April 23, 2021

Weekend reads: Want to enjoy running? These 5 tricks can help.

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    Why store-bought rotisserie chicken may not be the healthiest meal, five steps to help you enjoy running, and more.

    Ben Palmer's reads

    How do deal with anxiety about your post-epidemic looks. Over the past year, with many people staying at home amid the coronavirus-related lockdowns, people's bodies have changed, with just under half of Americans saying they gained unwanted weight since the epidemic started. Writing for the New York Times, A.C. Shilton explains why body changes amid the epidemic are perfectly normal—and how you can deal with anxiety about the changes your body has gone through over the past year.

    Running is good for you. Here's how to like it. Running is a low-cost way to exercise that's been proven to be good for your mental and physical health, yet getting into a running routine can be difficult. Writing for the New York Times, Farah Miller details five tips she's used to ease into running (without hating it), and how you can learn to enjoy the activity, too.

    José Vasquez's reads

    Is store-bought rotisserie chicken healthy? Most people may think rotisserie chicken from the grocery store is healthier than takeout from a restaurant, but as Amy Keating, a nutrition expert at Consumer Reports, put it: "You can't assume that all rotisserie chicken is just a plain cooked chicken," Perry Santanachote reports for Consumer Reports. When Consumer Reports' nutrition experts reviewed the ingredients and nutritional information of 16 "plain or original" rotisserie chickens on the websites of seven supermarkets, three club stores, and one fast-casual chain, they found some of the chickens had "problematic amounts of sodium," among other processed ingredients, which made them less-than-perfect options for people looking for a healthy meal, Santanachote writes. But there are steps people can take to pick the best rotisserie chicken, including reviewing and understanding what labels such as "Natural," "Organic," and "Raised Without Antibiotics" mean, Santanachote writes.

    How the pandemic changed clothing—all around the world. Writing for the New York Times, eight correspondents across seven countries—including the United States, Italy, France, and more—share how working from home amid the pandemic has altered fashion in their respective nations. In Italy, for instance, one correspondent said most of the women there "found solace in knitware," with many continuing to dress as if they were going to the office, while in India, working professionals have largely "embraced comfort over style."

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