bethskw
Beth Skwarecki
bethskw
Beth is Lifehacker's Senior Health Editor. She has written about health and science for over a decade, including two books: Outbreak! and Genetics 101. Her Wilks score is 302.
Sep 18
2

You can also substitute dips in place of push-ups if there’s a bench like in the cover photo. I would never do push-ups like they’re doing in the photo up there anyway, but just seeing that picture there, them with their faces just inches away from where an infinite amount of unwashed asses have released an infinite Read more

Sep 18
1

I often do bench jumps while on a jog. If I find an empty bus bench, I’ll do 20 bench jumps (like a crossfit box jump) onto the bench. (And then wipe it down).

Sep 8
10

Everybody is faster than somebody else. 25 minutes is super fast compared to many beginners. It’s super slow compared to, like, the world record. If you run a 20-minute 5k that’s awesome. In the past, I’ve mentioned fast goal times and had commenters piling on me for picking unrealistic numbers. Read more

Sep 8
5

Depends on the age group, level of fitness, and level of training. I’m currently 42, have been running for about the last 10 years and have run quite a few 5k races (I’d guess maybe ~50-60ish). Only a handful of them have been under 25 minutes, with my personal best being just over 24. I also know people who can do 20 Read more

Sep 8
5

So granted these numbers probably include a lot of people doing “fun run” or charity 5ks. But 8:20 miles for the length of a 5k are definitely very much on the fast side for women, and still decently better than average for men. Read more

Sep 8
2

Earlier this year I finally cracked my code for running. Had been struggling to finish anything more than 3 miles and finally got to the 5-6 mile mark by just properly pacing myself and being ok with not being the fastest person on the planet. Read more

Sep 4
4

Yes, a smart trainer will give you some of those options, but you’ll pay for it. They are expensive, probably beyond what a recreational rider wants to spend. The $100 trainer is likely a magnetic resistance unit, which has a difficult time mimicking real road feel. For a bit more, a cyclist can get a fluid trainer Read more

Sep 3
3

The smart trainers can get pretty expensive so it depends on how deep you want your setup to be. A “dumb” trainer works fine for most and you can find a used one for pretty cheap on Craigslist. 

Sep 3
2

My wife set something like this up in a small shed in our backyard with a similar tension-based mount and an old street bike, and she loves it...except for the fact that in the early, pre-dawn morning it’s still really cold until she warms up. She props up her tablet, puts in her earbuds and catches up on Netflix Read more

Aug 31
107

Thanks for this Beth. I’ve had to endure a weekend of armchair-epidemiologists on social media passing this around and I was looking forward to finding out how this was being misinterpreted (almost everyone sharing it was basically using the “let young, healthy people do whatever they want, this isn’t a deadly Read more

Aug 21
2

Carries are awesome. I pick up a couple 45 lb plates and just walk with strict form and its a great total body workout. Read more

Aug 21
1

Pro tip - get you a bag like the one pictured, the sand will eventually all spill out that little hole and you just have to lift an empty sac. Read more

Aug 21
4

I’m guessing you don’t do much (if any) strength/resistance training. The sandbag is a great strength/resistance training tool and these exercises are proven to be a safe and effective way of working stabilizing muscles. Read more

Aug 20
10

I’m one of those lucky people who actually enjoy their family, and the holidays are absolutely my favorite time of the year. Most of my family are local, so our traditions don’t really require travel. Despite that, I’ve already prepared myself for the most depressing Nov/Dec of my life thus far. We’ll try and find a Read more

Aug 19
5

I’ll out myself as the cockeyed optimist. Testing is getting faster and more accurate. The more common routine testing becomes the easier we can do contact tracing and isolation of the sick. Relaxing social mingling will probably be slower than we want, out of an abundance of caution. You all are free to rub it in my Read more

Aug 19
1

Speaking as someone who has been in the gym for thirty years..just pick something that isn’t too taxing ..something you can keep doing for thirty years. Tough workouts that have you quitting a year or two in won’t help you in the long run, and neither will sustaining repeated small injuries from overtraining. 

Aug 19
2

I miss being able to go on walks pain free. I’m in my early 30s, but due to a birth defect my hip needs replaced and I have end stage hip arthritis. I still walk because I have to keep those muscles strong. I always experience pain, and something as simple as stepping off a curb the wrong way can actually injure me Read more

Aug 18
4

If that is why you are working out, to be in absolute peak physical condition for whatever reason (no judgment, good or bad) then yes, suffering is a necessary part of that workout. Read more

Aug 18
3

The issue I have noticed is people don’t actually know what “going to failure means” and how tied this concept is to soreness. When you tell somebody you “go to failure” on most exercises (I do) they think I’m grinding out seven sets and I’m barely able to lift my arms by the end. That is a form of failure yes, Read more