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From Our Friends: September 13, 2013

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Welcome to this week's installment of From Our Friends, a weekly roundup where we highlight some of our favorite posts from the past week and more, from our friends and partners around the web. This week's edition includes a glimpse at the forward-thinking benefits behind backward running, how to prepare a green lunch that's nearly guaranteed to be waste-free, healthier alternatives to the fall pumpkin flavor fads, how to find harmony by combining piano and yoga, which companies give back with your purchases, and the new legacy of intense and well-executed scripted television. Enjoy! 

1. Want a workout that prevents and encourages recovery from stress injuries, improves balance and performance, and burns extra calories? Experience Life suggests wacky Backward Running, a training staple for basketball stars, soccer standouts, and tennis legends like John McEnroe, who famously trained by running up hills in reverse. 

2. Hopefully most moms are already ditching disposable plastic sandwich baggies for reusable cotton alternatives, packing sandwiches or leftovers in stainless steel containers keeps foods fresh, and filling a reusable glass or stainless steel beverage bottle. But what little steps are we all missing in completing the total waste-free lunch? MightNest gives us something to chew over by suggesting important ways to ensure a sustainable lunch box from start to finish. 

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3. The fall fad pumpkin flavoring that is often found in trendy hot drinks each fall actually contains more calories and sugar than many desserts. But year after year, people start going wild for pumpkin-flavored everything. Try Blisstree's eight healthy pumpkin spice indulgences that don't involve an annoying trip to an overpriced coffee chain! 

4. Practice makes perfect! The Yogi Times explores a unique holistic approach combining piano and yoga fundamentals. Piano-Yoga® is a mutli-dimensional method of playing, performing, and teaching piano. Founded by GéNIA, a Russian virtuoso pianist, the technique combines the fundamentals of Russian piano schools with Eastern philosophies.

5. The Organic Whey cares about our world and you may not realize that the conscientious company contributes 1% of all sales to One Percent for the Planet! 

6. While stellar shows like "Dexter" and "Breaking Bad" are bringing their frantic final seasons to a close, EcoSalon dissects the complex characters and engaging episode arcs that are solidifying a modern golden era of television. 

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