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Follow my journey to a stronger and healthier me  

A few weeks ago, I met Michael Glover, the founder of rebirth fitness in Stockholm. He introduced me to his concept and immediately caught my interest.

rebirth is dedicated to providing the best personal training and wellness services in the most unique, private environments. They develop personalized training programs based on your individual needs, your condition, and your goals, sharing their knowledge to make your training more effective and fun!

I am an active girl (or should I say lady), but not in the “running to the gym every day” kind of way. I prefer to go for long walks, throw in a few power walks and get on my yoga mat to find what feels good.  Strength training on the other hand, not so familiar with. Of course I have suffered through both Abs and Ass and Bodypump from time to time, but I never grasped the whole concept of strength training and how it can help my body in more ways than one.

Until I met Michael.

Having two jobs it’s fair to say that I sit a lot in front of a computer and my neck and back pay the dues. Being 28 years old and have a posture of a 90 year old, not so fun. Being 28 years old and not strong enough to hold a ball of 10 kg, not so fun. Being 28 years old and have headaches because my neck is hurting, again; not so fun. So Michael and I decided to team up and do something about that.

Being 28 years old and have a posture of a 90 year old, not so fun.

I will meet Michael for 10 whole session and during those sessions he will get me in shape in a fun and effective way (the rebirth way). In about five weeks he will get my body working again, help me get stronger and teach me to exercise the right way for my body.

Follow my journey on our Instagram account and I will of course check in later and let you know how it goes when a regular (very untrained girl) hits the gym.

Wish me good luck!


By: Henriette Danielsen, Editor in Chief / Photo cred: Clara Mo / Location: rebirth fitness

Be Inspired

Happiness boosters

Ever have those days where you’re just not motivated to workout, but you do it anyway? And afterwards you have a burst of energy and your whole day just seems brighter, happier, and overall more productive?

That’s a little reaction caused by chemicals in our body known as endorphins. Endorphins improve natural immunity and reduce our perception of pain. Exercise also triggers the neurotransmitter norepinephrine, which may directly improve our mood.

Regularly exercising is not only great for our bodies health but for our emotional and mental health as well. Some studies have even shown that exercise could even serve as a replacement for those taking antidepressants for mild to moderate depression.

So, we know that exercise is good for our emotional health – but how much exercise do we really need to see the effects on our mood? Experts suggest we only need half an hour to an hour of moderate exercise, like brisk walking, five to seven days a week. Regularly exercising is also a great way to boost your self-confidence, distract your mind from worries, and help you make new friends.

So, next time you’re starting to feel a little down, try going on an evening
(or morning, for you early birds) walk and really practice being in the moment.

Not only does exercise really help improve your overall mood, getting the proper nutrients to fuel your body can make a huge difference too.

When your body gets the nutrition it needs, you end up being able to maintain higher energy levels that will help you maintain regular exercise. And eating a variety of healthy foods is important because what we eat directly effects our brains. Carbohydrates increase our serotonin – the happy chemical – which is why some of us crave ALL THE CARBS when we’re under stress. Healthy fats (omega-3 fatty acids) also influence our brain processes because they become part of the membranes of brain cells.

Pretty cool, right?

If you find yourself feeling “low” throughout the day, try changing the timing of your meals. And try to stick to healthy snacks (we’ve got lots of options), and eat nutrient-dense meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and see what happens.

In conclusion, if you find yourself having a rough go of things lately, make it a point to get out and be active whether it’s by yourself, with friends or family. Go for a walk, take a yoga class, or try something new. Afterwards, replenish your body with nutritious food and I’ll bet you start feeling better (and no; enjoying some chocolate from time to time on the sofa won’t kill you).

There are a lot of things that cause stress in our daily lives, so be patient with yourself and take the time to breathe, be active, let go, and recharge.


By: Samantha Thayer / Photo cred: Clara Mo /Location: rebirth fitness

Events Upcoming Events

Sightseeing with a twist

Best of You is proud to present a brand-new concept; the Yoga Tour. A unique combination of sightseeing and yoga in the heart of Stockholm.

Our very own yoga teacher Mo has teamed up with the founder of Run With Me Stockholm and created a tour with a twist, offering a 30 minutes guided walk through the old town of Stockholm, followed by a 60 minutes yoga session outdoors. In the end a traditional, Swedish “fika” is served.

Dan, the founder of Run With Me Stockholm moved to Stockholm from “Down Under” a few years back. Being a runner inspired him to create a community to gather likeminded people, so that they could meet up and run together. In addition, he started offering weekly guided running tours through the city, as well as team building activities.

Being very much into outdoor activities herself, Mo reached out to Dan back in September 2016, and together they came up with the idea to combine guided tours with outdoors yoga. A fun and active way of offering people something new. After much planning and waiting for spring to arrive, it´s finally time to launch the brand new concept.

We are happy to announce that the first official Yoga Tour is now open for booking and will be held on Saturday the 22th of April.

The tour is offered in English and/or French and lasts about 1hour and 45 minutes. It takes you on a half an hour walk through the Old Town, sharing historical and fun facts about the town´s past and contemporary history. The walk ends on a beautiful spot with a breath-taking view over lake Mälaren where a one hour hatha yoga pass then takes place, and ends with a delicious all vegan, all organic “fika” served by Vivo Sthlm.

This is a unique way to discover, or re discover, the heart of Stockholm city. While it may seem like this activity mostly target traveling yogis, it´s open to everyone eager to try something new. Not only travellers, but Stockholmers as well. After all, when was the last time you played tourist in your own city?

Read more about the tour here and feel free to reach out it you have any questions. Let´s stay active while having some fun!


Photo cred: Beniot Derrier 

Events Previous Events

Building strength, balance and agility together


On Saturday 18th of March we started our day with a bunch of beautiful ladies at Elements Spa at Clarion Hotel in Stockholm. We got to try a whole new training concept called Bodywheel, that is developed around a wheel that is used as a versatile guiding tool. Founder Jennifer Winter led us through a 45 minutes’ class, filled with hard work and lots of laughter.

After the class we got to cool down and recharge with drinks from drinkNOA and delicious energy bars served by Regina behind Lovely Raw. And before heading home, everyone got a little surprise bag filled with goodies from Myactivestyle, Grounded Factory, Elements Spa, MyMuesli and Yuhme.

We want to thank everyone who came and spent their morning working out with us and Jennifer who held the class and shared her passion with us all. A big thanks also to our sponsors, who all joined in to make this event a huge success. We are left with sore abs and lots of new energy!














Head over to Facebook to see more pictures from our event and to keep track on whats up next.


By: Henriette Danielsen /Photo cred: Ali Mian and Clara Mo

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The wonders of Pilates

Pilates has grown in popularity over the last years and isn’t only for Hollywood celebs anymore. It’s a complete workout for both the body and mind, and after having tried it a few times it has become my go-to workout.

We give you three reasons to why Pilates is pretty awesome:

Stronger core
Pilates is a great exercise when you want to strengthen your core muscles (and no, not just so you can get abs to show off). Since practically every motion you do requires you to activate your core, a strong and flexible one is key. It enhances balance and stability and will prevent injuries and ultimately give you a stronger back too.

Bye bye stress
Implementing Pilates into your weekly fitness routine can help you wave stress goodbye. Pilates is a very mindful form of exercise, so rather than blasting through high-intensity workouts you focus on each movement with a deep awareness and learn to breathe deeply. By doing so you slow your heart rate down and in that way also your mind. However, you activate your whole body, leaving you sore the day after (the good kind of sore of course).

No fuss
Pilates is time efficient and the results show pretty fast (which is a motivator itself).  It´s good for the whole body; building leaner muscles, improves core strength and flexibility. It boosts self-esteem and heightens your concentration.

Why not give it a go? Personally, I love Pilates because it helps me release tension, while working out at the same time.


By: Henriette Danielsen

Body

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

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Join us for a new workout experience

A new training concept is in town and we’re so excited to be able to invite you to give it a try!

The Bodywheel method is a whole new training concept that is the lovechild of Pilates and functional fitness. The entire method is developed around a wheel that is used as a versatile guiding tool, and each class is 45 minutes of body conditioning, sculpting and lengthening the physique.

Founder Jennifer Winter will give a short introduction followed by a 45-minute class. Each exercise is modifiable and the wheel allows you to decide your own level of intensity, so it’s for all levels! You will be served an energy bar from Lovely Raw and a drink from drinkNOA  to get some energy before we get started.

Afterwards a wonderful goodie bag will be waiting, sponsored with tights from Myactivestyle and a bag from Grounded Factory in addition to some discount codes. Everything you need to hit your next class!

Practical information
When: 18th of March 2017, 09:30-11:30
Where: Clarion Hotel Stockholm, Ringvägen 98, 118 60 Stockholm
Price: 300 SEK
Registration: For registration swish to number 070-269-0342 or transfer to 8480-6,934 321 784-1 and state your name in the message box. Note that to secure a spot you need to pay the fee. Once that is done you are on the guest list. Last date to book a spot is on the 17th of March and all cancellations less than 24 hours prior to the workshop will not be refunded.
Additional information: Note that the event will be held in English. There are only 12 spots so make sure to book today! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us.

Read more about Jennifer Winter and Bodywheel here or check out her Instagram account for more inspiration.

Body

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 

Featured Stories

A new workout experience designed to transform & inspire

A new training concept is in town and I’m so excited! There’s nothing more motivating than
trying something new, and the timing is perfect because my new year’s boost is almost gone. I met up with Jennifer Winter, founder of the Bodywheel method to learn more.

By: Henriette Danielsen Photo: Ali Mian

The Bodywheel method is a whole new training concept that is the lovechild of Pilates and functional fitness. The entire method is developed around a wheel that is used as a versatile guiding tool, and each class is 45 minutes of body conditioning, sculpting and lengthening the physique.

It was the lack of physically and mentally challenging classes that made Jennifer Winter set out on a quest with one goal: to simplify the fitness world.
– Either the classes were too long and easy or they felt rushed without direction. I also found them outdated and repetitive. It’s interesting how in 2017 we have drones and self-driving cars, but fitness and health seems to be stuck in the 90s. So why isn’t fitness granted the same innovation as all other aspects of modern life? Then it struck me; Fitness can be modern, fitness can be creative and fitness can be chic. My goal was to then create a workout that is updated and effective, she explains.

Jennifer was working as a professional ballet dancer in New York, London and Austria, but moved to Stockholm three years ago. Inspired by the entrepreneurship of Stockholmers she decided to switch careers and founded Bodywheel in September 2016.

When she created it, it was important for her that everyone would be able to participate in her classes.
– Each exercise is modifiable and the wheel allows you to decide your own level of intensity. There are also variations you can do without the wheel if an exercise is too advanced. In the future, I will develop an online guide showing each exercise step by step, she says.

I developed Bodywheel for the modern woman thus making it short and effective so you have the time to conquer the world

What makes this workout form better than others?
– This workout is something NEW! It gives your body and brain the opportunity to engage in a whole different way. I developed Bodywheel for the modern woman thus making it short and effective so you have the time to conquer the world. The biggest disappointment is leaving a class and not feeling sore the next day, so each Bodywheel exercise targets the body head to toe with direct muscle stimulation.

And the results show that it’s working!
– The combination of stretching and strengthening is the perfect dynamic your body needs. You will see improvements in your balance, coordination, mobility and overall strength. The wheel allows you to find your full range of motion and lengthens the muscles without bulk.

Do you recommend focusing on only this kind of workout or combine it with for example running etc.?
– Although the class is well rounded with elements of strength, cardio and stretching, I always encourage people to move in any way that motivates them. I love to combine a morning run with a Bodywheel session, she says.

Having invented a new and fun workout form kind off gives you the motivation to get up of the sofa, I guess. Do you have any tips for those who still struggle with getting more active?
– Start off slow. You can train for 15 minutes once a week, 20 the next. This gives your body the time to catch up and eliminates the stress-factor of having to get in shape right away. It’s a more realistic and approachable way of reaching your goals. Also, try to find a class that you genuinely enjoy, and then it won’t feel like working out.

Interested in giving Bodywheel a try? Check out Jennifer’s website here or follow her on Instagram for more inspiration.



Name: Jennifer Beatrice Winter
Age: 30
Lives: Stockholm, Sweden
What motivates you? Knowing that I can help someone find their full potential and make them feel superhuman for 45 minutes is immensely motivational.

Body

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