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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Oct 09, 2019. 24 comments

How to Ride an Escalator, According to Escalator Manufacturers

How to Ride an Escalator, According to Escalator Manufacturers

People shouldn’t walk on escalators. (It slows down the flow at rush hour.) According to a recent CBC report, all the walkers are breaking escalators faster. The Otis Elevator Company even says that walking on the escalator is a safety hazard. But that’s not what we’re here to talk about. We’re here because of a dumbfounding revelation from Otis.

Stop Walking on the Escalator

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Jun 11, 2019. 7 comments

How Japanese Forest Bathing Can Save Your Life

How Japanese Forest Bathing Can Save Your Life

Walking in the woods has measurable health benefits, and professor Yoshifumi Miyazaki is studying how to spread those benefits to as many people as possible. According to his research, spending time in nature can lower your blood pressure and decrease stress hormones, with the effects of a hike lasting for days. You can even lower stress by keeping a plant in your home or workplace. Dr....

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Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki May 10, 2019. 17 comments

Exercise by Walking the Whole Airport During Your Layover

Exercise by Walking the Whole Airport During Your Layover

Airports are enormous (in big cities, anyway), and that’s often what we hate about them. Baggage claim is how far away?? But if you’ve got time to kill, consider using the airport’s vastness to your advantage. Walk the whole damn thing, and time yourself.

That’s what sleep specialist Chris Winter recently did, traversing the whole Philadelphia airport in just over an hour at a brisk 15:44...

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David Murphy David Murphy May 09, 2019. 5 comments

Google Maps' New AR Walking Directions Are Pretty Cool

Google Maps' New AR Walking Directions Are Pretty Cool

I didn’t expect Google to go soaring out of the gate soon soon after the company teased its augmented reality ambitions for Google Maps at yesterday’s I/O 2019 keynote , but here we go. Starting today, an unknown number of Android aficionados are getting access to an early preview of Google’s new “AR navigation experience,” as the company calls it.

As far as I can tell, you don’t need to...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Mar 20, 2019. 24 comments

Stop Walking on the Escalator

Stop Walking on the Escalator

Escalator walkers and escalator standers are forever locked in struggle—they are like toilet paper over-the-roll installers and under-the-roll installers, or GIF pronouncers, or one-spacers and two-spacers , only brought head to head every day in the malls, airports, offices, train exits, and sundry moving staircases of the world. And the real-world evidence, it seems, is on the side of the...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Jan 30, 2019. 6 comments

Calm Down With This Subreddit Full of Desire Paths

Calm Down With This Subreddit Full of Desire Paths

A desire path is one worn into being by people walking the same route over and over, off the paved or “approved” path. Some of you will find them calming, some will find them infuriating. The latter should calmly walk away right now, on asphalt only.

The r/DesirePath subreddit collects paths worn into the grass, the dirt, or even deeper into the pavement. Some paths are turned into real...

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Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki Sep 21, 2018. 14 comments

Run a Mile This Week

Run a Mile This Week

It’s time to run (or walk, or otherwise locomote under your own power) one whole mile. Then take a break. And if you still have it in you, do it again. That’s right, we’re doing mile repeats this week in the Lifehacker Fitness Challenge .

This September, Let's Run! (or Walk!)

It’s the perfect time to start running—or to get back into it, if you’ve taken a break. The weather …

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Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki Sep 15, 2018. 4 comments

Stop Running the Same Route All the Dang Time

Stop Running the Same Route All the Dang Time

It’s surprisingly easy to get stuck in a rut. Choose the same path two or three times when you start a running or walking habit , and suddenly that path becomes an unquestioned part of your workout. Or maybe you vary your location, but you always do a three-miler at “oh my god I’m going to die” pace. Well, stop it.

This September, Let's Run! (or Walk!)

It’s the perfect time to start...

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Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki Sep 08, 2018. 20 comments

What to Do When Running Is Hard and It Sucks

What to Do When Running Is Hard and It Sucks

The only time I was tempted to buy a shirt at a marathon expo, it bore the relatable phrase: “I love running ... except while I’m doing it.”

Running is hard work, but we push through because it’s worthwhile in some way. I always feel accomplished at the end of a run. I love that running makes me strong and it gives me better endurance and defined calves. But, oh man, sometimes in the moment...

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Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki Sep 07, 2018. 19 comments

10,000 Steps Is a Bullshit Goal

10,000 Steps Is a Bullshit Goal

More exercise is better than less, but beyond that, there’s nothing special about taking 10,000 steps each day.

That goal may have started with a popular Japanese pedometer of the 1960s named manpo-kei, the “10,000-step meter.” It was just a catchy name, but it stuck because it’s a good goal for at least some of us. 10,000 steps is roughly five miles—challenging but not impossible to fit into...

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Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki Aug 31, 2018. 13 comments

This September, Let's Run! (or Walk!)

This September, Let's Run! (or Walk!)

It’s the perfect time to start running —or to get back into it, if you’ve taken a break. The weather is cooling down, everybody’s settling into their back-to-school routines (good news for students and parents alike), and we just spent a month trying to stand on our heads —so a little plain old jogging is going to feel great by comparison.

Late Summer Is the Best Time to Start Running

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Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki Aug 21, 2018. 1 comments

Check Out These Audible Fitness Programs 

Check Out These Audible Fitness Programs 

If you already use Audible for audiobooks, you now have a new perk in your account: access to three fitness programs from Aaptiv, with more in the works.

Each program has 20 tracks that guide you with music and a trainer’s recorded voice:

Walk to Run One Mile starts with walking and gets you running by the end of the course. All the sessions are under 25 minutes, with some focused on strength...

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Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki May 21, 2018. 4 comments

Look Like a Goofball but Get a Great Workout With a Lunch Break Racewalk

Look Like a Goofball but Get a Great Workout With a Lunch Break Racewalk

Racewalking. It’s like walking, but faster, and funnier looking. It’s an Olympic sport, though, so when you do this week’s workout you will be a Serious Athlete.

Christine Prokop, president of the Edmonton Racewalk Club, gives a reporter a crash course in racewalking, and you can follow along. There are a few stretches and technique pointers, and then you can take what you’ve...

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Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki Mar 14, 2018. 14 comments

How Much Exercise Do You Really Need?

How Much Exercise Do You Really Need?

Zero exercise is not enough. Going for a walk every day is probably a good thing. And if you’re training for a marathon, you’ll be on your feet for a couple hours of hard workouts every week. But what is the benchmark for a human being just trying to squeeze enough healthy exercise into their life? Let’s break it down.

How to Find Time to Exercise When Your Schedule Is Already Packed

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Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki Feb 21, 2018. 6 comments

Structure Your Work-From-Home Day With These Routines

Structure Your Work-From-Home Day With These Routines

The conveniences of working at home are also its curses. There’s no commute giving you time to settle your thoughts on the way in to work, no lunch with co-workers. To get some structure in your work-from-home life, you need to create your own routines.

Order in lunch, fire up Slack, and plan your afternoon shower. It’s Work From Home Week! From our couches and our local coffeeshops,...

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Emily Price Emily Price Jan 10, 2018. 12 comments

Sweatcoin Is a Digital Currency You Earn For Working Out

Sweatcoin Is a Digital Currency You Earn For Working Out

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get out of the house and move a little more, a mobile app called Sweatcoin might help give you the incentive you need to get off the couch for a few more minutes each day.

The Android and iOS app tracks your steps each day and then converts them into a digital currency called “Sweatcoin” that can be used to purchase things like a Delta or PayPal gift...

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Emily Price Emily Price Nov 10, 2017. 5 comments

Lazy Jar Makes You Pay (Literally) For Skipping Workouts

Lazy Jar Makes You Pay (Literally) For Skipping Workouts

We all probably need to exercise more, but getting the motivation to do so can sometimes be a bit… challenging.

That’s where Lazy Jar hopes to come in. The new app pairs with your FitBit and charges you cash each time you miss your weekly workout goals. It’s not the first app to come up with the idea — apps like GymPact would charge you if you miss you’re goals and reward you when it did. The...

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Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki Sep 14, 2017. 11 comments

Runners Aren’t Necessarily Healthier Than Walkers

Runners Aren’t Necessarily Healthier Than Walkers

If you’re exercising for health—and not for a specific goal like winning a race—does it matter whether you walk, jog, or run? Light jogging gives the best results across studies, but everything more strenuous than sittingon the couch has at least some benefit.

Emily Oster surveyed a collection of studies on walking and running speeds, which she summarizes at FiveThirtyEight. Rather than...

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Thorin Klosowski Thorin Klosowski Sep 12, 2017. 17 comments

The Geek-Friendly Day Hike Bag

The Geek-Friendly Day Hike Bag

Being prepared for a day hike requires a good balance of what you need and what you want. Lifehacker reader Random Michelle strikes that balance with her bag.

The bag is a High Sierra Diplomat Lumbar . Here’s what’s inside:

Canon EOS Rebel Xsi camera
OP/TECH USA Pro Strap
FlexARMOR X dSLR Camera Case
Vaultz Mesh Bag
Garmin Oregon 550T
Eneloop AA rechargeable batteries
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Herbert Lui Herbert Lui Sep 06, 2017. 7 comments

Join a Walking Group for Physical and Social Exercise

Join a Walking Group for Physical and Social Exercise

You probably spend too much of your day sitting . Join a walking group to get more physical exercise in your routine. Walking groups also present you with the opportunity to meet new people who are interested in walking as well (and may have other things in common with you).

Sitting Is the Smoking of Our Generation

I find myself, probably like many of you, spending way too much time in front...

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