Fitness buffs may joke that they’re addicted to sweat, but exercise addiction is a real problem that psychologists have begun to recognize. Self has the scoop on how much gym time is too much. Plus, you’re going to thank us for filling you in on the secret healthy menus that could save you from accidentally ingesting a gazillion calories at fast food restaurants. Read on to get the full scoop on these stories and others that have caught our eye this week.
Hey There, Yoga Joe
Here at Life by DailyBurn, we have a not-so-secret obsession with action figures. This Kickstarter campaign would create “Yoga Joe” toys (think: GI Joe positioned in tree pose) for yogis to pass around to their friends to encourage them to take up the practice. We’re starting our holiday shopping early. (Yoga Dork)
Addicted to Sweat?
You love to work out, but is it possible to take your SoulCycle habit too far? Read about three women who let their love of exercise turn into an obsession. Luckily, while workout addiction is on the rise, so are programs like Destructively Fit, which helps trainers spot those with less-than-healthy approaches. (Self)
The Secret Is in the Menu
We know processed ingredients aren’t the greatest for us, but sometimes you’re without a choice if you’ve forgotten to pack snacks on a road trip. This genius site helps us find the “secret” menu options, which can sometimes be healthier, like Panera’s Power Breakfast Egg White Bowls. (Hack the Menu)
Loosen Up, Baby
If you’re sore after workouts, you might need some more anti-inflammatory foods in your life. Learn from these RDs which core nutrients can help muscle recovery. Then, hit up the grocery store. (FitFluential)
Heartbreak Is Physical
Ever wish curing a broken heart was as easy as popping an Advil? A study found that those suffering from emotional pain reported a reduction in anguish after taking an over-the-counter painkiller for several weeks; those with the placebo reported no difference. We still think sweat can be a great way to grieve, though. (NY Magazine)
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
It’s no secret that stress is hazardous to your health, but it turns out that both major and minor problems can be deadly. A study followed 1,293 men for more than 20 years, and those who were the most stressed, no matter the magnitude of the problem, were three times more likely to die over the course of the research than those who had a roll-with-the-punches attitude. (NPR)
One Change at a Time
Just as you wouldn’t attempt to go from being a couch sitter to a marathon runner in a hot second, you don’t need to completely overhaul your diet all at once either. These small swaps, like intervals on cardio machines instead of steady-state cardio, can all add up to big changes over time. (Katrina Elle)