Posts tagged "fitness"

“That’s Not ‘Arm Flab,’ That’s Your Tricep”: On Knowing Your Own Body

I was hanging out with my friend Em last night. Em is a petite woman, a little shorter than average and naturally slender. She was asking me about weight-lifting and telling me that she liked to do tricep extensions because, in her words, as she held up her right arm to demonstrate by moving the…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 26, 2015

Beyonce’s Workout Routine Is Now On Instagram

To celebrate the anniversary of her "Let's Move" health and fitness campaign, Michelle Obama has asked social media users to partake in her #GimmeFive challenge by sharing five tips for being healthy. Beyonce took this as an opportunity to grace us peasants with a peek into her fitness routine, which involves crunches, some kind of kickboxing situation,…
By: Claire Hannum / February 26, 2015

5 Fitness Myths You Believe (That Don’t Work At All)

We're all interested in fitness, or at least in maintaining the idea that we might start getting fit any day now; man, get off our back. As such, there are tons and tons of advice out there on how to tone your body into a veritable machine made of health and sexiness. And a to…
By: Cracked / February 23, 2015

If Assholes Won’t Stop Caring About Cellulite, Women Will Just Have To Do It For Them

Iggy Azalea is quitting Twitter, and normally I wouldn’t care, but this tweet really got me: Just got back from a great vacation, came online and saw apparently it's shocking and unheard of to be a woman and have cellulite. Lol. — IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) February 19, 2015 I never thought I’d say…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 19, 2015

Hardcore Marathoner Hyvon Ngetich Collapsed During The Austin Marathon And Finished Anyway

Kenyan marathon runner Hyvon Ngetich collapsed at the 26-mile mark at the Austin Marathon this weekend, and instead of accepting medical assistance, she crawled on her hands and knees to the finish line. She had led the race for the first 23 miles and still finished third, but the director of the marathon doubled her…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 17, 2015

Bodybuilders Are Drinking Breast Milk, And I Quit Reality For Today

So apparently there’s a bodybuilding trend that I’ve missed out on in my time away from bodybuilding forums: Breast milk! Of course. I don’t know what kind of pseudoscience is behind this fad, but it probably has something to do with this hilarious joke (thanks, Reddit) regarding how quickly infants grow while drinking…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 17, 2015

Harassers Won’t Even Leave Women Alone While We’re Running

Apparently a lot of women runners have more trouble with street harassment than I do when I go out for a jog. The Guardian posted an op-ed today about the experiences of female runners, and it’s pretty grotesque: the author was solicited for a blowjob; women have had things thrown at them; one…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 12, 2015

Here’s The Exact Date This Month That You’ll Give Up On The Gym

We're told repeatedly that our New Year's resolutions are doomed to implode sooner rather than later, but naysayers always keep it vague. "Oh, you'll quit the second life gets stressful again," they'll say, but what the hell does that mean? Sometimes it's better to know exactly when to expect our own failure to steel ourselves for a grim…
By: Claire Hannum / February 10, 2015

Study: Could Too Much Running Shorten Your Life?

Science is now suggesting that you think twice before feeling smug about making it on to the treadmill this morning. A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that running too frequently may increase your mortality rate. Researchers studied 5,000 healthy adults, 1,098 of whom were runners and 3,950 of whom…
By: Claire Hannum / February 4, 2015

A Guy Just Ran 7 Marathons On 7 Continents In 7 Days, Which Is Seriously A Nuts Thing To Do

After I ran my first (and last) marathon last year, my legs were stone-stiff. Like, I got to the finish line, started walking, collected my congratulatory medal, heat blanket, protein shake, gel packs, apples, and crackers, and by the time I was walking toward the party section of Grant Park (like I wanted to fucking…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 26, 2015

Science Has Proven That The Buddy System Really Does Work For Fitness

If you’re trying to lose weight, exercise more, or stop smoking, you should try doing it with your bae. (Just don't do actual couples exercises like these please.) According to a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine, couples who build new…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 26, 2015

Nah, I’m Good: Working Out With My Partner Isn’t Really My Thing

Like riding the subway or running out to the corner store to get toilet paper, tampons and seltzer, working out is one of those activities that occurs in public space, but is widely acknowledged as private.  I will work out begrudgingly, but usually prefer to do so in the privacy of my own home, or a…
By: Megan Reynolds / January 21, 2015

Compassionate Fashion: Cute, Functional Pieces From Tiffany Cruikshank’s Fitness Wear Line!

Yoga teacher and wellness expert Tiffany Cruickshank teamed up with her friend Renata Facchini of Liquido to put together a limited-edition fitness wear line with a focus on styles that will hold up in everyday life as well as at the gym. I love the concept of BFFs working together, but what'…
By: Claire Hannum / January 17, 2015

I’ve Decided To Jump On The CrossFit Hate Train

It’s taken me a while to formulate an opinion on CrossFit, but I talked it out today, so I think I’m ready to dip my toe into some controversial waters and speak about a fitness routine/lifestyle/whatever that is related to the fitness routine/lifestyle/whatever that I do -- barbell lifting -- but in which I have…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 14, 2015

Study: Optimism Is Good For Your Heart!

Want to avoid heart attacks, or, you know, just be able to run a mile without thinking you're about to die? Try getting happy! A new study lead by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the National Center for Research Resources found that people with optimistic outlooks are twice as likely to have…
By: Claire Hannum / January 12, 2015

This Homeless Parisian Bodybuilder Is My New Fitspiration

I have clearly been underestimating bodyweight exercise, because this homeless man, Jacques, has been doing simple bodyweight exercises on the streets of Paris and complimenting it with a diet designed to increase muscle mass -- bought with the money passing Parisians give him -- and he is a homeless Adonis. Good lord.
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 12, 2015

To All The New Year’s Fitness Newbies: Find Your Joy

When I went to the gym early-early on Monday morning, I was shocked: Three of the four squat racks were occupied, two personal trainers were working with clients, and people were already on the Stairmaster (I don’t know why the Stairmaster is the first machine to get used at my gym every morning, but there…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 7, 2015

It Might Not Be Necessary To Eat Three Meals A Day, But It’s Better For You

I was scrolling through nutrition news today when I happened upon this article on the decline of the Three Meals A Day paradigm. It’s weirdly depressing: It starts out talking about the fact that back in ye olde days, before electricity, people didn’t actually eat three meals a day -- they had bread for…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 7, 2015

This Weight-Tracking Belt Is My Worst Nightmare

If you want to take your weight-loss resolutions to the extreme and simultaneously purchase a product that will one day succeed in haunting your dreams, look no further than Belty. This smart belt that connects with your phone to gather data on your behavioral habits. It can do nifty things like loose…
By: Claire Hannum / January 6, 2015

A Better Gym Selfie

I have so many conflicting feelings about gym selfies. I usually just sort of frown at them, shake my head, and move on. They’re the kind of thing that other people do, and while I totally respect their right to do it, I just don’t understand why. This came to a head this morning when,…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 15, 2014
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