Restore Your Workout Wardrobe, Save Money and the Planet!

I don’t know about you, but I hate lugging a big gym bag to work, and if I go home to change after a long day, the couch starts calling my name louder than the treadmill.

I have found a solution to the two-wardrobe problem: Restore Clothing. Not only can you wear these tops with built-in sports bras to work and out on the town, they are meant as fitness wear too.

I haven’t even told you the best part yet… they are the most earth-friendly outfitter I have found. If you care about the environment this is a must-have. RESTORE stands for: Responsible, Earth Friendly, Sustainable, Technological, Organic, Recycled, Ergonomic┬«. The materials are chemical-free, organically grown or recycled and come from North America to save on fuel. From the coconut lining in the sports bras to their paperless business cards (they are made of stone but look like paper), to their earth-friendly packaging, they believe you buy better so the clothing lasts, and doesn’t end up in a landfill.

To help you get in shape and save the planet, I have arranged a 15% discount for NikkiFitness readers.

Just go to http://www.restoreclothing.com/ and pick out the clothes you love, then enter the code “NIKKI” at checkout. I especially love the tops with build in sports bras like “classic tank with shelf bra,” the “draped front top” (perfect for under a suit and then cardio-sculpt class) and the “crossover tank.”

I have pasted much more information about them below and attached thier logo. I have even met the owners here in New York City when I started wearing these clothes two months ago and could not be happier with the look, feel and function.

There is also a link on my “helpful links” page.

Fitness – Fit it in!

Nikki

Incentives to go to the Gym

Sometime the incentives of a longer, thinner, stronger, healthier life are not enought to motivate you to get to the gym or do that workout DVD.

It happens to everyone. Don’t despair – I am here to help.

Print this blog and stick it in your workout clothes drawer, gym bag, or maybe even on the fridge for some other incentives to get your sweat on!

  • Working out helps you perform better at work (most successful CEOs are gym rats)
  • It helps increase your sex drive (increased circulation is one reason)
  • Gives you what I call an “attitude adjustment” (no more yelling at the hubby after a workout!)
  • Takes the stress knots out of your back and shoulders (from a day at the computer)
  • Gives you time to think. (I have gotten the best ideas and sorted out the toughest problems while jogging or lifting weights)
  • It wakes you up and gives you energy (coffee substitute!)
  • Makes you want to eat better and take care of yourself in other ways. (I crave a salad and water after a workout instread of wine and cheese.)
  • Social networking *off* the computer. (You can meet new friends at the gym in the staff, salespeople, class instructors, and other members, or do your favorite workout DVD – like the Military Wife Workout or Booty Camp- with your best friends at home.

So … you can have more fun, wake up, solve your problems and de-stress. It’s all in your power, so take control and put on those sneakers!

For more fitness motivation, new workout moves, music playlists and fitness DVDs that squeeze a full hour workout into just 30 minutes, visit www.nikkifitness.com

Fitness – Fit it in!

Nikki

Average Joga!

You don’t have to be a yoga guru to get your stretch on. Here is a flexibility routine anyone can do after a gym class, bike ride, or strength training routine.

While the jury is still out on stretching before you work out, everyone agrees stretching for about 20 seconds per muscle group after a workout is a must to stay flexible, injury free, be less sore and knotted up, and turn your body long and lean.

Some tips for the average Joe who is not used to stretching:

Breath deeply as you stretch, filling up the lungs as much as possible with a full long exhale (think yoga breath). Dont bounce because what trainers call ballistic stretching is a one way ticket to injurytown, hold and go deeper into each move as you feel yourself loosening up. Dont strain, but aim- for eventually more flexibility.

Many people do abs at the end of a workout, so we will start the stretches from a seated position.

Seated Hamstring Stretch

Straighten legs out in front of you and fold over them from the hips. Stop when your knees start to bend and lengthen as you inhale, fold a little lower as you exhale and lengthen. Reach toward your feet, but try to to curl the back, it is not important to get your head low, but more important to elongate the hamstrings. Hold for 20-30 seconds.

Outer Thigh Seated With Twist

This will also work your glutes. Keep left leg straight and bend right knee, dropping right foot over and to the outside of your left leg. Sit up straight and hug the knee into the chest. Stay there or add a twist (good for the back and helps digestion and hangovers) by anchoring your left elbow above the bent right knee. Put right hand behind you and twist the torso. Look over your right shoulder. After 20 seconds, repeat on the other side.

Stand up. With both feet flat, begin to stand with hands on quads, and slowly round the back up, head last.

Calf Stretch With Triceps

Place left foot behind you, about 3 feet back into a lunge. Make sure the heel pushes into the floor as you lean on your bent right leg. The right knee should be directly over the right ankle. To multitask this stretch, stop leaning and move the shoulders over your hips. Extend the left arm overhead and then bend the elbow to drop the hand behind your neck, elbow to the sky. Extend right arm overhead, and place hand on left elbow. Push the elbow toward the head to increase the stretch. Hold for 20-30 seconds and repeat on the other side.

Hip Flexor

Keep the right leg back and wiggle it back even farther, about a foot, so that the heel can no longer touch the floor. Frame your left front foot with both hands on either side. Left knee is directly over the ankle. Think about making the back leg as straight as possible and dropping the hips closer to the floor. You should fee a stretch where your right pants pocket would be. Repeat on other side.

Quadriceps and Shoulder

Your left leg is behind now from the last stretch. Straighten the torso over the hips again and bring left leg in about a foot, bending the knee underneath the shoulders and hips. To multitask, extend left arm across the body at shoulder level, toward the right side of the body. Use your right hand to gently press above or below the elbow joint pushing the the left arm into the chest. Repeat on other side.

Inner Thigh

Open the legs out to the side in a plea squat, wider than shoulder width. Knees should point out to the sides and be bent close to 90 degrees, directly over the ankles. Tip at the hip and gently press hands into inner thighs, opening up the legs a little wider and increasing the stretch. Slowly roll the back up after holding for at least 20 seconds.

Chest Stretch

Interlace the fingers behind your back and try to press the heals of your hands together, closing palms into each other. Lift the straight arms up behind you toward the sky and hold.

Upper Back

We are basically going to reverse the last move and interlace the fingers in front of the body. Scoop the belly back, and tilt the shoulders and hips forward. Slightly bend the knees and press hands away and in front of you at shoulder level.

Side Stretch Abs

Separate feet again at least as wide as your shoulders. Support yourself on your left elbow into your left hip as you lean to the left. Extended right arm overhead and to the left. Hold the stretch and tilt your head up to the sky, looking under your arm to the ceiling. Repeat on the other side.

Take a deep breath in and remember how good you feel. Long, lean, toned, and not so average!

Check out NikkiFitness.com for a FREE stretch video. All stretches above can be found on the Nikki Fitness Military Wife Workout DVD.

Fitness – Fit it in!

Nikki