Monthly Archives: February 2015


Fitness trackers and pedometers don’t motivate everybody, but if you’re the kind of person who enjoys setting specific daily movement goals and hates seeing failure staring you in the face in the form of a low number, they can do wonders. Stanford researchers analyzed 26 studies on the devices and concluded that “the use of a pedometer is associated with significant increases in physical activity and significant decreases in body mass index and blood pressure.” But if you want to stay motivated, which option do you choose? Nike FuelBand? FitBit? Jawbone? How about one of those apps for your iPhone or Galaxy? Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania asked volunteers to wear a ridiculous number of devices while walking on a treadmill to determine which option is the most accurate. Their results, recently published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, are a bit surprising.
Wrist, waist, or app… which is most accurate? >>


Feeling anxious or worried from time to time is a normal experience. Research shows that more than 40 million adult Americans manage significant anxiety on a daily basis. Historically, anxiety served an adaptive function: to alert us when things in our environment seemed dangerous. After all, our ancestors needed to be prepared to run from a tiger at any given moment. These days, we are rarely chased by tigers and don’t need to be on heightened alert all the time, but we’re still left with a lot of residual worry and anxiety, which can be debilitating.
Five anti-anxiety tips you can use immediately. >>


Ooooooh, Japan. What will you think of next? The newest invention from our planet’s strangest country is a wearable robot who slowly and deliberately serves you tomatoes as you run. The idea, put forth by Kagome, a company that (not surprisingly) specializes in tomato-based products, is that tomatoes have nutrients that will help marathoners and long-distance runners to the finish line… or as one video explains, “Tomatoes are excellent with Sports… But why aren’t tomatoes eaten on the sports scenes? What is missing in tomatoes is just mobility.” Enter Tomatan, whose ever-present grin and backpack full o’ tomatoes are charming but not quite enough to make you forget that you are wearing an EIGHTEEN POUND robot on your shoulders whilst trying to run a marathon. That’s a recipe for a personal record if we’ve ever heard one.
See Tomatan in action… if you dare. >>


If catching the latest episode of Serial is as far as you have waded into the world of podcasts, you’re missing out. Podcasts are a (mostly) free fount of information and entertainment on almost any topic. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be pointing you toward some of the best health and wellness options for your listening pleasure. Download away and take them on your next run or just use them to pass the time when you’re stuck in Atlanta traffic. There are nutrition podcasts, podcasts from celebrity trainers, and mental health podcasts — and we’ll get to those — but sometimes, particularly at the beginning of your fitness or weight loss journey, it helps to hear from people who have persevered and conquered the tough challenges. That’s why we’re starting with three hosts who understand the struggles of being in bad shape… because they’ve lived them. The three podcasters featured here have lost a combined 300 pounds through healthy lifestyle choices and are as inspirational as they are informative.
Enjoy! >>


I’ll admit it, I don’t love Girl Scout cookies… at least not the ingredients. But it is that time of year, so I thought it would be fun to try to bake a healthier version of one of the most popular cookies. Yesterday, Alice and I decided to make Thin Mints — minus the hydrogenated fats, refined sugar, and gluten — and I have to say, they’re delicious.  The good news is that they are fairly low in sugar, have a low glycemic index, and are filled with protein, fiber, and lots of good grass-fed animal fat (which means lots of Vitamins A and D). Woohoo! Now, if they were only low in calories…

Treats ahoy! >>


“Just breathe.” You’ve heard that advice before, and for good reason. There are so many health benefits to effective breathing — revitalizing your body and energy levels, improving your immune response, reducing stress and anxiety, and ensuring your body’s optimal performance during exercise, to name a few. It seems amazing that something that is free and so readily available to all of us can have such a powerful effect on our health and performance, but it absolutely does. It just takes proper technique and a bit of practice to experience the effects of proper breathing, and with long-term consistency, the benefits can be huge!

Breathe in, breathe out >>


Atlanta is so bustling with health and wellness events that it can be tough to keep up. But that’s why you’ve got us: Every week, we pore over hundreds of events to bring you each day’s top picks. This week, we suggest healthy Southern cooking, group runs with beer, an Atlanta Hawks 5K, and lots of other healthy shenanigans. Plan your week now and make it a great one.

This week’s top events… >>


In January, Atlantan Tom Opdyke challenged himself to live 31 days in our car-obsessed city without driving. During that period, he biked 207.3 miles, walked 59 miles, and spent 70 hours getting from Sandy Springs to Vine City to Stone Mountain to Peoplestown and everywhere in between. He also learned to navigate MARTA, talked to tons of Atlantans, got hit by a car on his bike (and nearly hit as a pedestrian about two dozen times), and logged the whole experiment on Autoless ATL. For this week’s Friday Five, we talked to Tom about the challenges, lessons, and surprises he encountered during his month-long adventure.
One month away from the wheel… >>