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Keep your focus on fitness during the holidays

November ushers in the holiday season and with it goes all the creative decorating, joyful social gatherings, frenetic shopping, and delirious gift giving. This timely hustle and bustle can make one’s focus on fitness lost in the shuffle. Becky Schlageter, a National Academy of Sports Medicine...

  • 5 cool tech tools that will help you get fitter faster

    5 cool tech tools that will help you get fitter faster

    Workout buddies can be motivation magic, but who says they have to be human? Sure, the coolest new fitness gadgets can't pick you up for your 6 a.m. cycling class, but they do help keep you accountable and motivated — and they never sleep in. "Tools that monitor your exercise behaviors, help you...

  • 6 easy ways to burn more calories in the weight room

    6 easy ways to burn more calories in the weight room

    You might not equate lifting weights with dropping pounds, but building strong, lean muscle is one of the best ways to rev your metabolism. It also helps ensure that while you burn fat and calories, you aren't also losing precious muscle. What's more, a strength workout can itself torch a hefty...

  • Why you should never leave the gym without stretching

    Why you should never leave the gym without stretching

    If you don't have a lot of time to spend in the gym, it's tempting to just hop off the treadmill and into the shower or to skip a group fitness class's final stretching portion. But sticking around to stretch, if even for a few minutes, is key to reaching your fitness goals. "Stretching helps improve...

  • Magic motivators: 9 super-easy tricks that will make you want to work out

    Magic motivators: 9 super-easy tricks that will make you want to work out

    There's a lot of familiar advice out there about how to stay motivated to work out: Set goals, get a workout buddy, reward yourself. It all can work, but if those things aren't doing it for you, or you need an extra push, check out these insanely easy, super-effective tips from trainers who see...

  • Trainer secrets: How to get fit in 5 moves

    Trainer secrets: How to get fit in 5 moves

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  • 4 secrets for a perfect workout playlist

    4 secrets for a perfect workout playlist

    Turns out music really does move you: Listening to a workout playlist can increase endurance by as much as 10 percent and make workouts feel more pleasurable, even when you’re working at a high intensity, according to research in the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology. “Music has a distractive...

  • Build a better smoothie

    Build a better smoothie

    Have fun experimenting with different flavors and combos, but always include at least one liquid and one thickening ingredient to achieve the right consistency.

  • How to make swimming laps more fun

    How to make swimming laps more fun

    In terms of fitness, swimming laps could be the perfect workout: It strengthens and tones every major muscle group plus counts as cardio, and it’s low-impact and easy on your joints. “You can’t get injured unless you hit your head on the wall!” jokes Monika Suto, aquatics director for Chicago Athletic...

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