#BOSUstrong Challenge: Week 2-Stay Balanced

Week 2: 6 ways I stay balanced

Balance: 

  • the state of having your weight spread equally so that you do not fall
  • the ability to move or to remain in a position without losing control or falling
  • a state in which different things occur in equal or proper amounts or have an equal or proper amount of importance

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If you forgot to join me last week for the #BOSUStrong challenge or just weren’t up for the cardio, make sure you join me this week as it’s all about the balance! We’re standing on one leg, lunging, and BOSU squatting our way through the week. If you’re a mom like me then I am sure you know the importance of balance in your life.

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Balance means more than just being able to stand on one leg, it also means being able to do what you love while making healthy choices at the same time. It means putting in the work and still finding time for family. Or eating those well planned meals but balancing it out with the occasional piece of chocolate cake. Or using your BOSU (workout) and workout DVDs (workout) at home when you can’t make it to the gym.

The 6 Ways I Stay Balanced:

Here are the 6 ways I stay balanced – what are yours?

  • I make time for myself by squeezing in a lunchtime workout during the work week.
  • My favorite me time is going for a long run in the crisp fall air.
  • My rule when it comes to a balanced diet is allowing some flexibility.
  • I make fitness a priority by __making it part of my family-time___.
  • When I get stressed or overwhelmed, my go to is __meditation or a long hot bath___.
  • I do __my best to prepare healthy meals and be an example for healthy living__ to help my family stay balanced.

So I want to know – are you #BOSUStrong? Copy and paste the above, fill it in and make it your own and then tag me in it and share with your friends! Let’s all be #BOSUSTRONG.

The daily prompts are below. You can also follow along HERE.

Week 2, it’s all about that BALANCE (9/21-9/25):

(Make sure you tag @Bosu_Fitness on Instagram & @BosuFitness on Twitter):

  • Monday, 9/21: Happy Monday sweaties, this week we’re all about that balance. Let’s see you stand on one leg – ready, set, GO! #BosuStrong #SweatPink #FitFamily @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Bonus: Y’all know we love to #jumpjoymonday! Show us your BEST jump shot and tag @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad
  • Tuesday, 9/22: We want to see you #dropitlikeasquat…on your BOSU or perhaps one leg? #BosuStrong #SweatPink #FitFamily @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Bonus: It’s time for #treetuesday! Show us your best tree pose. @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad
  • Wednesday, 9/23: Let’s lunge it out sweaties! #BosuStrong #SweatPink #FitFamily @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  •  Bonus: #workitwednesday, show us how you’re workin’ it this Wednesday and tag #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Thursday, 9/24:  It’s #totalbodythursday. Show us your favorite total body balance  move! #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Bonus: Give us a #tbt of a time when you really challenged your balance (feel free to get creative!) #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Friday, 9/25: #FreeFriday. Show us your favorite way to get your balance on! #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
    • Bonus: Happy #forearmfriday. Let’s forearm plank it out y’all! #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

Notes: You do not need to own or have access to a BOSU to participate. By participating you will have a chance to win a BOSU and other fun prizes. And please, if you are using a BOSU throughout this challenge, never stand on your BOSU with the dome facing down (images or moves down on the BOSU incorrectly will not count during this challenge).

Disclaimer: this post was sponsored by BOSU but all opinions expressed are my own. I truly appreciate all of the brands that support the Fit Approach (Sweat Pink) community.

SPA Review: Vega Sport Pre-workout

Disclaimer:  This is an unbiased review.  As an SPA, I am often provided with opportunities to review certain fitness/health related products.  I was not paid for my review, but did receive a free product for testing.

When offered this opportunity to review a Vega Sport product of my choosing I was pumped!  I had read up on the company and seeing that they offered all clean plant-based products was enticing.  I had been on the search for a good pre-workout that wouldn’t leave me with a racing heart, but would still give me a nice energy boost.

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I’ll admit, I was rather skeptical because I prefer to limit these types of products, but after trying it I did notice an increase in my energy and workout performance.  My first trial came the night I decided to incorporate hill training.  I had just had a very long day and the last thing I wanted to do was go out and run. Rather than call it a night, I decided to test out the Vega Sport Acai Berry pre-workout.  It did the trick! Now, I am not full on sure if it was the placebo effect of taking a pre-workout, but it gave me an instant boost.

I conquered the hills and my heart didn’t explode.  I had just the right amount of energy to get through the run and didn’t feel over-stimulated or sick to my stomach.

As far as taste goes, it could be better.  I am not a fan of Redbull flavored things and this reminded me of said drink.  I preferred to dilute mine with extra water and a lot of ice so that it was easier to stomach.  Though I really liked the effect of the pre-workout, taste is a pretty important factor too and it would be the one thing holding me back from buying this on my own.  Perhaps the lemon-lime flavor is more tolerable?

Do you want to learn more about Vega Sport pre-workout?  Below I’ve shared some information provided by the website…

Pre-Workout Energizer

“Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer is a pre-workout drink mix sporting a unique blend of 13 synergistic plant-based performance-improving ingredients, like green tea, yerba mate, coconut oil and rhodiola, specifically selected to:

  • Provide immediate and sustained energy
  • Increase endurance, aerobic and anaerobic capacity
  • Enhance mental focus and recovery

Featuring two complementary carbohydrates, Pre-Workout Energizer is balanced to provide both instant and slower-burning fuel for your workouts. Organic sprouted brown rice syrup has a high glycemic index (90), entering the bloodstream quickly, while organic palm nectar has a low glycemic index (35), providing slow, steady energy that will not spike or crash.

Take Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer 20 minutes before your workout to help you get in the zone with energy to burn!”

 

Like I mentioned earlier in my post, I really like the effects of this product, but taste proved to be a challenge.  Have you ever tried any pre-workouts?  What brands or flavors?

 

Product Review: Pure LYFT (Clean Caffeine Energy Stir Sticks)

As a busy mom who is so often lacking in the sleep department, I jumped at the opportunity to review this product.  These Pure LYFT Clean Caffeine Energy Stir Sticks are the perfect option for those looking for a boost without the overpowering taste of energy drinks or coffee (don’t get me wrong I love my coffee, but sometimes I just want an ice cold glass of something refreshing).

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Pure LYFT

“LYFT Energy Stir Sticks are a cool, new way to get all natural caffeine and stir energy into any beverage you’re drinking. The energy is derived from all natural green coffee bean extract and has vitamins A and B complex.  With 0 calories and a clean taste, it’s a perfect pre-workout boost, gets you over that 3pm slump, and is great during happy hour or to keep your energy up while you’re painting the town red!  

It’s also the perfect alternative to sugary energy drinks and shots. And if you’re ditching soda, LYFT gets the caffeine (equal to one tall coffee) you miss without the chemicals and calories.  You can easily stash it in your gym bag or even a small purse, making it an easy, lightweight, on-the-go option for energy.

How to: Simply peel down the label completely off the whole stick and remove it. Stir the stick into any beverage for approximately 20 seconds. Toss the stick or keep it in your glass.”

PERSONAL REVIEW (Please Note: This review is based on my personal experiences with this product.  I was not paid compensation for this review, but as the owner of this blog, I was provided with the opportunity to review this product for free.)

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I tried my first stick after a long week of unpacking and dealing with complete and udder exhaustion.  There wasn’t a day that had gone by in that week where I didn’t feel ready for a post-work nap.  Fitting in my evening workouts had started to become a struggle, by the time I was free to workout I was too wiped out to even consider it.

That’s when the light bulb went off in my head!  Wait a minute, don’t you have those caffeine sticks to test out?  Why, yes, yes I did!  So I poured myself a nice glass of ice cold water and stirred away.  No shaking, no absurd mixing, just peel and stir!  It was easier than opening a can of soda.

I definitely had my reservations before that first sip.  I braced myself because I expected a bitter or unpleasant taste.  Relief and satisfaction set in when I didn’t taste a thing.  It was no worse than sipping on the ice water than my body so desperately craved.  Before I knew it the little boost of energy kicked in.

I didn’t feel jittery (a problem I have with energy drinks) and my HR was no faster than normal (yeah, I wore my HR monitor while I reviewed this product). I was energized and ready to chase my 2 year old around our new yard.  I fully enjoyed the stable boost it gave me and was pleased when it didn’t keep me up into the wee hours of the night.

I just recently used my second stick and paired it with lemonade.  Again, it gave me the perfectly balanced boost to get me over the early evening slump.  I highly recommend this product and wish they would have sent me more!  I may even consider dropping some cash on these babies!

Do you want to try them out?  Check out their website and order here!  Also be sure to check out Fit Approach and my fellow Sweat Pink Ambassadors!  They teamed up with Pure LYFT for this amazing review opportunity.  I love my team of Sweat Pink Ambassadors and am proud to be a part of such a great network of fit ladies!