By Aly Teich, Founder and CEO of The Sweat Life | sponsored by Squarespace
When I first came up with the idea to start The Sweat Life, a brand centered around approaching health in a whole new way, it was just that: an idea. (We later grew into a website, a video series, and a social media platform, but that all comes later!)
Believe it or not, I’m not a girl that practices a lot on my own. I’m more likely drinking a glass of wine at home than foam rolling. I don’t sit in long lunges to open up my hips or roll around a lot on wheels to awaken my spine for deep back bending. I prefer one-on-one training with teachers who have an expertise outside of my own, and I love group classes for the dynamic energy that I find in them.
I think it’s important to ask ourselves WHY we workout. What is the real reason we show up day in and day out, pushing ourselves, testing our limits and our willpower. There are many answers, but is it possible that HAPPINESS can be one of those reasons?
Dathan Ritzenhein has competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the marathon race, and in the 2012 London Olympics in the 10,000m. This year, he will be taking the block at the 2016 NYC Marathon along with other Olympic runners, and is hoping for the top honors at the Central Park podium. We asked Dathan about his Olympic experience, and what it means to Go for Gold.
For most folks living The Sweat Life, hopping on a bike and getting their heart pumping is a healthy escape from their busy lives; for me, it is much more than that. More than being an invigorating workout, it is about the gift of life I am lucky to receive with each passing beat.
I run a health company called GreenBlender. We ship to thousands of people, all the pre-portioned ingredients and superfoods to make amazing smoothies at home. GreenBlender lives and breathes the mantra that maintaining a healthy lifestyle should be fun and easy.
The other day during one of my classes, I saw a shift that I often see in my students: the workout was allowing them to access the feeling of their own power and success. What I didn’t expect to see is how hard they were pushing, how much they were sweating, how loud they were speaking. And yet, they told me that it was the best class they had taken in a while and that they felt more accomplished, happy, and fulfilled than ever.
As a high school English teacher, it has taken me four years of undergraduate work; two more years to “master” my craft at a reputable university; and ten years in the profession to even remotely feel like I know what I am doing. Now, after practicing yoga for about eight years (on and off), I have decided to enter yoga teacher training at one of my favorite yoga studios.
Louisa Stelle is assistant to one of the most famous women in both publishing AND fashion: Anna Wintour, the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue magazine. In addition to her around-the-clock job, Louisa also loves being active and is quite wellness conscious. So the challenge: How does she balance a healthy lifestyle when living completely on someone else’s schedule?
To supplement or not to supplement. This is black and white for some, but for most it is a foggy gray with a scratch to the head. I’m very clear with my stance on supplementation: I believe even the best supplements should do just that — supplement the diet.
Whether it’s because all of the obligations of summer are throwing a loop into your routine, or perhaps just that you’ve found yourself less than motivated to hit the gym with your typical vigor, I want to encourage you to change your mindset about what “fitness” means and how you approach it. There is a widespread misconception that unless you are doing all the things all of the time, it’s not enough.
Travel fatigue. It gets us all. Running through airports, dehydration, jet leg, late nights, early mornings, time changes. We all know them and most of us loathe them. How do we stop the travel fatigue madness? Enter Wellthily.
What does it mean to be your best self? To me, it means to be strong, confident, and to stand up for what you want for yourself or others. It means doing things you never thought you could do in your life – like running a marathon, getting healthy, losing over 200 pounds – these are things that I never thought I would do.
I never ran by myself, until that hot and humid typical Miami afternoon. My day started out like any other day, except it ended when I became a roadblock for a black F-450 truck whose driver never saw me. There are moments in your life that are the end of life as you knew it. Some are planned events, some hit us without warning, and in these moments lies the opportunity for our growth.
I was in the 5th grade when the 9/11 attacks happened. I walked into my elementary school classroom a few hours after we all witnessed the tragedy on television, and one of my friends at the time pointed at me and yelled, “No! She’s a terrorist!” All of the kids laughed and squealed and made me feel like a 9-year-old alien.
For a long time I have lamented not having “the perfect childhood.” I always thought growing up with a white picket fence, a mother who made lunches everyday, and being born and raised in the same place, “where everybody knows your name” was the key to happiness. This is the life I longed for.
By Ryan Stumpe, Sweat Life Executive Video Producer
I’ve put a lot of hours in, traveled through 8 states, drove 4000 miles, got a Town and Country stuck in a Utah canyon, gave a bike a shower in a Reno casino bathroom, and learned how to change the flat tire of a backcountry bush plane. I tend to never be fully unpacked before rearranging my bags for the next flight. I work as a Producer and Director on commercials and web content. I love it. And to top it off, sometimes I get to sprinkle that with projects for the bike and ski industry, other things I really love.
I’ve always prided myself on my work ethic, on doing whatever it takes to be the best. No one was surprised when I accepted a high-pressure job at one of the top global talent agencies right out of college. As far as I was concerned I was on the fast track. That was, until, a couple years later when I found myself completely burned out and unfulfilled.
We, ladies & gentlemen, are creatures of habit. Most of us actively participate in the same routine over and over again. The same workouts, the same work days, the same meals. Not because we are lazy slobs, no, rather because it’s comfortable! Comfort is pretty rad and all (yeah, I said rad), but I feel it is my duty to remind you that the magic never happens in our comfort zone.
Finding your solace isn't always easy when you have a job that revolves around creating solace for others. For me, solace is a place or state of being where you feel good or free to be yourself, a place where you can let go when you're feeling stressed or overwhelmed.
We all know work can be stressful, even at the best of times. Here’s what you probably didn’t know: The statistics on adults taking antidepressants is staggering. Although it is a serious problem for both men and women, 1 in 4 women of reproductive age take medication for depression.
We all know (or know of!) these people, the successful ones in our lives. We see them at the head of the companies we know and respect, and we wonder what made them who they are, what special traits allowed them to create something new or different from the rest of us. Here, we ask the heads of the health and wellness industry to share — the 3 things they do every day that make them successful.
The words “doctor” and “clueless” are not usually heard in the same sentence. That is, unless we are talking about nutrition — a crucial public health issue, in which inadequate professional training at US medical schools leaves the majority of medical students feeling malnourished, and patients hungry for reliable guidance.
By Dennys Lozada + Alyssa Moeder, The Fhitting Room
Every day I'm told that I have inspired and or motivated someone at The Fhitting Room. They tell me it's because I've pushed them to become a better athlete, that their confidence has grown and they feel stronger and more FHIT. There are others who know my story and battles with cancer, but they do not know that every Saturday I am motivated, inspired, and blessed to have a special warrior in my class who is a ray of shining light, Alyssa Moeder.
When I was asked to participate in this campaign about “What empowers me?”, it was clear — Survivors! For those of you just reading this, I previously wrote a few blog posts for The Sweat Life about my story of being diagnosed with stage three testicular cancer last February, and the recovery process. This coming February marks one year since being diagnosed, and what a year it has been.
My life changed when I made it a priority to wake up before sunrise to workout with The Program, and it really helped me find my “why.” The hardest part of a 6am workout for many is making the decision when the alarm goes off to actually commit to showing up, but time and time again we’re surprised with the outcome of doing just that with the right mindset and with purpose, not only for ourselves, but for each other.
Resilience is a quality that I have struggled with my entire life. In my family, depression is a running theme, and as I have learned, depression and resilience do not cohabitate well together. Generally when one enters the room, the other tends to leave. And then one day in dance rehearsal, a choreographer said this: "No matter what happens, you can always turn back to the body. It is the most resilient force you will ever know."
As you know, The Sweat Life is all about helping you discover the latest and greatest in health, wellness, and fitness — with the goal of helping you find a healthy lifestyle that works best for YOU. While a huge part of this process is trial and error and learning about as many methods as possible, it is also important to take the time to truly immerse yourself into something to not only know if it’s right for you, but to actually gain any results from it.
The idea of RETOX is about living life to the fullest, and becoming the best you within that life. There is no dogma, no restriction, no guilt. Just straight up tools to take it all on and be your best you, no matter what the day throws you. I wrote RETOX because I live life, my real down and dirty modern life.
Adam Rosante is known for both his fitness books that advise readers to “Eat Clean, Train Dirty,” and his NYC fitness studio, The People’s Bootcamp, which allows fitness-goers to pay what they can for classes. Now he has partnered with C9 Champion, a stylish and high-performance line of workout gear sold only at Target, to create a series of fitness videos that make our fitness goals in the new year completely accessible and within reach — right from our own homes.
By Rebecca Kennedy, Master Trainer at Barry’s Bootcamp
Since I’ve entered the fitness industry as a trainer and instructor, I’ve had to have a serious talk with myself about “WHY?” Who am I to tell someone what to do, what to eat, or how they should look? Am I a robot that spits out the results on command? No. I decided the only reason I wanted to be a part of this AWESOME industry is to make a difference. To give back what I needed most in my life: confidence and self-love through the body of movement.