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Why Yoga Shouldn't Be Your ~ Only ~ Form of Exercise

If you've ever wondered whether practicing yoga a few days a week is enough exercise, we've got an answer for you — and you may not like it. Sadly, based on a comprehensive study that was just released by the American College of Sports Medicine in conjunction with the American Heart Association, yoga alone will not get you all the cardiovascular exercise you need. Bummer.

10 Naturally Sweet Date Recipes for Dessert

Peach Tarts with Ginger and Coconut

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This is the perfect recipe for date night (sorry, had to). The tart crust is made from a blend of pitted dates, shredded coconut, sunflower seeds, and flaxseed. No worries if your attempt to form the peach flower doesn't turn out quite as beautifully. We can't all be professional chefs.

Get the recipe: Peach Tarts with Ginger and Coconut

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Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Bars

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These chocolate chip bars are even better than your favorite from the local coffee shop. Applesauce, dates, and almond butter create the sweet treat without needing refined sugar.

Get the recipe: Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Bars

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Blueberry Lime Cheesecake

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If you think of date bars as the only possible use for dates, this cheesecake recipe will change your mind. The filling is made with raw cashews, maple syrup, and coconut oil, so not only is it gluten-free and sugar-free, but it's vegan as well.

Get the recipe: Blueberry Lime Cheesecake

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Simple 3-Ingredient Chocolate-Covered Date Nut Bars

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Here's your shopping list: dates, nuts, and dark chocolate chips. That's it—that's all you need for this recipe. These chewy bars are simple and oh so tasty.

Get the recipe: Simple 3-Ingredient Chocolate-Covered Date Nut Bars

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Raw Matcha Caramel Truffles

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Dates are the perfect ingredient to get the gooey, caramel taste and texture you'll love about these truffles. Matcha is full of antioxidants and rich in fiber, boosts metabolism, and has a slew of other health benefits. After rolling in them the powder, freeze the truffles and eat the treat chilled. (We have 20 more genius ways to use matcha.)

Get the recipe: Raw Matcha Caramel Truffles

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Lemon Millet Bliss Balls

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Dates aren't the star of this show—that honor goes to fresh lemon and millet. Millet is a gluten-free seed, similar to quinoa, with 6 grams of protein per cup. Use cooked grains left over from dinner for these delicious snacks bites. (Still prefer quinoa? We have 10 new ways to cook with quinoa.)

Get the recipe: Lemon Millet Bliss Balls

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Dairy-Free No-Churn Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream

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Even though summer weather is fading into fall, you don't need to give up your Saturday afternoon ice cream. This "nice" cream recipe contains pumpkin purée, dates, and coconut cream or milk. Don't rush out to buy an ice cream maker (unless you want to, of course). This no-churn recipe is made in the freezer.

Get the recipe: Dairy-Free No-Churn Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream

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5-Ingredient Homemade Twix Bars

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With Halloween just around the corner, candy is tempting you in every aisle at the grocery store. These homemade Twix—made with real ingredients—are a great substitute. The base is made with coconut flour, coconut oil, and honey, with dates for the caramel center.

Get the recipe: 5-Ingredient Homemade Twix Bars

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Raw Vegan Banana Cream Pie

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While not exactly low in calories, this pie does have 4 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein per serving. With 10 ingredients total between the crust and the filling, this vegan banana cream pie is simple to make—and swapping fruit can create different varieties for pie aficionados.

Get the recipe: Raw Vegan Banana Cream Pie

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No-Bake Coconut Date Energy Bites

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The best-known benefit of dates is that they ease constipation—so these bites are a great choice if you need some, ahem, assistance in that arena. The naturally sweet fruit gives a burst of energy and the shredded coconut and coconut oil provide flavor.

Get the recipe: No-Bake Coconut Date Energy Bites

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18 Face and Body Lotions Guaranteed to Improve Your Mood

Lotion Emotion

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When you're having a down day, reach for your most luxurious skin cream. Research shows that it may be the TLC you need, since a negative mood can make you more sensitive to tactile rather than visual stimuli and more likely to crave pleasant textures.

"That's because we're hardwired to associate a soft touch with a feeling of comfort and protection," says Dan King, the author of a study on senses and buying behavior in the Journal of Consumer Research. In one of his experiments, participants in a negative state of mind said that applying a hand lotion made them feel better, even more so when the lotion was especially rich. Here, 18 exceptionally silky mood changers. (Want the mood-boost minus the beauty products? Try this type of workout.)

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Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator

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The Clinique Hydrator is rich, yet oil-free so you get the best of both worlds. It nourishes the most sensitive skin without causing irratiation.

Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator ($39, clinique.com)

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Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream

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This rose-scented cream delivers fast results for all skin types. The gel-cream goes on smooth, is packed with vitamin E, and provides non-stop daily hydration for petal-soft skin.

Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream ($40, sephora.com)

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La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream Sheer

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With a name like "skin caviar," it's impossible not to feel pampered while lathering this stuff on. Plus, it does double duty—bothing exfoliating and hydrating at the same time. (Want to feel even more fancy? There's also "caviar" for your hair.)

La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream Sheer ($440, laprairie.com)

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Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night Cream

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This night cream contains red algae marigel (rich in calcium and magnesium) which reveals smooth, soft skin in the morning, and a protective barrier against environmental and aging damage that lasts all day long.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night Cream ($145, charlottetilbury.com).

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Belif Peat Miracle Revital Cream

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If you're looking for a lotion that's as environmentally friendly as you are, Belif is the perfect find. The mineral-rich formula contains peat, a soil-like material that gives new life to dull skin. Think of it as a little piece of the fountain of youth.

Belif Peat Miracle Revital Cream ($60, sephora.com)

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Dior Capture Totale La Crème Multi-Perfection

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With a choice between Light, Universal, or Rich texture, everyone gets what they want using this Dior cream. There's no need to worry about streaky lotion lines or time wasted on blending, as this product is proven to absorb quickly so you can get on with your day.

Dior Capture Totale La Crème Multi-Perfection ($165, dior.com)

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Clé de Peau Beauté La Crème

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Just once glance at this stunning bottle will give you a glamorous mood boost—and that's before you've even put it on your skin.

Clé de Peau Beauté La Crème ($535, cledepeaubeaute.com)

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Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter

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You know body butter leaves your body silky smooth. Why not bring the butter to your face? With a light-weight formula your skin will be happily nourished (minus the grease).

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter ($40, josiemarancosmetics.com)

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Naturopathica Bio-Energy Lift Contouring Cream

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With ingredients like raspberry ceramides that help reinforce a healthy skin barrier, we aren't sure which will shine brighter—your skin or your smile.

Naturopathica Bio-Energy Lift Contouring Cream ($114, naturopathica.com)

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Chanel Sublimage La Crème

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Not only did Chanel create a new cream, they developed an entirely new purification system that allowed ingredients such as vanilla planifolia to be utilized at their peak.

Chanel Sublimage La Crème ($400, chanel.com)

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Clinique Deep Comfort Body Butter

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Most of these creams have been strictly for the face—but your body needs a little TLC too. Clinque's Body Butter is designed to be lathered all over your body, and give a little extra love to dry, rough spots like your elbows and knees. (These other body beauty products are locker room-friendly and beauty editor-approved.)

Clinique Deep Comfort Body Butter ($30, clinique.com)

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Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream Ultra-Rich

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Proven to tone and hydrate even the most dry skin in just 15 days, this marine cream is the real deal. It's even proven to reduce the depths of wrinkles. (We're not entirely sure it isn't magic.)

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream Ultra-Rich ($128, elemis.com)

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Terry Cellularose Liftessence Rich Cream

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Every girl loves the smell of fresh roses. What we love even more is the Terry Cellularose that not only coats you in a rose scent, but nourishes skin without looking too greasy.

Terry Cellularose Liftessence Rich Cream ($160, barneys.com)

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Philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker

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The name says it all. Use this mirale cream in the morning for the perfect amount of UV protection, or lather it on at night to ensure smaller pores.

Philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker ($28, philosophy.com)

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Shiseido Future Solution LX Total Regenerating Body Cream

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This cream's 24-hour moisturizing effect keeps skin hydrated from within to help prevent dryness and roughness.

Shiseido Future Solution LX Total Regenerating Body Cream ($130, shiseido.com)

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Phytomer Nutritionnelle Dry Skin Rescue Cream

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Nix dry skin with a cream rich in a mixture of both marine and plant oils. (Check out our 2016 Beauty Awards for other great skin care picks.)

Phytomer Nutritionnelle Dry Skin Rescue Cream ($111, phytomerusa.com)

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Kenzoki Belle de Jour

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In a study taken among 31 women, 71 percent saw a fresher complexion after just one night of use. With results like that, how can you not be happy?

Kenzoki Belle de Jour ($107, sephora.com)

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Orlane B21 Extraordinaire Eye

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Undereye bags, puffiness, and dark circles are simply the worst. This eye cream is smooth, refreshing, and works for all skin types. What more could you need atfer a long night? (Here's your go-to guide for concealing those undereye circles.)

Orlane B21 Extraordinaire Eye ($175, orlane.com)

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No-Bake Coconut Date Energy Bites

The best-known benefit of dates is that they ease constipation—so these bites are a great choice if you need some, ahem, assistance in that arena. The naturally sweet fruit gives a burst of energy and the shredded coconut and coconut oil provide flavor.

Get the recipe: No-Bake Coconut Date Energy Bites

Photo: Sweet Phi