It’s day one of the #12DaysofFittbe and this is a challenge you’re going to love! Each day we will be enjoying a self care activity – that’s right… enjoying!
It can be tough to really experience the good little things in life when we’re overwhelmed with the hustle and bustle of this festive and blessed season. We’re going to focus on taking care of our minds, bodies and spirits with feel good fun… Fittbe style! ❄️
Your Day 1 Challenge:
Make a steaming cup of tea and sit for at least 20 minutes. Read something fun and 100 percent stress free, like a Christmas book. Turn off your screens when you do it!
Follow your cozy 20 minutes with a short stretching session. Choose your own fave feel good stretches, or enjoy a Fittbe session! You might like to set it to holiday serenity piano music!
Keep track of all 12 days by posting on your social media! Yep – this graphic above is for you, just click, save to your device and post! Day 1 complete of the #12DaysofFittbe
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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!
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Do you have 20 Minutes for your Fittbe Pilates session of the day? It features some great daily Pilates exercises for you to try out – here are a few broken down step by step.
For your warm up, sit with your feet together, stretching out your hips. It feels so good! Next, just take your arms to the floor with elbows straight. Reach your arms up to a v position and then back to the floor. We do about 16 of these!
For a variation that we do in the session, add a slight tipping forward with your abs pulled in tightly and your back flat at the top of each move.
Another great exercise we feature in this session is “the clock”. Start by flattening your back to the floor, and reach both legs up to the sky. Squeeze your legs together keeping your leg muscles really engaged. For this version, we will keep our head and shoulders on the floor! Now circle your legs as one unit – imagining that you are hitting every point on a clock. Reverse your direction for each one. Go for about 12!
One last featured exercise from this 20 minute tone up starts in a downward dog position. Keep equal weight on your hands and feet. What a good shoulder stretch here!
Now, with your elbows tracking right along side your body, slightly bend them and then press back up. Let’s go for about 8 of these. For a variation, we can take our hands together, making a triangle position, and lightly bend and stretch your elbows for another set. This will be like a mini pushup!
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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!
You’ve probably guessed it, but athleisure is basically when you wear your workout style clothes in other settings, and it is big business. The trend appears to be sticking around as well. Morgan Stanley predicted that the industry will grow to an $83 million market by 2020. Their study explained that people are living more and more active lifestyles, and those who participated in sport activities when they were younger are now infusing their adult lives with the same priorities. They suggest that the sports we watch and play are influencing what we buy.
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!
By the way, have you heard that wearing Athleisure apparel might actually help you workout more?!
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?
Tips from Amanda Seyfried, who says she enjoys #Pilates on weekends! The actress combines Pilates into a weekly workout schedule of running, plus 3, 45 minute sessions on top of her weekend Pilates in order to stay “long and lean”.
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Seyfried prioritizes exercise, healthy eating (of course she does, one would have to nourish that gorgeous head of hair)!
The actress explained her view on body image to self magazine, “If we’re so busy trying to change ourselves, especially aesthetically, we’re going to miss out on more important things… It’s important in the grand scheme of things to keep in shape, but if you’re always worrying about imperfections and how you look, these things aren’t going to change for the most part. The thing you can change is the way you perceive.”
Now that’s a philosophy we can get behind! Stay strong, eat to fuel and nourish your body, and enjoy the process of exercise. Thanks for the perspective Amanda!
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