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Support for your active lifestyle

I love to run alone. However, my advice when starting a new workout is find a buddy or a group. For an outgoing person it can be a great way to meet new people while engaging in a new workout. Some people assume you have to give 100 percent when you are in a group fitness class or run club member. However, that is not the case. We are all out there to have fun.

As a Minnesotan, I would suggest outdoor summer workouts. Morning yoga on a beach can be breathe-taking! Kayaking is another group activity that can be thought of as more fun than work. Swimming in the lakes is another favorite of mine. Additionally, I love new hiking trails. They don’t say, “Explore Minnesota,” in TV commercials for nothing!

If you have trouble with crowds and people, or find it hard to get motivated to get out. My advice would be to start at your local animal shelter. Saving a life not only feels great! Dogs are natural stress relievers. They are always excited to see you and are the best buddy for a walk in the morning, afternoon, or in the evening when the end of a stressful work day has a tendency to direct you to the couch. Dogs redirect you! I love my two sled dogs.

Beyond needing my dogs to stay active and reduce my post-traumatic stress disorder, I joined Lifetime Fitness’s Masters Swim three days a week at a time even my dogs aren’t awake yet at. I was hesitant, as I love to workout alone. However, it was the best cross training decision I have made! My vascular system performance in master’s swim class has surpassed what I could have done solely on the road.   Having a swimming buddy in the pool helps keep me on track, motivated, safe, and focused on my greater goal to run across the country.

Additionally, I think some people may expect a great workout to be boring, awful or not something to look forward too. My advice is find things to help support your active lifestyle:

#1- Get a workout buddy

#2- Find a support group or club that is not intimidating

#3- Reward yourself with workout clothing that makes you feel great when working out

#4- Rescue a dog to get you outdoors every season of the year

#5- Think about your workout as “If I can do this today? What could I do tomorrow?”

#6- Take advantage of today! As we get older, we will miss out on things because life can become more limiting. Get out there and make today amazing however you see fit!

Get out there and enjoy the summer weather!

Ally Loisel Murray

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SunAWARE

Skin Benefits from Exercise Too

Exercising benefits your heart, lungs and mental health – fairly common knowledge these days. But did you know exercise benefits your skin too, and can even help your skin stay younger looking longer?

Exercise increases blood flow throughout the body, including to your skin. According to dermatologist Ellen Marmur, MD, in a WebMD article, she cites, “Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body, including the skin. In addition to providing oxygen, blood flow also helps carry away waste products, including free radicals, from working cells.” Since exercise improves circulation, it makes it easier to cleanse skin from the inside-out, keeping skin healthy and vibrant looking!

If you exercise outdoors, be aware that the sun can have reverse effects on skin. You don’t want to spoil all the hard work you put into looking and feeling great! UV exposure from the sun can damage and age skin that’s not well protected. Following tips from SunAWARE, a non-profit helping prevent and detect skin cancers, will help you avoid sunburn and get the maximum benefits exercise provides.

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A – Avoid unprotected UV exposure and avoid peak sun hours (between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.).

W – Wear sun protective clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, tights/pants, and wide-brimmed hat and UV sunglasses. This may seem warm, but numerous companies, including Coolibar, are manufacturing lightweight, moisture wicking UPF materials. Sun protective clothing actually keeps you cooler since your skin is not in direct contact with the sun.

A – Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to all exposed skin. Reapply after sweating, swimming or as recommended on the label. Athletes: look for a sport sunscreen that’s oil-free.

R – Routinely examine your skin for changes. Seek a dermatologist if you notice anything suspicious.

E – Educate on the need to be SunAWARE.

Exercising may exacerbate existing skin problems such as acne, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis. However, the benefits far outweigh the possible skin side-effects from exercise. Additionally, by working with your dermatologist, you’ll likely find solutions to battle your skin issues while getting all benefits exercise has to offer.

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Winter fitness tips from Bob Greene

Bob Greene is an exercise physiologist and certified personal trainer specializing in fitness, metabolism, and weight loss. Greene is the creator of Best Life, a diet and fitness plan, and Best Life Foods, author of “20 Years Younger” and numerous other health books. As an avid exerciser, he wishes to share his winter fitness gear picks with you!

“I usually prefer outdoor workouts to indoor workouts—you don’t have to worry about fighting for the treadmill at the gym, the scenery can be inspiring and the fresh air is invigorating,” says Greene. “But as the temperature drops, you might be tempted to head indoors. Don’t let the weather ruin your workout plans. Use the tips below to stay warm until spring.

Step One: Select the right shirt. Layers are an exerciser’s best friend. Your first layer should consist of a long-sleeve undershirt (I love turtleneck and mock turtleneck athletic wear) made of wicking fabric without any buttons or zippers. Then, cover it with a sweatshirt made of a “Polar-guard” type of material. If needed, add a final layer of a wind-resistant shell or jacket. Even though it’s cooler out, you still have to worry about sun protection. I recommend choosing sun-protective clothing, like those sold from Coolibar.

Coolibar UPF 50 Long Sleeve Fitness Shirt

Step Two: Go light on your lower half. Your legs will stay pretty warm once you get going so you don’t need as many layers on your lower half. Jogging tights are a good option because they don’t move and won’t chafe your skin. When it’s cold, you can add a layer of pants made of a “Polar-guard” type of material.

Step Three: Don’t forget about your feet. Don’t just throw any old socks on your feet. To keep your toes toasty, steer clear of cotton socks—once they get wet, they stay wet! Go for a sock made of material that wicks moisture away from the skin (you can find them at athletic specialty stores).

Step Four: Accessorize. Your body loses a large amount of heat through your head; you can retain heat by wearing a head covering of some sort. A simple ski cap or headband that covers your ears will work on most days. When it’s very cold, you may want to go with a full head mask (look for one made of a wicking material; running specialty stores sell them.) Also, you may want to consider investing in running gloves. They protect you from the cold and sun damage. Finally, don’t forget the sunscreen.”

Read more from Bob Greene and other health experts on The Best Life Blog.

See full winter fitness article here: http://www.dietsinreview.com/diet_column/11/stay-warm-strategies-for-winters-outdoor-workouts/

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Coolibar Holiday Gift Guide

Destination holiday — living healthy and giving healthy. At Coolibar we have a gift-worthy idea — sunwear to go everywhere and do anything! We have sun protective clothing, sun hats, UV swimwear, sun shelters, UPF 50+ umbrellas and skin care perfect for women, men and children, all items for those who love spending time under the sun! Take a look and share our gift guides with your family and friends to drop the hint.

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Coolibar Athletes

Equipment Fit for the Coolibar Athlete

Looking to start a new sport, or possibly update your current fitness gear?

Run, hike, bike, ski, golf, swim and surf in the same equipment Coolibar athletes use to reach new heights! Coolibar athletes participate in a number of sports and fitness activities to stay in shape.

To see what our athletes recommend for your specific interests click the first image below and scroll through the following collages: #1 Running – Kristie Cranford; #2 Hiking / Adventure Racing – Jeremy Van Ek; #3 Golf – Elena King; #4 Windsurfing – Marion Lepert; #5 Skiing – Tania Prymak; #6  Biking and Running – John Barker; #7 Swimming – Molly Baross

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Coolibar is not affiliated with any other brand or product depicted in these collages other than the Coolibar branded clothing and sunscreens.

Shop Coolibar UPF 50+ Women’s Clothing

Shop Coolibar UPF 50+ Men’s Clothing

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Windsurfing with Coolibar Athlete Marion Lepert

US Nationals Competition: An update from Marion Lepert, Coolibar Athlete and Windsurfer:

I recently returned from competing in the US Windsurfing Nationals in Hood River, OR. This event took place on the Columbia River, a renowned location for windsurfing, where it is sunny and warm. I raced in both formula course racing and slalom racing classes and had a blast while doing it. Each day, we had three formula races followed by three slalom races, making for about 5-6 hours of total sailing every day.

Formula racing is done on big boards that can be sailed in 7-25 knots with fins up to 70 cm long and sails up to 12 meters big. The courses consist of a start, then upwind and downwind buoy roundings and then a race to the finish line. I have been racing in this discipline for five years. I was very pleased with my performance in this event; I finished 1st in the women’s category and 8th overall (men and women).

Slalom racing consists of much faster paced races than formula, and the gear is much smaller and done in more wind. The courses also have a start, but the rounding of buoys is different; they are all downwind and must zigzag through them to get to the finish line. I am still learning this discipline, but I had a great time racing in it at the Nationals. I had a difficult start to the event, still being uncomfortable with the format of the racing and falling on several of my transitions. However, I stayed focused and improved during the regatta to win the Women’s National Champion title.

Racing in the Nationals reminded me of why I love windsurf racing so much. Speeding around courses and trying to get ahead with tactics is a lot of fun, and the community of windsurf racers is very friendly and close-knit. I had a great time, but the event would not have been the same for me had I not had my Coolibar gear. I spent almost 10 hours every day in the sun racing, resting, or taking care of my gear, but wearing my Coolibar clothing helped me stay safe from the sun. I wore my Stash Pocket Swim Shirt, pink Long Sleeve Swim Shirt, Fingerless Gloves and red Sun Gaiter, all of which worked great and allowed me to focus on my racing, not the sun.

Thank you,
Marion

Marion Lepert, US Windsurfing Nationals in Hood River, OR
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Wellness Warriors

NFL Training Tips with Coach Karl Dunbar

Last month Defensive Line Coach for the New York Jets, Karl Dunbar, shared his thoughts with us on training camp. For Coach Dunbar, it’s a time to get away and focus solely on football. He needs to prepare his team to play at a high level and teach them proper techniques. We wanted to dive a little deeper with Coach Dunbar to discover tips and tricks of NFL training.

Karl Dunbar (right) at New York Jets Minicamp

1. What are the best exercises to get your team in shape?

The best exercises to do to get your team in shape is “contact”, all out scrimmaging without taking guys to the ground. There aren’t many drills I know of other than that! The weight of the pads and the pushing and pulling of other players are hard to simulate. That’s why I really think if a player comes to training camp in excellent shape it will take him 2 to 2-1/2 weeks to get into football shape.

2. How do you incorporate endurance training? 

We try to start off by giving the players 3 reps at a time before switching groups and as the practices go on we increase the reps to 4-5-6-7 and sometimes 10 plays before we give them a break. This way they will be able to handle a regular offensive drive during a game.

3. What portion of time do you spend on strength training? 

The guys lift weights 3 to 4 days a week and workouts last from 45 minutes to an hour. They do machine base lifts as well as free weights. Leg press, shoulder press, leg extension and curls on machines and then bench press, squats, dumb bell curls and power cleans would be the free weights.

4. What about drills?

Drills are more position specific. Everyone does the quickness and change of direction drills but receivers and defensive backs run farther than the other positions because that’s what they do on the field. The offensive line and defensive line do more short burst and rest while the running backs and linebackers do a little of both.

5. Is balance and agility a part of training? 

Balance is very important as well as core (abs) strength. That’s why the guys do free weights, to work on their balance, and the abdominal and back workout ties the upper and lower body together.

6. Over the course of your career, you have worked with many talented athletes.  Tell us about some unusual techniques your players (past and present) have used for conditioning, for example; sumo, stair running, flying trapeze, etc.

Some of my guys over the years have engaged in boxing, MMA, wrestling, yoga, karate, and some hired a former Marine Drill Sgt. to put them thru a mini boot camp! Guys try all sorts of things looking for an edge!

7. What are you most excited about for the 2012 football season?

The thing I’m most excited about for this season is getting to see our younger guys play and contribute to the team with our veterans! We have a nice mixture of defensive linemen and since it’s my first year with them, in the words of #57 Bart Scott, “Can’t Wait!”

8. Other thoughts on training?

Training Camp was awesome and the people of Cortland treated us like family. It was great to get away, but it was great to get back home and see my girls and sleep in my own bed.

More updates soon.

Karl Dunbar
NFL Defensive Line Coach for New York Jets

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Coolibar Athletes

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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