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Paleo Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

Paleo Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

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Out on Yawkey Way before Red Sox games, you can buy a sausage with peppers and onions for six dollars.

In fact, you kind of have to — they smell amazing.

And if you know what I’m talking about — the wafting steam from that cart, the sweet smell of fried peppers and onions, the umami of the sausage, the vibration of excitement in the air, and the sound of a thousand Boston accents bouncing off the brick walls of Fenway — you’re going to love this recipe.…

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WLC Mission: A Bucket List for the Here and Now

WLC Mission: A Bucket List for the Here and Now

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WLC Mission is a weekly challenge, meant to improve your life by disrupting your day-to-day routine — taking you out of your comfort zone, asking you to try something new, and challenging you to become a more complete person. Never easy, you can consider the Mission an advanced experiment in personal wellness, with you as the star.

This Week’s Mission: A Bucket List for the Here and Now The Idea

This week’s mission is to create a personal bucket list of the things you really want to do —  and that you can actually take on today.…

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How to Write Your Own Prescription for Back Pain

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According to the American Chiropractic Association, at any given time, 31 million Americans experience lower back pain. In general, back pain is one of the main reasons that Americans miss work. It is also the second most common reason for Americans to see their doctor.

The good news is that most back pain is not caused by a serious issue, like fracture, arthritis, or any type of chronic condition.…

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The Value of Self-Doubt: How to Harness Your Inner Gremlins

The Value of Self-Doubt: How to Harness Your Inner Gremlins

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If you struggle with self-doubt, you’re not alone. Even the most confident among us can feel insecure from time to time.

But believing we should feel confident all the time – and that there’s something wrong with us if we don’t – is a fallacy. Not only is it unrealistic, it’s not necessary.

No-one is immune from that persistent voice telling us we’re not good enough, smart enough, funny enough, or attractive enough.…

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How to Spice Up Your Warm-up with Martial Arts

How to Spice Up Your Warm-up with Martial Arts

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I have been a martial artist for 29 years. That is a long time to commit to a specific fitness routine, and there is a reason why I have stuck with it. Martial arts encompass not just physical exertion, but also a focus of the mind and spirit. When you put all three of these elements together, as we will in this martial arts-inspired warm-up, you will strengthen your life in ways you could never imagine.…

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Shiitake Mushroom and Leek Saute

Shiitake Mushroom and Leek Saute

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I have a strong affinity for mushrooms —the culinary ones, not the other ones. I especially love cooking with shiitakes, and this recipe is one of my favorite ways to use them. Shiitakes are not only full of vitamins and minerals, but also possess some amazing anti-inflammatory and disease-preventing properties.

This recipe can stand on its own, but can also serve as a hearty side dish or even as a co-star in an entree featuring a protein like fish, chicken, or your favorite vegan alternative — if you eat those things, of course.…

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106: Aaron Alexander — Change Your Body, Change Your Life

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Aaron Alexander, CR, LMT, CPT, has over a decade of success as a manual therapist and movement coach. As the founder of Align Therapy, Aaron helps his clients move from pain into health through an integrated approach to functional movement and self-care. He works with everyone from office workers to Olympic and professional athletes, as well as speaking and teaching nationally and internationally.…

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Exercise with Andy: Living Room Workout 9

Exercise with Andy: Living Room Workout 9

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Welcome to my living room workout series! Each week, I share a workout from my personal exercise routine — and then do it in real time so you can follow along. These workouts are optional and are simply one of the many ways you can accomplish your daily exercise.

Living Room Workout 9

If you’re looking for a bodyweight workout that requires no equipment and can be done anywhere your living room, your bedroom, or even a hotel room then you’re in the right spot.…

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WLC Mission: Fitness Polymath

WLC Mission: Fitness Field Day

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WLC Mission is a weekly challenge, meant to improve your life by disrupting your day-to-day routine — taking you out of your comfort zone, asking you to try something new, and challenging you to become a more complete person. Never easy, you can consider the Mission an advanced experiment in personal wellness, with you as the star.

This Week’s Mission: Fitness Field Day The Idea

This week, you’re going to enhance your love of physical culture by taking your fitness where it’s never been before — to a new class, outdoor pursuit, or team sport.…

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How to Strengthen Hard-to-Reach Muscles in the Hips And Thighs

How to Strengthen Hard-to-Reach Muscles in the Hips and Thighs

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This simple and effective exercise hits those hard-to-reach muscles of the hips and thighs and can be done anywhere and anytime.

The muscles of the inner and outer thigh can become hard to reach because of how inactive they become after years of sitting and not moving enough. Keep in mind, even if you are an athlete, there are still tasks in your life that involve sitting, such as attending school and driving your car.…

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3 Workouts That Will Boost Your Brain Health (and the Science Why)

3 Workouts That Will Boost Your Brain Health (and the Science Why)

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In a world where an increasing majority of us are struggling with overweight and obesity, it’s no wonder that the fitness industry is booming. We hit the gym in droves, throw out our junk food, learn how to cook, and do everything we can to lose excess body fat, maximize our strength, and improve our physical function overall.

But if you ask your fellow gym buddies why they workout, chances are most of them won’t say that they’re trying to improve their brain health. …

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