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A new Mayo Clinic study found that among women 40 to 60 years old, the incidence of skin cancer increased nearly 24 fold from 1970 to 2009! This was likely due to the growing popularity of the “tanned look” in the last few decades. Rock your natural shade, spread on the SPF every time you go outside and check in with your dermatologist annually.
Run Happily Ever After
From minimalist toe shoes to super-thick-soled sneaks, the search for the perfect shoe can make any girl feel like Goldilocks! So what’s “just right”? Something in the middle, according to researchers from the University of Colorado, who found that 10mm of cushioning reduced the muscular effort in your legs (as compared to running barefoot), while doubling cushioning made no difference.
A probiotic found in yogurt helps women lose more weight, says a recent study in the British Journal of Nutrition. Two daily servings of yogurt’s ‘good bacteria’ (which can also be taken in pill form) helped dieting women drop an average of 9.7 pounds in 12 weeks, compared to 5.7 pounds in dieting women taking a placebo. The kicker? The probiotic group continued to lose weight after their diet ended!
Did you know it takes roughly 100 years for your running shoes to degrade in a landfill? A new shoe store aims to minimize that impact. When you order a pair of kicks from Kindrunner.com, your shipping box comes with a mailing label for you to return your old pair. Your worn-out shoes will then be repurposed or recycled. Your do-good reward: a $10 store credit for every pair you send in.
Savasana for Strength
Yoga has long been touted as a great recovery tool for runners, but researchers are finding more reasons to get your “om” on. A study in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine states that yoga is a great way to build core strength, which improves athletic performance and reduces the incidence of injury.