When in Rome…Rock Those Tabios

This holiday season I was blessed with many gifts, one was a pair of these amazing socks from Tabio USA.F98B1526-221D-460D-B827-2904DDF82291

Another (unwelcome gift) was facing the worst cold season I’ve had in a long time with being sick on and off for over a month.  Bronchitis is the pits and it totally prevented me from giving these Signature Run Toe socks a proper trial on the running trails or pavement, but I did get to test them out elsewhere.

What better way to break them in than through touring the streets of Rome?

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My travels through Rome involved A LOT of walking and with clunky boots the added arch support was a godsend.

I had also been suffering from hotspots on my heels from wearing improper socks a few days prior and these bad boys saved me from any further blistering.  The large heel structure and snug fit prevented any potential rubbing and left my feet happy.

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The trip was a blast and I made my way home with happy feet and a full and happy heart.  I’m very much looking forward to trying them on my next run and will need to report back once I do–it’s getting that much closer to race day and Seneca7 will be here before I know it.

Here’s to health and happiness in the New Year!  Cheers!!

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Holiday Gift Guide For Your Athletic Friends

Are you still struggling to find the perfect gift for your fit friends?  Well, I have got you covered.  Sometimes we need a little more than another piece of gym equipment, sometimes we need something to help keep us at our best and on top of our game.

As a trainer and someone who puts her body through a lot of stress, I know the importance of recovery and this item is perfect for that.  Meet the Myobuddy Pro massager, a tool that takes myofacial release to the extreme.

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The myobuddy is a percussive massager with 3 settings to meet every need that you may face as an active person.  You can go light for an easy gentle massage, go to setting 2 for a deeper massage (use the edge to go even deeper), and setting 3 (the friction setting) is perfect for heating things up a increasing blood flow.

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It’s the perfect gift for any active individual in your life.  It’s even a great gift for couples and a fun new twist for partner massage.  I have carpal tunnel that flares up if I try to give my husband massages, this massager takes that problem out of the equation.  I’m now able to help my husband out when he has stiff shoulders from a long day of work and he’s able to return the favor to workout my tight hamstrings.

So, if you’re still on the struggle bus trying to pinpoint the perfect gift for your friends or family visit https://www.myobuddy.com and use code SPFIT to save $100 off of your purchase.

What do you have on your wishlist this holiday?  Are you looking for equipment to challenge your body or are you hoping to find something to aid with recovery?

 

Storm Stella Is Here, But Spring Is Coming, Let’s Spring4Prana!

Winter may be pounding away outside, but Spring is coming and I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for it!  I’m so over this snow and have spent today daydreaming about warmer days.

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What better way to think Spring, than to checkout the new Spring Collection from prAna and to take advantage of 15% off your purchase with code S4P17SMM? I am loving what they have to offer this season and look forward to rocking my new look during outdoor adventures in the warmer months.

These pieces are great for both lounging or running around town in.

The Chetan Capris are definitely going to be a new staple for me.  Seriously, they are one of the most comfortable and durable pair of leggings I’ve worn in a long time.

Aside from the fun and stylish look, the outfit passes the workout test.  I’ve already worn these a few times for my weight training days, but decided to test them out again with some light yoga work.

The entire outfit did not disappoint.  The top was both supportive, but also comfortable and flowy throughout every movement.  No worry of flashing your gymmates!

I’m actually surprised by the Mika Strappy Top and how much I like it.  I’m normally not big on super strappy or open backed tops because they often dig in and cause unsightly bulging, but this wasn’t the case.

The Chetan Capris have many great features as well.  The “raw edge” seaming details are super flattering to your curves and they lay flat so you won’t feel them.  They sit high on the waist (even though they are described as low rise) with an extra thick band of elastic that doesn’t dig in.

They are also great for movement.  Nothing gets exposed as the fabric is stretched and the wide waist band holds everything in place.  As someone with loose skin and a mommy tummy, this was a happy discovery.

And, bonus, there’s a secret pocket!  Perfect for stashing my rings when I’m using kettlebells or the bar.

If you haven’t checked out prAna’s Spring Collection now is the time to take a look and don’t forget you’ll save 15% off your order with code S4P17SMM.   Why not kill those winter blues with a wardrobe refresh?

 

 

Hydro Inertia Training With The Surge

16426277_1342033315848549_6104887067993813124_n  As a trainer, I know the importance of adding various stability work to build on our proprioceptive abilities. Challenging our natural movements with The Surge® is a great way to accomplish this, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to be awarded the opportunity to try it out for myself.

What is The Surge??

 

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The Surge is a portable piece of training equipment that uses water to create dynamic resistance, which will effectively challenge every part of your body as it works to stabilize the moving water.

It can be used in a variety of manners and is extremely versatile.  You can go light or add more water (see chart below) to take things up a notch.  However, you should be aware that you’ll want to lighten your load due to the added challenge of the moving water.

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As mentioned, there are a variety of ways to use The Surge. The dual vertical and horizontal handles open up a whole slew of possibilities.  You can do anything from deadlifting to jump squats.

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In addition to these traits, The Surge also comes in two different sizes.   The more compact 3.0 is great for core and upper body work.

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This is definitely a great addition to my arsenal of training tools.  I look forward to using this in my work with clients and within my own training plans.  It’s going to get a lot of use.

Have you heard of The Surge?  Do you see how it can benefit your training sessions?

If you’d like to learn more go to www.hedstromfitness.com/sweatpink.

If you’ve seen enough and want to buy your own Surge go to the link use code 💗SPHF25 to save 25% off your order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product Review & Giveaway: Whistle Labs #WhistleFit GPS & Activity Tracker

How do you stay active with your four-legged family member(s)?  Does your pup get as much activity as its furry companions?  Are you doing your best to keep them healthy and moving?

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Did you know there is now a great way to help boost both you and your pup’s activity?

The Whistle Fit GPS & Activity Tracker is a fun new way to get connected with your furball’s daily activity and to also keep a close eye on them (if they so happen to be escape artists who love to roam).  This nifty gadget is the perfect gift for your family and friends who share their lives with curious canine companions. 

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So what in the heck does this thing do?  Is it really like fitbit for dogs?

Whistle GPS Pet Tracker combines the best on-collar GPS tracking device with a simple mobile app, putting your pet’s needs and location right at your fingertips whenever you need it.

  • On-demand alerts – Receive notifications via app and text alerts when your pet leaves their home zone.
  • Nationwide coverage – Whistle uses cellular and GPS technology to track your dog’s location anywhere in the U.S.
  • Health monitoring – Track your dog’s activity and rest for key insights about their behavior and health.
  • Durable + waterproof – Designed to go anywhere with your pet.
  • Easy to use – Attaches to any collar or harness up to 1″ wide

In short, yes, it does act like a fitbit for dogs, but it has a few more fun features.  The most important and usable feature (in my opinion) is the GPS location tracking.

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The app allows you to designate a specific zone radius and if your dog leaves that zone you’ll receive notification of their whereabouts.  I was able to stalk my husband on a walk one day and found him and Harley based on the live tracking feature.

You can also connect with fellow users to compare activity levels for similar pets.  I noticed that dogs like Harley were slightly less active, so I specifically made it my goal to double his overall activity level in comparison.

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I loved being able to see when Harley’s activity trends were highest and was fond of the daily updates.  I’ll admit, I was a bit concerned when I saw the amount of rest time he was getting, but he’s still a pup and in my experience pups sleep/rest A LOT.  In fact, I’m fairly certain this must be common of most dogs (considering how much more active Harley was than others).

 

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Now, let’s get down to the nitty gritty! What did I think?   I’ve compiled a list of pros and cons for the device and would definitely recommend it.

Pros:

  • Sturdy and waterproof
  • Long lasting battery life (I only charged it twice in the month that I used it).
  • Ability to add multiple users to the account.
  • GPS tracking updates for out of zone activity (easy way to find your runaway pup)
  • Easy to use app.
  • Brings awareness to your pet’s day-to-day activity (you can see how your life’s activities impact their’s).
  • Fun way to boost your and your pet’s daily activity.
  • Easy to set up.

Cons:

  • Inconsistent in auto-updates for daily activity.  I often needed to press the page button on the home base to get the tracker to update its activity in the app. I would prefer immediate real-time updates for his activity.
  • Limited number of people I knew using the app.
  • Requires a subscription service to work.

I’m curious to see how things change as Harley ages and look forward to using this device even after my trial runs out.  I’m impressed that such a techy device comes at a reasonably affordable price.  I might just need to gift one to my mother!  Our family dog has always been a bit of a wanderer and I think this would be a great way to give her a peace of mind.

What do you think?  Does this seem like a silly product?  Or like something you would like to try?

Guess what?  I have two ways for you to get your hands on one of these!  You can either enter my giveaway for a chance to win one device (+3 months subscription) or you can buy one and save $30 off of your purchase with the code: WhistleFit (expires 11/23)

How to enter (follow the rafflecopter link to enter):

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/YjVjYmYwZWMwNDdkODExZmJmYmZiYjQyZjVjODIwOjc=/?

  • Instagram about the giveaway, using the tag #WhistleFit
  • Tweet about the giveaway, tagging #WhistleFit
  • Follow Whistle on Insta, Twitter, and Facebook

 

 

Disclaimer:  This is an unbiased review.  As an SPA, I am often provided with opportunities to review certain fitness/health related products.  I was not paid for my review, but did receive a free product for testing.

 

Why Is Fat Funny? Is Being Fit And Healthy Really “Living The Life”?

So, I was busy watching (aka bingeing) on Friends episodes a few of weeks ago (thank you sick time) when I had an epiphany of sorts.  Most of us are familiar with the popular sitcom and know that one of the main characters, Monica was “fat” in her younger years.  In flashback episodes you get a glimpse of young Monica (in a fat suit).

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Photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros.
The thing that got to me was the way her character was portrayed when she was fat; a person who lacked self-control and binge ate her feelings.  It also poked fun at her in the scenes and showed her as the goofy “fat friend” who comically danced about and got stuck in bean bag chairs  because she was too large to get up.  Later in the series you learn that the reason she lost weight was because of a cruel comment she had overheard Chandler make on Thanksgiving.

A year later, her character was then transformed into who we see on the show now, a thin and beautiful woman.  Overly competitive, meticulously clean, and well-disciplined (she’s a chef who doesn’t overindulge in her fare), she’s a completely different person.  Yet, they do have moments when they sneak in some lingerings of “Fat Monica” and her insecurities show (i.e. the episode where she learns Chandler dumped a girl because she got too fat).

This is not the first and likely not the last time we’ll see something like this. Another favorite show of mine is New Girl.  They too have a main character, Schmidt, who used to be fat and the flashbacks more often than not poke fun at his “fat person” status.

His character is now portrayed as a narcissistic ladies’ man who continually comes off as douchey.   There are even a few episodes where he begins (secretly) dating his college girlfriend (from his fat days).  BUT he feels like he needs to hide it and is ashamed of his feelings for her because he has his trophy of an ex to compare her to.

I could go on and on spitting out examples of how being fat is portrayed in the media.  In the majority of cases it’s the butt of a bad joke or something portrayed in a shameful manner.  I guess that’s part of the deal though, we’ve conditioned to laugh at it or look at it in disgust.

Is being fat (or shall I say having fat) truly a laughing matter?  And why are these “ex-fat” people always written to turn into these type-A over achievers?

Is it all just for show?

I say yes and no.  Many studies suggest that someone who used to obsess over food in an indulgent manner is also likely to do a complete 180 and flip the switch with an obsession of “the healthy life”.  There is even a new eating disorder called orthorexia nervosa, which literally means “fixation on righteous eating.”

It can become a psychological game and ultimately end in disaster.  This is why so many people struggle on the maintenance side of things or with disordered eating after they strive for a healthier lifestyle.

It’s finding that sweet spot that can be tricky, but there are ways to check yourself before you literally wreck yourself.

Checkout these 20 signs that you’re too obsessed with your weight:

1) You weigh yourself multiple times a day

2) You count every calorie

3) You feel yourself up

4) You believe thinness will solve your problems

5) You see food in black and white

6) You’re adding more and more foods to your forbidden list

7) You’re skipping social functions

8) You have to cut your food into bite-sized pieces

9) Your workout is always your top priority

10) You’re always up on the newest diet craze

11) You check everybody out

12) You fetishize skinny pics

13) You have tricks to avoid eating

14) You’re a slave to Fitbit

15) You eat only 100% organic, 100% of the time

16) You beat yourself up for bad behavior

17) You love your selfie more than yourself

18) You feel more lovable when you’re thin

19) You bring your own salad dressing

20) You’ve lost your other passions

Where do you fall on the spectrum?  I’ll admit, I have faced my moments of obsession when it comes to weight loss and body image, but I’ve become aware of these instances and things that trigger that mentality.

I’m a firm believer in finding the balance so that healthier habits can be maintained in the long run.  Knowing that a five-pound fluctuation on the scale is normal and not acting like it’s the end of the world is healthy.  But why is it still so hard to accept the triumphs without going overboard?

For one, we live in a society of smoke and mirrors.  Social media has made it so easy for people to only share the highlight reels of their lives.  It all looks so easy for them, they’re thin, they eat all of the foods, and never workout, but are also sporting abs.

Truth be told, those are just the snippets.  I’m sure not every meal is a heap of fries with a 1 pound burger and I’m sure they are in fact spending some time in the gym (despite what they say).  And, guess what?  They probably have their fat days too and battle that same stubborn 5-10lbs like you. When they sit down they have a roll in those perfectly sculpted abs.

Smoke and mirrors.

What are your thoughts?  Do you notice these “ex-fat” characters as well?  Do you recognize yourself in them?  Does it offend you?

 

 

 

 

CORE Organic Product Review and Giveaway!

Have you heard of *CORE Organic beverages yet?? 

No?

Well, you better get on that!  

 
*Available at 7/11 stores, check and see if it’s available nearly you

  
These are AMAZING!   Not only are they organic and loaded with antioxidants, but they are also low calorie and taste great!

  
They’re perfect for any occasion—I carried mine along with me a couple of weeks ago when I ran in the Seneca 7 relay.  

  Aside from coffee, I’m not one to seek out flavored drinks.  However, it’s sometimes nice to stir things up and try something new.

CORE organics has put together a product that offers the perfect solution to your hydration boredom.

 
So how do these rate on the taste scale?

Here’s how I would rate them in order of preference.

  1. Coconut Colada
  2. Orchard Pear
  3. Watermelon Lemonade
  4. Peach Mango
  5. Orange Clementine
  6. Pomegranate Blue Acai

I actually had a difficult time choosing my favorite, it was a very close tie between Coconut Colada and Orchard Pear.  Both were equally wonderful.

I liked that they were both lighter and more refreshing than the others.  Watermelon Lemonade fell in middle ground territory .  I loved it, but it was definitely a flavor you needed to be having a hankering for.  Kind of like when you crave watermelon sour patch candies.  

I would pair the Peach Mango with the Orange Clementine as far as flavor spectrum.  They are both a bit more sweet and the flavor a bit more powerful.

Last on my list, but on top of hubby’s list was the Pomegranate.  He loved it!  Me?  It was a bit too sweet for my liking.

That said,  I would definitely buy these again (hubby loves them). I appreciate that it offers a break to your normal hydration routine.

I only wish the 7/11 near me carried it!  
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Now!! For the fun part!  I’m giving away 12 free beverage coupons for Core products!! 

That’s 12 free bottles of this refreshing libation.

Who wants to getting chugging? 

  
Details on how to get entered below:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/b5cbf0ec6/?

Winner will be announced on a Wednesday June 1st!  So get yourself entered now!!
Find CORE Organic at a store near you here, including 7-11 
**(link: http://bit.ly/findorganic)