1192 posts categorized " Healthy "

SIX CARDIO TIPS! 21 Jul 2016

Liz

Happy Thurdsday! It's cardio day at Lithe, so it’s time to kick up the cardio and sweat it out. Cardio is one of the most important things you can do for your body. Not only does it make a difference on the inside (improving your cardiovascular health), but you will see results on the outside, too (especially if you stick to it 3-5 times a week).

I think that one of the toughest aspects of Lithe is getting your cardiovascular stamina up to par or back up to par after some time offAs a newbie, you may find yourself feeling defeated trying to finish our hour-long classes numerous times a week and devoting some time to learning our Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting choreography. You can do it! Here are some tips for safe, efficient and effective cardio:

1. Be a 6-7AMer! I suggest doing cardio in the morning before your first meal. Your body is most likely to use fat as the energy source because your glycogen stores are depleted.

2. Protect your feet, but not with sneakers (unless you have a foot injury). We barefoot train at LitheWhy? It makes you stronger from head to toe and simply builds a better, stronger, leaner body. If you have a foot injury you should wear a studio sneaker and avoid stilletto. You want to work correctly, stay on a mat and NEVER over-bounce on the balls of your feet.  Our feet work instinctively, but to prevent stress fractures, shin splints and plantar issues, stay on your mat, use your quads to launch a jump, keep a gentle point to your ankle, and then roll through the forefoot and heel. Your goal is to "sponge" and not bounce. That "up" energy should be an illusion. Your entire body is active, but you're working down into the ground. Work harder by getting low and grounded, rather than bouncing high and beating up your feet.

3. Keep your shoulders open, depressed, and lift your chest. This instantly engages and elongates your abs. 

4. Activate your arms. Think about how you punch out those perfect sharp high V's and low V's ... Do this with every movement and feel your heart rate climb! 

5. Don't stop as soon as your heart rate starts to really climb. So many people get nervous once their heart rate gets in the zone. Breath, stretch, and shake.

6. If you're DIY, Make a killer cardio playlist on your iPod to get you through the workout. Pick out your favorite songs that you love listening to so you forget about the time.

 

Image of Lithe Instructor Liz Galbally wearing Lululemon via Dom

DIG DEEP CHALLENGE 6 Jul 2016

Dig Deep

It's unbelievable what a four-day weekend can do, right? You've worked so hard for months. Don't allow summer to derail you. It's time to dig deep! Be the person who always shows up and never gives up and believes anything is possible and is willing to work for it. We challenge you to take 14 classes in 14 days from July 11 thru July 24, so that you can re-ignite your passion with your health and fitness goals. Sign up today thru Monday, July 11.

Details: 

  • When: Monday, July 11 thru Monday, July 24.
  • The Fitness & Food: Take 14 classes in 14 days and eat clean Monday thru Friday.
  • Hashtag calendar:

    July 11: #LitheResuts, #DigDeep
    July 24: #LitheResults, #DigDeep

  • Everyone Wins: Everyone who completes the challenge and hashtag calendar wins two weeks of free access to Lauren Boggi Active Studio LB streaming. Studio LB streaming is perfect for Lithers who travel or those who want to vary their routine and increase their results.

 Image via Antrim + Spruce Photography

FROZEN BANANA BITES 26 Jun 2016

Banana Bites

Frozen bananas make the best healthy dessert or snack when you're craving a sweet summer treat. We love that they can be topped with so many delicious treats and that they last for two months in the freezer. 

Ingredients
3-4 ripe bananas, sliced
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate, melted
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup coconut flakes
1 cup each of the toppings of your choice: peanut butter, granola, cereal, nuts, rainbow sprinkles ... get creative!

Directions
1) Place sliced bananas in a bowl.
2) Set up three bowls with melted chocolate and garnishes.
3) Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
4) Check your melted chocolate. If it is slightly thick, add 1 tbsp. coconut oil or butter and stir until completely combined.
5) Dip your bananas into the chocolate one at a time, using a fork to fully cover or halfway cover each slice.
6) Use a fork to remove the banana slice and place it in one of the toppings. 
7) Use a spoon or your fingers to fully cover the banana with the topping.
8) Remove the banana slice using a clean spoon or fork and place on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat the process until all of the slices are dipped and covered.
9) Place the baking sheet in the freezer until bananas are solid. Once solid, place the bites into a storage bag or freezer-proof container.

 

LITHE THANDAI LASSI (REPOST) 22 Jun 2016

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I'm on a nine-day challenge, which means my diet is ultra clean and I'm kicking up the intensity in-studio and taking my workout outside for an extra hour a day. I've been testing our Lithe Spice and came up with a fantastic breakfast lassi that also moonlights as a dessert. 

Indian thandai, literally translated as "something that cools," is a sweet, creamy milk drink flavored with nuts and mixed with rose petals, poppy seeds, and spices such as cardamom and fennel. On Holi, the Indian festival of colors, the refreshment is served with bhang (a derivative of marijuana). Here we've gone dairy, bhang, AND alcohol-free and used our Lithe Spice, which accentuates the nutty, floral flavors of the lassi.  

Ingredients: 1 cup coconut water, 1/2 can coconut milk, 1 large handful of cashews and 2-3 tablespoons Lithe Spice (sub in a pinch of cardamom, pinch of sea salt, fennel, poppy seeds, and edible rose petals or rose water).

To Do: Mix everything in high-speed blender until smooth.

Image of Lauren via Jordan

US HEALTH & NEWS 1 Jun 2016

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AUDI LITHE STYLE 1 Jun 2016

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45 minute complimentary Lithe workouts at 8:30AM, 9:30AM, 10:30AM, 11:30AM & 12:30PM!

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Image via Antrim + Spruce Photography

LITHE ESCAPE: ROOMS/PRICING/GETTING THERE 26 May 2016

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Accommodations at Jake's are double or single occupancy and almost all double occupancy rooms mean sharing a bed with another Lither. We are happy to help pair you up with a buddy if you'd like a double occupancy room. 

 

Ocean View Single, $3,260

Ocean View Double, $2,060

Garden View Single, $2,720

Garden View Double, $1,790

Two-Bedroom Cottage Single $2,630

Two-Bedroom Cottage Double: $1,740

 

The price includes your room accommodations, three daily meals, two Lithe Escape workouts each day, and transportation to and from Montego Bay Airport. Airfare, spa treatments, alcohol, and additional optional excursions and food are not included. 

Want to learn more? Check out our Escape video or download last year's Jake's Escape 2015 brochure. (The prices are the same, but the dates are different), or check out @lithe_escape on Instagram. 

Ready to book your spot? Email escape@lithemethod.com. Alicia, our friendly Lithe Escape concierge, will assist you with flight info and roommate details. If you would like to reserve your spot, we are only taking deposits via check for this trip. The $1,000 non-refundable deposit check can be made out to Lithe Method and dropped off at any studio in an envelope to Alicia's attention. We'll collect final payment in October.

 

Flight Info: 
The following flight includes complimentary airport transportation: http://goo.gl/flights/xO60

 

If you choose to take different flights, you'll need to book private transportation. A one-way ride is $135 and holds 1-3 people. Treasure Beach is a 3-hour drive from Montego Bay airport, so Thursday and Tuesday are very travel heavy with one workout late Thursday.

Images via Lithe Escape

FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 6 May 2016

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TGIF! This week's gym-bag worthy giveaway is products from our favorite oral care company hello. We know that health is everything, and hello is on a mission to make the world a friendlier place, starting with your mouth. Say hello to oral care that’s effective, delicious, beautiful, and as natural as its friendly team can make it. Hello products are made in the USA and formulated with globally-sourced ingredients. Hello products are Leaping Bunny certified and have earned PETA’s Beauty without Bunnies cruelty-free and vegan certification. 

Please leave a comment below telling us why you want to win. Two winners will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person. Thank you and good luck!

Images via hello

TRACKING YOUR PROGRESS 24 Apr 2016

KKFit

T-30 begins starts tomorrow!  That means it's time to post your #LitheResuts, #TMinus30 #RootedInSweat "before" photos

Taking great shots is easy. Choose a spot in your home with good lighting and wear your favorite body-skimming activewear (no baggy shirts!) or swimwear. Have someone take photos of you from the front, side, and back, and then share! Over the years we've received images of coffee cups, body parts, flowers, and food, but we (and you) need to see your body to really give this your all. Trust us, it works!  Don't want to blow up your personal Instagram feed with pictures of your hard work? We recommend creating a private account specifically for Lithe challenges. We can't wait to watch you get stronger. 

LAUREN'S 7 GAME-CHANGERS FOR RADIANT HEALTH & BEAUTY 20 Apr 2016

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I’ve tried almost everything when it comes to health and beauty, and I’ve adopted a few habits over the years that have become absolutely essential to my everyday.  Many of you guys tell me that I glow, and I know that these little game-changers have made a massive impact on my health and beauty.

Bone Broth is a miracle food. If you’re looking for a natural tonic for total-body health and beauty, bone broth is it. When I started including bone broth as a regular part of my diet, everything improved – my digestion, my immunity, energy levels, my skin, and my joints. I've even passed the ritual on to my mom who has had 7-level spinal fusion three years ago and she's never felt or looked better. 

I use this mineral-rich liquid gold as a base for soups, sauces, and veggies, and I love sipping it straight every morning – usually with a pinch of Jacobson's sea salt, fresh pepper and a pinch of turmeric or Lithe Spice. 

Alphaeon & Val Daily skin care systems have been total game changers for me. In just three weeks my fine lines disappeared. Alphaeon smoothes, plumps, and hydrates without a needle or a laser. It's the only product proven to enter the dermis without an injection. It's fragrance-free and not tested on animals. Sold exclusively at Dr. Bucky's

Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting has transformed my body. I’m stronger, lean, muscularly balanced, more flexible, and less stressed. Movement is my happy place and I love the intense slow sculpting and the empowering high-energy cardio workouts. There's nothing else like it. 

Mindfulness is so powerful. I make sure to take a time out every day, and I always feel a million times better because of it. I use the Buddhify app. It's so easy. Just grab your phone; you’ll be a better partner/mom/employee/boss or friend because of it. 

Eating Lithe goes far beyond weight loss.  Many issues like bloating, fatigue, stress and depression originate in the gut. Eating whole, healthy foods is a game-changer when it comes to boosting your health. Adding superfoods, smoothies, cold-pressed juice, probiotics, and fermented foods (like kimchi and kombucha) keeps me energized and healthy. 

Foam Rolling is a part of my everyday because stretching is never enough. I want to feel fluid, and rolling improves circulation, which preps my body for my workout and helps it recover afterward. Foam rolling also assists in breaking up trigger points (knots that limit range of motion), resuming normal blood flow and function to the muscle.  Releasing trigger points (knots) helps to reestablish proper movement patterns and pain free movement, and ultimately, enhances performance. By applying pressure to specific points on your body you are able to aid in the recovery of muscles and assist in returning them to normal function. Normal function means your muscles are elastic, healthy, and ready to perform at a moment’s notice.  

All Girl Getaways are immensely therapeutic. It's the ultimate re-charge. For me, getting away with girlfriends and hitting the reset button is hands down the best way of getting out of a rut. I return with a renewed sense of energy, purpose and independence. The empowering benefits of a girls getaway is what inspired me to create Lithe Escape. The effects and results are deep-rooted and long-lasting.  

Lauren via Antrim & Spruce Photography

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