Category Health and Fitness

5 Tips for Managing Stress Around the Holidays

The holidays are a time of extra work, projects, events, cooking, shopping and everyday life in between. All that being said, while the season does bring a great deal of joy, it’s also a time for a tremendous amount of stress! Traveling for the holidays, buying gifts, staying on a budget, and making spectacular feasts can be enough to send someone over the edge! Here are my fool proof tips for managing stress during the crazy holiday season. 1. Plan ahead I am a big proponent of planning, in case you haven’t noticed by now. Planning your schedule ahead of time will help you get through it with ease. See what is on your calendar for the week then plan accordingly. For example, if you know you’re going to be crunched for time, plan to make some easy crock pot meals to get you through the week. Or, buy that hostess gift online to save you time running

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Find Your Strong: The Barre Code Shapes a Lifestyle of Empowerment

The Barre Code Brings Fitness & Empowerment to the North Hills of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA (December 12, 2015) – The Barre Code, a Chicago-based fitness franchise, is extending its mantra even further into the Steel City with a brand-new studio at 741 Providence Blvd in McCandless Crossing, a business and shopping complex on McKnight Road. Situated just 2 miles away from Ross Park Mall, The Barre Code brings the North Hills area a one-stop shop of cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, and restoration. With this program, women can expect to be challenged beyond the physical workout through a powerful formula of empowerment and positivity that builds strength from the inside out. Co-founders Ariana Chernin and Jillian Lorenz first introduced The Barre Code, a women’s-focused exercise regimen, to the River North neighborhood of Chicago in 2010. The fitness duo have since maintained their commitment to a woman’s belief in her body and her pursuit of potential – a policy adopted

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The Impact My Dad’s Suicide Still Has on Me

7 years ago today, I came home from school to the most devastating news that my dad committed suicide (more on that moment here). Some days, I look back and have no idea how it’s been 7 years and how I’ve manage to make it so far since then. Other days, it feels like it was yesterday and I still cry myself to sleep (not baby tears, like bawling my eye out because it still hurts so bad). I didn’t have the best relationship with my dad. He wasn’t my best friend or the most incredible role model a daughter could hope for. But, he was still my dad and I loved him with my entire heart. He tried to teach me about things like money, how people think, and how the world works and I was too naive to listen. Now I’d give anything to replay those conversations and to

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5 Tips for Staying Healthy Around the Holidays

It’s that time of year again, let the holiday festivities begin! Holiday parties, charity events, extra school events for the kids, family and friends gathering to celebrate and of course shopping and socializing! It’s overwhelming and truly a wonder any of us survive. Once it is all over, we look down and realize our pants don’t button – how did that happen?! However, never fear, here are some fool proof tips to get you through the holidays happy, staying healthy and without gaining all that holiday cheer. 1.) Plan Your Life We know the holidays are coming and all of the extra events are already on our calendar so start strategizing now. Map out when you can make it to the gym or do home workouts. Block off that time just like any other appt that you would not cancel. If possible, get a friend or co worker to be an accountability buddy through the holidays to ensure you

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8 Ways to Eat Healthy on a Super Tiny Budget

Whether you’re just starting out in the world of health and wellness, or you’re trying to look for new avenues to a better eating plan, we’d all like to find it along the path that doesn’t break our wallets! After all, who doesn’t want money left over for an extra yoga class and essential oils? Eating healthy can be achieved on any budget by following some simple basics, and it doesn’t have to be specific, or even organic. Buying organic is fantastic, but not completely necessary, especially if you’re pinching pennies already. What is the most important aspect if you want to eat healthy? When I’m giving my friends advice on how to get started on eating healthfully and naturally, the biggest and best piece of advice is: Don’t eat anything out of a box. Ever. If you are dying for Mac n’ cheese, boil macaroni, drain, add butter (not margarine!) and muenster and cheddar cheese, a little milk,

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Gem Gift Guide: For the Fitness Fanatic

We’ve taken lots of guesswork out of putting together your holiday gift guide! Here are our favorite Gem Finds fitness fanatics are sure to love! 1.) The YS Yoga Towel (by Kulae) in Purple from YOGASMOGA – $36.00 The ultimate yoga town – antibacterial, antimicrobial, 100% recyclable and super-absorbent! 2.) Allegro Socks in Midsummer Turquoise from Tucketts – $16.00 Perfect for barefoot exercises such as Yoga, Pilates and Barre. Tucketts™ allow your toes to roam free while keeping your soles dry and clean. Designed with grippers on the sole and elastic trim to help you and your feet build confidence while exercising, without giving up the barefoot sensations of freedom and balance. 3.) Delicious Half Zip Top in Seafoam from Graced by Grit – $86.00 From your early morning run, to a skiing base layer, to pulling on after a yoga class, this is a must have. It keeps you warm and as you start to turn up

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Workout Playlist: 10 Songs to Sweat To

Here we are, already at the end of August. For a lot us, that means summer is winding down and our ‘summer bodies’ are beginning to take a backseat to other priorities. It can be difficult to stay dedicated to working out when the temperature begins to drop (especially for us near the Northeast), but I’ve found one thing that helps keep me on track: music. For anyone who knows me, that comes as no surprise. However, I strongly believe that the right mix of songs (which varies for each person, obviously) can give you that extra kick of motivation you might need to get yourself started. After all, we all know that getting started is the hardest part. So, here’s a small sample of some of the songs I like to listen to that help get me started and get me through my workouts. These are almost always on

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6 Smart Hacks for Drinking More Water

Water may seem sooo basic, but there are way too many reasons why you need to start taking your consumption of water seriously. Did you know that as much as 75% of Americans are affected by choric dehydration, which affects weight, well-being, appearance, energy level, general health, and longevity? Taking into consideration that about 60% of your body is made out of water, it’s no surprise that water is necessary for every single cell and function that goes on inside of you. Water is even more vital to your body than food (and a lot of the healthiest foods on the planet are made mostly of water). The balance of water in our bodies is so important that even a reduction of just 10% can start to trigger serious, life-threatening malfunctions. So, does it really come as any surprise to learn that one of the most common reasons for stubborn weight gain, digestive

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