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Laura Williams
Laura Williams holds a master's degree in exercise and sport science and enjoys breaking up her day by running her dogs, hitting the gym, and watching TV. Having been in charge of her own finances since the early age of 12, she knows how to save and when to spend, and she loves sharing these tips with others. Laura ditched her career as a fitness center manager for the relative freedom of home-based writing and editing work. She stays busy by working on her own website, GirlsGoneSporty, a website designed to help the sporty woman live the sporty life.

5 Simple Mason Jar Salad Recipes & Ideas

By Laura Williams

5 mason jar saladsIt’s not easy to “brown bag” a salad: If you put dressing on your greens before work, you end up with soggy lettuce; if you keep the dressing on the side, you end up lugging lots of plastic containers back and forth, increasing the likelihood that you’ll lose one of them. Not to mention the fork conundrum – what happens if you forget it?

Luckily, it doesn’t have to be this way. When you use Mason jars to layer your salads, you can keep wet ingredients wet and dry ingredients dry, while still packing them in a single container. Choose the properly sized Mason jar, and you can even fit your fork inside. So go ahead and eat more vegetables with one of these five easy Mason jar salad recipes.

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The Truth About Sports Drinks vs. Water & Other Alternatives

By Laura Williams

sports drinkThere’s a time and place for sports drinks, but chances are that time and place isn’t before, during, or after your 30-minute circuit training session at the gym. While there’s no denying that Gatorade and similar drinks taste great and have been mass-marketed to aspiring athletes everywhere, the truth is that most the time they’re simply unnecessary.

You can do your body a world of good by rehydrating and refueling after your workout with sports drink alternatives. However, that’s not to say you should never consume sports drinks. There is solid evidence to back their use in certain situations.

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10 Fun Group Exercise Classes & Ideas

By Laura Williams

dance exerciseGroup fitness classes such as Zumba and Spinning are a lot like fashion in that, as Heidi Klum says, “One day you’re in, and the next day you’re out.” The beauty of this ever-changing industry is that there are always new, creative takes on traditional exercise classes, as well as the promise of never-before-seen experiences.

If you’re interested in spicing up your workout routine, then consider the many new group fitness classes taking place around the country, and check local listings to see if you can find them in your area.

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8 Ways to Eat Your Vegetables and Actually Enjoy Them

By Laura Williams

veggiesVeggies often get a bad rap. What should be among the most-eaten foods in your diet end up getting pushed aside, complained about, and generally disliked. Believe it or not, though, it doesn’t have to be like that. There are ways to prepare veggies that make them not only enjoyable, but in some cases downright delicious.

Boiled spinach, iceberg lettuce, and steamed peas and carrots are just a few old standards that may have shaped your image of “vegetables.” But today, a much wider range of veggies is available and a number of creative angles have been applied to cooking and serving vegetables. Rather than drop them in a pot of water or fry them in a vat of oil, try a new, creative, and healthy way to enjoy veggies.

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5 Tabata Workouts & Exercises – High-Intensity Training Routines

By Laura Williams

lungesTime is precious, so why would you spend 40 minutes jogging on the treadmill when you can get a great workout done in less than 10 minutes? That’s what Tabata is all about: Offering four-minute workouts that actually work – and all it takes at most is a yoga mat and a set of dumbbells.

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8 of the Latest Fitness Trends Worth Buying Into

By Laura Williams

zumbaJust like death and taxes, you can expect new fitness trends to pop up every year, each touting to provide you with the hot bod you’ve always wanted. Unfortunately, most of these workouts and trends fail to live up to the hype and end up fizzling out after a season or two. Rather than becoming caught up in the draw of incredible claims (and spending big bucks in the process), why not choose a trend that’s actually worth buying into?

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Buying Women’s Fitness & Workout Clothing – Splurge or Bargain?

By Laura Williams

fitness clothingThe fitness industry would like you to think you need to spend oodles of money in order to get fit. Don’t believe it! You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to put yourself on the path to better health.

There are numerous ways to save money on fitness clothing. If you budget correctly and purchase bargain items whenever possible, you will have enough in your budget to splurge on high-quality items that may require a bit more of an investment.

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How to Become a Lifeguard – Training, Certification & Jobs

By Laura Williams

lifeguardWhen you hear the term “lifeguard,” you probably conjure up one of two visions: 1. the not-quite-mature high school kids at your local swimming pool, or 2. the beach babes from “Baywatch.”

The reality of a part-time lifeguard job is a little different than the reputations that precede it, and if you’re willing to consider taking a job at a swimming pool, lifeguard positions can actually be an excellent second job for adults looking to supplement their income. In fact, I parlayed my part-time lifeguarding job into a satisfying full-time career because I was willing to open my mind to the possibilities.

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15 Women’s Discount Fashion Finds – Clothing & Accessories for $10 or Less

By Laura Williams

fashion finds under $10There’s nothing quite like the thrill of a really great fashion buy. However, it’s getting harder every day to find cute pieces for less than $10, and finding affordable, fashionable clothing is especially important! This way you can look great without resorting to “wardrobing.”

Rather than sending you off to scour the Internet yourself, here is a list of apparel and accessories that will clothe you from head to toe. Just keep in mind that many of these items frequently go on sale, so get them while you can!

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What to Wear to a Holiday Christmas Party – Guide for Women

By Laura Williams

woman holiday party dressThe holiday season is in full swing, which means that there are holiday parties to attend and plenty of opportunities to get dressed up. However, when you’re on a budget, purchasing new attire for a holiday bash may seem overwhelming. The costs of clothing, shoes, and accessories quickly add up, and before you know it, you’ve spent a small fortune on clothing to wear to a single event.

This year, don’t go overboard on spending! There are many option available to find beautiful apparel that will last you through the holidays and beyond. You can be stylish without bleeding your bank account dry!

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20 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain – Beat the Statistics

By Laura Williams

avoid holiday weight gainAfter a weekend of indulging in Thanksgiving dinner leftovers like pie, butter-soaked rolls, and stuffing, I decided I needed to step away from the food and refocus on healthy habits.

Even though the average American only gains between one and two pounds between Halloween and New Year’s, those pounds are hard to lose. In fact, roughly 75% of annual weight gain takes place during the holiday season.

Plus, if you put on just two pounds a year over the course of 10 years, you’ll gain 20 hard-to-lose pounds! This is what experts refer to as “creeping obesity” and unless you can avoid holiday weight gain, you’ll be hard-pressed to avoid the creep.

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Holiday Decorating Ideas for Your Home – Splurge or Save?

By Laura Williams

holiday decorationsThere’s nothing quite like a home full of holiday decorations to put you in a festive mood. However, not all decorations come cheap.

Don’t throw away your entire holiday budget on decor that may not suit your style down the line. Instead, invest your money wisely by identifying and even splurging on the decorations that will define your holiday spirit for years to come.

Then, add special “saves” that round out your decor without breaking the bank. Saving money this holiday season will help you with holiday stress management.

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