Monthly Archives: December 2014

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When it’s not busy asking you to change your password for the umpteenth time or crashing and losing a project you’ve worked on for two hours, technology can be pretty darned nifty. And we’re not just talking about the existence of animated cat gifs. Need proof? Behold this interactive map of the most frequented walking and running routes in the world. A company called Mapbox worked with data from popular tracking app Runkeeper to visualize more than 1.5 million walks, runs, and bike rides. The result is an oddly beautiful network of colorful lines revealing where Atlantans like to move. The BeltLine, Piedmont Park’s paths, Freedom Park Trail, the PATH, Stone Mountain Trail, and other obvious pedestrian thoroughfares glow neon pink while other areas show only the occasional squiggle of dark blue. The resulting overlay is as useful as it is gorgeous. Where’s your favorite Atlanta running or walking route?

Atlanta fireworks
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There’s still time hit some cycling, an aerobics class at the BeltLine, and a 5K in 2014. Hop to it! Or, you know, maybe just choose one. Then kick off your new year right by learning some new tricks in the kitchen, helping to stamp out poverty, and learning the fine art of swinging a kettlebell around. Lots to do this week! Check out the events.

5Ks, kettlebells, cooking classes + more >>

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Take advantage of the balmy December weather this week and go for some interval runs around your neighborhood before the chill of winter sets in. This one is easy and quick. Here’s how it works: You’re going to be using telephone poles as your distance markers. Start at one then run the distance of two poles at a fast pace/sprint. Walk or jog the next two poles. Repeat for 15 minutes and finish by holding plank with proper form as long as you can. Log your score (sign up for Logsitall for free) then get back to recovering from the holidays. 

Excellence in Exercise
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It’s almost the time of year when everyone recommits to being healthy. The gym is flooded with newbies, your bestie keeps talking about that kickboxing class you should try, and HR just announced a new corporate wellness program. If you’re trying to get fit in Atlanta, there’s a chance Excellence in Exercise has something to do with it. In 2005, business partners Kristian Jones and Dorie Downs opened a training facility catering to personal and small group training. Now they also run corporate fitness facilities and wellness programs across the city. You can’t escape them… and that’s probably a good thing. Professional gym rat, co-owner, and trainer Kristian Jones gives WellATL the scoop. What’s the best diet? What workout can you squeeze in on Christmas? Find out! >>

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Alrighty, people. Our kids are about to be home all day, every day for TWO weeks. Do you know how much eating that is? My precise calculations tell me it’s A LOT. I put nearly all of my “food energy” into planning healthy (or mostly healthy) meals, so snacks are usually where it falls apart for me. It’s not as if there aren’t a ton of great paleo sites that offer suggestions for kids, but the snack options are very often things like nuts and jerky. I don’t know about your toddlers, but my gummy babies aren’t about to Vitamix those foods in their mouths, and to be honest, my older kids aren’t that excited about eating jerky. So, by this time in the year, pre-packaged snacks find their way into our house far more often than I’d prefer. Landria’s recipes to the rescue! >>

Workout of the Week
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Ho-ho-holy no-time-for-a-workout this week, right? Wrong! Those moments when you’re stressed out and covered in wayward bows and tinsel are exactly the times when you need a workout the most. Plus, this week’s WoW has a festive name that’ll put you in the holiday spirit while you sweat. Take time for yourself and focus on this awesome trainer-designed, WellATL-approved workout rather than all that baking and wrapping for a few minutes. Your body will thank you for it. When you’re finished, record your results in our workout tracking software, Logsitall (sign up here for free) so that you can track your progress.

The 12 Days of Fitmas

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You’ve seen her before — the mom in the grocery store checkout line with a newborn swaddled to her midsection, a glazed look in her eyes, and a little spit-up on her shoulder. Staring back from the candy and gum section is the smiling face of a perky television star on the cover of a weekly magazine, wearing a bikini and holding an infant. The headline declares in a huge pink font, “BODY AFTER BABY.” It’s enough to make you scream. The priority for most moms isn’t to fit into a two-piece weeks after birth, but to be healthy and feel great (or as great as is possible) during and after pregnancy. And Mama, Atlanta’s own Oh Baby! Fitness can help with that, offering exercise programs for new and expectant moms. Oh Baby! Founding Mom/CEO/Co-owner Clare Schexnyder tells us more in this week’s Friday Five.

On following your career passion, dealing with postpartum depression, and helping moms stay fit >>