The Futility of Comparing Yourself to Others

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One of the biggest reasons we’re not content with ourselves and our lives is that we compare ourselves to other people. Picture it: you see photos of what someone else is doing on Facebook and think your life isn’t exciting enough. You see someone else who has a cool job and think you’re not doing […]

Run, Walk Up! Stair Climbing For An Excellent Workout

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My fantasy of living in a busseling downtown area where the streets are lined with buildings with tall stairway entrances and I meet them each morning to imprint my feet upon them most likely will never be a reality.. But this will not keep me from searching out staircases across the country in my travels […]

May-ed For Fitness – Interval Training Walking! Not Your Ordinary Walk Around the Block

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You say you only have 20-30 minutes for exercise? No problem. Let’s go! This short, yet powerful, interval style walking workout will provide plenty of cardiovascular, fat burning and bone building benefits! Focus on form, intensity and speed during each walking interval for optimal results. You will be feeling and looking fabulous in no time! […]

Week 2 – Celebrate Your Strength: Take The Stairs Everyday!

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Not only does exercise strengthen our muscles and our heart, protect our body from injury, illness, disease and premature aging, but exercise also helps build our self esteem and confidence. Regular exercise will help you like – even love yourself! Science has proven that when we strengthen our muscles and joints by exercising regularly, we […]

Looking Ahead With Lauren: Beating The Dreaded “Unmotivation”

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Oh motivation, how easy you are to lose. That’s what I’ve been thinking about this past weekend. After enjoying some time off in Florida, the motivation to work out that I had finally obtained is quickly leaving once again. I had my workout clothes and running shoes in my bags, packed and ready to go, […]

My Go To Workout: Running

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“Oops… I almost forgot. I won’t be able to make it fellas. Veronica and I trying this new fad called uh, jogging. I believe it’s jogging or yogging. it might be a soft j. I’m not sure but apparently you just run for an extended period of time. It’s supposed to be wild.” -Anchorman: The […]

Looking Ahead with Lauren: Looking Forward To…

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What are you most looking forward to right now? For me, it is finally going on vacation! While this Michigan winter hasn’t been too bad, the wind has been cold and I really miss being outdoors. This week, I’ll be in Florida! I haven’t been on a plane or been to Florida since I was […]

The Year in Fitness 2011

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Faster, Higher, Stronger!  Fitness for 2012 If all the Phys Ed columns published this year have a single message, it is that now is a fine time to own a body. The diverse exercise-related experiments published in 2011 and covered in this space each week suggest that it’s possible to retain your cognitive powers, muscle […]

Listening to Music During Exercise May Increase Fat Loss!

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When we think of a “fat burner,” typically what comes to mind is something we ingest, like a pill or powder. However, science has shown us that a whole other realm of fat fighters exists that don’t come in a bottle. Among the most potent of these unconventional diet supplements, according to recent research, is music. The fact that […]

Caution: Hot Weather Workouts

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Well, it’s about time the sunshine and warmer temperatures made it to Michigan. Like me, most fitness minded mid-westerners have been waiting months for outdoor exercise; bootcamp, swimming, biking, hiking, walking or running club – basically anything that happens outside to workout and energize our body and mind.  To avoid being side-lined during your outdoor […]