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The Art of Being a Spectator: What Coaching My Partner For the NYC Marathon Taught me

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind! As many of you who know me or follow along on Instagram know, my S.O. ran his first marathon this past Sunday. Not just any marathon (though that would be enough) – the New York City marathon! Just over 52,000 runners and more than 1 million spectators (yes you read that correctly) turned out for the race. And wow, was it spectacular!…

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Health & Fitness

5 Ways To Get Greener Now

Okay I know what you’re thinking – isn’t this a fitness and expat blog?? True, BUT being green is something that we should all be putting top of mind. After all,  we’ve all heard that climate change is happening (and that it’s scary, dementor-esque stuff). In fact, the latest UN Report contains a startling new timeline – one in which really concerning events (such as mass droughts), begin as early as…

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Health & Fitness Self-love

Having a Humble Heart: How Humility Is Making Me a Better Trainer

A few weeks ago I was stretching at the end of a fitness style boxing class – I was attending, not teaching – and I was completely lost in la la land. (It happens from time to time, especially after a hard workout.) Suddenly, from the front of the room, I heard the class instructor asking “what muscle are we stretching, the pectoralis major or minor?” It took me a…

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Health & Fitness Self-love

Appetite-Suppressant Candy: The New Trend That Could Be Deadly

Photo: Jameela Jamil via Twitter

By now, most of you will have seen the photo above. It has sparked outrage, and for good reason. Sold by the Flat Tummy Co., these lollipops act to suppress hunger pangs. While these candies claim to be safe, the truth is they may be far from it. In fact, these suckers are dangerous in just about every way possible. Not only do they market themselves to a young and…

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Health & Fitness

Fitness 101: Squats

Squats. Whether you’re picking up your toddler, grabbing groceries from the trunk of your car or droppin’ it like it’s hot (heyyy sexy!), squats are an essential movement pattern that we all do consistently. While most of us think that squats are just for the gym (groan), they’re essential to everyday mobility. Not impressed by my first examples? Think about when you sit down to eat at the dinner table.…

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Health & Fitness

How To Boost Your Mood (And Your Metabolism!) With Interval Training

By now most of us have heard that interval training is one of the best (meaning most doable and most metabolically effective), forms of cardio exercise out there.  Not only does it have the power to make us all feel like superheroes (who doesn’t love the feeling of having accomplished something truly tough – even if just for thirty seconds at a time?!!), but it also helps to boost our…

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Gluten Free Health & Fitness

Protein Cookies: Can You Snack Your Way to Good Health?

It’s official: you can now eat your cake and have it too. Well, if by cake you mean cookie and if by the rest of it you mean protein. That’s right y’all: protein cookies are here! And not just any protein cookies: gluten-free protein cookies. Naturally I had to do some noshing research on your behalf and report back. Right now our culture is pretty protein-obsessed. And for good reason!…

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Health & Fitness

31 Days Abs Challenge!

HAPPY 2018 EVERYONE!! Getting fit is a common new year’s resolution. So common, in fact, that I’ve decided to help you get started with a free 31 DAY ABS CHALLENGE. It’s quick, it’s (pretty much!) painless, and it’s something that beginners and gym rats alike can do. Do it alone or add it to another workout routine. Heads up that it starts “easy” and definitely increases as the month goes…

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8 Easy Ways to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

December is finally here! Which means that my Spotify is set to play carols non-stop, festive lights are going up and holiday goodies are everywhere. Grocery stores, farmer’s markets, our workplaces – everywhere we turn there are temptations that are just too good to turn down! This gauntlet of goodies would be enough to maneuver on it’s own, but December has a slew of stressful aspects. There’s the temperature drop…

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Health & Fitness

#NoExcusesNovember

Well folks, we’re officially well-into fall. And toward the end of fall comes holiday season…. Between the sweets, the celebratory meals and the constant festivities, many people end up shrugging their self-care and fitness routines to the side. That’s part of why so many New Year’s resolutions inevitably end up relating to health and fitness e.g. “getting back to the gym” “eating better”. Unfortunately, according to an article by Business…

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