“Still Running Strong” 50th Birthday Giveaway – $575 of Favorites

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It happened, I turned 50 years old today! No biggie, in fact I embrace it – it took half a century to get this awesome (haha)! While my speed has slowed and my recovery time has doubled, I may be at the best place ever in my fitness journey. I’m not obsessed, I’m not a slave to my watch or training plan, I’m not trying to prove myself. I still strive to be the best I can, but I also focus more on balance, fun, rest and recovery so I can keep on doing all this for another 20, 30, 40 years! Still Running Strong Giveaway - thefitfork.com

In honor of my birthday, some of the great sponsors and brands I work with are letting me treat one lucky winner to the running/fitness things I can’t live without. This giveaway includes everything from running shoes and compression socks, to coaching and mobility gear – oh, and sports nutrition, wellness products and healthy snacks. Read on to find out more about this running giveaway and how to enter!   jen 50 birthday

Below is a description of everything in my “Still Running Strong” Giveaway. Read all the product details, or JUMP TO THE ENTRY FORM

ALTRA RUNNING: Altra has been keeping my feet happy, healthy and hauling across every terrain (road, trail, OCR course) with their full line of shoes. With a cushioned Zero Drop™ platform and FootShape™ toe box that allow feet to remain in a natural, relaxed position, Atra shoes are have also helped keep me injury pair and I have loved every pair I’ve tried during my 5 years as an ambassador.  boston altra escalante

My latest infatuation is with the Escalante, a moderate-cushion but still super light feeling shoe with a fast ride and great feedback from the ground. The knit sock-like upper feels so awesome, like it’s hugging my foot with just the right amount of pressure on the instep. These are perfect shoes for the road, from long runs to racing! Winner gets to pick male or female version and color (as available).  Included in the giveaway is winner’s color choice of the Escalante (in Men’s or Women’s) These go for about $130 online and in stores.

jennifer fisher vim and vigr socks

VIM & VIGR COMPRESSION: If you follow my Instagram account you’ve likely noticed me wearing knee-high compression socks .  . . all the super cute ones are from here! They put the style in compression socks and make types great for running, gym, travel, work . . . or just kicking around Included in the giveaway is winner’s choice of stye and color (Men’s or Women’s). These go for about $35 a pair.

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RUNRX: I owe much of my success as a master athlete to my good friend, Valerie Hun of RunRX. Over the course of 8 years, she has improved my strength through her CrossFit coaching (where she was a Head coach for CrossFit Endurance) and tweaked my running form via PoseMethod® where she achieved Master Coach status in 2012 (but has coached Pose Method since 2000). She has coached athletes (from newbie to elite) in every distance from 1 mile to 100+ mile ultras and sprint to IM triathlons. She offers online video running form analysis and training plans, and both are included in the giveaway – and approximate $150 value.

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ACUMOBILITY I’m an ambassador for this mobility company and they have literally kept my butt, back and shoulders in the game. They’ve also recently partnered with Spartan Race, so exciting! They make several products for trigger-point release, and my giveaway today includes a PAIR of Mobility Balls, level 1. I love how the flat base keeps them from sliding around on the floor or wall while in use. If you ever want to try any of their other products (like the really awesome Eclipse Roller) use my discount code ACUMOBFITFORK1 for 10% off items in cart. This giveaway includes a pair of the Spartan Race-branded Mobility Ballas, a $50 value.

NOW Foods

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NOW FOODS: Score the mother lode of my favorite sports nutrition, sports recovery and healthy workout snacks from this amazing company that makes high-quality, affordable products to help you life a happy, healthy life. This giveaway includes more than $200 of goodies that I hope you will love as much as I do.

Grass-Fed Whey Protein – Natural Unflavored: One of the newest protein powders available in the NOW® line-up, Grass-Fed Whey Protein is made from the milk of exclusively grass-fed and grass-finished cows (no feed lots) that are also raised without synthetic growth hormones (rBGH), antibiotics or pesticides. Because this powder is unflavored, it lets the flavors of my other ingredients shine through when making smoothies or using for baking.

BCAA Big 6 – Watermelon Flavor: I like this exercise endurance drink because it tastes great and is caffeine-free.* Not that I’m against caffeine in any way, but I’ve usually hit my limit via coffee long before the gym. As the name hints, this pre-workout boasts six branched-chained amino acids which studies say may support muscle retention and recovery, and betaine to help keep body fluids in proper check.*

3-1 Sports Shaker Bottle: You may have plenty of shaker bottles, but do you have one with a removable bottom to hold snacks and two small compartments in the cap to hold vitamins and pills? Made from BPA-free plastic, this 25-ounce vessel also features a built-in screen to help facilitate silky smooth outcome of protein powder or other beverage mixing.

NOW® Sports Omega with CLA: Omega-3 Fatty Acids have been positively linked to cardiovascular health and may help to maintain already normal cholesterol and blood pressure.* It is also suggested that fatty acids help to support healthy joints and lessen those temporary aches pains that follow an intense workout.* I’m all for the addition of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) in this supplement. CLA is another beneficial nutritional oil that studies report may help to burn fat.*

ZMA® Capsules: I’ve taken a ZMA an hour prior to bed for about 7 years now. The supplement is a blend of zinc, magnesium and vitamin B-6 designed to optimize absorption and encourage recovery from exercise.* It’s also rumored to put you into a deeper sleep, which aligns with my experience.*

Arnica Soothe Gel: This little 2-oz. tube is post-workout magic to me! I rub a little dab on my achy shoulders and recruit my hubby to massage it in! The active ingredient is Arnica Montana, a plant that has been used by herbalists for centuries. For even more of a delight, this gel is boosted with vitamin K, cooling natural mint oils, and calming scents of lavender and chamomile.

MSM Liposome Lotion: MSM stands for methylsulfonylmethane, the active ingredient (along with aloe vera and almond oil) in this creamy lotion that promotes healthy skin and skin elasticity.* I use it all over on those days when I have a little skin irritation and  love how it’s low key and fragrance-free!

Magnesium Topical Spray: I keep a bottle of this Magnesium Topical Spray by my bed and do 4 squirts (which equals 66mg magnesium) about my body and rub it in. . At first it feels a bit oily, but it’s not oil at all– it’s highly concentrated magnesium from an ancient seabed which soaks right in and feels magnificent. Use Google to discover the many benefits of topical Magnesium.

Nuts About Berries: You’ll never catch me on a road trip or hike without this super-duper snack in my bag. It’s made with a blend of raw almonds, walnuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds and dried fruit including raisins, cranberries, blueberries, and cherries. It’s made in a peanut-free facility and oh-so Paleo friendly. A great source of protein, fiber and vitamin E and completely unsalted.

Tamari Almonds: Love the flavor of salty Asian-inspired snacks but can’t tolerate the gluten in found in soy sauce? Well, Japanese tamari sauce is a great swap and it’s super yummy on these roasted almonds. These almonds are one of my favorite!

Organic Crystallized Ginger Dices: Each little crystalized ginger nibble makes me go “whoa” in a good way!  I just like this spicy-sweet bite and it’s how I satisfy my sweet tooth when I really want to eat an entire cake!

Q Cups™ Organic Quinoa: Oh hello, amazing invention! These microwave-ready, single-serve cups of quinoa are done in just 5 minutes and result in the fluffiest, yummiest quinoa with none of the trouble. Eat as-is or stir other nutritious foods in for a “square meal” in a round cup. So convenient for work lunches or when the guys over here all vote for pizza night and I’m not in that mood. Available in 3 flavors (winner gets one of each) – Hint of Sea Salt, Savory Garlic Mushroom, Southwestern Barbeque.

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I was not compensated for this post, but all giveaway items are being provided by sponsors. All, opinions, comments and enthusiasm are strictly my own. 

Enter the “Still Running Strong” 50th Birthday Giveaway, ends July 23rd!
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254 thoughts on ““Still Running Strong” 50th Birthday Giveaway – $575 of Favorites

  1. My running goal is to be an all around type of runner, different distances and courses.
    I want to enjoy both the trails and than the speed of pavement. I want to participate in races for the location, scenery or the cause. I want to share the love of running with family and friends. Hoping to set my PR in the Volkslaufe 10K this Tuesday. Thanks for the chance at a great giveaway.

  2. Seeing how I am in my 3 rd month of exercising my goal would to be able to run again, I too am 50 this year and so far can only go 4 mph on a treadmill. Running seems a long far reach.

    • but keep it up, walking is a great exercise too and these altra shoes would be perfect for that!

    • Aww, thanks so much Kaylin! BTW, I’ve done Warrior Dash and it is really fun 🙂

  3. I want to be able to run a half marathon under 3 hours. Staying active is not easy but I don’t give up. You are my inspiration and I follow you on Instagram and Facebook for how to improve training. I want to look like you at 50. Happy 50th birthday to you!!

    • Aww, thanks for following! I love that you don’t give up . . . . neither do I. I’m good at consistency and tenacity . . . and I wish naps, still working on that. 😉

  4. Running goal…sooo much to do. I just moved, and my computer is in a box. Need to find it, unpack it…get settled, find my clothes so I can go run, find the local races…

  5. Happy birthday. Your blog is inspiring and informative fun. My goal is to get moving more.

  6. happiest of birthdays! Thanks for sharing with us. One of My fitness goals is to be able to get back to using my ankle after an injury but the other is to be able to work out using other forms of exercise I’m not used to. Broadening my routines to keep healthy.

  7. I am just trying to get back in shape, as I quit smoking and put on 15 pounds.

  8. My goal is longevity in running which requires me to take extra care of myself. I don’t do much speed work anymore because it makes me hurt too much and really elevates my risk of injury. I just turned 42 and recently ran a sub 2:50 marathon and a 1:20 half. I’d like to produce numbers like that as long as possible!

    • that’s awesome! coinky-dink, my marathon pr is a 2:50 . . . but pretty sure I can’t produce that anymore . . and haven’t broken 3hrs after hitting 40, But like you, I’m always grinding to be my best 🙂

      • Well, let me just say that you are truly an inspiration for those of us aspiring to age gracefully. You have proven that it is possible!!

  9. Right now my fitness goal is to get stronger and workout at least 5 days a week for an hour. I am working on barre workouts now. Once I get those conquered I will move to a different type of workout.

    • Great workout plan! I haven’t tried barre yet . . . another thing to add to the list 😉

    • Have fun with it, I’m sure you’ll get your goal — just don’t go out to fast and run out of gas for the end (that’s always my near fatal flaw – haha)

  10. I’m only 26 and I have already spent all of my adult life limiting myself and my body- I turn down invitations for hiking, kayaking, charity runs/walks, etc! I am too afraid that I will hold others back, not be able to keep up, etc. it is something that I need to get a hold of and start LIVING!!!

    • Girl, DO IT . . .you won’t regret it and there’s no way any friend or family member would be in the “oh she’s holding me back” mindset- they invited YOU – xoxo

  11. I recently joined a gym. I am working to rehab my knee from a sports injury, and would love to start running again soon.

  12. My running goals are to get past foot issues (bone spurs) interfering with my mileage and then run until I’m 100!

  13. To keep running is my goal……
    And to finally get under the damn bar in my snatch. Max out day is today. 😨😨😨

  14. Running goal- to participate in the cancer survivor run next year at the University of Iowa . Finally got the survivor thing it hit the year mark!

  15. My running goal is to do the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Race for Breast Cancer .

  16. my running goal is to just get back into it consistently, ever since we moved to an area not running friendly its been easy to skip a lot of runs

  17. My health goal is to eat a mostly plant based diet and continue to exercise 5 times a week.

  18. My fitness goal is to do what I can while being gentle to my body. Sometimes it’s hard to listen to when my body needs to rest and I don’t want to!

  19. My fitness goal is run daily to maintain a healthy lifestyle, I want to see my children gow up and set an example for them. ACTIONS speaks louder than words. 🙂 HAppy 50th birthday, you look great!

  20. My fitness goal is to lower my body fat percentage and to make fitness a part of my routine.

  21. Lower my body fat percentage. I just want to lose 5 or 10 pounds to “lean out.”

  22. I’ve been working out for 6 months now, and I’m hoping to get below 120lbs before next month when I go on a camping/hiking trip.

  23. I am trying to build up my strength and get back into shape after having surgery.

  24. I have been trying to lose the baby weight but I have made zero progress. would love to win this

  25. I do not run but I do walk every single day for fitness. My goal is to keep increasing the time and distance.

  26. My running goal is to try speed walking on the treadmill for an hour. It’s difficult for me to complete the full hour. I’m usually tired after 40 minutes.

  27. I am so excited about this giveaway!! I’ve been sidelined with a foot injury for a year and I am just getting back into training and this would be a great jumpstart!!!

  28. I’ve been trying to work towards running a 5k before the end of this year.

  29. At the moment, my fitness goal is to get back into shape and to lose about 15-30 lbs. I can feel the weight gain and the tension on my back and knees.

  30. I underwent elective surgery in June and cannot run for a few more weeks. My goal will be to get back to my usual mileage and pace once I am cleared to run again.

  31. At 70, my fitness goal is to be able to walk with endurance on my next overseas trip.

  32. I just lost 25lbs and I have ten more to goal until I reach my goal. Feeling awesome!

  33. I’ve always been an athletic person but now being over 40 it’s getting hard to keep up. I am for 4 miles a day, most days I meet it, but it really seems like it’s more work every day. Maybe this would help?

  34. I just see your dedication to fitness as nothing other than inspiring!! I have anemia which has left me with annoying neurological symptoms, but a goal of mine is to do a complete 5K walk. 😀

    • thank you so much Wendy! Yikes, I didn’t realize that anemia could have such symptoms, take care!

  35. My goal is to loose 15 lbs been walking 7 miles a day and toning exercise

  36. Happy 50th! Long term goal: to keep running happy 😀
    short term goal: make it to Marine Corps starting line healthy & uninjured! #GoBeef

    • Thank you! Running happy is the best running! And MCM . . . still on my bucket list. have fun

  37. I’m currently coming off of a back injury. I had to stop all weight lifting and running for 6 weeks. It was really frustrating to not be active and it’s even harder getting back in the groove. I definitely lost progress but I know with slow and steady training I can get back to where I was. I want to be able to go strong into my OCR’s this summer/fall and hit some new PR’s!

    • Oh dang that stinks . . . but sounds like you are being smart about the recovery process and WILL be killing it on the course soon!

  38. My fitness goal is simple do a little more or faster at the gym each time I go.

  39. My running goal is to finish a 5k. But I prefer HIIT workouts, so my other goal is survive a Shaun T workout until the end!

  40. After a life of dance, basketball, track and the Marine Corps, I can no longer run but my goal is to walk further and further each day.

  41. My fitness goal is to lose 40 pounds by the end of the year. I am ten pounds closer!

  42. I’m hoping to run a half marathon by November! It’s rough running in the summer though!

  43. was very fit athletic then about 10 ish yrs ago diagnosed with fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis so that changed it up a little. i still stay as active as possible, being 46 hitting change of life etc has definitely been a challenge thank you for your generosity and this great sweep

  44. I don’t think my body could handle a marathon, but I would like to run more to keep my body healthier longer.

  45. I have been going past 2 months now to weight lifting classes and seeing some good gains. My goal is to keep doing it 3-4 times a week. I feel great

  46. Starting all over with day one – show up to exercise. Making it a routine in my daily lifestyle and the family will have to adjust to doing more for themselves. It is time for me to start taking MUCH better care of myself. We are into day 11 and I am still very sore but feel better already. I look forward to being able to a healthier me!

  47. My goal is to get back to joining a running group. Arthritis has side lined me for a bit.

  48. Running goals: to have a long healthy running life…trying to get back to the healthy part now :(, dang stress fracture! Going for that sub 4:20 1500m!

  49. Happy Birthday! My fitness goal is to workout for 30 minutes at least 5 days a week.

  50. I’m not really a runner, but my 3 daughters are, I’m more the biker or hiking

  51. My goal is to get back into running after having a baby. I had told myself I would run through pregnancy, but it just didn’t happen :*(

  52. Trying to get back in shape after having my third baby. I have to be patient as i am only 12 weeks post partum.

  53. My running goal is to set aside an hour a day to go for a run. We recently moved and have a great trail around our neighborhood.

  54. I am currently training for a half marathon! My short-term fitness goal is to survive the half. My long-term fitness goal is to leave my 30s in better shape than my 20s.

  55. My goal is to stay consistent at the gym and build muscle. I try to eat healthy and drinks lots of water.

  56. I walk/run at least 30 minutes every day but really want to run a 5k. My biggest challenge is finding someone to join me. Until I do, I’m going to continue my 30 minutes every day, increasing my time and distance as much as I can.

  57. id like to get my stomach in gear and my legs i mean i need to loose weight that is my fitness goal to loose it maybe not all but some

  58. I would like to run a five k again. I ran a few of them a while ago and would love to get back into it.

  59. My fitness goal is to lose 15 more pounds. I’ve been working hard for the past 10 months watching what I eat and exercising at least 3 days a week. So far I’ve lost 25 pounds and feel great.

  60. I have ran a few 5K races but I would love to train enough to run a 10K comfortably.

  61. My wife is struggling with menopause weight gain. She can’t seem to find a workout program that helps to eliminate the belly fat. She is getting very discouraged with not being able to tighten stay fit. She is not a runner.

  62. My current running goal is a 5K PR – I haven’t run one in years, so it’s a fun change from my more recent training!

  63. I going to maintain my three times a week strength training at the gym plus do Tai Chi and Chi Gong twice a month. The 80/20 eating healthy is also on my radar.

  64. I’m working on speed, right now! Stronger and faster! Thanks for the awesome giveaway, you are a great inspiration!

  65. My current fitness goal is to get back to being able to walk 3 miles nonstop. I used to walk all the time and then had surgery for a popliteal anerysm and was cut from my groin to a few inches above my ankle. I then developed a staph infection and had to have tunnels bore through my leg and a nurse come out every day for almost 2 months to unpack and repack them until they closed. It’s a slow return but I am not giving up.

  66. I am hoping to get myself to be able to run my first 5k in September! Been training for a couple months now.

  67. I’m running about 7-8 miles a day, 6 days a week and feeling amazing. I recently lost some weight, with about 10 more pounds to go before I reach my goal!

  68. Honestly, to even lose a pound at this point would be a miracle! I need to lose 80 pounds to be to my pre graduation weight. I am so uncomfortable with my body, but nothing works. I think there is an underlying issue.

  69. I would love to be able to run a mile without walking! Thats just one of my fitness goals. Im making my self stronger and slowly working my way up.

  70. I want to be able to run a mile without feeling like I’m going to die. haha

  71. Happy 50th Birthday! That’s awesome that you’re so fit! Ive never been much of a runner but I have done better about working out lately. My goal is to stick with the classes ive been attending, as well as to make more visits to the gym for my workouts!

  72. Happy Birthday!!! My running goals are to get back to where I was a couple years ago. I haven’t run as much and it’s definitely harder, and I felt so good back when I was running more consistently. Thanknyou for this awesome giveaway and congrats on the milestone birthday!

  73. I would love to be able to have a nice..perky..butt! Seriously though, and maybe some abs too.

  74. I haven’t really been working out at all for a long while but I did go walking the other day and would like to do that more often especially after work to decompress.

  75. i just got back into running after a brief hiatus. I really want to run my first half next march!

  76. My running goal is to get back to running consistently and see what my 36 year old body can do.

  77. I would like to gain more speed. I get frustrated because I’ll start off fast and then I lose stamina.

  78. I’m trying to up my endurance. I stopped running for too long and the last few weeks have been hard getting back into it.

  79. My goal is to run a marathon next Spring. I ran one almost ten years ago and really want to get back into running again, but also to give myself enough time to get ready so that I don’t get injured. I would love to finish this one with an even better time than the last one. Fingers crossed!

  80. I ran my first 5k for the run for the cure last year, I did not think I was capable of it but I did it and it was fun!

  81. I’m trying to bounce back from IT Band/TFL injury…hoping to come back stronger & hoping run a sub 2:00 in St. Jude Half. Also, I’m running as a St. Jude Hero…my goal is to raise $2,500. Last year, I raised $3,200…I’d love to exceed that!!!

  82. I dont have a running goal but I definitely need to build muscles and be more active

  83. My next goal is going to be to run the 21k at the Epic Trail Race in October in Costa Rica. Pura Vida!!

  84. I’ll be running on a relay team in a marathon this October, so my goal is to be able to run my 6 miles continuously without stopping.

  85. While not a running goal, I want to get back to where I’m biking 10-15 miles 4-5 times a week. I hurt my wrist and had to get out of cycling while it healed. I’m up to 3-4 miles so I still have some work to do!

  86. Actually I would just love to spend more time walking. It has been pretty hot here lately though. I enjoy walking with my son around our neighborhood.

  87. My running- and fitness goal- is to fully recover from my knee injury and get moving again.

  88. I would love to be able to start working out in general again, even just walking now is a struggle with the condition that I have.

  89. I haven’t worked out in awhile so my goal is to get back into shape. I want to 3 times a week run 3 miles.

  90. Currently my fitness goal is to get back into running. I ran a half marathon this year but I haven’t kept it up. My next goal is a full marathon!

  91. I would really like to get in shape and teach my kids how important it is to be in and stay in shape.

  92. I would love to cut my 5k running time down. I just started running them outside and have been working to decrease my time each run.

  93. I’ve run over 30 marathons, my goal is to run a triathlon, it would be a huge accomplishment!

  94. I can’t run because of my knees, but I am walking 5 miles a day. My goal is to increase that to 6 this summer.

  95. Great site thanks! I’m trying to regain my stamina after 5 surgeries including heart surgery. I love those vim & vigr compression sox. Priceless!!!!

  96. My goal is to run a mile without sounding (and looking) like I am dying. I haven’t been running long, and I am overweight but I know I will get there eventually as my health improves. Baby Steps

  97. where to start I’m a fatty sick of it and have numb feet (don’t know how to spell medical word) bedridden so as not to swell legs and feet did that for a yr while on pc got pneumonia couldn’t breathe stopped smoking oh and no income no disability what a pain that is trying to get it ok now the positive as I said before just got sick of it bought a recumbent bike low impact today its 2 months old have 275 miles on it and have started walking I’m starting to really feel good I started at 320 probably 295 now gotta long way to go I’m excited starting to look forward to the workouts doing 5 a day on bike and 1 mile walk up and down driveway

  98. I’m 65 and have C.O.P.D so I don’t run at all at this time in my life , But my daughter in law is in the Air Force and runs all the time when she’s home after work and on the weekends ! I’m sure she would love to have them !

  99. My goal is to get at least 5 miles walking in every week. And then maybe 10 afterwards.

  100. After having 2 spinal and 1 shoulder surgery, I just want to get back as much of my strength and mobility as possible. The 3 surgeries have been in the last 18 months.

  101. I would love to start jogging and build up to running again someday! Thanks for having this giveaway!

  102. Right now my biggest fitness goal is to continue to increase my protein intake to build more muscle.

  103. I am so going to get to that 100 pushups this year and I think I will aim for modified pushups and those wall pushups for now. Once I reach that goal I will see about the “boy” pushups and planks!
    I also would like to be able to jump rope continuously without getting tangled up, this is a goal I can do with my son- what a great way to spend time and laugh together.
    I would like to learn to run at least 1 mile before 2017 is over, and have started adding running intervals in with my walks.
    The major accomplishment would be to start training for a 5k walk race, and see it to its completion. I have never done anything like that in my life, but truly enjoy walking. I think it would show just how far I’ve come in one year

  104. I am going to be 50 in August, thought I would share in the celebration! Happy 50th Birthday!! I have started walking and am getting ready to embark in a little class. Just found out the reason I hurt all the time is Lyme disease. So be careful outdoors this summer!!

  105. I am getting older and while I have finally gotten a lot of my life in order (career, family, house, etc), I have neglected my fitness. I am working on getting back to running. Slowly but surely.

  106. I want to learn to run. I am 59 years old and always wanted to run. I feel like it would be the best thing for Me.

  107. My running goal is to work up to running my first 5K Marathon at the end of the year. It is my dream to finally be able to run one.

  108. My fitness goal is to exercise several times a week and eat the right foods to reach my goal of living to 100 and still be in good shape.

  109. I have only done 1 5k since having my 3rd little one. I want to start doing them at least once a month again.

  110. I have a bum knee, so my current fitness goal is to gather the exercises I can do…and do them well!

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