vitals.lifehacker.comHow to Know Whether You Need to Call Poison ControlThe Poison Control Center is always there for you if you’ve swallowed, inhaled, or been exposed to something you shouldn’t. If your symptoms are serious, you should skip straight to 911 instead. But what if you aren’t sure whether you (or your child) have been exposed to a meaningful amount of poison? The center has a web tool to help you decide if you need to call.
vitals.lifehacker.comHow to Get Started on a Plant-Based DietSwitching to a plant-based diet won’t mean you’re automatically super healthy. You can eat non-dairy ice cream and frozen veggie pizza every day, but that doesn’t mean you’re any healthier. There are plenty of plant-based junk foods out there, so if you want to reap the benefits of a plant-based diet, you need to commit to focusing your diet on healthy foods.
vitals.lifehacker.comHow to Remove a Tick Without Touching ItIf you find a tick on yourself, it’s totally normal to want to climb out of your skin and burn it and live your life with your bones and muscles on display. Since that didn’t work the last time I tried it, I’m glad to report there is a safe, effective, hands-off way to remove the tick from your skin. More than one, in fact.1
vitals.lifehacker.comWhat Happens in Your State if Roe v. Wade Is OverturnedIn 1973, the Supreme Court decided in Roe v. Wade that a Texas state law restricting access to abortion was unconstitutional. If that decision were to be overturned by a future Supreme Court case (something anti-abortion advocates are working toward), states could once again enforce such laws.
vitals.lifehacker.comHow to Get Plates On and Off a Deadlift BarHope everyone’s enjoying the deadlift challenge! Even if you’re an old hand with free weights, deadlifts can be tricky to set up because the bar is on the ground, not on a rack, and you’ll soon be dealing with weights that are heavy enough to be unwieldy.
vitals.lifehacker.comHow to Switch From Machines to Free WeightsFree weights and machines each have their benefits, but what often keeps us out of the weight room is simple fear of the unknown. So here’s a simple guide on how to pick up weights and put them down again, while looking like you know what you’re doing.
vitals.lifehacker.comShould You Get an Electric Bike?When I first heard about electric bikes, they struck me as the ultimate life hack. They allow you to commute relatively speedily without the hassle of public transportation, to get exercise without getting overly sweaty, to get from point A to point B without spending money on gas. As a longtime urban cyclist who’d sworn off bike commuting after a move put a sizable hill between me and the office, I wondered if electric bikes were the answer. I decided to find out.
vitals.lifehacker.comHow to Psych Yourself Up for a Deadlift WorkoutWe’re deadlifting this month, and I’d love to hear how it’s going for everyone so far. (I did one workout already, and will try to get in two next week.) But if you’re new to this, or if you find the move intimidating, we have some suggestions for how to prepare.
vitals.lifehacker.comRemember What You've Read With This Font We’re all used to skimming past the boring parts of a reading assignment or a web article. But when researchers from RMIT University in Australia printed information in a weird, hard-to-read font, they found that people were more likely to remember what they read.1
vitals.lifehacker.comRun Stronger to These Call-and-Response Military Cadence TracksEarly morning runs can be rough, but to get through them it helps to have a little teamwork, camaraderie, and gleeful singing about death. Fortunately, military running cadences are available on all your favorite streaming services.
vitals.lifehacker.comAfter a Traumatic Event, Consider Psychological First AidWhen something traumatic happens, people have psychological needs as well as physical ones. Mental health professionals from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas volunteered to help after the Las Vegas shooting last year, and they recently told The Conversation what good psychological first aid looks like.
vitals.lifehacker.comOctober Is for DeadliftsWelcome back, friends! We’ve done a lot of bodyweight exercises in our fitness challenges, and last month we got out on the road for some running or walking. This month we head into the gym for some heavy lifting—but don’t worry, even if you don’t have a gym membership we’ll have options for you too.
vitals.lifehacker.comIt Doesn't Matter When You EatThere are so many myths and strangely specific rules about when to eat to lose weight, but alone they do nothing to help. Eat a hearty breakfast and light all day. Eat small meals every few hours. Rules around when you eat are less important than you think, and even when they do help, they’re not for the reasons you think.