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Showing up to class for direct instruction from a trainer is a solid way to improve your form or bump up the weight you lift. But you can cue up that motivation at home too. If you use a Peloton bike, for instance, the instructors are able to see your rider stats, whether you're at home or in the studio. (Some livestreaming services offer two-way video, while others are a one-way feed.) "I can see where your resistance is and what your energy output is, and in the middle of class, I'll give a shout-out encouraging you to increase your speed or push through a tough hill," Rigsby says. "You can be working out in your basement and still get that personal feedback." (Use these tricks to power through a spin class no matter where you are.)





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Livestream Your Routine

Right now, you could summon just about any workout on demand, but why stop there? Go front row at fully booked classes thanks to the growing number of livestreamed workouts—many with Skype-like two-way interactivity—and become part of the action. "Being able to tune in to a class as it's happening lets you tap into an energy that you aren't able to do when you're watching a pre-recorded video," says Karena Dawn, the cofounder of Tone It Up, who hosts live classes with partner Katrina Scott on social media each week. "It was a one-way conversation before, but now we can all interact together." Got a question about the workout? Dawn and Scott respond to comments after the class.

You can't beat the convenience, either. Nixing the trek to the gym makes you less likely to bail, especially when the instructor can see when you tune in. "Livestreaming connects you to a real instructor who wants you to achieve your goals just as much as you want to reach them," says Cody Rigsby, an instructor at Peloton, a fitness technology company that livestreams indoor cycling classes to a video platform on its signature Peloton bikes or app. If you've ever been tempted to go live, these features will make you want to take the virtual leap.





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I Tried It: What It's Like to Get a Period Massage


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It's 5:32 p.m., and I'm late. Not that kind of late—I'm expecting my period in a few days. But ironically, that's exactly why I'm a bit out of sorts as I weave down this crowded Brooklyn sidewalk, sweating, toting a heavy bag, emotions teetering from psychotic laughter to weary despair to insatiable hunger—Do brownies filled with French fries exist?—looking for a massage parlor. I'm PMSing, and I'm about to get a period massage.

The Best Pear Recipes to Eat This Season

Pork Tenderloin with Pears and Shallots

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While the pork is roasting in the oven, mix together butter, flour, pear nectar, and broth to make a sweet gravy. 

Get the recipe: Pork Tenderloin with Pears and Shallots

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Teriyaki Chicken Tacos with Grilled Pineapple Pear Salsa

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Taco Tuesday just got a fresh update with this fruit salsa. Teriyaki marinated chicken is wrapped in a flour tortilla with shredded cheese, rice, and homemade salsa.

Get the recipe: Teriyaki Chicken Tacos with Grilled Pineapple Pear Salsa

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Slow Cooker Pear Cider

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Leaves changing color, chunky knit sweaters, and a PSL all scream "bring on fall." (Although Starbucks just launched a new drink that might overthrow the pumpkin spice latte.) This might be one of your new favorite pear recipes to sip on. Throw pears, cinnamon sticks, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, water, and maple syrup into a slow cooker for eight hours, then serve hot.

Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Pear Cider

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Prosciutto Wrapped Pears with Blue Cheese

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This recipe makes a great snack or a quick dinner on busy nights. It's as easy as it sounds—wrap pear slices and blue cheese or Gorgonzola in prosciutto.

Get the recipe: Prosciutto Wrapped Pears with Blue Cheese

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Roasted Pear and Cranberry Brussels Sprouts

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Sheet pan dinners are popular for a good reason: They're easy. (Sheet pan breakfasts are also a thing—try these easy eggs.) Just chop your ingredients, coat with olive oil, lemon, and honey, and roast for 30 minutes in a 450-degree oven.

Get the recipe: Roasted Pear and Cranberry Brussels Sprouts

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Spiced Pear Oat Breakfast Muffins

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The pear purée makes these gluten-free muffins just sweet enough to feel like a treat.

Get the recipe: Spiced Pear Oat Breakfast Muffins

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Cauliflower Hazelnut Pear Soup

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This soup is low cal but chock-full of veggies—and it has some protein too (6.7 grams per serving). Most of the ingredients can be found in your pantry and thrown together quickly on nights when you just want to come home and eat a comforting bowl of creamy soup. (Try these 25 can't-believe-it's-cauliflower recipes for comfort food favorites.)

Get the recipe: Cauliflower Hazelnut Pear Soup

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Fall Chicken Avocado Pear Salad

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Wave goodbye to your #saddesksalad and get ready to Instagram this masterpiece. There's lots of protein from the bacon, chicken breasts, and walnuts, while the avocado, pears, and honey mustard add different textures to the lettuce.

Get the recipe: Fall Chicken Avocado Pear Salad

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Fruit-Sweetened Pear Oatmeal Bars

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Peeling yourself out of a cozy bed gets harder and harder as the sun rises later and later. These gluten-free, vegan, no-sugar-added breakfast bars are a healthy breakfast you can grab as you run out the door. They're full of pears, applesauce, nut butter, rolled oats, and spices.

Get the recipe: Fruit-Sweetened Pear Oatmeal Bars

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Pear Butter

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You know when you go to the apple orchard and come home with way too many apples and eventually break down and make jams/sauces/butters with all the extras? This is like that but with pears. The butter comes together easily on the stovetop and can be jarred until you're ready to eat it all.

Get the recipe: Pear Butter

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