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Taking care of yourself shouldn't be complicated. We talk to the experts for practical advice to live a long and healthy life, based on science. Subscribe to get episodes from Life Kit on health and wellness.

    How to wake up early, even if you're a night owl

    How to wake up early, even if you're a night owl

    Waking up at dawn with the bakers and the baristas may not be for everyone — especially night owls. Whether you have to wake up early or you'd like to become more of a morning lark, here are a few habits that can help you set yourself up for success at that first alarm.

    • 22 min
    Tips for finding relief from IBS

    Tips for finding relief from IBS

    More than 25 million Americans have Irritable Bowel Syndrome. While IBS symptoms present in the gut, it turns out that stress and anxiety can actually exacerbate symptoms. Here's how to identify triggers for IBS, eat a diet that decreases gas and bloating — and learn where to seek help.

    • 15 min
    Exercises to 'futureproof' your body against chronic pain

    Exercises to 'futureproof' your body against chronic pain

    Vinh Pham, physical therapist and author of "Sit Up Straight: Futureproof Your Body Against Chronic Pain with 12 Simple Movements," explains why mobility exercises and good posture may be your best defense against muscle and joint pain.

    • 19 min
    How to stop revenge bedtime procrastination

    How to stop revenge bedtime procrastination

    When your days are packed, it can be hard to find some "me time" time to unwind. You might find yourself staying up past your bedtime, scrolling on social media or watching an extra episode of your latest show, That's called "revenge bedtime procrastination." These tips can help you overcome it.

    • 19 min
    How to make the most of your health insurance

    How to make the most of your health insurance

    Using your health insurance doesn't have to be on an "in-case-of-emergency" basis. Learn how to make the most of your coverage by taking advantage of preventative care, strategically timing procedures and getting exercise classes covered.

    • 21 min
    Masks are off on public transit. How to assess risk in a less-masked world

    Masks are off on public transit. How to assess risk in a less-masked world

    Now that a federal judge has thrown out mask mandates on public transportation, many people are wondering, "How safe is it to use these forms of travel if many people aren't masked?" In this episode Life Kit, learn how to assess your risk and make the best choice for you.

    • 8 min

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