Stop Doing Sit-Ups or Crunches and Do Planks Instead

…the sit-up (as well as the modified crunch) which is perhaps the longest-standing myth of health and physique. In some ways it makes sense: this thing we call ‘exercise’ is a relatively new phenomenon. For most of history our ancestors moved as part of their daily existence. Relegating movement to something we do for a concentrated hour or two a few times a week is still in its early phases—and, to be honest, will hopefully disappear if we’re able to better integrate movement into our lives, not just at the gym. There was bound to be a lot of trial and error. The crunch is an error.

Yet it persists. I can understand why: it burns, and people often confuse working out with burning. Ripping through a hundred sit-ups feels like it does something. In fact it does: it greatly increases your chance of a back injury.

Source: Why Are We Still Doing Crunches?

I guess there’s a reason there aren’t crunches or sit-ups in yoga? 😉

Why Food Tastes so Bland on an Airplane (and How to Make It Better)

Whether you eat the in-flight meal or pack your own favorite snacks, food tastes pretty bland when you munch on it at 10,000 feet. Here’s why.

Source: Why Does Food Eaten on an Airplane Taste so Blah?

This was actually an episode of “Next Iron Chef” several years back. The contestants had to make a first-class airline meal with the catch being that they had to over-flavor everything to make sure that it actually tasted good once they were up in the air. Very cool stuff.