The surprising secret to a better sex life for people with kids
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Yay, gender equality!
Thank you, science! Researchers have discovered one of the secrets to a better sex life when you have kids: share childcare duties. If men split babysitting duties with their spouses (or even took on more of the responsibility), they will have greater satisfaction in the bedroom and in their relationship in general, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. “What we find is that there’s generally little to no downside to men being largely responsible for childcare,” said Daniel L. Carlson of Georgia State University, according to Science Daily. “We conclude that being an engaged father is very important to men. If it weren’t, we wouldn’t see such a high level of satisfaction. It suggests that father engagement and sharing childcare with one’s partner is important to both sexes.”
The benefits of work-life balance
Clocking out at 5 p.m. is more than a boon to your social life; it’s better for your heart, too. An analysis of 25 studies from across Australia, Europe, and the U.S. found that people who work 55 hours a week or more have 33 percent greater risk of stroke and 13 percent greater risk of coronary heart disease than those who worked a regular 9-5. (Note: the study didn’t account for family history and the effects of cholesterol on blood pressure.) Now all you need to do is tell your boss.
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Eating on the go sometimes is a necessary evil of modern living (even for health editors who are trying to set a good examples). But here’s good reason to stop. New research suggests that it can foil the goals of people who are watching their weight. Researchers at the University of Surrey presented three groups of women with “distracted eating” scenarios – one group ate while watching TV, the other while walking and the third while having a conversation. The walkers ate much more than the other groups. According to the study’s authors, that may be because they aren’t aware of what they are eating or they may think the extra exercise justified the food (even though calories burned were minute).
Food for thought
Along with your monthly beauty box subscription, you can now have oatmeal delivered to your house. Oatbox.com is offering monthly delivery of its homemade granola mixes straight to your door. If oats aren’t your cup of tea, celebrity personal trainer Andrew Ginsburg recommends adding peanut butter, honey and banana – it will taste just like an oatmeal cookie.
TIP OF THE WEEK: Try washing pre-washed baby spinach before you use it. Because of the texture of the leaves, bacteria can grow there even if it’s been rinsed pre-packaging.