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1. Strong Legs - Sure you might have to put up with a little bit of muscle soreness here and there, but that’s a small price to pay for the gift of strong, sturdy legs that can carry you just about anywhere you might want to go. While everyone else is scrolling through Tumblr worrying about thigh gaps, you’ll be out on the road building strength and endurance so that you can continue to run further and faster with each passing day.
10 Legitimate Reasons Running Doesn’t Suck (via hungryrunner)

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americasgreatoutdoors:

This landscape testifies to nature’s size, beauty, and diversity - huge mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, and the world’s largest trees.Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks lie side-by-side in the southern Sierra Nevada, east of the San Joaquin Valley. Visitor activities vary by season and elevation (1,370 to 14,494 feet).Photo: Cliff LaPlant (www.sharetheexperience.org)

americasgreatoutdoors:

This landscape testifies to nature’s size, beauty, and diversity - huge mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, and the world’s largest trees.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks lie side-by-side in the southern Sierra Nevada, east of the San Joaquin Valley. Visitor activities vary by season and elevation (1,370 to 14,494 feet).

Photo: Cliff LaPlant (www.sharetheexperience.org)

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urbanfitopia:

The Yoga Challenge
I’m really drawn to yoga, although, if I think about it, this attraction seem strange. I’m the type of person who likes to push herself to the limit. I feel most comfortable being uncomfortable (hello, my first triathlon was an Ironman 70.3!). I like to go, go, go. To jump into things head first. To bike 60 miles and then run 10. I go from 0 to 60. It’s all or nothing.
Maybe that’s why I’m so drawn to yoga. It is completely opposite of what I usually do (thus pushing me out of my comfort zone). Yoga is about slowing down, looking within yourself and clearing your mind.
For the next 30 days, I’ve decided to  take it slow. To really dig into yoga and see where it takes me, both physically (see my before pictures above) and mentally.
It will be really interesting to see where this takes me. I’m excited!

urbanfitopia:

The Yoga Challenge

I’m really drawn to yoga, although, if I think about it, this attraction seem strange. I’m the type of person who likes to push herself to the limit. I feel most comfortable being uncomfortable (hello, my first triathlon was an Ironman 70.3!). I like to go, go, go. To jump into things head first. To bike 60 miles and then run 10. I go from 0 to 60. It’s all or nothing.

Maybe that’s why I’m so drawn to yoga. It is completely opposite of what I usually do (thus pushing me out of my comfort zone). Yoga is about slowing down, looking within yourself and clearing your mind.

For the next 30 days, I’ve decided to  take it slow. To really dig into yoga and see where it takes me, both physically (see my before pictures above) and mentally.

It will be really interesting to see where this takes me. I’m excited!

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8 Epic Ab Exercises for a Firm, Flat Stomach

hungryrunner:

Achieving a flat stomach involves more than just exercising your abs!

If your goal is to sculpt a firm, flat stomach, first understand one thing: it involves more than just exercising your abs. These moves will help shape and build your abdominal muscles (increasing your core strength in the process), but if you want those muscles to be visible (think, six-pack ab style) then you’ll have to get rid of any extra fat around the area too.

That means you’ll need to implement a combination of cardio and strength training to create a total-body exercise routine. (Bonus points: most of these ab exercises work multiple muscle groups!) One of the most important things to understand about exercise and fat loss, is that you cannot “spot treat” certain areas.

Where your body chooses to store extra fat is highly based on your genetics. In the same sense, you can’t tell your body where to lose fat first. Ab exercises build your ab muscles, but they won’t specifically burn the fat surrounding the area.

So, in addition to including these eight epic ab exercises in your regular workout routine, be sure to incorporate other varied workouts so that you can build muscle and burn fat all over.

This list includes five innovative and highly effective ab exercises (I know they are because I tried them all) from Kelvin Gary, NASM certified personal trainer and owner of Body Space Fitness in New York City, as well as three of my own favorite core moves that I picked up while training and working with clients at various gyms.

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