Here’s to your health! And here’s to living longer, no matter how you do it. That’s the word in the latest edition of “This Week in Fitness.” Every other week, the Under Armour Connected Fitness editorial team hand-curates the biggest stories, trends and goings-on around the world that aim to motivate you to be the healthiest you — whether you’re running a marathon or going for that perfect game.
That 7-10 Split, Though…
What’s the best sport for burning calories? It’s gotta be running, right? Yes, according to a study by the Mayo Clinic. After calculating caloric burn for 36 different active pursuits, it found that a 160-pound person can burn up to 861 calories by running 8 mph for one hour. But guess what else made the list? Jumping rope, racquetball and even bowling are good enough to torch some calories. Let’s roll!
Running: Catch the Fever, Live Longer
It’s that simple, according to a new study by Iowa State University that claims runners live an average of three years longer than non-runners. And yet another study by MIT suggests running is contagious. So why aren’t you out there yet? Check out MapMyRun’s three easy tips to start running.
… Or Maybe It’s Cycling
If getting on a bike is more your cup of tea, a recent study by Scottish scientists suggests cycling will help you live longer, too — specifically by reducing your risk of heart disease and cancer. Here’s our guide on how to get riding.
Hot Takes From Boston
It’s been a couple weeks since the Boston Marathon, but the post-race takes are still coming in hot. First start here, with this mesmerizing sped-up video of how spectators are methodically ferried across the race route. Then get your mind blown by this story of a runner who took an extra finisher’s medal for his wife — and then wrote an apology letter.
A Little TLC to Lose Weight
Whole30 is so yesterday (here’s our dietitian’s take on that). How about a new diet trend with a decidedly not-as-zippy name? The TLC Diet is actually meant to keep our cholesterol levels in check, but has some pretty good side benefits for weight loss, including maximizing plant products and low-fat animal protein. Just make sure you’re keeping yourself informed of what’s a trend and what’s actually effective.
Bourdain Says No
We love our food trends here at TWiF, and we love it when Anthony Bourdain endorses them. But what happens when he thumbs his nose at some of our guilty pleasures? The food celebrity and traveling chef stopped by “The Tonight Show” and bashed many of them — in his inimitable way. Check out the clip and brace yourself if you’re a defender of brunch, juice bars and craft cocktails. Looks like we’ll have to find some new trends …
Trendy Food, Coachella Style
Hundreds of thousands love the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which wrapped last weekend. A lot of people don’t — the heat, the scene and the dozens of hipster indie bands aren’t for everyone. We won’t necessarily endorse the food, either, but it’s definitely a microcosm of food trends gone wild. Check out these seven interesting food trends from Coachella, including Japanese-Mexican hot dogs, waffle pops and matcha cocktails.
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Sleep Better with Science… and Toys
Happy Sleep Awareness Week! We started it off with our immersive infographic on how your habits measure up against the world’s, then we went to our friends at Thrive Global for five science-backed methods for a better night’s sleep. How about some help from gadgets? Check out Money magazine’s roundup of snooze-assisting tech, from lamps to headbands.
Spring Clean Your Wardrobe
News flash: Your skinny jeans may be hurting your health. Seriously. Check out this from U.S. News & World Report on how your fashion choices may actually be bad for you.
Goat Yoga — Yes, Really
And finally, we’re not sure how we missed this nugget, which made the rounds this past winter. If your lifelong dream has been to practice yoga alongside goats, you’re in luck: Goat Yoga is a thing in Oregon. And now it’s set to spread to Colorado. (Note we at UA cannot vouch for the safety of your clothing, which goats are known to savor…)