Amanda MacMillan

Author's Bio

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

What's the Best Way to Fit a Workout into My Workday?

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.

5 Brain Tricks for a Better Race

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...

What Type of Music Should I Listen To Before and During a Workout?

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.

Shave a Minute Off Your 5K

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

Should Paleo Dieters Be Eating Resistant Starch?

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.

How Can I Boost My Immunity During Hard Training?

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.

Are Women Better Athletes Than Men?

Without launching a full-out battle-of-the-sexes competition between you and your wife, it's hard to say exactly who is the better athlete. But it is true that she may have some ingrained sex-based advantage over you.

Can I Break Up My Eight Hours of Sleep a Night?

Even if you’re in bed for eight hours, waking up every two or three hours and sleeping through the night are two very different things, says a new study from Tel Aviv University.

Do Siblings Share Athletic Potential?

Sibling rivalry is a fierce thing, but it seems like more often than not, athletic talent isn’t limited to just one prodigal son (or daughter).

Will Donating Blood Affect My Training?

My office is holding a blood drive, but I'm concerned that taking part may compromise my scheduled workouts. Should I schedule giving blood around my training schedule, or vice versa?