Recently, I’ve started trying to live a healthier lifestyle. After converting to vegetarianism, I thought the next logical step would be to exercise more. I’ve been going to the gym more regularly, and let me be frank: I hate it. However, I am 25 pounds slimmer than I was 6 months ago, so I won’t complain. To take my health-consciousness to the next level, I decided I’d start incorporating more green tea, dark chocolate, and wine into my diet. The dark chocolate and wine you’ll never hear me complain about, but the green tea is another story. I find myself asking the question: does anyone actually like this stuff?

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For this post, I thought I’d talk about my hatred of exercising. I do it at least three times a week because I want to live to be 100. Doesn’t mean I like it. Who actually likes gyrating around until they sweat like an animal? I don’t.

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I’ll freely admit it: I usually gain weight during the winter. Maybe it’s a combination of the holidays, the rich foods we gravitate towards, and the time off from work that causes it. For me, I think it’s because of the darkness and cold in addition to the other three things. This year, I’m absolutely determined not to gain my usual 15 winter pounds, and I’ve found the perfect way for us all to embark on this crusade.

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I exercise every morning before work. 6:45 AM I’m inside and going to town on the machines. The people who go at that time are all there to actually exercise, so I don’t mind if it’s busy. I, however, made the horrible decision of sleeping in on Thanksgiving and getting to the gym around 9:00 AM. Dear God. Instead of people sweating on the machines, I was greeted by people laughing, conversing, and standing around texting. GIVE. ME. A. BREAK. This is a gymnasium, not a tea party. 

We have a strength-training routine that only takes ten minutes for days when you’re really busy and only have a bit of time to work out at home. Keep reading to see the routine, and tell us more about the fitness moves you’d like to see on RWM!

I started Wedding Wednesday last week with this post, and I’m taking some of my own advice this week and starting with a confession. My name is Jennifer, and I’m a soda-drinker/junk-food-eater  with no desire to work out. With my wedding about 10 months away and the need to be healthier looming, I know I have to kick-start my training! Keep reading for how I’m beating my habits and creating a manageable workout schedule!

The question of whether to eat before a workout session has always bothered me because I continually hear conflicting sides.  I’ve been told that you need to eat some carbohydrates before a workout so that you have the energy to get in a good workout, but on the other hand, I’ve also heard that exercising on an empty stomach forces your body to burn more fat.

So which is it – should I eat or fast before working out? Well I finally found the answer, as shown by data published in the Strength and Conditioning Journal.

In keeping with the fitness trend this week, which kicked off with my post about the Boston Marathon on Monday, I wanted to write a post on how to make fitness fun and exciting again – or maybe for the first time. It definitely helps that spring is finally here, bringing with it more day light, pretty scenery and warming temperatures. Nothing like saying sayonara to winter to get you motivated to workout again.

If you have a hard time getting excited about exercising (we all have our moments, days, weeks, years), then here are a few tips that will get you excited to work out again!

There’s nothing worse than working out consistently week after week, but not seeing the results. Of course if you’ve only been working out a few weeks, you’re not going to see super speedy results, but over time you want to notice your body become leaner, more toned and hopefully your clothes will start fitting better.

But what happens when you don’t see those results? Don’t give up! You don’t want to get on the fast-track back to an unhealthy lifestyle. Here are some common fitness mistakes that can halt your progress, and how to fix them!