Fashionable Water Bottle Giveaway: Fitness Friday

I am super excited about my Giveaway today for Friday Fitness for these hip and cool water bottles by SIGG in bold and daring colors. The bright colors aren’t the only new element for SIGG – these bottles also encompass a matte texture finish and the classic screw top gets a fresh look in pure white. To enter, just leave a comment telling me which color is your favorite or what’s your latest favorite workout! For more chances to win, do a comment for the following and leave a comment for each telling me you did. Winner will be drawn on Friday, October 4th at 8 a.m. Good luck!

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Workout Thoughts of the Day: Fitness Friday

Happy Friday! Change is always hard, but my kids and I are finally getting settled after my recent move. I am trying to get back to my normal self, including making time to work out. Here are 3 workout thoughts of the Day!  The top photo is via Move Nourish Believe.

 

Albion Fit Women’s Fitness $100 Giveaway

I am so excited about sharing this post today because  I am hosting a giveaway my new favorite fitness activewear and swimwear find, Albion Fit.  Albion’s mission is to provide women with the most flattering, and hassle-freel leisure apparel. Albion Fit uses the highest quality fabrics, and all of the workout wear and swimwear feels amazing! You can easily transition from workout gear to lounging gear, and I was was so excited about my new tennis outfit, it pushed me to get outside and start playing tennis again. So besides the giveaway,  I also have an exclusive promotional code for  my readers to save $15 on any purchase of $50 or more; the code to use at checkout is ingredients15 and it expires 5/04/2013!

For a chance to win this giveaway, pin your favorite item from albionfit.com onto one of their Pinterest boards and leave a comment here with the link to that specific pin. Winner will be drawn on May 8th at 8 a.m CST.

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Ten Tips to Lose Weight Before Spring Break: Fitness Friday

Spring break is just around the corner. Here of five tips to help you lose weight before your spring break:

1) Eat Breakfast-Start your day off with a good breakfast of a mixture of protein and fiber. This will fuel your body and start the day off right.

2) Eat at Home-Befriend your kitchen and cook more at home. You will eat healthier and help maintain portion control.

3) Exercise-Get moving and exercise as often as you can. Incorporate interval training and strength training to tone and boost your metabolism.

4) Avoid Your Trigger Foods-Avoid Foods that you know are you weekness. The foods when you start eating them, you just can’t stop.

5) Drink Water-Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water daily. This will help the body to better detoxify, boost metabolism and fuel your body.

6) Limit Alcohol-Alcohol just adds unwanted calories and fast to your diet and adds fluff to your body.

7) Replace Junk Food-Instead of eating junk food, reach for something healthy. Start this 2 times a week and build up to every day.

8) Write it down- I know you’ve heard it a million times, but keep a food journal. This will help to create a conscious awareness of food intake and eating patterns as well as hold you accountable.

9) Don’t eat late at night or after dinner-When you’re done with dinner brush your teeth or chew gum so you don’t reach for something sweet or go back in the kitchen.

10) Find a weight loss buddy-Find a friend to work out with or someone to hold you accountable.

Three Ballet Fitness DVD Giveaway: Ballet Body Workouts


Ready for something new to change up your fitness routine? I have the answer: Ballet Fitness DVD.. As ballet-inspired workouts continue to gain popularity, Acacia is excited to expand the distribution for one of the most popular workouts, the Ballet Body™ series from Leah Sarago. Exercisers can lose inches while building lean muscles with movements inspired by ballet, dance, Pilates, and yoga. Ballet Body™: Upper Body Workout, Ballet Body™: Lower Body Workoutand Ballet Body™: Core Workout will be released on DVD from Acacia on April 2, 2013 ($16.99 each, AcaciaLifestyle.com). BUT, GUESS WHAT? I am hosting a GIVEAWAY and I will be giving away a copy of each of these (yes 3 Ballet Fitness DVD’s) before they even hit the stores. Read on!

Designed by certified strength and conditioning specialist Leah Sarago, these workouts provide a long and lean physique by integrating traditional body-weight resistance exercises with muscle-elongating techniques. Suitable for all fitness levels, these workouts draw on isometrics, the stretch-reflex principle, and eccentric muscle-contraction training for optimal results. Read dozen rave testimonials on her website.

Here are the three DVD’s I will be giving away:

1. CORE WORKOUT — Flatten your midsection and develop core strength with this dynamic, Pilates-inspired workout. You’ll start with standing balance exercises and movement sequences before progressing into variations on side planks and mat work. Complete the routine with exercises to support the spine and back, along with deep stretches for flexibility. If you want strong abs and a bikini-ready belly, this incredible core workout is for you! Approx. 45 min.

 

2. UPPER BODY — Strengthen, sculpt, and define your upper body with this dynamic, results-oriented workout. Start with mat exercises for the arms and core, then grab a pair of light hand weights for some dance-inspired movements. You’ll improve your muscle definition, posture, and strength without getting big or bulky. It’s the ultimate workout for a sculpted, sleek, and graceful upper body. Approx. 46 min.

 

3. LOWER BODY — Get the dancer’s legs you’ve always wanted with this calorie-torching barre workout. The muscle-sculpting moves lengthen the thighs, lift the backside, and sculpt the backs of the legs for sleek definition and a slim figure. After the workout, relax into a 13-minute yoga- and dance-centered stretch. Approx. 54 min.

To enter, leave a comment telling your favorite latest workout. Winner will be drawn on February 14 at 8 a.m CST. Happy Valentine’s Day from me!

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Yoga DVD Giveaway: Fitness Friday

For today’s “Fitness Friday”, I have a great yoga DVD Giveaway! This is the first workout from the female co-host of the Emmy® Award-winning series The Doctors, Dr. Lisa: Yoga Blast features three total-body yoga workouts with blasts of strength and cardio. As a busy doctor, TV host, and author, Dr. Lisa Masterson knows a thing or two about staying healthy and fitting exercise into a busy schedule; that’s why she designed these efficient 20-minute workouts alongside nationally certified instructor Elise Joan, with lively dance moves, empowering strength exercises, and invigorating stretches to suit any lifestyle. Following a doctor’s orders has never been so much fun! Enjoy this fun, yoga DVD just in time for the holidays! To enter, leave a comment telling me if you do yoga and what type of yoga you enjoy. Winner will be drawn on January 2nd at 8 a.m CST.

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Caña Collection Activewear Giveaway: Fitness Friday

How about a workout Giveaway for Fitness Friday? Getting the perfect gift for the fitness enthusiast just got easier, thanks to the Caña Collection® holiday line of high-end activewear for men and women. I am so excited to introduce  Caña Collection to my readers. The activewear is crafted to perform like athletic apparel and fit like designer wear. Caña Collection is designed and manufactured in the Garment District in New York using only the highest quality natural and synthetic fibers available without sacrificing style.

Their new  2012 holiday collection is an assortment of all-season activewear that encompasses performance, fit and culture in apparel designed to wick moisture, eliminate odors/bacteria and regulate temperature in popular colors and styles preferred by today’s fitness enthusiasts. I am hosting a giveaway for their awesome Covert Legging (a $105 Value). I am in love with mine!

To enter the giveaway leave a comment on the comment form below. For additional entries, do the following and leave me a comment telling me you did so. Winner will be drawn on Friday, December 14th at 8 a.m CST. Good luck!!

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Lululemon Workout Giveaway: Method Bag for Fitness Friday

I am in LOVE with this new “Method Bag” from Lululemon. This is the cutest workout bag, and to celebrate this week’s Fitness Friday, I am giving away one!!  Separate pockets for phone, socks, and even a mobile tablet make it easy to locate what we’re looking for. Here are a few Key Features:
  • pockets galore – plenty of storage for all your goodies
  • no need to cram before class – this bag is locker size!
  • removable sock pouch doubles as a jewellery/key bag to take into class
  • drawcord closure makes finding things a cinch
  • padded mobile tablet pocket keeps your touchscreen separate
  • go hands free – special spot to store your phone
  • this is a heavy hitter – tested to hold 50lbs/22kg

tech specs

  • designed for: barre, to-and-from
  • fabrics: nylon, PU (polyurethane)
  • organisation: interior pocketing system
  • dimension: 14″ high x 93/4” long x 113/4” wide

To enter this giveaway, tell me what your favorite type of workout is these days. For more chances to win, do the following and leave a comment telling me you did. Winner will be drawn Thursday, November 15th at 8 a.m CST.

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Ultimate Kettlebell Workout DVD Giveaway: Fitness Friday

Led by Hollywood’s top kettlebell instructor Paul Katami, who trained star trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper on kettlebells, Ultimate Kettlebell Workout DVD for Beginners arrives on DVD from Acacia on December 4, 2012, offering a powerful, dynamic, and efficient total-body workout. The program provides three 25-minute workouts, including a comprehensive introduction to the moves and skills. The first workout features a tutorial emphasizing correct technique. The second puts the moves into easy-to-learn drills and combinations, and the third workout concentrates on building core strength from the inside out. With options for adding weights and repetitions to match your pace, the routine offers a clear cut way to tone and build total body strength. You’ll see and feel results in no time! (79 minutes, $16.99, AcaciaLifestyle.com).

Kettlebell weights have been popular for centuries, and today more people than ever are discovering their incredible benefits. Combining strength training with aerobic activity, kettlebell workouts are proven to burn calories while building strength and flexibility. Safe and proper form is absolutely essential to reaping the full rewards of this exercise system to activate the whole body, and instructor Paul Katami offers the perfect blend of encouraging instruction and motivation.

I am so excited to give away 2 copies of this workout DVD before it releases. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment telling me why you would love to have this DVD. Winner will be drawn on Thursday, November 8th at 8 a.m. For additional entries, do the following:

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5 Nutriton Tips for Marathon Training: Fitness Friday

If you ever thought about training for a marathon, you know what commitment and effort it is. Proper marathon training and adequate nutrition is essential to peak performance as well as reducing your chance of injuries. I was so excited to learn about Dr. Susan Kleiner, a Ph.D. in sports nutrition, and I am thrilled to share her top five nutrition tips for marathon training:
  1. Nothing beats the impact of hydration on performance. Before the race, let thirst be your guide to the finish line and use a sports drink to replace fluids during the race. If you are racing just to participate and finish, then drink when you are thirsty throughout the event.  If you are racing to win or achieve your personal record then have a structured fluid replacement plan during the race and stick with it!
  1. Getting the proper pre-and-post training nutrition is very important for daily recovery and fueling for the competition. Two important factors when picking meals or snacks before and after workouts are: the combination of carbohydrates and protein, and convenience. For a light pre-training meal try a USANA low-glycemic protein shake. Consuming low-glycemic foods provides sustainable energy, which is ideal for long distance training. When carbohydrates combine with protein, they deliver fuel to your muscles more rapidly. Moreover, the liquid snack easily empties from your stomach just before training or the race. For a post-training snack that contains a good amount of protein and fiber, grab a nutrition bar. Personally, I like to add a chocolate milk to enhance rehydration and boost recovery. They’re convenient and easy to consume after training.
  1. Healthy vitamin D levels will do your training a world of good by supporting balanced hormone and metabolic function. Eat fatty fish, drink vitamin D fortified milk, and include a vitamin D supplement daily.
  1. Put your food and supplements to work for you. Target most of your carbs around exercise (pre, during, and post) to maximize their fueling function. This also helps control body fat to keep you light on your feet. Supplement your training diet with all the B vitamins (thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, and choline) to support optimal energy and protein metabolism.
  1. To support cellular, vascular, and joint health, eat at least 3 servings of fatty fish per week. Salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines, black cod, halibut, catfish, crab, oysters, or shrimp are a few examples. Also, supplement your diet daily with 1000 mg DHA+EPA.


Dr. Susan Kleiner, Ph.D, RD, CNS, FACN, FISSN, is a high performance nutritionist and foremost authority on nutrition for strength and power. In addition to having a Ph.D. in sports nutrition, she’s a founder and fellow of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, fellow of the American College of Nutrition, and the best-selling author of numerous books, including Power Eating—written specifically for athletes to build muscle, gain.