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I Gave Up Shampoo for a Month And Have Never Loved My Hair More

New Wash simplified my hair routine down to a single product.

9 Women Whose Passion Projects Are Helping to Change the World

Each one started a health organization that's doing BIG things.

How Learning to Mountain Bike Pushed Me to Make a Major Life Change

As I built up my skills on the trail, I also built up the confidence to begin a new chapter.

How One Woman Used Alternative Medicine to Overcome Her Opioid Dependency

When a pressure cooker explosion left her with third-degree burns, it seemed like painkillers were her only option.

How Teaching Myself to Cook Changed My Relationship with Food

It turns out, actually spending time with your food makes you think about it differently.

Why It's Perfectly Acceptable to Walk During Your Runs

For the record, walking during a run is NOT cheating.

How Running Helped This Cancer Survivor Embrace Her Amputation

"I've embraced my new self and am more proud of my prosthetic than I ever thought I'd be."

Why One Woman Considers Fishing a 'Spiritual Workout'

Plus, read the story of one's woman's unexpectedly spiritual workout: fishing

This Teacher Ran 100 Miles Around a Track to Help Her Students Go to College

"I wanted to find a way to inspire my students to keep going when they were struggling to get to their own finish lines."

What I Learned From Eating and Exercising According to My Zodiac Sign

One woman goes on a quest to discover if a sun sign can pinpoint her perfect sweat sesh.

I Got Hit By a Truck While Running—and It Forever Changed How I Look at Fitness

After having to start from scratch, Alyssa Exposito had a new outlook on exercise.

Watching My Mom Become a Yoga Teacher Taught Me a New Meaning of Strength

For once, I got to be her cheerleader instead of the other way around.

Why This Dietitian Is Changing Her View On Supplements

Here, she explains how she grew to understand that food can't always fix your problems.

What It's Like to Train for a Triathlon In Puerto Rico In the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria

When the storm hit Puerto Rico, Carla Coira continued her triathlon training, but indoors.

I Lost My Leg to Cancer—Then Became an Amputee Model

When the support started pouring in on Instagram, this model realized how unique her story was—and how it could help other people, too.

This Mom's 8-Year-Old Daughter Motivated Her to Lose 110 Pounds

The mother-daughter duo started running in Central Park for fun.

I Gained 140 Pounds Battling Cancer. Here's How I Got My Health Back.

Cancer beat me down, but getting fit showed me that I'm stronger than I ever knew.