Amanda MacMillan

Amanda MacMillan

Amanda MacMillan is a Brooklyn, New York–based freelance writer, triathlete, and health blogger for self.com.

Can My Sleep Schedule Impact My Workouts?

If you're the type of person who regularly burns the midnight oil, the thought of waking up for a 6 a.m. workout may be pretty unappealing to you. And you're not alone: A study presented at the...

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What's the Best Workout for Weight Loss?

This may not be the answer you're looking for, but it's the truth: The most effective way to get back into shape (and stay that way) isn't by just doing one magic move over and over. The good news?...

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Is There a 'Right' Way to Meditate?

Depending on the school of thought you're following, meditation can be practiced in a number of ways—sitting cross-legged in a dark room, while on a long run, or even on a crowded bus with the...

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Will a Vitamin B12 Injection Give Me More Energy?

Vitamin B12 shots have been around for years, and they're often marketed as a miracle cure for everything from fatigue to depression to those stubborn extra pounds you can't shake. And while it's...

Do I Really Need to Worry About My Salt Intake?

If your everyday routine includes hour-plus sweat sessions, you can probably rest easy, says Brook Schantz, a registered dietitian and Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics at Loyola University...

Am I Too Old to Start Endurance Training?

They say that showing up (or, in this case, putting it in writing) is half the battle—so for that, congrats on a big first step. Now, for your question: Science says that at 40 you are...

What Can I Use on Long Runs Instead of Energy Gels?

As unappetizing as they might be, those slimy packets of quasi-liquid goo exist for a reason: They're a quick, portable, and relatively efficient way for runners to take in and digest calories and...

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What's So Great About Tart Cherry Juice?

A favorite beverage of many athletes, trainers, and nutritionists, juice made from tart or "sour" cherries (the kind you use to make cherry pie) has been shown to reduce inflammation and ease muscles...

How Can I Calm My Nerves Before a Competition?

When it comes to performance anxiety, fitness competitions can be a lot like taking the SATs or giving an important speech. And yes, over-thinking or stressing about them beforehand can, indeed,...

What's the Best Protein to Consume After a Workout?

It seems like every few months, new research comes out heralding a certain type of protein for people trying to build muscle or lose weight. For example, a study published this month found that whey...

Do Massages Help with Recovery?

If you're looking for an excuse to hit the massage table more frequently (or to justify the expense if you're already doing it), you're in luck. A recent study from the University of Illinois at...

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Are My Meds Messing With My Athletic Performance?

Drugs that affect hormones have the potential to cause all kinds of screwy side effects in the body—but fortunately, there's not much evidence that medications like birth control or...

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