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    SweatyBands — Fitness

    Run this BEE-tch!

    Fall is finally here, and we couldn’t be more excited! #SweaterWeather, crunchy leaves, pumpkin everything, but most importantly it's race season! #ItsFallYall For the second year in a row, we are “The Official Headband of the Queen Bee”. If you register for the half-marathon, you will be receiving an exclusive branded Queen Bee half marathon Sweaty Band! Talk about motivation to run a Half-Marathon! We will be at the expo all day Friday Oct. 9th for anyone who would like to stop by! Speaking of the Queen Bee, one of our own Queen B's, Brittany Besl, is running! It will be her first Half Marathon, and she’s here to tell us a little more about how her experience has been leading up to the Queen Bee!

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    Hi there! I’m Brittany Besl, Sweaty Bands Social Media Manager and Business Development Representative. I've always seen running as a sport where only the best of the best competed. They had to have long lean legs, a killer physique, and well didn’t look anything like me. (Hint: I’m five foot nothing.) So the whole idea of "running" never really crossed my mind. My journey of setting my goal to run a Half Marathon started my first week of working at Sweaty Bands. While working different Half Marathons and Marathons across the country, I had so many people ask me if I had ever ran a race before. I always would say that I wasn't much of a runner and talk about different work out classes that I would attend. Little did I know, anyone is capable of being a runner. I was overwhelmed with every woman’s goals, dreams, and aspirations after I told them I was not much of a runner and how they got started with running. Event after event I started to feel like a cheesy old car sales man, talking about how great Sweaty Bands were to run in even though I still hadn't ran an actual race before. Finally, every customer's stories and goals inspired me to at least sign up for a Half Marathon. I decided on the Queen Bee. One because it was April and the event wasn't until October and two Beyonce, duh. At first, I didn’t tell anyone I signed up for the Queen Bee. I was too nervous to admit that I actually committed to running 13.1 miles (IN A ROW!) when I could barely run 3. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I grew up playing soccer my entire life, but I felt like I didn’t even really know how to run. That might sound dumb, but I’m serious. I had to reteach myself how to run. Once I told my co-workers, friends, and family a huge weight was lifted from my shoulders. I knew if I wasn’t going to hold myself accountable they would. I highly recommend setting goals, putting them on paper, and sharing them with all your loved ones. This doesn't even have to do with running setting goals and actually putting them on paper can go a long way! I started my training slow and steady. I added a mile each week and it was a totally manageable pace for me. I knew if I increased my mileage too quickly, I’d hate the training and give up and go back to the regular Barre, Cycling, and Pilate’s classes that I was used to. (Don’t get me wrong, it is very important to cross train and find a training plan that works best for you!) After a while there was something about running that was different than other workouts. The sense of accomplishment and pure joy I would get after completing a run was something I was not able to find in other workout classes. The first mile is and probably always will be the hardest for me. Even after my 10 mile run, last Saturday the first mile still sucked. As my running partner once told me, it's all in your head. If you think you can’t do it, you can't. If you think you can, well by golly you can! Plan your schedule out weeks in advance and commit to it! You CAN do it. If you are like me and brand new to running just take it slow and steady, you'll get there eventually! There are plenty of stories from the last couple months I could tell. Maybe, I shed a tear here and there, but what mattered is that I kept trying, and kept working towards my goal that I had so confidently (maybe, idiotically ;)) set. I run because I can. There are so many people who can’t and knowing that I was born to be able to run just keeps me going. Now go grab a running buddy (I know I’m thankful for mine!), hit the pavement, and crush your goals!
    What are your goals? What keeps you motivated?
    Thank you to everyone who inspired me to run my first Half Marathon. There are tons of you and you probably have no idea who you are, heck I don’t even know who you are, but you all ROCK! Now, let's hope I finish this thing! :) The Wanna-Bee Queen Bee: Brittany Besl Are you also running a race this fall? We will be at: 9/27: Chicago Half Marathon 10/3: Twin Cities Marathon 10/4: Hot Chocolate Denver 10/10: Queen Bee Half Marathon 10/11: Army 10-Miler and Chicago Marathon 10/17: Baltimore Running Festival 10/18: Detroit Marathon and Rock and Roll St. Louis 10/25: Marine Corps Marathon 10/31: Rock and Roll Philadelphia 11/1: NYC Marathon 11/6-11/7: Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon 11/7-11/8: Rock and Roll Savannah 11/8: Hot Chocolate Chicago and Big Sur Half Marathon 11/12-11/15: Disney Avenger Half Marathon and Rock and Roll Las Vegas 11/15: Hot Chocolate Columbus 11/20-11/22: Philadelphia Marathon 12/5: St. Jude Memphis Marathon 12/13: Hot Chocolate St. Louis
    Hope to see you getting sweaty during at least one of these races!

    Sweating For Two

    Sweating for Two: Pregnancy Workout Tips We’re expecting! Either will do pink or blue! Well, were not all expecting, but our designer, Becca, is and we couldn’t be more excited for her and her growing family! Already a Mom to her sweet girl, Mallory, Becca knows she has to live a healthy lifestyle not just for her, but her for both her youngin’s and husband. When it comes to pregnancy priorities, working out and getting your steps in come in a distant second to kicking up your swollen feet and relaxing. Surprisingly, or maybe not so surprisingly to some of you, exercise helps fight fatigue, ensure a better night’s sleep, and improve your overall experience with your bun in the oven. I’m sure the last thing you want to do while pregnant is look for some exercises that you are allowed to do while pregnant. Take some advice from our mother to be, Becca who discovered totally doable, pregnancy fitness routines that worked for her.

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    Top 5 Exercises for Pregnancy: 1. Walking 2. Swimming 3. Low-impact aerobics 4. Dancing 5. Yoga Exercise boosts mood, improves sleep, and reduces pregnancy aches and pains. More importantly, it prepares you for childbirth by strengthening your muscles. Again, each individual is different. So, listening to your body is always the best advice any one can give! Educate yourself about the do's and don'ts, and your safety concerns will disappear. More often than not, if it feels wrong (uncomfortable, unsafe, or too challenging), it probably is. Again, listen to your body. Some basic rules that Becca suggests: Don't go breathless (always be able to talk out loud), avoid twisting, and stop doing crunches right away (some people say you can still do crunches up to 20 weeks, but we like to keep it safe). During this pregnancy Becca was able to participate in The All Star Color Run/Walk. Another thing that Becca has found helpful during her pregnancy is her FitBit! There actually is a pregnancy mode on FitBits, how amazing is that!? You can go into your Personal Settings and denote which trimester you are in. FitBit’s pregnancy mode affects your estimated caloric counts and changes the way your tracker process your data! Technology these days, crazy! Becca consistently uses her FitBit to monitor her sleeping patterns. Her FitBit tracks how much she sleeps and how much time she spends awake and/or restless each night. After a poor night of sleep, she can go back through her day and figure out what she did, what she ate, and all the little things in between to make sure her nights are as peaceful as they can be. FitBit can monitor your heart rate, too! This is amazing for pregnant mamas. This allows you to always able to see when your heart rate is in the zone or if you are working out too hard and need to back off a little. Prenatal fitness is becoming more important and visible. No longer is it a sentence for a sedentary lifestyle. That being said, each woman is different when it comes to exercising while pregnant, depending on preexisting conditions, health risks, and exercise history. For all our Sweaty Mamas out there: Did you continue to work out during you pregnancy?! If so, let us know how you were able to keep sweaty!? Check out our Pinterest board Sweaty Mama to get some more tips on staying healthy while prego! *Disclaimer: If pregnant, always consult a physician before starting any exercise program BONUS: If anyone would like to guess boy, girl, how many lbs, or when Becca will have her baby, feel free to comment and we will keep you posted!

    St. Patty's Day Detox Water

    If you celebrated St. Patrick's Day in style, chances are you're feeling a little groggy and over-served this morning. No judgement here! Instead, we're going to help you out by letting you in on our favorite tool for feeling lean and clean, even after the wildest nights: our signature Detox Water! We swear by it, and are pretty sure you will too after following these (insanely easy) steps. Happy detoxing! Blod_Water_Ingredients1. STOCK UP -Mint leaves (we bought a package, but in the summer we love pulling them straight from the garden!) -1 - 2 limes -1 large cucumber -Sharp knife, juicer, and large pitcher Blog_Water_Chop12. CHOP IT LIKE IT'S HOT -Cut cucumber into fourths and chop 1/2 - 1" wide slices -Cut stems off mint and thinly dice -Halve limes Blog_Water_Add3. GET IT JUICY -Juice the lime halves then add the halves in the pitcher -Add cucumber and mint Blog_Water_Water and Stir (1)4. FILL 'ER UP -Fill your pitcher with water (we suggest using cold, filtered H2O & wearing this Motion of the Ocean Sweaty Band while you do it because we're fancy like that) -Give it a few vigorous stirs (added bonus of an arm workout here!) -Remove lime halves Blog_Water_Pour and enjoy5. ENJOY! -If you've washed out last night's pint glasses, now's the time to put them to use again! Pour in, and add ice as desired -Sit back, relax, and enjoy the full-body rejuvenation about to go down (again, feels even better when done wearing this gorgeous Sweaty Band) -Once you've finished off your glass, munch on the mint leaves and cucumbers for some added nutrition + digestive aids! ...see, wasn't that easy and delicious?! Do you feel as detoxed, refreshed, and ready to conquer the day as we do?!  Cheers!

    Bethanie Mattek-Sands Wins the Australian Open in Sweaty Bands!

    We first met women's tennis star (and Sweaty Bands fanatic) Bethanie Mattek-Sands years ago at the Cincinnati Western & Southern Open, and have followed her career ever since. After struggling with injury for the past few seasons, we were thrilled to see her take the Australian Open women's doubles title with partner Lucie Safarova this weekend! She is always a badass, but has taken it to the next level by winning it all despite never having played OR practiced with Safarova before the tournament. Who needs practice anyway?! Watch their interview and read more about our favorite tennis superstar's big win below!

    (p.s. wanna steal her look? Shop Colorwash in Purple here.)

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