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JUNE 2010

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Every Thursday, May 27th - June 24th

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ALEXAN LENOX

THE W3 LIFESTYLE M I N I Z I N E

SCREEN ON THE GREEN

Wellness Tips Financial Tips Community News Event Calendar Movie Reviews Restaurant Reviews Shopping Ideas Special Offers ...and much more!

Photography by James Duckworth

2010 Event Calendar Inside


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Heath & Wellness Expo April 15th 6-8pm

Dive-In Movie July 22nd 8-10pm

Casino Night October 28th 7-9pm

Jazz Under The Stars May 13th 7-9pm

Pool Party August 28th 10am-12pm

Sweet & Stylish November 14th 12-2pm

Pool Party June 26th 10am-12pm

Health & Wellness Expo September 23rd 6-8pm

Heath & Wellness Expo December 15th 6-8pm

P

OOL SPLASH BASH SATURDAY, JUNE 26TH FROM 10-12PM!

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his is going to be an event full of nonstop music mix from every genre to the Top 40 playing for you and your friends by the pool. We are going to have Hula Hoops, Limbo games, Interactive Dancing and some great games for both the kids and the adults! We will also have some delicious food and beverages for you to enjoy – but don’t wait until the end of the party to come by as it might already be all gobbled up! Our Pool Splash Bash party is one of the most popular events of the year so be sure to come by as early as you can to pick out your favorite lounge chair by the pool. Feel free to invite your friends and family also! The laughs are constant as we have fun with all of the games being played and the Dance Contests start. This event is weather dependant. If there is a 40% or greater chance of rain the day of the event based on the forecast 24 hours prior to the event, the event will be cancelled for possibly reschedule. The source used to determine forecast is weather.com.

D

IVE IN MOVIE NIGHT THURSDAY, JULY 22ND, 8-10PM!

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emember those Drive in Movie theaters? What a great evening of fun enjoying some fresh popcorn in the outdoor air while watching a funny movie. IT’S BACK! We are going to be having a Dive in Movie Night right here in your community at the Pool! A huge movie screen will be setup at the pool and you are going to have a blast watching a great movie while enjoying the night air that smells of freshly popped popcorn! What movie is being played? That one is up to your Leasing Office - so call and put in your vote for a movie suggestion. We will be offering freshly popped popcorn at the event as well as yummy beverages. The pool will be open for this event - so plan to float in the water or stretch out next to the pool - however you do it, just relax and enjoy a great night of fun. Invite your family and friends also! Event is weather dependent - call your leasing office if any question as to the weather.


COMMUNITY INFO  -  W3 LIFESTYLE  3

Alexan Lenox Community Manager Justin Strickland Assistant Manager Jeffrey LLes

Letter from the Manager, As a W3 Lifestyle designated community our residents receive special discounts and incentives at various retailers and service providers all over Atlanta. Periodically we email these specials out to our residents as well as list them on our Community Facebook page. Some specials are time sensitive so the best way for us to communicate them to you is directly via email. Please make sure we have your current email address on record at the Leasing Office to make sure you do not miss out on these great opportunities. We will also email you every month when your Community Minizine is published online for your viewing pleasure. We have been designated as the Best of The Best in apartment communities by committing to defined criteria with W3 Lifestyle. Along with this designation come many resident benefits and services. We hope to see you at our next Community Event so that we can show you how much we appreciate our residents…and most importantly – how much we appreciate YOU! See something in your Community Minizine that you think would interest a friend or family member? Feel free to forward it to anyone you know and share some of the valuable article information and event dates. After all, not everyone is as lucky as you are to live in a W3 Lifestyle designated community – make them jealous and show what your community does for YOU!

Leasing Associates Sharon Hodges Lisa Mohr Phone 404-869-6580 Fax 404-869-7748 Email alexanlenox@riverstoneres.com Website alexanlenox.com

Newsletter Advertising Inquiries Carma Productions

Marci Alt 404-377-4297 marci@carmaproductions.com

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HIGH APR? Don’t Worry, You Can Still Negotiate! By David Ellis, June 5, 2010, CNN.com

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- In the never-ending battle

less competition, higher

between credit card companies and their customers over

consumer

interest rates, consumers still hold at least some of the cards.

consumer

prices,

choices,

and

losses and hogtied by new federal rules introduced

Edward Yingling, chief executive of the American Bankers Association, said during a Congressional hearing in May 2008.

Americans

So

Even

as issuers have gotten squeezed by historic loan

earlier this year, experts suggest that card-carrying

still have plenty of leeway to negotiate a

lower rate.

“I

[card

think

companies] will be just as willing now

as they have been,” said

Safe Credit Cards Trusts. In

Nick Bourke, director of the Project at The Pew Charitable

the past, most cardholders had little difficulty

bartering with their bank on their annual percentage rate.

But

that

with the

seemed

due

to

change

after

part

CARD Act. of

the

new

law,

credit

card

were prevented from practices such as billing” and arbitrary rate increases.

Before

Congress February companies

“double-cycle

lawmakers had even drafted a bill, the banking

industry warned have

far, a number of those predictions have come to

pass.

Credit

card companies started hiking rates last summer

in anticipation of tougher new rules, although the industry attributed the rate increase to the risk in lending to strapped consumers who can’t pay their bills.

Rates

have moved even higher still.

As

of last week,

the national average for a platinum card stood at

passed major new rules for the industry in

As

reduced consumer access to credit cards,” said

fewer

dreadful

consumers.

Congress

that a new law would

consequences

for

both

issuers

and

“We are deeply concerned that these rules will result in

6  W3 LIFESTYLE  -  FINANCIAL

11.31%, according to Informa Research Services. Rewards cards stood at 12.33%. Just six months ago, those rates were 10.6% and 11.8% respectively.

But Bourke pointed out that the recent increases are not nearly as severe as those enacted just before the CARD Act was signed into law. Despite

the uptick in rates, experts say

issuers can’t afford to be completely inflexible with customers looking for a lower rate.

For starters, Americans still can vote with their feet and


move their business elsewhere if they are unhappy with the

current credit card company. Estimates put the number of

Of

different types of cards available to consumers at more

negotiating

than 10,000, according to the payments industry trade publication

a lower rate

The Nilson Report.

with a credit card company

At the same time, the steady improvement in the economy in

will

the past year has led to some relief for banks who had been

not

prove easy for

weighed down by bad loans.

Industry

course,

everyone.

charge-offs, or loans a bank considers to be

percentage of Americans that are behind on payments has also

Long-standing cardholders or those with high credit limits, for example, have typically been among the most successful in winning a lower rate from their credit card company. Industry experts said that probably holds true today.

With banks no longer intently focused on loan troubles,

And while consumers whose credit got dinged by the recession might not fare as well, those who simply kept up with their

uncollectible, fell to 10.91% during the month of April,

according to the most recent data published by Moody’s. The dropped in recent months.

credit card companies are once again

looking to add customers, said Odysseas

Papadimitriou, CEO of Evolution Finance, which publishes Cardhub.com, a credit card comparison site.

“most

cardholders had

little difficulty bartering with their bank”

“With credit losses coming down, what we are seeing is increased competition between major issuers in getting new business,” said Papadimitriou, a former executive with

company,” said

payments may also be able to talk their way into a lower

APR.

“If you are somebody who is paying your bill on time, using your card and carrying a balance, you are a great customer for a credit card

Bourke.

Capital One (COF, Fortune 500).

Several issuers contacted for this story, including Bank of America (BAC, Fortune 500) and Discover (DFS, Fortune 500), said they have continued to look at individual accounts to determine if they can offer customers an interest rate reduction.

“We’ve in

always been committed to helping cardmembers

need,

and

that

spokesperson for

is

no

Discover.

different

today,”

said

a

FINANCIAL  -  W3 LIFESTYLE  7


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UNLOCKING THE SECRET Within Yourself

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WELLNESS  -  W3 LIFESTYLE  9


STOP, DROP, AND ROLL INTO A FIREHOUSE By David Wolfe

They When

“wildfire”

are spreading like

so to speak.

we walked through the door the employees

looked

up

and

Firehouse”. Then

said

unison,

in

“Welcome

to

we saw their great selection of

hot and cold sandwiches.

After

we made our

order came the even more surprisingly delicious

part

some of the

Firehouse

locations, like the

one we visited, have a digital soda machine which has a variety of special mixes in soda drinks.

The

dining

print

room

tabletops.

had

The

tables

color

Dalmatian

with

scheme

was

a

red

and white theme and there was an assortment of authentic fire apparel scattered around.

We

were only seated for a few minutes when the warm

sandwiches

I had Combo steak, cheese. still

the

were

medium

delivered

Firehouse Steak

onions,

bell

peppers

The sandwich soft. It was served

a

table.

our and

Cheese

which was a good serving size of sirloin

and a bag of chips for was

to

great

extremely

price

for

and

was

provolone

warmed

but

was

with a medium beverage

$6.29

lunch.

tender

and

had

that

you

want

a

which

lot

The

of

I

thought

meat

was

flavor.

If

My partner had N Ladder Sub

a

large

which

(1/2

ham,

was

pound)

monteray jack cheese which came to a

beverage

super

fresh. it

and

tender

bag

and

They are didn’t taste

of

juicy

chips. and

turkey,

Hook

$7.57

Their

meat

everything

and

with was

tasted

very generous with the meat and

like cheap cold-cuts either.

The

sandwiches seemed to have more meat than bread.

Our

daughter

REALLY

liked

Firehouse Subs. She

got little red fire hat which she was extremely

I was kid’s menu. There

excited the

about.

very

pleased

when

I

saw

were a lot of choices to

choose from for just

$2.99

such as: turkey,

ham, roast beef, grilled cheese, or peanut butter.

We

ordered the ham sandwich and it had a few

pieces of ham on it with higher quality white bread.

It

also came with

2 Oreo

cookies and a drink.

Overall Firehouse seems to have a quality unlike most comparable sub shops. They were quick, well staffed, clean, and offered a quality food for a great price. We’ll be back to Firehouse soon I think next time I will have the Hook and Ladder sub.

you want it with lettuce and tomato you’ll need to

specify

it

“fully

involved”.

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Ingredients:

Directions:

• 1

large sweet white onions

1. Preheat

• 1

lb lean ground sirloin

• 1

teaspoon olive oil

• 2

tablespoons crumbled blue cheese

2. Using

hamburger bun

red

stemmed,

lightly

1/2-inch

shape

the

thick patties.

ground

Try

to

them too densely.

3. Season

with salt and pepper.

4. Lightly

drizzle

olive oil.

seeded

quartered

hands,

leave some air in the burger and avoid packing

fresh ground black pepper, to taste peppers,

your

sirloin into four

bell

grill to medium-high heat.

salt, to taste

and

5. Cook

red

pepper

quarters

medium burgers.

5

to

6

minutes per side for

the same time, grill the peppers for

minutes on each side.

7. Lightly

toast the buns on the grill.

8. Serve the burgers on toasted buns with grilled red peppers, slices of sweet white onion and crumbled blue cheese.

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with

the burgers on both sides over the hot

grill for about

6. At

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SCREEN ON THE GREEN 2010 June Movie Schedule at piedmont park

Thursday, June 3rd Transformers 3

Thursday, June 10th Dreamgirls

Thursday, June 17th Star Wars

Thursday, June 24th Jurassic Park

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SEX AND THE CITY 2 By Lisa Schwarzbaum, EW.com May 28, 2010 (EW.com) -- Mood swings similar to those experienced by menopausal Samantha are a common side effect of exposure to “Sex and the City 2.” Two and a half hours spent in the company of fortysomething Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Charlotte YorkGoldenblatt (Kristin Davis), and Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon), and fiftysomething Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall) takes a toll: The experience of listening to the girls complain about their fairy-tale lives from the comfort of an allexpenses-paid luxury vacation in the Arabian desert may leave a viewer feeling by turns nostalgic, disoriented, and impatient. Don’t worry. This is a normal response to revisiting an essence-of-1990s-NYC experience and seeing it through 2010 eyes. And it’s a natural reaction given that, in turning the blinged-out foursome into garish caricatures of their already outlandish selves, it seems the producers are just not that into us. Once upon a time, Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, and Samantha represented an extravagant (white) fantasy of sophisticated city-that-never-sleeps sisterhood. They were Manolo’d ambassadors from a world of Manhattan glamour and cosmos who, underneath their finery, were recognizable as real types of women in an American urban world. Now? Well, the friends still look porelessly fine. And I’m delighted that, in an antidote to recession frugality, their wardrobe budget hasn’t taken a hit. But in “SATC2,” whether the topic is gay marriage discussed at the over-the-top wedding of Carrie’s Best Gay Friend (Willie Garson) to Charlotte’s own BGF (Mario Cantone), or gender roles in the complicated United Arab Emirate of Abu Dhabi explored on a camel, the conversation has been reduced to a string of quips. ‘’It’s Bedouin, Bath & Beyond!’’ Carrie chirps about amenities in a luxurious desert oasis. ‘’Lawrence of my labia!’’ Samantha purrs -- ewww! -- about an attractive man observed driving across the dunes. Writer-director Michael Patrick King compulsively jams pun after groaner pun into the script, tipping the ladies’ lifestyles and life issues perilously into cartoon territory done better by Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley on BBC’s “Absolutely Fabulous.”

she’s got everything, including marriage to Big (Chris Noth), a new book and a humongous closet, and now she’s... what? Spoiled and bored, we can’t help but think. (‘’Is this because I’m a bitch wife who nags you?’’ Carrie wheedles when Big asks for some space; at the screening I attended, the audience answered aloud, Yes.) Yet with the exception of Miranda (who, honestly, is far too mature and engaged in the world to still hang with these me-me-me gals), not one of the fashion fiends lifts her head out of her luggage to get a clue. While Miranda reads up on Abu Dhabi and learns to speak basic courtesies in Arabic, Charlotte scrambles like an American maniac in search of clear cell-phone reception. Samantha is still at it with the horny shtick: She insults her hosts as she rails against not being allowed to dress as trampy as she wants. Carrie still can’t get over the awful fact that, while she gave Big an expensive vintage wristwatch for their second anniversary, he gave her a high-end flat-screen TV installed in their bedroom so they could watch old black-and-white movies together. Together. As if the gesture were an insult rather than an offer to share something, anything, other than nights out on the town. It’s of passing interest to note that all the male characters who make return visits -- including John Corbett as Carrie’s ex, David Eigenberg as Miranda’s husband, Evan Handler as Charlotte’s husband, and Jason Lewis as Samantha’s actor boy-toy -- are so nice and mild and understanding and accommodating that they fade into invisibility. “SATC2” doesn’t have time to follow any relationships other than those among Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, Miranda, and their suitcases full of costumer Patricia Field’s caftan-themed creations. As Carrie might type on her laptop while giving one of her girly little shrugs, When did “Sex and the City” become so long and mean so little? C-

Three of the four have uninteresting but reasonable problems: Charlotte is upset that motherhood is hard; Miranda is upset that she’s unappreciated at work; Samantha is upset that she can’t outrun menopause. The fourth takes the cupcake: Carrie is upset because

MOVIE REVIEW  -  W3 LIFESTYLE  21


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RETAILERS POSTED 9TH STRAIGHT MONTH OF GAINS

By Blake Ellis Staff Reporter - June 3, 2010

cnn.

com

pulled

the largest increase,

out their wallets and hit their favorite discount

rising an average of

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Consumers and department stores in

May,

helping retailers

post their ninth straight month of increasing sales.

According

Thomson Reuters, 28 leading chains such as Macy’s (M, Fortune 500), Target (TGT, Fortune 500), Costco (COST, Fortune 500) and J.C. Penney (JCP, Fortune 500), May sales rose 2.5%, coming in slightly below the firm’s initial estimate for an increase of 2.6%. to

sales

tracker

which looks at monthly same-store sales for

Same-store

performance,

sales,

least a year.

May’s 2.5% small

bump

improvement

a

measure

key

gauge

sales

at

of

a

stores

retailer’s open

increase was a big jump from

0.5%, and from the 4.8% of

it

was

a

at

April’s

significant

sales decline retailers

posted for the same month a year ago.

Of the 28 stores, 63% beat analysts’ expectations, while 37% missed.

5.3%. Costco led the way with a 9% rise in May sales, but that increase was slightly below analysts’ forecast for an increase of 9.7%. The

company said that higher gasoline prices and

stronger foreign currencies pressured sales.

Sales

at discounter

Target

rose

slightly better than expected.

In

the department store arena,

same-store sales gain of

1.4%.

1.3%

last month,

Macy’s

logged a

However, some retailers struggled to boost their sales. The Buckle’s (BKE) sales fell, 5.4%, a big miss from the 0.6% rise expected by analysts, and sales at Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) declined 3%. Other clothing retailers such as The Limited, fared better, posting a sales jump of 5%, compared to a forecasts fror a 2.1% increase.

Among the best performers last month, discounters posted

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R.S.V.P. For Events

As

you hopefully know by now, we

have

special

events

all of our residents.

Minizine

monthly

every

month

Page 2 (Newsletter)

for

of our shows

You

are not required to

RSVP,

it is

merely a courtesy so that we know

how much food, drinks, etc to provide.

Please

come out either way!

the names and dates of these exciting events.

In

Additionally, your RSVP and attendance

an effort to help us plan properly,

at

events

will

qualify

you

fun prizes such as tickets to

to

Georgia

RSVP to W3 Lifestyle at rsvp@ Shakespeare performances, Braves w3lifestyle.com. Be sure to include: and much more. please

• your

name

• number

of attendees

• community

name.

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RESTAURANTS TAKE CALORIES to the Extreme By Sabriya Rice, cnn..com, May 25, 2010 An estimated 67 percent of U.S. adults over age 20 are overweight or obese - and a new report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest says some popular restaurant chains are contributing to the problem. The report awards the Extreme Eating 2010 Award to a total of nine dishes from seven companies. “These chains don’t promote moderation. They practice caloric extremism, and they’re helping make modern-day Americans become the most obese people ever to walk the Earth,” stated CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson in a press release. The report highlights for example that a Five Guys bacon cheeseburger with a large order of fries adds up to 2,380 calories, and that P.F. Chang’s double pan-fried noodle combo, which includes beef, pork and chicken, comes to about 1,820 calories. One meal can put a person close to – or well over – the 2000 -2500 calories per day the USDA recommends for the average person to maintain a healthy weight. A spokesperson from P.F. Chang’s says the nutritional information for the double pan-fried noodles combo is inaccurate. The company notes that according to the website, the dish contains only 455 calories per serving, and the serving size is for four people. However the CSPI says, that wording can often be misleading. “One of the oldest tricks in the book is to say that a given plate of food serves X number of people,” says the CSPI. “While people do often share at Chinese restaurants it’s hard to imagine four people sharing this and nothing else!”

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C N N received responses from two of the other restaurant c h a i n s mentioned in the report. California P i z z a Kitchen – which was cited for two dishes, including a pesto cream penne pasta that amounted to 1,350 calories before any meat was added – says it offers a wide variety of menu choices and that, most often, its pizzas are shared. “We welcome our guests to modify any of our menu items to meet their dietary needs,” a company spokesman says. Similarly, Outback Steakhouse said its chefs can customize meals, desserts and drinks to satisfy customers’ specific preferences and dietary needs. Outback says the company was among the first to offer an online nutritional tool that “ provides [consumers] with all of the information needed to make an informed decision when placing an order.” In fact, many of the companies in the report currently list their nutritional information right on their websites: Bob Evans; California Pizza Kitchen; Five Guys; P.F. Chang’s; Outback Steakhouse; Chevys. Nutritionists say it is a good rule of thumb to check out nutrition information before heading to a restaurant. Also, the USDA and the American Heart Association offer other useful tips for ways you can eat healthfully when dining out on their websites.


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HOW EXERCISE WORKS at the Cellular Level By Alice Park, time..com, May 26, 2010 We all know that exercise is good for us, but do we know why? How do those hours of sweating it out on a treadmill or pushing yourself in a weight training regimen actually help your cells and tissues to get healthier? Two papers by separate groups may provide some intriguing answers. One team, led by researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital, isolated several dozen metabolic byproducts of exercise in the blood and studied how these compounds change before and after exercise, while across the country, a team at the University of California, San Francisco, studied the effect of exercise on how a cell ages. Both groups of researchers shed new light on how the body responds to exercise, and their findings suggest news ways of enhancing the beneficial effects of physical activity on the body. In the Massachusetts paper, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, the scientists isolated 200 metabolic byproducts in the blood of 300 subjects who agreed to run for 10 min. on a treadmill in the lab. Blood samples were taken before exercise, immediately after the activity, and then one hour later. Of the 200 agents, 20 showed significant changes before and after exercise; most of these were well known byproducts of physical activity, such as increases in lactate and variations in the breakdown of fats, sugars and various amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, in the muscles. One pathway that had not been identified before emerged from this analysis however — the production of a vitamin that promotes insulin release. It was also clear that more fit individuals were able to burn fat more effectively during exercise, since they released more of the byproducts of fat metabolism than less fit subjects. Such information, say the authors, could lead to a better understanding of how to test people for fitness and maximize the beneficial effects of exercise for them — for example, by potentially giving them compounds that can make up for deficiencies in their body’s ability to breakdown fats, sugars or proteins for energy. In the second study from UCSF, which appeared in PLoS One, the researchers focused on a specific part of cells known to dictate aging. Telomeres are the portions of DNA at the ends of chromosomes that help to stabilize the genetic material in the cell as the cell divides and its genes are replicated over and over again. With each cell division, however, telomeres tend to shorten, and when the tips are worn down enough, that’s a signal for the cell to die.

A growing body of research, some by the same UCSF team, suggests that stress can accelerate the shortening of telomeres, and therefore of cell life. So the research team (which included Elizabeth Blackburn, the scientist who co-discovered the enzyme responsible for whittling down telomeres and earned the Nobel Prize for her work) decided to test whether exercise could counteract that decline and potentially maintain telomere length and cell vitality. Working with samples of immune cells from the blood obtained from 62 post menopausal women, the researchers analyzed the length of telomeres on these cells during a three day period. The volunteers, many of whom were caring for loved ones suffering from dementia, recorded the number of minutes of vigorous physical activity they completed at the end of each day. After compiling the data, the scientists found that despite similar levels of stress in their lives, those getting the recommended 75 minutes of weekly physical activity that the government advises did not experience a shortening of their telomeres, while the women exercising less than this amount did. It’s an intriguing window into how lifestyle changes such as exercise can affect cellular aging, and perhaps even combat the negative effects of stress on our cells. But, caution the authors, the study still needs to be replicated before they can comfortably confirm that physical activity can inhibit aging. Taken together, the two studies hint at how complex — and systemic — the effects of exercise can be on the body. Creating such cell-level windows into how our bodies react to physical exercise may help us to both appreciate the significance of daily activity as well as figure out better ways to make the most of those hours at the gym.

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