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Reduce Upper-Back Pain and Improve Your Posture With This 10-Minute, Chest-Opening Stretch Routine

Tension in your upper and middle back can be a pain to live with. Lots of things can lead to aches in this area, but often tight chest muscles—either from hunching over a screen all day or even having bigger boobs—can round your shoulders forward, Jessica McManus, PT, physical therapist and owner of Full Circle Wellness PT previously told Well+Good. So chest-opening exercises and stretches like this 10-minute, beginner-friendly, guided routine from East River Pilates instructor Brian Spencer can help you relieve pent-up chest tension. These moves are intended to expand and broaden your chest muscles, in particular your pectoralis major and minor.
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5 Wrinkle-Fighting Serums Over $100 That Dermatologists Swear Are *Actually* Worth It

Around 30, our bodies begin to slow down the production of collagen and elastin, which means that we’re almost guaranteed to see fine lines and wrinkles appear on our skin. Because everyone will go through these natural changes at some point (the exact timeline varies based on genetics), there are a wide array of solutions out there designed to counteract nature’s plans and leave your skin looking youthful and plump. At the dermatologist’s office, you could discuss options like injectables such as Botox or an extra potent chemical peel. But if you’re looking for a DIY solution, there are tons of dermatologist-approved serums available that can combat the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles if used consistently over time.
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With This Do-Anywhere 10-Minute Workout, You’ll Strengthen Your Core Without Even Realizing It

There's a lot you can accomplish in 10 minutes. You can clean out your fridge, catch up on e-mails, or—our favorite—squeeze in a quick workout. According to research, getting just 10 minutes of exercise can deliver some major mind/body benefits, and this week's episode of Trainer of the Month gives you a quickie core series that will strengthen your muscles in less time than it takes to clear your inbox.
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A Dermatologist Is Begging You To Follow These 3 Rules For Treating Sun Blisters This Summer

While we’re firm believers in year-round sun protection, we know it can be cumbersome to reapply SPF every few hours. And listen, we get it—mistakes happen: sunscreen gets lost in the shuffle, hard-to-reach spots are missed, and sometimes one too many poolside rosés lead to an impromptu nap in the scorching sun. We’re not here to judge. Especially because if you’re here, you’re probably suffering from sun blisters, and we know how much those can seriously hurt.
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Are You Needy in a Relationship, or Are You Simply Prioritizing Your Needs?

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The Surprising Way Strengthening Your Pelvic Floor Can Help Your Workouts—And Everyday Movements

The direct effects of a strong, well-functioning pelvic floor go beyond better sex and bladder control. Running, fitness, general activity: Your pelvic floor is tied up in the mix. And keeping these muscles (which stretch between your tailbone, pubic bone, and both sides of your pelvis) in shape is key. You’ve heard about pelvic floor physical therapy after childbirth. But this anchoring, deep-core muscle group is vital to so much of our overall fitness and health beyond postpartum wellness—strength, balance, and power are all results of pelvic floor stability.
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