Health & Fitness

The Lance Armstrong Pile-On

Let’s get something straight from the start. I’ve never met Lance Armstrong. I’ve never worshipped him, either. And my family owns Bicycling Magazine and I’m the CEO of the company it’s a part of. I once saw him speak at A Clinton Global Initiative, and the way all those “alpha males” were fawning over each other and calling each other “my friend” over and over kind of made me want to puke, even though I didn’t quite understand why at the time.

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6 Seasonal Foods That Fight Fat

By guest blogger Lisa Drayer. Yes, fat keeps us warm, protected, and alive. But too much of a good thing can be, well, bad. If you’re trying to drop a dress size before the new year, nibble on these seasonal goodies over the holidays. You’ll thank me.

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Top 3 Yoga Poses to Build Strength

by guest blogger Kathryn Budig. Yoga calms the mind, strengthens the body, and gives you amazing strength! Say good-bye to dumbbells or heavy machinery and welcome in the power of your own body and the ability to hold it up! The yoga practice creates long, lean muscles without adding bulk by teaching you how to control and lift your own body weight. I’ve picked out three of my favorite postures to help you build awareness and strength in your upper body. Remember, there is no rush and the key to a long, successful relationship with your strength is being honest with where you are with it. Some days you’ll feel like a rock star and other days, more like a rock. Either way, you can still practice—just don’t be afraid to adjust.

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The Magical Power of People Poop

Every once in a while I see something that stops me in my tracks. This time it was a report I saw in our internal library abstracts that told of a new and highly effective experimental treatment for a very threatening illness known in hospital talk as “C. diff (aka Clostridium Difficile). It’s an infection people who are on antibiotics can get, and it’s often deadly. Hospitals do not like C. diff, and it’s whispered in hushed tones, “He’s got C. diff.” Not good. But, now, there might be an effective and safe treatment, and it was found in a very unlikely place…

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Death by Medicine

by guest blogger Diana Zuckerman. Imagine that you took a medication on the advice of a doctor, it turned out to be contaminated, and you just found out it might kill you. Let’s take it a step further: What if this contamination was completely and utterly preventable, the result of carelessness, greed, and indifference? Recently, almost 300 men and women have been diagnosed with meningitis contracted after receiving a contaminated pharmaceutical injection, and 24 have died. By the time you read this, the numbers are likely to be even higher.

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Five Things To Avoid To Prevent
Breast Cancer

by guest blogger Isaac Eliaz. Over the past decade, real progress has been made in the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. Even though we are making headway, it’s important to remember we may never completely prevent or cure this disease. We must stay vigilant to continue refining and redefining our breast cancer approaches for greater prevention and survival rates. Here are 5 risk factors that can be eliminated or reduced to help prevent the development of breast cancer.

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Better Bacon

by guest blogger Coach Mark Smallwood. We do love our bacon. When the rumor of an “unavoidable bacon shortage” hit the airways late last month, American citizens went what can only be described as hog wild. There isn’t really a bacon shortage, but the cost of pork will most certainly be rising globally in 2013. But two small changes to how we look at production and consumption could make a big difference in our food future.

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I Ran My First 5K!

Excuses, excuses, excuses. I’ve had them—and good ones, too. But perhaps it was the specter of turning 50 that made me want to start running for my life. I’ve written before about how I started running and about my magic running shoes. And slowly but surely, I’ve gotten a little bit stronger every run—which only occurred weekly if I was lucky.

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