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12 Weeks to Your First Triathlon: A Gameplan

Weeks 1–3 (Foundation)<p><b>Swim</b><br>Join a master’s swim class and make sure you get filmed. It’s the only way to really see and correct flaws in your stroke …

Swimming

4 Standing Moves for a Super-Flat Stomach

Pooch, be gone.<p>You can get a stronger center without unfurling an exercise mat. In fact, the standing abdominals routine below hits all of the muscles that make up your core, from your abs to your hips, your pelvis to your lower back.<p>Check out the four exercises in our handy video and pin-able …

Benefits of a Vegan Diet and Why the Human Body Was Designed to Be Vegan

The human body was not designed to consume meat and definitely not dairy, but rather for a plant friendly vegan diet. We have over 30 dissimilarities …

15 Easy Slow Cooker Recipes Under 375 Calories

Just set-it-and-forget-it — so goes the appeal of the slow cooker, and it just so happens to be the perfect time of year for it. Slow-cooker meals …

The Stretch You Didn't Know You Needed

This stretch will mobilize your hips, and stretch your legs in a way you’ve never felt before.<p>The majority of runners give their quads, calves, and hamstrings a stretch or two before and after a run, but in order to <i>really</i> mobilize the hips & legs for optimal performance [as well as reducing the …

Workouts

The Writer Runner

Enter the world of literary sensation Jamie Quatro and prepare to be haunted. And maybe healed.<p>It’s amazing how much personal info gets exchanged when you’re about to go running for the first time with a stranger. Of course, there are the basics: weekly mileage, average pace, is either one of you …

Time I

Strategies for Slimming Down

Nutrition tips for the runner who accumulates miles, but wants to drop weight.<p>Runners who want to lose weight and are already maxing out their miles burn plenty of calories, so the easiest way for them to create a deficit is to eat smarter. Don't eliminate meals or skip your post-run snacks, …

Nutrition

Training. An Act of Patience.

For those of you who follow this blog, you know I'm a <b>believer</b> in training principles espoused by Phil Maffetone. The key objective to this type of …

10 Genius Ways to Use a Muffin Tin

<i>Get the recipe at Skinnytaste.</i><p><b>Freeze PB&J</b><br>Muffin Tin Mania one-ups the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich with this frozen, crust-free treat, made from a simple fresh berry puree and a mixture of peanut butter and evaporated milk. Unlike ice cream sold by the pint or quart, these are perfectly …

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Achilles-Strengthening Exercises for Every Sport

Distance runners have no problem cranking out mile after mile, but when it comes to sprinting, they often fall flat because they've neglected to train the fast-twitch muscle fibers crucial for short-burst movement.<p>Skiers, in turn, are often terrible runners because they have tight, bulky legs. And …

Exercise

How Can I Outfit My Next Backpacking Trip on the Cheap?

<i>A:</i><p>Every centimeter of your pack—and each buck in your wallet—counts. Stuffing it with gear that pulls double or triple duty is one of the smartest ways to consolidate space. I picked seven of my favorite multi-purpose items that you can get for under $7. Hiking smart shouldn't break the bank.<p><b>1.</b> …

Dessert

CrossFit Training Plan

CrossFit Endurance's Unconventional 12-Week Marathon Training Plan<p>Brian MacKenzie has a few pointed words about your endurance workout. "If you're running five miles a day at the same speed and think you're getting a lot out of that, you're sorely mistaken," says the founder of CrossFit Endurance. …

Philosophy

4 Fresh, Must-Try Snack Ideas Using Summer Veggies and Fruits

1. Sushi Stick: Roll up sliced avocado, sprouts, fresh spinach, and cooked quinoa in a nori sheet and enjoy!<p>2. Punch-up plain yogurt with fresh lemon zest and honey, then dunk pineapple chunks into it.<p>3. Up the antioxidants in your guacamole by stirring in some pomegranate seeds, segmented …

Faster Food

Food for a Faster You<p>There’s a trend in some cycling circles away from drink mixes and back toward real, whole foods. Osmo Nutrition puts it succinctly with their catchy tag line, “Hydration in the bottle, food in the pocket.” That might sound ridiculously basic, but it’s actually unorthodox …

Food