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Why you should strengthen your core muscles
Core exercises train the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen to work in harmony. From improving your balance and toning your abs to helping you achieve your overall fitness goals, find out why core exercises are an important part of a well-rounded fitness program.

Healthy recipes: A guide to ingredient substitutions
Converting favorite recipes to healthy recipes may be easier than you think. You can make simple ingredient substitutions that don't sacrifice taste and enjoyment. Use this substitution guide to cook your way to healthier eating.

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A Botox party — a social gathering at which Botox injections are given, often in a person's home — might seem like a comfortable way to get Botox treatments, sometimes at reduced rates. However, most experts would not agree. Learn more from Dr. Lawrence Gibson, a Mayo Clinic dermatologist.

When should I take my calcium supplements?
Timing matters when it comes to calcium supplements. There are three factors that determine when you should take yours. Find out what they are and why they matter from Katherine Zeratsky, a Mayo Clinic dietitian.

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Flip your burger
Instead of grilling a hamburger, try grilling a hearty portobello mushroom. Marinate a large portobello mushroom in Italian dressing for 15 minutes. Grill over medium heat until tender, about five minutes on each side. Serve on a whole-grain bun with healthy condiments.

Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover more healthy lifestyle topics at mayoclinic.org.

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