Walking into Barnes & Noble and seeing our book displayed on the shelf was perhaps one of the coolest moments of my life.
Chairs. I’m now convinced they’ll be the death of us, and I don’t think a daily dose of exercise will save us. I don’t think a good diet will, either…
David McRaney is a curator of examples of irrational behavior. They’re almost always applicable to health habits, especially exercise—because few aspects of American life expose our irrationality quite like exercise. We need to do it in order to survive. We don’t do it.
I read an article the other day about how eating healthy is more important than exercising because you can’t “outrun a bad diet.” But I hate reading articles like this, because the truth is we need both, so it’s a stupid comparison in the first place. You can’t out-exercise a bad diet, but no amountRead More
One of the cool things about sports is that they’re a perfect arena for uncovering and challenging culturally imposed gender limitations. Kathrine Switzer famously snuck into the 1967 Boston Marathon, registering under a man’s name, and became the first woman to run it.
When life gets you down, it tends to get your health habits down, too. Which brings me to a point I’d like to make on this blog: I’m not one of those health writers who flaunts perfection. In fact, I’m probably one of the most hedonistic people you’ll ever meet.
The world may have been watching Felix Baumgartner overcome his fears and plunge 120,000 feet through the sound barrier toward earth… But chances are, almost no one is watching whether you ace your workout. For my latest U.S. News piece, I talked “exercise hang-ups” with Michael Gervais, a licensed psychologist and expert in sports performance. AsRead More
One of the questions that keeps me up at night (or rambling at pub night) is this: how is it that 90% of us are stumped about how to incorporate exercise into our lives, while the other 10% are bloody doing it? This seemingly superheroic 10% also have jobs, kids, school, significant others. How haveRead More
Time flies when there’s a lunging blade, roundhouse kick or tango dip around every corner. For a recent U.S. News piece, I looked at why complex workouts deliver better fitness results than regular ol’ running and cycling. Not only does a workout challenge keep us engaged, it continually enhances our ability to strategize, according to performanceRead More
According to findings published in the Journal of Marketing Research, people tend to have a “now or whenever” mentality when it comes to results. We’d like our rewards now, thank you — but if we have to wait, it doesn’t matter so much when they arrive. It’s why we’re willing to pay considerably more to haveRead More