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Anxiety

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...
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Anxiety

What the Elliptical Taught Me About Letting People In

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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...
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Depression

Top 5 Fitness Myths (And the Facts That CRUSH Them!)


During my journey to get physically and mentally fit, I’ve run across several myths that held me up, and I’ve noticed I’m not the only one.

More often than not, these “myths” are just ways to talk yourself out of getting moving. Generally, getting fit isn’t easy peasy (no matter what all these workout and diet gurus tell you); it takes hard work. Still, it’s doable, and it benefits you both physically and mentally.

Let’s take...
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Body Image

Before and After Pictures: A Portrait of Your Mind


A few weeks ago, I published a post on my thoughts about before-and-after pictures of our bodies.

Since then, I've been thinking about how that idea relates – perhaps more positively – to before-and-after pictures of our minds.

I've always dabbled in exercise and healthy eating, but it wasn't until a few years ago that I got serious about it; not just for my body, but also for my mind....
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Anorexia

Eating Disorders Awareness: “I Had No Idea…”

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The National Eating Disorders Awareness (NEDA) Week kicked off on Sunday, February 22, 2015.

This year's NEDA theme, "I Had No ":

aims to promote public and media attention to the seriousness of eating disorders and improve education about the biological underpinnings, environmental triggers, warning signs and how to help those struggling.

In honor of that, I thought I'd...
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Anxiety

The Day I Realized I’d Stopped Eating (& What I’m Doing About It)

nataliej | CC

So, I’ve lost 10 pounds in the last two weeks.

Don’t congratulate me; I wasn’t trying.

You see, I’ve been a freelance writer and editor for the past decade and, as such, I juggle several clients and a variety of projects during any given day. Having been at it as long as I have, I’ve learned how to effectively manage my time. I know how to handle responsibility—whether...
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Anxiety

“I Want to Look Better Naked!”

Kris Kesiak | CC

You might not believe it (or, maybe you might) but one of the most common answers I get when I ask people why they exercise

..."I want to look better naked!"

Setting aside the fact that what "looks better naked" is subjective, as someone who firmly believes that diet and exercise can help improve so much more than just our physical appearance (such...
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