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Half marathon half prepared

For those of you who don’t know me, let me set one thing straight: I haven’t always been a runner. I used to be one of those who was under the impression that running was something you only did when being chased. I also like to add that the very first day I ran seven minutes on a treadmill without stopping I emailed my entire family. True story.

That was seven years ago. A lot has changed since then. I have managed to stay longer and longer on the treadmill (and fought the urge of emailing my family every time) and have started to actually enjoy it, most of the time. I have broken personal records, in terms of time and distances, and registered for a few races here and there. So, I guess you could say I’m a runner now.

However, I must admit I have periods where I’m a much better runner than others. Others being when my friends: “laziness”, “cold-weather” and “procrastination” come together and throw a party in the living room of my mind. Usually, the best way for me to get back into my running shoes is to register to a race. If I’m gonna pay someone to be able to run in the street, something I am well aware I can do for free any day of the year, I’m gonna at least do my best! And that usually does the trick: I wanna do better than the last time, so I go out for a run and start training.

This year however, it didn’t quite work as planned. I had so much on my plate when I moved back to Sweden last fall that running fell off my priority list. Until my friend Amandine told me she had registered to Paris half marathon 2017 and was planning on running it with me. My lovely Dine had register for two half marathons two years in a row and had to withdraw each time at the last minute because of injuries. I felt like I couldn’t refuse so I registered too. That was last summer. That gives me plenty of time I thought.

So…Paris half marathon is this weekend…

What happened? I think I partied hard with my old friends “laziness”, “cold-weather” and “procrastination” and a newbie to the party: “super duper busy”. Bottom line, I find myself running 21.1km in a few days and have run 1x 12km, 1x14km and 1x16km the past month. That’s it. I can probably kiss my dream of beating my personal record goodbye, but I am secretly hoping all the yoga I’ve been incorporating in my daily routine will do the trick when it comes to breathing and stride.

But not being 100 percent prepared does not bother me anymore. It did at first, until I realised three things:
• I am the only one to blame, lesson learned
• It’s up to me to go out there and have fun and make the best of it
• No matter what, we’re still having brunch afterwards

Once this is over and if I survive it, I promise myself I’ll be more disciplined with my running. And should my usual “friends” pay me a visit I’ll make sure to get out there and meet up with real friends at www.runwithmestockholm.com for my weekly dose of motivation instead.

If like me, you’re wondering how it will go on Sunday, stay tuned and have a look at our Instagram story!


By: Morgane Oleron / Photo cred 

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Get your namaste on

Going to a yoga studio can be both time-consuming and expensive, making many skeptical to give it a try. We therefore give you the tools to get your namaste on without having to leave your home or spend a dime!

Yoga is a wonderful way to stay active and will not only give your body a workout, but your mind as well. It requires you to be in the moment and turn your awareness inwards. Just what we need!

But there can be several things that can keep you from the studio – time, money or even fearing to look silly in front of more experienced yoginis (no need to feel silly though)! Whatever the reason, we got the solution.

So, get your mat out and get your namaste on! Here are two different practices (one short and one longer) with our favorite teacher, Adriene.


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Clara Mo

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Tap into that inner smile  

Hate Mondays? Check! Not so fond of mornings in general? Check! Make it better with a workout? CHECK!

Why not start your day by unleashing some endorphins and tap into that inner smile of yours? Because what better than to face Monday head on with a bright smile? (It will require some work from your side though).

We’re only talking two minutes’ people! Two minutes’ max intensity and then you can jump into the shower and embrace the day.

Let get going:
20 jumping jacks
5 burpees
30 second plank
20 squats
20 lunge (10 on each leg)

Done! Have a wonderful day and remember; spread that smile


By: Henriette Danielsen

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15 minutes’ workout to kick start your week

It’s Monday, which means a brand new week is here! Are you ready to embrace it?

Kick start your Monday the best way possible and get your sweat on. This workout will definingly wake you up and get your head in the game and best of all; it takes only 15 minutes!

So, grab your mat and your phone and let’s do this!

Happy Monday peeps!


By: Henriette Danielsen / Sponsored tights from MAS 

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Five fabulous reasons to work out

While some embrace an active lifestyle wholeheartedly, there are those who can’t seem to find a good reason to work out (myself included from time to time).

Are you struggling with getting your gym shoes on and get active? Feeling like every workout is a battle between what you should do and what you want to do? If the answer is yes, continue reading!

We give you five fabulous reasons to why you should want to work out! And it has nothing to do with looking good on the beach or get that glorious selfie!

You get more energy
We are often under the impression that working out drain us of energy, but quite the contrary. But to get, you must give. “I really regretted that workout”, said no one ever, remember that.

Improves your mood
We all know that working out releases endorphins and endorphins make us happy! The math is really simple! Get active and boost your mood. Even a moderate walk will help you battle the blues, and studies show that being physically active is a natural antidepressant.

Better sex
An active lifestyle makes you feel better about yourself, which again can make you feel sexier. Training also helps boost testosterone and this important hormone, present in both males and females, increases your sex drive. So, let’s get it oooon (the workout, not the sex – or…)

Because it’s fun
You heard me: fun! Working out doesn’t need to be boring at all. Just take the time to find an activity you like. Don’t run on a treadmill day in and day out if it bores you. Personally, I like power walks, yoga and kettlebell. Maybe dance, tennis or whatever more’s out there interests you and sparks something in you?

Improves your memory
Exercise results in higher blood levels of hormones that are associated with a strong memory, so exercise can boost your memory and help you learn better. It also gives your brain more energy and oxygen. Maybe not going to ace your exam just because your working out on a regular basis, but you get my drift!

And if none of the points above motivate you, well then just think of all the brag rights you earn by starting an active lifestyle. And you’ll live longer too, did I mention that?


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred 

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Back at it

It’s that time of year again: the time when everyone heads over to the gym, filled with motivation and new goals! Ourselves included!

So, we’re ready to pack our gym bag and get started. Here are some essentials that can be good to remember.

Water bottle
Like always; make sure you drink enough both during and after your workout. Since we’re not a fan of plastic we recommend a cool glass bottle! Both stylish and better for you and the environment.

Tunes
There’s nothing more annoying then realizing you forgot your headphones, because let’s be honest: music is our biggest motivator. Make sure you always have a pair in your gym bag and don’t forget to have the ultimate playlist downloaded!

Bars
Working out makes us crazy hungry, and why wait? By having bars available in your gym bag you also avoid temptations on your way home.

Smell good
A roller perfume or a good deodorant is key! Because that “just came from the gym scent” won’t always do it.

Hair ties
Because sweaty hair in your mouth and eyes isn’t exactly what we like to call comfortable.


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred 

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Holiday active

It’s Christmas and let’s face it, hitting the gym isn’t exactly on top of our list. However, there are plenty of options for having an active holiday and I’m here to share them with you!   

The last thing on most of our minds during Christmas is facing the frigid cold and work out. Some gyms are even closed during the holidays, so if you actually do decide you want to exercise it might be hard to find the resources. That’s why we’ve come up with some fun tips to help you stay active and happy during the holiday.

Go play
You don’t need to find a formal ‘workout’ to stay active on the holidays. Get outside with friends or family and go sledding, skiing, snowboarding or build a snowman! It’s a great way to stay active while having some fun and making memories.

YouTube workouts
You can find plenty of exercises to follow on YouTube when the weather is too cold outside. Try to find some fun holiday-themed ones to follow so you can stay in the Christmas spirit while working up a sweat!

Ice skating
Ice skating is a great activity to do with a loved one, friends or children. The best part about this sport is that you can go have fun no matter what difficulty level you are at. You don’t have to take lessons to do well!

New Year’s cleaning
That’s right – cleaning your home up before the new year is a great way to stay active! There is no better feeling than a fresh, clutter-free home to start your new year off in. Get family involved if they live with you and make sure everyone has a role – and hit up the ice rink after for ice skating!

Make it a tradition
Make a tradition to stay active during the holidays. Many gyms are closed on Christmas, so you could for example make it a tradition going for a walk to look at Christmas lights with you family. Or enjoy a session of yoga to de-stress!

When you find yourself lacking motivation to get active on a holiday, remember that a little exercise will keep your mood and energy levels high to keep up with the holiday and enjoy it to the fullest.


By: Samantha Thayer / Photo cred

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FriYAY workout

On Fridays I usually want to run straight home after work, jump into my softest pajamas and unwind after the week. However, squeezing in a short workout before you welcome the weekend has its benefits.

You smile more (and who doesn’t want that?), you’ll sleep better and best of all; you can embrace that couch with extra much love. Or rehydrate on some margaritas with friends, whatever suits you best!

No matter what you choose, here is a short and effective workout to round off your week:

Warm up
Rowing or running five minutes.

Exercises
15 reps x 3 sets on each exercise

Squats
Lunge
Jumping jacks
Push-ups
Dips
Crunches

That’s it: quick and effective! If you lack the motivation (it’s Friday after all, we get the struggle) you should read our best tips on how to stay motivated.  Happy FriYAY everyone


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Pinterest

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Say bye-bye to chapped and dry lips

Winter is here and it’s cold outside, which is not so fun for our skin – least of all our lips!

Honestly; it can be brutal with the cold air, the chilly wind and dry air inside. And one body part that seems to suffer most are my lips. They get dry and chapped, and I guess I am not the only one with this problem?

Worry not! I found the magical cure that makes me able to keep them smooth and soft all winter long.

Ingredients
2 tsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. coconut oil 
1 tsp. honey 
A dash of cinnamon 

Instructions
Mix all the ingredients before scrubbing your lips carefully. Let it sit for about 10-15 minutes before wiping it off with a damp cotton ball. Then add some coconut oil to your lips and let it work overnight. Do this every second week, it will peel off dead skin and moisturize deeply. Good luck!


By: Henriette Danielsen / Recipe: MåBra  /Photo cred 

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Keep the motivation to work out, even when it’s cold

Confession time.

Working out when it’s cold outside is just not something that comes easily to me. The last thing I want to do in the morning when I wake up is leave my warm, comfortable bed and face the frigid, cold reality that I could either be disciplined and exercise or cherish my hot cup of coffee and snuggle in bed some more.

But your morning doesn’t have to play out that way. There are some great ways we can exercise and stay motivated even when it’s cold outside. Don’t worry, one of them includes not even leaving your house. Really.

Remind yourself why you do this
When you wake up in the morning, look at the clock, and think “why me?” and go to hit the snooze button… remember why you prioritize your health. Remind yourself of the energy you will have for the rest of the day and how you feel happier after getting all those endorphins.  Yes, getting up when it’s cold outside can be rough, but it’s all about attitude.

That thing called YouTube
YouTube has thousands and thousands of free workout videos. Typically, you only need a yoga mat (and maybe some dumbbells) to complete most routines. This makes them an easy, free, convenient way to have someone else motivate you without leaving your house. You’re welcome.

Find an accountability partner
Find someone (a friend, personal trainer, family member, etc) to help keep you accountable for exercising during the winter. It doesn’t even have to be someone who works out with you, just find someone to help support your goal of staying active even when you don’t feel motivated!

Layer up
I realize this tip might be completely obvious, or maybe not. If you’re going to go exercise outside, it’s important to wear the proper attire for the weather. Make sure you’re doing what you can to stay warm, but remember you might feel warmed up during exercise. Try finding some lightweight gloves, jackets, hats, scarves, or leggings. The little things make all the difference! Layer your workout gear so it’s easy to remove something if you feel too hot during or after your workout.

If you miss a day, it will be OK
My last tip is this: if you miss a workout, the world will not end. It doesn’t mean you failed. Sometimes it’s just not going to happen, and you don’t have much control over that.  If you miss a workout, it’s up to you to make the most of your day and tell yourself that tomorrow is a fresh start!

Hopefully these tips can help you find the inspiration or motivation to work out even when it’s cold outside! Personally, the workouts I love to do indoors I find at Blogilates on YouTube or Yoga with Adriene – both have great workouts for beginners and use only a yoga mat.

Happy hibernating,


By: Samantha Thayer /Photo cred: Steps