• If you are constantly obsessing over your health, you may want to take a closer look at what you put onto your digits the next time you hit the nail salon, experts say. And you’re going to want to avoid the neon wall of polishes altogether: Apparently, neon nail polish pretty much always contains formaldehyde resin. Ick. [Well + Good]
• Get ready to let out a big sigh of relief: If you’re looking to lose weight, you don’t necessarily need to makeover your entire life. Making tiny tweaks — think: reorganizing your fridge, standing up straight instead of slouching (guilty), and tackling your workouts with workout buddies instead of sweating solo — can pay off big when it comes to weight loss, according to exercise scientist Ellington Darden. [Women’s Health]
• Ack! If you’re anything like me, you’re making a number of these common shower mistakes, like rinsing your conditioner out of your hair after your wash your body. And making these mistakes could be screwing with your skin big time: We’re talkin’ acne, bacne (and buttne — really!), skin irritation, and more. Nooooo! [Well + Good]
• If you’re in need of some workout motivation this Monday morning (aren’t we all?), take note: A new study published in the Journal of American Heart Association found that hitting the gym regularly saved folks, on average, anywhere from $500 to $2,500 a year. Psst: You can maximize those savings with these free workouts around town. [Science of Us]
• One weekend habit that could help you shed pounds? When you head out for drinks after work with friends (because it’s the freakin’ weekend!), treat yourself to a fancy cocktail instead of a cheap happy hour deal. It’s simple math: If you’re sticking to a budget, you’ll probably indulge in just one instead of overdoing it on the cheap stuff, lowering your calorie count in the process. [Women’s Health]
• Plan on eating a salad for lunch paired with a can of sparkling water sipped through a straw? Well, if that salad has broccoli or Brussels sprouts in it, be prepared for some post-lunch bloat. Turns out we don’t have the enzyme to break those guys down well. And you may want to lose the carbonation and the straw — both of those are bloat culprits, too. Here, everything you need to know about bloating, including the unexpected everyday habits that cause it and how to best deal with it. [Women’s Health]
Drumroll, please! We are very excited to introduce you to the 16 semifinalists for this year’s Health Hero Challenge, our fifth annual search for Philly’s Health Hero. Once September 13th rolls around, we’ll be opening the contest up to reader voting here so that you — yes, you! — can select a winner.
• Earlier, I saw a headline that read something along the lines of “20 Things to Do to Have a Healthy Night.” I thought to myself, twenty things to do just so I can go to bed? Pass. But six things — six things seems manageable enough. And if you’re trying to lose weight, checking these six tasks off your to-do list in the hours leading up to lunch is a simple way to up your weight-loss game. [Men’s Health]
As I type this, I am about to spend eight hours, more or less, in my desk chair. Previous studies have suggested that, given my job of choice — one that pretty much requires me to be glued to a computer chair — I should probably just accept the fact that sitting is slowly going to kill me. Yes: Even if I squeeze in a killer sweat session when I finally do get out of my chair.
But wait! There’s hope: As the Washington Post reports, a new study, published in The Lancet, found that us desk jockeys who sit in chairs for eight hours straight might have a chance of fighting death by sitting after all — as long as we squeeze in an hour of physical activity each day. Hallelujah!