Gearing Up

These apps can help keep you in the running

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Ride the wave of excitement over this year’s Boston Marathon and start new running challenges.

Deep Breath

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/15/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/18stressed.jpg Bad marriage may hurt your health

As anyone in a relationship knows, a spouse’s stress can be contagious. A new study finds that it even has health consequences.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/18/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/painting150-3890.jpg Could a new hobby help stave off dementia?

Research suggests midlife artistic and social activities can protect your brain from memory and thinking problems.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/16/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/18face.jpg Study finds Facebook can make you feel depressed

A new paper examined how negative reactions caused by Facebook feeds can be linked to depressive symptoms in frequent users.

Deep Breath

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/09/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/11stress.jpg Going outside appears to offer plenty of upside

Research into the antistress benefits of the outdoors is still early, but studies suggest there may be something to it.

Test drive

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For years, unfortunate folks had few options. Hidden keys under doormats or fake rocks. Now there’s another place to stash a spare: the cloud.

Health

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/08/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/11skin.jpg What your skin may reveal about you

New research suggests that your skin may be able to reveal much about your diet and personal habits.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/03/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/wiggs_TurnStyle_l304334.jpg Three spin classes at three different Boston gyms

Boston has seen a rise in various types of gyms, from small and specialized boutiques to big chains, and in the popularity of indoor-cycling workouts.

My Workout

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/01/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/maeda_MyWorkout_g3.jpg Maria Stephanos, 49, FOX 25 news anchor

“Not working out for me is not an option,” says Stephanos.

Fitness affects men’s cancer risks, survival rates

Men who are physically fit in middle age have a lower risk of developing certain cancers, according to a new study in JAMA Oncology.

Gearing up

Warming up for the slow-pitch softball season

With the spring slow-pitch softball season in the offing, squads of both sexes and all ability levels are getting themselves and their equipment ready.

Medical research

Special section: Mass. health care law

Massachusetts health care law

Here you will find coverage of the law’s provisions, the debate that led to its enactment, Romney’s role in its passage, and what’s happened in Massachusetts since the law passed.

Nutrition and fitness