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Workouts That Give Me Everything Running Promised (but Didn't)

There's so much to love about running - in theory, at least. It's a workout that I've always romanticized in my mind: it's just you and the road - no judgment or competition - and let's not forget that runner's high that can solve anything.

Sadly, my running reality is the exact opposite. In all the miles I logged chasing a runner's high, it never arrived. NOT. ONCE. Three half-marathons under my belt and not once was I left feeling like a gazelle or empowered. Instead I felt defeated and questioned what was wrong with me, why was running always so hard. All of my friends loved running, so why didn't I? It took many miles, injuries, and trips to a sports doctor to let go of the idea that running was the benchmark of fitness success.

It took a few years for me to get here - and maybe a breakdown during one pitiful training run - but I'm finally OK telling myself that I am not a runner, and that's OK. Fitness is a personal journey - personal being key. There is no right or wrong way; there's only your way. Once I fully embraced this idea and hung up my running shoes for good, my life changed for the better. Along the way, I was also happy to find that all the things I craved from running were there waiting to be discovered, just not on the track.

The Runner's High: Dance Cardio

If you ever told me that dance would be my thing, I probably would have laughed. I've never been great with choreography, and I let fear hold me back from attending a dance class. On a brave day, I allowed my friends to drag me to Hipline for my first-ever dance-cardio class. I was nervous, inside my head, and made a beeline to the back of the room - but I am so glad I went. That first class and every class since has been one big ball of happiness. Instead of judgement and fear, I found pure, unabashed joy - and one hell of a workout. Here I am, finally experiencing the "runner's high" described to me by so many friends, except at a dance class! I find myself lost in the movement and the music and have a permanent smile on my face the entire time. While Hipline is my absolute favorite, I've found the same feeling of euphoria at other studios like Zumba, AKT, and 305 Fitness.

Intense Cardio: Indoor Cycling

Even if my heel was sometimes left throbbing, I always appreciated the type of workout I got from an intense running session. There is no denying that hill sprints, speed play, and running intervals get the heart rate up in a major way. You know what else does? Indoor cycling. Whether I'm at Spin, SoulCycle, or Flywheel, I know I'm in for an intense workout that will having me climbing hills and maxing out - just like I did when I ran, except this time I'm enjoying the entire process from start to finish.

Buns of Steel: Rowing

Like so many others, I walked by the rowing machine in my gym without giving it a second thought. Then I took a class at CityRow and realized what a fool I'd been. Rowing is the definition of a total-body workout; it works all the muscles of your lower body (plus your core and your arms!) while keeping the heart rate up. Unlike running, it's much easier on the joints, which is exactly what my beat-up body needed.

Becoming Zen With Nature: Backpacking

One of the things I liked most about running was getting outside. Studio workouts definitely have their place, but being outside on a sunny day can't be beat, especially when a run ended up somewhere beautful like a coastal trail. I've always been big into hiking, but in the last couple of years, I've been doing a lot of backpacking. Being out in the middle of nowhere for days on end may sound terrifying, but it's led to some of the most beautiful backdrops I've ever experienced. From a black sand beach in Hawaii only accessible to backpackers to the ever-changing scenery of the John Muir Trail, backcountry hiking has given me a glimpse of nature I would have never been able to experience otherwise.

Stress Relief: Yoga

Sadly, running only added more stress to my life, which is why I am so grateful for yoga. I was slow to come around to it, but now I can't imagine a week without taking a couple of classes. I had to find the style that worked for me, the right teachers, and a studio I loved, but once that happened, it all came into place. My regular 90-minute classes allow me to truly unwind and let go of any stress I may be feeling. It used to be hard to turn off my mind, and now I look forward to that meditative state it provides me with.



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The 29 Best Bodyweight Exercises For Stronger, Leaner, Toned Arms

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Must-Have Gifts For Indoor Cycling Addicts

When you're addicted to indoor cycling, you tend to need specific gear. Does your water bottle squeeze or have a straw? If not, it's out. Do your socks have a nice little tab to keep them from slipping down into your cycling shoes while you're in midsprint? They better!

We rounded up essentials that we love for our favorite classes like SoulCycle and FlyWheel - they'll make the perfect gift for your friend who is equally addicted!



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Better Legs and a Leaner Middle in 1 Move

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Are you looking to add a bit more shape to your legs? How about strengthening your midsection? If you answered yes, we have the perfect exercise for you.

Strengthening exercises for the legs (our foundation) and the core will not only give you a more flattering shape, but it will help you with overall stability and even correcting your posture.

High Knees Please

If you've never tried this exercise, you are in for a treat. Considered a plyometric exercise, jump training will help strengthen your body and burn a lot of calories, moving you towards your goals even faster.

High knees works your calves, quads, hamstrings, shins, and your abdominal muscles. When more than one muscle is being worked at the same time, you will burn more calories than if you were just doing an isolation exercise such as hamstring curls, or crunches.

How to do High Knees
We asked certified personal trainer Heather Neff for her take on how to best do this move. She told us that "you'll definitely want to get in a quick three- to five-minute warmup to ready your muscles for this exercise and that you can run or march in place, along with performing a few dynamic stretches such as toe touches, side bends, and a few foot grabs to stretch the quads (do not hold the stretches)."


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  1. Stand up straight and place your feet about hip-width apart.
  2. Place your hands palms down facing the floor, hovering just above your belly button.
  3. Quickly drive your right knee up to meet your right hand, bring the same leg back to the ground immediately bring the left knee coming up to meet your left hand.
  4. As you are alternating knees, you want to do it with a hopping motion, staying on the balls of your feet the entire time.
  5. Make sure you are engaging your abdominal muscles as each knee comes up to meet the hands.

If That's too Intense, Try This

If you don't quite have your endurance built up yet, have knee issues, or are more of a beginner, don't fret. Neff told us that you can still target the same muscles with this variation of the high knees exercise.

How to do the High-Knee March


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  1. You will begin in the same stance as the high knees exercise, with your palms at belly button height and facing down towards the floor.
  2. Bring your right knee up to meet your right palm, then lower the same leg down to the floor and repeat with your left knee.
  3. Leave the hopping part out and keep alternating knees while engaging your abdominal muscles as you bring the knees up each time.

Bonus: High-Knee Oblique Twist


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  1. Begin by standing with your feet hip-width apart.
  2. Make a fist with both hands and bend the elbows to where your hands are about level with your chin.
  3. Drive the right knee up, twist your torso to the right, and bring the knee to meet your left elbow.
  4. Immediately repeat with the left knee meeting your right elbow and do this in a hopping motion while staying on the balls of your feet.
  5. Keep your abdominal muscles engaged as your knees come up, squeeze the side oblique muscles as you twist.

You can add this exercise to any of your routines or do it as a stand-alone. Try to keep moving for at least 20 minutes at a time; if you can't do the regular high-knee exercise the entire time, switch back and forth between that one and the high-knee march. You can always work your way up to longer periods of time. Put on some good music, have fun with it, and go get those killer legs and abs.



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A recent study says rates of colon and rectal cancer are rising among younger people, a group that’s rarely screened for such cancers.



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This 4-Minute Bodyweight Workout Burns Calories and Builds Muscle

Sometimes you don't work out because you don't have a ton of time. Sometimes it's because you don't know what exercise to do when you do have time. The 10-to-1 workout is here for you. It involves basic moves you can do anywhere, anytime, without any equipment, but this workout will target all your muscles and get your heart pumping.

Perform each exercise the designated number of reps, moving quickly but with proper form and attention to your breath. This workout should take you about three to four minutes to complete.

10 jumping jacks
9 squats
8 burpees
7 triceps dips (rest hands on a bench or on the floor)
6 alternating lunges (three on each side)
5 push-ups (rest on your knees if you need to)
4 plank jacks
3 V crunches
2 up-down planks (do one starting with the right elbow, then one starting with the left)
1 Sun Salutation B

Got time for more? Repeat this 10-to-1 workout up to five times.



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5 Easy Yoga Poses That Banish Stress Instantly

I'd like to say that I'm a zen yogi who always has a cool, calm mind; positive perspective; and zero-tolerance policy for things that don't serve my highest good . . . But I'd be lying. What yoga has given me, however, is the awareness to stop myself in the moment, recognize what is happening, roll out my mat, breathe deep, and feel better sooner.

I may not always have the time or necessary gear for a full-length class when things are feeling crazy, but I can always stop what I'm doing and relax into the following five poses - no matter where I am or what I'm wearing. It may not change what's happening around me, but it always leaves me with a refreshed point of view and a way better attitude.



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Soccer Star Becky Sauerbrunn Shares the Groundbreaking New Adidas Women's Shoe

Becky Sauerbrunn - Olympic gold medalist, FIFA Women's World Cup champion, and all-around badass - has been training her tail off for years. After all, gold medals and World Cups aren't won without dedication and hard work. Becky walks us through a day in the life (pickup soccer and all) with tips for recovery, workout essentials, and an unprecedented new essential for women that's changing the game for women's soccer.

  • Wake up. Becky is a dedicated athlete - and she's also dedicated to getting enough zzz's. "I'm a sleeper, so I will sleep in for as long as I can!" she told POPSUGAR.
  • Fuel. "I'll have oatmeal and some fruit, and a cup of coffee." Becky needs a healthy start for a day full of activity.
  • Work out. First on the agenda for Becky: fitness. "I usually go to Adidas Headquarters in Portland, and I'll train with a strength, conditioning, movement skill coach. I've been working with him for a while and he's excellent. He puts me through a routine!" Becky noted that she loves lifting, plyo, core work, and stability work, which "sometimes gets overlooked" but is incredibly important. She said those workouts "are the foundation that everything else is built off of."
  • Healthy snack. She grabs an apple or healthy snack after her training session before she gets moving again.
  • Soccer. Becky's favorite part of the day comes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. "If I'm lucky, there's lunch soccer!" she said. "I'll get to play some pickup, which is so fun.
  • Refuel. "I eat another meal, and I start recovering for the next day," she said. "The most important part of a workout is recovery, and prepping the body for the next day to work out again." And with a nonstop, daily workout schedule like hers, we don't blame her!
  • Recover. "I'll usually read, watch movies or shows," she said. "I also have two kittens, so I usually play with them." Becky also said she loves yoga, the "underestimated" workout that she says is "very difficult" and great for her flexibility and strength. And finally, she emphasized the importance of hydration in recovery, saying, "You can get really dehydrated, and your body really suffers from it."

For her packed day of workouts, we asked Becky what she carries in her bag - she noted that she always has headphones ("It's always nice to jam out!"), her Adidas Ultra Boosts for running, Adipure shoes for training, and the new Adidas women's ACE boots for a pickup game - the first ever Adidas soccer cleats designed specifically for women ("you never know when a pickup game is going to happen!").

Speaking about the new soccer boot - "It's a true woman's cleat, designed with a woman's foot in mind," Becky told POPSUGAR. "I've been wearing the men's cleats up until this point, and I've always had problems with my foot sliding around because the shoe is too wide; it starts putting pressure on different parts of your body that don't need that added pressure, and can start a chain reaction in your body."

She told us that during a game, the last thing you want is for your feet to start hurting or cramping. And it's crazy to think that female, Olympic-level athletes like Becky have been reduced to wearing men's products until now, but thanks to what she calls "Adidas's constant drive to innovate and empower women," soccer-lovers "finally have access to the first ever cleat for female players." Girl power. "It's so nice to have a cleat that fits well and is snug - my feet are healthier."

Are you up for a pickup game in shoes that actually fit? The Adidas ACE and X cleats will be a part of the Metallic Shimmer Pack, available Dec. 1 on Adidas.com.



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Tone It Up's Karena and Katrina Share Their Ultimate Holiday Wish List

Beach babes, star trainers, and founders of the Tone It Up program Karena and Katrina know how to seamlessly blend fitness and health into an everyday lifestyle - in a totally chic, effortless, California girl way, of course!

They've curated their healthy holiday gift guide exclusively for POPSUGAR readers, with creative and thoughtful pieces - perfect for your beach-babe gal pal - starting at $10. From supersweet stocking stuffers to chic splurges, dive in to get some holiday shopping done . . . and feel free to treat yo'self a little bit, too!



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10 Simple Steps to Becoming a Runner in 2017

If you're anything like us, you've already begun planning your New Year's resolution in November! And if your goal for 2017 is to become a runner - or at least start running - then we have 10 simple tips to help you get going. Get ready to crush your goals!

  1. Make Your Resolution. Once you give yourself a goal, you'll feel that internal pull to keep going. Be loud about it! Share it with your friends and family, journal about it, leave yourself a Post-it note on your mirror . . . set your intention and stick to it. This will help you keep consistent through your journey this year.
  2. Get the Kicks. Invest in one good pair of running shoes. It's the one big thing you'll need to get going and keep your feet and joints healthy. Getting the right pair of running shoes can feel impossible if you're going it alone or have never done it before. Head to a specialty running store to do a fitting and gait analysis on a treadmill. The experts will walk you through every step of the process and ensure you're getting the best shoe for your body and stride - and the service is totally free!
  3. Don't Go Overboard. An ultramarathon coach told us the worst beginner running mistake: don't get a ton of clothes and stuff you don't need! Aside from a sturdy pair of shoes, you'll want a sports bra and probably some shorts, but you don't need every fancy piece of running gear out there (although if that's what motivates you to keep going, by all means . . . )
  4. Start a Program. Try a walk-to-run program that'll help you gently ease into a faster pace than walking. It'll build your confidence as much as it builds your stamina. This will also keep you on track and staying on top of your resolution for at least eight weeks.
  5. Don't Rush It. If you've never run in your life, you're not going to start out with eight-minute miles. In fact, you might not even get to that by December of 2017. And that's OK! Keep things slow and steady, or you'll get discouraged and maybe even give up. Pace yourself by starting slow - slow enough to hold a conversation or sing "Happy Birthday" comfortably.
  6. Get the Tunes. Get yourself some running playlists from our Spotify, or make your own! Great tunes (at the right pace) can make a massive difference in your running experience.
  7. Get an App. Download a running app will help to keep you on track, show you your pace and distance of each run, and eventually show you your average pace, total mileage, and progress. Checking back on your progress and seeing how far you've come is an excellent way to stay motivated.
  8. Give Yourself a Goal. Aside from your goal of "become a runner this year," it's super helpful to set some small goal as a benchmark - running coach Robin Arzon refers to this as "micro successes." Sign up for a local 5K - you might not be there to actually race, but you're signing up to give yourself some kind of tangible goal.
  9. Cross Train. One of the hardest parts for new runners is the burning sensation in your lungs; you don't have the cardio strength or lung capacity in those early stages of running. Try yoga -it helps so much with breathing! Cross training will also help build strength to prevent injury, which could sideline your running career for good. No bueno. Stay safe, and train smart.
  10. If All Else Fails . . . You don't have to be a runner. If you've given it a fair shot for a few months and find that it brings you no joy, or if you find out you actually don't have the knees or feet for a high-impact sport like running (pain is a pretty good indicator of this), then don't feel bad. There are plenty of plenty of other activities you can switch to, and you can change your New Year's resolution accordingly. Be kind to your body!


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Shrink Down Back Fat With These Effective Poses

While there's no miracle move to diminish back bulge - it's a matter of doing calorie-burning cardio to decrease your overall percentage of body fat - it's still important to strengthen and tone the muscles in that area of the body. As you begin to lose weight from all the running and Zumba classes you're doing, you'll reveal slim, chiseled muscles waiting underneath. Here are nine yoga poses that will target all the areas of your back.



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These Holiday Gifts Are For . . . Your Butt

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There's a reason Victoria's Secret models look so firm and toned - they work hard for it! And Josephine Skriver and Jasmine Tookes are two Angels who take their fitness very seriously, and they even have a combined Instagram account called joja where they share their favorite moves and fitness tips. Here's some inspiration for you! Be sure to read their captions for directions or ways to make the move harder.



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This 7-Minute Workout Helps Target Belly Fat and Build Muscle

Get the printable version of this seven-minute HIIT workout here!

When it comes to high-intensity interval training (HIIT), the pros definitely outweigh the cons. While it may feel unpleasant to push your body to go faster and harder for that short time period, the rewards are worth it: HIIT helps you blast more belly fat, save time, and burn way more calories (even after your workout is long over) than a lower-intensity workout alone. A study published in the American College of Sports Medicine's Health and Fitness Journal found that a few minutes of training at almost your max can accomplish all of this in way less time than a traditional workout. How much less? Try just seven minutes total.

The ACSM's interval workout consists of 12 exercises, which should be done at an intensity of eight on a scale of 10; each exercise lasts 30 seconds, with a 10-second rest in between. Repeat the circuit if you'd like a longer workout. Keeping the intensity up - and the rest periods short - is key, so keep reading to learn the moves and then get going! You'll need a mat and a chair or bench.



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2016 Was the Year Boxing Became the New Indoor Cycling


Maybe it's because women are fighting harder than ever for themselves, or maybe it's because we've finally come to terms with the fact that many of us have anxiety and an aggressive workout is a great way to mitigate it - whatever it is, 2016 was the year of boxing.

While 2015 was an explosive year for indoor cycling, the heavy bag and Everlast gloves dethroned stationary bikes on our Instagram feeds this year. Let's take a look at some factors in its popularity (and why you should definitely try it in 2017).

Celebrity Power

Celebrities have been drawn to the empowering, fiery workout this past year, inspiring millions of women to slip some gloves on themselves. Gina Rodriguez, Gigi Hadid, Ashley Graham, Ellie Goulding, and Demi Lovato have all shown off their boxing skills and training on Instagram - and that's just the tip of the celebrity boxing iceberg.

This celebrity influence has helped to generate awareness and excitement around a workout that has long been considered intimidating and inaccessible.

New Accessibility

Traditional boxing gyms may feel noninclusive or intimidating to many newbies, but thanks to the rise of boutique studios offering the sport, boxing is becoming a more accessible workout.

Newer boxing studios like Title Boxing Club, Shadowbox NYC, and Prevail Los Angeles offer boxing classes that are purely fitness focused, and boutique studios like Pilates ProWorks now offer cardio boxing classes as part of their schedule. This is super key in boxing's rise: the studios are approachable (less intimidating), and many women can find nearby classes, almost as easily as they can find a cycling class. There's much more of a comfort zone offered in this respect.

A studio can also act as a safe space to try out boxing before feeling comfortable enough to head to a traditional boxing gym. Women dabble in studio classes, get a feel for it, and want to take on more - like Gigi Hadid at Gotham in New York.

That said, not everyone wants to box with the intent of jumping in the ring - wanting to feel empowered and strong doesn't always translate to wanting to actually fight, after all. Boxing offers an incredible total-body workout, and many women want to experience all its fitness perks without ever punching (or being punched by) another person - some are even turned off by the idea, hence class descriptions like that of the Pilates ProWorks MatBox class, stating "No actual fighting or physical contact."

Breaking Barriers For Women

Mindset changes and cultural changes have contributed significantly to the rise of women embracing boxing as a form of exercise. Until recently, boxing has been considered a masculine sport. But as the cultural landscape continues to evolve - and women are taking more ownership over their health, bodies, and lives - boxing seems to be the exercise of choice as we blur the lines of antiquated gender expectations. As a testament to that, women's boxing was added to the Olympics in 2012!

Major Benefits

The rise of boxing's accessibility to women across the country has also exposed the benefits the workout can have, both mentally and physically.

Boxing is therapy. And while the same can be said for many workouts, there's something particularly effective about throwing some gloves on and punching sh*t. Boxing - and hitting an inanimate object - is a healthy way to relieve tension and aggression in a safe space, all while processing emotions in a physical way.

Boxing is also an incredible weight-loss workout, helping women shed pounds with an insane combination of cardio and strength training; combining cardio and resistance training is the best way to burn calories.

So between the anxiety and stress relief and the weight-loss/muscle-building benefits, the women who have tried boxing are hooked, and the popularity of the sport is spreading like wildfire.



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