Happy Sunday! As always, Links We Love brings you our favorite health and fitness information from around the web. This week, we're looking at surprising fitness: from the real purpose of working out to the McDonald's diet experiment. We want to spread the love and share kickass content in the wellness world, and here are our picks:

Myths and Misconceptions: Exercise is NOT for Calorie Burning
Despite the proliferation of “workout calculators” that tell us how much we have to exercise in order to work off a meal, weight loss isn’t the sole purpose of working out. Instead, exercise is about developing overall physiological fitness. (via ACE Fitness)

Photo: Greg Westfall

Beat the New Year’s Gym Crowds: Use the Forgotten Machines
This time of year, it’s typical to go the gym and wait forever in line for a 30-minute stint on the treadmill. So it’s the perfect opportunity to try a less popular workout on the rowing machine, upper body ergometer, or some of these other unconventional devices. (via BeWellPhilly)

Burrito Box: A Hot and Melty Burrito From a Gas Station Vending Machine
A bag of Skittles, a can of Coke — and a bean burrito? Add the lunchtime staple to the list of things you can get out of a vending machine, at least in California. Apparently they’re even hormone- and antibiotic-free and made with cage-free eggs. (via The Los Angeles Times)

Burrito Box
Photo: Burritobox

How Being Heavy or Lean Shapes Our View of Exercise
New research suggests that overweight women tend to view exercise more negatively than thinner women do. The study author tells people to accept and work with their attitude toward exercise, whatever that may be. (via the Well Blog)

Eat McDonald’s for 3 Months, Lose 37 Pounds?
A high-school science teacher in Colorado asked his students to design a 2,000-calorie meal plan made up entirely of McDonald’s products. The kicker? After following the diet for three months, he ended up losing a lot of weight. (via USA Today)

Photo: Robyn Lee

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