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July 4th Selfie Campaign To Help Keep Dogs Safe During Fireworks

By: Katrin Higher / July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July to American humans! Not so much the doggies of these humans, however.

More pets go missing over the Fourth of July weekend than any other time of year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Most dog owners keep their dogs inside during the… More »


Thank Us Later: Nutrino Is Your Go-To Holistic Nutrition App

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 2, 2015

If you care about food more than it takes to count calories, you’ll love Nutrino. More »


15 Extremely Convincing Reasons To Take A Walk Today

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / June 24, 2015

A radical pedestrian revolution is underway in America! Or at least, that’s what The Guardian is reporting. Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak said we should “go retro!” and treat walking as our patriotic duty – and indeed, the Society of Actuaries has estimated that if just 1 in 10 Americans started a walking program, America… More »


Absolute Beginners: Absolute Bye-ginners

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / June 12, 2015

It occurred to me last week that the only exercise I’m getting right now is the exercise I get while I’m out doing stuff for Absolute Beginners.

That’s not really an ideal situation, but there are a few reasons for it. I injured my foot while running a few months ago and had… More »


Absolute Beginners: Gymnastics And What Makes Embarrassment Worth It

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / June 5, 2015

Turns out I suck at gymnastics, but it was 100 percent worth trying. More »


Do Something New: Get Tested For HIV

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / June 2, 2015

Getting tested for HIV might be daunting, but it’s worth it. More »


Absolute Beginners: Germs At The Gym

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / May 29, 2015

Here are some tips on how to avoid gym-related infections. More »


Absolute Beginners: SoulCycle And What “Community” Means

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / May 22, 2015

There’s a SoulCycle-licensed tank top you can buy that describes the phenomenon thusly: “Pack, tribe, crew, posse, cult, gang, community, SoulCycle.” I was told, specifically, that it would be a cult, and I’m glad that the company is itself embracing that term, because there is something at least a little bit cult-like about sweating your… More »


Absolute Beginners: 5 Things I Learned Doing Aerial Fitness

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / May 15, 2015

I’ve been out on medical for the last two weeks, which means two things: First, that I haven’t been going to the gym much, and second, that Absolute Beginners took a two-week hiatus with me. Of course, me being an all-in sort of gal, I scheduled an aerial fitness class for the very first day… More »


Absolute Beginners: Exercise Motivation For The Extremely Anxious

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 24, 2015

So, big question for people who are getting into fitness and are coping with anxiety over it: How do you find exercise motivation when you really, really, really just want to stay in bed or on the couch or safe at home?

I know how this goes; every few weeks I seem to… More »


Absolute Beginners: Know When To Stop

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 17, 2015

Right now, I have tendonitis in my left ankle, tenosynovitis in both of my feet (it’s an inflammation of the sheaths that protect tendons), hammer toes, and my marathon-induced avascular necrosis still hasn’t quite healed. I have a vertebra that’s still healing from being cracked when I fell backward down a flight of stairs last… More »


WHOOPS! Anti-Vaxxer’s Seven Children All Got Whooping Cough So Now She’s Into Vaccines, I Guess?

By: Katrin Higher / April 11, 2015

Former anti-vaxxer and mom of many Tara Hills, recently changed her stance after all seven of her children somehow mysteriously got whooping cough. WHOOPSIE DAISIES! (Sorry, I can’t stop.)

In case you didn’t know, anti-vaxxers are those special people who don’t believe you should vaccinate your children because it may cause autism… More »


Absolute Beginners: When I Fall In Love

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 3, 2015

As soon as I got down from my second climb and untied myself from the rope, during my second visit to Brooklyn Boulders, I texted my fiancé, Michael. “I really need to join this gym,” I told him. “I like this so much, it’s the same feeling as when I started lifting.”

Generally,… More »


Absolute Beginners: Productive Pain

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 30, 2015

A few weeks ago, I got my hands on a copy of a stretch workout DVD called Lastics (yeah, I still use DVDs, I’m a rube). I’m not super-inflexible – I’ve done my fair share of yoga, I can touch the floor with straight legs, and I’ve always wanted to be more human-pretzel-y. But oh… More »


Managing Diet And Exercise With My ADHD Brain

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 19, 2015

I have pretty severe ADHD. That dictates a lot of the way that my life, brain, body, and relationships function, but it’s not something I talk about a lot because – well, I don’t know, I’ve known about it and been living with it for fifteen years. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

But it’s been coming u… More »


Absolute Beginners: Quitters Win

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 6, 2015

Hi there! Welcome to Absolute Beginners, our new fitness column. I’d tell you to sit down and make yourself comfortable, but that’d really go against the whole modus operandi of what I’m trying to do, here. Instead, I don’t know, go do some jumping jacks, then come back and read this.

So, I… More »


“That’s Not ‘Arm Flab,’ That’s Your Tricep”: On Knowing Your Own Body

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 26, 2015

I was hanging out with my friend Em last night. Em is a petite woman, a little shorter than average and naturally slender. She was asking me about weight-lifting and telling me that she liked to do tricep extensions because, in her words, as she held up her right arm to demonstrate by moving the… More »


Your Complete Guide To Caring For Your Feet

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 20, 2015

Before I started marathon training, I almost never thought about my feet. Why would I, right? They’re all the way down there, on the ground. Never mind the fact that most of the jobs I’ve had in my life have required my feet to bear the weight of my body for eight-to-ten hours at a… More »


Harassers Won’t Even Leave Women Alone While We’re Running

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 12, 2015

Apparently a lot of women runners have more trouble with street harassment than I do when I go out for a jog. The Guardian posted an op-ed today about the experiences of female runners, and it’s pretty grotesque: the author was solicited for a blowjob; women have had things thrown at them; one running bloggerMore »


A Guy Just Ran 7 Marathons On 7 Continents In 7 Days, Which Is Seriously A Nuts Thing To Do

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 26, 2015

After I ran my first (and last) marathon last year, my legs were stone-stiff. Like, I got to the finish line, started walking, collected my congratulatory medal, heat blanket, protein shake, gel packs, apples, and crackers, and by the time I was walking toward the party section of Grant Park (like I wanted to fucking… More »


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