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Fuel Your Body with Plant Based Protein

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My favorite time of the day (other than when I am sleeping), is right after my killer workout when I get to whip up a protein smoothie, sit back and let my workout accomplishment sink in while I enjoy a yummy treat. Most people don’t think of a protein smoothie as a treat, but I do.  I know it is a treat taste wise, and also a treat for my body as it is giving me the needed protein for my muscle and the nutrients my body needs after a hard workout.   But, choosing the right protein powder these days is not an easy task. It is downright painful sometimes because there are so many on the market, and so many bad ones to boot!

I like to help my readers take the guess work out of shopping and when I had the chance to review Orgain – Organic Protein I was pumped (yes, pun intended).  I enjoy seeing what is out there and when I find something I like, I love to share my thoughts.  Well, I really like this one!   Orgain Protein Powder has a smooth and creamy texture, which is hard to find in the protein powder world.  That is a huge plus for me, as I hate feeling like I am drinking chalk!  Orgain Protein Powder is also made from organic plant – based protein – including brown rice, hemp, chia, and pea protein.  Again, a huge factor for me because I deal with IBS and most protein powders make me bloat really bad.  That didn’t happen with Orgain.  Now, keep in mind, everyone’s body is different and I am just telling you my results.

This product was created by Dr. Andrew Abraham.  He was seeking high quality nutrition during his cancer treament years ago and that inspired him to develop delicious nutrition products with high quality organic ingredients.  It is so awesome when someone can do their research to make sure the product they develop is of high standards.  I look for that when buying any product these days.

There are many ways now days to get protein. Powders, bars, meat, shakes, etc.   But, most taste horrible, have bad texture, or horrible after effects.  Believe me.. I have had to run to the bathroom on more than one occasion due to a bad protein product.  (TMI?) I use protein powders a few different ways and really like the flavor and how easily this mixes.  I can do a smoothie with fruit, ice, and milk. Or, do a shake, with just milk and the powder. Or, add it to cookies, cake, bars, pancakes, dips, overnight oats, yogurt, and even.. coffee!  Getting my protein daily can be so easy, when I use a supplement like Orgain Protein Powder, and it has 21g of protein which is great!  You can get it in creamy chocolate fudge or sweet vanilla bean. I am enjoying the sweet vanilla bean, what would your choice be?


My smoothie recipe was 1 cup almond milk, 1/4 cup frozen blueberries, 1/4 cup frozen bananas, Orgain Protein Powder and a few ice cubes.  Blended, and enjoyed.  I like my smoothies thick, so if you like them thinner you can add more milk, or less ice.


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3 Exercises for a Firmer Butt

3 Exercises for a Firmer Butt
This current craze with big, firm bubble butts has made having a firmer backside a goal for many women. Something to remember is that the gluteus maximus is the largest muscle in the body and burns the most calories. Here are 3 exercises for a firmer butt that you will start to see results with right away.


Squats are easily the number one way to a firm bootie. There are quite a few different squats to add to your bootie-firming arsenal. A regular squat is where your feet are shoulder-width apart. You lower down like you are sitting on a chair and then raise back up. A plie squat is where your feet are two feet apart with your toes pointed slightly outward. There there is the infamous jump squat. When you do a regular squat, instead of raising up into a standing position, you jump up and land back down into a full squat. They are butt fat burners!

Squat Workout: Do 10 reps of each of the three types of squats without resting in between. After a full round of all three, rest for one minute. Repeat 3-5 times.


Lunges are another great workout for your legs and your rear-end. Two lunges that work wonders are the side and forward lunges. For a side lunge, start with your feet at least three feet apart. Lower down on the right side by bending your right knee while keeping your left leg straight. Then push your hips to the left side and repeat. Do this fluidly without stopping in between. For a forward lunge, step forward with your right leg, lower your hips down until both knees are bent at a 90-degree angle. Repeat with your left leg forward.

Lunge Workout: Do 10 reps on each leg of both the side and forward lunge, rest for one minute in between rounds. Repeat 3-5 times.


To do a kickback, the starting position is down on all fours. With your hands flat on the floor, with one knee planted, kick back the other leg up in the air. Bring it forward to waist level and do it again. Repeat on the other side.

Kickback Workout: Do 10-15 reps on each leg, rest for one minute in between rounds. Repeat 3-5 times.


If you like to follow a workout program instead of going it on your own there is a great workout program thru Beachbody for Brazil Butt Lift.  I am currently doing Body Beast as I am looking to gain muscle and lift my butt.

Tips to buy cheap treadmill and elliptical


Treadmill and elliptical are two of the most commonly used exercise machines at home as well as in a gym. The present day latest machines models like BowflexTreadclimber, NordicTrack Elliptical and others are equipped with high end features and thus available at varied price tags depending upon the list of specifications. If you too are planning to buy an elliptical or a treadmill machine for yourself then you must make sure to get the best possible deal. Given below are the tips to buy a cheap treadmill or an elliptical machine:

  1. When it comes to purchasing a workout machine such as a treadmill or an elliptical, an old saying “you get what you pay for” turns out to be hundred percent true. Treadmill and elliptical machines are available in low, mid and high ranges depending upon their features and specs. Before buying a treadmill or an elliptical, always look and compare for the prices from different shops and companies and choose the one that fits your requirement and budget.
  2. To buy a cheaper treadmill and an elliptical, buy it directly from the manufacturer. By doing so you will skip the middle person (that is the store) and it will thereby save the price that the stores add on further. You will get a good machine of all the quality features at an affordable price. Remember to buy the machine from a trusted manufacturer, with warranty and guarantee cards.
  3. Since online shopping is greatly in trend, to buy a cheap treadmill or an elliptical, you should look for these online retailers and manufacturers. There are many online centers and stores that offer a branded product as per your requirements. Since these stores save on their overhead expenditures of a store, they provide you heavy discounts and the equipment is available at a very good price. Also, some of these online stores offer free shipping services that helps you save your additional transportation cost.
  4. You can also look for a second hand treadmill and elliptical. Though this is not really a good option to invest in your fitness machine but if you are not interested to spend hefty amount, this is not that bad either. Before you buy a second hand machine make sure to check its working, functions, and other features. In buying a secondhand machine you will have more bargaining powers so remember not to overpay for the used equipment.
  5. If you have made up your mind to buy a treadmill or an elliptical for yourself and you are not in much hurry, wait for the sale periods that take place at fitness stores. During the sale days, these stores offer huge discounts and promotional services. By doing so, you get extra discounts on the tag price which the stores had put. This in turn will help you buy your treadmill or an elliptical at a relatively cheaper price.

Thus the above given tips will surely help you to get a good treadmill or an elliptical of your choice within your budget.

I Am A Beastette thanks to Body Beast

If you follow me (Living Smart Girl) you know that I am into health and fitness.  But, just because I am “into” it doesn’t mean I have always been on the right track.   I am human, I get busy, life gets in the way, and I just sometimes give up.  I think about my goals, and dream about things but there are times when things like my Fibromyalgia just get in my way!  Well, I am fighting back!!   I am tired of being tired, tired of hurting, tired of complaining, tired of letting my health condition win!   I am taking my life back, one day at a time!

I have been a Beachbody Coach a few times before.  I join, order stuff, stick it in a drawer and forget about it, quit, etc.  Because I run a fitness/health blog I am sent many programs and products to review so I always seem to get tied up in something else.  Generally something I don’t plan to stick with, just review and move on.  I just can’t seem to find that program that really keeps my interests peaked.   I love lifting, and don’t love cardio, so that leaves me with not a lot of choices.  I was doing a program designed by a gal who owns her own business and it was helping me get on the right track with my lifting, but that was over a year ago.  I was doing great, then went on vacation and never got back into if after returning home.

Well, late one night as I was watching TV because I couldn’t sleep I caught a bit of the infomercial for Body Beast.  I then went online, watched a few more video’s and checked out some more info.  Hmmm…now this looks like my cup of tea!   So, found a coach who has inspired me and ordered it.  Got it, and set it in my basket of workout DVD’s, looked at it a few time here and there and that was it.   Life was busy, work was consuming me, and my Fibro kicking my ass!

So, let’s fast forward to a couple weeks ago.   I had had enough!!  And when I have finally gotten to the point of having enough, that is just it!!   I want muscle, I want tone, I want definition, I want to also eat cheeseburgers!  Hahaha!! And, with Body Beast, I can have all that!

Today is my Week 2  Day 1 of Body Beast Build Lean.   I am really loving the workout, the fact I can eat a lot of food, (tracking it with mymacros app), and how great I feel.  Well, I hurt like hell after a workout, and on leg day oh my.. but I know my pain is a good pain.   Generally I hurt every day due to my Fibro, but after a workout it’s a different kinda pain, and one I LOVE!!

Here is my pictures from today.  Only 2 weeks in, and I have some definite muscle definition going on in my arms and back.  Today was Back/Bis day and it is a killer workout.  50 min of intense lifting.  Sagi is awesome!  I love his jokes, his program, and he is a hottie to boot!


I am so proud to say I am a Beachbody Coach.   Do you want to take control of your health?  I can help you find the workout that suits you best.   Check out all we have to offer ~ Beachbody Coach Living Smart Girl.

Just because I love Body Beast doesn’t mean you will.   We offer many different programs and I would love to help you find the perfect one for you.   Questions ?   Ask away :)



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Getting Into Shape With Muscle Building Home Workouts


Getting into shape requires effort on your part, but it also necessitates time that many individuals are lacking. Thankfully, those who lead busy lives don’t have to live with being overweight or having a flabby physique thanks to muscle building home workouts that take very little time. With many muscle building workouts available, every individual should be able to find one they enjoy and can complete even with a hectic schedule. Following are a few muscle building home workouts that build muscle fast which anyone can try.

Building Muscle Quickly

Train making use of your body weight and minimal equipment and you’ll build lean muscle at a rapid rate. For optimal results, perform each exercise in a slow, controlled manner. Time crunch workouts are great in this situation, and you’ll build lean muscle in only 20 minutes a day. Stuart Phillips and a team at Canada’s McMaster’s University found that slow and steady is optimal for building muscle.

Start with an elevated pike push up. During this exercise, bend over so your arms and legs are straight, with your hands on the floor and your feet on an elevated surface, such as a box. Lower yourself and then drive up again. Do 12 reps in four sets and rest for 60 seconds.

Next, start with your legs in a split stance. Squat down in this position and jump up into the air. Switch legs so you come down in the opposing stance. Alternate legs and repeat, jumping as high as you can with each repetition. Do ten reps with each leg during four sets, resting for 60 seconds between sets.

Now it’s time to act like Spiderman. Get down like you are going to do a pushup and begin crawling forward. As you crawl, move your right arm and left leg as far as you can, staying low to the ground. Your goal is to swing the knee so it almost touches the opposing arm. Alternate sides and, to make the exercise more difficult, try crawling backward. Do six sets of ten reps, resting for 30 seconds in between.

Now, do pushups as the superhero would. Get back into the pushup position and, as you go to lower your body for the pushup, bring your knee and elbow together on one side. When you go to raise back up, move your leg back. Repeat on the opposite side. Complete six sets, resting for 30 seconds in between.

These are just a few workouts that build muscle fast. You’ll find many others you may wish to try. Remember to complete each exercise using slow, controlled movements for the best results.

Working Out at Home

Finding time to hit the gym isn’t easy for many. Once you learn how to start bodybuilding at home, you’ll find you can achieve the look you are after without worrying about squeezing in a workout. Gym memberships aren’t cheap either, but you can pick up some nice equipment and get fit with the help of some muscle building workouts. Start by purchasing the basics, including a barbell, flat bench, and adjustable dumbbells. With just a few pieces, you can get into shape and obtain the physique you’re after.

Barbell squats and dumbbell lunges are both good exercises to try, and you should complete two sets of 12 reps each. Don’t hesitate to make use of the one-arm dumbbell row, doing three sets of 12 reps, and fall back on conventional exercises, such as pushups, to get a full workout. When doing pushups, complete three sets until you can’t push yourself off the ground any longer.

Once you’ve mastered basic exercises such as these, move on to more advanced ones. Try some bent over barbell row exercises, doing four sets of eight reps and complete two sets of the standing military press, doing eight to 12 reps in each set. Demonstrations of these exercises are readily available for those who are not familiar with them.

As your strength builds, focus on different areas of the body on different days. For example, do barbell curls and concentration curls on Monday to work your arms, dumbbell flys and pushups on Tuesdays to work the arms, and then rest on Wednesdays before moving on to the lower body, back and shoulders. Be sure to rest two days a week, and don’t forget to focus on nutrition. Exercise is only one component of building lean muscle. You’ll need to focus on nutrition also for great results.

No Weights Needed

If you’re short on money, but want to get started right away, try muscle building home workouts without weights. Make use of progressive overload to ensure you obtain the lean muscle you desire and you must maintain a diet that allows for this growth, but it can be done. With these two principles, it is possible to obtain the body you desire.

One thing to remember is you must make use of progressive overload, and this can be difficult to do as you can’t adjust your body weight quickly and easily. Over time, if you don’t focus on progressive overload, you’ll find you quit building muscle mass and move to muscle endurance. To avoid this, start with exercises which can be done anywhere, such as pushups, lunges, squats, and dips. As your muscle mass increases, add a weighted vest, exercise bands, or small dumbbells to increase resistance. Doing so allows you to continue to build muscle mass.

Pay attention to what you are eating. You need to ensure you are consuming enough calories and protein to build muscle mass, according to Charles Lambert of the University of Arkansas.

Without these two items, you aren’t going to see the desired growth, although you may slim down. It’s the definition you will be lacking.

Try a number of workouts until you find one you love and enjoy completing on a regular basis. Now is the time to get into shape. With numerous muscle building home workouts to select from, doing so has never been easier.

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Terry Asher

Track Your Fitness Smart with the Jawbone UP

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Whether you have specific health goals or just want to monitor your stats as you maintain your awesomeness, an activity tracker like the Jawbone UP is perfect for both. Available at Best Buy online and local stores, the Jawbone activity tracker starts at $99 and has several models to choose from. Each is wearable on the wrist, secure yet lightweight and comfortable. They are durable enough to withstand rain, a sweaty workout, even the shower. They both sync wirelessly with smartphones, tablets, and computers giving you access to real-time progress. No more hassle with connecting cords or manually entering data.

Both models accurately track steps taken, calories burned, nutritional intake, activity vs. inactivity, sleep quality and hours of sleep. The Jawbone UP3 has been upgraded from its predecessor with a heart rate monitor and advanced sensors measuring resistance of tissue and blood flow in your wrist to capture your resting heart rate. Smart Coach learns as you use it tuning in to unique patterns while keeping track of your personal data. It then suggests daily goals motivating you to move more, stay hydrated, and sleep better.

The UP app features a customizable dashboard that displays your data easily. The UP app also lets you know when you’ve reached milestones such as so many steps or sticking with an activity for a certain amount of time. Compete and challenge other Jawbone users for extra motivation. Check your stats to see how your progress measures up! The UP3 automatically logs each activity from running to a game of hoops. You’ll be able to access a detailed picture of your calorie burn.

Monitor other parts of your life such as sleep and daily habits such as food and water intake. The Smart Alarm will get you up at the ideal point of your sleep cycle, there’s even a vibrating alarm. Log your food by scanning barcodes or searching the UP database to track nutritional value. There’s even an alert that lets you know when you’ve been sitting too long, reminding you to stay active!

The Jawbone UP activity trackers are designed with fitness and style in mind. While the UP2 has a lot of fantastic features, the UP3 has pushed those standards and set the bar higher. Wear one and go further.


Women and Weightlifting

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I am a HUGE believer in women weightlifting, for many reasons.    1, because I hate cardio and I find when I do cardio I just want to stick needles in my eyes because I find it boring, repetitive, and pointless.  Yes, many will disagree with me and yes I know cardio is good for your heart and blah blah..  But I get enough cardio in my life on a day to day basis so when I workout I turn to my weights.


How about you.. what is your favorite things to do ?

5 Body Areas To Tone This Summer

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We all love summers for more reasons than one. After successfully surpassing the lethal ordeal of the winter cold, summer is like a gift of God to us for having put up with the worst. Though the wonders of summer are far too many to count (sunny skies, blossoming bushes, pool parties, and

beyond), it also poses a few concerns (read weight woes).The impact of the winter gluttony continues to show on people’s waistlines until summer, and everyone spends long hours at the gym trying to get those sexy washboard abs to flaunt at the beach. But, is that the only area of your body you need to tone up to look like a million bucks in a swimsuit? Nah-ah! There’s more than just a flat tummy that will give you a bikini-ready physique. Here are the five body areas you need to tone up for summer:


  • Arms – Picture this – you’re getting ready for a day bash by the poolside and have a cutesy off-shoulder summer dress hanging in your closet. You realize it’s the perfect outfit to wear to the party until you try it on and see the flab on your arms bounce each time you move. Not a pretty sight, is it? We figured! Get Jennifer Anniston’s perfectly toned arms by practicing 3 sets of sit-up pullovers along with 30 minutes of cardio workout, 5 times a week.


How to do it  Lie on your back with bent knees, flat feet and extended arms holding lightweight dumbbells. Suck in your stomach and lift your head up. Pull your arms (holding the dumbbells) back towards the floor and hold the position for a few seconds. Repeat the exercise.



  • Thighs – Thunder thighs may have worked well for our yesteryear starlets, but if you want to rock a bikini body, you should aim at getting well toned and taut thighs. Unless you have a genie to grant you your wish, achieving great thighs isn’t going to be an overnight business. But hey, neither was Rome built in a day! You can practice 10 to 15 reps of single leg squats on each leg at least 4-5 times a week (alternate days) for fabulous thighs and hips.


How to do it – Stand with your feet together and arms resting on the sides. Shift your body weight onto your right foot and place your left foot toe beside your right foot to ensure balance. Straighten your back, gradually bend and sit on your right leg till your thighs are parallel to the ground, while raising your arms in front. Hold the position for a second, and stand up by pressing the heel of your right foot.



  • Butts – It’s safe to say that 2014 was the year of the booty, and it will continue to be so if pop culture references are anything to go by. If you want to walk around in your hot pants flaunting a firm and sexy tush, this summer, marching hip raises should form a part of your daily workout regimen.


How to do it – Lie on your back, with bent knees and feet flat on the floor. Lift your hips such that you form a straight line from your shoulders to your knees. Lift one knee towards your chest and bring it back to the resting position. Repeat with the other knee and continue alternating.



  • Abs – When talking about a hot bod, how can we miss out on the abs? A toned torso is probably one of the most important aspects of a summer-ready body and is probably also the hardest to achieve! Medicine ball oblique crunches will take you a step (or many) closer to your dream of getting a flat tummy.


How to do it – Sit in a way that your thighs and upper torso form a V shape while keeping your lower legs crossed and lifted. Hold a lightweight medicine ball in both your hands and move it from the left to the right side of your body. Maintain the V position while doing the exercise. Practice 3 sets of 15 reps at least 3 – 5 times a week.



  • Legs – Trying to get your legs to be lean, mean and sexy? Well, if you are then its time to start exercising your hamstrings, calves and quads with this farmer’s walk on toes exercise. Trust us, you’ll need no contouring to fake sexy legs any longer.  


How to do it – Hold a pair of heavy dumbells in both your hands such that they are parallel to your hips. Raise your heels and walk to and fro for a minute.


Along with the pointers and exercises mentioned above, ensure you ask your fitness trainer to introduce other variations in your workout regimen to suit your needs. If you’re looking for a quicker way to shed the pounds, you could also try out detox and diet plans. Always remember, however, that there is no substitute to a good workout and a wholesome diet in order to get a perfectly sculpted body. Good luck and happy summer!



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Snack Smarter,Be Healthy, Be Better with B-Up Bars

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It is so hard these days to find healthy snacks and bars that actually have all what we need.   Good ingredients, and good taste.  I have tried many, and continue to experiment to find ones that I love, and fit what my body needs.  I was excited to try B-up Bars.  I received a box of bars in a variety of flavors.  Now, if you follow me you know how picky I am.  I have things I just can’t eat, and things I won’t eat.  On top of that, I have issues with how certain things feel in my mouth.  I know, I am strange!!  LOL!!   But, it’s not only me it’s also my husband.  Yes, he struggles with finding bars he can A.) eat due to his low carb diet, and B.) are palatable as he has issues with how food feels in his mouth too!   That is why we are a perfect match!  😉

My box had 1 of each of these bars ~ peanut butter, pb&j, sugar cookie, vanilla peanut butter, chocolate mint, cinnamon roll, a couple mini bars and a B Jammin’ bar.   My husband was excited to see the low carb count on most of these bars.  For him to find something like this that has 6g net carbs or less is a win win.  And, no junk and no fake sugar is the win win for me.   I have to say, that even though I am a huge cinnamon fan, my favorite is the chocolate mint as of right now.  Now, that might change because they all taste great!

B-Up Bars are great for us, and for anyone looking for a healthy choice for bars.  They are packed with 20g of protein and 18-20g of fiber.   Only 2-3g of sugar and 4-5g of net carbs.   Available in 6 yummy flavors so everyone can find ones they like.  Add to this that they are made with no artificial flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives and are low sodium and gluten free.  Being Low Sodium sets them apart from may of their competitors.  Score… for us both!


Now, the fact that we both have issues with how things feel in our mouth made me a bit worried as I am not a fan of nougat or soft bars.  But these really changed my mind on that.  They are a soft nougat marshmallow type bar.  The fact that they taste great really makes the fact they are a soft not bother my mouth so much. (again, I am weird!)  A couple of the flavors like Sugar Cookie and Chocolate Mint are very unique. I ate my little sugar cookie bar and surprisingly.. it tasted just like a sugar cookie.

When you decided to buy B-Up bars you get not only a great tasting bar, but you can also get creative and add them to your recipes and meals to enhance the low carb lifestyle.   And studies show that incorporating protein into your diet can help build lean muscle and increase metabolism to burn fat.  Packed with plant based fiber to offset the carb intake.  These bars are perfect for anyone looking to add protein and watch their carbs, like my husband.   He now will be taking one a day to work with him for an addition to his morning meal.


It’s time for you to Be Healthy. Be Better. B-Up.    You can get a trial 6 pack of B-Up Bars, which is a great way to try all 6 flavors.  And, they have FREE SHIPPING on all orders.  You can also get a 12% discount on box orders (not to be used for the trial pack), by using coupon code yup29 Just check out their social media pages to see all the happy customers.  (links below).  They also add a personal touch to every order.  For example, Harun, one of the co-founders writes a personal note on every online order. We throw in a bracelet and stickers and other bars to try.    A little insight ~  B-Up is a product brought to you by Yup Brands. Yup stands for Your Unlimited Potential. UP, is Unlimited Potential.

These are so perfect to throw in a gym bag, purse, diaper bag, or your pocket for when you are on the go or at the gym or wherever.  Pack them in your lunch for when you are at work.  They are very filling which is another plus for me and my hubby.   If you haven’t seen or heard of B-Up Bars I encourage you to check them out.   We love them, and I am confident you will too!

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Why Running Needs to be the Next Athletic Activity You Get Hooked On

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Runners are easy to look up to. They make running five miles in a day look like a walk in the park and the way they carry themselves so confidently looks mesmerizing, like they can conquer the world. The truth is you can be that way too. Anyone can with a little bit of perseverance and practice. Running is so much more than perfecting your mileage and minute mile. It’s about feeling fantastic about yourself, wearing some incredible ladies running gear from Sweaty Betty that you feel beautiful in, forming relationships with other men and women who share your passion for fitness, and striving towards a goal. Running is pretty fantastic once you set your mind to it.


You can Take Your Time to Work up to it

If you’re new to running you may only go a few miles a day or less every other day, for example. Starting slow and working yourself up to more and more mileage is key and is quite okay as you get used to the sport. If you don’t like to run this is especially important, because otherwise if you try to tackle too many miles and be fast all at once you’ll burn out. Learning how to love running doesn’t come overnight; it takes time to get used to a new athletic hobby that you’ll most likely learn to love.


You get to Wear Incredible Clothing

You may laugh out loud about this, but if you love fashion then why not incorporate it into your new workout venture? It’s inevitable that you’re going to sweat while running, but you can sweat while you’re in a pretty incredible outfit. Sweaty Betty has countless running accessories and ladies running gear in colors and pretty patterns that you’ll love. In particular, a ladies running jacket and tank are perfect to wear when you’re running during the winter. What you wear while you run should make running all the more fun, which is why modern and stylish womens running clothes are the way to go.


You can Form Lasting Friendships

If you’re the type of person who does better at running in groups, hop online and find running groups on Facebook or Meetup. Both sites may provide the type of people you need to meet in order to follow through on becoming a runner. Who knows — you may make lasting friendships and find yourself running half marathons in the future! First try a 5k before you tackle a half marathon, but if you work up to it you’ll find running isn’t so bad after all! In fact, by then running will be your favorite fitness addiction.


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