Are the "Winter Blues" A Real Thing?

Feeling sad or lethargic now that the days are shorter and the temperatures have dropped? Sleeping more often than you want? You may be suffering from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), which is not some pop-psych mumbo-jumbo, but rather a very real type of depression that normally occurs in winter months as a response to the brutal changes in the natural day-night cycle. And it's widespread: SAD is estimated to affect 10 million Americans, according to Psychology Today. see more

The Truth About Lactic Acid and How It Affects Your Workout

Lactic acid is fitness enemy No. 1. It builds up in your muscles, makes them ache, and, for the sake of everything that is fit and pure, needs to be flushed out of your system and massaged from your muscles. Lying on your back with your legs up against the wall will surely help. Or, at least, that's what a lot of people—including some trainers, physiologists, and academics—will tell you. see more
Food + Drinks

When Sweet Doesn't Necessarily Mean Something's Bad For You

Coconut water has a nutty taste that not all the editors here can get behind (despite my preaching about its plethora of electrolytes and nutrients, including potassium and magnesium). Enter: Harmless Harvest's newest formulas, Dark Cacao and Cinnamon & Clove. Many brands boast versions that are chocolate- or vanilla- or, heck, pña colada-flavored, and they tend to be treacly or underwhelming. But that's the thing about Harmless Harvest—they're not flavored coconut waters; pulverized cacao from the Caribbean or powdered cinnamon and clove from Indonesia are actually added to the beverage (pro tip: shake before sipping). Not only do they provide see more

How Arm Strength Helps Make You a Better Runner

Pump your arms and your legs will follow. It's a refrain we've all said to ourselves during the last stretch of a long run, our legs losing the will the live, let alone run. It's opposition, and although we learned to do it back in elementary-school gym class, most of us have never given it much thought since then. see more

8 Foods That Help Fight the Flu

Get vaccinated, wash your hands, don't touch your face—these rules are second nature (or at least they should be) come flu season—especially because this year's strain is particularly nasty. But, little do most germaphobes know, what's on your plate can also help keep you from coming down with the flu—and, if you are unfortunate enough to get it, kick the virus's butt. Stock your kitchen with these flu-fighting foods. see more

8 New Year's Resolutions That Usually Fail and How You Make Them Work in 2015

We don't want to harsh the highly positive vibe you've likely got going with your New Year's resolution, but you should know that the overwhelming majority of people who make these annual self-improvement promises fail. According to the number-crunching website Statistics Brain, some 92 percent of people who make resolutions don't manage to keep them. And it's usually because their goals are too ambitious. see more

10 Exercises That Require No Equipment and That You Can Do From the Comfort of Your Home

This time of year, just getting to the gym is an act of endurance. You're likely trudging through the snow, fishtailing on icy roads, and doing it all while bundled up like Randy from A Christmas Story. Yes, your winter workout routine seriously needs some at-home moves. "No matter what the weather or traffic conditions are, you can get your workout on," says personal trainer Mike Donavanik, C.S.C.S., C.P.T. see more

How to Turn Your Next Ski Trip Into a Workout

There's no trip like a ski trip for packing in equal parts exercise, relaxation time, and sightseeing. The way we see it, athletes require two things of their ideal ski destinations: muscle-challenging ski runs and access to top-notch fitness facilities. Meg Austin, a ski expert who lives and works in Vail, Colorado, shares her favorite resorts for those who won't take double-black diamonds without NFL-level hotel gyms. see more

On Earlobe Reductions and Other Really Odd Plastic-Surgery Trends

When it comes to the old nip and tuck, we've come a long way from the basic face-lift or even plumping the face with fillers. According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, plastic surgery is moving in some surprising—and downright odd—directions. Take, for example, the trend of earlobe reduction, which is exactly what it sounds like. This is part of a bigger trend the AAFPRS foresees, wherein smaller surgeries—which, in addition to earlobe reductions, include mole removal, upper-lip lifts, and filling in hollowed spaces of the face—create a subtle yet sizable difference in one's appearance. Makes see more

A Workout Class for the Aggressively Competitive

I'm a little competitive. Actually, that's a lie. I'm a lot competitive. My nickname here in the Details office is Tracy Flick (as in, Reese Witherspoon's annoyingly overachieving candidate for student-body president in Election). My brother and I even have a Monica-and-Ross-from-Friends-"Mom said we're not allowed to play football"-style rule still in effect from childhood. You get the picture. The Pursuit by Equinox was invented for people like me. As participants in the fitness club's new indoor-cycling class pedal along to the thundering music, a software system pulls real-time data on wattage and RPMs (to determine distance covered) from each see more
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