5 Crazy dating apps that will come handy

Did you see the short film Sight, made by a team of visual arts students, that examined what dating would be like if it were an eyeball-implanted app? (If not, check it out here!) The apps below don’t go that far, exactly, but we might be closer than we think to a future in which dating resembles Minority Report more closely than When Harry Met Sally. Not to freak you out or anything.

Bad Date Rescue App by eHarmony

If you’ve already sensed that you might be going on a bad date, you might have had the foresight to ask a friend to call you in the middle of dinner and provide a previously agreed upon excuse to get you out of there, pronto. (Remember that Sex and the City episode when Charlotte had Carrie call her to tell her “something bad happened?”) If you didn’t, well, you’re on your own, lady.

Should you use it?: Hey, why not? Suddenly receiving an emergency phone call in the middle of a bad date sounds fake already, so getting it from a robot won’t be that much of a stretch.

Price: Free

Friendthem

So you’ve met someone amazing at a party, but they left before you could exchange info. Aw, we hate it when that happens. With the Friendthem app, however, you can check out the Facebook users around you and find that person, without having to search for them. Boom — friend request sent. Catch is, they have to be using the app too.

Should you use it?: Only if you’re fairly sure that the person receiving the phantom friend request won’t be freaked out. Hint: Some people might be, but if they’ve downloaded this app, they’ll probably just be psyched someone else is using it.

Price: Free

MusicBunk

What type of music a person listens to can tell you a lot about what your relationship might be like. Case in point: If you decide to date a rabid Phish fan, prepare yourself for what could be a lifetime of road trips, tours, jam sessions and patchouli. It’s good to know what you’re getting into from the outset, which is where MusicBunk comes in: Invite your crush to be your “bunkmate” via the app, and after he or she accepts, you can browse, comment on and listen to 30-second clips of all of the music that has been synced to their smartphone. The app makes it easy to see which songs you have in common and what their playlists are titled. (Pro tip: If he has a list called “Girls Are Psychos,” back away slowly.)

Should you use it?: Definitely! As long as you’re prepared to be roundly mocked for your extensive collection of the Britney Spears canon circa 1999.

Price: Free

MoonIt

You’re digging a certain guy, but is a relationship in the stars? Find out with MoonIt, which delivers horoscope-based “relationship compatibility results” for two people. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a message like this: “You’re 98% Compatible, We Hear Wedding Bells! You may have just been out to play, but it looks like you’ve stumbled upon your soul mate…”

For MoonIt to work, the object of your affection has to use the app too, so if you’re trying to flirt with a dude in real life, you can jokingly suggest that he download it so you can see if the stars think he should buy you another drink or if you should part ways. MoonIt is essentially a location-based dating app, so you can also meet guys in your vicinity who love horoscopes as much as you do. (If that is, in fact, the kind of person you’re hunting for.)

Should you use it?: Make it clear to a guy you meet in real life that you’re just doing it for fun, and if he’s game for downloading the app (it’s free!) and checking out your compatibility, it could be an amusing conversation-starter. If he refuses to play ball, you’ll either know he’s not interested or that he’s a stick in the mud. In that case, next!

Price: Free

iPickupLines

None of these lines is going to win anyone a roll in the hay (at least we hope not), but despite the spelling errors, grammatical mistakes and general cheesiness, iPickupLines is decent for a good laugh — or for getting a few ideas when you start a conversation with a guy you’re interested in. Think: “So what’s the cheesiest pickup line you’ve ever heard? I think my favorite is ‘I was blinded by your beauty, so I’m gonna need your name and number for insurance reasons.'”

And there are loads more where that came from, ladies. (We confess, we actually kind of like this one: “Apart from being sexy, what do you do for a living?”)

Should you use it?: Don’t employ it earnestly, but it’s fun to page through with your friends for a laugh.

Price: Free

10 Steps to Getting Fit While Staying Happy

The impressive performance of UK’s women in the London Olympics has coined an inspiring meme: “Strong is the new skinny.”

In the last six weeks, I have lost several pounds, an inch of fat off my belly, and two inches off my hips. I’ve also gained serious muscle tone in my arms, shoulders, quads, and abs (hello, six-pack!). I did this not with any magical powder, juice fast, Hollywood fad, or crazy supplements, surgeries or ointments, but rather through good old-fashioned exercise and a few minor modifications to my diet recommended to me by a professional fitness coach.

The best part? I’ve been genuinely inspired and happy the entire time. When I arrived in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica in late June to surf, do yoga, and write a novel with my husband Kiran, I discovered that my good friend here, Gem Yates, had just completed two International Sports Science Association certifications: fitness nutrition and certified fitness trainer. She is also an International Surfing Association (ISA) certified surf coach, an international beach lifeguard, a Balanced Body Pilates instructor, and a former professional chef.

Paul Ryan’s P90X Workout – ‘Huh?’ Health Headline Of The Week

This week, picking a ‘Huh?’ Health Headline Of The Week was a piece of cake, since the health-o-sphere was buzzing with talk over newly-designated vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s reported workout of choice, P90X. As the is-he-ripped-or-isn’t-he musings began to circulate, we couldn’t escape headline after headline about the politician’s … abs.

Of course, here at HuffPost Healthy Living we had to get in on the fun, presenting you with other famous devotees of the extreme workout program.

Video Game Exercise: Does It Count Like The Real Thing?

“Exergames,” or video games that incorporate some physical activity, are not a good replacement for exercise — but they may be a useful gateway for sedentary people to move toward a more active lifestyle. That’s the finding of researchers from Michigan State University.

“Some people are very enthusiastic about exergames. They think this will be the perfect solution to solve the problem of sedentary behavior. But it’s not that easy,” lead researcher Wei Peng, an assistant professor of telecommunication, information studies and media, said in a statement. She acknowledged that the video games might make a good first step, but were ultimately insufficient. “Eventually the goal is to help them get somewhat active and maybe move to real-life exercise.”

After reviewing 41 studies of exergame playing and rates of sedentary behavior, the researchers found that only three studies suggest any evidence of significantly increased physical activity among gamers.

Body Heat Infographic: What Happens When It’s Hot Outside

It’s official: July 2012 was the hottest month on record for the lower 48 states. Ever. And it doesn’t look like relief is in sight: In fact, this summer is pacing to be one of the warmest on the books since 1950.

We’re guessing no one needed to tell you that — the oppressive afternoon temperatures, pools of sweat and heat-induced grumpiness (wait, is that just us?) likely clued you in.

In serious cases you might have experienced symptoms of heat exhaustion — heavy sweating, dizziness and fainting, muscle cramps, nausea and low blood pressure, to name a few — or the more serious heat stroke — high body temperature, dry skin, nausea, increased heart rate, confusion and even unconsciousness. But have you ever wondered what’s actually happening inside your body to cause that?

Turns out, humans are built with a sophisticated internal thermostat that works to regulate temperature, even in extreme environments. Here’s the basic gist: sitting down in a cool room, just a small bit of blood is traveling to our skin. But as we start to heat up, the heart starts pushing more and more blood to the surface of our bodies, to move heat away from our vital internal organs, and to start the sweating process. “Humans are unique in their ability to have those massive increases in skin blood flow,” W. Larry Kenney, professor of Physiology and Kinesiology at Penn State, tells HuffPost.

Thermoregulation isn’t as well honed in the very young and the elderly, making them more susceptible to heat exhaustion or heat stroke. If the former is suspected, it’s important to stop activity, move somewhere cooler and rehydrate, according to The Mayo Clinic. They recommend calling a doctor if symptoms don’t resolve in an hour, or if you have signs of heat stroke, which is a medical emergency… read more at Huffpost

Summer Skin Care: 7 Summer Skin Mistakes And How To Fix Them

Bug bites, sunburns, peeling skin — summer means a whole host of different skin hangups than we’re used to combating in cooler temps.

By now you probably know some of the basics, like that you need to protect your skin from that scorching sun, but many people are still falling into some common skin care traps.

Below are some of the most frequently-made summertime skin mistakes — and easy solutions. Then tell us in the comments: What’s your biggest summer skin complaint?

Healthy Feet: 7 Tips For Summer

Memorial Day is around the corner, and sandals are making their official 2012 debut.

And for many of us, that means retreating from a long, punishing winter spent stuffed into boots. Yup, it’s feet season.

In that spirit, we rounded up seven expert tips for keeping your feet healthy all summer long. Go ahead, put your best foot forward.

Sunscreen Guide: What To Wear, When And Why

Memorial Day rings in the summer season and, along with barbecue equipment, beach toys and sandals, stores are beginning to pad their shelves with sunscreen. That’s a great thing: sun damage is responsible for 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers in the United States, itself the most common form of cancer in the country, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. In fact, more than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. each year.

“The risk of skin cancer is very real,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg said in a recent statement in support of the government’s first annual “Don’t Fry Day” on May 25. “The FDA strongly recommends that consumers regularly use a Broad Spectrum sunscreen with an SPF value of 15 or higher in combination with other protective measures to more effectively protect themselves and their families whenever they are in the sun.”

But with so many options on store shelves — not to mention an impending change in the way that sunscreens are labelled and rated — selecting the appropriate sun protection can be a confusing endeavour. On the one hand, the block is essential to prevent the skin’s absorption of damaging sun radiation that can cause free-radical damage and lead to skin cancer and premature aging. But new research has suggested that some chemicals found in leading sunscreen brands can actually increase the risk of some melanoma skin cancers. So what should you do?

Perfect Prom Hairstyles in 4 Easy Steps

Don’t wait until the last minute to decide how you will wear your hair for prom. Your hairstyle is an important part of your overall look and should be planned and tested. Follow these four easy steps for getting the perfect prom hair style.

Step 1: Buy or pick out the type of dress you will wear. The dress must be coordinated with your hairstyle. For example, if you have a fancy, elaborate dress, you might want to go with a simple, sophisticated hairstyle. A fancy dress combined with a fancy updo might be too much ‘fancy’.

Step 2: Search for pictures of hairstyles that you like. Find 3-4 pictures of styles that you like and make copies of them to bring to your stylist. A picture is the best way to let your stylist know exactly what style you want. Best places to search prom hairstyles are websites and women fashion and beauty magazines.

Step 3: Try it on. There are several online programs that allow you to try on a particular hairstyle. This is the fastest way to see if you like a particular hairstyle. Find programs by searching for ‘try on hairstyles’. Many of these programs will help you to upload your own photo, determine your face shape and select suitable hairstyles to try on.

Step 4: Schedule your appointment at the salon. Many salons book prom hair style appointments weeks if not months in advance. Don’t be caught without an appointment call early.

Be As Strong As a Soldier

The M4 carbine’s metal ridges feel cool against my hands. Four magazines bounce around my waist on an ammo vest as I sprint over dying grass and dirt kicked up by a squad of soldiers before me. I drop to my left knee, eject one magazine, pull out another and slam it in with my palm, then run. Finally, my chance to live what I dreamed of a hundred times. But as I cross the finish line, something separates me from the soldiers more than enlistment papers or tactical knowledge: I am not Army strong.

Train for the Battlefield

In July, I was a guest at physical training, or PT, with a company of Army Pathfinders from the 10th Mountain Division’s Task Force Knighthawks stationed at Fort Drum, New York. To prepare for my morning with the troops, I maintained a loose workout schedule for three weeks. Five miles here, two there. Pushups and situps once in a while. Drink more water than beer. (Is your drink making you fat? Lose up to 32 pounds this year just by switching your beer, coffee, and juice.  Discover the secret in Drink This, Not That!

Dew clung to my Chevy Cobalt as I passed through the post’s gates and into the public affairs parking lot at 6:30 that morning. I pulled a camouflage uniform over my head and looked in the bathroom mirror. My grandfather still tells me stories about World War II and his time at Fort Drum. Growing up, I pretended so many times that I had this uniform, and now I did—I looked like a soldier. But as I walked to the training field, officers standing in the cool morning air looked twice and grinned at me as if to say, “You have no idea what you’re getting into, you dope.”

As I crossed over a dry ditch to the PT field, Lt. Col. Matthew Braman, who commands hundreds of soldiers at Fort Drum, nodded at my green notebook. Smirking, he asked, “Are you running or writing?”

In the last days of my master’s program at Syracuse University, an Army lieutenant told my professors that any journalist interested in military reporting could come to Fort Drum three weeks later to experience training firsthand. My eyes popped and I told everyone I knew that I was going. After reporting military stories all year, I would finally stand with soldiers, immersing myself in a taste of their daily lives.