The Checkup: Why Everyone Is Suddenly Obsessed With Pooping Stools

And more healthy reads for your morning!

• Over the holidays, New York magazine suggested their readers give the gift of the Squatty Potty — a stool that puts you into a squat-like position on the toilet, helping to, um, move things along. They were being entirely serious, because apparently, this thing is so great it negates any poop-related embarrassment that would occur upon opening. After reading their endorsement, I’ve heard people wax poetic about pooping stools on podcasts and all across the internet, including in this essay, where a woman who’s had yearlong problems in the bathroom praises the powers of the pooping stool. [POPSUGAR Fitness]

• Well, this is disgusting (but interesting): Sharing bacteria with someone less smelly than you could reduce your B.O. [Science of Us]

• Hey, Broad Street run newbies! One thing to take seriously when training for anything is not to go too hard at the start — that’s where you run into problems. [Penn Medicine]

• What do flour, nuts and bananas have in common? They’re just a few of the foods you should keep in your freezer at all times. [Bon Appétit]

• You know what beats a plain ol’ gym bag? A gym bag that doubles as a work bag — here are seven that fit the bill to choose from. [Well + Good]

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