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Category Archives: Wellness

In Defense of Your Regular Morning Routine

My morning routine looks a little like this: wake up, hit snooze ten times, roll out of bed, head out on a half-conscious jog wearing a mismatched outfit. When I reenter my apartment, it’s a mad scramble to down coffee, shower, and open my laptop. (I forget about breakfast until roughly 10 A.M.) Despite the […]

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My Chances of Being a Mom Were Fading. Then Two Beautiful Lambs Came into My Life.

I don’t know how else to say this, so I’ll start with the hardest part: when you’re a woman who wants children, but you waited too long and now the odds are getting worse every year, it’s hard to find anything sweet about your birthday cake. Most of the time, watching your fertile years drip […]

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My Doctor Prescribed Medication to Lower My Cholesterol. I Used My Bike Instead.

They say love can be everlasting, but this little saga began with my wife impatiently imploring me to get more life insurance. After spending the first two years of the pandemic off the bike—for reasons I’ll explain soon—I had begun to ride a bit around Los Angeles, a city with limitless sunshine, spectacular canyon roads, […]

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A Four-Move Workout for Better Posture

How’s your posture? Chances are it’s not great. All that slouching isn’t just a bad look; it drags down athletic performance, too. “How we move in daily life directly crosses over to patterns in sports,” says Heidi Greenwood, a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Building strength and mobility in key areas (shoulders, hips, the back) […]

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What’s the Best Time of Day to Exercise? Our Editors Compare Notes.

When it comes to exercise, are you an early bird or a night owl? For years, scientists have tried to determine how physical activity at different periods of the day impacts our bodies, and a recent New York Times piece tackles the topic. A February 2022 study had lab mice jog on tiny treadmills (cute!) […]

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The Case for Low-Impact Workouts

Natalie Laser had trained herself to work to the point of exhaustion. As a former competitive soccer player for the University of Southern California, sprints, high-intensity interval training, and strenuous lifting sessions were part of her regular routine. But at the same time, Laser was fighting an internal battle. “I struggled with disordered eating and […]

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3 Common Misconceptions About Core Strength

The burning sensation of building core strength can be incredibly satisfying, whether you’re holding a plank or struggling to finish your last set of crunches. That burn might bring you a sense of accomplishment, but it shouldn’t be your only measure of core strength. The core is the literal center of your body, a key transition […]

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