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Running

Running
nytimes.com — Running is a great way to get fit, feel better and even form new relationships with other runners. Starting a new running habit doesn't have to be hard - all it takes is a comfortable pair of shoes and a willingness to move a little or a lot, all at your own pace.

The New York Times

The New York Times
nytimes.com — High-intensity interval training - referred to as H.I.I.T. - is based on the idea that short bursts of strenuous exercise can have a big impact on the body. If moderate exercise - like a 20-minute jog - is good for your heart, lungs and metabolism, H.I.I.T.

Broccoli Salad With Garlic and Sesame

Broccoli Salad With Garlic and Sesame
cooking.nytimes.com — This salad is made from uncooked broccoli tossed with an assertive garlic, sesame, chile and cumin-seed vinaigrette slicked with good extra-virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar The acid "cooks" the florets a little as ceviche does fish After an hour, the broccoli softens as if blanched, turning bright emerald, and soaking up all the intense flavors of the dressing

The New York Times

The New York Times
well.blogs.nytimes.com — During a recent "60 Minutes" interview, Senator Hillary Clinton unveiled a surprising weapon in her fight to become the Democratic presidential nominee: hot peppers. "I eat a lot of hot peppers," she told CBS News anchor Katie Couric, who had asked her how she maintains her stamina on the campaign trail.

Phys Ed: Do Our Genes Influence Our Desire to Exercise?

Phys Ed: Do Our Genes Influence Our Desire to Exercise?
well.blogs.nytimes.com — Nick Dolding/Getty Images Is the urge to exercise bred in our bones? That's the intriguing question that European researchers recently set out to examine by looking at the activity habits of 37,051 sets of twins. Twins are popular with geneticists, because they provide a neat statistical model for determining whether a behavior is influenced by genetics or exclusively by environment.

The New York Times

The New York Times
well.blogs.nytimes.com — How fast can you run a mile? For people in midlife, this simple measure of fitness may help predict their risk of heart problems as they age. In two separate studies, researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the Cooper Institute in Dallas analyzed fitness levels for more than 66,000 people.

Springtime Spaghetti Carbonara

Springtime Spaghetti Carbonara
cooking.nytimes.com — This lighter, brighter version of the classic Italian pasta dish is adapted from one found in "Almost Meatless: Recipes That Are Better for Your Health and the Planet" by Joy Manning and Tara Mataraza Desmond It is incredibly simple - if you can chop vegetables, boil water and whisk eggs, you can make this dish - but it's also indubitably luxurious Everyone will think you slaved for hours when, really, you slaved for about 20 minutes

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The New York Times

The New York Times
well.blogs.nytimes.com — The holiday season brings many joys and, unfortunately, many countervailing dietary pitfalls. Even the fittest and most disciplined of us can succumb, indulging in more fat and calories than at any other time of the year. The health consequences, if the behavior is unchecked, can be swift and worrying.
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