Exercise. What’s Truly Required to Stay Fit?

Eat less. No wait—eat more, just make sure it’s high-protein. Actually, scratch that. Just run an hour a day, and you’ll live to age 100. There’s a whole lot of advice and research out there on the best way to maintain your waistline. Here are a few of Pocket readers’ favorite articles on effective exercise, whether you’re a gym rat, class enthusiast, or working on your motivation.

Why You Shouldn’t Exercise to Lose Weight, Explained with 60+ Studies

Julia Belluz, Vox
Humans love the reward system. You went on a five-mile hike, so of course you deserve that cheeseburger! This might not be the best way to manage your weight, however. Check out this Vox article on the science behind weight-loss and the balance of exercising vs. eating.

How Gym Selfies Are Quietly Changing the Way We Work Out

Rainesford Stauffer, GQ
Social media has woven itself so completely into every aspect of our lives that it’s also starting to affect the way we exercise. But what’s important to consider, writer Rainesford Stauffer argues, is the impact posting about your gym accomplishments might have on your audience.

One Twin Exercises, the Other Doesn’t

Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times
Genetics play a huge role in the effect of exercise on our bodies. For some, a quick 30-minute walk is all it takes to stay fit. Others need a full hour sweating at the gym. That’s what makes the results of this study on identical twins—one sedentary, one active—particularly fascinating.

How I Changed My Workouts to Make Them Actually Fun

Thorin Klosowski, Lifehacker
Laziness is the obvious reason to avoid exercising, but how about boredom? As this Lifehacker article points out, varying up where, when, and how you work out can be key to staying on track. We love these tips for injecting a little excitement into your day-to-day calorie-burn.

A New Way to Track Your Fitness
If you’re anything like us, you’re better at reading about exercise than actually doing it, so when the motivation strikes, having access to helpful advice is critical. With Pocket Premium, your Pocket turns into a permanent library of everything you’ve saved. So even if that article on training for a 5k disappears from its original home on the web, you’ll still have it in your Pocket. That’s one less excuse for missing a workout.