Scared of heights? There’s a race for that.
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge run is back next year after an eight-year hiatus and will take 20,000 runners over the 4.35-mile bridge that towers almost 200 feet above the bay.
“There are people who are actually utilizing this race to confront their fear of heights,” says race cofounder Sparrow Rogers. “People have e-mailed us saying, ‘I want to get over my fear of the bridge, and this seems like the way to do it.’”
Though we’re still more than a month away from official winter, the cold, windy weather has already moved our workouts indoors.
But as we learned before, it has to be really cold before it’s actually dangerous to exercise outdoors. In the meantime, this new cold-weather running gear from Nike, Under Armour, and more has got us covered—literally—from head to toe.
While millions of runners latched onto the half marathon last year, new research suggests that the 10K may be the new popular distance to tackle.
Researchers at Northwestern University have determined that since 2002, the 6.2-mile race has become increasingly appealing to not just elite runners and high school athletes, but everyday runners, too. Even more, runners are finishing 10Ks at faster times.
Uh-oh. Looks like the juicing industry has another Naked Juice situation on its hands.
As reported by Law360, a group has brought a $5 million class-action lawsuit against Hain Celestial Group, the company behind BluePrint juices. Michael Stark et al. claim that despite the company’s advertisements, BluePrint juices are neither 100 percent raw nor unpasteurized.
Every year, about this time, our calendars fill up like crazy with holiday preparation, parties, last-minute workout projects, and travel. It’s enough to make even the most dedicated fitness buff feel like sidelining a trip to the gym.
But you don’t have to let a busy schedule derail your workout. And let’s be real: We’re all going to need some help getting through the season of holiday desserts and drinks. Luckily, fitness studios around town offer more calorie-burning bang for your buck in the form of group exercise classes that combine two workouts into one 45- to 60-minute session. Read on for details.
2303 14th St., NW, Suite 100
Offered multiple times throughout the month, Piloxing combines Pilates and boxing—plus some dancing in between. You’ll work your core plus channel your inner badass. Drop-in classes are $9.
Gena Hamshaw, the brains behind the blog Choosing Raw, keeps a vegan and mostly raw diet. “I’m not a raw foodist by any stretch of the imagination,” she says, “but I love raw recipes, and raw food techniques have had a big influence on the way I cook.” When Hershaw’s not blogging or working with patients as a clinical nutritionist, she’s practicing yoga four to five times a week and filling out applications to medical school. Read on for her one-day food diary.
Breakfast: “Every day begins with coffee. I usually drink it black, though sometimes I add a splash of homemade almond milk creamer (I was out of it today). Breakfast was a mixture of homemade chia seed pudding, homemade almond milk, and a sliced banana. The chia seed pudding is based on this standard recipe, to which I added some vanilla protein powder (a brown rice protein powder) and cinnamon. I love chia seed pudding: It’s filling, fun to eat, and loaded with fiber and calcium.”
Sweetgreen and Chop’t are two salad behemoths in Washington, with lines spilling out their doors during lunch every day. But how do their tasty salads and wraps stack up against each other? Take our quiz to find out.
Warm grains, organic arugula, roasted chicken, white cheddar, grape tomatoes, raw corn, and spicy broccoli with pesto vinaigrette.
Chop't Po Boy
FreeBird panko fried chicken, tomato, red onions, and white cheddar cheese, and romaine lettuce with spa Tex-Mex ranch.
All we want to do this weekend is to stay warm—and this garlicky chickpea soup by local nutritionist Robyn Webb should do the trick.
With the American Diabetes Association, Webb recently published The Smart Shopper, a cookbook that includes tons of diabetic-friendly recipes for “stress-free meals from the deli counter, freezer, salad bar, and grocery shelves.” And when we came across this recipe while flipping through the book, we had to try it for ourselves.
With changing weather and the end of daylight savings time comes another hallmark of fall and winter: cold and flu season. And if you find yourself succumbing to illness year after year, some surprising culprits could be to blame. Here are five of the top germ-infested public places to be extra wary of this flu season.
1) The Gym
Fitness centers are well-known breeding grounds for germs that might lead to infections or athlete’s foot. A study found high levels of body contamination on door handles, shower floors, free-weight benches and bars, and dumbbells. And don’t forget to give your yoga mat a wipe-down before you roll it up to prevent bacteria from growing.
2) Public Transportation
DC’s Wheaton Metro station boasts the Western Hemisphere’s longest set of single-span escalators. But you may want to avoid holding onto the rails, despite what the safety rules tell you. A study that looked at mall escalator handrails detected traces of blood, sweat, and urine. It also found blood, mucus, saliva, sweat, and urine on bus handles and armrests. Another study on a public transportation system in a US city found various strains of the infection-causing bacteria staphylococcus on bus and train floors, seats, armrests, and windows.
A recent study found that on laminated menus, salmonella survived up to 72 hours and E. coli up to 48 hours. And do you ever request a slice of lemon with your water or soda? A study that examined 76 lemons from 21 restaurants found that more than 60 percent of the lemon slices produced microbial growth.
Everyone knows a kid’s favorite time of the school day is recess. But what you might not know is that playgrounds are also hotbeds of germs. The same study that found bacteria on escalator handrails found that playgrounds were the site most likely to test positive for biochemical markers including blood, saliva, mucus, sweat, and urine.
5) Makeup Counters/Handbags
A two-year study by Elizabeth Brooks, a biological sciences professor at New Jersey’s Rowan University, found that testers and makeup counters were contaminated with staph bacteria and E. coli among other germs. So before you try on that lipstick, think of the hundreds who could have tried it on before you.
There’s no doubt about it: CrossFit is hard. But for Lani Hay, all it takes is one look at the veteran next to her to gain a little perspective.
“I started doing CrossFit about two years ago,” says Hay, CEO of Lanmark Technology. “You go there after work and you’re tired and don’t want to do anything. And you look over to see someone’s who’s missing their limbs and kicking your ass in a workout. You start to think a little more deeply.”