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Zacurate Pro Series 500DL Fingertip Pulse Oximeter Blood Oxygen Saturation Monitor with Silicon Cover

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Ob-Gyns on TikTok Are Answering the Sexual Health Questions You May Be Too Afraid to Ask

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Heavy periods. Birth-control mishaps. Painful sex. Ob-gyns have seen and heard it all. Yet many people still find themselves feeling embarrassed or uncomfortable about opening up to their doctor. If that's you, try following any of these amazing ob-gyns on TikTok. They'll answer some of the most commonly asked questions, like what to expect during your first Pap smear, how and when to be screened for STIs, and what is (and isn't) safe to put down there. But most importantly, they'll help you see that ob-gyns - including your own - just really want to help.Keep reading for a list of must-follow docs, and be sure to check in with your physician if you have any concerns about your own health.

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I'm a Yoga Instructor, and These 5 Stretches Relieved My Plantar Fasciitis Pain From Running

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I dealt with the pain of plantar fasciitis back in the spring of 2019 when the warmer weather inspired me to start running more. The physical therapist I saw recommended some exercises to help heal, but to be honest, they didn't work. The only thing that helped was taking a break from any type of running or jumping in my CrossFit classes.Fast forward to spring 2020 and when my CrossFit gym had to close because of the pandemic, the warmer weather once again inspired me to run outside - it was essential for my mental health. I knew I had to take it slow in order to prevent my plantar fasciitis from flaring up, but unfortunately after that first week, I was back in pain, and even walking from the bed to the bathroom was excruciating.As a yoga instructor, I knew thoroughly and consistently (that was the key!) stretching out my feet and legs would help relieve the pain, so I made a point to take a few minutes to stretch after every run. Six months later, I've been running five to s…

If You Have No Choice but to Wear a Disposable Mask Again, Take These Doctors' Advice

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With masks now being a part of everyday life, it's almost inevitable that you'll find yourself running short on them at some point. So, if you really need to go somewhere, and all you have is a disposable mask you've already worn, can you wear it again?"Wearing a disposable mask that you have already previously worn is better than wearing no mask at all, but you should do your best to change your disposable face mask every day," William A. Haseltine, PhD, author of A Family Guide to COVID and A COVID Back to School Guide and chair of the US-China Health Summit, told POPSUGAR. Dr. Haseltine noted that disposable masks can get very dirty from just one use and they can't be properly cleaned like a fabric face mask.Steven Quay, MD, PhD, a physician and scientist, agreed, explaining that "while the best practice is a new mask every time, a used mask is a 'good' option compared to going without one." While Dr. Quay doesn't recommend wearing a …

7 Fall Superfoods That May Help Boost Your Immunity During Cold and Flu Season

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When kids start going back to school and the weather begins to change, we know fall is right around the corner. While the emergence of autumn brings many favorites like pumpkin spice lattes and cozy sweaters, it also signals the start of flu season, and data suggests the cooler temperatures are also associated with an increase in other infections, like the common cold.While there's no magic food that will guarantee a sick-free fall, there are some foods that are loaded with nutrients to help keep your immune system strong. Here, you'll find seven fall favorites that certainly won't hurt your chances of staying healthy this cold and flu season. Just remember to take other steps to keep yourself in fighting shape, including getting quality sleep, incorporating moderate exercise into your routine, and properly washing your hands.

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Build Muscle, Get Stronger, and Improve Your Endurance With These 10 Sweat App Workouts

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We are huge fans of Kayla Itsines and love her fitness app, Sweat. If you're the person who's always on the go, you don't want to worry about coming up with workout routines yourself, or you like variety, you've got to check out the Sweat app. It features workout programs from Itsines, Steph Sanzo, Chontel Duncan, and Kelsey Wells, and there's a style of training for everyone from beginners to those who are more advanced.The programs focus on bodyweight training, postpartum training, muscle building, and more! The Sweat app trainers have made exclusive workouts for POPSUGAR, and we've rounded up our favorites ahead. From HIIT to equipment-free ab workouts, you're bound to find a workout you love.Related: If You're Always Moving, You've Got to Get Your Hands on These 17 Leggings

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I Got Drunk Off This "Fit Wine," and It Didn't Ruin My Workout the Next Day

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I don't drink nearly as often as I used to, but I still enjoy getting a decent buzz on occasion. I don't love how that buzz disrupts my habits the next day, though. Even the slightest hangover usually results in me skipping my workout and eating all the junk food I can get my hands on.These days, my drink of choice is mostly red wine. I love enjoying a nice glass (or two) of red wine with dinner, friends, or while hanging out with my parents. The problem is the sugar in the wine. While it can certainly add to the flavor, it can also wreak havoc on how I feel the next day.That's why I was very excited to learn about FitVine Wine, a low-sugar, keto-friendly wine that claims to fit an active, healthy lifestyle. I decided to give it a try and see if this wine could solve my dilemma.The company makes a variety of wines, both red and white. I opted for the FitVine Wine Cabernet Sauvignon ($16). I'm not going to say I drank the entire bottle, but I'm also not going to say…

"Give Yourself Some Grace": 4 Expert-Approved Ways to Deal With Pandemic Depression

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This pandemic has become a health crisis in more ways than one. COVID-19 is a clear threat to our physical health, but the feelings of fear, uncertainty, and isolation it's led to have also created a very real mental health crisis, especially coupled with other traumatic events over the past few months: graphic displays of police brutality against Black people, devastating natural disasters, and heightening political unrest. Recent studies are already showing the effects on our mental health. By mid-April, according to a Boston University study, rates of depression symptoms had already tripled compared to pre-pandemic levels. Another study revealed that younger adults, racial minorities, essential workers, and unpaid adult caregivers reported worse mental health outcomes, increased substance abuse, and elevated suicidal ideation due to the pandemic."This is a very, very difficult time," Chevonna Gaylor, LMFT, a Los Angeles-based therapist, told POPSUGAR. "For people…

J&J’s COVID-19 Vaccine Will Enter Phase 3 Testing, the Fourth To Reach That Stage

Johnson & Johnson announced today (Sept. 23) that it is launching a large-scale Phase 3 test of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, which was developed based on science supported by the National Institutes of Health. The vaccine, being tested through the company’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals arm, will be the fourth to enter late stage studies, following candidates from Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca. Unlike those vaccine candidates, which all require two shots, J&J’s vaccine involves a single injection. That means it could require half the number of doses to immunize the same number of people.J&J’s study, named ENSEMBLE, will recruit 60,000 volunteers across eight countries—Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Mexico, Peru, South Africa and the U.S. Given the data showing that some groups are more vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19, Dr. Paul Stoffels, chief scientific officer at J&J, said the company and its study leaders are focusing on ensuring that the study inc…

This 2-Ingredient Bagel Boasts More Protein and Fewer Carbs, and We Could Cry

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Whether your goal is to lose weight or simply to eat healthfully, bread is a tough sell. A bagel piled high with your favorite spreads and toppings? Even tougher. So when I noticed a healthier, two-ingredient bagel making the rounds - beloved by Weight Watchers (now WW) fans - I had to know the secret.Made with flour and nonfat Greek yogurt, my version of the bagel came in at roughly 170 calories, with about 27 grams of carbs and 14 grams of protein. (Traditional bagels are closer to 250 calories.) The bagel itself - without any toppings - is valued at just three SmartPoints.The real question was how these two-ingredient wonders would compare to a traditional bagel. With everything I'd need already in my kitchen, I got to work.Even if you're not a seasoned cook, this recipe is definitely in your wheelhouse. All you need is a bowl to mix the flour and yogurt. I mixed it with a spoon, and it came together in under a minute.Then it was time to shape the dough. I first tried rolli…

138 POPSUGAR Fitness Instagram Live Workouts to Inspire Exercising at Home

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Need a little home workout motivation? We're teaming up with expert trainers on our POPSUGAR Fitness Instagram page to lead you through inspiring, muscle-strengthening, heart-pounding live workouts. In case you miss any of them, we're adding them to the POPSUGAR Fitness Instagram feed and rounding them all up here so you can follow along when you have time. Choose from a variety of workouts including HIIT, dance cardio, and yoga. Get ready to get sweaty and have fun, and stay tuned to our Instagram for even more live workouts to come!Related: 51 Bodyweight Workout Videos You Can Do at Home or Anywhere

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7 Ways to Prevent Headaches Caused By Too Much Screen Time

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We're all spending more time in front of screens these days, whether we're talking to family or coworkers on Zoom, scrolling through TikTok dance challenges, or binge-watching television until Netflix asks, "Are you still watching?" While these devices enable us to connect with others and get things done more efficiently, all that time staring at a screen might also be causing you some extra headaches, literally and figuratively.According to Rizwan Bashir, MD, a board-certified neurologist at AICA Orthopedics, eye strain is the most common culprit behind screen headaches. "When you're looking at screens for long periods of time, your eyes are straining to focus and engage on the screen, meaning blinking less, focusing too hard, and just overall working overtime," Dr. Bashir told POPSUGAR.Howard R. Krauss, MD, a surgical neuro-ophthalmologist at Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, CA, has coined a term for this phenomenon: ocular c…

9 Butt Workouts to Build and Strengthen Your Glutes - and All You Need Are Dumbbells

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When it comes to building glute muscle, adding weight is a great way to do it. But don't worry - that doesn't limit you to just the classic moves like squats or deadlifts. You'll see those exercises in a few of these glute-building workouts we've rounded up, but there's enough variety, with moves like bridges and fire hydrants, to keep you from getting bored while targeting your butt muscles from different angles. Win-win.As another bonus, all you need for these workouts is a pair of dumbbells (here's how to choose the right weight for you) and the internet, because all of them are right on YouTube. Try a few this week and don't forget to stretch out those glutes afterwards - you're gonna need it! (PS: some of these workouts don't come with a warmup, so make sure to complete a quick one beforehand.)

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Old Navy Is Having a Huge Leggings Sale Today - Styles Start at Just $12

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Buying activewear can get expensive. Considering that we need enough leggings to get through our weekly workouts as well as our Netflix-sessions (they're really comfortable!), shopping for workout gear can really run up your credit card bill. That's why we were thrilled to discover Old Navy's huge selection of stylish and affordable workout clothes that feel as good as they look.The stylish collection features all the major trends, like graphic prints, mesh cutouts, and running leggings with pockets. Not only do they look great, but the retailer has ensured that these stretchy leggings will fit you with the inclusion of petite, tall, and plus sizes.Not one of the pairs of leggings costs over $35 (with many starting at just $12), so you'll be able to afford to buy every style and hue you desire.Related: I Finally Got My Hands on This Popular Tie-Dye Sports Bra - It's Only $22 Now

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I’ve Been Using This 1 Piece of Running Gear For 6 Months and Now I Can't Run Without It!

All the Benefits of Interval Sprint Running - and 2 Sessions to Get You Started

4 Tips For Using Dumbbells During the Arms Portion of Your At-Home Cycling Workout

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Guessing has always been my strategy when choosing dumbbells for the arms portion of an indoor cycling workout. As you can imagine, it hasn't worked out well for me. I've either completed an entire arms circuit without feeling a thing, or I'm too fatigued to finish all the reps of the first exercise.Now that I have my own at-home bike (and some new arm-strengthening goals!), I want to get the most out of my upper body circuits - so, for guidance, I turned to Dilan Gomih, a NASM-certified personal trainer, cycling instructor, and Barry's instructor. Ahead, check out Gomih's tips for choosing the right dumbbells and using them properly.Try Arms Off Your BikeWhen combining short arm circuits and cycling, consider unclipping from your bike for the strength-training segment. "By doing so, you will actually have much better form when performing your moves, and they will thus be more effective," Gomih says.When I'm following a cycling workout that doesn'…

Unwind With These Seriously Relaxing Deep Sleep Meditation Videos on YouTube

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Lying in bed, heart racing, my thoughts are crowded with things I didn't get done that day. I forgot to switch the laundry, again, I never responded to that email, and did I lock the front door? Sometimes, my anxiety is so bad that I have trouble falling asleep for hours. Other times, I wake up in the middle of the night and have to read or watch TV to help me drift off again. All this fragmented rest catches up to me, making me feel irritable, cranky, and downright moody. One thing that does help though, is watching a deep sleep meditation video on YouTube. Deep sleep meditation helps you to let go of your stress and relax your mind before bed. Take a few minutes at the end of the night to go through one of these video sequences, or press play next time you wake up with insomnia. They are calming, easy, and relaxing, and should help you fall into a deeper sleep.

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Sleep In and Still Fit Your Workout in With These 20-Minute Ab Workout Videos on YouTube

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Raise your hand if you've ever skipped a workout to sleep in. Or to drink wine. Or to go shopping, call your mom, clean the house. Trust me, I have done all of those things, too. Sometimes, the energy to work-out and then shower afterward is just too much to handle but, of course, the benefits of exercise are numerous, even if you can only fit in a few minutes a day. For the days when I'm feeling extra un-motivated, I like to turn on a 20-minute ab workout video on YouTube - they're short and sweet, but have you burning hundreds of active calories and working up your core strength in no time. It's not just about crunches - you'll be doing bicycles, planks, knee pulls, leg raises, and more moves that you will definitely feel the next day. Ahead, you'll find a selection of 20-minute ab workout videos to stream, so you can hit that snooze button and still fit in a little exercise before work.

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Zacurate Pro Series 500DL Fingertip Pulse Oximeter Blood Oxygen Saturation Monitor with Silicon Cover

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Zacurate Pro Series 500DL Fingertip Pulse Oximeter Blood Oxygen Saturation Monitor with Silicon Cover, Batteries and Lanyard (Royal Black)List Price: $35
With Deal: $25
You Save: $10 (29%) Now you can accurately and reliably determine your SpO2 (Blood Oxygen Saturation Levels), Pulse Rate and Pulse Strength.
Designed for sports enthusiasts, aviators, trainers, bikers, mountain climbers or anyone who wants to obtain their SpO2 on the go.Buy from AmazonBuy from Amazon

The Playbook: What Happened Between Jose Mourinho and Anders Frisk?

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One of the episodes in Netflix's sports docuseries The Playbook features Jose Mourinho, a Portuguese professional football (soccer) manager, who is one of the most decorated managers ever - he's won 20 titles in 10 years across four countries!In the part of the episode about Mourinho's rule number four for life, "Some Rules Are Meant to Be Broken," a newspaper article flashes on the screen regarding what happened in March 2005 after a Champions League round of 16 tie between Chelsea and Barcelona. Mourinho accused referee Anders Frisk and Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard of breaking FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) rules. Mourinho claimed he saw Rijkaard enter Frisk's dressing room at halftime, and hinted that the coach encouraged the ref to give a red card to Chelsea striker Didier Drogba. Drogba was sent off early in the second half, and Barcelona defeated Chelsea 2-1.Frisk stated that Rijkaard had tried to speak to him at halftime, but…

Patrick Mouratoglou Is Serena Williams's Coach, but Did You Know He Also Coaches These Tennis Standouts?

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Image Source: Getty / Dylan Buell Behind every great athlete is a great coach teaching them how to improve upon their natural talent and strengthen their mental game. Netflix's new docuseries The Playbook profiles legendary coaches, exploring the rules they live by to reach success in sport and life.
Patrick Mouratoglou is a coaching legend, and he's helped athletes including Serena Williams reach the top their game. Williams is arguably the most iconic athlete Mouratoglou has trained to date and he is currently her head coach, but up-and-coming athletes like Coco Gauff are on Mouratoglou's super team where he oversees their development. Keep reading to find out more about the professional tennis players Mouratoglou is currently helping.1- Patrick Mouratoglou Oversees Coco Gauff's Development Image Source: Getty / Tim Clayton - Corbis Coco Gauff has been dubbed the future of women's tennis, and we love watching her matches. Mouratoglou helps supervise Gauff's devel…

In Honor of Summersalt's New Activewear Collection, the Brand Collaborated With APL

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When three of our favorite things come together, we've got triple the excitement. Summersalt is one of our go-to swimwear brands, and we love the size-inclusive, adorable styles. It's recently launched activewear, which will make our fall workouts that much more fun. In honor of the latest drop, the brand has teamed up with APL to create shoes that will match the collection. All we have to say is, sign us up!These pieces are comfortable, versatile, and made to move with you. We're particularly obsessed with the blue marbled set and matching APL sneakers; it makes for the perfect complete outfit. If you've been lusting after some new workout wear, the Summersalt collection is here for you.Related: The 12 Cutest Running Shoes to Pair With Your Athleisure

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If You Suffer From Achy, Tight Hips, Get Instant Relief With This 10-Minute Yoga Video

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Have your hips felt tighter and more achy lately? Yoga instructor Bria Hamlet shared this 10-minute video on her YouTube channel to open your tight hips. This sequence is perfect for a beginner or an intermediate yogi as it's slow-paced and focuses on holding poses to get a deeper stretch. The video includes moves such as hip circles, Child's Pose, and Downward Facing Dog. As a bonus, this yoga flow is relaxing, so it can also help relieve stress and induce a sense of calm.Hamlet told POPSUGAR, "I sequenced it to combat tightness from excessive sitting, especially during this pandemic, and it can be modified to various skill levels. I'd recommend completing it at least twice a week!" Find a quiet space to get on the floor, and take the next 10 minutes just for you, to breathe deeply and move with intention.Related: I Did 7 Minutes of Hip Stretches Every Day; After 2 Weeks, My Body Felt Completely Different

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The Playbook: Could Coach Jill Ellis Make a Return to Soccer Soon?

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Netflix's The Playbook spotlights several famed coaches, including Jill Ellis, who led the United States women's soccer team to back-to-back World Cup championships before stepping down in 2019. Wondering what Ellis has been up to since her departure from the USWNT? Here's what you didn't learn during her episode of the docuseries.When Ellis announced her departure in July 2019, US Soccer noted that she would "continue on with US Soccer for at least the next year in the role of an Ambassador, which will include representing the Federation at various events and speaking engagements." Of course, only months after her retirement in Oct. 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe, canceling sports seasons and undoubtedly leaving her responsibilities as an ambassador in a very different place than anticipated.However, this year, Ellis was reportedly on the shortlist for not one, but two major coaching gigs. In August, The Guardian reported that Ellis was one of t…

If All You've Got Is 10 Minutes, These Ab Workout Videos Are a Must-Do

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To each their own, but I really don't need more than 10 minutes tops to feel my abs beg (no, demand) for a stoppage to the core workout I'm doing. More important than timing is exercise variety, meaning that you're diversifying the types of moves you're doing. Try some dynamic moves, ones on your feet or lying down, and others that bring a real challenge such as a reverse plank with a leg lift. It's also important that you hit different parts of your core - you should definitely think outside of the box, because there's a world far beyond crunches waiting for you.Keep reading for trainer-led ab workout videos that will take you 10 minutes (or less!) to complete right at home. Some require dumbbells; but, of course, you can modify the workouts as needed for your fitness level. Quick and effective workouts always make us feel like we've unlocked a secret to making the most out of our day!If you're looking for more videos aside from the ones ahead, you can…

I Have an Anxiety Disorder - Here Are 5 Ways I'm Coping With This Tumultuous Year

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I can't remember a time I didn't feel worried about something. As a child I fixated on issues both real and imagined, from the single question I'd answered incorrectly on a test to how I might escape my bedroom if the house caught on fire during the night. It was like my brain was trying to sprint through quicksand. I carried this sense of impending doom into adulthood, where it hovered over my career, my relationships, and my overall sense of self-worth. Finally, at the age of 31, I met with a therapist, who put a name to my invisible villain: I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), a condition that affects 6.8 million adults in the US each year.Recognizing the symptoms of GAD has allowed me to implement strategies to better manage and redirect my anxiety. I'm especially grateful for these tools in 2020 - a year best described as a cornucopia of chaos. Here are some of the methods I've used to tackle stress and uncertainty during this unprecedente…

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