Listening to music while working out makes it more enjoyable but did you know it also helps you workout harder? 

“Music is like a legal drug for athletes,” says Costas Karageorghis, Ph.D. from London’s Brunel University school of Sport and Education. “It can reduce the perception of effort significantly and increase endurance by as much as 15 percent.”

Fall playlist

Since I’m teaching 6 classes a week, making sure I have a kick ass, new and updated playlist regularly is a challenge. When it comes to my own runs, I don’t care if I listen to the same songs for months but keeping things new and fresh is an important component when you work at a studio like Barry’s Bootcamp that prides itself on having awesome loud music. 

Here is a list of my favorite fall songs for my own cardio workouts and classes.

I use Spotify for most of my classes because it’s easy to make new playlists but I also love discovering new remixes on SoundCloud and Dirrty Remixes. I also am NOT sick of Shake It Off yet but I assume most people are at this point… 

I’m always looking for good new remixes so if you have a favorite, let me know down below!


I’m all for moderation but Halloween is anything but… be honest with yourself. No, one mini sized Snickers bar is not going to kill you or even cause you to gain weight. Enjoying two or three in one sitting won’t either. But is Halloween really an excuse to eat 4 minis a day until October 31st? You’re too old to trick or treat. 

I was not an overweight child but do not remember thinking twice about how many bars I would eat after collecting my loot. It was a time when I actually listened to my hunger levels and eating two or three was satisfying. Fast forward to adulthood and I’m sad to say this is no longer true. So, if you are going to be buying Halloween candy, at least do yourself and your trick or treaters a favor by avoiding high fructose corn syrup, artificial coloring, and trans fats to avoid ingesting hormone disruptors, potential cancer catalysts and maintain mental clarity and energy during the processed sugar season. (At least during the holidays we attempt to make our own sweets, right?)

Top 5 Candy Bars and Treats To Avoid

Top 5 Healthier Halloween Candy Options

I fully admit, the healthier treats do cost a little more and a lollipop is not as cool as a chocolate bar. However, the intention of the video was to show that there are gluten free, vegan and organic options! If your kids are really young, you can always buy the healthier candy and swap out the bad with the good while they are sleeping. You can only do this if they are young obviously, but it’s a fun trick I think I may borrow from Jillian Michaels. 

And if you don’t have a costume, here is my cheap and easy tutorial for how to make a homemade Olaf costume as seen in the videos above. My YouTube audience did not appreciate my attempt at a DIY tutorial so don’t worry, I’m sticking with the health and fitness videos… haha. 

I did not mention them in this video but save your money and calories. Do not buy the pumpkin spice M&M’s. Do try the candy corn variety. Totally unhealthy but delicious. And yes, last night I wanted chocolate and had some of the bad candy… I thought this might happen which is why I just bought the full sized bars instead of a bags of the treats. 

Do you have an ultimate treat that you don’t care how unhealthy it might be?

I have lots but Halloween for me doesn’t have too many. I can’t say no to a good summer S’More or homemade baked Christmas cookie. 


New Sweetgreen Menu #TasteTheSeason – Where to Eat Healthy In Boston

I can’t believe I do not have a Boston travel tips post on where to go, what to eat and what to see, etc. I can tell you that Boston has very few restaurants that are 100% dedicated to healthy grub. Sweetgreen is one of the very few in actual Boston (I’m excluding Cambridge, Newton, […]

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Chicago Marathon 2014 Race Recap

Read part 1 of my Chicago Marathon recap here. As the gun went off, my heart rate soared with excitement. I was doing this. I was running this damn marathon even if I had to walk the last 6 miles. I knew I followed my plan religiously and had to trust “the training.”  I wasn’t […]

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The Best Stretches To Do Before You Run

Exercise is a science. Like nutrition, guidelines are always changing as our studies discover new and better techniques. This is why I don’t like to publicly proclaim that I follow any strict diet or one fitness trend. I feel it is perfectly fine to change your beliefs. Stretching is one of those topics that has […]

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My First Marathon: Chicago Marathon Recap 2014

After training for over 4 months, yesterday I completed my first marathon in 4:17:42. Below is part 1 of my recap… Flying To Chicago on Friday, October 10th I did not miss one training run. My coach Jess was great at modifying my program to my schedule. My body was ready for this race. However, […]

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5 Tips To Prevent Breast Cancer

We are fully immersed in October from the pumpkin every things to football season. You probably have noticed a lot of talk about breast cancer awareness on my blog, on your TV and locally I hope as it is Breast Cancer Awareness month. While your breast cancer risk largely depends on your genetics, there are […]

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Natural Beauty Drug Store Haul

In honor of breast cancer awareness month, I decided to share my top non toxic picks from the drugstore beauty department. Drug stores are known for having affordable cosmetics, but not so much the natural kind. I had to really search my local CVS to find these! They are not next to the regular crap […]

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Why I Was Wrong About Tapering

I thought I was going to like my first week of tapering. I thought I would enjoy running less, not being ravenous at all times, and being able to sit and work on my business. I was wrong. I can’t sit still! This weekend, I had two rest days, back to back. I can’t remember […]

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Gooey Caramel Monkey Bread Recipe

I teased you guys back in August with this picture on Instagram and finally I’m sharing the full recipe for this Gooey Caramel Monkey Bread! I was in NYC shooting a few recipe videos for Truvia featuring their newest product, Brown Sugar Blend which has 75% fewer calories and 50% less sugar than regular brown […]

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