1. 5 Apps to Help You Stay Calm This Holiday


    The upcoming holiday season have you feeling stressed? You’re not alone. Between hosting family and friends and the packed social calendar, this time of year quickly becomes anything but calm. Lucky for you (and us!) there are a few apps that can help you find that zen. Here are some of our favorites…


    Calm

    Whether you’re looking for soothing ocean sounds, a guided meditation or for Matthew McConaughey to read you a bedtime story, Calm has it all. The app is designed to help with meditation and sleep with a combination of stories and sounds to help improve mindfulness and lower stress. 


    Headspace

    If you’re just getting into meditation or looking to try something new, Headspace is for you. The app features a daily meditation plus meditation courses and one-off exercises to help you manage stress, anxiety, and productivity.  


    Tap In

    If you’re having trouble finding a few minutes for yourself, Tap In can help. The app features a 10-minute guided meditation everyday (Monday - Friday) at 3PM. Do it from your desk, the coffee shop or while you’re out on a walk. You’ll be surprised how much good those 10 minutes will do you.


    10% Happier: Meditation

    From ABC News anchor Dan Harris, 10% Happier is a great app for meditation beginners or just those looking to sleep better and be happier. There are quick meditations for busy days and a library of 500+ videos and guides on everything from anxiety to parenting.


    Simply Being

    This app is, well, simple. Choose the length of time, whether or not you want a guided session, and even select your background music. Whether you have just five minutes or 25, Simply Being makes it easy to step back and center yourself.

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  2. The Stretch*d Guide to Stretching


    We’ve all been guilty of sneaking out of class before that end stretch or skipping the post-run stretch because we have a million other things on our to-do lists. We also know that stretching is really important when it comes to keeping your muscles warm and helping them recover. Even if you have to sneak out of class early, getting a stretch in later in the day will still prove beneficial.


    If there is one person that knows the importance of stretching, it’s Stretch*d co-founder and COO Vanessa Chu. Stretch*d is the stretching destination, offering personal one-on-one stretching sessions with trained “Stretch*rs.” From when to stretch to the benefits, Vanessa is sharing all of her stretching wisdom below.


    When it comes to stretching, what’s the most important thing to keep in mind? 


    It's important to remember that consistency is key when it comes to stretching. Even stretching for 5-10 minutes a day is better than nothing at all. You also don't have to stretch immediately before or after a workout. If you don't have time, it's ok. Stretching later is still better than not stretching at all!


    What do people tend to get wrong about stretching?


    As mentioned, with stretching, people tend to think that they must do a full, comprehensive stretch immediately before or after a workout. Even if you do your stretching a few hours later, your body will still reap benefits.


    Also, people think that stretching is supposed to hurt. It's not! Our method at Stretch*d is designed to be gentle and pain-free. Feeling a sensation is good, if you are highly mobile in a particular area, you may not feel a strong sensation but that's ok. Even just getting blood flow and mobility to that area still has benefits. Pain is not the game when it comes to stretching.


    What is the biggest difference between stretching before and stretching after a workout?


    The goal of stretching before a workout is to make the muscle more ready to withstand strenuous weight or movement. Dynamic stretching in particular warms the muscles up by sending blood flow to them. This helps prevent injury.


    Stretching after a workout reduces inflammation and soreness. The boost of circulation that comes with dynamic stretching helps flush out waste matter and toxins that contribute to soreness.


    How long should you be holding a stretch for it to be effective? And how my “reps” should you be doing?


    The Stretch*d Method is based on active isolated stretching, which is dynamic and movement based. In this method, we don't hold stretches for any longer than 2-3 seconds. We do sets of multiple reps (10-12) to gently build flexibility with each rep. The reason why we apply this method is because we believe it is the safest, most effective way of stretching that can be applied to almost any body.


    What are some easy ways to enhance your stretching routine?


    We love enhancement tools! We designed a custom Stretch*d strap that helps assist you into stretch*s you do own your own at home. While you might not have the extra hands of a Stretch*r at all times, you can at least you this strap to make your toes feel a little closer to your nose!


    We also use the Hypervolt percussive massage gun during sessions to help break up knots or muscle adhesions to improve the effectiveness of the stretch. 


    We also are fans of CBD. We use a CBD cream during the stretch to also help relax the muscles and reduce inflammation.



    Visit Stretch*d at 27 W 20th Street, New York, NY 10011

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  3. Fall Gym Bag Essentials

    Summer is over, which means it’s ready to get back to your regular fitness routine. We wanted to make the transition a little bit easier by helping you restock your gym bag. Here’s everything you need for your next sweat session. 



    For the Yogi…


    The Bag: This G.Label Canvas Tote is good for carrying just about everything, but we especially love taking it with us to the studio.


    The Look: Flow in style while wearing our Performance Capri, Performance Tee and Side Mesh Bra.


    The Accessories:




    For the Spin Enthusiast...


    The Bag: The Olympia Activewear Neoprene Tote will hold everything you need for your next class.


    The Look: Comfortable and breathable, our Side Mesh Bra and Performance Capri are perfect for high intensity workouts. 


    The Accessories:





    For the Gym Rat...


    The Bag: Easy to roll up and fit in your gym locker, the MZ Wallace Metro Quilted Tote is the ultimate workout bag.


    The Look: Whether you’re signed up for kickboxing or boot camp, our Fleecy Pullover is the ideal post-workout layer. 


    The Accessories: 



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