A Bone A Day Keeps The Doctor Away
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A Bone A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

Have sex, be healthy.

Now, I have total respect for people who decide to wait until marriage or someone special to have sex for the first time -- what I don't have respect for is when they, or other people, slut shame those who do have sex frequently. What better way to make them back off than to throw the health benefits in their face?

If anyone ever tells you that you're having too much sex, you'll have some very reasonable comebacks, such as:

Sex helps your immune system.
One study says that people who had sex once or twice a week had better immune systems -- in science terms, they had higher levels of antibodies, which fend off sicknesses. Unfortunately, if you're having sex with two different people every week... that probably ups your chances of getting an STI.

Even if you're not up for being committed to one person, maybe limit yourself to only a couple different booty calls (preferably people you've had a conversation with about STI status, but I know that's not something that's always brought up in casual relationships). And condoms, always.

It can help boost your libido.
You know the saying: The more sex you have, the more sex you want. There's truth in that, especially for women (though I'm sure there's some truth in it for men as well).

For women, desire isn't something that always comes naturally. I didn't particularly want or need sex until I'd had it for the first time, and according to sex therapist Colette Malan, that is really common in women. You need to have a good amount of 'sex hormones' to feel in the mood, and sex increases those hormones.

While you shouldn't force yourself to have sex when you feel like it's a chore, you should try doing it even when you're not 100 percent in the mood. It might benefit you in the end.

The pelvic floor is important - and sex makes it stronger.
Ladies, this means that you'll be able to hold your pee longer. Seriously. I've always hated waiting in the long ladies room line up at events... maybe more sex is the answer to my woes?

Based on this article, I believe that the strengthening happens during orgasm because of the contractions that an orgasm causes. Not all sex will make the pelvic floor stronger, but when orgasms happen, it does.

For the guys - more sex may help ward off prostate cancer.
Now this isn't a sure thing, but one study did find that men who ejaculated 21+ times per month were less likely to get prostate cancer. Fortunately (or unfortunately?) ejaculation doesn't have to occur during intercourse to count in this case. Masturbation and nocturnal emission count too.

Since there are lots of factors affecting cancer risk, this can't be fully proven -- but what's the harm in rubbing one out for the sake of potentially lowering your risk of getting prostate cancer?

Sex does burn a pretty decent amount of calories.
There are so many different numbers for this all over the Internet. The Daily Mail says that men burn 120 calories per half hour while having sex and women burn 90. Women's Day claims that you can burn 144+ calories per half hour. WebMD cites five calories per minute -- 150 calories per half hour.

Honestly though, who the hell cares about the numbers? Even if you're not burning as many calories as you would on the treadmill, you're still burning them. Sex is exercise and definitely better than sitting on the couch eating chips and watching TV.

Now, I would include that sex boosts self-esteem, but that's a really complex topic. It's too complex for me to really examine, and I haven't found an article that explains it all that well.

What I can say on this topic is my personal opinion -- having sex has boosted my self-esteem and sexual confidence. But, I'm having sex with nice guys who compliment me and gently explain things when I don't have a clue what I'm doing.

I hope you now have the ammunition to fight that battle against haters of the promiscuous, or against your mom when she finds out that you've had sex on her couch more than a few times when she was out for brunch. Just tell her it was for your overall health... she might go for it.

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12 Reasons Why Having a Slut Stage IS a Good Idea

Stop with the slut shaming... seriously it's whorable

Because fuck double standards. Girls like sex too, so why not do it as often as you want. If a guy calls you a slut, say go fuck yourself.

Experience. Don't you want to be the grandma at family events telling their grandkids about how, when you were their age, you got a concussion after getting bent over a desk in the library? I know I do.

You get to find out what you like. Is the whole "it's about motion of the ocean not the size of the ship" saying really true? Well good thing you've fucked a series of penises, all of which are different shapes and sizes, and can now form your own opinion.

You get to do whatever you want. You don't have a significant other to tell you that you can't go to that frat party because they know you fucked half the frat. Go fuck the other half. A job worth starting is worth finishing. Be free.

No commitment, no problems. You can sleep peacefully at night knowing you don't have a boyfriend who is cheating on you.

Easy rebounds. They say the best way to get over someone is to get under someone else. Or, ya know, on top of them. You know what I mean.

You get to impress future partners with what you've learned so far. Like maybe your affinity for ice cube blow jobs, if that's your thing.

You're the friend with the best stories. Everyone wants to hear how you were fucking someone when your other fuck buddy came over unannounced and all your housemates covered for you as you finished up with guy number one and went on to guy number two immediately after.

Like cuddling? You get a cuddle buddy every night. A different cuddle buddy every night.

You burn calories on the walk of shame. Slut strut. Walk of fame. Stride of Pride. Just got laid parade. Post cock walk. Whatever you want to call it.

You will not have to ask yourself "what if" later on in life. Say you're in a serious relationship, but you still want to explore before really settling. Slut stage, problem solved.

It will give you confidence. Who doesn't love the idea of being able to have anything you want? Confidence is key, and practice in bed will make you better in bed, thus making you more confident. And confidence will make you a better partner when you finally do decide to settle down in the future. Like, the far, far future.

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Tough Mudder: Not Immune to the Pain

You're wading through more than just mud, pal.

With Crossfit boxes and Orange Theory gyms popping up on every corner, there is no lack of group exercise options these days. This recent boom in communal workouts has also led to the explosion of endurance events all over the country. We've all seen ads and video montages for Tough Mudders, Spartan Races, and Color Runs; and if you haven't done one, you're probably in the minority.

And it's no small feat. Seriously, running 10 to 12 miles and conquering dozens of obstacles in between is a real accomplishment. These obstacle races will challenge you in many ways. They'll test your endurance, your strength, and most of all your mental toughness. What they don't tell you is that it'll test your immune system, as well.

Over the past couple years that these events have been taking place, people have been getting sick after competing. What they don't tell you about these glorious muddy events is that "slurry" of slop that you dive through is a combination of water and soil that's often times contaminated with shit from local animals. Top flight athletes aren't only leaving these events with medals, but also with bloody diarrhea. When you plunge yourself headfirst into that muddy pit, you're inevitably swallowing some of that filth--and with the muddy slurpee comes bacteria. One of those bacteria, Campylobacter, can lead to serious infections, complete with bloody diarrhea, severe dehydration, and terrible stomach pain.

Now it's not only stomach problems these races are causing. Obviously, any time you hurl yourself from a 10-foot wall or swing from an elevated platform, you're risking broken bones. But it doesn't stop there. Competitors have been treated for hypothermia after swimming through sub zero ice baths, electrocution after passing through cables while they're still wet, and serious burns while traversing fire. They're getting all kinds of open wounds and when an open wound is exposed to filthy water or mud, the wound is likely to be contaminated with the extremely difficult to treat MRSA bacteria.

That's sick, bro.

Event coordinators may make you sign a dozen waivers, but they don't send you home if you're out of shape--and they certainly don't require you to have clearance from your doctor prior to competing. Weekend warriors who have no business participating in these grueling competitions have literally had heart attacks trying to complete them.

Now we all know these events can be a ton of fun and you get a real sense of satisfaction when you complete one, but enter at your own risk. Glory in exchange for a hospital stay may not be worth it.

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How Not to Get Fat At School

Take your head out from under the soft serve machine, please.

The dining hall. While it may advertise its vast assortment of healthy options to your parents, is actually a breeding ground for the Freshman 15. It seems like your campus dining hall is designed to look like a diabetic nightmare, with the pizza, unlimited dessert buffet, pizza, and baskets of chicken tenders. Also, pizza. You might have to work a little harder to find healthy options, but trust me when I say they exist!

You can't live on pizza.
You've made it this far on cheese and pepperoni alone, so why should you stop now? Pizza is the staple of college dining halls everywhere. It's fast, easy, and undoubtedly looks more appealing than whatever they're passing off as meatloaf.

Pizza every once in awhile is just fine, but when it becomes your breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you need to reevaluate your life choices.

Check the home-cooked station first.

When I used to have a meal plan, my first go-to stop was ALWAYS the home-cooked section. Every school has one, it just might not be as easy to find. Usually it's hidden behind the crowd of people waiting in the pizza line.

The home-cooked station has a meat and veggie staple that may not look super appetizing, but I promise it is a lot better for you than most everything else available.

Don't forget about sandwiches and wraps.

In every dining hall I have been in, there has been some kind of sandwich making station. This is a good option for days when the home-cooked food just is not cutting it and you actually need something substantial. These stations are good because you can see the food being prepared and you are allowed a lot of options.

When in doubt, fruit or salad.

If all else fails, the fruit and salad bar can be your savior! The salad bar is your friend who never changes, and is always there if you need something. Literally, it never changes.

Limit dessert intake.

When you first get to college and see the endless array of desserts, it can be hard to stay in control. Allow yourself to binge eat a little, get it all out. Once the initial magic wears off you will be much less impressed. Limit your dessert to one small item per meal, or less if you can. Note: Fruit can be dessert, too.

Now it's time to conquer your own dining hall! Remember, there's more to life than pizza!

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Protein Isn't Just for Dudes

My favorite protein shake recipes, as told by a (health-conscious) girl.

I've always been a protein drinker, and a fan of the many benefits of incorporating said protein into my workout regiment. But I started to get sick of the basic mix with milk or water routine, so here are some of my favorite shake and smoothie recipes. Bonus: Add in some vegetables whenever you can. I promise you won't even notice.

Apple Pie Protein Shake
1 serving vanilla protein powder
1 cup of ice
1 cup of plain greek yogurt
1 cut up apple
1 banana
1/2 cup of kale
10 almonds
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp honey

Orange Creamsicle
1 serving of vanilla protein powder
1 cup of ice
1 cup of vanilla greek yogurt
1 large orange
5 carrots
1/2 a banana
3/4 cup of orange juice

Chocolate Banana
1 serving vanilla protein powder
1 cup of ice
1 cup of plain greek yogurt
1 large banana
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp honey
10 almonds

Green Pineapple
1 serving vanilla protein powder
1 cup plain greek yogurt
1 cup of ice
1 large banana
1 cup of pineapple
2 cups of kale
1 tbsp honey

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A Lazy Girl's First Fitness Regimen

The results, and why you should do it, too.

Growing up, I was always naturally thin. I never thought much about what I ate, and could essentially eat anything without any repercussions. I just assumed I was #blessed with a naturally perfect metabolism that would allow me to eat whatever I wanted for the rest of my life.

Then I turned 20.

Obviously nothing happened overnight, but by the time I reached my 20s, I realized I was starting to notice that my stomach wasn't perfectly flat anymore, and all the shorts that had fit me fine for years were becoming way too tight on my thighs.

When I turned 21, I was studying abroad in Australia, consuming kangaroo burgers, fancy milkshakes, and copious amounts of alcohol, without being particularly active (because what study abroad student would rather be at the gym than at a cool museum or a trendy foreign nightclub?) When I got home in May, I noticed that my body wasn't exactly how I wanted it to be anymore. I had taken my figure for granted, and my age had finally caught up with me.

For the first time in my life, I decided to become physically active. For a lot of people, this isn't some outrageous, admirable decision, rather a perfectly normal part of life. But I suspect I'm not alone in the realization that I needed to get my ass off the couch and start taking care of my body.

I had nearly 4 months of summer break ahead of me, paired with a serious determination to get in shape. I invested in a gym membership, because I knew I wouldn't be motivated enough to exercise without that environment. I did a lot of research to find out about good workouts that would target the areas I wanted to work on, as well as how to ease myself into getting active. I found a ton of exercises that worked for me, and found my favorite cardio machine at the gym, the ArcTrainer machine.

The route I took in my fitness plan isn't necessarily perfect for every exercise newbie. Some people might have enough drive to skip the gym membership and get their cardio in by running or bike riding in their neighborhood.

Others might find that joining a local sports team or a specialty gym, like a boxing gym, is more their style. The best way to determine what might work for you is to first think about your goals: are there specific parts of your body that you want to focus on in your workouts? Are you only interested in cardio, or do you want to get into weightlifting or strength training, too?

From there, search Google, Reddit, and Pinterest for different exercises to incorporate into your routine. Get to know as many as possible so that you can change things up frequently!

Since starting my fitness routine, I have already noticed the differences. I immediately started feeling perkier throughout the day, and stronger in every part of my body. Plus, I feel really good about myself, which has been the greatest result. It's so nice to start each day feeling productive and accomplished. So do yourself a favor, get up, and go be active!