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This week Sweat Pink has partnered with Grokker!! I have loved the Grokker website and app for a while now and I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to share it with you! Not familiar with it? Oh you NEED to be introduced!

Soooo what exactly is Grokker?

Basically its an incredible website where you can do some of the best videos and do all activities you love and since it’s a website {or app} you have the ability to do your workouts when ever you want…you are in total control making it perfect for anyone and everyone. Work from home? Grokker is for you! Work Swing? Grokker is for you! Stay at home mom? Grokker is for you…you get the idea! 🙂 I love that Grokker lets you create individual wellness routines created for your personal interest and experience. But it’s more than just great viedos there are also awesome Grokker experts available to each and every member!!!

What type of videos are offered?

Fitness:

 

Grokker is more than just fitness! Want a ton of awesome cooking videos at your fingertips? Just check out the Cooking video topics:

So like I said above…I love Grokker and you will too! Grokker has a free membership that gives you access to a ton of videos. But….if you want more access to more of the amazing videos on Grokker? Use the code LOVEGROKKER for a free month of their premium version!

Don’t forget to download the iPhone app!

 

Although Sweat Pink has partnered with Grokker this week, I want you to know that I am not affiliated with Grokker. All opinion and thoughts are based on my experiences and I was NOT compensated for this post. I love Grokker and have long before this week! ❤ 

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A Gallon a Day

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We all know the drinking water is so good for you! Here are some awesome benefits to drinking a gallon of water a day!

Your skin will look beautiful. Drinking water helps your skin looks moisturized and glowing it will also help reduce any bloating and puffiness in your skin.

Helps you focus. Drinking enough water can ensure that your brain will have an oxidant oxygen that it needs to function at its optimal level how cool is that!

Removes toxins. You know when you drink a lot of water and you have to frequent the lady’s room well this is actually really good thing you’re reading your body of all kinds of toxins.

Better digestion. Water can seriously improve your body’s ability to break down food and remove discomfort from digestion problems. I come from a family with serious digestion issues and since drinking more water I can’t even tell you how much better I have felt.

With the awesomeness also comes a few cautions that I want to share with you if you choose to take the challenge or the plunge and drink a gallon of water a day

Not consuming enough fluids can lead to dehydration we all know that. Dehydration can be caused by a whole slue of things: excess sweating, fever, diarrhea and vomiting or even diabetes. Common symptoms of dehydration are: nausea, a sore throat, dry mouth loss of appetite for food or fluids and feeling ill.

The polar opposite of dehydration is Water Intoxication

Water Intoxication is rare but it can happen if you drink too much water too quickly. What you need to know: Drinking a gallon of water is absolutely safe if you spread it throughout an entire day but if you consume a gallon of water per hour you are at an increased risk of water intoxication and it can be deadly. Please be careful!! One of the reasons that I created my gallon jug with the times is so that I don’t overdo it.

**Drinking a gallon of water {safely} a day is more than the recommended intake but you will not have any harmful effects on your system if you are not dehydrated.

I’m not drinking a gallon of water a day because I thought it was going to cause a miracle weight-loss. Honestly the main reason that I started doing this is because I am easily susceptible to dehydration and with it getting warmer I don’t want to risk heat exhaustion as well. I don’t want to have dehydration headaches anymore. I don’t want to feel gross and sluggish because I’m dehydrated.

I’m only a few days into “30 days of drinking a gallon of water a day” I can tell you is that my skin seems brighter, I have more energy, Yes! I am peeing quite a bit more but thats totally ok with me and hey it’s getting rid of all kinds of nasty toxins in my body!

Quick and easy tips if you choose to start drinking a gallon of water a day!

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Grab a gallon: find yourself either a gallon jug or do what I did and thoroughly clean and empty milk jug or orange juice jug, whatever you have!

Mark it: on my milk jug I have 9 AM 11 AM 1 PM 3 PM 5 PM 7 PM and 9 PM. This is really help me stay on track

Use a glass: I have been using a tall 24 oz canning jar. I keep my gallon of water in the refrigerator and I fill up my 24 ounce jar put a straw in it I drink that down when it’s empty I refill it and so on until my gallon is gone.

Don’t be too hard on yourself: drinking a gallon of water a day for most people is a pretty big undertaking if you start out and you don’t feel like you can drink an entire gallon don’t push yourself work up to a full gallon.

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SweatPink #1MillionMinutes

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Hey guys! The SweatPink #1millionminutes campaign is moving right along and it has been so much fun!  So far more than 230,000 minutes have been logged by all the awesome participants!!!I’m so excited this week SweatPink is partnering with Grokker! Yay! What’s Grokker? It’s an awesome website that has tons of fitness and cooking videos! I have loved Grokkerfor months and really enjoy their awesome videos!Once again sweating has set up a fun little Mad Lib, as always I’m going to fill it out below but make sure that you fill out your own so that you can join in the fun!

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SweatPink Grokker Mad Lib!

I’m so excited to rack up more minutes using video workouts from Grokker! There’s everything from Yoga and Barre to Cardio for everyone from beginners to advanced, and I’m especially pumped to try Barre HIIT because it will make me extra sweaty and toned.

I plan to do my video workout in my office or upstairs living {depending how hot it is} before my nightly 5k with the hubby and after family dinner. My favorite thing about video workouts is that they are at my finger tips when ever I want a awesome workout, and they’re a super convenient way to get sweaty when I’m feeling lazy.

My goal is to hit 500 minutes this week!. I’ll do Cardio Kick Fitness HIIT 2 & Barre HIIT on one of my more intense workout days, and Yoga –Tight Hip Pain Relief & Yoga – Upper Back Pain Relief,  on a rest or lower intensity day.  I challenge my SweatPink sisters to beat my # of minutes or to do  Cardio Kick Fitness HIIT 2 & Barre HIIT with me!

psst! Want more access to more of the amazing videos on Grokker? Use the code LOVEGROKKER for a free month of their premium version. No strings attached – just good sweaty fun! 🙂

Want to get in on all of the fun this week? Follow this week’s daily prompts (shown below) on Instagram. 
Monday: What does your weekly workout routine look like? Show us a week in the life! @grokkerinc #grokkermillion #1millionminutes #sweatpinkTuesday: Try a video workout on Grokker and share a workout selfie! @grokkerinc #grokkermillion #1millionminutes #sweatpinkWednesday: Show us a unique space where you’ve fit a Grokker workout in. Hotel room? Balcony? Stairway? We want to see it! @grokkerinc #grokkermillion #1millionminutes #sweatpink

Thursday: How do you squeeze in a workout when life gets crazy busy?@grokkerinc #grokkermillion #1millionminutes #sweatpink

Friday: Free Friday! @grokkerinc #grokkermillion #1millionminutes #sweatpink

Saturday: What’s your best tip for staying fit while traveling? @grokkerinc #grokkermillion #1millionminutes #sweatpink

Sunday: Sunday Zenday. Show us how you chill out! @grokkerinc #grokkermillion #1millionminutes #sweatpink

DON’T forget to tag your posts with @grokkerinc #grokkermillion #1MillionMinutes @fitapproach #sweatpink!

Join #1MillionMinutes then use #1MillionMinutes on you instagram and twitter posts!

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Kick your metabolism into gear!

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I can virtually guarantee that at some point you have heard the word “metabolism”,  more than likely you have heard individuals talking about their “slow” or “fast” metabolisms. Not quite sure exactly what a metabolism is or does? No worries I’ve got you covered!

Your metabolism is the internal system that turns what you eat and drink into energy. Metabolisms can fluctuate by speeding up or slowing down. Since we want in to stay sped up the question is how can we maintain a fast metabolism or signal to our body to start speeding up and burn fat? Believe it or not it is actually fairly easy! Here are five great ways to kick your metabolism into gear!

SLEEP:

Sleep helps you body perform at optimum level during the day. Sleep deprivation can actually tell your metabolism to slow down and we don’t want that!!

DRINK WATER:

Drinking water can actually speed up your metabolism so when you hear “Drink 8 glasses or more of water a day” DO IT!

EAT SMALL MEALS:

By eating 3-4 small meals a day your metabolism keep burning fat for hours!

EAT HEALTHY FATS:

Like…

  • Avocado
  • Coconut Oil
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Flaxseed
  • Olive Oil
  • Olives
  • Peanut Butter
  • Salmon
  • Soybeans
  • Walnuts

EAT METABOLISM BOOSTING FOODS:

Like…

  • Almonds
  • Apples
  • Avocados
  • Chicken
  • Chili Peppers
  • Green Tea
  • Raspberries
  • Salmon
  • Soybeans
  • Watermelon

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GAIAM Yoga Mat Review!

Hey there all my yogis! I’m so excited to introduce you to my new yoga mat from GAIAM! This is the beautiful Paisley Flower Print 3mm Mat!

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I don’t know about you but I use my yoga mat for a whole lot more than just yoga, in fact I use my mat each time I work out! Because of this I am VERY hard on my mat. I use my yoga mat daily for weights, crunches, squats, lunges, planks, Pilates, Tabata, all my HIIT workouts…if it ‘s fitness or relaxation related, my mat is there. I workout for an average of two/three hours a day {excluding walking, hiking and running},I’m not only physically hard on my mats but…ummm….I sweat…A LOT, I know gross but it happens..but…

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IMG_3983Why do I love my GAIAM Paisley Yoga Mat?

From the moment it arrived I was absolutely in love! Not only is it absolutely gorgeous but I love the size and the weight of it {68-Inch x 24-Inch x 3mm}

All my pervious mat have been 5mm, because of this they are thick and bulky when they are rolled. Not so with my Paisley mat! Because it is a 3mm it rolls up very tightly, which I love! It is SO light. Don’t let the fact that it is 3mm deceive you into thinking that means it’s low quality or cheap, that is just NOT the case!  This mat is super sticky…which means it stays put on all surfaces

IMG_3966{it does slightly slide on carpet} because of its stickiness I can hold all my yoga poses without worrying about my mat slipping away! I personally prefer the 3mm to my thicker mats so when I wear this baby out I will for sure be replacing it with another GAIAM 3mm mat!

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Isn’t this beautiful!?

 

 

Common issues with yoga mats:

Cleaning: If you sweat  you will want to clean your mat after ever use {if your workouts are spread out over the day I would recommend cleaning it before your head to bed} If you are not a sweater you should still wipe it down every few days. This mat is superduper to clean, simply wipe it down with a warm soapy rag and let dry. This will help it stay ‘sticky/grippy’ and keep you healthy!

Slipping: If you are a Yogi you know what this means!  Ugh you know those times when you are trying to nail a pose and it feels like your mat is slipping out from under you. In my experience this happens when the mat is dirty {it can also happen if your mat in on carpet} I have had ZERO issue with my mat slipping on wood floors or smooth concrete floors, it’s VERY sticky/grippy. If you notice your mat isn’t sticking as well as it once was try cleaning it, depending on how long it has been you may have to do this a few more times to break through that dirty layer.

Peeling: I have heard a lot about mats or the printed image on the mat peeling {tearing, shredding…ect} I have never had this issue, with my GAIAM mat or any other mat. I would recommend rolling and storing your mat in a place out of direct sunlight since the sun can cause damage to surfaces. Like I mentioned above be sure to clean you mat regularly to pro long the life of it!

Out of the Wrapper Smell: GAIAM mats come rolled and shrink-wrapped. When you remove the shrink-wrap there is a potent rubbery smell {This is very common I have gone through this with every other yoga mat I’ve had – The smell is not a hazardous chemical smell.} The smell can be easily addressed by simply unrolling it and hanging it outside for a little while. {GAIAM recommends taking it out of the shrink-wrap and leaving it for three days to allow the smell to dissolve} I was really excited to use my mat…sooooo… My mat arrived in the early afternoon I unwrapped it and put it on our back deck and left it until evening when used it for the first time. It did still have that rubbery odor but it didn’t really bother me.  I would really recommend however, if you are sensitive to smells that you leave it for 3 to 5 days and each day using the smell will subside.

I would HIGHLY recommend the GAIAM Paisley Flower Print yoga mat {in any of their beautiful prints} to anyone who does anything that requires them to be on the floor even just your knees! This is a wonderful, durable, sticky and all around perfect mat!

You can check out more of the cool stuff that GAIAM has by clicking on the right sidebar image!

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Yoga for Better Sleep!

Are you having trouble falling asleep at night? Did you know that Yoga before bed can fight against insomnia?!  When you calm down your body and your mind before bed, you’re putting yourself in a better position for deeper more restful sleep!
Ready to get to bed? Try 6 of my favorite yoga poses before bed to help you unwind and decompress from your day!

 

1. Child’s Pose

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  • Kneel on your mat with your knees hips-width distance apart and your big toes touching behind you. Take a deep breath in and, as you exhale, lay your torso over your thighs. Try to lengthen your neck and spine by drawing your ribs away from your tailbone and the crown of your head away from your shoulders.
  • Rest your arms beside your legs, with palms facing up, or try extending your arms out in front of you.
  • Stay in this position for 10 breaths.

2. Bridge Pose

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  • lie flat on your back with your arms along the sides of your body, with your palms facing down. Bend your knees, placing your heels as close as you can to your bum.
  • With your palms and feet pressing firmly into the ground, lift your hips up. Keep your palms on the mat or clasp your hands together below your pelvis, extending through your arms. Or you can also bend your elbows and rest your hands on your lower back. If your feet are close enough, you can also hold your ankles.
  • Stay in this position for 10 breaths, try lifting your hips as high as you can.

 

3. Standing Forward Bend

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  • Stand at the top of your mat in Mountain Pose at the front of your mat. Inhale and reach your arms straight above you.
  • As you exhale, engage your abs and fold forward with a straight back. Tuck your chin in toward your chest, relax your shoulders, and extend the crown of the head toward the floor to create a long spine. Shift your weight forward onto your toes, straightening the legs as much as possible. Place your hands on the ground, fingertips lining up with the toes.
  • Stay in this position for 10 breaths.

 

4. Butterfly Pose

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  • sit on the floor, bend both knees, and bring your feet together. Using your hands, open your feet up like a book, pressing your knees toward the floor with your elbows. If you want more of a stretch, extend your arms out in front of you.
  • Stay in this position for 10 breaths.

 

5. Legs Up the Wall

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  • Sit down as close as you can to the wall, next to the blanket. Lie down on your back, place your feet on the wall with your knees bent, and scoot your body over so that your bottom and lower back are on the blanket.
  • Sit with your bottom touching the wall, and then place your feet straight up, resting your heels on the wall. You can keep your arms by your sides, or by your head (this position will stretch your shoulders).
  • Close you eyes and allow your entire body to relax, feeling gravity pulling you down as the wall and blanket support you.
  • Hold for 30 seconds

6. Savasana {aka Corpse Pose}

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  • Lie on your back and close your eyes. In order to relax and open your body fully, extend your arms a few inches away from the body, with the palms facing up. Put about 15 to 20 inches between your heels, allowing your feet to fall open with the toes pointing out. Actively shrug your shoulder blades down toward your hips. Lengthen through the spine as much as possible, relaxing your lower back toward the floor.
  • After you’ve found a comfortable position, stay here for as long as you want, around 10 minutes or more, if you can. If you are short on time, remain in Savasana at least until your heart rate slows down and your breath returns to its natural, soothing rhythm.

*Repeat 1-5 as many times as you want, then end with Savasana

Sweet Dreams!

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