The Checkup: The Simple Exercise Tweak to Boost the Benefits of Your Workout

And more health-related reads to peruse over your morning coffee elixir.

• According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, working out in groups offers some serious added benefits to your sweat session, like reducing stress more than solo workouts and improving quality of life. In other words: You now have a perfectly valid excuse for indulging in your SoulCycle addiction. [MindBodyGreen]

• Thinking about signing up for your local Turkey Trot, but worried that it’s too late to start training? Here’s a three and a half week training plan for a 5K — coming to you in perfect time to work up a serious sweat before a serious Thanksgiving Day chow down. [Greatist]

• A recent study found that pesticide-covered foods could be impacting the success of IVF treatments in women. [Health]

• For all the folks who twitch at the price of Lululemon’s leggings, here’s a much more affordable option: $20 leggings from Amazon — complete with great reviews. [Women’s Health]

• To help keep your hands out of the office candy jar (that somehow never empties), here are eight healthy snacks that make a great desk stash. [Well and Good]

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