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Trade Cardio for PiYo

Does cardio do more damage than good for you? Is it a pain in the neck to get through? Does cardio leave you more exhausted than it should? Try PiYo! PiYo is a blend of Pilates and yoga, and it could be one of the best ways to tone your body. “Erin Scott, a PiYo Instructor and Master Trainer with Beachbody LIVE, adds that […] ‘Consistent practice in PiYo increases core strength, overall strength, stability, and flexibility,’” which are everyday needs. It is described as adding the “muscle sculpting of Pilates”, with the “flexibility of yoga”, and a consistent fluid movement between positions. What Do I Do? Every exercise needs a warm up, something to get your muscles ready for the stress you’re about to put them...

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Is Athleisure Here to Stay?

Athleisure first stepped out on the fashion scene in the late 80’s and early 90’s, and has been the hot, new trend among the masses since the early 2000’s, due its versatile, comfortable, and sporty look. The popularity of this apparel division has grown over the years as it has become increasingly more socially acceptable to wear workout gear in casual and semi-formal settings. Athleisure has elevated the casual stay at home outfit into something acceptable for the workplace. Despite the growing popularity and the numerous businesses athleisure has spurred, a handful of self acclaimed trend forecasters speculate athleisure’s reign is coming to an end. These speculations are spurred by a perceived over-saturation of the market and the return of denim to fashion week runways. The concern with...

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A Beginner’s Guide to Athleisure Textiles

Athleisure textiles are determined by four key requirements: comfort, durability, flexibility, and luxury. These requirements allow a garment to support the  wearer’s active and social lifestyle while also being functional and stylish. With  athleisure having a similar appearance to athleticwear, the distinction comes down to the fabric choice and garment construction. Athleisure apparel tends to have a heightened level of craftsmanship and is designed with the intention of being comfortable rather than functional. Some of the fibers and textiles mostoptimal for athleisure include: Polyester A durable and lightweight synthetic fabric composed of recycled plastics, polyester is the most widely used textile in athleisure due to its ability to blend well with other fibers. Additionally, polyester is crease resistant and has substantial insulation properties. Spandex This fiber provides elasticity and breathability to the garment it is blended into, allowing...

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Gym Looks for Beginners

For many of us fresh on the path of our fitness journeys, we don’t always know what to wear to the gym. Should arm day’s outfit be the same as leg days? What about cardio? Yoga? Going to the gym often requires a whole new wardrobe. When purchasing that new gym ensemble it’s important to know what to wear. What You Need: An Athletic Shirt: Something that accentuates your body, is form fitting, stretchy, and isn’t made from 100% cotton. Cotton shirts absorb more moisture and sweat than a shirt with a lycra blend shirt and tend to offer less freedom of mobility. Generally, you’re going to want to look for something with a polyester and lycra blend. A good selection of performance shirts are available...

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Planking: It's Not Just a Fad!

Are you someone who wants to get into shape, but the price of a gym membership is just too high? Well, there is an exercise you can do without leaving your house that is simple and productive. Planking was a fad that was very popular from 2009-2011. All jokes aside, this fad has turned into one of the easiest workouts that anyone could do no matter what kind of shape that you are in. The best part about the exercise is that it’s free and there is no equipment required. Here are 5 benefits to planking: A Toned Belly: This can help develop the base layer for that six-pack ab look. Reduce Back Pain: Planking can help strengthen your upper...

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