Happy Sunday! As always, Links We Love brings you our favorite health and fitness inspiration from around the web. This week, we have six must-have party gadgets for your holiday bash, and an informative article on the effects of alcohol on body fat. We want to show some love and share kick-ass content in the wellness world, so here are our picks:


7 Ways to Challenge Your Plank — FitSugarThere’s your traditional plank, and then there are seven other ways to really feel the heat. Challenge the abs even more with these effective plank variations.


Does Alcohol Prevent Weight Loss? — BuiltLeanHow does alcohol affect fat loss after two drinks? How about eight? Here’s the science behind what whiskey gingers and gin and tonics really do to the body.


The Surprising Health Benefits of Sadness — PreventionFeeling blue? This article argues that depression may actually help people improve their mental health.

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The Impact of Stride Rate on Your Running — #RunChatAll runners want to be faster. In this video, Ryan Knapp explains how stride rate and stride length can lead to shedding off seconds left and right.

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6 Essentials to Prevent Your Christmas Party From Sucking — GizmodoWant to throw an unforgettable holiday party? Make sure you have some essential gadgets, like a portable ice-maker and automatic bartender. (We’re serious, just watch the video below.)

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