The Checkup: 7 Things You Need to Know Before Buying a Yoga Mat

And more healthy reads for your Friday.



• ’Tis the season for outdoor yoga — from Yoga on the Banks to Yoga on the Pier, and more — and most outdoor yoga classes are BYOM. So if you’re in the market for a mat so you can get in on the fun, here: Seven things to know before you buy a yoga mat. [Huffington Post]

• If you’ve been killing yourself at the gym and not seeing results, these reasons — not getting enough sleep, lifting the wrong weights, and more — could be playing a part in your lack of progress. [BuzzFeed]

• I’m pretty sure this recipe for vegan condensed milk (made with coconut milk!) is about to change your life. Vegan Vietnamese iced coffee, here you come. [BLDG25]

Back pain can totally screw with your waistline, a new study out of Yale University School of Medicine Shows. And not just because it keeps you from moving. [Men’s health]

• Someone designed a plate specifically for taking food Instagrams — so if you thought avocado-toast photos were a thing of the past, not so fast. [Fast Company]

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