Hungry Runner

Studies from the past year are starting to explain why people who eat dark chocolate tend to have lower levels of heart disease than people who don’t. They’re not better than you — they just have anti-inflammatory bacteria in their guts.

Scientists have known for a while that chocolate has lots of flavonols, naturally occurring flavonoid compounds that have antioxidant properties and reduce the risk of heart disease. But until recently, they weren’t sure just why flavonols were good for you.

Now they know

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Experts reveal why spending more time outside is essential to your health.

Be honest, how often do you stop and take a moment to really appreciate the great outdoors? Whether you live in New York City or Colorado, every time you step outside you’re greeted by shining sun (most days, hopefully), swaying trees and curious creatures.

Sure, some areas are more “green” than others—spotting a bald eagle in your backyard is arguably more exciting than trying to shoo away pigeons on a city sidewalk —but no matter where you reside you’re sure to be surrounded by some aspect of nature, which is good news because time spent outside is almost directly related to your overall health and wellbeing.

And according to recent research, when you combine that time spent outside with physical activity, the effects are incomparable.

“In a 2011 meta-analysis of relevant studies, researchers concluded that compared to indoor workouts, exercising outside causes greater engagement and revitalization, lowers depression and increases a person’s enjoyment of the activity,” says health and fitness expert Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint and creator ofMarksDailyApple.com. “People who exercise outside are also more likely to repeat the exercise at a later date. Outdoor workouts don’t feel like work. They’re more fun, and they perpetuate themselves.”

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"The key to sustaining an exercise routine actually has nothing to do with motivation at all. If you “workouts” consist only of activities that you truly enjoy, than you won’t need any motivation. You’re passion and enthusiasm will keep you engaged far beyond the point any amount of motivation could."

The Secret to Creating an Exercise Routine You’ll Actually Stick With

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"Do your research, find what you love and don’t get caught up in doing what everyone else is doing or it might make you miserable and sabotage your health and fitness goals. Just don’t drink diet soda. The duck doesn’t drink diet soda either."

Be Like This Duck- Skinny Sometimes

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No, seriously…. Would you eat veggie flavored ice cream? Because it exists.

OK, it’s actually less like ice cream and more like a sorbet. The point is, it’s a frozen treat, it’s calledOrtaggi and I tried it last night after my first ever spin class at Flywheel. (Yesterday was a day of trying so many new things!)

Now I know, unless you just really love veggies, veggie flavored snacks don’t really sound so appealing. Luckily, last night I was surprised to find this extra healthy post-workout treat was refreshingly tasty.

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"McCaskill asked why Oz didn’t use his show to promote what actually has been proven to help people lose weight — careful eating and exercise. ‘I want to see all that floweriness, all that passion, about the beauty of a walk at sunset,’ she said."

The ‘Dr. Oz Effect’: Senators Scold Mehmet Oz for Diet Scams

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