Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Keeping Fit And Healthy This Winter With Indoor Sports

Winter is surely the least loved of the seasons. Waking up to grey skies, sleeting rain, and biting wind, watching your energy bills go through the roof, and enduring three months in a duffel coat that makes you look and feel like the Michelin man. There’s not much to love about the cooler months. Many people also lament their reduced motivation to keep fit, and the less than lovely body that accompanies a decrease in exercise. ‘I just can’t face going for a jog in that arctic cold’ is often offered as an excuse for abandoning exercise.

But winter needn’t spell the end of a good fitness regime. In fact, winter is the perfect time to explore the benefits of indoor sports. Indoor soccer, for example, provides the dual benefits of an extremely enjoyable, fast paced and social game that also increases your all around fitness. Indoor soccer works on your speed, power, endurance, agility, and leg strength. It’s an incredible cardiovascular workout, too. Moreover, an indoor sport such as soccer will relieve you of that ‘it’s just too cold to exercise’ excuse. Companies like Aussie Indoor Sports have various sports and recreational centers. 

Indoor sport will also go a long way to keeping the dreaded cold and flu at bay this winter. By staying active, you’ll be enhancing your immune system function and maintaining good energy levels - so important at a time of the year when getting out of bed can feel like too much effort. Exercise helps your immune system in myriad ways. When your heart rate goes up, the white blood cells - the most essential component of your immune system - circulate more quickly around your body, helping your body to swiftly react and launch its defence against infection.  Sweating helps to eliminate many of the body’s waste products, leaving you less vulnerable to infectious agents that may be circulating in your body.

This is a sponsored post not written by me.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Oxford Golf: Beautiful On And Off The Course - Review

I was recently sent a Susan Sleeveless Polo from Oxford Golf for review.  I immediately fell in love with the name of the color, "coral sea"...of course!  Here's the official description that I was given:

This polo has a “heathered” cotton fabric, giving it the look of texture without adding any bulk or taking away from the softness of the shirt. This polo's fabric is Super Dry® wicking and anti-microbial, making it a go-to shirt whether on the course or going for a walk around the neighborhood. All of the ladies’ sleeveless polos also have bra strap holders on the inside of the shirt sleeves. These ingenious clips keep bra straps from shifting during play. Amazing.

Yes, the bra strap holders are amazing for sure!  I absolutely HATE IT when my straps are showing and this top took that into account and solved it!  That is win number 1.  I seriously cannot get over the bra strap holders.  Win number 2 is the wicking fabric!  I played 18 last week in it and never looked all wet and funky.  The whole design of this shirt was really thought out, even the length.  I just love when I don't have to show off my entire midriff when I swing.  This shirt is long enough for my 5'10" frame, yet still flattering for the more petite ladies.  I mean seriously, I'm not trying to put on a show while I am playing golfing (regardless of what you gents think).  In addition it never stuck to me and got uncomfortable.  Do yourself a favor ladies and check out this style.  Super soft bra straps has it all.

I wore this with a black Antigua skort and got lots of compliments.  This pinkish color will work on brunettes like me or my fair-haired golfing sisters.

Take a look at Oxford Golf and the Susan Sleeveless Polo - we still have plenty of warm days left in the summer to wear it!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Healthy Eaters Are Snobs

Yeah, this is one of those "ironic" titles.  

I'll admit it.  I am a chronic "healthy eater".  I have been my whole life.  Somehow I am missing the chocolate gene.  Cakes, cookies, and donuts don't sound appetizing and I'd rather have dry mouth than drink soda...

...but it's none of my business what you eat.

I do get annoyed when non-healthy eaters freak out on my food.  Nobody's judging you where I'm sitting so please don't tell me my food smells or looks disgusting.


...around where I live there are many, many great "healthy" options to eat.  Raw, vegan, name it.  I started to frequent a raw, vegan restaurant near me and totally enjoyed the food.  The part I didn't like was that all of the servers acted like they were doing me a HUGE favor by taking my order.  They were the most aloof, apathetic bunch I had encountered in quite some time.  I brushed it aside and kept calling in my orders and then picking them up.

One day I decided to eat in.  It was an overcast, slightly windy day in Santa Monica and I needed a break from the office.  I went in to be seated and they told me I would have to sit outside (in the cold) or at the bar (which is close to the floor and awkward).  There were tables free in the main area with plenty of singles sitting at them.  I asked for one and was told no.  It was 1:20 pm.

I had an exchange with them on Facebook & Twitter.  They told me that if I wanted to sit in the main dining room that I would have to come before 11 am or after 2 pm.

I'm not sure what it was about me that I couldn't sit in the main dining room.  Oh well.  I'm done with this place and it seems to me that they should be a bit more apologetic or at least a bit kinder to their locals.  This is a pricey, trendy place that may or may not have a long shelf life.

At any rate, when in Santa Monica, avoid Planet Raw.

How many chances do you give someone that gave you bad service?