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 Thursday, 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 honour your body, and remember that if you're injured or ill, it's good for you to take an actual break.)
2. So, you can help end animal testing around the globe.
The Body Shop has just launched an ambitious campaign to end animal testing on beauty ingredients and products ingredients by 2020. Partnering with Cruelty Free International, the brand will take the campaign all the way to the UN to request an international convention that bans cosmetic testing. (Important, because over 80% of countries still have no laws against this type of testing.) The petition can be signed online or in store.
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, ModelCo fans: The brand's biggest collaboration ever is on the horizon.
The award-winning Australian beauty brand is set to launch a limited edition colour cosmetics collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld in early 2018. In addition to modelcocosmetics.com it will be available globally through Karl Lagerfeld’s stores and site. The collection is said to be inspired by "illuminated beauty", and naturally we can't wait to get a peek.
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 criticised—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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