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7 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work Out at Home When You *Really* Don’t Want To

If getting to the gym is half the battle, it should be easier to just eliminate that half and work out in the comfort of your own home, right?

Well, sort of. Although your place is crazy convenient, it’s hard to stay motivated when you’re so close to temptation (read: the TV and the couch).

To help you resist said temptation and get in a solid sweat session at home, we went straight to the people who know what it’s like: our readers—real people with real lives, real jobs, and really busy schedules just like you. Here they share seven legit tips that’ll motivate you to work out at home, even if you don’t feel like it.

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The 10-Minute Core and Butt Workout for a Stronger Lower Body

Here’s a fun fact: Your glutes are the largest muscle group in your body, so nearly everything you do with the lower body is powered by your backside. So if you don’t know what the heck a #belfie is (but epecially if you do), carve out 10 minutes of your day to try this quick butt workout.

After quickly warming up the hip flexors, you’ll perform each move statically first and then with pulses—this is where you’ll really feel the burn! The best part is that you’ll also be simultanouesly working your core with each exercise, so you get two targeted workouts for the price of one. Grab a mat to get started.

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How To Start Running (When It’s The Last Thing You Feel Like Doing)

Maybe you’ve never run before in your life, or maybe you’re returning to running after a long hiatus. It can be easy to get caught up in the tiny details that turn into the excuses, so just start and don’t think about it too much.

“Start by walking, walking briskly, then jogging for short spurts. After this, extend these short jogs longer and longer each time you make the effort. Stamina will increase, as will confidence and ability,” says Andia. “Also, the notion that a ‘run’ must be one continuous journey is faulty. In fact, research has shown that a ‘run-walk’ pattern can be as—if not more—effective than continuous running in certain situations and with certain people.”

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A Visual Guide to Grains So You Know How to Cook, Eat, and Store Them

We’ve broken down the nutritional stats of some of the healthiest grains (some you’ve definitely eaten, and others you may have never heard of). Find out what makes each grain so great, plus some healthy recipe suggestions and cooking tips!

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6 Easy Tips for Eating Healthier at Any Restaurant

While we’re not calorie counters, the new year has us motivated to clean up our eating a bit. If you’re with us and need help navigating menus and making healthier choices when you dine out, we’ve compiled a slew of advice and research-based tips about how to eat healthier in restaurants.

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The Secret to Keeping Your Goals When You Have Zero Willpower

You suck at setting fitness goals.

Did that hurt a little? Good. Comfort is overrated, and I need to be brutally honest. You’ve heard of growing pains, right?

Being bad at goal setting is nothing to be ashamed of, but it is something you need to address directly and consistently in order to achieve your goals—regardless of whether you want to lose weight, build muscle, or do your first pull-up.

Behavior change and goal setting are at the heart of your journey to greatness. And every single health and fitness goal requires that you change your behavior—permanently.

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The One Major Benefit of Freezing Your Booty Off This Winter

After the fun of the holiday season passes, the reality sets in that— for most of us—winter is really just three more months of freezing-cold weather. But there’s a benefit to stepping outside in the bone-chilling cold: You burn more calories.

Research has shown when you shiver, your body produces a hormone called irisin. And that turns white fat—the kind that gives us stomach rolls—into brown fat, which burns calories to create heat.

This isn’t to say spending time in the cold is a replacement for eating healthy and working out. (Plus, you should limit how much time you spend outside when the temps dip below freezing, so you don’t put yourself at risk of hypothermia.) But when you find yourself dreaming of white, sandy beaches as your teeth chatter and your ears redden, know there’s at least one upside to the cold weather. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll start feeling like Elsa

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A Cheat Sheet to Joining Exactly the Right Gym for You

There’s no better time to jump on the fitness bandwagon. Physical activity and fitness are at an all-time high in popularity, and for the third consecutive year, total health club visits have surpassed 5 billion, up 25 percent since 2009.* But even though getting fit is the it thing to do, an alarming 28 percent of the American population is still completely inactive.

To remove the intimidation factor and help you cut through the clutter, we talked to experts, gym representatives, and—most importantly—real people to get the inside scoop on the biggest national gyms.

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3 Yoga Poses To Try As Soon As You Feel The Sniffles Coming On

It’s that time of year again when it seems inevitable that you’ll catch a cold or get the flu. Yoga is an incredible low impact workout that increases the circulation of lymph, a fluid that moves through the body picking up bacteria and viruses, filtering them out through the lymph nodes. Many yoga poses directly stimulate the lymphatic system and, done regularly, help keep us healthy. Also, when we practice yoga, we take deep, full, diaphragmatic breaths, which keeps our lungs strong and our bodies oxygenated.

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22 Minutes. 11 High-Intensity Moves. One Booty Kickin’ Workout to Get Back on Track Post Holiday

Between the travel and the turkey and a few days off from your regular routine, it’s easy to fall off the health wagon during the holidays. But the next few weeks give you a chance to get back on track (before you have to do it all over again, of course). This short, high-intensity workout is the kick in the butt you need to get started.

You don’t need any equipment, but you do need to be ready to push yourself to the limit.

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How To Prevent Weight Gain When You’re On Vacation

A passion of mine is traveling! I love to see many different cultures and landscapes, and it is often while traveling that I feel most vital and most free. As I have gotten older, however, I have started to develop food sensitivities, and traveling for longer periods of time often wreaks havoc with my digestion and immune system. More research is showing that the gut and mental health are inextricably linked, so in order to stay healthy in our minds we need to stay healthy in our bodies to ensure we can make the most of getaways.

Here are tried and tested ways I have learned to help reduce my chances of illness, fatigue, and sluggishness and avoid unnecessary weight gain while traveling. They’re especially helpful during indulgent times like the holidays.
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13 Gifts for Your Fit Friends That Aren’t Leggings or Sneakers

We all have one. That annoying inspiring friend who is somehow always working out

(at least according to their #mondaymotivation, #transformationtuesday, and #workoutwednesday Instagrams).

Since they already live in a state of pre-gym/at gym/post-gym, surprise them with something other than spandex and sneakers. Trust us, they’ll love you for it!

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