Top 100 Unique Baby Names For Girls And Boys

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Do you adore Gwyneth Paltrow’s, the American actress, choice of the unique name Apple and want something similar for your child as well? There’s absolutely nothing wrong with going the non-traditional route while looking for your child’s name. After all, the name will stay with your child from infancy to old age.

Unique does not have to be ridiculous, outrageous, and unfashionable. There are plenty of strikingly beautiful names that haven’t made their way to the masses.

We, at MomJunction, have made the job of name hunting slightly easier for you. We have sifted through the latest U.S. Social Security Administration data and picked the most beautiful and unique baby names for you. Read on!

Unique Girl Names:

1. Aislinn:

A beautiful Irish name, meaning ‘dream’, this name has several variations like Ashlynn or Ashlyn. We like original one the best, though.

2. Aitana:

Aitana, the name of a Spanish mountain, was used for the first time by Rafael Alberti, the poet. But it was popularized via Aitana Sanchez Gijan, the famous Spanish actress.

3. Alianna:

Alianna is a rhythmic and lilting name that has slowly, but steadily begun to catch with the English speaking communities. This lovely variation of Eliana means ‘my God has answered’.

4. Amya:

Amya is the name of a small village in Syria, but you can use it as a variation of Amaya or Amy. It currently ranks #903 in Social Security Administration list.

5. Ariadne:

Ariadne is the lesser-known form of the name Ariana. Besides, it’s also the name of the Cretan goddess of fertility. We think it would make a great pick for parents looking for a classic, yet uncommon name.

6. Astrid:

This moniker has been a royal name in Scandinavia since the 10th century, but never really assimilated in the American states. Astrid means ‘divinely beautiful’.

7. Audrina:

This name owes its fame to Audrina Partridge, the reality television sensation. It’s a variation of Audrey and means ‘noble strength’.

8. Azariah:

Azariah is a melodious Biblical name, meaning ‘helped by God’. You can also opt for its variation Azaria.

9. Bryleigh:

This one combines the traditional names Brynn and Ryleigh. It has always been in the top 1000 names but never surpassed the 841st spot.

10. Cadence:

Sophisticated, yet unique, this name is derived from a musical term, a rhythmic pattern indicating the end of a phrase.

11. Celeste:

A soft and pretty name with heavenly overtones, Celeste means ‘heavenly’. This unique baby girl name has been on the top 1000 list since the 1880 and currently ranks at 499.

12. Charlize:

This unique name for baby girls owes its life to the elegant South African actress Charlize Theron. It’s basically a feminization of Charles and means ‘free man’.

13. Cora:

This moniker gained popularity via the British television series, “Downton Abbey”. The character bearing this name is both headstrong and beautiful; all you want your daughter to be. It’s also associated with the mythical daughter of Zeus, the Greek god.

14. Cordelia:

Cordelia would appeal to parents who want an old-fashioned name that has style and substance as well. This Celtic name means ‘daughter of the sea’.

15. Dalary:

Before 2013, this name was unheard of. It was in this year Larry Hernandez, the singer and star of the reality show, named his daughter Dalary.

16. Dulce:

Dulce is a modern Spanish and Portuguese name, referring to “Dulce Nombre de Maria” – the name of the Virgin Mary. It also shares an association with Dulce Marian, Mexican songwriter, and singer. Dulce means ‘sweet’.

17. Esther:

This name, meaning ‘star’ is one of the significant figures in the Old Testament. Esther was one of the top 50 names around a hundred years ago but is used sparsely now.

18. Esmeralda:

Esmeralda is Spanish or Portuguese name, meaning ‘emerald’. Ryan Gosling recently chose this name for his daughter. We’re sure your daughter will gush about it, forever.

19. Ember:

Short, fiery, and sassy, this moniker would be a perfect match for your little girl. You can use it as a short form of Emberly or as an alternative to the familiar Amber.

20. Emmaline:

Emmaline is the relative of Emma and a cousin of Emily and means ‘work’. This name hopped on the top 1000 list in 2014 for the first time, and it’s destined for greater use.

21. Faye:

An addition of ‘e’ at the end makes the commonplace name Fay look and sound unique and beautiful. This lovely English name means ‘fairy’.

22. Hadley:

This name is most famous for its association with Ernest Hemingway’s first wife. Meaning ‘heather field’, this name is more professional, sophisticated and modern than its cousins Haley, Hayden, and Harley.

23. Hattie:

Hattie is one of those nicknames that have become even more popular than its original name, Harriet. It was in its glory at the end of the 19th century but isn’t used much now. So we believe it will make a different pick.

24. Haven:

This name would appeal to parents who do not want to travel as far as Heaven. It came into the mainstream when Jessica Alba chose it for her daughter.

25. Janiya:

Janiya is probably an elaborate version of the name Jane. Or it’s derived from the Hebrew name Jania, which means ‘from Jana’.

26. Juniper:

Some of you may find this Bohemian name a bit unusual, but we think it’s super cool. Juniper is a fresh feeling and energetic nature inspired name with several associations.

27. Kaiya:

Kaiya is the spelling variation of the name of Kaia and Kaya. It’s never ranked higher than 652 and is currently at its lowest. But we believe it will bounce back soon.

28. Kensington:

This place name has a number of references. There are cities of this name in South Africa, Canada, and Australia. You can use Kenzie as its nickname.

29. Kenzie:

Kenzie is a fresh and energetic short form of Mackenzie. It has started to be polished up for a new generation of children by parents who find Mackenzie stuffy.

30. Kimora:

Kimora Lee Simmons, the African-Asian model, brought this moniker into the eyes of the public. You can use this name in place of the outdated Kim.

31. Landry:

This name, meaning ‘ruler’ is being used for both boys and girls. But the ‘y’ ending makes this name sound feminine.

32. Leia:

Here’s a name brought into the spotlight via the Star Wars movie. Your daughter will realize the worth of this name during her teenage when she’ll get associated with the princess.

33. Libby:

For decades, or maybe centuries, Beth, Lizzy, and Betty were nicknames for Elizabeth. But today, bubbly and modern Libby is being used by the parents.

34. Liv:

Liv Tyler, a renowned actress, popularized this Norse name meaning ‘life’, in America.

35. Nia:

Nia is short but substantial and energetic. It’s usually considered a short form of Antonia, but is a standalone name in the African regions, where it means ‘resolve’.

36. Ophelia:

This beautiful name would forever be associated with the tragic heroine of Hamlet. But it has a beautiful meaning (help), which many people overlook.

37. Paola:

The exotic sound of this Italian and Spanish variation of Paula makes it more appealing than the original. Paola Suárez, the Argentinian tennis player, would be its most famous bearer.

38. Penny:

Mid-century names, which were once considered too quaint for our tastes have now begun to resurface, primarily because of the American and British television series. This zesty moniker, which is originally a diminutive of Penelope, featured in “Big Bang Theory”.

39. Perla:

Perla is the Spanish variation of Pearl. This moniker would make an excellent choice for parents who do not like the grandmotherly vibe in the name Pearl.

40. Sariyah:

This variation of Sarah has begun to gain some traction lately. In fact, it’s been a part of the top 1000 list for more than a decade.

41. Tabitha:

Tabitha may not be as popular as the name of her mother Samantha, but it has its magical charm. This Aramaic name means ‘gazelle’.

42. Tatiana:

This long favorite of the Russians has started to catch on with the Americans as well. As a Latin family name, Tatiana carries a touch of the exotic. It is derived from Titus, the name of the ancient Sabine king.

43. Tatum:

This distinctive, strong and energetic name is recommended for babies with congenial last names. It was once a unisex name but is now used exclusively for girls. Tatum means ‘Tate’s homestead’.
44. Taya:

This Japanese name, meaning ‘young’ has made into the mainstream, perhaps because of its similarity between Kaya and Maya. It’s also associated with Taya Smith, the Australian singer.

45. Tinley:

This trendy name fits well with the ‘inley’ ending names likes Kinley, Brinley, and Finley. And it isn’t even used frequently, which explains its spot at the end of the list.

 46. Veda:

Even though it has religious resonance, Veda has made a strong place for itself as a modern name. It has two initials, a sharp V initial, and an ‘a’ ending.

47. Winter:

Warm names are now beginning to be eclipsed with names with a chill factor. And to be honest, this name sounds much more refreshing than the warmer ones. Gretchen Mol, Sea Parker, and Nicole Ritchie named their daughters Winter.

48. Yaritza:

This elaboration of Yara is used greatly in Spanish and Portuguese countries. It means ‘butterfly’.

49. Zaylee:

Perhaps, one of the unique names of all the baby girl names, this carefree name could work well as a substitute for Hayley or Kaylee.

50. Zion:

This Biblical place name has taken off for both boys and girls, with boys lagging behind a little. It feels uplifting because of its Z beginning.
Unique Boy Names:

51. Abdiel:

In the Bible, Abdiel was the name of the ancient prophet who could withstand Satan. This name means ‘servant of God’.

52. Apollo:

The ever-growing popularity of sci-fi movies and fantasy books has made a strong influence on the Gen-ex parents. Apollo, the name of the Greek god and the space shuttle could make a great choice for your son.

53. Arlo:

Arlo is short, sweet, unique, easy to spell, and sound extremely cool. It probably originated as a nickname for Carlos or Marlow. Arlo will also balance out a long last name.

54. Atlas:

Gwen Stefani is not the only one following the trend of naming children after the Greek mythology. Several parents are opting for the names of Greek gods and goddesses. But Atlas is a unique name.

55. Atticus:

This one’s for parents who like names with literary and historical significance. This name refers to Atticus Finch from “To Kill a Mockingbird”. Atticus means ‘from Attica’.

56. Bodhi:

More and more parents are turning towards names with uplifting meaning. One such name is Bodhi, which means ‘awakening or enlightenment’. Even Megan Fox named her son Bodhi.

57. Brody:

A perfect example of bad meanings to good names, this not-so-common name currently sits at the 105th spot.

58. Deangelo:

This unique baby boy name could either mean ‘son of Angelo’ or ‘from the angel’. It is associated with D’Angelo, the American singer, and songwriter.

59. Deshawn:

In this modern invented name, the prefix ‘De’ indicates ‘son of’. So technically, this name means son of Shawn or Sean. DeShawn Stevenson, the former professional basketball player, is its namesake.

60. Eliseo:

This Latin name is facing no problem in fitting in the American classroom. It made frequent appearances on the top 1000 list but never made it past 800.

61. Eugene:

This old-timey name is not used much these days. So you can consider this name if you want to pay tribute to anyone in your family named Eugene. It means ‘well-born’.

62. Fletcher:

Here’s another surname that has made to the list of first names. Meaning ‘maker of arrows’, Fletcher is used well in New Zealand, and only in New Zealand. So grab it before it becomes common.

63. Gage:

This one goes well with the craze for one syllable name. Gage may mean ‘oath or pledge’, but it’s also associated with mathematical gauge and gage plums.

64. Gunner:

This macho name came into the forefront when Brandon Flowers used it for his son. You can use the spelling Gunnar to make it sound less militaristic.

65. Jabari:

This cool and attractive African name has distinguished representatives in literature and sports. One of its namesakes is Jabari Price, the American NFL football player.

66. Jagger:

Celebrities are the ultimate standard for finding weird and unique names for your children. For instance, Joe Don Rooney chose the name Jagger for his son.
67. Jaxton:

Of late, we are seeing video game influence on the baby name choice as well. Jaxton, (Merrat Jaxton) would make an uncommon alternative to Jackson and Jaxon. And it was popular enough to be on the 409th spot last year.
68. Jayvion:

This one has a little bit of J, a little bit of V, and an ending with –ion, everything that you need to make a name unique.

69. Jett:

The name of the dark black gemstone can make a potential moniker for your son.

70. Juelz:

Juelz, the masculine form of the name Jules shares its association with Juelz Santana, the stage name of Louis James, the American rapper, and actor.

71. Justus:

This New Testament name would make an unusual alternative to Justin or Justice. There have been several notable saints bearing this name, which means ‘just’.

72. Kash:

Besides being our guilty pleasure, reality television has also become a source of trendy baby names. Here, we’re referring to Kash Kade Biermann, the son of reality star Kim Zolciak and football player Kroy Biermann.

73. Kashton:

This modern name is perhaps a combination of Kash and Ashton. What do you think? This moniker made its first appearance on the SSA list last year.

74. Kayson:

It’s believed that this moniker popped up when the popularity of Jason began to fall. And it was quite popular when it was coined, but is now seldom used by parents.
75. Kellen:

A name that’s Irish in spirit and German in origin, Kellen means ‘swamp or slender’.

76. Konnor:

Some creative spellings of a name work and some don’t. This one belongs to the former category. Not much used, but sounds pleasing and usable.

77. Leighton:

This English moniker, meaning ‘meadow town’ started as girls’ name, but is now catching on with the boys.

78. Malaki:

This one’s a variation of Malachi, the biblical name. Both the variations have to be pronounced with a long ‘I’. Malaki means ‘my messenger’.

79. Melvin:

This respectable English and Scottish surname was once the most, but it’s out of focus now. This moniker means ‘council protector’.

80. Nash:

This English surname puts in the stem with the current trendy names like Ash, Cash, and Dash. It came into prominence via the portrayal of the character Nash Bridges by Don Johnson. Nash means ‘by the ash tree’.

81. Niko:

You can view Niko as a diminutive of Nikolaos or as an exotic and unusual spelling of Nico. Either way, it’s a winner. Niko means ‘victory of the people’.

82. Nixon:

People have been using last names as first names since the ancient times. And it’s on the rise again, especially when it involves last names of politicians (President Richard Nixon). Nixon means ‘son of Nicholas’.

83. Oakley:

This name is chic, cool, and trend-setting, just like your son would be. Once used mainly for girls, Oakley made a sharp rise for males last year. It means ‘oak wood or clearing’.

84. Oswaldo:

You must be familiar with Oswald, but we’re sure you haven’t heard Oswaldo, the Spanish of Oswald.

85. Otis:

This German name, meaning ‘wealthy’ would make a sweet name for your little boy. We love this name for its catchy ‘O’ beginning and its combination of spunk and strength.

86. Reed:

A sleek and elegant name that would suit everyone, from a sculptor to a banker and it’s here that the charm lies. Reed means ‘red-haired’.

87. Rey:

This Spanish word for ‘king’ could make a short and sweet name for your daughter. You can also use it for your baby girl. Remember “Star Wars” movie?

88. Ridge:

This is one of our most favorite nature inspired names. And it’s fairly uncommon too! It reentered the popularity list for the first time last year since 1989.

89. Rocco:

We feel that this name shares the quirky appeal of names like Hugo and Bruno. And Madonna glamorized this name when she chose it for her son. Rocco means ‘rest’.

90. Rodolfo:

This name is in no way related to the name Rudolf. It’s a Spanish name, meaning ‘bold wolf’.

91. Rogelio:

Rogelio is a Spanish variation of Roger and means ‘famous spearman’. You can shorten it to Rodge for the nickname.

92. Rory:

Traditionally of Irish descent, Rory means ‘red king’. It’s traditionally a name for boys but is being used for girls as well.

93. Ryker:

This name would appeal to parents who want a trendy, Ry starting name for their sons. This German name means ‘rich’.

94. Sage:

From the peppery to fragrant, herb name is the perfect way to add zest to your child’s life. Sage is a short and strong herb name, meaning ‘wise and knowing’.

95. Sutton:

This swanky sounding, two syllable name means ‘from the southern homestead’.

96. Tate:

Tate is a strong, single-syllable name with a ‘cheerful’ meaning. It hovered in the top 400 list for past five years, but never really made an impact on parents.

97. Todd:

Todd is one of the most stylish and masculine animal-inspired names. Meaning ‘fox’, Todd is given to relatively few baby boys these days. So go for it!

98. Quentin:

An offbeat name with loads of character, relating to number five, Quentin is the subtlest and the most usable numerical name for your son.

99. Yahya:

Yahya is a Persian, Arabic, and Turkish name for prophet John, the Baptist. It made its appearance on the top 1000 list just last year.

100. Zaire:

Zaire is an extremely attractive and wearable place name for your son. This place was the Central African state for over two decades.

These names are original, yet unique. So which of these names appealed to you the most? Tell us by in the comment section below!

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A Couple Lost More Than 390 Pounds

A couple resolved to lose weight in 2016 — and have lost more than 390 pounds since

Lexi and Danny Reed resolved to live a healthier lifestyle together in 2016. 
Since making their resolution, the couple lost more than 394 combined pounds. 
Lexi told INSIDER that their relationship and health have both changed for the better. 

Together, they lost 394 pounds. Lexi Reed/Instagram

Lexi Reed and her husband Danny made a resolution in January of 2016 to get healthy and lose weight — and they have succeeded. In almost two years, the couple has lost a combined total of 394 pounds.

Lexi runs the Instagram account FatGirlFedUp, where she documents her weight loss journey with photos of food, workouts, and sweaty selfies. She also shares side-by-side pictures of her and her husband to show their physical transformations.

In a recent side-by-side, the first picture shows Danny proposing to Lexi before their weight loss. The second image shows the duo recreating the proposal after losing the weight.

"Love doesn't have a size or weight limit," Lexi wrote in the caption of the post. "He saw the person I was on the inside and supported me while I made that person on the side match my outside."

Reed told INSIDER in an e-mail that losing weight together has brought the couple "closer together than ever before."

"Danny never asked me to change or made me feel like he loved me any less due to my size," she said. "I knew, however, I wanted to be a mom one day and live a longer healthier life with him."

She said that before sticking to their weight loss goals, they would come home from work and immediately binge-watch TV. They weren't able to do many things other couples enjoy because of their health and size, including going on romantic walks, sitting in movie theater seats, and riding roller coasters.

Working out with your partner has been shown to improve both your relationship and your fitness, so it makes sense that once the Reed's started replacing TV time with workout time things changed.

"Previously, we were going through the motions of life, and as we lost weight we gained a whole new life together and evolved together instead of apart," she said. "We are more in love than we've ever been and the sky is now the limit."

Reed has more than 490,000 followers that look to her posts for inspiration and advice. She hopes they take away that it's OK not to be perfect.

"I post pictures of myself covered in sweat, makeup running down my face, rocking my husband's t-shirts, and every single day I put myself in a place to be vulnerable," she said. "I put it all out there because if I can help one person that's what I want to do."

Her advice for people who have similar new year's goals is to start taking small steps now such as walking more or swapping high-calorie drinks for water. She also wants people to know that her weight loss journey has nothing to do with fitting in with societies standards.

"It's not about the weight you lose, but the life you gain. My goal was never to be 'skinny' but to be healthy," she said. "I loved myself at 485 lbs the same way I loved myself at 179 lbs. If you don't love yourself before losing weight [it] won't change that."

Although everyone's weight loss journey is different, the Reeds show that both online and in-person support could help you reach your goals.

A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the couple lost over 700 lbs, they collectively lost over 390 lbs.


High-Intensity Interval Training And Benefits | Top 7

While most people know that physical activity is healthy, it’s estimated that about 30% of people worldwide don’t get enough.

Unless you have a physically demanding job, a dedicated fitness routine is likely your best bet for getting active.

Unfortunately, many people feel that they don’t have enough time to exercise.

If this sounds like you, maybe it’s time to try high-intensity interval training (HIIT).

HIIT is a broad term for workouts that involve short periods of intense exercise alternated with recovery periods.

One of the biggest advantages of HIIT is that you can get maximal health benefits in minimal time.

This article explains what HIIT is and examines 7 of its top health benefits.

What Is High-Intensity Interval Training?

HIIT involves short bursts of intense exercise alternated with low-intensity recovery periods. Interestingly, it is perhaps the most time-efficient way to exercise.

Typically, a HIIT workout will range from 10 to 30 minutes in duration.

Despite how short the workout is, it can produce health benefits similar to twice as much moderate-intensity exercise.

The actual activity being performed varies but can include sprinting, biking, jump rope or other body weight exercises.

For example, a HIIT workout using a stationary exercise bike could consist of 30 seconds of cycling as fast as possible against high resistance, followed by several minutes of slow, easy cycling with low resistance.

This would be considered one “round” or “repetition” of HIIT, and you would typically complete 4 to 6 repetitions in one workout.

The specific amount of time you exercise and recover will vary based on the activity you choose and how intensely you are exercising.

Regardless of how it is implemented, high-intensity intervals should involve short periods of vigorous exercise that make your heart rate speed up.

Not only does HIIT provide the benefits of longer-duration exercise in a much shorter amount of time — it may also provide some unique health benefits.

1. HIIT Can Burn a Lot of Calories in a Short Amount of Time

You can burn calories quickly using HIIT.

One study compared the calories burned during 30 minutes each of HIIT, weight training, running and biking.

The researchers found that HIIT burned 25–30% more calories than the other forms of exercise.

In this study, a HIIT repetition consisted of 20 seconds of maximal effort, followed by 40 seconds of rest.

This means that the participants were actually only exercising for 1/3 of the time that the running and biking groups were.

Although each workout session was 30 minutes long in this study, it is common for HIIT workouts to be much shorter than traditional exercise sessions.

This is because HIIT allows you to burn about the same amount of calories, but spend less time exercising.


HIIT may help you burn more calories than traditional exercise, or burn the same amount of calories in a shorter amount of time.

2. Your Metabolic Rate Is Higher for Hours After Exercise

One of the ways HIIT helps you burn calories actually comes after you are done exercising.

Several studies have demonstrated HIIT’s impressive ability to increase your metabolic rate for hours after exercise.

Some researchers have even found that HIIT increases your metabolism after exercise more so than jogging and weight training.

In the same study, HIIT was also found to shift the body’s metabolism toward using fat for energy rather than carbs.

Another study showed that just two minutes of HIIT in the form of sprints increased metabolism over 24 hours as much as 30 minutes of running.


Due to the intensity of the workout, HIIT can elevate your metabolism for hours after exercise. This results in additional calories being burned even after you have finished exercising.

3. It Can Help You Lose Fat

Studies have shown that HIIT can help you lose fat.

One review looked at 13 experiments and 424 overweight and obese adults.

Interestingly, it found that both HIIT and traditional moderate-intensity exercise can reduce body fat and waist circumference.

Additionally, one study found that people performing HIIT three times per week for 20 minutes per session lost 4.4 pounds, or 2 kgs, of body fat in 12 weeks — without any dietary changes.

Perhaps more important was the 17% reduction in visceral fat, or the disease-promoting fat surrounding your internal organs.

Several other studies also indicate that body fat can be reduced with HIIT, despite the relatively low time commitment.

However, like other forms of exercise, HIIT may be most effective for fat loss in those who are overweight or obese.


High-intensity intervals can produce similar fat loss to traditional endurance exercise, even with a much smaller time commitment. They can also reduce unhealthy visceral fat.

4. You Might Gain Muscle Using HIIT

In addition to helping with fat loss, HIIT could help increase muscle mass in certain individuals.

However, the gain in muscle mass is primarily in the muscles being used the most, often the trunk and legs.

Additionally, it’s important to note that increases in muscle mass are more likely to occur in individuals who were less active to begin with.

Some research in active individuals has failed to show higher muscle mass after HIIT programs.

Weight training continues to be the “gold standard” form of exercise to increase muscle mass, but high-intensity intervals could support a small amount of muscle growth.


If you are not very active, you may gain some muscle by starting HIIT but not as much as if you performed weight training.

5. HIIT Can Improve Oxygen Consumption

Oxygen consumption refers to your muscles’ ability to use oxygen, and endurance training is typically used to improve your oxygen consumption.

Traditionally, this consists of long sessions of continuous running or cycling at a steady rate.

However, it appears that HIIT can produce the same benefits in a shorter amount of time.

One study found that five weeks of HIIT workouts performed four days per week for 20 minutes each session improved oxygen consumption by 9%.

This was almost identical to the improvement in oxygen consumption in the other group in the study, who cycled continuously for 40 minutes per day, four days per week.

Another study found that eight weeks of exercising on the stationary bike using traditional exercise or HIIT increased oxygen consumption by about 25%.

Once again, the total time exercising was much different between groups: 120 minutes per week for the traditional exercise versus only 60 minutes per week of HIIT.

Additional studies also demonstrate that HIIT can improve oxygen consumption.


High-intensity interval training can improve oxygen consumption as much as traditional endurance training, even if you only exercise about half as long.

6. It Can Reduce Heart Rate and Blood Pressure

HIIT may have important health benefits, as well.

A large amount of research indicates that it can reduce heart rate and blood pressure in overweight and obese individuals, who often have high blood pressure.

One study found that eight weeks of HIIT on a stationary bike decreased blood pressure as much as traditional continuous endurance training in adults with high blood pressure.

In this study, the endurance training group exercised four days per week for 30 minutes per day, but the HIIT group only exercised three times per week for 20 minutes per day.

Some researchers have found that HIIT may even reduce blood pressure more than the frequently recommended moderate-intensity exercise.

However, it appears that high-intensity exercise does not typically change blood pressure in normal-weight individuals with normal blood pressure.


HIIT can reduce blood pressure and heart rate, primarily in overweight or obese individuals with high blood pressure.

7. Blood Sugar Can Be Reduced by HIIT

Blood sugar can be reduced by HIIT programs lasting less than 12 weeks.

A summary of 50 different studies found that not only does HIIT reduce blood sugar, but it also improves insulin resistance more than traditional continuous exercise.

Based on this information, it is possible that high-intensity exercise is particularly beneficial for those at risk for type 2 diabetes.

In fact, some experiments specifically in individuals with type 2 diabetes have demonstrated the effectiveness of HIIT for improving blood sugar.

However, research in healthy individuals indicates that HIIT may be able to improve insulin resistance even more than traditional continuous exercise.


High-intensity interval training may be especially beneficial for those needing to reduce blood sugar and insulin resistance. These improvements have been seen in both healthy and diabetic individuals.

How to Get Started With HIIT

There are many ways to add high-intensity intervals to your exercise routine, so it isn’t hard to get started.

To begin, you just need to choose your activity (running, biking, jumping, etc.).

Then, you can experiment with different durations of exercise and recovery, or how long you are performing intense exercise and how long you are recovering.

Here are a few simple examples of HIIT workouts:

Using a stationary bike, pedal as hard and fast as possible for 30 seconds. Then, pedal at a slow, easy pace for two to four minutes. Repeat this pattern for 15 to 30 minutes.

After jogging to warm up, sprint as fast as you can for 15 seconds. Then, walk or jog at a slow pace for one to two minutes. Repeat this pattern for 10 to 20 minutes.

Perform squat jumps as quickly as possible for 30 to 90 seconds. Then, stand or walk for 30 to 90 seconds. Repeat this pattern for 10 to 20 minutes.

While these examples can get you started, you should modify your own routine based on your own preferences.


There are many ways to implement HIIT into your exercise routine. Experiment to find which routine is best for you.

The Bottom Line

High-intensity interval training is a very efficient way to exercise, and may help you burn more calories than you would with other forms of exercise.

Some of the calories burned from high-intensity intervals come from a higher metabolism, which lasts for hours after exercise.

Overall, HIIT produces many of the same health benefits as other forms of exercise in a shorter amount of time.

These benefits include lower body fat, heart rate and blood pressure. HIIT may also help lower blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity.

So, if you are short on time and want to get active, consider trying high-intensity interval training.

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Vote By Mail | November's 2020 Presidential Election

Most states will allow all voters to vote from home in this November's presidential election due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Just five states — Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas — will require most voters to provide an excuse other than COVID-19 fears in order to vote by mail. 
If you're voting by mail this year, be sure to request your ballot now to ensure you get it well in advance of Election Day. Voters can already request their November mail ballots in every state.

More Americans than ever will be able to vote from home in the 2020 presidential election due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Volunteer Dexter Hollier fills out postcards encouraging voters to mail-in ballots during the 2020 elections on August 15, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images

This fall, all or most voters in 10 states and Washington, DC will receive a ballot in the mail, and all voters in 33 additional states will be able to vote by mail without an excuse or due to COVID-19 concerns. Most or all voters in some states will also receive mail ballot applications from their election officials. 

Just five states, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas, will require most voters to provide an excuse beyond COVID-19 concerns to vote by mail. 

On September 16, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster signed new legislation allowing voters to vote absentee in the 2020 general election if they fear contracting COVID-19 at the polls. 

The five states that require an excuse beyond COVID-19 concerns to vote by mail allow voters above a certain age cutoff, like 60 or 65, laws that some advocates have challenged in court as violating the 26th amendment's prohibitions against age-based voting restrictions. 

Some states allowing their voters to cast a mail ballot without a documented excuse beyond COVID-19 concerns are imposing additional requirements to vote by mail, so be sure to check with your state and local election officials websites' to be sure of the rules. 

Arkansas requires voters to submit a photocopy of their photo ID with their absentee ballot, and all Oklahoma voters and most Missouri voters casting ballots by mail must get their ballots notarized (voters who are incapacitated or confined due to disability and those who have contracted or are at risk for contracting COVID-19 are exempt from the notary requirement). 

Alaska, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Wisconsin will require voters to obtain one witness signature with their ballot. And Alabama requires voters to both submit a photocopy of their photo ID and either obtain two witness signatures or notarization for their ballot. 

Minnesota, Rhode Island, and Virginia's witness signature requirements have been suspended by officials or court rulings in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The proportion of Americans electing to vote from home as opposed to in-person, either early or on Election Day, has steadily risen from 12% in 2004 to over 23% in 2016, according to the US Election Assistance Commission.

If you're voting by mail this year, be sure to request your ballot now to ensure you get it well in advance of Election Day – voters can already request their November mail ballots in every state.

When you get it, carefully follow the instructions and make sure you use the correct type of ink, sign the ballot envelope in every place that requires a signature, and properly seal it.

If you're returning your ballot via the US mail, the US Postal Service recommends sending your ballot back at least seven days in advance domestically.

The majority of states also allow voters to hand-deliver their ballots to their local election offices, and an increasing number of states and localities are also offering voters the option to submit their ballot to a secure ballot dropbox.


Blood Sugar Level

What blood glucose levels mean and what range is healthy.

Sugar can lead to high blood sugar and contributes to the development of diabetes. Getty Images

We all want to keep track of our health in every way we can -- you may weigh yourself daily, measure your waist-to-hip ratio, keep track of your blood pressure or monitor your resting heart rate. But how close of an eye do you keep on your blood sugar? 

People with diabetes are all too familiar with their blood sugar levels, but the rest of us might not even think about them. However, consistently high blood sugar levels can coexist with Type 2 diabetes and cause serious health conditions like kidney disease, nerve problems or stroke.
I hope I haven't scared you away, but when it comes to our health it's important to know exactly what's going on inside of our bodies. Without further ado, let's get into what blood sugar means, how to measure it and everything else you need to know. 

 What is blood sugar?
Blood sugar, or glucose, is your body's main energy source. We get glucose from the food we eat, and our blood carries it around to all the cells in the body to give them energy to function. Glucose mainly comes from the carbohydrates we eat, though our bodies can convert protein and fat into sugar too if needed.

Glucose from protein is typically stored in the liver and doesn't enter the bloodstream, so eating protein-rich foods won't raise your blood sugar too much. Fats slow down the digestion of carbohydrates, which causes a delayed rise in blood sugar. A high blood sugar can be an issue because it usually leads to sugar crashes, which are no fun -- symptoms include fatigue, headaches and the jitters. So, eat meals balanced with protein, fat and carbs to avoid this.
Blood sugar is closely related to insulin, a hormone secreted by the pancreas that helps your body use glucose that's in the carbohydrates you eat. Insulin helps regulate your blood sugar levels -- if you eat more sugar than you need in the moment, the hormone helps store the glucose in your liver until it's needed for energy.

You probably also know about blood sugar in the context of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is a condition in which people are unable to make insulin, so they need to inject the hormone in order to keep their blood sugar levels stable. People with Type 2 diabetes, which usually occurs later in life, either don't secrete insulin or are resistant to it. 

 How do I measure blood sugar?
If you have diabetes, you probably already keep a watchful eye on your blood sugar through the use of a continuous glucose monitor (a CGM) or a blood sugar meter (which involves pricking your fingertip). Blood sugar measurement is also typically included in routine lab work for people without diabetes -- your physician will usually order a glycated hemoglobin (A1C) test, which measures your average blood sugar over the past two to three months.
Say your A1C test comes back with no sign of diabetes -- constantly measuring your blood sugar can still be helpful. For instance, some people experiment with using a CGM to see how their body responds to different types of food. However, it's good to note that this is a fairly cost-intensive way of figuring out your nutrition, and writing down a food diary that includes how you felt after each meal will also help you figure out what to eat. 

Check out these blood sugar monitors if you're looking for recommendations on how to keep track of your levels at home.

What should my blood sugar levels be?
Your blood sugar level changes depending on what you've eaten, whether you've exercisedand other factors (more on that later) but we have some general guidelines to determine what levels are healthy.

For generally healthy individuals (without diabetes) who haven't eaten for eight hours or more, a normal blood sugar level is between 70-99 mg/dL. When you've eaten in the past two hours, it should be no higher than 140 mg/dL. To refresh your chemistry knowledge, that unit is milligrams per deciliter (one tenth of a liter) and it's measuring the amount of glucose present in your blood.
Only a medical professional can diagnose diabetes or another issue with your blood sugar, so if you're concerned about your blood sugar levels, check with a doctor. 

How can I tell if my blood sugar is irregular?
Again, only a doctor can diagnose a problem with your blood sugar. But you may be wondering how to know if it's something you should get checked out. There can be two main issues with your blood sugar -- either it's consistently too high or too low. Even if you don't have diabetes, there are some signs that your blood sugar levels are not functioning normally.

Hypoglycemia is a condition in which your blood sugar is too low. Signs include an irregular heartbeat, fatigue, shakiness and tingling or numbness in your face. If you consistently feel this way when you get hungry or between meals, talk to your healthcare provider.
On the flipside, hyperglycemia happens when your blood sugar is too high, and can happen to nondiabetics. Symptoms include frequent urination, increased thirst and headache. If you think you're hyperglycemic and can't keep fluids or food down, call for emergency medical assistance.

What factors affect blood sugar?
You can guess that carbohydrate intake and insulin production are at least partly responsible for your blood sugar levels. But the list is much longer -- almost every lifestyle choice you make can affect your blood sugar. Here's just a partial list.
Exercise can affect insulin sensitivity, leading to lower blood sugar for up to 48 hours.
Alcohol intake increases insulin production, causing low blood sugar.
Stress hormones like cortisol can raise blood sugar, because your body wants access to energy in order to escape what it perceives as a dangerous situation.
Medications, especially statins and diuretics, can raise blood sugar. Statins are used to treat cholesterol, and diuretics for high blood pressure.
Diet is a major player in blood sugar. Eating too many simple carbs at once can cause levels to skyrocket, while protein intake leads to a slower increase in blood sugar.
Dehydration raises blood sugar, because with less water in your body the glucose concentration will be higher.

Other surprising factors can affect your blood sugar, like a sunburn or gum disease, so if you're dealing with a blood sugar issue and can't figure out what's causing your spikes and dips, talk to a health care professional. 

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.

If Your Body Suddenly Jerks While You Are Falling Asleep, This Is What it Means

Our bodies are very interesting things. They can actually inform us when something is not right. One of the things that our body does is twitching before you fall asleep. If this has been happening to you we want to tell you not to panic, you are not the only one. 

Sometimes, after a long day, you are in your bed and ready to sleep. However, there is a sudden interruption by twitching and this makes you wonder what could be wrong. Just continue reading.

The Hypnic Twitch Before Falling Asleep

According to scientists, this is known as the hypnic twitch and it resembles a feeling or falling thus making your bodytwitch. Some scientists believe that it might be the consumption of caffeine before bed or certain medications like Adderal and Ritalin. However, this also goes for people who are very exhausted and who finally go to sleep, but too fast. This is due to the fact that the brain cannot keep up with the sleep phases.

One hypothesis says that this happens because you are starting to dream but you are not fully asleep and this is a symptoms of both of these things fighting.

Another evolutionary hypothesis claims that this happens because this was the body’s way to wake up our ancestors before they fell out of the trees.

Namely, when your brain is confused, it will restart and you will wake up with a burst of chemicals. This is however not dangerous for your health, but it is still not a very good feeling. 

There are still also those opinions that twitches are connected to early onsets of Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s, brain injury or nerve damage. But this is if it is too serious.

If you are really interested in this topic and you want to research you can check out the video below!

Meatball Farm Skewers

The best way to eat dinner? On a stick!


1 lb minced pork
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp chili flakes
1 tsp dried oregano
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
3 1/2 oz firm mozzarella, cut into 18 cubes
1 ball pre-made pizza dough
Olive oil

Garlic butter"
1/4 cup butter
1 clove garlic, minced
Large pinch of salt flakes
2 tbsp parsley, very finely chopped

Marinara sauce, to serve


In a large mixing bowl, add the minced pork, onion powder, chili flakes, oregano, garlic and salt. Use your hands to mix it all together. Divide the mixture into 18 pieces. Working with one at a time, flatten it out into a disc in your hand. Put a piece of cheese in the middle, then close the pork mixture up into a ball around it. Repeat with the rest and cover with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly oil a large baking tray.

Roll the pizza dough out into a 10-inch circle. Use a pizza cutter to slice 1/2-inch strips across it. (You will need 6 long strips, so discard any short ones from the edges.)

Take one skewer and pierce it 1/2 inch from the end with a piece of dough. Skewer a meatball on next, then wind the dough around to skewer that next, followed by 2 more meatballs with the dough winding around them. Place on a wire rack set over a baking tray. Brush the dough with olive oil and finely grate a little Parmesan on top. Bake in the hot oven for 15 to 18 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through.

While the skewers are cooking, heat the butter in a small saucepan. Once melted, stir in the garlic, salt and parsley. Heat up the marinara sauce and put it into a small dipping bowl.
When the skewers are cooked, take them out of the oven and brush generously with the garlic butter before serving alongside the marinara dip.

Cristiano Ronaldo buys Bugatti Centodieci Worth £8.5m

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who has scored 31 goals for Juventus in the league, splashed £8.5 million on the luxury car, according to Corriere della Sera. Cristiano Ronaldo buys Bugatti Centodieci

Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly bought The Bugatti Centodieci to celebrate Juventus’ ninth consecutive league title.

Cristiano Ronaldo buys Bugatti Centodieci worth £8.5m

Cristiano Ronaldo buys Bugatti Centodieci worth £8.5m to become one of 10 owners of the rare supercar
Cristiano Ronaldo buys Bugatti Centodieci worth £8.5m

Cristiano Ronaldo buys Bugatti Centodieci worth £8.5m
Cristiano Ronaldo buys Bugatti Centodieci worth £8.5m
There are only 10 people with Bugatti Centodieci
Cristiano Ronaldo buys Bugatti Centodieci worth £8.5m to become one of 10 owners of the rare supercar
Cristiano Ronaldo buys Bugatti Centodieci worth £8.5m

Sculptural beauty meets iconic power

The Centodieci continues Bugatti’s successful 110-year course of exceptional design and performance, while reviving the memory of the brand’s recent history. With the Centodieci – Italian for 110 – Bugatti created a reinterpretation of the epochal EB110, which, when presented in 1991, was considered the fastest and most extraordinary supercar of its time. The EB110, built by Romano Artioli in Italy, was an important intermediate step for the refoundation of Bugatti in 1998 and for the return to the French roots in Molsheim.

Inspired by the historical model, the Centodieci pushes all boundaries of imagination with its breathtaking performance and pioneering design. Featuring a modern interpretation of the classic wedge shape and with the iconic W16 engine, the Centodieci transports the EB110 gracefully into a new millennium. The ten limited-edition vehicles are distinguished by their perfect elegance and sculptural beauty, making the Centodieci a true, tangible work of art.

Cristiano Ronaldo buys Bugatti Centodieci worth £8.5m

Cristiano Ronaldo buys Bugatti Centodieci worth £8.5m

The publication also said Ronaldo decided to splash the hefty amount on the expensive car to celebrate his club’s league title.

The supercar, one of only ten in the world, will be delivered to him by the end of the year with the vehicle described as officially purchased. With an 8 litre W16 engine and 1600 horsepower, the Centodieci can do 0-62mph in just 2.4 seconds – and reach a ridiculous top speed of 236 mph.

The expensive purchase comes days after it was revealed that the former Real Madrid striker had also bought a new £5.5m luxury yacht.


Having More Than One Best Friend is Okay

Best friends. We’ve all had one, or two or even three. They come and go, and if we’re lucky we’ve had a best friend for a really long time. And as life goes, you come across an abundance of people, or maybe just a few, that all mean so much to you in their own way. But, is having more than one best friend okay? If you already have a best friend, but consider another friend your best friend as well, does it really count?

The answer, if not obvious already, is yes. And here’s why.

All Friendships Are Different

Each friendship develops differently and they each have their own special moments. It’s the differences in the friendships that make each and every one of them so important, because none is like the other. Some friendships start off immediately while others take time to progress. And some friendships have their own traditions while others tend to go with the flow, but in the end they all matter. The way they started and what makes them different is what leads you to consider that person as your best friend.

All Friends Have Their Own Superpower

Believe it or not, friends have superpowers. It's not the kind of superpowers that you read in a comic or see in a movie, but it's more of the realistic kind of superpowers. The kind where they know exactly what to do when you are feeling sad or know what to say to encourage you when you are feeling doubtful. Having more than one best friend, you realize that each of them have their own superpower and not all are the same. And despite the differences in each of them though, you realize that their friendship along with their amazing superpowers are exactly what keeps you grounded.

Time Doesn’t Matter with Friendships

Friendships begin in all throughout our lives. You may have your high school best friend, but you may also have a college best friend. Just because you meet someone earlier or later than another doesn’t mean that their friendship doesn’t hold the same value. Yes, friendships take time to grow, but you will know if that new friend that you met a few months or so ago is your best friend. Not through how long you’ve known each other, but rather through the special moments that have tucked themselves deep inside your heart. A New York Times bestselling author called Dodinsky says, “There are friendships imprinted in our hearts that will never be diminished by time and distance.”

Despite the Different Friendships You Love Them All the Same

When you ask your parents who they love the most between you and your siblings and they respond with, “We love you all the same,” you might sigh and roll your eyes. But, when having more than one best friend, you begin to somewhat understand what they mean. Despite the different friendships, despite all the special moments shared within each friendship and despite the various superpowers your friends may have, you realize that you love them all the same. And that love is shown in their own special way.

But don’t forget, friendship is a two-way street. Make sure to show your best friends your own super powers and help them through their struggles. Let them know that they all mean a lot to you and show them that it's the differences that make them special.