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It’s almost summertime — when the livin’ is easy.

It’s that time of year when many of us slow down, hit the beach or poolside and, if we’re lucky, forget our troubles and chase our cares away.

The Independence Business Association is a great source for organizations and companies in the greater Philadelphia area. I was perusing IBA’s website when one company jumped out at me, “Out in Tech.”

One look at their website and I wanted to find out more.

Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.      

— Lao Tzu

I have to admit my lack of anything sports- or fitness- related has finally caught up with me. I had a pretty good run where the gene-pool gods let me get away with eating whatever I wanted and staying — or at least looking ­— fit. As I just hit a significant birthday, I’m realizing that I may soon have to change my ways or buy a new wardrobe. 

Luckily, expert help is available. I got in touch with Yul Giraldo, owner of Optimal Sport Health Club, to get some inspiration. Giraldo owns the gym with his husband, Jeff Shablin, and was happy to try to fire me up to come to his gym. 

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