BeWOW: The Butt-Kicking Interval Sprint Workout You Need to Try

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This week, we’re pushing our legs and lungs to the limit with an intense interval workout. Here’s the deal: You’ll do a series of sprints, ranging from 30 seconds to 60 seconds, followed by rest periods. The idea is to push yourself as hard as you can during the sprints, then take it easy with a walk or light jog during the recovery time. There’s just one rule: Don’t stop moving!

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Editor-In-Chief Lucy Danziger Replaced at SELF: Is Tutu-gate to Blame?

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SELF magazine is a having a rough week. Just a few days ago, we wrote about the backlash surrounding a tutu-shaming piece published in the magazine’s April issue—a piece that had many of its readers up in arms. And today it was announced that longtime editor-in-chief Lucy Danziger will soon by replaced by Joyce Chang of Cosmopolitan. Ouch.

Now, there’s no evidence Danziger was ousted for the whole tutu-shaming brouhaha. But we’ve got to say, the timing does seem a bit suspect, don’t you think? Danziger is no stranger to body-shaming scandals, though. Here, a rundown of the most memorable scandals at SELF under Danziger’s helm. Because everyone loves a good scandal. Proof: the hit TV show.

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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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