Fitbie Burn fat in less time with fitness tips, weight loss plans, exercises, and healthy eating tips you need to get fit and have the body you want from Fitbie. http://www.fitbie.com/ diet and fitness weight tips nutrition tips exercise tips fitness plans exercise plans weight lifting cardio diet Copyright © 2014 Rodale Inc. "Fitbie" is a register trademark of Rodale, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 12:00:17 -0400 Sun, 26 Apr 2015 12:00:17 -0400 Fitbie Find: Under Armour Rally Shorts http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/25/fitbie-find-under-armour-rally-shorts Blog entry http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/25/fitbie-find-under-armour-rally-shorts Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:00:11 -0400 Fitbie
Sports Authority Under Armour shorts

If you don't have the natural motivation to get out and enjoy the spring weather, then some new workout gear should do the trick. Enter this week's #SaturdaySaver, the Under Armour Rally Shorts. These lightweight shorts tote moisture-wicking properties to avoid that gross, sweaty feeling, and the slightly shaped leg openings free up your range of motion for any activity. Plus, side pockets provide the perfect place to stash small essentials.

Before: $24.99
Now: $15.47
Buy: sportsauthority.com

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Emily Abbate
Bring Out Your Best With This Seductive Workout Playlist (LISTEN) http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/24/bring-out-your-best-seductive-workout-playlist-listen Blog entry http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/24/bring-out-your-best-seductive-workout-playlist-listen Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:00:58 -0400 Fitbie
Spinning

Every week Fitbie features rad playlists from rad fitness instructors. This week, Nicole Meline, Head Coach at Peloton, shares hers with us.

"Music is everything in my rides," says Meline. "When I craft a soundtrack to a workout, the bar is high: I want to seduce you into your best. Beats that cast a spell, pull you into the strongest, most daring version of yourself. Grooves that open your heart, expand your dreams, and leave you reveling in and asking more of your life. The calorie burn is pure bonus."


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Emily Abbate
Pepsi Will Take Aspartame Out of Diet Soda (But Here's the Catch) http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/24/pepsi-will-take-aspartame-out-diet-soda-heres-catch Blog entry http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/24/pepsi-will-take-aspartame-out-diet-soda-heres-catch Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:41:12 -0400 Fitbie
diet soda

Due to increasing public pressure to get aspartame -- a fake sweetener linked to headaches and other health problems -- out of its products, Pepsi announced Friday it will remove the ingredient from several diet soda products by late this summer. 

"Diet cola drinkers in the U.S. told us they wanted aspartame-free Diet Pepsi and we're delivering," Seth Kaufman, SVP Pepsi and Flavors Portfolio, PepsiCo North America Beverages, said in a release. "We recognize that consumer demand is evolving and we're confident that cola-lovers will enjoy the crisp, refreshing taste of this new product."

There's conflicting evidence regarding the safety of aspartame, but some people report headaches or generally feeling unwell after ingesting anything containing the chemical. A University of Liverpool test-tube study found that when mixed with a common food color ingredient, aspartame actually became toxic to brain cells. Researchers have also shown that drinking two diet sodas a day can lead to a 500 percent increase in waist size. Other animal studies suggest that aspartame actually increases blood glucose levels similarly to sugar, which could explain the association between diet soda and diabetes. A final problem with aspartame: Researchers have found that one harmful breakdown product is formaldehyde, a known cancer-causer. (Check out this soda infographic to see other ways the bubbly drink impacts your health.) 

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"Three top-quality studies have found that aspartame causes cancer in animals, so the less that people consume the better," says Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of Center for Science in the Public Interest. "That Diet Pepsi will be specifically marketed as 'Aspartame Free' is a blunt acknowledgment that consumers have soured on aspartame, and the new cans should increase consumer awareness even further and spur other food and beverage companies to abandon it (including in Diet Coke)."

By August, all Diet Pepsi, Caffeine Free Diet Pepsi, and Wild Cherry Diet Pepsi will be aspartame-free, although the products will still be sweetened with a mix of artificial sweeteners sucralose (brand name: Splenda) and acesulfame potassium (also known as acesulfame K). Sucralose is 600 times sweeter than table sugar. While Anne Alexander, author of Sugar Smart Express, says removing aspartame from diet soda seems to be a step in the right direction for consumers, she noted in her last bestselling book, The Sugar Smart Diet, that evidence suggests exposing your taste buds to high-intensity sweeteners makes them less receptive to natural sources of sweetness such as fruit. "When your taste buds get dulled, you're more likely to seek out sweeter and sweeter foods," she notes. "Of course, it's best for people to avoid artificial -- even natural-ish -- sweeteners altogether and embrace refreshing options," she says. (See her flavored water recipe below.)

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Bored with plain water? Homemade flavored water can help you ease off of your soda habit. Try this WAY healthier flavored water recipes from Anne Alexander's Sugar Smart Express

Cucumber-Jalapeño Quencher
You've never tasted water like this—all flavor, and not a grain of sugar added. This tasty libation is a sweet stand-ins for the sugary drinks you may be missing once you give up soda!

Ingredients: 
Water
2 cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced
2 jalapeño chile peppers, seeded and sliced (wear plastic gloves when handling)

Directions:
Simply place the ingredients in a 2-quart jar, muddle with a wooden spoon or spatula, cover with 6 cups of ice, fill the jar with water, and stir. Pop it in the refrigerator for 2 hours to chill and let those luscious flavors mingle. Strain, then drink up! Each recipe makes 2 quarts and will keep in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days. 

Originally written by Leah Zerbe for Rodale News 

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Fitbie Find: Under Armour Fly-By Stretch Mesh Tank http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/23/fitbie-find-under-armour-fly-stretch-mesh-tank Blog entry http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/23/fitbie-find-under-armour-fly-stretch-mesh-tank Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:45:10 -0400 Fitbie
under armour tank tops

Sometimes when you least expect it, you find an item you don't remember how you ever lived without. That's how we feel about this week's #FitbieFind, the Under Armour Fly-By Stretch Mesh Tank. A skinny racerback with keyhole detailing, the tank offers reflectivity making it perfect for low-light situations. Plus, it's super lightweight, making it a great pick for a summer run or a steamy yoga session.

But our favorite part about this tank? The loose, comfortable feel that still flatters. Sometimes, you don't want things clinging to you mid-workout. This sweat-wicking tank is the perfect shape to flatter your figure without making you feel self conscious. 

What else we love:
• Available in 10 colors from XS to XL
• Flatlock seams offer chafe-free silhouette
• Affordable price point

The Details: Under Armour Fly-By Stretch Mesh Tank, $29.99, underarmour.com

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Emily Abbate
Could 'Fat Yoga' Be The Perfect Fitness Fad For You? http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/21/could-fat-yoga-be-perfect-fitness-fad-you Blog entry http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/21/could-fat-yoga-be-perfect-fitness-fad-you Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:44:27 -0400 Fitbie
yoga mats

If you were surprised when you heard that naked yoga exists, just wait until you hear the newest fitness fad: fat yoga. That's right: According to a recent New York Times report, "fat yoga" classes, specifically designed for overweight attendees, are now a thing. 

While it may take some guts to pull the trigger on a class specifically geared toward larger sizes, there are benefits. In many of the classes, like Buddha Body Yoga and Yoga for Abundant Bodies in New York City or Big Yoga in Bickingham, VA., instructors are trained to work with different body types, which means they can offer modifications for regular yoga poses to accommodate different bodies. 

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Granted, yoga is all about channeling your inner zen and calming down (while working up a sweat!). But not everyone is invited to get their downward dog on at fat yoga classes. At Buddha Body Yoga, owner Michael Hayes refses to let smaller people into the class. 

“Am I excluding small people for larger people?” he asked the New York Times. “The answer would be yes. There are lots of studios for people who are smaller.”

Would you feel comfortable taking a class specifically targeted at larger clientelle? Tweet to us @Fitbie and let us know. 

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Fitbie Find: Clif Kit's Organic Fruit & Nut Bars http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/21/fitbie-find-clif-kits-organic-fruit-nut-bars Blog entry http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/21/fitbie-find-clif-kits-organic-fruit-nut-bars Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:33:10 -0400 Fitbie
Clif bar

"Fruit and nut" bars sound super healthy, but when you flip over the wrapper, fruits and nuts are often merely supporting ingredients in an otherwise unhealthy recipe. Added sugars, tough-to-pronounce chemicals, and other questionable add-ins make many "healthy," "natural" snack bars a far cry from the whole foods they tout on their packaging. So when we discovered that Clif Kit's Organic Fruit & Nut Bars, in fact, contain little more than fruit and nuts, our nutrition nerd selves were thrilled!

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Other than a few real-food flavor enhancers like unsweetened chocolate and vanilla beans, this #fitbiefind is comprised of nothing but whole fruits (mainly dates) and various nut varieties. They're soft, sweet, and chewy, and if you're a chocoholic like myself, the newest flavors will make you snack-static.

Your chocolatey choices: Dark Chocolate Walnut (tastes kinda like a brownie), Dark Chocolate Chili Almond (just a hint of spiciness), and Dark Chocolate Peanut (self explanatory, and uh-mazing). And with NO ADDED SUGARS (this is such a rarity in the snack-bar aisle that I felt the need to yell), you won't have snacker's remorse.

What else we love:

 All organic ingredients

• Fewer than 200 calories

• 3-5 grams of fiber

• Gluten-free

The details: Clif Kit's Organic Fruit & Nut Bars, $1.50 each, clifbar.com 

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Cathryne Keller
Could 'Sweat It Forward' Be the New ALS Ice Bucket Challenge? http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/20/could-sweat-it-forward-be-new-als-ice-bucket-challenge Blog entry http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/20/could-sweat-it-forward-be-new-als-ice-bucket-challenge Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:00:15 -0400 Fitbie
Sweat It Forward Fitness Challenge

To say that the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was successful, well, that's an understatement. After going viral, the program raised more than $100 million for ALS, the progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, and also heightened awareness for a disease that many Americans knew little about. Now, fitness fanatic and founder of The Sweat Life, an online destination for all things health and wellness in New York City, Aly Teich, is hoping to gain some similar traction and raise money for Stand Up to Cancer with her new initiative Sweat It Forward. What is Sweat it Forward, and how can you get involved? Check out our one-on-one with Teich:

First, tell us about The Sweat Life, will you?
The Sweat Life provides a front row seat to the best of NYC’s boutique fitness world, releasing a new video each week in which I try each workout and chronicle my experience. We also provide written content from contributors, top trainers, nutritionists, beauty experts, stay-at-home moms, inspiring men – you name it! 

I decided to start The Sweat Life, ultimately, as a way to empower my readers to move away from the pressure of keeping up with the “best” new thing - the best workout, best diet, best body, etc. – and explore all this great city has to offer through the lens of health, wellness, and fitness, without ever losing focus on the importance of having fun.

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Sounds like something that was missing here, for sure. So then, why Sweat It Forward?
Sweat It Forward is rolling challenge I started with my team at The Sweat Life where NYC’s most popular fitness studios have the opportunity to “challenge” the staff of another fitness studio to try their workout, with the proceeds of that class going to Stand Up To Cancer to support innovative cancer research. That team will then, in turn, invite another studio’s team to try their workout. That studio will then nominate yet another fitness studio or gym, and the series will continue. This series is currently underway with about 30+ boutique studios on deck waiting to be nominated for upcoming challenges. 

Since the studio challenge has been so successful, we’ve decided to open the idea of Sweating It Forward to the public, with the Sweat It Forward National Fitness Challenge. This challenge encourages individuals to nominate their friends, family, loved ones, and colleagues to try their favorite fitness classes or workouts. The person challenged will have one week to complete the class or workout, or donate $35 dollars (the average price of a boutique fitness class in New York) to Stand Up To Cancer. Once the challenge is completed, the person will "sweat it forward" and challenge one of their friends to try a workout or class of their choice, and so on. Pretty simple! Think ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but with a fitness-y twist!

Wow, that's pretty ambitious! Let's talk parameters. What are the rules here?
We have all of the rules of the Sweat it Forward National Challenge on our site, but essentially the challenge must be fitness related and completed in one week. If challenge is not completed, the person challenged donates $35 dollars (or agreed upon amount) to Stand Up To Cancer. Everything is an honor system -- both completing challenges and donating.

Got it. So tell us, what is your goal with Sweat It Forward?
Supporting cancer research is extremely close to my heart as I recently lost both my mother and one of my close friends to cancer within two months of each other. Even more, when I think about the loss I have experienced, I think about the fact that too many people have experience this loss as well and am incredibly compelled to stand up and do something about it. With Sweat It Forward I love the idea that we are not only raising money and gaining awareness for the importance of cancer research, but we are actively helping fight it by spreading exercise around the country, which is a key preventative measure for cancer.  

Fitness is clearly an important part of your lifestyle. Tell us, why?
Being fit is ultimately about taking care of yourself so you can be the best version of you! Being active should make you feel your best and help you live your best life  whatever that means for you. There is no “right” way to do any of it. The only right way to get healthy is to do what motivates you. Being healthy should feel simple and fun, and be something you look forward to doing every single day.
 
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Emily Abbate
Fitbie Find: Reebok Skyscape Harmony http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/18/fitbie-find-reebok-skyscape-harmony Blog entry http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/18/fitbie-find-reebok-skyscape-harmony Sat, 18 Apr 2015 10:00:37 -0400 Fitbie
Reebok Skyscape Harmony

It's no secret that we love the Reebok Skyscape sneaker here at Fitbie. Totally functional for going to and from your favorite yoga class or a day about town. Which is why we can't help but feature their slimmer, more casual cousin the Reebok Skyscape Harmony as this week's #SaturdaySaver. Not exactly meant for sport, the slip-on shoe is seamless, easy-to-wash, and super convenient. Plus, they're machine washable and SCREAM travel-friendly. So, where to?

Was: $64.99
Now: $29.99
Buy: reebok.com

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Emily Abbate
Cobie Smulders' Fitness Attitude is Totally Relatable http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/17/cobie-smulders-fitness-attitude-totally-relatable Blog entry http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/17/cobie-smulders-fitness-attitude-totally-relatable Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:10:10 -0400 Fitbie
Cobie Smulders Women's Health

Judging by her insane obliques, you'd assume Cobie Smulders was one of those girls who spends all her free time at the gym. But the Avengers: Age of Ultron actress, who boldly went topless for the May 2015 cover of Women's Health, has a much more relatable fitness routine than you'd expect.

For one, she loves a good spin class as much as the next girl. "I’ve never been one to go to a gym and power it out, but I recently discovered SoulCycle like the rest of the world," she told the mag. "I know it’s like a thing. But there’s one really close to my place and I go, and I sweat, and I just pound it for 45 minutes and then I feel great. So exercise."

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But just because she schedules regular sweat sessions, doesn't mean she doesn't struggle with workout motivation like the rest of us mere mortals. "I don’t enjoy working out, I don’t like it," she confessed. "But through this film experience I learned a lot and learned really how to work out, take control of your body, to strengthen it and just become stronger and more capable. I really started to enjoy working out, which was a first for me. The training that I did was mostly cardio because the physical stuff in the film was just running a lot. I just wanted to get to a place where I could shoot those long days -- which they were -- and not pass out, which I managed to do. I was proud of myself."

And focusing on the mind-body benefits of a healthy lifestyle is how Cobie approaches her food choices, too: "I always associate [the word] 'healthy' with ‘healthy eating,'" she explained. "I’m big into ‘you are what you eat’ and if you’re taking care of yourself in that respect, then you’re going to feel good. Look good, feel good."

Amen! Inspired by Cobie's killer core and down-to-earth 'tude? Check out these Fitbie links that'll help you get stronger and stay motivated to reach your goals:

3 Essential Moves for a Bulletproof Core 

How to Skyrocket Your Gym Motivation

4 Benefits of Spinning

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Cathryne Keller
Push Past Your Comfort Zone With This Spin Playlist (LISTEN) http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/17/push-past-your-comfort-zone-spin-playlist-listen Blog entry http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/17/push-past-your-comfort-zone-spin-playlist-listen Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:00:42 -0400 Fitbie
cyc

Every week Fitbie features rad playlists from rad fitness instructors. This week, Cycologist Jenny DeMain, instructor at Cyc, shares hers with us.

"Music originates from the human heartbeat," says DeMain. "Matching your own heartbeat with the bass of the music connects you to your environment on a higher level. The Cyc staff frequently catches me with my eyes closed, dancing in the middle of the studio. When the right song comes on, I am no longer in the room, but in my own space- a judgement free zone. I choose my music with the hope that my riders will be able to do the same, in their own way. My music is what inspires my workout, encouraging my riders to always push 8 counts past their comfort zone.”


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teal yoga Leggings

Judging by my yoga pants collection, you'd think I was a Bikram instructor. The reality: While I do like to keep a yoga session in my weekly workout routine, you're more likely to find my spandex-clad booty on a couch than a mat. Next to taking off your bra, nothing feels better at the end of a long day than slipping on something more stretchy, so when I discovered the insanely comfy Pele Legging from California-based eco-activewear company Cozy Orange, I knew it was worthy of a #fitbiefind

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They're truly everything you could want in a yoga (or lounge) pant: super soft, sweat-wicking, and crazy flattering -- we're talking a slimming waistband and sturdy material that delivers on the company's promise to "keep away that wiggle and jiggle." The even-better part? They're made of polyester that's created entirely out of recycled plastic bottles, and Cozy Orange donates a portion of its proceeds to help third-world communities gain access to clean water.

Comfy leggings that perform well, make your butt look good, and protect the planet and its inhabitants? What more could you want from a pair of stretchy pants?

What else we love:

• Pre-shrunk

• Resistant to pilling 

• Available in multiple colors and prints 

The details: Cozy Orange Pele Leggings, $60, cozyorange.com

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Cathryne Keller
How Counting Calories Could Be Ruining Your Weight Loss Efforts http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/15/how-counting-calories-could-be-ruining-your-weight-loss-efforts Blog entry http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/15/how-counting-calories-could-be-ruining-your-weight-loss-efforts Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:30:59 -0400 Fitbie
Cheeseburger

Just like crimped hair and that obsession with boy bands, calorie counting is SO over -- according to a new study from Tufts University.

Instead, rearchers found that the real road to weight loss is a two way street: First, cut back on low-quality carbs like white breads, potatoes, and sweets. Next, load up on protein-rich foods like yogurt, seafood, skinless chicken, and nuts. The result will be not just long-term weight management, but even weight gain prevention, they said.

If that weren’t enough to switch up your healthy eating plan, the study also revealed that empty carbs might slightly negate the positive effects of healthy protein. Yikes. As it turns out, explained Sarah Hallenberger, lead dietitian at BistroMD, this is all about calorie quality over calorie quantity.

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Ready to put down the calculator? Here are Hallenberger’s suggestions for delicious -- and tasty -- snacks and meals that prioritize lean protein and a low glycemic load:

1. Edamame Hummus: Instead of using only chickpeas in your next homemade hummus recipe, try subbing in edamame. You can replace half or all of the chickpeas for a plant-based protein snack that’s rich in complex carbohydrates and full of fiber.

2. Mini-Caprese Salad: Start with 1-oz. of diced, fresh mozzarella, two sliced cherry tomatoes, and two teaspoons of balsamic vinegar. Wrap ‘em up in large basil leaves for a flavorful snack to keep you satisfied. To make it a meal, serve on top of grilled, skinless chicken breast and your favorite leafy 'reen salad.

3. Lemon Pepper Tuna: Take 2-oz. of canned tuna (about 1/3 of a can) packed in water with a squeeze of lemon, sea salt, and black pepper, and spread it on three or four cucumber slices. Not a fan of tuna? Sub in canned chicken. To make it a meal, use the whole can of tuna (or chicken), add two or three tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt, and top one slice of whole grain bread with the mixture for an open-faced sandwich.

4. Canadian Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Bake: Take a square pan and spritz with olive oil. In a bowl, crack 6-8 eggs, 1 cup of your favorite shredded cheese, and 1/4 cup milk. Take six slices of Canadian bacon, and line the bottom of the square pan, overlapping them a bit. Pour the egg mixture over the top. (If you want spice this up, add a few dashes of hot sauce, chives, sautéed mushrooms, or your other favorite veggies.) Then, baked at 375 degrees until firm, which takes about 35 minutes. Let cool, slice into four pieces.

5. Ricotta Dessert: Divide ricotta cheese into 1/2 cup servings, and kick it up with vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, sliced strawberries, blueberries, or 100% cocoa powder. Freeze and enjoy a protein-rich, flavorful treat perfect for warm weather!

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Emily Abbate
Fitbie Find: D's Naturals No Cow Bars http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/14/fitbie-find-ds-naturals-no-cow-bars Blog entry http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/14/fitbie-find-ds-naturals-no-cow-bars Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:28:24 -0400 Fitbie
No Cow bars

Fruit, nuts, Greek yogurt -- whole foods always make superior snacks, but on busy days when stress is high and energy is low, a dependable pick-me-up that won't derail your diet or leave you starving is indispensable.

A yummy snack that fits the bill? D's Naturals No Cow Bars, today's #fitbiefind. Using a combo of plant-based protein, fruit, nuts, and natural sweeteners like monk fruit extract and stevia, these crazy-clean vegan bars offer an impressive 20 grams of protein a pop, which, research shows, can boost your workouts and keep you slim

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They come in three flavors: Blueberry Cobbler, Peanut Butter Cookie Dough, and Mint Chocolate Chip. Cookie Dough is the winner, in my book -- I usually don't like fruit-flavored things (only whole fruit), so if your tastes are similar, I'd stick with the peanut butter or chocolate options. They're really soft and chewy, which makes them extra satisfying (if you're familiar with Quest Bars, the taste and texture is similar, but these don't contain whey protein -- hence the "No Cow"), and I love that they don't have any added sugars, so I don't feel hungry and shaky an hour after eating them. 

What else we love:

Gluten-free, soy-free, non-GMO

160-170 calories per bar

• Created by a health-conscious 18-year-old entrepreneur!

The details: D's Naturals No Cow Bars, $3 per bar, dnaturals.com

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Cathryne Keller
New Nike #BetterForIt Campaign Inspires Women to Get Moving (VIDEO) http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/13/nike-betterforit-campaign-video Blog entry http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/13/nike-betterforit-campaign-video Mon, 13 Apr 2015 14:16:21 -0400 Fitbie
Woman in yoga

There's a major difference between making your personal goal to run your first 5K or hoping to nail that 15-pound tricep extension. But the two feats do have some things in common: They require hard work, commitment and motivation. That's what Nike is hoping to get their fans to realize this spring with their new initiative, #BetterForIt. Kicking off at last night's MTV Movie Awards, the company's newest campaign shows women at all different points in their fitness journey:

The best part? Nike's #BetterForIt campaign also comes complete with a 90-day challenge. Three U.S. soccer players Carli Lloyd, Ali Krieger, and Christien Press will each launch their own Nike+ Training Club workout on Nike's app. Press' workout (available April 2) is the first released in the series, followed by Krieger's in May and Lloyd's in June. 

So tell us, what activities make you #BetterForIt? Looking for a little fitness motivation to get through that post-work run or simply ride the entire way through spin class? Check out these motivational quotes for the extra oomph you need to slay your next workout.

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Emily Abbate
Lena Dunham's Inspiring Workout Motivation http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/13/lena-dunhams-awesome-workout-motivation Blog entry http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/13/lena-dunhams-awesome-workout-motivation Mon, 13 Apr 2015 14:49:24 -0400 Fitbie
Instagram Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham is known for her enviable ability to brush off body criticism like a boss, so we can't say we were surprised by the self-love message she posted on Instagram on Saturday. Wearing "Florida mom-inspired" green printed workout tights and a yellow sports bra, the Girls creator shared a workout selfie from the locker room of the Tracey Anderson Method Studio in NYC, praising the mental-health benefits of consistent exercise:

And Lena's personal experience with the psychological rewards of getting sweaty is backed by science, too. There's a growing body of research showing that physical activity can significantly reduce anxiety, prevent depression, and improve your general feeling of well-being. And props to Ms. Dunham for taking the emphasis off of the superficial motivations for breaking a sweat, for a refreshing change -- it really ain't just "about the ass"!

Motivated by Lena's commitment to prioritize her mental health through exercise? Follow our top tips for sticking with a regular workout schedule:

The Best Fitness Motivation Quotes 

How to Think Like a Winner to Reach Your Fitness Goals  

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Cathryne Keller
Fitbie Find: Brooks Hat II http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/11/fitbie-find-brooks-hat-ii Blog entry http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/11/fitbie-find-brooks-hat-ii Sat, 11 Apr 2015 10:00:16 -0400 Fitbie
Brooks Hat II

We couldn't be happier that the sun is finally making a regular appearance, especially during those outdoor workouts. As tempting as it is to soak in every ray, it's important to make sure you're protected if you're spending a lot of time outside. Enter this week's #SaturdaySaver, the Brooks Hat II. This fitted hat is made with moisture-wicking materials to keep your head cool and the sun out of your eyes. Plus, it's got retroreflectivity on the front and back, is adjustable, and comes in a whole slew of colors.

Was: $18
Now: $11
Buy: brooksrunning.com

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Emily Abbate
305 Fitness Made Me Feel Sexy (and Very, Very Sweaty) http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/10/305-fitness-made-me-feel-sexy-and-very-very-sweaty Blog entry http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/10/305-fitness-made-me-feel-sexy-and-very-very-sweaty Fri, 10 Apr 2015 17:33:38 -0400 Fitbie
305 fitness

Let’s get one thing straight: I am a bad dancer. I'm tall, lanky, and uncoordinated. Because of this sad fact, I usually shy away from dance-based fitness classes, since they leave me more frustrated than energized (step, twirl, slide -- huh?). But when my friends -- some equally as rhythm-averse as me -- were raving about a new dance class that recently hit the fitness scene, I caved and decided to give it a try, for the laugh if nothing else. The class? 305 Fitness, a Miami dance club-inspired class created by 25-year-old Sadie Kurzban.  

The Gist: In short, 305 Fitness is a 55-minute cardio dance class with toning moves mixed in. But calling this a dance class is a disservice: It is a full-out, balls-to-the-wall dance party. With a live DJ supplying the beats, instructors with infectious spunk, and a studio disguised as club with cover charge, it’s also unlike anything you’ve seen before. Sounds fun as hell, right? It’s also crazy effective (read: TOUGH). 

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“There's nothing random about what we're doing,” says Kurzban. “Before I developed 305, I carefully studied all kinds of training -- from traditional sports training, to weight lifting, to other boutique classes. I also took inspiration from my team of professional dancers who had studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern dance, and hip-hop for years. The class you experience today is a careful blend of high-intensity interval training, sports drills, and dance moves for a full-body, calorie-torching workout.”

How many calories, you ask? Kurzban says clients who wear heart rate monitors in class report burning 700 to 800 calories per session. (After taking the class a few times now, I believe it.)

The Experience: Walk into the slick new 305 Fitness studio in Manhattan's West Village, and one thing is abundantly clear: This is no ordinary workout class. Neon signs, punchy graffiti, and huge murals greet you with empowering and cheeky messages, setting the stage for the high-energy, kickass workout that awaits. Head downstairs to the studio itself, and the dark room, black lights, and mirror-lined walls confirm you’re going to have fun while you sweat.

The class starts with 30 minutes of non-stop cardio. Our sassy instructor kept us moving with bouncy routines set to the beat of Nicki Minaj, Britney, Pitbull, and more. To me, this portion of the class felt like the plyometric workouts from my track and field days -- think high knees, jump squats, fast feet, split squats, and side shuffles -- only way more fun and sexy (my T&F workouts did not include twerking; 305 does). Moves are linked together and choreographed, yet never feel hard to follow, and by my second class I felt myself anticipating and really getting the hang of the moves.

More from Fitbie: 5 Ways Music Makes Your Workout Better 

After a short water break at 30 minutes, we moved on to the toning portion of the class. While the cardio portion of the class is as full-body as workouts come, the toning portion is dictated by the type of class you sign up for -- you can choose between 305 ARMS and 305 LEGS. I was in the latter, and we performed squats, lunges, more squats, burpees, and wall sits, never taking a break so the energy and collective heart rate stayed elevated.

After about 20 minutes of burn-so-good toning, it was back to cardio to end the class on a high note. I left feeling energized, pumped up, and very, very sweaty. 305's aim is to "make sweat sexy" -- and I'll admit that I did feel a little bit like Beyonce halfway through (but let's keep that between you and me).

My Take: 305 is not your mother’s Zumba class. (And nothing against Zumba -- Kurzban herself was an instructor before starting 305.) While I usually can’t handle the embarrassment associated with a cardio dance class, two minutes into 305, I was smiling ear to ear (honestly) and having too great a time to care how ridiculous I looked. I learned it’s much easier to shake (and shape) your ass like you just don’t care when the lights are low, the music is bumping, and everyone is having a blast. Despite how much fun I had, though, my legs were wobbly right after class and sore for days after. While a lot of classes promise you’ll “forget you’re even working out,” this one delivers -- and it’s my new favorite fitness class, hands down. If you’ve fallen into a cardio rut (treadmill or spin devotees, I’m lookin’ at you!), this is the perfect antidote.

Want to check it out? If you’re in New York or D.C., you’re in luck. In NYC, a single class is $32, but new members can take advantage of a sweet 3 classes-for-$39 deal. DC single classes are $26, and the intro package is $29 for 3 classes. 

Kurzban says you can expect more locations throughout 2015, too, as 305 continues its national pop-up tour (they recently hit the West Coast, popping up in LA and Las Vegas). Follow 305 on Instagram and Twitter for more info. 

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A Knockout Workout Playlist That'll Help You Go Hard (LISTEN) http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/10/knockout-workout-playlist-thatll-help-you-go-hard-listen Blog entry http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/10/knockout-workout-playlist-thatll-help-you-go-hard-listen Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:24:32 -0400 Fitbie
BFX Studio

Every week Fitbie is featuring rad playlists from rad fitness instructors. This week, celebrity trainer Hollywood Hino shares his with us. 

As soon as I walked into celebrity trainer "Hollywood" Hino's interval-training boxing class at BFX Studio's new location in NYC's Financial District, I knew I was ready to bring it. Alt rock and mainstream metal were my JAM back in the day, and with the Smashing Pumpkins cranked up and punching bags hanging from the ceiling, it. was. ON.

More from Fitbie: 5 Ways Music Makes Your Workout Better

Hino -- who trains Carmelo Anthony and Kelly Rowland -- creates high-energy workouts that blend HIIT, cardio, strength training, and boxing technique instruction. His goal is to build stamina and endurance -- two factors of key importance to championship-level fighters (and 20-something fitness editors). Translation: Without a super-energizing playlist, you might not make it past Hino's first round of burpees. “An up-tempo, interesting, and encouraging playlist is key to keeping you engaged and focused while your heart rate remains elevated,” he says.

Need a playlist that'll help you slay your next workout? Turn the volume up on this motivating mix of alternative, metal, and hip-hop. As Hino would say, "Let's go! Let's go!"

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brooks kaleidoscope collection

I'll be the first to admit that it's super easy to focus on the aesthetics of a sneaker instead of its functionality. We've all been there: Standing, wide-eyed at the running store, looking at a great wall of kicks. You know you should opt for something with more stability, perhaps, but instead, you see a sneaker that just embodies everything you've ever wanted -- fashion-wise. 

Not to worry: Enter this week's #FitbieFind, the Brooks Kaleidoscope collection. Featuring three of their classic sneakers, the Adrenaline GTS, Launch 2, and  Ghost 7, there's now no need to sacrifice good looks for functionality. Whether you're a neutral runner or need a bit more stability, these options run the gamut. Plus, I'll confess that I definitely got a few "where did you get those?!" questions when I sported my Ghost to run club the other night.

What else we love: 
• Multiple kaleidoscope patterns
• All under 9.2 oz

The Details: Brooks Kaleidoscope Collection, $110 to $130, brooksrunning.com

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Emily Abbate
Is Jennifer Aniston's Diet Actually Dangerous? http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/08/jennifer-anistons-diet-actually-dangerous Blog entry http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/08/jennifer-anistons-diet-actually-dangerous Wed, 08 Apr 2015 14:14:08 -0400 Fitbie
woman eating chips

Think of Jennifer Aniston, and your mind probably goes to two places: Rachel Green anD Justin Thoreaux. The next thought? Her slammin' body. The 46-year-old actress has hardly aged a wink since her days on Friends, and she's got a constant passion for exercise and a healthy diet to thank for that. Well, mostly healthy diet. The actress recently confessed that her eating routine revolves around one thing: Her sunday cheat day

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"On Sundays I eat whatever I want. Otherwise, I stick to a low-carb, gluten-free diet with lots of protein and vegetables. I love brown-rice bread -- it's really good for you. Just put a little coconut oil and sea salt on top, delicious!"

We guess the idea of a no-stress day after sticking to a strict diet all week sounds appealing. But could that freedom give you Aniston-worthy abs, or really just be harmful to your overall wellness? 

Nutritionist Rania Batayneh, MPH author of the best-selling book, The One One One Diet, says dieters BEWARE. "Anything extreme is not healthy and that is exactly how I see cheat or binge days," says Batayneh. "My philosophy is this: don’t eliminate the foods you love when trying to lose weight because once you get your hands on them, then you may binge. It’s not about saying no to the foods you love. It’s about knowing how to fit them into your diet."
 
Batayneh also notes that eliminating certain food groups entirely from a diet, such as meats, carbs, or dairy, may play games with your mind, especially if you set aside one day to incorporate them all back into your meals. Not only that, but labeling those foods as "bad" really sets you up for confusion once your diet is over. 
 
So what's someone who is looking for a little dieting flexibility to do? Batayneh suggests having a cheat meal instead of a cheat day. "Say every Friday is pizza or movie night," she suggests. "It's okay to splurge a little." When it comes to those 'lax days, always make sure to incorporate a little more exercise, as well as snack throughout so you're not ravenous when the less-than-healthy options show up. 

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Emily Abbate
Break a Sweat With this HIIT Workout for a Longer Life http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/07/break-sweat-hiit-workout-longer-life Blog entry http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/07/break-sweat-hiit-workout-longer-life Tue, 07 Apr 2015 16:56:09 -0400 Fitbie
woman doing pushups

It's definitely better to squeeze in some sort of physical activity during a busy day than nothing at all. But, according to new research, a workout that really makes you sweat is the key to avoiding an early death.

Australian researchers followed 204,542 people for more than six years, and compared those who engaged in only moderate activity (such as gentle swimming, social tennis, or household chores) with those who included at least some vigorous activity (such as jogging, aerobics or competitive tennis). They found that the risk of mortality for those who included some vigorous activity was 9 to 13 percent lower, compared with those who only undertook moderate activity.

More from Fitbie: Can You Get Fit In Just 3 Minutes?

Looking for a way to drip sweat and get your heart rate up, but worried about finding the time? Rebecca Kennedy, trainer at Barry's Bootcamp, says a good, sweat-filled workout doesn't need to last forever.

“A workout doesn't have to be long to be effective," says Kennedy. "HIIT training [high intensity interval] is designed to get your heart rate up and your blood flowing, and it can fill as little as 10 minutes of your day."

Ready to crank up the heat? Kennedy shared one of her go-to HIIT routines that she uses with her clients. This workout is designed to use medium dumbbells, between 8- and 12-pound. 
 
Warmup
1. Reverse lunge to front kick for 60 seconds
2. Inchworm to push-up for 60 seconds 

Workout (Perform all 3 drills once, then repeat.)
1. Squat curl press (medium dumbells) for 60 seconds
2. Renegade row followed by hip twist (using medium dumbells) for 60 seconds
3. Stand up for high knees (no weights used for this) for 60 seconds 

Rest for two minutes

(Perform both drills once, then repeat.)
1. Bicycles for abs for 60 seconds
2. Flip over for mountain climbers for 60 seconds

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Emily Abbate
Fitbie Find: Trader Joe's Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/07/fitbie-find-trader-joes-cold-brew-coffee-concentrate Blog entry http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/07/fitbie-find-trader-joes-cold-brew-coffee-concentrate Tue, 07 Apr 2015 14:22:38 -0400 Fitbie
coffee concentrate

I'm possibly the only editor in NYC who doesn't kick off the day with a cup of coffee, but thanks to a slew of recent research promoting its health benefits, I'm considering picking up the habit. According to the USDA's latest dietary guidelines, drinking 3 to 5 cups per day is not only "not associated with increased long-term health risks among healthy individuals," but "consistent evidence indicates that coffee consumption is associated with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in adults." Add that government endorsement to a promising new study linking coffee consumption with a reduced risk of skin cancer, and you can feel pretty good about your morning caffeine fix. 

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While I'm not a regular coffee drinker (yet), what I do love is coffee-flavored treats, which is how I discovered today's #fitbiefind, Trader Joe's Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate. A coffee-infused smoothie is my favorite morning pick-me-up or afternoon indulgence in the warmer months, but I usually have to brew a hot cup in my office kitchen and then repeatedly pour it over ice to prep my frosty java blend -- yeah, a lot of work for a simple smoothie -- so when I saw this concentrated coffee on the shelf at TJ's, I knew it would be a game changer. 

Traditionalists can simply pour it over ice and add water, milk, and/or creamer for a super simple iced coffee that won't cost you $3 a cup, while those of us who only dabble in the dark arts can easily add it to smoothies and other sweet treats (I highly recommend substituting the 1/2 cup of coffee in this Coffee Cocoa Recovery Shake from The Runner's World Cookbook with 1/4 cup of coffee concentrate and 3 or 4 ice cubes -- you won't be disappointed.) 

Oh, and the flavor is less bitter than traditionally brewed joe, too. Since cold-brewed coffee is never heated, the beans' oils and acids are never released, leaving you with a smoother, fruitier flavor profile.

What else we love:

• Makes 12 cups of coffee

• Perfect for adding to speciality cocktails and desserts

• Just two ingredients: coffee and filtered water

The details: Trader Joe's Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate, $7.99, available at Trader Joe's stores nationwide

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Cathryne Keller
Why You Shouldn't Eat a Big Mac After Today’s Workout http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/07/why-you-shouldnt-eat-big-mac-after-todays-workout Blog entry http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/07/why-you-shouldnt-eat-big-mac-after-todays-workout Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:03:04 -0400 Fitbie
woman eating burger

The headlines are stupid enough to make your eyes burn. 

“Fast Food or Vitamins After a Workout? It’s a Tossup, Study Says.” 

“Need to Recover After a Workout? Eat a Cheeseburger.” 

“Burgers and Fries Might Actually Be Healthy for Your Muscles.” 

They’re all based on a small study in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, which involved neither vitamins nor cheeseburgers. 

Researchers at the University of Montana set out to study a real problem: how to replenish your body’s supply of glycogen, the storage form of carbohydrate, after a long run, ride, or hike. 

Our bodies use a mix of fat and glycogen for energy, and most of us could go days without running out of fat. But glycogen is more precious. You have about 500 grams in your muscles and 100 grams in your liver, along with a tiny amount of glucose in your blood. That’s about 2,400 calories’ worth of energy, and it can be drained during long, exhausting exercise. (Speaking of exhausting exercise, check out 10 Exercises That Burn More Calories Than Running.)

Now, if you’ve ever seen a Gatorade commercial, or stepped inside a GNC, or seen the ads in a magazine like Men’s Health or Runner’s World, you know that a lot of companies create and market a lot of products designed to facilitate this process. 

That’s where the study started: Their 11 subjects, all recreational athletes, fasted for 12 hours, then pedaled bikes for 90 minutes, with the goal of using up about 75 percent of their glycogen stores. 

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They were then given two meals in the next two hours. Some got a mix of commercial sports-nutrition products. Others got fast food from McDonald’s. They ended up with equal calories and the same mix of macronutrients—carbs (about 70 percent of total calories), fat, and protein. (See box.)

The study’s headline finding was that fast food facilitated glycogen recovery just as well as sports supplements. The subjects all performed equally well on a 20k (12.4  mile) cycling time trial four hours after they finished the first exercise bout, and two hours after eating the second meal.

The big lesson, says Brent Ruby, PhD, one of the study’s authors, is that “macronutrients are macronutrients.” Your body doesn’t know the difference between fast-acting carbs in soda, pancakes, or a hamburger bun vs. fast-acting carbs in Gatorade or a Clif Bar. Hungry muscles soak them right up. 

“The same results would be likely if you provided food items from Whole Foods or any farmer’s market,” he told us in an email. “What we hope to get across is that recovery nutrition need not be overly complicated, and can include many diverse and unexpected macronutrient choices.”

Pretty straightforward, right? If you’re an endurance athlete, or an outdoorsman like Ruby, and you’re regularly depleting your glycogen stores, it’s useful to know you have a lot of ways to refuel. Sports drinks and bars work fine, but so does anything that’s relatively high in carbs and low in protein, fat, and fiber, which would slow down digestion. 

But that’s not how the study has been covered in the media. 

Consider this paragraph from the Washington Post: 

“[The study] casts doubt on a multi-billion-dollar industry of sports supplements. Imagine Michael Jordan chugging Cheez Whiz instead of Gatorade in commercials. Or cyclists chowing down on cheeseburgers during the Tour de France.”

Except Cheez Whiz is two-thirds fat, and doesn’t resemble any of the high-carb foods in the study. 

Then there’s this, from vice.com:

“So the next time you come home sweat-drenched and cursing the name of the person who invented the kettlebell, take solace in the fact that eating a burger might be no worse for you than a pea protein shake.” 

As Ruby told us, “These results are specific to glycogen recovery.” Protein synthesis following a strength workout is a completely different issue, which this study didn’t address. 

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But the biggest head-scratcher was the first sentence of a Thrillist article (with the headline “Science Insists Fast Food Is the Perfect Post-Workout Meal”), illustrated with a photo of a McDouble cheeseburger: “The overly eager cashier at GNC will probably tell you that MuscleFreak Alpha capsules are the best thing for you after a visit to the gym, but a new study suggests a Big Mac might be just as good.” 

In one sentence, the writer managed to mischaracterize every aspect of the study. It was specific to long-distance endurance training, not a gym workout. It didn’t compare amino-acid pills to fast food. And it didn’t include a Big Mac, which all by itself has as much protein as the two meals combined, along with about three-quarters of the fat. It’s a terrible choice for anyone, in any context, unless you happen to stumble across one while on the brink of starvation. 

The other implication from media reports is that supplements are more expensive than fast food, and that supplement companies are bigger and thus greedier than other food companies. 

The cost is a wash. I added up the price of the supplements in the first meal and compared them to the breakfast items at McDonald’s. (I used average McDonald’s prices in Pennsylvania, where I live.) The supplements were $5.24, vs. $5.46 for the fast food. 

The biggest difference is that the supplements are less convenient. You’d have to buy them in bigger quantities, and if you got them online, you’d probably have to factor in shipping costs.

As for the size factor, it’s true that Gatorade is a billion-dollar brand. It’s owned by PepsiCo, which has a market cap north of $140 billion. Other massive companies, like Coca-Cola and GlaxoSmithKline, sell sports-nutrition products. But it’s hard to cast McDonald’s, with a market cap over $90 billion, as the little guy. 

They’re all huge, and when it comes to nutrition, they’re all in the same business: convincing you to buy and consume their products. 

The new study shows one simple fact: When you need to refuel in a hurry after a long, draining workout, it doesn’t matter if the carbs come in a sleek plastic bottle or a cheap paper bag. You have lots of ways to get what you need, when you need it. And even more ways to get more than you need.

This post was originally written for Men's Health by Lou Schuler is an award-winning journalist and the author, with Alan Aragon, of The Lean Muscle Diet.

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We Doubt Kelly Clarkson Cares About Chris Wallace Fat Shaming Comments http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/06/we-doubt-kelly-clarkson-cares-about-chris-wallace-fat-shaming-comments Blog entry http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/06/we-doubt-kelly-clarkson-cares-about-chris-wallace-fat-shaming-comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 13:28:56 -0400 Fitbie
Instagram Kelly Clarkson

"Fat shaming" and "body shaming" have recently become trendy terms in our image-obsessed culture, and with bad reason. From social media followers criticizing celebrity bodies (rapper Iggy Azalea recently left Twitter over cellulite comments), to media personalities cracking jokes about stars' weight gain (Alyssa Milano was a victim), slamming other people's bods is, sadly, now commonplace. The latest fat-shaming target? Powerhouse pop star Kelly Clarkson

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On Friday's episode of Fox's The Mike Gallagher Show, anchor Chris Wallace and host Mike Gallagher called the new mom out for her recent weight gain, with Gallagher saying, "Have you seen Kelly Clarkson? … Holy cow, did she blow up," and Wallace responding that "she could stay off the deep-dish pizza for a little while."

Wallace said he was sorry for his cruel comments in a statement yesterday: "I sincerely apologize to Kelly Clarkson for my offensive comment. I admire her remarkable talent and that should have been the focus of any discussion about her." And Gallagher posted an apology on his personal website, stating "Tubby Mike is the last person in the world who should bring up anyone’s weight. I couldn’t possibly feel any worse than I do for making an observation that led to the conclusion that I “fat-shamed” this talented and classy entertainer." 

Classy as she is, Kelly hasn't acknowledged the rude remarks. But if she does, we're guessing she'll come out on top, like she did last month when she so brilliantly responded to British comic Katie Hopkins' slams with "I'm awesome! It doesn't bother me. It's a free world. Say what you will. I've never cared what people think. It's more if I'm happy and I'm confident and feeling good."

Amen to that, Kelly! No matter what the scale says or what fitness goals you want to achieve, living your happiest, healthiest life always starts with self-acceptance. Struggling to adopt Clarkson's body confidence? Follow this expert advice for fighting fat-shaming -- from yourself and others. 

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Fitbie Find: Reebok Les Mills Cloud Tank http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/04/fitbie-find-reebok-les-mills-cloud-tank Blog entry http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/04/fitbie-find-reebok-les-mills-cloud-tank Sat, 04 Apr 2015 10:00:09 -0400 Fitbie
Reebok tank

If there ever was a perfect tank to get your downward dog on in, the Les Mills Cloud Tank from Reebok is it. This #SaturdaySaver features Reebok's PlayDry technology that wicks moisture away from the skin to keep you comfortable, and also contours to your body so you can focus on your performance -- instead of your top riding up. And if the tech specs weren't enough to make you buy, then the fun, colorful cloud pattern is a total deal-maker. 

Was: $51.97
Now: $21
Buy: reebok.com

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Allie Burdick
Discover Your Personal Best With This Workout Playlist (LISTEN) http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/03/discover-your-personal-best-workout-playlist-listen Blog entry http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/03/discover-your-personal-best-workout-playlist-listen Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:15:00 -0400 Fitbie
woman running

Every week Fitbie is featuring rad playlists from rad fitness instructors. This week Kenneth Ferrer, trainer at Barry’s Bootcamp, shares his with us. 

"I want my clients to leave feeling empowered and ready to take on life’s challenges," says Ferrer. "When it comes to my playlists, I generally try to stick to high-energy, upbeat music. I take a lot of Barry’s Bootcamp classes myself, and I know that I want to feel motivated with some high-energy tunes. In terms of what I look for in a playlist, I like to have a mix between motivational lyrics, beat drops with big build-ups, and plenty of remixes/mashups of both current and older songs that may originate from any genre, but are remixed into, again, something upbeat. Pushing oneself during a workout is a beautiful thing; we can quickly learn that a lot of our 'limitations,' are just self-imposed rules that we create for ourselves. If we ourselves create them, then we can also break them. My goal in a playlist is to keep energy, focus, and motivation high in order to motivate clients to discover their own personal bests."

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Emily Abbate
Fitbie Find: Stance Taper Socks http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/02/fitbie-find-stance-taper-socks Blog entry http://www.fitbie.com/2015/04/02/fitbie-find-stance-taper-socks Thu, 02 Apr 2015 14:19:11 -0400 Fitbie
Stance Socks

If a sock had feelings, they'd probably be constantly crushed. Think of it this way: Socks are the least cared for out of all your items of clothing, we're sure. Constantly lost, forgotten about, socks are something that often so many of us wear once before they get lost in the abyss that is the laundry room. So it wasn't until recently, when we checked out Stance socks, that we had a whole new appreciation for that small bit of foot fabric. Enter today's #FitbieFind, Taper socks by Stance.

Sure, your sneakers make a major difference in your stride (check out our Ultimate Beginner Sneaker Guide), but think of these socks as the perfect complement to your run. Made from sweat-wicking fibers, the Taper socks have strategic air-channeled components to perfectly surround the foot. Plus, they're toting gradual compression and strategically placed fenting to give your tootsies room to breathe where they need it most. That moist feeling you're used to in between your toes, inside the sneaker? As Arnold would say, hasta la vista.

What else we love:
• Available in a tab and crew style
• Fun color ways and patterns
• Smart-shaped design to protect ankles from blisters

The Details: Taper socks, $15 to $18, stance.com

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Emily Abbate
Fitbie Find: Planters Chili Lime Peanuts http://www.fitbie.com/2015/03/31/fitbie-find-planters-chili-lime-peanuts Blog entry http://www.fitbie.com/2015/03/31/fitbie-find-planters-chili-lime-peanuts Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:29:40 -0400 Fitbie
Planters

There are good reasons why peanuts (technically a legume) and tree nuts make most nutritionists' list of healthy snack options: their natural combo of healthy fats, protein, and fiber keep you full without spiking your blood sugar and leaving you ravenous the way most processed foods do. Plus, a study published online earlier this month in JAMA Internal Medicine found that participants who ate the most nuts, peanuts, and peanut butter slashed their risk of early death from heart disease and all other causes by roughly 20 percent, compared to those who ate the least.

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But body benefits aside, sometimes plain peanuts and almonds can be lacking in the excitement department, so if you're bored with your snack routine, this week's #fitbiefind will, ahem, spice things up for you. Planters' new Chili Lime peanuts have a flavor profile that keeps things interesting. I'm not normally a fan of super-spicy snacks, but the zesty hint of lime balances out the paprika seasoning, for a subtly peppery flavor that won't set your mouth on fire. But if hot isn't your taste, they also offer a new Sea Salt & Vinegar option that'll give you a burst of flavor without a kick. 

What else we love:

• 7 grams of protein per serving

• Airtight can keeps peanuts fresh and portable

• Available in major supermarkets nationwide

The details: Planters Chili Lime peanuts, $1.99, planters.com 

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Fitbie Find: Eddie Bauer Stretch French Terry Jogger Pants http://www.fitbie.com/2015/03/28/fitbie-find-eddie-bauer-stretch-french-terry-jogger-pants Blog entry http://www.fitbie.com/2015/03/28/fitbie-find-eddie-bauer-stretch-french-terry-jogger-pants Sat, 28 Mar 2015 09:17:52 -0400 Fitbie
Eddie Bauer

If there was ever a thing we don't know how women lived without, it's jogger pants. Not only are they super easy to throw on over a pair of spandex heading to and from the gym, but they're also uber comfortable and the perfect piece for your weekend wardrobe. What's better than your average joggers? Joggers at a discount.

Enter today's #SaturdaySaver from Eddie Bauer Motion, the signature brand's new active line. These Stretch French Terry Jogger Pants are made with soft, flexible fabric that screams "WEAR ME ON A SATURDAY!" Great for a trip to the gym or a trip to the grocery store, they come in both grey and black.

Was: $70

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Every week Fitbie features rad playlists from rad fitness instructors. This week Shay Kostabi, ReXist360’s premier master trainer at The Movement, shares hers with us. 

"Music so important to me and such a powerful motivational tool," says Kostabi. "I like to think of each playlist as a journey or a story that I want to take my clients on. So I carefully curate tracks that not only compliment movement patterns but will ignite a particular feeling on trying to get across."

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