Amanda MacMillan

Author's Bio

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

Candy-Fueled Workouts? Yes.

Your workout snack is totally your call—successful athletes have been kicking ass on all types of fuel as far back as we can tell. So whether it's Gu or Mr. Goodbar that you take down on mile 12 is your call.

Skip the Coffee, Do More Pushups

We won't insult your intelligence by rehashing the general cognitive benefits of getting blood pumping to your brain. But we will give you a smart tip: Depending on how and when you do it, your workout can give you the mental boosts you want.

You Should Try Parkour

Parkour-specific gyms are popping up around the country, and the training discipline that involves getting from Point A to Point B as efficiently as possible–often by jumping, swinging, flipping, or rolling–is worth incorporating into your workout regime.

Stay Fit When Flying

Long flights and car trips wreak havoc on my body. How can I reduce the stress of travel and keep up with my current exercise routine?

Fitness Apps that Actually Work

Popularity and ratings don't always give the best idea of which apps are still making a difference in people's fitness routines weeks or months down the road.

The Athlete's Guide to the Perfect Nap

A mid-day nap can be a great way to replenish your energy levels, especially when getting out the door for an afternoon run seems downright impossible. It can also be a preemptive tool for avoiding sleepiness later—say, when you get home from work and need to log your miles before dinner.

Plan the Perfect Workday Workout

If you're unable (or unwilling) to spend an hour in the morning exercising before work, your lunch hour isn't a bad time to make up for it. Here's how to prepare for and schedule your day, plus three workout scenarios.

Trick Your Brain to Run Faster

Speed isn't just the result of physical preparation. Training the brain to actually allow the body to run fast is another big part, as well. Author Pete Magill shares his insights to "convince your...

Swimmers: Don't Worry About Flesh-Eating Bacteria

Cue the chilling background music: Flesh eating bacteria can lurk in your favorite swimming spots. But don't panic. For most people, even those in affected regions, the water is still safe—especially when you're using common sense.

Solving Exercise’s Most Metallic Mystery

Sometimes when we work out hard, we get a weird, metallic taste in our mouths. The problem is widespread, and the reason for it is surprisingly elusive.

Your Workout Playlist Needs a Remix

The workout soundtrack can be a very personal thing. Certainly there's no perfect pump-up song, but there is science behind getting the most out of your exercise playlist. And it applies whether your music library swings toward rap, indie, country, classical... You get the picture.

A Faster 5K, Guaranteed

In his new book, Pete Magill recommends hill sprints and "old-school intervals" for a new personal best on race day.

The Starch Paleo Dieters Need

Starchy foods get a bad rap. White bread and potatoes are devoid of nutrients, critics say, while the Paleo crowd eshews legumes and grains as unnecessary for the "ideal" human diet.

Train Without Getting Run Down

What a downer. Pre-race illness seems like a cruel case of Murphy’s Law, but you're not the first person to get sick while logging miles for an upcoming endurance event, and there certainly is a connection.

When (and How) to Really Recover

After an Ironman or an ultramarathon, is it better to take days (or weeks) off of strenuous exercise, or to get right back out there?