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Who Inspires You?

Harriette Thompson, 91, from Charlotte, N.C.

Harriette Thompson, 91, from Charlotte, N.C.

There are people you meet in life that prove everyone wrong and defeat “the odds”. They take their situation and decide not to listen to what everyone has to say, but instead decide for themselves what they are going to do. In turn they become an inspiration, a walking example of how we should all strive to live our lives. Harriette Thompson is someone we look up to here at Body Bar.

At 91, Thompson finished a marathon (26.2 miles!) with a pace of about 16 minute miles. All while raising almost 6 figures for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. Yes – it’s just as amazing as it sounds!

Don’t believe it? Watch a clip on Harriette here.

Who inspires you? How do you use that inspiration in your daily life?

A Classic Twist Recipe

Don't they look delicious!?

Don’t they look delicious!?

Looking for a new twist on a classic recipe? Check out this one for twice baked broccoli and kale stuffed potatoes from Katie at the Kitchen Door! Potatoes are a great source of starchy carbohydrates after a workout, and you could even substitute them for sweet potatoes or yams in this recipe.

The addition of broccoli and kale offer many nutrients not found in the classic recipe. Kale is packed with Vitamin K, bringing benefits of diminished inflammation, strengthening bones, and reducing the risk cardiovascular disease and strokes. If you are looking for a dairy free option, just substitute the milk for a dairy free version of your choice (almond, coconut, soy, etc. – just make sure it’s unsweetened!) and omit the cheese or try goat cheese instead if you aren’t sensitive to it.

This makes a great post work-out snack to go along with your favorite protein shake.

Get the recipe here!

7 Tips for Outdoor Summer Workouts

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With summer just around the corner, everyone is getting antsy to do as many activities as possible outside.  Before you step outside, be sure to read these tips that will ensure you have a safe & fun outdoor workout.

1.  Wear Clothes

We know it can be tempting to show off that six-pack you worked all winter on but wearing clothing can actually keep you cooler than stripping down.  Wearing moisture-wicking sport clothes will draw the sweat away from your body to keep you cool.  Plus if the fabric is tightly knit or made of UV material, you are less likely to get burned.

2.  Slap on Some Sunscreen

Be sure to put on sunscreen 30 minutes before heading out the door.  If you don’t wait for the sunscreen to soak in, you’ll end up getting it in your eyes and you’ll also end up with burned skin.  Choose 15 SPF – 30 SPF, anything over 30 is unnecessary and has been proven to work just the same as the 30 SPF.  Be sure to purchase sunscreen that does not have Vitamin A, oxybenzone or added insect repellent as these chemicals have been known to cause cancer.  Click here for a list of sunscreens that are safe.

3.  Bring Water

This is a no brainer, hydrate, hydrate then hydrate some more.  If you’re going to be out for a long workout, bring a snack to keep up your energy.  We don’t suggest using energy drinks as the sugar in them can have adverse effects like further dehydration and a spike in blood sugar which will later lead to a sugar crash.  Post workout, be sure to keep hydrating.  If you’re really feeling like you just can’t take in enough water, coconut water is the way to go!

4.  Wear Sunglasses

Protect those eyes!  Make sure your sunglasses protect you from the UV rays that can cause cataracts and glaucoma.

5.  Train Early Morning or Late Afternoon

Make sure you are working out when the weather is not as hot.  Working out in the early morning or late afternoon means no direct sun.  If you do decide to workout mid-day, be sure you have a shaded area to workout in or a great mid-day summer workout would be in a pool.

6.  Beware of Allergies

No one likes to be stuffed up while trying to workout.  But did you know that if those symptoms go untreated you could develop asthma?  So be sure to check the pollen levels before stepping outside.  Plan your workouts later in the day when the pollen is typically not as high and avoid areas where you know there will be dense pollen.  Be sure to shower after your workouts as well.  A great natural remedy for allergies is a spoonful of local honey a day.  This helps to build your immunity against the pollen in your area.  To find local honey in your area, click here.

7.  Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion/Stroke

Sometimes no matter how determined you are to workout, you have to be aware of how your body is reacting to the heat.  Be sure to look for these signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke in the picture above.  If you or your workout buddy start experiencing these symptoms, move to a cool area quickly, apply a cold compress or immerse your body in cold water to lower the body temperature and seek medical attention if you are experiencing a heat stroke.

 

Enjoy the summer and have a safe & fun workout!

 

What precautions do you take before heading out for your summer workouts?  Comment below to share!

Earth Day Series – The Life of the Body Bar

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Happy Earth Day!  Body Bar is not only an advocate for health but for our environment as well.  To help do our part for the environment we make an effort to recycle as much material as possible.  The life of a Body Bar can last forever since the core of the Bar is made of steel.  With the help from our customers around the United States, we help keep the life of the Body Bar going.

The life of the Body Bar starts at our warehouse where we pack and ship all customer orders.

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Body Bars packed and ready to go!

For individual customers, the life of the Body Bar can last forever.  For clubs though, the Body Bar gets a lot of love and normal wear and tear can occur.

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Wear and tear from a club that uses Body Bars for multiple classes a day

Of course clubs aren’t happy when this happens, just look how worn out those Body Bars look!  But do not fear, we like taking back overly loved Bars.  All clubs have to do is buy the replacement bars for about 60% off MSRP whenever they feel their Body Bars (or any other brand of weighted exercise bar) is getting too much love.  For more details on the Exchange Program click here.

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When a club decides to go through with an Exchange, we ship them the new Body Bars first.  We include return shipping labels as well since we want the old Bars back to our warehouse.  Once the club unpacks their brand new Body Bars, they just have to throw the old Bars in the boxes, slap on the labels and we’ll schedule a FedEx pick up.  Then we wait to receive back the old Bars.

Body Bars we received back during an Exchange. These are one of the first Body Bars we made!

Now that we have the old bars, we strip it all the way down to the steel! We put on new rubber tubing, end caps and labels.  Then we re-sell these bars as refurbished Body Bars.  They look & feel brand new but we add a discount to encourage everyone to buy recycled material!

And in honor of Earth Day, we’ll be giving everyone FREE shipping on all refurbished bars this week!  We love being green and we hope you’ll help our efforts to recycle!

Rebuilt 18lb Body Bars

Rebuilt 18lb Body Bars

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE A REFURBISHED BAR!

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Do you have fitness equipment you’re not using anymore?  Help recycle and donate your items to your local school, YMCA or sporting organization!  

 

 

 

 

Earth Day Series – 6 Easy Ways to have a Greener Office

Body Bar doesn’t only recycle our building materials, we also try to do our part in the office to minimize our carbon footprint.  Here are 6 ways we keep our office green that we think is easy for any office to implement.

1.  Have a Recycle Bin/Compost Bin

Encourage your co-workers or employees to use the recycle bin for their plastics, glass and other recycleble materials.  If you have the same, a compost bin outside the office is a great way to put bad leftovers to use.

2.  Take out your own Trash

A lot of plastic bags can be wasted by having someone take out the trash every single day when the bag may not even be full.  If your office facility allows it, ask that you take out your own trash to save some plastic bags.  Better yet, if you have extra paper bags, use those instead as they’ll break down quicker in the dump.

3.  Stock Reusable Bags

How many times have you gone out to buy a quick lunch from the nearest store?  More than likely, the store you purchased your meals and maybe even meals for other co-workers, use plastic bags to help you carry your meal(s).  Save the plastic and bring your own reusable bag to keep in the office.  This will be helpful for any other errands that you need to run during your lunch break.

4.  Get a Water Cooler / Water Bottle

Plastic water bottles are a waste of our natural resources, not to mention that what companies put in them is STOLEN from public waterways for their own personal profit.

Ditch the bottled water.  Not only will filtered water from the cooler be healthier for you but you will help reduce your carbon footprint by refilling your water bottle or cup rather than going through all the plastic of bottled water.  Be sure to no reuse plastic bottles as the chemicals break down and you’ll end up drinking plastic particles.  For environmentally friendly water bottles, click here.

5.  Recycle or Reuse Dishes

It may take an extra minute out of your day, but washing your dishes is far better for the environment than throwing away a plastic fork or spoon everyday.  If you can’t bring yourself to bring your own dishes to work, look for utensils that can be composted or recycled.  Being able to recycle your dishes can also help save water used when washing dishes.  Click here to find out more on why using plastic utensils should be replaced.

6.  Power Down

Turning off the lights when you leave can help significantly.  It is also important to power down your computer.  If you work on a lap top, unplug once in awhile and use the battery instead of the power cord.  Use your own lamp with an energy efficient bulb rather than the high florescent lights that most offices use.  Offices can use up a lot of power, click here to find out other ways to conserve power in your office.

 

Comment below to tell us how you help to make your office green.  

Don’t forget about our Refurbished Body Bars!  Get in shape and environment.  To find out more click here.

3 Easy Ways to Stay Fit at the Office

We have all heard that “sitting is the new smoking” but what can you do when your job requires you to sit from 9-5?  Not everyone has the space or means for one of those fancy treadmill desks or even a desk that allows you to stand all day.  Sitting for too long results in a sedentary lifestyle which in turn results in higher risks of heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.

So what can be done to help combat the risks?  Here are some tips to make sure your life does not become so sedentary in the office.

1.  Drink Plenty of Water

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Water is essential for health.  It supports the digestive system, increases your metabolism and even curbs cravings.  Drinking enough water will also force you to get up from your desk at least once an hour not just for a bathroom break but to refill your water bottle.  Keep at least a 16oz cup at your desk and even setting a timer to remind you to drink will help your consumption.  We’ve also found that keeping it right next to your mouse or near our dominate hand makes us more likely to reach for our water.

2. Learn How to Sit

Save your back with these tips on how to sit. 6 more ways to beat back pain: http://www.menshealth.com/health/5-ways-beat-back-pain?cm_mmc=Pinterest-_-MensHealth-_-Content-Health-_-BeatBackPain #NMHW

As you perform an exercise, you are are aware of your form.  Having the wrong form during an exercise can result in injury and sitting is no different.  Having the wrong set up can greatly deteriorate your posture and lead to neck and/or back pain.  Make sure your chair is set up properly and that you are sitting up straight with good posture.

3.  Find Fitness Equipment to Use at Work – Get Up & Move!

Click on the image to see how to use the Body Bar Flex in the office

The Body Bar and Body Bar Flex are great tools to use in the office.  We’re lucky enough to have a few lying around the office to pick up and use as we like. Having something in your vision or setting a reminder every hour or every other hour will remind you to get up and move!  We also love using stability balls as our desk chair (click HERE to learn more).  Not only do they force us to sit up straight but they are easy to workout on.  Just bouncing creates a little workout plus it even helps to improve your mood.  The great thing is, these pieces of equipment take up little room and a little 5 minute routine here and there throughout the day can improve your health immensely.

What are some ways you stay fit in your office?  Share your thoughts by commenting below.

Olympic Bobsledder Workout with Body Bar

It is sad to say but we have reached the last event of the 2014 Sochi Olympics.  What better way to end it than with a mini workout inspired by one of the toughest sports at the games, Bobsledding.  These athletes must have total body strength, power, speed and the ability to react in the blink of an eye.  Just getting a bobsled to start from a dead stop requires a lot of lower body power.  Strong hips and legs are necessary for that explosive first push

This Body Bar workout will build strength and power in your lower body plus an added upper body move that is meant to help with that push start.

1. Body Bar Sumo Squat – 3 sets fo 10-12 reps

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With feet wide, slowly squat down past a 90 degree angle pushing your butt out with a slight curve in the back.  Keep your chest up and the weight in your heels.  Push up quickly through your heels to the starting position.  Make sure the Body Bar is not on your neck.

2.  Body Bar Curtsy Lunge – 3 sets of 8 reps on each side

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Stand with feet hip-width apart, Body Bar resting right below your neck. Take a giant step diagonally back with left foot and cross it behind your right; bend knees (as if curtsying) as you reach your left hand toward floor on the outside of your right foot.

3. Body Bar Power Clean – 4 sets of 8

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Grab the Body Bar with overhand should-width grip. Squat, keeping back flat and shoulders pulled back. With arms straight, thrust hips forward and explosively stand up, pulling bar off the floor. As the Body Bar passes your thighs, move onto your toes and bend your elbows and raise your upper arms to pull the bar high. When it reaches chest level, “catch” it on your front shoulders and drop into a partial squat (knees bent 50 degrees) with palms facing the ceiling. Your upper arms should be parallel to the floor when the bar lands on your shoulders.

Hope you all have enjoyed our Body Bar 2014 Sochi Olympic Blog Series!  For more information on the Body Bar, Mini Body Bar & Body Bar Flex plus Body Bar media and workouts, visit:

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