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Best ways to recover after a run, race

What you do after a run can be just as important as what you do preparing for a run. There are certain actions you must take so your body is better able to recover. It’s especially important after long runs of 5K or more, and whenever you finish a competitive race. In those situations you[…]

Here’s the skinny: Four fat myths vs. just the facts

Several myths about fat continue to be passed around. Here are four of the most common. • Eating fat makes you fat. It started to gain traction in the 1960s and 1970s and was promoted by an organization called the Sugar Research Foundation. They funded scientific studies that were designed to link unhealthy fats in[…]

Here’s how to cut back on your soda intake

Every year Americans guzzle gallons of soda that the Centers for Disease Control and prevention classifies as “sugar sweetened beverages” or SSB. The amount we drink has increased from about 14,402 calories a year in 1950 to an astonishing 74,633 calories a year in 2015. That’s enough calories to put on 21 pounds annually.  I’ve[…]

Serious concerns about fitness tracker accuracy

Over the last few years, devices designed to digitally track fitness levels have gone mainstream. The Fitbit, Samsung Gear and Apple Watch are just a few examples. More than 34 million fitness trackers or “wearables” shipped just in the last quarter of 2016. Millions of people are now relying on these devices to tell them[…]

Here’s why trans fats are finally being banned

Trans fats, also known as trans-unsaturated fatty acids and trans fatty acids, have been available in America for more than 100 years. The original company selling trans fats in the United States was Procter & Gamble with Crisco Shortening. Crisco was a miracle product because it lasted much longer than traditional butter or lard and[…]

Quack diets and bogus exercise schemes are no solution

As long as there are people who want to lose weight and get in shape, there will be companies trying to sell you easy ways to succeed. Here are a few of the stranger ones that have been promoted over the years and their modern equivalents.  The Dumb-Bell Cane was originally sold in 1910 and[…]

Here’s what happens to your body when you binge

Overeating is a common holiday theme. All too often we fill ourselves with extra treats and special foods while rationalizing the indulgence because, “it’s a special occasion.” Birthdays, anniversaries and holidays all become justifications. Is it really that bad? Here’s what a binge does to your body.  The first effect is the stretching of your[…]

Here are 5 things you should skip in the morning

The way you start your morning often sets the tone for the rest of the day. Want to have a better one? Skip these tempting traps when you wake up.  Don’t use the snooze button. If you hit it, your body relaxes and you attempt to fall back asleep. Unfortunately just as you’re beginning to[…]