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Fitness Trends: The Last 15 Years

Fitness Trends: The Last 15 Years

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The last decade and a half have brought some of the most unique fitness trends to hit the world. Along with weird sports superstitions there are plenty of weird health superstitions and the two feed each- other as athletes are always looking to give the self a better edge. Many of these fads and practices started with athletes and then moved to the mainstream later.

Technology has made a lot of changes to the way we work out and even eat. Here are some of the top fitness fads from the last 15 years:

 

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  1. Low Carb Diets

Carbs got a really bad rap in the 1990s when the Atkins Diet got really popular, but in the 2000s we began taking a more critical look at what actually constituted bad carbs (refined sugar) and good carbs (whole grains, fruit,and vegetables). Now we aren’t kicking carbs to the curb so much as limiting the amounts and where they come from.

 

 

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  1. Exercise Games

Whether it’s Dance Dance Revolution or Wii Fit, the video gaming world has gotten a lot more physical. You can now burn calories while still trying to beat your high score. In the last 15 years, gamers have definitely gotten off the couch.

 

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  1. Fitness Technology

Along with exercise gaming has a new level of tech in the fitness world. Heart rate monitors and pedometers have gotten a huge upgrade with the introduction of devices that track everything from calories burned to sleep cycles. Fitness apps are also all the rage, as simple as interval timers to full-on GPS tracking. As fitness apps and fitness trackers have continued to increase in popularity so have new supplements. Pre-workout supplements are a recent occurrence in the fitness industry, with some of the best pre-workout supplements starting to surface in recent years.

 

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  1. Dancing

The last 15 years have been all about dancing. Dance Dance Revolution is probably one of the most popular fitness games ever created. However, the rise of Zumba can’t be ignored. Seems like everyone was headed to the gym for their Zumba class after work. Dancing with the Stars has also sold their share of fitness DVDs since the show first aired in 2005.

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  1. HIIT

High Intensity Interval Training is incredibly popular, though it often is disguised in fancy workout brands like Beach Body in the Insanity and P90X series. HIIT seems pretty effective and easy to adapt to many ability levels.

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  1. YouTube Fitness Channels

Do the names Cassie Ho, Jessica Smith, or Adrienne Mishler ring any bells? They are some of the hottest YouTube fitness stars of the generation. Amazing to live in an age where you can get famous, make money, and help people achieve their goals, simply by uploading a video of you exercising. It doesn’t matter if you love yoga, aerobics, pilates, or any combination of exercises. There is a fitness channel for you.

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  1. Evolving Fitness Shoes

Remember when the basic tennis shoe was just about your only option? Yeah I don’t either. In the last 15 years, we have seen at least two big trends in fitness footwear. Toning shoes were claimed to give you a work out just by wearing them. They activate more muscles than regular shoes. Now we are all about the barefoot shoes. Some of our fitness shoes today provide little more than a barrier between rocks and your foot while others provide some support but maintain plenty of flexibility.

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  1. Healthy Living

Most of us have memberships to some kind of food/exercise tracking website. We count calories. We know how much carb/protein/fat is in most of what we eat. We can estimate calories burned in most of our workouts. We read food labels. While all of this isn’t paying off in ridding us of the obesity epidemic, at least we are more aware of it now.

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  1. Functional Training

There are plenty of fitness gurus who have started touting the advantages of functional training. The idea here is that training specific muscles isn’t really useful for everyday situations. It is better to train for things you will actually do. If you are a functional trainer, you are more likely to go to the gym to play a game of basketball than to get on the elliptical for an hour.

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  1. Extreme Weight Loss

Reality shows like The Biggest Loser have fueled this fad. People are resorting to extreme diet and fitness programs to get the fat off fast. Crossfit is a favorite exercise class for these individuals as are diets than involve more air and water than actual food. It’s not the safest way to lose weight, but it is certainly popular.

Fads may come and go, but the underlying reason behind these is people just want to look and feel good. There is some definite science behind what we find attractive, and most of it has to do with body shape. Maintaining a good body shape ultimately sends the message of being healthy. And healthy is attractive and ironically…healthy. So whatever fad you choose remember to stick with it and be healthy.

 

About the Author

Paisley Hansen is a part-time freelance writer and a full-time mother.  She specializes in writing on home improvement blogs and when she isn’t writing she loves spending time with the family.  Check her out on Twitter.

 

 

 

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Posted by on Sep 26, 2015 in Health and Wellness, News, Product Reviews | 0 comments

Envisage Renew: Natural Facial Toning

Envisage Renew: Natural Facial Toning

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Envisage Renew

Envisage Rene Envisage Renew: A Natural Toning Device

 

Until recently, I believed that the only way to stimulate collagen was to cause injury to the epidermis. But when I was presented with a sample of the envisage device, I learned that it could stimulate collagen by exercising the facial muscles, just as I would (theoretically) exercise abdominal muscles in the gym. (I say theoretically because it has been a long time since I hit any gym.)

I have tried some invasive and somewhat-invasive anti-aging options: various forms of dermabrasion, acupuncture and filler injections So I was  eager to experience any non-invasive method that promised to work six key areas of the face: forehead lines, saggy eyelids, smile lines, double chin and saggy outer jaw line and neck.

I didn’t have major problems in all these areas, but I was interested in perking up the eyelids and smoothing out the smile lines and those between the brows (the  so-called “Number 11s”). However, since there was bound to be some synergy in the results, I decided I would do all the exercises.

As explained in the instructions and the online videos, the exercises were fairly straightforward. With a commitment of five minutes twice a day I could expect results in about four weeks; with five minutes once a day, results would show in six or eight weeks.  (envisage actually gives a three-month guarantee. If you’re not satisfied with the results, the company will refund your money, minus any shipping charges.)

As I knew I would not sit still to work my face out twice a day, I made a mental commitment to one time.

Unlike the many devices that use micro-currents to stimulate muscles, envisage doesn’t require the use of creams or gels. The battery is quickly and easily rechargeable and the two pads on the device need to be replaced every eight to twelve months.

According to the instructions (there’s also a video on the website), I only needed to spend five minutes doing the exercises. If I did them twice a day, I could expect results in about four weeks. (Envisage offers an impressive three-month trial!)

My commitment was to once a day. So on day one, I began with the Cheek Lifter.  I would have to work this area to see results as the cheek muscles are somewhat weak. As instructed, I squinted, felt the muscle, then tipped the envisage and placed the pads on the cheekbone just below the eyes, pressed the pads into my cheeks and down toward my chin. I pressed the vibration button, raised my cheeks up by squinting my eyes and maintained pressure for 10-15 seconds. I did this 15 times. (As always, the recommendation is for 10-15 times or until muscle fatigue occurs.)

Next, Droop Defeater had me working on my forehead. This had me placing the pads above my eyes over the outside edge of my browline – then pulling my forehead muscles up, as if I had been surprised. Again, as with all the exercises, I held for 10-15 seconds, repeating 10 times. I could really feel the vibration on the first round on this exercise.

For the Jowl Lifter, the pads went below my mouth, on either side of the lip area. For the exercise, I had to lift my lower lip up, toward the tip of my nose. This was easily accomplished by imagining I was sliding my lower up over my upper lip. I found this difficult to repeat for the requisite 15, so I stopped after nine.

There’s a second, similar but more intense, Jowl Lifter for more tightening around the jaw, but as this was not an area of concern, I skipped it.

For the Chin Smoother, I placed the pads under my chin at the bend of my jaw, pressed the vibrator button, opened my mouth and pressed my jaw back against the pads. I definitely felt the muscles tensing around my jaw and neck. First time out, I was only able to do this 10 times.

There were a couple of complementary exercises – for the lips and eyes– that didn’t require the envisage. These were simple, so I did them when I had time.

First time out, it took me considerably longer than five minutes to do the requisite exercises, mainly because it took time to place the envisage correctly. When I became more adept at getting started, I usually finished in under 10 minutes.

I started to see some results after about three weeks. By six weeks, my facial lines had definitely smoothed out considerably and my eyes seemed to open wider. I thought these were great results for something that was non-invasive, chemical free – and which felt so “healthy” to do.

The challenge now is to keep up maintenance faithfully, just as I would at a (theoretical) gym. As the envisage does not require any travel, I’m confident I’ll be able to do it.

Envisage is priced at just under $150, though Amazon often runs special promotions that offer considerable savings. For more information, check the website or call  855-924-4343

 

Before using Envisage

Before using Envisage

 

After using Envisage

After using Envisage

 

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Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Health and Wellness, News, Resort and Hotel Spas, Tips | 0 comments

Yoga with a View

Yoga with a View

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Yoga with a iew; Celebrate National Yoga Month in September

While there is no shortage of great yoga studios where you can celebrate National Yoga Month, there aren’t many where you can do your poses while enjoying gorgeous views.

Yoga aboard the Spirit of New York

Yoga aboard the Spirit of New York

I love the idea of sun salutations at sea, especially around the island of Manhattan. Spirit of New York’s Yoga on the Water Cruise will keep New Yorkers in a Namaste state-of-mind. Classes are taught by Rae Broderick from NYC’s prominent Strala yoga studio founded by Tara Stiles, and Athleta provides yoga mats and special gift bags. After everyone perfects their downward dog on the outdoor deck, attendees can enjoy a light meal and a chance to take in views of the Manhattan skyline.

The W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island located eight miles off the coast of Puerto Rico, recently launched ENERGIZE by Tara Stiles. Offering exclusive access to a three- or five-day customized escape, the retreat features onsite experiences by renowned influencer, Tara Stiles and/or trained Strala Guides, twice daily yoga sessions on Paradise Edge cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at sunrise and sunset, nature escapes, made-to-order spa treatments and cooking classes.

Sandos Caracol Eco Experience Resort, in Riviera Maya, Mexico, welcomes guests to let the beauty of nature awaken their senses while practicing yoga in a harmonious setting within the Mayan Jungle. The classes are included in the property’s all-inclusive experience and take place on a natural wooden deck surrounded by the jungle and crystal-clear cenotes.

Hilton Hawaiian Village, Waikiki’s only beachfront resort, features a multitude of outdoor yoga activities. Offering views of the Pacific Ocean and Diamond Head Crater, guests can try their hand at SUP (stand-up paddle board) yoga at the world-famous Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon. The five-acre lagoon is named after Hawaii’s legendary Ambassador of Aloha, surfer and Olympic swimming champion Duke Kahanamoku.

Offered by The Finger Lakes Cider House once per season, farmscape yoga presents the opportunity to experience an organic farm and cidery in the heart of the Finger Lakes. The workshop explores the connection between the body-mind and farm’s ecology.

At five-star Acqualina Resort & Spa in Miami, YOGiiZa’s team of seasoned yoginis and wellness gurus provide a wide array of personalized health and fitness programs, including yoga sessions and health and wellness coaching against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean.

The waterfront oasis that is Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina offers beachside yoga with breathtaking marina views. Guests with advanced yoga skills are welcome to take their practice to the water while beginners receive instruction on land. Yoga mats, props and a complimentary Zico Coconut Water are provided to all participants.

 

 

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Posted by on Sep 16, 2015 in Health and Wellness, News, Tips | 0 comments

Salt Cave Open in East Hampton

Salt Cave Open in East Hampton

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New Salt Cave Opens in East Hampton, unique spa treatment

Dr. Margaret Smiechowski has announced the opening of Montauk Salt Cave. People in Montauk and the greater East Hampton area area now have the opportunity to visit this state of the art, high-end salt cave to help alleviate numerous ailments.

     “I am so thrilled to have designed this beautiful cave with the Coppolas and to bring Halotherapy to the Hamptons,” says Smiechowski. “Salt Caves are growing in popularity and Halotherapy is proven to be a dependable alternative for natural healing. I am honored to have assisted in designing it.”

     Montauk Salt Cave is owned by Peter and Shannon Coppola, a husband and wife team that decided to open this cave after learning about the benefits of Himalayan salt for their 4-year old son, Oliver.

     “Our son has battled with breathing issues since he was born. He had his adenoids removed, and has always been medicated for asthma and allergies,” Shannon Coppola says. “On December 15, 2014, we took him for a session of salt therapy in New Jersey. Since then, he has not coughed once and he is finally sleeping through the night.”

     After the Coppolas saw the dramatic and permanent benefits Halotherapy had on their sick son’s quality of life, they contacted Dr. Smiechowski, North America’s foremost expert on salt caves, to learn how to create their own salt cave. Dr. Smiechowski has extensive education and experience in both traditional and complementary medicine. She has worked tirelessly for over two decades to spread the concept of salt caves and Halotherapy in the U.S. Additionally, she has a successful track record of creating numerous, simulated salt caves, from Colorado to Vermont.

     “Working with Margaret on this project has been one of the most beautiful experiences of our lives. We are eternally grateful for her expertise and cannot wait to help people here at Montauk Salt Cave,” Shannon says.

      The Montauk Cave has pink, Himalayan salt from Pakistan. The cave is temperature controlled to maintain the anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties of the salt. Additionally, this cave contains a salt fireplace, a sculpted ceiling, calming music, and special lighting, which promote maximum relaxation for patrons. One session of Halotherapy costs forty dollars and is for forty-five minutes. It is opened year round and perfectly situated at 552 W Lake Dr, Montauk, NY 11954.

     For more information about Montauk Salt Cave, call (631) 668-7258. To learn more about how you can experience the benefits of Halotherapy and create your own salt cave, visit the website  or email Dr. Smiechowski at: dr.margaret@saltcavebuilder.com.

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Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Health and Wellness, News, Resort and Hotel Spas | 0 comments

Self Discovery Adventure at Cape Rey’s Wellness Retreat

Self Discovery Adventure at Cape Rey’s Wellness Retreat

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Wellness retreat at Cape Rey

Wellness retreat at Cape Rey

Embark on an adventure of self-discovery at Cape Rey’s Inaugural Wellness Retreat, September 25-27; 

Resort offers a stunning beachfront setting for self-care weekend in partnership with PKNY Health

Feeling balanced and beautiful from the inside out is the focus of the latest adventure from Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort. The resort’s first signature Cape Rey Wellness Weekend entitled “Reset, Revive and Thrive” will take place Fri., Sept. 25 through Sun., Sept. 27 and focus on self care through food, movement, meditation and other activities.

“To be our best selves, we all need to take time out and look internally once in a while,” says Jeannette Handson, spa director at the hotel’s Ocean Crest Spa. “This wellness weekend encourages guests to pause and embark on a journey of self-discovery. We want participants to step back into their daily lives wholly reinvigorated.”

Cape Rey’s Ocean Crest Spa has partnered with PKNY Health to offer guests a weekend of resort-style renewal. Refreshing and inspiring yoga sessions, meditation and expert-led self-care workshops pair with a healing food lecture, delicious meals and healthy snacks to encourage wellbeing. Through healing movement, relaxing massage, sublime solitude and thoughtful self-exploration, guests will leave feeling nourished, balanced and revitalized.

Highlights of the weekend include

Radical Self Care Workshop: Led by Pegah Kadkhodaian, PKNY Health co-founder and a professional integrative nutrition and transformation coach who has studied under renowned experts like Deepak Chopra, this powerful session explores what self care really is and encourages participants to set a powerful intention for their lives.

Mediation by Music: Indian world music fusion and sound meditation artists Nadaka and Gopika perform a concert of meditative music and chants to uplift and awaken the soul.

High-Intensity Body Weight Resistance Circuit Class:  Kadkhodaian leads a high-intensity series of interval circuits combining body weight strength training and cardio. The class explores an awesome balance of strength, cardio and flexibility set to fun music.

Healing with Food: In this workshop, guests will be introduced to how food can directly affect the body and how to incorporate more fresh foods into their everyday diet. The session will cover how food can create harmful inflammation and how to eat for health and healing.

Graced by Grit Trunk Show: Based in neighboring Solana Beach, Grace by Grit is a growing active wear label offering fresh, flattering athletic apparel that can go from workout to workplace.

Reservations for “Reset, Revive and Thrive” can be made directly through Ocean Crest Spa at 760.683.5555 or info@oceancrestspa.com.

Participants are not required to stay at the hotel. Rates start at $425 per person for day access to all events, $875 per person for day access and overnight accommodations (based on single occupancy guestroom) and $1,299 for day access and overnight accommodations for two (based on double occupancy guestroom). Pricing includes parking and a special gift for attendees.

For more information or to book a reservation, visit www.CapeRey.com/spa/wellnessweekend.

About Ocean Crest Spa

Inspired by the healing powers of the sea, the Ocean Crest Spa offers an environmentally sensitive spa experience and features exceptionally pure, naturally-sourced products. The intimate 5,600 sq. ft. spa features seven private treatment rooms including a spacious couple’s suite with tub and private outdoor area for the perfect romantic retreat. The spa also offers men’s and women’s locker areas and indoor/outdoor relaxation lounges. Guests can choose from an array of massages, facials, body treatments and facials. Visit the website for more information.

About Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort

Located along the sunny San Diego coast directly across from Carlsbad State Beach, the 215-room Cape Rey boasts a modern, California Craftsman-style design with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Opened in June 2012, this North San Diego luxury hotel was honored with the AAA Four Diamond distinction in 2013. Guests of Cape Rey enjoy the best of the beach communities’ lifestyle. On property amenities include the sea-inspired Ocean Crest Spa, an expansive, ocean view swimming pool and Chandler’s Restaurant & Lounge, a stylish restaurant where guests can enjoy fresh, regional cuisine and stunning views. The perfect basecamp for exploring Southern California, Cape Rey provides easy access to the beaches, parks, shopping and dining in Carlsbad, Leucadia, Encinitas and Oceanside. Just 30 minutes north of San Diego, Cape Rey is minutes away from LEGOLAND California, Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Disneyland California and a variety of other fun attractions. Visit www.CapeRey.com for more information.

 

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Posted by on Aug 15, 2015 in Bargains, Health and Wellness, News, Resort and Hotel Spas | 0 comments

South Florida Spa Month Savings Debuts in Key West

South Florida Spa Month Savings Debuts in Key West

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Spa at Pier House

Spa at Pier House

South Florida Spa Month Savings Debuts in Key West

For the first time, the Duval Collection has introduced the South Florida Summer Spa Months to Key West.  To celebrate this time of the year, Top Spa at La Concha Key West and The Spa at Pier House Resort are featuring a special offer for locals and off-season visitors in August and September:

 Classic Massage: Escape and truly relax with a customized massage designed specifically for your needs, combining various massage techniques to accommodate your lifestyle. 50 minute treatment.

 Top Spa at the La Concha – $99 (includes suite) – normally $150  

The Spa at Pier House – $109 – normally $130

Below are details on each spa.

Situated on the top floor of the iconic La Concha Hotel, Top Spa offers breathtaking panoramic views of Key West and its surrounding waters from the highest point in the city.   Surrounded by floor to ceiling windows, guests indulge and relax in their very own private treatment suite designed with a private balcony, personal shower, 55″ flat screen TV, iPod docking station and a mini-fridge stocked with bottled water and fresh juices.

Truly a Key West treasure, The Spa at the Pier House Resort is the island’s only full-service spa experience.  The perfect place to slow down, indulge and pamper, the Spa features a salon, relaxation lounge, locker facilities, steam room and whirlpool.

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