The (All-Time) Best Songs for Yoga

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Do you like to listen to slow or fast yoga music?

Do you like to listen to slow or fast yoga music?

Yoga is an exercise that is ameliorated by a peaceful enviornment.

One way, many yogis enjoy their peaceful environment is by the sounds of ambient music that inspires connection, expression and love.

Michele Bickley, author of The Elephant Journal’s “15 All-Time Best Songs for Yoga” agrees with the beauty music can bring to a yoga experience but also states: “Don’t get me wrong, I respect and love classes that have no music. Listening to the symphony of breath is magical.”

Some of Michele’s favorite songs to listen to while while practicing yoga are below.

But, which song is your favorite?

Underwater Love – Smoke City

Breathe – Alexi Murdoch

Love Is My Religion – Ziggy Marley

He Ma Durga – Donna De Lory

So Badly & Blue Whale Cries – Colamiles

Nahma Shivaya – Krishna Das

Somehow – Citizen Cope

Love Holding Love – Wah!

Want to see more of Michele’s favorite yoga songs? (Find the complete list here!)

Sincerely, Wear Me Out!

The Ultimate Tips for Safe Stretching

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Stretch for 10 minutes every day!

Stretch for 10 minutes every day!

Exercise safety is extremely important before, during and after a workout.

Specifically, you should stretch before and after a workout to improve your flexibility and avoid muscle soreness.

When you begin incorporating stretching in to your daily routine and stretching safely, you will see a positive change in your physical fitness.

Hence, why we have decided to share with you some of our favorite tips from Better Health’s “10 Tips for Safe Stretching“!

  • Stretch for 10 minutes every day. Regular stretching improves your balance, strength and flexibility.
  • Get advice to avoid injury. Check with your doctor or health professional before stretching if you have an injury, are unsure of how to stretch properly or have had a previous injury.
  • Warm up your muscles before stretching. Try 10 minutes of gentle exercise like walking. Stretching cold muscles may result in injury.
  • Hold a sustained stretch for 10 to 30 seconds. Don’t bounce when stretching. Overstretching causes muscle to contract and can cause small tears in fibres.
  • Only stretch to the point of mild discomfort. Once your muscle feels comfortable, increase the stretch then hold it again. If it hurts, you’re pushing too hard.
  • Breathe normally when stretching. Don’t try to hold your breath or perform special breathing exercises.
  • Balance your routine. Work opposing muscle groups each time you stretch. If you start by stretching the muscles in the back of your thigh, then follow by stretching the muscles at the front.
  • Prevent boredom. Add variety to your routine by increasing your stretching repertoire. For example, you could join a yoga class or visit your local physiotherapist for new stretches.
Fitness Tip: Hold a sustained stretch for 10 to 30 seconds!

Fitness Tip: Hold a sustained stretch for 10 to 30 seconds!

Want to see the additional two tips?
(Check them out here!)

Which stretching tip was your favorite on this list?  Or, do you have any stretching tips that you think would be beneficial to share? Tweet us at @wmoclothing and let us know!

We hope you enjoyed this post!

Sincerely, Wear Me Out!

 

 

Free Health and Fitness Apps You Need Now

DSC_1017Your health is in your hands! (Literally!)

Workout apps can motivate you to get fit! Why not give them a try?

Workout apps can motivate you to get fit! Why not give them a try?

Today, smartphones are essential to use in our daily lives and there’s no better way to utilize your smartphone more, than to download health and fitness apps.

We were inspired by Jeannie Mai in a previous blog post, who says that she uses workout apps to help get into a fitness routine.

Fortunately, Greatist’s “The 65 Best Health and Fitness Apps” provided us with a list of some of the best health and fitness apps on the market, and we could not help but share some of our favorites!

NIKE Training Club
What It Is: This app features more than 100 full-body, 15-, 30-, and 45- minute workouts (complete with step-by-step audio,  visual, and video demos) from some of the world’s most inspirational female athletes, trainers, and celebrities.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS and Android.

Pact
What It Is: Formerly know as GymPact, this app still encourages users to put their money on the line and their butts in the gym (or to get moving in some way). Each week, users pledge a set number of days they’ll work out along with a set amount of cash. Users pay up for each day they miss, and get paid each time they bust out a workout.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS and Android.

Shopwell
What It Is: When you can’t have a personal nutritionist create your grocery shopping list, you can always have Shopwell do it. With a quick scan of a barcode, this app can determine which foods meet your dietary needs.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS.

Remember, your health is in your hands!

Remember, your health is in your hands!

Argus
What It Is: Argus tracks everything—and we mean everything—24/7. The app monitors every step, stride, cycle, bite, sip, pound, snore, and more. Constantly processing your daily routine, Argus produces detailed charts that can help you make sense of numerous bio-feedback data points to reach your health goals and improve overall wellbeing.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS.

Daily Yoga
What It Is: This yoga coaching app gets you through the most stressful days with dynamic yoga sessions displayed in HD videos, explained via live voice guidance, and backed by soothing music.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS and Android.

So, which app are you most excited to download?
Share with us in the comments!

Sincerely, Wear Me Out!

Item of the Week: Cotton V-Front Legging (Space Dye!)

Screenshot (570)The Cotton V-Front Legging in Space Dye, is not only one of our best-selling leggings, but they are our Item of the Week!

Made of WMO Cotton Spandex, these leggings are a great addition to your legging collection and are far from average.

Particularly, they have a fun flat V- front waistband with dual color contrast that adds a pop of color.  (PS. They are ankle length, which is perfect for a cooler day!)

Perfect to pair with our Keyhole Tank in Space Dye, make your workout wardrobe look out of this world with super stylish fitness fashion.

Perform each one of your yoga poses in style in these Cotton V-Front Leggings.

Perform each one of your yoga poses in style in these Cotton V-Front Leggings.

If we were to recommend a fun accessory to pair with your space dye attire, we would suggest a Rosette Nebula Yoga Mat.  Not only does this mat have a space theme, but it features edge-to-edge printing, a textured, non-slip backing, and 1/4″ thick cushioning so you can strike any pose in style.

Therefore, if you love these leggings as much as we do, you will also love working out in them. Tweet us at @wmclothing with the hashtag #ItemoftheWeek and we’ll share our enthusiasm with you.

Sincerely, Wear Me Out!

The Perfect Summer Active Bag

 

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Every season is great season to get in shape, but in the summer, there are more options for physical activities that you can do and getting in shape can be a lot easier.

Essentially, you’re not limited to only the gym and when you have awesome suggestions on summer fitness activities, it makes it that much simpler. For instance, have you tried hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, rollerblading or beach volleyball yet? (If, not, go try them all!)

All of the above activities might be more convenient to participate in if you have a water bottle, sweat towel or an mp3 player to assist you in your workout.

Fortunately, our Mesh Sports Bag can carry all of your fitness necessities  as the bag offers enough space to fit a pair of boxing gloves or a rolled up towel.

So, what are you waiting for? Your can score this bag on our site here!

What fitness activity will you carry this bag to?

Share with us in the comments!

 

The Ultimate Reasons Why You Should Be Lifting Weights

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Get toned and defined muscles when you lift weights!

Get toned and defined muscles when you lift weights!

Let’s weigh in on a common saying: “I don’t do weights because I don’t want to bulk up.”

However, most women should know, that adding weights to your workout routine, won’t turn you into a bodybuilder overnight.

Lifting weights is important for your body and your metabolism and with some of our favorite tips from Lauren Conrad’s team, we’re glad to share with you “Why You Should Be Lifting Weights“!

  • Weights strengthen your bones.
    “One of the most important things lifting weights does for your body is strengthening your bones. Lifting weights—not just doing cardio or aerobics—actually helps to prevent the bone disease osteoporosis later in life. In fact, studies have shown that lifting weights can actually increase your bone density and build new bones….”
  • Weights burn fat.
    “The more muscular you are, the more calories your body burns throughout the day and the more fat you burn too. Sure, doing cardio, like running or spinning, will burn calories, but doing weights will sculpt your muscles and give you the toned body you want…. “
  • Weights don’t bulk!
    “Women are afraid of bulking up when they do weights, but what women don’t realize is that we don’t even have the hormone levels men have to make our figures look like bodybuilders. According to the girls at Tone It Up, it is much more difficult to create massive muscles like the professionals than it is to lean out when using weights. The bulkiness women are afraid of usually comes from a high caloric diet, or not burning enough calories throughout the day…”
  • Weights will make your clothes feel better.
    “…Along with eating a healthy diet, lifting weights will help those skinny jeans look better than ever, give you a defined waist in your favorite dress, and make your shoulders and back look toned and feminine in your end-of-summer tank tops.”
Lifting weights are a great addition to your workout routine!

Lifting weights are a great addition to your workout routine!

Fitness Tip: “If you’re doing a set of 20 lunges with 5-lb weights, the 18th, 19th, and 20th lunges should feel very challenging. When they start to feel easy, that’s when you know it’s time to bump up your dumbbells to 7- or 8-lb weights.”

Want to read more? Check out the full article here!

Sincerely, Wear Me Out!

 

The Ultimate Quotes for Fitness Motivation

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Put your mind to it, and you can do it!

Put your mind to it, and you can do it!

Motivating yourself to get fit is not an easy thing to do.

Truly, it is tempting to want to stay in bed all day, or eat unhealthy foods because it is more “convenient” to do.

However, getting fit is important for your health, and no matter the excuses that may come from your way, we hope that Saying Images‘ Quotes for Fitness Motivation help encourage you to start getting fit or maintain your reign of getting fit.

Fitness Quotes

Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live. – Jim Rohn

Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning. – Thomas Jefferson

Strive for progress, not perfection. -Unknown

Bodybuilding Quotes

“My goal when I come in here everyday is to make sure that if someone beats me – its not because they outworked me!” – Layne Norton

“I had a goal to be the best from day one.” -Jay Cutler

“The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.” -Unknown

Running Quotes

“In running, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, ‘I have finished.’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that.” – Fred Lebow

“Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.” – Oprah Winfrey

“I always loved running…it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.” – Jesse Owens

Smile! When you're motivated, you're that much closer to your fitness goals!

Smile! When you’re motivated, you’re that much closer to your fitness goals!

Thus, what was your favorite fitness motivation quotes from this list? (Find more quotes here!)

Also, do you feel more motivated to life a healthy and active lifestyle? (We would love to know!)

Share with us in the comments!

Sincerely, Wear Me Out!