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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I Walked 10,000+ Steps Per Day For A Week

And here's what I noticed.

After implementing the gallon-of-water-a-day challenge into my normal routine, I decided to tackle another popular "fitspo" trend: walking 10,000 steps per day.

Walking is one of the easiest and most accessible forms of exercise out there. Walking daily can improve your heart health and heart rate, personal growth and even cholesterol levels. It's also hella relaxing and doesn't even feel like a workout at all.

Most people track their steps using a fitness watch, which is most accurate. I don't personally own one, but discovered that my iPhone's Health app tracks your daily steps. I cannot attest to the accuracy of this step tracker, but for one week, I consciously made an effort to ensure that number was over 10,000.

After a week, I successfully walked 10,000 steps each day, hitting a personal best of 13,728 steps. There were several things I noticed after completing this challenge.

1. My head was clearer.
Going outside and taking a long walk does WONDERS for your mental state. If you're like me and sometimes have approximately fifteen million things going through your mind at once, I'd recommend dropping what you're doing, throwing headphones on and taking a walk.

After walking, I found that I had a clearer head and could more easily tackle whatever had been bothering or worrying me. My anxiety calmed down, and my step count went up.

2. It's a workout.
It might just seem like walking, but when you're racking up three to four miles per day, especially in the summer, you sweat! Don't underestimate the exercise benefits here. I was able to get my heart rate up and actually felt good moving my body. Endorphins for the win.

3. It's an awesome technology break.
Getting outside to walk twice per day to hit my step count obviously took me away from the TV, my laptop and social media. I enjoyed the outdoors, found a ton of new walking music and felt genuinely good to not be staring at a screen (except to check my step count!).

4. It helps promote accountability.
At the end of the day, if I was short a couple hundred (or thousand... lol) steps, I would buck up, head outside and take a walk. Having that number as a goal made me more motivated to actually hit it and hold myself accountable for achieving it.

I didn't let things like bad weather stop me, either. My family has a treadmill, which I used on several occasions. I even had a dance party in my living room to rack up steps. Note: your brother will judge you if you do this.

5. It's awesome family time.
I got my mom and dad involved in the challenge and we all took walks together after dinner. Instead of spending time scrolling through IG and Twitter, I talked to my parents and enjoyed their company. Grab your mom, grab a friend, grab your dog... just get walkin'.

6. It felt good!
I can't stress this enough... moving my body and hitting that goal at the end of every day FELT GOOD. This isn't a difficult goal to achieve, especially if you're already an active person, but goals are goals, and when you hit them, it's a reason to be proud! #success


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I Drank A Gallon Of Water Every Day For A Week

Here's how I felt...

Something that you'll see at most gyms these days: people lugging around gallon-sized water jugs. What was once seen as a total gym-bro-douche move is now actually quite common amongst athletes, fitness competitors and gym-goers.

There are seemingly endless benefits to staying hydrated. Drinking water keeps your body regulated, gets things moving, increases energy, relieves headaches and prevents cramps, to name a few.

After seeing this trend blow up, I decided to take on the gallon-a-day challenge for a week and report it out to you guys. I didn't go out and buy a refillable gallon jug, however, but opted to use my normal shaker bottle and track water using my phone's Health app. I did complete it, and here are a few results, good and bad, that I noticed.

1. I had to pee.
Constantly. Like... every half hour. That became a challenge for me, especially during work. There was one day during the week that I took three bathroom breaks during ONE workout at the gym. I guess it makes sense... I was drinking more fluid. This is something that your body will adapt to... I hope...

2. I was more regulated.
Sorry, lots of bathroom references here, but I did notice that things were running more smoothly than normal.

3. I felt fuller longer.
This is something that I wasn't expecting to happen, but I did notice that because I was drinking so much water, I didn't feel hungry as often. I felt more satisfied between meals, and because of that, I didn't get the usual munchies before dinner.

4. My skin looked better.
Granted, this was only a week, and I'd have to continue this in order to see more of a drastic change, but my face looked clearer! For those who deal with acne problems, start drinkin' (water, that is...).

5. My workouts were better.
I'm no elite athlete, but I lift weights and do cardio like a normal human. My muscles didn't feel tight at all, which sometimes happens to me, especially in my legs. I was able to make it through workouts even when I was tired or not feeling it.

6. I felt less bloated.
Except for the one night I accidentally saved, like, 40 ounces of water for after 10 PM, I noticed that I felt considerably less of that yucky bloated discomfort throughout the day. That's because drinking water improves your digestion!

7. For lack of a better phrase, I felt better.
Drinking all this water was making my body perform more optimally, and this just made me feel better in general.

The Takeaway:
I'd recommend taking this challenge on for yourself! A gallon is a lot, but even making an effort to just drink more water in general does wonders for your body. I'd encourage you to use the Health app on your iPhone to track how much water you take in per day. That actually made me more inclined to hit my goal. Good luck friends, and drink up.

Now excuse me, I have to pee again.

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Female Celebrity Fitspo

These stars just don't shine, they sweat.

Everyone seems to be on health kicks these days, and if you're like me, getting stuck in boring routines won't make me want to stick to them. Just like there are ways to spice up your meals, there are ways to spice up your workouts! Laying on the mat at the gym staring up at the ceiling sucks the life out of you after a while, you need a change of sweat.

1. Adriana Lima
This Victoria's Secret Angel is part-time model and part-time badass. She confessed that the lifting weights and hitting the treadmill weren't for her and she had to find a way to get in her workouts elsewhere. This brought her to turning to boxing and jumping rope. I was inspired so much by her that I decided to give it a try and I can vouch that boxing is the best stress reliever and workout of all time! I've never been much of a runner either, so switching to the jump rope allowed me to get my cardio in while being creative in various jumps. There are other celebrities that have taken up boxing as well such as Gigi Hadid, Mandy Moore and Pia Mia.

Never mess with LIMA ???????

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2. Hilary Duff
If you haven't seen her since her Lizzie McGuire days, then you definitely need to scroll through her insta for fitness and style inspiration. She's added hour long yoga and Muay Thai sessions to her workouts. Muay Thai is a combat sport from Thailand using fists, elbows, knees, and shins. Don't mess with, Hil. It must be working for her because she's been landing magazine cover and starring roles on new shows such as Younger.

Greeen machiiiiine

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3. Jessica Alba
Alba is obviously naturally drop dead gorgeous, but she works hard for her bod. Other than casually dabbling in kickboxing and CrossFit, she has taken up work out classes for special self defense techniques. Her studio for this training comes from Krav Maga Worldwide in Santa Monica. There seems to be a trend in the rise of forms of combat in the fitness world and the results themselves kick ass. Strong is the new sexy!

Werking it out in #NYC -excited for my @honest baby spring event @ladureeus later today #honestlovesparis

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4. Rumer Willis
You may know her better as the oldest daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, however, Rumer herself is an actress, singer, and all-around badass. She keeps toned by hanging out. From the ceiling. She's taken to aerial training! It may sound straight out of the Ringling Brothers circus, but it actually is an elegant and fun way to get in shape. Her trainer, Mark Wildman, describes this particular workout as a complex, total body strength, and endurance activity.

Finally made it back in the studio w/ @themarkwildman

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5. Demi Lovato
She stole the show recently with her tribute to Lionel Richie at the 2016 Grammys and now she's stealing hearts with her killer fitness results. She's getting her results from one of the most difficult, but most rewarding workouts trending recently: cycling. The wheels on the bike go 'round and 'round and the tummys go flat. Demi attends cycling at a popular chain facility known as SoulCycle.

6. Izabel Goulart
Another supermodel?! Yep, they have to work hard for their bodies just like everyone else. Iza may be one of the most fit models, or human being in general, that there is. One quick scroll through her instagram and you will suddenly want to step away from the pizza. Her special fitness journey includes pilates and TRX training. The instagram videos she posts of her workouts will have you speechless and inspired.

Celebrities may portray these glamorous lifestyles that we've dreamed of attaining since our first Britney Spears concert, but they are just as human as we are. If they want abs, they have to do the same planks that we do to get them. Instead of wishing you were them, get up off the couch and work just as hard as them. You have the same 24 hours in the day that they do!

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Why Quality Is Always Better Than Quantity In The Bedroom

Amazing sex or sub-par sex? Your choice.

In my opinion, if you sleep with a different person every weekend, all you're getting is bad sex.

Sure, the one-time hookup has its perks in that there is little to no chance of an emotional connection forming on either side. I'm not saying that they should be abandoned completely; I'm just saying that there are better things.

My use of the word 'bad' is subjective too. Not every person is going to give you horrible, cringe-worthy sex. Hell, you'll probably have some sex that will blow your mind.

But one night stand sex will never be able to stand up to sex with someone you've done it with a few times. The first time with a new person tends to have some level of awkwardness. Neither of you knows exactly what the other likes, and while it can be fun exploring what those things are, one night isn't anywhere near enough to find every little turn on.

That only comes with time.

Quality, in my opinion, comes with getting to know each other.
Every time you have sex, assuming the first time was at least good, you'll learn more about what each person likes. And while some people will end up just not clicking sexually, I think for the most part the sex will improve.

For example, my first time with a guy that I'm casually seeing (meaning there is no label, so I'm just calling it that) was pretty good. But I was super nervous - I always am with someone new. My legs and hands were shaking and I was a blushing mess. He was super understanding about it, and really made sure that I was also into what was going on.

We didn't see each other for a month or two, and when we met up again the sex was even better. I had less nerves, my legs shook less, and we both knew what the other had enjoyed the first time around. I could tell that this was going to work up to something great if we kept hooking up.

Another month passes, we see each other again. The sex is definitely improving, but my confidence is still low. I haven't really worked up the nerve to ask for what I want, or initiate situations that I'm interested in. He's really the only one trying anything new, and I feel a bit bad about that.

One month later... hasn't happened yet. That's the end of this month. But in my opinion? It'll be better once again, especially if I manage to get up some nerve and initiate something fun.

I'm not sure if it's just me - or just awkward people in general - but the more comfortable I feel around people the more confident I am in asking for things, and the better the sex gets. That's why quality is always better than quantity.

Quantity has its place.

While I don't agree with the above gif, with a new person you get to discover new things, which is always fun, and if you stick with only a couple of booty calls/casual relationships you can fall into monotony with them. But you can always spice things up by bringing something new into the bedroom - you unfortunately can't rush getting to know each others bodies and needs.

So, new, kind of, is always better. Although it's more in the way of new sexploration as opposed to new partners.

That's my case for quality - I'll always go for a couple of guys that I get along with (both in bed and out of it) over a new one night stand whenever the urge hits. Connection beats cheap thrills any day. Mainly because, for me, the thrill isn't really a thrill. It's more like nerves.