Be Well Workout of the Week: Opposite Exercises Attract 

Six pairs of exercises, done five times each: That’s your challenge this week. (And yes, it will be harder than it sounds.) Get ready to move quickly, completing each pair of exercises five times before moving on to the next set of exercises, all while keeping your form in tip-top shape.

Each pair of exercises consists of opposing moves that use different areas of strength. For example, some sets include upper-body and lower-body work while others include one exercise that involves the act of pushing and another that involves pulling, and so on. The idea is, since you’re working different areas with each exercise in a pair, you can give your all to both moves.

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How to Never Go to the Gym and Still Be Thinner Than People Who Do 

Well, here’s one reason to take your dog for a longer-than-usual brisk walk today. New research led by a health economist at the London School of Economics and Political Science found that regularly getting your walk on could be better than going to the gym when it comes to keeping your waistline in check. Hallelujah! Read more »

The Checkup: To See Results, Is It Better to Work Out on an Empty Stomach?

• The workout question of all workout questions: Is it better, when it comes to seeing results, to work out on an empty stomach or not? Here, an expert gives the pros — for one, fasted cardio can be good for short-term weight loss — and the cons, like your body having less protein available to rebuild muscle post-workout. [Ace Fitness]
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Fitness CEO Behind P90X: It Was Almost a $2 Million Flop

Carl Daikeler, the CEO of Beachbody, was in town Monday.

Carl Daikeler, CEO of Beachbody, was in town Monday.

Like many other Americans, I did P90X at one point in my life. (Ok I did about 50 days of it until I couldn’t take it anymore, don’t judge me.) But I was so excited about the workout-from-home phenomenon, I told anybody who would listen how great it was. And that’s just what Carl Daikeler wanted. Read more »

The Checkup: This Is the Best, Least-Busy Day to Go Grocery Shopping

• If you consider your weekly grocery-shopping trips to be a special form of torture, here’s a little something to lessen the pain: Research shows Wednesdays are the least-busy day to grocery shop. So less cart-bumping and more cart-zooming, for a faster, less-torturous shopping trip. That, plus 45 more tips to make you the best grocery shopper ever, here. [Yahoo]
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The 10 Do’s and Don’ts of Running or Working Out in a Costume

Runner Andi Sawin, pictured here as the sneaker, and her friend, Carolyn Stellatella, the bubble gum and also creator of both costumes in full.

Runner Andi Sawin, pictured here as the sneaker, and her friend, Carolyn Stellatella, the bubble gum and also creator of both costumes in full.

With Halloween coming up this weekend and a slew of spooky workouts to keep you occupied — not to mention, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, which just so happens to be taking place this Saturday — we figure more than a few of you are planning to get sweaty in a costume sometime in the next few days. So we reached out to the experts — i.e. fitness instructors who teach Halloween-themed classes and runners who’ve been known to suit up in crazy costumes for races — to find out what you should take into consideration when planning a workout-friendly costume.

Behold: The 10 Do’s and Don’t of Running or Working Out in a Costume. Your sweat glands will thank us later.  Read more »

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