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Activewear Underwear What It Is And Why You Need It

Activewear Underwear What It Is And Why You Need It

Activewear has been some of my favourite clothing for as long as I can remember. They stretch they breathe, they look good. They are functional as well as stylish. I’ve always loved it, but I only recently started using it for its intended purpose. With my new found love for actually being active, I realized there is a whole level of activewear I had never noticed; yet is so very important. Activewear underwear. I’m not talking about the ever-popular sports bra. No, I am talking about actual activewear underwear.

This was a bit of a learning curve for me. I mean underwear is underwear right. You have those special “date night” ones, but working doesn’t need any special treatment. Boy, was I wrong. Nobody wants to bunch up fabric riding up your back, midway through a run. Or worse yet, odour from trapped moisture. Activewear underwear is here to help solve both those potential issues.

Choosing Activewear Underwear

When looking for activewear underwear, choose a pair with sweat-wicking fabric. Just like the rest of your activewear, it eliminates moisture quickly so you can stay dry even when you’re working up a real sweat. This won’t just make your workout more comfortable, it will also keep your underwear from becoming a breeding ground for bacteria. – Which sounds like a recipe for disaster – Add in the order eliminating technology that goes hand in hand with any activewear and you’re on the path to a winner. Activewear underwear generally doesn’t come in fabrics that aren’t, workout-friendly fabrics, but just in case steer clear of cotton, silk and lace because they’re not very breathable.

Making sure your activewear underwear is sized properly is another important step to consider. The tighter it is, the more it’s going to uphold against you and potentially trap moisture, bacteria, and sweat that can lead to that bacteria growth we were talking about earlier.”  If, when you put it on, you fee feel restricted, or you see indentation lines in the skin, they’re probably too small.

Just like regular underwear, activewear underwear comes in all the cuts. Yes, even thongs. So, depending on what sort of activity you’re doing there may one or another that works better for you.  Whether you’re a fan of thongs or boyshorts, you’re looking for something that hugs your body enough to stay in place without riding or bunching. I generally spend FAR to much time worrying about panty lines with my leggings so I steer towards thongs, however, when running they can rub in all the wrong places.

Deciding what type of activewear underwear you prefer may take some trial and error. Every woman is shaped differently and has different style and preferences. So try a few brands, sizes, cuts, and fabrics. Not that you needed an excuse to go shopping. Right?

Do you have a favourite activewear underwear?

Activewear Underwear What It Is And Why You Need It
Activewear Underwear What It Is And Why You Need It
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What You’ll Experience When You Take a HITT Class

What You’ll Experience When You Take a HITT Class

In January a local trainer was having a promotion for their HITT Class. 6 classes for $6. This gave me the opportunity to give this HITT thing a try, while also having my first experience in a group fitness setting.  The classes had to be used within a certain time period, meaning I would miss a week because of my trip to Maui, but it was still an awesome deal that I couldn’t pass up.

What is HITT Training?

HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, is a training technique in which you give all-out, one hundred percent effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short, sometimes active, recovery periods. The idea being that your heart rate is kept up, and you burn more fat in less time. It then creates an afterburn effect, where you continue to burn calories, and fat, long after your workout is complete.

The Class

My first day of class, my anxiety tried to convince me not to go. I generally work out alone, with headphones, and in my own world. But I made it there. After filling out some quick paperwork I took a look around. I could see 4 stations set up. Each for a different type of exercise, working different body parts and muscle groups.

The instructor introduced herself and she was friendly and FULL of energy. If I had to make a comparison, I would like her to my 7-year-old, after he drank a Redbull (hypothetically speaking of course). She started off with a light warm-up, jogging in place, then worked in some punches, and jumping jacks to get the blood moving. After this, she demonstrated each of the exercises. Then it was our turn.

For the next 30 minutes, we worked through each of the different exercises. They were all easily adaptable for anyone who couldn’t do a certain move because of injury or whatever the case may be. We did each exercise for 45 seconds, moved on to the next, and repeated each twice. Following the final rotation, we took a quick water break while we learned the next ones. Repeating this process until we had completed all the exercises. Afterwards, we did a cool down with some stretching.

First Impression

I left the class feeling a little disappointed. I had heard that this was going to be one of the most intense workouts I had ever had, and while I was sweating I didn’t feel like I had gotten everything I could have out of it. So, even I returned, I vowed to push myself harder.

The second class was set up identically, because obviously this is what HITT is, and so I tackled it with everything I had in me. This time when I left the class I left feeling satisfied. I had actually gotten what I wanted out of this class. The next day I was a sore. My muscle groups had received a good workout during the class and I finally felt like I got what I had expected.

My takeaway

Overall, for my first class setting, I walked away satisfied. I am not ready to commit to a class long term but I learned a lot of different exercises for different muscle groups and have started I have implemented HITT into more of my regular workouts during the week.

Should you take a HITT class?

If you’re looking for a class setting to get a good workout, that doesn’t involve a bike, then yes. Like any other workout, you’re going to get out of it what you put into it. The harder you work, the more results you will see. All the exercises are easily adapted to any body type and fitness levels.

 

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Four Reasons Why TeeBall Was Good For My Son

Four Reasons Why TeeBall Was Good For My Son

When I was growing up we didn’t do sports. I remember swimming lessons, a year of gymnastics, and my brothers played a bit of hockey or football. My husband was much the same, a little bit but nothing to carry forward, and nothing to encourage him to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. We are, determined that would not be the case with our own children. So when Levi was three we registered him into soccer, the only sport available for that age. He loved it for the first year, after that he quickly lost interest. At that point, we put him in TeeBall.

TeeBall was the way to this boys heart. From the very first time he hit the ball off the tee, he was sold. There was no looking back. All winter he checks to see if the snow has melted;  because he knows that when spring comes baseball starts again.

It is March, which means spring is technically right around the corner. I say technically because where I live the snow often falls well into May. However, spring brings baseball to this household. Levi is obsessed, much like Hunter love of hockey.

Levi has now finished two years of TeeBall and has now moved on to the next level of the league, known as Rookie. While I am not sure what the coaching or skill level difference there will be between the two here is what we loved about TeeBall.

TEAM ENVIRONMENT

Working together to achieve a common goal is a lifelong skill that everyone needs to have. While at the TeeBall there is no score keeping it is still a team sport. They work together, and there is the “no man left behind” spirit when they make sure everyone gets a chance at each position.

LEARNING THE BASICS

They are going to learn how to play the game regardless of what age they start playing. But, in TeeBall they learn how to hit a ball without it flying at their face. Fear of getting hit in the face is exactly why I still flinch and often cower when a ball is flying my direction. – I probably look ridiculous flinching every time the ball even comes in the general direction of the stands – Towards the end of his second year, they started to try it without the tee, which will be an advantage in the next season.

The very first time Levi hit the ball off the tee he didn’t have a clue what to do, when he finally started running he brought the bat with him. This was a similar story for nearly every kid on his team. By the end of the season, you would never know they were the same kids, their skill level and knowledge had increased so much.

TEEBALL TOURNAMENT

We have one local minor ball tournament a year. Each team plays the other local teams in the same division. It is one jam-packed baseball filled day. They don’t keep score in our local TeeBall league but that doesn’t stop the fun. It gives them a great idea of what to expect when they move on to the next divisions where they do keep score. At the end of the tournament, they hand out medals to all the teams. I am not a huge fan of “participation medals.” I am, however, a huge fan of anything to keeps kids interested. As they don’t keep score the kids play hard all day and they earn their medals in the most basic of ways.

More on my views of participation medals coming soon!

Last but the most important:

ENJOYMENT

If you can find a sport or activity that your kids love you will not have to fight with them to participate.  It took two years before we found TeeBall. When we did it was clear that it was a sport he wanted to play year after year. When it comes to practice he is waiting at the door ready to go.  That being said if the time comes in which he wants to try something else he will absolutely be given the chance.

At the end of the day, the only thing I really care about is that my children are happy. Baseball makes him happy and is one of the few things that can him smile like this:

What age did you put your kids into organized sports?

 

Four Reasons Why TeeBall Was Good For My Son
four reasons to sign your child up for teeball

 

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March Fitness Goals – February Reset

March Fitness Goals – February Reset

March. I want to blame the fact that February is a short month as the reason it seemed to fly by. But realistically, February was a month plagued by illness and migraines. With those, my fitness goals fell by the wayside. I was incredible for the first two weeks, followed by two weeks of about nothing. So I think we can all safely say I failed in my February achieving my February goals. However, I will not let this discourage me, as my February goals have now become my March Fitness Goals, with a slight edit.

If you’re looking for lifestyle goals, they can be found here.

Refocus on Fitness

If you read the beginning of this post, or even last months goal, you will know that this is, word for word what I set at my February goals. But, as I view goals as a “living thing” constantly growing and changing my March fitness goals are the same.

In February I said I just didn’t have to motivation to get back into the gym after vacation. In March, while it has a different cause, the end result is the same. I don’t want to do it. Not because I don’t want to be dit and health, but because I am a lazy person. My want is rarely overpowered by my drive.

Everyone has goals that they do not achieve. They point is to not get discouraged by them. reevaluate and reset your goals. Which is exactly what I did when I set my March fitness goals.

What are your fitness goals for the month? Or, if you have already made them, what are your fitness goals for the year?

 

March Fitness Goals
March Fitness Goals
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February Fitness Goals

February Fitness Goals

Well, here we are, welcome to February. Were you one of those people that let their fitness goals slip away just a few weeks into January? If you were you aren’t alone. That doesn’t mean all hope is lost. February is a new month. This gives you the opportunity to re-evaluate, refocus, and adjust as necessary. Let us check in with last months goals.

 

If you’re looking for lifestyle goals, they can be found here.

January I had one goal.

Stay Active While on Vacation

I will give myself a passing grade on this, but definitely not an A.

During my week in Maui I had hoped to get a bunch of swimming, hiking, walking, and hopefully trying some paddleboarding. I did get TONS of walking in. More than doubled my average daily steps so that was a win. I also did a little but if hiking, not as much as I had wanted, but with the hiking, I also got to try some scrambling. Scrambling opened up a whole new world for me one that I hope to explore a little more in these coming months. I didn’t do any running or try any paddle boarding. BUT, I got a whole lot of recharge time and I most definitely needed that. I did get myself back into the gym after coming home so I there was a mark in the win column for that.

Refocus on Fitness

As much as stayed active during holidays, and I found my way back to the gym right after my holidays were over it wasn’t easy. After a week of relaxing and recharging, fitness wasn’t high on my priority list anymore. I want to continue relaxing and recharging. My HITT Class I took wrapped up (keep an eye out for that post as well) and I just don’t have to motivation to get back into it as much as I did before. Maybe it is because I don’t have a beach vacation in the foreseeable future to motivate me. It doesn’t matter the reason, we will refocus on our fitness together.

January is a promising time for most people, with their newfound dedication to fitness, or whatever their goals end up being. But it is also an overwhelming time when so many people are in the gym. Now that it has started to die down you can get in there, get on the machines and the equipment that you are comfortable with and refocus on your goals without being overwhelmed.

In February I will get back on track. I will get to the gym at least 4 times a week and hit my step goal daily. It is a short month, and I can hit my goals harder for March.

What are your fitness goals for the month? Or, if you have already made them, what are your fitness goals for the year?

 

February fitness goals
February fitness goals
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January Fitness Goals

January Fitness Goals

New year, new you. Isn’t that the age-old adage? January brings a fresh group of people to the gym with a focus on their resolutions to get fit or lose some weight. People always seem to use new years as the time to set their fitness goals.  As the year goes on more and more of these people seem to drift away, until you are left with the dedicated people, most of whom have been doing this for years, with a few newbies with a fresh new dedication to their life.

I am the latter.

I have learned the key over the years to keep your resolutions and meeting your goals, fitness or otherwise. Start off small. There are not many things that are a fulfilling as hitting a goal. Just like crossing something off a list, or checking of something off the to-do list. Satisfying.

If you’re looking for lifestyle goals, they can be found here.

January I have one goal.

Stay Active While on Vacation

Lucky (for more than one reason) for me I am going to Maui. Hawaii has to be one of the most active places on this planet. Surfing. Yoga. Paddleboarding. Hiking. Swimming. I actually don’t anticipate a whole lot of problem with this one. However, vacation is one of those times where mentally, and often physically, you don’t want to do anything. You are there to relax.

My goal is to stay active and try to find new ways to do that. Maybe I give paddleboarding a try. Maybe I will find my love for swimming again. I definitely will be taking a run on the beach that everyone is always raving about. I have my eye on a few hikes and plenty of walking. I’m sure that with every word I type my husbands dream of a nice relaxing beach vacation drift further and further away.

 

January is a promising time for most people, with their newfound dedication to fitness, or whatever their goals end up being. Start with a small goal, and together in February we will grow from there. What are your fitness goals for the month? Or, if you have already made them, what are your fitness goals for the year?

JANUARY FITNESS GOALS
SET YOUR JANUARY FITNESS GOALS
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Learning to Skate

Learning to Skate

The fact that I have never really enjoyed watching a hockey game makes me a pretty bad Canadian. Add to it that I never learned how to skate makes me the worst Canadian.

I can count the number of times I went skating as a child on one hand. Most of them were part of a gym class so they were mandatory. When I took my skates off in the n10th grade I never put them back on again, and the one time I considered learning I fell down a flight of stairs and took that as a sign. My skills we always lacking, and my stopping skills were non-existent.

10 years after I hung up my skates, I was faced with a 2-year-old who desperately wanted to skate. But because he was so young, I was able to skate by – haha See what I did there – with just my shoes while he was learning. By this time last year, it became clear that I needed to learn how to skate.

Lucky for me Santa left a brand new pair of figure skates with my name on it last year. – Can you hear the eye roll? – so, off to the rink we went.

Now, I won’t say I’m a great skater, yet, but I am getting better every time. Just like Hunter who can literally skate circles around me. I can confidently go from one end of the ice to the other, and I have almost figured out how to stop properly. I took Hunters skating lessons and applied them to myself.

Here’s what worked for me:

Walk like a penguin – You’re going to look ridiculous, BUT, it helps you keep your balance while still learning how to place your feet. Put your heels together and walk exactly like a penguin would.

Keep your hands and arms out – Just like a tightrope walker uses a pole to keep their centre of gravity, use your arms to keep yours.

Keep by the boards – This will, at least at first, act like a security blanket. If you start to lose your balance you can grab on to them.

Stay near the way off – Skating is hard; Especially at first. There is nothing worse than having sore feet and legs and then realizing you have to go all the way back to the other end, of what seems like an Olympic sized, arena before you can get off.

1,2,3, glide – Take 3 quick steps and then glide. Soon you’ll be able to reduce that to 1,2 glide then 1, glide and then with enough time glide,

Make Snow – stand in one spot and push outwards with your skate, scraping the top layer off the ice. This is the basic premise for stopping. Eventually, you will be able to incorporate this into movement and stop.

WEAR A HELMET – I can not stress this enough, and I really should practice what I preach, but that ice is hard. One good fall could be disastrous.

If you have a choice, I suggest learning as a child when your body recovers fast and you don’t hurt so much. But, if like me, you are ready to learn now I hope these help. While I probably won’t ever skate as well as my avid hockey player of a son, I can at least hold my own now.

How old were you when you learned to skate?

 

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