I have a love-hate relationship with yoga. I love yoga, but I hate how much membership fees at most yoga studios cost. It can be hard to get your namaste on when all you can think about is how much your bank account is hurting. Sure, there are affordable online options out there but being the extrovert that I am, I prefer a class setting. While battling a few different health problems lately, yoga is my best option in terms of working out. Because of this, I have had to research class options that won't break the bank.
Thankfully for me, Raleigh is a city who loves yoga and has tons of affordable options.
Preface: If you ask me where my favorite place in the world is, I will either tell you the Dean Dome at UNC or the Grand Canyon.
In an effort to get back in the practice of updating this little ol thing more often, I went through my drafts and realized I never blogged about mine and Shelby's epic Grand Canyon hike last 4th of July. While I have lots of #feels seeing all these awesome photos again, I am going to keep my commentary brief and let the pictures speak for themselves. Also see: lazy.
With weather in the mid-60's here in NC, now is the perfect time to bundled up, put on those sneakers and get outdoors! Check out these awesome, family friendly, and mostly free, fitness events in Fayetteville, NC this January!
Y'all. Does holiday eating absolutely terrify you like it does me? I feel like any time I am at a holiday party or family get together, I either drink way too much which results in eating a ton or just feel like I absolutely have to stuff my face with all the delicious food I see. Not the ideal situation for someone who tries hard to be on top of their health and fitness game! Lucky, Prath Burton, Senior Fitness Director at O2 Fitness Clubs sent over a few tips to keep us all happy and healthy this holiday season.
Training Mate started on the shores of Sydney harbor in 2009 with a simple belief - that moving your body and having fun with your mates could get you in the best shape of your life. While other trainers focused on yelling and screaming, founder Luke Milton drew on his professional rugby background and harnessed the power of positivity and sense of camaraderie to get the best results for his clients.
One of the things I love the most about Los Angeles is the access I have to so many amazing hikes. I will spend days researching and deciding what hike I will do on an upcoming Saturday morning. Through all of this research, I came across the Murphy Ranch Trail.
The fine folks over at Darn Tough heard that I go through running socks at the same speed I go through my disposable contacts and sent me over two pairs to try! New for Spring 2016, Darn Tough is dropping their Vertex Running Sock Series in some killer colors!
When the team behind PLATEFIT asked me if I was down to come in and try a workout, I don't think i have ever said "YES" faster in my entire life. PLATEFIT is a one-of-a-kind boutique fitness studio that specializes in a variety of different workouts using the revolutionary medical device, Power Plate. The Power Plate uses vibration technology to engage the muscles more consistently and deliver better results for each user in a short amount of time. PLATEFIT has transformed it into an invigorating fitness tool that will deliver full cardio and strength training in just 27 minutes!
Ask just about anyone in France - male or female, young or old, fit or not - about aquabiking, and they'll be able to tell you all about it. The trend has dominated the aqua exercise scene in Europe for over two decades now, and in countries like Italy, Spain, and England you can't swing a dead cat (well, a dead cat near a pool) without running into a facility offering some variation of aquatic cycling.
My obsession with Amanda is no secret. We have our own hashtag - #GaleDale. It's a thing. Our friendship started many moons ago when we were brought together by the late & great fitness platform, FitOrbit. Amanda was my trainer and taught me all the things. As a result, I lost 40 lbs in about 3 months. Crazy, I know. Not only is she the most kick ass trainer, she is the most fun person on the planet. Also, she has approx 15 degrees so she's basically a child genius.
In an earlier post, I mentioned that I loved making a Cinnamon French Toast recipe from Protein Powder Cooking...Beyond the Shake. It's quickly become my go-to breakfast choice as of late so I wanted to share the goodness with all my faithful readers.
Protein Powder Cooking...Beyond the Shakeby Courtney Nielsen is a new cookbook that will help you ditch boring shakes for quick and hearty protein-packed baked treats that boost metabolism and build muscle.The 200 quick-and-easy recipes provide a clever way to supercharge your diet with whey, soy, and casein while unleashing the amazing benefits of protein powder to increase energy, build muscle and boost weight loss.
When the Creatop team first reached out to me, I was a bit confused and a whole lot of skeptical. A topical spray that boasts your energy? Sounds a little suspect to me. They kindly sent over a bottle for me to test out and guys.... I was floored. After a few days of regular use before workouts, I could totally feel an energy boost. To top it off, it dries fast and smells great.
When the Yoga Download team asked me to try out their online platform, I jumped at the chance. While I love yoga, I am too poor to afford most yoga studios in Los Angeles and sadly, my gym only offers one yoga class that works with my schedule. Yoga Download enables to me steam a yoga class (or even download it to have forever) on my own time. So far, I have really enjoyed the barre classes. I love doing them in addition to my trainer assigned workouts.
If you know me, you know I am absolutely obsessed with wearing my FitBit every single day. I've had it for over 2 years and it's been everywhere with me. Workouts, concerts, and more importantly -- on the red carpet.
The team over at Funktional Wearables™ heard my "MY FITBIT DOESN'T MATCH MY RED CARPET ATTIRE" cries and sent over this beautiful bracelet that hides my tracker! Ever since receiving this awesome piece, I have worn it maybe 5 times a week and received so many compliments. Not only are these accessories super stylish, but they are also affordable!
The Super Bowl is the most anticipated sporting event of the year, but rather than be inspired by the athleticism of the day, Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest day of the year for food consumption - following Thanksgiving. Even if you do celebrate the Super Bowl by indulging in chicken wings and beer, use the event to motivate yourself and amp up your fitness routine with workouts inspired by the pro athletes we love to cheer on.
Celebrity fitness trainer Tadeo , Top 3 finalist from Spike TV's fitness entrepreneur reality series "Sweat Inc." with Jillian Michaels, sent over his top 5 tips for sticking with your New Year's fitness resolutions.
A few years ago, I lost a significant amount of weight. My biggest piece of advice when someone would approach me for weight loss tips was to just keep moving. It doesn't matter if you walk a mile or run a marathon, just keep moving! While I am not the biggest fan of at home workouts (I get distracted easy), I love doing squats and lunges while watching TV. Because of this, you can understand how stoked I was when Kimberly Hurley, a physical education professor at Ball State, sent over her favorite exercises to do during commercial breaks.
Diana Stobo is the award-winning author of the healthy lifestyle book Get Naked Fast! Stripping Away the Foods That Weigh You Down — the best title for a health book ever. This hot-selling title is a practical guide that Diana used to heal herself from illness, lose 1oo+ pounds, and change her life forever.
One of my favorite boss lady's/fitness experts, Nadia Murdock, is currently offering a holiday fitness package to help you get through the holidays without so much guilt! This is also the perfect last minute gift for the fitness lover in your life or someone who is looking to get whipped into shape. Best of all, it's only $9. Run, don't walk, to take advantage of this awesome offer from an even more awesome lady.
Londin is one of my former clients as well as one of my favorite people on the planet! She is the co-founder of Metaphysical Fitness and the author of Loving Your Weight Off. Here are Londin's fitness tips for the holiday season.
I first learned about BeBox in one of those super secret, super exclusive Facebook groups for #girlbosses that I am apart of. Okay. So it's not THAT exclusive but I digress. After just seeing the thumbnail, I grabbed my credit card so fast that sparks started flying. I had to have one!
After the Thanksgiving holiday and a Vegas trip, I was feeling pretty stuffed/gross. What was meant to be a stop into Pressed to grab one juice for breakfast on the way to work turned into deciding to do a one day cleanse.
I asked one of my nearest & dearest buds / my personal trainer, Amanda Dale, to create a custom Thanksgiving workout so we all don't have to feel so guilty about stuffing our faces this holiday. Check out her festive workout below! (If you know Amanda, you will know she loves a good theme!) Like what you see? Amanda can be your trainer too, no matter where you are located. Let's all go into the holiday season super happy, healthy and fit!