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Don’t Set Goals for Yourself—Instead, Create Systems That Make it Easy For You to Succeed

Quartz  |  Khe Hy

So I set about creating a system, using the project management app Trello, that would give me a bigger, birds-eye view of how I live my life. To design it, I broke it into four sections: Two focused on big-picture issues, and two that dealt with concrete changes. The basic idea was that with a system that was actionable, yet not overwhelming, I could generate a lot of “small wins” on a daily basis—providing momentum for much bigger projects.

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8½ Books: The Top 10 Cycling Books of 2016

SB Nation: Podium Cafe  |  Feargal McKay

Time to look back at the year that was on the Podium Café Bookshelf and work out the Top 10 of 2016's cycling books. The following are in an order and not in an order, both at the same time: the two books at the top of the list could exchange places depending on my mood, the book at the bottom is meant to be at the bottom, the rest float freely.

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Sciatica And Hip Pain: Deal With It

Breaking Muscle  |  Bethany Eanes

The hip is a major contributor to all core work. In fact, when we first learn to sit up as babies, we rely on our hip muscles rather than the muscles of our trunk to do this. Repetitive motion like cycling, running and squatting can irritate the muscles in and around the pelvis, leading to chronic pain or limitation. Sciatica and piriformis syndrome are two conditions often presenting with similar symptoms. Here is a guide to the difference between the two as well as treatment for each.

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The Dark History of The Treadmill

BBC

It's one of the most popular and best-selling pieces of exercise equipment available, adored by gym-goers the world over for its convenience and safety. Yet the treadmill has a surprisingly disturbing past. You see, before the invention of the modern consumer version, it was associated with a very different kind of exercise...

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