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Unusual Exercise Equipment You Haven't Tried (But Should)

Unusual Exercise Equipment You Haven't Tried (But Should)

How's that New Year's resolution of shedding the pounds coming along? This time of year, everyone clamors to get their workout regime fired up, so it’s terrific for gyms and trainers. However, come March and April, those same eager beavers start making up excuses of why they can't work out anymore. The number one cause seems to be lack of motivation.

That lack of motivation can often be tied to a phenomenon known as gym fatigue— and it isn't about physically getting tired after a workout. That should always happen. Gym fatigue can crop up when a person becomes bored with the same routines and exercise equipment. They could try enhancing their workout playlist but without that motivation, it's hard to work up a sweat. The solution? It might be time to shake things up by exercising outside of the box. Perhaps it's time to try some unusual exercise equipment. Here are some stand-out pieces of equipment you could add to your workout routine.

Glowing, Healthy and Revived: The Top 8 Beauty Trends for 2016

Glowing, Healthy and Revived: The Top 8 Beauty Trends for 2016

New years always bring new beauty fads. To get you prepared for the beauty trends this year, this guide highlights the top beauty trends you’ll be sure to spot on both the red carpet and at office meetings. 2016 will be the year of fresh looks, bold make-up and holistic skincare.

Read on to discover how you can make these trends part of your beauty routine.

The Perfect Holiday Gifts for Your Mountain Biker Friend

The Perfect Holiday Gifts for Your Mountain Biker Friend

Finding your friends or family the perfect holiday gift can be a thrill. We live in an age where every type of product is at our fingertips, one click of an ‘Order’ button away. With browsing inventory and ordering specific items made easier than ever with the internet, holiday shopping mostly comes down to one thing: knowing what to get.

If you have a friend who you know to be a mountain biking fan, then your holiday gift shopping is even easier than you think. 

10 Healthy Gifts For Your Healthiest Friends

10 Healthy Gifts For Your Healthiest Friends

We all have that one friend who is a health buff. The one who orders a green tea when everybody else is drinking coffee with cream and the person who will order a fruit salad while you are indulging in chocolate cake. When the jolly season of holiday gift giving arrives, the lamp in your head never seems to turn on fast when it comes to your healthiest friend. Common gifts, such as a bottle of wine, a box of chocolate or an electric barbecue are out of the question. As holidays approach and nothing good enough crosses your mind, you must be feeling as pressured as the ingredients for your friend’s favourite cold-pressed soup. Not to worry. We've got you covered with a cheat sheet filled with healthy gifts.

4 Things They Didn't Tell You About Waist Training

4 Things They Didn't Tell You About Waist Training

It’s in the media, celebrities are using it, and it is advertised in magazines. Waist training is the ‘new trend’ and it has gained popularity amongst the female community by showing off the quick effects that one can achieve by using it. Females idolize a 'perfect' hour-glass figure with a cinched in waist. What some women fail to realize is that each person has a unique body type and this image of  what some perceive to be ‘the perfect body’ can be unrealistic. Waist training has made its way throughout history and is now making a major comeback in the 21st century. Waist trainers can appeal to many women: from new Moms who want to lose their baby weight such as Jessica Alba and Snooki, to women trying to lose weight faster. They may even find consumers in younger generations, who think that this practice is the new ‘normal’. Waist trainers claim to cinch your core, hips, and back.

A Kale Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie and Coffee-Raisin Protein Bites

A Kale Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie and Coffee-Raisin Protein Bites

A few weeks ago, I finally found a way control my passion for peanut butter without having to eliminate it from my diet altogether. Rather than consuming the condiment by itself, I've been incorporating it into smoothies and energy balls. I add a bit of protein powder to the mix so that I immediately feel full and stay that way. This definitely keeps cravings at bay and it has trained me to eat when I'm actually hungry, instead of bingeing when I encounter the slightest bit of stress.

Why well-made workout clothes make us feel confident

Why well-made workout clothes make us feel confident

Is it enough to exercise in your collection of boxy, oversized T-shirts? Of course it is. If that’s what you have on hand, that’s how you make do. I even ran a 5-kilometre race in an extra-large "Lord of the Rinks" shirt because it happened to be at the top of my laundry pile that day.  But, if you're constantly toughing it out in cotton T-shirts, it might make sense to give your workout wardrobe a bit of an update. When you invest in well-made exercise apparel, you cash in on key functional and psychological advantages that impact the quality of your routine, your emotional wellbeing, and your long-term fitness goals. You won't have to empty your wallet to do this, either. Here are a few reasons why well-made workout clothes make us feel confident.

5 Beachbody Programs That Will Give You Results

5 Beachbody Programs That Will Give You Results

Five years ago, I started my fitness journey with Beachbody programs as a customer.  I joined countless gyms, worked with personal trainers, took up running, and yo-yo dieted. Nothing worked for me. I never felt comfortable training in gyms and wasn't able to feel the sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that Beachbody programs give me. What makes these at-home workout programs so special? Here's a guide that will help you to distinguish the differences between them all.

7 workout sneakers that are actually good for running

7 workout sneakers that are actually good for running


Though you may be tempted to buy the best looking sneakers on the market, it is important to know whether that particular shoe model suits your form of exercise. Will you be using your kicks for intense heavy lifting? Serious rope climbing? Stick with specific CrossFit or Olympic shoes. The Reebok Nano 3.0 is a good choice with added protection. The best workout shoes that are actually good for running // The PumpUp Blog

As for me, I run outside almost everyday and hit the gym 3 times a week for basic exercises. Since my primary activity is running, I choose my shoes with that activity in mind. Popular brands want to sell you as many shoes as they can: one pair for fitness, another for cross-fit, another for running in the rain, etc. However, I've come to realize that certain running shoes adapt to almost all body-weight exercises: from air squats to burpees. This particular type of shoe will have great ventilation, flexibility and stability and of course, it'll still be excellent for running.

In this list, I'll be selecting the best running shoes that will help you to sprint or go the distance— but you'll also be able to do box jumps and double-unders with equal ease.

Need workout shoes that can withstand your jogs AND your lifts? These cross-trainers are the answer for you // The PumpUp Blog

Mizuno Wave Rider 18

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These are one of my favorite shoes for both running and multi-form fitness. The workout sneakers' toebox is roomy and its ventilation is superb. What's more, it weighs in at a mere 10.6 oz.

Unlike most premium running shoes, this Mizuno is far from being soft. The usual squishy foam sole is replaced by a firmer substance called the Wave plate, a patented support mechanism that can be found in the midsole. Paired with a 12mm heel to toe drop, this makes the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 an unexpectedly good fit for squats. Its raised heel boosts your posture in the way that modern lifting shoes would. The shoes' lack of compression will give you a consistent platform to push from.

The flexibility on this shoe is better than you'd expect, especially in the forefoot. It will get better with time, as the EVA rubber will become less resistant to bending. You can decide for yourself whether this shoe fits the bill after 100 miles or 200 planks.

With the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 you won't find yourself wobbling during an overhead squat. Who knows you may also win a marathon with it.

Skora FIT

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SKORA means "skin" in Polish, thus it comes to no surprise that most SKORA models feel as comfortable as wearing socks. All SKORA models have a no-sew build and an anatomic fit that mimics the natural shape of one's foot— design signatures that make these shoes unique. You'll want to splay your toes in these sneakers.

With 16mm of thickness in the heel and the forefoot, the FIT equally belongs in the gym and on the road. The minimalist cushion will give you plenty of depth, as well as the stability you need for weightlifting. If you're craving for a complete ground connection, just remove the 4mm sock-liner and go sockless when you're wearing these workout sneakers to the gym.

With a glove-like fit and a featherweight quality,  the Skora FIT makes tough exercises look easy, fast and precise. Are you ready for one leg jumps?

Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit

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Nike promises a more natural ride with its "Free" line. The point is to offer a ground-like feel akin to running barefoot less is more. While it's a "minimalistic" shoe, what so special about it?

First, it comes with a special Flyknit material. This was selected by the New York Times  as one of the best inventions in 2012. There is an engineered "knit" in the upper area of the shoe, which is more or less dense depending the size of one's foot. It blends mobility and support in one sneaker. Finally, the shoes have flex grooves etched into their outsoles, which allows for crazy flexibility and a natural range of motion.

The Nike Free 4.0 is the best of the Free line, according to experts at SoleReview.  It sits between the more minimalist Free 3.0 and the more cushioned Free 5.0, affording wearers with a sweet balance of comfort and ground feel.

Brooks Connect 4

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Brooks is one of the most popular brands for marathon sneakers. They focus on high-performance running shoes with made with high-quality materials and a solid build. Great running shoes like Brooks should have a place in the gym.  My choice goes to their Pure line. It's composed of 3 lightweight, low to the ground shoes: the Connect, Cadence and Flow.  Small frame shoes are preferable for the gym because they are lighter and more flexible.

The Connect is the fastest and most responsive of the 3 workout sneakers: it features an outstanding midsole and a seamless upper sole. The forefoot is extremely flexible, which something I value when I'm doing any exercise that requires jumping or plyometrics. The fit is narrow and supportive, thanks to a strapping system called the "Nav-band".

Also worth mentioning is its traction. Several pods in the outsole give you an outstanding grip, regardless of which surface you're working with.

Under Armor Speedform Gemini

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Though Under Armour is better known for its apparel, the brand released a shoe that works well for most types of exercises.

Its cushioning is consistent, and on the firmer side. The shoe's midsole foam firms up when you accelerate and it softens up when you decelerate, making transitions smooth and exciting. This shoe is a great asset for HIIT running workouts, where you often need to change gears.

The upper, crafted in a clothing factory, is perforated for increased breathability with no visible seams. The only drawback is its non-removable sockliner, so make sure you buy anti-odour sprays before you slip them on.

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante

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The American brand delivers a great lightweight shoe with the Fresh Foam Zante. At a light weight of 8.1 oz and with a low stack height, this shoe will help you run fast. Runners would use it for uptempo workouts to increase speed and endurance.

The midsole is made out of a single soft foam, which increases flexibility while adding just enough softness to the foot strike. The rubber that composes the entire outsole offers outstanding grip and the upper foot is well ventilated. It has an internal smooth sleeve and the tongue is built on top of it – which makes these workout sneakers a perfect fit for sock-less running.

Vibram FiveFingers Bikila EVO

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These are the most flexible workout sneakers you can find out there, as your toes can move independently. FiveFingers are synonymous with barefoot running and this Bikila is no exception. It features a minimal 8.5mm of cushioning and the upper feels like a second skin.

Of course, this is not the choice for long-runs on the road but they are perfect for running on the treadmill. The transition can be hard, especially in the beginning, because you're using different foot muscles to compensate for the lack of cushioning and the flat sole. Expect stronger calf muscles and a stronger big toe.

What's your choice for the gym? Do you go with regular trainers or are you peeky about your choice? Let us know in the comments below!

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Are Chucks good for lifting?

Are Chucks good for lifting?


When you think about weightlifting shoes, Converse sneakers might be the last thing to cross your mind. Though canvas Chuck Taylor All-Stars (colloquially known as Chucks) are regarded as an emblem of creative expression with widespread and nearly iconic appeal, you'll be surprised to find that they're pretty popular among powerlifters too. The next time you're pausing between reps, scan the floor of your gym. Among the weighted plates, half-filled water bottles, and dingy towels, your little eye might spy somebody sporting a pair of Chucks. But why? For fashion? Of course! Chucks have found fans in Harry Potter and even the First Lady. However, original Converse All-Star sneakers are a decent option for resistance training.  While some people prefer to lift without shoes or splurge on more expensive lifting shoes, Chucks reasonably achieve the same purpose.

Are Chucks good for lifting? // The PumpUp Blog


Why you should consider Chucks for lifting

They aren't running shoes

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Sorry running shoes, you can't lift with us. When you perform heavier lifts, it's important to ground your feet on the floor so that you can stabilize yourself. They're your base of support, as you transmit energy through your feet to lift.  Padded running shoes absorb shock and thus, energy that could otherwise be used for your lifts. The more energy you transfer through your feet, the heavier you'll be able to lift (all while looking like a boss). With arched running shoes, you recruit other muscles to compensate for the lack of force you would be able to derive from grounding your feet on the floor. This can undermine your technique over time and increase your risk of injury.

They have flat soles

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Chucks have thin and flat soles that don't compress under a heavy load. Because older Chucks don't have any arch support, your feet will be in close contact with the floor and you'll be at liberty to push through your heels. You'll also train the stabilizing muscles in your feet. This will eventually help to protect your lower extremities against injury and it'll make your lifts more efficient. You'll hit depth with your squats and maintain better form as you progress.

They're comfy and affordable

Chucks are light, durable (wear them for ALL the years), and their canvas build makes them fit like a sock. If you so desire, Chucks are an ideal first-step to help you progress to barefoot lifting. While Adidas powerlifting shoes sell for roughly $190 USD, you can purchase Converse sneakers for a fraction of the price at $30-50 USD.

Why you might want to suck it up and splurge on lifting shoes

The Converse All Star Chuck II isn't great for lifting

Are converse shoes good for lifting?
In July 2015, Converse unveiled a redesigned model of their classic All-Star shoes for the first time in 98 years.  While the All-Star Chuck II looks almost identical to its predecessor, it no longer bears the qualities that make Chucks a desirable option for lifting: arch support and affordability (to some degree). A foam lining cushions the soles of the All-Star Chuck II, providing a form of arch support that would make it more difficult for lifters to exert force through the ground. Although the updated sneakers don't cost as much as lifting shoes, they do ring the cash register in at $75 for high-tops and $70 for low-tops.

Raised Heels

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Lifting shoes, on the other hand, might be worth the splurge if heavier squats are your goal. They don't have any extra sole padding, but they have slightly raised heels, which gives your ankle more mobility and allows you to squat deeper. It'll also correct potential stance deficits, keeping you upright, reducing pressure on your lower back and recruiting the right muscles to help you lift with better form and greater efficiency. But when you're deadlifting, you really want shoes that are as flat as possible.

Extra Stability

If you do have ankle problems, weightlifting shoes will also give you more stability. Their hard soles will ensure that you're able to transfer tons of force into the ground and your feet will be able to have a tighter grip on the floor. With better balance and stability, you'll improve your technique and reduce your risk of injury simultaneously.

The verdict

Are converse shoes good for lifting?

So, are Chucks good for lifting? While the new Chuck II shoes aren't ideal, original Converse sneakers are decent. They have flat soles that resist compression and they're affordable. But depending on your technique, ankle mobility, level of intensity, and budget, you might want to splurge on a pair of weightlifting shoes. What are your favourite shoes for lifting? Do you wear shoes at all? Let us know in the comments below!

5 reasons why that Protein World ad caused unnecessary controversy

5 reasons why that Protein World ad caused unnecessary controversy


Sporadic vandalism, a formal ASA complaint and a protest in Hyde Park have marked the outrage against Protein World’s ‘Are you beach body ready’ ad. Are you beach body ready - Know your meme

Image via Know Your Meme

First things first: I do not support dieting and swift weight loss. Not in the slightest. I have changed my ways and know better. I eat seven times a day (c. 2200 kcals should you be interested, and I only occasionally keep track, for I would like to gain muscle which means I need food), I train six times a week and am the happiest I have ever been. I grunt every time I hear a woman (yes, a woman…) talk about ‘losing two kgs in a week’. It doesn’t work and it’s a total waste of time; not to mention damaging to your body. Simple.

With that said, I do not think for a second that Protein World was promoting the reckless undernourishment and obsessive calorie restriction I was into during my adolescence and early 20s. What it was, in fact, promoting was enhanced weight / fat loss for people who, presumably, needed it to then comfortably progress to toning up and muscle gain. A quick glance at their website reveals they are not an exclusively weight loss product company: they sell flaxseed powder, Omega 3, bedtime shakes, Whey Protein isolate, etc. The recipes they feature do not have the word ‘starvation’ plastered all over them.

However, someone out there – whilst blissfully travelling on the London tube - decided that an ad endorsing Protein World’s ‘Weight Loss Collection’, by means of a model in a bikini with the words ‘Are you beach body ready’, was offensive. Illegal even. And so the fiasco started…

How dare a business use a slender female to advertise a product that will, supposedly, help others lose weight?! Terms, such as ‘body shaming’, were thrown around like there was no tomorrow. Weight – a personal not public matter, if you ask me – was branded a ‘political and social issue’ once more. In a typical First World fashion, a Twitter war was declared and a few new hash tags were dutifully born. People vandalised the billboards, organised a protest and, get this, sent a bomb threat to the company’s headquarters. But, hey, it’s all in the name of social justice!

Without further ado and in my humble opinion, here are a few reasons as to why people blew the protein world ad way out of proportion in a predictably childish manner:

  1. Capitalism: I am not the best at Economics, but the demands of the market and competition drive Capitalism. Like it or not, we live in a Capitalist country whereby companies will strive to make profit. Marketing and Advertising were not invented by Protein World. Thousands of tricks are adopted daily to encourage you to spend your money on stuff you do not even need half the time. *shrugs* Why that protein world ad caused unnecessary scandal Image via giphy
  2. Democracy: Freedom of speech is a wonderful thing, unless you anger the wrong crowd. Yes, democracy has a few founding principles and, would you believe it, freedom of speech and freedom of expression are among them?! What we increasingly see, nonetheless, is a perpetuating self-censorship with people unable to voice their opinion on anything without it insulting and triggering someone else. And causing a whirlwind of controversy by, say, creating a promo billboard. This article, too, will probably be frowned upon, since it does not follow the narrative currently imposed by the mainstream media. Why that protein world ad caused unnecessary scandal Image via giphy
  3. Self – esteem: Confidence and self-esteem come from within. People’s words do not affect me and ads certainly do not make me curl up in a ball and cry, because I do not care. But, you see, the people who do will never grow a thicker skin, if we teach them that the smallest, most insignificant problem can be solved by stamping their feet and kicking up a fuss.  And it is not overloading Twitter with comments re how Protein World is promoting an ‘unattainable body type and shape’ (hint: there is a real person behind this ad who eats properly and trains regularly; so, yes, this is an attainable body type and shape). If you are not willing to put in the hard work and have the will power and dedication to go on this journey, excuses will get you nowhere.

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  4. Women Magazines: It is hilarious how thousands and thousands of women are boycotting a company for their seemingly harmful ad, one that plays on women’s insecurities, yet are deafeningly silent on the subject of women’s magazines. The pages of the latter are littered with ‘tips’, ‘DOs and DONTs’ on fashion, style, beauty, diets, sex, etc. They are full of ‘you are not good enough’ statements that have conveniently escaped all of those rejecting Protein World. As if having eyebrows similar to those of Keira Knightley was less of a problem than taking weight loss supplements? As if learning how to attain J Lo’s style was not telling you how to dress to fit the present trend? What if I took offence in Cosmopolitan’s advice on how to ‘achieve the best complexion’ and the mere suggestion that suffering from acne during adolescence was a crime that had to be ‘concealed’ under a ton of foundation?

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  5. Men’s quietness: Last but not least, I have never heard a large group of men protest against the six-packs they are expected to flaunt a la David Beckham in that Calvin Klein underwear ad. It might be because they are better at handling this sort of stuff, or equally, their complaints will not be tolerated because they come Weirdly, I am not aware of many women speaking of ‘body shaming’ when and where this and other images of ‘unrealistic’ male bodies are concerned. I wonder why… Why that protein world ad caused unnecessary controversy Image via giphy

Why the protein world ad caused unnecessary controversy

About the Author

Siya is a blogger with a passion for living a healthy lifestyle. She shares simple recipes, exercises, and writes about the importance of having a positive body image on her blog. Have feedback for Siya? Do you agree that the protein world ad caused unnecessary controversy? Let us know in the comments below!

5 reasons you should believe the hype about lemon water

5 reasons you should believe the hype about lemon water


Let me just start off by saying that lemon water is the bomb dot com, I have been drinking it in some way, shape or form for the past 6 months and I couldn’t be happier with the benefits I have received from this small change in my morning routine. I drink a lot of tea, it doesn’t matter if it is -15 or 105 degrees outside, I just can’t get enough. So for me, taking a minute to boil or heat up some water and adding honey with a fresh lemon couldn’t be easier, in fact it’s something I look forward to doing! For me to say I drink it every morning would be false. However I do alternate between lemon, honey or green tea and lemon water frequently and here is why. It’s good for your face

If you just google some of the benefits of lemon water you’ll see that the most popular search result will say that lemons are a great source of vitamin C (more on this in a moment), dig a little further and you will find that lemons balance the Ph levels in the body as well. So what does that mean for you? Well pH stands for potential hydrogen, a pH number measures from 0-14 of how acidic or alkaline a liquid is, high school chemistry ya’ll. We see this a lot in the health and beauty industry, mostly on serums, cleansers, toners and moisturizers. Reason being is  because a balanced pH level means better healthier skin, healthy skin can be generalized as having a 5.5 pH average. Dry skin is high in alkaline or categorized as being too high in pH. So if you have oily skin *silently raises hand, then you (ahem we) have skin that is categorized as being too acidic or low in pH.

Healthy skin can in fact be achieved by eating a proper diet as well as having a proper skin care routine.

It helps with your digestive system and spreads feel goodies from the inside out 

Lemons strengthen the liver, if you follow me on twitter pretty much every other tweet is about wine so you know my liver loves me. Lemons have strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting properties. They are often used as a weight loss aid because lemon juice is a digestive cleanser and aids in flushing out unwanted materials from the body. It helps to purify the liver by liquefying bile. It’s great for detoxing, and if you’re looking for more ways to detox your life, check out my YouTube video and listen to the 5 simple ways you can start!


DIY Lemon Toner

Mix 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice with a ½ cup of water Apply to your skin with a cotton ball to help balance out your skin and kill that pesky bacteria

Keeps you happy and feeling energized

No need to take a chill pill when you can just have a glass of lemon water instead. Or you can lick one, I mean whatever floats your boat. Lemons are full of Vitamin C. Vitamin C reduces the production of stress hormones and have been proven beneficial to those who have a weakened immune system due to stress.

Great for staying hydrated!

The second your body needs water it tells you in some way or another. Whether you think to yourself, “Hey! I’m thirsty” or not, your body will tell you in other ways in the form of feeling, sluggish, lack of energy or just simply put lack of clarity. Water (with lemons)  supports your immune system  swell as aids in replacing fluids you lost throughout the day.

Keeps you healthy

I could probably go on and on about some of the benefits I have noticed since I started drinking lemon water, but try it for about 2 weeks and I promise you will notice a difference in your skin and just how you feel overall. It’s just cleansing and has a positive effect on your health. I use both fresh cut lemons and lemon juice from the little lemon shaped bottle. When I make poor food choices, let’s be honest don’t we all, and my stomach hurts this also helps to soothe my stomach and almost acts as a detox when I’m trying to get back on track for eating clean.

Lemon water

My favorite Detox water recipe (as shown above) contains: 2 slices of lemon 2 slices of lime 2 slices of cucumber A few fresh mint leaves

Try adding oranges or grapefruit as well to help rid your liver of toxic sludge. Don’t forget about strawberries and raspberries! If making a large serving, I recommend replacing the mint leaves everyday, however the fruit is good for 2-3 days. Keep refrigerated!

detox lemon water

I prefer to drink out of a clear glass container, it motivates me to keep drinking water all day, I also scored this one from target, it is free of BPA which is a chemical found in most plastics, but check out a few of these fun colored glass water bottles from amazon here.

Happy lemon drinking!

This is a post by fashion and fitness blogger Jodi-Kay Edwards. Follow her on PumpUp @jodikayedwards and on her blog,

5 poses to supercharge your run: yoga for runners

5 poses to supercharge your run: yoga for runners


Why yoga might make the difference for your run

You're running. You feel the wind ripping through your hair, adrenaline pumping through your body, then suddenly: a cramp. Tight hamstrings. Sore feet. Your knees. If running pains deter you from being able to thoroughly enjoy outdoor or indoor jogs, do yoga for runners!

We particularly like the way that Daily Yoga structures their Yoga for Runners sessions by making a distinction between pre and post-run stretches. Their pre-run yoga routine focuses on body balance, muscle strength, and joint flexibility and makes use of simple stretches to condition the body for long-distance runs. Their post-run training restores, elongates, and loosens any tension built up in your muscles. Mobile communities like PumpUp and Daily Yoga provide the guidance and structured routines that a personal trainer would give you, but within the comfort of your home.

Our favourite pre-run yoga moves

daily yoga for runners forward fold


Standing forward fold with hands on hips

daily yoga for runners wide legged forward bend


Wide-legged forward bend with hands on hips


daily yoga for runners triangle pose

Triangle pose (right and left)

daily yoga for runners pigeon pose


One legged pigeon pose (right and left)

daily yoga for runners warrior 2


Warrior Pose II (right and left)

For more instructions on how to do these poses, check out Daily Yoga's Yoga for runners series and share about your routine on PumpUp! How do you warm up and cool down before and after your runs? Let us know in the comments below!

MateFit Review: Believe the Hype

MateFit Review: Believe the Hype


I was never one of those people to believe the hype of weight loss and nutrition products. That is, until I discovered MateFit. I kept seeing MateFit everywhere and on every social network. I looked into and saw that it was a teatox. I completely brushed it off because I have never been a fan of tea . I hit a really low point in my journey to be healthier and decided to look back into MateFit. Each and every MateFit review seemed to give positive feedback, so I decided to purchase the 14 day detox. The detox included a pouch for the metabolic boost and a pouch for the night time detox. Within the first couple days I felt a change. I was getting all natural energy while also increasing my metabolic rate. I was hooked after the first two weeks. I went from waking up and drinking a soda to start my day, to simply drinking a glass of tea. After the 14 days were up, I weighed myself and was down seven pounds! I couldn't believe how much drinking tea had changed my life.

I am not a consistent buyer and own every single product they have. From the teatox, the goji blast, and even the coffee scrub. I'm glad I decided to believe the hype and take a chance on something that had helped me with my journey to a healthier lifestyle.

This is a post by PumpUp member jennipher_