocial behavior," says Norman H. Edelman, MD, chief medical officer of the American Lung Association. Still, you don't w

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    4. Health Rules You Can Bend - Weights

      11. A woman shouldn't lift weights unless she wants bulky muscles. Women don’t have enough testosterone or other male androgen hormones needed to really bulk up. Lifting low to moderate amounts of weight, multiple times, tones muscles but does not oversize them, notes Jonathan Chang, MD, clinical as

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    5. Health Rules You Can Bend - Exercise

      5. When it comes to exercise, no pain, no gain. You need to make an effort. But you don't need to work out to the point of exhaustion if your goal is a healthier heart. For instance, if you walk for an hour at a 4-mile pace, you'll burn about 400 calories. That’s in the same range as running for 30

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    6. Health Rules You Can Bend - Fruits and Veggies

      4. Eat five to seven servings of fruits and vegetables every day. There’s no study showing that amount is optimal. Studies do show that people who eat more fruits and veggies tend to be healthier. But no one has compared five to seven servings to, for example, three to five. So do eat plenty of frui

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    7. Health Rules You Can Bend - Kids' Checkups

      7. Older children should have a yearly checkup with blood work. There is no proof that yearly checkups detect unknown illnesses, says Dennis Woo, MD, a pediatrician at the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital. Woo says that unless health issues are involved, children older than

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    8. Having a Bad Air Day? Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

      You may be having a bad air day every day -- and we are not talking about outdoor air. The indoor air quality in your home may be affecting your health and the health of your family members. "Indoor air quality can be worse than outdoor air quality in almost every case,” says William J. Calhoun, MD,

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    9. 75 Ways To Be Your Healthiest Ever

      From its first year of publication, GH has urged readers to live healthfully — to take "a walk before breakfast" (1885), "eat more fish" (1932), and get "at least eight hours of sleep" (1933). The tips here, whether from our early days or fresh from the latest journals, have one thing in common: The

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    10. The New HPV Test You Should Ask Your Doctor About

      By Shari Sims There's a new, more sensitive way to screen for cervical cancer — yet only 15 percent of doctors are using it. Why the Pap may no longer be enough. Suppose there were a screening test for cervical cancer that could detect potential dangers with far more sensitivity than the Pap. A test

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