• By Nicole Nichols, Managing Editor and Fitness Expert at SparkPeople

    We all have those days that we don't want to work out even though we know we should.

    When you need a little motivation, look no further.

    Here are 100 reasons you shouldn't skip your workout today.

    Print or save this post so you'll have easy access to it on the days you need it most.


    100 Reasons to Exercise Now

    1. Because it makes you feel confident
    2. Because it helps you get stronger
    3. Because exercise helps combat depression
    4. Because you'll feel proud of yourself
    5. Because you have goals you want to reach
    6. Because you'll feel bad if you don't
    7. Because you want to move forward, not backward
    8. Because it burns more calories than not working out
    9. Because it improves your heart health
    10. Because you want a great butt
    11. Because it prevents diabetes
    12. Because you want to be a good example to your kids
    13. Because you want to feel good in your clothes
    14. Because it reduces your risk of cancer
    15. Because your body was ma
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  • By Sarah St. Lifer, Refinery29

    Admit it, just the other day you were cruising around your neighborhood, and couldn't help but stare at the newest apartment complex that just popped up (seems like overnight, right?). It turns out those units are in serious demand, and not just because of the primo locations - home hunters are settling into multi-family buildings and taking full advantage of those amenities, namely the fitness centers.

    RELATED: Could Your Gym Be Making You Sick?

    With that in mind, the folks at Apartment Guide gathered all of their data to determine the top 10 fittest cities in the U. S. of A. How? Well, for starters, the much classier version of Craigslist found that the toughest aspect of getting in shape isn't measly motivation, but measly income. Therefore, folks are hesitant to splurge on that spendy gym membership, and are searching for abodes with gratis fitness centers. With little excuse to bypass that elliptical, AG has concluded that San Diego is the city t

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  • by Jay Cardiello for SHAPE.com

    Work out like a man, look like a lady!

    Work out like a man, look like a lady!

    I have heard it so many times. Whether it's my female clientele or the many comments posted around the Internet, "I don't want to look like a man" is a popular statement. Women who say this then make a point to avoid workouts they perceive as masculine.

    With that, many females choose single-joint, linear movements-but a woman's body is meant to move, twist, turn, and even carry a child. Training your body in a linear, one-dimensional fashion will only make you more susceptible to injury as you attempt to live your life in a multi-dimensional world. Think about it: A mother carrying her child is squatting, lunging, lifting, twisting, turning, and picking him or her up out of the crib, all while rotating in multiple directions.

    Training "like a man" can actually prepare your body for these actions. Performing highly beneficial compound, functional exercises can literally decrease the chances of suffering from osteoporosis, increase lean muscle mass, and r

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  • by Alanna Nuñez for SHAPE.com

    If you see any of these ingredients on the food you're holding, skip it and put it back on the shelf!

    If you see any of these ingredients on the food you're holding, skip it and put it back on the shelf!

    1. Potassium benzoate: When you crave something sweet, bubbly, and perhaps caffeinated but don't want the calories, it can be tempting to crack open a diet soda-but resist that urge. "Sodium and potassium benzoate are added to some diet soft drinks and fruit drinks," Leslie Bonci, R.D., says. "They can form benzene, which is a carcinogen when combined with vitamin C, the ascorbic acid in juice or soda."

    In addition, research shows that there may be a link between diet cola consumption and weight gain, as well as cancer and diabetes, so if you're a diet soda junkie, try to cut back. Our five tips will help you kick the habit.

    If you don't drink soda, you're not safe, though: Potassium benzoate often shows up in seemingly innocuous foods such as apple cider, low-fat salad dressings, syrups, jams, olives, and pickles, so read labels.


    2. Corn: Don't panic-you can enjoy your corn on the cob if it's non-GMO; we're talking ab

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  • By Linda Mel

    Learn how to speed up your metabolism and lose more weight.

    one, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

    Hurry It Up!
    You know the drill: Eat less and exercise more to lose weight. But when the scale seems stuck a few pounds away from your goal weight, your metabolism may need a boost. Little lifestyle tweaks (like not dieting!) may be the ticket. Here are simple suggestions to jumpstart calorie burning from the latest studies and top experts. Photo by Thinkstock.

    1. Keep daily calories above 1,200.
    It sounds counterintuitive, but eating fewer than 1,200 calories a day can actually slow weight loss, says Keri Gans, RD, a nutrition consultant in New York City and author of The Small Change Diet. "When you eat much less than your body needs, it may go into starvation mode and store fat," says Gans. A 5'5" woman who's moderately active needs approximately 1,400 to 1,700 calories per day, says Gans. And those calories should come from a variety of nutrients consisting of high-fiber carbohydrates

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