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In February, an important Spanish study on the Mediterranean diet got more publicity than any diet study in recent memory. Hailed as a “watershed moment,” it had all the trappings of a big deal. It was large, long, well-designed (a randomized, controlled trial), in a prestigious journal (New England Journal of Medicine), and on a trendy subject (the diet...
There’s no single diet that’s right for everyone. Where do you fit in? Carbs vs. protein vs. fat? Various popular eating plans—such as the Zone, Dukan, Atkins, Pritikin, and Ornish—are based on wildly different ratios of carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Some people lose weight more easily on low-carb/high-protein diets, while others do well by eating more carbs and less fat, partly due to genetic...
Q: Do you burn more calories if you run a mile or if you briskly walk it? A: Many people claim you’d use the same number of calories, but running a mile does burn more. It’s not just that it takes more energy to move your body at higher speed, but running also requires more strenuous arm, leg and upper-body movement,...
Running is among the oldest and most popular of aerobic exercises. From our bushmen ancestors to the current marathon craze, humans have been running—whether by necessity or for recreation—for 150,000 years. Dedicated runners might debate why they do it: for the calorie burn (about 300 calories per 30 minutes), for toned legs and buttocks, for heart health, or for energy. But...

Chi Running

Q: What is chi running? A: It’s a form of running that incorporates some principles of tai chi, a martial art that uses slow, dance-like, low-impact movements, often done now as a form of exercise. The goal is to transform high-impact running into a more relaxed, body-friendly, mindful activity. It’s an attractive idea, with a loyal following and good word of mouth,...