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New book asserts exercise 'recovery' is mostly bogus

Health journalist Christie Aschwanden dishes the dirt on the dubious science backing most of the fads of the past decade.

Instead of cruising for a bruising with cupping therapy, Ms Aschwanden advises Epsom salts in a bathtub, and to just chill to help muscles heal. There's no good data to prove cupping helps, but, likewise, there isn't data to disprove it either.

WHEN health journalist Christie Aschwanden was travelling the world as a competitive ski racer in the 1990s and 2000s, recovery between training sessions basically meant doing nothing - taking a day to sleep in or lie around with a good book.

About a decade ago, she noticed something had...