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Where you read it first | Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Katie Pflieger


Katie Pflieger is a first-year studying political science. She can be reached at katherine.pflieger@tufts.edu.

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Weekly Wellness: Should we all be running marathons?

In the wake of Marathon Monday, or what Boston students have coined “MarMon,” the commendable athletic ability of over 25,000 participants has led some to ask whether they should put themselves to the test. So here are some things to think about if you are considering taking up the challenge next year.

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Weekly Wellness: On being the ‘almond friend’

In recent conversations with some of my close friends, it has come to my attention that I have been dubbed the “almond friend.” A play on the popularized caricature of the “almond mom” on social media, the almond friend shares a similar obsession with health and fitness to these moms, who often project their extreme health habits onto their children.

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Weekly Wellness: Boston’s best workout classes

In a post-COVID-19 fitness era, in-person workout classes have regained popularity and traction, especially among students and 20-somethings. These energetic group workouts and sessions foster a greater sense of community through movement and accountability, motivating the attendee to perform their best. From classics like SoulCycle to newer options like The Energy Barre, the ever-growing fitness empire in the Boston area has options for everyone.

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Weekly Wellness: All about adaptogens

Among the Erewhon enthusiasts and holistic health junkies alike, a new profound interest in adaptogenic herbs has peaked in recent years. These powders and supplements contain various dried plant and root substances with supposed calming effects on the body and mind.

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Weekly Wellness: ‘Veganuary’

As the holiday season begins and the New Year looms, the question of what resolution to pursue may start to come up in conversation. Whether in the name of health or to lower one’s carbon footprint, going vegan or vegetarian in the new year is a goal that ambitious eaters may decide to take on. 

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Weekly Wellness: All about Pilates

With celebrities like the Kardashians and Jennifer Aniston praising its benefits and results, Pilates, a type of low-impact workout, has created a vast buzz on TikTok and other platforms, with some enthusiasts saying it’s the only workout they’re willing to partake in.

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Weekly Wellness: What supplements should you actually take

Vitamin B-12? Omega-3s? Calcium? Here’s a rundown of the supplements that you might want to implement into your routine to actually benefit your overall health. There’s no question that the supplement section is a daunting place to shop. From Flinstones gummy vitamins to sketchy-looking ‘magic’ pills, the shelves are stocked in an anxiety-inducing way that leaves shoppers, or at least myself, overwhelmed and settling for the first multivitamin on the shelf to avoid the whole fiasco in itself.

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Weekly Wellness: Life Alive Organic Cafe in Davis Square

This charming, brightly-colored, nutrition-focused cafe is the perfect place for a light bite or a filling healthful meal. With a variety of acai bowls, wraps, salads, and bowls, it’s hard to find something at Life Alive that isn’t delicious and packed with vegetables and nutrients. Although to some, the cafe’s mostly plant-based menu may seem a little daunting, I can attest that each time I’ve gone, even the pickiest of eaters have found something they enjoyed. The butternut squash soup was a highlight of my last trip, one of their fall seasonal items, and the simple hummus and pita plate ended up being a favorite of the table. With substitutions of cashew-based cheeses in some of their salads and bowls, Life Alive offers an allergen-friendly menu, with options for those that are dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free.

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Weekly Wellness: Matcha Madness

There’s no question that matcha has grown in popularity exponentially over the past few years. The bright green beverages appear all over social media pages, usually held by an influencer with a slicked-back ponytail dressed in some form of athleisure.

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