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    Fun fact for you: October is Fair Trade Month, which means today marks the perfect time to celebrate its global impact. While the movement is global, you can easily do your part.

    Really, it's a cinch. Just look for the label when you’re shopping! Better yet, as the holiday season approaches and the family dinner parties start ramping up, it's the perfect time to switch up your workout routine. To combine the two, we're helping you out with some products that support social good and are environmentally sustainable. 

    In celebration of Fair Trade Month, Fair Trade USA is offering a Fair Trade gym bag including a collection of Fair Trade Certified apparel and products from prAna, Patagonia, PACT, Honest Tea, Larabar, Naked, Nutiva, and Nourish. 

    To enter for a chance to win a Fair Trade gym bag (valued at $180), let us know:

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    Remember your body before the baby? Miss it? Even if you lose the pregnancy weight quickly after the delivery, pregnancy has a way of rearranging your parts. Know what I mean? You've been stretched. You're puckered. Your belly button is not where you left it nine months ago.

    And when people talk about getting back into shape? SIGH. You just feel tired.

    Well help is on the way: Celeb trainer and pregnancy fitness expert Andrea Orbeck created 7 postpartum workouts perfect for getting YOU back into shape -- starting with your belly! Check out these simple but effective exercises in this slideshow.

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    As busy moms, we often don't have a second to spare for ourselves or our workouts. That's why doing double duty on our errands and exercise is the best gift we can give ourselves.

    That's where the playground comes in. It's just for children, right? Wrong.

    It turns out you can get one of the best workouts of your life using only what you find at the playground. Swings, slides, monkey bars, ladders -- all of it can become your own personal ninja warrior circuit!

    To make it even more like a game, rest while your child plays -- so in other words, you do an exercise on the slide while she climbs the ladder, then you rest while she slides down. She'll love it, too!

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    Vacation! Yay! Sun, surf, lying out instead of working out.

    Ummm ... no. Unless you want to come home 10 pounds heavier, adding activity to your otherwise lazy time is a good plan (read: multiple pina coladas by the pool will go to your butt if you just sit on it the whole time).

    "While you're on vacation, you might be consuming more alcohol and food than you normally do," says New York Sports Club instructor Melissa Morin. "Fitting in a good sweat session keeps your metabolism working, and helps you burn off the extra calories."

    If you're at the beach, walking or running on the sand is a great way to get cardio (the unstable surface challenges your muscles in new ways). Or just try these toning moves demonstrated by Morin for a little "beach blanket workout." Exercise you can do without even leaving your towel? Sign us up!

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    Wow, this is what happy, healthy, and confident looks like. Britney Spears posed in her undies for a photo shoot recently and then posted an un-Photoshopped take on Instagram. "Amazing amazing shoot with @jefflipsky today! Been working hard this summer! So ready to bring it for the next round of #PieceOfMe shows next week," Spears said in the caption. And you know what? Britney's hard work really shows in this photo -- but not just because she's got flat abs.

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    You have big plans to go to the gym after work today. You arranged someone to be there to take care of the kids, you packed your gym bag, you piously said no to after-work drinks with your colleagues. Then 6 p.m. rolls around, and, well ... maybe the kids need help with their homework tonight after all. Or your boss is going out for drinks, maybe you should go along too. Or you’re exhausted after a long day, and didn’t you read somewhere that you’re more likely to get injured exercising when you’re tired?

    Chances are, you already know when you’re making excuses because you just don’t feel like working out. But are there actually times when it IS a good idea to skip the gym? Yes, there are -- and here’s the personal trainer take on what’s a valid excuse and what’s NOT.

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    I still remember the year I started putting on weight. I was in the fifth grade, and at the time, all the skinny girls wore Jordache jeans and Sergio Valentes, and I secretly hated them for it. Every time I attempted to squeeze into those jeans, I would struggle to zip them up and had to lie flat on my bed so I could button them. I then spent the day walking like I had a stick up my butt and I could hardly breathe. It was pure torture.  

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    Here's an idea so crazy it just might work: losing weight on your vacation. Usually vacation means you're suspending all the rules, eating what you want, and relaxing. Or maybe that's just me? I just got back from eating pretty much all of Paris -- and it was delicious! But I did a few things to offset the damage ... maybe. Anyway, let's be a little more ambitious than "not gaining weight" -- let's talk about actually using your vacation to drop a couple pounds. Think it's too lofty a goal? Here are a few surprising ways to lose weight on vacation that are worth trying.

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    Jessica Simpson has always had amazing legs, no matter what weight she’s been. She's also never afraid to show them off in everything from shorts to mini skirts. We've seen a lot of leg and we've ALWAYS wanted more.

    While genetics obviously plays a (large) part in her lean, shapely legs, she's also obviously spent a lot of time in the gym as well. Recently this mom of two has kicked (ha!) it up a notch with her diet and exercise. It’s definitely paid off. I wonder if we'll be seeing her in a short wedding dress for her upcoming ceremony with fiance Eric Johnson?

    If you want to know how Jessica sculpted her legs to look this good Check out these six fantastic moves that can help you sculpt your way lean, too. Maybe you'll be rocking your own Daisy Dukes soon enough.

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    How many times have you admired a celebrity who looks perfect three months after baby and been bitter? Maybe if I had a personal trainer, personal chef, and private gym, I could look like that, too! 

    Most of us don't have the money to spend on those luxuries. But that doesn't make it impossible.

    The fact is, Working out doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Check out these money-saving tips that will help you get fit like a star without breaking your "real person" bank.

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