ActiveWear for being Outdoors/Winter Elements #ActiveWear #GetActive

If you are an active family who likes to get outdoors no matter what the weather, we have some great options for you to check out this season.

Brooks Running, a favorite of ours, has recently put out the “Dash Hoodie”, which I am completely in love with. It has become a go to for me, one of those tops you reach for every time it is out of the washing machine. So soft (much softer then I’m used to in running gear and feather light) it is also warm and wicks moisture quickly. The material is breathable, and machine washable and dryer safe. It has a loose but flattering fit. I personally prefer to hand it to dry, I think it will last longer that way, but personal preference. It has thumb holes on the cuffs, and there is a storage pocket over the left hand that can hold your key, cash, or whatever your prefer. The hood is perfect for cooler weather, so you can use it until you get too warm on your run, then toss it off. Prices vary depending on what color you order (some of them are on sale), get yours at https://www.brooksrunning.com

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Trek specializes in biking, bikes, and bike gear, and also has apparel for all sorts of active lifestyles. I’m currently loving the “Bontrager Vella Women’s Long Sleeve Thermal Cycling Jersey”, which is quite a mouthful. It’s a half zip, long sleeve collared top that is soft, lightweight, (are you seeing a theme here? Yes, really love soft workout gear) wicking, ventilated and offers the warmth you need with the comfort you want. It is very form fitting, really hugging your body. If you like streamlined gear, this is the top you will wear again and again. It also has reflective elements so that you can wear it day or night with added safety. Washing machine safe, and again, I’d hang to dry, but it dries very quickly.  $89.99

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Keep the hair out of your face and your ears warm with the “Bontrager Vella Women’s Thermal Headband”, which you can get to match your jersey in color if you’d like. It’s warm (but not suffocating) and stays put when you head out.  It’s thin, so it can be worn under your helmet comfortably on a ride. Wash and wear. (I hang to dry.) $16.99

Get the gear at https://www.trekbikes.com

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SAS shoes (this stands for San Antonio Shoemakers) looks to bridge the gap between comfort and style. These are orthopedic shoes, but not the ones that you are thinking of. When I think orthopedic shoes, I admit I think of those giant, black, clunky and awful things your grandparents would wear. SAS make shoes that are comfortable to wear, that offer support, but that are fun and funky as well. They make shoes for both men and women, from everyday sneakers to sandals and shoes for elegant occasions. Options are not few in number, and there is every color of the rainbow to choose from.  We took these out to two 5K’s, as well as regular, random everyday use (like hanging a swing, messing around with the kids, etc) and can tell you honestly that they hold up extremely well, and do offer fantastic support and comfort.

orthopedic shoes

Most of these shoes come with patented” SAS Comfort Outsole™, SteadyTrac Midsole, and Arcfit™ heel stabilizer work together to provide you maximum firm but gentle support (as well as the)  Tripad® comfort system (which) adds additional support to the three main pressure points of the foot, while SAS CoolSTEP™ foot bed and a leather and mesh upper make for a light design with no heat build up underfoot”. (*As per the company)

Head to https://www.sasshoes.com to choose the shoes that speak to you.

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Giveaway- Win a Pair of Atom Compression Wear Socks #GiftGuide

Atom Compression Wear has highly comfortable, soft, and brightly colored compression socks and sleeves made with the benefits of milk fiber.  There are so many benefits of compression wear and milk fiber, these will help your tired legs, improve your circulation, and stay up with no endless tugging.

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For those of you who don’t follow me on Twitter or Instagram, I’m a huge fan of compression socks and sleeves and wear them nearly every day. I like the fun colors that Atom offers, and that they come in wide calf sizes as well. While I don’t think my calves are particularly wide, it seems most of the “fun” compression socks and sleeves are made for those with much slimmer calves then I (what can I say, I work out) so it’s good to be able to find them in sizes that fit.

Atom Compression Lanati Milk Fiber Classic Socks are great for athletes, runners, and anyone who plays a lot of sports. They are also perfect for those who spend all day on their feet, and find themselves with tired or swollen legs, ankles, or feet. Pregnant women find relief as well- I wish I had known about compression socks when I was pregnant. 

compression sleeves

I wear the heck out of them when on planes, it helps so much. Compression socks and sleeves really make a difference while flying or spending a long time in the car on a road trip.

I found these to be a little long for me, so I rolled them over at the knee. This did not make them tight or “squeezy”, and they did ease my legs. The sock portion was also a little large for my feet, but again, I also didn’t find it uncomfortable in sneakers, or even while relaxing in slippers or without anything on over them. That happens a lot with compression socks, the foot part is usually too big for me, and I usually do sleeves for that reason. Again, large calves. First world problems, right? But really, I like these a lot, and I’ve worn them quite often.

There are two main styles, Classic and Massage Milk Fiber Compression Socks that you can try to see which you like bettter.  One of you will be able to win a pair of classic socks to try out for yourself. Feel free to enter using the RC code below. Ends Jan. 17, 2019.
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Things To Know When You Start Surfing

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Are you an adventurous person looking for the best and the most entertaining fun activities to do on your next trip? Well, if that is the case then you need to stick with us till the end of this article because today we are going talk about one of the best and the most adventurous activity that will help you make a lot of memories and it will definitely make your trip fun. Hereby that activity we are talking about none other than surfing.

 

Yes, you read it right and if you aren’t scared of water then just think about surfing for a moment, playing with the waves of the ocean and moving along the wind, surfing your heart out. Wouldn’t it be just amazing? Well, if you do find surfing to be a fun activity and if you’ve planned to go surf this week on your trip then here are a few things you need to know in order to get the best out of your surfing experience.

 

1- Get a quality board

First of all, you need to focus on buying the best possible surfboard product for yourself. Don’t worry, we aren’t asking you to spend thousands of dollars on a surfboard, it’s just that you need to be careful while buying one. You cannot just buy any board you see, in fact, you need to focus a lot on the quality of board you are buying because you don’t want to see it broken halfway while you are surfing. The most important thing is to focus on the material of the board and how strong it is. After you are confirming that the board is strong, you can then go for the looks etc.

 

2- The right time

You should surf in the morning or when the Sun is about to set because you clearly don’t want sunburn on your body. Also, you wouldn’t like the idea of the Sun rays going directly into your eyes while you are surfing and playing with the waves because that can sometimes even lead to accidents. You just need to be more focused on the waves and your body needs to be in your control so that nothing goes wrong. So, we’d suggest you to surf in the morning or in the afternoon so that you can get the best out of it.

 

3- Don’t wait  for the perfect wave

One of the biggest mistake people often make is that they sit and wait for the perfect wave to come. Know that surfing is all about catching as many waves as you can and whether it’s a small wave or a big one, you just need to continue surfing and playing with all the waves you can. Sitting there and waiting for the best wave will be just a waste of time for you.

 

4- Don’t take surfing too seriously

We’ve seen a lot of people taking surfing too seriously and punching their boards in frustration. Know that it’s not a competition and you just want to surf for fun. So, don’t take it too seriously and especially we’d suggest you to go out and surf when you are in a good mood because that’s what will make you enjoy the experience more.

 

Conclusion

These are some of the things that the first time surfers need to know in order to enjoy their surfing experience. We assure you that if you follow these tips, you will then be able to get the best out of your trip and you won’t be disappointed with anything at all about surfing.

 

Come Support “Gift of Life Marrow Registry” 5K

Join the Gift of Life Marrow Registry Steps for Life 5K Run & Walk at Battery Park.

Come and support “Gift of Life Marrow Registry”, an incredible organization dedicated to helping children and adults suffering from leukemia, lymphoma, and other cancers and genetic disorders find donors for bone marrow transplants, by signing up for the “Steps for Life 5K Run & Walk”. This event is open to professional runners and families alike, and is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of joining the marrow registry. The race will also be the first ever meeting place of one marrow donor and their recipient.

Certified and timed 5K with awards given to the top finishers.

Please register today and help us get everyone involved, swabbed and cured!

Date:
Sunday, October 14, 2018 from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. Check-in Time: 8:00 am

Location:
Battery Park- Robert F. Wagner, Jr. New York, NY/ 20 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10280

Right off of the 4/5 Bowling Green Train Station, and the 1 South Ferry Train Station.

Ticket Price:
Students- 15$ when you sign up online. 20$ at the event.
Adults- 30$ when you sign up online, 35$ at the event.
Kids- 6 and under FREE, and will receive a Superhero Sprint cape and medal.

About the 5K

The purpose of this race is to raise awareness for the “Gift of Life Marrow Registry”, and also provide a venue for the very first meeting of a donor and their recipient. The donor, a 28-year-old New York medical resident will meet the 54-year-old New Jersey mother and wife whose life he saved through the Gift of Life Marrow Registry. The New Jersey woman had been battling the potentially fatal Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), until the New York man donated his stem cells, via Gift of Life.

And this is not the first time this New York man saved a life: as a university student, he was shot while defending a woman during an attack in New Orleans.

Due to federal law, donors and recipients must remain anonymous for at least one year. But the New York resident and his recipient will finally learn one another’s identities at the Gift of Life Steps For Life 5K Run & Walk in New York City Oct. 14, starting at 8 am in Battery Park.

Too Hot To Work Out? Work In. Inside, Anyway.

When it’s just too hot to work out outside, you can take your workouts inside. Don’t have a gym membership, or just REALLY not in the mood to go out? Just keep some DVDs in the house so you can stay on track. Here are some new ones we tried out.

Bottom Line & A Core Defined with Patricia Friberg (a professional trainer) is a Pilates and Strength based workout broken into three segments; Bottom Activation 1, 2, and A Core Defined. These and a few guides, set ups, and an intro make up the DVD. It focuses on defining your butt (as the name indicates) but also works your core, improves posture, and helps you become more flexible and fit. While it definitely focus on the glutes, you will feel this workout in your abs and legs as well for sure.  You will likely want to do the first activation a few times before you move on to the second, just to get the hang of it or to get your body ready for the higher intensity. A Core Defined covers more of the body overall, but really focuses on the abs. Friberg gives good direction throughout, just keep pace that is comfortable to you and move on when you are ready. Available for $20 from http://www.patriciafriberg.com

Want to work your lower body? Want to work out, but in a bit of a time crunch? Your Sexy Everything (Booty, Legs, Thighs) by Ilyse Baker might be one to try out. I know it says “everything”, but it means everything below the Mason Dixon, it seems. It has a good variety of workouts, containing four mini workouts that are 5, 6 ,7, and 8 minutes long each as well as two bonus workouts- Ballet Grooves, a 5 minute core workout (and it’s fun) as well as the Dancer’s Floor Stretch (seeing a theme here?) that is 10 minutes of lengthening, flexibility enhancing stretching and toning. $15 at http://ilysebaker.com/

Also available by Ilyse Baker are Dancinerate Sassy Jazz and Hip Hop Fusion and Dancinerate Burn with the Beat. These fun workouts are great ways to add some variety to your routine, and maybe learn some new moves. If you are a great dancer- great! These will just add to your skills and be good practice for you. Not a good dancer? (Cough) That’s ok- they are still really fun to do, and no one sees you being completely off when you are in your own living room- enjoy it.

Want to add a little something extra to your workout? The AB-EZE suspension trainer is fun, interesting, and easy to install and use. It’s an interesting way to work your abs and core, it’s design based on a trapeze harness found on a catamaran. It uses your body and weight as well as gravity to give you a work out, by leaning on the support pad and using it to engage your muscles. AB-EZE anchors easily over any door or fixed point, then by leaning on the comfortable support pad, muscles will instantly engage. You can change the intensity by pressing a button and lengthening or shortening the strap, and changing your body positions. Use it to “firm and lift the butt; sculpt abs and shrink waistline; strengthen back; and, shape and define legs”.  Easy to take with you when you travel if you’d like as well. Get yours for $149.99 at www.ab-eze.com 

In Light of Change by Julie Rammal is a change of pace. It’s a little slower, and uses your whole body to work out your whole body. This is one of the more interesting DVDs I’ve tried in a while. It is for sure not like other DVDs you might have tried. It has eight different (VERY different) segments ranging from Cardio Boxing to “Tibetan Rituals”, none of which take more then 8 minutes to complete each. No equipment is needed to do any of them, and is said to be inspired by “aerobics, primal movements, yoga, Pilates, stretching and nature.” Overall, I found it calming and relaxing, while still providing a decent workout. I enjoyed this one, it was quite different, but in a good way. One note- it’s not great for beginners. Ms. Rammal is not great with instruction or giving modifications, so only do what you feel comfortable with, or what you’ve been taught to do as modifications outside. Available for about $19 from Amazon.com

 

 

 

Five Ways To Prevent Lower Back Pain When You Work Out

 

Lower back pain is often an unwanted side effect of working out. It can interfere with your workout and prevent you from achieving your fitness goals. The pain can also get worse and you might end up not wanting to exercise at all. Keeping your lower back healthy is essential if you want to exercise without experiencing pain the next day. Read on for the five best tips that are going to keep your lower back strong and pain-free.

Don’t Forget To Stretch

Stretching takes time and you might be tempted to skip this step, but it is one of the most important things you can do to keep your lower back loose and limber. Stretching is going to lubricate your spine and it is also going to help keep your back in alignment when you are working out. Spending five minutes stretching your lower back before you exercise and five minutes after you exercise is going to make a big difference in how you feel, and you are going to reduce your risk of getting injured during your workout.

Your back will also heal faster if you do get injured which is important. It is easy to hurt your lower back when you are lifting and twisting during a workout. Sudden movements can cause your muscles to tear or stretch which is going to cause pain. Make sure that you pay attention to your hamstrings. Tight hamstrings cause lower back pain so to make sure that you regularly stretch them out.

Strengthen Your Back With Exercise

If you are going to be doing a lot of exercises that involve your lower back, you are going to want to keep your lower back as strong as possible. This means that you need to do back exercises on a regular basis to make your lower back strong. Regular exercising is going to help prevent injuries and it will keep your lower back healthy.

Wall sits are a great way to strengthen your lower back without using any weights. Get as close to the wall as you can and make sure that your back is touching the wall. Bend your knees and slide your back down as far as you can go. Hold this position for 30 seconds or more. Repeat five times. Wall sits are harder than they look, and they will give you a serious back workout.

Another move you can try is to lie face down on the floor with your arms at your side. Raise your torso as far as it can go and hold the position. Lower your torso back down and repeat. Try to raise your upper body further each time you do this move and try to hold the position as long as you can.

Use Pain Relief Patches After You Work Out

If you are prone to lower back pain, you might want to consider making a preemptive move to stop the pain before it even gets started. One way to do this is to use pain relief patches after you finish your workout. Use patches that are made with natural ingredients, so you don’t have to worry about side effects or the effects of any medication. These patches provide pain relief, but they are also gentle and don’t contain chemicals. Just place the patch on your lower back and enjoy the relief.

Watch Your Form

When you do intense workouts, it is very important that you work out correctly. Keeping the proper form is essential because you don’t want to risk doing the move wrong and hurting your back. It doesn’t matter how strong you are, you can still hurt your back if you don’t lift properly.

It only takes one wrong move to end up with a serious back injury and you could end up having to spend weeks recovering. Try to use your hips and knees to absorb the weight you are lifting and keep the weights close to your body. Never extend them away from your body or you could get injured. If your back starts to feel strained, stop what you are doing and rest. Don’t try to work through the pain because you could end up getting seriously hurt.

Develop Your Core

A strong core is going to protect your back and help prevent lower back injuries. Strengthening your core is one of the best things you can do, and it is going to make your back stronger. Your abs support your spine and keep your posture straight. When your core is weak your back sags and you are not stable. You won’t perform your best with a weak core and your body won’t be as strong as it could be.

A strong core allows you to work out harder without hurting your back. One of the best ways to strengthen your core is to do planks. Planks work all of your muscles and they will tighten up your core when you do them on a regular basis. Pull-ups and push-ups are good for your core and you can also focus on doing rows.

Exercises that force you to use one side of your body are also good for exercising your core. Try doing dumbbell presses with just one arm. This will force the other side of your body to work hard to keep you balanced. You might also want to try working out on an exercise ball which is going to keep you unstable. Strengthening your core is one of the best ways to protect your lower back and prevent pain when you work out.

Staying fit is important, but you need to make sure that you protect your back when you do so. You don’t want to do anything that is going to put your lower back at risk and you want to make sure that you focus on exercises that are going to strengthen your lower back. Having stiff lower back pain is very uncomfortable, and you want to make sure that you do whatever you can to prevent pain and injuries.

Switch up you fitness-plan this summer and get the body you want

If you have left it late this year to prepare for your summer body then don’t worry, so have we. However, there is still time to get the results you want ahead of bikini season, by taking inspiration from 2018’s key workout trends and shaking up your exercise regime to help you get the body you want in no time at all.

  1. HIIT your fitness goals and prepare for an intense sweat sesh – HIIT workouts have been popular for a while and are renowned for their ability to engage all muscle groups and leave you a calorie burning machine, long after the class has finished.  In these classes you can expect to burn anywhere from 500-900 calories and uses a combination of treadmill work and training interval exercises to keep your heart rate up and keep your body guessing. These classes are great if you want an intense workout and quick results.
  2.  Overcome the Obstacles – Prepare to increase your stamina, agility and have your resilience thoroughly tested with an outdoor obstacle course. These classes are usually run by a specialist boot-camp with trained instructors though some gyms do hold an indoor equivalent. They are perfect to get you out ion the fresh-air and the combination of different exercises in quick succession will challenge you to your limits.  From scaling steep inclines to running with sandbags, this dynamic workout will usually last for around 45minutes and the alternating cardiovascular and strength training will turn you into a true ninja warrior.
  3. Training to the Max from home – It is not always convenient to train outside or to head to the gym for a class so why not exercise from home? With the Bowflex Max Trainer, you can still have an intense work-out whilst meeting work and family commitments. This unique elliptical trainer gives you a total body workout allowing you to burn over two and half times more calories than the average elliptical trainer. Focus on a specific set of muscles such as the calves and core or work the whole body with the trainers Fat Burn workout program. Whatever plan you choose to do this innovative piece of equipment will support your weight loss and fitness goals and is the perfect way to train from home.  If you want to learn more about it, AllWorkoutRoutines have written a useful guide that may help.
  4. In the Splash Zone – High intensity aquatics is a trend not to be ignored. Whilst water aerobics are nothing new, these newly developed classes incorporate innovative equipment designed to increase resistance and allow for a high intensity work out in pool environment that is less stressful on the joints. These clever classes work you hard with a combination of lunges, push-ups and jumps, performed with weighted training aids. They are guaranteed to torch some serious calories and help you to recover quicker. Head down to your local pool to see their list of new water activities ahead of the summer and help you get the body you have dreamed of in half the time.

Why Brick New York Has The Best Group Fitness Classes

When thinking about joining a new gym, some of the first things you look for are good hours, good equipment, clean facilities, and a friendly staff. Places like Brick New York, a gym near Grand Central goes above and beyond to make an excellent first and lasting impression. Brick New York is unique in the fact that it offers group fitness classes that can’t be found anywhere else. Along with that, there’s a complementary shower room, towel service, Wi-Fi- access, and even a Progenex shake & Caveman Coffee Bar to purchase recovery drinks at after your workout.

 

Each personal and group fitness trainer is highly qualified and enthusiastic when it comes to helping members meet their fitness goals. Below you can find the classes offered at Brick New York and what each of them entails.

 

B | Fit  

This program revolves around both strength and conditioning by testing your aerobic capacity as well as your muscular endurance. B | Fit uses traditional lifts like deadlifts, squats, and presses. This class is fine for both experienced and inexperienced lifters and athletes.

 

B | Strong

This is a class for those looking to put on muscle mass and be able to lift heavier weights at the end of the program. The goal is to improve definition by utilizing isolated free weight movement while also improving the numbers.

 

B | Mobile

This is a unique program in the fact that it’s focus is on enhancing muscle recovery as well as increasing your body’s range of motion. The trainers will teach deep stretching techniques along with mobility methods that include bands, foam rollers, and other tools.

 

B | X

This class looks to work you at high intensity by using bodyweight movements, kettle bells, medicine balls, dumbbells, running, rowing, and biking. The class is set up like a circuit that’s sure to leave you out of breath.

 

Barbell | Club

This class revolves around learning how to execute Olympic style lifts like clean and jerks and snatches. Other movements will be integrated in the class in order to better perform the targeted Olympic lift. This class is also perfect for experienced lifters and beginners.

 

RUN | Endurance

This class focuses on running technique as well as cardio endurance. Trainers will help to motivate runners as well as tweaks their techniques when it comes to sprinting, pacing, and distance running. What’s unique about this running class is that it can be taken outside if weather permits.

 

CrossFit

CrossFit classes are held all across the globe so it’s not exactly unique to Brick New York. It is however an awesome program to enroll in if you want to see a dramatic difference in your body and fitness levels. This program focuses on functional movements like those used in gymnastics, running, rowing, and weightlifting. If you get good enough at it, you can join the CrossFit games and compete internationally.

 

BRICK | Academy

This class targets new athletes that are looking to engage in high-intensity training for the first time. The purpose of this program is to give beginners a foundation before jumping into a more specific fitness class.

 

B | Flow

This class lasts one hour and focuses on improving you flexibility, stability, and mobility. Its purpose is to support your other weekly workouts, but can be a great workout in itself.

 

Some people choose Brick New York just because of the unique and intense classes that they offer. At Brick, you’re not just joining a gym, but a community of people that are there for the same reasons as you are. Getting fit is a journey that you have to dedicate yourself to around the clock. If you’re going to go all in, make sure you’re having fun while doing so.