SHAPE Shares: Exercise Is the Key to Work-Life Balance

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Happy Wednesday, readers! In today's SHAPE Shares, we've got beauty tips from one of our very own editors, an inspirational video that will motivate you to get off the couch and hit the gym, and a hilarious dating article that will make you want to crawl back under the couch and stay there forever. Check them out, and then tell us: What did we miss? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @Shape_Magazine!

1. Food companies are selling fewer calories. A new study has found that 16 major food companies, including General Mills Inc., Campbell Soup Co., and Coca-Cola, sold 6.4 trillion fewer calories in 2012 than they did in 2007. As part of a pledge made in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a New Jersey-based health philanthropic group, a group of major food companies agreed to develop lower-cal options, as well as tweak existing products and beverages to shave calories. Together, the 16 companies included in the pledge sell 36 percent of packaged foods and beverages in the U.S.

2. Get a glimpse into the life of a beauty editor. Our very own Cheryl Kramer Kaye, executive beauty director at SHAPE and Star magazines, sat down with the editors at PrettyImpressed.com, a beauty and lifestyle blog for moms, to provide an inside look at the day in the life of a beauty maven and mother of twin boys (spoiler alert: It starts early and ends late!). She shared her favorite beauty tips (including how to put on makeup in a taxi), healthy eating tips, and cute stories about her kids. Check it out!

3. This video will inspire you to change your life. Okay, get ready to tear up a little bit. Lakeisha Shurn, a San Francisco resident, was feeling down on her luck, low about her self-esteem, and going through a divorce when she decided to change her life. She challenged herself to go to the gym every day for 100 days no matter how she felt, and see what happened. As she explains in her YouTube video, she lost 18 pounds, went down four sizes, and regained her confidence. She told Yahoo! Shine that while she's continuing her workout regime, she doesn't have a specific weight-loss goal, she simply wants to be happy and healthy. Good luck, Lakeisha!

4. Exercise might be the key to a perfect work-life balance. Chalk one more up for the benefits of exercise! Researchers at Harvard Business Review have determined that adherence to a regular exercise routine may make it easier for you to balance your work and personal lives. While a more comprehensive study is underway, researchers at HBR surveyed a population of working adults to gather input regarding their work and home demands, and discovered that those who reported exercising regularly experienced fewer conflicts between their home and work lives. If you're having a hard time staying on the fitness track this year, this could be great motivation!

5. Online dating is terrible, and this article perfectly illustrates why. If you're looking for a good laugh today, check out Katie Heaney's piece for The Atlantic on how not to date online (pro tip for all the dudes out there who read this: Women actually don't like it when you're mean to them). Then tell us: What's the worst online dating message you've ever receieved?

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