Intermittent Fasting (or IF) has been getting a lot of attention in the health and fitness community lately. People are using IF to lose weight, improve their health and simplify their eating. Studies have shown that it can be an effective way to lose fat, but first you will need to find the right method that works for you and if IF is for you. Click here to read more….
Here we go! Day 4 of my Favorite FITmas Gifts for 2015 – Stocking Stuffers. I love every single one of these items and I hope you can share them with the Fitness Fanatic on your Holiday list.
Momemtum Jewelry is a local company (Woodbury, MN) with an amazing reason – to encourage YOU to be YOUR best during your workout. With saying like “Every Day Is A Gift”, “Stay Strong” and “Earned Never Given” you are going to be motivated when you see your jewelry. Momentum makes workout friendly wraps, cuffs, foot notes, necklaces, earring and head wraps that are comfortable, washable, lightweight and will not tarnish.
The Blender Bottle is a must-have for anyone taking any type of liquid nutrition (pre or post-workout). This shaker bottle comes with a “Blender Ball” that does the mixing while you shake! Say goodbye to chunky supplement drinks forever!
Max Flow Sports Hair Bands
The Max Flow Sports Cross-Grip Hairband is a great gift for anyone who is tired of having their hairband distract them during their workout. Most hairbands slip off your head as you exercise, but the Max Flow Sport hairband had cross-grip technology that keeps the band securely in place so you can focus on getting your sweat on!
Cathe On Demand
Cathe.com now offers Live Streaming of her Thursday morning classes and instant access to all of her 100+ videos. Cathe One Demand is a great gift for the person who likes to workout in the privacy of their own home and loves to be challenged. Cathe is very motivating and keeps you moving with a variety for workouts for beginner and advanced exercisers. Strength training, bootcamps, cycling, circuit training, HIIT, yoga, barre – Cathe offers it all. Use code SAVE15 and get 15% off.
Looking for something to get the foodie on your list? A My Oatmeal Gift Card is perfect!!! My Oatmeal lets you create your own custom blend of oatmeal. Start by choosing your type of oats- steel cut, rolled, gluten free – and from there the options are endless! Add protein powder, nuts, fruit, flavorings, sweeteners, whatever your heart desires. And if you just can’t decide what yummie goodness to create, you can pick from one of their creations.
Gold’s Gym Sliders are a fun addition to your fitness equipment. Sliders remove the impact of exercises like jumping jacks and mountain climbers and add resistance to lunges, pushups and ab exercises.
Versa Loops are a very inexpensive way to take your workout to a whole different level. Slip them around your ankles to make jumping jacks brutal, wrap them around your thighs and for burn out squats, put them around your wrists to kick up pushups and, well…..I could go on and on. These little guys make any exercise just a smidge harder.
The Versa Gripps are a great tool in the gym. They take the slip out of your grip when you are sweaty, save your hands from painful callouses and allow you to disengage the forearms from exercises so the working muscles get to do all the work.
Day 3 of my favorite FITmas Gifts of 2015 is all about them bags, bout them bags, bout them bags and food prep! Going to and from the gym, to work and back home again could be a complete disaster if you aren’t prepared and organized! Here are my Favorite FITMAS Gift bags, food prep and coolers that will keep your items organized, your food cold and your meal prep a little easier!
Just last week I did a review on the all new line of Apera bags and I have to say that they are THE bag if you are looking to be prepared and organized! Pockets, ventilation, insets and water resistant base, oh my! Any of these bags will get you to where you are going with everything you will need. Duffel, tote, backpack – Apera has one to fit your needs. BONUS – All bags are 20% off! No code needed!
6 Pack Bags
I have had the same Innovator 300 6 Pack Bag for 3 years and it is still in perfect condition with no sign of breaking down any time soon! This is the MUST have gift for anyone who is trying to stay on track with healthy eating. With 3 – 24oz. BPA-free containers, 2 gel ice packs that keep food cold, insulated pockets that keep food warm and extra storage for drinks, vitamins or utensils, these bags have it all. And if you are looking for a more “purse like” meal management bag, 6 Pack now has a women’s line that storage for your meals and everything you would carry in your purse all in one bag!
The Nutri Ninja
If you like smoothies, you have to have the Nutri Ninja. Gone are the days of ice chunks, pieces of spinach and hunks of fruit floating in your smoothies. The Nutri Ninja mixes anything into a smooth, delicious and nutritious drink.
Digital Food Scale
The Fitlosophy Digital Food Scale with cure your portion distortion. Eating a few extra ounces here and there might be what’s standing between you and your health and fitness goals. This digital food scale teaches you to focus on consuming healthy portions versus counting calories that can often become obsessive. You don’t know what you don’t know. So if you don’t know exactly how much you are eating, you won’t be able to see the changes.
3,2,1….Happy New Year! That was 11 months ago. It’s November – do you know where your New Year’s Resolutions are?
2016 is right around the corner, seriously. I was just at the store and they were putting up the Christmas displays – CHRISTMAS DISPLAYS BEFORE THANKSGIVING!!! What is the world coming to? I know life flies by when you are having fun, but it honestly seems like just yesterday we were shoveling out the driveway and wishing that it was 80 degrees and sunny. And now, here I am discussing New Year’s Resolutions. Bare with me on this one. Click here to read more…..
It’s day 2 of the my favorite FITmas gifts and today it’s all about the gear! All of these items I use on a daily basis myself and with my clients.
Here are my 5 Favorite FITmas Gift gear items:
If you’re looking for the ULTIMATE gift to give someone, this would be it. The TRX system is great for the traveling fitness freak, an outdoor enthusiast or the average Joe who doesn’t have much space to work out. Hook the TRX up to a tree, pole or sturdy beam in your house and your set for a great workout using just your body weight. Great for all fitness levels.
Do you BOSU? You should. The BOSU is an amazing functional tool to help improve your balance, strength, agility and speed. It can be used flat side up or flat side down. The BOSU takes exercises like lunges, pushups and planks to a whole other level.
2 Pounds Weighted Lifting Gloves
Are you ever in the gym and one set of weights is too light, but the 5 pound jump to the next set is just too much? This is when the Cathe Weighted Lifting Gloves come in. These adjustable gloves can be used for strength training, kickboxing, walking. Removable 1 lb weight packets allow the gloves to go from 0-2 lbs, making them the perfect training tool for when you are in between weights.
The Perfect Pushup
Don’t knock it until you try it! When a client of mine suggested I add the Perfect Pushup into my chest routine, I laughed at him. I am not one to try “infomercial” products because they are usually cheesy and junk. But I tried it and it took my pushup to a whole new level – it added depth and rotation into a normal pushup while keeping me in perfect form with less strain on my wrists.
The Gym Boss Timer
The Gym Boss Timer has changed my workouts and my clients workouts for the better. I no longer have to stare down the clock waiting for my next interval to start or end. Now I can just set my timer, clip it to my shirt and wait for the beep. It allows me to put 100% of my focus on the workout. Because the GYMBOSS is so small I can’t even tell that I am wearing it. And, unlike a cell phone, the clip keeps my hands free, I don’t have to worry about it falling off the equipment and I don’t have to set it down on the dirty gym floor. The GYMBOSS is less than $20, offers a HUGE selection of colors and takes the “timing” out of your workout – what more could you ask for?
Ho, Ho, Ho! Merry Fitmas! Every year I share with you my favorite items that I have personally used in 2015 that I know are a “must have” or a “must buy” for anyone who loves fitness. This week, I will be blogging everyday about the perfect gifts you can purchase for the healthy person in your life, including yourself.
Today I am focusing on fitness clothing. I believe that how you feel in the gym sets the tone for your entire workout! If you aren’t comfortable while you are moving, you will be distracted and your workout will suffer. And if you can feel good about yourself while being comfortable, your confidence in the gym will be off the charts.
Here are 5 of my Favorite FITmas Gift items to wear while you get your sweat on:
I found Bombas socks while watching Shark Tank. With each pair they sell, they donate one pair to someone in need. So of course I had to try them out. I am very picky when it comes to my running socks. I need compression in the arch, cushion in the forefoot, heel and ankle and I hate that thick stitching band that runs across the toes. Well, when I got them, I found out these are THE perfect sock: quality materials, long lasting and comfortable. Use code HOLIDAY20 and get 20% off your order.
Chase Infinite Tanks
These workout tops from Chase Infinite not only look great and feel great, but they are designed with positivity in mind. Each shirt is printed with a POWER statement that will inspire you, motivate you and make you feel great about yourself! My favorite shirt says “Brave and Beautiful”. How can you not feel amazing walking around in a shirt that screams how awesome you are? And what makes these shirts even better is that $1 of each sale is given to great charities like Wounded Warriors, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and many more.
WSI Heater Gear
WSI HEATR GEAR is THE warmest base layer clothing on the market. And I can attest to that. I hate, hate, hate the cold. I refuse to do much outside in the winter because I always freeze. Now that I have the full HEARTR GEAR line of socks, hooded long sleeve shirt and leggings I can actually enjoy myself out in the cold elements. The HEATR Gear uses your own body heat to generate heat that stays INSIDE the clothing and doesn’t escape through the fabric. And if you happen to get sweaty, the fabric will wick away the sweat to the OUTSIDE of the clothing so you stay dry.
But don’t think that WSI only manufactures cold weather clothing. They also have a great line of wicking clothing for warm weather. So no matter what the season, you can sport WSI clothing. This Holiday Season, support a local business that takes pride in the fact that their quality clothing is made in AMERICA and created with care.
OK….I know! We are SO far from sandal weather, but the Sanuk Sandals are one of the best finds that I came across this year. After running races, my feet are usually: a)hot b)sweaty c)achy and d)gross. So after a long run I want to get out of my shoes pronto, but I hate wearing flip flops because I feel a little wobbly and the last thing I want to so is fall flat on my face. These sandals have banding that hold your feet in place and a super soft sole made from yoga mat material that actually feel like heaven. PS – these are also great to take on your mid winter vacay to somewhere warm!!!!
Love Your Melon Beanie
If you have to be active outside this winter, the Love Your Melon Beanie will keep you toasty warm, looking good and make your heart happy because LYM is a great cause!!!!! When you buy one of the handmade hats, a hat is donated to a child undergoing treatment for cancer. AND, each year some of these kids are given a day away from the hospital to live out a dream with a super hero (LYM Ambassador dressed as a super hero).
There you have my 5 Favorite Fitmas Clothing Gifts for 2015. Stay tuned for tomorrows post – Fitness Gear!!!
I got my first Apera Bag in 2014 and I literally use this bag EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Going to the gym, training clients, everyday errands – this bag is on my side. I love my original Fuchsia Apera Performance Duffel (read my blog post on it here) and when I was asked to review the new and improved Apera line of bags I jumped at the chance. I couldn’t decide which one of the sweet bags I wanted and since I already had one Apera bag in the pink family, I asked them to surprise me with any bag in the graphite color. 3 days later, Mr. Fed Ex man delivered me the Apera Yoga Tote.
And yes, I did that.
The first thing I noticed was the really cool pattern and color of the yoga tote. Here is a close up:
Being a new design, I was so excited to see that they kept some of the great features that the original bags had:
Tons of interior pockets to keep your stuff organized
A small, anti-microbial interior bag to keep your wet and dry clothes separated
Water proof bottom
BONUS!!! With every 3 bags purchased, one is donated to a Special Olympics Athlete
They added a few new features that really take the bag to the next level of awesome:
Exterior Water Bottle Pocket
2 extra carry handles as well as a shoulder strap
3 extra exterior pockets
A pass through to carry your foam roller or yoga mat
A padded pocket of electronics
This bag is so roomy, that I wanted to show you just what I carry in my bag
These are the necessities that I need for work: a foam roller, shoes, water bottle, towel, ipod, speakers, resistance bands, shower/cosmetic bag, tablet, wipes, perfect pushups, band, wallet and keys.
It all fit nicely in the tote with room to spare for a change of clothes. And I still had the exterior pockets empty!
If you are looking for a new gym bag, diaper bag (yep – it would be great for that too), carry all for every day or just a fun accessory, you will not be disappointed with the Apera Yoga Tote. And if the Yoga Tote isn’t what you are looking for, Apera has a variety of other bags in all shapes, sizes and colors that are sure to fit your needs. Check out their all new website and get 20% off your order. Go get your Apera Bag today and find out “where you can do from here”.
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Turmeric has been getting a lot of attention in the health and fitness industry lately. You may know turmeric as a spicy, golden powder in curry recipes that gives Indian dishes its incredible flavor. But, what you may not know about turmeric is that it can help you recover from your next workout.
What is turmeric?
Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant and has a tough brown skin and a deep orange flesh which resembles the ginger root. Curcumin, the main active compound in turmeric which gives it the bright color, is loaded with health benefits. For years, naturopaths have been prescribing turmeric and curcumin to treat a number of ailments such as:
high blood pressure arthritis joint pain pre-diabetes ulcers heartburn depression
Most recently, a new, double-blind, randomized-controlled study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology in March 2015 found that curcumin can help reduce pain associated with delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and aid muscle recovery in physically active people. Participants in the study were given curcumin twice daily and asked to perform a heavy eccentric exercise. They were monitored for 2 days and the researchers not only found that the curcumin helped reduce DOMS, but also improved the participants performance due to the anti-inflammatory properties.
Turmeric or curcumin can be taken in pill form or in the whole form as a spice. If you are choosing to supplement your diet in pill form, either with turmeric or curcumin alone, make sure to seek out a brand that contains the compound piperine, which will aid in absorption. If you would rather consume turmeric “as is”, select an organic, non-irradiated brand that is packed with naturally occurring curcumin.
Turmeric can be a great addition to your meals and drinks. Here are a few simple ways to add it to your diet:
Add it to eggs Sprinkle it on veggies like cauliflower, potatoes, and root vegetables Add it to rice Use it in soups Blend it into a smoothie Simmer turmeric with milk and honey and add it to your tea
Please note that turmeric and curcumin supplements are not suitable for pregnant women or individuals with bile duct dysfunction or gallstones. Turmeric also has the ability to slow the clotting of blood so it should not be mixed with blood thinners or taken within 2 weeks of any type of surgery. Consult your doctor before beginning any supplementation regime.