The Reticent Runner: Testing Out the Couch to 5K App

Written by Amber Ponomar. Posted in Amber's Blog, Cool Stuff, Featured Posts, Running/Walking/Hiking, We Did It (So You Don't Have To)

We Did It So You Don’t Have To: Couch to 5K

I was a soccer player in early high school, until a bad knee sprain put me out of commission and away from sports for about eight years. More recently, I’d begun biking to and from work every day, and, because I live in a city, I walk to most places in my neighborhood. But even though I talked a good game, saying I’d start running “next summer,” “next summer,” “next summer,” deep down, I never seriously thought I’d be a runner. And then my Ms. Fit boss, Kathie, asked me to review the Couch to 5K app by Active.

We Did It So You Don’t Have To: Three-Day Cleanse

Written by Kathie Bergquist. Posted in Eat Features, Featured Posts, Kathie's Blog, We Did It (So You Don't Have To)

The end of the year is a notorious time for over-taxing your system – overeating, eating poorly (dips, cheeseballs, cookies, eggnogs, anyone?) and over-imbibing. Between friends’ outings, family gatherings, and workplace celebrations, not to mention the stress of holiday shopping, it’s hard to maintain a balance, let alone squeezing in a workout here or there. The result is always the same: you end up feeling sluggish, bloated, erratic, and mentally and emotionally spent.

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That’s why, when I had the opportunity to try a three-day cleanse right between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, I jumped on it. Once committed, though, I began having second thoughts.

We Are Stardust: Faith, Yoga and How the Universe Showed Me what I’m Made of

Written by Jessica Young. Posted in Featured Posts, Jessica's Blog, Think Features, Yoga

The workshop flier said, “Yoga for Women”, and I thought, this workshop could go one of several ways:

·         The teacher could be a tight-bodied Lululemon model in fuchsia lipstick and eyeliner, who played acid jazz and dubstep to our vinyasas.  She could try to bend us into crazy positions and coach us to use our feminine Shakti to make ourselves hotter, more luscious beings (presumably in order to snag or keep some man);

·         Or, she could be an “Earth Mother” with hairy legs and no sense of humor, who told us to do malasana over a mirror to look at our yonis, and who would coach us to breathe through our vaginas and smile at our uteruses.

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I Deserve to be Healthy: A Feminist Case for Quitting Smoking

Written by Kathie Bergquist. Posted in Body, Featured Posts, Kathie's Blog

Backstory

So a couple of years ago, my wife, Nikki, and I are at a party where we encounter a few friends we haven’t seen in a while. Conversation gets around to how we’d just run the Prague marathon, which our friends meet with the typical incredulity non-runners feel towards the willful madness of running 26.2 miles. A half hour later we’re all on the porch having a smoke.

quitting smoking “Oh my god,” one of the friends exclaim. “I can’t believe you smoke cigarettes and run marathons. I thought you were super healthy.” We laugh and shrug it off, “not that healthy.”

Jessica’s Blog: Reflections on the Hump! Indie Porn Fest

Written by Jessica Young. Posted in Jessica's Blog, Reviews

I went to this movie hoping to learn something: something about what porn is; why it might not be the soul-sucking, demoralizing agent of malevolence I thought it was; how people could use it in a way that might even be healthy. I went hoping to have my mind opened.

In this follow up to an earlier blog post, Ms. Fit editor Jess reports back on her experience of the Hump! Indie-porn festival, and her reflections as a feminist woman of color on the festival’s offerings.

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