Be Well Workout of the Week: Killer Count-By-Twos Workout

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This week, you’ll be working your way up the ladder, so to speak. Here’s the deal: You’re going to have three rounds of exercises. To start, you’ll do two reps of each exercise in the round, then four, then six, and so on, counting your way up by twos until you get to 10.

After you’ve completed the last 10 reps of exercises in that round, you’re going to do a set of three 30-second sprints, with a 30-second recovery in between each sprint. And of course, you won’t be doing these sprints outside in the snow. Feel free to do them on a treadmill or elliptical. Once you’ve completed the round of exercises and your three sprints, move on to the next round.

You won’t be doing as many reps as usual, but don’t think that means you’re getting an easy workout! Instead of doing a ton of reps, I want you to use heavier weights than you usually would. Got it? Now, let’s get moving!

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4 Workout-Motivation Tricks to Guarantee You Get to the Gym This Week

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It’s that time of year again. The hopefulness and exuberance of the New Year has given way to the cold reality: Getting in shape is HARD. You have to be conscientious with your diet and dedicated to hitting the gym regularly.

Studies show that right now is when most of the people who resolved to get in shape this year will quit. They will taper off until March, when only a tiny percentage of them will have achieved their fitness goal.

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: A Little Bit of Everything

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I don’t know about you, but this has been one of those weeks that just Would. Not. End. I think back to something I did on Monday, and I can’t even believe it happened this week, because it feels like six months ago right now. Sigh.

So instead of pegging us to a genre or decade in this week’s playlist, I thought to myself, “Screw it. I’m going to have some genre-jumping fun.” What you’ll find here is a masterful (if I do say so myself) hodge-podge of fun, catchy, get-you-to-the-gym beats that defy the confines time and category: We’re talking Tiffany next to Robyn next to the Chili Peppers next to My Morning Jacket. If it feels a bit wacky, that’s kind of the point.

Stream your heart out below.

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How to Decide When It’s Time to Get Rid of Your Gym Clothes

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I’ve amassed quite the collection of gym clothes over the years. From crappy cotton undershirts to tights in every conceivable length to insanely expensive tech gear (for every season, of course), my gym-clothes drawer more than runneth over.

Every few months, I like to go through my stock and do a round of serious purging. This usually coincides with the day that I can no longer close my over-packed dresser drawer, so it’s more of a necessity than anything else. Because I tend to amass this stuff in weirdly huge quantities (I’m a sucker for a free t-shirt!), I have come up with a pretty scientific keep-or-toss system when it comes to my workout gear.

Below, the eight questions I ask myself when evaluating whether to hold on to my gym clothes, or not.

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Be Well Workout of the Week: Let’s Talk About Legs, Baby

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Last week, we tackled your upper body, so this week—surprise!—it’s all about your legs. Get ready to feel the burn.

You are going to complete three different rounds of exercises, finishing all the reps in one round fully before moving on to the next. That means, before you move on to Round 2, you’ll do 12 reps of each exercise in Round 1, then a sprint; then 10 reps of each in Round 1 and a sprint; and finally eight reps of each in Round 1, with a final sprint to finish out.

And just like last week, I’m throwing in some bonus ab work to keep your body guessing. (You’re welcome.) Here’s what your workout looks like.

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: 25 Songs That Will Trick You Into Thinking It’s Summer

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I wouldn’t go so far as to say I would definitely trade my firstborn child for the opportunity to be sitting on a sandy beach right now, with my toes in the sand and sun on my face. But if someone were to propose such a trade right now, when my WeatherBug app is so kindly informing me that it feels like seven degrees outside, I might seriously consider it for at least two minutes. Then I would say no, because hellooo, I’m not a monster; I just really hate this cold weather. And I know I’m not alone on that one.

So, my fellow cold-weather-hating friends: What’s the next best thing to actually being in 80-degree sunshine? Tricking ourselves into believing we’re in 80-degree sunshine. And this summer-inspired playlist certainly does the job. Enjoy!

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