• There’s no doubt about it: Coconut oil is having its 15 minutes of fame. But is it really all it’s cracked up to be? [Huffington Post]
Thanks to the warmer weather, many of us have ditched our morning SEPTA commute, opting to ride our bikes or walk to work instead. And, according to a new report released by the Alliance for Biking & Walking, this is exactly the type of behavior that leads to healthier cities: The report found that many cities with higher percentages of biking and walking commuters experience lower levels of obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. Unfortunately, this trend doesn’t hold true for Philadelphia.
Sure, there are some valid excuses to skip the gym. They look like something like these: I’m injured, I’ve hit the gym every day this week and I need a day to rest, I’m dying of the flu, my BFF is in town for 24 hours and I’m going to spend every millisecond with her and a few bottles of champagne (Okay, we’ll call this one borderline), etc. But there are also those totally invalid, my-dog-ate-my-homework excuses that we all know are BS, but use anyway. They look something like these:
• I always eat my biggest meal for dinner, and I’ve been told time and time again how terrible this is. But looks like all those naysayers might’ve been wrong: A new study shows that consuming most of your carbs in the evening—or carb backloading, as the experts call it—could help with weight-loss and inflammation. Ha! take that, nay-sayers. [Q by Equinox]
If the last time you had fun working out was on the playground in fifth grade, that’s all about to change: Here, five recess favorites that double as serious calorie-burning, muscle-toning, grown-up workouts.
Okay, okay, we all know fruits and veggies are good for us. But new research, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, shows us just how good: Eating a hefty dose of fruits and veggies every day could prolong your life, according to the study. Now I’ve got your attention, right?