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FITNESS & WELLNESS


Those extra lace holes: What's all the fuss about?
By Heidi Dawson
A video recently went viral across various social media platforms. It claims to "finally" show us what that extra lace hole at the top of your running shoes is really for. While all serious runners and coaches have known their purpose for years, it appears most recreational runners were unaware. Now it seems everyone is trying the heel-lock (or lace-lock) technique. But should we be? Is this lacing technique suitable for everyone? Or can it cause problems for some people? Let's find out.
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The states where fitness is king
The Wall Street Journal
Even people dedicated enough to log their workouts on a smartphone app don’t exercise as much as experts say they should. That is a piece of the picture painted by 2014 data from MapMyFitness, one of the most popular workout-tracking apps in the U.S., with 22 million users. Users tell the app they’re taking a walk or run, for instance, and it tracks the number of minutes of activity and registers their location.
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'Battle ropes' could be the next trendy workout
Reuters via Business Insider
Battle ropes, the thick and heavy ropes that look as if they could tether a ship to shore, have become go-to fitness tools in gyms for people seeking a tough workout that is also engaging and fun. Whipping, slamming, dragging and drumming the long, anchored ropes have long been used in training for sports like football, but fitness experts said they have now gone mainstream in gyms as an efficient workout routine.
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New video shows first lady Michelle Obama working on her fitness
CBS News
In case you were wondering, Michelle Obama is probably in better shape than you, and now we have the video evidence to prove it. In a clip posted Tuesday on YouTube, the first lady is shown working on her fitness to promote her "Let's Move" initiative.
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DIET & NUTRITION


Snacking on protein can improve appetite control, diet quality in teens
ScienceDaily
Although eating high-protein, afternoon snacks can aid appetite control in adults, little information exists to guide parents on what types of snacks might benefit their adolescent children. Now, researchers have found that afternoon snacking, particularly on high-protein-soy foods, reduces afternoon appetite, delays subsequent eating and reduces unhealthy evening snacking in teenagers.
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Will a gluten-free diet make you a faster runner?
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Gluten-free diets have become popular among runners and other athletes. Just how popular is not known, but 41 percent of more than 1,400 athletes who completed a recent scientific survey administered by researchers at the University of Tasmania reported eating gluten-free most or all of the time.
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5 dangerous food myths to stop believing right now
Fox News
With so much diet and nutrition information readily available at our fingertips, the world is becoming more and more health-conscious. These days, it's no longer just about counting calories, food fads, or "good vs. bad" — but about a balance that will leave your body not only healthy but also feeling great when it's all said and done.
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RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT


Lack of exercise can disrupt the body's rhythms
The New York Times
Exercise may affect how and when we move, even when we aren’t exercising, according to a fascinating new study in mice. The findings suggest that, by influencing our built-in body clocks, exercise may help our bodies to recognize the optimal times we should be moving, and when we should be still.
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Pedaling backward on an exercise bike could improve your workout
Medical Daily
Ask anyone who knows about fitness and most, if not all of them, will tell you to diversify your fitness routine. Simply put, constantly doing the same exercises will eventually cause the body’s progress to stall — known as a plateau. Gym-goers who frequently use the elliptical or stationary bike often alternate between pedaling backward and forward for this reason. But does alternating the direction in which we pedal actually stimulate our muscles in different ways? A new study says it does.
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How you're making it harder for yourself to gain muscle and lose fat
Yahoo Health
You’re working hard in the gym, exercising several times a week, and eating as clean as you can. That’s great — and we certainly commend you for it — but the truth is you’re sabotaging your own results and hurting your body transformation.
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VITAMINS & PHARMACEUTICALS


3 things people get completely wrong about vitamin supplements
Health via Fox News
You may have seen a concerning headline recently about dietary supplements. Research presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting suggested that taking supplements doesn’t curb cancer, and taking more than needed may actually drive up cancer risk.
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Are you getting enough? 5 important things to know about vitamins
Today
Once upon a time, the only source of vitamins was from food. Now shelves are filled with all kinds of vitamin supplements, with choices ranging from pills and chewables, to gummies and liquids. While the goal of taking vitamin supplements is to promote health, what you don't know can have the opposite effect.
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