Amanda MacMillan

Author's Bio

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

Do Early Birds Get the Fitness Worm?

I'm pretty much the opposite of an "early to bed, early to rise" kinda guy—which makes working out in the morning really miserable. Is there anything wrong with sleeping in and exercising late in the day?

Your Workout Is a One-Hit Wonder

I used to be in great shape, but I've put on a few pounds. I hit the gym regularly, but the scale won't budge. What's the best exercise routine I can do to get my old body back?

The Misleading Miracle Cure

I've seen these shots advertised as a treatment for weight gain and fatigue. But is it legit, and does it work?

Don't Freak Out About Salt

I work out—and sweat, a lot—almost every day. I know that plenty of Americans get more sodium than is healthy for them, but could I really be one of them?

What to Do When You Hate Gels

I can't stand the flavor or texture of any brand, but I know I need calories and electrolytes. How else can I get them?

What Kind of Protein Is Best?

Shake or solid food? Soy or dairy? Animal or plant-based? I can't keep the news straight—please help!

Do Massages Help with Recovery?

Whenever there's a free massage tent after races, I always like to get a quick rub down. It feels great, but is there any real benefit in terms of muscle soreness?

Performing on the Pill

Can taking regular medication like birth control pills or antidepressants have any affect on strength or cardiovascular fitness?