Liz Krieger is a former senior editor at Real Simple, where she covered health, fitness, and general wellness topics. She has also been an editor at Health, American Baby, Shape, WebMD.com, More, and Allure, and has written for Travel Leisure, Women's Health, Glamour, Self, Newsweek and Town & Country.

She’s had a lifelong interest in health and fitness—starting with 10 years of gymnastics as a child, then continuing to competitive tennis (high school) and water polo (college), hiking, kayaking or rafting vacations (throughout), and these days, staying fit through yoga and running. Since moving to New York City five years ago, she’s run 8 half-marathons—and is contemplating trying for the full 26.2 miles some day.

Her interest in health, science and medicine, in particular, has led many friends to nickname her “Dr. Krieger” and seek health advice—a fact which is surely appalling to the actual doctors she’s friends with, given that her actual degree is in comparative literature from Brown University.

When not trying out new fitness gadgets and gear, or attempting to make sense of the latest health study or scientific news, Liz lives in New York City with her husband, toddler daughter, and dog, Franny.

Recent Posts By elizabethbkrieger

Psst! It’s National Infertility Awareness Week

Infertility: It’s something that 7.3 million American of women will experience (that translates to 1 in 8 couples), yet many people still don’t see their doctor at the appropriate time or even feel comfortable talking about the subject. Oh sure, perhaps we all know someone who jumped the gun and raced to the ob/gyn after two months of trying didn’t […]

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How Tearjerkers Make You Happy to Be Sad

Fresh news, from the department of The Upsides to Real Downers: A new study, in a forthcoming issue of the journal Communications Research, teases out why watching depressing —where lovers are torn apart, families grieve, fight, or dissolve, women and children are in peril, or any and all maudlin, movie-of-the-week topics—actually makes many people feel…HAPPY. According to the researchers at […]

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Where Do You Generate Your Best Ideas?

Last week on 30 Rock, Alec Baldwin’s character, Jack Donaghy, explains how he’s been exercising something called the Shower Principle, a term that scientists use to describe how the brain generates ideas best when distracted from the task or issue at hand. As a writer, I’m a big fan of the SP, as I’ll call it…although I confess that I […]

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Three Ways to Explore the Science-y Side of Life

I never considered myself a science person. Growing up, I always focused on languages, writing, and other literary stuff. I studied French for 13 years and Italian for four. I even majored in “comparative literature” at college. Sure, I was perfectly acceptable in math and science, but never really considered myself a “science person.” However, looking at my choices of […]

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Making Commercial Breaks Healthier—One Step at a Time

I read about this cool study the other day, where researchers found that people watching one-hour TV show who simply got off the couch and walked in place while their program went to a commercial burned a total of 148 calories and 2,111 steps over a total of 25 minutes of ads. (To compare, a more concentrated, hour-long treadmill workout […]

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Do You REALLY Know How to Administer CPR?

The other day, as I was leaving Trader Joe’s, a man collapsed just inside the exit. He was older—perhaps in his mid-80s—and he was with his silver-haired wife, who was around the same age. A wooden cane lay strewn beside him. As I approached, there was a small crowd forming, and his wife crouched near his head shouting “Wake up! […]

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The Rainbow Connection

If parenting a preschooler has taught me anything, it’s that everything is more fun when it’s a bit of a game. (To wit: the nightly Rinsing Out of the Shampoo Battle, which has turned into a game of “Is that Elmo I see on the ceiling? Quick, look up before he leaves!”) So that’s why, earlier last week, I challenged […]

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A Makeover In the Produce Aisle?

We’ve all heard that beauty comes from the inside out, but the results of one new study prove that the health virtues of what you eat can really impact your outer beauty. Researchers at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland found that people who reported eating more fruits and veggies scored higher on attractiveness ratings given by others—who obviously […]

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Is The Container Store Like Porn for Women?

Is there something unique in women’s brains that makes us go bonkers for bins, binders, and baskets or cuckoo for containers, clasps, and clips? I ask because in the last few weeks alone, I’ve had rather impassioned conversations with a few friends and acquaintances, wherein we both spoke feverishly about our love for all things organization and containment. Put an […]

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An Ode to the Perfectly Automated Public Restroom

Ahh, the public restroom. So many varieties, so many ways to disappoint, terrify, disgust, and also—dare I say?—delightfully surprise! Fresh off a cross-country airplane trip where I DIDN’T get to partake in such a perfect potty, I got to thinking about how strangly happy the mostly hands-free, totally tricked-out loo makes me. You know, the kind where…. ….the toilet’s automatic flush […]

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