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Do you have a favorite brand? One that you love for whatever reason? Maybe the company has products that you love the quality of; or perhaps you love the prices; whatever the reason, it’s a brand that you trust. I was given the opportunity to attend an immersion event for a brand in the Health and Wellness / Natural Products industry; and at the end of the event, I’d found a favorite brand. And it is NOW Foods. This post is sponsored by NOW Foods. I am thrilled to be working with the NOW brand. They flew me out to Chicago so I could attend their #NOWGetFit Immersion event. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

 




 

NOW Foods | Affordable Natural Products

 

Before the trip to Chicago for Now Foods’ Immersion Event, I had heard the brand name before and seen the bright orange protein powder tubs in health food stores. I had tried the NOW Sports Amino Powder Pre-Workout (and loved it, might I add!). But my knowledge beyond that was minimal.

Working with FitFluential, the NOW brand sponsored an event for bloggers to attend to learn about NOW. I was lucky enough to be able to attend this event, learn about NOW’s values, mission, and processes, and spread the word. Before I get into the details of the trip and the brand, I want to share some quick pictures from the event.

 

 

now foods immersion event

 

The biggest takeaway from the weekend was that I can trust the NOW brand.

 

Here’s Why:

 

1.The ingredients they put into their products are of the BEST quality.

 

Furthermore, one of their promise’s to the consumer is of quality. They have a Quality Control and Quality Assurance Program, which I have seen in action. NOW goes above and beyond the regulations (which includes FDA inspections) and what is required of the supplement industry to ensure pure, effective, and natural products.

While visiting one of the NOW Plants in Illinois, I was able to see some of the thousands of tests on materials and products that they conduct  to make sure that products are safe from contamination, adulteration, and ingredient substitution. Not to mention, they are one of just a few supplement suppliers that have a GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) certification.

It is all too common for supplement brands and suppliers to skip out on quality ingredients and quality checks in order to push a product to the public.

 

 

 

2. The price of their products is literally unbeatable.

 

When you look at the quality of the ingredients and the precision of their health and safety checks, you’ll be shocked at how affordable the products are.

Throughout my time with NOW, it was very clear to me that their mission is to produce the best products at an affordable price. When speaking with the CEO and the founder’s son, they both said that they didn’t want people to have to choose between paying a bill and living a healthy life. As a counselor that primarily works with children and families that live at or under the poverty line, this truly struck a chord with me.

 

now foods core values

 

 

3. The company and it’s employees feel like a family.

 

And along those lines, every consumer and purchaser of NOW products brings you into that family as well.

Have you ever met a CEO of a huge corporation or business that knew the name of every employee? From the men and women on the board to the men and women who pack the boxes for distribution? I hadn’t until I met Jim Emme, CEO of NOW Foods.

We heard a lot about how NOW values its employees. For instance, the company gives a bonus to all employees every quarter (and the size of that bonus depends on how well the company does that quarter) but every single employee, from the CEO to the plant workers, gets the exact same bonus. Additionally, the Board evaluates the salaries of the employee’s yearly to make sure that they can support themselves and their families with their earnings. It was so refreshing to hear how they treat everyone like family.

We also saw how NOW values their employees. During our tour of the plant, Mr. Emme greeted and conversed with every employee in the building. He knew their names, knew their families, and genuinely cared about what they had to say. I was floored! It was clear to see that the employees truly enjoyed their job… We even met an employee that had been working with NOW for 25 years. That is a true testament to how the company treats their employees.

 

 

 

4. You can get such a variety of products and know that with every item you purchase, it’s the best of the best.

 

Like I mentioned before, I had a very limited knowledge on the NOW brand and it’s products. In case you aren’t familiar either, here are the different NOW lines.

Dietary Supplements: Dietary supplements help make sure that you get all the vitamins and minerals your body needs! I personally take their ProBiotics. They’re life-changing. I’ll be publishing a post on these this month. Stay tuned!

Sports Nutrition: This includes things like: Protein powders, BCAAs, pre-workout, and SO MUCH MORE!

Natural Foods: In almost every person’s fitness journey, they struggle with their Food and Diet at some point. NOW Foods has some AMAZING foods, and cooking aids (oils, nut butters, etc.) to help you reach your goals! I have tried out some new recipes with their foods that will be posted on Instagram in the coming weeks! NOW Foods also has some awesome recipes and pointers that they post as well on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Beauty and Health: Facial Care, Hair Care, Beauty Supplements and more!

Essential Oils: I had no experience whatsoever with Essential Oils prior to the Immersion Event. But I was able to learn some of the basics and uses. They even taught us how to make a gym cleaning spray and massage oil with some of the oils!

NOW Pets: Their Pet Line is their newest and I am so excited about this! I have 2 labs (who are basically my babies) and I want them to live happy and healthy lives, too! 

 

 




My Favorite NOW Products

 

  1. Pea Protein Powder: I’ve been using this post-workout for the last 2 weeks. LOVE IT! The taste is phenomenal… and that is one of the most important things to me. I can’t eat or drink something that I can barely get down!
  2. Better Stevia: Zero calorie, low glycemic natural sweetener. I’ll never go back to others after trying Better Stevia. They also have French Vanilla Better Stevia which is PERFECT for my morning coffee!
  3. Avocado Oil: Notice that the label says Ellyndale, which is part of NOW. So you know it’s the same top notch quality!
  4. Probiotics: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. THESE PROBIOTICS ARE LIFE-CHANGING!!!
  5. Coconut Infusions, Non-Dairy Butter Flavor: I’ve never had better popcorn in my life than when I used this Coconut Infusion.

 

Would you like to try some products from NOW (like the ones in the picture above)?

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The Best Ab Workouts for Women Looking to Lose Fat

 

The best ab workouts for women from the fitness blog, Cardio, Weights, and Protein Shakes. Lose stomach fat and tone your stomach area with these workouts and get your body summer ready!

 
 

With summer quickly approaching, men and women are preparing themselves for the season of swimsuits. Many have packed on a few pounds during the winter months (don’t worry, we are predisposed to do so)… and want to lose that winter weight before taking off our swim cover-ups at the beach this summer.

 


 

Fitness blog, Cardio, Weights, and Protein Shakes, has several free ab workouts to choose from and look through. Some of these core workouts have downloads to go with them. For example, our “Quick Ab Workout” has a freebie that will give you illustrations and demonstrations of how to do each exercise correctly. And you can download it straight to your phone to reference while you are working out! 

 


 

Best Ab Workouts for Women

 

 

 

1. Fun, Quick Ab Workout on Your Next Ab Day

“When you do not have hours to spend at the gym, try this fun, quick ab workout to tone your stomach in 30 minutes or less!”

 

 

 

2. Ab Workout to Blast Belly Fat For Good

“The latest Core/ Ab Workout to lose belly fat from Cardio, Weights, & Protein Shakes. No weights or gym equipment needed! Can be done anywhere.”

 

 

 

3. The Ultimate Toned Tummy Ab Workout

“Sculpt your six-pack with this free ab workout! These exercises are designed to target your upper and lower abs, as well as your obliques.”



 

Bonus Posts to Tone Your Abs

 

 

 

4. 35 Fun Plank Variations For An Outstanding Ab Workout

“The standard plank is a staple in ab workouts. Change up your core work with these 35 plank variations, designed to sculpt your abs.”

 

 

5. The Best Ab Exercises to Burn Belly Fat in Record Time

“If you want a toned stomach or a six pack, you need to be incorporating the absolute BEST ab exercises in your ab workout routine.”

 

 

You may also enjoy these other workouts found on Cardio, Weights, and Protein Shakes!

 

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Running In Style, Safety, and Happiness with the Reebok Harmony Road


 

The new Reebok Harmony Road shoes are designed to keep your feet and joints safe and happy for your long distance runs. Running (and especially long distance running) can take a toll on your feet and joints. But the new soles of the Harmony Road shoes take care of that! Plus they look good!Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by Reebok. I received these shoes for free. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Qualities of Good Shoes

 

Over the past few years, there has been a spike in the importance of what shoes you’re wearing. The shoes on your feet have become a status symbol. Working in a middle school, I see this on a daily basis. “WHAT ARE THOOOOOSE?!” can be heard regularly, referring to what shoes you have on. But this isn’t just a middle school, teenage trend. This spans across all age groups, genders, ethnicities, etc. If you need convincing, hop on Instagram and search for the hastag “shoegame.” Nearly 3 MILLION posts come up with that tag, and I’m sure there are even more with other popular hashtags referring to shoes!

 

For me, personally, I will admit that I like for my shoes to look good… but COMFORT and QUALITY are the most important factors for me. If I’m lucky, I can find a shoe that has it all! I was fortunate enough to be able to try the Reebok Harmony Road and I am thrilled to be able to work with Reebok on this sponsored campaign! All thoughts and opinions are my own. And I cannot wait to tell you (and show you) how wonderful these new shoes are. Fair warning though, you’ll want to snag a pair of your own ASAP!!

 

About Reebok

 

When you think of athletics and activewear companies, Reebok is one of the top brands that comes to mind. Reebok is a very famous company here in the US- and for good reason! Reebok is an American-inspired, global brand that creates and markets sports and lifestyle products.  

 

Behind the scenes, Reebok is a company that has a mission with strong values to provide and create the best for their customers. Reebok is dedicated to providing each and every athlete – from professional athletes to recreational runners to kids on the playground – with the opportunity, the products, and the inspiration to achieve what they are capable of.

 

About the Reebok Harmony Road

 

The Reebok Harmony Road was designed with distance runners in mind. In fact, the Harmony Road is such an impressive shoe that is the winner of Runner’s World 2017 Best Debut Shoe.

 

AESTHETICS:

First impressions are key; and the Reebok Harmony Road was on point. The second I opened the shoebox, I couldn’t wait to try them on. They look sleek, breathable, and

There are a few color options available on the Reebok website but the charcoal grey shoes with the mint and pink soles are by far my favorite. They look sharp and will match any exercise outfit you wear… not to mention, they have that pop of color on the sole for some extra personality!

 

 

COMFORT:

The comfort of these shoes is, hands-down, the BEST part about the Reebok Harmony Roads.  First, I have to mention how breathable and lightweight they are. I didn’t feel like I was lugging 5 pound weights on my feet, like I have with other running shoes. Second, the soles of these shoes have a new, innovative cushioning in the soles made from Kooshlan TPU foam. I’ve never felt a running shoe so comfortable. If you’re a distance runner, you know that the sport takes a toll on the foot, ankle, joints, etc. The Harmony soles absorb a lot of the shock from your shoe hitting the pavement.

 

 

The biggest takeaway for me, regarding comfort, was the lack of pain I felt throughout my joints and muscles after a long run from wearing these shoes! The sole cushioning is a LIFESAVER (or should I say – joint saver!)!! I have a tendency to overpronate when I run, and these shoes had the perfect amount of cushion and support for that!

 

 

SIZE:

The Reebok Harmony Road’s are fairly true to size. They felt slightly longer than my other running shoes, but not enough to make a huge difference. For my next run, I plan on trying a thicker pair of socks to see how that feels! They also weren’t too narrow or too wide for my feet. That is especially important to me because if a shoe is too narrow or too wide, I can’t wear it (let alone for miles and miles of training).

 

 

STABILITY:

This shoe features a low cut design; however, that does not impact the overall stability of the shoe. Your ankles have the mobility to move, yet they still feel supported by the overall structure of the shoe itself. They are lightweight but sturdy at the same time.

I discussed the soles of the Reebok Harmony Road in the “Comfort” section. But I want to mention some of the other aspects of the sole that help with stability too. For example, these shoes have a Carbon rubber heelstrike which provides traction. Additionally, these shoes have a high abrasion rubber outsole which is EXTREMELY durable.

 

 

Not a long distance runner? Not a problem!

 

But don’t worry if you are not a long distance runner, you can still see AMAZING benefits from wearing this shoes for other activities. I wore these shoes to the gym for a couple of workout sessions and they worked perfectly! The lightweight and low rise design make them great for gym workouts in addition to running.

This shoe has exceeded all of my expectations. I look forward to training for my 5k, 10k, and next half marathon with the Reebok Harmony Road, as well as continue my strength training workouts in them! To learn more and buy your own, click here!

Feel Confident In Your Workout With prAna

Wearing a killer outfit gives you a huge confidence boost, which in turn helps you crush your workout! Try prAna's activewear line for some confidence!

 

PrAna Gear Fueling Your Confidence

 

I don’t know about you… but when I have a killer gym outfit on, I completely crush my workout. Have you ever noticed that when you like what you are wearing and/or how you look, you get more accomplished? That’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about recently. Here’s my theory:

 

When you feel confident, you can conquer the world.

 

That feeling, or that mindset, spreads into everything that you do. And sometimes, a killer outfit does just that. It gives you CONFIDENCE!

 

Studies have been done that show the positive correlation between confidence and athletic performance. Other research has been done regarding self-confidence as it relates to motivational processes.


 


 

Spring Styles from prAna

 

So, it’s my pleasure to be able to work with a company like prAna and give you a sneak peek into their Spring collection. This line has a TON of activewear pieces that will set your confidence on fire! I received 2 selections from prAna for free, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. If you have never heard of prAna, let me tell you why I love the company.

 




 

The California-based company, prAna, that creates stylish and sustainably made clothes. prAna has a strong dedication to their community and the world. From prAna’s website,

 

“We go out of our way to ensure the impact we make on the world is mostly confined to our aesthetic. By using materials and partnering with companies and factories that adhere to strict guidelines for safety and efficacy, we’re able to make the beautiful and functional products we love, in a way that we can all feel good about.”

 

But, my absolute favorite thing about prAna is their devotion to giving back.

 

“Throughout the year we partner with several local and international charities to help make a difference. Whether it’s cleaning up beaches here in Southern California or sending aid to areas affected by natural disasters, we continue to find ways to serve our community.”




 

 


 

My prAna Picks

 

The first piece is the Mika Strappy Top. As you can see, this top is AMAZING. Nothing makes me feel more confident than being able to (successfully) pull off a strappy back tank. Having a bigger chest has made this more difficult, but the Mika has a built in cami bra. So I can do my stretches and yoga without a problem — and look damn good doing it!

Mika top from prAna

 

The second prAna piece is the Juniper pant. These pants feel like jersey – and they are ultra comfortable. The are fitted through the knee and flare out at the calf.

Yoga pants from prAna

If you want to get some prAna gear of your own, use the code “S4P17WPS” at checkout for a discount!

 


 

Why You Should Drink Essence pH10 Alkaline Water (+ Giveaway!)

 

Essence pH10 Alkaline Water has so many added benefits to help you reach your health goals!

 

Water. The most essential of all nutrients. We can’t live without it. So why is it so important? And past that, why is alkaline water, like Essence pH10, so beneficial for us?

 




 

How Water Impacts Health

 

1. The human body is approximately 2/3 water. Why? A number of reasons!

2. Our cells need it to function properly as it maintains the health of every cell

3. Our blood is comprised of nearly 90% water – which is extremely important carries nutrients and oxygen throughout our body

4. It aids digestion and the breakdown of the food that we eat

5. Water transports waste and toxins out of our bodies (i.e. pee)

6. Water helps us regulate our temperature (for example, sweating is our body’s natural cooling mechanism)

7. It protects our joints, spinal cord, and tissues

8. Water keeps us from being dehydrated (which is of the UTMOST IMPORTANCE!!)


 

These are just a few examples of why water is essential to our bodies. But it all comes down to this: we cannot survive without water. Our bodies will become dehydrated and dehydration can lead to death. Moral of the story: DRINK UP! However, we want to make sure that what we put in our bodies is clean, healthy, digestible, etc. Which is why we don’t drink straight out of a lake. So, we filter our water.

Furthermore, there are companies and organizations that have continued the process of creating healthy, clean water! I am fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity to try Essence pH10 Water, which is a premium alkaline water that has extra, critical nutrients in it. These include: calcium, magnesium, and zinc acetate.  So while you are drinking water, you are also giving your body more of what it needs to survive and thrive.

 

What Is Alkaline Water?

 

Alkaline water is less acidic than your tap water (higher pH level). Therefore, it has pH-balancing abilities (neutralizes / lowers the acidity in our bodies) while also being very hydrating.

 

Essence pH10 Benefits

 

1. Organic hibiscus is part of their formula. Hibiscus is an AWESOME antioxidant! It helps neutralize those free radicals in our bodies and also helps stop the degeneration of our tissues and organs.

2. Some alkaline water companies use questionable processes to raise the pH of their water.

3. Essence pH10 is 100% sodium free (as opposed to other brands that use sodium based chemicals).

4. Essence water is chemical free.

5. Meets all FDA Regulations required!

Related: Gerolsteiner Detox Challenge

 

 

For me, it is really hard to drink the recommended amount of water every single day… So it gives me peace of mind to know that the water I am drinking has all these added benefits!

 


 

We can’t live without water. So you might as well drink the best! Lucky for you, Essence is doing a Giveaway for the Cardio, Weights, and Protein Shakes readers!

Essence pH10 Filtered Alkaline Water Giveaway

 

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