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Gear Up and Get Healthy for the New Year

January 24, 2017

When the calendar turns over to a new year, “get healthy” is the one of the most popular resolutions. But now it’s nearly the end of January and so many of us are left wondering how exactly to go about making healthier choices, whether that’s at home, at the gym or at work. Here are six ways to make healthy lifestyle choices in 2017, matched with the perfect gear to help get you there.

Prep Your Portions

Whether you’re counting calories for weight loss or just keeping an eye on nutrition, portion control is a helpful strategy to make sure all your food group are represented. Look for color-coded containers to measure protein, fat, carbs, fruits and veggies to piece together a perfectly balanced meal.

Try this: Portion Control Containers, at select Gordman’s locations

Food portion containers make it easy to portion out your food.

 

Start With a Smoothie

Kicking off your day with a smoothie is a great way to get in a serving of fruit or veggies right off the bat. Start with frozen fruit (try strawberries or pineapple), add a handful of spinach (you’ll hardly taste it, we promise) and your choice of protein (dairy milk, nut milk or protein powder). Then blend it until smooth, add a straw and you’re good to go.

Try this: Nutri Ninja Blender with Recipe Book ($69.99)

http://www.gordmans.com/for-the-home/kitchen/small-appliances/nutri-ninja-blender-with-recipe-book-112802737.html#q=blender&start=1

 

Pack Your Lunch

Did you resolve to eat less processed food this year? One easy way is to bring your own lunch to work instead of eating out. Pick up a new insulated lunchbox–like one that shows off your pride for your alma mater–to make the experience more fun. Make sure to pack some afternoon munchies (nuts, dried fruit and raw veggies are tasty and wholesome) to keep your appetite satisfied when you have the urge to slink past the vending machine.

Try this: Wisconsin Velcro Lunch Bag ($5.99)

http://www.gordmans.com/sports-fan/ncaa-college/wisconsin-badgers/tailgating/wisconsin-velcro-lunch-bag-110517443.html#q=lunch&start=3

A fun lunch box will help you get your lunch packed everyday

Try Yoga

Practicing yoga can do wonders for the brain and the body, but studio classes can be expensive. Create a DIY studio experience at home with the help of a yoga DVD (pick your level), or even easier, search YouTube for free instructional videos.

Try this: Fine Life Yoga Ball ($4.90)

http://www.gordmans.com/jewelry-and-accessories/accessories/fitness-accessories/yoga-ball-red-107116173.html#q=yoga&start=17

yoga ball will help you stretch your muscles

 

Flex Your Muscles

Strength training is a great way to not only build muscle tone, but also improve bone density (important to avoid osteoporosis later in life) and your mood, too. Grab some light hand weights (anything from 5 to 10 pounds, depending on your ability and comfort level) and add some bicep and tricep curls to your regimen.

Try this: RBD 8-pound Hand Weights ($7.99)

http://www.gordmans.com/jewelry-and-accessories/accessories/fitness-accessories/8-lbs.-hand-weights-111891916.html#start=1

Hand weights to help build muscle

Stay Hydrated

We all know that drinking enough water helps flush out toxins, prevent headaches and keep your digestive system in working order, but it’s still a struggle to drink those much-needed 8 to 10 glasses a day. With a pretty water bottle in hand, you’re that much more likely to meet the mark.

Try this: Metallic Swirl Water Bottle, $9.99

http://www.gordmans.com/for-the-home/dining-and-entertaining/water-bottles/metallic-swirl-water-bottle-17-oz-2016727.html?dwvar_2016727_color=Red#q=water+bottle&sz=60&start=3

Water bottle keeps water nice and refreshing

Fashion

New Year, New Workout Clothes

January 20, 2017
New workout clothes for the gym will get you there in no time

If flipping over the calendar to 2017 has left you inspired to get moving, then the season’s fresh crop of workout clothes will outfit you in style. Here’s a look at five trends that are sure to be hot this year, from the gym to the street to the yoga studio.

 

A HINT OF PRINT

Jazz up your workout clothes with a pair of leggings in an all-over pattern. Try a capri-style legging in a wavy black-and-white stripe or a cool crosshatch print.

90 Degree by Reflex Stripe Capris, $14.99

http://www.gordmans.com/women/womens-clothing/activewear/stripe-capris-112156794.html?dwvar_112156794_color=1#start=8

 

cute workout capris for the gym

Spalding Crosshatch Crop Capris, $14.99

http://www.gordmans.com/women/womens-clothing/activewear/crosshatch-crop-capris-110718375.html?dwvar_110718375_color=1#start=18

 

CLEAR REAR VIEW

Strappy back details continue to be in demand this year. Look for fresh takes on the trend with lattice trim and ladder back designs on sports bras and tanks. A great update to your workout clothes.

cute cutout details for gym clothes

90 Degree by Reflex Lattice Back Tank, $11.99

http://www.gordmans.com/women/womens-clothing/activewear/lattice-back-tank-112155668.html?dwvar_112155668_color=1#start=14

fun, strappy bras like this will make going to the gym fun

Popular Basics Ladder Back Bra Tank, $3

http://www.gordmans.com/juniors/juniors-clothing/activewear/ladder-back-bra-tank-108742647.html?dwvar_108742647_color=670#start=21

strappy backs make for fun workout clothes

90 Degree by Reflex Strappy Sports Bra, $12.99

http://www.gordmans.com/women/womens-clothing/activewear/strappy-sports-bra-112156136.html?dwvar_112156136_color=601#start=1

 

GO AHEAD AND SLOUCH

Slouchy cover-ups are just the thing to keep your muscles warm and toasty pre- and post-workout. Slip on a cozy sweatshirt with a cowl neck or a pair of joggers with a relaxed fit.

cozy up in this cowl neck Hoodie, perfect for the gym

Cowl neck hoodie, $19.99

http://www.gordmans.com/juniors/juniors-plus/activewear/cowl-neck-hoodie-110720004.html?dwvar_110720004_color=500#start=1

Fun joggers

Allison Brittney Cali Love Joggers, $15

http://www.gordmans.com/women/womens-plus-clothing/activewear/cali-love-cuff-hem-jogger-pants-110720296.html?dwvar_110720296_color=20#start=16

cute joggers for the gym

Derek Heart Love Arrows Fleece Joggers, $7.99

http://www.gordmans.com/juniors/juniors-clothing/activewear/love-arrows-jogger-pants-111163836.html?dwvar_111163836_color=601#start=8

 

MUSCLE UP

The classic muscle tank, with its high neckline and sleeveless silhouette, has made a comeback for both ladies and gents with modern details such as mesh insets and space-dye patterns.

show off those muscles at the gym

Tapout Tech Muscle Tee, $7

http://www.gordmans.com/men/mens-clothing/workout-clothes/tech-muscle-tee-111201583.html?dwvar_111201583_color=10#q=muscle&start=3

Tie Dye Love Varsity Muscle Tee, $10

http://www.gordmans.com/juniors/juniors-plus/activewear/tie-dye-love-varsity-muscle-tee-110428421.html?dwvar_110428421_color=650#q=muscle&start=4

pair a see through tank with a bright colored bra

90 Degree by Reflex Solid Tank, $11.99

http://www.gordmans.com/women/womens-clothing/activewear/solid-tank-112155601.html?dwvar_112155601_color=1#start=11

 

FLIP IT & REVERSE IT

Reversible pieces give you serious mileage with two looks in one. Look for pants that flip inside-out for a totally different look, or a comfy cloth headband that flips to reveal a second color.

Cute gym clothes

Spalding Reversible Pixel Crop Capris, $16.99

http://www.gordmans.com/women/womens-clothing/activewear/reversible-pixel-crop-capris-110718412.html?dwvar_110718412_color=400#start=14

Keep your hair in place at the gym with this headband

Reversible Headwrap, $5.99

http://www.gordmans.com/jewelry-and-accessories/accessories/hair-accessories/reversible-with-braid-headwrap-110583519.html?dwvar_110583519_color=1#q=reversible&start=9

 

Food

Salad of the Week: 1-12-2017

January 12, 2017

A new year, a new you!  Isn’t that the most popular resolution we start a new year with?! Being a better person in our relationships, more forgiving, more accepting, more kindness. Spending more quality time with our kids. Surrounding ourselves with positive people. Exercising regularly.  Eating healthy, like a salad. Too broad, too many expectations, too many things to focus on…life is constantly changing and is crazy busy.  We must pick the things we REALLY want to focus on, or else drive ourselves crazy trying to do it all!

One thing I know is that if we keep our body eating healthy, other things will fall into place.  We will have more energy to spend that extra quality time with our kids, or stay up a little later to read that book we have been wanting to.  Making healthy food choices will lead us to feel better about ourselves and create the energy we need to feel motivated and keep us on track to meet our goals for the year.

It started when I was a working mom, and encountered catered lunches at the office daily.  I knew if I ate that stuff, I would gain 30 lbs and feel like crap.  So to stay away, I made sure I had prepped my salads on Sundays so that I had all the healthy food I needed to keep me satisfied and away from these temptations throughout the week.  Two years ago I became a stay at home mom, and although the temptations had changed, (to anything I could grab from the pantry), they were still there daily.  And in the beginning I would fall for them.  After a few months I decided I had to continue to prep for my daily salads as if I had a working mom’s schedule.  Because the truth was, I didn’t know from day to day if I would have 15 minutes to make me a healthy lunch.

So my “salad of the week” started.  I would decide what salad I would eat for the week.  It couldn’t be too complicated or I would lose motivation to make it.   I would prep the veggies by having them chopped and stored in individual Tupperware, or have nuts toasted and in baggies, or my dressings were all mixed by me (trying to avoid as much processed as possible).    If this was all done before my week started, it was easy for me to grab what I needed and throw it together.  If I didn’t have this done, I constantly found myself grabbing what was convenient which was usually processed and not a healthy option.

Tools and gadgets to create salad

I found as I ate healthy, I wanted to work out, I felt motivated, and I had the energy it took to be a mom, a wife, and run the household like a boss!  If I’d fail and grab something less healthy, I’d feel sluggish, unmotivated, and on track to just keep eating bad options for the rest of the day.  I knew that the salads had to stick as a daily routine for lunch.  And I had to keep on hand the most used ingredients so I never had an excuse to not eat a salad.  On the weekends I would allow myself to eat more freely and fun.  We can’t deprive ourselves of all fun food or life is just boring, right?

Ingredients for the salad.

So for 2017, add “eat more salads” to your New Year’s resolutions!  You will get your veggies in, you will feel healthier, and will have more motivation to achieve your other goals.  Maybe eating a salad a day will lead you to losing that 10 lbs you have been trying for, and then you will feel ready to hit the gym, give it 6 months of routine and who knows what else you will feel motivated to do!  We only have one body, and we must take care of it, but let’s still have fun while doing so!  Cheers to 2017 and more yummy salads in our futures!  Here is one of the easiest to kick off your new year! (salad recipe below)

Easy Chicken Salad. Healthy salad to get you to your goals this year.

Easy Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

Spring Mix

Chopped Red Peppers

Grape Tomatoes

Artichoke Hearts

Hard boiled egg

Shredded Carrots

Sliced Chicken breast

Pepitas

 

Balsamic Dressing:

½ C olive oil

¼ C balsamic vinegar

1 tsp honey

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1 shallot minced

1 clove garlic, minced or crushed

Salt and pepper to taste

Combine ingredients salad. Mix together dressing and enjoy!

This post was written by Gordmans cooking extraordinaire, Lindsey.