Keep Your Workout Cool

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Ugh. I hate running in the heat, I run outside all through the winter, rain, sleet, wind and freezing cold, but transition to the treadmill in the summer when the rest of the running folk flock outdoors. I do my best to avoid the heat by getting up early, doing indoor classes, or treadmill workouts but when training for a race, longer outdoor runs are unavoidable. Maybe it’s because I’ve lived in a cooler climate most of my life. I love a good hot sunny day for hanging on a boat, having a bbq or lying in the sun, but not to workout in. Yet, I want to be able to enjoy the summer, getting lots of vitamin D and outdoor training. Running through the summer is great conditioning for early fall runs and a great way to see all of...
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The "Pokey" Workout

The "Pokey" Workout
It's no secret Pokémon Go is the nation's latest craze. Users everywhere are hitting up the streets, breathing in some fresh air, visiting monumental sites and adding up those steps! No doubt the game has received some backlash with the email scandals, but have you heard of its potential fitness benefits? The Self-Determination Theory holds that we have natural and intrinsic tendencies to behave in effective and healthy ways. So why don’t you want to hit the gym but are okay with collecting those steps with Pokémon Go? Well, according to psychologists Edward L. Deci and Richard Ryan, humans are motivated by three psychological needs: competence, autonomy and psychological relatedness. We seek to control the outcome of most situations so we can master our world. At times we feel like we’ve mastered the art of working out, but sometimes the repetition...
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Finding the Perfect Workout

Finding the Perfect Workout
Finding the Perfect Workout - Cardio
There are several fitness trends and fads out right now. We’ve come a long way from the Billy Blanks' Tae Bo VHS’s we used to watch in our living rooms. Fitness has evolved into many different classes, meanings, and most importantly workouts. Finding the perfect workout class can be hard and expensive. For example CrossFit may sound fitting, so you pay $200 to sign up only to find out that heavy lifting wasn’t what you were looking for. So you go back to the drawing board and decide to sign up for a monthly Barre class your co-worker introduced you to. After about two weeks you realize that their scheduled classes don’t align with your work and life schedule so you inevitably cancel. This process can be costly and time consuming. Why not bundle this experience and expense with your...
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Mind Over Mattress

Mind Over Mattress
We’ve all talked about it; want to do it, but somehow sleeping always gets the best of us. Of course going back to bed and hitting the snooze button is always the easiest thing to do but what if we got in a routine, woke up early and started doing more with our day. Getting a head start has not only been proven to make you more efficient, more successful and happier, but it also sets you up for a better life and improves your daily habits. Not to mention that you won't have to make the ever so difficult choice of choosing between the gym and happy hour. So wake up early and start preparing for greatness while the rest of the world is still dreaming. Get Prepped Start your day with some meditation and a good stretch. This is something that most people do...
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Working Out the Seasonal Sickness

Working Out the Seasonal Sickness
Has the seasonal plague hit you? If it has, don’t let it stop you from your productive workout routine. There’s still a way to get a moderately good workout in, even if you’re feeling under the weather. If you’re on a vigorous workout routine, the last thing you want is to let a little virus get in the way. Fear not, here’s a few ways to cheat your way into working out even when you’re not fully up to it and maybe even cure yourself in the process. Walking : If you’re feeling stuffy and congested, sometimes depending on how you’re feeling, a walk might be what you need. Though if you are having any sort of fever/body aches it’s probably best you wait it out until you feel better. If your symptoms are only neck up then that’s a...
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De-Bloat Before You Boat

De-Bloat Before You Boat
Can we please throw out the fact that Memorial Day totally crept up on us once again? The idea beach partying and showing off the bod seemed like it was months away instead of only two days. Now we sit unprepared for the weekend ahead, trying out to figure the quickest way to get in perfect shape. Well, you may not get exactly where you want to be, but luckily we have some last minute ways to get toned up. No plain old squats here, we are in crunch time. Let’s lift those booties, bulk those arms, and sculpt those legs for an unforgettable weekend, you procrastinators. Stomach and Legs Leg raises, leg raises, leg raises. Not just any leg raises - hanging leg raises. This is a fool-proof method to get that tummy tighter in a shorter amount of...
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Working Out Anxiety and Depression

Working Out Anxiety and Depression
We all know the great benefits of working out. It keeps us healthy, physically fit and strong. Not only does it help with our outer appearance, physical health and our mental state. But what if I told you it could also be one of the main tools in helping to cure your anxiety or maybe even your depression? It has also been found to improve ADHD, your sleep patterns and elevate your overall mood, memory and brain function. It reduces inflammation and aids in the growth of neurons, and releases powerful chemicals in your brain, aka endorphins that keep you in a moderately elevated and calming state. In addition, it gives you the satisfaction of taking matters of bettering yourself in your own hands. Someone dealing with depression or anxiety can often feel unmotivated or tired, which in turn it...
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7 Best Fitness Apps To Get You In Shape

7 Best Fitness Apps To Get You In Shape
Let's face it. We need to come to grips with the fact that our phones have become a pretty big part of our lives. They have turned into helpful little sidekicks that we take everywhere with us. I think we can all confidently say they are a constant in our lives and they are not going anywhere anytime soon. This is where we say hello to fitness apps. Not only are there a ton, but it's hard to decide which ones to pick with all the different options that are now provided to us at our finger tips. The best part is that the apps are with you all day so you will have no problem being consistent and staying accountable. Here's a list of our favorite apps of 2016 that will help you in your fitness ventures. Charity Miles...
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5 Ways to Get Off The Couch

5 Ways to Get Off The Couch
I feel, as humans we are not all programmed to love working out. Of course we all want to chase after those amazing endorphins that you get after a sweat-filled workout. But what if it’s just been a long day and you would just rather snuggle up by the fireplace and drink some wine and pop in your favorite flick? Sometimes, as much as we don’t feel like it, working out is something that we need to do to live a happy, healthy and fit life style. So what do you do when you can’t seem to find the motivation or inspiration to work out? Here’s a couple of tricks to get that little kick in your step and that butt into the gym. 1. Caffeine High Straight up, please! I’m sure when I say coffee, many different things come...
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Workout With A Discount

Workout With A Discount
It’s Monday, 5 PM, and you just got off work. The last thing you want to do is workout doing the same thing over and over again. I get it. It’s boring. After taking all the classes, overplaying the same Spotify list, and meeting everyone there is to meet at the gym, it can get repetitive. Who needs more of that? Freeze your gym membership and hop on the Groupon train. Ten dollars for one month of unlimited yoga? Yes, please. There are so many choices it's hard to pick just one. If you’re in the mood to change up your gym routine, go to new places, and meet new people then these workouts are definitely for you. Cappy’s Boxing Gym 2609 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144 The deal: One month unlimited for $75 ($140 value) Warning: slipping a...
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Feel the Quick Burn

Feel the Quick Burn
In our fast paced and fast food filled society we tend to sacrifice our time on things we need most including exercise. As your diet is essential in losing weight or keeping your body so is exercise. As we all know, not all exercises are created equal. Some require a long time before you can burn calories while there are some who can help you burn calories within a few minutes. Exercises that will get your heart rate up (aka cardio exercises) are the fastest ways to burn calories, but according to shapefit.com, cardio alone does not work. If you wish to triple your calorie loss in the shortest time, it is recommended that you opt for exercises that combine both cardio workout and strength training. With that in mind, here are some highly recommended exercises for you to try...
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