fitness

How I Learned To Love Cycling (And How You Can Too)

Once you finally cross that threshold where exercise becomes a routine, there’s a big “what’s next?” question that pops into your brain. For many of us, simply doing the work just isn’t exciting enough. As a cyclist, I needed to push myself out of my comfort zone to keep things interesting.


The Truth About Stretching: When It Helps And When It Doesn't

We stretch for lots of reasons: Because it feels good, because it’s part of our pre-workout routine, because a muscle is stiff and we think stretching will fix it. But most of what we know about stretching — and thus the ways we use it — are based on wishful thinking and outdated science. We’re stretching for all the wrong reasons.


Think Of Your Willpower As Magic Points To Maximise Mental Energy

You demand a lot from yourself every single day: Wear the red shirt or blue shirt, figure out how to ace your presentation, or ask someone out for coffee. Whichever you do, you’re trading mental energy to complete the task. Here’s how learning from magic systems in video games can help you better use your daily mental energy.


10 Enduring Exercise Myths, Debunked By Science

Finding clear, definitive facts about healthy exercise can be difficult. The exercise industry is a multi-billion dollar business, built partially on selling gadgets and supplements to people desperate to lose weight or look attractive. Meanwhile, good workout plans and simple truths lurk in the background waiting for their time to shine. All of this results in lots of misinformation about exercise. We’re taking some of those commonly-held exercise myths to task, and we have science to back us up. Let’s get started.


How Selfies Can Help You Achieve Your Fitness Goals

You probably think that selfies have a special place in the burning pits of Mordor, but don’t be down on them. They’re actually a very useful weight loss tool for measuring progress and for keeping you motivated.


Stop Apologising For Being A 'Slow' Runner

There’s a good chance you consider yourself a slow runner — and shouldn’t. At any speed, you can still celebrate your victories. Ask around, and you’ll probably find that runners you admire consider themselves “slow” too.


How To Work Up To Full Push-Ups Without Starting From Your Knees

Knee push-ups are a classic modification for anybody who can’t do full push-ups, or can only do a few. But they don’t work all of the same muscles, so they aren’t your best bet if you’re trying to move up in the push-up world.


Turn Your Fitness Knowledge Into A Skill You Can Act On

If you’re having trouble getting started on your fitness goals, it’s often not because you’re incapable or don’t have the knowledge. It’s probably because you haven’t yet developed all the skills necessary to act. Here’s how to turn the knowledge you have into actionable skills.


How To Stay Healthy At Tech Conventions (Before, During And After)

Every year hundreds of thousands of people head to conventions to talk tech, gaming, business, geek culture and even knitting! By the end, attendees walk out with swag, intel and sometimes a rather nasty cold. Protect yourself from the infamous “con crud” and leave these gatherings in perfect health with these handy tips.


What The Heck 'Newbie Gains' Are, And What To Do Afterward

Strength training for first-timers can be intimidating: New movements and terminology, and a sometimes scary weight room environment. On the bright side, beginners experience a phenomenon called “newbie gains”, or a period of rapid improvement in strength, size and muscle. Learn to make the best of it!