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60 Day Running Streak: Why I Did it & What I Learned

I consider myself an occasional runner. Now and again, I get the urge to get out there and pound the pavement. I generally run 2-3 miles when I do, and I’m not out to set any records. I enjoy a leisurely jog around the block to get my blood pumping and my mind right. A few months ago, I was reading an article in Runner’s World magazine about streaking. (No, not the kind …

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How To Get Back On Track With Diet And Exercise After A Lapse

Picture this. You’re clicking on all cylinders when it comes to health. You’ve made it to the gym regularly for a month, your nutrition is dialed in, and you’re feeling confident. You’re seeing progress, feeling motivated, and fairly certain that nothing can stop you now from reaching your health and fitness goals. Then you get an injury, take a family vacation, or suddenly need to travel for work, and in a …

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5 Simple Home Office Exercises to Keep You Moving All Day Long

One of the best things about working from home is that you can add a bit more movement into your day without being awkward.  While I used to work at a company where we routinely took a break to do team planks, I wasn’t about to bring my kettlebell or resistance band to my desk to do exercises by myself. But at home, I can break at least once per hour …

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Basics of a HIIT Workout: What It Is & How To Do It

I love getting more bang for my buck in all aspects of life. Shopping in bulk? I’m in. Two for one special? Yes please! All the sweat of a longer workout bundled into a shorter session? Can I get a hallelujah? People want to do the least possible amount of work for the quickest results.  And there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s human nature. And while any workout regimen requires discipline …

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Women Need to Strength Train, Here’s 4 Reasons Why

Strength training is a critical component of fitness for both men and women.  But many women are hesitant to do so while men seem to naturally waltz around the weight room like they own the place. I’ve heard tons of different excuses over the years from female friends and strangers on why they hesitate to participate in strength training: I don’t want to get bulky Big muscles on women are unattractive …

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What is the Best Way to Warm-up Before a Workout?

As young children, we’re taught that we need to warm-up before participating in physical activity.  I have fond memories of “circling up” with my soccer girls to partake in a series of dynamic stretches designed to loosen us up before a match.  But as adults, we’re often short on time, trying to fit in a workout between home and work responsibilities. So, where can we cut corners and time? Skip the …

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4 Helpful Tips to Keep You Safe & Warm When Exercising in Cold Weather

Winter is coming… Whether we like it or not, each fall, the days become shorter, and temperatures begin to drop. It’s never a bad time to start planning to make sure you’re prepared for exercising in cold weather. With just a few wardrobe changes and a bit of knowledge, you’ll be able to keep up with your fitness routine when the weather turns. Is it bad to exercise when it’s cold …

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7 Ways to Stay Safe Exercising in Hot Weather

We are officially in the throes of Summertime in much of the United States, which means the temperatures are heating up.  Where I live, in Charleston, South Carolina, summer means temps ranging from 75° at night to 85-95° during the day.  When you layer a nice thick helping of humidity on top, it can feel pretty unbearable at times. I affectionately refer to this time of year as “wet blanket season” …

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5 Popular Myths About Yoga That Kept me from Starting a Practice

I’m ashamed to admit it, but there was a point in my life where I thought yoga was for weenies. I thought yoga was just stretching. That meant it was easily mastered and not something I needed to waste my time doing. I kept several popular myths about yoga at the forefront of my mind, which I later learned were entirely false.  In hindsight, I am grateful, for it’s from these …

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Workout Motivation for Days When You’re Just Not Feeling It

Finding motivation to workout is one of the most challenging things to do sometimes.  There are some days where you know you need to go out for a run or get up off the sofa and do some push-ups, but mentally you just can’t get yourself to do it. I am a huge advocate for listening to your body and resting when you need to, but there is a fine line …

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