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#140Wednesdays: What Would You Give Up for a Good Night’s Sleep?

Written on October 3, 2012 at 4:32 pm , by

Give up my guy for a few more winks? Now that you mention it…(Photo courtesy of Laura Doss)

Written by Deanna Cioppa, editorial intern

If you’re like a lot of Americans, you know the frustration and disruptive effects of a poor night’s sleep. Just why is it so many of us can’t get enough snooze time? Pfizer’s Advil PM tried to answer that question recently through a phone survey of 1,000 Americans 18 years and older. While the average number of hours of sleep per night was nearly six and a half, 93 percent of respondents reported sleeplessness at one time or another (including trouble falling asleep and/or staying asleep).

The number one response to why people were not sleeping was aches and pains, clocking in at 69 percent of respondents. Family stressors came in at a close second, followed by work, environmental noise and the social life stressors.

If that sounds familiar, the next statistic might surprise you. When asked what they would give up to sleep better, a whopping 67 percent said they would give up one vacation day a year to get a more restful night’s sleep. A day at the beach is no day at the beach if you’re exhausted, after all. Additionally, 62 percent said they would give up a “lifestyle luxury” like cable TV, and 32 percent said they would give up a bonus or pay raise. Read more

#140Wednesdays: How Do You Reward Yourself When You Reach a Fitness Goal?

Written on September 19, 2012 at 2:58 pm , by

She's one run away from hitting her weekly miles, and getting a post-run pedicure! (Photo courtesy of Alexa Miller)

Written by Deanna Cioppa, editorial intern

A little treat can go a long way, especially when it comes to hitting your fitness goals. Setting a non-food reward for yourself can help you hit your milestones faster, not to mention come in handy when your workouts seem to be never-ending. We asked our Twitter followers how they reward themselves for a fitness feat well done. And from the looks of it, these ladies know how to treat themselves right!

@stephanieyogini: I buy a new piece of workout clothing.

@BritterMC: I buy a new workout outfit or fitness DVD to try.

@AbliciousMoms: Smaller jeans!

@100poundsofme: Massages!

Now Tell Us: How do you reward yourself when you reach a fitness goal?

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#140Wednesdays: Fall is Creeping Up on Us! What Are You Looking Forward to for the New Season?

Written on September 12, 2012 at 2:41 pm , by

Is it too early to start thinking about pumpkin carving? (Photo courtesy of Amy Haskell)

Written by Deanna Cioppa, editoral intern

After a humidity-stricken summer, we’re welcoming fall with open arms this year, and it looks like our Twitter followers are too! Whether you’re pumped for pumpkins (in all forms) or just a chance to sweat in cooler weather, the new season has a little something for everyone.

@LanePineapple: I’m excited for the end of deployment! USA!

@HipHipLaRae: Better running weather!

@KateSchlag: Pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin bread…and less humidity.

@MachineGun_Baby: Getting fit to wear sweater dresses!

Now you tell us: Why will you be happy to see fall?

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#140Wednesdays: Fill in the Blank: You Know You’re a Runner When…

Written on September 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm , by

Ready, set, run! (Photo courtesy of Laura Doss)

Written by Deanna Cioppa, editorial intern

Whether you run 3 miles a day or 10, runners are one-of-a-kind. Not many other people would think it’s acceptable to cover yourself in BodyGlide or compare blister sizes, but when it comes to the sport, not many topics are off the table. We checked in with our Twitter followers to see when they realized they had joined the club.

@WannaBHeathNut: People take one look at your calves and ask how often you run!

@KarenSmither: You have a knee injury. ;) (Editor’s Note: Feel better!)

@zam8: You have 10 pairs of sneakers!

@MissColochita: You carry running shoes with you in your car.

Now tell us: You know you’re a runner when _____

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#140Wednesdays: What’s the Toughest Workout or Race You’ve Ever Done?

Written on August 29, 2012 at 3:55 pm , by

Push it to the limit and reap the better body rewards. (Photo courtesy Karen Pearson)

Written by Deanna Cioppa, editorial intern

There’s nothing like the feeling of accomplishment that comes at the end of an extra-tough workout. Whether the challenge is physical, mental or both, stepping outside of your comfort zone is always worth it in the end. We asked our Twitter followers what the toughest workout or race was that they’ve ever completed. From hiking trails in New Zealand, to the latest DVD crazes, our readers have been through the mill. Take a look at some of these tough girls below.

@ElPesoNuestro: Milford Track, 33 miles of trails!

@breezy81: Leg Day with trainer @jaminthompson.

@MichMich0404: Without a doubt the Spartan Sprint at Tuxedo Park, NY. But I finished and that is what’s important!

@MrsBalboa6: Can’t decide between a 13-mile @ToughMudder or a half-marathon! Physical vs. Mental but both #beastmode. #140Wednesdays

@TreeStand_Wife: Insanity! I loved it.

Now you tell us: What’s the toughest workout or race you’ve completed?

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