Girl Power: Emma Watson Speaks About Feminism

Following an Ivy League education and the Harry Potter series, British actress Emma Watson is sticking up for herself – and for women around the world. As the newly appointed Women’s Ambassador of Goodwill, Emma delivered a powerful message to U.N. officials this weekend about what it means to be a feminist and who exactly should be involved in the matter (hint: everyone).

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In her ten-minute speech, Emma raises important questions about gender inequality, like “Why has the word ‘feminism’ become such an unpopular one?” She also asks for our help in reversing the age-old stigma that all feminists are “anti-men,” formally extending an invitation for guys to join the conversation. This stance supports her newly launched campaign HeForShe, a solidarity movement encouraging men to join the fight for equal rights.

Already, Emma’s words have made their mark on the world (and on my Facebook news feed). She’s poised and passionate about equal rights, and I can think of no one better for the job. So boys, get involved and sign a commitment at heforshe.org. It’s your issue too.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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September 22, 2014

At-Home Know-How: 3 Things to Try, Stat

For stiff muscles: A simple stretch can relieve tight hip flexors after sitting all day. Just hold a modified lunge on a sturdy office chair.

For better productivity: The ammo you need to take another break? A recent study suggests a work cycle of 52 minutes on, 17 minutes off is the most effective.

For a light dessert: Perfect this healthy brownie recipe – substituting black beans for flour – for a guilt-free treat.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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September 22, 2014

Health Beat: What’s Happening in the Get-Fit World

Unlike that VHS your mom still works out to, this is what’s new and now on the fitness scene.

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1. Apple Watch to Replace Your Fitness Tracker

Apple seemingly dominates every tech-related arena. So maybe it’s no surprise that, with the recent release of the Apple Watch, your fitness tracker might just find its way into the junk drawer. The timepiece tracks daily activity and calories burned, but it also factors in the quality of those movements with a heart rate and elevation monitor. That post-work hill you trek? Prepare to get major props from Siri.

2. “Mindful” Triathlons on the Rise

A “mindful” triathlon is a 5k run followed by meditation and a massive outdoor yoga class. But you can also count on a healthy amount of live music and good food. Even those who haven’t laced up a pair of sneaks in awhile (ahem, me) can see the appeal of this next-level fun run. If you’re interested in joining, Wanderlust 108 has upcoming stops in Atlanta, Austin, and Aspen.

3. Eating Healthy Can Be Easy

We’ve all scanned aisle after aisle of Whole Foods, hunting for good-for-you products that we actually like. Welp, here’s the solution: meet Conscious Box. This monthly subscription box service is packed with eight to twelve non-GMO surprises, from Wave Bar baked apple bars to soap berries by Naturally Green. There are even vegan and gluten-free options, too.

Check it out for yourself. Our Conscious Box Boutique opened Thursday, September 18, at 11AM ET.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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September 18, 2014

Gisele Fights Off Naysayers in Under Armour’s Campaign

Gisele Bündchen is used to being scrutinized – she is a model after all. And her newest gig in Under Armour’s “I Will What I Want” campaign is no exception. Critics took issue with Gisele starring in the ads, as she is the first non-professional athlete tapped by the activewear label. But Under Armour is one step ahead of them.

In the campaign’s video, the Brazilian supermodel shows off her kickboxing skills as comments (both good and bad) flash behind her. “Gisele knows what it means to live under the microscope, amongst the noise of contradicting opinions. But will beats noise,” the brand states. Using negative comments as fuel, Gisele punches and kicks that hanging sandbag like a champ. As for her “haters”? I’m sure they’ve been silenced.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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September 5, 2014

Health Beat: What’s Happening in the Get-Fit World

Consider this trio the exact opposite of leg warmers, Prancercise, and ThighMasters.

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1. New at NYFW: Fitness Clothing

Sure, we’ve seen athletic-inspired clothing on the catwalk before. But for the first time ever a dedicated fitness brand, Athleta, will debut a line during September’s big event. And in true sporty fashion, the models are rumored to be doing everything but walking on the runway. Prep yourself for parkour, yoga, and dancing.

2. Fun Runs Are on the Rise

According to a recent report by Running USA, non-traditional running events are on the rise. Think mud, obstacles, and lots of paint. Since 2009, the number of fun-run finishers has grown from the low six figures to 4 million in 2013. And judging by the number of mud-splattered grins I see on Instagram every other week, this trend isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

3. You Can Lose Weight on Vacation

I know, I didn’t think it was possible either. But a resort located on sunny Hilton Head Island in South Carolina is all about it: Meet Hilton Head Health. Located on an 800-acre shipyard plantation, this weeklong weight-loss retreat tailors gourmet meals, fitness classes, and cooking demonstrations to each individual. Returning from vacay feeling better than when you left? Totally happening.

Check it out for yourself. Our Hilton Head Health – Hilton Head Island, SC Boutique opened Thursday, August 21, at 11AM ET.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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August 21, 2014

Bold Prints, Bright Hues: Meet Your New Gym Look

Next time you’re running the trails or hitting the gym, take a look around. In case you haven’t already noticed, when it comes to athletic clothing, brights and prints are taking over. Why? They’re fun, bold, and give that extra kick of motivation. Here’s how to incorporate them into your workout.

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For Women:
Pair big prints with small. Try a legging in an allover high-contrast design (you can get away with it, promise) topped with a tank in a quieter one.

For Men:
Energize your routine with masculine, tech-driven patterns. Think gradients and abstract maps on either top or bottom – never both at the same time.

Start loading up on prints and color. Our Reebok Boutique opened Wednesday, August 6, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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August 6, 2014

Into the Wild: A Quick Guide to Hiking

To hike (verb): the act of breathing fresh air and exploring awe-inspiring scenery, all while burning a huge amount of calories. Some of the best places to break out that walking stick? Canyon Ranch’s all-inclusive resorts in Tucson, AZ, and Lenox, MA. But before you set out on your next wilderness adventure, check out our list of trekking necessities.

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July 29, 2014

Ready, Set, Run: Find the Right Race for You

So maybe you want to get off the couch and run a 5K. Or you already do a little something active daily, whether it’s jogging, pickup basketball, Pilates, or tennis. Or maybe you run 50 miles a week, easy. (No big deal.) Whatever your level, there’s a race out there for you. And we’ve found it.

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July 17, 2014

Tackle 26.2: Marathon-Training Tips from the Pros

The decision is made. You’ve found a training plan that’s right for you and you’re determined to crush 26.2 miles. That’s no easy feat, but maybe (just maybe) these marathon-training tips will help the whole process go just a little bit smoother.

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March 5, 2014

Fitness Fashion: What to Wear to Work Out

Your fitness routine could be well-established. Or maybe you’re just now getting on top of those resolutions (no judgment). Either way, outfitting yourself in the right workout gear is key. Here’s what you should wear, where.

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February 6, 2014