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Bodies

The Five Stages of a Hot Yoga Class

I’ve started attending a yoga studio not too far from my house, and I kind of love it for several reasons. The first and biggest reason is the fact that all their classes are $5. All of them. Since it’s so cheap to take a class, the studio tends to draw a wide array of […]

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Humor

So, They are Good for Something: How Your Kids Can Keep You Fit

Spring is in the air, and I can’t be the only person who feels energetic and ready to take up some sort of regular exercise. But time is short and classes are expensive, and who wants to spend their precious free time away from their home and sofa? Then it occurred to me: Aren’t I […]

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Sports

My Top 5 Fitness Sites

A large part of the impetus behind my recent foray into strength training is the great information and inspiration I found online, so I’m returning the favour. Here are my favourite fitness sites.

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Bodies

Fitness Challenge – It’s Science!

Blocking out time to work out sucks. I realize healthy living is important, but so is sleep, and that always takes precedence for me.

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Op Ed

How To Actually Enjoy The Summer, Maybe

Last week, it snowed in our town. Most people were disgusted. I liked it. Winter can stay as long as it likes; it’s the summer I can’t stand.

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We try it!

We Try It: A Marathon Relay

[Editor’s note: Persephone Magazine sends its thoughts and love out to Boston this afternoon. I wrote this post after completing this event two days ago. Knowing that events like this will probably never be the same breaks my heart. Our namesake Persephone lives in the greater Boston area, and we are sending her, her family, […]

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Reader Challenge

Positivity Challenge Week 21: Try Yoga

People who practice yoga have become one of those groups of people, along with marathon runners, Diva Cup users, and vegans, who can be so evangelical about their passion that they shoehorn it into every conversation. As a result, many people who don’t practice yoga are sick of hearing about it. I get it, I […]

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We try it!

We Try It!: Bodyrock.tv Fitness Program

I was initially hesitant to write this given how subjective exercise is. I think many of us realize by now, either from activism, experience, or both, that not everything works for everyone. We’ve all got different bodies, different metabolisms, and different comfort levels, and we all have to find what works best for us. But […]

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Women In Academia

Women in Academia: Fitting in Fitness

Hi, everyone! How’s the weather where you are? It’s been pretty great here, and that has heralded more than just seasonal allergies – it’s brought about a flurry of runners. Now, I am not suggesting that everyone must work out OR ELSE, but I find exercise to be valuable and enjoyable. Even so, it can be […]

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Reader Challenge

Positivity Challenge Week 12: Get Out and Move!

Continuing in our effort to internalize positivity, this week I’m going to tackle a somewhat contentious topic: Exercise. In fact, I’m going to try and use the word exercise as little as possible. How about we call it “Movement”? Getting up and moving can be one of the hardest things to actually start doing, but […]

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Bodies

100-Day Burpee Challenge: Week Seven

Greetings, Challengers! How has this week gone? Depending on when you started this challenge, this week marks the halfway point!

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Bodies

100-Day Burpee Challenge: Week 3

You’ve made it to week three! Congratulations, Persephoneers! I have to say that I’m really proud of all the work you are putting in to this challenge. Are the burpees getting any easier, even though the amount you have to do is careening into ridiculous territory? Are you starting to see some muscle definition in […]

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Reader Challenge

2012 Fitness Challenge: 100 Days of Burpees

Ah, the burpee. Also known as the squat-thrust. The bastard child of a squat and a push-up, with a bit of a jump at the end, it’s deceptively simple, yet throughly ass-kicking. It requires little room and no equipment aside from your body. In short, the perfect exercise for an open challenge!

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We try it!

We Try It: GaiamTV

Having ordered from the popular yoga and eco-friendly goods company Gaiam before, I received a special extended trial invitation to their new service, GaiamTV. I didn’t think much about it at first, but after discovering some Gaiam Wake Up Workouts that I really liked on Hulu+, but wouldn’t be able to continue on a week long visit to the UK, I decided to check GaiamTV out. I checked that their videos weren’t region-locked, which they aren’t, and signed up. Spoiler alert: I didn’t cancel after the trial period was over.

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Bodies

Lazy-Ass Exercising: How to Do a Crunch

Have I mentioned how much I hate exercising? I found something out recently though: doing certain exercises correctly actually makes them easier (and more rewarding) than flopping my way through them hoping to get in shape. By magic.