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4 Ways to Ease Your Sciatica Naturally

If you’ve ever experience sciatica pain then you know that it’s pretty much the worst. But do you know what’s really causing? Today Dylan Jawahir, founder and CEO of Battle Balm — a natural plant-based topical pain reliever — is giving us the scoop on a possible hidden reason for this pain. (And if you want to […]


If you’ve ever experience sciatica pain then you know that it’s pretty much the worst. But do you know what’s really causing? Today Dylan Jawahir, founder and CEO of Battle Balm — a natural plant-based topical pain reliever — is giving us the scoop on a possible hidden reason for this pain. (And if you want to read more about Dylan — he’s amazing! — be sure to read our interviews with him here and here!)

Your Sciatica Could Literally Be a Pain in the Butt

The new year has arrived and you’re feeling motivated to become the best possible version of yourself. Now is the time for a new and even better you! You’re ready to start 2018 in a healthy way by getting in shape and being more active.

Nothing can hold you back, right?

… Until your nagging sciatic pain returns. It occasionally shoots down your leg when you’re sitting on the couch. It surprises you on your daily walk with friends. Sometimes, it jolts you right as you’re headed out the door for a workout. It’s unpredictable, painful, and keeps you on high alert.

You know this could be your happiest and healthiest year ever, but dragging your bum leg around isn’t the workout routine you imagined.

Let’s talk briefly about the culprit behind your pain. The sciatic nerve is the longest and largest nerve in the body. It begins in the lumbosacral area, or lower back, and winds its way down through the pelvis, behind the femur and eventually stretches far enough to tickle your big toe. Sciatic pain comes from impingement, damage, or degeneration to the sciatic nerve somewhere along that route.

Here’s where it gets interesting. Many people (including doctors) point to the lumbar spine as the source of all sciatic pain. Our spine compresses as we get older and thus, it makes sense that some of the nerves exiting the spinal column can be squeezed enough to send shock waves into the affected leg. The truth is that there is another likely source of sciatica: the tight muscles in your butt!

The sciatic nerve travels deep to the gluteus muscle group on its way down the leg. These gluteus muscles, also called the glutes, are the visible ones that give shape to your butt. Their function is to externally rotate and extend the upper leg. Underneath the glutes lie other, smaller muscles that assist in the external rotation. One small muscle in particular can be tight enough to irritate the nerve in question sending pain downward towards the feet. This is the piriformis muscle. It bothers the sciatic nerve in so many folks that this relationship has a name: piriformis syndrome.

Symptoms of piriformis syndrome are very similar to sciatica, hence the common confusion. The difference is that you can treat piriformis syndrome and send your pain away quickly.

4 Ways to Ease Your Sciatica Naturally

1. Get a butt massage. It sounds weird, doesn’t it? Your glutes are some of the hardest working muscles in your body. They are working for you non-stop and have more than earned a day of pampering. A butt massage can improve range of motion in your hips and as a bonus, it can alleviate chronic low back pain.

2. Stretch. One of the best stretches for the piriformis and other external rotators of the hip is pigeon pose in yoga. This stretch, when done properly, will elongate all of the junk in the trunk and give you your flexibility back. Regular stretching improves blood flow, too!

3. Trigger those points. Use a foam roller and roll out your butt. Make sure to roll out gluteus medius, gluteus maximus, and piriformis. To balance out the hips, roll the gluteus minimus and tensor fasciae latae. Tune in to YouTube for some great videos with step-by-step tutorials to roll all of these muscles effectively.

4. Call Suzanne Somers. She was on to something with the Thighmaster. Humans are designed to forcefully externally rotate the hip. Internal rotation is a different story. The Thighmaster is for strengthening the normally weak internal rotator muscles. These muscles that close your thighs together will facilitate proper hip joint stability once they are strengthened adequately. Though a Thighmaster is great, you could also get away with using a rubber kickball from the toy store. Find a comfy chair to sit in, place it between your knees, and squeeze away.

These ideas and practices are great, not only for sciatica due to piriformis syndrome, but they are perfect for including in your workout and recovery routine as a preventive measure! —Dylan Jawahir



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Goal-Setting Words Of Wisdom From Top Health Bloggers

We were so honored to be featured in this article from NordicTrack on how top bloggers make their resolutions stick — and we’re so pumped to be able to share some fantastic snippets from it below!  We’ve jumped feet first into a new year. Hello, 2018! Say goodbye to the yuck of 2017, cherish the […]


We were so honored to be featured in this article from NordicTrack on how top bloggers make their resolutions stick — and we’re so pumped to be able to share some fantastic snippets from it below! 

We’ve jumped feet first into a new year. Hello, 2018! Say goodbye to the yuck of 2017, cherish the good from the past year, and get ready for another roller coaster ride. We might not know exactly what’s coming for us in the future, but by setting a few goals for ourselves, we can take control and bring a little predictability to our daily lives.

Goal setting is tricky. Many people shy away from new year’s resolutions because of failed attempts in the past. But don’t give up yet! Plenty of people are able to bring their new year’s goals to fruition, so what’s it going to take to be one of them? NordicTrack has gathered insight from a number of popular bloggers to give you some tips and tricks to goal setting (and achieving). Let’s get right into it!

Brian St. Pierre, Precision Nutrition

Brian St. Pierre is the Director of Performance Nutrition at Precision Nutrition. Armed with technology and a forgiving mindset, he gave great insight on how to keep our resolutions.

Brian chose to floss more consistently this past year, shooting for 80 percent regularity. He chose this number because, “a larger number certainly felt beneficial, but more likely for me to backslide into that all-or-none mindset and approach again.”

He used a habit-tracking app to help him account for how he progressed with his goal. By keeping an accurate record and not trying to shoot for perfection, Brian avoided guilt, knowing, “I could skip that night and know that my goal wasn’t negatively impacted.”

So, try out Brian’s approach and avoid the trap of perfection. For the rest of Brian’s great advice, read the rest of his interview.

Aeshia DeVore Branch, Pretty Girls Sweat

Founder of Pretty Girls Sweat, Aeshia DeVore Branch had some top-notch advice on how to develop the mindset you need to set solid health and fitness goals.

No one wants to fail at their goals, least of all Aeshia, who said her big goal last year was to launch PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT fest in Atlanta, Georgia.

One of the things that helped Aeshia succeed was surrounding herself with positive and supportive people. She said, “Without them as well as setting small goals with deadlines, PGSF would have just remained a page of notes in my journal.”

Once you have the right support, Aeshia stressed the importance of having the right mindset. Weight loss is often set as a goal by many people, but without the right mindset, it is easy to go back to old eating habits.

To combat this, Aeshia recommends, “When setting a health or fitness goal, motivation tends to diminish over time, and old habits start creeping back in. You must be clear about which goal is most important to you and focus on easy ways to meet realistic expectations.” By making realistic lifestyle changes and narrowing your focus, you are much more likely to meet your goal.

Be sure to check out the rest of Aeshia’s full interview to get more advice that will help you reach your goals this year!

Lauren Abbott, Treadmill Reviews

Lauren Abbott is a fitness enthusiast, avid runner, and writer for for Treadmill Reviews. Not only is she a great resource for running tips and exercise routines, she is a huge fan of New Year’s Resolutions.

Like Brian St. Pierre, Lauren uses tech tools for tracking and reaching her fitness goals. She currently uses iFit for tracking every workout, planning her family’s meals, and more. However, she has learned that simply purchasing a workout program wasn’t going to guarantee her success. She still had to fight her inner demons telling her to take it easy and skip her run on days when she wasn’t feeling so motivated.

Lauren found success with a fitness app because of the following reasons:

  • She’s a frugal woman, saying: ”If I invest my money into it, I’ll invest my time into it”.
  • She also knew that with a clear display of her results and steady progress, she would be more motivated to continue working on herself.

“I dream of running ultramarathons through the mountains like my muses I follow on social media. But I’m currently not at that level athletically.” — Lauren

Instead of focusing her sights on conquering mountains, she focused her eyes on the baby steps it was going to take to build up to ultramarathon running: speed training, distance, endurance, and nutrition. Using her fitness app, she created a schedule for weekly training goals. Focusing her sights on shorter time frames helped her to navigate work, family life, and training and unplanned events arose.

Lauren’s advice: “By all means, set a large goal! But instead of sprinting from the starting line, pace yourself.”

See what else Lauren has to say about iFit and training in her full interview here.

Adam St. Pierre, CTS

As a CTS running coach and experienced long-distance runner, Adam St. Pierre knows all about the importance of patience in goal-setting.

He warns against setting goals that are too vague. They’re almost always guaranteed to fail. For example, a goal to “run 3 times a week” is less likely to be achieved than a goal to run a specific local running trail Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 5:30 p.m. each week.

Adam makes sure that he sets super exact goals for himself. He set out to run a local trail he enjoyed 100 times in one year. He paired this goal with an already existing running schedule he had set for himself. “Instead of wondering, ‘Where should I run today?’ I just defaulted to running Mt. Sanitas.”

For all goal-setters, Adam gives this encouraging advice: “A realistic goal is one that you can achieve. A worthwhile goal is one that will make you better. A goal should motivate you, not be such a reach as to discourage you.”

Take Adam’s advice: consider your strengths and weaknesses. How can you combine the two to create a worthwhile, achievable goal for yourself?

You can read more from Adam St. Pierre in our full interview here.

Dr. Lori Shemek, Dr. Lori Shemek

Dr. Lori Shemek is an experienced goal setter and achiever who has helped so many men and women do the same.

We were grateful that Dr. Lori Shemek was able to take some time to offer some goal-setting advice. As a best-selling author as well as being a leading health and weight-loss expert, Lori has helped countless people reach their goals.

Concerning personal goals she’s set, Lori committed to doing 5 pull-ups every time she walked through the doorway in her home which had a chin-up bar installed. She also decided to add extra push-ups into her nightly routine as she watched the news.

Lori said, “I already had both of these in my exercise program, but simply adding in a few more a day has allowed me to increase my strength and the number of them.”

When we asked her how she helps people set realistic goals, Lori said,”I believe that a worthy fitness goal must primarily be intrinsically motivated — coming from within or behavior that is driven by internal rewards.” Many of us seek motivation from others and try to rely on social feedback to keep us going. But when things become difficult, Lori said, “If the motivation is coming externally, it will not last, nor will there be quality workouts. “

Overall, Lori’s advice to anyone making new health and fitness goals for 2018 is to “Be That Person. Be the person who does XYZ.”

Check out the rest of Lori’s full interview to get more advice that will help you reach your goals this year!

Jennipher Walters, Fit Bottomed Girls (Hey, That’s Us!)

Jennipher is a health coach and certified personal trainer. As the Editor-In-Chief of Fit Bottomed Girls, she shares her wealth of fitness industry knowledge to her devoted readers.

Setting fitness goals comes down to being realistic and having the appropriate expectations for yourself: mind and body. If you plan to work out two hours a day, every single day, after being basically sedentary for a long time, you’re setting yourself up for failure — the goal is too great (for most people). One of Jennipher’s past fitness goals was to perform one pull-up, unassisted. Jennipher shows us that goal setting doesn’t have to be out-of-this world. More so, a goal needs to be just beyond our reach.

To reach her seemingly simple goal, Jennipher had to reach a list of many simpler goals. Imagine a ladder, each rung being a smaller goal to reach the goal at the top of her ladder. She focused on building strength in her back, arms, and hands. Months of hard work helped her to manage her goal.

“I was successful because the goal was realistic. I was patient, had a plan to do it and was consistent in working towards it.” Jennipher said.

More wise advice from Jennipher: “[Goals] have to be done with a lot of self-love and thought to what happens when you fall off track. Because no one is perfect — and you can learn so much from your ‘mistakes’.”

Before deciding on a goal for 2018, Jennipher suggests you “think about your why.” Recognizing deeper intentions for your goal-setting will give your more solid motivation for reaching them.

To read Jennipher’s entire interview, click here.

Ready to Set Some Goals?

Now, are you ready to set and crush your 2018 goals? We hope that you have been inspired by these interviews because we certainly enjoyed them. NordicTrack appreciated the time and thought the bloggers put into their responses and encourage you to visit their websites for more fantastic content.

For those of you setting health and fitness goals, be sure you have the right equipment at your fingertips. NordicTrack produces top-of-the-line treadmills, ellipticals, rowers, bikes, and more so we can help you meet all of your fitness and health goals. Be sure to check out what NordicTrack currently offers, as they are constantly innovating to help everyone live their best life.

Thanks so much for featuring us and sharing so much goal-setting wisdom, NordicTrack! —The FBGs



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The Emotion You Need to Release to Create Lifelong Healthy Habits

Talk about a woman after our own body-loving hearts: Christa King is the CEO and founder of Fitlandia and 30 Days to Thriving, an online holistic fitness program that focuses on the four cornerstones of fitness: daily movement, nutritious choices, community support, and harnessing the power of your mind. After reaching her highest weight of 192, […]


Talk about a woman after our own body-loving hearts: Christa King is the CEO and founder of Fitlandia and 30 Days to Thriving, an online holistic fitness program that focuses on the four cornerstones of fitness: daily movement, nutritious choices, community support, and harnessing the power of your mind. After reaching her highest weight of 192, she hit a wall and was determined to crack her own code for a making a healthier lifestyle change. Leaving a successful 23-year career in hospitality behind, she became a certified hypnotherapist, life coach, and nutritional therapist. By putting these pieces together, she saw what was truly missing in the diet and fitness industry: a holistic approach that starts with strengthening the mind. Her signature Mind Zoning process helps people create new neural pathways in the brain to enable them to make a permanent lifestyle change. And today, we’re happy to have her sharing a post on how to release shame — and why it’s essential when it comes to losing weight and getting healthy.

The Real New Year’s Resolution: Releasing Shame

If you’re anything like me (and most women), by the time you’ve reached your 40s you’ve been a chronic dieter for two-thirds of your life. Possibly you’re on one right now; some form of restriction that has you wondering what happens after the diet? How can I possibly keep this up? While it’s a positive step to want to harness the power of intention for the New Year, the reality is 92 percent of us will fizzle out somewhere between three weeks to three months; leaving us to deal with the shame, guilt and frustration of yet another failed attempt. Holding onto these emotions only holds us into an unhealthy pattern we don’t want. So, let’s get you releasing shame so you can keep moving forward on your fitness journey with success!

First, I want to share the two main reasons we fall back into old patterns to help make this process easier. Then I’ll give you my favorite tips to making a healthy lifestyle stick.

The Reason Diets Fail

1. Physiological reliance on sugar, refined carbs and alcohol. You may have heard some buzz about ensuring you have enough good bacteria in your belly to outweigh the bad guys, but how does this play into failed diets? We know having the good bacteria helps boost immunity, repair tissue in the body, and even aids in absorbing nutrients. But we also must reduce the bad bacteria in the gut because these send messages to the brain to go get its required fuel source: sugar. This is primarily what’s driving your cravings — these bad bugs telling your brain that it’s hungry for sugar, refined carbs and alcohol.

Having that knowledge, you can start to appreciate the physiological cause of deep cravings and why the idea of willpower to overcome them simply doesn’t hold up.

2. Thought patterns in the brain. Okay, so now look back on your life and the eating patterns involved with celebration and sadness alike. For many of us, we had cake at our first birthday (and every year thereafter) or feasts during the holidays giving ourselves permission to overindulge. Maybe your parent gave you a sweet treat to soothe your physical pain, sadness or loneliness. Perhaps, when you’re in a really stressed state you reach for a treat to soothe those uncomfortable feelings.

Over time, our brains developed a thought-pattern or neural pathway that associates celebration and ease of discomfort with foods that hit that pleasure center in the brain so that we can feel safe.

When we eat highly processed foods or foods with loads of added sugars, our brain loves it because it fires up the reward center. In fact, serotonin, the feel-good hormone in our brains, is released when we eat these things. We feel good when we do it.

Think about thi —, when we get stressed, what do we want more than anything? To feel good again! Hence the cravings and a return to addictive cycles.

5 Tips to Release Shame and Create Lifelong Healthy Habits

When we hold onto shame, we hold onto our current state. You simply cannot begin to adopt the healthy lifestyle you desire without first letting go of the shame you’ve held on to regarding your past or present lifestyle. You deserve to have a fresh start.

By simply understanding there is a physiological and mental reason for your cravings, you can let go of the idea that you’re not good enough. In fact, your brain is working perfectly to help you feel protected. So, let that shame go!

The best part of all this … you can create new neural pathways in your brain to support healthy management of stressful times, as well as enjoying festive times without deprivation or overindulgence. Here are my top tips for creating new, healthy habits:

1. Adopt a meditation practice. It doesn’t have to be complex. Even five minutes per day can make a huge impact on your mental well-being. If you have a busy mind, try a guided meditation to support you.

2. Move every day. You don’t have to do an intense, one-hour CrossFit workout to reap the brain benefits of movement. Even a 30-minute brisk walk can have a big impact on generating those feel-good hormones in the brain.

3. Focus on good nutrition. Taking a break from sugar, refined carbs and alcohol, and incorporating more non-starchy vegetables is a fantastic way to starve the bad bacteria and allow the good to flourish, reducing the craving cycle. Find a holistic detox program to support you if the idea of trying this on your own seems daunting.

4. Connect with your tribe. Did you know you’re three times more likely to succeed at reaching and maintain your fitness goals when you’re connecting with others on the same path? Find those deep connections and rely on your tribe to support you when you need it most.

5. Create new, healthy thoughts. Give your brain a surge of positive thoughts to create new thought-patterns that will drive healthy habits. This mental programming is a powerful tool to help you recover from setbacks and keep moving forward on your journey!

Here’s to your health and vitality in the New Year! —Christa King



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Podcast Ep 65: Badass Actress Malin Akerman

Excelling in roles as varied as the chilly Lara Axelrod on Showtime’s Billions to the hilarious Dr. Valerie Flame on Comedy Central’s Children’s Hospital, Malin Akerman might be most famous for her badassery as Silk Spectre in 2009’s Watchman, which required her to get in the best shape of her life by working out with a hardcore […]


Excelling in roles as varied as the chilly Lara Axelrod on Showtime’s Billions to the hilarious Dr. Valerie Flame on Comedy Central’s Children’s Hospital, Malin Akerman might be most famous for her badassery as Silk Spectre in 2009’s Watchman, which required her to get in the best shape of her life by working out with a hardcore former Navy SEAL! We had an easy and breezy chat with the super down-to-earth mom about her favorite health and beauty tips, plus how she’s finding the time to plan her upcoming wedding to actor Jack Donnelly.

Swedish born, Toronto-raised Malin grew up with a health-conscious mom who ran a health food store and gave her inside information on good nutrition at a young age. Malin began her career as a teen model where she experienced many of the pitfalls of dealing with intense scrutiny about her looks and body. These days she is more interested in having the energy to play with her son than starving herself to fit into samples sizes — and she has plenty of advice on how to achieve Hollywood-level glamor with ease in this really fun ep. Enjoy!

Our fave quotes from Malin include …

Podcast Episode 65 Highlights With Malin Akerman

  • Her unique health conscious childhood and the “green” yogurt her mom made for her
  • The workouts she does now, plus how training for a role is different than training for life
  • Her best tips for looking fresh after a sweat session at the gym
  • Her easy-to-follow healthy beauty routines
  • Her past life as a model and how this affected her body image (as well as her shift in thinking since then)
  • The adorable song she listens to with her son Sebastian every morning to start their day

Get the episode with Malin Akerman here or below!

Get more info on our podcast here and be sure to subscribe on iTunes so that you never miss an episode!

What is your favorite beauty tip? —Margo

Want to sponsor the show? Yay! Drop us a note at advertising@fitbottomedgirls.com and let’s make the world a healthier place together!



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Podcast Ep 64: Bob Harper on His Recovery, Workouts and LIFE

Photo: Deborah Feingold OMG! Guess who is back on the podcast? After a crazy year where he managed to survive a massive heart attack and cardiac arrest, Bob Harper is on the podcast for a second time (see the first ep here) to talk about his recovery, as well as his new attitude reflected in […]


Photo: Deborah Feingold

OMG! Guess who is back on the podcast? After a crazy year where he managed to survive a massive heart attack and cardiac arrest, Bob Harper is on the podcast for a second time (see the first ep here) to talk about his recovery, as well as his new attitude reflected in his latest book: The Super Carb Diet.

Seriously, Bob gets DEEP in this ep talking about his new way of living that may shock some of his diehard fans. (Like, the fact that he is no longer obsessed with getting to the gym. BIG change there!)

Bob is convinced his health woes were brought on by a variety of factors, including his family health history as well as a lack of balance in his life. With the help of his four-legged best friend Karl and other pals, Bob’s recovery is a mixture of spending time with his loved ones, eating a more heart-healthy diet, getting in more yoga and daily sessions of transcendental meditation. With this episode, get ready to listen to a more serene and self-reflective Bob!  

Here are some of our fave quotes from Bob …

Podcast Episode 64 Highlights With Bob Harper

  • What happened on the day of his heart attack and how he has changed his lifestyle to become more balanced in every area of his life  
  • The tests you should be asking your doctor for, in addition to the standard LDL and HDL (the LP(a) test, which he never knew about before his heart attack) 
  • The difference between healthy carbs and “carbage”
  • The trust-building process he has with his heart right now
  • His daily mantra to remain heart healthy
  • His current favorite workouts and the meals he’s counting on to stay healthy

Get the episode with Bob Harper here or below!

Get more info on our podcast here and be sure to subscribe on iTunes so that you never miss an episode!

How do you take care of your heart? —Margo

Want to sponsor the show? Yay! Drop us a note at advertising@fitbottomedgirls.com and let’s make the world a healthier place together!



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5 Reasons Why You Need to Rethink Your Water Habits (and a HUGE Giveaway!)

This post is sponsored by Primo Water. Find more on our sponsored post policy here. If you’re like millions of others, right now you’re thinking about — or even working towards — a healthier New Year. And we love that! All times are a good time to set healthy goals, but there’s just something special about the […]


This post is sponsored by Primo Water. Find more on our sponsored post policy here.

If you’re like millions of others, right now you’re thinking about — or even working towards — a healthier New Year. And we love that! All times are a good time to set healthy goals, but there’s just something special about the fresh start of a New Year. You might have resolutions to lose weight, eat healthier, tackle a new race, hit the gym regularly — all awesome. But one resolution that you might not have thought of — one that can actually help you do ALL those things a little bit better, pretty easily?

Water.

And not just any water, high-quality water. Here. Is. Why.

Important: be sure to read all the way to the end because we’ve got an amazing giveaway just for you!

5 Reasons Why You Need to Rethink Your Water Habits

1. Water is really, really important to your overall health. Here’s a fact that might just blow your mind: the average human is composed of between 55 percent and 60 percent water. In fact, your brain and heart are almost three-quarters water — and your lungs are 83 percent water and your bones are 31 percent water. Water also does amazing things in your body like nourish your spinal cord and your brain. In fact, if you skimp on the H2O, your brain will temporarily shrink causing it have to work harder to accomplish the same tasks than a hydrated brain. And, obviously, since water makes up so much of, well, YOU, it makes sense to only put good, filtered water in there, right? Right.

2. If you want a better workout, water is key before, during and after. Beyond helping your brain, water can also help you to better power through your workouts. You probably already know that water can help regulate your body’s temperature and help you by sweating, but did you also know that water helps to cushion and lubricate your joints and boosts energy and mood while helping regulate blood pressure? True. Story.

3. Water may help with weight loss. If you’re looking to drop some pounds in the New Year, high-quality water is a must. We all know that water is healthier than soda, but there may be more to it than just making a healthier substitution. Researchers have found that people who are obese and have a higher body mass index are more likely to be dehydrated than those at a healthy weight. We also know that it’s easy to confuse thirst for hunger, which makes it more likely that you overeat. So, drink up that H2O!

4. The quality — and accessibility — of your water matters. Each day we lose between two to three liters of water through sweat, urine and waste — so we all need to drink a lot of water a day. But where is it coming from for most of us? And how safe is it? More than 44 million Americans rely on wells for their water needs, and many of these people are being exposed to arsenic in their water supply. A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that two million people may be exposed to naturally-occurring arsenic in their wells. And for a lot of small towns this is just too costly to treat.

Plus, if you’re not drinking well water, do you really know what’s in your tap water? Here’s an image we got from a friend of what was filtered out of her tap water and, dude, GROSS. Who wants to drink that? NOT US.

Which leads us to another awesome part about Primo Water: It goes through a 9-step purification process for its pre-filled exchange water and a four-step purification process for its self-service refill water. This not only ensures that your water is free of contaminants, but it also makes it taste DELICIOUS.

 

Oh, and compared to those other filters … the ones that takes forever to drip through? They filter a sliver of what Primo Water does — and, um, take forever. And because Primo makes it convenient to have good water all the time, you and your family naturally drink more. Score!

5. You can make a difference. Another thing we love about drinking Primo Water is that it’s low waste AND convenient. Because, sure, those single-serving bottles are easy to grab, but, man, all that plastic is doing a number on our planet. Not to mention that those plastic water bottles don’t keep water cold either. It feels really good to be able to have a filtered water source that’s easy to use (even hot or cold if you go with a dispenser like this!) and isn’t putting more waste into the world. Really, the best system is bulk water cooled at the touch of a button and kept cool in an insulated water bottle or, at the least, a reusable water bottle or glass. That’s how we do it!

The Key Takeaway

By now we’ve probably convinced you that filtered water is awesome. And essential for overall health. And we want to make it as easy as possible for you and your fam to drink more good water. Which is why we recommend getting a Primo Water dispenser for your home. They come in a variety of types (see them all here — I have the Crock and adore it) and make it so, so, SO, easy to have great tasting filtered water at the ready. So that you stay hydrated and healthy all day, every day.

Primo Water Giveaway

Get excited because this giveaway is HUGE! We’re giving away FIVE Primo water dispensers, plus each winner will receive two coupons for free five-gallon containers of delicious tasting filtered Primo Water. Our first four winners will receive the Crock you see above and one grand prize winner will win the water dispenser of their choice … no restrictions! We happen to like the one below QUITE a bit.

To enter the giveaway click here or enter directly below!

And in case that wasn’t exciting enough, ALL Primo dispensers automatically have free shipping for the month of January (continental U.S. only). If you’ve been waiting for a sign to upgrade your water, ladies, this is it! Check out all the dispensers and where you can buy your Primo Water here—Jenn



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Mindful Running Workout

We recently ran a mindful running post on Fit Bottomed Zen with the 411 on Dynamic Running Therapy (DRT) from William Pullen, the psychotherapist who has literally written the book — Running with Mindfulness: Dynamic Running Therapy to Improve Low Mood, Anxiety, Stress, and Depression — on it. And today, we’re sharing a mindful running workout from that same book that puts DRT into practice! Mindful Running Workout […]


We recently ran a mindful running post on Fit Bottomed Zen with the 411 on Dynamic Running Therapy (DRT) from William Pullen, the psychotherapist who has literally written the book — Running with Mindfulness: Dynamic Running Therapy to Improve Low Mood, Anxiety, Stress, and Depression — on it. And today, we’re sharing a mindful running workout from that same book that puts DRT into practice!

Mindful Running Workout

  1. Once you are on the move, find a comfortable pace. This may be a different pace on different days, depending on your mood.
  2. Take a moment or two to become mindful of the weather and your surroundings. Be conscious of the colours, smells and shapes around you.
  3. Once you have a little momentum, remind yourself of your intention to run mindfully.
  4. When you are ready, choose a foot, whichever feels more comfortable, and count each time it hits the ground. Remember only one foot, and the same one each time.
  5. Count ten steps, beginning once more at one when you have done so. Keep this going.
  6. When invasive or unhelpful thoughts come, just acknowledge they have come and then let them go before returning to your mindful running.
  7. If the thoughts return, then once more let them go. It may take some time for you to get familiar with mindful running and there will be days it is harder than others.
  8. If the thoughts are saying you cannot go on any longer, ask yourself if they spring from your mind or your body. If they come from your mind they are just thoughts and not the truth, let them pass on by.
  9. When you find yourself in the kind of zone where the world disappears and it is just you and your steps, then you are in your flow.
  10. If you want to mix things up, you can try counting your breaths instead of your steps. Be mindful of the fullness of the breath as you do so. Enjoy the sensation of filling and emptying your lungs.

Mindful Running Workout: Variation 1

  1. Repeat steps 1–3 above.
  2. When you are ready, start to concentrate on all the sensations you are experiencing. Begin with your body — really feel the sensation of your heel as it hits the ground. Feel the breeze on your neck or as it hits the sweat on your brow. Note how the fabric of your running gear moves with each stride and how it feels against your body. Continue through the rest of your senses. This exercise is about becoming present to your body and its sensations.
  3. As above, when invasive or unhelpful thoughts come, just acknowledge them and let them go before returning to your mindful running. Only sensations should be in your mind.

Mindful Running Workout: Variation 2

  1. Repeat steps 1–3 above.
  2. When you begin to run, look at your surroundings as you pass. Really look at the detail of what is around you. This may mean the path in front of you or the trees and flowers around you. Make this your mindful running practice. Become one with your environment. This exercise is about raising your awareness and absorbing as much of your environment as you can.
  3. As above, when invasive or unhelpful thoughts come just acknowledge them and let them go before returning to your mindful running. It is only sensations that should be in your mind.

From Running With Mindfulness: Dynamic Running Therapy (DRT) to Improve Low-mood, Anxiety, Stress, and Depression by William Pullen, published on September 26, 2017, by Plume, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright © 2017 by William Pullen



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The 2017 Fit Bottomed Girls Holiday Gift Guide

Fit Bottomed Mamas did it. So did Fit Bottomed Zen. And Fit Bottomed Eats. And now it’s our turn … introducing the 2017 Fit Bottomed Girls Holiday Gift Guide! Before we get started — confession — we love these gifts SO much that for many of them we’ve become affiliates. Meaning, that when you order […]


Fit Bottomed Mamas did it. So did Fit Bottomed Zen. And Fit Bottomed Eats. And now it’s our turn … introducing the 2017 Fit Bottomed Girls Holiday Gift Guide!

Before we get started — confession — we love these gifts SO much that for many of them we’ve become affiliates. Meaning, that when you order a little something that we recommend from here, you also give us a gift by helping to support the site and everything we do and stand for here at FBG. So thank you!

Desire Map Planner

This is the gift that keeps giving way after the holidays. For reasons that we’ve named again and again (including in our epic conversation with THE Danielle LaPorte), the Desire Map Planner ($44) isn’t just your usual planner. Yes, it keeps track of events and to-dos, but it also helps you to focus on what you need to stop doing and helps bring awareness to all the things you’re grateful for. It basically puts your soul on the agenda. And that, our friends, is a killer gift.

Meals for Results Subscription

Meals for Results ($197) is the best meal planning tool out there, period. We partnered with our fave trainer Dave Smith on it, and it seriously makes for a great gift for the busy friend who wants to eat and cook healthier but doesn’t have the time to start from scratch. With 1,000+ recipes that are totally customizable to food tolerances, personal preferences, goals and macros, a subscription to this software creates weekly meal plans in the right portions to reach individual goals for a whole year. Genius!

Hydaway Bottle

 

How cute and handy are these? Hydaway Bottles ($20) — portable, re-usable and collapsible — hold 21-ounces of water and can be folded down to just over 1-inch, so they easily fit in a pocket, backpack or gym bag. All bottles feature an easy-to-use, flip-up straw for quick sips, a carabiner-friendly carry handle, and a watertight guarantee. They’re also BPA-free, taste-free, odor-free and dishwasher safe. And they come in eight fun colors. A truly great stocking stuffer!

Varidesk Standing Desk

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Health and fitness doesn’t just come from the time spent at the gym. The hours you spend at the office also have a big impact — and we think one of the simplest ways to maximize your time at work is with a standing desk solution, like the ones at VARIDESK. We seriously love ours, and if you have someone in your life who spends more time sitting at a desk than they’d like, we’re certain they’d love it too.

ProSource Resistance Bands

Give your loved one this ProSource Resistance Band Set ($25.99) and you’re basically giving them the ability to work out anywhere, at anytime. Which is pretty rad! The set includes five bands with varying resistance levels, cushioned foam handles, door anchor, manual and a travel bag.

Brooks Running Levitate

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Guys, we LOVE THESE SHOES ($150). And if we could, we’d gift all of you with a pair. Simply put, of leading performance running shoes, these give you the most energy return of ANY shoe out there — meaning that you get a springy, responsive and awesome feeling ride each time you run.

DNA Power

Knowledge is power. Which makes a dietPower + fitPower dnaPower test ($599 — but if you use code “fitdna100” at check out you’ll get $100 off!) not just a powerful gift, but a life-changing gift. Both of us did these tests a few months ago and they totally changed how we ate and how we worked out — and just explained SO MUCH. The dietPower test helps explain how your body burns fat, your sensitivity to carbohydrates and insulin, your cholesterol regulation, and your protein requirements to help determine your optimum eats, plus loads of other cool info. The fitPower test looks at everything from your genetic ability for high-intensity aerobic and longer endurance activities to how well you recover to how likely you are to get injured. Like we said, life changing.

Fab Fit Fun Subscription

Not all beauty subscription boxes are created equal, and this is our favorite one, hands down. For $49.99, your gift recipient will get a box filled with more than $200 worth of full-sized products (yep, no tiny trial-sized stuff here!) hand-picked by FabFitFun. A mix of beauty, fashion, jewelry and fitness, we discover something new to love in every seasonal box!

Merrell Chateau Tall Pull Waterproof Boots

 

These boots ($210) take athleisure to the next level — the next winter-walking level. With wet-weather protection and traction, these are a great fall-winter-spring pair of boots that have the look that you can wear anywhere (great with leggings or jeans or a skirt) with the functionality of comfort, support and warmth (so warm). And, yep, there’s expandable width in the calf area. (Our prayers have been answered!)

Athleta Pranayama Wrap

Ladies, we’ve recommended this wrap ($89) so much to friends. SO MUCH. It’s perfect for being cozy around the house in, as a cover-up on your way into the gym, to snuggle up in when you meditate, all the places. Super comfy and soft, it’s the perfect length, has thumbholes and deep pockets, and … just get it. For all your friends. And yourself.

TRX Home2

TRX Home2

TRX suspension trainers are a staple in our home gym, and this new TRX Home2 System ($199.95) is taking things up a notch, because it doesn’t just include the latest suspension trainer with adjustable foot cradles and soft, durable foam handles, but also a one-year subscription to the TRX App, which works with popular wearables and can act as a fitness tracker, schedule, dynamic in-ear coach, and music control. Oh, and, as you might’ve guessed, it also provides you with workouts — more than 80 workouts, in fact, with all different focuses (HIIT, cycling, running, yoga and more). The suspension trainer can be used pretty much anywhere — in a doorframe, over a tree, with an anchor on the wall or ceiling, and it’s really easy to transport, so it’s an incredibly versatile tool for your home gym.

 

Now for the important question: what’s your holiday wish list? —Jenn & Kristen



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Meet Jordyn Barratt, 18-Year-Old Professional Skater and Surfer

Photo credit: Joanne Barratt If you’re looking for a little inspiration in your life right now — whether for fitness or fun — look no further. Meet Jordyn Barratt, an 18-year-old professional athlete from Hawaii. She’s earned medals twice at the X Games in skateboarding, and she’s a competitive surfer. She was the only person to […]


Photo credit: Joanne Barratt

If you’re looking for a little inspiration in your life right now — whether for fitness or fun — look no further.

Meet Jordyn Barratt, an 18-year-old professional athlete from Hawaii. She’s earned medals twice at the X Games in skateboarding, and she’s a competitive surfer. She was the only person to compete in skateboarding and surfing at the 2016 U.S. Open of Surfing.

Photo credit: Joanne Barratt

Jordyn is also in her first year of college, studying business. She’s balancing her time between school and competing in both sports — not to mention doing both sports every day, though she’s starting to focus on skateboarding. To top it off, she maintains a vegetarian diet and she loves hanging out with her dog Kula and, you know, Tony Hawk and Bucky Lasek — just some incredible household names and professional skateboarders who also happen to mentor her.

She began surfing at a young age on the north shore of Oahu, where she grew up. At 11 years old, she discovered skateboarding and loved it immediately.

Photo credit: Joanne Barratt

That passion has fueled her for the last several years as she has competed in many big competitions, even earning a silver medal at the X Games in June. Even with that success, she doesn’t have any expectations for the Olympics at this point because skateboarding is a newer event.

One aspect of the Olympics she’s definitely looking forward to is the equality in men and women’s competitions, which isn’t always the case on lower-level stages. There aren’t typically as many opportunities for women in skateboarding, but with the Olympics, “everything has to be equal, so that’s exciting,” Jordyn says.

Skating with the big names helps push Jordyn to become a better skater and surfer. And even though she hangs out with these big influences, she just tries to be herself. Above all, she advises aspiring athletes (and all of us, really) to just have fun.

It’s clear that Jordyn loves what she does, and she has fun while she stays fit — and fits everything into her schedule.

How can you, like Jordyn, have a little more fun today? —Megan



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We Tried a Bunch of CALIA by Carrie Underwood Apparel — Here’s What We Thought

Y’all know Carrie Underwood, right? via GIPHY And you know how she has a workout apparel line: CALIA by Carrie Underwood? Well, her company sent Kristen and me a few pieces to try. And here are our thoughts after putting them to the sweaty test. Women’s Inner Power Crossback Sports Bra ($42) This is a […]


Y’all know Carrie Underwood, right?

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And you know how she has a workout apparel line: CALIA by Carrie Underwood? Well, her company sent Kristen and me a few pieces to try. And here are our thoughts after putting them to the sweaty test.

Women’s Inner Power Crossback Sports Bra ($42)

This is a pretty good moderately supportive sports bra for the price. The fabric is smooth, so it’s comfy and there’s a foam liner that helps with coverage and support. Great for medium-impact activities and ideal for C cups or smaller, the back design is really fun — and the fabric has moisture-wicking and antimicrobial properties for freshness. —Jenn

Women’s Four Strand Braided Headband ($12)

I had high hopes. It’s thick enough to look cool and funky and has a bit of grippy material on the backside to hold it in place. y first workout went well, but … during my second workout with it, however, it started to slip, and halfway through it was on the floor. It should be noted that this has been the case with every thick headband I’ve ever tried, so it was a valiant effort that I’m sure would work for people who don’t have a head shape that refuses to play nicely with cute headbands. —Kristen

Women’s Essential Crossover Fitted Capris ($60)

There are a million different kinds of workout capris out there — and the bar is set high when it comes to quality. And for the price, these are pretty much exactly what you pay for. They’re not quite as soft or luxurious feeling as say, a pair of Brooks or Athleta, BUT they, like, hold up way better than something you can pick up from Target. The length is flattering, they have a cool crossover hem that’s unique, and they have a flat seam that stays put so that you can focus on your workout — and not adjusting your pants. —Jenn

Wide Brim Floppy Hat ($30)

Love it, although the shape is quite different than what’s on the site — mine is much floppier. Obviously, it’s not a workout accessory, but I love having stylish hats available to throw on when I’m meeting friends and have little time to get ready post-workout, and this is definitely a fit for that. It’s great with a side braid or messy hair down. (Probably would also be great with non-messy hair down, but that’s not really my reality, so … ) —Kristen

Women’s Support Strap Back Double Layer Tank Top ($55) & Women’s Flow Loop Back Logo Graphic Tank Top ($35)

Both of these tops are winners. The one on the left is almost dressy with some structure to it and is great for a yoga or barre class or — let’s be honest — brunch (anything where you’re not getting too sweaty) and the top on the right is flowy, soft and more relaxed. I love wearing the graphic tank when lifting weights or walking — it’s got just the right mix of function and girliness. —Jenn

Have you tried any pieces from the CALIA by Carrie Underwood line? What did you think? —Jenn & Kristen



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5 Questions With Camille Leblanc-Bazinet

Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, the 2014 Fittest Woman on Earth (AKA winner of the CrossFit Games) and all around badass, is currently recovering from a recent shoulder injury — but using that time to help with a cause that’s near and dear to her heart. We recently got to talk to her about all of that, plus more, […]


Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, the 2014 Fittest Woman on Earth (AKA winner of the CrossFit Games) and all around badass, is currently recovering from a recent shoulder injury — but using that time to help with a cause that’s near and dear to her heart. We recently got to talk to her about all of that, plus more, in this quick (yet deep) rapid-fire interview, on behalf of Rehband and its awesome partnership with Barbells for Boobs (yep, you read that right).

FBG: Why was working with Rehband a good fit for you personally?

Camille Leblanc-Bazinet: I believe in safe and smart training so I can continue to achieve my goals. I trust the quality of Rehband’s products because they are medically classified and patented designs. I’m confident that they will allow me to protect my body so I can continue to train and perform, especially while I rehab my recent shoulder surgery. Rehband collaborates with athletes to develop products we need. Last year I worked together with their R&D team to produce a wrist sleeve based on an idea of mine!

Can you talk a little about their support of Barbells for Boobs and what that means to you?

One out of eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, and 7 percent will be under the age of 40. That’s why this October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month), Rehband is taking a stand against these statistics by supporting Barbells for Boobs, an organization that mobilizes and empowers people to take action in breast cancer. Through their programs, Barbells for Boobs has impacted over 1,000,000 people and counting, in the form of access to procedures, navigation, connections and support. I’m a large advocate of the importance of physical strength as well as wellness — which means advocating for yourself by taking action over your own health. Through the purchase of pink Rx line products from Rehband (knee, calf, wrist and elbow sleeves) during the month of October, you can not only promote your own physical support, but also sponsor wellness empowerment for women across the country through Barbells for Boobs.

After being named the fittest woman on Earth in 2014 — which is a HUGE accomplishment — how do you continue to stay motivated?

I think that the true challenge is finding the best version of yourself, and any title or prize can’t stop the search to become that. It’s exciting to have rewards and motivation, but I think when your focus is on constant progress and your focus changes to something that has nothing to do with fame or money, true happiness comes through and true enjoyment of the journey also comes through.

What fitness/personal goals are you working towards now?

Becoming the best me! With my business, as a graduated chemical engineer, as a wife, as a daughter, as a sister and as an athlete. My goals right now are to go back to the CrossFit Games healthy and show what I am made of, to try to qualify for the Olympics in Tokyo in weightlifting and to build my brand online.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given about life? What’s the best piece of advice you can give?

Nothing is about you! That’s the best advice I got. We tend to think that the world is against or with us, or make story in our head about why something went a certain way, but the truth is that nothing is ever good or bad and it’s all about perspective. Stuck in traffic? Good, I got to practice my patience. Get injured? Good, I got a chance to learn to move even better, etc.

Now, we’ve heard some great gems of advice, but this one is fantastic, right?! SO, SO, SO true. —Jenn



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How an FBG Does Myrtle Beach

My husband and I have very different ideas of what constitutes a successful beach vacation. He sits squarely in the sit-on-the-beach-and-do-as-little-as-humanly-possible camp while I prefer something a little more active. The reality is that my body actually doesn’t feel refreshed and renewed after spending a week sitting or lying around (on the beach or otherwise). […]


My husband and I have very different ideas of what constitutes a successful beach vacation. He sits squarely in the sit-on-the-beach-and-do-as-little-as-humanly-possible camp while I prefer something a little more active.

The reality is that my body actually doesn’t feel refreshed and renewed after spending a week sitting or lying around (on the beach or otherwise). In fact, I often find myself feeling lethargic after too much do-nothing vacationing. This isn’t to discount my husband’s style of beach vacation as “bad” or “wrong”, it’s just not always for me. But I do it every once in a while for the sake of compromise and my marriage.

However, recently I was extended an invitation to go to Myrtle Beach and experience a different side of the area (they paid for all my travel, lodging, food and activities) — a wellness getaway. As you can probably imagine, I jumped all over the chance to take a beach trip that was more my speed … sans husband. Turns out Myrtle Beach is an FBG’s dream!

What Makes Myrtle Beach So FBG-Friendly?

Fall is a fabulous time to visit the Myrtle Beach area because during the months of September and October you’ll still experience awesome summer-like temperatures and warm ocean waters without the peak-season prices and large crowds. During these months, the area becomes far more peaceful, spacious, and affordable.

This place is full of active things to do for the adventure seeker in you who doesn’t want to sit still. You can take surfing lessons, practice yoga on the beach, tackle the tree-top ropes course, give cable wakeboarding a try, tour the area by bike, or jump into a kayak.

And when you do feel ready to settle down for some reflective time, Myrtle Beach offers 60 miles of beautiful beaches to catch a sunrise (like this one) and the most serene settings to take a stroll. Myrtle Beach also created five meditation zones throughout the area, each representing one of the five senses which you can visit while listening to this free 16-minute “Senses” guided meditation from their website.

So many great ways to move in new and interesting ways, celebrate all that hard-earned fitness and focus on your mental health. Here’s a look at how I spent my time in Myrtle Beach.

Hitting the Beach: FBG-Style

DAY ONE: I arrived at the airport in Myrtle Beach in the afternoon. A short drive later, I was sitting on the balcony of my room with an amazing view of the ocean at North Beach Plantation in North Myrtle Beach.

That evening, we took a short drive to Conway, one of the oldest towns in South Carolina, for a walking tour along the Waccamaw River. I was immediately struck by the huge oak trees covered with Spanish Moss and Resurrection Ferns — little details you might miss if you weren’t walking it.

DAY TWO: I headed out early in the morning for a quick run around the neighborhood where I was staying. My running route was just off the beach so, of course, I made a few stops along the way to sneak another peak (and pics) of my gorgeous surroundings. After my run, it was time for yoga on the beach. Meditating on the sand to the sound of the ocean is sublime.

Then, we were off to see the Boardwalk and Sky Wheel. Normally the thought of the touristy sections of a beach town make me roll my eyes. But this time of the year, it wasn’t overcrowded and I even managed to snag a boardwalk handstand shot before going up on the Sky Wheel.

From the top of the 200-foot high observation wheel, we could see everything — including the storm clouds approaching from the west and knew that sadly, this meant our plan to go cable wakeboarding had to be scrapped. But no worries, there’s plenty to do here and Plan B would take us to a local winery.

After lunch, we headed to La Belle Amie Vineyard where we walked the vineyard with the owner Vicki and heard all about the rich family history. We even got to taste the grapes straight off the vine. Then it was inside to taste the wine. Not too shabby for a rainy and overcast afternoon.

DAY THREE: I’ve always wanted to try surfing and what better time? I arrived on the beach wondering if all that yoga and stability training I do regularly would pay off and it totally did … in a big way. Mad props to the awesome instructors at Jack’s Surf Lessons for their part in helping uncover this hidden talent of mine. It was such a blast!

After lunch, it was off to Brookgreen Gardens — home to a fantastic sculpture garden of more than 1,000 sculptures by American artists, a zoo for native SC species, walking trails, and a labyrinth. We started with a 45-minute boat tour of the historic rice fields where we were visited by a gator swimming along side our pontoon boat in the lagoon. Then, we walked the breath-taking grounds — all of which was so zen-like that I couldn’t help but handstand with joy.

The day ended with a nature walks through the marshes and trails of Huntington Beach State Park. There’s a long boardwalk that takes you straight out into the middle of the marsh where you can watch crabs, hundreds of species of birds, and all sorts of other interesting wildlife in their natural habitat. This was truly mesmerizing.

DAY FOUR: Up early to walk to the beach and watch the sunrise — that never gets old. Then it was off to Cinzia Spa for a Hot Lava Shell Massage and Micro-Collagen Facial which left my muscles relaxed and my face glowing. Just in time to pack and head to the airport. I left feeling refreshed, inspired and energized. Mission accomplished!

Thank you Myrtle Beach for showing this FBG such a fabulous time! Can’t wait to do it again!

For more reasons to book a trip or a complete listing of all the great stuff to do, check out this site.

What’s your favorite way to move on vacay? —Alison



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Save Time and Get Motivated By Signing Up for Our New Weekly Digests

You’re busy. We’re busy. We’re all busy! via GIPHY And we get it. Which is exactly why we’re making some changes around here: first, to our email newsletters. Probably like you, um, we don’t need MORE email in our lives. We need only the really, really good ones. Which is what we’re giving you. Instead […]


You’re busy. We’re busy. We’re all busy!

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And we get it. Which is exactly why we’re making some changes around here: first, to our email newsletters.

Probably like you, um, we don’t need MORE email in our lives. We need only the really, really good ones.

Which is what we’re giving you. Instead of sending out daily emails with posts from Fit Bottomed Girls, Mamas, Eats and/or Zen, you can now sign up for a weekly digest from each site. Delivered on Monday morning, it’ll give you all the deets from the past week so that you can start your week off with a motivational bang. (It’s almost as effective as that second cup of coffee, we think.)

And, for those of you who like your daily bit of Fit Bottomedness, have no fear! We still offer a daily (Monday through Friday) option to get everything that goes live in the entire Fit Bottomed World delivered straight to your inbox. Our Fit Bottomed Deals and FBG Life emails will remain unchanged and sent out occasionally about cool extra special stuff we’re doing.

Plus, all of our emails — no matter which ones you get — are all mobile- and tablet-friendly, so you can take them with you everywhere you go. We know you guys have important things to do, so pick which works best for your life and let’s be healthy together!

Sign up here or below!

Have other things you’d like to see changed here at FBG? Or want more of something? Do tell us. We’re here for YOU. —Jenn



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Get Your Healthy Habits Back on Track With the #ButFirstWholeGrain Challenge

The following post is sponsored by General Mills Big G Cereals in recognition of September being National Whole Grains Month and the #ButFirstWholeGrain Challenge. Find more on our sponsored post policy here. Summer’s over and school is in session. Which — for you summer lovers (looking at ourselves here) — may be a bit of a bummer. I […]


The following post is sponsored by General Mills Big G Cereals in recognition of September being National Whole Grains Month and the #ButFirstWholeGrain Challenge. Find more on our sponsored post policy here.

Summer’s over and school is in session. Which — for you summer lovers (looking at ourselves here) — may be a bit of a bummer. I mean, we do love our pool time. But, guys, if you’re in the same missing-summer boat, we have just the challenge for you! You know the whole “but first, coffee” joke? We’ve got a healthier twist on it that’s not only going to get you psyched for a new season but will also help you and your fam set healthy habits — starting with whole grains. Because, as you know, man we love our whole grains.

Not-so-fun fact: did you know that 99 percent of adult peeps and kiddos don’t get enough whole grains in their eats? Forty-eight grams of whole grains are recommended for adults daily and choosing foods made with whole grains is a key part of a healthy diet and has been linked to several health benefits, including: heart health, better weight maintenance, improved digestive health and reduced risk of certain cancers. Not to mention that whole grains are also a great source of energy and provide B vitamins and minerals (great for workouts!).

We think the best way to help people hit that goal of at least 48 grams of whole grain recommended daily is to put whole grains not just top of mind — but also top of plate or bowl (or hand!) with the #ButFirstWholeGrain Challenge. And with General Mills Big G Cereals.

Whole grain is the FIRST ingredient found in every box of General Mills Big G Cereals. So, besides being totally and absolutely delicious, you know that you’re getting in good stuff. (Plus, has there ever been an easier and more convenient way to snack or have breakfast than with cereal — especially for busy moms? We think not.)

And because September is National Whole Grains Month, we’re challenging you this week to …

Take the #ButFirstWholeGrain Challenge With Us & Win

We’re giving away four prize packs of our fave whole-grain first General Mills cereals to people who participate in the below on social media and/or comment on this post. So, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use #ButFirstWholeGrain and tag us (@FitBottomedGirl) and @GeneralMillsCereal when replying! (U.S. only please — winners will be notified on social media and in the comments below in about a week.)

Monday (today): Munchable Monday
How can you get whole grains into your next snack?

Tuesday:  Take-It-Up-a-Notch Tuesday
How will you get your 48 grams of recommended whole grains today?

Wednesday: Ready, Set, Go! with the Grain Wednesday
Show us whole-grain breakfast!

Thursday: Thrilling Thursday
Since whole grains are great energy, tell us what fun activity your whole grains are giving you an energy boost for!

Friday: Finish Line Friday
What’s your best #ButFirstWholeGrain tip learned from the week?

General Mills Cereal believes in the power of whole-grain goodness and so do we. So, who’s in to take the #ButFirstWholeGrain Challenge with us? Leave a comment below to enter to win. We’re challenging our buds @carrotsncake, @hungryrunnergrl and @runeatrepeat to BRING IT! —Jenn



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6 Unexpected Truths About Your First SoulCycle Class

Interested in taking a SoulCycle class? Amy Williams has all the deets on what you can expect. As an attorney and freelance writer who’s curiously exploring ways to make healthy living more entertaining, Amy blogs at Bibsandblisters.com and Tweets from @aymer22. Be sure to check out her post on what to expect training for your […]


Interested in taking a SoulCycle class? Amy Williams has all the deets on what you can expect. As an attorney and freelance writer who’s curiously exploring ways to make healthy living more entertaining, Amy blogs at Bibsandblisters.com and Tweets from @aymer22. Be sure to check out her post on what to expect training for your first half marathon, too, here!

Preparing for your first SoulCycle class can feel a little intimidating, even for the most fitness-savvy gym rats. From rented shoes to dark rooms and candles, SoulCycle is an experience far beyond the typical group exercise class. Before you reserve a bike and commit to your first class, get up to speed on these unexpected truths about that first class.

1. You will sweat.

This may not seem like an unexpected truth; obviously you will sweat during a 45-minute cycling class. It’s actually the amount that you will sweat that is unexpected. Even after you wipe your face on the towel draped across the bike’s bars, you will feel the sweat running out of your pores. It’s a tight room, filled with others also gushing sweat, so leave your self-consciousness at the door. Just don’t plan to immediately head to brunch when class is over.

2. You may feel an urge to cry, shout or smile.

Even if you expect the physical workout to be a challenge, you may feel unprepared for the emotional workout. The SoulCycle instructors have a unique way of pulling you inside yourself in almost an aggressive meditation. Between cues to increase speed or resistance, the instructors also call out positive affirmations or challenge you to create something in this particular moment. Between bouts of utter physical exhaustion, there’s an emotional release that you might not expect, but don’t want to miss.

3. You feel like a member of the “pack.”

If you’ve tried group exercise before, you already know there’s a certain magic to the shared endorphin rush of a hard group exercise class, but this is different. After one visit to a SoulCycle class, I felt like I became part of the “pack.” From the instructors to the experienced participants to the friendly staff, newbies aren’t just welcomed, but are initiated and applauded. The round of applause at the end of class for the new members was a great pick-me-up after a challenging workout.

4. You don’t have to push yourself; the music does.

Don’t worry about being able to keep up with the pack during the class — the music has a way of forcing you to keep up. Once you click those rented shoes into the bike’s pedals, the beat of the music will be the push you need to go faster or push harder. Follow the music and don’t worry too much about pushing yourself.

5. Your arms will burn, too.

Obviously, you expect your legs and buns to burn after a SoulCycle class, but the added arm workout is an unexpected benefit. Don’t scoff at the two-pound weights on the back of each bike because it’s actuallu the number of reps — not the amount of the weight — that leaves your arms burning.

6. There’s no room for personal space.

The bikes are packed very tightly into an already small studio. If you’re at all claustrophobic, try to reserve a bike nearest the door and toward the back. Once the class gets going, you will probably be too busy to care that 45 strangers are packed around you — all sweating and cycling to the beat — but when you’re climbing over bikes to find yours, it can feel a little intense. Arrive early, find your bike and take advantage of the staff’s willingness to help you find just the right position for your body.

Despite the unfamiliarity you may initially feel when you enter your first SoulCycle, you’ll probably leave feeling eager to go back. Regardless of your fitness level, check it out and enjoy your experience! —Amy Williams



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Why You Should Walk Your Dog (or Someone Else’s) Today

Taking your dog (or someone else’s) for a walk is seriously awesome for the both of you. And this post written by Casey Dickson, community member at Rover.com — which is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers — breaks down why. These days exercise takes many forms, and many of […]


Taking your dog (or someone else’s) for a walk is seriously awesome for the both of you. And this post written by Casey Dickson, community member at Rover.com — which is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers — breaks down why.

These days exercise takes many forms, and many of them are expensive. From gym memberships to studio classes, it can be hard to find a consistent workout regimen that fits within a reasonable budget (and that you work into a long-term routine).

We all know that walking and moving around in general is good for us, but how good is it … really? And how do we implement it into our routine in a way that will allow us to consistently reap those benefits? How about with a good ol’ regular walk with a pup! Here are four reasons why walking the dog is truly awesome.

Improves Your Mood

Getting those muscles moving calms down your nervous system and leaves your mind free to wander, ponder or simply smile at the sweet friend trotting along next to you.

Boosts Creativity

Walking kicks your brain into a higher gear. Research has shown that walking gets those creative juices flowing much faster than sitting at a desk with a cup of coffee.

Gets You Fitter Without the Impact

Walking is an incredible way to boost your health and your fitness — with no added stress on the joints and extra equipment necessary!

You Can Make Some Movin’ Money

Many sources of income are earned from behind a desk under fluorescent lights — with a bottom firmly planted in a seat. Not the case with a dog-walking job. You can actually work as a dog walker — which you can sign up for easily on Rover.com. It’s a trifold kind of hustle: earning you extra cash and calories burned with a serious uptick in mood. And on your journey to better fitness and an improved mood, you get to make a whole host of sweet canine friends.

Have any good dog-walking stories to share? Leave them in a comment! Casey Dickson



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Fashion From the Depths of My Gym Bag

Over the course of four months, I’ll be flying from Florida to New York, Las Vegas, Michigan, California (for our retreat — will I see you there?) and Italy (by way of London). And, while it’s not unusual for me to travel a fair bit each year, this definitely exceeds my typical time above 10,000 […]


Over the course of four months, I’ll be flying from Florida to New York, Las Vegas, Michigan, California (for our retreat — will I see you there?) and Italy (by way of London). And, while it’s not unusual for me to travel a fair bit each year, this definitely exceeds my typical time above 10,000 feet … as well as the number of times I’ll be packing and repacking my bags.

Oh, and did I mention that I’m refusing to check a bag for any of these flights? Yep. So, my packing game has gotta be on point, which can be tricky because for most of these trips, I have at least one event where I need to look … nice. Not, like, athleisurely nice (because that’s a piece of cake for me!), but more on the dressed up end of the spectrum. Meaning a dress, and nice shoes and no wrinkles — which is tough because the only iron I wield with any competence is that of the curling variety. Well, and I guess also the iron you pump. But you get the idea.

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Happily, the universe seemed to hear my call and I’ve had a couple of super stylish product cross my desk in recent weeks — and you guys? They make packing so much easier. Get ready to fall a little bit in love with the two newest additions to my closet (and an oldie but goodie that I purchased years ago but can’t help but share here).

I love, love, love a wrap dress, but have historically had a tough time finding one that works for me — something about my broad shoulders and bust size generally leads to a lot more being on display than I intend. But this dress is a faux wrap, and while the v-neck comes low, after numerous wears, it’s never even hinted at showing my bra. And that’s not even the best thing about it. This dress is legitimately wrinkle-free. No, really. It was in a ball at the bottom of my bag, I pulled it out, put it on, and five minutes later went on a date with my husband where multiple people stopped me to compliment me on or ask me about my dress.

My thought is that, if you’re wearing a lovely dress in a bright color or bold print, you rarely need much more in terms of accessories, which is why I think the “perfect” part of this dress’ name is super accurate. Leota sent me the Alhambra Fern print, which I adore, but the brand is known for its bold prints that are hand-painted in house. If wrap dresses aren’t your jam, they have sheaths, rompers, caftans, maxis, shirt dresses, cocktail dresses and more (including maternity and styles designed for fuller figures). Also, if you’re on a budget, be sure to check the sale section — there are some pretty sweet options in there for an awesome deal.

Nobody gets more use than I do out of those cheap drawstring backpacks you get at races. I use them all the time. And when I’m not using one of those, I generally have either my backpack (because laptop = life) or just my small wallet, which, now that I have a big ol’ phone, just barely holds the essentials. If I need an extra lipstick or something? Totes out of luck. Which is why having a cool clutch is ideal (and if you need inspiration, here you go!). The one that Neely and Chloe sent me — No. 23 The Large Clutch Suede — is compact enough to fit in my backpack (or my suitcase without taking up much space) but has enough space to carry just about anything I might need for an evening or an event. This particular style has nice, sleek lines, so it’s dressy enough for a big night, but it’s not over the top, so it can easily be paired with jeans and a tee. And if I’m spending my money on something other than running shoes, I need it to be multi-purpose, you know?

And speaking of spending money on shoes …

In theory, I love a super high heel. But when it comes to me actually having to walk anywhere — or even stand on my feet for any period of time — I just can’t do it. Between my creaky knees and weak ankles, spending an evening solely in stilettos is a disaster waiting to happen. Plus, big heels take up a lot of space, so with the packing challenges I’m staring down, they’re just out. But what’s not out? Foldable flats, and happily, I invested in a pair of Tieks a few years ago — a move for which I’ve thanked myself over and over again. Now, these are a little on the high-end side, but I’d worn through so many pairs of lower quality foldy flats already that I felt it was money well-spent. These shoes are made to be comfortable and durable, and they come in 58 prints and colors, so you can opt for bright, neutral or shiny shiny (which I believe goes with everything — Metallic Pewter has yet to let me down).

What’s your biggest packing struggle? Overpacking? Forgetting things? I find overpacking incredibly easy to do, but I’m really working minimizing! Kristen



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How to Keep Your Metabolism Burning Long After You Leave the Gym

Love the feeling that comes with a really great workout? Hey, us, too! And today, in this guest post, Brent Frayser — a media relations representative for Orangetheory Fitness and a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in  business administration — is telling us how to get our burn on both in […]


Love the feeling that comes with a really great workout? Hey, us, too! And today, in this guest post, Brent Frayser — a media relations representative for Orangetheory Fitness and a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in  business administration — is telling us how to get our burn on both in and out of the gym, all day long. Brent was born and raised in the South and is very outgoing, with a strong sense of determination. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, writing, coaching baseball and football, and spending time with family and friends. Read on for his best metabolism-boosting tips!

To stay in good shape, most people need to eat healthy and exercise on a regular basis. But, most people do not have a lot of time to spend in the gym. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to stay active and get that metabolism going, even when you’re away from the gym!

Do High-Intensity Workouts

My first tip is to do high-intensity workouts. High-intensity workouts, such as those that are done in classes by Orangetheory Fitness, make your body work as hard as possible during a shorter exercise session. When doing a high-intensity workout, you will likely only have to exercise at a high intensity for 20 to 30 minutes, five days per week. This is much shorter than some workout routines that suggest doing more than one hour of exercise at a time at a lower intensity.

Lift Weights

Another tip that can keep you burning is to lift weights. The process of lifting weights can be intense, which leads to short bursts of hard activity. This process alone is considered a high-intensity workout. But, lifting weights regularly will help you to build lean muscle mass, which burns far more calories than fat. This means that the more muscle you build by lifting weights, the more you will burn fat once you are away from the gym. You should focus on lifting weights at least twice per week, hitting the major muscle groups (legs, back and chest).

Find Time to Move

Think outside the gym and find time to move during the day. While you will burn the most amount of calories during a good workout, most people can still find a few times throughout the rest of the day to bump up their activity. Ideally, you should find a way to go for a quick 5-minute walk or do another task, getting your heart rate up every hour. While these mini workouts may seem small, they really add up by the end of the day!

Stay Hydrated

One of the most important tips is to stay hydrated, both during your workout and afterward. All adults should try to get at least 64 ounces of water on a daily basis. This can help to prevent short-term dehydration, which has been shown to slow your metabolism. Furthermore, drinking water can help prevent you from feeling hungry, which can help you avoid snacking during the day.

Nail Your Nutrition

It’s also important that you follow a healthy diet. Focus on eating plenty of whole grains, proteins, and fruits and vegetables. This will give your body plenty of fiber, which will keep you feeling full and energized. Furthermore, avoid eating added sugar and processed carbs, particularly during the first hour after you have completed a workout.

What’s your favorite way to burn … and burn … and burn? Brent Frayser



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My Surprising Trip to Charleston

This post is sponsored by Marshalls. Find more on our sponsored post policy here. If you’ve been following us on Instagram, the cat is out of the bag. But in case you haven’t (well, you should — follow us here!), I went on my Choose Surprise trip for Marshalls. And it was everything. EVERYTHING. The one […]


This post is sponsored by Marshalls. Find more on our sponsored post policy here.

If you’ve been following us on Instagram, the cat is out of the bag. But in case you haven’t (well, you should — follow us here!), I went on my Choose Surprise trip for Marshalls. And it was everything. EVERYTHING.

The one thing I love most about Marshalls is exactly what they are best known for — amazing surprises in each of their stores at incredible prices. That element of surprise makes shopping FUN, and I love knowing that even though I don’t know exactly what I might find, I definitely know that I’m going to walk away with something (or several things!) that I love. I took this state of mind with me to Charleston, and it inspired every aspect of my trip — from my shopping trip to Marshalls to get me packed and ready, to the amazing things I did/saw/ate over the course of the weekend (more on that below!). Trying new things and making surprise a choice is pretty liberating — and I actually learned a lot about myself after a weekend away with just me! And it all started with a little inspiration from Marshalls to find out what would happen when I really step out of my predictable routine.

Wanna hear the play-by-play? I thought you’d never ask!

First, as I headed to the airport, I opened my sealed Pack Up + Go envelope (at last!) and found out that I was going to — surprise — Charleston! I’ve been to a lot of U.S. cities before, but never had I been to Charleston. And I was pumped. I’ve watched travel programs and food shows all about Charleston’s beauty, charm and food scene. And, guys, it lived up to the hype.

So, on a plane I got with all my awesome Marshalls finds. Did you know they even have great deals on luggage, totes, accessories, beauty supplies and travel must-haves — like the eye pillow and headphones you see below? And that they get new stuff in all the time, so you never know exactly what you’re going to find — but you can be totally confident that you’re going to love it? True story!

After two quick flights, I landed in Charleston and immediately got that Southern hospitality that the town is known for. As I got off the plane, one airport employee asked me how I was doing. I said, “Good!” and asked him how he was. His response? “Ma’am, I am loving life,” with a huge smile on his face. I came *this close* to high-fiving him because that, my friends, is how to live.

That first night in, I got settled into my hotel room (I stayed at Belmond Charleston Place — so nice!), unpacked and then spent far too long figuring out what to wear to dinner at Prohibition (I had SO many great options from Marshalls that it was hard to choose, but I settled on a long, flowy black dress with sandals, jean jacket in case I got cold inside, hat and a clutch that was just the right mix of cute and comfy but also totally suitable for where I was going) and had to power walk down King Street to make my reservation time (bonus cardio!). There I had a great cocktail and some amazing roasted carrots and fresh grouper.

That next morning, I went for a leisurely jog down to the Battery and ran along the seawall, admiring both the views of the water and the gorgeous homes. Along the way, I took plenty of walk breaks, stopping to read about some of the historic buildings (and there are a lot of them!) or slowing down just to admire a beautiful garden, flowering tree or cool antique or hat shop. It was so fun to go jogging in a new place, but also to slow down and soak in the city. Charleston has the kind of beauty that just makes you want to stop and admire it. Truly, a surprise around every corner.

After my run, I cleaned up and went on a walking food tour. Charleston is known for being a foodie’s dream (and everywhere I went they had fantastic gluten-free options!), so I had mini meals or snacks at five awesome places. It was so fun, and I, quite literally, got a taste of what Charleston is all about, plus lots of history. From hash to pralines to grits to collard greens to spices and tea, it was delicious. (I’ll write all about that in a second post on Fit Bottomed Eats later, so stay tuned for that!)

And I knew exactly what I wanted to wear for the food tour. I picked up this romper at Marshalls before my trip and I knew it would be PERFECT for the hot, humid weather. It’s totally comfortable and can be dressed up or down depending on what shoes and accessories you wear with it. Seeing that I’m normally in running kicks, the gold wedges were quite the fashion departure for me, but it felt really, really good. I felt like a true Southern belle (and got lots of compliments on my outfit!).

After the food tour, my belly was full, and I headed back to the The Belmond for spa time. I had a massage, manicure and facial. IT. WAS. GLORIOUS. I hadn’t had my nails done in about a year, and I haven’t had a massage or facial since I was pregnant with Gwen … and she’ll be two-and-a-half in September, so, yeah. It was totally outside of my norm and absolutely amazing. The food tour filled my belly with goodness, and the spa filled my spirit with calm.

After getting my zen on, I put on another amazing find from Marshalls and went to one of the hottest restaurants in Charleston: Husk. The pink ruffles are perfectly Southern and perfectly right for a night out. This is yet another instance when I walked into Marshalls, tried on something new and was surprised with how much I LOVED it on. Paired with a cute little clutch I picked up at Marshalls, too, it was great for a night out on the town.

And the food did not disappoint. Oysters … tomato salad … Carolina Gold rice … catfish … peanut butter chocolate shake … bourbon. It was one of the best meals I’ve ever had. You know when they talk about being able to taste someone’s love or passion in the food? Husk has that. If you’re going to Charleston, book a reservation as soon as you know your dates (I was told by a number of locals that they couldn’t believe I got a reservation), get there early to sit on the gorgeous front porch, and order everything on the menu. You won’t regret it.

That next morning, I took a leisurely stroll down King Street to another recommended restaurant: Stars. I’d learned on my food tour that brunch was a big deal for Charleston folks — just about everyone goes after church (they don’t call it the Holy City for nothing!). So clearly I had to do brunch right. And Stars had a great buffet. It was a nice way to try a little of everything: local fresh fruit, shrimp and grits, kale salad, omelette, roasted potatoes, and sausage. Plus, coffee. Always coffee.

My last stop in Charleston was at Mira Winery. The wine is actually made in Napa, but one of the owners has a home in Charleston so they decided to open a tasting room. Lucky for me, I could get in a tasting just before my flight home. These are my kind of pours …

And it was great. I sat outside on their back patio, under the shade of a big umbrella and beautiful sprawling oaks, and leisurely sipped on some seriously GOOD vino.

And I mean leisurely. I sat there for almost two hours, and enjoyed every second.

And, to be honest, that really surprised me about the entire trip. I’ve flown alone plenty. But vacationed, fine-dined and wine-tasted alone? Not really. Not ever. I’ve always been with someone or going to visit someone or meeting up with someone. But it was really nice to just sit back and have a whole table to myself. Sometimes I’d chat with fellow diners or have a longer conversation with the server about the food or wine, but quite often, I’d just relax, enjoy and take it all in. I was surprised by how good that felt.

I was also surprised with how much fun I had dressing up for, really, no one else but myself. I was in a new place, doing new things, and it was freeing to wear clothes I didn’t normally wear. I saw myself in a new way. Not better — just different sides of myself. And, in a lot of ways, it was a total confidence booster. I liked spending time with myself. I liked looking good and dressing up. I liked treating myself to dessert and a glass of wine. I liked mixing things up. I liked slowing down. I chose surprise — and I saw myself in a new way.

A huge thanks to Marshalls for sending me on this amazing trip and helping me to break out of my everyday routine. A huge thanks to the people in Charleston for being so nice, welcoming and making some darn delicious food (and taking my photo so often!). And a huge thanks to — corny as it is — surprise itself. Surprise itself surprised me with how much one trip could make me see myself in a new way.

Have you ever been on a trip and found yourself changed from the experience? Did it surprise you, too? —Jenn



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How a Professional Snowboarder Strengthens Her Core

Professional snowboarder Spencer O’Brien is a six-time X Games medalist, Olympian, FIS World Champion, TTR World Champion, Winter Dew Tour Champion and five-year veteran of the Canadian National Team. Whoa, that’s quite the resume, right?! But get this. She first learned to snowboard at age 11, and then turned pro just five years later at […]


Professional snowboarder Spencer O’Brien is a six-time X Games medalist, Olympian, FIS World Champion, TTR World Champion, Winter Dew Tour Champion and five-year veteran of the Canadian National Team.

Whoa, that’s quite the resume, right?!

But get this. She first learned to snowboard at age 11, and then turned pro just five years later at the age of 16. Her career hasn’t been without hardship though. In 2013, O’Brien was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis — just two months before the Sochi Winter Olympics. While dealing with pain and overcoming obstacles to identify the right course of treatment, O’Brien has kept kicking butt in the sport of snowboarding.

And today, we have the workout that helps to keep her core strong and her snowboarding tricks ON POINT.

Spencer O’Brien’s Core Workout

  1. Diagonal plank matrix, 3 x 12: Start in forearm plank position,. Reach out with your left hand, then your right, keeping your torso square. Then push up to full plank and do two mountain climbers. That’s one rep!
  2. Plank arcs, 3 x 6: Spencer’s tip: “Keep your torso square and your bum down.”
  3. Stability ball V-ups, 3 x 12. If you don’t have a ball, you can do these on the floor.
  4. TRX diagonal mountain climbers, 3 x 10: Make sure to do 10 on each side!

Spencer’s Core Workout Video

Kick-ass, right?! Right now Spencer is training to represent Canada at the upcoming Pyeongchang Winter Games Olympics in 2018 in the Snowboard Slopestyle and Big Air disciplines. We wish her so much luck! —Jenn



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Do Expensive Skin Creams Really Work Better?

This post is sponsored by Olay. Find more on our sponsored post policy here. Age ain’t nothing but a number. And that’s the truth. BUT. I wouldn’t be honest if it didn’t feel like my face just hit the jackpot every time I got carded or someone commented on me looking way younger than my age. I […]


This post is sponsored by Olay. Find more on our sponsored post policy here.

Age ain’t nothing but a number. And that’s the truth.

BUT. I wouldn’t be honest if it didn’t feel like my face just hit the jackpot every time I got carded or someone commented on me looking way younger than my age. I mean, I eat right, try to get eight hours of sleep a night, drink tons of water, do burpees, think positive thoughts — so I should look pretty fit and healthy, right?

Well, one area I’ve been totally ignoring is my face. I mean, I know it’s there. And I like it! But instead of me trying to do anything about those fine lines and wrinkles, I’ve kind of just been ignoring them. Because … A) I didn’t want to really think about getting older; B) Have you seen anti-aging creams and products lately? There are a million of them. And a lot of them are pricey; C) How the heck do you pick one — and actually know that it’s going to work?

And then I got the answer: science.

An independent test by the Good Housekeeping Institute showed that Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream outperforms 10 top prestige creams, including one with a $440 price tag. A 1.7-ounce container of Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream goes for $26.99 sooo …

I decided to try it out for myself. Because — let’s be honest — no burpee (no matter how much I love doing ’em) is ever going to make the lines on my face disappear overnight. But this stuff? The reviews are SO good.

And, ladies, even if you’re not experiencing fine lines and wrinkles yet (high-five, right here), this is the kind of product that you want to start using no matter how many trips around the sun you’ve celebrated. Not only is it an anti-aging cream, but it’s also a moisturizing and plumping powerhouse that can help younger women to actually prevent those wrinkles and fine lines. Plus, it won’t break the bank!

You simply wash your face like you normally do in the morning and at night, then rub a thin layer of this skin cream gently in. As it goes on you can almost instantaneously feel the hydration. Which is SO important! Hydration is one of the ways you can fight aging when you’re younger, and its essential to having bright, full and beautiful skin. This skin cream is so rich and yet somehow it doesn’t feel heavy or greasy in the least — it absorbs really, really well. In just one day, you can start to see results. I know I did! (And, yeah, obviously no filters are used below and I have no make-up on. Just me right after I washed my face, and me again, three hours later. Same bathroom, same light … much smoother and brighter face!)

In fact, according to the aforementioned Good Housekeeping Institute study, at the three-hour mark, Olay moisturized 400 percent better than a cream nearly 18 times its price and beat all other products tested. It also increased moisture by 50 percent on average over a 24-hour period. Formulated with powerhouse ingredients like niacinamide, carob seed extract, vitamin E and hyaluronic acid, Olay was found to improve skin’s texture by 10 percent in four weeks. Seeing how much it’s already changed my skin in just a few weeks of use, I cannot wait to see what it looks like in a month.

And it’s so great to put another Olay product into my life. I’ve been using Olay body wash and face cleansers since I was a teen, and now I’m thrilled to put Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream in my daily skincare rotation. Olay is a worldwide leader in skin care and has been trusted by women for more than 60 years. Olay was founded on the philosophy to maintain a deep understanding of women’s changing needs and to combine products that fit their needs with the latest advances in skin care technology without premium prices. And you know what? I think this product embraces that perfectly. It’s made a believer out of me already!

Has your skincare routine changed as the years have passed? I really wish this had been around when I was in my 20s. No telling how young I’d look! —Jenn 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine.



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Glycerin 15 Giveaway and How You Can Score a Brooks Endorsement Deal

Ever thought it would be super duper cool to land an endorsement deal for running? Like, that would be the best gig ever, right? Get paid to run? Well, now you can brag to all of your friends and family that you’re officially an endorsed runner with Brooks Running through what’s being called the biggest […]


Ever thought it would be super duper cool to land an endorsement deal for running? Like, that would be the best gig ever, right? Get paid to run? Well, now you can brag to all of your friends and family that you’re officially an endorsed runner with Brooks Running through what’s being called the biggest endorsement deal in sports history: the Brooks Big Endorsement.

Brooks is inviting all runners to make their childhood dreams come true by signing up here. It costs nothing and — in addition to bragging rights — all Brooks-endorsed athletes will receive a $1 check and access to content from Brooks experts about training, nutrition and a variety of other running related topics. Plus, a super cool certificate that shows you have an official deal. It’s kind of amazing. So do it now and become part of a movement that shows that ALL runners (Olympics-level fast to turtle-paced) deserve support for getting out there — and that the coolest thing about running is the community of all kinds of runners!

Glycerin 15 Giveaway

Need more incentive to sign up for the Brooks Big Endorsement? How about a free pair of Glycerin 15s for one lucky U.S. reader? Kristen just reviewed them, and we think it goes without saying that you want to win these. Enter to win a free pair in the color of your choosing by leaving a comment with what your running dreams are. Want a second entry? Tell a friend about this post and then leave a comment saying who you told. Want a third entry? Sign up for the Brooks Big Endorsement and leave another comment about how it makes you feel to be all official and stuff.

G’luck and happy running, all! —Jenn



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How I’m Preparing for My Surprise Getaway (Plus, My Best Packing Tips!)

This post is sponsored by Marshalls. Find more on our sponsored post policy here. You know how we’re always talking about busting out of your comfort zone? Well, I am about to do just that by giving up all control, planning and logistics and just letting surprise take over. And you know what? Even though I’m […]


This post is sponsored by Marshalls. Find more on our sponsored post policy here.

You know how we’re always talking about busting out of your comfort zone? Well, I am about to do just that by giving up all control, planning and logistics and just letting surprise take over. And you know what? Even though I’m a bit Type A (actually, probably mostly because I’m Type A), it feels awesome.

Wondering exactly what I’m talking about? I’m talking about choosing surprise!

We’ve partnered with Marshalls and they’re sending me on a surprise trip this weekend via Pack Up + Go. That’s right. I don’t know where I’m going or exactly what I’m going to be doing. NO IDEA. Total surprise. Ahhh!

But, I did get a list of what I should pack. Which required a little shopping …

This baby is about to get filled up!

Because — let’s be honest — my wardrobe consists of mostly workout clothes and running shoes. Which is great (and, for the record, Marshalls has a great selection of activewear), but this is all about choosing surprise.

For me, going shopping for dresses and wedges and sunglasses and beauty products and handbags is a serious fashion surprise. And, turns out, really, really fun.

It’s also heart-warming and nostalgic for me, as Marshalls has been a part of my shopping life since I was a little girl. My grandmother used to take me there when she’d go shopping, and I have so many fond memories of tagging along with her, searching for the best designer and brand name items at unbelievable prices. (If there’s anything that Grandma Shaver loved, it was scooping up a deal on the same quality stuff you’d see in the department store!) And, even cooler, Marshalls doesn’t just get its merchandise seasonally like a lot of stores — they get new items several times a week. So every time you go in there, you find something new and awesome.

My grandmother could shop like no other (like, for hours), and while normally I’m not a big shopper, I think she’d be proud. I really embraced the Choose Surprise feeling and tried on SO many styles that I normally wouldn’t. And I fell in love with so many things that, had I gone in with a different mindset, I’d have never considered putting on. It’s funny what happens when you try something new, huh?

And it felt really great. Almost like I was discovering a new side of myself. I love the side of me that’s active and sweaty and ready to move, but I also like the side that’s game to glam it up, be on trend and just have fun with my look. Just like trying a new workout, you ALWAYS feel awesome when you bust out of your shell and mix it up. And I was SO pleased with all of the amazing stuff I found!

And now overflowing with goodness!

I left that store with a cart filled with goodies. And not just sandals and dresses and jeans — I got headphones, a travel pillow, new suitcase, hat, headphones, snacks, relaxation and beauty products, a romper, a sleep mask and more (which I’ll be sharing with you in a post that recaps my surprise trip later!).

I cannot wait — not only to see where the heck I’m going, but also to wear all these outfits and put all of this new gear to use! I mean, where am I wearing the below (adorable) shooties to? I NEED TO KNOW!

Which leads me to my best packing tips! Because, of course, I’m already mostly packed. I’m just that excited for the surprise!

My 5 Best Packing Tips

1. Roll your clothes. I picked up a number of cute, flowy dresses and tops at Marshalls and there’s no way I want to arrive at my surprise destination and have to iron before I go out to do whatever amazing surprise things that are planned. I’ve found that if you roll your clothes (rather than fold), they not only take up less room in your suitcase, but also they really don’t wrinkle. Such an easy thing to do that makes unpacking a thousand times better when you land!

2. Choose your flight outfit strategically. There’s no way I’m going to crush that cute little hat I bought in my suitcase, so I’m going to wear it on the plane. I’m also going to wear comfy shoes and the bulkiest stuff I’m taking — jeans, jean jacket — and I’ll carry on my largest tote with a smaller bag inside.

3. Carry on your fave products in smaller sizes. I picked this up at Marshalls and will fill it up with my beauty essentials — including some new oils and bath products I found there, much to my relaxation-loving delight!

4. Pack earlier than later. Packing is the one thing you don’t want to procrastinate. I’m always afraid I’m going to forget something, so packing early gives my brain a little extra time to make sure I got it all.

5. Create your own zen on the plane. Traveling can be stressful, so make sure you’ve got what you need to enjoy the ride: snacks, a travel pillow, sleep mask, suitcase tags with your name and number in case something gets lost, chargers, sunglasses, headphones with chill tunes and — most importantly — a good attitude. You’re going on an adventure!

And then, just be ready to surprise yourself with how good it feels to try something new! How can you surprise yourself today? A trip to Marshalls might be in order, right?! I’ll get the reusable bags … —Jenn



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How to Successfully Transition From Road Running to Trail Running

Are you a road runner who wants to venture onto less-traveled trails? If running the same paved route is starting to feel monotonous, then developing your trail-running skills and spending more time in a natural environment could be your ticket to better — and happier — running and fitness. But many women view trail running […]


Are you a road runner who wants to venture onto less-traveled trails? If running the same paved route is starting to feel monotonous, then developing your trail-running skills and spending more time in a natural environment could be your ticket to better — and happier — running and fitness.

But many women view trail running with some apprehension, because they’re unsure of how to navigate the terrain, how to stay safe, and what trail-specific gear to get. A new book, The Trail Runner’s Companion: A Step-by-Step Guide to Trail Running and Racing, from 5Ks to Ultras, delivers everything a gal (and guy) needs to know to hit the trail. Written by trail-running coach Sarah Lavender Smith — a 48-year-old working mom of two teens, whose running resume includes several top finishes at 70-plus marathons and ultras — the book is both a practical training guide and an inspiring read full of real-life trail tales. (For example, want to know what it’s like to get your period unexpectedly at Mile 12 of your first 50-mile race? Read the section, “How to Pee, Poop, and Deal With Your Period on the Trail.”)

The Trail Runner’s Companion goes beyond coaching technique; it also reveals the ethos and spirit of the sport. In this excerpt from Chapter 1, Sarah explains how to develop a trail runner’s mindset, to successfully transition from road to trail. (Excerpted with permission from The Trail Runner’s Companion, which can be purchased here. For more info on Sarah and trail running, check out her blog, TheRunnersTrip.com. )

The First Step: Think and Act Like a Trail Runner

The first thing to realize is this: Trail running is about more than the physical surface you’re running on and the environment surrounding you. It’s a mindset, an attitude, even a culture.

This mindset, and the culture around the sport of trail running, tends to be:

  • More flexible than prescribed about pace, elevation change, and terrain
  • More adventurous than cautious
  • More inclined to run by feel than by data output
  • More unplugged than attached to and distracted by devices
  • More interested in going long and steady than short and fast
  • More friendly than standoffish
  • More humble than arrogant

6 Ways to Adopt a Trail Runner’s Mindset

David Laney, of Ashland, Oregon, was named UltraRunning Magazine’s 2015 “Ultrarunner of the Year” because of his accomplishments at prestigious, ultra-distance trail races. But he also is a 2:17 road marathoner, so it’s safe to say he knows a thing or two about crossing over from road racing to long-distance trail running.

When asked during an interview with UltraRunnerPodcast.com if he had any advice for runners who are just starting to get into trail running, his answer nicely captured the trail runner’s mindset:

“The biggest thing is to just kind of chill,” he said. “The trails are really, really different. The intensity is different, the way it beats you up is different; it’s really fun, but you have to take it slow at first.”

Beyond “chill,” how can you act and think more like a trail runner? Try these:

1. Be exploratory and even playful during your regular road runs. If you always run the same sidewalk on the same loop around your neighborhood, deviate from the route to explore a side street. Hop off the sidewalk, over the curb, and weave in and out of the street (avoiding traffic, of course) so your sidewalk run incorporates subtle shifts and movements in different directions, as in trail running. If you spot a grassy area, run across it just for fun. If you run past a parking structure, run up the stairwell and down the ramps. Even on a familiar road route, challenge yourself to try new things or go new places while running.

2. Make at least one of your weekly runs a trail run in a mostly natural environment. Over the weekend, plan your schedule of runs and workouts for the coming week; find a time and place to fit in a trail run. Research trails and choose a new one to explore. Make a commitment and look forward to this special run.

3. On both your road runs and trail runs, don’t be distracted by your phone. Turn off its notifications, and pack it away in a pocket or hydration pack rather than carrying it in your hand, so you’re not tempted to look at it and check messages or social media. Also, try running without music. You might find this boring at first. That’s the point: to develop patience and tune into your present surroundings, which can trigger some of your best thinking. Save your music and podcasts for extra-long, multi-hour runs when it’s okay to tune out for an hour or so.

4. Pay attention. Cultivate mindfulness — an awareness of your present surroundings. Open your ears and eyes to what’s around you. This is for your own safety, because on trail runs, paying attention is key to avoiding hazards. A keen awareness of your surroundings will help prevent you from bonking your head on a low tree limb or tripping over a root.

5. Minimize the amount you check your GPS during your run. Many runners become addicted to the pace and mileage settings on their high-tech watches. On trail terrain, measurements of average pace and cumulative distance are more likely to be inaccurate or lag behind real time. The signals that track your location and speed can be imprecise when you’re in a remote, woodsy environment with steep switchbacks, for example. You may find yourself frustrated if the pace and distance showing on your watch is noticeably different from what you feel to be accurate. Just chill out and ignore what your watch or smartphone GPS app says! Listen to your body instead. But keep your GPS running so that you have a general sense of how far you have gone, and at the end of your run, you’ll have a somewhat precise, but not perfect, tally of your miles and average pace. Don’t worry that you’re going “too slow” if your watch says your pace is a minute or more slower than you anticipated. Aim for less quantifiable, more intuitive efficiency and steadiness on the trail.

6. Smile. Seriously, smiling will help you feel better and run better! When you smile at others or just smile for the sake of smiling, even if you inwardly feel grumpy or fatigued and don’t genuinely want to smile, you are doing at least three beneficial things: spreading your joy and making other people more inclined to be friendly; improving your running form by relaxing your facial muscles and the tension in your upper body; and, increasing your odds of feeling and performing better for the remainder of your run. Think “fake it ’til you make it”; by smiling and acting positive, even if it’s somewhat faked or forced, you are increasing the likelihood that you actually will feel better. Trail runners “grin and bear it” — that is, they suffer discomfort during their runs with stoicism and humor — and by doing so, they work through those low points.

The only question is now, what trail will you hit first? —Jenn



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Dog Days of Summer Giveaway

It’s getting hot out there, and we thought, hey, why not do something extra cool (see what we did there?) … for you and your pup? Something like a special giveaway — for U.S. and Canadian readers! — from Kurgo! After all, they make some of our favorite doggie gear. Kurgo will give away one […]


It’s getting hot out there, and we thought, hey, why not do something extra cool (see what we did there?) … for you and your pup? Something like a special giveaway — for U.S. and Canadian readers! — from Kurgo! After all, they make some of our favorite doggie gear.

Kurgo will give away one Quantum Leash and Go-Tech Adventure Harness to one random U.S. or Canadian reader so that the winner can go on some epic active adventures with their pup this summer! Because, seriously, if you’ve never run with your dogs hands-free using a Quantum Leash and Go-Tech Adventure Harness, it’s the COOLEST!

Terms and Conditions: Giveaway begins on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 12:00 a.m. EST and ends on Friday, June 30, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST. No purchase is necessary to enter. Giveaway is only eligible to people residing in Canada and the USA. One winner will be randomly selected and notified via email after the giveaway has closed. By entering this giveaway, you subscribe to the Kurgo email newsletter.

Now that you’ve entered, tell us about your four-legged active buddy who you want to win this for! —Jenn



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Two Pieces of Apparel You’ll Feel Good In — and About

This post is sponsored by REPREVE. Find more on our sponsored post policy here. What’s the no. 1 thing we here at FBG look for in our apparel and swimwear? How it makes us feel. Because when we feel good, well, everything just seems to go a bit better. And here are two new pieces of […]


This post is sponsored by REPREVE. Find more on our sponsored post policy here.

What’s the no. 1 thing we here at FBG look for in our apparel and swimwear? How it makes us feel. Because when we feel good, well, everything just seems to go a bit better. And here are two new pieces of apparel that are making us feel SO good, inside and out. You guys just gotta check them out!

Waterlust Cosmic Coral Legging

How fun are these Cosmic Coral Leggings from Waterlust ($65)? With this super fun pattern that’s inspired by soft coral and looks out of this world (because it’s cosmic, get it?), these are soft, stretchy and just perfect for your yoga mat. Or brunch after. Or a walk. Or at the gym or even in the water. Okay, they’re really great anywhere. They’re made of 86 percent REPREVE (more on that in a bit!) and 14 percent lycra with a 50+ Ultraviolet Protection Factor — so they’re great whether you’re being active inside or out. And besides being hella cute and way flattering (the waistband sits perfectly — not too high, not too low), 10 percent of profits from each pair sold goes to Coral Morphologic to continue their research into coral reefs and further inspire others through their unique marriage of art and science. Yay science!

Bare Beach Double Strap Top and String Bottom

It can be really hard to find the perfect swimsuit. If you’re like me, you want something that’s flattering and that you feel good in. But you also want something you can move in. And this is kind of the perfect swimsuit for that! First, let’s talk about the Double Strap Top from Bare Beach ($53). It comes in solid colors, so it’s easy to mix and match, has great support for active, small- to medium-chested ladies and has the coolest tie in the back. It’s just the right mix of fashion and function. Then, there’s the String Bottom ($53). These have fun ties on the sides and enough coverage to make you feel like you can move around while still getting plenty of sunshine on your fit bottom. Both pieces are a mix of 82 percent REPREVE and 18 percent Spandex. So, like the leggings, you’ve got just the right amount of stretch and REPREVE …

What’s REPREVE, you ask?

While all the above pieces make us feel awesome, we want to tell you guys more about what they’re made of — because it’s amazing. REPREVE is an eco-friendly fiber that’s made from recycled materials like plastic bottles. And it’s freakin’ changing the world. Already in a ton of products (like the awesome ones above, plus other clothes, footwear and auto interiors), the company that makes REPREVE — Unifi — has recycled and transformed more than 5 billion plastic bottles into this special fiber. So, when you support and wear this stuff, you’re not only hooking yourself up with awesome high-performance apparel, but you’re also saying: Hey, world, I care about you and I want to make you a better place!

And that feels pretty great inside and out, doesn’t it? We think so. It’s recycled bottles reborn!Jenn



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Low-Sugar Rosemary Ginger Lemonade

This post is sponsored by Wholesome. Find more on our sponsored post policy here. This spring, I’ve gotten really into gardening. And sunshine. Because it was really, really rainy here for a few weeks and OMG there is nothing better than basking in the sun and working in the yard after drizzle and cold temps have kept […]


This post is sponsored by Wholesome. Find more on our sponsored post policy here.

This spring, I’ve gotten really into gardening. And sunshine.

Because it was really, really rainy here for a few weeks and OMG there is nothing better than basking in the sun and working in the yard after drizzle and cold temps have kept you inside with a toddler. Nothing.

And now that I’m spending lots of time outside on our back deck with my family and friends (seriously, outdoor gatherings are the best), I’m finding that I want something to sip on that’s as hydrating as water, but not, you know, water. I want something energizing. Something that screams spring fun. Something that’s refreshing and healthy … with just the right amount of sweetness.

Guys, I think I may have created just the perfect spring drink: Low-Sugar Rosemary Ginger Lemonade.

It’s light. It’s bright. I mean, it’s practically sunshine in a glass. And it’s perfection for springtime sippin’.

The fresh ginger and lemon juice is balanced out with savory rosemary (which I planted and was SO happy to harvest from my own garden for this recipe!) — and my new favorite ingredient: Wholesome Organic Stevia.

You know how some stevia has a bitter aftertaste? Not Wholesome Organic Stevia. It’s deliciously sweet with no bitter aftertaste, and it has zero calories and no glycemic impact, so it’s great if you’re watching your sugar intake or are controlling blood sugar spikes. It’s also organic, non-GMO, vegan and kosher. Compared to those chemically derived pink, yellow and blue sweeteners? This stuff is a clean-eating dream!


Low-Sugar Rosemary Ginger Lemonade

Serves: 4

Ingredients
3 cups water
Pinch of sea salt
6 large fresh rosemary sprigs (reserve 2 for garnish)
1 inch section of ginger root, peeled and sliced
1 teaspoon Wholesome Organic Stevia (or 4 packets)
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup cold water

Directions
1. Bring water and pinch of salt to a boil in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat and add in 4 rosemary sprigs and ginger. Cover pan and let seep for 30 minutes or longer. Strain out rosemary and ginger, and cool until at room temperature (can also store in the fridge for 24 hours).

2. Once cool, combine in a pitcher with Wholesome Organic Stevia, lemon juice and cold water.

3. Chill until ready to serve and then garnish with rosemary sprigs. Cheers!

So, yeah, Wholesome Organic Stevia is basically the best ingredient for a healthy lifestyle! It easily lightens your fave recipes and drinks, and is great for coffee, tea, cereal, smoothies, Greek yogurt, oatmeal … anywhere you need a little healthy sweetness.

Wanna pick up some Wholesome Organic Stevia and sip on this lovely lemonade with us? Get a coupon for Wholesome Organic Stevia here and pick some up online here or at your local Whole Foods, Target, HEB (in Texas), Wegmans, Meijer, Sprouts, Amazon or in Wholesome’s online store. Come sip on sunshine with us! Jenn

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Wholesome Stevia. The opinions and text are all mine.



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5 Tips to Make This Your Fittest and Most Feel-Good Summer Ever

This post is sponsored by Pure Protein. Find more on our sponsored post policy here. Summer has unofficially started, and, guys, we are PUMPED. And it’s not just because summer means sunshine and pools (although, yes, it does mean those things and that’s awesome). It’s also because we are determined to have our fittest — and […]


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Summer has unofficially started, and, guys, we are PUMPED.

And it’s not just because summer means sunshine and pools (although, yes, it does mean those things and that’s awesome). It’s also because we are determined to have our fittest — and most feel-good — summer ever here on FBG.

Sure, we want to look good but, really, that’s just a byproduct of us working towards our own personal health goals and actually feeling good in our own skin, no matter what we’re wearing. So, with that in mind, we wanted to share the five ways we’re making this summer totally and absolutely fabulous.

1. Make peace with your body.

The best thing you can do for yourself this summer is to make peace with your body. Make a vow to love it and respect it, unconditionally. That means that if you’re craving some downtime, make plans to chill it on out. If you’re jonesing for a run, hit the pavement! If you want some chocolate, eat a Pure Protein Chocolate Deluxe bar and enjoy every protein-rich, gluten-free bite!

Life is too short and we all have too many things to be grateful for to let our self-perceived “flaws” stop us from doing what we really want to do. And definitely — we repeat definitely — don’t allow your body shape or size stop you from wearing the swimsuit you want and doing the active things you want. This summer is about YOU BEING YOU!

2. Try a new outdoor workout.

Make some memories this summer by doing an outdoor workout or activity that you’ve never tried before. I had the chance to get on a stand-up paddleboard with Kristen recently and it was such a beautiful experience (not to mention a great workout!). When you’re out in the nature, you just notice stuff you wouldn’t otherwise. Whether it’s stillness, a cool-looking bird or simply a greater appreciation for what your body can handle (I had a pretty epic almost-fall-in-the-water moment and it was hilarious how hard I worked to not fall in the water), getting outside is good for the mind, body and soul.

So this summer, why not try something new like kayaking, skiing, hiking, SUP, trail running, kick ball, snorkeling or sand volleyball (the list goes on and on!)? Even taking your usual workout outdoors can be a fun change of pace. Try it!

3. Be prepared for anything.

And while you’re out during your new summer activity or workout, make sure you’re fully prepared for whatever happens. That means always having the right gear and carrying sunscreen, a first aid kit, water, your cell for emergencies and yummy protein, of course! We don’t go anywhere without our favorite Pure Protein bars! They’re so easy to throw into a beach bag or backpack, and they’re totally delicious, gluten-free and have 19-21  grams of protein per bar! Talk about a summertime staple.

4. Set a hydration goal.

With summer comes rising temps, you want to make sure you’re getting your H20 in on the reg. One of our favorite ways to do this is to take our water bottle with us pretty much EVERYWHERE. (Honestly, I wish I’d brought it on my SUP above!) An easy way to make sure you’re drinking enough water is to set a goal — say two to three liters, depending on how active you are and how hot it is. Then, figure out how many water bottles it’ll take to reach that goal. For each water bottle you have a goal to drink, put a hair-tie over the top of your water bottle. Then, as you guzzle them down and finish a water bottle, either put the hair-tie on your wrist or move it down to the bottom of the bottle. That way you always have a visual reminder of your goal and never lose track of how much awesome water you’ve had!

5. Push yourself … then recover like a boss.

 

Recovery is always important, but it’s even more important when you’re trying new things and challenging yourself with new activities. So, after each workout, be sure you’re fueling up with plenty of protein (again, we LOVE Pure Protein bars for this — so convenient), using that foam roller, drinking lots of water and getting your zzzs. It’s seriously the difference between having a great workout or a not-so-great one the next day.

Fit Bottomed line: this summer should be all about feeling healthy and good. A mix of exercise and nutrition is key to a body you feel great about, inside and out. And Pure Protein is a perfect protein-packed snack that will keep you on track in reaching all of your summer goals!

What new outdoor activity will you try this summer? —Jenn

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pure Protein. The opinions and text are all mine.



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