Zooey Deschanel's Workout Method of Choice, the Health Benefits of Shopping, and More

Zooey Deschanel (PacificCoastNews.com) When you think of the New Girl's adorkable Zooey Deschanel, fitness is probably not the initial thing to come to mind. Probably stripes, bows, and quirky pajamas first. But the actress actually has a penchant for one of the toughest toning techniques: the Bar Method's ballet-inspired sculpting classes. Take it from someone who has tried it, these moves will have you aching for a week. Here are some tricks you can try sans bar. [FitSugar]

Bad news: Alcohol is bad for your brain. Good news: Exercise can help reverse this. [Self]

While the news about booze isn't music to our ears, another favorite weekend activity turns out to be quite beneficial. A scientific study found that shopping is a definite mood booster. Now, before the resounding duh, maybe you want to know why? Apparently, "making buying decisions helps you reclaim some sense of control when you’re upset—and that minimizes sadness." And hey, there's some cardio involved too, right? [Women's Health]

Speaking of pick-me-ups (and music to our ears), scientists have been conducting studies on the power of music on the brain. They even found its anti-anxiety effects were stronger than prescribed drugs! [CNN]

And with that in mind, here's a brief musical interlude for your listening pleasure:

If you're anything like me, you live in constant paranoia that you're losing too much hair each day which will lead to inevitable baldness in a matter of years. Well, turns out getting enough Vitamin D and Iron should allay some of our fears. *Pops a multi* [Prevention]

Maybe we'd all be losing less hair if the internet weren't stressing us out so much! Not only are we unhealthily attached, "The study also found that technology-related stress was correlated with increased feelings of life dissatisfaction." Bad internet, bad. [HuffPo]

And, to close on a heartfelt note, see how the running community is responding to the Boston Marathon tragedy. [BlissTree]

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