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Friday, November 7, 2008

Friday's Fun Fitness Facts (Giveaway)

OMG I ran for 22 minutes without stopping! (I think I could have gone longer but my joints aren’t conditioned for that just yet).You have no idea how big this is for me! Last spring I decided that I wanted to start training to run a 5K. Well, now it’s fall and I didn’t make that 5K. I’ve always been one that likes to stay active and running was something that I was never really good at. I could do aerobics, walk, and weight train but never seemed to have enough endurance or stamina to run. Well…..I’ve been working with a few new products and it gave me the motivation to get outside and run, run, run!
I was shocked last night! You know, usually when I would try to run I felt like my heart was going to blow up after just 5 minutes. Not to mention the wheezing! I felt great last night and I’m proud to say that I could have sang the entire National Anthem after my 22 minute run!
If you’re a runner and you have any tips to send my way, please do! I can’t wait to get back out tonight! I think I’ve discovered my “inner runner”!
Want to know what helped in motivating me?? Read on!!

Natural Fitness

For the last few weeks I’ve had the pleasure of trying several different products from Natural Fitness. Their online store is awesome and the prices are better than the stores here in my area! Plus through their Zero Impact Program, they offset the environmental impact of the production and transportation of their products. Awesome!

Their website offers training tips and videos AND you get a free subscription to Fitness Magazine for an entire year when you purchase through their site. They also offer a newsletter to keep you informed.

I’ve been using their Natural Yoga Kit which comes with a rubber mat that contains no PVC(no stinky “rubber” smell), a natural hemp yoga strap, and bamboo yoga block. Love it! I also love their Resistance Toning Kit which comes with the exercise ball, toning bands, instruction charts, and DVD. The yoga kit sells for $62.50 and the resistance kit sells for $29.99. They have so many other great products too! Check it out here!

Encourage your kids to live an active lifestyle!
………..”Fit from the Start”
From Heather Le Var, founder of Sporting Baby:
Sporting Baby creates inspiring athletic clothing for children of active parents. We are proud to represent sports that are largely ignored by major fashion designers and companies. Our goal is to offer hip, fashionable, athletic wear. Inspired by the arrival of our children into this world, we were challenged to find any kind of baby clothing that had some connection to running. Having discovered that most of the sports we love weren't represented in the marketplace, an idea was born. We have drawn upon our personal experience as swimmers and runners to hopefully provide like-minded parents with clothing that represents the love they hold for both their chosen sport as well as their children. Sporting Baby embraces a way of life that embodies fitness from the start. We hope you enjoy our clothes as much as we have enjoyed creating them!
Sporting Baby currently has 6 cute styles to choose from and they hope to grow and add many more! I cannot stress enough the importance of raising our children to be active, healthy adults! I love the idea of Sporting Baby! Best of all, they Give Back to charities such as the Corporate Angel Network!
I think every little one should be “sporting” one of these! Click here to check out their site!

Dance It Off……show me what you’re working with!!

This is so much fun you won’t even know that it’s a workout! Work it girl and dance your way to a fit bod! With hypnotic Latin rhythms you can Samba and Merengue your way to strong abs and sculpted buns, thighs, and arms!
This system was designed by world champion Latin ballroom dancers Jaana Kunitz and Julia Powers with over17 years of dance and fitness expertise. This fitness concept had been proven to deliver results and boost self-esteem in a short period of time. AND it’s lots of fun!!
The Core Rhythms Starter Pack includes A Full Workout; Quick Workout; Latin Dance Made Easy; and Kick Start DVD’s along with a free seven day Diet Guide with menu plans to help you slim down while toning up!
This system retails for $39.99 and is sold at retailers such as Target, Kohl’s, Bed, Bath & Beyond, or online at www.corerhythms.com. Check out their site for more information and to read success stories!

Stop Aging – Start Training
A Guide to Looking and Feeling Twenty Years Younger
This book will inspire and motivate you to get active! Exercise physiologist, certified personal trainer, and professional speaker, Sal Fichera has developed a program geared toward helping people attain more strength, increase flexibility, improved balance, and great endurance. As our bodies begin to age these decrease. I try to remind myself….”if you don’t use it – you loose it”!
Sal Fichera has been featured in countless magazine articles, radio, websites and has become a valuable source for media who seek his wide ranging expertise and unique perspective.
In his book Stop Aging – Start Training, Sal provides detailed exercise descriptions and photos that make it easy to correctly master the techniques. Exercises are categorized according to specific muscle groups. There is an in-depth coverage of core strength development (essential because the core is the center for balance and strength), as well as clear instructions on the optimal order in which exercises should be performed.
I highly recommend this book! Visit www.Forza Fitness.com for more information and to get your copy of this book!

Fitness For the Traveler
The Fit Traveler (Giveaway)
The perfect gift for the traveling woman for less than $20! The Fit Traveler, designed by The Fitness Boutique, LLC, is a practical, fully-illustrated guide to using light-weight resistance bands for a full body work out. It’s no bigger than a 200 page novel so you can take it and use it anywhere! They also offer a Senior Edition and coming soon…….Fit Maternity and Fit Disabled!

The Fitness Boutique, LLC was founded by Kari Eide and Lissa Mueller who both bring a lot of experience and knowledge to the table.Kari has been a self-proclaimed exercise junking for nearly 20 years. While attending California State University, Fresno, she took several courses in nutrition and physical eduction to further nurture her passion for physical fitness. The Fit Traveler was inspired by a life-altering car accident and Kari's determination to recover and regain her healthy, fit lifestyle. Lissa has been active in the local fitness arena since opening Mueller Fitness with her husband, Vance in March of 1995. She is an A.C.E. Certified Personal Trainer and has developed fitness programs for clients of varying age and ability. She is an A.C.E. Certified Aerobic Instructor and former Group Fitness Coordinator at Mueller Fitness in El Dorado Hills, CA. Recently, Lissa has become a physical education teacher, incorporating yoga and Pilates into her students' fitness regimens, as well as educating them on the importance of lifelong healthy habits.
Click here to check it out!

Please leave a comment telling me what you do for exercise and why it works for you for a chance to have your very own The Fit Traveler. Please be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you. Ends November 30.

Sprigs (Giveaway)
Sprigs Bangee will hold everything you need while on the go!
Leave your handbag behind and keep your valuable close at hand with Banjees wrist wallets. I used one last night for my house key while I was running. It worked great and they come in so many fun styles and colors.
You can store cash, keys, and even small phones in the zippered pouch. They are made with breathable, stretchy fabric and they’re perfect for men, women, and kids too! Send them to school with your kids and you won’t have to worry about them losing their house key or lunch money!
Sprigs is an innovative apparel accessory company with a passion for bringing the unconventional to life, their mission is to enhance your life by melding style and function into products of unique design. They offer many great products that make perfect gifts! Click here to check them out!
Four lucky winners will receive their very own Banjee wrist wallet! Click here to visit their site and tell which product you like best. Please leave your email address so I can contact you. Ends November 30.

One last note from me. I hope that all of these products will help to inspire you to live a healthy and active lifestyle! I will continue to share my running progress with you and please feel free to give me any tips or advice that you think will help me along the way!
In closing this long and informative post…………….Happy Trails To You!!!


Shanda said...

OOH I like the Bangee Spring Flowers...so cute

Jonathan said...

The black Zebra pattern rocks - thanks for adding to your site.

Karen S said...

The hot pink paisley is so colorful! Cute! Great idea also -
I hate carrying a purse or bag.