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Best of Boston Weight Loss

Beyond diets and fads, the tried and true really does work.

We need to put less in, or get more out, of ourselves. And a big part of that is working out.

For Bostonians, there are ample opportunities to get out there and push fitness. Gyms can be expensive, and can be difficult to get to or schedule. But 5K races can work to one's advantage. After all, they are fairly quick (even at my slowest, it never took more than an hour and 5 minutes), they are somewhat ubiquitous, and they are relatively cheap.

Most recently, the Ras Na Heirann was run in Somerville. This is the "Race of Ireland and the USA" and the course goes around Davis Square. The price is $32/person which includes bib with chip, tee shirt, post-race snacks and water and, if you can get in somewhat early, a nifty finisher medal. And for winning teams, there are engraved medals.

With the Saint Patrick's Day theme, a lot of the runners go along by wearing green or shamrocks or otherwise evoking the holiday. You'll see leprechauns and four-leaf clovers aplenty. The local populace comes out to cheer you on, and it's very much a party atmosphere.

Photographs are taken and are available afterwards. Plus of course the results go online.

Beneficiaries of your race fee include Somerville High School's track team and the Breast Cancer Fund.

Travel is easy! Although there is parking, it's best to take the T to Davis Square, as streets are blocked off.

So come on out and have some fun! Oh and by the way, for a 215 pound person doing the course in 50 minutes (which is slow), it comes out to about 380 calories burned. Not too shabby!

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