Congratulations! You're going to college! Freshman Year Guide on staying active…

Congratulations! You're going to college! Freshman Year Guide on staying active…

First off I would like to say CONGRATULATIONS because you're on your way to a college degree! If you are anything like me you're eager to leave high school behind and start your new journey of higher education and self discovery on your own! (NO PARENTS ALLOWED)  

Although you're probably leaving behind a world of sports teams and activities that have kept you busier than a bee, and about to enter a new world where YOU decide what fills your days.  

Just to give you some background on my high school to college transition…. I ran Varsity XC & Track all 4 years, in addition to dancing competitively. I would go straight from running my little butt-off at a XC race, jump right in the car and drive to dance practice for another 3 hours!

I was overly active to say the least! Then college happened… Don’t get me wrong it was the best thing that ever happened to me, although I didn't have my XC Team or Dance Team to keep me motivated. It was kind of a shock, and hard to stay active. Not to mention the DINING HALL, which was packed with everything you ever wanted to eat that your parents wouldn't let you! CHICKEN FINGERS, PASTA, FRIED EVERYTHING, ICE CREAM, LUCKY CHARMS…. Literally everything you ever wanted and more! It was really hard to turn down.  So here is your experienced Freshman Year Guide to staying active and eating semi healthy. Because let's get real, those Lucky Charms every night for dessert are too good to give up.  

Chi Running

Chi Running

One of the greatest obstacles for any runner is their own mind; it often gets in the way when we’re trying to achieve new goals - whether PRs, longer distances or even just getting our workouts done for the week.

 Since running is by far one of the healthiest things we can do for our body and mind, we caught up with Sally Mitchell, Certified ChiRunning Instructor and expert to talk about how runners can run more mindfully to prevent burn-out, injury, lack of motivation and even boredom.

OM Diaries with Justine Duran

OM Diaries with Justine Duran

Tell us a bit about yourself...   

My name is Justine, I have been living and travelling across the country doing and teaching yoga for 7 years now!

 

When did you start practicing yoga?

What do you love most about it? I started practicing yoga in 2010, the first year I moved to NYC.  I loved how it made me feel, open, loose and completely focused on myself.

 

What’s your favorite thing about teaching yoga?  

WHEN STUDENTS ASK QUESTIONS! I love having conversations with my students, getting to know their bodies and providing guidance to help them understand, trust, and appreciate their bodies.

This is AMAZE-balls!

This is AMAZE-balls!

Hi empowered and sweaty friends! Let’s talk about snacks because 1) snacks (enough said, amiright?) and 2) I’m snacking on a new recipe and it’s literally AMAZE-balls!

If you attended or tuned into Fit Approach’s first ever fitcation, the EMPOWER Retreat in beautiful Sonoma, CA, then you might have heard about or even tasted the delicious energy bites we prepared for all of our attendees. These snacks fueled our sweaty adventure and now they are my go-to way to fuel up before/after a run or yoga class, as a mid-day snack, a smoothie topper, or any other excuse I can find to eat a snack.

OM Diaries with Liz Wilson

OM Diaries with Liz Wilson

Tell us a bit about yourself... 
 
When did you start practicing yoga? What do you love most about it?
I started practicing in December 2007, during exams of my first semester in college. I tagged along to a free promo week at a new studio with a new college friend, and fell in love! I remember walking across campus back to my dorm talking to my mom and telling her how relaxed and “floaty” I felt. I was yoga high but didn’t know that yet. I loved the physical exertion and challenge (it was a Baptiste studio) but also loved the mental and emotional relaxing effects. And the arm balances, of course! 

The Ultimate FIT Vacation: Empower Retreat

The Ultimate FIT Vacation: Empower Retreat

As we prepare for the EMPOWER Race Series, we can’t help but reflect on how empowering 2017 has been - especially after hosting our first EMPOWER retreat last month. Twenty-five amazing Sweat Pink influencers and fitness enthusiasts came together for a sweaty weekend of Flex & Flow HIIT yoga, trail running, hiking, wine tasting, and scrumptious meals at Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma, California. Our hearts must really love the Bay Area because we keep coming back!

YOGA FOR RUNNERS

YOGA FOR RUNNERS

I’ve often heard that yoga is great for runners, and that running is terrible for yogis. Sure, that's an exaggeration, but I think most of us can agree that running isn't ideal for your flexibility. Yoga is a GREAT counter activity for running, getting to stretch out sore muscles AND build strength. 

You can usually feel where you need a good stretch, it’s typically a given. As a runner, you’ve likely experienced difficulty walking - like muscles are so sore it’s hard to walk to the fridge - ? it’s those muscles: quads, hips, and glutes that usually need the most love. 

Here are my favorite ways to stretch it out. Make sure you hit both sides! 

OM Diaries with Stephanie Main

OM Diaries with Stephanie Main

Tell us a bit about yourself...

When did you start practicing yoga? What do you love most about it?

I found yoga in 2003 while at UCLA. My roommates and I went to a yoga for athletes class and I was hooked. I loved how I felt after both physically and mentally. My mind and body so felt relaxed after each class.

OM Diaries with Erin Gilmore

OM Diaries with Erin Gilmore

Tell us a bit about yourself...

When did you start practicing yoga? What do you love most about it?

I started practicing yoga as a freshman fashion student at FIT in the early 2000’s. It reminded me of the dance classes that I thrived in growing up, and I loved that. It was transformative to once again be exploring my body and how it feels as I move it; as opposed to forcing myself to move as a punishment and a means to look a certain way. I absolutely loved the way this practice slowly brought me back to focusing on what this container holds, instead of how perfectly it looks while holding it.

What’s your favorite thing about teaching yoga?

I love watching people figure out how to manage and stay with themselves. Peeling off stories, examining their personal mythology, and using the practice to repair any non-useful reactions to both themselves and their world.