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a unique code to pay for post-workout rewards at retailers. Plus, you’ll instantly get a few free bucks to spend when you try a new place or hit up a local fave. @thelevelup VEGETABLE PHOTO BY ©ISTOCKPHOTO.COM/JASMINA mind + body mind + body mind + body mind + body 78 Winning! Go for the gold with these fi t fi nds. By Karina Timmel Practice Makes Perfect Heads up, posers: Aspen Yoga Mats custom creates eco-friendly, non-toxic mats in fi ve fashionable shades—pink, turquoise, tangerine, aloe and plum—representing diff erent personality traits and energies. Stylish logos join embroidered designs for added pizzazz. $60, at aspenyogamats.com NAILING IT This mat has Dr. Oz on pins and needles, so it has to be the bomb-dot-com, right? The hälsa mat is a modern-day take on the bed of nails, said to stimulate acupressure points to release happy-feeling endorphins and promote production of oxytocin, the body’s pain-relief hormone. It may even increase blood circulation and lower blood pressure, too. But lying on 8,820 plastic spikes? Yikes! Don’t worry—we tried it, and, instead of feeling tortured, we were surprisingly soothed. Lie on the mat for the recommended 10 minutes a day for the full eff ect. $40, at halsamat.com, @halsafi t mind + body mind + body mind + body mind + body Calorie Counter… Duh! Americans spend $40 billion on gimmicky weight-loss fads each year—say wha? Something’s gotta give. It’s this simple: Blast more cals than you eat. Flip through The Complete Idiot’s Guide to 200-300-400 Calorie Meals for calorie-regulating meal plans and snacks that don’t sacrifi ce fl avor… or your moola. Chew on that ! $20, major bookstores, @idiotsguides POCKET CHANGE Quit cramming your debit card into the mini pocket of your lululemon athletica pants, and turn to the free smartphone app LevelUp instead. It syncs to your plastic and generates Farmhand for a Day Get down and dirty—no, we’re not talking about the dance fl oor at Opera. Head 45 minutes south to Serenbe Farms in Chattahoochee Hills, Ga., to volunteer with the regular farm crew. Every second Wednesday of the month, from 9 to 11 AM , work your muscles while learning the principles of organic and biodynamic farming, and the how-tos of weeding, mulching and growing. Ditch your city duds for a farm-fresh look—but pack a change of clothes for lunch at one of the neighborhood’s farm-to-table restos after a job well-done. @serenbefarms

Winning!

Karina Timmel

Go for the gold with these fit finds.

Practice Makes Perfect

Heads up, posers: Aspen Yoga Mats custom creates eco-friendly, non-toxic mats in five fashionable shades-pink, turquoise, tangerine, aloe and plum-representing diff erent personality traits and energies. Stylish logos join embroidered designs for added pizzazz. $60, at aspenyogamats.com

Calorie Counter… Duh!

Americans spend $40 billion on gimmicky weight-loss fads each year-say wha? Something's gotta give. It's this simple: Blast more cals than you eat. Flip through The Complete Idiot's Guide to 200-300-400 Calorie Meals for calorie-regulating meal plans and snacks that don't sacrifice fl avor… or your moola. Chew on that! $20, major bookstores, @idiotsguides

POCKET CHANGE

Quit cramming your debit card into the mini pocket of your lululemon athletica pants, and turn to the free smartphone app LevelUp instead. It syncs to your plastic and generates a unique code to pay for postworkout rewards at retailers. Plus, you'll instantly get a few free bucks to spend when you try a new place or hit up a local fave. @thelevelup

NAILING IT

This mat has Dr. Oz on pins and needles, so it has to be the bombdot- com, right? The hälsa mat is a modern-day take on the bed of nails, said to stimulate acupressure points to release happy-feeling endorphins and promote production of oxytocin, the body's pain-relief hormone. It may even increase blood circulation and lower blood pressure, too. But lying on 8,820 plastic spikes? Yikes! Don't worry-we tried it, and, instead of feeling tortured, we were surprisingly soothed. Lie on the mat for the recommended 10 minutes a day for the full eff ect. $40, at halsamat.com, @halsafit

Farmhand for a Day

Get down and dirty-no, we're not talking about the dance fl oor at Opera. Head 45 minutes south to Serenbe Farms in Chattahoochee Hills, Ga., to volunteer with the regular farm crew. Every second Wednesday of the month, from 9 to 11AM, work your muscles while learning the principles of organic and biodynamic farming, and the how-tos of weeding, mulching and growing. Ditch your city duds for a farm-fresh look-but pack a change of clothes for lunch at one of the neighborhood's farm-to-table restos after a job well-done. @serenbefarms

Straight-Up Support

Bad posture makes for a workout killer, not a killer workout, which is why IntelliSkin upped its game to create the space-aged Empower PostureCue sports bra. It's designed to help tone and strengthen back muscles to support posture while exercising, and it shifts stress from the shoulders to the back, reducing strap pain. Stay stink-free with antimicrobial and wicking fabric that also gently lifts the girls the way nature intended. $95, at intelliskin.net, @intelliskin

TOP SHOP

Birdie little secret: This canary-yellow adidas by Stella McCartney Golf Performance Polo is on par with the latest looks for the links. Cap sleeves, hidden snap buttons and a soft ribbed collar add feminine style, while soft wicking cotton sweeps away sweat. $90, DEKA Atlanta, @adidasus

GET YOUR KICKS!

Three-pointer? No problem. Nike's newest sneak-the Jordan Super.Fly-is a slamdunk. Calculated cutouts provide ventilation (later, foot funk), while air-cushioning in the heel and a weightless front keep you light on your feet. Plus, fl y color combos court plenty of attention. $140, Nike, Lenox Square, @nikestore

GOING GREEK

Settle pre-workout tummy rumbles with Rickland Orchards Greek yogurt bars. As the first shelf-stable Greek yogurt product, these 160- to 170-calorie bars satisfy with all-natural granola, fruit and nuts. Plus, a single bar packs in 5 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein in six scrumptious fl avors, like blueberry acaí and toasted coconut. Delish! $1-$2, Costco, @greekonthego

100

That's how many extra calories you can burn a day when you turn down the A/C by a couple of degrees. The same metabolism boost occurs when exercising in cold weather or in water, or by sipping chilled H2O all day long.

- Scott Isaacs, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E., Atlanta-based endocrinologist and author of Hormonal Balance: How to Lose Weight by Understanding Your Hormones and Metabolism

A Swell Idea

Warm gulp of water after that 10-miler? So not refreshing! S'well's new BPA-free, stainless-steel water bottles in His, Hers and Ours designs keep agua cold for up to 24 hours. Plus, this tall drink of water never "sweats" inside your gym bag, and 10 percent of sales benefit WaterAid- which improves access to safe water. We'll drink to that! $35-$45, Michael Burton Colors, Buckhead, @swellbottle

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