Amanda MacMillan

Author's Bio

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

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.

Can I Use Halloween Candy to Fuel My Training?

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.

How Can Exercise Help Me Stay Focused at Work?

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.

Should I 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.

Should I Get a Gait Analysis?

You've probably had your running form critiqued by a coach or a well-meaning jogger in the park. But A true gait analysis is worth considering, even for the healthiest of runners.

How Can I Stay Fit While 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?

Which Fitness Apps Should I Actually Use?

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.

What's the Secret to Successful Mid-Day Napping?

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.