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Is the Apple Watch Series 3 Worth Buying? Our Fitness Editor Weighs In

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Nothing gets folks more excited than a new gadget, and today the world is all abuzz with news of Apple’s latest release: the Apple Watch Series 3 has officially arrived.

Available in two sizes, 38mm and 42mm, and gold aluminum (in addition to classic silver, space gray aluminum, stainless steel, or space black stainless steel), this new wrist bling makes major functional strides from previous versions. The most notable change is built-in cellular access that shares the same number as your iPhone, starting at $399. (There is also a version without cellular that starts at $329.) This is huge. No longer tethered to your phone, you can go off into the world (or maybe just for a run, bike ride, or errand) and leave your smartphone at home, but still be able to make calls, receive texts, use GPS, stream music through Apple Music (available later this fall), talk to Siri, and, yes, pay for that post-run cup of Starbucks. The extra convenience comes at a cost, of course—for cellular access, you’ll pay more in your current monthly cell phone bill (prices vary depending on provider).

To buy: Starting at $329; apple.com

Equally cool, Apple was able to add technology upgrades (hello, 70% faster dual-core processor, in-screen antenna, and eSIM card) into the Series 3 without noticeably altering its size. It's physically comparable to the Series 2, save for the extended back crystal, which is about as thick as two sheets of paper. Not bad. The only other visual cue that you're sporting the newer version is a red dot on the crown of the watch, which is meant to distinguish between the cellular and non-cellular versions.

Let’s talk battery life, always a big concern for consumers. The Series 3 is supposed to be able to keep on ticking all day long, and thanks to the bigger processor, it should run more efficiently too. Keep in mind, though, that this device is not intended to totally replace your smartphone (at least not yet)—it’s more for mixed-usage purposes. In other words, a hours-long gabfest with your bestie via your wrist could definitely drain the battery.

Also good: the new operating system, watchOS 4, which comes with the Series 3, is pretty cool. You’ll have access to a slew of new features, including an updated Heart Rate app (it alerts you to spikes in heart rate even when you're not working out), a new Siri watch face, upgraded Workout app with custom HIIT workout type, and more. It's also worth noting that it's possible to download the new watchOS 4 operating system on older models (I did so on my Series 2) and reap most of the upgrades.

So should you buy the Apple Watch Series 3? I just got my hands on one and I’ll be testing it for the next week. But so far, I've been impressed with how intuitive the Series 3 seems to be compared to previous versions. The upgrades to the Workout app also caught my eye (my favorite feature: when you start running, a little icon of a person runs on the screen with you). I even made my first watch-based call with a little help from Siri, and it was exciting to not have to rely on my phone.

There have been reports of issues with the cellular function on the Series 3 (some of the watches are allegedly connecting to unauthenticated wireless networks, and the company is investigating a fix). That said, if you're someone who wants to be able to go phone-free, this may be the wearable you’ve been waiting for. If that's not a major concern for you, perhaps consider the non-cellular version.

For all the runners out there, keep in mind that there's an Apple Watch Nike+ Series 3 version launching in October. So many choices, so little time.

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5 Yin Yoga Poses Every Runner Should Do

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This article originally appeared on DailyBurn.com.

Life is full of opposing pairs: sweet and savory, fast and slow, hard and soft. One half of the pair can’t — and shouldn’t — exist without the other. This concept is known as yin and yang, or, the idea that two opposing forces actually create a balance.

If you’re a runner, your weekly mileage falls into the ‘yang’ category, says Eric Jeffers, Life Power Yoga master trainer at Life Time Green Valley in Henderson, NV. Running, like all forms of exercise, is stressful for your body. While it builds up strength, speed and endurance, it can also leave you feeling sore and depleted if you don’t balance...

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Flipping Fantastic! Britney Spears Shows Off Her Gymnastics Skills in a New Workout Video

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This article originally appeared on People.com.

Will Britney Spears make the 2028 U.S. Olympic gymnastics team?

The singer certainly has the skills, as she shows off in a video posted on Instagram on Tuesday. Spears, 35, hit the gym Monday to work on her handstand walks, cartwheels and back handsprings.

“Fun day yesterday at gymnastics!” she wrote. “So excited to hear the Olympics are coming to LA in 2028 … already getting in the spirit.”

While Spears likely won’t land one of the coveted spots on the Olympic team, it’s clear that she’s keeping up her fitness. Spears is dedicated to her workouts, and is constantly sharing videos of her intense...

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Wine and a Workout! Kate Hudson Lifts Rosé Bottles for Fun-ctional Fitness

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This article originally appeared on People.com.

Who says wine and workouts don’t mix?

Kate Hudson proved that you can include a little rosé in a workout by using two bottles as weights.

The actress, 38, shared a video of the workout with her trainer, Nicole Stuart (who was busy sipping from her own glass of rosé), on Instagram.

“Sometimes you gotta work for it!” Hudson captioned the post.

And just because the Fabletics founder was using wine bottles as weights doesn’t mean that she was taking it easy. She pumped and squatted away — on one leg at times! — as Stuart looked on.

“Just because you’re working out doesn’t...

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