Sunday, March 7, 2021

20-Minute Stretch Workout For Recovery From Charlee Atkins

Cardio and strength training are an important part of any workout plan, but recovery is essential — and stretching is too often the first thing we let slide. "You should be doing mobility exercises five to seven days of the week," explained Le Sweat founder Charlee Atkins, CSCS, who created this stretching sequence...

I’m Compared to Celebrities Simply Because I’m Black and Fat

MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA - JANUARY 30: Lizzo performs an exclusive concert for the SiriusXM and Pandora Opening Drive Super Concert Series, airing live on SiriusXM
"Oh, wow, Cheyenne! You look just like Lizzo," my classmate exclaimed as she adjusted her glasses. With a wry smile and folded hands, I agreed, knowing my confirmation of her "compliment" would get her out of my face. I wrote it off as an isolated incident and continued about my day. However, I...

Sweat App Launches New Pilates Workouts

You're probably familiar with Kayla Itsines's Sweat app and its popular HIIT and strength workouts. Last fall, SWEAT unveiled new yoga and barre workouts, perfect for people who want to built strength with low-impact training. Now, the company has launched a new 10-week Pilates program, available starting 22 Feb. The program offers traditional mat-based...

What Will UK Gyms and Leisure Centres Reopen in 2021

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Update (22 Feb., 2021): Gyms and leisure centres have been given the green light to reopen on 12 April 2021 in England, according to the government's roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions, which prime minister Boris Johnson presented to the House of Commons today. The news comes as great relief after gyms were forced...

Does 10 Extra Minutes of Cardio Affect Mood and Weight?

I've hopped on the rower every single day since 16 Nov., 2020, and made the daily goal to row 10,000 meters mostly for my mental health. I needed that alone time early in the morning before my family woke up to do something healthy for me, to lose myself while breathing heavy, sweating,...

New Zealand Makes Period Products Free in Schools

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 28: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to media during a press conference at the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa, on May 28, 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a $95 million recovery package for New Zealand
Update, Feb. 18, 2020: On Feb. 18, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that all schools will provide free menstrual products to students over the next three years, according to The New York Times. The program will roll out in June, and be for students in primary, intermediate, and secondary schools. "Young...

Can You Take a Pain Reliever After the COVID-19 Vaccine?

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The COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed throughout the country, and like many other vaccines, you may experience side effects such as fatigue, headaches, chills, joint pain, and fever as your body mounts an immune response. If you're concerned about coping with these side effects, you may be wondering if it's safe to take...

Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams’s Head-to-Head Matches

As one of the few indisputable GOATs we know of (see also: Biles, Phelps), Serena Williams has forced the entire sport of tennis to rise to her level and blazed a trail for other tennis players of colour to follow. Case in point: Naomi Osaka, one of Williams's most prominent current competitors, has...

How Allowing Myself to Feel Sad Helped My Anxiety

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For most of my life, feeling sad is something I tried to hide. I was frequently told that "girls are too emotional" and to "toughen up," so I equated crying as a weakness, a flaw, something to be ashamed of. I thought being sad was something I could just ignore, and it would...

How Weighing Myself Negatively Affected My Mental Health

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Stepping on a scale is a unique form of self-torture, in my experience. I've spent the vast majority of my life actively trying to lose weight, taking rigorously unhealthy approaches that sometimes resulted in the number on the scale going down and sometimes made it go up even higher. There were times when...
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