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Year after year, one of the most common New Year's resolutions is to lose weight. Hitting the gym is a great way to keep active, but joining a gym in January means you may encounter high-pressure sales tactics. This is the busy season for gyms, and fitness companies are eager to take your money during the post-holiday gold rush.

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A scientific study has found a link between caffeine consumption and a reduced risk of systemic inflammation - a process that can lead to a spate of chronic diseases including cancer, dementia, cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis and even depression. In short, coffee drinkers tend to live longer than abstainers. (Turns out your overpriced espresso machine was actually worth the money.)

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The act of penetrative sex has evolved over millions of years as a mechanism to deliver sperm to eggs and initiate pregnancy. But there’s more to sex than just the meeting of two sets of genes. Today, we look at the social and mental health benefits that are a consequence of consenting sexual relationships, or the pursuit of them.

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Children are listening. Messages of hate, fear and intolerance are often propagated across different media and into communities. While parents view and listen to these ever-present messages, alongside them are their children, hearing these same messages through a lens ill-equipped to discern the implications of negative stereotypes and incorrect portrayals.

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Your mum wasn't completely wrong about the need to stay hydrated in hot weather. However, she and many others have been needlessly worrying about the wrong things. Here are four hydration myths you can safely discard.

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Finding the right foundation isn't easy. With so many options available, it's almost impossible to know where to start. If you narrow down what you're looking for from your foundation, the level of coverage and type of finish you want, it can make finding the perfect base a lot easier.

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There’s nothing quite like the sound of snoring as the ultimate sleep interrupter. But snoring can be more than just a frustration to those in your vicinity. Sometimes snoring is linked to more serious health problems, such as obstructive sleep apnoea. An emerging line of research suggests snoring may directly contribute to cardiovascular health problems.

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There’s a lot of buzz about strap-on play right now. With the general (and wonderful) climate of increasing openness about all things sexual, both women and men are wanting to explore their play options. Strap-on play is a fun, hands-free way for a person (either male or female) to penetrate a sexual partner (again, either male or female) with a dildo. ‘Pegging’, where a woman penetrates a man, has especially grabbed lots of media attention recently, but strap-on play is great for any combination of partners, and for both vaginal and anal stimulation. Here are some tips to help you get started.

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Dear Lovehacker, I'm a 26-year-old male virgin with no real relationship experience. I guess I have never been interested in one-night stands, preferring sex with someone I feel a genuine connection to. I've subsequently never made a proactive effort to lose my virginity and this lack of experience has made me feel concerned about my ability to find and maintain a successful relationship. I worry I won't know what the hell I am doing.

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There's nothing like an ambitious goal to focus your training, and running a marathon definitely fits the bill. Plenty of mere mortals have completed the 42km race, but it takes time, planning and, of course, an appropriate level of fitness. Here's how to know if a marathon is a realistic goal for you.