AfterShokz Headphones Review + Challenge

I have a fun (and pink!) review for y’all today. A few weeks ago Aftershokz sent me a pair of their Trekz Titanium Pink headphones to review… Wireless PINK headphones? I was pumped to give ’em a try!

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Before I get into my review, here is a quick overview of Aftershokz:

AfterShokz launched in 2011, bringing patented bone conduction technology to the consumer electronics industry with their unique headphones. What sets AfterShokz headphones apart from any other brand is the unique open ear design, allowing users to remain aware of their surroundings while they listen to premium stereo sound. AfterShokz headphones are Bluetooth enabled, wireless (woohoo!), and they allow you to listen to music and/or take a phone call all while being able to listen to your surroundings.

When I look for a pair of headphones to use while working out, my primary focus is running because that is when I’ll be using them! I need my headphones to stay in place, be lightweight, preferably be wireless, provide great sound while allowing me to stay tuned into my surroundings (you  know, to avoid getting hit by a car, LOL).

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I’m happy to report that the Trekz Titanium Pink headphones meet all of my requirements and then some! The headphones are not only pink (!!!), but they are super lightweight. I would actually forget I was wearing them if it weren’t for the music in my ears ;) Even though they are feather light, they don’t move out of place which I love. I don’t need to adjust my ear pieces at all when using my Aftershokz. The design makes it super easy to switch between music and my phone… not that I would need to chat on the phone while running but it’s nice to keep my options open. And – as safety is most important – I like that I can still hear the outdoors (and my running partner) while listening to music. I am always nervous wearing headphones while running as it is very important to be able to hear your surroundings. Thankfully, with my Aftershokz, I don’t have to choose between my tunes and safety!

I give the Trekz Titanium Pink headphones TWO thumbs up! They’re cute. They’re easy to use. They sound fantastic. And they promote a safe running experience. WOOHOO!

#AwareWithPink Campaign

With October right around the corner, AfterShokz is joining the fight against breast and ovarian cancer by going (Bright) Pink! Our limited edition open ear Trekz Titanium Pink headphones are designed to keep you aware, but in more than one way. For every unit sold on aftershokz.com through October 31st, 2016, AfterShokz will donate 25% of proceeds to Bright Pink, a non-profit that focuses on breast and ovarian cancer awareness and action. Every time #AwareWithPink is used on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, AfterShokz will donate an additional 25 cents to Bright Pink to extend the awareness. Spreading the hashtag will fund Bright Pink’s ongoing efforts to educate and drive awareness about how being proactive can make all the difference.

In addition to the donations to Bright Pink, AfterShokz is offering all of YOU a free gift with purchase through October 31, 2016. AfterShokz will send a hard storage case as an additional gift for every purchase of Trekz Titanium Pink to the Fit Approach community. Just add the small portable storage case to your cart, and use code PinkGift at checkout to grab yours for FREE! YAY!! 

You can order your AfterShokz here.

Have you ever worn AfterShokz headphones? What is your favorite music to listen to while running?

Healthy Summer Living – 4 easy steps + GIVEAWAY! #summerstrong

**Congrats to Alicia on winning the giveaway! Check your inbox – Everyone else, if you can get your hands on this protein powder, don’t delay… It is amazing!**

With the 4th of July right around the corner, it is safe to say we are in full summer mode here in the United States! Whether your summer involves copious amount of pool/beach time, ice cream to cool down, or long evening bike rides in the glorious evening sun, summer is most definitely a time for fun.

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With all of the summer fun upon us, it is important to remember to sneak in a little bit of healthy each day ;) Trust me, I love ice cream and popsicles and a cold drink as much as the next girl, but in life we gotta balance our treats to continue living our healthiest lives.

Today I am sharing FOUR easy tips – life hacks if you like, to living a balanced and healthy life in the summer months. Healthy living doesn’t have to be restrictive or boring, a little action goes quite far!

1. Fit movement into each and every day. This is an EASY one to implement in the summer… No snow/ice/cold for us to turn to the sofa rather than moving around outside. Take an evening walk after dinner. Go on a run with your girlfriends. Take a walk on the beach during your vacation. Join a cycle club and join them for a weekly bike ride. Walk to the park (or around the park!) with your kiddos. These small actions add up quickly. Movement is so important to our health – It doesn’t need to be crazy intense, just get out there and move what yo mama gave ya for 30 minutes a day. Your body will thank you for it!

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2. Smile. Don’t you just FEEL better when you smile? Smile at yourself in the mirror. Smile at a stranger walking down the sidewalk. Smile at your fitness instructor (Okay, okay… This is a personal plug – I like smiles in my classes!). Smile at your neighbor… the mailman… the grocery store cashier… Just smile! I guarantee it will make you a happier person and those around you happier as well. As the saying goes, happy wife happy life – Spread the happy love and you’ll be feeling healthier in no time!

3. Relax. Summer can be BUSY. Heck, life can be busy. It is important to take the time to slowwwww down, especially in the summer months. Even if a vacation is not in your future, take a weekend to yourself. Get your nails done, sleep in (HAHAHHAHHAHA <– not in my destiny right now!), make your favorite meal – Do what makes you feel best! Or, as I like to say, treat yourself :) Our mental health is so important to our overall health and it is important to give our bodies and minds time to decompress.

4. Finally – last but most definitely not least – eat well. I’m not saying you have to avoid the fun treats like ice cream and BBQ parties and that glass of wine waiting for you at happy hour. If you make mostly good decisions when it comes to food, you can have those treats without your body retaliating, LOL. Lean protein, fruits and veggies, whole grains and complex carbs… They do a body good! One of my favorite healthy treats the past month has been protein waffles made with Bob’s Red Mill Protein Nutritional Booster.

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1/3 cup Bob’s Red Mill + 1 egg + dash of baking soda + 1/4 cup water… Mix and cook in your waffle maker until done! Over 20 grams of FILLING protein and lotsa fiber in a delicious “treat” :) These nutritional boosters are also vegan AND gluten-free.

I’m excited to announce that I have partnered with Bob’s Red Mill to giveaway one 16 ounce bag of your flavor choice (Chai, Vanilla, Chocolate or the Protein & Fiber Booster), valued at $30!

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You will receive an entry for each of the following options – Just leave a comment below for EACH step completed!

I will randomly select a winner on Tuesday, July 5th. If you just can’t wait to try Bob’s Red Mill, here is a coupon for you to use this holiday weekend!

How are you living your healthiest summer? Any fun health tips you’d like to add to my list?

#jumpjoymonday

Day 1 of the #7daystretch started yesterday with #jumpjoymonday!

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Monday, August 24: It’s Monday, make sure you get up and stretch ‘dem legs! Show us your favorite quad and / or hamstring stretch(es)! #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Bonus: We want to see you JUMP it out. Give us your BEST #jumpjoymonday! #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

I hit up my gym for a little treadmill action and was thankful that the day called for a quad stretch. This is my favorite leg stretch – It always feels great after a long run, lotsa lunges, or some heavy squats.

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Yesterday’s bonus image involved some JUMPING action. Apparently taking a selfie while jumping is next to impossible, LOL. At least I tried ;)

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Remember, you can save 15% on all prAna gear through September 30th with this code: LiveInprAnaF15

And it’s not too late to join in on the #7daystretch fun – I hear there may be a few prizes at the end of the week as well ;)

Day 22 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 22 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach.

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Day 22 we are focusing on Triangle Pose, or modification of Utthika Trikonasana, a standing pose. This pose stretches your chest and shoulders as well as your spine. It strengthens and tones your thighs and increases the mobility of your hips joints. This is a GREAT pose to break up your desk job during the day. It’s okay if your coworkers stare ;)

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To get into Triangle Pose, start in Mountain Pose. Step one foot back about 3 feet and turn the toes toward the long edge of the mat, keeping the front toes facing forward. Face the side of the mat and bring your arms up to a “T.” Bend at your hips toward your front foot, reaching your front hand down toward your shin and your back hand up toward the sky, keeping the T formation. Gaze down toward the mat or upward for a more advanced balance.

Check out my other #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge poses here:

Day 21 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 21 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach.

Take the leap

At the beginning of my pregnancy – actually until very recently, I always thought twists were not allowed and unsafe for the baby. While “extreme” twists are not safe, modified twisting poses are totally fine and actually can help to alleviate common pregnancy pains such as lower back aches.

Day 21 we are focusing on Modified Seated Spinal Twist Pose, or modification of Ardha Matsyendrasana, a twisting pose. This pose increases flexibility of the spine, decreases low back pain, and helps to stretch the hips and hip flexors.

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To get into Modified Seated Spinal Twist Pose, begin seated with both feet out in front of your body. Bring one foot back to your opposite knee and press the arm from the same side into the inner portion of your thigh. Gently twist in the opposite direction, feeling a nice opening in your chest and lower back. Hold for a few seconds and then relax. Repeat on the opposite side.

Check out my other #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge poses here:

Day 20 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 20 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach.

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Day 20 we are focusing on Dolphin Plank Pose, or Makara Adho Mukha Svanasana, a stabilizing pose. This pose strengthens the core, shoulders, and chest muscles, tons the core and booty, helps to stretch the feet and hamstrings, as well as helps to minimize stress and depression. And, I don’t know you about, but I think dolphins are pretty cool so anything with the name dolphin in yoga is one of my favorite poses!

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To get into Dolphin Plank Pose, begin in Plank Pose. Lower down to your forearms one at a time, making sure that your elbows are directly below your shoulders. Send your shoulder blades down your back and your heels to the back of the room. Feel a nice stretch in your calves and arches of the feet. Keep your core strong and hold, breathing for one minute. Lower to the mat and repeat.

Check out my other #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge poses here:

Day 19 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 19 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach.

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Day 19 we are focusing on Reverse Tabletop Pose, or Ardha Purvottanasana, a simple backbend pose. This pose opens the chest and shoulders, tones the core muscles, is a safe and effective stretch for your hamstrings, and helps to build and engage the muscles in your pelvic area. Plus, it just feels good :)

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To get into Reverse Tabletop Pose, begin in Staff Pose with legs out in front of you. Bend your knees and place the soles of your feet on your mat, hip distance apart. Place your palms, fingers toward your feet, underneath your shoulders. Press your hips to the sky and bring your knees forward to be inline with your ankles. Continue utilizing your core and pelvic muscles to push your hips to the sky and drop your head backward, gazing upward. Hold for a few breaths and then bring your hips back down to the mat. Repeat.

Check out my other #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge poses here:

Day 16 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 16 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach.

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By today, I’m sure you’re sensing a theme. Hip opening poses are my kinda thang. As a runner (and a current preggo) my hips are continually tight. I love yoga for its ability to relax my body and loosen up my hips!

Day 16 we are focusing on Frog Pose, or Mandukasana, an intense hip opener. This pose stretches the inner thighs, groin and hips as well as opens the chest and shoulder muscles. It helps to relieve stress, anxiety and mild depression and may even help with lessening the severity of menstrual cramps. An all-around good pose!

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To get into Frog Pose, begin in Tabletop Pose. Walk your knees out as far as they will comfortable go. Gaze down and bring your forearms to the mat. Gently push your hips back and down until you feel a deep stretch in your hips. As you muscles loosen up, you can move you knees wider. Hold for a few minutes, making sure to breathe the entire time.

Check out my other #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge poses here:

Day 15 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 15 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach.

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Boy, oh boy do I have a good one coming at ya today. Tight hips and back pain be gone!

Day 15 we are focusing on Squat Pose, or Malasana, an opening and strengthening pose. This pose opens up the groin, lower back, and hips as well as tones the abdomen. It may look funny, but it feels oh so good.

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To get into Squat Pose, begin by standing with your feet wider than your hips, toes pointed outward. Sink your hips back and down slowly until you reach a deep squat, and your hips are a few inches off of the floor. Bring your hands to prayer and press your elbows against your knees to open up your hips. Keep your back straight and hold for 30-60 seconds. To get out of the pose, either sit back onto your mat or rise back up to standing.

Check out my other #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge poses here:

Day 14 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 14 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach.

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Ready for another yoga pose on this gorgeous Sunday? I thought so! Let’s jump right in :)

Day 14 we are focusing on Tabletop Pose, or Bharmanasana, a basic pose that is the foundation for many other poses within your yoga practice including Downward Facing Dog and Cat-Cow. This pose also helps to straighten and realign the spine.

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To get into Tabletop, come down to your hands and knees. Place your knees underneath your hips and your hands underneath your shoulders. Gaze down and slightly forward, keeping your neck in line with your spine. Straighten your back while keeping your shoulders away from your ears and your tailbone stretched toward the back of your mat.

Check out my other #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge poses here:

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