Keep Fit and Fab | Fall 2016

By CSL Staff
October 5, 2016

City Style and Living Magazine walking fitness tips and workout gear

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The perfect style for your workout. Whether you’re into yoga, walking or cross training, we’ve got the look for you!

Walking

LOWDOWN
Try to get at least 10 000 steps in a day (approximately 8 kilometres). This can include running errands, taking the dog for a walk or parking further away from your destination. To make it easier to track, download a pedometer app.

HOW TO DRESS
Avoid bagginess and opt for one form-fitting piece. A sweatshirt or hoodie is essential for cooler weather.

KEY PIECES
Instead of changing into sneakers, try casual walking shoes which give you the option of walking anywhere and still looking stylish.

MOOD BOOSTER
The fresh air, sunshine and being in nature are bound to brighten your mood. Best of all, you don’t need any extra equipment or training.

GET THE LOOK
Burton Crystal Pullover Hoodie, $104.99;

Lands’ End Women’s Active Bra, $47.02; landsend.com

Skechers Go Step Shift,

Teeki Lightning in a Bottle Hot Pant, $72;

City Style and Living Magazine cross training fitness tips and workout gear

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Cross Training

LOWDOWN
Practicing two or more sports is a great way to improve your fitness. For example, compliment your regular running routine with strength training, swimming or cycling.

HOW TO DRESS
Opt for lightweight, waterproof and reflective clothing for early morning or night-time runs. Look for sneakers that are all-terrain.

KEY PIECES
Make sure that you choose pieces that are versatile and provide support regardless of the sport.

MOOD BOOSTER
Learning new skills in a different sport is a challenge but it is one sure way to greater confidence and tenacity.

GET THE LOOK
Columbia Trail Shaker Hooded Shirt, $49.95;

Peak Performance Women’s Edison Top, $70;

Burton Plasma Legging, $ 74.99;

Helly Hansen W Terrak, $110 USD;

City Style and Living Magazine yoga fitness tips and workout gear

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Yoga

LOWDOWN
There are umpteen classes available and new forms of yoga are popping up every day (think hot yoga, and yogalates).  If you want a simple, gentle practise that you can do at home, surya namaskar (or sun salutation) is a great option. Aim for 12 rounds before or at sunrise.

HOW TO DRESS
Loose fitting clothing that allows you to easily move through asana (pose) and avoid chaffing is key. Moisture wicking materials and sports bras with ample support are also important.

KEY PIECES
Comfort is paramount, so avoid restrictive or overly tight clothing (remember many yoga outfits also double as street style). The only piece of equipment you may need is a yoga mat.

MOOD BOOSTER
The body-mind connection is at the core of yoga practice. Breath is an integral part of each asana  and yoga is known to promote focus.

GET THE LOOK

Brooks Hot Shot Sports Bra, $45;

L.L.Bean Signature Quilted-Sleeve Sweatshirt, $89;

Gaiam Luxe Legging, $88;

Hot Tips

Warming up is an integral part of any workout. It helps prevent injury, helps you perform with greater proficiency and gets oxygen to your muscles.

Your warm-up can range between 5-10 minutes and involves a slow pace and lower intensity than your regular workout. Activities may include stretching, jumping rope, and balance work.

Just as important is cooling down. Again reduce the pace and intensity of your workout for 5-10 minutes to cool down.


Want more healthy living? This original article first appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.
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