Fitness Apps to keep you sweating!

What’s going on y’all? I know we all hear about a ton of different fitness apps that are available, and we probably want to download every single one of them (at least, that’s how I am!).  I wanted to give y’all a look into the top apps that I use and really enjoy!

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Runtastic – (free) I love that this app is clean and streamlined.  It looks crisp, and it is simple to use! Also, if you want to upgrade to Pro, it is only $5.  An inexpensive app that does a great job!

Strava – (free) Another running app.  Not only can you use it to track distance, but the app also offers different weekly/monthly challenges that you can take part of. You can also see the athletes who are around you, check their times and distances – great motivation and networking app!

Pact – (free download) This app is so neat! Okay, so you set a goal on the app + enter what you’ll pay other members if you don’t reach the goal.  So for instance you can set a goal to hit the gym 4 days a week, and if you don’t go then $10 is deducted from your account that week.  It really is an awesome app to keep you accountable! I mean, who wants to give away money? However, if you DO meet your goals you earn cash rewards!

Livestrong – (free) Perfect app to track your caloric goal.  This app shows your progress on a chart, plus it has a community forum.  I am a huge advocate for Livestrong because of what their company represents.  This is an app worth checking out for sure!

Fitness Point – (free) Ever get tired of trying to remember all of the workouts that exist to the human race? Well, this app aggregates every workout by muscle group and allows you to build and save your own workout!

Pump Up – (free) This app is extremely similar to Fitness Point, however Pump Up allows you to choose your goal (lose weight, get toned, etc.), fitness level (beginner, intermediate, advanced), duration, and other general factors to generate a workout that best suits you.

First Aid – (free) What if something happens to you or another friend while training? That is exactly why I have this app – just in case and for safety reasons.  Even if you are not working out, this is a smart app to download – free information is at your fingertips.  Head injury, Choking, Strain and Pains, Asthma Attack are just a few of the topics that are available First Aid Topics.

Luminosity – (free) Keep that brain strong! It is great to have a strong, healthy body but do not forget about that brain of yours.  Daily/weekly brain exercises are great to incorporate into your training routine…it’ll keep you sharp and on your toes! Luminosity covers: Memory, Attention, Flexibility, Speed and Problem Solving.  Stay healthy in all aspects of life!

Those are the top few apps that I frequent. Does anyone use these same apps? If not, what are other awesome apps that I should check out? You know what to do, comment down below!

Thanks for reading 🙂

-Elizabeth

 

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XHIT Daily – A+++ Workout Videos

Hi y’all – so I came across a new found treasure! Oh my gosh, I was thrilled when I found this YouTube Channel.  I am always looking for new, fun ways to enjoy my workouts/gym sessions and this channel totally does that for me!

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This is not going to be a super long post about XHIT Daily.. I really just want to share this with y’all because I have been super excited about their workouts since the first time I watched their videos.

So XHIT Daily is geared towards both the women fitness junkies and the women that are new to the fitness world.  They have videos that range from 5 to 18 minutes and these videos cover every muscle of your body PLUS they can be done in the comfort of your home! So we’re talking HIIT videos to videos that streamline a certain muscle group. One of the reasons why I instantly fell in love with this channel is because these are women, just like you and I who are choosing to live a healthier lifestyle.  I think it’s fabulous! Plus, I can not lie… the studio that they shoot in is gorgeous.  I love the set-up, the directing, I love the colors, their personalities – it really just all flows extremely well together and I find myself watching their videos over and over.  They are now my Go-To channel for any and all types of workouts.  Another neat aspect? They offer an e-newsletter that will give you up-to date info on the newest videos, what is happening behind the scenes, etc.  I’ll link the sign-up page down below, it’s super quick and easy to sign up and it’s totally free!

Check them out when you have a chance, and I pinky promise you – you will most certainly not be sorry!

Oh also, click around on their website – you’ll find a Tip of the Day, Bio’s of the hosts and so much more.  It really is an awesome site!

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/XFitDaily

Website: http://watchxhit.com/

 

Thanks to XHIT Daily, I was inspired to create an outdoor set-up where I can workout to their videos!

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Short and Sweet post!

-Elizabeth

LUSH-fully amazing bathtime

Hey y’all! There are days after a workout/run or a long day where I just simply need to sit in the bath because I am way too lazy to stand up in the shower for 30 minutes (can I get a AMEN).  Bath time is pretty boring for me, unless I have LUSH products to add a little somethin’ somethin.  Keep on reading to find out how I add the “lush” factor to my baths.

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So before we go on, I hope you all are doing fantastic and are having a great April so far! The weather is changing into springy…summery-ish type of weather, and although I am typically not the kind of girl to enjoy summer weather – because it gets to like upwards of 95 degrees here, I do however enjoy the 80 some odd degree weather.  I absolutely love love LOVE running in warm weather that has a bit of humidity – bring on the sweat!

Back to LUSH.  So I have been into LUSH for a few years already – ever since I was introduced to the products, I just couldn’t stop shopping there (shopaholic, much?). Plus their bags are super cute!

IMG_1220Lush is so awesome in that they do not do any testing on animals and their products are organic and handmade.  Honestly, you don’t even have to be into the whole “organic” thing to really enjoy their products, they definitely know what they are doing!

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Plus the packaging within the HUGE shopping bag is again.. super cute! I actually love how the products are individually packaged because I am able to store them in my restroom as a decoration – I’m a total girl, I’m telling ya!

 

IMG_1218IMG_1219 And these are the products that I purchased.  To the left: Pink Bath Bomb, sweet vanilla is the primary scent; Tisty Tosty, smells like “new love”.. pure, sweet, rosy. (Both Bath Bombs)

To the right: MMM Melting Marshmallow Moment, which is made of marshmallow herb, cocoa butter and almond oil – delicious! (Bath Melt)

I’ll place a link for all three below. 🙂

 

 As for the instructions? Totally and completely easy! First, fill up your bath with warm/hot water… unless you care for cold baths, in which case… go for it! Choose your Bath Bomb.  You can see which one I chose for this time around.  Place the Bath bomb in your bath, while you’re in it of course.

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And you’re SET, let the Bath Bomb do it’s thing.  You’ll see something similar to this happening in your bath; you’ll also wanna keep your ears open for the “fizzing” sound, it’s so cool.  Sorry for the bad lighting!

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Now all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the scent and feeling of your bath.  Honestly, Bath Bombs add such a cool element to your water! I get so excited after I buy a few Bombs, because I KNOW that the next few baths are going to definitely feel amazing!

Links to the Bath Bombs pictured above:

Pink Bath Bomb: http://www.lushusa.com/Pink-Bath-Bomb/03052,en_US,pd.html#start=15

Tisty Tosty: http://www.lushusa.com/Tisty-Tosty/00013,en_US,pd.html#start=18

MMM Melting Marshmallow Moment: http://www.lushusa.com/MMM-Melting-Marshmallow-Moment/02155,en_US,pd.html#start=3

 

Hope y’all enjoyed this read!! Oh and if you love LUSH or are thinking about buying any – let me know which ones you have in mind, I am due for another LUSH visit.

-Elizabeth

Here is to you. You sweaty, tough fitness friends!

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This is for you.. You deserve it.

Here is to…

Clean eating, saying no to junk food, french fries, pizza.  Healthy lifestyle.  Expensive health conscious groceries. Protein/Energy Bars, ALOT of water, hydration packs, Sacrifice. Experia socks, running shoes, trail shoes, road shoes, weight training shoes. NEW running shoes every 300 miles. 6 am alarms, 6 am wake up calls, 6 am wake up texts.  7 am runs.  Runs in the cold.  Runs in the heat.  Runs in the humidity.  Being called crazy because you’re running in 30 degree weather.  Overstuffed closet of training clothes.  Sweat.  alot of it.  Determination, perseverance, drive, willpower, desires, goals.  Proving people wrong.  No excuses. Feeling sore.  Sore legs, sore butt, sore arms, sore calves, sore feet, sore everything.  Downloading fitness apps.  Actually using those apps. Researching new ways to improve. Improvement.  Beast Mode. Runner’s high.  or.  high intensity interval training.  New challenges.  Late night gym sessions.  Smelly shoes, smelly armpits, just smelly.  Gym time after work. Making the gym a date night.  Tears, frustrations, and change.  Pains, back aches, knee aches, head aches.  Sweat on leather seats, YOUR leather car seats.  Making an impact.  Smiling at a stranger while you run.  Overpriced race entries.  Mind over matter. YouTube motivational videos. Workout playlists. Not stopping until you’re done.  Giving it your all.  Workout partners.  Running Partners.  Defying laziness.  Your haters. Recovery runs.  Over-abundance of fitspirational quotes. Being called a fitness nut. Chicken breast, tuna, fish.  Fitness blogs, sweaty yoga mats, loud music. Fitness journals.  The scale.  The will to do more, to want more.  Here is to you.  To you who never quit given your current circumstance.

Sweaty High Five to you my friends and keep it up!!

-Elizabeth

Runner’s/Fitness Junkies Christmas Wish List

So let’s just say that you have NO idea what to buy for that specific person who adores fitness like it’s noone’s business! What if the person you are dating is a runner, and you like lifting things up and putting them down? You’re gonna wanna check out this Wish List 🙂

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Race Entries – if you are looking to buy a runner a gift, or even someone who has shown the slightest interest in participating in a run.. this would be a pretty legit gift! Maybe pair it with another item on the list and you’re good to go – that person is going to love you forever! There are a ton of different runs and obstacle courses of different length and difficulty.  I would suggest a Graffiti Run, Foam Run, Spartan Race, Tough Mudder, and Electric Run, etc.  Like I said there are plenty of events to choose from – Google is your best friend!

Headphones – anyone can always use a new pair of headphones, even if they just bought a pair.. no one complains about having a backup, because let’s just face it – we all tend to lose headphones… at least I know I lose headphones alot! Here are the ones that I am currently rocking, I love them because they don’t fall out when I run or workout! Yurbuds, for the win – http://yurbuds.com/products/behind-the-ear/focus-pro/

Itunes Giftcard – I know gift cards are frowned upon, but whether you are a gym fanatic, runner, Zumba-er, Crossfit-er, swimmer, etc.. we all listen to music every now and again.  Honestly, music is what tends to keep me going when I’m exhausted from a major gym workout, and still need to knock out a few miles.  Any increment will do, but keep in mind that some songs are about $1.29!

Shoes – This is more for the couples or friendships that have stood the test of time and know shoe sizes and brands that your Christmas gift receiver enjoys wearing.  Not to mention, shoes are difficult to purchase because everyone has a different arch. If you know all of the above for whoever you are buying for, then get on out there and pick them up some new shoes! If you don’t know those things, but would still like to purchase new shoes for someone – I would go with Brooks for running and Reebok for weightlifting. Vibrams have also been an “in” kind of thing for a while, and they would be a fun kind of minimalist shoe to have in the closet! Brooks has a nifty tool called the Brooks Advisor which helps you pick out a pair of shoes that best fits your lifestyle – http://www.brooksrunning.com/on/demandware.static/Sites-BrooksRunning-Site/Sites-BrooksRunning-Library/default/brooks_shoe_advisor/Default.htm.  Here is the Reebok weightlifting line that I recommend – http://shop.reebok.com/us/crossfit/_/N-1z12xfw?cm_mmc=RbkSEM_bing_ecom-_-CrossFit+-+TSF-_-Branded+CrossFit-_-Reebok&cm_mmca1=US&cm_mmca2=e.  

New Water Bottle/Hydration Belt – Hydration is totally important for any type of workout.  Just like headphones, I lose water bottles left and right… so you really can’t have too many water bottles or hydration belts.  If you want to add a little something along with this gift, you can always pair it with electrolyte tablets.  Nuun Tablets are my first choice.  Check out FuelBelt – http://www.fuelbelt.com/

Starbucks Gift Card – We all try to live a healthy lifestyle, but if you were to tell me that you never ever eeeever go to Starbucks… I’d want your autograph! We all have cheat days, and what better way than to cheat with a frapp or hot drink and a pastry from Starbucks.

Running Jacket with Pockets – This is a staple item for any runner.  Even if you have seen your runner with a couple of running jackets, another one is not going to hurt that person. Plus, what happens when we forget to wash the jackets that we already own? Well… gross or not – we end up wearing the jacket over and over again.  Please add to our wardrobe collection. 🙂

Gym Bag – I own two gym bags which I received within a month of each other and they both work out great for different purposes and trips.  Gym bags that have a shoe compartment is what you are looking for – it keeps the stink and nastiness of a running or workout shoe confined to one area and in doing so… your clothes won’t stink up! Score!

GPS Running Watch – This is a pricier item, which can probably stand alone as a Christmas gift.  I know there are a ton of different GPS watches available, but I have provided a link to the Garmin 620 which has outstanding reviews! If you aren’t purchasing a watch for a runner, why not check out the FitBit or Nike Fuel.  These two are great for the fitness junkie who spends their time sweating it up at the local Box or community gym.  http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2011/04/garmin-forerunner-610-in-depth-review.html

Compression Sleeves – Most definitely are geared towards runners.  I don’t personally wear sleeves, but I do hear that they work wonders for for legs and calves during a run.  If you are going to purchase sleeves for anyone, I would definitely purchase a black pair because black is extremely universal.  No zebra prints, unless the person you are buying for is in love with zebras!

Two Month Entry to a Fitness Bootcamp – What better way to start the New Year then to start off living a healthy lifestyle. I highly suggest this gift, because you can buy one for someone else and also buy it for you.  It makes for a great date, I would think! I’ve never turned it into a date before, but I would imagine that this would be a great experience for two people.  It would also make for a perfect hangout between gym buddies or girlfriends! After you complete your bootcamp, why not grab a drink from Starbucks with that gift card?

I hope this list helped someone out there. 🙂 Happy Shopping and Merry Almost Christmas!

-Elizabeth

TwicetheSweat… You Know You’re Curious!

Hey y’all! Today I feel like talking about a few different topics – trust me, you’ll most definitely want to read this!

First off – where have I been this past week! Goodness, it’s like (aside from responding to y’all’s sweet comments) I fell off the face of the earth.  One word – VERTIGO.  Yes, vertigo.  Every time the weather changes (typically around January/March) my equilibrium is thrown off because of drainage (gross!) caused by allergies which is caused by weather changes, and essentially I become a hot mess.  Dizziness, nausea, and loss of depth perception is what I dealt with this entire week.  It hit me on Sunday.. and yesterday evening I was feeling a bit better, but am still taking medication just in case.  No worries, the first time I had an ‘episode’ I was 18, so I’m a five year veteran.  I know the Lord knows what He’s doing.  Sometimes I don’t understand why He allows this, but hey I’m just a good ol’ southern girl trusting in my Lord Jesus.  If y’all have any questions regarding vertigo, please ask away! I am more than willing to give any and all information if it is going to help someone.

Next topic – I have two running partners that I frequently run with and one of them is a close girl friend of mine that I have known since I was 16.  After high school, life happened (as it always does) – she left for the Army and I stayed back to date as many guys as I could, just kidding! Seriously though, I did stay back and we didn’t talk for a long time. These past three months we have been running together (alongside one of my good guy friends) and have rekindled our friendship. Thanks Running! She injured her ankle about a month ago and received doctor’s orders to rest it and buy a new pair of running shoes. This morning I was super excited because it was our first run together since her injury! She did so well, and I was ecstatic to have one of my running partners back. 🙂

Thirdly – Megan is one of my cousins.  We both love fitness. She is six months older than me, we match basically all of the time without planning any of it, yet we live in two completely different cities.  She is a country girl, I’m a city girl.  We hit the gym together about once a week and tonight she introduced me to this killer ab workout that I wanted to share with y’all.  If you are interested, let me know and I will ABSolutely (get it? ABS..abs..) post it in a separate post that way its easily accessible.

Numero Quatro – Here is the crazy exciting news…together we have created our own Fitness Instagram account.  I have been hesitant to promote it, but her and I have talked and we both think that it is the perfect time! If you have an Instagram, do me a favor and check it out! If you like what you see, follow us and you won’t be disappointed.

You can find us @twicethesweat Here we are at tonight’s gym sesh:

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Five – I want to thank y’all again for your amazing support with this blog! I can not even express how neat it is. I haven’t even personally met y’all, yet I feel like I know you guys. Is that too Hallmark Card-ish? Point is, thank you for reading, commenting, and following!

Before I quit typing.. leave me a comment below if you have a blog topic request.

I would love to engage in a requested topic!

Can we stay away from politics, please? I am convinced that no President will get America back to where She needs to be.

Happy Weekend!

-Elizabeth

Review: Nuun Tablets

Hey y’all! I hope you all had a wonderful Monday, I know Monday’s can be rough SO I have put together a small ‘hydrating’ review on Nuun Tablets.  Let’s roll right into it!

This coming Saturday I will be running a muddy obstacle course which will be four miles of 40 obstacles, WOO! I am extremely excited for this! I get an adrenaline high when I run obstacle courses, it’s just something about them… they are the perfect amount of dangerous! Anyway, so I went to my neighborhood Academy and purchased a few items for Saturday’s course.

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In the above picture you will see Cliffbars, Gu Energy and Nuun Hydration Tablets.  This post is going to be a review of the Nuun Hydration Tablets in Strawberry Lemonade.  If you all would like a review on the other products that are shown – leave me a comment, and I would LOVE to review them for you!

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Say ‘hello’ to Nuun Hydration Tablets.  This small bottle retails for $4 and some change, however it is definitely packing with all sorts of goodness! The below three bullets are straight from Nuun’s website.

  • The electrolytes that your body needs: Each tube of Nuun contains 12 tablets. Each tablet makes 16 oz. of Nuun, and delivers 360 mg Sodium / 50 mg Potassium / 25 mg Magnesium / 13 mg Calcium
  •  Nothing that you don’t: Less than 1g of carbs, fewer than 8 calories. No sugar. No high-fructose corn syrup. No artificial flavors or colors.
  •  Good for the Earth: One tube prevents the manufacture of up to twelve 16oz plastic bottles from sugar-ADE sport drinks.

Are you sold, yet? If not, keep reading.  If you are, keep reading. 🙂

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The small tube comes with 12 tablets, yes TWELVE! Essentially, you’re enjoying 12 drinks that hydrate and provide electrolytes for $4.  Pretty impressive, Nuun! This picture makes the tablet look awfully tiny, and although the tablets aren’t itty bitty, they aren’t huge and gawky either! They’re the perfect size, really! They’re like a larger version of Sweetarts. (Get this, you can even eat them LIKE Sweetarts, but Nuun doesn’t recommend it.)

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The tube is a sturdy/thick plastic, which I truly appreciate! Also, the top is easy to open.  You just pop the lid up with your finger/fingernail and it’ll open nicely for ya.  The inner portion of the lid looks pretty cool, I’m not even gonna lie! The packaging definitely seems like it would be secure in a backpack/running belt/purse, etc.  Kudos, Nuun, Kudos!

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As suggested, I dropped one tablet into my glass of water and watched it fizz away.  The fizzing process takes about 3 minutes, so let the tablet do it’s thing while you post your run/workout to your social network, start your car, make your sandwich, or whatever it is you find yourself in the middle of!

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I promise you, once the fizzle is done.. take a sip and try not to smile after.  Not only does it pack a nice flavor, but it also does your body good! I mean… sipping on strawberry lemonade water which also includes electrolytes… can I get a AMEN!! Seriously, once you try this let me know how you enjoy it, or if you don’t.  Either way, I’d love to hear what y’all think!

Quick Tip:  I am always hesitant in buying new products without reading a few reviews first, yet sometimes I totally forget to research online while I’m at home.  So while I was standing there at Academy, in front of the Nutrition section, I whipped out my trusty iPhone 5 and Google searched the product.  I am glad I bought them! So when you’re on the fence about purchasing a new product, I recommend taking a couple of minutes and Googling the product.. and if people look at you like your weird (because they will)….smile and nod, smile and nod.  🙂

Also, I want to thank each one of y’all who have commented, followed and liked my posts! You guys are amazing! Every time I see a comment pop up on my phone, I get this huge smile.  Thank YOU!

Have a nice Tuesday!

Elizabeth