Lazy Links: Extra Lazy Edition

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So it's time for this week's half-assed compilation of health and fitness links. Does anyone actually read them? Er... well... not so much, from what I can tell. But who cares, it's the middle of summer! Crisp, busy, productive, back-to-the-grind autumn will be here soon enough. So in fitting with the sweet, sleepy sluggishness of the summer season, these links have been assembled with even less care than usual.

Oh, and as a Public Service Announcement, Cranky Fitness hereby urges everyone to do likewise: lower your standards, slack just a bit more, enjoy your Friday and be sure to go out and play this weekend!

OK, here's what we got:

In BlogLand this week:

Check out 19 exercises that women do better than men over at Shape. Those of you who, like me, are huge fans of Charlotte at The Great Fitness Experiment will be pleased to see her and her posse explaining, demonstrating, and generally being adorable.

The FitBottomed Girls give red wine drinkers another reason to celebrate: it acts as liquid sunscreen!

Our pal Merry over at Sheesh seems to need a remedial course in Slacking as she deals with her Unreasonable Boss.

And the New York times personal health guru Jane Brody explains the findings of a ginormous body of data on what influences weight gain. And no surprise (at least to some of us): it's a lot more complicated than just counting calories. What should you eat and what should you avoid? Some great research-based advice here.

Next, recent health news in the Twittersphere:

Any survey of "544 families entering a fast-food chain located INSIDE a Children's Hospital" has got to have bad news:

Not good news for self-indulgent people or hungry zombies: "Poor Health Habits May Shrink Your Brain!"

New study on effective parenting styles: Some kids need mega-structure; others thrive if you back the heck off.

More research says you need to get off your ass and stop sitting so much, even if you exercise:

Go nuts, diabetics! Swapping carbs for 2 ounces of nuts a day helps glycemic control & lowers bad cholesterol.

Swimmers: keep your mouths shut! Study shows swimmers absorb dangerous chemicals and researchers think 90% comes from swallowing.

Research review says colon cleansing useless, may be risky. Not that I was ever exactly tempted. Yuck.

In the continuing diet wars, low carb chalks up a victory re: satiety. Study says more protein keeps you fuller.

Sad: anti-gay hate crimes are RISING, not falling. And 61% of victims report police were indifferent or abusive:

Survey suggests internet explorer users have lower IQ's: Not exactly scientific but cracks me up. (Firefox here).

Smartphone users check 'em an avg 34 times a day: I'd act all shocked, but I've got a Droid: sounds about right.

Among this week's google search terms that landed folks at Cranky Fitness: "how do you know that you are addicted to chia seeds?"  And:  "fuck I'm old birthday"

Got even more time on your hands? Don't forget to enter the P90X giveaway (if you haven't already).  Or you could be a pal and "Like" the Cranky Fitness Facebook Page (if you haven't already). (And by the way, I'm SO grateful for those of you who already have helped out).

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend, and feel free to share any random thing you have on your mind!

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