Following the "lead": how you AND your dog can be more active together

Our lives are often sedentary, and those of us with dogs know that they can get on that bandwagon, too. In spite of their innate need to move and play, our dogs often find themselves sitting on the same sofa we ourselves sit on. It's easy for all of us to become couch potatoes together. Here are some easy ways to make exercising with dogs more enjoyable for everyone…

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13 pieces of plus sized gym advice for newbies

It is hard being the fat girl at gym sometimes. Some things I do to help cope, include reminding myself I'm not the only bigger person there, coming up with a goal for my session, focusing on other things, wearing clothes I love…

Trust me, I have a long list of tricks up my sleeve to get through as a plus sized gym newbie!

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How a Harry Potter-themed "virtual race" got me off my ass IRL

My mind was blown. How in the hell could a running club or a race be virtual? I looked into it a little more (let's be real…I Googled the term "virtual race") and was astounded at how many I found, and absolutely gobsmacked at how many of them had amazingly geeky themes.

This was the perfect combination of external motivation (shiny medals) and appealing to my sense of altruism (some races donated money to cancer research) to get me up off my ass and moving.

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What I'm learning from dancing poorly

Inspired by a local dancer's athletic performance in a show I saw years ago, I asked her if she would teach me some stuff. She said she would, and then I cried a lot because it's really hard looking stupid and learning new things. METAPHOR ALERT!