health

Are Young Female Athletes Eating Enough?

Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 1, 2015

Today in never, ever, ever stop eating: Apparently there’s a syndrome called the female athlete triad that consists of a loss of bone density, irregular periods, and low energy, and it happens when female athletes aren’t eating enough. This plagues a lot of teenaged athletes in particular, for reasons having unsurprisingly to doMore »


Tips On Aging From The Oldest People Alive

Rebecca Vipond Brink / August 21, 2015

Do you want to outlive all of your friends? You have to develop some pretty weird habits to do so. Glamour compiled the advice given by each of the people designated as the oldest person alive as to how they lived so long. As they get older, the general trend is toward bizarre daily rituals,More »


FDA Approves “Female Viagra” Amid Health And Safety Concerns

Rebecca Vipond Brink / August 19, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the “female Viagra,” Flibanserin – under certain conditions.
Flibanserin was rejected by the FDA twice in the past over concerns about its side effects and its effectiveness. The drug doesn’t actually function like Viagra, which relaxes muscles and increases blood flow; rather, Flibanserin treats hypoactive sexual desire disorder,More »


Great, Even Light Drinking Gives You Cancer

Rebecca Vipond Brink / August 19, 2015

At this point, what doesn’t give you cancer? More »


Scientists Want To Transplant Genetically Modified Pig Organs Into Us

Katrin Higher / August 15, 2015

New experiments in “Xenotransplantation” involve keeping organs from animals alive inside of other animals.
In the most recent case, scientists managed to keep a genetically modified pig heart alive inside a baboon for 945 days before it gave out. In addition, transplant experts at the University of Pittsburg say they kept a baboon alive with… More »


Chill Out With Pretty Colors, It’s Gonna Be All Right

Rebecca Vipond Brink / August 13, 2015

Let the colors bring you to a happier place. More »


July 4th Selfie Campaign To Help Keep Dogs Safe During Fireworks

Katrin Higher / July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July to American humans! Not so much the doggies of these humans, however.
More pets go missing over the Fourth of July weekend than any other time of year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Most dog owners keep their dogs inside during the pomp and… More »


Thank Us Later: Nutrino Is Your Go-To Holistic Nutrition App

If you care about food more than it takes to count calories, you’ll love Nutrino. More »


15 Extremely Convincing Reasons To Take A Walk Today

A radical pedestrian revolution is underway in America! Or at least, that’s what The Guardian is reporting. Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak said we should “go retro!” and treat walking as our patriotic duty – and indeed, the Society of Actuaries has estimated that if just 1 in 10 Americans started a walking program, America… More »


Absolute Beginners: Absolute Bye-ginners

It occurred to me last week that the only exercise I’m getting right now is the exercise I get while I’m out doing stuff for Absolute Beginners.
That’s not really an ideal situation, but there are a few reasons for it. I injured my foot while running a few months ago and had to take… More »


Absolute Beginners: Gymnastics And What Makes Embarrassment Worth It

Turns out I suck at gymnastics, but it was 100 percent worth trying. More »


Do Something New: Get Tested For HIV

Getting tested for HIV might be daunting, but it’s worth it. More »


Absolute Beginners: Germs At The Gym

Here are some tips on how to avoid gym-related infections. More »


Absolute Beginners: SoulCycle And What “Community” Means

There’s a SoulCycle-licensed tank top you can buy that describes the phenomenon thusly: “Pack, tribe, crew, posse, cult, gang, community, SoulCycle.” I was told, specifically, that it would be a cult, and I’m glad that the company is itself embracing that term, because there is something at least a little bit cult-like about sweating your… More »


Absolute Beginners: 5 Things I Learned Doing Aerial Fitness

I’ve been out on medical for the last two weeks, which means two things: First, that I haven’t been going to the gym much, and second, that Absolute Beginners took a two-week hiatus with me. Of course, me being an all-in sort of gal, I scheduled an aerial fitness class for the very first day… More »


Absolute Beginners: Exercise Motivation For The Extremely Anxious

So, big question for people who are getting into fitness and are coping with anxiety over it: How do you find exercise motivation when you really, really, really just want to stay in bed or on the couch or safe at home?
I know how this goes; every few weeks I seem to fall into… More »


Absolute Beginners: Know When To Stop

Right now, I have tendonitis in my left ankle, tenosynovitis in both of my feet (it’s an inflammation of the sheaths that protect tendons), hammer toes, and my marathon-induced avascular necrosis still hasn’t quite healed. I have a vertebra that’s still healing from being cracked when I fell backward down a flight of stairs last… More »


WHOOPS! Anti-Vaxxer’s Seven Children All Got Whooping Cough So Now She’s Into Vaccines, I Guess?

Katrin Higher / April 11, 2015

Former anti-vaxxer and mom of many Tara Hills, recently changed her stance after all seven of her children somehow mysteriously got whooping cough. WHOOPSIE DAISIES! (Sorry, I can’t stop.)
In case you didn’t know, anti-vaxxers are those special people who don’t believe you should vaccinate your children because it may cause autism — which… More »


Absolute Beginners: When I Fall In Love

As soon as I got down from my second climb and untied myself from the rope, during my second visit to Brooklyn Boulders, I texted my fiancé, Michael. “I really need to join this gym,” I told him. “I like this so much, it’s the same feeling as when I started lifting.”
Generally, I don’t… More »


Absolute Beginners: Productive Pain

A few weeks ago, I got my hands on a copy of a stretch workout DVD called Lastics (yeah, I still use DVDs, I’m a rube). I’m not super-inflexible – I’ve done my fair share of yoga, I can touch the floor with straight legs, and I’ve always wanted to be more human-pretzel-y. But oh… More »


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