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Be Inspired Body

Turn a decision into action

Being physically active is something we all know we will benefit from. It is what we need to keep our body healthy and happy. Actually doing it though, not that easy.

Working out is without doubt good for you; you sleep better, get your energy level up, you feel stronger, healthier and more confident. Yet we seem to find the craziest excuses not to work out way too often. The lack of motivation is huge for many of us (myself included from time to time).

Finding an excuse is easy, getting into your workout gear and get started, not so much.

So, how do you make working out a natural part of your everyday life? We share some our best tips to create sustainable health routines.

Start small
I know it may be tempting to go all in, but start small. Running to the gym every day when your body isn’t used to the activities will only drain you of your energy and eventually you will fall of the wagon.

Start early
Yes, you heard me. Set that alarm clock one hour earlier than you usually do and get it done. In addition to being the best way to wake the body up it has a lot of health benefits. You can read all about them here.

All movement counts
Don´t forget that taking a walk, swimming in the ocean or playing football with your kids counts as exercise. As long as you move, it counts. So don´t be too hard on yourself and don´t worry, there is no need to visit the gym every day.

Accept where you’re at
Changes don´t happen overnight, so don’t expect to become a spinning expert in matter of days. However, your mindset is key, so by just deciding you want to be more active you have done half the work already.

Have fun
Like we always say and our biggest motto: have fun! There are so many ways to be active so don’t lock yourself in the gym if you don’t like it. Grab a friend and explore the endless opportunities out there and we promise, you will find your thing.

Good luck in finding what feels good. And if you are ever interested in trying new stuff stay tuned for our upcoming events, we always find a way to get active.


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Nina Isabell Abrahamsen 

Be Inspired Body

Benefits of working out in the morning

Not all of us are early birds, but there are some pretty good reasons to why you may wanna consider becoming one, and using your morning hours for improving your fitness level.

Let’s take a closer look on the benefits of getting your workouts done in the morning:

You can check it off your list
If you do your daily run, workout or yoga practice pre-dawn you can check it off your list for the day and proceed to do your work, your domestic chores or pursue all other activities you have planned for the day. The day will be ahead of you, and you will have lots of energy to seize the day. Win-win!

Boost your metabolism
Your body will continue burning the calories from your morning run or workout even when you are sitting in front of your office desk hours later. This is due to EPOC (Excess post-exercise oxygen consumptions) which means that the body will continue burning calories post-workout for as much as 14 hours after it. This will help boost your metabolism and kick start your system!

Helps you stick to your routine
Morning training will allow you to stick to your daily program and your exercise regimen easier. If you get up early and do your workout or daily run, you do not risk needing to delay or skip it because of having to work late or due to other unexpected events which can happen later on in the day.

Energizes you
Getting moving early in the morning will actually energize you, better than a strong cup of coffee will. Morning training boosts the mental activity and the ability to focus. This will help make you more productive at work and during the rest of the day.

Gives you more discipline
Following an early-morning exercise regime will also help you enhance your personal self-discipline. If you are not normally an early riser, this program will help become more disciplined, which will definitely have a positive effect on the other activities you pursue.

Improves your sleep
Even though you will be getting up earlier in the morning, it will help you sleep better in the long run. In the evening your body will feel some healthy fatigue, and you will be ready to go to sleep on time, without tossing and turning in the bed.

Getting your exercise done in the early morning hours has its benefits, so why not give it a try? See how it feels!


By: Cara Haley, Owner and editor of the shoe-review site Comfort Hacks. She is addicted to running, writing, and loves spending time outdoors either hiking or camping. She also writes about running, crossfit gear and other sports related topics for Fitaholic Gear.

Be Inspired Mind

I changed the rules

For years, I’ve been living by the rules. Or what I thought were the rules. Turns out I was interpreting them all wrong.

Be nice: let others walk all over you.
Be respectful: do not utter your own opinion.
Be humble: stay within your comfort zone.
Be polite: do not stand up for yourself and constantly apologize.

Let’s say I have built up a fair amount of frustration over the years, until I realized what a waste of time and energy it was trying to please everyone. But it’s one thing to recognize it, and admit it. It´s a whole different thing to actually act on it. You can repeat to yourself that life is short, you can buy postcards with empowering quotes, but when you find yourself facing challenging situations, habits die hard.

When I turned 30 I told myself (I even wrote it down) that this year would be the one I do what makes me truly happy. 6+ months in the year it’s time for a check-up:

While my changes are neither “drastic” nor spectacular, I am proud. I stood up for myself on several occasions. In my own way, but I did. What I am probably most proud of however, is getting out of my comfort zone. I gathered the courage to tell people I liked what they were doing/wearing/standing for. I reached out to them and told them I felt the same way and that I had dreams and skills in spades. I shut up the little voice in my head saying “who do you think you are? Why would people care? You really think one else thought of that before you?!”.

And what happened? People reached back. People wanted to meet and brainstorm. In six months, I made more new friends and interesting contacts than I had in years, people who took me to where I am today.  And the best part: it brought me to the beautiful adventure that Best of You is.

My rules haven’t changed, but they now have a whole new meaning:
Be nice: take care of yourself to be able to care for others.
Be respectful: always hear others out before letting them hear your voice.
Be humble: share successes, admit and learn from failures.
Be polite: never stop smiling.

Habits die hard. Key word being: die. Like everything else in life, with practice come progress.


By: Morgane Oleron

Be Inspired Body

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 is the highest form of health

Best of You is relaunching today and we are proud to present our improved website and our brand new concept.

Best of You is an inspirational lifestyle and wellness platform where we want to encourage and inspire our readers to embrace a happy and healthy lifestyle. It´s run by two passionate spirits; Henriette and Mo and their wonderful team of freelancers.

What we offer is

We believe health is a combination of what we choose to fuel our body and mind with. Health is not just what you eat or how you choose to exercise, but also how you see, talk and perceive yourself. Our goal is to provide you with the inspiration and tools to live your life to the best of your ability and love every part of yourself.

We truly hope you like our evolved concept as the joy of sharing and creating a community around Best of You is what drives us every day. In the end, all we want is to be happy, and find the balance to live a long and fulfilled life. As Dalai Lama once said: “Happiness is the highest form of health”, and we couldn’t agree more.

So, take a look around, meet the team and be inspired.

Lots of love from Henriette and Mo

 

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 

Guest Posts

6 essential oils that can ease your headache

Headaches are one of the most annoying conditions and usually caused by stress, fatigue from work, dehydration, hunger etc. While you may find instant relief from over-the-counter pain medications, we always try to turn to natural remedies first, in order to avoid all the chemicals that comes with.  A great example of these natural remedies are essential oils.

Essential oils have a lot of benefits; They are not only great for cleaning and sanitation, but could also help relieve several conditions including headache. Let’s take a closer look:

Peppermint
Peppermint provides a nice cooling sensation on the skin, making you feel relaxed. This makes it an all-around headache relief because of its ability to inhibit muscle contractions and stimulate blood flow in the forehead. When resorting to peppermint oil for your headache, you need to apply it directly on the affected area.

Not only does peppermint oil help you ease our headache but it also freshens the breath, relieves menstrual cramps, relieves sinus pain, relieves allergy symptoms, reduces bloating and relaxes muscles.

Lavender
Lavender oil is one of the most popular essential oils and that is because of its amazing benefits to the body. This oil is known for its calming effects which serves as a way to treat specific conditions such as anxiety, depression, stress, and nerve -related insomnia. In addition, lavender oil also cures you of your headache, specifically migraine. If you have a headache that is related to an allergy, you can also count on lavender oil.

To get all the benefits from this essential oil, you can use it topically, particularly applying it to your temples or the back of your neck or any part of your head where you feel the symptoms coming. You can also do the inhalation method for a soothing effect. Simply add 3-5 drops of lavender oil on your pillow or a cotton ball you place near you before you got to bed, so you inhale it during your sleep.

Rosemary
Rosemary is yet another natural remedy that help with headaches. It´s usually applied to the skin to relieve muscle pain and spasm. It´s also noted to be a great help when you want to improve your blood circulation. Stress and anxiety disorders can also be treated with this essential oil.

To fully enjoy the benefits of rosemary essential oil, add it to your base oil if you are using one and apply it to your forehead or to any part of your head that experiences pain. You can also add it to your bathwater. Just make sure that it does not get in contact with your eyes or open wounds.

Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus oil should be your number one pick when it comes to relieving headache. It specifically works against headaches caused by sinus pressure, acting as an expectorant warding off microorganisms and toxins and giving you comfort when you feel a pressure. It is also known to improve your mood and emotional balance.

Roman or German Chamomile
Another way to relieve your headache naturally is to resort to chamomile oil. It does wonders to the body because of its anti-inflammatory, sedative, and neuroprotective properties. Apart from the fact that it’s a great pain reliever, it also works against depression, irritability, and nervous tension related symptoms.

Helichrysum
A popular one in the US. Helichrysum has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties doing wonders for your migraines! While slightly more expensive that other essential oils, it is worth the investment!

Give it a try and see if it helps!


This post is contributed by Lea Harris, Certified Clinical Aroma therapist. Her goal, and the purpose of essentialoildiffuserusa.com, is to help educate you on the proper use of various essential oils / Photo cred

Mind

Just breathe

Had a rough Monday? Feel like your mind is racing and you can´t find any inner peace? Something as simple as focusing on your breath for a few minutes can do the trick to get you back on track.

Health is often combined with what we eat and how we choose to stay active, and we all know that without food we won’t last long, and without moving our body it will weaken and feel drained of energy. But we rarely focus on something so essential as our breath. By simply focusing on our breathing a few minutes every day; you can promote mental focus and relax your body.

But what is conscious breathing? What does that even mean? According to the internet and our friend Google it is: “the practice of breathing with awareness, intention and attention to your inner experience, in the present moment”.

And how can conscious breathing help us?  It can help you slow down your mind and find inner peace, help you sleep better, reduce anxiety and fear, help you become more creative and simple give you a clearer and healthier mind.

Feeling sceptical? I know I was in the beginning, but then I was introduced to the 4-7-8 breath and now I practice it regularly. Usually at home, but even before I head into big meetings or whenever I feel stressed. Let’s take a closer look on how to perform that:

Sit up tall, legs crossed on a yoga mat (or on a cushion on the floor, your bed or whatever you prefer, but keep in mind it´s always best to sit with your hips higher than your knees, that will help you maintain a straight back and a better posture in general). Close your eyes and place the tip of your tongue behind your upper front teeth, and keep it there through the entire exercise. Start by exhale completely through your mouth, making a hissing sound. Then close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four. Hold your breath for a count of seven, before exhaling completely through your mouth, making a hissing sound to a count of eight.

Repeat this cycle a few times and see if it helps you regain your focus and inner peace. Let us know if you tried it and if it had an impact on you by leaving a comment in the comment field below.


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred

Guest Posts

Why is breakfast so important?

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, or so the saying goes. For years scientists and specialists have debated how much truth there actually is in this particular mantra, and there is a wide variety of opinions out there. Some claim that they seem to function just fine without ever eating breakfast, and there are even certain diets out there that suggest skipping breakfast altogether.

So while even experts disagree on this, I want to share some facts about breakfast that I’ve come across in the past, as well as some of my own personal experience that shows that skipping breakfast is really not a good idea. So, without further ado, let’s get started!

Higher risk of heart disease
One of the biggest reasons why you should really never skip breakfast is the fact that it can potentially contribute to heart problems. A recent study conducted by the American Heart Association brought to light some pretty disturbing facts regarding this issue.

During the study, researchers examined and analyzed a substantial amount of questionnaire and medical data about men aged from 45 to 82, and from the data they concluded that those in this age group who skipped breakfast were at a 27 percent higher risk of heart disease, compared to those who ate their breakfast regularly. So, breakfast is really something that you should incorporate into your everyday routine, if you want to keep a healthy heart. It’s really a small price to pay for good cardiovascular health.

Less energy
If you tend to feel groggy and tired during the first few hours of the morning to the point that you’re simply unproductive, it could be due to the fact that you didn’t have breakfast that morning. Think about it this way; while you sleep, your body still consumes energy (albeit less than when you’re awake) because all your bodily processes that require energy are still happening – you’re breathing, digesting food, your heart is still pumping blood into your cardiovascular system, and so on.

By the time you wake up, you’ll likely not have eaten anything in the last 8 to 10 hours, and all the food that you had yesterday has long since been digested. Therefore, your body is ready for more and needs more nutrients from which it can get the energy you need to get yourself up and about and functioning properly. If you deny it this energy, you’re going to feel like you didn’t get enough sleep, and therefore have to fill up on unhealthy caffeinated drinks, which is never a good idea.

Impaired brain activity
Your brain takes up only 2% of your bodyweight, but it takes up a whopping 20% of your total energy, and that energy needs to be replenished when it’s depleted. Therefore, just like your body, your mind can also suffer from malnutrition and this can lead to decreased productivity, especially if you haven’t gotten enough sleep the previous night.

Furthermore, there are a million electrical and chemical reactions going on in the brain every second, and these reactions require certain nutrients that you have to get from food. Primarily, the brain requires glucose, which is the simplest and most commonly used form of energy that your body utilizes on a regular basis. Without getting fresh glucose from a healthy, balanced breakfast, your brain will be forced to improvise and break down proteins and fats in order to get glucose, which is not a very efficient process and can lead to impaired cognitive function.

So, give breakfast a try. It doesn’t need to be time consuming and your body will thank you for it. In need of some inspiration take a look at our recipes, here and here.


This post is contributed by Theresa Brawner, a 28-year-old fitness instructor from Boston, MA. When she isn’t helping new moms get back in shape, you can find her in the kitchen, working on new recipes.

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