Past Tense: The Eternal Treadmill of Fitness Trends: From Hot Pants to Hot Mess

Do you remember Face-o-Metrics? How about FloMotion? Or kitchen calisthenics? Me neither. But The Times recorded these and many, many other modern fitness fads, an exhausting — and often poignant — chronicle of pain, gain and some very peculiar practices. Taken as a whole, the paper’s coverage of the last half-century of exercise recalls the…

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The 52 Places Traveler: Meet the 52 Places Traveler for 2019

Last year, for the first time, we sent one intrepid traveler, Jada Yuan, to all 52 destinations on our Places to Go list. This year, we decided to do it again. Once again, we got applicants from around the world and from a variety of backgrounds (meet some of them here). After weeks of assessing…

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Colorado’s Got a Gay Governor. Who Cares?

BOULDER, COLO. — On Tuesday, the first openly gay man elected governor in American history was sworn in, his partner at his side. It was a vision of progress captured in its unfurling: a milestone celebrated by those who saw themselves represented, even as it was also accepted by others as a matter of unremarkable…

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Phys Ed: Mind May Trump DNA in Exercise and Eating Habits

Just in time to befuddle people who received genetic testing kits for the holidays, a new study finds that if you tell people that they have a genetic predisposition to certain health characteristics, such as a low capacity for exercise or a tendency to overeat, their bodies start to respond accordingly. Even if their DNA…

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Eat: Delicious Doesn’t Always Mean Pretty

I’m still not sure precisely why, but a couple of months ago I decided I wanted to come up with a chicken recipe that would go viral on social media. O.K., fine. I do know why. I was just too embarrassed to admit it outright: I was jealous of the New Yorker food correspondent Helen…

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I Am (an Older) Woman. Hear Me Roar.

Image “Age is just a number,’’ said Representative Donna Shalala of Florida, center, who became the oldest freshman in her House class when she took office a little over a month before her 78th birthday.CreditErin Schaff for The New York Times When Susan Zirinsky takes over CBS News in March, she will be the first…

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Police Close Sexual Assault Investigations of Mario Batali

Three investigations into sexual assault allegations against the celebrity chef Mario Batali have been closed because detectives could not find enough evidence to make an arrest, a New York Police Department official said Tuesday. Three women had come forward to report that Mr. Batali sexually assaulted them years earlier at two Manhattan restaurants where he…

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Medical News Today: 20 ways to lose weight safely

Many people are unsure how to lose weight safely and naturally. It does not help that many websites and advertisements, particularly those belonging to companies that sell diet drugs or other weight-loss products, promote misinformation about losing weight. According to 2014 research, most people who search for tips on how to lose weight will come…

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6 Problems You’ll Encounter When Traveling as a Couple

You cannot say you know your boyfriend well until you do several things together: quarrel, drink alcohol and travel. The last item includes the first two, so we’ll dwell upon it in detail. Your first vacation as a couple can be more revealing than all the time you have already spent together. You decide whether…

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