Published November 8, 2018

The Sweat Scoop: October 2018

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1. New research may have found the ‘sweet spot’ of interval training.

We know HIIT training includes all out efforts for short intervals followed by active rest periods. But just how short should those exhaustive intervals really be? According to the New York Times, new research shows that all-out intervals of at least 20 seconds generated greater physiological gains when compared to shorter intervals and 50 minutes of steady state cardio. 

2. NYC Marathon winner Shalane Flanagan shares her tips for recovery.

Whether you just ran the marathon, or just ran around your block, Shalane Flanagan’s recovery tips from Well+Good will keep your body in peak shape. The biggest takeaway? Rest, sleep, and more rest. 

3. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, hollow holds are one hell of a move.

Whether you love that burning, shaky, just-can’t-hold-it-any-longer feeling, or you dread seeing them in a program, hollow holds are hard for a reason. Self shares just why this move is so difficult­even for the strongest athletesand why it’s so damn effective. 

4. Rihanna’s trainer just shared her arm routine.

If you’ve ever wanted arms like Rihanna’s (and let’s face it, we’ll gladly take anything of Rihanna’s), Health has the moves. One of Rihanna’s trainers shared her resistance band arm workout, so now you can get fabulous arms and get it in on the go. You know what that means! You’ll have no excuses not to break a sweat, even when you’re traveling for the holidays.

5. Women’s Health released this year’s Fitness Awards.

Whether you’re looking to get a head start on your holiday shopping, or just having a treat yo’ self moment, Women’s Health has released their annual Fitness Awards, laying out the best gear you need to add to cart right now.

6. Meet Colin O’Brady, the man trying to cross Antarctica alone.

Talk about #fitspo. According to Men’s Health, one man is setting out to break a world record. Colin O’Brady is attempting to be the first person to cross Antarctica alone. He set off last week on his 70-day journey with nothing but the clothes on his back (oh, and a 400-pound sled filled with supplies). If O’Brady succeeds, he’ll be the first person in history to make the trip alone.

7. Exercise your way to a better memory.

If you’re like us and constantly forgetting even the most important things, like where your keys are or what time you need to pick up the kids, you’re not alone. The good news is, new studies show that light daily exercise, even for just 10-minutes, can give your memory a boost. mindbodygreen has the details.

8. Drybar founders are swapping their salon chairs for massage tables.

Starting from the head (er… hair) down, Drybar’s founders are taking their model of convenience and customer experience to launch a brand-new concept. According to Fast Company, the founders are planning to launch a new massage chain aptly dubbed Squeeze. Soon, customers will be able to experience expert level massages that they can book and buy through a mobile app.

9. For those with celiac, a treatment might be on its way.

Gluten intolerant friends, rejoice! According to Bustle, a new vaccine is being tested to help those with celiac disease live a gluten-friendly life. The vaccine, known as Nexvax2, is designed to stop the inflammatory immune response that occurs when people with celiac eat gluten.

10. Giving intermittent fasting a go? Read this first.

Five people who tried intermittent fasting shared their experiences with Greatist. If you’re considering giving fasting a go, read the feature to learn more about what’s in store and how it might affect your workout routine.