3 Things You Can Lose at the Gym (That AREN’T Body Weight!)

A few days ago, while I was riding a stationary bike at the gym, an older gentleman we'll call Greg walked up to me and said, "You know you can lose a lot more calories on the elliptical or treadmill, right?"

Lose a lot more calories? I thought. I’m not trying to lose calories. I’m trying to gain leg strength and endurance...

I just smiled and thanked him, and told him I was winding down after a pretty intense weightlifting session (which was true, too).

After the exchange, I started thinking. So many people assume we’re at the gym to lose weight (especially us girls -- sorry y'all, but you know it’s true). Sure, I wanted to drop a few pounds when I joined, but I've since learned there's so much more to gain at the gym -- and I'm not just talking about muscles and strength.

However, I realized Greg had an unintentional point: There are things to lose at the gym -- they just go way beyond weight.

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#ThrowbackThursday: 5 Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

The Summer Solstice is soon upon us, sweet readers (Sunday, June 21, 2015, to be exact), and I thought now would be a great time to throwback to last year's post about all the things you can do to celebrate the longest day of the year -- and the first day of summer, of course.

After all, it's not all about performing the 108 Sun Salutations (though, that's definitely an immensely meaningful, challenging, and...
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5 Ways to Make Exercise as Painless as Possible

As a fitness writer and coach who has been training consistently for over a decade, I can confidently say that I don’t like exercising, and that’s okay. -- Dick Talens

Bet you that's not a statement you'd ever expect to hear from a fitness writer and coach, but that's exactly the message Dick Talens sends in his latest Lifehacker piece, "You Might Never Love Exercise (But Do It Anyway)."

Well, that and the "do it anyway" part, of course.

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Never Miss an Opportunity to Encourage Others

I had the MOST fun yesterday!

My favorite yoga studio started its summer pass package (all the yoga you can stand for one discounted price), so of course I had to sign up.

However, I didn’t venture into the studio alone yesterday.

When I saw there was a beginner yoga class scheduled for yesterday evening, I had to talk a friend of mine – who’s never tried yoga, not even using a video or yoga app – into going with me.

I figured because it was a beginner class, she’d be less intimidated.

Boy, was I WRONG.

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What the Elliptical Taught Me About Letting People In

Earlier this week, I decided to up my resistance levels on the elliptical machine, as well as choose a new workout (I went with a random hill variance). So, basically I was “climbing” up and down random hills at various different levels of resistance.

(For those of you unfamiliar with elliptical machines, the harder the resistance and workout setting, the slower you might go – until your legs get stronger, that is.)

So, although I was working my ass off (pun slightly intended – hey, it’s Friday), any random passerby might have thought I was just lollygagging around, lazily going through the motions until my 30 minutes were up.

In reality, I was kind of struggling to hold it together.

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