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Running a Marathon Can Take Four Years Off Your Heart's Age
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Getting specific with fitness goals is an important step in setting yourself up for success. So if you're aiming to "get better at running" or "do more cardio" this year, you might want to consider making a marathon one of your 2020 goals. Not only will completing a 26.2-mile course help you feel more accomplished than adding a few minutes to your post-workout treadmill walk, but a new study found that it could take years off your arteries' age. 

We don't have to tell you that training for a marathon is no joke, but research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that 138 first-time marathoners who followed the London Marathon's "Beginner's Training Plan" for six months ahead of 2016 and 2017 races saw some serious health benefits.

Researchers assessed the trainees before and after their six-month training regimens and found that training lowered participants' blood pressure and reduced artery stiffness—both important aspects of heart health. Arteries naturally get stiffer as we age, but that rigidity adds to the risk of cardiovascular issues. Training for the marathon essentially shaved four years off participants' blood vessels' ages, with older people seeing bigger changes over the course of the training. 

"Our study highlights the importance of lifestyle modifications to slow the risks associated with aging, especially as it appears to never be too late as evidenced by our older, slower runners," senior author Charlotte H. Manisty, MD, said in a release. She also noted that signing up for a marathon or fun run can be a great way for beginners to get motivated to stick to a training regimen. 

While this particular study only recruited healthy participants with no pre-existing heart disease, the researchers think that those with high blood pressure and stiffer arteries may actually see an even better response to picking up a cardio training regimen.

"Our study shows it is possible to reverse the consequences of aging on our blood vessels with real-world exercise in just six months," Manisty said. "These benefits were observed in overall healthy individuals across a broad age range and their marathon times are suggestive of achievable exercise training in novice participants."




Watch the First Action-Packed ‘Fast and Furious 9’ Trailer
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The first Fast & Furious 9 trailer arrived ahead of Super Bowl Sunday, giving fans a look at Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, and the rest of the Furious crew in the final chapters of the Fast Saga.

A tenth sequel is scheduled for release in 2021, making Fast & Furious 9 the “beginning of the end” for the (very) long-running action franchise. What started out as a small movie about street racers and an undercover cop has become one of the biggest action movie series of all time. Spinoffs and other related projects are likely imminent—including a possible sequel to Hobbs & Shaw with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham—but these two movies might be the final times to see Diesel and co. in action.

Here’s a look at the Fast and Furious 9 trailer:

Not all blood is family. Watch the trailer for #F9 and get your tickets now - in theaters May 22!

— #F9 (@TheFastSaga) January 31, 2020

Along with Diesel, Rodriguez, and Gibson, the returning cast includes Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Helen Mirren, and Charlize Theron, as well as new additions like John Cena and Guardians of the Galaxy star Michael Rooker. Brewster is returning to the franchise for the first time since Furious 7 in 2015, something she previously told Men’s Journal she’s very excited about.

“It makes me really happy to come back,” Brewster said. “I was kind of bummed out not to have been a part of the last one. I felt like I was missing out because they’re family. I adore Vin [Diesel] and Michelle [Rodriguez]. We’ve been a part of each other’s lives for so long, so I’m so happy to be back in the fold. I really can’t wait for the next chapter. We have the best fans in the world and it’s very cool that the series has been introduced to new generations—and we have die-hard fans that have been with us since the beginning.”

Fast & Furious 9 is set for a May 22, 2020 release.



Here Your First Look at Marvel’s New Disney+ Shows
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has dominated the big screen for the last decade, and now the MCU is expanding to your television. Disney debuted the first look at three Marvel shows coming to Disney Plus with a Super Bowl trailer, teasing The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, and Loki.

The first series to hit the service will be Falcon and the Winter Soldier in August 2020. The show stars Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes / the Winter Soldier and Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, who will be taking over the mantle of Captain America from Steve Rogers (Chris Evans). The series is also going to include new characters and others who have appeared in MCU films before, Daniel Brühl as Baron Helmut Zemo, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter, and Wyatt Russell as John Walker/U.S. Agent.

With the first trailer debuting, Marvel released an official synopsis of the series: “Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Sam Wilson/Falcon and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier team up in a global adventure that tests their abilities—and their patience—in Marvel Studios’ The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. The all-new series is directed by Kari Skogland; Malcolm Spellman is the head writer. Debuts on Disney+ this fall.”

Here’s a new trailer previewing the three new shows coming to Disney Plus from Marvel:

WandaVision stars Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany as Vision in what might be Marvel’s most unique project yet. As the trailer reveals, the show is going to appear in a “sitcom setting” referencing some of the classic shows from the 1950s through the ’90s. Bettany called the series “super avant-garde and weird” to IGN and it is going to tie directly into the 2021 sequel Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness.

The Loki show stars Tom Hiddleston and will follow his character as he “uses the Tesseract to travel through time and alter human history.” The trailer hints that the TVA organization—the Time Variance Authority—which has a major presence in Marvel comics, will play a key role in the show. Owen Wilson recently joined the series in an undisclosed part.

Falcon and the Winter Soldier is coming to Disney Plus in August 2020, while WandaVision will debut in Fall 2020. Loki is expected to be released in Spring 2021.




2020 👀👀👀 ?

- Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) February 3, 2020

It was a typical Monday consisting of physical therapy and work - nothing too special or out of the ordinary - until I went on Twitter and saw a video of Simone Biles doing her thing, per usual. The first time I watched this video of Simone's vault, I thought, "Wow, she's incredible." Then I watched it again and instantly knew that this had to be extremely difficult, because it's Simone - and she has a way of making difficult exercises look effortless.

I consulted our in-house gymnastics expert Sam Brodsky, who told me that Simone performed a Yurchenko double pike, a move that is typically done by men and is more difficult than the vault she got named after her in 2018! If this is any indication of what to expect from Simone this upcoming season, we're bound to witness history in the making.

Be sure to check out Simone in action in the video above!



WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 07: Billie Eilish arrives at the 2019 Variety's Hitmakers Brunch at Soho House on December 07, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/FilmMagic)

We can always count on Billie Eilish to keep it unwaveringly real, and she did just that in her first-ever American Vogue cover story interview. The 18-year-old musician opened up to the publication about her historic Grammys wins (ICYMI, she became the youngest artist to win awards in the four biggest categories) and the "rule-breaker" reputation she's earned within the music industry, while also reflecting on how much she struggled with body image throughout early adolescence before her meteoric rise to pop stardom.

"I just hated my body. I would have done anything to be in a different one," Billie recalled, adding, "I really wanted to be a model, really bad, and I was chubby and short." The "Bad Guy" singer admitted that she went through the stages of puberty "really early," developing boobs at the age of 9 and getting her period at 11. "My body was going faster than my brain," she told Vogue. "It's funny, because when you're a little kid, you don't think of your body at all. And all of a sudden, you look down and you're, like, whoa. What can I do to make this go away?"

"I had patience with myself. I didn't take that last step. I waited. Things fade."

These struggles with her appearance - combined with a hip injury that forced her to give up dance, a toxic group of friends, and a relationship that went south - led Billie to spiral into depression and go through a phase of self-harming. But for her, patience is what ultimately helped her pull through, and she hopes others going through similar difficulties can understand the importance of the virtue. "When people ask me what I'd say to somebody looking for advice on mental health, the only thing I can say is patience," she said. "I had patience with myself. I didn't take that last step. I waited. Things fade."

If you are feeling anxious or depressed and need help finding help or resources, call the National Alliance on Mental Illness (1-800-950-6264). You can also text "NAMI" to 741741 or email


The Rock Looks Every Inch a Superhero in the Gym
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If you thought that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson couldn't get any bigger, think again. Ahead of shooting for DC's upcoming film Black Adamin which he stars as the titular antihero, Johnson seems to be training harder than ever. He's referred to this point as "a new era" in past Instagram posts, and we can't imagine the physique he's going to bring to the role. 

In a recent post featuring a black and white shot of him training, Johnson's back is nothing short of a barn door:



Are we surprised? No. Are we amazed? Of course. Just when it seems The Rock has hit maximum muscle, he always manages to take it a step further. As his trainer, Dave Rienzi, points out in the comments, "no padded superhero suit needed here."

The Rock has been busier than ever lately. Between starring in and producing films and TV shows; collaborating with brands like Under Armour; founding his own tequila company; and opening up the Super Bowl, it's incredible that he still manages to get his regular workouts in. In another recent post, he revealed that no matter where he travels, the first thing he does when he lands is find a gym and pump some iron. 



The Rock's never-ending work ethic is inspiring, to say the least, and it'll be exciting to see what the final product is once the film is finally in theaters.

Black Adam will be released on December 22, 2021.



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