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How to (start thinking about how to) Run a Marathon

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In honor the the Marine Corps Marathon, I thought I would dedicate this post to the root of all exercise: cardio! Now I mentioned that I’ve started dabbling with weight training, and all of my fitspiration instagrammers assure me that I can get the results I want without EVER stepping foot on a treadmill again. That sounds amazing and everything, but there’s something about a runner’s high and the physical total-body burn that still keeps me running back to my running sneakers. There are lots of articles about how to train for a marathon (check out NY Daily News article here and NY Time’s blog series here)  but how do you actually wake up one day and decide you’re ready for a marathon?

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Vacations and Exercising

The most important part of balancing a fun vacation and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is moderation. This weekend I traveled with my family, best friend and boyfriend to the one and only sin city: Las Vegas! While it is much harder to eat and exercise healthy when you’re not cooking at home and on a routine, there are definitely some perks to working out on vacation.
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Review: LA Kickboxing



Last year I scored an amazing groupon to LA Boxing in Georgetown. It was something like ten classes for $39, which was a huge deal compared to their pricey membership packages. The studio was located only two blocks from my apartment and provided lots of flexibility with class times, for both regular boxing and kickboxing. But be warned, this class is NOT for the weak!

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Instagram Fitspiration

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One of the greatest motivations for me to work out and eat healthy is actually social media! Instagram to be precise. I often find myself looking at “fitspiration” pages of people in killer shape, as well as food insta’s that show the most delicious looking smoothies and snacks. Normally, if I look long enough, sometimes it even causes me to go to the gym or bake something healthy. While no calories are burned from scrolling and “liking,” it still keeps me in the right mindset. If anyone wants to follow some of my favorite fitspo pages, here is a guide to a few of my favorites!

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Yoga on a Student Budget


One of the biggest struggles I have as a student trying to stay in shape is budgeting in the classes. Gym memberships, studio fees, and even the buy at home equipment/DVD’s can get really costly! When it comes to specials, Groupons, LivingSocials, discount-whatevers, I always try to take advantage of them. In addition, a lot of studios (especially yoga studios!) offer new member specials as well as student discount prices on single classes and package rates.

So, with that being said, I love rotating around yoga studios when I find an intro special (some are free!) and try to save money. Another plus is that this is a great idea when on vacation–my family rented a house in New Jersey for a week last summer, and I found a yoga studio that offered a $15 unlimited week for new students. If you live in a huge city like DC, there are tons of yoga studios to take advantage of!

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A Review: The Blue Print Cleanse


Let’s talk about juicing! So this summer I completed the Blue Print Cleanse–a three day cleanse consisting of six juices. All you have to do is drink the juices in order, whenever you want, and you can have as much water and tea in between. Blue Print offers three different levels of cleans-iness: renovation, foundation, and excavation (I opted for the intermediate.) So I logged onto www.blueprintcleanse.com, ordered one for me, my mom, and my sister, and voila! We were juicing by the end of the week.  Continue reading

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Let the Gains Begin


My name is Julia and I am a senior at The George Washington University. I am a biology major, future (fingers-crossed) doctor, sorority gal, world-traveler, Nutella addict, Game of Thrones fanatic, yogi master, and most importantly I am a health curious student.

First let’s get this straight…I don’t pretend that I run a half marathon each day and bench press 150 lbs at the gym without breaking a sweat. I don’t guzzle muscle milk and beef up on protein for each meal nor do I count calories or macros. I’m not trying to shrink eight dress sizes and I’m not trying to build muscles that could enter me into a body building competition. Being healthy just makes me happy! And every gain I make physically and mentally is an added benefit.

So to start off this blog, I’d first like to explain why I have become more cognizant of my health recently.

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