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The North Face's new Ventrix jacket helps release excess heat while exercising

It's the struggle for anyone exercising in the cold weather – you want a jacket that keeps you warm but doesn't cause you to overheat once you start to sweat. Most jackets will do a fine job retaining heat when you're standing still, but releasing all that excess heat becomes a problem. In The North Face's new Ventrix jacket, it has come up with a new technology to help solve the dilemma.

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The dark side of HIIT workouts (and it's not injuries)

Filling your schedule with HIIT workouts is a great, efficient way to get fit, since they allow you to work up a major amount of sweat in a short amount of time. And while banking extra minutes back into your daily time savings account is a happiness-boosting bonus of the fitness modality, in order to stick with an exercise routine, it's important to also enjoy it.

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How to choose the right barre class for you

I have tried a lot of these so-called trendy classes, but none seem to give me the lasting body results like barre does. My arms are stronger, there's definition in my waist, and my thighs are toned after regularly going. Skeptics out there may say it doesn't look as intense as those other high-impact, adrenaline pumping workout classes. But trust me when I say you will walk away from any good barre class really sore and sweaty – in the best way possible.

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How to ease back into working out after taking time off

Whether you were sidelined by injury, a busy schedule or sheer lack of motivation, getting back into a regular workout routine after taking time off can be an intimidating endeavor for a number of reasons. For starters, you really can't just dive right back in – it only takes about two weeks of sedentary life for your muscles to begin to lose strength, and simply picking up where you left off is a really easy way to hurt yourself. On the flip side, starting from square one can be frustrating, especially when you're all too aware of how strong you used to be.

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Jogging stroller adds ultra-reflective material for safer runs

A good jogging stroller is paramount to any parent who likes to run. First, it allows you to continue your running routine with a young child in the house, which is no easy task. Second, your little one can be quickly lulled into a nap. The Revolution is the latest in a line of high-quality jogging strollers from BOB, with one new change – the addition of full panels of ultra-reflective material, which makes the stroller more visible during the early-morning and evening runs. The neutral black and gray tones don't jump out at you like much neon-influenced reflective material, but when light shines on it, it can't be missed.

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Wina Sturgeon: An exercise to help improve athletic performance

Whether you are a weekend warrior or an Olympic champion, the basic rule of being an athlete is that you have to work for what you want. The problem with training is that it requires working on more than your sport. If you're a basketball player for instance, you won't reach your potential just by playing the game. You have to build the elements.

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Minnesota opens 'next generation' campground

Next to the tent pads and fire rings are electrical outlets to charge smartphones, plug in coffeemakers or power up entire motor homes. Each campsite features a strong Wi-Fi signal. Showers in the bath house are heated by solar panels.

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How to handle heat, humidity on race day

One race-day variable that I see runners struggle with over and over again is the weather. They don't seem to understand that the temperature isn't something they can control, but how they adjust to it is completely their call. If the race is hot, you can adapt your expectations and still emerge with a positive experience.

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