Articles by Kimberly Turner


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Ever wished you could bike your way through Midtown, Little 5 Points, Old Fourth Ward, and Virginia-Highland without fear of being flattened by a speeding SUV? Ever thought it would be even more fun if you could do it in a ridiculous costume while supporting a great cause? Then tomorrow night is your dream come true. The third annual Atlanta Moon Ride is a 6.5-mile bike ride along a route that is closed to motorized traffic and the 100 percent of the proceeds supports Bert’s Big Adventure, a local nonprofit that provides all-expenses-paid trips to Disney World for kids with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families.
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Down here in the South, our summer heat is not messing around. From June through August, average high temperatures in Atlanta top out in the mid to upper 80s (still, don’t call it “Hotlanta,” okay?) and that can bring a whole new level of challenge to your outdoor workouts. You could pack up your gear and head to air conditioned comfort, but outdoor exercise is great for you and the heat itself can actually have some benefits too. Higher temps can improve your flexibility — thus the popularity of hot yoga studios — and some studies have shown that hot-weather training may lead to even greater gains than high-altitude training for elite athletes. If you’re going to sweat it out this summer, be safe about it with these tips for scorching summer workouts…

It’s getting hot in here… >>

Running
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June 3 is National Running Day, the perfect time to look back at some of WellATL’s top articles on the topic. Whether you’re looking for someone to commiserate with on the struggles of getting started or training to improve your max speed, we’ve got tips for you, along with info on the city’s best routes, common shoe purchasing mistakes, lacing tricks, and more.
Our top 10… >>

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Bubble soccer is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a game of soccer where you’re encased in a giant, five-foot bubble. It was invented in Scandinavia, land of IKEA and vikings. What could go wrong? Even when players charge one another in this full-contact version of the sport, they just bounce off and keep going… or get stuck on their backs like turtles, flailing around and trying to find their feet. The truth is, it’s at least as entertaining to watch as it is to play (check out the video after the jump to see what we mean).
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The juice trend shows no signs of slowing down. Two juice bars, Kale Me Crazy and Nectar, are about to open new Atlanta locations. Fresh off of opening its Decatur location in April, Kale Me Crazy is prepping a new space in Midtown in the SkyHouse South building (100 6th Street) and will soon be opening spots in Sandy Springs and Brookhaven as well. The original location in Inman Park is still going strong. The shops not only sell cold-pressed juices and smoothies, but also salads, wraps, and juice cleansing kits.
Nectar is heading to Piedmont Park >>

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Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable chronic disease of the central nervous system with no cure, causes symptoms ranging from visual, motor, and sensory problems to issues with speech, swallowing, vision, and balance. Musician David Osmond, nephew of Donny and Marie Osmond, was 26 when he was diagnosed with relapsing multiple sclerosis. And while he grew up watching his father (Alan Osmond of the iconic Osmond Family) battle the debilitating disease, he still had a lot to learn about managing the condition. Today, Osmond has been out of his wheelchair for eight years and travels around the country as a vocal advocate for the roughly 400,000 Americans with MS. He recently visited Atlanta as part of the Our Voice in Song Campaign (in partnership with Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation) to perform his new single “I Can Do This” at the Atlanta MS Walk. We caught up with him, along with Dr. Ben Thrower, medical director of the Multiple Sclerosis Institute at Shepherd Center, to discuss how MS sufferers can do more than simply cope with the disease.

Hear David’s MS tips plus his new single… >>

Pure Barre Decatur
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Decatur’s newest fitness offering is a Pure Barre studio at 415 Church Street (in the former Seen Gallery space next to Yogurt Tap). The studio, which officially opened for business yesterday, offers as many as seven classes a day as well as a retail area featuring lines such as ALO, Beyond Yoga, Emi Jay, Knotty, Lily & Laura, BRK, and Splits 59. Pure Barre Decatur’s owners, former financial services consultant Ashley Goot and Austin native Katy Bayless Gibson, already own a successful Pure Barre business in Virginia-Highland.
What is Pure Barre anyway? >>

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When I first started workout out, I met an amazing person who had gone/is going through her own weight loss and muscle building journey. She said, “Weight loss isn’t a straight line,” and I agree. As someone who has gained and lost many times without long-term success, I know that her words are true. The real success is failing and getting back up to try again. At the time, four months ago, I was so committed to success, I could barely get out of my own way. Today, I humbly write to you because I have not only fallen off the wagon, I have taken a flying leap off of it and bumped my head on multiple blunt objects on the way down.
Ups and downs >>