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.
“First of all come great dreams, then a feeling of laziness, and finally a witty or clever excuse for remaining in bed.” – Søren Kierkegaard
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.
This week, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson gave a lecture at the University of Utah on “Science as a Way of Knowing.” He cautioned against the devaluing of science in our society, and everyone had a laugh at a slide that showed many Americans still rejecting the theory of evolution. In the face of scientific evidence!Read More
So McDonald’s advertisement burger is Photoshopped. This is old news online, and to anyone who’s eaten an actual McDonald’s burger. Yet, despite publicly airing the fact that its ad burger is both digitally altered and made from completely different ingredients, McDonald’s is still flipping more burgers than any other fast food chain. In fact, people seemedRead More
When my dad used to pick me up on weekends as a kid, we had a tradition of going to a Mexican food place down the street and ordering a combo meal for the candy. For years, though he was long gone, I kept going back to the restaurant and collecting the candy. It madeRead More
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
This week a friend showed me the video of Louis C.K. talking about cell phones. He jokes about how we fiddle with our phones because we don’t like standing around in line, and we especially don’t like to feel alone. And it made me wonder: is this the reason mandatory menu labeling isn’t working? Because most of theRead More