Amanda MacMillan

Author's Bio

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

Prepare for Your First Trail Race

I just signed up for my first trail race, but I live in the city. Do I need to train any differently than I have for all of the road runs I've done?

Seven Servings of Fruit and Vegetables?

I've heard that eating seven portions of produce a day can help me live longer. But what does that actually mean, and how do I fit it all in?

How Quickly Can I Get Back into Race Shape?

I signed up for a half marathon—but, oops, it's in three weeks and I haven't run in months. At this point, should I attempt any actual training, or consider it a lost cause?

How Bad for You Is Insomnia, Really?

I have trouble falling asleep often, and probably don't get nearly as much shut-eye as I should. But I feel fine, most of the time. So is it really hurting my health?

Is Marathon Training Dangerous?

I want to train for a marathon, by my wife is worried it might literally kill me. Is it really safe for an Average Joe like me?

Should I Lift or Run First?

I can't squeeze in a workout every day, so can I combine both into one session? And which should I do first?

Does Shivering Count As Exercise?

The past few months have been freezing! All I want to do is eat comfort food and hide under the covers. Is there any upside, health-wise, to this Polar Vortex?

Is It Bad to Hold In Gas?

The Emperor Claudius believed that suppressing farts was dangerous. Was he right?