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10 Healthy Gift Giving Ideas

in the spirit of the holidays, i put together a list of 10 recommended healthy gift giving ideas. each of these items encourages healthy living; and i personally would burst at the seams if i found any of them under my tree.

while it is a bit late to be doing your holiday shopping on the eve of Christmas, i hope you will keep this fantastic companies and products in mind the next time you are looking to buy a gift.

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Lululemon Studio Racerback Tank Review

this week i am kicking off december, with a yoga challenge.  and because we are talking about yoga, i thought it only appropriate to introduce a recommended yoga top. i don’t always yoga with a tank, but if i do, this is my tank of choice.  the studio racerback tank from lululemon.

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Why Many Athletes Hate (yet still can’t give up) Yoga

two and a half years ago my days as a high intensity athlete became numbered due to injury, so i decide to try out yoga. for two and a half years i have been an on-again, off-again yogi. for two and a half years i have vacillated between loving yoga, and hating yoga. and after two and a half years, and a particularly challenging class this week, i have decided to discuss some of the reasons that i, and many athletes, hate (yet still can’t give up) yoga.Read More »

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Gear Finder – Good Exercise for Bad Knees

find the activewear from previous post… “Good Exercise for Bad Knees”

ADJUSTABLE HANDFUL SPORTS BRA   *   ALO UNDERTONE LEGGING

IVIVVA TUMBLIN TANK   *   BROOKS GHOST 8 RUNNERS

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lululemon’s Free to Be Bra

these days, lululemon is a household name. they have increased their market share within the fashionable fitness apparel industry by leaps and bounds in the past decade.  (surely my addiction to their product has been a big part of that.) it is with great enthusiasm that i present their products to fitness enthusiasts far and wide.  this week i am reviewing their “free to be bra.”

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My Dog is a Yogi

the theme of my week is yoga…as you can see from my previous posts here, and here. To top my yoga week off, I thought I would share a lighter side of the yoga practice, in the form of yoga dogs.

as i have been working my way back into levels of comfort as a yogi, i have been practicing various poses at home. each morning generally begins with a yoga stretching session in the living room. apparently my pups have been eager to participate as well; and now, at week end, they both join me each morning for some yoga.

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Shakti Activewear Side String Shorts Review

this week, i have yoga on the mind. i have been working my way back into yoga classes in an attempt to loosen up my  muscles and find more balance in my work out routine.  i took a 3 month hiatus from yoga that i can definitely feel in every class, every pose, and every second (i try not to watch) tick off the clock.

my aim is to be strong, push through the suffering, and fake it until i make it.  thankfully i can at least now look the part, as i recently upgraded from my volleyball spandex into a pair of official yoga shorts. Shakti Activewear Yoga Shorts. these bright blue beauties were calling my name off of the rack and have accompanied me to three classes thus far.

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This is Going to Hurt, and it’s Going to be Worth it

they say that the most difficult part of any journey, is taking the first steps.  that is indisputably the case when it comes to getting in shape physically.  when we feel good about ourselves and our bodies, it is easy to work out.  however, when we are out of shape and uncomfortable in our own skin, it’s difficult to face up to the discomfort of those first few workouts.  it is going to hurt.  but the important thing to remember is that the pain is temporary, and it is going to be worth it.

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Shakti Vinyasa Yoga

the real truth is, i never thought i would be a big yoga lover. i’ve always been a yoga liker, but in years past i wouldn’t have ever chosen to yoga over a day of beach volleyball, a nice long run, or even a trip to the gym.  there aren’t many good things that have come to me as a result of my knee surgery a year and a half ago, but if i had to name one, it would be yoga.

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Sweat On, Toxins Off

in the world of yoga, there are bikram lovers, and there are flow lovers.  there are also a million styles of yoga in between, but most people lean one way or the other. bikram = sweaty structured classes and poses.  flow = warm flowly movements.  i really enjoy both. i love sweating my brains out in a bikram class, but sometimes the classes get mundane because it is the same routine, repeated overandoverandover again.  flow classes typically mix things up a bit more.  the pieces of the workout are the same, but how they come together varies.  and i love variation.

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