Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Guest Post: Indoor vs. Outdoor Exercise


Las Vegas: Stay Fit Outdoors
You’d never believe how much time I used to spend at the gym. I would leave work around 5 o’clock, and I wouldn't arrive home until 8 or 9 o’clock most nights. The thing is, I didn’t necessarily like it at the gym -- all those sweaty people cramped into the same space, running about like hamsters on a wheel. The problem was that I didn’t know of a better way to get my workouts in.
Many others have opted for a simpler solution, such as running outdoors, going for a bike ride or even biking to errands. But my concerns for safety and the health issues caused by pollution always kept me from trying these solutions. But, after moving to a new place, I realized that each individual’s workout preference can vary depending on what town or city they live in. In fact, you might believe that my relocation to Las Vegas would only provide further encouragement to keep my workouts indoors, but the opposite ended up happening. 
Here’s my story:
Five years ago I moved to Las Vegas and wasn’t there for even a day when I thought to myself, “Crap! Where and how am I going to be able to safely exercise outdoors here?” When people think of Sin City, they don’t exactly associate it with exercise or see it as the beacon of health or mecca of fitness options (other than walking up and down the strip all day and night long). But I was soon proven wrong; as it turns out, there are many beautiful, natural settings in Las Vegas that are perfect for getting your sweat on.
The city of Las Vegas is located right in the middle of the Mojave Desert, and it’s a breathtakingly beautiful natural landscape with scenic bike trails that go on for mile after mile. One of the best resources for biking in the desert, and the one I use all the time, is this resource for finding safe bike trails. Believe me; the desert is one place you do not want to get lost in while riding your bike!
Another great Las Vegas fitness fact that many cyclists and would-be cyclists don’t know about is that Sin City is one of America’s Cycle-Friendly Cities, named as one of the best by the League of American Bicyclists! What an awesome and unexpected resource it’s turned out to be! Now that I’ve lived in LV for a while, it’s not surprising that such a resourceful listing exists. Las Vegas recently invested $500,000 installing bicycle racks and lockers in the downtown area. Likewise, the city has added 390 bike lanes throughout the area!
If you happen to be traveling to Las Vegas and don’t want to sacrifice your fitness, this fantastic resource will help locate fitness-friendly hotels and activities. There are plenty of ways on this site to search for hotels and fitness activities that suit your
personal preferences. In fact, before moving here, I stayed for extended visits a couple of times to make sure I really wanted to take the leap and relocate to Las Vegas. What I found out was that the hotels here have great gyms and the front desk staff offered excellent outdoor fitness advice, as well as ideas on where to find health-conscious food and drink. Don’t believe it? Come to my new city that I love so much and see for yourself. 

Indoor Gym Workouts For Kelsey

I am the exact opposite of Bridget. I like to workout indoors. I am a HUGE sissy when it comes to cold weather, so I like to guarantee that I get my workout in by doing them inside.

I also like to workout indoors because I am NOT a runner. My favorite form of exercise is group fitness classes. I am obsessed with Dance Fit! I actually TEACH it now!!! Wahoo!!! It's kinda like Zumba, but uses modern pop and country songs instead of Latin music. Another group fitness class I enjoy is Spin. There is just something about the music pumping and having other people around you to pump you up and make you workout harder!

I am also a huge fan of strength training. My hubby has taught me that weights and creating muscle is very important and is actually really beneficial for your metabolism. I really enjoy M/W/F's now because they are my strength training days! They really make me feel strong and fit!


The bottom line is that you have to find out what workout is best for YOU! Make sure you have fun so you will continue for the rest of your life! Being healthy is the way to go!

Talk to us... what is YOUR favorite place to workout? Leave us a comment!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Koss Fit Series Review

 This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Koss.

Koss’ female designers teamed up with Gold Medalist Dara Torres
 to create the world’s first headphones designed specifically 
for women by women.

 Here are some facts about Fitbuds and FitClips:
  • FitBuds ($29.99*)
  • 33% smaller (than any earbud Koss has ever created)
  • Sweat resistant
  • Three different sizes of ear cushions included for the perfect fit.
  • FitClips ($29.99*):
  • Do not fall out
  • Sweat resistant
  • Three different sizes of ear cushions included for the perfect fit. 

My Thoughts
Both of these Headphones were SO AWESOME! Not only did they actually fit in my ear properly,
 the sound was out of this world AMAZING!!!! I felt like I had surround sound in my ears while I 
was listening to my music. I LOVED these during my workouts! I had some awesome music, and 
they NEVER fell out, no matter how hard I was working! 

Please try these for yourself or give them as a gift to the fitness lover in your life!

Wal Mart*
Best Buy*
*retailers will promote at $19.99 this Holiday Season.
Social Media:
Twitter: @KossHeadphones
Instagram: @Koss

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Suncups Review

We were contacted by Suncups to review their treats. 

Here's some info from their website:
In 2008, a man knocked on the door at Seth Ellis Chocolates with a jar of sunflower butter and a challenge: create a candy cup his peanut-allergic son could eat. The chocolatiers got to work, inspired by the idea of a peanut butter cup for everyone. A jar of sunflower butter, a handful of test batches and a day later, they had cracked the code. Sun Cups were born.
Being a peanut butter cup for everyone is no small task. It calls for unseen levels of nut-free, gluten-free, Certified Kosher deliciousness. And being the overachievers they are, the chocolatiers also made their creation all natural, using cacao from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms. That means the chocolate in Sun Cups comes from farms that look out for their workers and the planet. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate Sun Cups debuted in 2009. And in 2011, we added Milk Chocolate Caramel Cups and Dark Chocolate Mint Cups to the lineup to spread the love to even more dessert-earners worldwide.
Today, our Boulder chocolate factory is buzzing around the clock churning out chocolate safe for nut allergies.

Jared was in charge of this review, because he is the one who eats chocolate. Let me tell you, he was MORE than happy to handle this review all by himself! ;)

All the flavors are a 9/10. They tasted fantastic. 
 My favorite by far is the caramel cups!  They tasted awesome! 
 I know the standard of peanut butter cups is Reese, 
but these are a great healthier option without compromising taste.
 You can taste the sun butter which in my opinion is very good! 
 These are a great snack!!! 
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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Just a FEW of the things we're thankful for...

God has blessed us with SO MUCH. We wanted to share just a FEW of the things that we are thankful for...

Jared was able to travel to Florida and practice at the Disney courses for a week before the Second Stage of Q-School. (UPDATE: HE MADE IT TO THE FINAL STAGE!!! We are also thankful that I will be able to travel and stay with him in California!!!)

Kelsey has a great job that she LOVES. 

 She has fallen in love with Baby Drew and Amelia...


 We are both VERY thankful for QUALITY TIME that we can spend together. 

Jared travels a lot with golf, and we are so very thankful for those times when he is home and we can just enjoy spending time together. The first day he came home from second stage, we watched church online and ate pizza and laid in bed all day. It was the PERFECT lazy day full of quality time! 

We are excited for this new journey that we are going through. Praying that we make wise decisions in the days ahead and know that ultimately God has it under control! 

Nextrino Activated Charcoal Tea Tree Soap

I was sent some brand new soap from Nextrino to try and review! It is an activated charcoal tea tree soap that is all natural, vegan, and ...