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10 vices that are good for you

Posted: 11:30 AM EST Jan 23, 2014

Many of life's greatest indulgences bring big health benefits. Health.com rates the 10 vices that are actually good for you.

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Many of life's greatest indulgences bring big health benefits. Health.com rates the 10 vices that are actually good for you.

Healthy Heart: Features

Keys to living a healthier life

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Would you be willing to sleep in more to add another two years to your life? Maybe floss more often in exchange for another year of living? How about having sex more often to extend your life expectancy?

What to ask your doctor about heart disease

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During your next visit to the doctor, consider asking these questions to see if you could be at risk for heart disease.

How much exercise should adults get each day?

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We all know we need to exercise, but how much? Find out here.

How to cook smarter

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A healthy diet can help alleviate three major risk factors for heart disease. Find out what such a diet entails.

5 hidden health risks for women

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Despite increased attention to women's health issues, there are still many health risks that women need to know about that are not getting a whole lot of attention.

Various exercises can strengthen your heart

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Going to the gym can make your muscles bigger and stronger. But improving your heart may be the most important workout.

Exercises for kids

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Trying to find time to work out and spend time with your kids can be difficult. One way to keep you and your child healthy while spending quality time together is to exercise with your child.

Ways to lower your stress level

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From time to time we all get stressed out. Try using some of these ideas to help lower your stress level.

Tips for lowering your cholesterol

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Having a high cholesterol can put you at greater risk of having a heart attack or a stroke. If your cholesterol is high, consider using these suggestions to help you lower it.

Is sex safe after heart attack?

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Experts say that people can have sex after their heart attacks. In fact, the more you exercise -- including having sex -- the better your odds.

Healthy Heart: Extras

Foods your heart will thank you for eating

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It's no fun to cut out salty snacks and red meat, but tasty alternatives can help you stay proactive about heart health without eating boiled chicken and rice cakes.

What are unhealthiest fast-food items?

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It's no secret that fast-food items aren't always the healthiest option. But what items are the worst? Find out which fast-food items contain the most calories.

Be careful of your heart when shoveling

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When shoveling, use these tips to protect your heart and your health.

5 foods your heart will thank you for eating

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It's no fun to cut out salty snacks and red meat, but tasty alternatives can help you stay proactive about heart health without eating boiled chicken and rice cakes.

Mediterranean diet: A heart-healthy eating plan

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Find out how following a Mediterranean diet can benefit your health.

What are unhealthiest fast-food items?

hamburger

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It's no secret that fast-food items aren't always the healthiest option. But what items are the worst? Find out which fast-food items contain the most calories.

Take care of your heart when shoveling

Snowed In

When shoveling, use these tips to protect your heart and your health.

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Health Beat Congenital heart disease

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