As 2017 comes to a close, we take a look back at which health and wellness stories drew the most interest over the past 12 months.

Wellness was a big topic this year. Photo: Courtesy of Marion Michele/Unsplash

From trail running and hiking tips, to how to eat a healthier diet for an active lifestyle, these topics drove the most clicks and engagement from our readers.

Below, we count down the top wellness stories you loved most this year.

10. What I learned from my first trail running clinic

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Golden Harper, founder of Altra, teaching the group the mechanics of trail running. Photo: Courtesy of CamelBak Pursuit Series

Altra founder Golden Harper (who knows just about everything you could possibly want to learn about trail running and the body) taught us the basic mechanics of how to carry our body along any trail safely and effectively.

9. The best natural foods to pack for a multi-day camping trip

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No fridge out here, folks. Photo: Andrew Scofield/Unsplash

In an effort to conserve precious cooler space, pack these snacks to enjoy on your next short-term camping trip.

8. How to eat for optimal workout recovery

Get that heart rate up. Photo: Jenny Hill/Unsplash

After a rigorous workout, whether cardio or strength training, the one common ingredient is nutrition. Here’s what your body really needs to recover.

7. A beginners guide to a ketogenic diet

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The ketogenic diet is basically a veggie free-for-all. Photo: Courtesy of Tookapic/Pexels

There is growing evidence that our society’s generally carb-heavy diet isn’t the healthiest option for most of us. Luckily, there is a growing list of alternative lifestyle options gaining popularity. Enter the ketogenic diet.

6. The most effective stretches to prepare you for the hiking trail

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The standing stretch is a staple among hikers and other athletes. Photo: Abigail Keenan/Unsplash

The most effective method of readying your body for the rigors of the trail is consistent stretching. This story highlights what we suggest.

5. Natural ways to repel mosquitoes and other pesky bugs

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Add “natural insect repellent” to the seemingly endless list of things lavender can do. Photo: Annie Spratt/Unsplash

If you spend a lot of time outdoors and have reluctance toward using chemicals as a defense against these pesky critters, we can relate. Here are a few natural remedies to keep bugs (especially mosquitoes) under control.

4. Summer recipes for no-meat athletes

quinoa salad

This light and festive salad is a protein-packed summer lunch. Photo: Courtesy of The Experiment Publishing

Vegan ultra-marathoner, and founder of the “No Meat Athlete” movement, Matt Frazier released some of his favorite plant-based recipes in the No Meat Athlete Cookbook. Here’s a look at just a few.

3. Why intermittent fasting might be right for you

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Not eating for extended periods of time may sound crazy, but give it a shot. Photo: Courtesy of Ruthie Martin/Unsplash

Intermittent fasting could be the secret to a prolonged life span, increased cognitive function, and a myriad of other health benefits. For those not familiar, this story is a crash course on this lifestyle trend.

2. How cannabis may affect your running performance

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It’s important to note how cannabis will affect you as an individual. Photo: Shane Rounce

For a long time, it's been a “no-no” to discuss, and for some runners it may have even been a closet recreational activity. But as it gains popularity as legalization continues, more and more athletes are opening the discussion of cannabis use and their training.

1. Could qigong be the next yoga?


Qigong is both an easier alternative to yoga as well as physically and mentally challenging in its own way. Photo: Kyson Dana/Unsplash

Think of qigong as the grandmother of tai chi, an ancient Asian practice -- and one of the four branches of traditional Chinese medicine -- that combines gentle breathing, flowing movements and mindful meditation. One of the “best kept secrets,” qigong is poised to take off.

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