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10 reasons we love lululemon athletica [& yoga day 14]

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For my birthday in August of 2012, my sister & mother in law got me gifts and gift cards to lululemon athletica.  I’ll be honest, I had never shopped there before.  At the time, I thought it was just for yogis, which I wasn’t.  And I was happy with my mix of workout clothes from Nike, Northface, C9 [Target, if you didn’t know], and whatever else looked cute, fit well or was on sale.

A couple months later I finally went to spend my gift card.  And so began my obsession with the clothes, the store, the brand.  I shop there, I help lead a run club in partnership with our polaris store, I have my students do a case study on their corporate culture, they [along with my sis-in-law] inspired me to give yoga another chance… you could say I have a crush on lululemon.

Here are TEN reasons why we [our Thursday night running group] LOVE lulu… 

1.  They share Living Fit’s favorite passions; running, yoga & other sweaty pursuits.  And of course, blogging. 

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2.  The lululemon manifesto.  These inspirational rules to live life by speak volumes about the company’s mission and core values.  “We are passionate about sweating every day and we want the world to know it. Breathing deeply, drinking water and getting outside also top the list of things we can’t live without.”   Find your favorite quote and write it on a post-it to see every morning.  Better yet, frame it.  Filling your mind with positive thoughts and energy helps you live a happier, healthier life!

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3.  Their Educators are awesome.  They have kind, knowledgeable associates aka ‘Educators’ – we have worked specifically with Jackie, Lisa, Jess & Betina at the Polaris store and they are amazing.  The Polaris staff is so friendly, I’ve literally even stopped in to get opinions on dressing my husband for a wedding with an outfit from Macys.  No joke! I’ve also been to the Easton location and Chicago, Michigan Ave location and both were equally friendly.

4.  Goal setting is a company priority.  Staff have their goals posted around the store, they ask what your fitness/sweat goals are and they even have resources on their website.  We have used these with our runners and I’ve used them in my classroom with my high school students.  Use them to set your next set of personal, health and career goals!

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5.  High quality, high fashion, anti-stink apparel.  You will be the best dressed person on the mat or trail, I assure you.  And the silverescent technology helps prevent stinky-ness so you don’t have to rush home to shower.  They also offer accessories (headbands, water bottles, yoga mats, bags), men’s clothing and a cute little tote with every purchase.

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6. Artistic photography.  Many of the ads feature a unique style of photography that we happen to love.  Organic.  Minimalist.  Some of the summer ones are vintage & sun kissed.  Love!

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7.  They are all about COMMUNITY.  Lulu hosts and organizes so many local complimentary events, just to encourage people to sweat and have fun doing it.  POGA, SUP, Sunday Fundays, Run clubs, CrossFit sessions… we’ve tried a lot of them and you will surely leave blissed-out.  And often you’ll have met new fitness lovers like yourself.  They also promote local fitness facilities and yoga studios through out their store.  This is our community, lets make it awesome and FIT!

8.  Yoga, run, party ~ take me to the Sea Wheeze Half Marathon please! We WILL get here someday.  It is on our bucket list!

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9.  They have outlets.  Bet you didn’t know that?  Add it to your bucket list to visit every single one.

10.  Humor.  The ads and corporate culture make us laugh!  And who doesn’t love laughing?  As seen below, they are often found supporting local runners at races, holding signs that will make you smile for miles.

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So there is a quick rundown of our reasons for crushing.  If you haven’t checked it out, stop in sometime.  But beware, it can be addicting.  And the following pic was found while creating this post… I can’t guarantee it will happen, but it could.

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Yoga Challenge – Day #14 

While we are on the subject of lululemon, may as well use their blog and yoga resources for today’s practice!  Visit Yoga Info 101 for information, videos and more.

We [me and my little guy] are heading out for a 3 mile run with the jogging stroller, so I’ll do lulu’s pre and post run yoga stretches and poses for my practice today.  You can find these on lulu’s blog or on our earlier post.

Don’t forget about #independencearmy challenge if you are doing that too.  Today’s pose is a tough one – tittibhasana or firefly.  This move is another advanced one that we aren’t quite ready for, but it is impressive to watch.

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 Kino is crazy flexible, she even does walking firefly! 

Check out Kino’s how-to video HERE if you want to witness her awesome-ness and [gulp] try it for yourself.

Follow our yoga challenge from the beginning HERE.

If you made it this far, you deserve an award!  Watch for two giveaways coming soon, maybe you’ll win!

See you soon 🙂

 

Yoga Challenge – Day 10 [yoga for runners]

Day #10  

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Today we have our ptown run club group run, Yay!  Come and join us!

We are doing this BOOTCAMP style & will work our 10 minutes of daily yoga into our run tonight…

1.  Quarter mile warm up walk, light dynamic stretching (if needed)

2.  One and a half mile warm-up run at conversational pace

3.  Runner’s choice!  Either…

  • Run another mile out (1/2 mile out, 1/2 mile back to us)  OR 
  • lululemon’s Pre-run poses & stretches for better running & some other moves [plank, mountain climbers, burpees, whatever you’re feelin’]

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4.  One and a half mile run back at your push pace [pick it up a bit from your warm-up run] or conversational, whatever you’re feelin’

5. lululemon’s Post-run poses & stretches for better recovery – modifications if we can’t find a wall

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6. Chug water.  Smile.  🙂 Done!

 

 

The #IndependenceArmy challenge pose for the day is a modified plank, so we worked that into our workout above as well.

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Inspirational quote of the day… 

So many inspirational running & yoga quotes here, we’ll just give you the whole thing!

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Running ‘Lingo’

If you are new[er] to running or distance training and are clueless about your running group’s mentions of PRs, LSDs and tempo runs, you have a few choices…

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2.  Read one of the blog posts below [or find your own]

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon —>

Learn the lingo – 20 [Columbus] marathon running phrases to know 

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The Ultimate Guide to Running Lingo: 25 words you need to know

 

3.  Do nothing and pretend to know what they are talking about

Hope you choose #1 or #2!  Happy reading and happy Tuesday!

 

Water, water, water!

Summer = heat = DRINK YOUR WATER! 

The traditional advice was to “Drink your 8 glasses a day!” ~  a glass being 8 oz, so 64 oz a day.  This doesn’t seem like enough compared to more recent research, as other experts follow their own rules…

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Whitney Carlson, fitness trainer, health & wellness coach & blogger [author of HeandSheEatClean.com] tells her followers to drink a gallon per day.

Heidi Powell, famous fitness guru & wife of Chris Powell from Extreme Makeover Weightloss Edition states, “Drink water!  Aim for half your body weight in ounces per day (150 lbs = 75 ounces).  Not only is drinking water super healthy and extremely low-cost, but it also helps you feel fuller longer.”

This ClassPass blog post claims 2/3 of your body weight!  (150 lbs = 100 ounces)

Whatever rule you choose to follow, make sure you add in more if you are sweating it up outside, doing some HOT yoga or indulging in dehydrating beverages like coffee [or yikes – alcohol!].

TIPS for getting in your daily dose…

  • buy a large water container and fill it, then make yourself finish it before bedtime.  The pink one is from Amazon (Bluewave water bottles) and the blue one is from good ‘ol Walmart (Arrow – made in the USA!)  Make sure they are BPA free.  image-5
  • use a cute water bottle or glass – you’ll be more willing to carry these around and drink from them all day (and you may get an occasional compliment… ‘cute cup!’)  photo-26
  • Set a timer and drink a glass every hour or two… sip, chug, whatever your style!  Check out Lori Crock’s article… Are you a chugger or a sipper?
  • Add berries, lemon, cucumber or a splash of cranberry juice if you need a little flavor.  Research shows that lemon water has many added benefits… IMG_4138

Some great lululemon manifesto quotes include water…

Drink fresh water and as much water as you can.  Fresh water flushes toxins from the body and keeps your brain sharp.

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Observe a plant before and after watering and relate these benefits to your body and brain.

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So drink up!  Really, we mean it… go drink a glass NOW!  🙂  

What water rules do you follow?  How do you get your ‘eight a day?’  Let us know!!!

 

Yoga Challenge – Day 4

Day #4 – Happy July 4th!!  God-Bless-America-Printable-by-the-Crafty-Cupboard_thumb[2]

 

Did another Yoga with Adriene video today – FREEDOM Flow

Seemed appropriate 🙂  Let freedom ring!

 

Day #4 of the #IndependenceArmy yoga challenge on Instagram is boat.

Did a few boats at the conclusion of Adriene’s video, but will focus more on it tomorrow.   Today was a quick session, allowing time for friends, family and fireworks 🙂

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Lastly,  today’s inspirational quote… 

We have family in the military so we want to give them a shout out.  We love & appreciate you!

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Night night!

Yoga Challenge – Day 3

Today continues our yoga challenge!  We had our 3 mile group run, so just a short 10 minutes of yoga today.

Here is what we did…

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Adriene is a yoga instructor in Texas and has a lot of great free videos.  A fellow runner friend, Chelsea, told us about her and we love her site and yoga tips!

 

Day #3 of the #IndependenceArmy yoga challenge on Instagram is chaturanga pose, so we focused on this after the running cool down yoga.  We did 5 flows of prayer-chaturanga-upward dog-downward dog-forward fold-prayer, holding each pose for 3 seconds.

We also checked out lulu’s article called how to cha-cha-chaturanga which includes a one minute video by ambassador Michelle Wong.

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Lastly,  today’s inspirational quote… we sent out our July newsletter today and we used this quote;

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 Tomorrow is July 4th, so spend some time with family, friends, etc… and make sure you set aside 10 minutes [or more] for yoga!

See you soon.

Weekly updates

Some weekly updates…

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  • There will be NO GROUP RUN tomorrow morning as we are checking out Friendship Crossfit.    See you at 8:50 for a nice change of pace!
  • We had our first #ptownrunclub meeting last night in Historic Dublin.  We did a nice 3.5 mile run and met some new people!  Come join us some Thursday @ 6:30.   

Our MAY FIT FREEBIE…

Our first of hopefully many giveaways, the winner of our  LIKE + SHARE + JOIN&CLICK!  contest is….

 

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Congrats JANE, you are the proud owner of our May Fit Freebie goody bag!

 

Get on our E-NEWSLETTER list by emailing LivingFitColumbus@gmail.com

Happy Friday, off to bed!

 

Cap City recap & upcoming events

Cap City recap 

Several of our Run Club ladies ran the Capital City Half Marathon this past Saturday.  It was a great race and everyone did a fabulous job!  Katie, Amanda and Deedra all finished the 13.1 mile distance for the first time, lots of calorie burning and photography took place and it was a fun filled morning!  Check out our gallery below…

 

In other news…

  • Living Fit [Columbus] is partnering with lululemon athletica Polaris [also known as PTOWN] to host a Thursday night social run!  The group runs begin this Thursday, MAY 8th, and will be promoted as ptown run club.  We will meet in Historic Dublin in the Town Center lot near Starbucks.  Come join us and bring a friend!

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  • Visit our FB page for other upcoming events – there will be no group run this Saturday as we are checking out FRIENDSHIP CROSSFIT in Dublin. 

 

  • We will also be partnering with Winan’s Dublin and meeting there for our group runs on Saturdays beginning Saturday, May 24.  Come join us for a run [or walk] and a cup of Joe after.  ROP-Winans-Chocolates*304Be sure to LIKE their Facebook page for updates!

 

 

  • This is the last week to enter our MAY FIT FREEBIE contest, LIKE + SHARE + JOIN&CLICK!  

To enter, complete the following by this Thursday, MAY 8th…

1.  LIKE Living Fit [Columbus] on Facebook

2.  SHARE one of the following…

    • SHARE this post from Living Fit Columbus’ Facebook page to your timeline or a friend’s timeline OR
    • SHARE a fitness-related photo on Instagram and tag it #livingfitcolumbus – if its a running pic, feel free to also tag it #ptownrunclub

3.  JOIN&CLICK – Attend one (or more!) of the following & join in our group photo session…

    • lululemon athletica fun FIT session this Thursday, April 24th @ 7:30PM at the Polaris store; get some new gear & discuss your FIT goals
    • our group meetup at the Capital City Half Marathon on May 3 @ the post-race 13.1 mile block party; more details to come
    • ptown run club kickoff run this Thursday, May 8th @ 6:30PM in Town Center lot, Historic Dublin

May FIT Freebie includes…

  • lulu reusable lunch tote      
  • $5 Starbucks card  
  • #livingfitcolumbus or #ptownrunclub momento
  • Honeystingers organic energy chews

Winner will be announced this Friday, May 9th on our blog @ LivingFitColumbus.wordpress.com and our FB page.  So get going… Like, Share, & join us for a CLICK!

 

Disclaimer:  contest is only open to readers within the United States.  Living Fit [Columbus] has not earned commission or kickbacks on any of the giveaway items.

Join us tonight for a FUN FIT SESSION at lululemon Polaris!

We have TWO lulu manifesto tips this week…

~ lululemon athletica creates components for people to live longer, healthier and more fun lives. If we can produce products to keep people active and stress-free, we believe the world will become a much better place.

~ write down your short and long-term GOALS four times a year. Two lululemon-goalnote_deadlinespersonal, two business and two health goals for the next 1, 5 and 10 years. Goal setting triggers your subconscious computer.

Join us tonight at lululemon Polaris

for a FUN FIT session

to see these manifesto tips in ACTION!  

Details ~

When:  Thursday, April 24 @ 7:30PM at the lululemon athletica Polaris location

What:  We will…

  • meet the lulu P-town team
  • go over awesome lululemon products that are right for YOU ~ are you a runner?  a yogi?  just want to be comfy, casual?
  • discuss goal-setting, a BIG part of lulu’s culture
  • take  some LOTS of photos, so let us know which is your ‘good side.’ 🙂

Hope to see you there!

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Also, check out our previous weekly post on our upcoming Thursday night runs & our first FIT FREEBIE giveaway!

Photo credits to the one & only lululemon.com