The Checkup: Words for All the Emotions You’ve Never Been Able to Explain

• Humans are strange creatures and our brains are filled with all sorts of odd thoughts (“I wonder what Missy Elliot is doing today”) and emotions (“I’m not sad, exactly — my heart just feels like a train ran over it, then reversed back onto it, pressed the brakes and stayed there”), many of which we have a hard time describing. To help us out, the folks over at Science of Us have created a handy list of real words  from around the world — like pronoia and malu — for emotions you never knew how to describe before. Guarantee: The list will have you saying “Ahhhhh-ha!” for a good five minutes. [Science of Us] Read more »

The Checkup: The 7-Minute Workout You Can Definitely Fit Into Your Busy Schedule

• Feeling a little competitive this Monday morning? This seven-minute HIIT workout has its own point system, allowing you to challenge your fittest friend, and it makes for a great way to get your heart pumping in a short amount of time before heading to work. Plus, it’s only seven minutes long, so don’t even try to tell us you’re too busy. [Greatist] Read more »

The Checkup: The Smart Smoothie Trick to Save Tons of Time

• ‘Tis the beginning of everyone’s favorite season: smoothie season. To get your breakfast sip on without spending your mornings figuring out what to throw in the blender — then chopping, then blending — prep individual freezer bags filled with smoothie ingredients on Sunday night. Then, throughout the week, you can just pull one out and pop it in the blender, saving yourself lots of time, and a bit of mental energy (because everything takes more effort before coffee). Easy as a pumpkin pie smoothie, right? [Self] Read more »

The Checkup: The Leafy Green You Should Be Adding to Your Salads 

Sorrel: If you’ve never loaded a bunch of this leafy green into your grocery cart, you’re not alone. But you should probably start: One cup of this lemony leaf has 4 grams of fiber, three grams of protein and more potassium than a banana, blowing spinach, my personal pick for salads, out of the water. [POPSUGAR Fitness] Read more »

The Checkup: 7 Healthy Foods That Can Completely Sabotage Your Workouts

• You may think you’re doing yourself a favor by noshing on some hummus and crackers before you hit the gym, but these healthy-eating experts disagree. Same goes for leafy greens, raw seeds, and a slew of other seemingly good pre-workout foods, thanks in part to the bloat and stomach discomfort they can cause while you’re mid-lunge jump. [Women’s Health]
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The Checkup: Why You Should Just Skip Your Workout When You’re Hungover

• If St. Patrick’s Day celebrations have you feeling green this morning (see what I did there?), you should probably just skip your lunch-break spin class. As one doctor, who happens to be an expert on hangovers explains, the endorphin rush can make you feel a little bit better momentarily, but the dehydration that accompanies your sweat session could make you feel a whole lot worse. [POPSUGAR Fitness] Read more »

The Checkup: Why You Should Drink Coffee Right Before Sleeping

• Apparently, weirdly enough, coffee is the key to getting a great nap in. It takes 20 minutes for caffeine from a cup of coffee or an espresso to really kick in, so if you quickly down a cup then snooze for 20 minutes, you’ll wake up feeling super alert. We say you test run this nap trick this afternoon — for science’s sake. [Huffington Post] Read more »

The Checkup: How to Optimize Your Email Habits to Seriously Lower Stress Levels

• Email is a fickle friend: On the one hand, it’s, well, handy. And quick. But on the other hand, it can turn what might otherwise be a 9-to-5 job into an around-the-clock stressor. If inbox anxiety is weighing you down, check out these smart strategies for rehabbing your email habits for a more balanced relationship with the send button. [Huffington PostRead more »

The Checkup: The Secret Ingredient in This Low-Calorie Cookie Dough Fudge Will Blow Your Mind

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• The secret ingredient to make low-calorie cookie dough fudge you won’t feel bad about eating? Lentils. Seriously. This vegan and gluten-free cookie dough fudge is made with lentils, which ups the protein count to nearly 6 grams per serving, and it’s sweetened with dates. So really, you won’t feel bad about eating it — at all. [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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