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Make Your Gym Habit Stick (Three Tips)

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I used to be a gym rat.  I didn't go every day, but I went several times a week and I stuck to my routine.  After a summer spent outside, dedicated to my running goal, and a fall spent getting and getting over a respiratory infection.... I fell out my gym habit, hard.

My schedule no longer had regular gym days built in, and I lost interest in some of the classes I used to attend religiously.  In December, I was finally able to re-instate my healthy habits, and--so far--I'm meeting my January goal of three workouts weekly.  For this reason, I thought it's the perfect time to discuss ways that I manage to stick to my gym habit, and how you can, too.

Maybe YOU set a new year's resolution to go to the gym more often, try a new type of exercise class, or become a runner.  Whatever your commitment is, here are some tried and true ways to ensure you meet your fitness goals:


Make Your Gym Habit Stick 
with These 3 Tricks:

1. Schedule Your Workouts in your Calendar.  

Treat your …

Friday Features: News You Can Use

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Checking in for some news you can use!


Remember last week when I dared  you to break out a board game?
Well, the SilverOak Blog has heard my cry and created an epic
chart to help you find a perfect board game for YOU!
Dare you to check it out by clicking here and find which game it recommends.

Bone Broth is getting super popular these days,
so I thought I'd remind you that you can make it from home!
It's so much simpler than it sounds: here's how.

This post by Carla Birnberg just made me giggle, so I have to share.
Give it a read and take a moment to reflect:
What's in YOUR bra?

Whatever your health-related resolution,
the FitFluential blog has you covered:
First, a beginner's strength workout,
and then
tips to build a green smoothie + 10 green smoothie recipes

The New York Times Well Blog answers:
Can Compression Clothing Enhance Your Workout?

Finally, watch this five-minute video to clear up
some VERY common myths and misconceptions about exercise,
and avoid making …

Take a Hike!

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A great way to stay active on a weekend or on vacation is by embarking on a hike!  Even better: hiking isn't just fun, it's good for you, too.  



Personally, I never really hiked growing up, except a few times while away at camp.  Then, in Israel, I learned how fun hiking can be!  I loved the rocks, the risk, and the reward.


Since then, I've enjoyed hiking in other settings and even planned a whole trip around it!  Check out my old post on hiking the Sedona Red Rocks to see the awesome views that Arizona hiking can provide.


So let's get to it:
Health Benefits of Hikes:Hiking is a fun way to explore a new area, but it still comes with all the benefits of regular physical activity!
Improved cardio-respiratory fitnessImproved muscular fitness and muscle tone (hiking engages many muscle groups) Lowered blood pressureStress relief  Reduced depressionBetter quality sleepWeight loss and maintenanceHealthy bone structure/reduced chance of osteoporosisIncreased levels of vitamin …

Perform and Recover with Tommie Copper

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A year ago, I was running regularly.  When my knee and ankle started to bother me a bit during and after runs, I decided to cut back and eventually ceased altogether.  (The ice-cold, bitter, polar vortex of a winter didn't help, either!)

This summer, as you know, I decided to get back in to running (PRs! Races! Goals!), but I wanted to be smart about it and take care of my legs!



Enter: Compressionwear!  Reps from Tommie Copper generously outfitted me with their Performance Compression Capris and the Recovery Compression Dress Calf Socks.  The former are workout wear to be worn during my sweat session, while the latter are to aid post-workout circulation.


I slipped into the capris and fell in love.  At first wear, they were incredible comfortable and smooth.   I really didn't want to change out of them, even when I was only trying them on!  They're so comfortable, even just for lounging around.  I like that they cover my knees--this, I think, helped stave off any knee p…

BODYPUMP! {Review and 30-Day NYSC Gym Pass Giveaway!}

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The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Les Mills.  As always, the opinions reflected below are entirely my own.

Senior year of college, I was a regular at the student gym's "BODY COMBAT" class.  This is where I fell in love with martial arts-style classes.  It was all about moving to the music, harnessing your inner strength, and kicking butt.   That class is still one of my favorites; I loved every minute and have missed it ever since.  Turns out, the folks that created the Body Combat classes have a slew of other group fitness programs that are offered at various locations throughout the country.  The company, Les Mills, has created 13 global group training programs, which now have millions of participants in over 15,000 gyms in 90 countries.

Their weights class, BODYPUMP®, debuted in New York Sports Clubs across NYC this week.They moved in with a bang; they are now offering an average of 130 classes every week at 36 NYSC locations... WOW.  Th…

Free Yourself of The Calorie Myth {Book Review + GIVEAWAY}

Hope those of you that celebrate had a lovely joy-filled holiday!  Now, we're just six days away from the new year, and just FIVE days away from the release of a new book that can help you achieve your health goals for the new year.

I've said before that I'm a fan of the work of Jonathan Bailor and listen to his podcast frequently.  When I heard he was publishing a book that would contain all his well-phrased findings in one package, I was eager to learn more and share it with all of you.  I contacted Jonathan with an offer to review his new book, and was so excited when he agreed to send over an advance copy!  Now I can tell you all about it, just in time for you to pre-order before it is released on December 31.

His new book is a complete guide to all the science he has uncovered independently, seeking to find the most proven path to health and fitness.  Now, I dare you to free yourself of the calorie myths by reading Jonathan Bailor's new book:

"About almost an…