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What One Runner Learned from Her First Weekend Yoga Retreat

How one runner escaped her hectic city life and got in touch with her inner yogi.

What Happened When Shape Editors Swapped Workouts for a Month

Our editors decided to mix up their fitness to push their limits in new ways. See what they learned about themselves, their bodies, and their commitment along the way.

Training for a Half Marathon Was One of the Most Memorable Parts of My Honeymoon

What started as an effort to stay accountable led to an active two-week adventure.

How to Scare Yourself Into Being Stronger, Healthier, and Happier

IG was right: If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you.

I'm a Fitness Writer and *Still* Get Body-Shamed When Shopping

The search for that little black dress could have crushed me, but I didn't let it.

What I Learned About Celebrating Little Wins After Getting Run Over By a Truck

You won't believe this inspiring story of perseverance.

Muay Thai Is the Most Badass Workout You Haven't Tried Yet

Literally the most badass thing I've ever done.

Giving Up My Scheduled Workout Regimen Made Me Fitter Than Ever

(And took the stress out of wedding planning!)

My Injury Doesn't Define How Fit I Am

Sometimes, the biggest setbacks teach us the biggest lessons.

How Finally Learning to Ride a Bicycle Helped Me Overcome My Fears

This woman proves it's never too late to face your fears.

Meet the Alvin Ailey Dancer Who Conquered CrossFit to Return to the Stage

Constance Stamatiou shares how weight training helped her overcome health obstacles and get her body confidence back.

This Woman Is Fighting for Sepsis Awareness After Almost Dying from the Disease

Sepsis is a leading cause of death in America, but not many people know about it.

My Son Could Die If the New Health Care Bill Is Passed

Trump's proposed health care law could be fatal for my son's "pre-existing condition."

How I Run 100-Mile Races with Type 1 Diabetes

"I’m forced to be stronger because of it."

My Eating Disorder Inspired Me to Become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

I stopped fighting my body and found my true calling.

I Became a Professional Dancer After a Car Crash Left Me Paralyzed

"Dance is dance. Whether you're walking or rolling, it doesn't see disability."

The Surprising Way Hypnosis Changed My Approach to Health and Fitness

And no, you don't go to sleep and wake up a new person—it's actually hard work!

8 Brutally Honest Confessions from Massage Therapists

What they *really* think about your shaving habits