I hear it all the time: “I can’t engage my core without holding my breath.” Well friends, I assure you that you can indeed breathe and engage your core at the same time. Put your thinking caps on y’all, cuz I’m about to drop some knowledge on ya. When we think of the core, we often envision the six-pack muscle that runs right down the center of our bellies (rectus abdominis) or the obliques that form the sides of our waists. But the core is so much more than just those muscles. Your core is a community of muscles that…

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I was a super active person until last summer. Between teaching several fitness classes per week, walking a few miles a day (hey, I’m a New Yorker!) and being a Fit Bottomed Girl who co-hosts and produces the Fit Bottomed Girl Podcast, exercise and being active is a big passion in my life. Then my life changed. One evening last August, I ordered some tacos for dinner and excitedly headed down the steps (I live on the second floor of a walkup) to greet the delivery guy. At some point, I felt myself spinning in the air and had no control…

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From asparagus to watermelon, there’s a whole wide world of produce out there — and many fruits and veggies offer vastly different clues that they’re ready to eat. Plus, while some will ripen after you bring them home — like those bananas that were green a week ago and are now a sad, soft, soggy brown (hey, don’t throw them out — use them for this!) — others, like pineapple, will not. If you’re in the market for some pro tips on choosing fresh, ripe produce — or figuring out how to use and store it after you’ve gotten it…

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Oh, coffee. The sweet nectar of life. The java that fuels our souls. The best part of waking up. via GIPHY I mean, have you seen more memes or funny t-shirts dedicated to any other beverage? (Other than beer — maybe.) via GIPHY And while coffee does have its benefits, it also has its downsides. In an attempt to have a better chance at making this a reality (which, ahem, worked extra well for me), I gave up my beloved cup of Joe a few months ago. And, even though it was a little challenging at first, I found that…

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If you’re over the hill, you might notice that battling the bulge isn’t quite as simple as it used to be. In this post, you’ll learn how to eat, exercise, and supplement to lose stubborn body fat and turn back the clock.

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So you want to be a gravel cyclist? I don’t blame you! This cross between a road bike and mountain bike is quickly gaining popularity, but before you start shopping, there are a few things you probably should know. What the Heck Is a Gravel Bike? As mentioned, a gravel bike is basically a cross between a road bike and a mountain bike. With clearance for fatter tires and disc brakes, they handle well off the pavement. Coupled with a more upright riding position and a lower bottom bracket, they are more stable than a typical skinny tire road bike.…

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Remember that time we talked taco salads with Bob Harper? And we both went on and on about how delicious and amazing taco salads are? Well, my love for the taco salad is true, long-lasting, and well-documented. Taco salad isn’t just the best of salads — it’s one of the best foods, period, in my opinion. Maybe you feel the same way. Maybe you don’t. Maybe you’ve never even had a really good taco salad (so sad). That’s exactly why I wanted to write this post. Because there are okay taco salads, good taco salads, and then GREAT taco salads.…

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Welcome back for Part 2 of this beginner barbell guide! If you missed Part 1, read that first as it covers the basics of equipment and etiquette. And remember that while you may think you’re the only one in the gym who doesn’t know the basics, I promise you that you’re not. Even some of the people using them regularly don’t actually know the basics. My goal is to make sure that you’re not one of them. We covered points 1-6 in the first guide, so let’s pick right up where we left off … Getting Started 7. Stick with…

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I’ve been doing the gluten-free thing for more than five years now. via GIPHY Which also means that I’ve been baking gluten-free holiday treats for more than five years now. via GIPHY In that time, I’ve had some massive gluten-free holiday baking successes. via GIPHY And, some epically bad baking failures. via GIPHY And, I’ve distilled all that knowledge down into seven tips, just for you. Because what I really want this holiday season is for you to have more wins than fails, every time you get your holiday bake on. via GIPHY 7 Gluten-Free Holiday Baking Tips Art 1.…

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