What does athletic mean to you?

When you hear the word athletic what comes to mind? A runner? A swimmer? A weight lifter? What does it take to be considered athletic? The average person is active for about two hours a week, which is just below the recommended two and half hours a week. The average athlete works out 1-2 hours…

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When you hear the word athletic what comes to mind? A runner? A swimmer? A weight lifter?

What does it take to be considered athletic? The average person is active for about two hours a week, which is just below the recommended two and half hours a week. The average athlete works out 1-2 hours a day with a rest day each week, so about 10 hours week. And the type of training depends on what they’re preparing for, but across the board most athletes incorporate strength training and cardio into their workout regimes. And high intensity interval training (HIIT) is a common go-to training style across the board.

In addition to athletes using HIIT, there are many benefits being seen through recent fitness studies on this style of training. Beyond it being one of the best ways to train, it has benefits on the cellular level. HIIT combined with weight training can improve cellular function and slow the aging process at a cellular level. So not only will you look athletic and fit, you’ll also feel younger and better! But back to the image that comes to mind..

When you hear athletic, do you think about muscles or just a slim body? Do you like the athletic body or do you prefer a little more cushion? Do you think athletic is sexy or scary?

Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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What to wear while working out

For seasoned athletes and beginners alike, what you wear while exercising can either help or hinder you. Clothing goes beyond what it makes you look like in today’s article, although for some it does matter what they wear to the gym or that exercise class with the cute guy in it. There are some key factors…

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For seasoned athletes and beginners alike, what you wear while exercising can either help or hinder you. Clothing goes beyond what it makes you look like in today’s article, although for some it does matter what they wear to the gym or that exercise class with the cute guy in it.

There are some key factors to think about when trying on workout clothing prior to purchasing it.

  1. Material: What is the material of the clothing you’re wearing? While cotton is soft, it isn’t very breathable. Many athletes prefer polyester, or a technical blend of materials that are more breathable. It’s helpful during a sweat sesh to be able to cool down more effectively with the proper materials.
  2. Fit: How do the clothes fit? Are they tight or loose? It’s ideal to wear looser clothing, especially for activities that get you moving in all directions. But you don’t want the clothing to be too baggy where it’s drooping off of you. Some opt for tighter fitting clothes, but keep in mind that material may stretch and become see through during that downward dog position in your Yoga class.
  3. Color: For the most part, the color doesn’t matter. But if you plan on running in the early morning or late evening, buy those brightly colored shirts and shorts! Also, get reflective gear to go along with it. There’s this new Safety Skin (see below) that basically is a reflective skin spread that you can rub on your skin so that you’re visible in the dark.
  4. Style: While style isn’t the biggest concern, it is helpful to get clothes that you at least feel cute or handsome in. For me, there are days I don’t feel like working out until I think about how cute my outfit is. Sometimes it’s the little things that push me to get my butt into the gym.
  5. Brand: Brand doesn’t matter too much, but some brands cost more than others. I’ve found great clothes at Old Navy and Target that are comparable to Athleta and Lulu Lemon clothes. While my favorite workout clothes usually come from Athleta, I can’t always afford their high prices. I try to keep an open mind when shopping for exercise gear, and I’ve had good luck with the clearance rack at Dick’s sporting goods, TJ Maxx, and Marshall’s.

 

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What do you look for in a workout outfit? Do you pay attention to what you wear or do you just throw on whatever is clean enough to be presentable for the gym? Do you have a favorite brand? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Barre it all

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to try a few free Barre classes at two different The Barre Code locations and this is my review. I went into these Barre classes thinking “how hard can it be?” and needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I was sweating and…

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Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to try a few free Barre classes at two different The Barre Code locations and this is my review. I went into these Barre classes thinking “how hard can it be?” and needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I was sweating and…

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Downward Facing Goat

I’ve taken quite a few yoga classes before, but never with so many farm animals until this past weekend. On Sunday, I went to Kamins farm up in Grayslake, IL for an hour long session of yoga, with the additional bonus of farm animals. Not only goats were involved, there were also some potbellied pigs,…

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I’ve taken quite a few yoga classes before, but never with so many farm animals until this past weekend. On Sunday, I went to Kamins farm up in Grayslake, IL for an hour long session of yoga, with the additional bonus of farm animals. Not only goats were involved, there were also some potbellied pigs,…

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Embracing nature

To organic or to not organic? That is the question. What do you do? Do you go out of your way to buy organic, or do you just grab whichever is more convenient? This can go multiple ways, but today we’re going to try to focus on two product types: deodorant and sunscreen. Two essentials…

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To organic or to not organic? That is the question. What do you do? Do you go out of your way to buy organic, or do you just grab whichever is more convenient? This can go multiple ways, but today we’re going to try to focus on two product types: deodorant and sunscreen. Two essentials while working out, especially while working out outside (i.e. running or attending my weekly strength and conditioning class).

For natural deodorant, what does that look like? Ideally, at the very least, deodorant without aluminum. Why not aluminum? While aluminum is used for things like cans of soda, it is not ideal on our skin. First of all, you may have an allergy to aluminum. A good amount of people break out in a rash when using antiperspirants. Also, aluminum may cause other issues outside of just a rash, i.e. it can interfere with your hormones. Aluminum isn’t the only thing to avoid, triclosan could be a stronger endocrine disruptor than propylene glycol, so try to avoid it as well.

The tricky part about going natural is finding a deodorant that stands up to sweat sessions, i.e. that super humid run or when you’re doing planks at the gym. The deodorant that I use and find effective is Arrow Protect Natural Deodorant by Birchbox. It smells good and stands up to my tough workouts. Which one do you use?

As for sunscreen, it’s important to read the ingredients on the bottle as well. Many sunscreens claim to be natural, but are they? Ingredients to avoid for SPF include chemicals such as oxybenzone, octinoxate  and homosalate. There are other chemicals to watch out for. Ideally, you want to reach for the organic option that uses mineral filters rather than chemical filters.

Mineral sunscreens are made with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, usually in the form of nanoparticles. There is good evidence that little if any zinc or titanium particles penetrate the skin to reach living tissues. Thus, mineral sunscreens tend to rate better than chemical sunscreens. What sunscreen do you use? Do you read the ingredients before buying sunscreen or just grab the most convenient sunscreen at the store? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks!

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Avoiding Raccoon Eyes

Do you ever get to the gym and forget that you have on a full face of makeup? Or did you purposefully do your makeup to look good for that cute guy at the gym only to leave the gym with raccoon eyes? I’m here today to talk about the options you have in the…

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Do you ever get to the gym and forget that you have on a full face of makeup? Or did you purposefully do your makeup to look good for that cute guy at the gym only to leave the gym with raccoon eyes? I’m here today to talk about the options you have in the ever-expanding makeup world that will help you avoid running out of the gym looking hideous.

While we’re aware of waterproof mascara, there are mascaras that are meant to be worn while working out. For example, the Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara holds up pretty well. If you’re looking for something more affordable, L’oreal and Maybelline make a sport mascara as well.

Outside of mascara, there’s a relatively new brand called Sweat Cosmetics that is meant for use while working out and sweating. It’s available through Sephora. I use the Illuminator when I work out and I like it since it also has SPF 25 which is handy when working out, especially during the summer months. I keep the makeup in my workout bag since it’s super easy to apply with the twist brush that’s included.

Even if you don’t use these brands, be sure to avoid oil-based makeup as that is the type that will trap in sweat and clog your pores as you’re working out. No matter what you use, be sure to wash all your makeup off every night to prevent breakouts and to keep good hygiene.

What do you do for makeup while working out? Do you wash your face before working out? Or after? Is the cute guy at the gym noticing your makeup or raccoon eyes? Comment below with what has or hasn’t worked for you.

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Importance of Electrolytes

Most people know that hydration is important, but many people are still dehydrated. Did you know that about 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated? America, where water is not only free but also clean (other than Flint). How is it that with free, clean water people are still dehydrated? It takes more than just water to…

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