Win $200 from Fitness Magazine AND MORE [Giveaway]

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Do you ever feel like there’s a huge lull in your life after Halloween?  Like you’ve gone apple picking, you’ve admired fall foliage and you’ve turned your 2nd grade magician costume into a just-like-new Sexy Houdini costume. And now there’s nothing left. (Well, besides stuffing your body full of Turkey and assorted carbs and pies.) It’s just final papers and exams and professors refusing to move your final exam even though it’s on the last day of exams at the last possible time and  all your friends will have already left for winter break.

Fitness Magazine totally understands that this lull happens. But rather than embracing this wah-wah of a few weeks, they want you to fall into health. How? Well for starters, they’re teaming up with us to giveaway a pedometer, Yogi tea AND a $200 Visa giftcard. You read that right. We’re giving away money. It’s for your health. is encouraging young professionals – women and men – to embrace a healthy lifestyle whether that means remembering to eat three meals a day, managing your time better so you get to bed a decent hour or reminding yourself to exercise a few times a week to relieve some stress.  They’re also promoting a new online tool created by Aetna –, which is a great resource to help young professionals get a better handle on their health and health care costs as they prepare to embark on their career paths.  Find out more by checking out their Live Smart Page (also check it out for a chance to enter another great $300 giveaway)

Want to win this sikk (note: sikk is the opposite of sick) gift basket?

1. Tell us what your tip for staying healthy and sane for the end of the year. That’s it. You’re automatically entered to win this amazing prize.  Oh, and make sure to use your real e-mail address so we can contact you if you win.

2. Contest closes at 11:59 PM on Nov. 6th 2011

3. Please note this giveaway is only open to US and Canadian residents. For official rules and more legal mumbo-jumbo, click here.

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  1. Brie says:

    yoga, for the mind and body!

  2. Vicki says:

    I have my daily workouts. It definitely helps keep me sane because I have an outlet for all of my frustrations, and helps keep me in shape. When I started running about two and a half years ago, I never would have expected that I'd be able to do what I can now!

  3. Bee says:

    I always, always, ALWAYS get at least 7 hours of sleep no matter what is going on with my life. I've found that sleeping is better than trying to last minute cram in order for me to function.

  4. Sarah T says:

    I make sure I have lots of vitamin C so I don't get sick and pull out my treadmill so I can still go for a run, even if it's freezing outside!

  5. whit says:

    i take moksha yoga breaks on long days of studying or writing. one hour of hot yoga can really get the mind flowing again.

  6. Sara says:

    I've wanted to start running for years but have had the worst foot problems. After a great visit with my Podiatrist, I'm on the road with custom shoe inserts… and finally achieving what I set out to do!

    I'm now on day 8 and it's easily becoming my favorite workout!

  7. Carrie says:

    I start out everyday, no matter what, with a healthy breakfast (oatmeal, poached eggs on whole wheat toast, or greek yogurt and fruit), water, and vitamins. This way no matter how busy my day, it gets off to a good start and encourages me to continue eating healthy and making good choices throughout the rest of my day.

  8. Kelsey says:

    My fitness tip fo staying healthy and sane for the ned of the year is to find a fitness buddy who is slightly more athletic then you. They will motivate you to work harder and keep you from straying fom you workout regime.

  9. I work out five days a week and enjoy my favorite seasonal fruits and vegetables. Sleep is really important too- no way could I balance all my papers and finals being sleepy!

  10. Elise B. says:

    Work out regularly but also treat yourself to something nice now and then!

  11. Sydney says:

    Doing yoga and attempting to get outside at least once a day! Also following a routine and bedtime.

  12. Gab says:

    I workout at least 6 times a week, be it cardio, pilates, long walks or strengh training or a combination of these. Plus, I eat very healthy everyday, but still indulge myself once a week so I don't lose my mind! Also, I need 8 hours of sleep at night and breakfast every morning.

  13. kmarr085 says:

    I get 8 hours of sleep every night and take lots of walks throughout the week.

  14. Emily says:

    Learn to say "no" to people if you don't have the time. If you make too many commitments, you're bound to be super stressed!

  15. Shalisa says:

    I work out 3-4 days of week. Sleep is very, very important me and I try to get at least 6 hours every night. I try to surround myself with positive, encouraging people. I also maintain a healthy diet. I eat breakfast everyday.

  16. Rhiannon says:

    To stay healthy:
    -make sure I eat breakfast
    -take a nice walk everyday
    -I've finally quit biting my nails!
    To stay sane:
    -make my bed every morning and spend 5 minutes tidying (clutter=stress)
    -Laugh! I've got tons of comedy podcasts in my download queue

  17. Nicole says:

    My fitness tip to stay healthy and sane for the rest of the year is to get me time. At school my house is conveniently located on a walking trail that is along the river. To get some alone time to relax and still get some exercise in I like to jog along the trail in the crisp fall weather.

  18. Elizabeth says:

    I refuse to let myself say, "Just this one time" to snacks and sweets.

  19. Sarah Ratch says:

    Sanity is a combination of moving enough and cleaning enough. I can't focus on school if I can't find my textbooks, I can't cook healthy meals without having clean dishes, and there's no way I'll avoid that cold without going for a run once in a while!

  20. Sammy says:

    I make a weekly schedule with a friend, and if we stick to it, we get to go shopping!

  21. Sammy says:

    I make my athlete buddy hold me accountable!

  22. Kennedy says:

    I make sure to get plenty of sleep and eat lots of fruits and veggies!

  23. Sam says:

    Don't forget to eat healthy food in addition to the holiday carb and booze-fest!

  24. Megan says:

    I recently started going to the school gym and doing at least 30 minutes of cardio a day. Not only is it helping me get back into shape, it's helping me regain my sanity after midterms!

  25. Sarah says:

    Train for a race! Whether it's a 5k Turkey Trot, a marathon, or anything in between… following a training schedule will keep you on track and motivated throughout the end of the year.

  26. LauraLee says:

    I take a kung fu class twice a week. I get a cardio, strength training, balance and coordination workout all in one. And it's fun and interested. Plus i'm learning lots of self-defense principles and tactics to stay safe.

  27. Wini says:

    I take dance classes and take vitamins every day. It's really helped my stress levels come down!

  28. Allison says:

    Counting calories and zumba!

  29. rusthawk says:

    Walking often and making sure I get enough sleep.

  30. Lesley says:

    Take a small walk every night after dinner to not only lose some calories, but relax your mind!

  31. dannidupa says:

    To stay healthy and (why not?) sane for the end of the year, I'm learning to cook. Being in charge from start to finish of how I nourish my body will help me be more mindful of my eating habits. Unwinding while cooking is just one more up-side!

  32. Kat says:

    My tip for staying healthy and sane is to live my life in balance. I'm a culinary student studying baking and pastry arts, so while I could drown in the downward spiral of gaining the traditional "freshman 50" as they call it at my school, I make sure that I go to the gym every night after class and change it up by taking zumba and yoga classes along with my regular gym routine. I also make Sundays my "me time". I find that this gives me a good balance to my otherwise hectic life of baking for 8-12 hours a day in hot kitchens.

  33. Izzy says:

    Taking a break from studying and exercising for 30 minutes is the perfect way to relieve stress and stay healthy.

  34. Eszter says:

    WATER!!!!! keeping yourself hydrated throughout the day is the most important thing, for your skin, for your body, everything… at least 10 full glasses a day.

  35. Emily says:

    To stay healthy and sane, I make sure I keep up my exercise routine because even skipping one day can throw you totally off in such a crazy time of year! Plus, I make sure to start my day with a healthy and filling breakfast.

  36. Katie says:

    Drinking plenty of water and limiting caffeine (so when I manage to crawl into bed, I can sleep).

  37. Christina says:

    To stay healthy, I'm trying to stick to mostly unprocessed foods and limiting my 'cheat meals' to only one a week. I also try to go to the gym 6 out of 7 days a week for about 1-2 hours. I am going to increase my running stamina and also get some abs showing by the end of this year (since you have to lose a lot of body fat for abs to start showing).. I'm also going to try to broaden the variety of food that I eat; for example, I plan to try quinoa sometime soon. I also plan on trying a raw diet for a week and also a vegetarian diet for a week. I want to try yoga and also be able to twenty REAL pushups by the end of this year.

  38. Daniella says:

    I always take vitamins because being sick in college is not fun.

  39. Angelee N. says:

    Eating right and doing yoga are some things I do to keep up energy and focus towards the end of the year!

  40. I used to fall into the trap of gaining weight around the holidays, only to find myself desperately trying to rid of it come spring. I have come to the realization that healthy living is not a quick fix, but a lifestyle. For the past few years, I have adopted simple practices to help me stay fit year round. Even swapping holiday favorites such as hot cocoa and egg nog to green and chai tea has helped me maintain my 30 pound weight loss since high school graduation. I have also been a devout yogi for the past few years, and with the convenience of being able to work out in the warmth of my room, there is no excuse to skip. Exercise not only helps me beat the winter slump but stay positive into the New Year.

  41. Bry says:

    I go to the gym every day not only to stay/get in shape, but to de-stress. I also try to eat healthy to the best of my ability.

  42. Marina says:

    Watch a youtube zumba fitness video, get a dance/yoga video, you can do it in your dorm room, if you don't feel like getting out. Try to do at least 30 minutes a day of something.

  43. Victoria says:

    I take vitamins on a daily basis and focus on drinking lots of water and getting sleep. The basics always seem to work the best! And to stock up on cold supplies before I get sick – because having to drag yourself out to the drugstore when you are sick is no fun!

  44. Gloria C says:

    I drink Korean citron tea every day, and try to get an extra hour of sleep every night ^_^

  45. Corinne says:

    To stay healthy and sane for the end of the year, I plan on sticking to my written out scheduled organized workouts. This ensures I actually get it done! Also, I will make both monthly AND weekly goals to stay motivated. Short term goals get rid of the mid-month slump, and it also minimizes room for excuses. We can't get results with excuses!

  46. Angy says:

    To physically, literally stop what I'm doing and take a deep breath, relax and the carry on.

  47. Liz says:

    I'm going to stop eating out so much and to eat more fruits and veggies!!

  48. Taylor K says:

    Staying healthy and sane during the winter can be a hard task. ;) One of my tips is for sanity is TEA! Tea keeps my warm all winter long and there are so many amazing flavors. I switched from coffee to tea this year and slowly moved from loads of honey to no sweetner at all! [Sometimes a -little- honey ;)] Everything from calming tea to super caffienated cinnmon black tea. (AMAZING during christmas time!) With so many choices, you can make a tea lover out of anyone.
    My best tip to stay healthy AND sane is YOGA. Even on days I feel lazy and have trouble rolling out of bed, I always know I will feel amazing after a yoga workout. :) It's a wonderful way to calm your mind and feel your body do amazing things! Everyday I feel a little more flexible than the last day.

  49. Michelle says:

    Drink water. Loads of water. Like, 8 cups a day. Seriously. Water: it's good for you.

  50. Erin says:

    I'm starting training to run in an 8K this December. Although I like to stay active through dancing, I am a runner by no means and have never participated in a race. I thought it would be cool to try something I've never done before! I think being able to set an exciting new goal is a great way to stay motivated.

  51. Allison says:

    To be more healthy, I'm dedicating myself to fitness and yoga. I already got a gym membership and a hot yoga one and in order to cover the costs of them, I figured it out to having to attend a minimum of at least 8 sessions for each a month – 2 sessions of gym/pool and 2 sessions of hot yoga a week minimum. While at the gym I have goals, this month's being that of doing 10km on the elliptical or bike on the day I go in. At home I plan to meditate at least 15min every night just to help relax.
    Other things I plan to do to keep healthy:
    – to read a novel a week which I am already doing,
    – cook all my meals and go out to eat only once every few months (it's gotten to the point that I don't even enjoy food that isn't cooked by me or those close to me such as my mother; it's great),
    – get 8 hours of sleep every night,
    – drink over 2L of water (which I have to anyway because if I don't and I workout or I go to the steam room, I get sick), and
    – take my vitamins, and
    – Not sweat the little things and enjoy life!

  52. Stacey says:

    Drinking two glasses of water before each meal.

  53. Melody/j says:

    Scheduling home workouts that I can actually stick to.


  54. Sarah says:

    To stay healthy AND sane I have bulk order my favorite Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon. Just smeling a up o that relaxes me and at the same tea the green tea gives me all it's healthy properties! I have it in regular and de-caffienated, that's how hooked I am!

    I'm also trying to get up twice a week and do yoga before work. It puts me in such a better mood and I feel ready to take on the day.

  55. Zoey says:

    To stay healthy and sane for the end of the year, I like to try to cook my own meals so I know what's going in them is fresh and good for me. Once a week or every other week, a bunch of my friends and I get together for a potluck where we each cook something healthy (except the person on dessert duty, of course :P) and get to try out each others' yummy (mostly :x) recipes! :)

  56. Alaina says:

    The more water I drink, the more I feel full and refreshed. This is especially important towards the end of the year when all the great phone comes to tease you!

  57. Leanne Yates says:

    Since it is getting cold and snow will soon be on its way I am biking to and from campus as much as I can.
    I have been snacking while studying on wheat thins, natural peanut butter and apples, instead of junk foods.
    I have stopped staying up late to get assignments done and have made schedules to follow, this way I am able to be well rested with eight hours sleep.

    *tip for all you fellow undergrad students with roomies – invest in some ear plugs! you can study anywhere, and you can get your much needed sleep even if others in the house are up all night!

  58. Haley says:

    To stay healthy and sane for the end of the year, I'm going to strive to be mindful of myself and be good to myself! No more harsh and negative comments, just thoughts that'll help me get to where I want to be.

  59. Zack says:

    After a half hour run that keeps my dog and I sane, I whip up a big protein drink (with a new ingredient every week) and do a circuit workout between my weight machine and a medicine ball. It goes fast and leaves me energized.

  60. Mandy says:

    Exercise!! or get in the habit of exercise. If your excuse is "no time", then get up 10 or 15 mins earlier in the morning. Those short time can make a huge difference, and in time it'll be no sweat. You'll feel better and perform better on things you'll do through out the day.
    Find one day a week to pamper yourself. Go shopping, spa, read a book, high tea with friends; do whatever makes you happy.

  61. Denise LeBegue says:

    I just try to get my 8 hours of sleep – even if it means passing up one of many Holiday parties.

  62. Liz says:

    Making sure I don't fall behind in any of my classes keeps me sane, and taking time to go to the gym and drink lots of water keeps me healthy!

  63. Erin Jung says:

    Drinking plenty of water and taking a break from the stress of life to do something I enjoy (like watching a good episode of The Office or Psych).

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  65. Jamie Waters says:

    jogging with my dog and drinking tons of water. just by walking bruno [my adorable black lab] and cutting back on my "coke addiction" i'm getting back my muscle tone and i feel amazing!

  66. I just do at least ten minutes of physical activity a day – walking, hula hooping… if I can't make it to the gym!

  67. Chelsea Alles says:

    I stretch every morning and every night before I go to bed. I take deep breaths throughout the day to keep me sane. I drink many glass of water throughout the day and I have cut soda out of my diet. I try to find exercises to do throughout the day. I do crunches and planks while I watch tv and I do heal rises while I am doing my makeup and hair.

  68. Casey P says:

    I stay in a routine! I get up at 430am every day and go work out Monday-Friday, never allowing myself to miss a day keeps me healthy, happy, and guilt-free from indulging in a few beers on the weekends!

  69. Patricia Herbert says:

    I yrt to keep a schedule and stick with it so that I don't get behind and stop going to workout. I also mix it up so I don't get bored.

  70. Amber says:

    Usually drinking a lot of water, taking Vitamin C tablets daily, and cutting back on sugar helps me stay healthy especially during the cold mid-western fall/winter months! Thanks for the awesome giveaway CC!

  71. Brianna says:

    One of my tips for staying healthy is portion control and the fact that you can't eat everything. Pick and choose what you think looks best.

  72. Steph says:

    Portion control is the #1 rule for me. I also go to the gym for the elliptical, yoga and pilates classes

  73. I run at least 3 times a week, drink lots of water. I always make time each day to read a book…or watch some tv. I always try to get a least 7 hours of sleep each night. I just keep busy but make time to work out and eat the best I can.

  74. Bec says:

    Taking some time out of everyday to meditate, drink some tea, and relax, so the four papers and three tests I have before Thanksgiving don't give me a real heart attack (although I might claim a few fakes ones before they're over)

  75. zingaling23 says:

    The best tip for staying healthy at the end of the year would definitely be drinking tea! In the morning, black or green tea of any variation would be perfect because they have just the right amount of caffeine, giving you a great morning boost without feeling jittery. At nighttime, herbal teas like chamomile are delicious & relaxing and definitely help you stay sane when trying not to reach for a "comforting" chocolate bar. I have seen (and tasted…MMmm) an endless array of flavors and they are a whopping zero calories! Fantastic.

  76. Roxanne says:

    Skipping pop/sugary drinks and drinking a lot of water instead.

  77. Allicia says:

    Going for walks when I get home from work.

  78. Kellie says:

    I stay sane by continuing to make exercise a priority in my life! Need those endorphins! However I think it's important for everyone to find a type of exercise they actually enjoy-if you do not enjoy running and are forcing yourself to pound out endless miles on the treadmill, you are going to be more like the Grinch during the holiday season!

  79. Devlin says:

    Sleeeeeeeep! It's my new favorite thing now that I'm in college.

  80. Kayleigh says:

    The ideas of "relativity" and "moderation" are totally applicable to everyday life and allow for a higher quality of life as well as health–who doesn't want that? Just one diet or exercise tip can't possibly be a blanket statement that covers all health- and sanity-related topics. What does help in a broad way to maintain your health and sanity is to practice relativity and moderation. Relativity helps your sanity by allowing you to "shrink" issues that are stressing you out by comparing them to others ("This essay isn't so bad, at least I'm not starving in a third-world country, right?" or "Why ruin my day over my cell phone bill when there are people out there who have never even been lucky enough to know cell phones exist?"). Relativity helps you to see, by method of comparison, when a problem is BIG–worth stressing about, causing health and sanity to suffer–versus when a problem is small–something that can be resolved, doesn't truly matter, or is being blown out of proportion at the expense of your physical and mental health. Moderation applies to physical health, too–don't overdo it on the diets or exercise plans. This isn't beneficial, and can even be harmful. "Diet" does not mean "healthy" and vise-versa… some "diet" foods that may make you thinner are not healthy; some "healthy" foods contain fats and carbohydrates that many overzealous dieters would steer clear from. To exercise moderation with diets doesn't *only* keep your health and sanity at the forefront of your quest to be a babe, though. It also takes a bit the stress off of you when selecting meal choices as well as helping to promote happiness and confidence–two things that will improve not only beauty, but mental and physical health. And, of course, while reading this it's important to remember how closely mental and physical health can be related, similarly to how relativity and moderation are intertwined in our health-related goals. As confusing as these relationships may seem, it's worth your while to implement them into daily life… the effort used to do so will save you a lot of wasted efforts in diets, exercise routines, and struggles with confidence issues or stress. Be smart about health and sanity by using "smart" methods to promote them, and reaping the rewards will be effortless.

  81. Iron says:

    Beyond ALL else, YOU ARE WORTH IT! You have showed up and done YOUR best all the way thorguh this round! You are NOT going to stop now! LET’S DO THIS!

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