We hope that you have a WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS week. Make sure that you take care of yourself this week. Find the time to slow down, really notice all of the beauty around you – the little moments, the laughs, even the mess-ups. Christmas is perfect even when it isn’t!
We have a lovely challenge for you for this week!
Try and make a smoothie! Here’s a great blueberry smoothie recipe for you which includes spinach. YUM!!!
Are you finding it tough to stay calm during the busy and sometimes stressful holiday season? Endorphins and a great balanced workout can help you combat that stress! We have all new workouts from the Fittbe Elf, so be sure to check them out on your apps today! ??
See the daily challenges from the #12Days of Fittbe and catch up on fabulous self care if you need to!
Turkey day is on the way friends, and we like to indulge. There is no calorie counting on that gorgeous third Thursday of November. So how about putting a little “money in the bank!” Try the pre thanksgiving workout challenge!
Here is the challenge because you know we love our 16’s!
16 Pumpkin Squats (No need to use a real pumpkin – but we did! LOL, you can use a weight instead of pumpkin), get nice and low, but make sure that you track your knees and keep your core engaged. For this first one just hold that pumpkin at chest height.
16 more Pumpkin Squats with overhead lifts!
16 Pilgrim Twists (yes! usually, these babies are called Russian twists
16 Ronde de Jambes on the right
16 Ronde De Jambes on the left
8 Pilates push ups (remember from your apps, these babies include a full roll up to a standing position, in between, and be sure to keep your elbows in close!
Done? Now Instagram a pic of yourself doing one of the moves from the challenge + tag a friend for a chance to win a cute pair of tights or a tank from one of our partners. ??
You lovelies know that we love sending you goodies! And… good news, we just got in super cute Fittbe tanks in fabulous colors that you can wear for your Pilates practice or all day long (which is what Kira does) ? They are a fave to wear with tights because they are happily long enough that you’ll feel cute and comfy!
All you need to do to be entered to win your Fittbe tank is review your Fittbe Pilates app or your Fittbe Barre app. Links here! Then, just DM us on instagram or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to tell us your nickname so that we know it is you!
Athleisure… Now that’s a word that didn’t even exist 5 years ago did it? Does anyone else remember Blair Waldorf’s famous “leggings are not pants” quote? It had me laughing and honestly repeating it big time. But now, I’m one of them!
I’ve now lived in a few cities where it seemed that leggings, a cute baseball cap, a tank or zip and running shoes almost feel like a uniform. At least it’s the uniform if you’re at Costco between 10 and 3 on a weekday!
Some of the Athleisure apparel we particularly love at Fittbe comes from Kate Spade (especially recommended for for our Barre babes out there), New Balance X JCrew and Lorna Jane Activewear – (check out their current sale). Why are they topping the list? Primarily because they offer options which are cozy and comfy for everyday. I don’t know about you, but I do not like being shoved into an unbreathable sports bra so tight I can’t even breathe. My corset style tutu days may be over, but Athleisure wear is here to stay!
You think of yourself as an active person. It’s just who you are. You believe in the importance of living a healthy, active, and fit lifestyle. When the Athleisure trend hit, you thought great – “I already have Lululemon, Lorna Jane and Athleta bookmarked on my browser.”
Life is busy though. And, as you find yourself running from appointment to appointment, packing school lunches, getting to work on time, finishing the laundry, and planning dinner, you might be struggling to keep to that fit lifestyle and maintain your exercise schedule even if you see it as an essential part of who you are.
Now, we get back to those browser bookmarks – could something as small as wearing more active clothing help you be that active and athletic version of yourself on a more regular basis? Fortunately for those of you who love your tights, some experts say heck yes, and are backing it up with some science.
In fact, the Journal of Education Psychology explains that clothing has a systematic influence on the wearer’s mental state. Basically, wearing certain clothing can have symbolic meaning, for example, I’m an athlete! My grandfather was a big believer in “dress for success,” so we all always dressed up for school tests rather than wearing PJ’s. Turns out he really was right.
Think about how those cute tights and that zip up make you feel. When you feel strong, and confident and athletic, you are more likely to press play on that workout or lace up those running shoes. That’s just something athletic and active people do right, and that’s you!
Does this idea hold true for your actual workouts as well? The team at Freeletics suggest that yes, if you wear workout clothes that make you feel confident, you may actually be more likely to perform better in your workouts because of how you feel. And, confidence and performance are linked!
What do you all think?! Do you think that those cute tights and tanks help you to be more active overall?