Best of 2013: Most Controversial

What got people talking and commenting (and arguing) this year? A popular yoga teacher's student-teacher sex policy, the out-of-control price of fitness classes, GMOs, Angelina's editorial, and more.
Cameron Shayne says sex with his yoga students is okay
Cameron Shayne says sex with his yoga students is okay


This week, we’re highlighting our favorite (and most popular) stories in categories like Good Sweat and Good Looks, plus the most controversial stories, most interesting fridges, and more. All of these “best-of” articles made our readers click, comment, think, and smile (or frown). Some probably led to diet or workout changes; some may inspire 2014 resolutions.

Here are our Most Controversial stories from 2013, in no particular order:

1.Why Cameron Shayne says sex with his yoga students is okay
The yoga instructor and Budokon creator recently argued that sleeping with students is not unethical. We share—and interpret—a few of his most provocative points.

2. Are New York’s boutique fitness class prices out of control?
Now 45- to 60-minute classes that cost $30 and up are the norm. It’s a fact: working out in a boutique studio will trim your body fat and your bank account.

3. GMO OMG: A new documentary takes a closer look at what’s in our food
We spoke with filmmaker Jeremy Seifert whose OMG moment about GMOs resulted in a fact-finding mission (with his adorable kids) and a documentary debuting today.

Marathon mania running
(photo: ABC News)

4. Why Angelina’s choice matters 
Well+Good’s senior staff writer, Lisa Elaine Held, is also a BRCA mutation carrier. Here, she offers her thoughts on Angelina Jolie’s famed editorial.

5. Is dating your fitness instructor a bad idea?
Is hooking up with your chiseled trainer a strategy for bliss or the first step down a path of studios you’ll never want to set foot in again?

6. Marathon mania: Should running 26.2 really be everyone’s fitness goal? 
In the past, elite runners did marathons. Now, it’s a fitness bucket list item for the rest of us. We investigate the good and the bad of the marathon boom.

7. 10 foods that are masquerading as “healthy”
Is crummy food sneaking into your health-conscious fridge? Here are 10 red-flag foods that might be hiding in your kitchen right now.

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