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Wearing the right shoes while exercising can mean the difference between a comfortable workout, and one filled with pain, or worse-injury. With thousands of workout shoes on the market, how do you know which one is right for you? By answering a few simple questions, you can narrow down your options and use this guide to find the pair that is your "solemate."

Start by choosing your primary activity from the list below:

Running

Walking or hiking

Aerobics and other cardio workouts including team sports

Cycling

Weightlifting

Running

While it can be tempting to shop for the biggest bargain at your local department store, investing in a quality running shoe is money well spent. Wearing poor quality shoes that don't fit your unique anatomy and training goals results in problems. A good running shoe will offer the right amount of cushion, flexibility and breathability, but what works for one person won't necessarily work for another. In order to determine the right running shoe, it helps to know a little bit about your foot type (low, normal or high arch) as well as your pronation (how much the foot rolls in or out when it makes contact with the ground.) Most specialty running stores offer a free analysis of your foot and gait to find the best shoe for you.

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The poor potato. It really has gotten a bad rap.

A plentiful crop that's easy and inexpensive to produce, the potato has been a dietary staple across the globe for centuries. (Ireland, a country whose diet once relied almost entirely on the potato, saw one million people die of starvation when the crop failed in the mid-1800s.)

Potatoes are packed with dietary fiber, nutrients, and carbohydrates. Due to their high carb count, potatoes have been labeled as a no-no under low-carb diet trends like Atkins. This has knocked the skin off the potato market in the U.S.: Consumption has dropped from a high of 145 pounds per person per year in 1996 to 118 pounds per person per year in 2011.

But there's no need to avoid carbohydrates in moderation—especially complex carbs like the ones found in potatoes. The main problem with the humble potato is that it seems to lend itself to all kinds of adulteration: mashed with butter and cream, deep fried, stuffed with bacon and cheese—all diet-wreckers for sure.

Read more: Why Potatoes Are Good for You

Strength training is no longer just for bodybuilders or athletes. Over the last few years, strength training has gained a lot of popularity in the fitness world among both men and women and across all age groups. This is awesome because strength training has immense benefits for anyone who wants to feel better and look better.

What's not awesome, however, is the number of people (especially women) who want to start strength training, but feel intimidated in the weight room.

I get it. Trying

Read more: How to Feel Less Intimidated in the Weight Room

Work. It's where most of us spend the majority of our weeks. While that realization can be somewhat depressing, it also shows how your habits at work have a huge effect on your weight-loss goals. Sure, the office can be full of temptation--whether the vending machine calls your name at 3 p.m., or your boss brings in glazed donuts every Monday morning--but your workplace can actually be a place that supports your healthy lifestyle. You just have to know how to work the system. Read on for 10 ways to do just that!

10 Ways to Stop Your Workplace from Derailing Your Diet

Read more: Eating Healthier at the Office

Depending on where you live, weather conditions can vary greatly throughout the year. If you enjoy exercising outdoors, the different seasons certainly bring their share of joys and sorrows. Who wouldn't enjoy walking, running, or biking on a warm summer's night, a fall afternoon, during a sunny spring day, or even amid the tranquility of an early winter morning?

For many of us, we are entering the coolest—okay coldest—time of the year. If you enjoy exercising outside, then the bitter cold of winter can be more than just an inconvenience. And no, the alternative doesn't have to mean hibernating for a few months, only to resurface with the buttercups in spring. By taking a few special precautions, and monitoring winter weather and conditions, it can be completely safe—and even enjoyable—to work out in the wintry outdoors.

Read more: Winter Workout Safety Tips

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