Why Lagree Pilates is a Fitness Game Changer

Why Lagree Pilates is a Fitness Game Changer

Lagree is a new form of Pilates developed by Sebastian Lagree and sweeping the country. Practiced by Michelle Obama, the Kardashians and Sofia Varga it is a low impact workout that is actually super challenging. The classes are short, but the workout is hard. People who practice are quickly addicted to the quick results and health benefits. So, why should you try Lagree?

It is Hard. Every Single Time
There is no way to get bored with this workout, it is challenging for every fitness level and every session is HARD. The classes are only 45-50 minutes and from the outside looking in they do not look like much of anything. You are on oversized Pilates reformers performing a series of moves that are SLOW and deliberate. The benefit comes from the slow pace and the fact you are not only working large muscle groups but the tiny muscles that are often left out. When you are in a class and your body is shaking that is a sign you are doing it right. Just be prepared for some soreness your first few visits, but the results also can be seen rather quickly.

It Challenges You Emotionally
Since every session is hard, it not only challenges you physically but it challenges you mentally and emotionally. When you are in a hard pose and your brain is telling you to stop but you push through the emotional reward is huge. Although the classes are only 45-50 minutes long you feel like you have conquered something when you finish and the sense of pride and accomplishment is a boost to your body and mind.

Community Builder
Lagree studios tend to be small and classes are usually only 8-12 people. You really feel like you are in it together and there is no judgment on fitness level or ability. Your only competition is yourself and your personal best. Before and after class is a great time to get to know your classmates and congratulate each other on taking on this challenging workout. Most people who take these classes say they feel a strong sense of community to their Lagree peers because they understand how challenging Lagree is and how impactful it is on the practitioner’s life.

Lagree can look intimidating to those not familiar with Pilates or even small group fitness classes, but it is worth a try. If you are someone who likes to be challenged every time, build community and see results Lagree should be on your list for the new year.

To find a class near you visit Lagree Fitness

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5 Steps to Preparing Your College Freshman

5 Steps to Preparing Your College Freshman

Let them Struggle
During the last year of high school, there will be many high-pressure things happening at once. SAT’s, ACT’s, college applications and essays. Your student will be dealing with a lot of stress and deadlines and it can be tempting to jump in to help them out. This is the time when you can support, but you ultimately need to let them sink or swim. They need to get used to deadlines and completing responsibility without their parent reminding and keeping track of their progress.

Give them Graduated Privilege
As your child gets closer and closer to leaving the house it is a good idea to give them more responsibility and more privilege. For example, if your child has always had a 10 pm curfew and that is in place until the day they leave for college it will be very hard for them to self-regulate. To go from strict rules to no rules is a recipe for excess. If it works for your family try to give them more chance to make good decisions instead of just following your rules, that way when they get to college they are not overwhelmed with freedom.

Understand Finances
Make sure to have frank and frequent conversations about finances. Make sure they are aware of what the expectation is for covering their costs, what you will be contributing and how they should be managing their money. It is also important to talk about taking on debt, whether it is student loans, credit cards or other loans. Make sure your child is aware of interest, repayment and long-term effects of debt.

Encourage Goal Setting
Goals do not only need to be centered around school and grades, talk to your child about what they want to accomplish their first semester at school and set some goals. It could be joining a club, getting a job, exploring their new city or volunteering. Goals are helpful to keep focus when your student is getting into this whole new world of college.

Make Sure they Know the Basics
Make sure your child knows the basics of living on their own. Laundry, paying bills, using the bank, post office and any other day to day skill that is important should be chatted about before they leave. Even though you might think your child knows all of this stuff, there is no harm in double checking.

Getting your student ready for college is stressful and emotional, but if you know they are prepared it becomes a lot easier to send them onto their new adventure.

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Eight Best Holiday Host or Hostess Gifts

Eight Best Holiday Host or Hostess Gifts

We are in the middle of holiday party season and it is always nice to bring a gift for the host or hostess of a holiday party. Sometimes it can be difficult to find a fun gift, so here is our ten favorite hostess gifts for anyone welcoming you into their home.

Wine or Champagne
This is a standard (but popular) item. Everyone can use a bottle of something delicious for their home. To make it extra special choose something local or bring a bottle that is not sold at your local grocery store.

Mixed Drink
A super fun idea in the alcohol family is to bring the ingredients and directions for a mixed drink. Often people don’t go out of their way to put together a fancy mixed drink because it can be complicated. So, if your host enjoys mixed drinks find a fun recipe and bring all the ingredients needed and the recipe.

Candles
Candles can sound a bit boring, but there are so many boutique candle companies that make artisanal scents, funny labels and cool candle holders. You can find something that matches the décor and taste of your hostess.

Plant or Fresh Flowers
Another traditional but welcome gift is a potted plant or fresh flowers. They are always welcome and easy to find locally. If you bring fresh flowers have them wrapped nicely at the store, instead of bringing them in the crinkly plastic. It adds a nice touch.

Barware
Another cool gift that is perfect for those who have a bar or enjoy mixed drinks is barware. There is always a cool new gadget or bar toy that an aficionado would love to receive.

Cheese Board
A gorgeous cheese board is a great gift for a host/hostess who entertains frequently. They come in a variety of different materials and if you plan

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6 Ways to Refresh Your Master Bedroom

6 Ways to Refresh Your Master Bedroom

The start of a new year always inspires change and rejuvenation in people. For some, it is personal development or fitness like a new workout, for other home organization or renovation. If you are looking for some change in your home, but don’t want to do anything major, here are six simple ways to refresh the look of your master bedroom.

Floor Covering
Adding an area rug to the room adds visual interest and can bring new colors to the space. It is a much easier switch than replacing your flooring and you can do it as often as you would like!

Change Up Your Bed Frame
If you are crafty you could paint your existing bed frame a fun new color or refinish it in a new stain. If you are not up for an art project you could simply buy a new frame. Sine the bed is the focal point of the bedroom a new look changes up the entire room.

Fresh Paint or Accent Wall
The quickest way to make a change in any room is paint. It is simple and has a big impact. There are so many ways to use paint that the opportunities are endless! Stenciling, creating a vibrant accent wall or even adding shimmer to the paint can be like creating an entirely new look for your room.

Light Fixture or Chandelier
Changing out the ceiling fixture for a more daring and dramatic fixture or chandelier immediately elevate the design quality of your bedroom. You can create visual interest that brings the eye up. Since there are so many types of fixtures you can go romantic, modern, retro, the options go on and on.

Wall Paper
Wallpaper has come a long way since the days of heavy floral patterns. You can get modern and elegant designs, shimmery colors and unexpected patterns. Wallpaper has the same impact as paint, you can cover large areas and it has a big impact. A wallpaper accent wall is a pretty addition you can make to see if you like it before you cover the entire room.

Window Coverings
A very easy change to any room is updating the window coverings. You can make a big impact with new curtains, blinds, and hardware. You can be really creative with color, texture, and patterns and it gives a whole new look to your windows and bedroom.
No matter how big or small you want to go with your bedroom refresh, there are lots of things that you can do that can be DIY or hire them out. Either way, a master bedroom should be a relaxing retreat from the world, so make sure it is something you love!

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How the Miracle Morning Can Change Your Life

How the Miracle Morning Can Change Your Life

If you are like most women out there you feel like your day starts at top speed the second your eyes open and does not slow down until your head hits the pillow. At the end of the day you are exhausted but still feel like you did not accomplish everything you wanted. Sound familiar?

How would you like to learn how to have an intentional morning where you take care of yourself and set your intentions for the day? You would start your day feeling calm and focused on what you want to accomplish before days end. If that sounds like heaven to you, then you need to meet The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod.

What is the Miracle Morning?
The Miracle Morning is a book that teaches people how to transform their lives with their morning routine. On first glance it sounds a little fluffy, but it is truly a life changing book. The author, Hal Elrod, teaches about six practices to add to your morning routine that can completely transform your energy and intentions as you start your day.

Miracle Morning Practices
The Miracle Morning routine is built around six practices. Elrod labels these the Life S.A.V.E.R.S; silence, affirmations, visualization, exercise, reading, scribing. Let’s go over each one with examples of what you can incorporate into your routine.

Silence
Purposeful silence is the first practice of the day. By engaging in meaningful silence, you reduce your stress levels and begin the day from a place of calm and clarity. Some examples of silent practices are meditation, prayer, reflection, deep breathing and gratitude.

Affirmations
Affirmations are the practice of repeating positive statements to affect change in your conscious and subconscious mind. The thought is that the positive repetition will actually bring positive images to mind that will excite and motivate. Some examples of affirmations:
I wake up happy and excited every single day.
Each day of my life is filled with joy and love.
I am enthusiastic about every second of my life.
Everything I do is fun, healthy and exciting.
I am a beacon of love and compassion.

Visualization
Visualization is a powerful tool in the miracle morning. It is the use of the imagination through pictures or mental imagery to create visions of what we want in our lives and how to make them happen. It is proven that by visualizing the outcomes we want you can perform better to create those outcomes in real life. As it applies to the MM, you can simply visualize how you want your day to go, how your presentation at work might end up, how a tough conversation you have to participate in will result. It is a way to mentally prep for the best outcome possible.

Exercise
Exercise is any activity that gets your blood pumping. If you usually work out in the evenings or you can’t fit your full workout into your morning just do 10 minutes of yoga or take a brisk walk. Exercise does not need to be an hour to count, you just want to wake your body up.

Reading
This is usually a favorite for people. It is just as it sounds, reading anything you would like. Some people use it as a time to read a magazine, favorite book, or bible study. It is anything that you enjoy reading and brings happiness and relaxation.

Scribing
Scribing is a fancy word for writing. This means spending some time journaling your thoughts or writing down plans for your day. It is simply a way to get your thoughts out of your head and onto paper.

Getting Started
If you are like most people it is really exciting to try out a new thing in your life. We get really amped up and then our enthusiasm can falter after we hit snooze for a few days. I good way to ease into this morning ritual is to start with a 10-minute routine and then slowly add more time. Anyone can get up 10 minutes earlier! If you feel successful you are more likely to keep going.
Another great way to set yourself up for success is by building some accountability into the routine. Find a person who wants to do MM as well. Check in when you wake up and when you complete your routine. Or, meet for the exercise portion of the routine. Accountability will help keep you consistent in your efforts

No matter where you start with Miracle morning the key is consistency. It takes some time to get into the routine but most people who practice regularly say it has been a life changer. They start their day with calm and purpose and reap the benefits until their heads hit the pillow.

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