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IDC if I'm rushing the season! They're that good.From Cosmopolitan
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You and your kids will both benefit from these helpful hacks. From Good Housekeeping
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Don't have the cash to buy a whole new bed? Get one of these instead. From Cosmopolitan
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When test driving a new fitness tool, it's important to get to know each other before jumping into anything serious. The rowing machine, for example, looks like a one-trick pony - but, if you think you have it all figured out, think again.
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Although wearing a face mask in public is the responsible decision during a global pandemic, let's not allow the need for such a precaution to overshadow our eco-conscious judgments when deciding what type of non-medical covering to buy. As discarded single-use face masks pile up on beaches and nature trails, the environmental threat posed by these COVID-19 essentials is a fast-growing concern. Luckily, there are sustainable-style alternatives to help curb the impact of this issue — and if your current face covering (fashion-forward or otherwise) is washable and reusable, then you're already on the right track. Things like breathability and personal expression matter when picking out a mask that's best suited to our particular lifestyles (and faces) — but it's also important to consider how a mask is made, what materials it's crafted from, and, ultimately, what impact that has on the environment. By paying attention to the fabrics and production methods used to create these masks, we can make more eco-friendly choices when it comes to protecting ourselves, others, and the planet. A handful of top sustainable-retailer favorites (like Nisolo and Collina Strada) are already a step ahead of us; offering durable options made from up-cycled materials, deadstock fabrics, and/or natural fibers that are designed to last longer. Even a quick Etsy search will direct you towards an impressive selection of handmade face masks from smaller vendors — which translates to less energy and resources wasted. We've rounded up 11 such sustainable styles ahead that are ready to get the germ-shielding job done — without harming the planet in the process. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. The product details reflect the price and availability at the time of publication. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Most Breathable Face Masks For Hot Summer DaysHere's Where To Shop Fashion-Forward Face MasksHere's Where To Buy Non-Medical Face Masks Online
My gym closed due to the pandemic, so I've been getting creative with workouts at home that are effective and quick (since I'm juggling working from home and taking care of the kids), and most importantly, they have to be fun! While the kids were having their Zoom class meetings one day, I looked at my coffee table and realized I could use it like one of the wooden boxes at my gym. Here's a 30-minute workout I've been doing, and all five moves utilize my coffee table. This workout involves lots of jumping to get my heart rate up and work my lower body, but there are also some challenging plank exercises as well to strengthen my upper body and core. I ran this workout by ACE-certified trainer and weight-loss health coach Rachel MacPherson, and she said, "This workout provides both strength and cardio so you're really making the most out of your time." During the working cardio phases, MacPherson said, "Never sacrifice form for speed, but do push yourself in order to really take advantage of the cardio phase of the workout." The box jumps and elevated lateral plank walks in this workout are pretty advanced, so for the box jumps, MacPherson said to make sure you're landing softly. I actually step down one foot at a time instead of jumping both feet down to reduce the impact on my joints. If box jumps are too hard, do jump squats as listed below, or she said "take it even further down to bodyweight squats if you need to." For the elevated lateral plank walk, MacPherson said, "This is an advanced move, but it is so worth it." Just be sure to pull the shoulders away from your ears and keep your neck long to avoid shoulder or neck strain. She added, "Stay strong and push through your hands, fully extending your arms from your shoulders and bracing your core." I can't stress this enough - make sure your coffee table is sturdy! You can also use a box if you have one or a sturdy bench, but if you don't have those, check out the bodyweight modifications in the right column listed below. Related: I Walked 6 Miles a Day to Cope With Stress - Here's What Happened After 2 Weeks 30-Minute Coffee Table Workout Equipment needed: a sturdy coffee table, box, or bench Directions: After warming up for five to 10 minutes (I did Cat Cow, Down Dog, Up Dog, and jumping jacks), perform each exercise for 40 seconds followed by a 20-second rest. At the end of this round, rest for one minute. Complete six rounds total for a 30-minute workout. Finish with this 10-minute stretching routine. Living Room Workout Bodyweight modifications Side-to-side bench jump over Plank bunny hop Box step-up Alternating forward lunge Elevated lateral plank walk Lateral plank walk or plank with shoulder tap Box jump Jump squat or air squat Incline push-up Push-up Related: I Did 7 Minutes of Hip Stretches Every Day; After 2 Weeks, My Body Felt Completely Different
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From upbeat chart-toppers to mellow songs and throwbacks, there are plenty of workout playlists to try out with Amazon Music Unlimited.
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We're always shopping for new workout clothes, and we've managed to find some new favorites on Amazon. We already buy pretty much everything on the megaretailer, and it has so many cute pieces for sale at prices you'll be obsessed with. Seriously, we're talking pieces that start at $5, and nothing's over $30. If you've been interested in buying affordable workout clothes but haven't known where to look, we'd start with these 15 bestselling items. From classic sports bras to bike shorts with pockets and everything in between, these are the styles customers can't get enough of, and we have a feeling you'll feel the same way. There's also a shirt that's made to protect you from the sun, and with these temperatures, we'll take all the help we can get. Keep on reading to shop our picks. Related: I Work Out Daily, and I Just Found My New Favorite (and Most Supportive) Sports Bra
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Summer is winding down, but we are still making the most of the warm weather with nature hikes, outdoor workouts, and healthy snacks. Check out the health and fitness products our Fitness editors are loving this month.
Michelle Obama Opened Up About Her Experience with Low-Grade Depression . Michelle Obama is speaking openly about the tolls of the pandemic and the state of racial inequality in the U.S. on her mental health. In the latest episode of her podcast, Obama told journalist Michele Norris about changes in her sleep schedule and problems staying motivated. “I am dealing with some form of low-grade depression,” Obama said. . What is low-grade depression?. Symptoms of depression include a lack of interest, weight loss or gain, fatigue, low self-esteem, and suicidal thoughts. People who are experiencing low-grade depression have less severe symptoms than those with major depressive disorder. . A recent Census Bureau survey found that roughly 30% of U.S. adults are reporting symptoms of depression or anxiety, up from about 11% in 2019. . Obama said that navigating the lows requires “knowing how to replenish yourself with the things that do bring you joy,” even when the motivation isn’t there. Lifestyle changes can greatly benefit mental health. Managing low-grade depression can also involve medication or therapy
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Do Air-Purifying Plants *Actually* Work?. Volatile organic compounds, which can cause harmful health effects, have a higher concentration indoors than outdoors. . Are your house plants doing anything to help? Sadly, not much, says Michael Dixon, a plant research expert. A 2019 review of 12 previous studies found that opening up windows or using ventilation systems reduces concentrations of VOCs much faster than plants can. You'd need anywhere from 100 to 1,000 plants per square meter of floor space to remove VOCs as effectively as opening your windows. The air-purifying potted plants misconception can be traced back to a late-1980s study. A researcher tested plants' ability to remove contaminants from a 30x30 inch space. It worked, but the plants were given large doses of pollutants in a small chamber. In order to get the same effects, the researcher said you’d need about 70 spider plants in a modern 1800-square-foot home. In some cases, potted plants could even be making your air quality worse due to contaminants or microorganisms in the soil, as well as salts from fertilizer. If you really want to cleanse your indoor air, Dixon says opening a window is the most effective method