Who is to say that exercising has to be such an irritating and unattractive experience? I’ve learned to switch my mind from viewing a workout as a nuisance by rather using it as an opportunity to dress and look the part. By having the right outfit to wear for a workout it becomes less about the sweat and more about the style! Without having my vibrant and fashionable gear for inspiration, I wouldn’t have been able to keep up with such a healthy and fit lifestyle. I have developed a new interest in Soul Cycling, Physique 57as well as competing in challenges that have pushed my body’s fitness levels past what I thought they could do. By looking fitness ready you will ultimately feel like no workout is impossible. When slipping on my favorite Lulu Lemon tank top and comfy Beyond Yoga pants I always feel prepared to conquer whatever activity lies ahead of me.
New trends in fitness wear make it easier to mentally prepare for the conditioning to come and they motivate me to squeeze into those tight yet trendy workout clothes. Bright colors, bold patterns, and sexy cutouts are just some of the many upcoming styles that make any session in the gym a way to show off your hard earned figure. Everyone has their own personal workout identity including their favorite labels to help them look like a fitness master. What are your favorite sports wear brands that make you feel just as confident going to the gym as you do leaving it?
P.S. As always I would like to hear from you what’s your favorite exercising apparel brand? Do you think being dressed for the part will give you extra boost of inspiration and perspiration at the gym? Share your comments, tips and suggestions with the rest of us.
Everybody has a story. Theirs is a little nuttier than most.
In 1961, Dr. Bud Keith opened one of the very first gyms; it was called Healthhouse Gym and Juice Bar. Dr. Keith was a nutritionist and health fanatic way ahead of his time. “He knew that what we eat has a direct effect on what we feel,” and he wanted to share this knowledge with the world. So Bud decided to travel the states in a motorhome with his family to educate others on the importance of healthy living. And in an attempt to feed his eight children, he and his wife Barbara created their own protein bar that is now known today as the “Perfect Bar.”
Bud partnered with Jack LaLane in an effort to help change the way people viewed health and fitness, and to share his belief that “whole foods are the only acceptable source of nourishment for your body.” Don’t you agree? But while constantly traveling, it began to become difficult to feed his eight children whole, healthy foods. So one day Bud ground up a bunch of dried fruits and vegetables and mixed them with fresh peanut butter and honey. When he took one bite the only words he had were, “it’s perfect!”
The kids loved these “peanut butter” bars and would sell them on the street as other kids sold lemonade. It wasn’t until 2005 when their father was diagnosed with skin cancer that the idea to start a real business was ever discussed. There were now thirteen children and with a need to provide for her children, Barbara knew it was time to take a gamble and turn their family recipe into a family business.
“For the children to carry on that legacy is a show of dedication and passion and love for their father,” said Mike Burgener, Senior International Weightlifting Coach and friend of the family. And daughter Lee has explained that the business is truly “about learning and growing and building and sharing those nutrition principles that were instilled in us as kids… all of that together is what I think makes perfect bar perfect.” And I must say, I completely agree.
These days it may all be about “gluten free” or “organic” foods but in the 80s and 90s, Dr. Bud Keith and his ideas were considered a little out there. Luckily today the bars and the nutrition concepts behind them have become widely accepted and the loved by many. And with 20 organic super foods and high quality protein in every bar, who can complain?
You can find the Perfect Bar in the refrigerated section of your local grocery or convenience store like Wholefood. The Keith’s believe in Mother Nature’s natural preservative, cold. And remember as they say, “if a bar is not refrigerated, it is not perfect.” So go out today and look for Buddy the Bee, you know, that flying bodybuilder with wings and a stinger, and try one for yourself. I recommend the classic recipe, Almond Coconut. Or if you want the same nutty taste but with fewer calories, check out Almond Acai let me know what you think!
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P.S. As always I would like to hear from you what is your perfect bar experience? Which flavor is your favorited and how do you snack while traveling? Share your comments, tips and suggestions with the rest of us.
The real trouble began when I arrived at Soul Cycle and met Amanda. “How do I get your body?” I asked. To which she responded with a smirk, “let me show you”. From that moment on she made sure I gave it my all, with beads of sweat flooding down my entire body I matched her every soul movement, pedal by pedal, energized by the intensity of the music. It was a truly soulful experience.
As a fashionista and health educator, fitness is a big part of my life. But I know doing the same routine everyday can get old quickly so I am always on the hunt for new workouts to keep my interest by constantly challenging me. Lately I have been hearing a lot about the coolest exercising trend SoulCycle. I was intrigued by the name alone and I knew I needed to find out more.
Directly from their website, SoulCycle is described as this: “With inspirational instructors, candlelight epic spaces, and rocking music, riders can let loose, clear their heads and empower themselves with strength that lasts beyond the studio walls.” Go ahead; try to tell me you aren’t the least bit curious.
So what exactly is SoulCycle and how does it work? Well, it is a cycling class that lasts approximately 45 minutes and utilizes choreography and hand weights for a full body, fat burning workout. If you can survive that long with ease, try becoming a soul survivor with their 60-minute class. But that’s not all. They also offer a class called Soul Bands where you will find resistance bands hanging from the ceiling. Still feeling unsure? You might be the only one.
Their workout attire clothing line is also worth checking. Vibrant and energetic colors like the classes itself will inspire you to pedal faster in chic style.
SoulCycle has become the newest celebrity go to workout and some even offer giveaways where you can join in on one of their classes. But even if you don’t “win” a chance to cycle with a celeb, you may just find yourself next to one (or ten) in your next class. Could it be anymore trendy?
So now you definitely want to check it out but you’re wondering how much it is going to cost you? It is actually very affordable. One class will run you $34 or grab five for $165. Or join the community with the newbies for a free class. Signups are Mondays at noon online so don’t miss your opportunity to check out the newest fitness trend for free.
And as they say on their site, “SoulCycle doesn’t just change bodies, it changes lives.” Are you in?
P.S. As always I would love to hear from you what was your experience with Soul Cycle? Share your comments, tips and suggestions with the rest of us.
with Victoras Kulvinskas co-founder of Hippocrates
I wish you could all be here with me at Hippocrates Health Institutepicking the brains of those amazing dedicated lecturers that I deeply admire. They devoted their life to a powerful mission of helping thousands to create the life filled with meaning, wisdom and wonder. There has been so much to absorb and digest from each speaker, and digestive enzymes had nothing to do with it. I barely had any time to sleep trying to process and sort out everything I was learning. They all brought some unique intelligence, definition of personal success, knowledge, passion, encouragement, devotion and huge heart. We were all wired up, interactive with questions and quickly grasping to each revelation as each speaker was taking the stage. I am a practical gal who likes to implement such wisdom right on the spot. My head was spinning from astonishment and flow of accurate information quickly filling up my notebook. I must say I really enjoyed immensely lectures of Victoras Kulvinskasco founder, with Wigmore of Hippocrates Institute. He is a walking wellness library ready to be shared at any asked moment. You can just turn pages in his genius brain and find answer to every inquiry. I also was drowned to Dr. Brian and Anna Maria Clements with Q&A session. They got my juices flowing much before they were physically poured and served. I got lots of clarity, and wish I could stop the time. It was a natural progression of what I have became aware of. They really created my own personal revolution: how I nourish my body and listen to it, reshuffle priorities, values, and choices.
This has been transformational guide to my personal inspiration. I have learned that I m now conscious of how every choice I make can have an impact on everything and everyone around. We are all like supporting family.
Here are some valuable points I took notes of and wanted to share with you:
1. Dr.Brian Clement informed us about shocking reality of what really goes on behind the door of majority food chain industries. I wasn’t aware that food chain companies hire biochemists around the clock with huge salaries to create addicting poisonous chemical formulas in our foods.
2. I have learned great value and benefits of wheat grass, sprouts, and blue green algae. These super foods give enormous amounts of energy and vitality allowing our physique to function on optimal level. Your body and mind will thank you for it through your increased energy levels, the health of your skin, and stronger immune system.
3. Only fox can digest eggs
4. Tomato is a fruit
5. Watermelon is a new Viagra.
6. Cashews are poisonous. They are not sold raw as claimed and contained urushiol that can create significant skin rashes, and can be toxic when ingested.
7. Avocado is a source of healthy bacteria
8. The day you rest you develop muscles
9. Fish goes rancid when is out of water for more then 20 minutes
10. Melons are meant to eat alone. They digest within 15-30 minutes
11. Coconut oil is great for teeth pulling. It will make your gums stronger and will kill bacteria
12. Mongbeans fight flu and restore gray hair
13. Right food combining: carbohydrates don’t mix with protein. Starches don’t mix with protein, fruits, avocado. Fruits don’t mix with vegetables, and protein.
14. Antibiotics don’t kill viruses but bacteria
15. To eat fruits you must be healthy. They should be 15% of your overall diet. Sugar feeds Candida and cancer.
16. Chocolate is made of agave and nibs.
17. Don’t put apple cider vinegar to food as it kills enzymes.
18. Proteins don’t put weight on, carbohydrates do
19. Dr. Clement said “Define your purpose and find your passion. Purposeful life is a life worth living”.
20. Victoras Kulvinskas said “Be you not BS”!
This content was fascinating and gaining this knowledge is priceless. Once you are in you are in for life. I m so eager to live my life as a happy and healthy adventure. If I get the gift to inspire someone the same way I was inspired by those teachers it will be the cherry on top.
Whenever I talk in social gatherings about diet, nutrition or detoxing I get everyone’s full attention. We are obsessed with image, quick fixes, sugar and prescription drugs. Majority wants to know how to set themselves free from all bad feeding habits. We tend to hold on to things we value the most. Eating is such an emotional act and letting go of some favorite unhealthy dishes can cause some psychological chaos. We are sugar addicts with set rules for devouring food. It has become a hot topic. Those who take huge effort to maintain a good quality of life will be repaid with turning clocks and enjoy more youthful vigor. Statistics tell us that those who drink, smoke, eat meat, lack sleep and rest, overwork, and stress prematurely meet the early grave. And those who manage to survive significantly reduce their quality of life.
I felt compelled to try this kinder, healthier lifestyle change to improve my health, well being and I must saythe transition to living foods diet was noticeably smooth. It wasn’t a sacrifice at all. I decided to be in charge of my own rules what I could eat. It opened a new exciting window of pursuing life and its manifestations. At the heart of Veganism is compassion, it is simply an attempt to reduce the suffering of animals and understanding that they are not source of vital nutrients. I love animals but not on my plate. Life is sweet right now! In fact, it is so sweet that I am once again avoiding sugar, or rather I guess I find creative way to make it sweet vegan way.
Giving up all animal products including meat, milk, eggs, yogurt and cheese at first seemed impossible. Just imagine spending few months in la Cote Basque, France where its all about eating world’s best cheeses, rabuggo and pata negra hams and freshly baked baguettes that tempt you from every farmer’s corner. I was asking myself how can I let go of these deceiving my health “goodies”. Fortunately I found huge abundance of fresh organic non-GMO locally produced tasty fruits, legumes, and nuts that build full powerful immune spectrum. I turn my focus to strengthening the longevity and superior health with yoga, fitness, meditation, pure air, sunshine, oxygen rich forests, breath taking mountains, ocean waves and beautiful nature. I focus on gratitude and appreciation. Few undesired pounds just came off, energy increased, clothes fit better and seemed more colorful then usual. Its been blue print of mind reprogramming and took more then dietary changes.
A common misconception about vegan diets is that it is impossible to consume healthful levels of protein. One can easily derive more than enough protein from a vegan diet. (like sprouts and see vegetables that are protein rich) Human body thrives wholly on plant based vitamins and minerals. Most foods that you regularly eat can be made vegan with little effort. For example, you can still enjoy burritos, but instead of meat and cheese, you may substitute with nuts, beans, salsa and nut cheese with pinch of sesame and sea salt. If you have a sweet attack frozen banana or nut icecream are great solution to satisfy your sweet tooth.
We all have a responsibility to listen to our own souls and each of us desires something different and that’s a good thing. As I continue to “Vegucate” myself I am planning to compensate fully vegan lifestyle by staying within vegan vortex, explore new recipes, throw vegan dinner parties and share this message with the world!
P.S. As always i would like to hear from you if eating is emotional for you? How does it effect your life. Share your comments, tips and suggestions with the rest of us.