5 Gym Etiquette Tips for Beginners

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By Lauren Giles

A brand-new year is upon us, and statistics show that up to 40% of people’s New Year’s resolutions will include going to the gym, whether they’ve resolved to work out more, lose weight, or live a healthier lifestyle. For many of us, that will mean going outside of our comfort zone and joining a gym, which can often be a little intimidating. To help limit your worries and slip into a new routine looking like you’ve been hitting the gym your whole life, here’s a short list of tips from a fitness center employee. Continue reading

20 Foolproof Steps to Working Out in the Third Trimester of Pregnancy

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By Jillian Stacia

We all know that working out requires a certain level of motivation. And exercising while pregnant is particularly challenging. But working out in the third trimester? That’s something else entirely.

That’s why we created this 20-step exercise regimen for the extremely pregnant. It’s the ideal program for those dealing with heartburn, back pain, and frequent urination. For best results, skip working out altogether and watch Netflix instead. Continue reading

Why Summer Is The Perfect Time To Try Gentle Yoga

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By Melissa Coley

You’re probably thinking one of two things. First, gentle yoga is boring. I only do Bikram. Or second, yoga? I don’t know about that. Okay, maybe you’re not thinking either, but for a long time I was a member of the first camp.

What you need to know about me is that I am not a gentle yoga kind of gal. In my past life, before developing CRPS, I was a wannabe gym rat, P90X fanatic, Spin instructor and finisher of a 30-day Bikram Yoga challenge. I liked my workouts fast, hot, and competitive and, prior to all of that, I was substantially overweight (which is a totally different story, but the plot line consists of a torn meniscus, two knee surgeries and a serious Panera Bread problem). Continue reading

15 Songs To Add To Your Workout Playlist This Summer

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By Kate Kole

Creating an inspiring workout playlist can feel like quite the challenge. I’ve literally spent hours scrolling through iTunes, Spotify, Pinterest, and Pandora in search of the best songs. While anything goes on my own personal mix, and I have the eclectic combination of beats to show for it, I’m more selective when it comes to group exercise classes.

I try to avoid anything that’s super sexual (because, awkward), incredibly explicit (because, that may be considered just a wee bit unprofessional), or completely overplayed (because, I’ll hear it 5 times on the radio later). Continue reading

5 Clever Ways To Sneak Added Exercise Into Your Day

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By Cassie

It’s important we adopt and maintain a healthy relationship with fitness. Unfortunately though, some days there’s just too much going on to find time to exercise. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that I often use that as an excuse to not follow through with my intentions.

I decided that if I continue the “no time” mindset, I’ll probably never add a healthy amount of exercise to my lifestyle – it’s not like life will get any less busy. Instead, I looked for ways to squeeze fitness into my day so that when life piles up and there doesn’t seem to be time, I can still fit in a workout. If you find yourself in the same position, consider the following ways to sneak some exercise into your day: Continue reading

Why Women Need To Have a Healthier Relationship With Fitness and Diet

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By Fiona Thomas

Today is officially named “National Women’s Health and Fitness Day.” And although I’ll definitely exercise today, I’ll be damned if I’m going to jump on the bandwagon and start cutting carbs and increasing my cardio in the name of a “national holiday”. Don’t get me wrong, I love that there is an entire day dedicated to encouraging women to lead healthier lives and become more active, but how in this age of infinite, conflicting information can I define what “healthy” actually is?  Continue reading

How I Learned To Love Working Out

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By Jillian Stacia

When I was in high school, I absolutely hated exercise. I loved playing sports. Playing soccer, shooting baskets, going swimming? Those were all fine and dandy. But exercising for the sake of exercising? No thank you.

I forced myself to go to the gym for the same reason many of us started working out: I wanted to lose weight. I was unhappy with my body and was convinced that if I grinded out an hour on the elliptical every day, I’d lose a few pounds. I was in it for the weight loss, plain and simple. I was envious of those girls who were “naturally skinny” and “didn’t need to work out”. Every day, I forced myself back on the treadmill, angry and resentful that I needed to exercise in order to look good. It didn’t seem fair. Continue reading

How To Enjoy Exercising In 5 Easy Steps

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By Livi Wilkes

I used to be the kind of school girl who was filled with dread at the word “sport.” Anything to do with physical exercise was not my idea of fun and I honestly didn’t think I’d ever see a day where it was. Skip forward to five years later; I’ve just got back from spin class, I’ve booked into boxercise tomorrow and I’m planning my early morning workouts for the rest of the week. Yup – sometimes I don’t even recognize myself.

All I know is I’m a much happier, healthier and fitter person than the girl I used to be. Continue reading