Winter Workouts

Winter is no time to take a break from your daily exercises.  Cold weather often keeps people indoors and on their couch in front of their TV.  As a result, the average individual exercises a lot less as the temperatures drop.  When snow and ice inhibit safe traveling, going to the gym is often ruled out.  Finding alternative exercises to do to maintain  your healthy figure can be tasking.

Home gyms will give you a much greater advantage to staying fit than an individual that relies on a public gym.  Having treadmills or ellipticals in your house will likely give you an advantage over someone who tends to jog throughout the neighborhood as their workout will be scuttled by slick and dangerous terrain.  So, if you are someone who does not own fitness equipment and are having trouble getting to a public gym or following through with your routine exercises that are inhibited because of winter weather conditions, here are a few ideas you can take advantage of to make sure that you’ll be ready to hit the beach when the warm weather breaks.

Push Ups / Sit Ups

Calisthenic exercises provide extraordinary strength benefits to the areas they target.  If an individual did nothing else besides daily push ups and sit ups, they would notice considerable differences between how they look and feel when they are doing them regularly and when they are not doing them regularly. While push ups can get your arms cut up, sit ups can give you rock hard abs.  The key is to continually increase the difficulty of them as you progress over time.  Add a weight on your back or switch the configuration of your stance when doing push ups in order to make the workout more difficult and keep the muscles guessing.  Hold a weight over your chest when performing sit ups to achieve the same added resistance.  There are also various sit up configurations that should be mixed up into the routine to target different sections of the abdomen.

Cross Country Skiing

Brrrrr it’s cold outside… perfect!  Snow gives us great entertainment and an amazing workout routine through the use of ski’s.  While downhill skiing can be considered by most to be more fun, it doesn’t provide as much fitness benefit as cross country skiing and actually puts heavy stress on your knees when tackling moguls.  Cross country skiing takes place at a much more relaxed pace, but definitely provides an invaluable challenge on the lower half of your body. The constant movement of your legs back and forth, the pushing that consistently is required to establish rhythm provide enormous work on your legs that can shape them athletically over time.  Due to the heavy involvement of your arms in order to pull and push (propel) yourself forward, cross country skiing provides a considerably well rounded workout.  If you are worried about the cold weather, don’t be.  Cross country skiing will have you working out so hard that you will likely be looking to shed layers from all of the sweat.  Just be sure not to because when you stop you could wind up catching a real cold during the cool down process if you are not properly dressed.

Build a Snowman

Actually, build a snow “family”.  The best type of snow to build a snowman is packing snow.  It’s wet and heavy and rolling it is tasking.  Rolling a small snowball all around the yard into a suitable snowman bottom, midsection or head can be tiring.  The same fatigue you feel is the same fatigue that your muscle feel as you push them to the limits.  Building a few of them will have you pushing and lifting enough to feed your muscles their fill for the day.  Make it a family and friends event and you’ll be exercising, feeling good and having fun all at the same time.  Not only will your physical health be better off, but so will your mental health.

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New Gap Ads Show That Maybe Not Everyone Should Wear Shorts

A few posts back we talked about one of the biggest debates of the summer style season, which was whether or not to wear shorts. We talked about how you have to take into account certain “qualifications” in order to wear them such as wearing the right type of shorts and if you can personally pull off their style and look. Now as some new Gap ads show that ideology isn’t completely incorrect.

Gap Pants Ad

Gap Pants Ad

Some new window Gap ads scream to the public walking by to “PUT SOME PANTS ON!” Now this is humorous take on coming in and buying some nice pants, but underneath in much smaller lettering are the words “Because we can’t all look good in shorts” showing that shorts shouldn’t (and sometimes can’t be) worn by everyone. Yet, that being said these new window adds are causing a bit of controversy and a bit of a stir because many are saying they’re offensive and making fun of people’s body type, but this blogger doesn’t think so. These ads are just speaking a truth; a truth that was brought up on this blog a few weeks ago and that is that sure anyone can wear shorts, but maybe not everyone should.

Retrosuperfutures – Protection & Style

Sunglasses aren’t just a summer time style anymore. In fact, they’re not even really an outdoor, during-the-daytime style anymore either. Sunglasses have taken on their own personality and have become something much more than glasses that protect you from the harsh rays of sunlight. Sunglasses are now an accessory that fit to nearly any style and can actually define the outfit.

Retrosuperfutures

Take for example, the above sunglasses, which are Retrosuperfuture, a brand handmade in Italy that has caught on with celebrities like Kanye West. Now they may look like normal Ray Bans that your average Blues Brother would wear but they’re much more than that in both style and price. Retrosuperfuture may have a kooky name but they are quality glasses that use Zeiss lenses, which help to protect the eyes from the sun even at a greater degree than most sunglasses. However, if you’re buying these expensive glasses at around $120 then you understand they have style to make you stand out in both retro and future crowds.

Sure, wearing sunglasses indoors can make you look silly, but the times are changing and now sunglasses can be worn at almost anyplace at anytime if you do it correctly.  It’s also important to remember that if you’re wearing them when the sun isn’t out it’s because your fashion future is bright, even if the day isn’t.

Women’s Swimsuits: From Bikinis to One Pieces

Last time, we talked about the stylish looks of men’s swimwear for the upcoming summer but as much as it’s important for guys to look good on the beach, or in the backyard pool, it doesn’t hold a candle to the selection and style choice that women have when it comes to swimsuits. The choices are endless even though, just like men, the types boil down to two distinct choices: bikinis and one pieces. However, this is where the variety comes in because these two swimwear choices can go into many different areas and styles, so it’s important that when picking one out that you pick the one that fits your personality and style the best.

Bikinis are great and can really show off how much style and confidence you have. This summer is a great time to show off a nice looking bikini with trending colors being bright and eclectic. There’s not one color that rules over the rest of them so go crazy and find one that works best with your skin tone. Dark colors are a thing of the past so instead of dark colors go with one that that it is electric and bursting with Technicolor and works for you. However, if you are going for a slimmer look, dark colors like black and grey are always a plus and the way to go.

As for one pieces they are making a comeback and really striking at the heart of what kind of style a swimsuit can have. One pieces this summer are following, in terms of design, graphic prints, shapes, and stripes. Also, a lot of them are actually going retro by going back to the design of yesteryear, which makes you stand out from the crowd even though you’re wearing something from the past! A bikini can sometimes be a little too much, so it’s good to know that one pieces are always a fashionable plan B.

Swimwear for women have the capability to turn heads on the beach or near the pool, so make sure whichever one you pick fits you well and shows off the confidence and style you believe in.

Men’s Swimsuits Fashion: From Board Shorts To Speedos

The summer season is also the swimming season and with that it’s important to look stylish if you’re above or below the water. For women, the choices are much wider and really speak to the personality of the woman wearing the swimsuit (as we’ll talk about in our next post). Yet, for men the choice of what type of swimsuit fashion statement you want to make really comes down to two distinctly different choices: knee-long, board shorts/swim trunks or a Speedo. This may seem like an easy choice for most men (most men can’t pull off a Speedo or at-least shouldn’t try to…), but Speedos are making a little bit of a comeback and their presence on the beach should really be taken into the equation.

Let’s first speak about board short swim trucks. These types of swimsuits for men are really great and can even be worn away from the beach and the pool, but they do have their limits. Board shorts that are too long, covered with designs of flowers, or worn by the wrong age group can make someone stand out worse than being in a Speedo. However, that doesn’t mean there are not other options like some swim/board shorts that go great with a nice linen shirt. The selection is endless and it’s best to pick one that matches you well.

Now on to the Speedo swimsuit choice. Speedos are making a popular comeback on beaches around the country and are doing so because they come with a certain aura of bravery, and with the right body, style. If you’re wearing a Speedo that most likely means you have a healthy dose of confidence or a healthy body. This is attractive, but then again it’s important to make sure that your confidence meets reality and that you’re body can pull off a Speedo. If not, it’s best to leave the smallest of male swimsuits to the imagination and home in your closet.

Come back next time for a review of female swimwear for the upcoming summer season!

Flip Flopping on Flip-Flops

The summer season is a hot one and with that comes the attempt to look stylish while staying cool and comfortable. We’ve already gone over when it’s the right time to wear shorts during the summertime, but what about the feet? The feet are one of the warmest and most uncomfortable places on the body during the Dog Days of Summer, so it’s best to come up with an option to make them comfortable and look nice. Shoes and socks are great during the winter when they keep your feet warm, but during the summer it’s sometimes best to ditch the sweaty socks for the better and literally cooler option of sandals. Yet sandals, especially flip-flops, can sometimes be a fashion faux pas, so when is it okay to wear them?

Most will say that if there’s not sand or a beach involved it’s probably best to leave the flip-flops at home. Others say they’re in fashion, but only in certain settings. Flip-flops, or sandals in general are best left when hanging out with friends or taking part in activities that aren’t considered to be professional. Simply put, if you’re going to work in an office or going to a formal event it’s probably best to think long and hard before throwing a pair on. However, flip flops are comfortable and very well liked during the hot summer days, so if you’re going to wear them there’s a few rules you should follow before you show your toes to the world.

First things first, make sure you have the feet to pull off wearing sandals to begin with. Ugly feet and toes that aren’t pedicured can be an immediate no-no when it comes to wearing sandals. Also make sure the sandals themselves match the event you’re going to. Plastic, floatable flip-flops may be great for going to the beach, but invest in a nice pair of high brand sandals if you’re going someplace that demands style.

Summertime is a great season for style and it’s also a great time to wear basically whatever you want. However, if you’re going to wear flip-flops or sandals make sure that you don’t flip flop with the fashion rules to wear them.

Fashion Tips For Mom On Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day tomorrow, it’s important to celebrate all the great things Mom does for you. Usually Mother’s Day is celebrated by taking Mom out to a big dinner and helping her to relax and enjoy herself on her day. It’s also a day in which you let Mom realize just how much she means to you and how much you love her. A great way to do this is to make her realize how beautiful and amazing she is by showing her some of the fashion trends that can make her look stylish, smart, and even younger.

One trend that can work for Mom is a t-shirt and jeans. Considering that Mother’s Day happens right in the heart of spring what better for Mom to do on Mother’s Day than to relax in a nice comfortable pair of jeans and t-shirt. V-necks are the best fit for Mom and help her to look young and ready to party. Vibrant colors are key, but standard white helps Mom get ready for a fun day of activities.

Everyone fits in a nice pair of jeans, so having a pair of long blue jeans to wear will make Mom fit into the crowd rather than stand out. Lean jeans help mom show off her figure giving her confidence to know that she still has it even if she’s getting up there in age. Beige, grey, and washed brown work also to make Mom comfortable and stylish.

However, May can be a fickle month and a jacket may be needed to keep her warm. With so many jackets to pick from what is the best to get? Well, fashion tells us that a nice leather jacket will keep her warm if Mother’s Day comes with an extra chill. This will make her look smart, adventurous and cut years off of her look. Not to mention, a nice leather jacket works great with the jeans and shirt combo.

So for this Mother’s Day give Mom the gift of fashion and she’ll feel younger, happier, and in style on a day in which it’s important for her to feel all of those things.

*Disclaimer – If the Jeans, T-shirt, leather jacket statement doesn’t work for your mom, feel free to go with a light spring dress.  If you don’t know her size, socks are always a safe bet. 🙂