Amanda MacMillan

Author's Bio

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

Are Caffeine Patches Safe for Athletes?

For the first time, the energy-boosting adhesives are being marketed specifically to athletes. Here's what you need to know about them.

What Are the Best Virtual Races?

For motivation and love of sport, there's nothing better than toeing the line with other athletes. But what if there aren't any upcoming events near you?

Can Thinking About Strength Training Make Me Stronger?

Research suggests that if you are in a situation in which you literally can't move a muscle—because you’re injured, not because you’re lazy—simply imagining yourself in motion can help you retain some of the strength and function you'd otherwise lose.

Which is a Better Workout: Skiing or Snowboarding?

According to the non-profit trade association Snowsports Industries America, alpine skiing burns approximately 500 calories an hour while snowboarding lags slightly behind at 450, not counting time spent on the lift. But there's more to it.

Is It Okay to Gain Weight During the Holidays?

I'm a runner coming off my competitive season, and I've been super vigilant about watching my weight. Is there anything wrong with gaining a few pounds over the holidays?

Should I Worry about My Irregular Heartbeat?

Unless that flip-flop feeling is accompanied by chest pain, dizziness, or fainting, an occasional heart palpitation is probably nothing to worry about—especially in young, healthy athletes and frequent exercisers.

How Clean Must My Gym Be, Legally?

When it comes to a fitness club's cleanliness, there are very few rules—at least as far as legal responsibilities go. Here's how to tell if yours is up to snuff, and what you can do to avoid harmful germs.