As you know, the past few weeks I have incorporated Nichole Huntsman's Revolt Now Fitness into my workout routine as I can do it whenever and wherever I want to! I love that it's only 20 minutes or so and is great alone or added to whatever I think I should be targeting. I was asked the other day if I do anything else. I do yoga, pilates, a number of sessions at Exhale in Central Park South as well as a routine I have put together that I know works for me. I think it's important to always change things up so that your body can experience a number of workouts without getting tired of their repetitive nature.
With the weather warming up, I do love jogging as I live under 2 mins from the park as I am on the southern border of Central Park. Their famous Reservoir is a nice place to run as well as a nice scenery to take in. To keep my running focused, it's all about the playlist and what I use to hear my music on. Before I would use Spotify on my phone and have a special arm band - but sometimes I found it to be a bit cumbersome. Just the other day, (thanks to Klout, they just sent me a Sony 2GB W Series Walkman Meb Keflezighi headset which sits easily on my ears and wraps around my neck. In addition, I can add my music to this MP3 player so that I can keep a high intensive workout without any lulls!
For the past 11 days, I have been adding an additional layer to my workout with Revolt Now Fitness which allows me to work out every day without having to leave my home. This is great as many times I have done it from my tablet, laptop, phone etc whether it's been in my apartment or when I've been on the road. It's that season where toning up is the theme of the season as the Spring makes me think of the summer, beaches and being on a rooftop, appearances I'll be making and TV Segments. The ease of being able to add this into my workout and being able to rewind it as I do a number of workouts throughout the week, is why I'm a fan of Revolt Now Fitness.
When working out, a goal is always an essential and although there are a few of them, I think there is no goal more sobering then of course fitting into your fave bikinis as they become an essential for this upcoming season! My beach look will include fabulous bikinis from Dolce and Gabbana in Sicilian Print. Pair this with Yosi Samra's flip flops in bronze which is a great color to where with a number of hues. Finally, accessorize this look with a statement ring from Maison Martin Margiela's gold tone pearl ring.
As you read this, I just completed Day 5 of my 12 week Revolt Now Fitness with Nichole Huntsman. She's like having a personal trainer that you can do from your phone (I did that earlier this week as it was a crazy day), tablet (check) and your laptop! More on this in a few paragraphs. As you know, I'm always working out and I'm a huge believer in looking amazing when you're doing it. I am that girl who will still wear makeup, super cute outfits and more as I never think there is a reason to look less than your best. This week, I have been rocking some cute looks and wanted to share a few of my fave key pieces for the next time your hitting the workout routines!
I always rock a bit of pink when I work out, some workouts are intense and a bright hue can make you push through that wall! This pink sports bra by Under Armour is a great way to keep you cool and you can layer a fun tank on top of it if you feel like you don't want to show that much skin. I love pairing this within my Victoria's Secret Pink Colts shorts (although I've lived in NYC for over 10 years, I'm from Indiana originally and this is my fave football team) which is perfect for when you're hitting the gym super hard. When I'm not doing yoga and am doing super cardio, it's all about wearing the right shoes and I love these navy and pink New Balance sneakers. There are times I head to the gym and come home but I still have quite a few things that I take with me so this super cute Hello Kitty duffle is definitely about the business of working out. Since the weather is still chilly here, it's all about the hoodie and I do love a little retro love - so this is Adidas one is the perfect look wherever you're going! Complete the look with a fab accessory that won't get in the way - Catherine Michiels is definitely a great piece. I find that when you're hitting the gym or whatever your workout is (and yes these can be used on a daily basis even when not working out), ENERGYbits can be swallowed with liquid (it's not a pill though) or chewed and is made of 100% algae. It boosts your energy, balances your blood sugar and is also a meal replacement - just to name a few things that it does which can help you.
Now this time of year is crazy, it's post the holiday season, the spring/summer is coming up, I start booking a lot of work and like any woman in this time of year, you want to prep the body to look amazing. So I have been doing a number of workouts and one of them includes Nichole Huntsman's Revolt Now Fitness. I love that she has videos that range between 21 - 40 minutes which allows you to work out, learn why these exercises are beneficial to building muscle and she creates a very conversational tone. In this challenge, if you work out as well as eat the menu that she has set out, you're bound to see significant results within 6 - 12 weeks. I have to say that even after doing it for the past 4 days with her instructed day off, beyond feeling sore, I feel the results beginning which is such a win! I love that for under $10 a month, you have access to her videos and whether you're doing it at home, on the road, etc it's worth making the commitment to yourself. I can tell you that there are times that I double up her workouts or I also go into a number of other routines that I love to do!
Part of doing anything is getting the right mindset and if you're thinking of tackling your workout, then you should outfit yourself for sure! I have come across some phenomenal items to add to your look! I'm a huge fan of mixing it up whether it's a jog in the park, Exhale Spa's Cardio Core Fusion, yoga and more. When I just hit a few of my favorites in the gym, I love rocking a pair of shorts such as these by Adidas as well as giving love to my alma mata, Indiana University with this Victoria's Secret Pink athletic tee! To ensure the perfect messy bun, I love these Jilly Bands which allows your hair to be pulled back without having undue stress put on it (and I love the range of colors - a must in my beauty pack no matter what). Keep time with 180Limited which is a fab rubber watch which comes in a square and circle face option. I'm all about drinking water and love this glass bottle from bkr which not onl y has a silicone sleeve (once again choose your colors) but also has a cap where the handle is slightly tilted which is easier to hold in your hand as it fits in the curve of your hand.
Finally, it's all about the shoes and ensuring that they're not even good for your feet but that of course they look amazing with your look. I've been wearing these Therafit Shoe sneakers since my press trip in Jamaica! I love how it supports my arches and allows me to have cushioned layers. Dr. Lisa Masterson, who appears on The Doctor's created this shoe to empower women not only in the gym but throughout their lifestyle. There are so many hues that are available that we're excited to give you the opportunity to win a pair. Tweet @TherafitShoe and @KittenLounge how you will be healthier in 2013 with the hashtag #lifestyle2013 and we will select 1 winner on New Year's Eve.
Yes it's still the summer but like my wardrobe that is for being out and about, my workout gear also transitions as well! I am a huge fan of rocking black and grey when exercising and many times when I am doing a class, I love to layer it up as well. There's nothing cuter than cropped yoga pants which are from Fila and are all about performance. Include a simple tank like this one from Splendid and a cute cropped terry tee by Stella McCartney and you're ready for the fitness runway as well as looking fab! Pop on your Ryka sneakers and to pull your hair back, Forever 21 has a great scarf with just a bit of color. Grab your Adidas bag which also allows you to run around right after to whatever the day may take you. Keep it fresh by putting The Body Shop's gentle facial cleansing wipes. As you guys know, we're getting closer and closer to NYFW so I also pop in one of my super nutritious snacks from Fresh Diet so that I can snack in a healthy way!
As some of you may know, next Wed I will be shooting a campaign for a luxe brand in a fab major magazine! The following week I will also shoot a video as well. As many of you know, I'm frequently on HSN (back next month) as well so the fact is - I'm always prepping for the next shoot. I have a series of items that are a must in making your skin look amazing. Even though I think that you should always treat your skin right, I'm a firm believer that a week prior to any shoot, video or segment you must do a few things a little different. In addition to my increased workout regimen, I step up my beauty game! Below are some fab items that I definitely approve of!
I have been a Palmer's Cocoa Butter girl since I can remember (first memory - being 3 using it and currently, I go through quite a bit of this - no container is large enough to last around me)! It makes sure that you're skin has a fab glow, you smell like a walking cocoa butter ball and your skin is ultra soft - all things that play well for the camera. Over the past year, I have been a fan of my Clarisonic Mia which is perfect for my face, has timed rotations and keeps my face glowing! So when the Clarisonic Plus arrived at my door, I knew that this would be an updated oldie but goodie that I would not want to miss using whether I'm at home or on the road traveling! I love that this is for the face and the body which means super soft skin all over when you leave the shower with heads that are appropriate to use! With all the focus on the skin, I do believe in body scrubs which should be used twice a week. I'm always trying something new but I love Pacifica Kona Coffee & Sugar Detox - smells phenom and it's super invigorating! Finally, it's all about the lips. Philosophy has a Kiss Me exfoliating lip cream that is amazing and using this (I love doing it daily a week prior to an appearance or shoot) will only enhance your pucker, allow your gloss to go on evenly and make you feel better. Protect your lips by constantly moisturizing. I just became addicted to Sally Hansen's Vita B which leaves a nice layer without being crazy. WARNING - it's super addicting and you will go through a tube very quickly!
Throughout this month, we will showcase products that support breast cancer. They may or may not be beauty focused and when visiting the site, you can see more in terms of how much and to what funds it goes towards. Yes we definitely believe that supporting this cause is a year around one but we also love the enhanced focus that takes place this month! Now, since our trip to Miami and being able to do a kick butt workout with celebrity trainer, Gina Lombardi of 'Deadline Fitness', we have enjoined maintaining fitness stories within the site. Now we love love Stella McCartney and her design collaboration with Adidas and we hope that it never ends, it is also one of the few times that we actually create an entire look around one designer! But how could we resist whether it's running, yoga or aerobics - you'll look amazing. Now the look doesn't have any linkage to supporting the efforts for research and awareness of breast cancer but the other items do!
We all need to stay hydrated and why not do so with Pink which not only keeps you going from one portion of the workout to the next, but it supports those women in need! In addition, we have already fallen in love with this acupuncture mat that not only relieves your stress but allows you to get a workout, but we had to mention it again! Acushakti is my new best friend (note that currently the orange and the green mats are available - pink will be available in Nov with a portion of proceeds going back to a breast cancer organization). I can't say that you will see me doing yoga positions on it (yet), but I do enjoy resting on it to relax my back and just to allow it to do what it does best. This also supports breast cancer awareness and of course helps you look and feel amazing!
Yesterday I had the opportunity to interview Kacy Duke who is not only one of the spokespeople for Dove but is a Celebrity Trainer that is doing a fun workout that's not focused on over choreographed moves. Check out below with my exclusive interview with her - how amazing does she look!?!
So as you guys know, I'm on the Deadline Fitness workout that was created by Celebrity Trainer, Gina Lombardi. I'll be in Miami courtesy of Schick and with a few bloggers on July 28th so I took the challenge via the Q Squad to work out for 30 days in order to be ready for the trip. Although I exercise a lot and am always walking, even I get a little more intense when I know that I am hitting the beach. In addition, it comes at a time where I have a lot of trips coming up so I welcomed this challenge. I'm almost at the end of my first week and I was 128 pounds going into this and am sitting at 126 pounds. Now I'm not perfect as I probably still snack every now and again on a nibble that I shouldn't but I always make sure that whatever I'm eating or sipping I balance it out with working out a little more or eating more veggies and fruits the next day.
Working from home I have a pseudo set routine until all of a sudden I have to cover an event, story etc. Regardless of what is going on, I'm committed to working out in the morning when nothing has really started to take place. I work out with my soft weights and stability ball from 8 - 9pm. Typically I don't do a lot of weights except in these deadline situations. I have also amped up my ab workouts as that is a key area for me that I want to be better. I really think about my workout to maximize what's happening with my body. Just like I change up my routines and when I know I need to push through the last set of lunges or crunchies, I have my Beyonce tunes to get me through!
The food aspect is one that is just as important to think about! I have been eating salads all week sometimes twice a day. Now I love salads but sometimes your body screams "um hello pizza". So that's when I change it up. I have never really been a fan of watermelon and then a few weeks ago you guys saw a post on Yellow Watermelon, there is something about having new colors in your salad that make it exciting. I make a salad that has cucumbers, yellow watermelon, celery, tomato, romaine, corn, dried cranberries and a Soy Ginger Vinaigerette that's the Trader Joe's brand. On a warm day it's yummie AND when you have so many crunchy items in your salad you feel so much happier. The less amount of crunch I have, my stomach and I are not in alignment. As a treat yesterday I made sun tea as I have been drinking a lot of water. Doing things to mix it up will make you happier and will encourage you to not pig out on items that you shouldn't. As a treat (although I usually don't eat sweets but when I get intense I feel that my body appreciates this), I eat one piece of Trader Joe's Dark Choclate Mint it's vegan and it tastes yummie. The workout continues but with 2 pounds lost and noticing tighter abs I'm pretty happy!
Over the past few months, it's been sad to see a few of my favorite magazines go; however, I'm so pleased to see that there are amazing issues out there that are always waiting to be discovered! I was in SoBe in June and found out about SoBeFiT Magazine (click the link in the spread) which is a health magazine that although it's based in SoBe, it has an interesting approach to health. This magazine shows how women and men can exercise - this is perfect as Paul and I work together at home and it's nice that we can modify our routines for our bodies. In addition, I love that this issue looked at the way people exercise by age, making water exciting and adding some healthy elements to make it more than basic H2O! If you're into health drinks, you can make your own and you can learn how to make various foods in a healthy way! There were so many great articles that it's a good thing that each issue spans 2 months so that you have plenty of time to try out different routines and to see what you like cooking or doing! Available at various magazine stands and online, you'll enjoy making this a magazine that should never leave your coffee table (unless you're replacing it with the next one)!
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