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Version YOU.0: 50 Tips for Tackling 2014

Hit 2014 with your best! Here are 50 practical tips to help you level up and be better than ever.


 

31) Decode Your Produce
If you want to find out the benefits of produce, just look at the color, says Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesperson Manuel Villacorta, R.D.

Blues and purples: Brain and Memory
? Eggplant
? Blueberries
? Purple cabbage

Greens: Vision and Oral Health
? Broccoli
? String beans
? Brussels sprouts

Whites: Immunity
? Cauliflower
? Mushrooms
? Garlic

Yellows, oranges, and reds: Heart Health
? Carrots
? Squash
? Bell peppers

32) Toss the Soda
Opt for water as your go-to beverage and skip soda whenever possible. A 2012 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that people who switched from sugary sodas to water were twice as likely to lose 5% of their body weight after six months of dieting compared with people who followed a diet with a similar number of calories but were still drinking soda.

33) Bench With Your Legs
Drive your toes hard into the front of your shoes as you press the bar off your chest. It creates tightness throughout your body and will make you more stable during the press.

34) Don't Nuke Your Nuts
In a study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, Argentinian researchers found that close exposure to Wi-Fi can leave up to 25% of your swimmers dead in the water, and as much as 9% with DNA damage. Keep your Wi-Fienabled devices away from your junk to decrease your chances of infertility.

35) Flip to the Preacher Curl
If you want to isolate your biceps, turn around and use the back of the preacher bench—the side that’s vertical. Curling on the 45-degree side allows your biceps to rest at the top of the movement and can lead to hyperextending your elbows at the bottom.

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