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Is Lectin-free the New Gluten-free?
A Workout Before Takeoff: Will Airport Gyms Become a Thing?
Is exercising at work widely accepted?
Bananas Might Be the World's Perfect Workout Food
Do men really have more upper body strength than women?
Enough With the Term 'Healthy Obesity,' Says Researcher
Hot Yoga Works, But Doesn't Have to Be So Hot
A lectin-free diet bans beans, grains and even some veggies. So is this the next cure-all fad diet?
By Shaun Chavis Jul 17, 2018
It turns out that people who are both healthy and obese are rarer than you might think.
By Alia Hoyt May 2, 2018
Compared to sports drinks, bananas might be tops at helping us power through workouts and heal faster on the other end.
By Jesslyn Shields Apr 12, 2018
Why is it so hard to keep weight off after losing it? One study suggests it's because your body wants you to put it back on.
By Dave Roos Feb 26, 2018
New research shows going gluten free may not be all it's cracked up to be.
By Chris Opfer Jan 31, 2018
A quick workout before or between flights would be a nice way to get energized, especially if there was a gym conveniently located at your terminal. So why aren't there more gyms inside U.S. airports?
By John Donovan Jan 30, 2018
Hot yoga may not be as beneficial as once thought, a new study suggests.
By Robert Lamb Jan 18, 2018
Workout trends are changing, as younger people are less into the gender divide of classes for women and weightlifting for men.
By Alia Hoyt Jan 11, 2018
There are nude bike rides, naked yoga sessions and even the occasional bare-it-all Crossfit sesh. Would our bodies be more efficient without clothes getting in the way?
By Laurie L. Dove Dec 26, 2017
A study showed that weight loss messages are more likely to work when both are actions ("eat more veggies," "do more exercise") rather than if one is an action and the other is an inaction ("eat more veggies," "eat less fat").
By Alia Hoyt Oct 9, 2017
It's a popular dieting trend but in this first long-term study, researchers found mixed results on the effectiveness of alternate-day fasting.
By Alia Hoyt May 10, 2017
Worrying can be detrimental to a person's health, but — in the right amounts — it can also promote well-being.
By Shelley Danzy May 8, 2017
Take the stairs instead of the elevator on your way to the office, and you might not need that morning cup of joe for energy. (You'll probably still want it, though.)
By Shelley Danzy May 2, 2017
Emotions can get the best of you when you're in corpse pose. The reason why is somewhat of a mystery, but science and yogis have some pretty good guesses.
By Julia Layton Apr 26, 2017
Links between inactivity and heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer are still solid though.
By Julia Layton Feb 27, 2017
Biologists in San Diego have pinpointed a hormone in roundworms that could one day be the key to fat-burning drugs.
By John Perritano Feb 3, 2017
Don't quit! You can accomplish your workout resolutions by taking some simple steps psychologists recommend.
By Michelle Adelman Jan 9, 2017
It seems intuitive: Getting ripped at the gym increases your strength, right? Some researchers are challenging the link between muscle size and muscle strength.
By Kate Kershner Nov 10, 2016
Being upset isn't good for heart health. But being upset and working out like a fiend can triple your risk of heart attack.
By John Donovan Nov 1, 2016
A new Johns Hopkins study finds that cutting the fat and loading up on fruits and veggies with the DASH diet may help keep away one painful, nagging malady.
By Chris Opfer Aug 19, 2016
For the first time, a group of researchers tried to answer that question — and got a staggering figure.
By Alia Hoyt Aug 4, 2016
The idea that you could hold a powerful stance and get a burst of positive brain chemicals is certainly alluring. But is the science on this claim solid?
By Maria Trimarchi Feb 2, 2016
Do you eat all day long, or do you restrict your eating to a certain time? That latter approach, called time-restricted feeding, could significantly affect human health.
By Julia Layton Dec 4, 2015
You're proud of yourself for finally sticking with an exercise routine. But sadly, the needle on the scale doesn't move. Exercise doesn't have as much to do with weight loss as you'd think.
By Melanie Radzicki McManus
It's eating a limited number of healthy foods that leads to weight loss.
By Alia Hoyt Nov 16, 2015
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