Coffee Reads of the Week – at this time and age

Some of the articles I enjoyed reading over the net are worth sharing, too. Check out my weekly posts via the Coffee Reads series. I’ve got my google reader to back me up so do also check out my shared reads. Enjoy!

health & fitness: 9 “harmless” habits that age you
You keep your college bedtime. You have a soft spot for sweets. You’re stressed more often than not. You only exercise to lose weight. You blast your iPod. You never see your girlfriends. You eat veggies but not daily. You’ve shunned all the fat from your diet. You can’t recall when you last had sex.

health & fitness: 7 energy bars that deliver by Maureen Callahan
Spreading a little peanut butter on apple slices may be a healthier way to snack, but nothing beats an energy or protein bar for convenience. Trouble is, there are too many choices. So we munched and crunched numbers to find the best bars, ones that delivered on both taste and nutrition. It’s a tricky business since a bar might offer lots of fiber (really good) and then negate things with trans fats (really bad). And sugars, even dried fruit, do add up. Here are our top picks for when you’re ready to grab-and-go.

relationships: 7 steps for the marriage-minded by Ann Marsh
Post your wish right in your profile. If you want to be courted, let another person email you first. Don’t get physical until you’re sure he’s The One. Date at least three people at a time. Give guys a second – and third – try. Once you find him, don’t be afraid to bring up marriage…and then bring it up again.

health & fitness: methuselah’s mixture by David Stipp
For as long as people have been growing old, they’ve been wishing they didn’t have to. The “Epic of Gilgamesh”, one of the most ancient works of literature, chronicles the eponymous hero’s quest for eternal life. Most religions offer an attenuated version of immortality in which some fuzzily defined soul endures even after the body has died. Medieval alchemists hunted in vain for the rejuvenating Philosopher’s Stone; industrial-age quacks got rich off their patent elixirs. Today, cosmetics companies dance around truth-in-advertising laws to imply that their creams and lotions can keep the years at bay.

technology: 15 developer/hacker to follow on twitter by Jolie O’Dell
While women developers, computer programmers and hackers of all stripes are by far outnumbered by men in their field, they’re hardly nonexistent. They blog, they tweet, and they do fantastic work to keep the Internet afloat. We’ve chosen to highlight 15 reader-recommended tech women here; if you know of others who should be on our radar — specifically women with coding skills — please do let us know about them in the comments section.

career: 7 new skills every worker needs by Rick Newman
Agility. Skill combos. Tacit skills. A broad vision. Analytics. Curiosity. Self-reliance.

health & fitness: simple ways to cook 20 vegetables by Carolyn Malcoun
One in 4 Americans don’t eat the 5 to 13 servings of vegetables and fruit (the number of servings depends on your calorie intake) that you’re supposed to eat every day for optimal health. Probably the excuse I most often hear people give when they say they don’t like vegetables is that they don’t like how vegetables taste. I think it’s partially because those vegetables were overcooked (and mushy—ew) or not prepared in the tastiest of ways.

health & fitness: how coffee can energize your workout by Hanna Dubansky
Match the amount to your body. Track your tolerance. Go by the clock (and calendar). Add fuel to the fire. Consider the source. Don’t sweat dehydration.

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