5 Hacks For A Healthier Week — May 31 2015

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Dust off that stability ball; it’s time to master Stir the Pot, this move from Shape. By forcing your body to remain stable, Stir the Pot engages multiple muscles and serves as an excellent ab workout. As summer approaches, don’t forget this important checklist of markers for melanoma from Self. If a mole is asymmetrical, has an irregular border, or the color just doesn’t seem right, talk to a dermatologist — and don't forget to wear sunscreen. It turns out that red wine isn’t the only drink with health benefits: The tipple's ability to lower cholesterol is a trait actually shared by almost all alcoholic beverages. Next time you pack snacks for a long trip, consider bringing baby food. Yes, even if you're traveling sans infant. Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, authors of Whole30, explained to Well + Good that “the only ingredients [in baby food] are the vegetables and fruits, with no added sugar. They don’t provide a ton of calories, but...they’re a really good, convenient option.” Looking for a new sneaker? Start by measuring your foot after 4 p.m. Feet have been shown to swell over the course of a day, so a morning size-check might not do you any good if you’ll be wearing the sneaker in the evening. This graph can help you pick your next shoe.

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