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Make winter workouts happen

Once the cold and dark weather hits and the holidays are in sight, our health routines and workouts tend to go out the window, and the lack of motivation is overwhelming.

It happens every year, it is like my motivation is taking a (loooong) winter break and just getting out of the apartment acquires a lot of effort. Not so surprising when you think about it, since it is pitch dark all day long and colder than on the north pole. Guess that’s the disadvantage of living in Scandinavia.

I never regret a workout, it´s simply getting there that is the challenge.

I have however over the years learned some tips and tricks so boost my motivation. Because I never regret a workout, it´s simply getting there that is the challenge. And I guess I am not alone? So, take a look and see if you can´t find some inspiration to get them winter workouts happen.

Buddy up
Create a family or friend challenge and spark your competitive spirit. That way you are not alone and you have fun while getting your workouts done. Maybe the winner gets to choose dinner  or gets a free lunch or whatever sparks your motivation.

Make a new playlist
We keep getting back to this tip, but it truly works! Music has such a motivational impact and sometimes you simply need the right song to get out of the sofa. Try and see what happens!

Work out at home
Seriously struggling with getting out the door? Well, it happens (a lot) and no worries. It doesn’t mean you can´t move your body. YouTube has tons of videos to choose from. Maybe try something new in the comfort of your home? A Fitnessblender session? Or some yoga? Take a look at some of our favorites here. 

Most importantly, be kind
It´s much harder to stay motivated if you don’t take the time to relax and recover. And nothing is more demotivating than setting aside your whole social life just to get those workouts in. Treat yourself with hot cacao, Christmas baking with friends or a glass or two of wine. Be nice to yourself and your body and find the balance.

And remember; a workout doesn’t necessarily mean a sweaty, hard-core workout at the gym. It can be a yoga or Pilates class, a long walk in the fresh air or whatever suits you. Just don’t forget to move that precious body of yours.


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Jānis Šaulis / Red long sleeve (sponsored) / Location: rebirth fitness

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Getting them greens in

We all heard it before: eat more greens. Vegetables are the foundation of a healthy diet and your fountain of youth (you know the drill). But getting them greens in is easier said than done if you ask me.

Vegetables are incredibly rich in nutrients and antioxidants, which boost your health and help fight off diseases. In other words, true power food! Pretty awesome, right? Saying that you will start to eat more veggies is easy, but when it comes to it, many of us fall short of our daily needs.

We therefore give you five tips on how to be getting them greens in. We´re not promising a miracle, but maybe you’ll get inspired to lure in some more.

Throw them in a mixer
Adding greens to your smoothie is maybe the simplest way eat more vegetables. Maybe you´re not a hard-core green-smoothie lover, but simply adding a handful of spinach does the trick. Take a look at our smoothie recipes, we got tons of yummy inspiration.

Boost your brekkie
Lots of breakfast dishes are seriously better with some greens. Don´t agree? Let’s give you some examples: avocado toast, scrambled eggs with spinach and tomatoes, sandwich with crème cheese topped with carrots and so much more. There is no limit!

Greens for starters
Many of us usually have salad or veggies on our dinner plate, but start eating what we find the tastiest first. Which often means that the veggies are eaten lastly and most likely to be left over too. Why not serve your veggies as a starter? That way you make sure to have eaten them before you get too full AND you end up having a two-course dinner, win win!

Replace your chips
Have you ever tried kale chips? Easy peasy to prepare and so yummy. And best of all; way healthier than potato chips and that way you get some kale into your system too. Take a look at our recipe here.

Salute the snack
Ok, we are true snack lovers, as you know, and would never in our wildest dreams suggest celery instead of chocolate. Nevertheless, cutting up some veggies (and fruits) and bring along to work, school or just have them in your handbag, available when hunger kicks in, is a great way to add some extra greens into your diet and help you when hunger strikes.

So, best of luck! See you on the other side.

And remember, everything is difficult before it becomes easy. Small steps in the right direction are better than a huge leap you’ll stumble on.


By: Henriette Danielsen

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A grateful heart – love letter from our Editor in Chief

1 of December will always be a special day for me, because that is the day Best of You was introduced to the public. Two years have passed and so much has happened on this beautiful journey.

Best of You has developed from being a blog to become a community where we inspire each other to embrace life wholeheartedly and find joy in health and wellness. A place without diets, rules or regulations, nor a formula to fit in with the masses.

We want you to find what feels good and be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.

And seeing that you do, makes me forever grateful.

The emails, the kind words, the hugs, the tears, the love: everything that you share with us makes this the best job in the world. And why waste time on being anything but fully alive?

Thank you for following, showing up at our events, for booking our services and for welcoming us into your lives. We are forever grateful and excited for the future. 2018 will bring much love, that’s for sure.


By: Henriette Danielsen, Editor in Chief / Photo cred: Pinterest

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Right where I belong

Being Editor in Chief of Best of You, I have been getting to know the health community in Stockholm more and more. Not only in terms of our collaboration partners, but all the wonderful personal trainers, yoga teachers, coaches and brand owners out there. We work together, go to events together and often train together. Which used to terrify me!

I have never been this super fit gym lover, who makes lifting weights and running on a treadmill look as easy as a Sunday stroll to the local bakery. Let me try to explain: I am more the type of girl who gets a mild heart attack after a few meters of running, who is so red in the face that it looks like my period came out of the wrong place and lifting those 2-3 kg like my life depended on it. Making it hard to feel any connection to all those bloggers and influencers out there, promoting health.

When I met all these wonderful trainers and started to get invited to their workouts and events I was terrified. “I am not fit enough for this”. “I am not one of them”. “What the fuck am I doing here”. These where all thoughts running through my head.

But then I realised that this is exactly what we want to change

We want you to know that you don’t have to be fit to join a gym class. You don’t have to be soft and limber to be able to do yoga, and you don’t have to be skinny and have abs to be able to call yourself healthy. You find what feels good to you and a balance based on your life, your body and your needs.

Which is also what inspired me to found Best of You in the first place. Because I love yoga, but I also love wine. I love to work out and sweat, but I also love my relationship to the cookie jar and our late night dates with Netflix. And that doesn’t mean I don’t belong.

Now that I finally have realised that I am no longer afraid to join a kick boxing class, lift those weights or go for a run with someone (all though I prefer not to run, hihi). My point being; don’t think you need to fulfill certain criteria’s to be part of something. You are more than enough and health is for everyone! Coming from the girl who still goes to fitness events being the only one there not being able to do pull ups or hand stands, but still enjoys herself!

So go lift those weights girl, or go to that yoga class you always wanted to try or head straight into the lions cave and join the heavy bodybuilders at the gym. Whatever you prefer, but dont let a label or the thought of not being good enough stop you. Because you rock, with or without abs!


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Jānis Šaulis / Location: rebirth fitness

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A beginners guide to meditation

Meditation can feel intimidating to those who haven’t tried it before! The great thing about meditation is that it is something that anyone can do, almost anywhere.

There are a ton of different ways to meditate — there are even apps that walk you through it. One I’m trying at the moment is Headspace. Not only that, but there are a ton of health benefits to meditation;

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improved blood circulation
  • Lower heart rate
  • Less anxiety
  • Less stress

At the beginning of each morning, or at the same time every day, try just sitting still for two to five minutes.  Sit wherever you’re most comfortable and practice deep breathing. There are a lot of mantras available to read to see if one resonates with you.

It’s also fine to practice staying present, count your breaths, and try to remain aware of how your body is feeling. If you sense an area feels more tense, try to release the tension and relax the muscles. Zenhabits also has a great guide on different ways to start meditation that I highly recommend taking a look at if you’d like to learn more.

For now, I hope that meditation is something that you’re excited to try! If you meditate already, what’s your advice for beginners? Let us know in the comments below!


By: Samantha Thayer / Photo cred: Jānis Šaulis /Location: rebirth 

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Ride the wheel

What an afternoon! Saturday 11th of November we got our sweat on and released tons of endorphins together with Urban Ride and Bodywheel. We started off with a 30 minutes Bodywheel session; a fresh approach on Pilates and functional fitness followed by 30 minutes’ state-of-the art indoor cycling experience. We´re talking 60 minutes of engaging our core muscles, getting our heat rate up and having lots of fun.

A big thank you to everyone who came and to our sponsors; Rivia Sports, Casall, Vitamin Well, Barebells and Oh No, for helping us create some awesome goodie bags. And lastly, the amazing ladies behind Bodywheel and Urban Ride.










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


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Jānis Šaulis

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Healthy Happy Hour

Friday 20th of October, we kick-started the weekend the best way possible: with good music, sweat and fun with a bunch of lovely ladies.

We had teamed up with Personal Trainer Marie Emré, behind The Workout Plan, who guided us through a circuit training, where we got to activate our muscles and got our bodies moving.

After the class, everyone got a NOA Relax & Focus to cool down and a The Healthy Box to bring home! So much endorphins and so much girl power. Best way to start the weekend for sure.

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

Marie will continue with her Healthy Happy Hours every Friday over at Studio Levels, so if you´re ever interested in joining, reach out to: info@theworkoutplan.se. The class is for all ages and perfect for beginners and those of you who want to get started again after a while away. And for those of you who are more experienced, you are more than welcome too, since you can regulate and choose the intensity yourself.


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Jānis Šaulis

Baking Recipes

Cookies are always a good idea

On these especially bleak Mondays of winter, we suggest whipping up a batch of cookies for yourself, or someone you love.

We all love cookies, right? So why not start the week with something you love? And cookies don’t necessarily mean tons of sugar, there are other options out there, made in no time! Like these ones, that we came across on Deliciously Ella´s blog.

Ingredients
1,5 cups of almonds
1 cup of dates (about 12 dates)
1 tbsp. chia seeds
3 tbsp. unsweetened almond milk
Dark chocolate (vegan if preferred) and/or raisins

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. While the oven is heated, simply add all the ingredients in a blender and mix. Then mix in pieces of dark chocolate and/or raisins. When ready roll small balls and add them to baking sheet and squish them down to cookies. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Happy Monday!


By: Henriette Danielsen / Illustrative photo: Pinterest / Recipe: Deliciouslyella.com 

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Early birds, night owls and exhausted pigeons

For some of us, the alarm clock sounds like a lullaby and they jump out of bed ready to seize the day. For others…there is the snooze button.

I have always belonged to the first category. Mornings have always been my favorite part of the day, and not just because of breakfast. This is when I’m the most productive, when I feel the most creative, hopeful and optimistic. It is like a blank canvas, everything is fresh and everything can happen.

Party poopers like Shia Labeouf’s character in Wall Street 2 will say:

I feel bad for anybody who feels that way, it means their day can’t get any better“.

Well I respectfully disagree. I personally never could understand how people don’t enjoy mornings and all of its promises.

Until I came across an article in the beautiful Dutch magazine Flow in which they interviewed Michael Breus, specialist in chronobiology. What the heck is that you may ask? It’s the study of periodic phenomena on living organisms and their adaptation to solar/lunar related rhythms. Basically, he is looking at our internal clock.

Researchers came up with four categories of people and Breus also associates them to animals:

  • those who get up early (lions)
  • those who go to bed late (wolves)
  • the people who just don’t need that much sleep (dolphins)
  • everyone in between (bears)

He explains that those characteristics are not just due to bad daily habits, will power or laziness. It actually goes way back, all the way to prehistory when each group of people had different roles and activities such as hunting, guarding camp at night, picking up fruits… it’s in our genes! With time, our way of life has changed dramatically, but our body has not evolved at the same pace. The invention of electricity for example has completely redefined our rhythms, but also faster transportation (hello jetlag!) or the weather strongly impacts our body.

According to Breus, people should not feel guilty for not being able to get up at 7 am every day to be at work at 8:30 then drag themselves around all morning drinking coffee like there is no tomorrow. And instead of pointing the fingers at the “lazy wolves”, society would actually be better off respecting everyone’s internal clock. At the end of the day what matters most is what we have accomplished, not when we’ve done it.

So, what are you? A lion or a dolphin? Whichever category you find yourself in, own it!


By: Mo Oléron, inspired by Flow magazine / Photo cred

Recipes Snacks

Berry Bliss Balls

Introducing my recipe for Pink October! Raw, vegan and gluten free, these pink berry bliss balls will take you only five minutes to prepare. They make a lovely healthy snack to enjoy anytime of the day. 

Ingredients
1 cup (100 g) mixed berries, fresh or frozen
3/4 cup (80 g) gluten free oats
1/4 cup (35 g) coconut flour*
1/3 (20g) shredded coconut
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 pinch of salt
1/4 cup (40 ml) maple or agave syrup

* Possibility to replace coconut flour with almond flour if desired.

** You can replace agave or maple syrup with 4 pitted fresh dates. If using them, adjust the quantity of water to moisten the texture.

Instructions
Place all the ingredients in a food processor and mix until you get a sticky dough. If too dry, add a few drops of water. With your hands or using a small ice cream scoop, shape the balls. Optional: coat with shredded coconut or unsweetened cocoa powder. Let set in refrigerator for at least one hour before serving. Store in an airtight container placed in the refrigerator for up to one week, or up to one month in the freezer. Enjoy!


By: Delphine Fortin, Author and food blogger behind Del’s Cooking Twist. Find original recipe here!