Why Aren’t More Doctors Prescribing Exercise as Medication?

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This past weekend, I was on vacation when my friend dragged me to the gym. My definition of vacation is a weekend wherein I forget that cookies have calories and the only physical activity I participate in consists of walking from the couch to the pool. But it was raining, so I gave in.

My friend is a serious gym-nut. Proof: When we walked in, she dashed over to her favorite instructor and updated him on her life. Because they’re friends. Because she is at the gym Every. Single. Day. But here’s the thing: Her gym-devotion isn’t solely recreational, it’s medicinal. For years, starting in high school, she took a few anti-depressants with her morning OJ. But eventually she discovered the gym, ditched the meds and found that a daily BodyPump class evened her mood just as much as the pills she’d been popping.

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Study: Smoking Screws Up Your Taste Buds

 

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In today’s scary smoking-related news: Apparently, smoking doesn’t just give you wrinkles and an inhaler dependency, it also messes with your ability to taste. According to the Huffington Post, a new study shows that both current and former smokers have more difficulty identifying the bitter taste of caffeine, compared with non-smokers.

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Real Food Rules, Diets Suck, Yale Researchers Say

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If you’ve tried every diet in existence, from Atkins to the Master Cleanse to the Cookie Diet (yep, that’s a real thing), I’ve got some good news for you: You can stop now. Researchers compared the health benefits of every mainstream diet and found that none of them beat chowing down on good old-fashioned real food.

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To Do: Free Workout at Fit Fire Studios This Week

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If you’ve been looking to switch up your workout routine, look no further: Fit Fire Studios is hosting the ultimate Spring Mashup event, squeezing five of their workout classes into one heart-pumping, hour-long sweat session. Bonus: It won’t cost you a thing.

Here’s the deal: The new-ish studio (they opened in January) specializes in Les Mills classes, so the one-hour workout will integrate BodyPump, BodyCombat, BodyAttack, CXWORX and BodyFlow. Folks will get a serious workout, along with a taste of the fitness studio’s variety of class options. Then, post-sweat session, participants will refuel with complimentary drinks and snacks.

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