Saturday, January 20, 2018

Water is your friend!




Drinking fluids is so important to life. Did you know that a great workout fueld by hydration gets you the best results? As our bodies are composed of roughly 70% water, so this means if you don’t keep hydrated you can feel tired, listless, and lethargic. Our bodies are able to go several days without food, but the same is not true for water. It is a daily necessity. Here are a few reasons you shouldn’t neglect water intake during a workout.

Reason #1

Sweating during an intense workout or Hot Yoga can actually add up to several liters, and that means it’s extremely important to drink water throughout the workout to sustain a safe and healthy water level within your body. If you don’t replenish you can feel sick. Not good! It is important to replace electrolytes lost as well during or after a workout. You can do so through sports drinks or supplements.

Reason #2

When you workout you need coordination to do the workout safely. You don’t want an injury because of dehydration. Not maintaining necessary hydration levels can greatly impact your coordination. Dehydration impacts mental clarity, and if you begin to feel woozy or off-balance while working out, it’s time to sit down for a rest and drink some water. This is especially important when you are lifting weights. Feeling woozy in the middle of a set can lead to horrible accidents.

Reason #3

Without the proper hydration, recovery from a workout, any kind of workout, yes, walking counts...big time,  can take much longer and can cause increased soreness that can last days longer than normal. Drinking enough water, with electrolyte supplementation, can cause your recovery time to last much less time and decrease the amount of soreness your muscles experience.
Water is what your body loses when perspiring so water is what your body needs in order to replace what has been spent. Be sure to start off each day with a big glass of water shortly after waking up. I have 16 oz every morning. It has really helped me start your day off right, with a clear mind and well-functioning body.

Love,
Jessica

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Do you let your body recover from your workouts?



Do you take a rest day? Meaning you don't workout. Rest days are super important not just for giving your body time to recover from workouts, but also to help your muscles become stronger as they rebuild. If you workout, regardless of your fitness level, you need  least one rest day each week. I take 2. When you don't allow your body to rest and recover you’re simply putting yourself at risk for overtraining. That can lead to a whole host of problems ranging from stress fractures and joint pain to sleepless nights.
I can't tell you how often I have to stress the fact you shouldn't exercise everyday for an extended period of time. To put it simply, too much of a good thing – even exercise – can be bad. Why? Because working out, especially at high levels with high impact, breaks down your body tissue. Which is why you shouldn't take 6 days of HIIT classes per week.  Resistance training actually breaks down muscles causing microscopic tears and it is on rest days when the muscles, nerves, bones and connective tissue get the needed time to rebuild.
So take a day or two off each week. Your body will actually perform better and you'll see results quicker.

Love,
Jessica
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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Saturday, December 30, 2017

New Year's Resolution Make Over


2018 is just a day away and that means a lot of people will make a New Year’s Resolution.  The sad but honest truth is most people give up on their resolutions come February.
What can a person do to ensure that their goals are met and not forgotten after a few weeks of trying? Here are some helpful tips to setting New Year’s Resolutions/goals.

1. You Have To Want It
Talking a big game will not get you there. You have to have a desire to change. If you just want to talk about it, your resolution won’t pay off. You have to be willing to change your lifestyle and actually do it to improve your life.
2. Results take time
Calm down and don’t expect miracles overnight. Don’t be a fool and expect results immediately. If you start with lofty goals, it’s easy to become discouraged if you don’t meet those goals right away. Start by trying to do something once or twice a week for short durations of about 10 to 15 minutes. Then you can build up from there. This way you can set yourself up to be successful.
3. Be honest with your life
I hear this resolution every year. “I want to lose weight!” That is a very vague and won’t help you. In order to lose weight and keep it off long term, a person needs to do more than just think about what we eat, we also need to understand why we’re eating.
4. Sleep more zzzzzz’s
I am crazy when it comes to my sleep. I must get 7-8 hours a night because I know my body needs it. We’ve all sacrificed sleep for work, play or late-night television marathon binging. If your goal is to lose fat, skipping sleep is like poking sticks in your bicycle wheels. Your body won’t respond to workouts without proper sleep.

A New Year’s Resolution is a great place to start a change in your life, but it isn’t a guarantee or a magic trick. Do the work and by this time next year, you’re already a totally new person.
Happy New Year!
Jessica Bailey

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Revitalizing Night Cream from Block Island Organics Review


I recently tried Block Island Organics Night Cream.  I was excited to try this because I was curious to see how it compared to my tried and true current night cream. 
The first thing I will say about this product is that it’s an organic, natural, vegan and non-greasy formula made with botanical ingredients and rich in  antioxidants like vitamin  C and E. So before even using it, I was in love. I really like that this night cream is not tested on animals and is free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, dyes or artificial fragrances. That is super important to me. I love that the cream comes in a easy to travel with size. Especially this time of year when I’m in and out of airports. No measuring out standard carry on liquid size needed! It is super easy to use and you apply it at night before you turn in for the day, it is just like any other night cream as far as application goes.  After about 1 week of regular use I woke up to amazing feeling skin! I had tried many popular and expensive night creams and tho they all claimed to provide visable results, sadly none of them did.  I found that BIO night cream gave me confidence that my skin could compete with any 25 year old out there. 
I can’t stress enough how important hydration and a clean diet can be for healthy skin.  There are just so many beneficial nutrients for your skin in BIO night cream that I wouldn’t hesitate to classify as an important and key component of your skin care regimen. 


I highly recommend you give BIO REVITALIZING NIGHT CREAM a try. I am curious if you will like it as much as I do. Right now until 12/22 you can save 15% on anything on their site.
If you need more information or to learn about BLOCK ISLAND ORGANICS visit their website or Follow them for the latest company news and suncare info!
Love,
Jessica Bailey
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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Holiday Fitness and Health Tips



It’s the holiday season but don’t let your good intentions to be healthy go to the way side. I realize there are lots of parties filled with food so you need to make a plan. Plan your strategy now to maintain your fitness when life gets hectic.  Here are some easy tips to help you out this season:
Make movement a daily habit.  Consistency is the key. I have said this for years but I really do believe and practice what I preach. Moving your body is something your body needs so move it every single day.
Accumulate 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most (at least 5) days of the week.  This one is super easy. Take 2-3 short walks each day. Studies show that that exercise accumulated in short bouts of 10 or 15-minutes offers weight loss and aerobic fitness benefits comparable to those achieved in longer workouts.  
Combat the negative effects of prolonged sitting.  For every hour you’re sitting, get up and move around for five minutes. Walk to the bathroom, walk the hallway or if it’s a nice day, go for a short walk!
Count your steps with your smart phone, pedometer, or other tracking device.  I use this app to help me get 10,000 steps in each day.
Stretch your muscles at the end of the day to discharge tension and get a better night’s sleep. Stretch every day for best results but at minimum 2 or 3 times a week.  

Happy Holidays,
Jessica
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Monday, December 4, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide


It’s almost time! Gift giving season is here! I put together this holiday gift guide for fitness lovers.
I’m into any and everything dealing with fitness and health so gifts within this realm are usually my favorite types of things to receive.  Well, that and makeup, but let’s stay focused here. While these are things that I own and love myself, I think they are pretty universally appealing.  So if you’re searching for a gift for someone in your life and you’re tired of handing over yet another impersonal gift card, this list will be your BFF.
Here are my top picks for that fitness and health lover in your life.
Daily Harvest

Daily Harvest offers different prepackaged options including smoothies, soups and now easy breakfast bowls! Each recipe was developed by a nutritionist, and you get between 40 to 150 calories per serving (2 servings per container). The combinations were also overseen by a real chef, which is very apparent because every smoothie tastes so good!
You will choose from 6, 12, or 18 smoothie packages per delivery. And you can also choose to have them delivered once a week, once every two weeks, or once every 4 weeks.

Use the code: Sassy25 for 25% off your first order



Great Soles

Wanna be a trendsetter? If so, buy your loved one Great Soles Grippy Socks!
They are perfect for Pilates, Yoga, Dance, and Barre, at home or for any studio workout


For 15% off use the code: Jessica15 at checkout




Instant Pot

An Instant Pot is another great kitchen tool. Meat comes out juicy and tender and is ready super quick.  You can even stick it in frozen which saves a ton of time.  It’s a great multi-purpose gadget to have on hand and is especially helpful for people who love to meal prep!  



Water Bottle
 I love carrying a water bottle. I rarely leave home without one. My Hydroflask is larger and has different options for the cap which allows me to either unscrew and sip from the bottle itself, or have a cap with a straw that flips up (my preference). Hydroflask comes in so many sizes and colors so they’re great for guys and girls alike.  The design is simple and sporty with a basic cylindrical shape.

Fitness Clothing
I have more workout clothes than regular clothes and I still always want more so you really can’t go wrong getting your fitness loving friend some new gear. I love the sports bras from Senita, especially the Sarah Sports Bra.  It’s reasonably priced at $23, super freaking cute and has a pocket in the back to throw your phone in.  Sounds weird but I swear it works.  Senita also has some awesome high waisted leggings with pockets that won’t break the bank.