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This couples workout will help you stay motivated

You know what they say about couples who work out together? Nothing, actually, but partnering with an exercise buddy has been shown in studies to improve the likelihood that you will stick to a fitness regimen – particularly if that person is emotionally supportive. So whether you're looking for a healthy way to spend more time with your significant other or want some fresh workout ideas to try with your BFF, this full-body circuit from online fitness program FitazFK is a great place to start.

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Seven tips to buying a gym membership

Deciding whether to join a gym is a no-joke commitment. It's no secret that buying a membership is rather costly, but there are things you can do to cut down on the expenses. These days, we have plenty of options when it comes to buying a package. Monthly memberships, pay-as-you-go deals, or reduced bundles are all possible, but you have to know how and where to look.

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For serious runners dealing with ice or snow on trails, try these snowcross shoes

How serious are you about running in the ice and snow? For those who do want to run year-round on trails that haven't been cleared of the muck, the Salomon Snowcross 2 is the running shoe for you. It looks more like a cross-country ski boot than a running shoe, with a zippered upper/integrated gaiter that runs all the way up to high above your ankle. But this is a running shoe, specifically Salomon's Speedcross trail running shoe underneath the covering. It's got an aggressive outsole with plenty of grip to help you stick to the trail, and the waterproof upper keeps your feet nice and dry.

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Wina Sturgeon: Observe Olympians to improve your performance

Almost every mainstream sport, and some not so mainstream, are in the winter or summer Olympics. That means almost every sport has one or more Olympic champions. If you can find a video of that champion's winning performance, you've got a guide book for improving your results in your own sport.

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Yoga instructor shares her top 3 stretches for flexibility

Some of us are born more flexible than others, but we can all benefit from improving our flexibility through active stretches practiced regularly. Stretching offers a great number of benefits such as improving circulation and posture, reducing risk of injury, increasing range of motion, bettering physical performance, and allowing the body to use up less energy when active.

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If you want a similar look to US Olympic athlete leather gloves, try Burton's mittens

If you watched the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympics this year, chances are you noticed the leather gloves worn by the U.S. team as it entered the stadium. Love them or hate them, the gloves made a big splash on social media, and anyone wanting a pair for themselves were informed at the Ralph Lauren website that they were sold out – at the cost of $995 a pair. OK, so maybe you didn't want them that badly anyway. But if you're going for a similar look, the Burton Work Horse Leather Mitt will keep you just as warm and only set you back forty bucks.

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