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This Week in Health & Fitness: The Race Finish Everyone’s Talking About

The world is changing fast, which means you might have missed the big stories that affect your health. That’s why we’re here with “This Week in Health & Fitness.” Every other week, the Under Armour Connected Fitness editorial team hand-curates the biggest stories, trends and goings-on around the world that will help you on your quest to live a healthy life. And that includes putting a smile on your face. Read on …

Putting the Brotherly Love in Philly

It’s the story that has the run community talking. Two pals were a football field’s length from finishing the Philadelphia Love Run Half Marathon when they noticed a college student struggling big time and unable to stay on her feet. So they picked her up and helped her across the finish line, producing a Hallmark moment that was captured on video and has been viewed more than 22 million times. “It’s just good karma to be nice to people, and you feel better when you’re doing it,” said one of the men. Is it getting misty in here?

Are Your Kidneys at Risk?

We swear we’re not harshing on marathons this week. A new study suggests long-distance runners may be at increased risk of temporary kidney injury after a race. That said, at UACF we believe running a marathon (or even a half) is a life-changing experience. Here’s how to do it right.

WATCH > TRAINING FOR YOUR FIRST 5K

Good Vibrations

Is sitting on a vibrating platform like a power plate just as good as regular exercise? A study out of Georgia’s Augusta University seems to think so. And they came to this conclusion using mice. You’ve gotta read this.

The Weight Loss Super Molecule

Talk about learning a lot from tiny creatures. Researchers in Korea experimented with fruit flies and discovered that the little buzzers have a built-in system to prevent them from overeating: Their fat cells sent a molecule to their brains when their energy stores were full. Replicating this for humans may not be far behind. While we wait, we suggest you just focus on portion control.

Is Your Neighborhood Healthy?

We’ve spotlighted loads of data projects in this space recently, from active cities to healthiest states and beyond. But this one takes the cake. The Centers for Disease Control’s “500 Cities” project calculates health across America by neighborhood. Get ready to disappear down a data rabbit hole.

Uber Your Way to Healthy Food

But wait, there’s more data! Ride app Uber compiled a list of the most frequently ordered healthy grub based on orders from its UberEATS service since Jan. 1. The results are fun to read and drive home what we at UACF already know: Everyone loves avocados.

But Does LBJ Enjoy PB&J?

LeBron James, that is. From ESPN the Magazine comes this fantastic take on the food craze that is the so-called “secret” of NBA players. Proof positive that there’s nothing wrong with a little peanut butter and jelly, regardless of your age, profession or, uh, paycheck.

Enlightenment in the Bike Lane

To cycling now. Here’s a heartwarming story of a reverend in Boston who commutes six miles to her job every day and found spiritual enlightenment along the way — enough so to write a book about it. We couldn’t agree more: Check out our fitness editor’s take on falling in love with commuting by bike.


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> 10 of the Best Workouts for Weight Loss
> Cleanses, Apple Cider Vinegar & Whole30: The Truth Behind 9 Weight-Loss Gimmicks
> Why Men and Women Shouldn’t Train the Same Way


Around the World in 21 Days

Speaking of good causes, here’s the story of an Englishman who toured five countries in three continents in just three weeks to raise money for charity. And he did it on a three-speed “Boris Bike,” the nickname for the popular Santander Cycles bike-share service based in London.

The Power of Positivity

And finally, the next time someone tells you to cheer up, maybe you should take it to heart. Studies have shown a direct link between a positive attitude and loads of health benefits, from your weight to your blood pressure. So smile! And pass it on.

Photo Credit: CGI RACING/Love Run Philadelphia Half Marathon

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This Week in Health & Fitness: Tried the Toilet Paper Workout?

You’re looking for inspiration, and we’re here to provide it with a new edition of “This Week in Health & Fitness.” Every other week, the Under Armour Connected Fitness editorial team hand-curates the biggest stories, trends and goings-on around the world that will help you on your quest to live a healthy lifestyle. Enough with the warm-up, let’s get to work!

Behold, the Toilet Paper Workout

File this under “exercising any time, anywhere, with anything.” A Seattle personal trainer developed a Tabata-based home workout using — you guessed it — rolls of toilet paper, which she posted to her Instagram account. And it’s got upwards of 775,000 views. Admit it, you’re fascinated. Want the full workout? She spells the whole thing out in Shape magazine.

Is Your City Healthy?

Last month, we detailed how one study calculated the most popular American cities for active millennials. But are they the healthiest cities? Here’s another study that took into account 34 different indicators — such number of doctor visits, amount of veggies consumed and fitness clubs per capita — and ranked the 150 healthiest cities in America. Where does your town rank?

Who’s the Fittest? Twitter Knows

Data is objective by nature. How you interpret it is another story — and this one is a blast: This study looked at Twitter activity to figure out which states were burning and eating the most calories. Quick summary: There’s a huge concentration of runners in Colorado … and bacon eaters in South Dakota.

Tweet Your Way to Diet Success

Speaking of Twitter indicators, are you tipping your hand at how dedicated you are to your diet? A team of Georgia Tech researchers believe they can predict your success rate with 77% accuracy based on your tone and word choice when you tweet. Better get moving on your #MondayMotivation.


YOU TELL US > WHO IS THE WOMAN WHO INSPIRES YOU TO PUSH YOURSELF?


If This Is a Fad Diet, Count Us Out

One thing we won’t recommend: swallowing a balloon for weight loss. That’s the premise of a new technique that aims to gradually shrink your stomach. One participant tells her story to Time magazine. We will repeat: We do not believe in get-thin-quick solutions. But we do believe in marveling at how people put themselves through almost anything.

The Best Fast Food in America

Need hard proof as to why fast food is often a poor choice? The folks at The Ringer ranked their top 50 fast-food items, and while the research was probably pretty fun, our eyes are bulging at the calorie counts. Two wit: Just one bacon cheeseburger from Five Guys gets you two-thirds of the way to the total MyFitnessPal-recommended daily calorie count. As if you needed us to tell you to eat with caution.

Bookmark These Health Gurus

OK, back to the healthy role models. Check out this exhaustive list of the 100 most influential people in health and fitness by Greatist. Special shoutout to our Under Armour representation: Misty Copeland, Kathryn Budig, Todd Durkin, Tom Brady and, of course, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.


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> How MyFitnessPal Empowered Me to Beat My Eating Disorder
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Live From San Quentin

There are running crews and then there are running crews. Check out this fascinating look at the 1,000 Mile Club, the official running club of San Quentin State Prison in Northern California. And yes, they even run marathons.

The Kindness of Strangers

We’ve got another feel-good story for you, this one of a man who left a cold water bottle out for a stranger who just happened to run past his house in Virginia nearly every morning for six straight months. “Because of him, I push myself a little harder,” she says.

Age Is Just a Number, Part 4

You love tales of people defying Father Time, and so do we. This time around, it’s a sprint between a 99-year-old and a 92-year-old at the Masters Indoor Track Championships. We think they’re both winners — and we are inspired to get moving immediately.

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Ingredient of the Week: 10 Nutritious and Delicious Broccoli Recipes

Kale has been the “it” vegetable for years, stealing the thunder from its other cruciferous cousins. But let’s not forget one of original superfoods — broccoli. Both the stalks and florets are edible and nutritious. These treelike veggies are a good source of vitamins C and K, dietary fiber and potassium. Broccoli is versatile and can be eaten raw or roasted, in soups, salads or stir-fries. Make this deep-green powerhouse veggie the star of your next meal with these 10 tasty recipes.

1. BROCCOLI QUESADILLA WITH AVOCADO, GARLIC & DILL | MOUNTAIN MAMA COOKS

These gorgeously green-hued quesadillas are perfect for a quick meal when hunger strikes. Each quesadilla is filled with sautéed broccoli and melted sharp cheddar. The avocado adds a layer of creamy, superfood goodness. Recipe makes 2 servings at 1 quesadilla each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 343; Total Fat: 22g; Saturated Fat: 7g; Monounsaturated Fat: 9g; Cholesterol: 30mg; Sodium: 294mg; Carbohydrate: 23g; Dietary Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 2g; Protein: 13g

2. GARLICKY BROCCOLI “ZOODLES” WITH BACON | MYFITNESSPAL’S RECIPES

An unbelievably simple dish with garlic, olive oil and broccoli, this recipe by Inspiralized showcases the extreme versatility of the spiralizer and what it empowers you to make out of everyday vegetables. Bacon makes this dish all the more mouthwatering and flavorful — without blowing your daily total fat budget. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 cup each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 194; Total Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 14mg; Sodium: 234mg; Carbohydrate: 13g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 10g

3. ULTIMATE SUPERFOOD SALAD | MYFITNESSPAL’S RECIPES

If you could take a multivitamin in food form, why wouldn’t you? This is why you need to try the ultimate superfood salad from The Roasted Root. It is densely packed with vitamins A and C, folate, potassium and fiber. The salad itself is made from kale, red cabbage, bell pepper, carrots, broccoli, walnuts and avocados, tossed with ginger-lemon dressing. Try it as a refreshing entree or serve a smaller portion as a side. Recipe makes 8 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 203; Total Fat: 16g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 39mg; Carbohydrates: 13g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugars: 3g; Protein: 5g

READ MORE > A LOVE LETTER TO BROCCOLI: WHERE IS THE RESPECT?

4. CHEESY VEGGIE BAKE | MYFITNESSPAL’S RECIPES

Increase any picky eater’s vegetable intake by hiding them in Food Fanatic’s cheesy broccoli-zucchini egg bake! Save time by prepping veggies the night before. Don’t have a spiralizer? Just slice zucchini into thin matchsticks instead, and follow instructions as directed. Recipe makes 8 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 164; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 121mg; Sodium: 301mg; Carbohydrate: 10g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 6g; Protein: 16g

5. LIGHTENED UP BROCCOLI CHEDDAR TWICE-BAKED POTATOES | FIT FOODIE FINDS

If you are skeptical that twice-baked potatoes can be healthy, think again! While traditional twice-baked potatoes use heavy cream, butter and sour cream, these are filled with broccoli, cheddar, Greek yogurt and milk. Bring these yummy, healthier spuds to your next gathering to share with family and friends. Recipe makes 6 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 157; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 4g; Cholesterol: 12mg; Sodium: 256mg; Carbohydrate: 12g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 2g; Protein: 8g

6. EASY BROCCOLI-SPINACH RISOTTO | MYFITNESSPAL’S RECIPES

Enjoy a fancy risotto dinner with less fuss using this recipe tweak — bake your risotto! Traditional risotto requires stirring small batches of hot broth into the rice every few minutes, but our baked method creates a similar consistency without extra tending. This vegetarian version comes loaded with broccoli and spinach, but feel free to add your favorite veggies instead. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 1/4 cup each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 301; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 11mg; Sodium: 676mg; Carbohydrate: 49g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 10g

7. SKINNY BAKED BROCCOLI MAC & CHEESE | MYFITNESSPAL’S RECIPES

Now the ultimate comfort food side can be your main entree. Our recipe features Skinnytaste’s healthier spin on traditional mac and cheese. Each satisfying portion is loaded with broccoli florets, whole-wheat pasta and reduced-fat cheddar cheese. You can savor the taste and still get your veggies in to boot! Recipe makes 8 servings at 1 cup each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 322; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 28mg; Sodium: 381mg; Total Carbohydrate: 43g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugars: 1g; Protein: 20g

8. CASHEW BEEF WITH BROCCOLI STIR-FRY | MYFITNESSPAL’S RECIPES

Make quick and tasty cashew beef with broccoli stir-fry for dinner courtesy of the “Fiber Up Slim Down” cookbook. Trimmed beef top round and crisp broccoli is cooked in a savory soy sauce base. Serve over brown rice or another whole grain of your choice. Recipe makes 4 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 291; Total Fat: 17g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 54mg; Sodium: 515mg; Carbohydrate: 11g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 23g

9. CAPRESE CHICKEN & ROASTED BROCCOLI | MYFITNESSPAL’S RECIPES

Want a low-carb dinner? This simple caprese chicken marries the fresh flavors of a caprese salad with a dose of lean protein. Ripe tomatoes, tangy balsamic and fragrant basil are a yummy ways to dress up your lean chicken breast. Serve with a side of roasted broccoli. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1/2 chicken breast + 3/4 cup broccoli each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 341; Total Fat: 20g; Saturated Fat: 6g; Monounsaturated Fat: 8g; Cholesterol: 60mg; Sodium: 502mg; Carbohydrate: 18g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 26g

10. “LOADED” POTATO SOUP | MYFITNESSPAL’S RECIPES

Turn a childhood favorite, the fully loaded baked potato, into a hearty, warm bowl of soup — all fixings included. Fiber-rich cauliflower makes the soup more filling with less calories. And with both bacon and broccoli, this creamy soup is nutritious and packed with flavor. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 1/2 cups soup + 1 tablespoon sour cream + 2 tablespoons cheese + 2 heaping tablespoons broccoli + 1 tablespoon bacon each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 231; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 30mg; Sodium: 469mg; Carbohydrate: 23g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 12g

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Ingredient of the Week: 7 Farro Recipes Bursting with Flavor

Farro is an ancient wheat experiencing a modern resurgence. It has gained so much popularity that Merriam-Webster has added it to the dictionary. Hearty and robust, farro has a nutty flavor and chewy, al dente texture. Its mild taste make it a great stand-in for other grains like rice, quinoa or oatmeal. Chock-full of fiber, B vitamins, zinc and even protein — farro is a best kept secret superfood. Compared with modern wheat, farro is higher in soluble fiber and antioxidants. If you are looking to mix things up, farro is a wonderful addition to soups, salads, stir-frys and more. Add variety to your choice of grains with these seven delightfully toothsome farro recipes.

1. FARRO FRIED RICE WITH BRUSSELS SPROUTS | LOVE AND LEMONS

Re-create your own version of fried rice using farro. The nutty flavor of farro goes great with sauteéd greens. Just prep all the ingredients you want to add in, so they’ll be ready to toss into the pan. Top off this fragrant “fried rice” with a fried egg for a simple, quick and filling meal. Recipe makes 2 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 396; Total Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 7g; Cholesterol: 186mg; Sodium: 278mg; Carbohydrate: 63g; Dietary Fiber: 16g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 18g

2. FARRO SWEET POTATO RISOTTO | LAURA LEA BALANCED

A chilly night calls for a warm, home-cooked meal. This dish requires some time and patience but the end result — a creamy and tender risotto — will be worth the wait. Whether topped with a poached egg or grilled salmon, this dish is the perfect canvas for any meal. Recipe makes 6 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 354; Total Fat: 20g; Saturated Fat: 7g; Monounsaturated Fat: 8g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 492mg; Carbohydrate: 35g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 6g; Protein: 8g

3. HEALTHY SHRIMP JAMBALAYA | MYFITNESSPAL’S RECIPES

Sit down to a helping of rich and bold flavors with this jambalaya by Food Fanatic made with hearty farro and succulent shrimp. Each serving of jambalaya gets you a nutritionally complete meal with whole grains, veggies and lean protein. This home-cooked meal will leave plenty for reheatable leftovers! Recipe makes 6 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 297; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 110mg; Sodium: 381mg; Carbohydrate: 37g; Dietary Fiber: 9g; Sugar: 9g; Protein: 21g

4. BANANA NUT BREAKFAST FARRO | BUDGET BYTES

Move over oatmeal, a new grain is in town. Farro is versatile and can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. Plump, chewy farro is paired with creamy bananas for a texture-rich breakfast. Feel free to customize this bowl with your favorite toppings: cinnamon, raisins, flax seeds or even coconut. Recipe makes 1 serving.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 322; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 182mg; Carbohydrate: 49g; Dietary Fiber: 8g; Sugar: 17g; Protein: 7g

5. RAINBOW VEGGIE BOWLS WITH JALAPEÑO RANCH | PINCH OF YUM

Do not be fooled by this veggie bowl. It is jam-packed with tons of nutrient-filled ingredients. These bowls are layered with with wholesome grains, fresh herbs and crunchy veggies. A tangy, jalapeño yogurt dressing livens up this bowl of vibrant grains and greens. Recipe makes 6 servings at 1 bowl each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 312; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 7g; Cholesterol: 4mg; Sodium: 467mg; Carbohydrate: 46g; Dietary Fiber: 11g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 15g

6. ONE-POT CHICKEN FARRO | COOKING LIGHT

Have dinner on the table in less than an hour with this simple chicken and farro dish. Seasoned chicken thighs are simmered along with farro in a broth with herbs and spices. Pair with a side salad for a complete meal. Recipe makes 6 servings at 2 chicken thighs and 1 cup farro mixture each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 516; Total Fat: 14g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 7g; Cholesterol: 160mg; Sodium: 756mg; Carbohydrate: 49g; Dietary Fiber: 10g; Sugar: 5g; Protein: 44g

7. MUSHROOM, WHITE BEAN AND FARRO BURGER | THE SUBURBAN SOAPBOX

Packed with mushrooms, beans and veggies, these burgers are loaded with flavor and will satiate even the meat lovers. The natural sweetness and firmness of the farro makes it an ideal burger base. Make a batch of these ahead of time and freeze for an effortless lunch or dinner. Recipe makes 6 servings at 1 burger patty each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 158; Total Fat: 3g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 339mg; Carbohydrate: 33g; Dietary Fiber: 8g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 8g

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