Meghan Pfister

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Why pull-ups are harder for women

News that many female marines in boot camp cannot complete three pull-ups might have you wondering: Why do women find the exercise so difficult?<p>This week, the Associated Press confirmed that the Marine Corps will delay the implementation of a new standard that would have required women to do at …

Meditation may help with anxiety, depression and pain

Mindfulness meditation may be useful in battles against anxiety, depression and pain, according to a fresh look at past research.<p>Using data from 47 earlier studies, researchers found moderate evidence to support the use of mindfulness meditation to treat those conditions. Meditation didn't seem to …

How women can learn to do pull-ups: Solving the Marines’ female pull-up problem

Last week, the U.S. Marines delayed their newly-instated pull-up requirement for women after over half of female recruits failed the challenge. Despite this public setback, women aiming to knock out a pull-up or three at the gym – or in training camp –shouldn’t be discouraged.<p>Women can do pull-ups …

Eating tree nuts tied to lowered obesity risk

A new U.S. study adds to growing evidence that nuts - once considered too fattening to be healthy - may in fact help keep weight down, in addition to offering other health benefits.<p>Researchers found that study participants who ate the most tree nuts - such as almonds, Brazil nuts, pistachios and …

Caffeine may help boost memory, study shows

There’s yet another reason to indulge in a midday cup of coffee: New research indicates that caffeine may help boost long-term memory, Medical News Today reported.<p>In a study published in the journal <i>Nature Neuroscience</i>, researchers analyzed how caffeine consumption affected learning in 160 people …

What is clean eating?

The first time I heard the word “clean” in relation to food was way back in the mid 1990s. I attended a conference about supermarket trends, and learned that grocery chains were starting to “clean up” store brand ingredient lists by removing unrecognizable terms.<p>Back then, this move was considered …

11 best ways to boost your metabolism

Here's welcome news: You may have inherited your mom's slow-mo metabolism, but you’re not stuck with it. New research shows you can trick your body into burning calories more efficiently, especially if you hit the gym. By strength-training just a couple of times a week, for example, you’ll reverse …

Americans cutting back on fast food, consuming fewer calories

Years of warnings by health officials and grim news on the bathroom scale appear to finally be having an impact on the nation's eating habits. While there is no sign the high level of obesity has fallen, Americans say they are consuming fewer calories and cutting back on fast food, cholesterol and …

How to embrace 'clean eating'

There’s a lot of chatter lately about clean eating, and I couldn’t be happier about it. When I first made the switch to eating clean, I felt like the odd one out. No one knew what “clean eating” was let alone how to do it. I was on my own. Instead of constructive questions I received strange …

5 fitness apps that actually get results

Looking for a new way to reach your fitness goals? Now’s the time to check out some of the hottest fitness apps for the new year. Getting fit no longer requires a pencil-and-paper workout plan or a hardback diet book. The latest apps can aid your fitness goals through interactive features, instant …

How Pinterest can help you lose weight and get fit

Pinterest isn’t just for fashion and style inspiration—it can be a weight loss resource, too.<p>In my new book, <i>The Pinterest Diet: How to Pin Your Way Thin</i>, I suggest creating boards on Pinterest to fill with images and information that match your goals. Create your own versions of these five “Life …

Ouch! Why some people may be more sensitive to pain

Some people feel pain more intensely than others, and new research suggests differences in pain sensitivity may be related to differences in brain structure.<p>In a new study, the researchers asked 116 healthy people to rate the intensity of their pain when a small spot of skin on their arm or leg was …

Sunshine may lower your blood pressure

Warnings to stay out of the sun may be overlooking a potentially important health benefit of sunshine, new findings suggest. While too much sun exposure may bring on skin cancer, researchers have found evidence getting some rays could protect against high blood pressure, a condition known as the …

US reportedly offers to send envoy to North Korea to secure American's release

The Obama administration has offered to send an envoy to North Korea to secure the release of American missionary Kenneth Bae after he appeared in front of reporters urging action from Washington, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.<p>"We hope this decision by DPRK authorities to allow Kenneth …

Lawmakers tie Pakistani aid to release of hero doctor

Lawmakers are attaching some strings to $33 million in aid to Pakistan, making the funds contingent on freeing the doctor who helped the CIA find Usama bin Laden.<p>The GOP-controlled House Appropriations Committee inserted language that appears to withhold the foreign aid unless the State Department …

Donald Trump: Chris Christie 'one email away from a disaster'

MANCHESTER, N.H. –<p>Chris Christie’s political troubles have the makings of a “disaster,”Donald Trumpwarned an important political audience Tuesday.<p>The supremely self-confident real estate mogul, visiting the state that hosts the nation’s first presidential primary, said he had a hard time …