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Wanna Try Fitness, But Dunno Where to Start? Try This

November 26, 2016
Fitness

Inviting fitness into your life is, hands-down, one of the best things you can do for your mind, body and soul. Forget that it will help you get a “fit” body – because that’s really more of a side effect of fitness. The real benefit is the cascade effect of transformation it brings about. Fitness will reach into every corner of your day-to-day life; it will improve every part of you, strengthen every little thing that makes you, you. Continue Reading

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Push-Ups Make You Proud! 24 Push-Up Variations to Try

August 16, 2016
Push-Up

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We have the tendency to think of working out and heading to the gym as a competitive “exercise” in vanity, one where we’re constantly “fighting” with our bodies to look a certain way. The issue of whether to go to the gym, or not go to the gym, becomes polarized in our imagination: either I exercise, or I don’t.

While our initial drive to start exercising might be for aesthetic reasons – to lose weight and build sexy muscles –  other things start to happen as a result. You start to experience your body in a new way. You become more aware of your body and how it works. You learn that your body isn’t something you need to fight with; your body is an amazing machine designed by nature to be strong, confident, and functional. Continue Reading

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High-Intensity Workout: Lose Weight and Tone Muscle

June 14, 2016
High-Intensity Workout

Life is busy, gyms are annoying, and fitness regimes are completely impractical. How am I supposed to go to the gym five times a week for 1-2 hour workouts, and still get everything else done? Sure, it’s doable – if you’re intensely organized. But the reality is that most of us operate somewhere in the grey area between organized and disorganized.

Enter my super practical high-intensity workout.

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City Cycling: How to Survive the Network of Stupidity

June 9, 2016
Cycling

Here’s the thing: cycling is, hands-down, a great way to get around the city. It’s cheap, it’s fast, it’s fun, it’s exercise, it’s challenging, it’s liberating. But on the flip side of that coin, it’s also a great way to immerse yourself within – what I like to call – the Network of Stupidity. Yep, that’s right, I said it: road users are idiots. And that includes cyclists.

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Mirrors at the Gym Are Evil Objects from Hell

May 30, 2016
Mirrors at the Gym

From the moment Narcissus saw his reflection in the water, mirrors have been a curse placed upon our lives.  One of the most reflective places you’ll ever be in is the gym, and in many ways those mirrors at the gym are anything but your friend.

There are, however, benefits to mirrors at the gym and some genuine reasons (other than vanity) for having so many of them. When I was first learning the proper technique for squatting, for example, a mirror came in handy to help me keep an eye on my foot and knee placement.

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Puerto Vallarta Beach-Vacation Workout

March 28, 2016
Vacation Workout

As much as vacation is about rest and relaxation, eating food I’m not used to and having one or two (or ten) margaritas can leave me feeling a bit yucky the next day. To top it off, as much as I love the beach, I’ve never been able to sit on it all day because I get a bit antsy – even with a good book in my lap. An early morning beach-vacation workout before the sun is high in the sky (and before I eat breakfast) leaves me feeling refreshed and relaxed and better able to enjoy a day on the sand. Continue Reading

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We Forgot How to Squat

March 18, 2016
Squat

I can still hear my parents saying this, when I was helping move a couch across the room as a teenager: “Bend at the knees, not the waist!” This little bit of advice, designed to protect me from back injury, was misleading at best and entirely incorrect at worst.

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One Place You’d Never Guess Introverts Flock To

January 27, 2016
introvert

Certain spaces tend to cause my introverted self to become more, shall we say, pronounced. If I were to describe some characteristics of these spaces that I found most unpleasant to spend time in, a few things come to mind:

  1. Spaces with bright lighting
  2. Spaces with loud, unpleasant music blaring
  3. Hypersexual spaces
  4. Spaces full of extroverted, annoyingly energetic, overly confident people making animal noises as they lift weights

Does this sound like a gym to you?

Well, I have some news for you.

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