March MABness

Hi, Guys!
I’m a few days late to the start of the month, but boy do I have a four-week AB challenge for you!

To compliment March Madness, the showcasing of America’s strongest college basketball teams, I’ve come up with March MABness, a month-long exercise routine guaranteed to get you your strongest core!

Here are the 6 moves you will use throughout my challenge. Get yourself familiar with them before you rock and roll!

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run, run, run

I’ve been running again.  

Not as in an easy jog around the neighborhood. I mean full out, heart-pounding, sweat-dripping, running. It feels excellent to be moving, to feel my body in motion, so alive, so powerful as I dart through the cobblestone streets of lower Manhattan. When’s the last time you really moved?

As a newly minted 30 year old, I’ve been reclaiming hobbies of my youth that have fallen by the wayside with the passage of time. I was a cross-country runner in high school. If I tried really, really, hard I could get a mile behind me in under 6 minutes. Miles 2 and 3 of my races weren’t quite as fast as that first one, but hey, a girl could try. And now all of a sudden, after years of pilates and yoga, even in the brisk temperatures of a winter that’s closing in on us, running is joyful again.

The best part of rediscovering something you love is the consideration of what to wear when doing said activity (at least if you’re a lady who lights up at the notion of new workout tights like myself). I have stacks of gear that fit the bill, but it sure is fun to treat yourself to a few new items to encourage the flow of motion. For me, I’m a lululemon lover, and for my runs I’ve turned to them to keep me protected from the elements so I can get out there, and just…enjoy.

Sprinting through Tribeca in the Rest Less 1/4 Zip and Featherlight Tights.

I love a new black tight, and the transparent panels on the back of the Featherlight, along with an enviable V-shaped crop at the ankle gives some edge to my new go-to. They’re thin without letting in the cold around you, so moving quickly doesn’t feel cumbersome whatsoever. Sweat-proof and quite flattering, I’m going to pick these up in the iridescent color as well.

To stay warm up top, I LOVE the fittingly named Rest Less 1/4 Zip, especially in this festive pattern and lovely heather grey. It’s really warm without being overwhelmingly thick, just like the tights featured here as well.

Cruising Down Collister Street.

Take it from me, getting outside when it’s chilly is far more invigorating than it is daunting.  Whether you’re running, hiking, rowing, cycling, power-walking, snow-shoe-ing, or whatever-ing, just get out there, like, now.  For your many gear needs, check out some of my other faves from lululemon’s newest collection.


 
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Photography by Stephanie Cheng.

Healthy Workout Snacks and Meals

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You know that familiar feeling all too well: you’ve returned from the gym exhausted, sweaty and hungry. Rummaging through your pantry, you find a chocolate bar that just seems to be calling your name. But after a long and exhausting workout, is it really worth it? Sometimes you luck out and find something nutritious, but unfortunately, that chocolate bar looked so good, and well, you had to have it… We’ve all been there and can understand the struggle (I’ve been known to splurge on bags of pretzels after exercising myself). I’m a fan of raw almonds and fruits as much as the next person, but after a difficult workout, I crave something more exciting and more satisfying. Next time you’re looking for something to munch on, skip the pantry and head for these healthy workout snacks that are well-worth your time and hunger:

Salads

Whether you’re in the mood for something sweet or savory, with the right ingredients, salads give you endless possibilities for a well-balanced, post-workout meal. Try a salad made with dinosaur kale, cherry tomatoes, white button mushrooms, heirloom bell peppers, Colby and a farm fresh egg (pictured above!) for a heartier meal. If you want something lighter, a side of watermelon pairs perfectly with a small helping of quinoa and arugula.

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Clean Food Dirty City

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Smoothies 

Instead of just having a piece of fruit on its own, combine your favorites into a refreshing smoothie. My favorite? The ever-classic Strawberry Banana (for the perfect Strawbana Smoothie, try Sarah of My New Roots‘ recipe). For all of you chocolate lovers, try a chocolate malt milo slushie– the name sounds deadly but it is 100% clean and made with maca for a boost of energy. Head on over to Simple Straws for the recipe.

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My New Roots

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Acai Bowls

You’ve probably seen these colorful combinations on your Instagram before. They’re taking social media by storm, and with this much color and nutrients, are we really ones to complain? Made with acai berries and blended to a smoothie-like consistency, acai bowls can be topped with your favorite granola, fruits and nuts for a healthy and satisfying treat. Well-worth the hype? Try David Frenkel’s recipe and see for yourself!

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Nana Ice Cream Bowls

Ice cream? Sign me up! Similar to an acai bowl, nana ice cream is made with frozen bananas and other fruits and garnished with different toppings like cocoa bits, a drizzle of almond butter and fresh fruit. Light, creamy and delicious, nana ice cream is super easy to make. Take inspiration from Carina of Road to Everywhere for this snack– just don’t burn out your blender in the process!

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Road To Everywhere

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Granola Bars 

Smart snacking in its ultimate form: granola bars. You can buy them in the store, yes, but for a healthy bar without any artificial flavors and sugars, making your own is the way to go. Better yet, you can make big batches and save them for later. If you’ve never made your own before, start off with these hemp protein granola bars.

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Oh She Glows

Tell me… what are some of your favorite post-workout snacks and meals? Share in the comments (don’t be afraid to throw in your own quick recipes)! Happy eating! [separator type=”thin”]

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