Spring break is coming up, and while the first thing you might think of is sipping poolside umbrella drinks and letting loose, not all spring breaks have to be party-centric. In fact, I’d say we prefer our spring break to be more rejuvenating and laid-back as of late. A fun, healthy and active retreat is the perfect opportunity to take a break from our hectic everyday lives and really take time to focus on some well-deserved self-care. We’ve got a few destination recommendations along with activity ideas for your spring break that will allow you to do just that.

 

healthy and active: yoga retreat in bali

Bring Your Yoga Mat to Bali

That sounds pretty incredible, doesn’t it?! For the ultimate relaxing trip to really restart and refresh your mind, body, and soul, there’s nothing quite like a yoga retreat. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or a long-practicing yogi, it’s a great opportunity to take some classes, learn meditation and breathing techniques (that will certainly serve you well once you’re back to reality and the stresses of everyday life) and connect with yourself and nature.

 

healthy and active: ropes course in hawaii

Hit a Ropes Course in Hawaii

For the ultimate adventure seekers, a ropes course in Hawaii is made for you! What is more exciting and awesome than climbing and zip lining through paradise?! It gives you the chance to take in a birds-eye view of your amazing surroundings all while keeping you active. Don’t forget your camera (with a strap to keep it secure) and your water bottle to stay hydrated. And of course, bring along your good vibes only.

 

healthy and active: make the most of malibu

Make the Most of Malibu

For the perfect mix of relaxation and staying healthy and active, head to Malibu. You’ve got the coast, the beach and the mountains all in the same vicinity, making for the perfect Spring Break destination! Lay on the beach and read a book, play some sand volleyball with friends, try your hand at a surfing class, or hike the trails in your favorite hiking outfit. The sky’s the limit, and there’s something for everyone!

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For travel, comfort is key. Whether you’re driving or flying, you’re going to be stuck sitting for a while, so pairing something comfortable with something cute is your best bet. If you’re stuck on what to wear on a plane, or just need some travel outfit inspiration in general, we’ve got you covered. We’ve put together a few athleisure travel outfits that are super comfy and still allow you to travel in style (#goals).

travel outfits: road trip

 

1. Road Trip: Sporty Athleisure

If you’re heading on a road trip, stock up on healthy snacks, a good playlist (everybody loves car karaoke) and throw on a bright pullover with your fave leggings. You can’t go wrong with this classic combo. It allows for maximum chilling in the car and leggings will make it easy to kick your feet up on the dashboard. Too hot for a pullover? Tie it around your waist for an effortless look.

 

travel outfits: what to wear on a plane

 

2. Flying: Fashion-Inspired Athleisure

If you prefer to fly, pair some on-trend animal print leggings with a sleek jacket to keep it cool and sophisticated. I love travel outfits that are comfortable but also smart, and anything monochrome totally nails this vibe. With so many regulations regarding carry-ons, make a roomy backpack your travel companion. It’ll free up your hands to keep your boarding pass in one and your extra-large dose of caffeine in the other.

 

travel outfits: couch potato

 

3. Couch Potato: Comfy Athleisure

If you’re looking to stay put instead of hitting the road, nothing is better than a trusty pair of joggers. I don’t know about you, but I could live in my joggers- and quite frankly, I do most days. I instantly grab them every night when I get home, so make them your go-to piece when you’re lounging around.  They’re perfect for napping, binging a new show on Netflix, or making the trip to pick up your favorite carry-out.

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We all know that stretching is one of the most important parts of any workout. It preps your body for the workout ahead and helps to cool down and relax your muscles afterward. The key is to know when the best time is to stretch, and what stretches are best suited for you pre and post workout. Not doing so can be harmful to your body and potentially cause injury (no, thanks), so it is important to warm up your body before a workout and stretch those working muscles after to prevent soreness. Here are some of the best stretches to ensure you and your body stay safe both before and after your workout.

1. Jumping Jacks

I love doing this light intensity exercise pre-workout. Since they instantly activate various muscle groups, they’re perfect for any workout you’re about to do. Not to mention, they’re a sure-fire way to get your heart rate up.  Need to modify? Just step out your feet instead of jumping for a little less impact.

 

post workout stretch: full leg

2. Full Leg Stretch

I personally love this stretch after any cardio workout, or really, any exercise where you’ve really worked your legs. Muscles in your legs have a tendency to get sore pretty easily, so this stretch is the key to preventing any stiffness the next day. Prop your leg up or do this stretch sitting, then raise your arms and reach for your calf, ankle, or toes.

3. Light Jog

Another great pre-workout stretch is to go for a light jog. It’s nothing crazy or intense, but it’s perfect for slowly getting your muscles moving and warmed up. It’s a great way to start any workout before you really hit the ground running (literally). You can simply modify it to a power walk if jogging is too much.

 

post workout stretch: quad

4. Quad Stretch

Since you need to get a little bit of a heart rate going prior to this stretch, this one may be best saved for post-workout. To feel this stretch to its full potential, do this one standing. If you need to balance, feel free to hold onto the wall, a stable chair, your stroller handle, your workout buddy, or whatever you may have handy nearby.

5. Runner’s Lunge

Runners – this one is great for you (I guess there’s a reason it has its name), but it can also be super beneficial after any high-cardio workout. This stretch focuses on the glutes, hips, quads, and calves, making it perfect for helping with any lower body soreness. Trust me, this deep stretch feels great and I can bet you’ll probably want to hold this one for a few extra minutes.

 

post workout stretch: arms

6. Arms, Arms, Arms

This one is so simple, but it is such a good stretch for you. Simply bring each arm across your body and you’ll feel the stretch instantly. This is a great one to do after any workout where you’ve just worked your shoulders, biceps, or triceps and feels like a great reward for those muscles that just worked so hard.

7. Downward Dog

Enjoying a few breaths in Downward Dog is a great way to wind down after a workout, and you don’t have to reserve it just for yoga. It stretches your body from top to bottom while allowing you to work on both your mental and physical balance. If you need a little bit of a deeper stretch, focus on bending each leg at the knee and holding it there for a moment or two.

Remember, stretching is a key part of any workout and should not be missed. I promise, it adds even more goodness to an amazing workout session, and could quite possibly become your favorite part of it, too!

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The holidays are coming to an end, and the approaching new year means it’s time for a fresh start: mind, body, and soul. I love this time of year for that exact reason. It just feels so good to start with a clean slate, doesn’t it?  Yes, it’s just another day, in actuality, but mentally it’s a time for new goals and a total reset, and there’s something really great about that. With that in mind, I’m sharing 9 ways to reset your body and brain post-holiday because let’s be honest: after all of the holiday fun and over-indulgence, I think we could all use a bit of self care!

1. Take Naps

The best form of self-care I know. Naps are such a great way to do a mini reset in the middle of the day and to recharge you and get you ready for the rest of your day. While it can be tempting to hit snooze or not even set an alarm at all, try sticking to a 20-30 minute nap. This little power nap (hey, it has that nickname for a reason) will improve your alertness and productivity without feeling groggy or making it hard to fall asleep later.

 

2. Get a Massage

After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, getting a massage is such a nice way to reset your body (literally). It may seem like a luxury, but I encourage you to take the time and treat yourself – you deserve it! It’s great for alignment and getting those muscles relaxed and recharged. Not to mention, the time set aside of complete peace and quiet free of interruptions will give you a refreshed sense of serenity.

 

reset your body: hydrate

3. Hydrate

This is maybe the most important thing you can do for yourself, and the cheapest (read: free!) form of self-care. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! If you have a hard time staying on track with the recommended amount of water to drink each day, there are plenty of apps and smart water bottles to make sure you’re getting your daily dose of H2o.

 

4. Restorative Yoga

Make the start of 2019 the perfect opportunity to get into a routine with practicing yoga. After the new year, many places offer a free class or discounted class packages to help get you to get in the flow (see what I did there?) if you’re not a member already. It truly gets the body moving and helps to take care of those strong muscles of yours. Namaste, my friend.

 

reset your body: green smoothie

5. Green Smoothies

Don’t judge a smoothie by its color. Green smoothies are packed with all of the necessary nutrients into one delicious drink. Not to mention, they are a natural energy booster and have amazing antioxidants to keep your immune system happy and healthy. Here’s a simple recipe to help get you started:

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup pineapple
  • 1/2 cup mango
  • 1 banana

 

6. Aromatherapy

Smelling certain scents and trigger different reactions in your brain, and choosing the right ones can uplift your mood, making you happy and energetic. Consider getting a diffuser to keep at your desk or on your nightstand. There’s an essential oil for practically everything, so whether you’re feeling stressed, need to focus, or need a good nights sleep, a few drops of the right scent will help tremendously.

 

reset your body: caffeine

7. Take it Easy on the Caffeine

With the holiday season comes busy days that seem to have no end in sight, and sometimes a coffee run or a refreshing tea is necessary. But too much of a good thing is, well, too much. A little bit in the AM is great to help you kick-start your day, but go overboard and you can feel anxious and even restless well into the night. Try replacing one of your caffeine drinks with a caffeine-free substitute. Even decaf is a good alternative to the real stuff.

 

8. Meal Prep

When you fail to plan, you plan to fail. This is why meal prep is so important! I usually prep on Sundays for the week ahead, and it makes reaching for healthy options throughout the week (on those busy weekdays) a breeze. Nowadays, there are lots of meal prep services that do the heavy lifting for you and may even be local to your community. Do a little research to see if there’s a small business nearby that you can support. Healthy life decision and shopping small?  Now that’s a win-win!

 

reset your body: watch a movie

9. Stay in & Watch a Movie

The best part about this time of year is that there are usually loads of movie marathons going on. And, thanks to streaming services, you can easily create your own if you’re not feelin’ anything you find on TV. Rewatch an old favorite, try something new, or Google a list of the best movies of 2018 to catch any that you might’ve missed this year. Bonus points if you have some healthy popcorn for a snack and a snuggle bug or two to share the blankets with.

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The first few weeks of November have gone by in the blink of an eye and it seems like the temperatures drop a little more every day, so it’s time to start thinking about some warm layers to survive the chilly weather. Thankfully, there is an abundance of cute activewear pieces that are warm enough to take you from the studio to the cold, cold streets. We’ve gathered some of our favorite athleisure layers to take your look anywhere from your workout to happy hour, shopping, travel, or just to lounge in all weekend long.

athleisure workout activewear jacket

1. Sleek and Chic

Adding an edgy moto-inspired black jacket to your workout wardrobe is probably our favorite way to amp up an outfit to the ultimate athleisure street style. This is the perfect ensemble for running errands, jetting off somewhere, or simply grabbing an extra-hot coffee. It’s sleek and fashion-forward while staying comfortable and relaxed at the same time.

 

athleisure workout activewear sweater

2. Cozy Performance

Throw on a moisture-wicking athleisure sweater as a warm and comfortable layer if you’re heading out and about after your workout. The best part? No one will know you just came from the gym. This sweater is a technical, moisture-wicking top, which is really handy when you’re wanting to go out immediately following a workout.  It adds another cozy texture to your outfit, too.

 

athleisure workout activewear bomber jacket

3. Bring on the Layers

For those extra cold days, bundle up with a trendy bomber jacket (seriously, this piece is everything), and a beanie to keep your ears warm. You could just as easily pair this jacket with jeans and slip-on sneakers for an easy way to change up your look. If you’re anything like us, the more looks we can get from one item, the better!

 

athleisure workout activewear hoodie

4. Zip it Up

If you’re digging the monochrome look as much as we are, play with mixing and matching different shades to add dimension to your look. A neutral zip-up hoodie can be paired with so many different pieces that we’re hard pressed to find a more versatile piece. An all-grey ensemble is not only easy, but it’s also an effortless athleisure look that will give off the just the right amount of edge.

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Consider this a love letter to the color block legging. The most popular trend in fitness and athleisure right now, they’re awesome because not only are they bold and fun, but they’re also versatile and flattering. (All the things necessary in a great pair of leggings!) These statement-making beauties are the perfect trendy break from your everyday basic black leggings. And that’s truly what makes them so good.

How do I love thee, color block leggings? Let me count the ways… They add a pop of color to an otherwise monotone look. They help you stand out from the crowd, in the best way possible. They make a statement without being too “over the top.” They let you be completely unique—exactly who you were meant to be!

So, where do you wear color block leggings, you ask? The answer, quite simply, is: everywhere!

On Your Yoga Mat

They make the perfect statement for when you’re getting your flow on. They let you move and breathe while feeling cute and on trend. And who doesn’t want to look and feel cute while getting into some gnarly yoga positions?!

 

 

Pounding the Pavement

Make a bold statement while out on your run with these fun multicolored leggings! Stretch in style and move with the wind.

 

 

A Coffee or Smoothie Break

Throw a jacket on over your workout clothes and you’re ready to grab a post-workout coffee or smoothie with friends! Nothing like cute workout clothes to add versatility to your wardrobe! No need to change for your everyday life when you’re wearing color block leggings. Own it, girl.

 

Around Town

Running errands is made cuter and more stylish with the beloved color block legging. Just pair with a neutral pullover or a zipped up jacket and you go from gym to street effortlessly! No need to wear uncomfortable jeans when you’re out and about.

Oh, color block leggings… if loving you is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

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The perfect fit. Those mesh details that make you feel like a boss. We all know a good workout can be made even better with the right outfit. Gearing up for the gym is an opportunity to make a low-key style statement, and we are here. for. it. Whatever your personal style, there are a few essential fitness pieces that need a permanent place in every workout wardrobe. Here are 15 pieces to add to your list of must-have fitness gear.

essential fitness gear: racerback tank

1. Racerback tank for a full range of movement.

Whether you’re planking, lifting, or slithering into cobra pose, your workout can benefit from sporting a tank with an open, unrestricted fit. Moisture-wicking materials are also a smart choice for high-intensity workouts that make you sweat buckets.

 

essential fitness gear: graphic tee

2. Graphic tee with a motivational message.

For lower intensity workouts, a soft cotton tank with a fun phrase is the perfect piece to complete your workout outfit. It’s a little dose of inspiration that helps get you moving all while allowing you to show off your unique personality.

 

essential fitness gear: mesh top

3. Breezy mesh top for super-sweaty workouts.

Nothing feels better than a cool breeze blowing through your tank during an extra hot sweat sesh. This is the ultimate function-meets-fashion piece to have in your arsenal of essential fitness gear.

 

essential fitness gear: technical long sleeve t-shirt

4. Technical long sleeve top for a cooler sweat sesh.

For colder months or low-intensity workouts, a lightweight long sleeve top is perfect for when your body temperature fluctuates. Pairing a tank top underneath allows you to peel off layers once you’ve warmed up and easily put them back on after your cool-down.

 

essential fitness gear: thermal long sleeve

5. Comfy long sleeve for savasana in the studio.

After an hour or more of flowing through downward dogs and sun salutations, settling into savasana is pure bliss. Don’t let a chill chase away those warm fuzzy feels! Keep a cozy long sleeve tee handy for your cool-down on the mat. A tunic-length style looks especially cute for that brunch date you have planned after class.

 

essential fitness gear: basic black leggings

6. Basic black leggings that fit like a dream.

A 100% necessary piece that transitions your look effortlessly from workout to street style is a classic pair of black leggings. They’re the perfect basic to build any awesome workout outfit around and the number one wardrobe staple everyone needs.

 

essential fitness gear: compression crops

7. Compression crops for cardio.

Compression leggings hold everything in place and allow you to move freely, making them the ultimate pieces for a supportive and comfortable fit. Great for high-intensity workouts with lots of sweaty movement, they’ll be your new best friend on the treadmill or in spin class.

 

essential fitness gear: printed leggings

8. A fun pop of print to boost your mood.

Sometimes we need an extra push to get those endorphins flowing. A vibrant, playful legging should do the trick!  Choose colors that make your heart happy and motivate you to get going.

 

essential fitness gear: athleisure leggings

9. Street style-approved pants for barre to brunch.

For low impact workouts or an easy run in chilly weather, joggers or relaxed fit leggings are a great choice. Plus, they’re super comfortable to lounge around in after your workout and to run errands around town.

 

essential fitness gear: workout shorts

10. Shorts for warm-weather workouts.

Even if you typically stick to leggings, every workout wardrobe needs a good pair of running shorts for those extra hot days. They’re comfortable, provide great air-flow, and are made to withstand intense cardio sessions.

 

essential fitness gear: windbreaker jacket

11. A jacket to combat the elements.

Layers are important, especially for inclement weather. If it’s lightly raining or super windy, a water-resistant windbreaker can make or break your outdoor workout. Pick one that’s built for exercise with technical details like ventilation, zippered pockets, and a stow-away hood.

 

essential fitness gear: athleisure cardigan

12. Luxe, loungey cardigan in a fitness fabric.

A cardigan made from moisture-wicking fabric is the perfect piece to throw on when you have plans immediately after a yoga class or gym session. It’ll easily transition your look from fitness to on-trend athleisure.

 

essential fitness gear: star hoodie

13. Cute and cozy hoodie for to-and-from the gym.

A pullover or zip-up sweatshirt is another necessary addition to your workout wardrobe. Finding one with a graphic print or tailored fit will keep you looking pulled together while you’re heading to and from your workout.

 

essential fitness gear: high-support bra

14. A Bra that means business.

For those that need a bit more support to sustain high-impact activities, a structured full-coverage bra is a must. Look for a snug fit and wider straps that sit comfortably and don’t dig in.

 

essential fitness gear: strappy bra

15. Something strappy that keeps the girls happy.

Whether you need a little or a lot of support, there’s a strappy style out there that will work for you. Not only do they look lovely, but if you choose the right level of support for your workout, they’re also super functional. Not to mention, they add a fun pop beneath your top!

 

essential fitness gear: supportive strappy bra

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best workout clothes for weight training

We’ve come a long way since the days when a cotton tee and saggy shorts were the standard gym class uniform. (We’ve learned. We’ve grown. We’ve survived the trauma of taking a dodgeball directly to the face.) Now, we understand that what we wear for a sweat session can make or break our workout. It’s hard enough to squat and lunge and lift weights—doing so with loose pants or an unsupportive sports bra just makes it even harder. (Ain’t nobody got time for that.) So how do you find the best workout clothes for weight training? Well, I’ve got a few tips…

best workout clothes for weight training

1. Breathability is key.

Pick clothing made from fabrics that breathe and wick away sweat, because I guarantee you will be sweating during any good weight training session. Mesh-detailed pieces are great because they provide additional airflow. A breezy, open-back top is also a great option to you keep cool as your body temp rises.

 

best workout clothes for weight training

2. Move, move, move!

I always do the “squat test” when I try on a pair of new leggings. If they pass the test and can move with me in any crazy position, they’re keepers. Weight training incorporates a lot of slow and controlled movements, so stick to spandex and other items that are comfortable and easy to move around in. You don’t want to feel constricted or limit your range of motion. After all, your clothing should work for you, not against you!

 

best workout clothes for weight training

3. Pick durable clothing.

You also need clothing that can endure a tough workout, because weight training involves repetitive movements that may cause friction between your clothes and the equipment you’re using. You want to make sure your clothes can withstand anything you put them through, so invest in quality pieces. And if you do happen to tear a hole or wear out a piece of clothing, consider yourself a beast.

 

best workout clothes for weight training

4. Get the support you need.

Make sure that whatever clothing you’re wearing, you’re well-supported. Good form is crucial in weight training, and without the proper support (a structured sports bra, compression leggings, comfortable shoes) you may suffer through your workout instead of feeling energized and in control. The moral of the story: make good choices when you gear up, then get out there and lift, girl!

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best workout clothes for cycling spin

In my experience, one of the best stress-relievers is a heart-pounding workout. Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed or anxious, I know a good sweat session will turn my mood (and perspective) right around. One of my favorite ways to sweat my cares away is indoor cycling because of its fun, freeing atmosphere. Getting synchronized as a group in spin class, pumped up by adrenaline and music, is basically as good as therapy. But what do you wear? Here are my handy tips for choosing the best workout clothes for cycling.

best workout clothes for cycling

1. Spandex is your friend.

You’re riding a piece of mechanical equipment so you definitely do not want to wear loose clothing that can get caught in moving parts! In fact, it’s downright dangerous. There’s a reason Lance Armstrong wears spandex. While you may not be flying through the French countryside, sleek apparel still makes for a smoother, safer, more efficient ride.

 

best workout clothes for cycling

2. Coordinate to make it fun!

Liven up your spandex game with vibrant colors and prints, and never be afraid of looking “matchy-matchy.” (That’s kind of what it’s all about.) Match your sports bra with your leggings, add a neutral top, and you’re good to go! It’s all about having fun with your outfits, choosing fun pieces that make you feel good and want to get out and sweat.

 

best workout clothes for cycling

3. Breezy is best.

While fitted clothing is essential, breathability is also a must. You’re going to be sweating buckets, so wearing activewear that allows for airflow will keep you cool, comfortable, and bring you some much-needed relief during your workout. Pick leggings with mesh cutouts or a top with an open back to keep your ride breezy.

 

best workout clothes for cycling

4. Transitional pieces are key.

I don’t know about you, but my favorite group workouts usually happen on weekends and include brunch with friends afterward. I always make sure my clothes are both functional and cute so I can head straight from cycle session to socializing over a coffee or mimosa. After all, friends that sweat (and brunch) together, stay together!

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best workout clothes for yoga

Confession: I’m kind of a workout junkie. I love fitness in all its forms; I love moving my body, feeling energized, and who doesn’t love that glorious post-workout glow?! While weight training and cardio are an important part of any fitness routine, the flexibility, focus, and balance gained from a regular yoga practice are pretty incredible. If you’re just getting started or are dusting the cobwebs off your yoga mat, you’re going to need the right clothing that will move and stretch along with you. To give you a leg up, I’ve gathered some helpful tips for finding the best workout clothes for yoga.

 

best workout clothes for yoga

1. High-Waisted Bottoms

One thing I can’t stand is flashing my belly while I’m trying to focus on my flow. That’s why high-waisted leggings are the absolute best for yoga, making a wardrobe malfunction near impossible. They also support your center, providing a subtle reminder to keep your core engaged while you get your downward dog on.

 

best workout clothes for yoga

2. Loose, Flowy Tops

For me, the perfect yoga uniform is a pair of high-waisted leggings and a free-flowing top. They allow you to move freely and do your thing without feeling constricted. Yoga is uncomfortable enough without having to worry about your clothing. (The whole point is to get out of your comfort zone!) You can also play with knotting your looser tops to make each look your own.

 

 best workout clothes for yoga

3. Fun Pieces With Personality

Don’t be afraid to make a bold statement on your yoga mat. Even when I’m getting my zen on, I love wearing bright colors and fun prints to infuse a little extra energy into my practice. A motivational graphic tee is also a great way to remind you of your “why.” Strappy bras paired with open or cutout tops are also another favorite way to add interest to my outfit.

 

best workout clothes for yoga

4. Easy Transitional Styles

Post-yoga, I’m usually headed straight to my next errand or activity, so workout clothes that transition smoothly from the studio to the street are a must. Everyone needs a rotation of fashion-forward fitness pieces they can live in all day long. Because who actually changes out of their yoga pants?! Just throw on a baseball hat, shades, and a denim jacket and you’re ready to tackle your day. (Namaslay.)

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