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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Every year, millions of well-intentioned people set resolutions. via GIPHY Resolutions to get healthy, lose weight, work out regularly, and eat better. via GIPHY And about 80 percent of people who make resolutions give up on them by February. via GIPHY But does this stop us from trying again, and again, and again each time January comes around? via GIPHY Why do we put ourselves through this madness? Why do we keep doing the same thing — and trying the same approach — year after year after year? via GIPHY Is it because we’re stupid? via GIPHY Is it because there’s…

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It was a GOOD year for workout music. Here’s the proof … and the best workout songs of 2018 playlist you’ll want to put on repeat. Best Workout Songs of 2018 No Roots by Alice Merton Lemon by N.E.R.D and Rihanna Taki Taki by DJ Snake featuring Selena Gomez, Ozuna, Cardi B Knockout by Deorro, MAKJ, Quintino All The Stars by Kendrick Lamar and SZA Heart Attack by Tune-Yards Turn Down for What, by DJ Snake, Lil Jon Finesse (Remix) by Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B Filthy by Justin Timberlake Havana by Camila Cabello, Young Thug Make Me Feel, Janelle…

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Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.

This week standing desks are overrated, the new EPA head is terrifying, and how mushrooms might save the bees.

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Links of the week

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If the cooler temps have your little runner heart going like this: via GIPHY But the fact that it’s getting dark so dang early has you more like this: via GIPHY Well, we’ve got some gear — and tips! — from Brooks Running that you’re gonna dig so hard. Because running when it’s dark out means you’ve gotta take a few extra safety precautions, and you can take steps toward a safer run before you even set foot outside by wearing bright, reflective clothing, shoes, and accessories. (As always with Brooks, we want to remind you that we’re proud ambassadors…

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Today’s guest post comes from RetreatHub, a company devoted to making it easy for retreat organizers to find the perfect venue for their event. Often, our daydreams take us to a sunny beach in Cancun or urban hiking through the streets of Italy — or whatever the next exciting location we’re hoping to visit might be. Just imagining all the wonderful environments, foods, and cultures might be enough to make you happy until that date on the plane ticket. These vacations can be a great way to get your mind off your regular life, but have you ever considered a…

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Mindset has a lot to do with how we perform, whether it be physically or mentally. A car isn’t expected to run without the right kind of fuel, so don’t expect to function without the right mentality. It’s no secret that the power of positivity can move mountains, but sometimes positivity isn’t always easy to come by. One negative happenstance can affect our attitude and outcome. Read on to find out how your actions can set the tone for a better tomorrow. 1. Choose your village wisely. It often takes a village to steer us in the right direction. Surround…

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You wanna hear a secret that I wish someone had told me 10 years ago? Being comfortable working out in a sports bra (without a shirt on) is less about abs than it is about attitude. via GIPHY This is something I’ve been learning over the course of the summer — as I ditch the shirt when I start shvitzing in yoga class, or when I step outside to run and realize I’m sweating before I’ve even warmed up — and the idea is backed up by this great NY Times opinion piece about what it’s like to be a “Bra…

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There are few things in the world more frustrating than working your butt off and not seeing results. I’ve certainly been there and spent a ton of time scrambling to figure out what I could do differently. We’d all like to believe that if you’re putting in solid, consistent effort in the gym and in the kitchen, it will continue to pay off and get you closer to your goals. But sadly, the reality is that it’s really not that simple. There are so many reasons why you might find yourself hitting a plateau. Here are some of the most…

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I once read that self-acceptance comes before self-love. I didn’t understand what that meant when I first read it — I thought self-acceptance and self-love was one and the same. Now that I have been consistent with my self-care practice for 70-plus days, I understand that accepting who I am and what I look like was vital to learning how to love myself. Neither self-acceptance nor self-love is easy when we wear so many hats at once — mother, wife, daughter, friend, and the list goes on. More often than not, our true “self” comes last because we either don’t…

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