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After years and years of spending my life on a mat, it’s been more than three years since I’ve done an actual yoga class. I have my injuries — and an obscure condition called vestibular migraine — to thank for that. About three years ago I suffered a nasty, horrible concussion. I got chronic daily [...]

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Cartwheels were a problem. The kids in our Girl Scout troop could do them. The kids at the beach club did them. Random kids at the park did them. Big Girl, however, could not. This fact drove her nuts. It embarrassed her. She shied away from groups where cartwheels were being turned. About a year [...]

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There are a lot of reasons why I exercise. I have said it many times before: It’s the best antidepressant out there. I always feel better mentally and physically after hitting the gym. It also helps me stay in my skinny jeans, shrinking my body whenever it gets a little bigger. However, exercise is probably [...]

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Earlier this month I was invited to an event in New York City. I wish I could have attended. Olympic gold medalist Summer Sanders was coming out to launch a new safety campaign, Helmets on Heads, part of a 10 year pledge to educate one million children about helmet and bike safety. (FYI: Helmets on [...]

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Running. It’s never been a favorite activity. I have always preferred group fitness classes with music, people, camaraderie, and energy that inspire me to do my best. Running, in my opinion, is monotonous, boring, and hard. And yet this February I embarked on a new running program — something I never thought I would do. [...]

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I am not what you would call an outdoor person and yet some of my most treasured memories took place outside. My sister and I spent all of our waking hours running around our street, biking, playing games, or hanging out at the playground around the corner. We used leaves, sticks, and flowers as props. [...]

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I snuck out of work this morning, hitting the gym at 9:30 instead of my office chair. My husband is going out tonight. I knew I needed a spin class, but I didn’t want to dump the girls in childcare from 7 until 8 p.m., especially since the little one’s bedtime is 7:15. After dropping [...]

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Today, three out of four kids ages 3 to 5 are in some form of childcare including daycare and preschool. Increasingly, teachers, parents, and childcare workers are focusing more on reading than on running. However, according to a new study published in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), running trumps [...]

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Little Girl has been asking to play soccer for about a year now, as unbelievable as that sounds. We’d drive past the field and she’s squeal and ask me to stop the car. Now that she’s three, I decided to sign her up for a local program. We recently had our first session. She was [...]

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Big Girl is on a local swim team. She loves it. Last year, when she was six, she was not what I would call great. Or even good. She never won a single meet. Didn’t even come close, really. But she stuck with it, and we were proud. Most important: She enjoyed herself. This year, [...]

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