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Vacation Fitness | Tips to Stay Healthy While Traveling

While it’s always fun to try a new workout regime or set a goal for yourself  in the gym to get ready for a big trip – You may also want to get in some fitness while you’re traveling.

Not only do I enjoy working out, and the ensuing endorphin high, but my body also benefits greatly from regular workouts, which isn’t something I want to let go of while I’m on the road.

Below are a few tips for fun, social ways you can get in some sneaky, or not so sneaky, fitness when you’re on vacation.

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  1. Explore on Foot – When you’re visiting a new city, try exploring on foot to view the city from a different angle. You’ll get to sightsee and stay active.
  2. Bands – I usually travel with a resistance band in my suitcase. It takes up no room and you can do a full range of workouts. Check out these band workouts from Tone It Up here.
  3. Bodyweight Workouts – When I’m out-of-town and don’t have access to a gym, I’ll try to start the day with a short bodyweight workout. Push-ups, squats, mountain climbers, planks etc. You can get a full body workout in just a few minutes.
  4. Start Peddling – Renting a bike is a great way to see a new city and cover some serious mileage over the course of a day. Don’t forget your helmet!
  5. Water Sports – If you’re vacationing near a lake, river, or the ocean, you should check out what water sports are available. From swimming to water skiing to SCUBA diving, there’s a fun way to stay active in the water.
  6. Running – My favorite way to explore a new city is going for a run. London, Paris, Rome – I’ve run through them all. Especially in the morning, it’s such a beautiful way to see a place wake up. I love it when I’m escaping the city as well – Trail runs and hikes are a great way to see the local landscape.

What’s YOUR favorite way to stay fit while you’re on vacation?

This the fifth post in the Virgin Sport #GoFitYourself series. If you’re in the Bay Area, you should check out the Virgin Sport Fitness Festival in San Francisco this October. Haven’t heard about it yet? Check out the first post here – Virgin Sport San Francisco.

If you want to join me to run the SF Bay Half Marathon on October 15th I’m excited to say that I have a discount for anyone who wants to join!

Use “LAVIE” and you’ll get $10 off the cost of registration for the SF Bay Half Marathon.

Sigh up here!

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2017 Fitness Adventures: Lyra

This year’s Fitness Adventures series has been nothing short of eye-opening and I’ve been grateful to have the opportunity to try so many new studios and classes here in San Francisco.

So what was up next on my Must Try list for 2017?

Lyra!

It’s a yoga-dance hybrid workout that you can take at San Francisco Pole & Dance studio that utilizes the lyra aerial hoop. Keep reading to see what I thought!

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The Low Down:

The dance studio is in SOMA, a few blocks south of the Civic Center BART stop, on 8th street. It’s a huge warehouse that’s home to a number of dance studios including the SF Conservatory of Dance. I’m pretty sure that the girl I followed up was a ballerina. Meaning that I started class feeling like I was auditioning for Center Stage.

Once you’re upstairs the space is large, bright, and airy. They use the big loft for all of their fun classes – AcroYoga, pole dancing, silks, adult gymnastics, and lyra.

Thoughts:

Nearly half of the class was spent stretching and doing core work. The teacher made it clear that warming up our bodies was very important before tackling anything new or exciting.

The class was small and intimate – With only four of us we were all able to get one-on-one time with the instructor, spotting when we tried new moves, and a partner when needed.

Everyone had different activity levels and experience. Two of us had never taken lyra before, one was a regular at the studio, and one was returning to the sport after a year-long break. It was a great combo because you didn’t feel rushed or held back, we were all able to go at our own speed, ask questions, and have someone more advanced to watch work on each move.

Recommendations:

This was SUCH a fun class.

Every move was a total rush. I went from nervous to elated and back again for most of the class.

It was also a lot of hard work. I knew I was working some seldom used muscles, but I really wanted to push myself and try everything, so push I did.

Warning – I was pretty immobile the day after this class. I had bruises on my legs from wrapping around the ring and all the tiny little muscles in my legs, abdomen, arms, and upper back were objecting. Loudly. And two days after? My forearms are still so tender that I’m having trouble opening doors.

So, in summary – Do I recommend this class? Absolutely!

Just plan to take it easy the next day… 🙂

Interested in seeing what other Fitness Adventures I’ve been up to this year?

Have YOU tried lyra before? Or any aerial yoga or silks classes?

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MCLV x A by Anubha | Patches & Pockets

I absolutely ADORE contrasting patches and pockets – For me they always bring to mind the mod styles from the 50’s and 60’s. In that period I feel like this coat would be rendered in black and white, and paired with knee-high white patent leather go-go boots a la Twiggy.

Swinging sixties all the way!

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Lavendar Long Jacket with Gray Elbow Patches and Pockets – A by Anubha

Short Sleeved Floral-Print Jersey Dress – Donna Morgan

Ankle Strap Heels – Sam Edelman

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

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Luckily for us, not only do these adorable gray patches and pockets on this jacket give it an undeniable retro vibe, they also offer a fun color palate to work with when you’re styling the piece.

For styling you can play on the pink or the gray, or even go for a completely different color story.

While you could definitely go for a full-retro look and try some tall boots, you can also make it more modern with a flirty little black dress or a pair of perfectly fitted jeans. Both looks offer a clean palette to work with and let the statement coat take center stage.

Do YOU like contrasting hues and color-blocking as much as I do?

Want more A by Anubha in your life? Check out these other Summer outerwear posts: Outerwear Edit & It’s All About the Sleeve.

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#GoFitYourself | Top Tips to Improve Recovery

Whether you’re amping up your workout routine to get ready for Summer, training for a race, or just staying healthy – Promoting recovery will aid in your goals.

If you can bounce back from a workout that means less debilitating soreness and that you’ll be able to fit in more training days.

Here are my top tips to help improve and quicken your recovery time.

Sleep:

This may seem like a no-brainer, but sometimes when you’re stressed or extremely sore, sleep can elude you. But, in reality, sleep is your number one ally. Your body regenerates and builds muscle at night, so try to make sure that you’re creating a calming bedtime routine, and getting those zzz’s.

Doctor’s orders!

Water:

Staying properly hydrated is an extremely important step on the road to speedy recovery.

Drinking enough water can help you avoid cramps, flush out toxins, and assist with reducing muscle swelling. All of those are painful side effects of hard work at the gym – And all of them can be alleviated by consuming enough water regularly.

Whole Foods:

What you eat before and after a workout will not only fuel your efforts, but also help your body bounce back. By fueling your muscles with whole foods and fresh produce you’ll be able to replenish your glycogen stores and ensure your body has maximum energy available for healing.

When you eat processed and chemical laden foods your body can actually expend more energy breaking the food-like substances down than it gets from the meal in return. You want to focus your attention on eating “net gain” foods – Healthy, whole foods that will be easy for your body to digest and offer a plethora of energy and nutrition.

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Epsom Salt Bathes:

I am a huge fan of Epsom salts and take bathes with them multiple times a week. A few of the benefits are that they draw toxins out of your body through the skin, relax the muscles, and help reduce swelling.

Trust me, they’re the perfect way to end a day where you put a great deal of stress on your body. I love both the Eucalyptus and the lavender versions!

Rolling & Stretching:

When you’re sore the last thing in the world you want to do is roll out those muscles. Trust me – I know. But you still need to do it.

I try to do 5-10 minutes of stretching and rolling before or after my midday workouts Monday through Friday. And during a particularly tough training week, I may dedicate an entire session to just stretching and rolling.

The song was right – You’ve got to be cruel to be kind!

What’s YOUR top recovery tip? Any tricks you’ve picked up and swear by?

This the fourth edition of my Virgin Sport #GoFitYourself series – I’m hoping to get everyone excited for the Virgin Sport Fitness Festival in October. Haven’t heard about it yet? Check out the first post here – Virgin Sport San Francisco. If you want to join me to run the SF Bay Half Marathon on October 15th I’m excited to say that I have a discount for anyone who wants to join!

Use “LAVIE” and you’ll get $10 off the cost of registration for the SF Bay Half Marathon.

Sigh up here!

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July Favorites | Activewear & Fitness Accessories

I tackled a number of different types of workouts and ran a Half Marathon in July, so this Favorites Round-Up is all about the activewear and fitness gear that I loved this month.

Favorite Running Gear:

My love affair with the Lululemon Tight Stuff Running Tights has exceeded a year now… Needless to say, the love is strong. I wear these every time I go running and for every race I run. They’re perfect – The pockets are awesome and they’re endlessly comfortable.

When I find something that I like, I rarely stray. In fact, I’ll often buy multiple pairs of the same thing. Case in point: I have two pairs of Saucony Guide Running Shoes, three pairs of the Lululemon Tight Stuff Running Tights, and four of the Lucy Activewear Racerback Tank Tops. In different colors of course.

For the San Francisco Half Marathon I wore the Lululemon Tight Stuff Running Tights, a black Lucy Racerback Tank Top, green Saucony Guide 10, and a long-sleeved Asics shirt.

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Favorite Class Gear:

I’m turning into a bit of a Lululemon junkie and in addition to their Tight Stuff Running Tights, I’m also absolutely loving their Fast & Free 7/8 Tight II. They’re super soft, comfortable, and extremely flattering. Again – It’s all about those pockets

Nordstrom’s Zella brand is another great activewear company and I may or may not have the Zella Pace Tank in multiple colors in my closet.

Favorite New Accessory:

C3Fit Compression sleeves & compression socks. I also wore these for the San Francisco Half Marathon and was really impressed. This is my first experience with compression accessories and I really liked how they made my legs feel during the race as well as after.

Next on my Must Try list? I want to get a fitness watch! Any suggestions?

What activewear tops YOUR list right now? What should I try?

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