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Chill Out With Pretty Colors, It’s Gonna Be All Right

Rebecca Vipond Brink | August 13, 2015 - 9:30 am

Let the colors bring you to a happier place. More »


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

Katrin Higher | July 4, 2015 - 2:30 pm

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

Rebecca Vipond Brink | July 2, 2015 - 2:00 pm

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

Rebecca Vipond Brink | June 24, 2015 - 4:00 pm

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

Rebecca Vipond Brink | June 12, 2015 - 12:00 pm

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

Rebecca Vipond Brink | June 5, 2015 - 11:00 am

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



Do Something New: Get Tested For HIV

Rebecca Vipond Brink | June 2, 2015 - 10:30 am

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


Absolute Beginners: Germs At The Gym

Rebecca Vipond Brink | May 29, 2015 - 1:30 pm

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


Absolute Beginners: SoulCycle And What “Community” Means

Rebecca Vipond Brink | May 22, 2015 - 9:45 am

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

Rebecca Vipond Brink | May 15, 2015 - 10:00 am

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

Rebecca Vipond Brink | April 24, 2015 - 4:00 pm

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

Rebecca Vipond Brink | April 17, 2015 - 1:00 pm

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?

Katrin Higher | April 11, 2015 - 10:30 am

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

Rebecca Vipond Brink | April 3, 2015 - 1:00 pm

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

Rebecca Vipond Brink | March 30, 2015 - 9:00 am

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

Rebecca Vipond Brink | March 19, 2015 - 10:30 am

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 up… More »


Absolute Beginners: Quitters Win

Rebecca Vipond Brink | March 6, 2015 - 9:00 am

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

Rebecca Vipond Brink | February 26, 2015 - 3:00 pm

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

Rebecca Vipond Brink | February 20, 2015 - 11:10 am

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

Rebecca Vipond Brink | February 12, 2015 - 4:30 pm

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 »


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