Most Popular Health and Fitness Posts of 2015

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Most Popular Health and Fitness Posts of 2015

For something so important, there’s an awful lot of confusion over health and nutrition. This year, we covered more health and fitness than ever before, in an effort to dispel that confusion. Here were our best health-related posts of 2015.

Most Popular Health and Fitness Posts of 2015

Being healthy is simple, right? “Eat less, move more.” That’s easy to say, but practicality is one of the most important things when it comes to health and fitness. Recommendations like this are blanket statements that don’t address practicality—so when it comes down to it, which is more important? Diet, or exercise?

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Most Popular Health and Fitness Posts of 2015

Marijuana. Pot. Weed. Whatever you call it, it’s the most popular illegal drug in the world, gaining support for legalization for both medicinal and recreational purposes. But what does marijuana actually do to us? Let’s take a look at this fascinating drug, its health effects, and potential concerns about using it.

Most Popular Health and Fitness Posts of 2015

Ah, the “dadbod.” A recently coined term, it describes the body of a man whose belly suggests that he’s had a few thousand beers during NFL Sunday. Now, he’s not “fat” by any means. In fact, his broad shoulders suggests that he balances his pizza intake with bench presses and curls. So how does this body occur and how do you undo a “dadbod?”

Most Popular Health and Fitness Posts of 2015

Posture can affect a lot of things, including our confidence and how other people feel about us. Teach yourself good posture by practicing these exercises from the Army Field Manual. Good posture is a habit that pays off over time.

Most Popular Health and Fitness Posts of 2015

As Derek Zoolander wisely put it, wetness is the essence of life. Whether you like drinking water or not, it accounts for about 60% of your body weight, and plays a pretty darn important role in making sure your body functions normally. But statistics aside, there are a couple of myths about hydration that refuse to die.

Most Popular Health and Fitness Posts of 2015

It seems like a question that’s as old as time itself: “How much sleep do I really need?” The nonprofit National Sleep Foundation and a panel of 18 prominent medical scientists and researchers reviewed over 300 sleep studies to try and finally answer it.

Most Popular Health and Fitness Posts of 2015

Almost all foods contain calories, but some foods have so few that they aren’t worth really counting. These are frequently called “free foods.” If you’re on a diet and want a snack, here are a list of those “free foods” that you can eat in moderation without tracking.

Most Popular Health and Fitness Posts of 2015

Three years after co-founding Fitocracy, we launched a new online coaching service to start bringing in money. We needed a way to hook people in, but no one seemed interested.

Most Popular Health and Fitness Posts of 2015

If you’re completely satisfied with your health, don’t read this article. This is not for you. Give yourself a pat on the back, and save yourself the scrolling. For the rest of you, approach what I’m about to say with an open mind, and maybe you can come out of this a fitter person.

Most Popular Health and Fitness Posts of 2015

Everyone who loses weight successfully overcomes a set of similar challenges. But let us be honest: successful weight loss is relatively uncommon, making many of these challenges unheard of. Consequently, when they arise, you might think you’re doing things wrong. But you’re not, and here’s why.

Most Popular Health and Fitness Posts of 2015

When it comes to weight loss, people often think that you need to spend countless hours in the gym, pounding away at the treadmill while you watch reruns of How I Met Your Mother. Not only do you not need much time in the gym, it might be optimal to spend it elsewhere. Here’s why.

Most Popular Health and Fitness Posts of 2015

Ahhh, the elusive six pack. For many, it’s the holy grail of fitness. But does your life really change after you’ve achieved one? Let’s take a look at the ways that getting a six pack changes your life and when it’s really just fool’s gold.

Most Popular Health and Fitness Posts of 2015

When you start a diet, determining how much to eat can feel a bit like playing calorie roulette. Many people turn to a calorie calculator, but they can greatly overestimate the amount of food that you need to lose weight. Here’s how to calculate your own target.

Most Popular Health and Fitness Posts of 2015

When you’re struggling to walk down the stairs the day after a tough workout, should you view your soreness as proof you worked hard, or as a sign you overdid it? The truth is somewhere in between. Let’s learn about where soreness comes from and how to keep it from making you miserable.

Most Popular Health and Fitness Posts of 2015

Alcohol isn’t commonly thought to be a “healthy” part of a weight loss program, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a drink or two without screwing up your progress.

Most Popular Health and Fitness Posts of 2015

Everyone from Chipotle to the Food Babe rails against genetically modified ingredients, and laws to label GMO foods are making progress in some states. But the laser focus on GMOs is misguided, because most of the concerns people raise about them aren’t really about GMOs.

Most Popular Health and Fitness Posts of 2015

Fat loss relies on one thing: eating fewer calories than you expend. But nobody wants to sit and count calories all day. Most people can learn to track them successfully, but some might need a different strategy altogether. If tracking has given you a headache in the past, consider giving this a try.

Most Popular Health and Fitness Posts of 2015

Take one look at someone in Scorpion Pose and you’ll know: yoga can build strength and balance. But how does it stack up to traditional strength training—and what can’t yoga do for your body?

Most Popular Health and Fitness Posts of 2015

When your favorite diet advice is the same as junk food peddlers’ favorite diet advice, maybe you should reconsider.

Most Popular Health and Fitness Posts of 2015

There’s not much agreement about nutrition. On many topics—fat, salt, and carbs to name a few—government guidelines will say one thing, but fans of paleo or vegan or fad diets will insist that the opposite is true. Pretty soon you just don’t know what to think about eggs or white bread or low-fat salad dressing.

Most Popular Health and Fitness Posts of 2015

Your lips are dry, so you apply a little something soothing from a tube or a tiny jar or one of those weird golf ball things. Aah, relief. But as soon as it wears off, you need more. The cycle repeats all winter. Are you practicing responsible skin care, or have you become addicted?

Most Popular Health and Fitness Posts of 2015

Dear Lifehacker,
I’m an overweight man who has struggled to lose weight my entire life. My doctor tells me that my BMI is in the “overweight category.” To be honest, I’m happy with my body. I don’t have any medical issues and I try to live healthily as much as possible. Is it possible to be overweight and still healthy?

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Millennials Drive Growing Demand for Mobile Fitness Apps

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Millennials are the largest generation since the Baby Boomers.

This group, many of whom are digital natives, do pretty much everything from mobile devices — from consuming content, shopping and communicating with their friends on social media.

According to a report from Yahoo, millennials value family and health above all else and are the driving force behind an 88 percent growth in fitness and health related apps.

In fact, one-in-three millennials share health and fitness related content from a mobile device at least once a week. This sharability and recommendations are a key factor in building brand trust.

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Millennials are voracious consumers of content, but when it comes to health and wellness, they want content that provides tips and guidance for how to accomplish their goals. The key is to deliver the message in a format that fits the topic.

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The report provided five takeaways for connecting with millennials:

  1. Prioritize mobile strategy: Mobile is the only media platform where time spent is growing. In fact, mobile adoption is expected to increase from 50 percent to 73.6 percent in the U.S. by 2018.  
  2. Empower consumers to take control: Millennials are driven by a desire to control their destinies and see health and fitness as a gateway to a happy and successful life.
  3. Create content that connects: Develop content that imparts knowledge, how to apply that knowledge, and creates community with success stories and open discussion.

  4. Build trust by making it shareable: The key to establishing credibility among Millennials is to make your content sharable and enable recommendations.

  5. Form follows function: Deliver messages with authenticity and functional design.

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