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Running With Others Can Be Beneficial to Your Training

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November 13, 2015 by Jenn R.
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group of people runningI have settled into a running routine. I am already well on my way to my first 5k. I’ve registered with my sister for a race on Thanksgiving morning. In case you were wondering, I recently discovered 5k is the equivalent to 3.1 miles. I’ll have burned enough calories to eat plenty of turkey and even a slice or two of pumpkin pie. I’ve been using a training app (MY ASICS) to track my mileage and speed. According to the plan on the app, I am on target with having reached 2.5 miles as my training distance thus far. I will be going even further next week.

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Time Change Throwing Off Your Fitness Routine?

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November 06, 2015 by Jenn R.
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moon in the sky I had myself convinced the end of Daylight Savings Time also meant the end to my running routine, at least until it’s time to “spring forward” again. “Fall back”
in New Hampshire means that the sun rises later and it can be pitch dark outside as early as 4 pm! How was I ever going to get a run in if it was dark outside both before and after my work day? I don’t have a treadmill or fitness club membership. I had been relying on the daylight hours and the neighborhood streets to provide my fitness haven. “Fall back” is not something I wanted to do with regards to the progress I’ve made thus far in my return to fitness.

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How to Avoid Wasting Money on Groceries

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November 03, 2015 by Trish R.
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grocery cart with groceries in it 4076939458_b68a89afb2.jpgLast month when I reached into the back of my pantry in search of something that might qualify as dinner, I found several cans of food with expiration dates somewhere in the mid-2013 range. I had an epiphany: I was throwing money away -- month after month -- by letting food go bad in my own kitchen.

Apparently I'm not the only one. According to a report by the National Resources Defense Council, the average American ends up tossing out 25 percent of the food he or she purchases each year. Considering that most people spend about $150 a week, or $600 a month, on food, that's a whopping $1,800 a year gone to waste, just like that.

If you're tired of throwing money away on groceries, it's time to change your ways.

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Everything Old is New Again, Including "Layaway"

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November 02, 2015 by BCCU
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use layaway to get the gifts you want this yearLayaway programs are back, and can be a great way to budget for holiday shopping.

So What Is Layaway?

When I was little, my family purchased back-to-school clothes and some Christmas gifts on a layaway plan. When I got my first real job, at a department store, they also offered employees a type of layaway. How does it work? You choose your item, make a small deposit and then pay a little bit towards the total each week. Some stores allow automated payments or online payments, and some stipulate how much needs to be paid, while years ago you just paid what you could. Unfortunately for me, with that first job, they deducted my “little bit” from my weekly paycheck. There were definitely some weeks when I’d actually "laid away" more than I earned… not a fun pay day. But flash forward to 2015 and we’re seeing the return of Layaway, with some very new rules.

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Stretching? Is it the Answer to Muscle Cramp Relief

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October 30, 2015 by Jenn R.
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rubber bands in all different colorsI am happy to report that I have been keeping up with my commitment to fitness. This past week I ran three days despite having a bit of a cold. Breathing was slightly more challenging while I was congested but I managed to get through it. For the most part I felt pretty good while running. However, the last couple of post-run evenings I experienced cramping in my feet. So, I visited a couple of popular running sites on the web to find possible causes. I ended up finding two potential culprits that fit my situation.

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