Boost your mood, focus, and improve your sleep!

Boost your mood, focus, and improve your sleep!

Can Exercise Reduce Stress & Tiredness?

So you’re feeling stressed, unfocused, a little tired… We’ve all been there! Rather than reaching for the remote to stream another series on Netflix or head to the couch for a nap, instead try a complete 360 and go for a little workout instead!

 

I’m already tired and you want me to workout to be more wakeful?

YES! You heard right, friend!

When you are feeling a little tired, a nice workout session will get both your circulation and endorphins going! You will enjoy a good mood boost, and much less tired. It doesn’t have to be anything too crazy. From at at home Pilates workout to a nice walk or a jog, it’s a great way to say to you body, “hey, wakie wakie, we have things to do!”

A mood booster!

We talked about endorphins, get ready for good feelings!

Endorphins are hormones that when simply put, make you feel good. When you exercise, your body releases  chemicals that give you a positive feeling! According to webmd, “that feeling, known as a “runner’s high,” can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life.” That sounds good to us! 

Getting Exercise also improves sleep!

Workout to sleep better!

Charlene Gamaldo, M.D. , medical director of Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep explains that  “moderate aerobic exercise increases the amount of slow wave sleep you get. Slow wave sleep refers to deep sleep, where the brain and body have a chance to rejuvenate. Exercise can also help to stabilize your mood and decompress the mind, “a cognitive process that is important for naturally transitioning to sleep.”

Feeling stuck? 

Use exercise to refocus!

According to the Harvard Medicine blog, exercise can help your brain to focus! Several studies have demonstrated that exercise that gets your heart pumping also can help your brain function. It may also improve memory! 

Get ready to THINK more clearly, sleep more soundly, and be in a better mood. Who wouldn’t love that!?

 

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Strawberry Smoothies 3 Ways!

Strawberry Smoothies 3 Ways!

Strawberry Smoothies 3 Ways!

We are wild about Strawberry! Want a sweet treat today? Fittbe has strawberry smoothies 3 ways!

Strawberry Smoothies 3 Ways!

There’s just “something” about a strawberry smoothie. Maybe it’s that it evokes memories of childhood and a strawberry shake, a real treat after the sock hop! We gathered some of our favorite strawberry smoothie recipes to enjoy. They are packed with  Packed with vitamins, fiber, and particularly high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols, thanks for the info Web MD!

Sublime Strawberry

The flavor is all strawberry here. No mango or banana to take center stage.

This is one of our favorites, and if you make it with the berries already frozen, it will be extra refreshing and perfect for a warmer day. Though it’s great to mix with other delicious fruits, this smoothie puts strawberry center stage!

Ingredients/Shopping List

 

  • 1  cup of strawberries (fresh frozen, or frozen)
  • 1 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (Vanilla or Plain)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix it all together with your powerful blender and Voila, your 12 year old self is savoring the taste of summer strawberries.

 

Strawberry Banana Protein

This is one tasty treat!

Ingredients/Shopping List

 

Strawberry and Banana go together like Milk and Cookies, like Phineas and Ferb (haha), like Blair and Chuck. This one is delicious and is extra special if you add some granola to the top!

  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 3 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1.5 cups almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • You can even top it with granola! We love Trader Joe’s ancient grains and nuts granola
  • We also love adding 2 scoops of marine collagen powder

Not quite as pretty in pink, but healthier! 

Spinach and strawberry make one of the best salads ever. Seriously! If you haven’t had a spinach strawberry salad with a nice vinagrette, you need to make one or order one asap. But… back to smoothies. This spinach strawberry smoothie might not be “pretty in pink,” but it is definitely a winner and takes the healthy award from the first two! 

Ingredients/Shopping List

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened milk or milk substitute – we are crazy for almond!
  • 1/2 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 tablespoon agave nector
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

 

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Weekly Challenge from Fittbe!

Weekly Challenge from Fittbe!

Hey Lovelies!!

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!

  1. Try and make a smoothie! Here’s a great blueberry smoothie recipe for you which includes spinach. YUM!!!
  2. Complete your brand new Full Bod + booty pilates workout  – open up your apps for that one!
  3. Sip your favorite tea with a cozy blankie and just soak up the day!

Make sure you share the inspiration on Instagram! Here is a post for you to use once you complete the workout!

Day 6 Challenge in the 12 Days of Fittbe

Day 6 Challenge in the 12 Days of Fittbe

Your next challenge in the #12DaysofFittbe! Do a face mask..either sheet or other. 

We recently tried those sheet masks from Trader Joe’s and thought they were amazing. 20 minutes of calm luxury!

It was refreshing and hydrating. We haven’t tried too many other sheet masks, so if you have a recommendation be sure to let us know on instagram as we all help each other to keep the Holidays calm, healthy, and lovely! 

If you have finished today’s challenge – day 6 already! Then, be sure to save your social media graphic below and share on instagram! Tag us @Fittbe_Workouts ???? 

See the other daily challenges and catch up if you need to!

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With an always expanding catalog of videos from Fittbe Pilates creator, Kira Elste, you will always find the perfect session to get you looking and feeling fit and fabulous!

Fittbe Challenge, Day 5!

Fittbe Challenge, Day 5!

Day 5 is simple in the #12DaysofFittbe ?? All you have to do is.. ⠀


1. Select some workout clothes for tomorrow and choose the workout you’d like to do⠀


2. Do 4 sets of 10 triceps dips on the edge of your bed before you head out off to dreamland! ⠀


⠀You are WELCOME to use this graphic or any of the other 12 Days of Fittbe graphics to inspire your community! Just be sure to tag @Fittbe_Workouts and use the hashtag #Fittbe

Did you miss any of the #12DaysofFittbe? No worries, there is still time! You might enjoy our red and green salads, cozy tea and books, or cinnamon day! 

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Red and Green Salad Time!

Red and Green Salad Time!

 Who is celebrating the #12DaysofFittbe day 4 with us?! You have a couple days to get this one finished… we challenge you to eat a meal with only the colors of a Christmas tree in it! ? yum! 

Here are a few great recipes we came across that you can try – don’t worry, you have a few days to get this one done. Festive salads? Yes… Always!

If you are a fan of green beans, you might check out this Green Bean Salad from “The Well Fed Newlyweds” 

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In our house, any ripe avocado doesn’t doesn’t last long! That’s why this amazing salad caught our eye! 

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Keep enjoying the #12DaysofFittbe on Instagram ~ We will see you tomorrow! Your social media graphics are ready for you here – just open and save to your device!


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