Tag Workout

Just Add Friends: Why You Need a Workout Partner

Until you sweat with a buddy, or get your fit on with a workout partner, you won’t know what you are missing! I have worked out alone, with a buddy, and with groups. There is something truly special about working out with a partner for a plethora of reasons! Personally, I think I need a buddy in all areas of life including my workouts. I think it is in some people’s DNA to want to have someone with them while doing tasks or exercising. I say this because I noticed even my Dad has to take my mom with him everywhere he can, even if she doesn’t have a reason to go! So maybe that is where I got my “buddy gene.” Anyway, if you’re looking to switch up your routine, actually enjoy the time you spend on your workout, or keep yourself accountable, just add friends! First off, it will make

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11 Wonderfully Simple Date Night Ideas for the Rest of Us

Are you the couple whose Instagram looks like a Fodor’s guide because you go on incredibly fun dates together like canoeing on pristine lakes, ice fishing in the middle of nowhere, or rock climbing the actual Rockies? Congratulations, friend, you are living your best life! This, however, is a list of wonderfully simple date night ideas for the rest of us looking to have a good time. Not that there’s anything wrong with rock climbing, ice fishing, or even the usual drinks-and-dinner somewhere nice, but, variety, as they say, is the spice of life so why not try something new? You can always fall back on reservations at your favourite resto if these aren’t your cup of tea although I’m positive there’s something here for everyone! Let’s get to listing the date night ideas, shall we? 1. Go bowling Bowling might have been America’s favorite activity once upon a time

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Finding Time and Courage to Do What’s Best for Me

Let me tell you, my life is crazy. Good crazy, but crazy none-the-less. No matter what is going on in my life, the one and only thing I can always count on to make me feel amazing, and more importantly, stay sane, is working out. When I started working with The Barre Code recently to do PR for their grand opening of the North Hills location in Pittsburgh, I had never taken a barre class before and was so excited to give it a try. I did not expect to get hooked and begin incorporating The Barre Code into my overall wellness routine! Every time I leave class I feel fueled with motivation and positivity for the rest of my day ahead. Throughout class, I’m always reminded of the fact that I’m capable of more than what I give myself credit for and I’m so much stronger than I think I

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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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How to Fit Effective Workouts into Any Busy Schedule

It’s no secret that fitting fitness into someone’s busy schedule has become extremely challenging due to increased work and family commitments these days. We live in a society where both parents often have to work, and some individuals find themselves working two jobs just to make ends meet… For some, going to the gym has become a burden not because they don’t want to be fit, but because of their stressful lifestyle, they cannot justify the time. I have found that the old philosophy of compartmentalizing your work out is extremely out dated and time consuming. Doing back / bi-ceps on one day, doing chest / tri-ceps on another, and throwing another day to do legs and cardio has become very ineffective. Today’s workouts are about getting the most bang for your buck – minimizing time while still achieving a butt-kicking, satisfying fitness session. Peak performance workouts that are full body, muscle engaging,

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[Obsessions] Finds for Getting Fit

It’s Bikini Season!  So this week in my #obsessions, let’s chat fun, fabulous products to help kick your fitness routine into gear! Here’s what I’m loving right now: 1) Flipbelt – $28.99 Probably one of the most-needed products ever. I don’t know where this has been my whole life. Tuck away your phone, keys, credit cards, etc. while you work out! –> Grab it here 2) The JoJo Legging in Prism from Dona Jo Fitwear – $69.00 Be fashionably fit with this new Dona Jo print! The unique fabric from Brazil has a 5-way stretch that allows for a one size fits most (0-12) design. Dona Jo fabrics are not just pretty they are functional too – breathable, faster drying than cotton, and they even minimize the appearance of cellulite. –> Grab them here   3) Women’s Prodigy 2 Stretch Sneakers from Ryka – $64.99 It’s hard to find stylish, quality, affordable sneakers these days! All Ryka sneakers

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Fashionably Fit with Dona Jo Fitwear

ATTENTION LADIES: No more frumpy t-shirts at the gym, or boring athletic gear. There has finally been a fusion between fashion and fitness! It’s about time… After going gaga over these fitness pieces last month at the Bikini’s & Martini’s event, I was certain I needed to find out more about Dona Jo Fitwear! A few weeks ago, I stopped by to chat with the mastermind behind the new brand, Ashley Ferraro. You know that amazing feeling when you put on a new dress, walk about the door, and feel like you can conquer the world? Well, Dona Jo Fitwear incorporates exactly that, but instead into working out and being fit!   Ashley’s inspiration for her one size fits most (women’s sizes 0-12) fitwear was sparked on a trip to Brazil about five years ago. Dona Jo Fitwear incorporates the fun colors, unique prints and different textures of Brazilian fitness clothing mixed into the traditional

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