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How to Wash Your Sneakers

The benefits of a regular workout routine are basically endless. Not only will you lose weight, tone up, and look better, you will also improve your sleep quality, increase your energy levels, and help prevent bone degeneration as you age.

It’s essentially a magic pill that heals all the things, both inside and out.

But one noticeable (and admittedly very superficial but also very annoying) draw back is that your sneakers get real dirty. Fast. Gym floors tend to be grimy even if they are cleaned often, and outside workouts cause you to accumulate a ton of dirt and pollen.

Your new shoes will start looking old and worn well before they need to be replaced.

But before you spend your hard earned dollars on new shoes that you don’t need (although, if they are a different color…), try washing them! They will look like new with pretty minimal effort.

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Why September is The Best for Healthy Routines

You know it’s the official end of summer when you start to see pumpkin spice lattes being advertised. Every year it feels a little too early (but it seems like Starbucks starts earlier and earlier every year…), but it’s also nice to be ushered into a new season.

And PSL’s are delicious.

Summer will always be my favorite, but I what I love about fall is the return of routine (and sweatshirts). Maybe it’s the school kid in me, but I believe that September is the best month for getting back to your goals.

Even if you aren’t as nostalgic about back to school as me, here are three major reasons September is kind of the best for healthy habits (and how you can take advantage!).

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Healthy is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

I learned this lesson the hard way. Every time I'd discover a new philosophy, I'd buy all the books and read all the blogs, and drastically change my life accordingly.  

(Just ask my mom, she always had to text me before visits home to find out what my latest and greatest dietary restrictions were.) 

It was a great way to experiment, but it was also an exhausting cycle of strict adherence for a period of time, followed by a major crash, followed by hating myself and feeling guilty for being "strong enough" to stay on course. Then I'd search for the next diet to try. 

Surely it was the diets fault, right? 

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10 Unconventional Ways to Stay on Track this Summer

Summer is a magical time. The sun is out, the days are long, and people in general are in a better mood. When July 1st rolls around, there is a wonderful relaxed vibe that spreads throughout the office and carries over into everyday places like Starbucks and the grocery store. Strangers actually smile at each other!  

But staying on track with your health and fitness goals can be a challenge during these glorious summer months. Vacations derail workout momentum, after-work drinks abound, and BBQ's with friends and family start showing up on your waistline. 

I had this hilarious client in New York (like we used to double over laughing during sessions and every one would stare, but we didn't care. We were having a blast!), and one time we were talking about staying healthy while traveling and she joked, 

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The Morning Habit that is Killing Your Results

When I was in High School my mom was obsessed with a blog called FlyLady. FlyLady (aka Marla Cilley) is an OG blogger from the late 90's who specializes in helping you organize your home and establish simple morning routines for keeping it clean. 

My family of course teased my mom about it, but with four kids making a constant mess, I now totally get it. I've also admittedly called her numerous times for tips, because while the dishes seemed to do themselves at home, I've learned this is not actually the case in grown-up life.

(I have to do them myself everyday... AND clean the bathroom?! Ughh)  

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Latest Skincare Obsession

I've learned that if you want an honest opinion about something, you should ask a kid. They are basically incapable of sugar coating anything, and they definitely don't understand tact yet... 

In freshman year of college, I taught 1st grade Sunday school with my best friend Nikkie. The kids were adorable and each week there there was at least one or two LOL questions or comments.

But it's also a really honest age... I remember one Sunday, this kid turned to me and asked,  

"Miss Jessica, what are those red dots all over your face?" 

Sigh, there it was. The unfiltered truth. My acne was actually bad despite friends and family reassuring me that "it wasn't that noticeable". You cut me deep kid, you cut me real deep.

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Two Questions For a New Month

I love that we bucket time into months, don't you? When one ends and another begins, we get to start over and try again.  

I don't know about you, but I'm pretty ready to say goodbye to March. 

The weather was meh (even for California), I got violently ill at the beginning on the month, and I locked myself out of my apartment on a Sunday morning... which meant I had to wait for a locksmith in sweat pants and no bra, awesome.  

But yesterday, to kick off April, I had a great catch-up with an old friend. We are both entrepreneurs, and we try to catch up at the beginning of each month to chat about highs and lows from the month before, and set a few intentions for the month to come. 

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It's OK to Take a Break

As a fitness professional, I'm always looking for ways new ways to encourage, inspire and help initiate action for my clients. Because let's be honest, motivation is fleeting, crazy schedules get in the way of workouts, and cooking a healthy dinner after a long day is sometimes almost unbearable to even think about.

But the fitness industry can sometimes take "fitspo" a little too far. And I'm not talking about the pictures of girls in thongs "working out" at the dumbbell rack (those are just obnoxious...), I'm talking about a much sneakier culprit lurking in your social media feed... the well-intended motivational meme.

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Greek Yogurt and Honey Mask

I have struggled with acne my whole life. And when I say struggle, I mean in high school it could have been an identifying trait if you were trying to describe me to someone, like, "yeah, you know, Jess... with the acne." Good times. I tried everything too, including 2 rounds of accutane (which I wouldn't recommend, another story for another day). I've probably spent

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Treat Yo' Self

Healthy is an art, not a science, and sometimes you just want something sweet. The good news is the health food industry has stepped up its snacks game in the past 5 years, so treating yourself doesn't have to mean completely throwing health out the window. Even at most airports now you don't have to settle for a Snickers or a vending machine.

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Gym Bag Essentials

I never had a "gym bag" until I moved to New York and had to give up my car (sad day). No car means public transportation and carrying with you anything you need for the day. Lugging around your belongings will quickly force you to pare down what you pack, because somehow eye-shadow, clean

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