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      How to Prepare for Your First Turkey Trot

      How to Prepare for Your First Turkey Trot

      Thanksgiving has more or less looked the same for decades…centuries even. Football was one of the only modern updates to the recipe. Turkey, cranberries, touchdown, nap, rinse, repeat. But the turkey trot has changed that. Finally. Thankfully!

      turkey trot

      Base image from Daniel Parks via Flickr

      The popularity has exploded beyond a few local running clubs and now the most novice and newbie runners grace starting lines across the country. This is a trend we love even more than seconds of pumpkin pie. This year there are more than 1300 races planned throughout the U.S., all scheduled between November 1 and Thanksgiving Day. That means millions of runners — whether for their first or hundredth time — will get up off the couch and move their bodies.

      If you’re one of the newbs, know that you are welcomed with open arms. Enjoy a strong start with these race day tips:

      Check the Weather. Unless you’re in So-Cal or Florida, the weather can be impressively temperamental during November. You could be facing an unseasonably warm race or one that’s painfully bitter cold.

      Dress in Layers. Because of the tricky weather, you definitely want to dress in layers. Wear a moisture-wicking tank or tee under a hoodie or long-sleeve tee, something you can tie around your waist when the race heats up.

      Take a Donation! Like most races, turkey trots are traditionally used as a food bank donation drive. Some put your entry fee toward the donation, some encourage cash donations at the gate, and some simply accept canned goods and other non-perishables. It’s an easy way to kick-off the giving season.

      Wear Good Shoes. If this is your first race — whether you do the one mile, the 5k, or go the longer distance — do not wear those dusty sneakers you bought five or so years ago. You will kill your feet and you will hurt at the finish line. It’s also not a great day to break in a new pair. Plan ahead and spend a few days in some new kicks.

      Wear Your Sports Bra! You’ll put the girls through the paces at a turkey trot, so break out the big guns and wear your Enell. You’ll be more comfortable, not to mention feel more confident when your turkeys aren’t trotting this way and that down the trail.

      Bring the Family. Racing may be an individual sport, but turkey trots are an ensemble! Turkey trots are extremely family friendly, so grab that crew of people sacked out at your house and get some fresh air and quality time together. Strollers, wagons, and sometimes even dogs are all more than welcome.

      Take a Selfie. This is your first race and you deserve a race-day selfie to post across Facebook and Instagram like all of those other people you follow. A year from now when this first race is a distant memory, you’ll enjoy the souvenir from your first race.

      Have Fun. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Sure there’s a finish line and some races are timed, but just go, enjoy the day, the energy of the scene, and cross the finish line in your own time. Whether you run, walk, or crawl, your finish line looks the same as everyone else. Cross it with pride and hopefully a smile on your sweaty face!

      Do you have plans for a Turkey Trot this year?

       

      A Dozen New Ways to Optimize Your Next Workout

      A Dozen New Ways to Optimize Your Next Workout

      We hear all the time to get more out of our workouts, but what does that mean exactly? Doing more with less. To optimize your workout means getting more from each minute you’re sweating than you ordinarily would. The HIIT workout trend of a couple of years ago was the definitive optimized workout — really hammer through some key movements in a short period of time. You get the full-body, calorie-torching workout on a schedule you can keep!

      optimize workout

       

      And recently we introduced the idea of a BPM — or beats per minute — workout, in which you move to the beat of songs at a tempo of 120 to 140 beats per minute, this optimal zone matches your heart rate during the ideal cardio workout.

      For as many ways as there are to workout, there are ways to optimize that time.

      Here are ten more ideas you may not have tried:

      1. Follow a Plan. You won’t be left fumbling between moves or machines if you walk in to your workout knowing what A to Z looks like. “Organize your workout in to super sets or circuits,” suggests Chris Cooper, an NSCA-certified trainer. With this approach, you can immediately move on to what’s next without wasting time.

      2. Cross Train. Introduce some versatility to your workouts, suggest the folks at Plyoga, because your body needs more than just yoga or just running. This approach trains different parts of the body on different days giving you a well-rounded fitness regimen that will yield greater results in strength, endurance, and appearance.

      3. Slow Down. Sounds counterintuitive, but this slow weight lifting regimen is a novel way to work your muscles. “I’ll pick a weight that’s half what I normally lift for a 10-12 repetition set of a certain move and do an upper-body exercise (think shoulder presses or bicep curls) and go through the move very slowly,” prescribes Petrina Hamm, CPT. She takes 15-20 seconds to lift the weight, holding for another 15-30 seconds, and then taking another 15-20 seconds before bringing the weight back down. You put the muscle through constant stress through an entire range of motion, getting more out of that extended rep.

      4. Use More Muscles. “The more muscles you use, the more calories you burn,” advises Maureen Kemeny, a certified fitness trainer. She suggests choosing exercises that involve as many muscle groups as possible.

      5. Hard and Heavy. For the more advanced gym rat, this hard and heavy approach pushes your body to the limits without wasting any time. William Ferullo, a fitness and nutrition coach, uses this approach for compound lifts like squats, deadlifts, or overhead presses. He chooses the heaviest weight he can for 3-5 reps in 5 sets. Between each set he does as many pull-ups, dips, or other body weight exercises as possible. He never stops moving and quickly advances to the next action.

      6. Mind Over Matter. “You can manipulate your own mind to get far more out of a workout,” says Jon Rhodes, a clinical hypnotherapist. He says that when you’re at the gym, imagine a crowd of people watching or cheering you on. Once your mind is there, the intensity and speed of your workout will increase as you try to, more or less, show-off for your adoring fans!

      7. Set a Timer. If you’ve got a full 60 minutes at the gym, pool, or track, then fitness trainer Clint Fuqua says only give yourself 45 minutes. Set the timer and work to beat the buzzer! If you’re new to this approach, start by shaving 5 minutes off your time and work up from there.

      8. Hire a Trainer. Nothing can keep you more focused on a well-organized workout than a trainer. They’ll make the most of the time you have available within the limitations of your body all while working toward an ultimate goal — being weight loss, a race, or overall better fitness.

      9. Bike/Jog to the Gym. Get the cardio out of the way before you even enter the gym! Vivian Eisenstadt, MAPT says, “This way you get your cardio [without] feeling like a gerbil on the treadmill.” You save time by not driving around looking for a parking space, and you can get out of the gym sooner by not waiting in line for over-booked machines.

      10. Ditch Distractions. There is a locker room for a reason, and that’s where you should leave your cell phone or magazines. Take a post-workout selfie if it’s that important, but don’t eat up time on the gym floor. Choose machines away from the TVs if the entertainment is too distracting. And workout alone to avoid gabbing with friends, which can slow the intensity and focus of a workout.

      12 DIY Halloween Costumes to Make With a Sports Bra

      12 DIY Halloween Costumes to Make With a Sports Bra

      When it comes to DIY Halloween costumes on the cheap, there’s at least one prop that you’re probably overlooking. The sports bra can come in pretty handy for pulling together some fun, easy, no-nonsense costume ideas.

      We’re not talking about the sex kitten trend that has completely overtaken women’s costume creativity the past decade or so. In fact, none of these costume ideas require a lot of sexing up, unless you want them to. But if the plan is to emulate a few famous ladies, celebrate in a sporty fashion, or show even a little skin, the pile of sports bras you already own will save you a trip to the costume store.

      12 Sports Bra Halloween Costume Ideas

      Wonder Woman: The red and gold brassiere is a focal point of Wonder Woman’s ensemble, and one you can pull off with a high-shine red sports bra. Use paint or stickers to add the gold embellishments, or just rock out the red. No one’s going to question this super lady’s decision!

      Mud / Color Runner: Have some fun with your runner persona, either as a down and dirty mud runner or a bright and cheerful color runner. Either way, your sports bra will be an essential part of the costume.

      Mermaid: Can’t figure out how to make the seashell bra work? Glue a couple of large shells from the craft store to a purple, blue, or pink sports bra you don’t really need any more.

      Hula Dancer: Similar to the mermaid conundrum, but now you’ve got to figure out how the girls can safely hold up a set of coconuts all night long. Sports bra and hot glue to the rescue!

      Boxer: Be your own champion or model Lalia Ali, but either way you’ll need a strong sports bra to pull off this heavy weight look.

      Flash Dancer: Whether you’re a welder turned erotic dancer or just chasing that 80’s fitness dream, the slouchy shirt and heels will really come together with a sports bra underneath it all.

      Clueless: Cher’s tennis lesson look is classic and won’t require any buggin’ to get ready for. All you need is a pair of short black gym shorts, a white T-shirt with a black sports bra over it, and a loose ponytail. AS IF you’d spend any more time than that!

      Gym Rat: You know who you are, you eat, breathe, and sweat the gym. Your scary addiction to the fitness center shows when you deck out with every accessory, like a sports bra, tracker watch, ponytail AND a headband, sweatbands, water bottle, protein bar, latest neon gym pants, the works!

      Cheerleader: A team-colored sports bra can help you pull off this look, especially if you’re supporting a team like the Dallas Cowboys whose outfits predominantly use a “bra” top.

      Katy Perry: If you plan on dressing up in one of her famous costumes — like the cupcakes, film reels, or fireworks — you’re gonna need something to hold up those props! A sports bra is the perfect accessory to pull off these Top 40 hits.

      Sporty Spice: Throw it back to the 90’s as the sportiest Spice Girl of them all. A brightly colored sports bra will complement those classic white tennies, scrunchy, and cropped black gym attire.

      Aaliyah: If you’re flexin’ your 90’s throwback skills, this Aaliyah costume is the way to go. Write FLEXIN’ across a soon-to-retire white sports bra and pair it with Converse, baggy jeans, a varsity jacket, hoop earrings, and some headphones.

      What other costumes could you make with a sports bra?

       

      Busting 5 Big Breast Cancer Rumors

      Busting 5 Big Breast Cancer Rumors

      1. Rumor: Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women.

      Fact: It’s certainly no friend to women, but it’s not the biggest killer. Heart disease has that unfortunate title, “and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined,” according to the American Heart Association. In fact, breast cancer comes in sixth behind heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, and Alzheimer’s.

      In this infographic that illustrates Where We Donate vs. Disease That Kill Us, breast cancer is at the top of the heap, pulling in some four times as many funds as heart disease.

      2. Rumor: Underwires / tight clothing cause breast cancer.

      Fact: This isn’t true at all. BreastCancer.org affirms that “Underwire bras do not cause breast cancer,” and that “There is no scientific evidence to support…this rumor.” It’s thought that the compression from a bra’s underwire, or even tight bras and clothing, don’t allow the lymph nodes to “breathe” which can lead to toxins and cause cancer, but it just isn’t the case.

      3. Rumor: Small breasts can’t get cancer.

      Fact: Cancer doesn’t discriminate, not even against smaller breasts. While obesity is a risk factor for breast cancer, and those overweight women tend to have larger breasts, the correlation does not exist that the less chest you have the less cancer you’ll have.

      4. Rumor: Mammograms don’t save lives.

      Fact: The truth is, early detection in all its forms — self breast exams, clinical breast exam, mammogram, ultrasound and CT — is the first line of defense. The earlier a cancer is caught, the more options and better outlook the patient has. Last year a controversial study published in the British Medical Journal found that mammograms may do more harm than good. The medical community, almost at large, is refuting and even calling for additional research before current recommendations and standards for mammographies change.

      5. Rumor: You can prevent breast cancer.

      Fact: Ultimately, no. There’s a lot you can do reduce your risk — largely through healthy lifestyle — but breast cancer is a mean ‘ole bit… witch… who backs down for no one. Health.com cites that “70% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no identifiable risk factors, meaning that the disease occurs largely by chance and according to as-yet-unexplained factors.”

      10 Yoga Poses Every Beginner Should Try

      10 Yoga Poses Every Beginner Should Try

      If you’re new to the mat, you’re probably walking in to yoga with a lot of assumptions. You’ve heard about downward dog and sun salutations and may even think that’s going to dominate your early practice. The poses may be extremely common, but they may not be necessary for you.

      yoga poses

      Every yoga pose, more formally known as asanas, has a purpose. You’ll complete each pose in a complementary series, using those like downward dog to help your body transition from one asana to the next. More importantly — you’ll complete each new pose as your body is ready.

      To avoid injury and get the most out of each pose, you should take your time learning the basics of yoga, which can include breath work, proper alignment, and even meditation.

      Jill Lawson, a certified yoga teacher who leads teacher trainings and her own studio, says meditation is an important and oft overlooked aspect of yoga.

      “Meditation is a key component in all yogic practices. Sukhasana, or Easy Pose, may look easy, but it is actually a very challenging pose. One of the goals of yoga is to quiet the mind, and this is a superb pose to practice doing so. Some say this pose takes a lifetime to master, so why not start now?,” she recommends.

      Other popular and basic yoga poses you’ll want to take on as a beginner include warrior, tree, triangle, child’s, cobra, and corpse. Each will help you slowly build strength and confidence within your own practice, while giving your body a gentle and necessary workout.

      However, if you need to take an even easier introduction to yoga, then by all means do so.

      For true beginners, “consider going even more basic with cat/cow for full movement and breath integration,” suggests Kia Ruiz, a yoga instructor at kiaruiz.com.

      Ruiz also suggests alternatives for the ever popular downward dog pose. “For full-bodied individuals, down dog can be challenging on joints and blood pressure.” Why? She explains that this inversion puts the head below the heart, which can increase blood pressure. “Alternatives include wall dog and puppy if this is a concern for yogis as they strengthen their practice,” she encourages.

      Mountain pose is another ideal pose for beginners “because it sets the foundation for many of the other standing poses,” added Lawson. When done properly, “this pose emanates poise and balance,” she said. “It is that ‘root down and rise up’ element that creates grace and ease in a yoga practice, and it is best felt in mountain pose.”

      Be sure to let your yoga instructor know it’s your first time or that you’re practicing at a very beginner level. This will alert her to your unique needs in the class and ensure you get more out of each session. Find those poses you love, do the work to master them, and use them as the building blocks to develop your own fluent yoga practice.

      Quit Making Boobs Your Excuse: Breast Health Depends on a Good Sports Bra

      Quit Making Boobs Your Excuse: Breast Health Depends on a Good Sports Bra

      Driving down the road last week, I saw a woman running. My first reaction was, “Good for her!” Just drenched in sweat, killing it. I love seeing people out being active.

      My second reaction was, “I wish I could pull over and give her a better sports bra.” She may as well have not even had one on. We’ve all seen it, or probably been her, when you workout and the breasts take off like the arms of a kid jumping out of a swing. They move every which way but that which they should be headed.

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      It’s not just unsightly or painful, this multi-directional effect of a good workout and bad sports bra on the breasts can actually have a detrimental effect on your breast health. Strap ‘em in ladies; the cost could be more than a quality sports bra investment.

      New research from the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom, published by the Journal of Physical Activity and Health, found that “the breast was a barrier to physical activity participation for 17 percent of women.” Our recent sports bra nightmare stories are clue enough — the wrong sports bra can scare any woman away from the mildest workout. Sitting around looks better than the pain, embarrassment, and poor breast health that can come from a low performance or low quality sport bra.

      No matter how small or large your breasts are, proper support throughout any workout is imperative. Not only does it minimize superfluous movement from “the girls” that could interfere with the workout, but it minimizes or eliminates pain associated with those movements. While the woman we saw running last week was committed to her workout, there’s no doubt she was painfully uncomfortable.

      The scariest part is that there is real damage being caused to the breast tissue when “the ladies” aren’t properly stowed away.

      “Not properly supporting your breasts, or wearing an ill-fitted sports bra, can potentially be harmful to the tissues of the breast over time. Running pulls on the breast in all directions: in, out, up, down and side-to-side. This movement can weaken the connective tissue that supports the breasts causing it to lose elasticity and even permanently damage your breasts,” explained personal trainer and fitness expert Kelly Turner in an interview at DietsInReview.com.

      Running, doing Zumba, riding a horse, cycling, or anything above a mall walk can put great strain on your breasts. Wearing the right sports bra for the right activity can ensure your breasts are protected, and that you feel comfortable enough to make the activity routine.

      Sports bras weren’t the only thing keeping women from exercising. Study respondents cited energy or motivation at #1, time constraints at #2, and general health at #3. Breasts were the #4 reason women don’t workout.

      The goal of the study is to spread the word about the breast health/sports bra relationship.

      “Breast health knowledge increased the use of a sports bra and levels of physical activity,” the study cited.

      The researchers, Emma Burnett, Jenny White, and Joanna Scurr, concluded that with 33 percent of women not meeting minimum physical activity recommendations, the importance for increased “breast health knowledge” could be an effective tool in reducing known barriers and getting more women logging more physical activity.

      If I’d had a spare ENELL in my trunk, I’d have pulled over and properly outfitted that woman on her evening run. I can hope you won’t be the next victim of a bad sports bra on a good run!

      Sports Bra Nightmares

      Sports Bra Nightmares

      Punctured left lung. Attempted asphyxiation. Dislocated shoulder. Cut-off circulation. This sounds like a list of injuries after a boxing match, not your standard Tuesday undressing in the ladies’ locker room. These are actual things women have experienced during and after a workout while strapped in to their non-ENELL sports bras, not to mention sheer panic and terror when you realize you’re actually stuck inside. We have all been there!

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      There’s Dani Stone who recounts a nearly dislocated shoulder after trying to unhinge herself from a sports bra. “I gave myself a charlie horse in the neck that lasted two weeks,” she said. “Damn sweaty straight jackets is what they are!” Thankfully, the ENELL has a front closure system so there’s no gymnastics required to get out of it!

      For Kenlie Tiggeman, it’s a six-of-one, half-dozen-of-another fiasco. “Either my circulation is getting cut off, or they’re not staying in place,” she recounts of her sports bra nightmares. She’s even had to do the multi-bra walk of shame. “I wore two sports bras last week in the hopes of keeping everything in check, but they rode up while I was on the elliptical. I had to cross my arms and walk out of the gym to put everything back in place.”

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      And she’s hardly the only one who’s had to double up. Or even triple up, in Gray Brand’s case. In high school, she remembers forcing herself into three sports bras while running the two mile “while an audience of my peers chanted ‘Uniboob!’ as I raced by them on the track.” It’s one of her most shudder-worthy memories, and she notes she’s got an archive of stories just like it.

      What about nursing moms trying to take care of themselves and the baby? No, they don’t get a break either! “Nursing sports bras, in theory, are a great idea,” says Kerri Burr. “Hey! I can go work out, and nurse the baby right when I get home! Perfect!” But like much of motherhood, she recalls that it never goes as perfectly as you’d planned. “You go out for a jog. The little clip unhooks itself, and all of a sudden you are way too ‘free’ to be in public.”

      But then, sports bras don’t have to be the root of all apparel evil. For some women, they’re a saving grace. Kay Cherryholmes, a woman who has taken on such physical endeavors as swimming the Alcatraz Escape from the Rock, climbing to Mt. Everest base camp, and hiking the Camino in Spain, says she switched to sports bras full time when a “broken underwire almost punctured my left lung.” Stuffing her bras with tissue to deflect the wire only ended in embarrassment when the wad fell out during jump-roping next to a cute guy at the gym. “So I switched to sports bras and I’ve worn nothing else for about two years. It’s LOVE,” she says. (Pro Tip: The ENELL LITE is great for everyday wear.)

      Do you have any sports bra nightmares? (Pre-ENELL, of course!)

      The 31 Breast Nicknames for Your Tatas That Aren't "Boob"

      The 31 Breast Nicknames for Your Tatas That Aren't "Boob"

      We love boob humor of any sort. After years of having a love/hate relationship with these mounds on our chests, you just have to laugh about them sometimes. This is a post by our friend Brandi, who has an expansive vocabulary of “boob” alternatives.

      Once upon a time I was an awkward pre-teen girl with the biggest mess of curly mop, acne, and a completely absent sense of body image. I also had flowering buds upon my chest and I had no idea what to do about the unstoppable force growing beneath my pecs. Dear old dad loved to tell people that I was the president of the itty bitty titty committee. To this day I don’t know if I’ve ever been more humiliated.

      I’ve been embarrassed too many times to count since then; my breasts at fault more times than once. I’ve fortunately graduated beyond the itty bitty titty committee and have even called them a colorful name or two.

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      Boobs, no matter what you call them, become a life force all their own. Whether they are the bosom of your self identity, a titillating source of your sexuality, or an udder burden, there’s more than one fun way to talk about them.

      1. Air Bags
      2. Boobies
      3. Boobs
      4. Bosom
      5. Breasts
      6. Breasteses
      7. Bust
      8. Cans
      9. Chest
      10. Chesticles
      11. Cones
      12. Dirty Pillows
      13. Double Lattes
      14. Funbags
      15. Gazongas
      16. Globes
      17. hooters
      18. Jugs
      19. Knockers
      20. Lovely Lady Lumps
      21. Mammaries
      22. Melons
      23. Nips
      24. Snuggle Pups
      25. Sweater Stretchers
      26. Tatas
      27. The Girls
      28. Tits
      29. Titties
      30. Twin Peaks
      31. Udders

      We came up with the first 31, but we want to know… what do you call the goods inside your over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder?

      5 Reasons Horseback Riding Really is a Workout

      5 Reasons Horseback Riding Really is a Workout

      Ever ride a horse and get down feeling like you’re still straddling that saddle with a little hitch in your step? Just like your first time at yoga or your first return to the weight room in a while, a real day of riding can leave you feeling muscle aches and pains in places you didn’t know you had!

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      There are certainly “nayyyy”-sayers who think there is no more to be gained out of a horseback ride than taking in a pretty view, but that hay is definitely for horses. Whether you mount up for an occasional pleasure ride or are serious about your equestrian pursuits, you should know that your physical fitness has a lot to gain from a ride in the saddle.

      “Muscle tone is created by constant tension, so the flexing and contracting you do while riding will help you look better,” said Alexis Bennett at Bodybuilding.com. We’ve got five really good reasons your next ride could be the most fun way to get a total body workout.

      The Center 

      CORE STRENGTH

      “Anything where you are keeping yourself from being bounced off is going to primarily use your core and your legs,” explained Kelly Turner, an ACE certified personal trainer and fitness journalist. That’s right, riding a horse supports core strength, which includes your abs, lower back, and obliques. In order to ride well, or comfortably, the rider must keep her core engaged, thus protecting the spine and keeping herself upright.

      Moves to prepare: Ball Crunches and Planks

      Balance

      Horseback riding requires as much patience as it does balance and coordination. Balance supports neuromuscular coordination and a strong core, which combined can help you to burn more calories, according to Lauren Martin, a NESTA certified personal trainer for DietsInReview.com. The saddle and stirrups serve almost as a crutch for those unbalanced (or inexperienced) riders, but it still demands astute balance capabilities to keep yourself mounted and up off the ground.

      Moves to prepare: Yoga or Pilates 

      Lower Body

      LEGS

      Consider this: horseback riding can be as good as leg day in the gym! Because you hold your position for an extended period of time, rather than having constant motion like you would in the gym, riding becomes an isometric workout. “After 30 or so minutes of riding, your legs will be burning just the same as they would on leg day,” Turner said.

      This is especially true for experienced riders whose horse is trotting or running, where Turner explains you’ll find yourself in a perpetual squatting position (giving your glutes a little love, too!). “As you bend the knees to absorb the impact of the horse’s steps, you are pulsing the muscles.”

      Moves to Prepare: Mini Squats or One-Leg Wall Squats

      THIGHS

      Your thighs get one heck of a burn during a ride, too. Just the squeeze required to keep yourself perched in the saddle will awaken every ounce of thigh strength you possess. “Pinching your legs together to put pressure on the horse to increase the speed or just to keep yourself mounted is also going to target the inner thighs,” explained Turner.

      Moves to Prepare: Scissor Legs Planks or Side-Lying Double Leg Lifts

      Upper Body

      ARMS

      Basic steering is going to call upon that core strength and balance, but your arms and shoulders are also going to be required to carry their load. “If your horse is unruly and needs constant steering to keep it on the straight and narrow, or stops to drop his nose to the ground and munch some grass, you’re in for an upper body workout from managing the reigns,” described Turner.

      Moves to Prepare: Push Ups or Dead-Lift Rows

      Are you a horse riding enthusiast? 

      The Enell Bra and Its Post-Op Benefits

      The Enell Bra and Its Post-Op Benefits

      Depending on the surgery performed, it’s generally advised by doctors that you allow a 6 week recovery time after any breast augmentation. Naturally, few women will whip out their sexy Balconette bras straight after such painful surgery, with many women preferring to choose to wear either a surgical bra or an appropriate sports bra to aid in their recovery process. So what makes an Enell sports bra an effective alternative for the surgical bra? The restrictive nature of the fabric helps compress the breasts and allow limited movement in order for the breasts to recover quicker. The Enell bra is the perfect option for any woman who has undergone breast surgery; aesthetically the bra looks a lot better than that of its surgical counterparts- which have a tendency to look like pre-teen training bras- and yet maintains suitable functionality.  

      3 key points that make the Enell Bra the perfect post-op Bra

      • Front Facing Fastenings: After surgery it is generally advisable to have the bras fastenings at the front of the bra to minimise pain when removing the bra. The Enell bra features a front facing hook and eye system which allows the wearer to easily slip the bra on and off with limited effort.
      • Shoulder Comfort: The large wide non-stretch straps distribute the weight of the breasts across the shoulders evenly which minimises strain and discomfort. Perfect if you’ve gone up a few sizes!
      • Movement Control: The motion control neckline limits the movements of the ‘up and down’ movement of the breasts, after surgery it is paramount that the breasts stay as motionless as possible to reduce swelling and aid in healing. A Post-op bra tends to have to be worn 24/7 after surgery, the Enell bra’s large wide panel situated underneath the breasts make an extremely close and comfortable fit.

       

      If you’re based in the UK or Europe and are looking to buy an Enell sports bra, then look no further than Boobydoo.co.uk. Boobydoo are a leading online sports bra retailer and offer free returns / exchanges on all UK orders. Shop Enell at Boobydoo today.

       

      How to Order a Male Support Vest (MSV) from Enell

      How to Order a Male Support Vest (MSV) from Enell

      Many men have the need for a good support vest. Gynecomastia (male breast enlargement) is one of the more common conditions that may necessitate extra support. The ENELL Male Support Vest (MSV) could be the answer for you.

      The ENELL MSV provides support as it flattens the chest and minimizes movement or “bounce” when you are active. It is available in three colors; white, black, and beige. The MSV is made with the same fabric and similar to the ENELL SPORTS Bra but without the arch seams. The ENELL team always works with the utmost discretion and confidentiality. We care about our customers and will make every effort to fulfill your needs. Since each support vest is designed specifically for its owner, they are non-returnable and non-refundable. Therefore, any fitting issues or concerns should be thoroughly discussed with ENELL’s design team prior to placing your order.
       
      To learn more about the ENELL MSV, please call our Customer Service Department toll-free at 1.800.828.7661 (1.406.265.8250 for international inquiries). Have a tape measure handy and we will take you through the steps necessary to design the perfect support vest for you. You can also contact us via email. For the best feedback, please include the following information in your email:
      • Take two measurements: Around the fullest part of your breast and around the ribcage directly under your breasts
      • The reason for and/or what you would like your Male Support Vest to accomplish
      • The method in which you would like to be contacted
      • The best time to contact you

      Tips for Trying Bikram (or Other Hot Yoga)

      Tips for Trying Bikram (or Other Hot Yoga)

      Have you ever gotten an idea in your head that you want to do something, but then spend weeks researching it so you don’t feel like an idiot when you do it? This is exactly what happened to me trying out Bikram Yoga.

      Bikram Yoga is a system of yoga that Bikram Choudhury synthesized from traditional yoga techniques and popularized beginning in the early 1970s.[1][2] Bikram’s classes run exactly 90 minutes and consist of a set series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. Bikram Yoga is ideally practiced in a room heated to 105°F (? 40.6°C) with a humidity of 40%, causing it to be categorized as a form of hot yoga. (via Wikipedia)

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      My ENELL SPORT Bra and I survived Bikram Yoga!

      Things to Take to Class:

      • Yoga Mat
      • Long towel for your mat: You can purchase a special yoga towel that is thin but also the proper dimensions for a yoga mat if you think you’ll make this a habit, but a regular large bath towel works fine also.
      • Hand towel for the dripping sweat: You won’t be able to wipe your brow on your shirt as it will be wet. Plus your hands will get slick, so you need to be able to dry them off.
      • Water
      • (optional) a friend – it helped get me in the hot room to know she was there suffering with me at first!

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      Top 5 Tips:

      1. Talk to the instructor in advance: As part of my “research,” I spoke to the studio owner and one of the class instructors prior to committing to a class. I worried if I was too out of shape or not flexible enough. They gave me the answers I needed to hear to make myself feel comfortable walking into a super hot room for 90 minutes. The peace of mind was great. If by chance you happen across less kind instructors, save your money and take it elsewhere to a different studio. Yoga is not for the elite – it is for everyone.
      2. Wear less clothing: This is not for vanity purposes, this is strictly for comfort. You will sweat, a lot. (You’d be just as soaked if you had run through your yard sprinklers for about 5 minutes). If you wear full length pants or a longer sleeved shirt, it will get sticky and heavy fast. I’ve worn both my ENELL SPORT and ENELL LITE to Bikram Yoga and I’d suggest the LITE as it doesn’t come as high up on the neck and allows for better deep breathing as it’s a little more forgiving around the ribcage.
      3. Stop stressing, no one is looking at you: I am not flexible and my body is quite round and much larger than the other attendees. In order to hold the poses (or get into them in the first place), you have to concentrate wholly on yourself and your body. One side-eye to the gal on your left and you’ll topple. So stop being so self-conscious. (Easier said than done, I understand.)
      4. It’s okay to sit: My first class, I sat for 50% of it. I was just trying to stand the heat and humidity – forget about moving my body. While sitting, I noticed something: nearly everyone else sat too for a little bit. Even those who looked like they could do the class in their sleep with perfect form sometimes had to take a rest. It is okay! Just focus on breathing and take little sips of water if needed.
      5. Don’t chug: In a hot, humid environment you will get thirsty. You’re sweating a lot of your hydration away so it’s natural to want to grab your water bottle. Don’t take large gulps of water, otherwise you’ll feel really bloated and nauseated. Tiny sips are much better. You get to wet your mouth and not have your stomach hit with a liter of water.

      Do you have questions about Bikram yoga? Experiences you’d like to share? We’d love to chat in the comments!