Fitness

May 20, 2015

Our Top 5 Fitness Apps to Get You Moving!

We need any help we can get.  Especially with all this gloomy weather!  A chance to compete with fellow athletes on op of that?  SIgn us up!  Tae a peek at our top 5 fitness apps for IOS and Android!

1) Strava

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Strava lets you track your running and riding with GPS, join Challenges, share photos from your activities, and follow friends.

Record your athletic activity using one of many compatible GPS devices.

Upload your activity from the device

Analyze and compare your data against yourself, friends, and pros.

Our favorite part?  You can compare routes with anyone!  Lance Armstrong?  I will now try to beat your time!

2) Nike Training Club

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Abs like Ellie Goulding...mmmmyes please.  This is the easiest way to feel in control of your fitness destiny. The app offers more than 100 workouts crafted by Nike master trainers for people of all fitness levels. Select your specific fitness goal (get lean, get toned, get strong, or get focused) and find easy-to-follow workout plans—don’t worry there are plenty of rest days. Each individual workout comes with beautiful video tutorials, so even beginners never feel left in the dust.  And it's free for IOS and Andriod! 

3) Interval timer app 

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Remember those HIIT workouts we talked about a few weeks back?  Well this is a PERFECT app that allows you to time them.  If you are anything like us, trying to get down the rhythm of a high intensity workout, while simultaneously timing yourself for 20 seconds...looks like you're having the worst day of your life.  Not anymore!  The app can be tricky at first so we found an amazing step by step how-to.

4)Lose it!

lose it appLose it! offers a simple, easy-to-use tool for tracking what you eat and do (no, not your judgmental friend staring at your plate of wings). Our robust food database has thousands of restaurant, grocery store, and brand-name foods, all researched and validated by the Lose It! Team. Log food and activity on your smartphone, computer, or tablet device.

5) Daily Yoga

health app All of the practices on DailyYoga are under 30 minutes, meaning this app is perfect for practicing in a pinch. Browse 50 classes that are sorted by body part (abs, back, butt, chest) and yoga skills (standing yoga, sun salutation). Want to skip part of a sequence or pause at certain poses? Tap the images on the right side of the screen. This one is also free for IOS and Android.

Try them out and leave a comment below letting us know your thoughts!  Also, feel free to recommend some additions, we are always up for new ways to get our hearts pumping!

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April 8, 2015

HIIT Workouts, Say Goodbye to Boring Runs

We all know that health and fitness is supposed to be a year round thing.  Supposed, to be. But it's hard!  There's chili, and bulky sweaters, and I'm sorry but a spring salad will not suffice when it's -15 and we're running back and forth to defrost our cars.  We do not have personal trainers, private chefs, or live on the coast in Australia sipping coconut water looking awesome.  And if you do, we probably follow you on Instagram.

Not to be disappointed ladies!  

We have been hearing more and more about HIIT, High Intensity Interval Training, and frankly, it sounds as terrifyingly hard as it does effective. 

Benefits-of-HIIT We want to look good and feel healthy, there is nothing better.  Am I right!?  For those of you trying to slim down for your big day or simply to prove to yourself that you can, HIIT workouts are calling your name! HIIT is a training idea in which low to moderate intensity intervals are alternated with high intensity intervals.  Think-go, slow down, go, slow down.  You may have heard before that introducing different speeds or inclines is better for you than running at the same pace for an hour.  HIIT exercises are that same idea, on steroids (no pun intended).  It is scientifically proven to burn more fat in less time.  

Although long duration/slow paced cardio burns a greater percentage of body fat during the actual session, HIIT cardio burns a greater amount of total body fat lasting well beyond the initial bout of exercise." (Seannal.com)

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This is a great guide to teach you what you should be doing and for how long!

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If you're more into videos, like we are (I never know if I'm doing it right), and want to see the rest of this one, click here!  (We cannot guarantee you will look this happy).

Remember to stay HYDRATED!  ALWAYS!  And get your game face on :)

 
February 25, 2015

Wedding Workouts to get you Looking Amazing

Working out is hard.  Sometimes it feels like the stars, planets, and moon have to be perfectly aligned for us to feel completely ready to take on 60 minutes of heart pounding, exasperating exercise.  But damn are we always glad we did.  Not to mention the pressure you soon-to-be brides are under!

With the craziness, of work, friends, family, emotionally unstable dogs, it is so hard to find an hour!  Great thing is, you don't always need an hour, or a gym membership, or Nike Air's.  We know how important it is for you ladies to feel your absolute best and most confident on your wedding day, so we have compiled our favorite workouts to give you the little push or high five you may need and absolutely deserve.

Alyson's #1 go-to:

A good leg day makes me walk like I own the place (okay, maybe the day after leg day, or 3 days, whatever).  However, if I only have a couple of minutes and I want to get my heart pumping and feeling strong, I go straight to my core.

I will typically start with mountain climbers to get my body warm and heart rate up.  I don't have a certain amount or reps that I do.  I find a good song and and do as many as I can while the tempo is up, take a rest when it slows a bit and speed back up with it.

Crunches with an Exercise Ball

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For a little extra coordination work and fun, reach  and grab the ball brining it down over your head and returning it back to your feet.  Don't have an exercise ball? No problem.  Improvise with a couch cushion, laundry basket, or gym bag full of towels!

Planks

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Don't be scared of them!  Plank's are your friend.  60 seconds looking ahead, and without collapsing, switch to side planks and hold for 60.  Looking for a challenge?  Add some dips in there!  Lowering your hips to the ground and returning back to side plank position.

Kate's gym must: Cardio

I am so much more of a cardio girl than anything else.  I love how much energy I gain from it and breaking a sweat is instant gratification!  I have two favorites: 1) Going for a good old fashioned run, and 2) Cross Country Skiing.  Personally, I think music changes everything.  If you have trouble running more than a block or two, consider a change in tempo.  Most people think really fast paced music gets them going.  For me, it made me go to fast and burn out.  I choose something lighter and slower, like Ed Sheeran or Norah Jones Radio.  That way I can keep a steady pace.

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Cardio and Cross Country Skiing slim and tone your entire body.  The muscles used support your back and core all day, so keeping them strong is crucial.   Not snowy where you are living?  Get some rollerblades!  It is essentially the same movement and muscle groups, and you will get the most high fives of anyone.  Style points for sunscreen and a fanny pack.

Chelsea's cant live without: Yoga

I have been doing yoga for years and have seriously fallen in love.  The challenge in new poses, strength you can honestly feel being built, and the calm quiet voice of your instructor clearing your mind, have locked me in.

My favorite pose, and I think incredibly beneficial for any level of yogi, Warrior II Pose into Warrior III Pose.

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These poses really zero in on balance and utilize your entire body's muscle to hold Warrior II and slowly move into Warrior III.

 Fit Tip- Jillian Michaels is not in our living room's yelling at us, and following all the Victoria Scret angels on instagram does more harm than motivation-so where do we get our push??  We absolutely LOVE the photo blog theberry.com for their hilarious photos, titles, and captions. They feature a section compiled totally of pictures and phrases to get you feeling 110% ready.  Go to their site and check out Daily Motivation or DAMO.  (Feel free to also enjoy Shirtless Friday) you can thank us later.

Tweak these and make your own wedding workouts and get going!  You are going to look as amazing as you feel.