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Falling Off the Fitness Wagon

By Kristie Cranford, CPT, ITCA, Coolibar Athlete

New Year’s resolutions get us in the gym at the first of the year. Spring energizes us to get out there and get that bathing suit body ready. Summer has longer days and a variety of activities to keep us busy, active and fit.

Fall. Days get shorter.  Weather changes.  School starts back for some. The seasonal temptations begin starting with pumpkin spices.  Little by little fitness gets pushed back and pushed back until one day you realize you have fallen off the fitness wagon.

The best way to combat falling out of fitness is to not let it happen to begin with. But in the event you do fall out of fitness, here are some tips and ideas to help you get back on track.

Set a goal. Think New Year’s resolution now.  Want to lose weight? Run a 5k? Come up with a goal, it will give you something to work toward.

Find someone to hold you accountable. Friends, a coach, a personal trainer, find someone who will hold you accountable.  Find someone who supports you and lifts you up when you are down.  Find someone to work out with you; it’s hard to skip the gym when you are meeting someone there.

Get virtually inspired. You would be amazed what you can find online now. There are virtual coaches and personal trainers, online fitness challenges, even virtual races. 

DIY.  Can’t find a fitness challenge? Start one! Start a fitness challenge at work, school, among friends. Come up with prizes for meeting goals. Make it competitive and fun!

Try something new. Find a new workout. Run a different route. Try a new sport. Add some new songs to your iPod. Sometimes we do the same fitness routine over and over it just gets, boring. Change it up.

Watch Rocky. We’ve all done it at some point in time, watched a movie or an event and decided to get out there and get in shape.  Think about a time that happened to you, and do it again.

Make good food choices. Your body is an engine. Don’t give it bad fuel. Look for healthy alternatives to fall’s temptations. Make it a challenge. Think of something sinful you have a hard time resisting, and create a healthy version of your own.

HAVE FUN. Bottom line you won’t stick to anything unless you are having fun.

Embrace fall and enjoy finding fitness again! You’ll be glad you did.

Kristie Cranford racing by MGM in Las Vegas
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Inside Coolibar What our customers say

Sun Protection Travel Wear

Coolibar Customer Cory H.

We recently received some great feedback from a new Coolibar customer after his trip to Taiwan. Cory expressed what we try to convey, he just does it much better. Cory’s note is below.

 

 

 

 

“I wanted to let you know that I recently purchased an XXL Blue Sky Sun Shirt on the recommendation of Tim Ferriss.  I got it right before a trip to Taiwan.  It was perfect.

 I wore it during the hot, humid day to keep cool and protected from the sun. 

I wore it to a semi-formal meeting where it fit in just fine.

I wore it on a boat between scuba dives.

I wore it on a scooter around the island of Lanyu after I got a little too much sun one day. 

I wore it on the plane ride home because I was so comfy. 

I never write letters about products, but I was compelled after the experience I had with this shirt.  Thanks for making a great product.”

Cory H.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Washington DC

About Cory                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Originally from Kentucky, Cory is an entrepreneur, a former officer in the Air Force and a high school basketball coach.  He loves to travel! He once rode a bicycle from Cairo, Egypt to Cape Town, South Africa. He is always up for a good old fashioned road trip in his truck…he lived out of it for two years while exploring the U.S. He also writes about music on his blog yobigbro.com.

Cory at the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial – Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Inside Coolibar

Coolibar’s 2012 Highlights

Happy birthday to Coolibar! As we celebrate our 11th birthday we wanted to take a moment and reflect on our successes over the past year. 2012 has proven to be busier than ever with an updated catalog, exciting new designs and a growing list of customers. As we continue to evolve, know that we are resolute in our commitment to providing the highest quality sun protection. We want families to be healthy while enjoying their time outdoors. We thank you, our customers, for making 2012 a great year!

Highlights from 2012

  • Fresh New DesignsThe first wave of products from our newest designer, Alicia Pizzo, became available to our customers. Our catalog hit with an exciting mix of new silhouettes and colors for the entire family.
  • Launched Sponsored Athlete ProgramWe called for applications to become a 2012 Coolibar Sponsored Athlete last winter, and we were astounded by the number of responses. There were so many remarkable applications that it was impossible to choose just 5 athletes, so we picked 10. Our athletes have continued to inspire throughout the season.
  • First Coolibar SweepstakesThe first ever Coolibar-sponsored sweepstakes took place this past spring. One lucky winner (and her husband) won a week-long vacation to Honolulu, Hawaii. Coolibar provided airfare, accommodations and $500 worth of Coolibar sunwear.
  • Record Shipping Day – Memorial Day weekend was a record-breaker for Coolibar. Our warehouse shipped the greatest number of packages ever for one weekend. With record heat across the country, our customers were preparing for a SunAWARE summer.
  • Camp Discovery Donation – Through our outreach program Coolibar Cares, we were able to provide UPF 50+ sun hats to all campers that attended the American Academy of Dermatology’s Camp Discovery for young people with chronic skin conditions. A crew from Coolibar visited Camp Knutson in MN and distrubted Coolibar swim shirts, hats, and goggles.
  • Sun Safe Media Coverage – Media coverage on the important role sun protection plays in overall health, anti-aging and skin cancer prevention continued throughout the year. Coolibar had product on the Today Show, in the New York Times, O, the Oprah Magazine, Time.com and on countless blogs. As the public becomes educated on the need for sun protection and the innovative tools to do it, tanning will become a fad of the past.

 

 

 

 

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Inside Coolibar Wellness Warriors

A rising need for skin cancer prevention resources in Tanzania

Cancer care in Tanzania is a great challenge to both the government and the citizens due to limited resources and facilities. Tanzania is increasingly facing a dual problem of communicable and chronic illnesses such as cancer. Those with albinism in Tanzania are especially suffering from skin cancer due to their sun sensitivityThe Tanzania Albino Society believes the total number of those with albinism in their region could be more than 150,000.

The East African Medical Assistance Foundation (EAMAF) has been assisting Tanzania with cancer care through Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC) for many years, mainly training Radiologists who are now placed all over the country in public and private health facilities. Secondly they have help equip KCMC with diagnostic equipments and facilities. Despite contributions thus far, helping people with Skin Cancer prevention, especially for those with albinism, is paramount.

Global Health Ministries in Fridley, MN who arranges the safe arrival of the EAMAF supply containers in Africa provided a route to get approximately 800 Coolibar sun protective items into this area to assist with skin cancer prevention efforts. This effort was imperative to many as UVA and UVB rays contribute to skin aging, cataracts and skin cancer.

We at Coolibar wished to share the cheerful photos of when the donated product arrived! Also, a special thanks to our Coolibar colleague Ben Socwell for introducing Coolibar to these life changing organizations!

Photo album of presentation of Coolibar clothing and hat to Albino National Leadership and Member of Parliament in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania:

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Coolibar Athletes

Windsurfer Marion Reviews Coolibar Stash Pocket Swim Shirt

Marion Lepert, windsurfer and Coolibar athlete, spends almost 10 hours a day in the sun. She recently returned from the US Nationals in Hood River, OR where she became the 2012 US National Women Overall Champion. While there, she used her Coolibar Stash Pocket Swim Shirt on the water. Now she shares her thoughts on its on-course performance.

What are you overall thoughts on the shirt?
This is a terrific shirt to wear for water activities. I have tried many sun protection swim shirts over the years, but this one is my favorite. It is light, comfortable, and practical. I also like that it is not just a swim shirt, but can also be easily worn off the water.

What activities did you partake in when wearing the shirt?
I wear this shirt when I go windsurfing in the summer.

What are your favorite features?
My favorite feature is the fabric because of how it handles water. I also like the cut and the shirt’s special features: the thumbhole sleeves and the stash pocket. When I do not have my Coolibar gloves handy, I put on my thumbhole sleeves and know that my hands will stay protected from the sun. I also like the stash pocket because it is a great way to keep keys or sun protection lip balm on me.

What are your overall thoughts on the fabric?
I think the fabric is what distinguishes this shirt most from other swim shirts I have tried. Unlike other shirts, this shirt does not feel heavy or sticky after I fall in the water. It stays light and dries fast.

Did the fabric meet your expectations?
The fabric exceeded my expectations!

Did the fabric and shirt keep you cool?
The shirt does keep me cool. This is true even when I am in the hot sun and still dry on my windsurfing board.

Did the fabric stick to your skin?
No, the fabric did not stick to my skin.

What do you want others to know about this shirt?
This is a must have for anybody spending time in the water. With sunscreens not working well in the water, this shirt offers a more reliable way of staying protected from the sun. It is light and comfortable and makes being in the water enjoyable without having to worry about the sun. I definitely recommend it!

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Inside Coolibar

What it means to be a Coolibar customer service representative

We wanted to share with you what it means to be a Coolibar customer service representative. So we asked Melissa, a member of the Coolibar Customer Service Team (CST) since this spring to share what she thinks. Below is what she said.

“Coolibar products are so much more than fashionable sun clothing.  We often we hear touching stories from our customers of how Coolibar products have changed their lives.   Our customers are our best brand advocates and we’ve gotten to know many of them quite well.  Their stories and photos really brighten our day and remind us that Coolibar is an active part of their lives.”

“At the forefront of our customer relationships is us, the CST.  We eagerly listen to stories, recommendations, complaints, feedback, and experiences with our products.  Our friendly, tight-knit team works together to provide each customer with a great Coolibar experience. We are all excited about Coolibar and sharing it with others, which makes it easy to extend those feelings to our customers. The close team atmosphere (both in spirit and proximity!) helps to ensure everyone is working together to provide the best service possible. We are up-to-date on information regarding our apparel, accessories, umbrellas and the sunscreens we carry. We share knowledge between departments and work together to guarantee customer questions and concerns are responded to as thoroughly and completely as possible.”

“With such amazing products, it’s important that the quality of service matches the quality of our products. Being with Coolibar as a customer service representative and part of the CST means going beyond pedestrian services, it means ensuring our customers have the care and attention they deserve. Our CST strives to deliver consistent and in depth attention to each and every question that is brought to our attention. We played a vital role in reaching company milestones this year, such as recommending hot new items like the Long Sleeve Fitness Shirt and the Wide Leg Pant, and setting a new record for the most packages shipped over Memorial Day weekend!”

“We love to hear from you.  If you have any experiences or feedback please contact us!”

Melissa
Coolibar Customer Service                                                                                                           service@coolibar.com                                                                                                                    1.800.926.6509                                                                                                                                                                      (I’m the one below in the scarf, second in on the right.)

A small group of our amazing dedicated customer service team
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Contests

Enter to Win Coolibar Sunwear by Adding a Caption to this Photo!

These bathing beauties forgot their swim shirts. We don’t want that to happen to you, so we’re giving one away! Put your Coolibar thinking cap on and add your most thoughtful, clever caption to the photo below for a chance to win a Coolibar UPF 50+ shirt of your choice!

Enter in 1 of 3 ways:
1. “Leave a reply” on this blog post below with your caption.
2. Like Coolibar on Facebook and comment on the photo.
3. Follow Coolibar on Pinterest and comment on the photo.

Add your caption by September 10, 2012. Our Coolibar customer service team will choose the most awe-inspiring caption on September 12, 2012.

Photo credit: David Peekin, 1947

To enter, you must be 18 years of age or older. Contest open to residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia. The winner will receive up to $80 Coolibar merchandise credit to use on one (1) Coolibar UPF 50+ shirt. Options may be limited based on inventory. Winner will be chosen by Coolibar customer service team based on caption creativity related to sun protection or tanning. Inappropriate comments will be deleted and disqualified. No purchase necessary to win. Prize is non-transferable, not returnable and cannot be sold or redeemed for cash. One entry per person. Contest rules subject to changes at the discretion of Coolibar.

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Parenting School sun safety SunAWARE

What You Need to Know About Sun Protection at Your Child’s School

While the teacher doesn’t typically require sun protection, it’s a back-to-school item parents should strongly consider. Not all schools allow hats or sunscreen, and we hope schools change their policies in the near future. All the same, we have suggestions to ensure your child is sun safe.

1. Before leaving the house, help your child apply broad-spectrum sunscreen. Then teach them how to properly reapply sunscreen before recess. A parent or doctor note may be necessary for your child to do this depending on your school’s policy. If required, discuss sunscreen use with your child’s teacher directly. When choosing a sunscreen, look for active ingredients that block both UVA and UVB rays, such and zinc oxide or titanium dioxide and a rating of SPF 30+. Sunscreen should be used every day – including cloudy days.

2. Instruct your child to play in shaded areas during recess if possible, especially days the UV index is high. Ultraviolet radiation is most intense between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when recess is in session. Approximately 50 percent of the daily UV exposure is received during the four hours around noon.

3. Dress your child in sun protective clothing when possible. UPF 50+ clothing provides excellent sun protection that doesn’t wash or wear off. Wearing tightly woven loose fitting clothing can also shade skin from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.

4. If your school allows, send your child to school with a wide-brimmed hat or legionnaire hat that covers neck and ears. A hat with at least a 3-inch brim all the way around is best. Baseball caps do not protect the back of the neck or the ears. If you wish all students could wear hats during recess, check out our Coolibar School Sun Hat Program. We provide half off children’s hats for schools!

5. Have your child wear sunglasses that block 99-100% of UV rays or that are rated UV 400. Wearing UV sunglasses protects eyes from cataracts, retinal damage, macular degeneration and eyelid cancer.

“80 percent of the sun’s damage occurs before age 18,” says John Barrow, founder and president of Coolibar. “Children need to be educated about sun safety practices early to avoid the risks of melanoma later.”

Now you know how to teach your child to be SunAWARE at school!

Long Memorial Middle School Saddle Brook NJ
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Events SunAWARE

Raw Elements Narragansett Surf Event

Take a moment to Hang Ten with Coolibar and Raw Elements

The Waterman Eco Challenge held on July 21st in Rhode Island, an event created as a weekend dedicated to ocean and sun safety put on by Coolibar sunscreen vendor Raw Elements, was a great success!  An estimated 10,000 people were on the beach that day most cheering on the competitors racing to paddle out past the break.

A recap of the day from Brian Guadagno, Founder of Raw Elements USA, Sr. Lifeguard Captain, Narragansett Surf Rescue:

“What a great summer day with sunny skies, what more could you ask for? How about 3-4 foot NE wind swell! The conditions definitely added to the energy of the day and the event. It was so great to see so many men and women come out and paddle! The event is all about you guys and we were so stoked on the turn out and how well everyone did under the conditions. For some, it was business as usual getting out past the break. For others, it was likely the first time they had attempted that and everyone battled and didn’t give up. Everyone made it out and it was awesome to hear the crowd cheering on and rooting for every last paddler until everyone was on their way. I know there were a number of paddlers who were stoked to get out there and paddle but opted not to because of the conditions. We all totally respect knowing your personal limitations and taking a responsible approach toward ocean safety. There were a number of close finishes and the competition was really tight! We were thrilled to have everyone make the 2nd annual Waterman Eco-Challenge the day it was! We are already excited and looking forward to planning next year’s event!”

All beach goers also had the opportunity to learn the 5 easy steps of SunAWARE at the Raw Elements tent, where sunscreen samples and SunAWARE materials were available.

P.S. The lifesaving team was protected by these Coolibar men’s and women’s rash guards.

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Avoid UV & Seek Shade What's Hot

Parasols Are In and Great for Your Skin

Look around and you’ll start seeing more parasols (a.k.a. umbrellas) on sunny days. That’s right, no rain, just in pure wonderful sunshine. Why? They’re not only a great addition to your outfit, but they help block the sun’s ultraviolet rays that can cause premature aging and skin cancer. What’s not to love?!

Tip: If beautiful skin is your prerogative, look for the following when choosing your perfect parasol:

Large arch. A parasol with a large arch will block more UV from the side.

Dark interior. The darker the color, the better the umbrella will absorb reflective UV rays.

Reflective or dark exterior. A reflective exterior will deflect more UV and keep you cooler. A dark material will absorb UV.

UPF 30 or higher ratings. Some parasols will provide a UPF rating. An umbrella rated UPF 50+ will block 98% or higher of direct UVA and UVB rays. Remember UV rays bounce off pavement, water, sand and other reflective surfaces. Applying broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher, sun protective clothing and UV sunglasses will offer even greater sun protection.

Stay beautiful and on trend. Use sun protection and parasols.

View parasols on Pinterest!

Shop Coolibar UPF 50 Umbrellas and Shade.

Coolibar UPF 50+ Titanium Fashion Umbrella

 

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