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15 Cool North Face Products We Hope Show Up Under Our Tree This Holiday

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15 Cool North Face Products We Hope Show Up Under Our Tree This Holiday

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If you’re a big fan of The North Face (because who isn’t?), the holidays are the perfect time to ask for a new addition to your collection. Whether you’re shopping for your own wish list or looking to treat a loved one, we made it easy and uncovered the best products on the internet right now. From hiking boots to tech gloves and amazing plush jackets, be careful shopping – you might end up wanting it all. Take a look.

December 1, 2018 at 01:39AM

What’s More Dazzling Than a Decorated Tree? Women Doing Yoga Wrapped in Twinkle Lights

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What’s More Dazzling Than a Decorated Tree? Women Doing Yoga Wrapped in Twinkle Lights

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It’s time to take your yoga practice and your enthusiasm for holiday festivities to a whole new, mesmerizing level. Grab some twinkly string lights, assume your favorite yoga pose, wrap said lights all around your balanced body (you may need some assistance from a fellow yogi), and boom – you can’t get more into the holidays than that!

December 1, 2018 at 01:39AM

10 Sneakers That’ll Let You Walk For Miles

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10 Sneakers That’ll Let You Walk For Miles

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Whatever your reasons for walking – to stay fit, shed unwanted pounds, or simply recover from a tough workout – a good pair of sneakers is essential. Things to look for, according to experts: a comfortable footbed with arch support, a shock-absorbent outsole to lessen impact, and a model that provides protective support and durability.

The flex point of the shoe – or the point at which it bends while walking – is also key. "For optimal comfort, the flex point of the shoe should match the bending point of your foot," podiatrist Miguel Cunha, DPM, founder of Gotham Footcare, told POPSUGAR. If the two don’t align, you might experience arch pain or plantar fasciitis. "You can check the flex point of the shoe by holding it by the heel and pressing the toe of the shoe onto the ground – the point where the shoe bends and creases is the flex point," Dr. Cunha continued.

To help you get started, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best walking shoes on the market. Whatever you choose, plan to swap out your sneakers after roughly 400 to 500 miles, which translates to about 10 months if you only wear them to exercise. "It doesn’t matter if they still look new," Dr. Cunha said. "If the support has been worn out, you’re at a much higher risk of injury." Mark it in your calendar!

December 1, 2018 at 12:59AM

Here Is Exactly What to Wear to Your First Boxing Class

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Here Is Exactly What to Wear to Your First Boxing Class

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So you finally took the plunge – you found a boxing studio you would like to try and have penciled in a date and time for a workout. The only question that you have left is, what in the world should I wear?

To help ensure you pick the perfect workout outfit for your first (or next) boxing class, POPSUGAR spoke to boxing expert and Shadowbox trainer Sarah Digiovanni about what to consider when choosing an outfit. Spoiler alert: it’s all about breathable fabrics, moisture-wicking pieces, and a good sports bra that don’t get in the way of punches and extensions and make you feel good while you’re at the bag or in the ring.

December 1, 2018 at 01:39AM

A Guide to Every Doctor’s Appointment You Should Make in 2019

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A Guide to Every Doctor’s Appointment You Should Make in 2019

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Prioritizing your health is a worthwhile goal for the new year, and we’re not just talking about getting fit. Taking better care of yourself means making those doctor’s appointments, too – a process you should start now, before the holidays ramp up.

Why the urgency? If you’re seeing a new doctor, the office is likely to have only a select number of slots for new patients, with little availability for the first few months of the year. (Yes, already.) Plus, you’ll have some homework to do before your appointment, explained Robert Zembroski, DC, DACNB, MS, author of REBUILD and director of the Darien Center of Functional Medicine. "Before you visit any doctor, you’ll need all your current records, files, imaging studies, and any other relevant information regarding your health," he told POPSUGAR.

Use this checklist to schedule all the appointments you need, then mark them in your planner, your phone – whatever will keep you accountable.

December 1, 2018 at 12:20AM

Help the Fitness Fanatic in Your Life Chill Out and Gift Them Some Sloth Gear

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Help the Fitness Fanatic in Your Life Chill Out and Gift Them Some Sloth Gear

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In the era of HIIT workouts, powerlifting, and CrossFit competitions, there’s bound to be a bit of backlash. Sometimes fitness fanatics, me included, need a little reminder to chill out, and I vote the sloth as the mascot for this movement. To back up my vote, here are 17 pieces of fitness gear featuring sloths doing what they do best – hanging out.

November 30, 2018 at 11:39PM

This Interval Elliptical Workout Takes Less Than 30 Minutes

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This Interval Elliptical Workout Takes Less Than 30 Minutes

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Photographer: Kat Borchart

With your super busy schedule, the last thing that gets checked off of your to-do list is probably that cardio workout you meant to sneak in. We get it – cardio isn’t exactly fun to tackle when it’s easier to go roll out a mat at home and do a quick yoga sequence. That’s why you need to work smarter, so you can get the most out of your cardio in the least amount of time. The perfect tool for that is the elliptical.

We talked to Pamela Carey, CPT-ACE, a certified trainer in New York City, to create an elliptical workout that requires less than half an hour, but offers a serious burst of cardio by using intervals to burn more calorie.

Why the Elliptical?

You’re thinking, "Isn’t all cardio the same?" Well, no. According to Carey, this particular machine is right for those looking for a low-impact workout, like those with knee pain or a lower body injury. "I recommend the elliptical machine most often to people who are looking for a lower intensity, but still excellent workout," Carey told POPSUGAR.

The elliptical is also a great alternative for those who get bored of running on the treadmill, or find the StairMaster intimidating. And before you tell us those two popular machines burn more calories than the elliptical, think again. "The method of cardio that burns the most calories is the kind that you actually do. It’s better to do the elliptical two to three times a week consistently than to run once and quit because you hate it."

How Do I Correctly Use the Elliptical?

It’s very easy to glide effortlessly and obliviously when you’re doing cardio on the elliptical, particularly if you see cardio as a chore. If you want to get the most out of your cardio workout, you need to first watch your form – stand upright and engage your core. "Try not to stay on the balls of your feet, and instead stride through the full foot as you move," Carey says. Try to make the movement natural; there’s no need to overreach or overstride.

The Under 30-Minute Interval Plan

This is Carey’s favorite elliptical interval plan. It takes a total of 24 minutes and you’re only sprinting for about half of the time. "This plan helps you burn calories during and after your workout efficiently," she says. "To maximize results, make sure you are challenging yourself with speed and resistance."

  • Two-minute warmup at moderate intensity: It should feel like a light jog (level 3 on most ellipticals).
  • One minute at high intensity: It should feel like a sprint (level 9 on most ellipticals).
  • One minute at moderate intensity: It should feel like a light jog (level 3 on most ellipticals).
  • Alternate those two levels for 18 more minutes.
  • Two-minute cooldown at a low to moderate intensity: It should feel like fast walking (level 2 on most ellipticals).

December 1, 2018 at 12:03AM

These Are the 16 Superfoods You’ll Be Eating in 2019

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These Are the 16 Superfoods You’ll Be Eating in 2019

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If you’re a little bored of relying on quinoa, kale, and blueberries to keep your body healthy and full of nutrients, there is a brand-new crop of superfoods making their way to supermarkets and health stores, about to expand your palette and make planning your meals exciting again.

These 16 foods recommended by experts, from veggies and extracts to seeds and oils, are the exciting superfoods you’ll be seeing all over shelves, recipes and, yes, social media in 2019. They are all packed with good-for-you nutrients that help with everything from disease prevention to reduced inflammation.

November 30, 2018 at 11:00PM

All These Tasty Trader Joe’s Peppermint Foods Are Vegan So You Can Celebrate the Season

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All These Tasty Trader Joe’s Peppermint Foods Are Vegan So You Can Celebrate the Season

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If pumpkin space is the flavor of Fall, then peppermint definitely embodies the taste of the holiday season. Is there anything more quintessentially Winter than candy canes or peppermint mochas? Luckily, Trader Joe’s knows this, and unveiled its best seasonal peppermint foods just in time for the holidays.

And if you’re vegan, you don’t need to miss out on all the fun. These peppermint foods are tasty and free of animal products. Be mindful: just because they are vegan doesn’t mean they are necessarily healthy. But if you want to enjoy the delicious taste of peppermint, especially chocolate and peppermint together, then check out our top picks.

November 30, 2018 at 09:59PM

These Ugly-Sweater-Inspired Sneakers Are the Only Running Shoes I’m Wearing in December

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These Ugly-Sweater-Inspired Sneakers Are the Only Running Shoes I’m Wearing in December

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I’ll be honest: I’m kind of sick of the ugly Christmas sweater trend. The parties, the holiday races, and gyms participating in ugly holiday-themed classes all get wrapped up in this tired tradition where people are more interested in doing it for the ‘gram than actually enjoying the festivities.

But that all changed when Brooks sent me the sneaker version of the ugly Christmas sweater: Ugly Sweater Levitate 2 ($150). These are the same version of the Levitate 2, which I already love, but in a fun, festive ugly sweater pattern. The laces look like striped candy canes and even feature little jingle bells. Plus, the Levitate 2 offers plenty of support and cushion for my runs, and I haven’t yet fallen off the treadmill while wearing them (which is a major plus!).

I’m fully planning on rocking these all December long during my Orangetheory and Barry’s Bootcamp classes and running on the treadmill at the gym. I will probably take off the little bells, though; I don’t need to be driving everyone else in the gym bonkers. And if I stop being a Scrooge and actually attend an ugly Christmas sweater party this year, you better believe I’ll be rocking these sneakers along with my matching sweater.

November 30, 2018 at 08:40PM

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