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Is Morning Coffee the Key to Longer Life? | This Week in Fitness

Whether you’re trying to improve your mile time or live forever, we’ve got the tips you need to make it happen. Every other week, the Under Armour Connected Fitness editorial team hand-curates the biggest stories and goings-on around the world to help you live healthier. So, if you’re ready to become better, faster and stronger, read on …

For Long Life, Make It a Venti

Coffee lovers, rejoice! Drinking your java could help you live longer and boost your overall health, according to two new studies. We already know that coffee can also boost your performance in the gym — just cool it with the sweet additions to make sure your cup of joe isn’t a calorie bomb.

But Pass on the Fries

File this under “the truth hurts.” According to another study, people who eat fried potatoes two or more times a week double their risk of early death. The trans fats in oils used to cook french fries, potato chips and other fried fare can increase “bad” cholesterol that could lead to heart disease, researchers said. If the thought of living in a world without french fries seems worse than premature demise, try this healthier alternative.

Firing Up the Grill Across the USA

YouTube compiled data on the most popular grilling videos by state, and the results are fire-roasted goodness: The heartland seems to prefer ribs, while East Coasters seek out chicken and fish recipes. No matter what you’re grilling, check out these healthy ways to enjoy pool party food without blowing your calorie budget.


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More of Us Are Running, Which Kills the Curve

Except for the elite among us, runners in the U.S. are getting slower, according to a new mega-study. One theory: It could be that more people are interested in running, and the newbies are dragging down the average finish time. We say, the more the merrier! Check out this video on training for your first 5K.

Run Buddies That Bite

Kenyan native Moninda Marube was running near his home in Auburn, Maine, when he was greeted by some unexpected workout buddies: two black bears. Knowing these critters can climb and swim, Marube hightailed it to safety in an abandoned house about 30 yards away. If you’re looking to add some excitement to your workout, we recommend a human coach instead of a big, furry one.

Should You “Runplug”?

Here at TWiF, we already know music is a great way to motivate yourself to work out, but it can also distract you from the task at hand. One runner turned off the tunes and found she was more able to focus on her surroundings and form. As for us? We’re not giving up our Spotify Premium subscriptions anytime soon.


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Big Burn on a Budget

From SoulCycle to Orangetheory, boutique fitness studios are trendier than ever, but their classes often come with big price tags. One Shape writer found the secret to getting free exercise classes could be as simple as picking up a shift at the front desk. No time for the extra gig? These online exercise classes get you sweating for a fraction of the cost.

Yet Another Yogi Twist

If you’ve tried goat yoga, Harry Potter yoga and beer yoga, and you’re still bored with vanilla vinyasa, here’s another option to spice things up: floating yoga. Yogis at TMPL Gym in New York attempt to hold yoga poses while balancing on a board floating in a pool. If you’re ready for an intense core workout — and you’re not afraid to get wet — jump in!

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Debunking the Coconut Oil Controversy | This Week in Fitness

We get it: It’s tough to keep up with the latest trends, studies and viral sensations affecting your health. That’s why we’re willing to do the legwork. Every other week, the Under Armour Connected Fitness editorial team hand-curates the biggest stories and goings-on around the world to help you live healthier. Especially if it involves cutting through some of the misconceptions out there. Read on …

Coconut Oil: Friend or Foe?

It took a beating from the health community recently thanks to a study that suggested coconut oil was a cholesterol bomb. But back off the ledge, says this piece from Experience Life, which pumps the brakes a bit on the criticism. At MyFitnessPal, we’ve lauded the benefits of this superfood (in moderation!), and even have eight great recipe suggestions for you. So go ahead and get coco-nuts!

Or Is It Friend or Pho?

We’ll admit it: It drives us crazy when people mispronounce “bruschetta.” But we’ll give you a pass on “gyro” if you’re from New York. Either way, check out this awesome guide from House Beautiful on how to properly pronounce 11 difficult foods.

Chinese Chef With a Cubicle

There’s creative cooking and then there’s Ms. Yeah. This young creative professional has become an internet celebrity thanks to some two-dozen videos that feature her preparing food using ordinary office equipment. We’re not sure your boss will love this, but they’re ridiculously fun to watch.


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Our Pets Are Really Just Like Us

We know from past studies that a little more than 1/3 of American adults are technically obese; now a new study shows roughly the same amount of our dogs and cats are, too. At least the medical recommendation is the same: Provide your fuzzy pals a better diet and more exercise. Too bad MyFitnessPal is only for humans.

Calling All Wanna-Be Acrobats

If you’re looking for a new fitness trend and always had dreams of joining the circus, then this potential new craze is for you: slacklining. SELF has the skinny on this twist on the tightrope, which is gaining popularity and is great for your core, working on balance and lower-body strength.

Even Football Players Meditate

Mindfulness and meditation keep creeping into the mainstream, which once dismissed such pursuits as too touchy-feely. But college football is seeing the light. The New York Times has the details on a study that suggests just 12 minutes of meditation per day helps gridiron gladiators be better prepared for the rigors of a demanding Division I NCAA season.


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The Secret of the Commuting Napper

You’ve probably all seen that person, who can fall asleep on the train or bus and yet wake up just in time to make her stop. How is this mental trick possible? New York Magazine explores the art of the perfect commuting napper. Is this the ideal way to catch up on those zzz’s? This is a perfect time to study up again on how to get better sleep in 2017.

The Return of ‘Age Is Just a Number’

Have you missed our inspirational stories about seniors? Meet Johanna Quaas, a 91-year-old from Germany who is a stunning gymnast at any age. This past week, she stole the show on NBC’s “Little Big Shots: Forever Young,” twirling and cartwheeling her way to a standing ovation and a salute from four-time Olympic gold-medal winner Simone Biles. Watch her amazing routine here.

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Can Avocado Toast Help You Lose Weight? | This Week in Fitness

We’ve got the secret to help you live longer. Or at least we’ve rounded up some solid research on how to get there. Every other week, the Under Armour Connected Fitness editorial team hand-curates the biggest stories, trends and goings-on around the world to help you live healthier. This time around, we’ve got a bunch of tips for longevity.

We Propose a Toast

Embrace it — millennial food trends aren’t going away. If you’re tired of avocado toasts and smoothie bowls, we present this evidence to (perhaps) sway your opinion: There’s evidence they help with weight loss, according to a new study. Need more convincing? Scientific evidence suggests eating avocados may help you live longer.

How to Live to 100

Want to make it to the century mark? The Daily Meal has published a massive feature on the quest for longevity, all centered around food. There’s lot of good stuff there, but our favorite might be its list of 25 foods that help your centenarian quest. Spoiler alert: Chocolate made the cut.

Healthy Eating, Brought to You by Ikea

OK, make your Swedish meatball jokes and get them out of the way. The home furnishings mega-chain wants to help you eat better. Check out this video, which details its new “Cook This Page” product — sheets of parchment paper with images stenciled on them. All you have to do is add the ingredients, roll it up and bake.


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Eyeing More Than You Can Chew

When it comes to portion control, are your own eyes working against you? A study by the British Medical Journal reveals that we misjudge how much food we’re eating by sight — which can result in an extra 300 calories (or more) per day. You’ll be stunned by this series of images that shows a trio of portion sizes of the same meal. And check out our 7 tricks to nail portion control.

Phelps Debunks the 12K Myth

He won 23 Olympic gold medals — that’s a fact. But his fabled 12,000-calorie diet? Overstated, Michael Phelps told Men’s Health. “It’s impossible — you can’t eat that much,” he said. Here is Under Armour’s look at his legendary training regimen.

Keep Your Cool in the Pool

Speaking of the pool, if you’re looking to switch your workout routine — but keep the benefits of your cardio — Experience Life has four simple suggestions on how to make swimming your go-to this summer. Here’s a half-hour pool workout focused on calorie burn.


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Give the Gym an Hour

Just 60 minutes per week of resistance training and you’ll give yourself a better chance of avoiding heart disease and diabetes. And that’s just the start of it, according to a new study of some 7,500 participants — you can avoid a whole host of cardiovascular risk factors.

See the Light for Better Sleep

Are we subjecting ourselves to too much artificial light before bedtime? That’s the argument in this WebMD piece, which suggests “blue light” is affecting our sleep, as well as larger health issues.

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Life Hacks for Weight Loss, Better Health & More | This Week in Fitness

Whether it’s a trick to lose weight, a key to better workouts or everyday items to help us feel better, we all need some good life hacks. And there are a lot more out there than we think. That’s where This Week in Fitness comes in. Every other week, the Under Armour Connected Fitness editorial team hand-curates the biggest stories, trends and goings-on around the world so you can strive to be as healthy as possible. Bring on the hidden tricks!

That’s What I Call a Pick-me-up

A cup of joe wakes you up, but you shouldn’t drink it before exercising or competing, right? That’s the old conventional wisdom talking. A new study documented by The New York Times suggests that drinking a cup of coffee an hour before exerting yourself may actually improve performance. On the flip side, here’s how coffee can actually help you nap. Either way, make ours a double!

Scale, We Need a Break

The scale is what tells you you’re losing weight — that’s the most consistent way to track, especially if you’re a MyFitnessPal user. But can going cold turkey with your scale lead to results? This cyclist tried it for a month and wrote about her surprising findings for Bicycling magazine. For more strategies, check out our five signs you may need to reevaluate your relationship with your scale.

How to Fall Asleep at 30,000 Feet

We’ve all been there: trying desperately to catch some shuteye while flying. Well + Good has four holistic hacks to fix this conundrum and none involve alcohol or sleeping pills.


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Get Out — Literally

Last time around, we recommended slowing down for better health. Getting outside often might be even better for you. Here’s some scientific proof:  A British study found that adding a bit of nature to your day can help reduce stress, depression and anxiety.

You Need to Cool Off

No, not because the mercury is increasing. Big-wave surfing legend Laird Hamilton shares six of his favorite health hacks with GQ (including the aforementioned coffee boost). Perhaps our favorite? Taking an ice bath — or at least a cold dip — to reduce inflammation. Says the 53-year-old: “If you had one bio-hack, icing would be the king.”

Unicorn Food 4Eva

We thought cloud eggs had pulled ahead of anything unicorn-related in the latest food trends, but it appears your favorite fantasy horse has grabbed the spotlight back in the form of Unicorn Noodles. It’s less complicated and easier to make than it sounds, and the results are gorgeous, according to this recipe from The Indigo Kitchen.


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#TheyWill

Admit it, half the reason you love Under Armour is our athletes. A handful of the brand’s biggest made ESPN’s “World Fame 100” list, which combined endorsements, social media following and search popularity for an aggregate score. Check out where Stephen Curry, Jordan Spieth, Tom Brady, Andy Murray and Cam Newton ended up.

He Stops Shots … and Writes for Kids

How about another UA athlete up to cool things you probably didn’t know about? By day, Jeff Attinella is a journeyman goalkeeper for the Portland Timbers. On the side, he’s a budding children’s author. Attinella has written a series of sports books for kids, including yarns about the curse-breaking Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Cavaliers and five-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady.

Solidarity in Manchester

A somber, but uplifting note here. Despite the tragic bombing in Manchester, England, last month, the Great Manchester Run went on as scheduled with a half-marathon and 10K. The theme among the participants was continuity and togetherness. A minute of silence kicked off the event and was followed by an Oasis singalong that will give you chills.

Yoga for Muggles

Theme yoga is all the rage these days. So if you’ve tried goat yoga and beer yoga but you’re still in the market for a gimmick, have we got spell-binding news for you: Harry Potter yoga is a thing in Austin, Texas, complete with wands. Cosmopolitan has the proof, in photos.

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