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    It doesn't matter whether you work out at the toniest spa-like gym or frequent a basement bargain dungeon. If you stay at any workout facility  long enough, you will see some gross -- and just plain ODD -- things. Like, for instance: No. You should not blow dry your pubic hair at the gym. Just FYI.

    Yes, we all know we are supposed to wipe down equipment after use, but sometimes I feel like the only person who actually adheres to that rule. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

    But just how disgusting can it get? Personally, I don't spend a whole lot of time in the locker room -- I'm a get-in, get-out kind of girl. So the nastiest things I witness are usually related to sweat pools and unwiped stairmasters. We asked around, though, and some of the most horrifying things people have seen at the gym will shock you. Be warned: That which is read cannot be unread.

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    "I'm a better mum after having a boob job," claims 19-year-old Tamsin Wade, who took out a loan to pay for 32G implants. The young mother says her breast size went from D-cup to AA-cup after she had her son, and the dramatic change was so traumatizing, she was "'forced to wear baggy clothes to hide my figure." Wade adds, "Getting into a bikini made me feel so uncomfortable that me and Finley had never been swimming."

    It's easy to mock a young woman who loses all sense of perspective just because her breasts are smaller. I mean, it's not like the boob police are literally forcing her to wear baggy clothes. And is being petite really so distracting that you can't focus on your job as a mother?!? But maybe we're being too hard on her.

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    When you're introduced to someone new, what's one of the first things you do? You shake hands. It's almost a reflex. The words "hello, my name is ..." are barely out of your mouth before your hand shoots out. Holding back feels standoff-ish at best, downright rude at worst. And honestly, it's perfectly harmless. OR IS IT? New evidence seems to suggest that we should ditch the handshake and do a fist-bump or a high-five instead. Yes, really. Say goodbye to your traditional hello.

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    Years ago I was standing at our library's parking payment kiosk and rooting frantically through my purse to find some change for the parking meter when a passing woman stopped and handed me a few quarters. "Here you go," she said cheerfully. Such a small gesture, but I've never forgotten it.

    A tiny act of unexpected kindness has the ability to change the trajectory of your entire day, don't you think? In the spirit of spreading more of those good feelings around, here are 8 under-$10 ways you can easily bring some happiness to a stranger's life (and your own, of course, because making other people happy feels awesome).

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    Have you ever found something old and gross underneath the sofa cushions? Well ... imagine finding something old and gross in a much more delicate place. Surgeons recently found a 10-year-old sex toy in a woman's vagina. She's freakin' lucky to be alive.

    You're probably wondering at this point: How the? What? How did she? How did they? Well, I'm glad you asked. Here's how you end up harboring a sex toy inside your lady cave for a full decade. I think you'll find there's an important lesson for us all to learn from this story.

     

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    Are you SO HOT this summer? You could spend more time indoors in the air conditioning -- IF you want to be just like everybody else. But maybe you'd like to cut your electric bill. Or maybe you're just so darn creative, you feel compelled to stay cool in refreshingly creative ways.

    Well, today is your lucky day, because we have 11 weird, wacky ideas for chilling when it's hot outside.

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    Whether you’re trying to lose weight, get strong, or just want to feel better, there’s one healthy habit most moms are missing. Even when you’re working out consistently and watching what you eat, skimping on sleep can derail all your good intentions.

    Yes, it's true. Sleep is the one thing all humans need to survive, and it can be the answer to lasting good health. Perhaps you remember it from your pre-kids days? It’s that activity that lasted beyond six in the morning on the weekend. 

    In case you need convincing that sleep should be a priority for you, here are four reasons sleep is so vital, as well as practical tips on getting more -- and better -- sleep.

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    You have big plans to go to the gym after work today. You arranged someone to be there to take care of the kids, you packed your gym bag, you piously said no to after-work drinks with your colleagues. Then 6 p.m. rolls around, and, well ... maybe the kids need help with their homework tonight after all. Or your boss is going out for drinks, maybe you should go along too. Or you’re exhausted after a long day, and didn’t you read somewhere that you’re more likely to get injured exercising when you’re tired?

    Chances are, you already know when you’re making excuses because you just don’t feel like working out. But are there actually times when it IS a good idea to skip the gym? Yes, there are -- and here’s the personal trainer take on what’s a valid excuse and what’s NOT.

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    Have you ever been stranded without meds when your period hit? Or tried to go without pain killers because you thought you could handle the menstrual cramps on your own? I ask like these are terrible misfortunes or masochistic stunts -- and that's because I have a history of crazy insane painful cramps. So when I hear "natural remedies for menstrual pain," I usually roll my eyes and say, "Yes, and also tell me about flying monkeys." I mean, is holding a hot pad over my abdomen really going to do anything?

    But hey, you never know. That's why, skeptic though I am, I'm willing to try some of these "natural" menstrual cramp pain relief alternatives to my favorite (legal) drugs.

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    Remember the name Kacy Catanzaro. She has just become the first woman ever in history to advance to the finals of the show American Ninja Warrior. If you have ever watched the show, then you know what an incredible feat this is, especially for a tiny little 100-pound, 5-foot woman. And yet that is EXACTLY what Catanzaro has done.

    For those who have never seen it, American Ninja Warrior makes even Ironman competitors look like slouches. Contestants must complete insane obstacle courses that test every muscle in their bodies. It takes agility, speed, endurance, and incredible arm, core, and leg strength just to get to the competition. Awesome athletes fail. Regularly.

    And that's why Kacy's historical run is so amazing. Even if you don't watch the show, this is so inspiring, both for women and for anyone who has ever been told they "can't." See for yourself:

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