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Easy 'Nudges' Aren't Enough to Save the Earth Easy 'Nudges' Aren't Enough to Save the Earth

We all love to do our part to fix big problems, especially when our part is something easy and feel-good. But nudges can backfire, leading us to believe that our small actions were basically good enough when they’re not.

How to Find Vitamins That Have Been Tested for Contaminants How to Find Vitamins That Have Been Tested for Contaminants

Supplements, including vitamins, aren’t subject to the same testing requirements as drugs. The FDA takes a hands-off approach, allowing companies to do their own quality control. And as a result, many supplements contain contaminants that aren’t on the label, or they may be missing some of their ingredients.

Go Ahead and Eat Lunch at 11 a.m. Go Ahead and Eat Lunch at 11 a.m.

It feels a little sad to be waiting outside a restaurant at 10:55 a.m., hungry and feeling like you have failed at planning your meals like a normal human being. But the 11 a.m. lunch is clearly a craving for many of us, and I’m here to tell you to eat whenever the heck you want.

Make Space for Your Bicycle on the Road With a Pool Noodle Make Space for Your Bicycle on the Road With a Pool Noodle

If your city doesn’t have bike lanes, it’s up to every car that passes you on your bike to determine how much space to give you. They often suck at it. But you can reclaim some space—specifically, the safe passing distance—by strapping a pool noodle to your bike.

How to Measure Progress in the Gym When It Seems Like You've Plateaued How to Measure Progress in the Gym When It Seems Like You've Plateaued

You want to be fast. You want to be strong. But day after day, you go to the gym and feel weak and slow and it seems like nothing changes. (Did I say you? I also mean me.) Here are some strategies to stick to your plan and be sure that it’s working even when you aren’t seeing immediate shifts in your performance or…

Your Fake Email Isn't Keeping Your Health App Data Private Your Fake Email Isn't Keeping Your Health App Data Private

Apps that store sensitive health data aren’t rare anymore. Besides the apps from my actual health providers (which have to comply with HIPAA laws), I’ve used apps that track my weight, my fitness habits, my mental health, my periods, and more. In many cases, the apps are sharing or selling your data, and it’s linked…

Get Better at Push-Ups by Doing Them on Stairs Get Better at Push-Ups by Doing Them on Stairs

Running up and down stairs is great cardio, but for the next installment in our stairs-themed fitness challenge, we’re going to get some strength work in. Let’s do some push-ups.

How to Use RPE for Your Lifting Workouts How to Use RPE for Your Lifting Workouts

A few weeks ago, I interrupted my regular routine of powerlifting workouts to run a half marathon. I raced it all-out, and woke up the next day with a killer case of delayed onset muscle soreness. But it was a lifting day, so I dragged my sore butt into the gym and did my regular workout. And it felt nice and easy,…

Tech CEOs' Biohacks, Rated Tech CEOs' Biohacks, Rated

It seems every few weeks there’s a new interview about how a tech bro spends their morning. We totally get wanting to mine the habits of successful people for life hacks—you’re looking at the home of How I Work, after all. But how effective are these biohacks? Here’s an opinionated rundown:

Why You Should Do Some of Your Running on Trails Why You Should Do Some of Your Running on Trails

Now that the weather is getting nicer, it’s a great time to forget about the sidewalks and treadmills and take your running to the trails. Trails can also help your running and possibly reduce injury—but not for the reasons you think.

Try a Virtual Powerlifting Meet From the Comfort of Your Home Gym Try a Virtual Powerlifting Meet From the Comfort of Your Home Gym

The three events of a powerlifting meet—the squat, bench press, and deadlift—are easy enough to learn and train at home. And so plenty of us have trained these lifts regardless of whether we have an opportunity to show off at a meet. So if you’ve been hanging out in a home gym and might like a little friendly…

How to Find Out How Many Calories You Really Burn How to Find Out How Many Calories You Really Burn

You can punch your stats into online calculators, tweak your Fitbit settings, and meticulously track every calorie you burn, but no amount of math can tell you how many calories your body really burns in a day. To get a real answer, you need to do a little self-experimentation.

What to Look for on the Toothpaste Label What to Look for on the Toothpaste Label

Fancy toothpastes may come in different colors and boast unusual ingredients, but they probably don’t offer better dental health than the average drugstore toothpaste. Here’s what to look for if you try a new brand:

Should You Worry About Sunscreen Seeping Into Your Bloodstream? Should You Worry About Sunscreen Seeping Into Your Bloodstream?

A recent study found that some chemicals in sunscreen can be found in your blood after just a day of applying them liberally, but don’t freak out just yet—sunscreen is still considered safe to use, and you don’t even necessarily need to switch brands.

Forget Health Tracking Apps—Use Google Calendar Forget Health Tracking Apps—Use Google Calendar

There are a lot of apps out there to track your period, your mental health ups and downs, and more. But the simplest way to keep track of what’s going on with your body is just to create a calendar (in Google Calendar or wherever you keep your appointments) called “health.”

Exercise by Walking the Whole Airport During Your Layover Exercise by Walking the Whole Airport During Your Layover

Airports are enormous (in big cities, anyway), and that’s often what we hate about them. Baggage claim is how far away?? But if you’ve got time to kill, consider using the airport’s vastness to your advantage. Walk the whole damn thing, and time yourself.

Falling Asleep Anywhere Is a Bad Sign Falling Asleep Anywhere Is a Bad Sign

Being able to fall asleep anywhere, anytime is a useful skill, especially if you travel a lot or work odd schedules. But that’s not necessarily a good thing—it’s also a sign of being chronically sleep-deprived.

What 'Six Weeks Pregnant' Really Means What 'Six Weeks Pregnant' Really Means

In the wake of a Georgia law banning abortions after five to six weeks of pregnancy, a few people—I’m not naming names—have shown that they have no idea how weeks are counted in pregnancy. Folks, on the day you have sex to make a baby, you are considered two weeks pregnant already. And you can’t possibly even know…

How to Have a Healthy Relationship With Your Fitness Tracker How to Have a Healthy Relationship With Your Fitness Tracker

It’s easy to obsess over numbers, and fitness trackers give you plenty. When you strap a tracker to your wrist, it’s judging your calorie burn, your steps, your sleep. You can end up anxious about your stats, or find yourself over-relying on them to make decisions about your life.

Your Homemade Cat Food May Be Bad for Your Cat Your Homemade Cat Food May Be Bad for Your Cat

If you’re trying to overhaul your own diet and cook more at home, you might be tempted to do the same for your cat. There are plenty of recipes out there for homemade cat food, but a recent study found that many of them don’t provide appropriate nutrition.

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