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,
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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.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Holiday Food Tips To NOT Gain Weight

The holidays are here but that doesn't mean you have to gain weight. Want to hear some awesome news? On average, Americans gain approximately one to two pounds during the holiday season.  It's not 5lbs like everyone talks about. What you can do to combat the unwanted lbs is to be mindful when eating and plan, plan, plan!
So rule #1: do not skip meals throughout the day as this may result in overeating. It is especially important to have breakfast, as research shows that those who eat this important morning meal tend to consume fewer calories throughout the day. Include lots of fiber in your diet by eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Pay attention to the portion size of everything you eat. When you eat large portions of foods that are perceived as healthy you can run into some problems.  It's important to include nutrient-rich foods in your diet, but also remember that these foods have calories as well and should be eaten in moderation. Using this approach at the holiday dinner table will allow you to maintain a healthful eating plan — one that can also include appropriate size dessert!
Try filling your plate with vegetables and salad before going to the entrees and desserts. Eating a salad before your meal can help you eat fewer calories overall. Eat slowly and savor every bite, and before you go back for seconds wait 10 minutes to see if you really are still hungry. I always eat my veggies first so I'm guaranteed to get my vegetable intake in.
Finally, after dinner, get some physical activity. I love taking a walk or just being active.
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Friday, November 17, 2017

You are beautiful

It's holiday season, for real now. AKA, my favorite time of year. I can listen to holiday music without getting dirty looks from anyone. The truth is, I've been listening since October and my husband is not a fan of me doing so.  As I write this, I'm sipping a hot beverage from a Starbucks holiday cup, making my wish list and putting together my "to buy" list.
The best way to “be” beautiful is to feel beautiful. And the best way to feel beautiful is start from within.
This isn’t as simple as getting that pair of boots every girl has this season or having your significant other tell you you’re beautiful every day or wearing makeup. It takes even more work and effort than that, but it’s work within yourself.  Years of therapy has taught me that when I feel healthy and comfortable with who I am, that’s when I feel the most beautiful.
We’ve all heard that eating healthy is a great way to feel amazing, but what about drinking healthy?! Drinking water is not only important to bodily functions and staying hydrated for our favorite activities, but keeps the skin glowing. You literally glow from the inside out. So drink your H2O. No one expects you to pass on holiday cocktails this week but if you are going to partake, drink water in between your "drinks."
Happy Thanksgiving!
Jessica Bailey
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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Girl Power!

I was filling out a bio for a gym I work at and the question  “Who has inspired you in your life and why?” This question got me thinking. My first response was  "I would say every person around us motivate us in some or other manner. We just need to take their positive or negative words positively that think will help to motivate us." It was just a basic answer, it didn’t have any truth or realness to my answer. Then I just started writing. This is what I wrote:

Wonder Woman isn’t just the myth of the hit show from the 70’s or the girlpower star of the recent Blockbuster hit.
Wonder Woman is every woman! My girlfriend makes me wonder, “how does she do it?!” She has a full-time job, is a fitness lover, world traveler, a good friend, AND always looks put together!
Managing that kind of balancing act with so much strength, and positivity is absolutely inspiring.
Who inspires you? What inspires you?

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Snack Ideas

Snacks get a bad rap. You need snacks to lose weight. If you're sacrificing snacks to cut calories, stop. Snacking is an opportunity to fuel your body between meals.
Each snack listed below is under 200 calories, and will make you feel like your diet is about anything but deprivation.

  • Oatmeal and blueberries
You may think that Oatmeal is only for breakfast. Think outside the box—they're good any time you need a hearty treat. Full of fiber, they help regulate blood sugar levels to keep you from crashing. Meanwhile, blueberries add a kick of sweetness (and vitamin C) without any table sugar.  Top ½ cup of Oatmeal with blueberries.

  • Cheerios and soynuts
It's perhaps not the most obvious pairing, but put a quarter-cup of roasted, salted soynuts and a half-cup of Multigrain Cheerios together, shake them up, and you'll be hooked. The sweet and salty combo makes for a scrumptious fiber filled snack.

  • Apple slices with cheese
An apple a day might not necessarily keep the doctor away, but it could help prevent weight gain. Try pairing an apple with a half-inch slice of sharp cheddar cheese: It's the perfect sweet and salty mix with a crunch!

  • Hardboiled egg
When hunger strikes, a hardboiled egg is a great grab-and-go snack. It’s high in protein, which will curb your appetite and keep you from reaching for something less-than-healthy. Plus it packs nutrients like vitamins D and B12, but only contains 77 calories.
What is your favorite healthy snack?
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Lyfe Tea

I recently tried LYFE TEA. I was excited to try this because I was curious to see how it compared to other teas.
The first thing I will say about this product is that it is super easy to use. I love that all of the tea packets come individually wrapped so I can put them in my backpack and go! No measuring out serving size needed! It is super easy and you prepare it just like any other tea on the market and you are quickly left with a nice tasting tea. I found that I liked this tea much better than other detox teas. It is a mild taste but purely delicious! I tried both the "MORNING" tea and the "DETOX" tea although I enjoyed them both, I found the "MORNING" tea to be my favorite. It gave me energy to kick start my day of teaching and working out on my own.
LYFE TEA combines super foods with other natural ingredients to give your body vital nutrition. There are no artifical ingredients! This makes it a great choice for whatever your dietary restrictions are.
I can’t stress enough how important hydration and a clean diet can be for optimal health. There are just so many beneficial nutrients in tea that I wouldn’t hesitate to classify tea as an important and key component of your diet. Especially for those people who rely on artificial drinks and food as a major part of their diet.

I highly recommend you give LYFE TEA a try. I am curious if you will like it as much as I do. In fact, just by visiting their website you can get 15% off your 1st order.
If you decide to get LYFE TEA let me know what you think by taking a pic of your LYFE TEA and tag both me @sassygirlfit and @LYFE_TEA on Instagram, sassygirlfitnessnyc and LYFE TEA on Facebook, or @sassygirlfit and @LYFETEA on Twitter. Use the hashtag #LYFE

Happy drinking!
Jessica Bailey