Sunday, January 31, 2016

Weekend Link Love – Edition 385

I had a great time on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. Give it a listen. Two cool pieces of Primal Blueprint Publishing news: A recent paper on hidradenitis suppurativa, the mysterious skin disorder and subject of Tara Grant’s The Hidden Plague: A Field Guide for Surviving and Overcoming Hidradenitis Suppurativa, mentioned Tara’s work on the dietary […]

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Duck Carnitas Tacos

Mexican carnitas are made from meat that’s been slow-cooked in fat. Usually, this means pork braised in lard. But duck legs covered in a thick layer of fatty skin are ideal for this sort of cooking. Not only do you end up with easy, really delicious duck carnitas, you’ll have a little extra rendered duck […]

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David Benson on the Perfect Health Retreat

David Benson of Duluth, Minnesota was a guest at the May 2015 Perfect Health Retreat. David kindly recorded a video for us discussing his experience at the retreat. Some highlights: “I’ve been having a great time. It’s been relaxing and …

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Crockpot Turkey Bolognese With Zucchini Noodles

Your Guide to a Healthy Happy Hour

The weekend's right around the corner, and you may be celebrating with an after-work cocktail. But while happy hour can be much-needed bonding time, make sure you're not eating or drinking so much that your weekend calorie budget is over before Saturday has even begun.

Know your counts: Get to happy hour armed with knowledge; specifically, which calorie-laden cocktails you should be avoiding. This chart of the calories in popular alcoholic drinks should do the trick.

Choose a low-cal spirit: You don't have to stick to only vodka sodas, however. Ask the bar if they carry one of these low-calorie alcohol brands; just make sure you ask for a low-calorie mixer (some work well just on the rocks), so you can rest easy knowing the cocktail you're sipping on isn't full of empty calories.

Snack smart: The truffle fries may be a great price, but they're not the best option if you're trying to stay healthy. If you're hungry, opt for something high in protein and low in greasy fat, like a hummus plate or a shrimp cocktail, to keep calories low by filling you up until dinner. Check out more ways to save calories on happy hour bites.

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Bump Up Antioxidant Levels With This Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup

The following post was written by Rebecca Pytell, who blogs at Strength and Sunshine and is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.

I wanted my soup to be a totally clean and delicious side dish. So all I used was veggies, spices, and water. It couldn't be more simple. None of those yucky extras that are added to your traditional store-bought or restaurant made condensed or boxed soups. Why add flour, soy, cream, or starches, when all you really need is the veggies? And it made one big batch! I still have some frozen to enjoy at a later date…like maybe this week?

Smokey Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup

Ingredients: (serves about 6 to 8)

2 Medium Butternut Squash
6 Medium Carrots (peeled)
1 Medium Sweet Onion
4 Cups of Water
6 Cracks (1/4 to 1/2 Tsp) of White Pepper
1 Tsp Smoked Paprika
1 Tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 Tsp Cumin


1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
2. Cut the butternut squash in half, scoop out the seeds (save them for roasting!) and place face-down on an oiled and foiled baking sheet. Roast for about 1 hour or until the squash is scoop-able.
3. Next roughly chop the carrots in thirds for even roasting. Cut the onion in to a few pieces as well. Then place them on an oiled and foiled baking pan and bake for about 30 minutes.
4. Once all your veggies are roasted, scoop out the flesh of the butternuts and place in a bowl.
5. Then put about 1/2 the butternut mash and half the carrots and onions in a high powdered blender. Add 2 cups of water and all the spices. Blend until smooth. Pour into a large bowl and then repeat with the other half of the mash and veggies and another 2 cups of water (no more spices). Blend again. Then combine that half with the other and give it a good stir.

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Sub in These Slim Dishes For Your Super Bowl Spread

Will you be tuning in to watch the Denver Broncos take on the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50? If so, you might want to avoid the pitfalls of typical pigskin party fare. Chips and dip, pizza, loaded nachos, wings, and beer can pack in around 2,500 calories - more energy than you need in an entire day. You'd have to jog around 20 miles or walk for more than 10 hours to burn all those calories off.

Here's what to bench and what to start to slash hundreds of calories off your game-day menu. These all-star substitutions have all the flavor, minus the fat of traditional football party fare.

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Run Strong: How to Tone Your Butt and Thighs Even More

Running is not only an awesome form of calorie-burning, heart-pumping cardio, it also doubles as a strength-training workout for your lower body. Run and you'll quickly see how it can tone your tush without bulking up your booty. Want to get even more out of your runs? Incorporate these strength-training techniques and you're sure to notice a difference when you slip on your bikini bottoms.

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When Is a Fever Too High?

With the nasty flu bug making its rounds, there's only so much eating healthy, getting enough rest, washing your hands, getting a flu shot, and avoiding germs one can do. If you're unlucky enough to get the flu, your body will hike up your body temperature to boil away all those germs. So is there a point when your temperature can get too high?

Related: Bulletproof Your Immune System With These Tips

When you get the flu, a sudden high fever is totally normal, and it can get as high as 104° F and last for three to four days. The best thing you can do is to rest and drink plenty of fluids, since a fever can cause you to become dehydrated. Don't attempt to cool off your skin with cold packs since they'll just make you shiver, which will end up raising your body temperature. Instead you should alternate between taking Tylenol and ibuprofen every four hours to help reduce your fever. Alternating these meds will help to prevent accidental overdose, and sometimes the combination of the two will be more effective in bringing down your fever. But if your fever persists for more than five days or goes over 104° F, call your doctor and get some medical advice immediately.

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This Person Figure Skating in a Dinosaur Suit Will Leave You in Tears

Ice is Slippery * Watch with sound! *#trextuesdays #skateMN2016

Posted by TrexTuesdays on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

We don't know the when - or the why, for that matter - but there appears to be a new fitness-related trend involving massive dinosaur suits. And it's awesome.

Facebook user TrexTuesdays has been sharing videos of people doing pretty ordinary things in T. rex costumes. One, in particular, depicts said T. rex ice skating - and it's seriously so good we don't know how it hasn't been nominated for an Academy Award.

Watch the video above, and prepare to laugh until you cry. (And yes, you should listen to it with the sound on.)

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This Quick Donkey-Kick Series Will Seriously Sculpt Your A$$

We are fans of working our glutes standing, but this simple series on all fours is a great way to isolate the backside from multiple angles. Even better: it's quick.

  • Begin on all fours and lift your right leg off the floor until your knee is in line with your hip.
  • Flex your foot and squeeze your glute to raise your heel an inch toward the ceiling. Continue these small, concentrated pulses for 30 reps.
  • Open your right knee out to the side, keeping your foot flexed, and pulse your leg one inch to the left. You are not trying to lift the knee up, but try to keep it level as it moves behind you. You should feel your glutes firing away for all 30 pulses.
  • Maintain this leg position, and without moving your foot, raise and lower your knees in a small range of motion, about an inch. This movement is really isolated to the hip socket. Do 30 knees lifts.
  • Repeat all three moves on the other side to complete a set.

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The Story of Primordial Stu: 180 Pounds of Weight Loss

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep […]

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Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? We are meeting up with friends, I’m spending some time working on Winter Shape Up stuff and the post baby bod plan, and we’ll decompress and enjoy some time together. It’s going to be a great one. Congratulations on an AWESOME first week of […]

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3 Reasons Fermented Foods Are the New Health Trend

The following post was originally featured on Eating Bird Food, part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.

Have you noticed that fermented foods are all the rage right now?! I feel like new brands of artisan kombucha, kimchi and sauerkraut are popping up every day. Whole Foods even predicted that probiotic-rich fermented foods will be a major food trend of 2016. It's funny because fermented foods aren't anything new. They've been prepared and consumed for thousands of years, but people are really starting to pay attention to them again because of their health benefits.

One of the big benefits of fermented foods is the healthy bacteria content and it's ability to improve the health of our gut, which is critical to overall health. Gut flora is a major part of our immune system and an unhealthy gut can lead to more health issues than just digestive upset.

Did you know that about 90% of our serotonin is made in the digestive system? Serotonin plays an important part in the regulation of mood, sleep, learning, and the constriction of blood vessels. So taking care of our digestive systems can positively impact so much of our lives!

Without going into too much detail about gut health (because that could be a whole post on its own) I want to share some of the top benefits of fermented foods. I've been learning more about their importance and I think everyone should be eating more of them. Here's why:

  • A healthy digestive system and gut - Fermented foods balance the ratio of good and bad bacteria in the gut. They also have a unique ability to balance the production of stomach acid. If production of hydrochloric acid by the stomach is low (or high), fermented foods can help increase (or decrease) the acidity of gastric juices.
  • The fermentation process makes foods easier to digest - Some foods (like beans, milk and cruciferous vegetables) are hard for our bodies to digest. The act of fermenting starts the breakdown of the components that make digestion difficult. For instance, someone who had trouble digesting milk may respond fine with kefir because it's fermented and almost 100% lactose-free after the bacteria has metabolized the milk sugar. The same goes for cabbage. Sauerkraut is much easier to digest because the fermentation process breaks down the carbohydrates.
  • Increased bioavailability of nutrients - Bacteria and enzymes in our gut are what help break down food to a form that our bodies can use. Many fermented foods are rich in enzyme activity that improve this process and increase the amount of nutrients our bodies absorb.

If you're looking to increase your consumption of fermented foods, here are a few things to try: tempeh, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, kefir, yogurt, natto, and/or miso. You don't have to eat a whole meal of fermented foods to get the benefits. Most are used as condiments and a few tablespoons a day is perfect.

A couple recipes to try: hormone balancing power breakfast, broiled salmon with a miso glaze, yogurt breakfast bowl,lemon garlic tempeh.

When buying fermented foods, just be sure that they are lacto-fermented and/or stored in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. Items that are shelf-stable (like some sauerkraut varieties) have been pickled using vinegar or pasteurized and canned, which kills much of good bacteria you want. You can also easily make your own fermented foods at home. I actually just made my first batch of fermented veggies with Isaac's mom this past weekend. I can't wait to try them!!

Do you eat fermented foods on the regular? What's your favorite?

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A Dangerous Feminine Health Trend You Should Never Try

Turning to herbal medicine to cure certain illness may not always turn out as the best idea, especially if it means inserting stuff where it doesn't belong. According to our friends at YourTango, this new herbal-healing trend among women can cause more harm than good.

Do not pass go, do not collect $100, and do not put these things in your cooter.

If you're a woman in possession of womanly parts, then you're more than familiar with the awkward necessity of putting things other than wieners, digits, and sex toys up into your Queenly domain. Speculum? Ain't no thang. Tampons? Slippery, but effective. Garlic clove? Oh, you yeast infection-havin' hippies, you!

But this newest vagina-based trend is one that even the crunchiest among us would do best to avoid. They're called vaginal herbal sachets and they're just that: Sachets stuffed with herbs that you, in turn, stuff up yourself.

They say they can cure a myriad of ills, but the odds are far more likely that they will leave you chagrined, sick, or much, much worse. Like you even need them, here are seven reasons to keep the damn things away from your queefing madam.

1. Your womb isn't toxic.

Anything that claims it's a "womb detox" needs a b*tch-slap. Your womb works just fine on its own. You know that whole period thing that happens once a month? That's all the detoxing your cooch needs. Leave the rest up to sweet Baby Beyoncé in the sky.

2. "Ancient herbs" don't exist.

Guess what isn't an actual type of herb? Ancient. What does ancient mean? Old as BALLS. You know what else is ancient? Your great aunt Ethel, and you don't go putting her up into your vagina, do you? No.

3. "Womb tightening" doesn't exist, either!

Look, I can get behind tightening your neck waddle. I'll even do the Kegels to keep myself all right and tight. But what won't you find me desperate to whip back into shape? My perfect womb. I haven't had a kid yet. What if I accidentally over-tighten and the child is born with a permanent neck cramp and/or a deep and abiding resentment of me?

4. The price is ridiculous.

One sachet costs $15 and a pack of 12 cost $75. Now, I'm not an economist but I'm going to go ahead and say that it's probably a better deal to drop that kind of change on other items like cookies, vibrators, and herbal sachets that ward off people who come after you trying to sell you herbal sachets.

5. You have to leave them in your vagina for THREE DAYS.

In order to achieve maximum effects, you've got to leave the thing in there for three days. Three. Days. I once accidentally left a tampon in that long and became convinced I was going to die of TSS. When it finally emerged from my murky loins, I wasn't dissuaded from that fear. I'm a pleasure to know.

6. Your vagina is good at its job.

Your vagina is like the holodeck on Star Trek: The Next Generation. It takes care of itself. It gives you exactly what you want or need. Keep soap out of there, keep lotions or potions away. Your womanly muscle-tunnel doesn't need the world's most harrowing tea bag to keep itself operational. Trust.

7. You'll have to live with yourself after-the-fact.

"What did you do yesterday, Nancy?"

"Stuffed a cotton pearl bursting with nameless herbs into my pleasure palace."


"You know. For your health."

- Rebecca Jane Stokes

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

end of a swaddle era

I think the time has finally come, because we have a Houdini on our hands. To be real, I kind of suck at swaddling. You’d think that by kid #2, I’d be almost pro level, but no. I wrap her up like a delicate flower and 4 seconds later, arms are out. I’ve gotten a […]

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The 2 Stretches You Should Be Doing After Every Workout

Whatever the workout, it's essential that you stretch once it's over - even when you're pressed for time. If you find that you don't have time to go through an entire stretching series, it's OK, just as long as you have these two stretches in your back pocket. These easy-to-do stretches target the lower body and also open up the shoulders, a neccesity after any intense running or strength-training session.

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Take Your Healthy Cooking to the Next Level With These Ingredients - Recipes Included

It's time to freshen up your virtual recipe box and experiment with some new foods and learn new ways to cook with your standbys ingredients. We've rounded up our favorite recipes featuring foods trending in the healthy cooking sphere to help you bring your kitchen to life this year. Read on to see why you should be eating these foods and fun recipes to cook with these go-to ingredients.

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Fitness-Inspired Cakes, Because Fit Fanatics Love Cake, Too

We can't be healthy eaters all the time, and let's face it. Some of us work out for the sheer purpose of being able to stuff our faces with our favorite treats without feeling a drop of guilt. So go ahead; go to the gym and have your cake too with these adorable and creative fitness-themed cakes.

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Invisalign: before and after

This post is sponsored through my partnership with Invisalign® clear aligners. Full disclosure. The time has come: I am on my last set of Invisalign clear aligners! I seriously CAN’T BELIEVE my Invisalign treatment is over. It went by so quickly, and was a piece of cake. It was convenient, and much of my treatment was […]

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Yes, Stephen Curry Dancing With a Group of Little Kids Is as Cute as It Sounds

In an effort to promote the NBA's Fit Live Healthy Week - a health-conscious initiative aimed at children and young adolescents - Stephen Curry surprised the students at East Oakland Elementary School. The epic visit from the Golden State Warriors point guard and 2015 MVP resulted in the cutest dance sesh ever, naturally. What's more, the United States Surgeon General Vivek Murthy stopped by to join them!

See a snippet of Curry's visit in a vine posted by the NBA, above.

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Contest Results: What’s in Your Primal Kitchen?

First, I have to say that I loved seeing all the pictures submitted for our “What’s in Your Primal Kitchen?” contest. It’s always a pleasure to see the happy, healthy, glowing faces of Mark’s Daily Apple readers—not to mention the great looking food sprawled across their kitchens! Once again, many thanks to everyone who participated. The lucky […]

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All (Food) Things Considered: The “Short List”…

All right, I know that if you’re reading this you’re probably convinced that paleo is like the best damn thing since sliced bacon. I also know that a lot of you think that you have it totally figured out and that there’s no question in your mind that you’re doing everything exactly right. While you… Continue Reading

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Sit, Stand, Move: Tips For a Healthier Workspace

The following post was originally featured on Fit Bottomed Girls and written by Kristen, who is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.

I spend a lot of time on my computer. Like, a lot. A whole lot when you consider the fact that so much of what I'm doing on said computer is related to health, fitness and overall well-being.

Because of that, I'm always on the lookout for ways to make my keyboard-pounding hours a little less detrimental to my health. I've got the standing desk and the unstable seat. I make a point to walk around my office now and again if I've been in the same position too long. I focus on trying to maintain proper posture. But is there more I could be doing?

Turns out, the answer is yes, and I bet that's the case for you, too. I recently read Don't Just Sit There: Transitioning to a Standing and Dynamic Workstation for Whole-Body Health, and it gave me a lot to think about (and incorporate into my daily routine). If you're looking for some simple ways to make your hours at work a little better for your body, here are a few takeaways. (But there are loads more in the book - if you're interested in really stepping up your game, I'd recommend giving the whole thing a read.)

5 Tips for Proper Posture and Better Health at Work

1. Don't just sit there … but don't just stand there, either. One of the biggest points the book makes is that maintaining any position for hours on end is bad news. If you're sitting, moving to a standing position now and again is great, but even just crossing your legs back and forth is helpful. If you're standing, alter your stance and don't be afraid to incorporate intervals of sitting.

2. Use proper posture. Whether you're sitting or standing, there are right ways and wrong ways to hold your body. Some are obvious, like keeping your head "ramped up" (i.e. properly stacked with your ears above your shoulders, but without just lifting your chin to tilt your whole head back), but others, like keeping knees soft or holding your ribs down, are less obvious.

3. Think outside the desk. You don't have to choose between simply standing or sitting at a desk (unless you're in an office environment that requires you to stick to those positions). If you're working on a laptop, take it to the floor, stack it on some books and sit on the ground with your legs to the side. Move to a kitchen counter and work from a stool for a bit. Change things up and see what you find challenging and comfortable - that may give you some insight into the parts of your body that could use strengthening and/or stretching.

4. Take frequent, tiny breaks. This is a great tip that can work for just about anyone, even if your office requires you to sit at a standard desk all day long. The author, Katy Bowman, recommends walking for three minutes every half hour of your workday - that adds up to 48 minutes of exercise each day! If possible, also consider setting up a pull-up bar - even if you're not quite up for chin-ups and pull-ups, it'll give you a spot to hang for a moment, which will give your body an instant boost. Incorporate other feel-good stretches, too, like calf stretches (hey, you don't even have to stop typing to do that!), forward bends, etc.

5. Watch your screen time. We know this, don't we? Regardless of how perfect your posture is, too much time staring at a screen is no good in lots of ways, especially if you're gazing into that blue light with no natural light around. But also, just as your body shouldn't remain in one set position for eight hours at a time, your eyes shouldn't only look at a screen 20 inches away all day long. During your work day, make a point to look away from your screen to a point as far away as possible - take quick glances every five minutes, and extended gazes every half hour.

Let me be clear - this is only a smattering of what the book covered. I mean, there are pictures! And descriptions! And product recommendations! Oh my! But I'm guessing even just the list above has you reevaluating your workspace, doesn't it?

What are your best tips for making your workstation as conducive to health and fitness as possible? I saw that a friend of mine has taken to bringing small pieces of fitness equipment in each week and encouraging her coworkers to do various exercises with it whenever they come into her office. I love that! - Kristen

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Not a Drop of Dairy in These Creamy Smoothies

If you're cutting down on dairy to help clear your skin or debloat, you can still have a creamy smoothie witout throwing Greek yogurt or milk in the blender. Check out these flavorful, nutrient-dense smoothies that are completely dairy-free.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Q&A Wednesday: The Stretch Mark Question… Again

One of the most contentious comment spaces on my blog is the one where I talk about how I feel about my stretch marks, and what I plan to do about them. My response was “I don’t care,” and “nothing,” albeit expressed in a pretty defensive fashion. This doesn’t go over particularly well in the […]

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If You Think Regular Burpees Suck, Watch This Guy Doing Them in the Snow


Show the snow who's boss! Post your #SnowBurpees video for a chance to be featured! Become a Spartan. Start training with this free training plan:

Posted by Spartan Race on Saturday, January 23, 2016

Sick of all the snow? This guy is showing that white stuff who's boss! The next time you have to do burpees, think of this guy and you'll feel much better. I guess what doesn't freeze you makes you stronger.

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If You're Not Following Cassey Ho You Need to Start Immediately

Cassey Ho broke the internet before breaking the internet was even a concept. In 2012, the already popular YouTuber became a web-wide sensation with her "Call Me Maybe" Squat Challenge, which garnered millions of views and subscribers, and launched her career in "social fitness."

It's not hard to see why she's so successful; we think the Pilates princess is hands down one of the most relatable, funny, and empowering young women in the fitness world – and you can see all of that through her eyes on social media (in particular, on her beautifully-curated Instagram). If you find yourself laying in bed, doing the infinite scroll on your phone's screen, and craving a little extra inspiration, here are 11 reasons to add @blogilates to your feed.

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8 Photos That Prove Men Lose Weight Without Even Trying

What the heck?! You've been trying to lose weight forever, and your guy is the one dropping pounds faster than you can do squats. It's an annoying fact that men have a faster metabolism just because they're men, which means they can often lose weight with half an ounce of effort. If you know a guy trying to slim down (or maybe not even trying at all!), this will sound all too familiar.

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Warning: You May Go Paleo Once You Try This Granola Recipe

Contest Winner: Grokpose for $1,000

Earlier in the challenge, I asked people to pose like Grok for a chance to win a pretty epic prize. The rules were simple, but the ingenuity and thought put into every submission were far from it. So after much posing, primping, and staging, we have a winner… Congrats to @PaleoFam321X, who was randomly selected from the […]

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Interview with Simon Whitfield: Olympic Gold Medalist

As many of you know, I have a long history as a former elite endurance athlete. Back in the day, I achieved a 2:18 marathon and landed 4th place in the Hawaii Ironman. That was all well and good, but above all I was vying for Olympic gold. There was just one small issue: I was giving […]

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Our Favorite Affordable Activewear Brands

Splurging on a gorgeous, technical activewear piece is always a treat, but when working out is a part of your everyday routine, you need to build out your fitness wardrobe with some more affordable options. The good news: you don't have to spend a fortune to find beautiful, stylish pieces that are just as fashionable as they are functional. Here are some sweat-wicking, supportive, and saving-savvy brands that'll take you from the gym to the street with ease.

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What I Ate Wednesday

and I’m actually posting it on a Wednesday! (I’m usually a day late.) *Runs around high-fiving everyone* That’s where the excitement ends because my eats were not super thrilling yesterday. But, I thought it would be interesting to share my eats on an off day from the gym when I haven’t meal-prepped at all. Usually […]

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Things that have helped

Hi friends. I wanted to say thank you again (SO, so much) for all of your kind comments on last week’s wine date post. The prolapse situation has felt extremely isolating, and I have been sad about it since I was first diagnosed at the ER. I had no idea that it was something that […]

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When You Can't Lose Weight Because You Love Eating Too Much

Buttery warm bread, chewy chocolate chip cookies, ooey-gooey pizza, and creamy-dreamy ice cream. Why does food have to taste so incredibly amazing? If you live to eat, you'll totally relate to how real the struggle is if you're trying to lose weight.

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7 Calorie-Scorching Moves You Need to Know

Make the most of your workouts by adding one, or all, of these killer full-body moves. They are sure to torch tons of calories will toning you all over. Just press play and learn some of our favorite exercises.

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9 Cringe-Worthy Moments a Dieter Experiences on a Date

When you're a devoted healthy eater, it's hard to go out to eat at a restaurant, period. After all, you can never be completely sure of what's going into your dish. But when you add a date who you're hoping to make a good impression on into the mix, things can get awkward. As if dates weren't nerve-racking enough, now you have to spend part of the evening dodging the dessert menu like the plague. It would be ideal to meet someone in a health-conscious environment, say the gym or Whole Foods, so you at least know that you're somewhat on the same page with food. But life isn't a rom-com, and Ashton Kutcher won't be handing you a bouquet of carrots like in No Strings Attached. You may not care what your date orders, but ugh, please don't insist that I nosh on the bread basket.

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Contest Poll: 2016 Primal Blueprint Recipe Videos

A couple weeks back I asked you to film and share your favorite Primal Blueprint recipes for a chance to win $1500 in gift certificates to US Wellness Meats. This particular contest has always been a 21-Day Challenge staple, but this year, I upped the ante by moving the contest over to Instagram, thus limiting […]

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Hack Your Immune System to Stay Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

We wanted to learn new ways to beat the common cold and stave off the flu, so we asked Dave Asprey, the founder and CEO of Bulletproof, how to hack the human immune system.

Winter's here, and if you've made it this far without getting sick, you're one of the lucky (or smart). Depending on where you live, there are still, at least, a few months left of cold, dreary weather and for too many people that means a few more months of cold and flu season.

I often used to get sick every month and get completely knocked out by colds and flu. Thankfully, over the years, I've learned many tricks, especially while running the Silicon Valley Health Institute. These are the tricks you probably won't hear about at your doctor's office (unless you have a great functional medicine doctor!).

Check out these hacks to help keep your immune system working strong, and if you do get a cold or flu, to help you knock it out as quickly and comfortably as possible.

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What to do when you only have 20 minutes to work out

Hi friends! How’s the morning going? Hope you’re having a wonderful day. <3 It was such a blast having the fam here this weekend and they’re headed back to Arkansas today. We got to take them to some of our favorite San Diego spots, enjoy the lovely weather, and watch the cousins play. So much […]

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Yes, You Can (and Should!) Eat Chocolate Each Day With These 100-Calorie Desserts

Go ahead and give into your chocolate cravings! Studies show that indulging a little each day can prevent you from devouring an entire bag of M&Ms. So eating these 100-calorie treats can actually help you lose weight.

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Episode 306 – Alex Viada – The Hybrid Athlete

This weeks guest is noted strength coach, powerlifter AND ultramarathoner, Alex Viada. Alex has posted remarkable number both in the gym and track with an over 700lb raw squat and a sub 4:30 mile. Alex and I talk about his Hybrid Athlete training system, optimal training for the CrosssFit athlete, the limitations of low-carb and… Continue Reading

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Monday, January 25, 2016

7 Reasons Why Gina Rodriguez is Our Healthy Living Inspiration

To put it bluntly, Gina Rodriguez is a badass. As beautiful inside as she is out, the Jane The Virgin star is our role model for healthy living. Here's all the reasons we're obsessed with making her our new workout BFF.

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Competitive Indoor Skydiving Is a Real Thing, and It's Totally Insane

When asked about extreme sports, I've always said, "I'll never pay to jump out of a plane, but I would try that indoor skydiving thing. It looks safe and easy!" But after seeing this video of a professional indoor skydiving competition, that impression has completely changed. Maybe it's the intense Requiem For a Dream soundtrack playing in the background, the athlete's TRON-reminiscent getup, or the fact that he is performing dizzyingly fast, complicated moves in mid freakin' air, but it has become apparent that there is far more to indoor skydiving than my original impression.

As this video (and others like it) spread like wildfire across social media, there's no doubt that this sport is the next "big thing" to watch. Who knows . . . maybe by the next Olympics, there will be an indoor skydiving category!

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Healthy Hors D'oeuvre: Baked Coconut Shrimp

Transgender Athletes Can Take Part in the Olympics Without Sex Reassignment Surgery

The International Olympic Committee announced its updated guidelines for transgender athletes on Monday. In the past, the IOC required that transgender athletes undergo sex reassignment surgery and hormone therapy to participate, but Olympians can now take part in the Games without undergoing the surgery. The document that outlines the new guidelines states, "To require surgical anatomical changes as a pre-condition to participation is not necesssary to preserve fair competition and may be inconsistent with developing legislation and notions of human rights."

The guidelines differ for trans male athletes and trans female athletes - athletes who transition from female to male are eligible to compete "without restriction." However, those who transition from male to female "must demonstrate that their total testosterone level in serum has been below 10nmol/L for at least 12 months prior to competition." Their testosterone levels may also be tested regularly, and an athlete's declaration that her gender identity is female cannot be changed "for sporting purposes" for a minimum of four years.

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Get Back on the Healthy-Eating Track With the Help of This Delicious Peanut Tofu Buddha Bowl

Dear Mark: 21-Day Challenge Rapid Fire Edition, Part 2

Last week, I answered a bunch of the questions readers asked at the start of the 21-Day Challenge. You guys came up with so many great questions that I couldn’t get through all, or even most of them. So today, I’m back with another round of rapid fire answers to many of your questions. I […]

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Winter Shape Up 2016

Hi friends! Happy Monday, and happy WSU! Welcome to Winter Shape Up 2016: a perfect chance to revamp your fitness routine, thrive from healthy eats, and revitalize your love for healthy living. Whether you’re looking to achieve a fitness, fat loss, lifestyle, or energy goal, hopefully this plan will provide you with steps, ideas and […]

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Your Favorite Sneaker Brands Have Fitness Apps . . . and They're Free

You've probably noticed that we're pretty big fans of free fitness: from scouring the web for neighborhood events to trying in-store classes and even using the web for free yoga at home. Another one of our favorite fitness freebies? Apps. Whether you're a brand loyalist or just looking to build strength on a budget, these digital treasures will make you fall a little more in love with the brands that created your favorite sneakers.

The Brand: Nike

The App: N+TC
What It Does:
Have you ever caught yourself fantasizing about what it would be like to have Ellie Goulding as your personal trainer? What about Jessie J? Nike was spying on your REM cycles (market research) and made your dreams a reality. With simple, downloadable workouts from celebs and master trainers alike, you can pick your skill level and desired time to customize the best workouts for your schedule.
The App: Nike+ Running
What It Does:
You know the drill . . . just do it. You don't need to go fast or far - you just need to go. GPS tracking, motivating social sharing (your friends can cheer you on during a run), and progress metrics combine to deliver a functional, use-every-day app. Whether you're a beginner or ultramarathoner, you can use this app as a mileage log or as a personal trainer to prep for a race.

The Brand: Under Armour

The App: Record
What It Does:
The "world's first 24/7 connected health and fitness system" is a comprehensive tracker, encompassing nutrition, activity (steps), fitness, and sleep - it even lets you rank "how you feel" from one to 10. We love this balanced approach to healthy living! You can sync Record to your fit trackers - Under Armour devices, Fitbit, etc. - or use it as a stand-alone service.

The Brand: Adidas

The App: miCoach Multi-Sport
What It Does:
Is your typical excuse for not working out, "I don't have time?" Or perhaps it's "I can only work out if DRose is personally encouraging me." Touché. However, your eccentric excuses don't work with the Adidas miCoach app. With one-minute exercises delivered to you daily plus the voice of none other than NBA great Derrick Rose coaching you to greatness, there's no reason to not take advantage of this simple service. No equipment necessary, but you can connect it to your Adidas devices should you choose to do so.
The App: Train & Run
What It Does:
Similar to the Nike+ Running app, Adidas Train & Run provides GPS, plus distance and speed tracking. You can analyze your personal stats over time, connect your devices, and create weekly goals and training plans.

The Brand: New Balance

The App: MyNB
What It Does:
If motivation has been a challenge in your running career, try this: run for shoes (we know, right?). Connect your New Balance app with Runkeeper to earn points on your runs that you can apply toward NB online gift cards, or even a spot in the popular runDisney race series. Seems like a no-brainer to us!

The Brand: ASICS

The App: MY ASICS Run Training
What It Does:
Training for a big race or trying to get a PR? This app from ASICS is your new best friend. Details are thoroughly thought out, and goals are really customizable. Start by selecting a goal, and ASICS will create a multiphase training plan for you - personalizing a schedule based on your age, height and weight, and running history - including the dates of your runs, distance, and mile time. This is the next best thing to having a personal running coach . . . and it's free.

The Brand: POPSUGAR Fitness

The App: POPSUGAR Active
What It Does:
OK, fine, we don't make sneakers. But did you know we have a workout app, too? Your favorite POPSUGAR Fitness classes are aggregated on the POPSUGAR Active app. It's got a little bit of everything - from "10 Minutes to Tank-Top Arms" to "Half Hour HIIT" - so even if you're on the go, the world is your gym.

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Show Your Love With These Fitness Valentine Gifts

This roundup of fitness treats will make your valentine's next workout extra festive - from dreamy yoga essentials to gym bags that proclaim their love for pizza, there are plenty of ideas for your sweaty sweetie . . . or yourself! With the season of love upon us, why not show some TLC to yourself and your body?

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You Need to Know About This Stretch! It Makes Everything Better

It's a rest day in our monthlong workout plan, so use this chill day to take care of yourself. So after a little light cardio - a walk, a jog, a swim - try this stretch. Technically it's a neck stretch, but it lengthens your spine and opens your chest too. It will make everything feel better. Seriously!

  • Start in Child's Pose with your shins and forehead on the floor. Stay here for a few breaths, working on lengthening your spine as you relax your chest to your thighs. When you're ready, interlace your hands behind you and lift your them as high as you can.
  • Inhale as you shift your weight forward and lift your hips off your heels. Rest on the top of your head and extend your hands as close to the floor as you can. Stay here for 10 seconds and then lower your hips back to your heels. Stay here for 10 seconds, and then lift your hips up again. Continue this cycle five or more times, then release into Child's Pose with your arms on either side of your legs.

Find more neck stretches here.

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Slow-Cooker Macadamia Pineapple Chicken

Satisfy Mozzarella Stick Cravings With This Baked Recipe

Weekend Link Love – Edition 384

We almost killed off the buffalo, and now we have a chance to help them return to their native lands. Support the Tanka Fund. Research of the Week Low cholesterol, especially LDL and HDL, predicts increased suicidality. Trail running quells anxious rumination. Dunbar’s number persists into our social media networks. Beards may protect hospital workers against staph infections. Catch-up […]

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5-Minute Towel Stretch For Long and Lean Limbs

It's so easy to skip the post-workout stretching session, but don't! Staying flexible is an important part of staying fit, plus it can help with injury prevention. This five-minute video will lead you through some basic leg stretches that your hips and knees will appreciate too. Grab a towel to help deepen the stretches.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Creamy Low-Calorie Cheesy Kale Dip

Cashew Tumeric Chicken Salad (Plus a Contest)

Cashew cream is a vegan obsession that can certainly have a place in a Primal kitchen. To make cashew cream, simply blend cashews nuts with water. A little bit of water makes thick, spreadable cream and a lot of water turns cashew cream into cashew milk. Either way, the texture is smooth and creamy and […]

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Tim Terlegard on the Perfect Health Retreat

Tim Terlegard of Sweden was a guest at the October 2014 Perfect Health Retreat. Tim kindly recorded a video for us discussing his experience at the retreat. Some highlights: “I enjoyed the retreat very much, every aspect of it. I …

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Friday, January 22, 2016

A Peek Inside @JCPenney’s Xersion Activewear Line

When JCPenney reached out to me to let me know they were re-upping on their Xersion line, I was definitely curious. So much of “activewear” or, pardon me, “athleisure” right now is these big boutique brands or the even bigger—and more expensive—shops that don’t even cover larger than a size 10 or 12. Alas, JCPenney […]

The post A Peek Inside @JCPenney’s Xersion Activewear Line appeared first on A Black Girl's Guide To Weight Loss.

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5 Ways to Extend the Shelf Life of Your Fruits and Vegetables

Tips to help you extend the shelf life of the fresh ingredients you buy on your journey to being a full clean eater.

The post 5 Ways to Extend the Shelf Life of Your Fruits and Vegetables appeared first on A Black Girl's Guide To Weight Loss.

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Skate Dancing Is the Must-Try Workout of 2016

As its title suggests, skate dancing is a fusion of dance techniques with roller skating moves. Skate dancing seemingly peaked in popularity during the 1970s, but it has recently reemerged as a fun workout trend with just the right hint of nostalgia. We caught up with Cecile Klaus, a skate dance instructor with The Brooklyn Zoo, to learn what makes skate dancing so appealing for newbies and workout buffs alike.

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All You Need Is a Resistance Band and Jump Rope For This Killer Upper-Body Workout

The following post was originally featured on Peanut Butter Fingers and written by Julie Fagan, who is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.

Grab a jump rope and a resistance band because I have a sweaty upper-body workout for you today!

This is a great workout to keep in your back pocket when you're traveling since throwing a resistance band and jump rope in your suitcase won't take up much room and you'll have two great pieces of exercise equipment on hand for travel-friendly workouts like this one! The entire workout can easily be done at home, in a hotel room (just be mindful of the jumping!), outside, or at the gym.

You can also modify this workout if you do not have a jump rope. Simply substitute high knees or jumping jacks in place of the 30 seconds of jump rope in between the resistance band exercises. And if you don't have a resistance band but have access to dumbbells, feel free to make that swap as well!

Visual demonstrations of the above resistance band exercises:

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Kathryn Smith Is the NFL's First Female Assistant Coach . . . and It's About Damn Time

Bunny Hop - Cute Name, Kickass Move

Torch calories while toning your abs and arms with the bunny hop. Yeah, the name sounds cute, but this exercise is killer. We love adding a bit of cardio to the basic plank, and we also love how this move makes our abs and arms burn in the best way possible.

  • Begin in a plank position with the feet together.
  • Pull your abs in, and jump your feet to the right, bringing your knees toward your right elbow. Your torso will twist to the right.
  • Jump your feet back to plank to complete one rep.
  • Repeat on the other side, and continue alternating sides for 20 reps total.

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Going Primal Transforms a Family of Four

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep […]

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Contest: Win a Better Breakfast

The Prize: A $75 Breakfast package from U.S. Wellness, comprising an assortment of beef bacon, pork bacon, beef breakfast sliders, tallow, and pemmican bars. The Contest: Today’s contest is so easy a caveman could…well, it’s super easy. Follow @USWellnessMeats and @MarksDailyApple on Instagram, then comment on the contest post here to let us know you’ve […]

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Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy Friday <3 Thank you so much for sharing your experiences on the family page, and for your love and support on the wine date post. It’s can be nerve-wracking to go out on a limb, but I’m always glad when I do. I’ve felt a lot of mixed emotions over the past […]

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This Chocolate Protein Smoothie Makes the Perfect Weight-Loss Breakfast

Try This Calf Stretch You Can Do Anywhere

You know the drill. You need rest days so your hard-working muscles can repair themselves, getting stronger in the process. But chill days don't mean you should be a couch potato. Nope. So take a walk, get your blood moving, then stretch your calves. They do a lot for you, so show them some love with this simple wall stretch.

  • Find a wall and stand a few inches away. Flex one foot; keeping the heel on the floor, place your toes on the wall. Increase the stretch by leaning into the wall.
  • Hold for about 10-15 seconds, then alternate with your other foot. Repeat once more on each leg.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

5 Reasons Running Is the Worst . . . but Should Do It Anyway

It's so simple, they told me. Just put one foot in front of the other, they said. And in a way, they were right. When I go for a run, I don't have to find a parking spot or reserve my stationary bike ahead of time or fight for a good place to set up my yoga mat in a crowded class. I never have to worry about a lame instructor or bad music or being totally upstaged by the girl with the perfectly messy bun and the on-point Lululemon outfit. It's just me, my running shoes, and the path ahead of me. So sure, in that sense it is simple. But it's still the worst, and here's why.

1. It's freaking hard.

At spin or barre class, I can always push myself knowing that change is coming. We switch from the hill-climb simulation to a low-resistance drill, or we shake out our legs and pick up some weights. Just when I think I'm at my limit, there's some relief. When I'm running and my legs are burning, though, and I'm panting like an asthmatic polar bear, you know what comes next? JUST. MORE. RUNNING. It's relentless.

2. It makes for terrible selfies.

If a workout is completed without photographic proof, does it even count? Barely. But even if you have your cutest running outfit on and your ponytail is day-old perfection, there is always the problem of your face. Your red, sweaty, exhausted face (see number 1, above). It's not the cutest selfie material at the moment. Maybe you can try for a far-away action shot, but that's going to require a selfie stick or a self-timer function and a flat surface, which just seems like an awful lot of work when you're already feeling like you might pass out any moment.

3. It has no chill.

When the spin instructor tells us to set the bike resistance to an eight-out-of-10 perceived difficulty level, we can always take into consideration that we didn't sleep very well last night and we accidentally had a doughnut for breakfast and maybe that twinge in our quad is the beginning of an injury, so this slow-ish, easy-ish pace is totally an eight today. Yup, this definitely feels like today's eight. Running, though? Running wants us to run three miles. Or 30 minutes. Or five sets of stairs. There's no room for negotiating the terms or fibbing the distance. Three miles is always three miles, even if we had a doughnut for breakfast. Running is brutally honest.

4. It always wants to talk about your feelings.

And not in the fun, chit-chatty, gossipy way. Even with a rockin' playlist blowing up your earbuds, there's just something about being alone out there on the running path that makes the mind wander. There's no instructor to focus on, no neighbor to keep up with, no reps to count. It's just you and your thoughts out there, and running doesn't even have the courtesy to buy you a drink first.

5. It's addictive.

Sure, it's hard and sweaty and it might make you cry, but it's also kind of freeing and empowering, and it makes you feel like a badass. You used to only be able to run one mile. Then one day you can run two, and you wonder if you could do three, which is basically a 5K. So you enter your first 5K and you wonder what comes next. Running always keeps you coming back to see what's next.

I could go on about how much I hate running, how it's boring and hard and makes my nose run, but I have to go meet my friend. To go for a run. Because I'm currently training for a marathon. Damn you, running!

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Go Ahead and Freak Out - All These Fitness Classes Are Free

Whether you're a devout yogi, a diehard Pilates enthusiast, or a lover of a high-intensity sweat session, studio memberships and drop-in class fees can add up quickly. Fortunately, some of your most beloved brands are ready to pick up the tab for you (whaaaat!?). And while free exercise classes led by world-class instructors may seem like the stuff of fitness fairy tales, they're actually not as elusive as you might think - labels like Nike, The North Face, and Athleta are hosting weekly group fitness, on the house. With so much on offer, you could create a schedule of free classes for yourself at some of your go-to activewear stores. Yes, we're serious.


Group Yoga Classes
Those yoga pants were made for more than just brunch. Justify your purchase and give those tights the life they've always dreamed of in one of Lulu's complimentary yoga classes. Led by esteemed instructors in the community, classes are offered at each of the brand's stores across the US and Canada - many locations now have run clubs as well!

The North Face

Mountain Athletics Training
Boston, Chicago, NYC, SF, and Washington DC
If you're looking to up your ski game to balance out your après-ski indulgences (we're not pointing fingers), The North Face is ready to help you. Every Tuesday and Thursday at its cold-weather locations (naturally), the brand leads Mountain Athletics Training - which includes endurance exercises - at 6:30 p.m. Fee: $0 per class.


Run Club, Outdoor Yoga, Climbing
Select Locations Nationwide
The camping and outdoor-rec empire REI offers a myriad of classes at different price points, while giving great discounts to members. If you do a little digging, you can find free run-club events and outdoor yoga, because how else would REI do yoga? Some locations even have an indoor rock-climbing wall you can scale in between perusing the sleeping bag aisle and Swiss Army knife section.


Run Club, NTC HIT Classes, Yoga
Whether you're going for your first run or you're a seasoned HIIT veteran, Nike has a variety of group fitness activities for you to try out weekly in several cities across the US. From burpees on the beach in Santa Monica, CA, to skating in the NYC Nike SB Garage, each location has something special - with an expert trainer to guide you. Find a store near you for a list of local events and details.


Bootcamp, Group Runs, Yoga, and More
Yet another reason to spend some more time with Gap's athletic poster child: Athleta serves up an impressive assortment of complimentary fitness and nutrition classes. Each location has a unique set of events, so check the calendar at your local store to find your next class.

Road Runner Sports

Adventure Run
Select Cities Nationwide
On the fourth Thursday of every month, Road Runner Sports hosts a monthly Adventure Run, which combines a race with a scavenger hunt and sometimes beer (if you're lucky). Get outside, go for a run, connect with your local community, and win some prizes. All Adventure Runs are 100 percent free.

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How Bad is It to Look Into the Microwave While It's On?

It's very tempting to stare into the microwave and watch our food cook, but is it healthy? Our friends at SELF explain if we should stop this common habit.

Since it feels like everything we do nowadays is basically guaranteed to give you cancer, you've likely been told at one time or another that it's not safe to look into the microwave while it's on.

Fortunately for those of us who can't help but stare longingly at our leftovers as they spin just out of our reach, we're here to put the old wives' tale to rest.

"I don't think there's any harm in looking at what's inside the microwave oven while it's cooking," Thomas Steinemann, M.D., clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology and professor of ophthalmology at Case Western Reserve University, tells SELF.

"I have never seen or heard of anyone ever with an eye injury related to using a microwave."

Neither has John Drengenberg, an electrical engineer at UL, a company that tests and certifies home appliances for safety. (You probably have about 125 things in your home with a tiny "UL"-in-a-circle stamp of approval.)

"Nobody has ever proven that anybody has had their eyes damaged by looking at a microwave," he tells SELF. "UL has been testing microwave ovens since the 1970s. It doesn't happen. There's no body of reports of that happening."

It's understandable that the fear exists. After all, we are talking about a machine whose sole function is to blast radiation at your food.

And the eyes - along with the reproductive organs - are among the parts of your body most susceptible to this type of radiation, Drengenberg says.

A big reason for this is that microwave ovens work by exciting the water molecules in food so that they vibrate, which creates the heat that cooks it. And your eyes are like little water balloons that see. What's more, the eye - particularly the lens - is generally very sensitive to damage. Overexposure to radiation, including microwave radiation, can lead to clouding of the lens, known as a cataract.

But microwaves are designed to keep radiation in, so there's really no danger of exposure.

The door seals, the oven won't turn on if the door isn't closed, and the window contains a metal mesh barrier with holes small enough to prevent the microwave frequencies from getting through. As long as the door is in good condition and the seal is tight, no radiation can escape.

So go ahead and stare. It won't put the food in your face hole any faster, but it won't hurt you, either.

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Virtual wine date

[It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right?] Hi friends! It’s been a while since we’ve had a little wine, coffee or tea date… so here we go. 😉 If we were having wine right now, it would probably be somewhere we could share some delicious appetizers. Seasons 52? Done. If we were having wine right now, I’d […]

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10 of the Best Weight-Loss Tips and Tricks

The following post was originally featured on Fit Bottomed Girls and written by Jenn, who is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.

You guys are so smart. And so pretty. And just so darn awesome. Recently, we put a call out for your best weight-loss tips and tricks. Because, although we have our own proven ways of doing it in a sane and non-torturous FBG-a-fied way, we always love hearing what new ingenious things work for you guys. And, man, you guys brought it. Just check out the nuggets of weight-loss wisdom you dropped!

10 Weight-Loss Tips and Tricks That Work

  1. Be consistent. If you are starting a fitness plan, make it simple. But most of all be consistent. Do 30 minutes of some form of cardio every day. Don't miss it and make it a habit. Even if it's walking. -Connie
  2. Plan and prep. At the beginning of the week, plan and prep meals - and plan how/when you will get your body moving in a way that makes you smile. Planning joy into your life in terms of how you feed your body, how you move your body and how you nurture and care for your soul (managing stress, pampering yourself, etc.) seem to be the keys to me. -Elisa
  3. Stay busy! It burns calories and prevents boredom eating. -Cheryl
  4. Focus on how you feel. The less sugar you eat, the less you crave it, for real! NO fast food! I have found eating four small meals a day helps . . . and don't go by the scale, go by the way you feel. Seriously commit to 14 days, and you'll be hooked! -Amy
  5. Pack it up. Packing breakfast, lunch and a snack in the morning takes less than 30 minutes and helps me stay on track. "Fail to plan, and you plan to fail." Amirite? -Grisella
  6. Get back to basics. Exercise at least four days per week, eat real food, drink plenty of water and get some sleep. -Marian
  7. Batch your cooking. Cook for the week and portion out your food every Sunday. -Tara
  8. Get a hobby. Find a hobby that ensures your hands HAVE to stay clean and busy! Crochet, knitting, crafting of any type. You end up with a cool project, and since your hands are busy, you're not using them to eat snacks you shouldn't have!!! -Anne
  9. Keep it simple. Eat less. Move around more. -Jennifer
  10. And our personal favorite: don't diet! It's a lifestyle change . . . not a diet!! Eat more whole foods, exercise and sleep. If you tend to want to snack at night, brush your teeth for the night early … then you won't be as tempted to eat, because then you would have to do it all again. -Mindy

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Reap the Benefits of Turmeric With These Easy Recipes

Turmeric is bold, is flavorful, and has recently enjoyed a surge in popularity thanks to a myriad of health benefits - notably, it's a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and can aid in weight loss. But unless you grew up cooking Indian food, turmeric may be a bit unfamiliar in your cooking routine. Kick things up a notch and incorporate this herbaceous powerhouse into your everyday menu with these simple recipes.

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Damn You, Delicious Pizza, For Making It So Hard to Lose Weight!

Hot, gooey, greasy, cheesy, addictively delicious pizza. Why?! Why do you taste so damn good?! You call to me at all hours of the day and make it impossible to stop at just one slice. If pizza is the reason you're having a tough time losing weight, these Instagram pics will sound all too true.

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