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Fit in Six Weeks?

It’s easy to fall prey to magazine articles and ads proclaiming dramatic weight loss or increased fitness benefits in “just six weeks” or less. To prove that developing fitness takes commitment and time, according to this article by Gina Kolata, scientists at the University of Wisconsin created a simple test. For six weeks, male volunteers […]

Wheat-Free Holiday Treats

Homemade bread, pasta, gnocchi, shortbread cookies tied up in strings—these are a few of my favorite things. Unfortunately these are the very things that trigger my sinus infections and arthritis-like aches and pains, and cause my husband digestive unrest and malnutrition. Like about three million Americans with celiac disease, our bodies don’t digest wheat and […]

Surviving the Holidays

Here are some great tips to have a festive and fit season. 1. Make a realistic plan and be consistent. Women’s Running columnist and coach Jenny Hadfield recommends giving yourself a realistic running goal of 15 to 20 miles per week during the holidays and keeping a running schedule on the fridge. Your goal should […]

Dirty Water

After a run, there’s nothing like that first sip of water for refreshment without the guilt. But an Environmental Working Group report states that 10 major brands of bottled water tested positive for pollutants ranging from chlorine and fertilizer residue to caffeine and arsenic. The levels found were as high as those found in tap […]

Nuts for Weight Control

Sure, nuts have protein and fiber, and are even recommended as part of a heart-healthy diet (according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute). But for those of us trying to slim down for that next big race, the nut has been sidelined because of its high fat content. However, an article in The […]

Too Caffeinated for Your Own Good?

A new study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence stresses the need for more regulation and monitoring of the use and marketing of highly caffeinated energy drinks like Monster and Rockstar, which can contain anywhere from a tolerable 50 mg per bottle to a brain-buzzing 500 mg or more. The researchers report these […]

Vitamin Power

You don’t need to take a lot of pills to get health benefits from these star nutrients — instead, load up your grocery cart. Vitamins and minerals help give you energy, fight disease and increase athletic performance.But it’s common for many American women to skimp on these health boosters and become dangerously deficient.  Before rushing […]

Top 10 Nutrition Myths

Does eating at night make you fat? Do you really need to drink 8 glasses of water a day? We sort the fact from fiction.

Your Perfect Weight

Transcend society’s obsession with size and find your ideal weight for peak performance and optimal health. Surfer Catherine Lippincott’s moment of revelation arrived on a wave in Hawaii. A former plus-size model, she’s proud of her body and participates in a wide range of sports. But every time she surfed in California, she felt the […]