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I enjoyed these links this week – hopefully you will, too!
Have a great weekend!

Keep Reading for links from BlissTree, Jessica Smith, Shape, and More!

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Amazing article – really good stuff here…Fit Bottomed Girls: 5 Tips to Get Out of Your Own Way and Lose Weight for Good.

Wow – I regularly eat 11 out of these 12 foods!…Women’s Health: 12 Foods for a Flat Belly

Some new, some old, all true…Shape Magazine: 8 Common Running Myths

I love it – No excuses!…FitSugar: Best Exercises for When You’re Not Feeling It

There are a number of these stories popping up. I am fascinated by them!…FitSugar: Weird Things That Happen When You Exercise

I totally believe in the power of a workout buddy. But, this could work, too…SparkPeople: Virtual Workout Partners

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I gotta get me some of this stuff!…Shape: Gym Equipment You Should be Using

Again with the weight lifiting! Though, I don’t know that I agree with her on the 20-minute thing…Fab Fit Fun: Avoid Common Workout Mistakes

Jelly Beans before a workout? Huh…Fitsugar: What to Eat Before Working Out

I’m a sucker for ice cream when it’s hot out, and I know for a fact that the Skinny Cow products are delicious (especially the Strawberry  Shortcake sandwiches!)…SparkPeople: Our Favorite Low-Calorie Ice Cream

I can personally attest to the fact that your body will burn muscle if you exercise on an empty stomach…New York Times Health blog: Does Exercising on an Empty Stomach  Burn More Fat?

I adore a good massage…Fit Bottomed Girls: How to get the most out of your massage

I do love peanut butter!…Shape: 10 Healthy Peanut Butter Recipes

This is some good advice…Runner’s World: Beware Fat Traps

“I don’t need no stinking gym!”…The Fit Stop and SparkPeople: 10 Gym-Free Workouts

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This seems to be a common theme here…Fit Bottomed Girls: The Secret Benefit of Strength Training

Everything you ever (never?) wanted to know about what happens to a runner’s body…Runner’s World: How Running Affects Your Body

I know there are days when I could use some energy…Prevention: 11 Fast Fixes for Instant Energy

If I’m not sore, then I probably didn’t work hard enough…FitSugar: Should You Exercise When You’re Sore?

Looking for a smoothie with not a lot of calories?…Runner’s World: Nutritious Smoothies for Runners

How do you measure up? (according to the American College of Sport Medicine)…BlissTree: Are You Exercising Enough?

I may be off to purchase some new running shoes this weekend…The Fit Stop: 4 Tips to Picking the Perfect Running Shoe

What’s your yoga style?…Shape: Yoga Style De-Coded

Great ab workout courtesy of Women’s Health.

Well, my hairstylist says my hair loss (not a lot!) is probably stress-induced, but just in case, I may try eating some of these foods!…FitSugar: Foods That Prevent Hair Loss

OK – this story is enough to get me to the gym. What excuse do I have?…Blisstree: From Quadriplegic to Ironman

Do you run? Then you know what this is all about…FitSugar: Common Running Injuries and How to Avoid Them

Just because it’s hot outside doesn’t mean you can’t exercise…SparkPeople: 13 Ways to Cool Down Your Summer Workout

Luckily, my friends are the most supportive people in the world, so this was never an issue…Blisstree: When Changing Your Body Means Changing Your Friends

I’m sorry, but any woman who wants to slim down and tone up MUST do strength training. End. Of. Story…Blisstree:
Charlene Wittstock Won’t Lift Weights For Royal Wedding; Here’s Why Every Bride Needs Dumbbells

I’m always telling people that running isn’t just a physical task, but a mental one, too…Runners World: 10 Mental Trick to Run Better

Body Weight workouts: No equipment needed!…Women’s Health: No Props Workout

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I’ve fallen for a few of these – how about you? Shape: Top 7 Diet Myths

The title of this one gave me a good laugh! FitSugar: Getting Down and Dirty in the Pool Ain’t Clean

The great debate…Diets in Review: Treadmill vs. Elliptical

I haven’t run a full marathon (yet), but having run a quarter, I can vouch for some of this video! Fit Bottomed Girls: Oh-So-Hilarious Marathon Thoughts

I ask myself this on a daily basis…Columbus Marathon: What Motivates You?

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Over the past couple of months, I have become a “runner.” My first running goal was a quarter marathon (6.55 miles) this past May. I didn’t  really intend on running any additional races after that. After finishing the quarter marathon with a time of 1:03 (my goal was just to run the race without stopping/walking!), I was hooked! So, I decided to start training for the Columbus half-marathon (13.1 miles) which takes place in October. But, I wasn’t sure where to look for training tools. Training for the quarter marathon was fairly easy for me. I imagined training for the half would be a whole different story!

Lucky me, there are tons of FREE training tools and apps out there. And not just for running. There are tools for tracking your diet, strength training, even swimming! I know that I look forward to all of my training runs because it means I get to use my Nike Sportband. The Nike+ app turns your training runs into a game of tag with friends, or you can set goals or see other runners’ routes in your area. It definitely makes running a lot more fun!

Below are my favorite fitness apps. They really help to keep training interesting for me by showing me what sort of progress I’m making. If you’re looking for motivation for your own training – why not find an app that motivates you and makes your exercise routine more interesting?

My Fitness Pal – Amazing app/website for tracking calories, exercise and weight loss.

Nike Running – If you have an iPhone or iPod Touch, this app is amazing. iPhone users will get the most use out of the app, but iPod touch users can benefit from most of it with a Wi-Fi connection.

Shape Flat Abs – some great abdominal exercises from Shape magazine.

Jillian Michaels Fitness Motivation – lots of cool stuff here, from exercise tracker, running router (needs access to GPS for this feature), strength training exercises

Everyday Health – offers daily tips for staying healthy, from how to manage stress eating to getting over jet lag. Also has loads of information on various health conditions.

Couch to 5K – looking to become a runner but not sure how to start? This C25K app is great!

Do you have a favorite app? Let me know in the comments!

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