Bra-mazing: My Epic Quest for the Perfect Running Bra Part 2

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Not to be dissuaded by the mounting evidence that my boobs are just not runner-friendly, I continued my search. After reading about a million reviews online, I finally settled on the Moving Comfort Women’s Maia bra. The high cut seemed promising, and I figured the under wire support probably couldn’t hurt.

Three miles – check. Six miles – check. Ten miles – check. Twelve miles – EPIC FAIL.

Never has a bra injured me so much. While the straps stayed in place for the most part, leaving my shoulder blades relatively unscathed, the clasps in the back bent and started digging into my back so much that they ended up drawing blood. I was also chafed to the point of bleeding in the front, where the right under wire was rubbing. While I still take it on runs under 10 miles, this is the first bra that’s actually caused me pain while I was still running.

So close, though!

I felt defeated. I resigned myself to the fact that running is pain, and while others deal with bad knees and IT band syndrome, DD band syndrome is just my cross to bear.

Then, my running buddy recommended the Lululemon Tata Tamer II. I was skeptical, but decided to give it a try. I ordered a size up in the band because a lot of reviews complained that the fit was too tight, and waited for my latest investment to arrive. I happened to be heading out on a 13 miler the day after the Tata Tamer showed up at my doorstep, so I decided to take it for a test.

At mile three I met up with my running buddy, and I asked her to adjust the straps for me, just to be sure. Thirteen miles later, I arrived home pain-free. When I looked in the mirror, though, I noticed the familiar red marks on my shoulder blades. They looked and felt less severe than the Champion bra, but I was still doubtful that the Tata Tamer could get me through the marathon unscathed.

As I was reading through some more reviews about the bra, I realized that the straps could be crossed to have a sort of racer back effect. I caught my breath. Could this be it? The boob solution I’d been waiting for?

I had a 17 mile run and no better options, so I decided to test it.

The bra was a little difficult to navigate with the straps crossed, but once I wriggled into it, it felt comfortable and secure. I finished getting dressed and headed out for my run.

I have to admit, I was nervous, and not just because this was the longest distance my legs had ever run. This was the longest distance my boobs had ever run. I got inside and peeled off my running clothes, then went to the bathroom mirror to inspect the damage.

Nothing.

Not. One. Mark.

My shoulders were a little sore where the top of the straps pressed into them, but it was nothing a nice shoulder massage wouldn’t take care of. I stepped gingerly into the shower, anticipating a surprise sting.

Still nothing.

Could it be? Was my quest finally over? And had it really ended with a brand I had written off as more-trendy-than-functional women’s sportswear?

Yes.

Lululemon: You were right. I was wrong. And thank you for taming my tatas.

Ultimate Body Press Dip Bar

Are you ready to take your workout to the next level? 
Do you have what it takes to do the dip?

Check out the Ultimate Body Press Original Dip Bar.

Dips: The dip exercise is absolutely the most effective bodyweight exercise for increasing chest and tricep strength.

Body Weight Rows: The Bodyweight Row is an awesome exercise for building strength in your shoulders, biceps and back. It is very comparable to a pull up.

Many people already know the benefits of doing dips, but you may not have known about Body Weight Rows. These two exercises alone are an extremely effective and challenging workout.

I use my dip bar for way more than just dips.  I use mine for ab work, butt work, arm work.. and more.  I love my dip bar!! 
Check out the video ~

 

Disclaimer ~ We received product to facilitate our review.  All opinions are 100% Fitness Love’s.

Kettlebells for 50+

Have you noticed that your balance is a little off – maybe you aren’t as flexible as you once were? As we get older, if we don’t maintain an active lifestyle, or have any type of physical fitness routine in place, then we are at a higher risk of injury due to loss of balance, bone loss, and stiffness.

If you are looking for a routine get you muscles and joints moving again, kettlebells may be for you.

What is a kettlebell you ask? Kettlebells are cast iron weights shaped like a ball with a handle for easy gripping. They come in weights ranging from 5lbs – 100lbs. By using high powered moves, they offer a different kind of training that touch upon almost every aspect of fitness – endurance, strength, balance, flexibility and cardio.

The exercises performed with kettlebells mimic real life movements performed each day, such as throwing items into the back of a truck or playing ball with the kids. The exercises keep the body strong for daily tasks, which is a necessity as our bodies get older.

Dr. Karl Knopf has written a book specifically with the older adult in mind. I like this book because it is simple and thorough.

You start with the ‘Before You Begin’ chapter, where you get a thorough breakdown of what kettlebell training is and safety guidelines to prevent injury. You then move to the ‘Getting Started ‘ which explains how to assess your fitness level, how much weight to use and how to hold the kettlebell and how to perform the moves correctly. Then you choose the exercises that are right for you.

The book allows you to begin at any fitness level with the ability to make exercises harder or easier by manipulating stance or weight. It can be used by the novice or the seasoned athlete. The manual features 60 different exercises, each with a photo diagram and description. The book is simple and easy to follow, and I would recommend it to anyone of any age.

Check out an excerpt from the book: Kettlebells for 50+

 

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Use Your Own Body Weight to Workout

Use Your Own Body Weight to Workout

by The Greatist Team · 9 days ago · Tips

A great full body workout by The Greatist Team!

Now there’s no excuse to miss a workout, even if you’ve got nothing more than a floor and 10 spare minutes. These three moves are guaranteed to get the heart racing and muscles feeling the burn:

 

 

A. Lunge Jump: Stand with the feet together and lunge forward with the right foot. Jump straight up, propelling the arms forward while keeping the elbows bent. Switch legs in the air and land in a lunge with the opposite leg forward. Do 10 on each leg and move directly to the next exercise!

 

B. Push-ups: With hands shoulder-width apart and feet flexed, hips width distance apart, keep the body in a straight line and tighten the core. Bend the elbows until the chest reaches the ground, and then push back up (make sure to keep the elbows tucked close to the body). Perform 10 reps. Rest 60 seconds, and repeat exercises A and B for two more sets each.

 

C. Burpees: This one starts out in a low squat position with hands on the floor. Next, kick (or step) the feet back to a push-up position, complete one push-up, then immediately return the feet to the squat position. Leap up as high as possible before squatting and moving back into the push-up portion of the show. Do 5 sets of 10 with 30 seconds rest in between.

 

The Takeaway: Try this three-move, 10 minute workout for an effective at-home sweat session.

No Need to Hit the Gym

 

 

When you can workout at home. Working out at home is getting more and more popular because it is easier. Why pay for a gym membership, travel to and from the gym, deal with the stink, sweaty people, rude people, competition for machines, etc. Not to mention, all the looks and stares some people give. Yikes.. why put yourself thru that. I honestly have only worked out in a gym maybe 5 times in my life. Hubby and I tried it once, then I went with a friend when I was in Florida, and then went with another friend to a local gym. I just don’t fit the gym rat stereotype. I like to be able to workout when I want, how I want, and wearing what I want. I can get better results from doing at home fitness regimens than I ever could if I went to a gym.

There are so many amazing home exercise programs that one is never going to get bored, or tired of doing the same thing. You can concentrate on one certain body part, or do things that work every area of your body in one workout plan. I myself have a mass collection of DVD’s and love to switch things up weekly. I get bored if I do one thing for to long so I keep my body and mind guessing.

I can push myself harder at home than I could in any gym. Some of the exercise routines I use just about kill me! Ha.. not really but I feel like I will die but I love that feeling and I keep pushing and pushing. Why.. well because Rome wasn’t build in a day, and neither is a rock hard body! Even if you are not going for the rock hard body, and are wanting to just be fit and healthy you can do it all at home, with little equipment and no travel time. This is great especially for those with young kids, and you have to squeeze in your exercise between naps and play dates. Don’t short change your health, get your fitness on at home!

Leave me a comment and tell me if you workout at home and if you do, what do you do ?

Tips On Pregnancy fitness workouts

Being healthy and fit is absolutely very imperative and especially during the pregnancy time. However, pregnancy is very critical stage for each woman and therefore expectant mother must have some proper tips on pregnancy fitness workouts. If you always follow the same workout schedule then you must have to make some changes in schedule according the pregnancy fitness requirements. Usually, there are no special pregnancy workouts except avoiding any strenuous workouts while doing exercise. Here are some tips that will surely put light on the pregnancy workouts.

1. Walking: It is one of the best pregnancy workouts for pregnant women. Mild walking keeps women fit and healthy. It doesn’t require any particular place or equipments. However, woman must wear the right fitting and comfortable shoes to avoid any stress on feet.
2.

Swimming: Health experts suggest swimming as the best workout for pregnancy fitness. It stretches the main muscles of the body such as arms and legs. It keeps women feel weightless despite having extra pounds due to pregnancy.
3. Dancing: It is one of the interesting pregnancy fitness workouts to pump your heart. You can dance and twirls on your favorite tune or song in your home or in a dance class as per you r convenient.
4. Yoga: It is the safest and best method of relaxing entire body and enhances or augments the body power. Make sure that don’t do any strenuous or hard steps of the yoga that cause pain later.
5. Stretching: It is the best method of keep your body relaxed and prevents it from muscle strain.

Preventive measures:
1. Do consult with your obstetrician or gynecologist before indulging into any exercise or pregnancy workouts.
2. Always avoid any straining activity or workouts
3. Always wear loose clothes or breathable apparels.
4. If you are having pregnancy abnormalities then avoid doing exercise

Benefits of pregnancy workouts during pregnancy:
1. It makes would-be mother’s mood light and happy
2. It improves the sleep duration, which is very important for expectant mother
3. Reduces pains and aches of the pregnancy
4. Moreover it helps pregnant women to prevent putting more weight due to pregnancy

These all pregnancy fitness workouts are simple and easy. However, following any pregnancy workouts requires proper consultation with doctor. Doing proper workouts is vital and necessary for pregnancy fitness and normal delivery of baby without any trouble and much pain.

Read about tips for pregnancy fitness workouts, and tips for workouts during pregnancy. Also read about pregnancy fitness and tips for prenatal yoga.

P90X home fitness workouts – get ripped

P90X home fitness workouts- one of the best workouts you can do at home Obesity is one of the rising problems of modern time. One of the main reasons behind obesity is static lifestyle and junk food. Obesity is not only reason of many severe diseases but it is also found that obese people are low in confidence. Due to busy lifestyle and short of time we often try out home fitness program. One of such top rated home fitness program is P90X home workout. It is easy to follow and save the time you need to invest in your gym. Though there are a lot of home fitness program available in market, let us see what P90X offers.

P90X home workout is 90 days long package. The package includes 13 DVDs out of which 12 DVDs explain different type of workouts which works on almost all parts of body like leg, abs, chest and backs. It also illustrate how to workout so that you will not injured during exercise sessions which is very important otherwise things get more worse.

Aside from DVDs, P90X comprises of a nutrition guide to follow up. Actually it is very important to fulfill essential energy that body needs. The package also consists of calendar to follow up the progress. Now the important thing one should keep in the mind is you have to follow up the suit for 90 days to get desirable result.

Though P90X exercise works on whole body but it is based on keeping “muscle in confusion” by various exercise so that muscle wouldn’t take any shape. The workouts are explained in DVDS. It works especially on lean muscle and you might find stretching and cardio workouts illustration in the DVD as well. So that after 90 days you will get most out of it. When comes to workouts, all P90X workouts are not freehand workouts, you need common workout tools like dumb bell, stretching band etc.

Another incredible part of P90X home workout is its diet guide though it was clearly mention that you can’t expect a prompt result by simply following the guide but over the time you will see the changes.

In fact, it is guide to select right diet so that your body will get proper energy while workouts. The diet is divided into 3 parts. Each part has its own importance. The first part helps to remove fats and it consists of high protein diet. Not only it helps to shed fat but it works to build up muscles as well. The second part includes good amount of carbohydrate and protein with low fats to fill the gap of additional energy require during workouts. The third part also called “Endurance Maximizer” is comprises of complex carbohydrates and lean protein. The diet also contain fatty foods but in low amount. It is typical athletic diet which require as energy supplier during last few weeks to get best result.

Now comes to the cost of the P90X home fitness workout package, The whole packages comes with price tag of 0( approx) which is a moderate amount and is easily available in stores.

It is always better to read user reviews if you want to buy P90X fitness program package. Needless to say it is one of the popular fitness program and positive P90X reviews are scattered in the web.

P90X home fitness workouts ? get ripped

P90X home fitness workouts- one of the best workouts you can do at home.Obesity is one of the rising problems of modern time. One of the main reasons behind obesity is static lifestyle and junk food. Obesity is not only reason of many severe diseases but it is also found that obese people are low in confidence. Due to busy lifestyle and short of time we often try out home fitness program. One of such top rated home fitness program is P90X home workout. It is easy to follow and save the time you need to invest in your gym. Though there are a lot of home fitness program available in market, let us see what P90X offers.

P90X home workout is 90 days long package. The package includes 13 DVDs out of which 12 DVDs explain different type of workouts which works on almost all parts of body like leg, abs, chest and backs. It also illustrate how to workout so that you will not injured during exercise sessions which is very important otherwise things get more worse.

Aside from DVDs, P90X comprises of a nutrition guide to follow up. Actually it is very important to fulfill essential energy that body needs. The package also consists of calendar to follow up the progress. Now the important thing one should keep in the mind is you have to follow up the suit for 90 days to get desirable result.

Though P90X exercise works on whole body but it is based on keeping “muscle in confusion” by various exercise so that muscle wouldn’t take any shape. The workouts are explained in DVDS. It works especially on lean muscle and you might find stretching and cardio workouts illustration in the DVD as well. So that after 90 days you will get most out of it.

When comes to workouts, all P90X workouts are not freehand workouts, you need common workout tools like dumb bell, stretching band etc.

Another incredible part of P90X home workout is its diet guide though it was clearly mention that you can’t expect a prompt result by simply following the guide but over the time you will see the changes. In fact, it is guide to select right diet so that your body will get proper energy while workouts. The diet is divided into 3 parts. Each part has its own importance. The first part helps to remove fats and it consists of high protein diet. Not only it helps to shed fat but it works to build up muscles as well. The second part includes good amount of carbohydrate and protein with low fats to fill the gap of additional energy require during workouts. The third part also called “Endurance Maximizer” is comprises of complex carbohydrates and lean protein. The diet also contain fatty foods but in low amount. It is typical athletic diet which require as energy supplier during last few weeks to get best result.

Now comes to the cost of the P90X home fitness workout package, The whole packages comes with price tag of 0( approx) which is a moderate amount and is easily available in stores.

It is always better to read user reviews if you want to buy P90X fitness program package. Needless to say it is one of the popular fitness program and positive P90X reviews are scattered in the web.