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07 21 2014

Who doesn’t love a coach bag? If you like sporting a Coach bag like I do, here’s your chance to own one for FREE. Simply click below to join.

Win a Coach Peyton Signature Handbag! Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends August 31st, 2014. No Purchase necessary. Winner will be notified on September 1st, 2014.

Good luck!

07 06 2014

Seasoned athletes like runners face the risk of injury as they exert themselves to the maximum. Strenuous exercise creates an imbalance in the involved muscle groups. Yoga can help as it balances muscle and body activity. You become more conscious of your effort and movements, and try to avoid niggling injuries as much as possible. Regular yoga practice can also improve your endurance and stamina.

If you are injured, do not fret. Try to practice simple yoga poses to restore strength and flexibility to your weakened body. Yoga teaches us how to balance our mind, body, and spirit. We begin to develop inner balance which can guide us throughout our career and lifetime.

Stretch Strap

Stretch Strap

This is a simple tool that will aid you in reaching positions more easily that you found difficult before.

Stretch Strap – $23.95, 5.01 shipping – Available at Amazon.com

 

8 ft. Cotton Cinch Yoga Strap Natural – ST-8-CINCH-NATURALSTRAP HUG026-3

8 ft. Cotton Cinch Yoga Strap Natural - ST-8-CINCH-NATURALSTRAP HUG026-3

Whether you are a beginner or a pro, this yoga strap is an excellent stretching tool.

8 ft. Cotton Cinch Yoga Strap Natural – ST-8-CINCH-NATURALSTRAP HUG026-3 – $12.99, 5.07 shipping – Available at Amazon.com

 

Yoga Block

Yoga Block

These nicely colored yoga blocks will aid you in finding the right form in your yoga practice.

Yoga Block – $16.95, 5.95 shipping – Available at Beachbody

 

RumbleRoller RR316 / RRX317 Rumble Roller RUMR1000

RumbleRoller RR316 / RRX317 Rumble Roller RUMR1000

Break up the “fuzz” in your muscles with this Rumble Roller to have stronger muscle and avoid future injuries.

RumbleRoller RR316 / RRX317 Rumble Roller RUMR1000 – $69.95, Free shipping – Available at Wayfair

 

Stretch Strength Foam Roller Kit

Stretch Strength Foam Roller Kit

Who says you need a bulky and expensive exercise equipment when you can do it with a foam roller kit

Stretch Strength Foam Roller Kit – $25.00, 9.99 shipping – Available at Bowflex.com

 

FitBALL Mini

FitBALL Mini

Take core and muscle training into a whole new level. The Fitball Mini is a great tool to use for resistance.

FitBALL Mini – $7.99, 8.79 shipping – Available at Opentip

Yoga teaches us to become aware of our body’s strengths and limitations. We learn not to over-exert ourselves, thereby minimizing the risk of injury. Repetitive motions and vigorous exercise cause overused muscles to become inflexible and hard. This tension affects blood supply and reduces elasticity. As a result, an athlete is forced to strain harder, which creates more stress. Yoga helps here by elongating and relaxing these tight muscles. The psychological aspect of yoga is important too for athletes, as they need to focus intently on their game without being distracted by the crowd, weather conditions, etc.

You can select a suitable yoga style for yourself depending on your fitness goals. Professional athletes can try power yoga, which is a demanding style that lays emphasis on strength and stamina. The holistic approach of yoga can help athletes discover imbalances and weaknesses in their body, which they can strive to eliminate.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links provided by Postpresso.

06 30 2014

Many people think that yoga is a leisurely form of exercise patronized by women and the elderly. They would be surprised to know that even professional athletes perform yoga workouts to maintain peak fitness. This article reveals how yoga can help you achieve and maintain top fitness levels.

There are many benefits of adding yoga to your fitness regime. It strengthens and tones your body in a uniform manner, without overdeveloping specific muscles. You can use yoga to improve your flexibility and balance.

Health Benefits of Yoga

  • Lubricates the tendons, ligaments and joints
  • Massages and stimulates the internal organs of the body
  • Flushes out toxins
  • Helps to deal with chronic problems like lower back pain and joint pain
  • Increases blood flow to the tissues of the body
  • Raises the heart rate and helps to burn excess flab
  • Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol

Here are some supplies you might need to start your yoga practice

Daisi Yoga Pants

Daisi Yoga Pants

Daisi Yoga Pant Women’s Workout – Blue – $26.99, Free shipping – Available at 6pm.com

Sexy Low Rise Yoga Lounge Capri Pants

Sexy Low Rise Yoga Lounge Capri Pants

I so love this pink yoga Capri pants. I am not a yogi, but I can definitely use this during my workouts.

Sexy Low Rise Yoga Lounge Capri Pants Gym Workout in 3 Colors LOVE at the Side (M, Fuchsia) – $11.50, 6.00 shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace

 

Legend 2.0 Women’s Dri-Fit Stay Cool Training Tight Fit Capri Yoga Pants-XS

Legend 2.0 Women's Dri-Fit Stay Cool Training Tight Fit Capri Yoga Pants-XS

This one looks comfortable enough.  Love the combination of pink and gray!

Legend 2.0 Women’s Dri-Fit Stay Cool Training Tight Fit Capri Yoga Pants-XS – $41.99, 3.50 shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace

 

Black Mat PRO Yoga Mat – BM71 MDK001

Black Mat PRO Yoga Mat - BM71 MDK001

A nice exercise mat for yoga, stretching, Pilates and other exercises. It has a soft and comfortable non-slip surface.

Black Mat PRO Yoga Mat – BM71 MDK001 – $100.00, Free shipping – Available at REI

 

Purple 24 Sq Ft Pack Foam Interlocking mats

Purple 24 Sq Ft Pack Foam Interlocking mats

These interlocking mats are way too cool. Who wouldn’t be inspired to workout in these colors?

Purple 24 Sq Ft Pack Foam Interlocking mats – $14.99, See Site shipping – Available at Get Rung Flooring

 

Yoga for mental fitness

Yoga for mental fitness

Optimum fitness means a sound mind in a healthy body. Yoga and meditation are known to reduce anxiety and stress levels. They can help you concentrate better on the job at hand. Yoga also helps to raise your awareness and acceptance of your body and mind. With regular practice, you would be able to perform each pose gracefully, and enjoy your body’s movements mindfully.

Medium Zabuton Meditation Mat, Olive – $51.95, 11.95 shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace

It is not surprising that most fitness centers and health clubs have included yoga as a mainstay in their schedule. You should take care not to treat yoga as merely a physical workout, but also try to imbibe and benefit from the psychological and spiritual aspects of this proven exercise method.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links provided by Postpresso.

06 27 2014

Be in this summer with Swarovski crystals. Yup, this summer, the elegant crystals are paying homage to art, but these aren’t just the usual colorful crystals that you will see around. The hot months of 2014 will feature the precious crystals in earthy tones and brilliant primary colors cast in tribal craftsmanship. You read it right. Ethnic culture meets modern artistic movements. The theme is ethnic, but the look is contemporary. The result? Stunning pieces of accessories to complete your summer look. But wait, before I proceed, some of you might be worried that because we are talking about Swarovski here, we’re talking about expensive pieces of accessories. Yes and No my dear readers. YES, these crystals sound very expensive and elegant, but NO, they are not expensive. Swarovski Coupons are available so we can afford to look fab this summer.

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image source: beadfx.blogspot.com

These beautiful crystals are called Light Silk. The color looks very delicate and sophisticated. These can be used as main colors for the ethnic theme or mixed either with vivid-toned crystals or soft hued ones.

Before you proceed shopping using your newly discovered Rio Coupon, here are a few beautiful pieces to give you an idea how the ethnic style was incorporated in contemporary jewelry designs.

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image source: thailandtatler.com

This pretty necklace features blue crystal cuts embellished with electric blue crystal rock. Inspired by jewelries of ancient Thailand, this piece will definitely make a statement.

swarovski 2
image source: beadinggem.com

This Ethnic Bib Necklace is made from brass, Swarovski crystals, resin and paua. The brass wire was woven meticulously to form a round disc. The other embellishments were woven after forming the disc.

The next pieces are African inspired. Among all the ethnic designs that I’ve seen, these are my favorites. They are very elegant and all are a definite head turner.

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06 05 2014

So, who says dieters can’t have a taste of sweet treats?

pb pie

Peanut Butter Cup Pie

Mix 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs, 1 Tbs. sugar and 1 Tbs. melted butter; press into dish. Bake 5 minutes at 350ºF. Mix 13/4 cup skim milk, 1/4 cup water, 1/2 cup PB2 (a nut derived powder that tastes like peanut butter, but has 85% less fat) and 1 package (1 oz.) sugar-free instant chocolate pudding mix; add 1 1/2 cups fat-free whipped topping and pour into crust. Freeze before serving.