3-Minute Read: What Happens to Your Body When You Take a Break From Working Out?
Welcome to 3-Minute Read, your midweek rundown of everything we're talking about at Byrdie HQ. Every Wednesday, we'll get you up-to-date on the beauty news you need to know—in just three minutes.
1. When it comes to taking a break from the gym, how long is too long?
Apparently, even just two weeks off can have a pretty significant impact on your body. According to a new study from the University of Liverpool (as reported by Well and Good), going 14 days without physical activity can lead to muscular and metabolic changes that don't just lead to that "out-of-shape" feeling on the day to day, but can actually up your risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. That's true even for people who were pretty active to begin with.
But here's the good news: The participants in the study only logged 1500 steps a day, which probably equates to the absolute bare minimum if you have a desk job and commute via car each day. In other words, they went from being fairly active to being extremely inactive. Most experts—including the researchers on this study—agree that the right strategy to curb these effects is to engage in active rest even when you aren't logging full-blown workouts: That can include walking, light yoga, and basically getting yourself moving in any way, shape, or form. (Just honor your body, and remember that if you're injured or ill, it's good for you to take an actual break.)
2. So this face cream costs only slightly less than my rent…
It's Lancer's buzzy new Legacy Youth Treatment, and it runs at a casual $1000 for a carry-on–friendly 1.7-ounce tub. So, what's the deal? After probing Harold Lancer, MD, himself, the editors at Allure concluded that what you're paying for is instantaneous results, thanks to an exceedingly high concentration of active ingredients—something that one (very lucky) writer put to the test. Sure enough, she reported "baby smooth" skin almost immediately, which begs the question: How much would you be willing to pay for a perfect complexion?
3. You'll be seeing a lot more of this makeup brand on Kim Kardashian West's Snapchat feed.
It was announced earlier this week that Kardashian West's makeup artist of choice, Mario Dedivanovic, is the newest ambassador for Laura Mercier—which theoretically means we're about to get some really stellar pointers on how best to use the brand's beloved formulas.
4. Hey, NYC: If you happen upon some scantily clad Lush employees today, don't be alarmed.
As part of a nationwide campaign, the company's New York employees will strip down to just their aprons at two very busy intersections in midtown, reports Refinery29. The stunt is meant to highlight the brand's commitment to doing away with wasteful packaging. What a way to make a point, no?
5. And on that note, these body-shaming stories are the best/worst thing you'll read today.
ICYMI: Twitter blew up late last week with the hashtag #TheySaid, an initiative started by Oiselle CEO Sally Bergesen to highlight the deep impact of body-shaming. Users shared powerful stories of times they were criticized—in many cases, passing comments from years ago that have always stuck in their memories. It's proof that this kind of wound runs very deep—and putting those words back out for the world to see on social media isn't just cathartic, but it's also empowering.
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