The Most Thought-Provoking Stories From 2015

As much as we enjoy sharing recipe roundups and comprehensive exercise lists, there's something extra satisfying about being able to tackle everyday topics that inspire people to live healthier (and happier) lives. From a personal journey about cutting out alcohol to a powerful reflection on embracing your body to surprising explanations for which hygiene and fitness choices are the most effective, here are 12 stories that kicked a** in 2015.

The Massive Fitness Trend That’s Seriously Ruining Our Body Image

Is Walking As Good a Workout as Running?

Put Down the Q-Tips: You've Been Cleaning Your Ears All Wrong

This Woman Will Completely Change the Way You Think About Weight Loss

No One Would've Called Me an Alcoholic, But Giving Up Drinking Changed My Life

81 Awesome Mental Health Resources When You Can’t Afford a Therapist

Exercising On an Empty Stomach: The Surprising Benefits

See How Much the "Perfect" Female Body Has Changed in 100 Years (It's Crazy!)

Is It Healthier to Skip Breakfast or Just Eat a Doughnut?

The Surprising Truth About Working Out Twice a Day

How Long Does It Actually Take to Get Out of Shape?

How Much Sex Is Too Much?