Article by Team Penthouse
Eat Right Conceptual ARt

A lifestyle change can add to your health and get you feeling good this spring. Here are some new ways to approach the pantry that we can get behind.

You need not focus on the “die” part of diet. You can eat right, have fun doing so, and look great in your clothes — or, y’know, out of them.MORE from Penthouse

Article by Team Penthouse
Fitness Trends Conceptual Art

Some health, wellness, and exercise trends are so ridiculous, you don’t need a degree in nutrition or kinesiology to declare them bogus. But what about trends less easily dismissed? These are trickier — approaches and practices that might have some scientific substance, or work for some people, but ultimately don’t have what it takes to be champions.

Fitness trends can be a lot more trendy than actually helping with fitness. Join us as we wander through just a few of the crazes in this weird world.MORE from Penthouse

Article by Team Penthouse
Bogus and Not So Much

Joining a long line of phony-baloney approaches to health and fitness (a legacy that includes leeches, vibrating slimming belts, oxygen bars, and the Shake Weight) are five more recent trends that we call “bullshit” on.

We call them Bogus Health Trends because our lawyers would not let us call them worse. You may call them whatever you wish, depending upon the company present, but you might not want to call any of these your own.

Activated Charcoal

Believers claim ingesting activated charcoal scrubs your innards and purifies your blood. But in truth? It doesn’t do shit. You’d have to swallow an ungodly amount for it to create any gut action, and it doesn’t even circulate in your blood. Doctors do administer mega-doses if someone swallows poison or too much of a drug, but you don’t want to go that route. For one thing, you’d be constipated for a week.MORE from Penthouse

Article by Team Penthouse
Fitness Podcast Options

Here are some of the podcasts we’re listening to right now, either as inspiration for a healthier lifestyle, or a welcome distraction during workouts.

Fitness Podcasts: The Dumbells

Fitness buffs/comedians/hosts Eugene Cordero and Ryan Stanger riff about “training dirty, eating clean, and living in-between” on this weekly show. Like many podcasts, there’s a lot of inane banter, poop jokes, and product plugs; once it gets going, though, their conversation runs the gamut of fitness-related issues: diet vs. exercise, weight loss, nutrition, choosing a gym, motivation strategies, sleep, injuries, lifestyle changes, and specific sports like boxing, basketball, running, and weightlifting. It’s chit-chatty and fun, appropriate for both gym rats looking for advice and couch potatoes in need of encouragement.MORE from Penthouse

Article by Amy Alkon
Modern Feminism Conceptual Art

This view of women as weaklings helps no one, and today’s university-powered feminism does actual harm as well.

The Perils and Prudery of Victim Feminism

Bora Zivkovic is a Belgrade-born scientist and writer who settled in North Carolina after doing research at NC State. Slightly built, with round wire-rim glasses, poofy graying hair, and a prominent nose, he’s friendly, energetic, and passionate about science and science writing. Photographed from certain angles, he has the look of a cartoon owl.

A man who helped organize the popular ScienceOnline conferences in the Research Triangle near Raleigh, Zivkovic earned the nickname “Blogfather” for his role as editor of the Scientific American blogs network. He also served as series editor of a yearly anthology of the best online science writing. Well-known for promoting science journalism, Zivkovic assisted numerous young science bloggers, and took pride in his efforts to encourage and support women interested in writing about science.MORE from Penthouse

Article by Camille Todaro
Facebook Live Suicide Conceptual Art

What my friend’s very public demise taught me about mental health and social media.

Losing Nikki

Nikki Shriver and I met while working at a Daytona Beach strip club in 2009.

I was dancing my way through my bachelor’s degree and Nikki, like a lot of people, was searching for a more financially comfortable life that didn’t come at the cost of the 9-to-5 grind.

Every weekend we shared the stage, gyrating in the neon haze before captivated men waving dollar bills. Every night, we followed the same routine when we weren’t onstage: walk the floor in our heels, pick a table, take a seat, shake hands, and bat our lashes. Find something in common with the client and build on it. Close the sale.MORE from Penthouse