The Cycle Craze: How To Make Cycling Work For You

When it comes to your workout it often takes trial and error to figure out both what works best for your fitness goals, and what works best for your body. Everyone has a different method for their fitness; some people prefer large blended classes, others prefer to sweat it out on a run with ankle weights. Finding what both gives you results and allows you to enjoy your workout is important, and with so many options and variations to choose from it’s hard to try them all. This is especially important when it comes to how long you’ve been on your fitness journey. If you’re relatively new to working out regularly you may be overwhelmed with what seems like endless options. Should you take the plunge and attend a crossfit workout, or are you better off finding a 20-minute bodyweight workout to do in the comfort of your home or local gym? Contrary to what you might believe, there’s a workout that can be modified to fit all fitness levels and give you the endorphins you crave: cycling.

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Stretching: How To Get the Most Out of Your Workout

Preparing for a workout and taking care of your body post workout are just as important as the workout itself. If you don’t properly warm up and cool down, you could injure yourself or others over the duration of your workout. You may not injure yourself right away, or in a way that you physically feel something wrong with your body, but it absolutely can happen. One of the best and most tried and true ways to avoid any unnecessary injury during your workout is a proper stretch: both in the warm-up and cool down. Stretching has benefits that extend long after you finish a workout so today we’ll be covering why stretching is important, and even give you some suggestions for different ways you can stretch.

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Gym Bag Essentials: What to Keep in Your Bag

When it comes to hitting the gym, being prepared for the rest of your day afterwards is important. Many people workout in the early morning before their day even begins, and some hit the gym on their lunch breaks or in between jobs. Having all the essentials that you need both at the gym and after your workout are important for your recovery and success in the rest of your day. We’ve compiled some of the essentials to carry in your gym bag to ensure that the rest of your day is just as great as your workout was. From things to keep you clean to post-workout nutrition and hydration, we’ll cover all the moving parts that form the ultimate gym bag.

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Ice or Heat: A Guide to Relieving Joint and Muscle Pain

Whether you are an active exerciser or not, life happens. We pull muscles, sprain joints, and often experience the general wear and tear that our bodies take. Those who are active may experience muscle and joint pain on a more frequent basis than those who are not, but regardless of how the pain may have arisen knowing how to properly treat it is important to recovery. Athletes who sprain or injure their bodies spend serious time trying to heal and restore their injuries, and so should you! Knowing how to relieve muscle and joint pain, and when to use heat or ice to do so, is integral to your healing process when dealing with any injury of this sort. Today we’ll discuss using ice and heat to combat muscle and joint pain, as well as which methods work best based on your injury.

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Stem Cells and Skincare: What You Need to Know

Plant Stem Cells are something that have recently emerged in the skincare and beauty world. Some would say they have taken the industry by storm because of their healing properties; others would say they’ve never heard about plant stem cells and are unsure of their function. There is minimal information out there about plant stem cells and what they can (and probably can’t) do, and we are here today to give you the lowdown on what we know. Thus far the research states that the stem cells found in plants and their regenerative abilities are making some serious changes when it comes to the way we take care of our skin, they just need to be studied more to fully understand them.

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The Fit Trend: Changing Up Your Routine

Establishing a routine is one of the fundamentals of incorporating regular exercise into your day-to-day life, but just  like any other repeated activity it can begin to feel dull after a while. Adding some variance into your workout can be the key to rejuvenating your passion for fitness, or motivating you to get up off the couch and try something new. Getting out of your comfort zone might be exactly what you need to reignite your drive for a healthier and fit lifestyle. After detailing some of the more popular fitness classes and activities currently offered, we’ll discuss some of the little tweaks you can make to a workout on any cardio machine to amp up your workout.

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Sparkling Water: Hydrating with Bubbles

Some trends come and go rather quickly but one that seems like it just won’t quit is sparkling water. This delicious carbonated beverage has quickly grown popular, and not just because of the colorful cans perfect for your instagram feed. There has been both positive and negative feedback when it comes to the benefits of drinking sparkling water, especially drinking it over still water. Today we’re going to cover all things sparkling water, and hopefully answer some of the burning questions you may have about the refreshing drink. Will it be your go-to drink of the summer, or will you avoid it at all costs? The best way to make a decision is to know all the facts!

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Wild West LA: Skincare Trends You've Never Heard Of

It seems like every day you read about a new and emerging beauty trend. Some of them are pretty interesting and worth a try, like eyelash extensions or microblading. Others, like squiggle eyebrows or furry nails, have been more like a swing and a miss. Taking care of your skin is something that will never go out of style, regardless of the trends surrounding it. Today, we’re going to cover some of the most interesting and outrageous celebrity skincare and beauty trends, and what they do (or don’t do) for your skin.

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Glamping: Summer Skincare Tips for Campers

Camping is a popular summer pastime among society. Whether it be a luxurious glamping experience, a tent in the middle of the woods, or sleeping along the beach in a sleeping bag under the stars, camping is a way to shut off from the world and be closer to the outdoors. Kayaking, fishing, boating, and hiking are just a few of the many activities you can enjoy in the great outdoors on a camping trip. Being out in the woods and potentially away from running water can keep you from your normal skincare routine, so we’re here today to discuss some of the things you can do to help protect your skin and keep it in tip-top shape while on your wilderness adventure.

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Yoga and Your Skin: The Benefits of Exercise

Exercise is something that anyone and everyone can benefit from. Not only can exercise improve your mood and promote better sleep, but exercising regularly can have a positive impact on your skin. Motivating yourself to hit the gym after a long day at the office or going to a 5 am yoga class before your day starts can be hard, but thinking about the wonderful things it can do for your skin might give you the push that you need to make more of an effort to work regular exercise into your routine. Any small thing that can have a positive influence in more than one area of life is something worth knowing about!

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Festival Fever: Summer Skincare For Outdoor Activities

Summertime is known for neighborhood BBQ’s, Baseball games and other sporting events, music festivals, and pool parties among other things. This translates to spending the majority of your days outside, soaking up the summer sun. While it sounds like an incredible way to spend day after day, you need to make sure you take care of your skin. Whether it be in between sets at Coachella or games at the baseball field, taking time every day during your outdoor activities will benefit your skin in the long run.

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Sharks, Saltwater, and Skin: The Advantages of Sea Salt

One of the best weeks of the year is officially upon us: Shark Week! An entire seven days devoted to the ocean and the many different sharks that inhabit it. Hailed as one of the most popular weeks in television, Shark Week gets viewers up close and personal with some of the scariest creatures of the deep blue sea. One thing you may not know about sharks is that they have exceptionally rough skin, similar in texture to sandpaper despite looking smooth and slippery in appearance. If only saltwater had the same effects on shark skin as it does on human skin. That’s right, you read correctly: salt water actually offers an array of benefits to skin. We’ll cover some of these advantages in honor of Shark Week for the next time you spend a weekend by the big blue.

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Establishing a Skincare Routine: Tips and Tricks for Success

There is no argument that part of the reason your skin is the way that it is stems from your DNA and genetics, handed down from parents to children. You could be blessed with absolutely incredible skin, or you could be handed a DNA card containing the complete opposite. Regardless of the condition of the skin you are given, having a skin care routine is an important key to caring for you skin. Yes, there are people out there who do indeed keep up with a 10-step skin care routine. But just because a 10-step routine works for one person’s skin doesn’t mean that it will work for yours.


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Supplements and Skincare: What You Need to Know

As the world turns and we all grow a little bit older, it’s time we start thinking about what we can do to keep our skin in tip-top shape. There are supplements that help fight wrinkles and other signs of aging, as well as boost brightness, tightness, and help keep the skin hydrated. With so many supplements to choose from we’ve outlined some of the most beneficial options in regard to skincare.

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Drink, Drank, Drunk: Alcohol and Skincare

Skincare is one of the most important pieces of the routine when it comes to taking care of your body. It can take quite some time, and a few trips to the dermatologist, to figure out exactly what works best for your skin. Something that works for one person may not work for another, but we can tell you one thing that definitely doesn’t benefit anyone’s skin: alcohol.

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