Thought you had your health facts straight? Everything we thought we knew about hydration might be wrong, and some of our favorite healthy nut butters might not be safe to eat. On the upside, a new study shows that we can be peer pressured into working out harder, so who’s down for a group run? Read on to get the full scoop on these stories and others that have caught our eye this week.
Drink Up… Or Not
It turns out much of what you knew about hydration may be just a myth. Conventional wisdom spouts that drinking eight glasses of H2O a day is key, but how much you really need depends on factors including activity, age, climate and diet. More good news: coffee is less dehydrating than previously thought. (Crew)
Beware the Fine Print
Unless someone’s reading this to you, you’re probably staring at a screen right now. Rates of myopia, or nearsightedness, have risen in the past 30 years as a result of Americans reading more text, especially on computers. Before you shut down your laptop, know that tweaks like altering your desk setup can help save your eyes. (Vox)
Everyone Else Is Doing It
Ah, the power of peer pressure. A new study shows that hearing a “normative message” mid-workout (“If she can do it, so can you.”) led study participants to plank it out longer during Pilates class. We’re filing this away for our next trip to the gym. (Shape)
Put Down the Nut Butter
Bad news for nut butter addicts! (So, all of you.) Arrowhead Mills, MaraNatha and private-label brands for Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Kroger and Safeway have been recalled due to reports of possible salmonella poisoning. Check the FDA’s list to find out if your jar is in the clear. (New York Daily News)
Is Your Cup of Noodles Killing You?
Broke college students everywhere have been eating instant noodles since the beginning of time. But now, a study of more than 10,000 adults in South Korea reveals that women who reported consuming instant noodles more than twice a week were 68 percent more likely to have metabolic syndrome. Symptoms include abdominal obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. (Well Blog)
The Best-Rested in the World
Fitness tracker Jawbone has a released a massive dataset providing insights into the sleep habits of hundreds of thousands of UP users. People in Melbourne, Australia got the most sleep, with an average of 7:05 hours per night; residents of Tokyo, Japan slept an average of just 5:46 per night. (Wall Street Journal)
One. More. Mile.
Burnout is more than common among endurance athletes training for long-distance events. Here’s how to push through and remember why you signed up in the first place. With the right plan, you’ll get to the finish line with your love for the sport intact. (You Signed Up for What)