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How to Run in the Dark How to Run in the Dark

The worst part about morning runs in the winter isn’t the cold (we know how to dress for that), but the dark. Even after the solstice, sunrise is still fairly late in the morning, and there are precious few minutes of light in the evenings as well. How do you run outdoors safely?

Do You Really Need to Eat Breakfast?  Do You Really Need to Eat Breakfast? 

What matters most in nutrition is that you eat (1) at all, (2) a reasonable amount, and (3) food that is at least healthy-ish. The exact timing of your meals is not a huge deal, and there is no galactic scoreboard on which you’ll be made to reckon with the number of times you skipped breakfast.

A Night Owl's Guide to Surviving Early Mornings A Night Owl's Guide to Surviving Early Mornings

If you’re naturally a night owl, dragging yourself out of bed early is challenge enough. There’s no need to add meditation, journaling, a five mile run and a head start on emails on top of that. If mornings are hard, your morning routine should be easy.

What to Wear to Run in the Cold

Cold weather doesn’t have to stop you from running, but getting dressed is a puzzle: how do you keep from freezing your butt off, without overheating once you start to sweat? In this video, we show you exactly what to wear.

How to Learn Jump Rope Double Unders How to Learn Jump Rope Double Unders

Double unders are jumping rope, but harder. Your body is still going straight up and down, and the rope is just going around and around. But you have a much higher chance of smacking yourself in the ankles or the back of the head, compared to regular jumping, and that’s why it feels so satisfying when you get it…

Eliminate 'Zero Days' to Get Closer to Your Goals Eliminate 'Zero Days' to Get Closer to Your Goals

It’s hard to be amazing every single day. Especially if you started out this year with lofty goals, you might be discouraged if you can’t seem to keep up. Instead of giving up, try the forgiving philosophy of “no zero days.”

What to Ask Yourself Instead of 'Does This Spark Joy?' What to Ask Yourself Instead of 'Does This Spark Joy?'

We all have stuff that we need and want and love in our lives, and stuff that’s hanging around our homes because it’s junk that we haven’t yet realized is junk. For Marie Kondo, asking “Does this spark joy?” is the way to tell the difference. If that doesn’t work for you, try these questions instead:

Why You Shouldn't Use Teething Necklaces for Your Baby Why You Shouldn't Use Teething Necklaces for Your Baby

If you rely on teething necklaces to keep your baby’s pain at bay, the FDA wants you to stop. But they’re not just being big meanies—kids have choked and strangled on teething necklaces, and the amber ones made claims that were always too good to be true.

How to Find Your Hospital's Price List How to Find Your Hospital's Price List

The actual cost of anything at a hospital is a mystery until you get the bill, but as of January 1, 2019, hospitals must post a list of all their prices online. It can be confusing, near-unreadable, and hard to find, but it’s there. Somewhere.

Understand Your Apple Watch's Heart Rate Numbers  Understand Your Apple Watch's Heart Rate Numbers 

Your heart beats fast when you’re exercising hard, and slower when you’re resting or sleeping. Your Apple Watch is taking your pulse all day long, and wants to tell you allllll about it.

Where to Find Jeans That Fit Your Muscly Legs Where to Find Jeans That Fit Your Muscly Legs

We asked where you buy jeans that actually fit if you have the butt and legs of someone who works out a lot. Standard sized jeans that fit your waist may not be able to squeeze over your quads, and it turns out athletes of many sorts (lifters, cyclists, and more) have this problem. Today, we present some possible…

Where Do You Find Jeans That Fit Your Athletic Butt?  Where Do You Find Jeans That Fit Your Athletic Butt? 

It’s pretty awesome to lift enough weights, or play enough hockey, that you notice more muscle in your butt and thighs. But it’s not so awesome to hulk out of your own clothes, and notice that none of the pants in stores fit you anymore.

What to Do When You're Jumping Rope What to Do When You're Jumping Rope

Joining us for the jump rope fitness challenge? You might be wondering what exactly you can do with your rope, besides just jumping over it and counting how far you can get before you get tangled up. That’s a start!

There Is No 'Fat Burning Zone'  There Is No 'Fat Burning Zone' 

All of the cardio machines are lying to you. There’s probably some workout on the elliptical that promises to keep you in the “fat burning zone,” and a chart on the treadmill informing you that the zone exists when your heart is beating at a certain rate. Forget it. The fat burning zone is a myth.

The Free Self-Care You Should Be Doing Right Now  The Free Self-Care You Should Be Doing Right Now 

Let’s talk about how to take care of yourself. Not the “self-care” that companies use as an excuse to get you to buy their shit, but how to cover the basic needs of your body and mind.

How to Be Part of the Decline in Cancer Death Rates How to Be Part of the Decline in Cancer Death Rates

Death rates from cancer are down by 27 percent over the last 25 years, according to a new report from the American Cancer Society. Smoking is a big part of that (lung cancer deaths are way down), and treatments have gotten better over the decades.

Do More Pull-Ups or Push-Ups by Spreading Them Out Throughout the Day Do More Pull-Ups or Push-Ups by Spreading Them Out Throughout the Day

Do you have a simple exercise that you’d love to do more of, but you’re always struggling? Doing mini workouts throughout the day can help you finally do more reps. Think five push-ups every hour, or a pull-up every time you walk through the door where you hung your pull-up bar.

How Much Sleep Do You Really Need? How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

Everybody’s sleep needs are a little bit different, but most adults should be getting between 7 and 9 hours per night.

Don't Assume Essential Oils Are Safe for Skin Don't Assume Essential Oils Are Safe for Skin

Essential oils may be natural, but that doesn’t mean they’re always healthy or good for you. They’re extremely concentrated versions of chemicals that plants make for various reasons: some to attract pollinators, some to repel or harm their natural enemies.

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