I bend so I don’t break

Regular stretching does your body good in more ways than one, but is something many of us tend to neglect. Here are some reasons why you should start stretching that fine body of yours.

First off, stretching can lead to both better posture, less pain and a stronger foundation. It will also increase your blood flow, sending more oxygen to your brain, giving you a clearer (and happier) mind.

Secondly, it reduces the risk of injury. Stretching works a little like preventative medicine for the body, ensuring that it stays mobile and flexible. Having a flexible body means that your long muscles are not as susceptible to tearing.

Being zen is not only for yogis.

Lastly; stretching has a calming effect. Being zen is not only for yogis. It does wonders to your mind, providing you with a mental break, giving you the opportunity to focus and re-charge.

So, why not release some tension and re-energize by stretching for a few minutes today?

By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Clara Mo


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 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 


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


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


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 


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 


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.

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!

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 


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.

15 reps x 3 sets on each exercise

Jumping jacks

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

Be Inspired Body

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.

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

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 


When fitness becomes harmful  

Feel like whenever you log on to Instagram an overload of “fitspiration” is shoved in your face? Sick and tired of reading about people who go to the gym twice a day, every damn day?

Coming across “motivational” fitspiration in social media is unavoidable, but all it does is make us feel bad about ourselves. At least it does to me. “You have to go through the worst to get to the best”, “Do it for the thigh gap” and “This month’s diet is next month’s body” really doesn’t do any good.

Many are under the impression that you either go all in or you go home, which leads too many into this vicious circle where they obsess about hitting the gym, pushing their bodies to the absolute limit. And when they can’t uphold their so-called healthy lifestyle over time, they punish themselves for failing (which is definitely not healthy). At that point I think many of us need to rethink what it means to take care of your bodies.

Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do. Not a punishment for what you ate.

Being active and taking care of your health is important, no doubt about it, and we will never say otherwise. What we on the other hand will say is; don’t stress it! You don’t need to have abs, be able to run a marathon or lift a building to deserve a pat on the shoulder! All you need to do is find what works for you and have fun doing it. Like to walk? Then go for a walk! Like yoga? Then practice yoga! Like to play basketball? Then play basketball! Prefer to only do it occasionally, well, then do it occasionally.

Personally, it took me a while do understand this, but when I did, I unfollowed all those so-called inspirational accounts and founded Best of You with my two friends, Linnea and Victoria. Because we want this platform to be a true place of inspiration and happiness, not a place of shame of not feeling good enough. Because you are good enough. With or without abs!

We all need a little extra motivation or inspiration to get moving sometimes, but let’s do it the right way, ok? So, dear reader, don’t stress it. Take small steps and find what works for you and what makes you happy. And most importantly, do it for the right reasons.

By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: PopSugar