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  1. If This Brutal Winter Hasn't Made You Buy Home Fitness Equipment, Nothing Will

    Is anyone running outside when it's below 20° out? What's the standard cut-off for you runners out there? Once it gets below 30°, you're not going outside to run? Below 15°? It's in the 20's in Atlanta right now and around -5° in Cleveland. Is it safe to run when it's that cold out? It may be safe, but running outside when it's less than 30° isn't bearable, let alone fun, for the vast majority of us. While driving to the gym to workout during a blizzard doesn't seem as bad as running outdoors in one, driving to the gym may even be worse than ice-road running. The first thought that comes to mind is the sheer time and effort it takes to drive somewhere through a snowstorm. Warming up the car, defrosting the windows, scraping the ice off the car - all these hassles before you're even out of your driveway. Then trekking to the gym, whether it be 5, 10 or 20 miles, is another obstacle course in and of itself. By the time you get to the damn gym, you feel like you've al

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  2. Setting Up Your Kitchen

    Healthy living revolves around healthy eating. In order to optimize your health and fitness, nutrition is of the utmost importance. Fast food and food on the go from gas stations and convenient stores will get you dirty skin, a fat belly and an addiction for junk food. If you don't want to end up a statistic on obesity, like 1 out of 3 adults in the US, then you are going to need to ditch the fast food and snacks loaded with sugar and carbs. Getting in the groove of healthy living is made much easier with a kitchen tailored to help you achieve your goals. Now you don't have to remodel your kitchen, or change the flooring, or buy a new refrigerator and "setting up your kitchen" will not cost you an arm and a leg. This is what you do. Make sure you have these 3 things; a blender, a juicer and a source of clean (pure) water. Having a blender in your kitchen is significant because any clean living plan incorporates many shakes and soups. I recommend using a high speed, durable blender. Ju

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  3. The Secret Towards Success? Get Out of Bed and Move Forward!

    What's the secret formula for living life to the fullest? It's quite simple actually. The answer is to get out of bed and move forward. Stop procrastinating and day dreaming about how awesome it would be to live an active life full of exhilarating excursions. Just do it! Once you acknowledge that you can accomplish far more than you realize, you will build confidence and an increasing desire to do new and fun activities. I know, it's hard to believe, after letting your guard down for the past decade eating chips on the sofa in your home, that you still have the ability to blow up your your sedentary lifestyle and create a new reality in which you don't sit on your ass 24/7. But you can change, and it's easier than you think. Whenever you truly consider beginning a new workout plan, you are terrified and excited at the same time. However, your fear will subside as your confidence builds and you will quickly notice yourself transitioning into

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  4. 6 Fitness Tips for Summer Workouts

    The mass proliferation of the limitless, adventurous activities that Mother Earth bestows upon us during Summer every year, is on the horizon. Optimize your exercise routine for Summer and you will be a step ahead of the curve. Longer and hotter days are just some of the variables we have to juggle throughout summer. Hydration becomes crucial factor and as intuitively obvious as the necessity for water is, still many people actually neglect their body's thirst for water. Even when you are not thirsty, make sure you replenish yourself with fluids.  Here are some fitness tips for the Summer so you can beat the heat! 1.) Be An Early Riser: The saying that says if you can't beat it, then join it, does not work here. Extreme summer heat is can make exercising outside miserable. You can't just say, "**** IT!" and go run in 100 degree heat daily for 3 months. You'll fry. Instead, do your best to avoid the sun. Wake up early and get your routine in before 9am.

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  5. Integrate Simple Exercises into Your Daily Routine

    If you need to stretch every minute of your time and as a result you compromise your health, your problem is not that tough to solve. Find a few easy to do exercises that will give you a total body workout without costing you the time it takes to go the the gym. It is understandable if you do not have an hour day to dedicate to going to the gym, but simplistic exercises such as jogging in place, push-ups, sit-ups, calf-raises and stretching can be performed almost anywhere.  Another simple yet super effective and efficient idea for working out with little time or space, would be to buy an exercise bike for your home or office. Recumbent and upright bikes don't take up too much space and they're easy on our knees and joints. Basic equipment-less exercises like push-ups, running and calf-raises are essential for people who live life on the go and rarely have time for comprehensive workouts on a regular basis. Making excuses for not staying fit are really easy. Don't c

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  6. Getting Older is a Good Thing!

    We all have different paths in life.  For me,  the path has zigged and zagged, and it still will do that.  Life isn't as easy as following a map.  It never will be.  Adventures will pull you in different directions.  Surprise you.  You will reinvent yourself several times, and each you—that you were or will be—are you, in that moment, and in each and every moment in your life, you are growing.

    Maybe what I’m saying is all a big cliché—the part about life being an adventure.  Maybe you know that anyway, because you’re smart.  But clichés are only truths that have been said so often that they have lost their strength, and our eyes glaze over them.  Time flies when you’re having fun.  You only get back what you put in.  That kind of stuff. Here’s the cliché I’m circling: getting older is a good thing—the alternative
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  7. How Does Eating Change Your Body & Mind?

    Substantial changes in your diet may lead you to a healthier and happier life. Artificial sweeteners, trans fats and high-fructose corn syrup are regularly ingested in our body, yet most of us never take the time to analyze our physical and emotional state, after we digest a Quarter Pounder with cheese, large fries and Coke. Do we feel happier? Are we tired? How do you feel after you eat X, Y and Z? We need to be more mindful of the physical and emotional changes we experience after eating particular foods. Considering how your body reacts to junk food is extraordinarily important towards our complete understanding of the consequences that come from consuming unhealthy ingredients. Many of us are tired more than we would like to be. Would you trade your favorite food for one hour of extra energy every day? How about two? Pay closer attention to what you eat and its ingredients and you may drastically improve your quality of life. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know w

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  8. The Positive Impact of Morning Workouts

    Morning workouts make the day go by much easier than not exercising when you wake up. People who work out in the morning have a confident edge that radiates off of them throughout the day. Those of you who exercise before you go to work know exactly what I am talking about and to those of you reading this who don't work out in the morning, give it a shot, you may just like it.  The worst that can happen is that you absolutely can't stand exercising in the AM because you are just not a morning person no matter how hard you try. However, the potential upside is that you surprise yourself and you really enjoy working out in the morning and you become fascinated with the new lively feeling you have after a nice run in the crisp morning air during sunrise. It can be really enjoyable.

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  9. Beat the Heat and Buy a New Treadmill

    Extraordinarily difficult exercise routines should not be practiced in this sweltering heat. I live in Los Angeles and it has been tremendously hot over the past few weeks. Each and every day has been seem the temperature climb into the triple digits by midday. Although I regularly go jogging outside in the morning when I wake up,  when it's this hot outside and extreme heat advisories are as common as 405 traffic jams, I have a back-up plan. I exercise indoors using my home gym equipment. Contingency plans are necessary for anyone who is serious about constantly maintaining an optimal level of health and fitness. For example, if you religiously go to your local gym, what do you do when you go on a business trip? What happens when you go on vacation? Or in the case of today, when it is 110 degrees outside, where do you run if you normally run outside? You should have a treadmill, elliptical or exercise bike at home, so that you can squeeze a good workout in at any m

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  10. Sarah's Health & Fitness Blog #5

    Some of us exercise to lose weight, some for the good energy it brings, some to tone up after childbirth, some for medical reasons like heart problems and diabetes, some to become stronger, build muscles, impress ourselves and other, some for a combination of any of these reasons, or other reasons I haven’t mentioned. I want to tone up, but I also need to strengthen my stomach muscles so my back doesn’t keep going out. They say my bad back is because of weak core muscles. But the problem is that I have to be very careful what kind of equipment I can use. The weight machines need to be adjusted each time I use them at the gym, and I need to understand what each does, and how best to do reps, etc. I’m always embarrassed when I have to take the pin out, and leave it out. What I’m really looking for is a multi-station home gym that does more than one th

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