Posts tagged "fitness"

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 breakfast…

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 loosen when you sit…

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,…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 15, 2014

Fitness Vlogger John David Glaude Bravely Bares His Loose Skin

Fitness vlogger John David Glaude of the YouTube channel Obese to Beast has lost 160 pounds since he started getting into fitness, and that’s come with a side effect he didn’t originally expect: A lot of loose skin. It’s a predictable result of extreme weight loss, but not one that’s been well-documented in American culture.

Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 11, 2014

How Shoes Made Me More Aware Of My Mortality

Two weeks before the Chicago Marathon, I bought a new model of the shoes I’d been training in and started running in them to try to break them in for the race. I bought them without trying them on because I figured Saucony probably wouldn’t change much about the shoe between models. I was mistaken,…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 10, 2014

Beyoncé Is Partnering With Topshop For A New Fashion Line

Beyoncé will be expanding her entertainment company, Parkwood, to include a new, as-yet-unnamed fashion line in partnership with Topshop, one of Bey’s favorite brands. It’ll be debuting for Fall 2015. Her previous fashion line, House of Dereon, was discontinued in 2012.
The new line isn’t just a celebrity collaboration with Topshop — the CEO…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 27, 2014

Never, Ever, Ever Stop Eating

Last week was Body Confidence Week in the UK, a social media marketing campaign led by Dove (of course). I watched on Sunday as the UK body positivity organization Shape Your Culture got the hashtag #fatisnotafeeling to trend on Twitter in response to Facebook adding “fat” and “ugly” as emotions for status updates.

Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 22, 2014

“Health Goth” Is A Thing; I Have Ideas For Other Subculture-Related Fitness Trends

Apparently “Health Goth” is something that I’ve kind of been doing without realizing it, because it basically consists of having a background in musical subcultures and wearing head-to-toe black when you work out. Cool beans! I hope I get a pass for the color of my shoes, though; I just wear whatever isn’t going to…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 18, 2014

Broga Mats Put A Dude-Friendly Twist On Yoga Gear

When Yogi Dan Abramson started doing yoga to help recover from a back injury and realized it was total game changer, he embarked on a mission to inspire more dudes to get their downward dog on. While yoga has always been for everyone, the last few decades have seen it increasingly associated with Lululemon-wearing rich…

Claire Hannum / October 17, 2014

I Can’t Run For A While, So What Do I Do Now? Advice Please!

I love the natural high of exercise. To me, it serves as a kind of pseudo anti-depressant* that puts me in an instant good mood, and I like to alternate new workout plans to give me something to look forward to during dull or stressful stretches of time (like, say, the bulk of winter). For…

Claire Hannum / October 14, 2014

This Smart Yoga Mat Can Talk To You And Adjust Your Poses

An Indiegogo campaign has launched to finance SmartMat, a yoga mat that talks to you and corrects your posture. It looks like your average yoga mat, but it’s equipped with seven pounds’ worth of sensors and technology that connect with a SmartMat phone app via Bluetooth. The app adjusts its measurements based on things like…

Claire Hannum / October 2, 2014

You Might Want To Do Cardio Before Strength (Or Not)

Today in research not achieving very much: The American Council on Exercise sponsored a study to see what order of workouts is most effective when you’re doing both cardio and strength training in one go. I’m going to skip to the very very conclusion of their findings and then fill you in on the caveats:…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 27, 2014

Kickass Woman Of The Day: 100-Year-Old Gladys Misiewicz Is Training For Her First 5K

Gladys Misiewicz of Grand Rapids, Michigan almost never goes a day without exercise. She and 16 other residents of Villa Maria Retirement Community, where she lives, are training for a 5K — her very first! At age 100, she credits her long life with years of focus on activity and nutrition, and growing up without…

Claire Hannum / September 21, 2014

8 Lessons I’ve Learned During Marathon Training

In March, I signed up for a 5k called Bacon Chase that took place in June (the lure being that you got unlimited bacon at the end). I figured by the time it rolled around, I’d be ready for it. So, of course, I proceeded to not prepare at all and then run it anyway…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 12, 2014

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Krystal Cantu Rocks At CrossFit Even After Losing Her Arm

Krystal Cantu, a 25-year-old Texan and member of Ballistic CrossFit, was just a few days away from participating in a competition last summer when she and her boyfriend got into a car accident that forced her to amputate her right arm. Up until that day, CrossFit had been Krystal’s outlet for de-stressing and building confidence, and…

Claire Hannum / September 11, 2014

New Study Says Yoga Sharpens Your Mind

Yoga already has lots of known benefits, like better posture, flexibility and physical health, but now we can add something new to the list: increased brain function. According to new research through the University of Illinois, practicing hatha yoga three times a week helps you think more clearly, especially compared to stretching or toning exercises.

Claire Hannum / August 22, 2014

What Are You Really Running From?

I have to admit that I’m somewhat of a runner myself, so maybe I’m not supposed to find this video funny, but this Onion ad for a fake fitness tracker is such a perfect joke. For those who run from any form of angst, whether it’s a disappointed father, constant shame or a lack of…

Claire Hannum / August 13, 2014

This App Will Send Beauty And Fitness Pros Right To Your Door

If you live in Manhattan, a new app called PRIV will send beauty, fitness, or wellness pros right to your apartment within an hour. Through PRIV, you can request a personal trainer, yoga instructor, masseuse, hairstylist, manicurist or aspray-tanning pro to pay a house call (or even visit your office). Essentially, it’s like the Uber of…

Claire Hannum / July 29, 2014

Pumping Iron: What To Look For In A Lifting Gym

Back in May, I wrote about my complete and total infatuation with power lifting. I was happy to see that there were so many positive reactions to it, and so much agreement among women who also love to power-lift — but I was dismayed to see that some of you have had a hard time…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 7, 2014

Let’s Watch The President Of The United States Pump Some Iron, Mmkay?

Can’t the President of a powerful nation get a little private beefcake-ing time? Apparently not! President Obama was in Poland recently for, like, work or something, and decided to squeeze in a little fitness time at the hotel gym — and some sneaky bastard filmed him the whole time. The main thing I learned from watching a…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 4, 2014
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