This Summer I'll Be Wearing a Bathing Suit

By Yonit Yermish

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This summer I will do something I've never had the courage to do before. Move to a new country with only one suitcase? Done. Run marathons? Done. Run with a double stroller from the Bronx to Battery Park? Done. This summer is about a different type of empowerment. I will go to the beach wearing a bathing suit.

I was six years old enjoying an afternoon with my mother when she suggested that from that day on I should not eat "Dani", which was a type of chocolate pudding that my dad used to bring with him from work each day. I remember not understanding why she suggested that, and innocently asking why. I vaguely remember her impromptu explanation, but I vividly remember how it made me feel (I know now that she was doing the best she could with the information that she had at the time).

Later in my life, when I was about seven years old, my sister and I had matching two-piece neon bathing suits that we loved so much (growing up in Israel, everything we got from the USA was glamorous). Our cousin who came for a summer visit told me (not suggested) that I should not wear that type of bathing suit. With the help of his tone and facial expression I did not need to ask him why not, but I had the same feeling when I was told not to eat pudding.

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Tips to Stay Motivated to Get to the Gym

By Ador Talukdar

If you want to get fit, going to the gym is a great way to succeed. All good gyms provide members with a range of different pieces of equipment which help to work a lot of different parts of the body. Whether you are seeking to build muscle mass or lose fat weight through healthy methods, the gym will be a great place for you, as long as you are motivated enough to go regularly. Here are some tips to help you to stay motivated:

Set a goal
If you want to get the most out of your gym sessions, you need to set an achievable goal for yourself. Knowing what your target is will encourage you to keep going to the gym, in order to achieve the goal that you have set for yourself. Once that goal has been realised, set yourself another one, which is a little harder, but still within the realms of possibility. It is essential that your goals are achievable, or you will be more likely to turn away from them. Goals can involve losing a set amount of body fat weight, or managing to run for a certain distance on the treadmill, or whatever other goals you think will keep you going back to the gym.

Buy a monthly (or yearly) pass
Deciding to buy a pass for yourself for a set period of time can help to encourage you to keep going to the gym. Knowing that you have already spent the money may make you go to the gym, because you do not want to feel as though you have wasted the money. If you have already bought a monthly pass, it may be a good idea to work out how many times you need to go to the gym in order for it to be better value than if you were to pay each individual time

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