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What to Drink When You’re Trying to Eat Healthy What to Drink When You’re Trying to Eat Healthy

Alcohol isn’t exactly a health food, but it can be hard to pass up a drink (or two) even when you’re trying to eat well. How can you make sure you’re not ruining your health too badly with a night out? Here’s what you need to know.

Run a Mile This Week Run a Mile This Week

It’s time to run (or walk, or otherwise locomote under your own power) one whole mile. Then take a break. And if you still have it in you, do it again. That’s right, we’re doing mile repeats this week in the Lifehacker Fitness Challenge.

It's Official: Probiotics Are Not Harmless Cure-Alls It's Official: Probiotics Are Not Harmless Cure-Alls

Probiotics are beloved by many health-conscious folks. They fit that sweet spot between natural (always good, right?) and medical (must have health benefits). I get legit hate mail if I write anything less-than-glowing about probiotics. One charming gentleman called me “fake news” and suggested I get my head out of my…

This App Will Terrify You Into Wearing Sunscreen This App Will Terrify You Into Wearing Sunscreen

Sunscreen isn’t just for preventing sunburns. The sun’s rays are responsible for much of the wrinkling, thickening, and brownish spots that show up over time, especially on light skin. Fortunately, a good broad-spectrum sunscreen will protect you, and this app simulates exactly how much.

What 'Lift With Your Legs' Really Means What 'Lift With Your Legs' Really Means

If the phrase “lift with your legs” never made any sense to you, you’re not alone. Trying to follow this advice can feel awkward, unnatural, and ineffective—even though it’s not wrong, exactly. Here’s what you’re missing.

I'm Beth Skwarecki, Lifehacker Health Editor, and This Is How I Work I'm Beth Skwarecki, Lifehacker Health Editor, and This Is How I Work

Every week, we share the shortcuts, workspaces, and productivity tips of our favorite experts. This week, we’re going behind the scenes at Lifehacker. I’m Beth Skwarecki, and this is how I work.

How to Help Trans Children, According to Pediatricians How to Help Trans Children, According to Pediatricians

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released a new policy statement about how to support children and teens who identify as transgender or who fall under an umbrella they call “gender diverse.”

How to Avoid an 'Unblockable' Presidential Alert How to Avoid an 'Unblockable' Presidential Alert

The President has the authority to send unblockable text messages to nearly every cell phone in the US, and a test of this system is scheduled for 2:18 p.m. Eastern time on October 3, 2018. But even though technically you can’t opt out, there are a few things you can try.

Try This Ritual for More Self-Control When You Eat Try This Ritual for More Self-Control When You Eat

Rituals can help us feel more in control of our lives, and more comfortable in situations that would otherwise bother us. One group of researchers now says they have found that a weird, meaningless food ritual might help us eat fewer calories.

How to Use 'Heart Points' in the New Google Fit How to Use 'Heart Points' in the New Google Fit

With its latest redesign, Google Fit no longer makes a big deal about your steps for the day (although the number is still there, in fine print). Instead, you’re supposed to be tracking your Move Minutes and the mysterious Heart Points.

What to Know About the ECG Feature in the New Apple Watch What to Know About the ECG Feature in the New Apple Watch

The new $399-and-up Apple Watch will be able to measure the electrical activity of your heart, its groundbreaking ECG or EKG feature. (Both acronyms stand for “electrocardiogram.”) But there are some important caveats.

Stop Running the Same Route All the Dang Time Stop Running the Same Route All the Dang Time

It’s surprisingly easy to get stuck in a rut. Choose the same path two or three times when you start a running or walking habit, and suddenly that path becomes an unquestioned part of your workout. Or maybe you vary your location, but you always do a three-miler at “oh my god I’m going to die” pace. Well, stop it.

Why Storm Surges Are Such a Big Deal Why Storm Surges Are Such a Big Deal

A hurricane’s category only tells you about its wind speed, but much of its devastation comes from flooding. With Hurricane Florence, some areas could see as many as 30 inches of rain plus ten feet of storm surge.

You Really Can Charge Your Phone With a 9 Volt Battery You Really Can Charge Your Phone With a 9 Volt Battery

In a power outage, a 9 volt battery can give your phone enough juice to make a call or send a few texts. You may have seen this hack before, but it works especially well in this variation where you use the spring from a pen to connect the negative terminal.

Find Free Housing With Airbnb If You're Evacuating from Hurricane Florence Find Free Housing With Airbnb If You're Evacuating from Hurricane Florence

Airbnb is asking hosts to open up their homes for free to people who are evacuating from Hurricane Florence, and to relief workers who have been deployed to the area.

What to Eat When the Power Goes Out What to Eat When the Power Goes Out

Forget the milk and eggs: If your power goes out, the last thing you want is a fridge full of perishables. Instead, here’s what to stock up on and how to plan ahead for a loss of power.

How to Protect Your Privacy When Seeking Mental Health Treatment at School How to Protect Your Privacy When Seeking Mental Health Treatment at School

Colleges and universities often offer mental health counseling as a free service, but school counselors aren’t always required to keep your information private. Here are your options, and what to know, if you want to seek help confidentially.

How to Handle a Crisis How to Handle a Crisis

A crisis is, often, an impossible situation. You have to make immediate decisions without enough information. You need to keep people safe, but you don’t have the time or resources for the usual safety measures. The Guardian recently asked people who’ve handled extreme situations how they knew what to do. Here are…

What to Know When You Become an Athlete as an Adult What to Know When You Become an Athlete as an Adult

I grew up a sedentary nerd, resenting gym class and failing miserably at the few sports I tried. But in my twenties I found some forms of exercise I didn’t hate, and in my thirties I started using the word “athlete” to describe myself.

How to Do the ‘Impossible Task’ When You're Depressed How to Do the ‘Impossible Task’ When You're Depressed

When you’re depressed, any little thing—from filling a prescription to making yourself a sandwich—can seem impossible. Writer Molly Backes recently tweeted about what she calls “The Impossible Task,” and if you’ve ever struggled with your mental health, you probably know exactly what she’s talking about.

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