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The Latest In Wearable Fitness: A Wristband That Shocks You For Not Exercising Enough

As if the prick of a guilty conscience isn’t enough every time you pass those dusty gym shoes, someone has gone and created a device users willingly wear that give out electric shocks if you’re not sticking to your exercise regime. [More]

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Customer Sues L.A. Fitness, Says Pervy Trainers Gave Her ‘Suggestive’ Exercises

No one expects their workout with a personal trainer to be comfortable, but they also don’t expect to be sexually harassed, either. A Dallas woman is suing her local branch of L.A. Fitness, claiming that two different trainers at the gym made lewd comments to her and gave her what she considers “suggestive” exercises to do in front of them. Now she’s suing for Deceptive Trade Practices and Negligence, claiming that she kept up her end of the gym contract (paid her bills, didn’t break any rules) but that L.A. Fitness didn’t provide a safe workout environment. [More]

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You Don’t Have To Face Fitness Resolutions Alone: 5 Apps That Help You Work It Out

If the thought of heading to the gym where it might reek of body odor like the cellars at the coliseum in the heyday of gladiators, where you inevitably end up in a standoff with a huffy, tiny woman in yoga pants who thinks you’ve spent enough time on the treadmill makes you shudder, maybe you’d prefer to fulfill your New Year’s fitness resolution at home. But that ain’t easy, either, which is why a slew of apps on the market are offering to help. [More]

Would You Feel More Comfortable Exercising In A Gym That Bans Skinny People?

Would You Feel More Comfortable Exercising In A Gym That Bans Skinny People?

One of the main reasons given for avoiding the gym is anxiety or embarrassment about trying to exercise while surrounded by people who are already in shape. But some gyms are now actively marketing their services to the people who need to lose the most weight, and at least one has a policy keeping the fit folks from joining. [More]

Do Some Heavy Lifting, Save On Gym Memberships

Do Some Heavy Lifting, Save On Gym Memberships

Some workout enthusiasts rationalize paying a lot of money for gym memberships by telling themselves that the financial commitment makes them work out more often to get their money’s worth. That’s just crazy talk. If you work at it, you can trim your monthly membership fees along with your waistline. [More]

One Man's Plan For An All-Out Attack On His Excess Baggage

One Man's Plan For An All-Out Attack On His Excess Baggage

Some weight loss experts warn against sudden, drastic changes in lifestyle and diet to try to lose weight, but there’s no restrictions on the results that determination and careful planning can yield. Those who have already given up on New Year’s resolutions to lose weight may find inspiration in people who are making sweeping changes. [More]

A Second Opinion On Marathon Training Regimens

A Second Opinion On Marathon Training Regimens

Last week, we talked about a possible 16-week regimen to train for a marathon. Some running enthusiasts took issue with the program’s unrelenting schedule, which tasks runners to end weeks with increasingly longer runs at the end of each of the first 13 weeks. [More]

5 Ways To Survive Your First Try At Yoga

5 Ways To Survive Your First Try At Yoga

To the uninitiated, yoga is an unapproachable Jedi dojo of spandex-wearing gymnasts with the flexibility of rubber bands. Attempting your first class can be intimidating, so it helps to tag along with someone familiar with the discipline. [More]

Steps You'll Need To Take To Train For A Marathon

Steps You'll Need To Take To Train For A Marathon

The act of completing a marathon is a towering physical achievement you’ll be able to humblebrag about the rest of your life, but it’s not something you can just go out and do unless you’re in solid physical shape. (Excluding those who walk marathons and take half a day to finish.) [More]

Turn Couch Potato Time Into A Workout

Turn Couch Potato Time Into A Workout

Being a sports fan requires you to spend several hours a weekend in front of your TV, and three-hour commitments every Saturday and Sunday to cheer on your favorite college and NFL teams can make it tougher to squeeze in weekend workouts. No matter how much the pathetic teams to which you’re devoted make your blood boil, you’re still not burning many calories when you’re watching TV. [More]

Training For A Triathlon On The Cheap

Training For A Triathlon On The Cheap

Triathlons have shot up in popularity over the past few years, but how do you train without busting the bank? After all, you’re doing three sports in one, swimming, biking, and running. That means three different sports you have to buy equipment for. [More]

Why Allergy, Asthma Sufferers Should Beware Of The Gym

Why Allergy, Asthma Sufferers Should Beware Of The Gym

There are triggers at workout facilities that aggravate those with breathing issues, and we’re not talking about sights of hardbodies rocking spandex. Those with allergies and asthmatics whose problems act up while working out may be able to point to the gym itself as the culprit. [More]

How To Squeeze In Exercise As You Travel

How To Squeeze In Exercise As You Travel

Travel provides one of the most convenient excuses not to exercise. It’s a vacation, time to relax! It’s a business trip, time to focus on your work! But despite what we’d all like to believe, vacation calories count just as much as those ingested at home, and because it’s tougher to come by low-cal, home-cooked meals on the road, it’s crucial that you maintain a workout regimen while traveling. [More]

Exercise In The Urban Jungle For Free

Exercise In The Urban Jungle For Free

If you’re looking to cut expenses, here’s an argument for cancelling that gym membership. NYT profiles one guy who does all of his exercising outside, at no cost, in the middle of Manhattan. The jungle gyms, trails, and tracks of East River Park give him all the workout he needs, five days a week, in all weather. His hands are calloused from doing pushups on the sidewalk and at 48, 5 ft 8, and 185 pounds, he’s in top shape. So why bother dealing with early termination fees and snooty mirror gazers when you can enjoy being outside, for free? [More]

How To Learn To Stop Worrying And Love The Gym

How To Learn To Stop Worrying And Love The Gym

Any time spent at the gym rather than on your couch munching on cheese fries is time well spent, but try convincing your brain of that when confronted with the choice of whether to spend a chunk of free time at the gym or the drive-thru. The key is to somehow convince yourself to actually look forward to working out rather than see the activity as a prison sentence. [More]

Exercising Before Eating Doesn't Increase Fat Burn

Exercising Before Eating Doesn't Increase Fat Burn

Contradicting common advice, a new study says that exercising before eating doesn’t increase the amount of fat you burn. You could even be hurting your body! [More]

Sitting Can Literally Kill You

Sitting Can Literally Kill You

If you’ve ever worried that you were slowly dying by spending your days trapped in cubicle-land, you don’t have to worry anymore. You’re right. And according to new research, the threat isn’t merely existential. Sitting for long periods of time set off a chain reaction of events that quicken your shuffle off this mortal coil. [More]

Study: Sex, Exercise Can Triple Your Risk Of Heart Attack For Sedentary

Study: Sex, Exercise Can Triple Your Risk Of Heart Attack For Sedentary

If you ever find yourself sitting bored and alone on a weekend and feel guilty that you’re not out trying to find romance or at least getting a workout in, take comfort in the knowledge that at least you’re keeping your heart safe. [More]