Inspired by The Summer Olympics!

There’s no doubt that the athletes that compete in the 2012 Olympic games inspire feelings of pride for one’s country. They are skilled beyond belief at their respective sports and they are shining examples of what hard work and determination can accomplish. But most of all they remind us what an average person can accomplish should they too put in the time and effort.

Now the majority of us aren’t going to drop everything and start training for the 2016 Olympic games. But for those feeling a bit inspired to get in shape, here are some work out tips that you can do without having to sign up for an expensive gym membership.

1. Work Out Gear

The first and maybe not so obvious tip is to buy yourself some work out gear. The proper work out gear can be the difference between just running around and actually pushing yourself to a point where you improve. We took a trip to Dick’s sporting goods today to check out some of their sale items and here is what we found.

First things first, not only is it uncomfortable to work out on an injured knee, but it can have lasting effects on the way you walk. If you feel any aches or pains before you start to work out, take precaution and wear a brace.

Get the right work out clothes. A good set of work out clothes not only makes you look and feel better while working out, but they can also inspire you to follow through with your work out plans.

If you decide to start playing a sport to get in shape (a good idea if you usually have trouble enjoying a workout), then you’ll want to equip yourself with the proper sports gear. Now we’re not saying that you need to choose soccer as your sport…but it is a great sport that can make running for 45 min straight a lot of fun; and they have some pretty cool looking cleats :).

2. The Workouts

There are many workouts you can do that don’t require a gym and all that fancy equipment. For most people, all you need is your own body weight to start your journey to a more fit you.

You’ve all heard that saying, “You have to walk before you can run.” Well, there’s some truth to it after all. A good way to start getting back into working out is by going for regular walks. When you’re ready, you can pick up the pace and eventually start jogging.

For those of you who want to take advantage of their time outdoors and see a bit more of the scenery than walking will allow, biking is a great alternative. Not only is it a great form of transportation, it also provides for less impact than walking or running and can be a great option for those with knee injuries.

For all of those who want to do a little more than cardio, there are many ways you can work out without weights and see results. Some of the basic and classics include push-ups, sit-ups, leg lifts, squats, wall sits, and the front plank. All you need to do these is an open space and some motivation.

3. Workout Fuel

The last and most important tip to having a solid workout, is to keep hydrated!

While shopping at Dick’s today, we came across an awesome sale that Gatorade is having to promote their G Series. Gatorade, or a similar sports drink, is definitely recommended during your workouts. Sports drinks work better than water because they provide you with the electrolytes that you need to keep yourself in the game.

Follow these tips and you can begin your journey to a more fit you. Who knows, maybe this will be the beginning of your run at being a future Olympic competitor. Until then, best of luck to all those competing in the 2012 Olympic games!

Wanderful Media

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Great Ideas For Lazy Summer Days!

It’s the middle of summer and the sun is out! You’ve already been outdoors and enjoyed the tolerably hot days, wrestled you’re kids to and from camps, and had a family summer vacation. Now it’s time to slow down a little and enjoy a lazy summer day! Here are some tips to make the most out of it.

1. Hammock

The quintessential item that symbolizes a lazy summer day is the hammock. Hammocks are not only easy to make and set up, they’re also incredibly easy to take with you. So weather you’re lounging at home, or off in some remote area, don’t forget to set up your hammock..you WILL NOT regret it!

2. A Refreshing Drink

Another must on a day like this is a cool summer drink. While most might grab for the lemonade, don’t be so fast in your selection. There’s plenty of drinks that will do that job..who knows, you might find a new favorite.

The “Best Lemonade Ever” Recipe

Pomegranate Daiquiri

Fresh Mint Margaritas

3. A great read

To accompany your hammock and drink, you’re going to need something to read. If you have a book already picked out, that’s fine, but if not then we suggest grabbing yourself an e-reader. From there, the options are endless!

Follow these three simple steps, and you’re guaranteed a great lazy summer day!

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Tips For Healthy Summer Living!

Didn’t quite start those new year resolutions yet? Well no worries, summer time is a great time to get healthy, tone up, and enjoy the outdoors. Here are some tips on how to start your path to a healthier you.

1. Healthy Eating

A healthy summer starts with healthy eating. One of the first things that you should eat every day are berries. Barries are loaded with antioxidants and help reduce age related illnesses as well as damage to tissues; important when you are working out.

Summer also means outdoor BBQing. So next time you have a BBQ, throw some vegetable skewers on the grill. This makes for a delicious way to eat your veggies and still enjoy their natural health benefits.

And of course there’s the classic watermelon. Watermelons are a great way to stay healthy and hydrated during the summer. They’re about half water, so have no fear and enjoy all of the sweetness that they have to offer.

2. Keep Active

Eating healthy is only the first step to a healthier you. The second step is keeping active. This doesn’t mean that you need to hit the gym every day for hours on end, instead find something that works for you and your schedule. One of my personal favorite ways to stay active is yoga. Try to get to the yoga studio at least 3 times a week. And if you have the luxury of living by a beach..yoga on the beach can be especially relaxing.

When the heat is on during the summer months, swimming can be a great way to stay in shape while keeping cool. It’s also a great form of exercise for anyone who might have joint pain, cartilage problems, or pain in their feet or legs.

3. Healthy Habits

A good compliment to a healthy diet and exercise plan is to practice healthy living habits. This is especially important during the summer months when the heat is up and your body is under a lot of extra stress. One of the first things you should consider doing is putting sunscreen on when you go outside. Even if your skin tone isn’t the most prone to being burnt, it’s still susceptible to skin cancer should you soak up too much of the sun’s harmful rays.

For all of those who aren’t a fan of ultraviolet A and B rays, sunglasses are a must! Not only do they look stylish, but they also help protect you from getting cataracts and bags around your eyes.

Don’t forget to sleep! We know the summer days can be long, and vacations can make it enticing to stay up late. But a healthy sleep cycle can do wonders for the body and your stress levels. Make sure to get your 8 hours every day and avoid alcohol within 3 hours of bedtime.

4. Get Help

Sometimes staying healthy can take some motivation. Here are two of my favorite apps that will help you do just that. The first on our list the My Plate calorie tracker by Livestrong.com. This tracker has a great database that lets you look up about any dish that you might be ready to consume. And for those who might have went over their daily calorie goal, it suggests workouts that will help you burn those extra calories and keep you on track.

Another great app is Yoga Stretch. This app provides you with a yoga instructor on the go! Now whether you’re traveling for business or just taking a vacation, you have no excuse not to get some yoga in.

Follow these tips and you’ll see the differences in no time!

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