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5 Tips to Get Over That Mid-Year Fitness Hump

5 Tips to Get Over That Mid-Year Fitness Hump

5 Tips to Get Over That Mid-Year Fitness Hump

While those New Year’s resolutions may have gone poof in a white puff of smoke, it’s mid-year and time to re-evaluate your fitness. Summer may be hot and humid or very dry in some parts of the country, but that only means you’ll be sweating more and burning more calories working out. We mentioned previously on our blog some activities you can do to enjoy the warmth of spring. In this edition we’d like to go over some tips on how to stay motivated and keep your fitness up during the that mid-year hump.

1) Have a Clearly Defined Goal

While people find it hard to stay motivated in the winter when it’s cold, rainy and snowy, others find it just as difficult when it’s hot, and would rather sit on a patio sipping a drink. Taking the time to set a goal in your mind might be the difference between staying sedentary and getting out there and getting fit. Start small, don’t set any lofty goals which you might not be able to achieve. Thrive Global advises to set tangible and specific goals like, “I want  run a 5k in 20 minutes,” or “I want to do 10 unassisted pull-ups.” While setting a goal is crucial to your success, it is also important that you focus on the process of getting there rather than the ultimate goal, as it will help you achieve better results.

2) Commit to a Routine

With longer days in the summer, an early morning will help you stay committed, so, plan ahead and stick with a morning routine. Starting your routine early in the morning is recommended because during the day or in the evening, undoubtedly something else will always come up, from work to social obligations to family. Plan for half-an hour to an hour to yourself, or with your partner, first thing in the morning. Maintain your routine while on vacation as well; use the hotel pool for an invigorating swim or the gym facilities. If you’re on the beach, go for a run and a swim. The possibilities are endless and research shows that if you commit to a routine you’re more likely to stick with it.

3) Reward Yourself

Positive reinforcement is always recommended as human brains respond better to a reward system, releasing endorphins and giving you a positive outlook. Rewards are dependent entirely on you and could include anything from sleeping in, getting a massage, or maybe a new SPIbelt 😉 . A reward can also be from a training buddy or your partner, who can hold you accountable and ensure you’re following your routine and motivate you on those days you don’t feel like working out. Ultimately, the biggest reward is your workout and commitment to getting yourself fit; once you make that paradigm shift in your brain you’ll see how that will be reward enough.

4) Use a Fitness Tracker

With technology permeating every aspect of personal life, the availability of wearables with an increased array of sensors means people are becoming more conscious about their health, reveals an article by Forbes. These trackers now provide progressively better feedback and insight into our health, allowing us to discover ways to improve. Tracking technology also helps to monitor heart rate and has the ability to pick up abnormalities to point out issues which would previously have gone undetected, points out an article on Coral titled ‘The Impact of Technology on Sport’. Knowing more about your body and how it works is a great motivator to getting over those doldrums and help you get fit. People love the details fitness trackers provide and they can help you stay committed to your goals.

5)Avoid Burning Out

If you’ve managed to stay motivated and dedicated to a routine, but find that your progress stagnates, maybe it’s time to take a short break. While your body also needs the rest, it is also the mind that gets worn out and occasionally needs a rest. Fit Day remarks that burnout is a looming threat that faces every athlete, with the combination of pushing too hard and getting insufficient rest. A mental break can do wonders to get your mind off things temporarily, as such, it’s a good idea to take some time off, get enough sleep and let your body heal.

 

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Written by BetterVersion18

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Five Ways To Fight The Winter Blues

Five Ways To Fight The Winter Blues

Whether you call it the winter blues, cabin fever, or if you’ve been diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), this time of year can be tough. With the excitement of the holidays gone and shorter days, lower temps, and gray weather here to stay for the next few months, our mood can take a serious hit. If you’re lacking energy, finding it harder than usual to get out of bed in the morning, or just feeling all-around blah, you’re not alone! Try these tricks to boost your mood this winter:

1) Get Outside

It may be freezing, but bundle up and head outside. Studies show time spent outside can improve brain function and increase focus. Try snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or take the kids outside to go sledding or build a snowman. The fresh air will perk you up and the activity will get your blood flowing. Afterwards warm up with a  hot chocolate to keep the positive vibes going, because remember, moderation and balance is key!

2) Brighten up your space

If every time you look out the window all you see is gray, why not bring a little brightness and sunshine inside? Add pillows, blankets, or candles in bright colors to your space to lift your mood and in turn cozy up your space. The change of color palette will instantly make you feel happier.

3) Change your diet

We get it. When it’s chilly outside you’re craving pasta, grilled cheese, and all the carbs that sounds cozy and comforting. While of course you should enjoy them, make sure you balance it out with fruits and veggies. Carbs can cause your blood sugar to spike and then dip, so if you overdo it you’ll only add to that tired, sluggish feeling you’ve been experiencing this winter.

4) Plan an escape

If you wish you were anywhere but stuck in the cold right now, go with it. Plan a movie night with a flick set somewhere warm and sunny and pretend you’re there. Even if just for a few hours, it’ll feel like a mini vacation. Or if you’d prefer the real deal, plan a vacation! Studies show pre-trip happiness is a real thing with vacationers experiencing a serious mood boost during the planning stages of their trip. So even if you aren’t going anywhere just yet, start planning that vacation now!

5) Exercise

In the dead of winter, heading to the gym or going outside for a run probably sounds like the last thing you want to do. But if you can push past that feeling and make it as far as getting started, you’ll find the benefits to be astounding. Once you start moving your body will release feel-good endorphins that increase your sense of well-being, squashing stress and lifting your mood. How can you say no to that?!

Head to our Instagram for more tips and motivation to get moving this time of year!

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What Does Being Healthy Mean?

What Does Being Healthy Mean?

It’s an age-old question: what exactly does healthy mean? Is it a pant size, the number on a scale, a certain diet or workout? The truth is there’s no straight answer because health is something that’s extremely personal. What healthy looks like for one person might not be so healthy for another. One thing we can tell you though, is that healthy is not a quick fix. Healthy is a lifestyle and one of balance and moderation. 

This time of year the pressure to “get healthy” is at an all-time high. While we encourage setting positive habits and making better choices, it’s important to always do what feels best for you. Although there’s certainly no one-size-fits-all picture of health, there are some things we all should do to treat our bodies right. By keeping these things in check you’ll be heading in the right direction on your health journey. Check them out below:

1) Prioritize Sleep

Did you know the quality of your sleep is actually more important than what you eat? When you don’t get adequate rest you’re more susceptible to weight gain, fatigue, illness, injury, and more. Plus, when you’re tired you lack the motivation to make healthy choices. Prioritize sleep and you’ll see an overall increase in your well-being. Everyone’s ideal number of hours is different, but aim to get between 7-9 each night.

2) Stay Hydrated

The average adult body is made up of about 60% water. Hydration is key to regulating body temperature, aiding in digestion, and keeping your body functioning properly. In fact, by the time you feel thirsty you’re already dehydrated. Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day and increase your intake when you’re sweating or losing fluids through illness. Keep in mind foods with a high water content, like cucumbers and watermelon, can aid in hydration as well.

3) Get moving

No matter what type of physical activity you enjoy, get moving! Whether it’s running, taking a spin class, lifting weights, or going for a walk, you should aim for at least 30 minutes of movement each day. And don’t forget to be cognizant of how much time you spend sitting. According to Mayo Clinic, the more hours you sit, the higher your risk of metabolic problems. Even if you have a job that requires you to sit at a desk all day, make sure to get up periodically to walk to the bathroom or make a trip to the kitchen to get a glass of water.

4) Take Rest Days

Just as physical activity is important, rest days are crucial for recovery and to prevent overtraining. Giving your body a day off allows muscles to reconstruct, making you bigger and stronger. That’s right, increased strength and muscle gains happen during periods of rest, not in the gym! Plan for at least one rest day each week—or more if you need it—and make sure to listen to your body. If you wake up feeling super sore, maybe you scrap your intense workout plans and take it easy with some yoga or light stretching. Didn’t get enough sleep last night or feeling under the weather? Take the day off. You’re not doing yourself any favors by pushing your body beyond its limits.

5) Be In Touch With Your Feelings

Health isn’t just physical, but mental too. Our emotions, thoughts, and feelings have a huge impact on our overall well-being. In fact, stress, sadness, and anxiety can wreak havoc on the body and even manifest as physical symptoms. Make sure to check in with yourself daily and always put self-care first. Find ways of managing stress and negative feelings that work best for you and don’t be afraid to reach out to friends, family, or professionals for help if you need it.

6) Focus On Quality, Not Quantity

There are more diets out there today than we can keep up with, but the best diet is the one that makes you feel best. Eat to fuel your body all while focusing on the quality of the food you’re consuming, not the quantity. As with everything else when it comes to health, balance and moderation is key. Try for an 80:20 approach, eating a variety of high quality, whole foods 80% of the time and treating yourself to other items you love 20% of the time.

Are you resolving to improve your health this year? Join us on Instagram all month long for our #stickwithspibelt challenge. We’ll be sharing inspiration, motivation, tips, and even hosting some fun giveaways to help you stick to your goals and make your 2018 resolution a reality!

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5 Tips To Make Your New Year’s Resolution A Reality

5 Tips To Make Your New Year’s Resolution A Reality

New Year, new you! You’ve heard it before and we can guarantee this time won’t be the last. Each year come January 1st we’re encouraged to set resolutions, planning ahead for how we’ll improve our lives in the coming year with fitness and health always a popular focus. While the intention is great and can lead to personal growth and achievement, oftentimes we find ourselves starting off full steam ahead only for that enthusiasm to quickly fizzle out along with any hope of ever accomplishing our goal. In fact, statistics say that 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. But not this year! SPIbelt is committed to helping you live a healthy and active lifestyle so we’re giving you all the tips and tricks you need to set your perfect New Year’s resolution and stick with it. We have a feeling 2018 is going to be your year!

1) Set Realistic Goals

It’s easy to get caught up in the hype and set a goal that in theory sounds great, but at the end of the day just isn’t realistic. Are you going to go from being a couch potato to becoming a body builder in the next 6 months? Probably not. Choose a goal that doesn’t just sound impressive, but that’s actually tangible. “I want to lose 10 pounds by May and get stronger so I’m able to lift heavier weights than I can now” or, “I’ll consistently run at least 3 days a week and compete in my first marathon by the end of the year.” When the goal isn’t impossible, you’ll be far more motivated to work towards it.

2) Bring It To Life

Write down your goals to hold yourself accountable. Preferably in a place where you’ll see it everyday, like in your planner or on a sticky note on your desk. Not only will this physical reminder push you on days when you’re feeling less than your best, but each time you see it you’ll remember why you set the goal in the first place. It’s also a great idea to tell a partner, friend or family member who will not only hold you accountable, but also provide encouragement along the way.

3) Make A Plan

A good idea is never enough to succeed. You need a solid plan. Whatever your resolution is, sit down and devise a step-by-step plan for how you’re going to accomplish that goal. If you’ve resolved to workout four days a week, decide which types of routines or activities you’ll be doing so you’re ready when the day comes. If you’re trying to lose weight, figure out which types of foods you plan to eat, what kind of exercise you’ll do and how often, and what your daily schedule will need to look like to make all of that possible. When you’ve properly prepared, it’s almost impossible to fail.

4) Have The Right Tools

Whether it’s signing up for a gym membership, finding healthy recipes to cook, or buying a SPIbelt to hold your things while you workout, you’ll need the proper tools to help you accomplish your goals.

5) Set Check-Ins

Be it weekly, monthly, or however often you’d prefer, set aside time to take inventory of how you’re doing. If things are going well and you’re sticking to the plan, reward yourself with something like new workout gear or going to see a movie with friends. If you realize things aren’t going well and you’ve hit a road block, don’t give up. Instead, take a moment to assess why this might be and change your plans accordingly so you can make better progress moving forward.

Resolving to get in shape this year? Give our founder’s killer workouts a try! You can do them without weights or a gym and will see results in as little as 3 sessions.

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2018 SPIbelt Ambassador Program

2018 SPIbelt Ambassador Program

Our ambassadors are a community of individuals who embody the core values that we uphold at SPIbelt. Active, adventurous, bold, determined—they choose to live life according to their own terms, or as we like to say, they’re #freetobe. In doing so, they inspire us daily to create quality products that better serve their lifestyle and help them continue doing what they’re passionate about.

Over the past year we’ve gotten to know 30 incredible SPIbelt ambassadors who have used our products as they’ve pushed limits and conquered personal goals. We know there’s many more of you out there, so if you think you would make an outstanding addition to our team in 2018, we want to hear from you!

To apply, fill out this quick application. Click Here.

What we ask of you:

  • Include the SPIbelt Ambassador badge on your website/blog (if you have one) with a link back to spibelt.com
  • Mention that you are a SPIbelt Ambassador in the bio of your social media accounts
  • Post photos of yourself wearing SPIbelt when you are #freetobe
  • Tag SPIbelt in your social media posts (when applicable)
  • Interact with SPIbelt on our various social media channels
  • Wear SPIbelt when competing/racing
  • Promote SPIbelt as your sole running belt

What we offer:

  • SPIbelt welcome package full of products and swag
  • Feature on our ambassador page
  • Ambassador coupon code to share with friends and followers
  • Shout outs and features on our social media accounts
  • Be first to know about SPIbelt news & products
  • Opportunities to test prototypes and provide feedback
  • Monthly and yearly prizes
  • Access to private SPIbelt Ambassador Facebook group
  • Support from SPIbelt on special projects including events and giveaways

Think this is a good fit for you? Applications for new ambassadors, based in the United States and Canada, are open now through Tuesday, January 9th. Follow SPIbelt on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates and check back here for application details! We will announce our 2018 Ambassadors by January 31st.

APPLY FOR THE 2018 SPIBELT AMBASSADOR PROGRAM HERE.

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The Most Effective Core Exercises To Do At Home

The Most Effective Core Exercises To Do At Home

The best way to work your abs is in the gym as there are all kinds of equipment and machines that help you tone the muscles easily and effectively. However, not all of us have that luxury because sometimes we’re just too busy. That’s why you should consider working out at home. If you’re wondering: “How can I do that when I don’t have any equipment?”, don’t worry. There are tons of effective core exercises that require no weights or machines, all of which you can do while wearing the Flex which was designed with floor work in mind! If you’re ready to get to work, check out the moves below.

By: Marshall Evans

Forearm Plank

This is one of the most basic exercises when it comes to core muscles, but it’s definitely not easy. You have to use your abs to lift your whole body off the ground for as long as possible, so the more you weigh, the more difficult this exercise will be.

How to do it:

  • Step 1: Keep your hips directly over your knees and your shoulders directly over your hands with your palms facing down.
  • Step 2: Lift your head, use your forearms to support your body and extend your legs with the toes touching the floor.
  • Step 3: Round your back just a little bit in order to squeeze your abs.
  • Step 4: Hold that position for as long as you can.

Note: There are many different ways to plank, such as side planks and straight-arm planks, but these variations are much more challenging. If you’re looking for something simple and easy then the forearm plank is the best variation for your home workouts. The Most Effective Core Exercises To Do At Home

Crunches

Most people are familiar with crunches, which work your upper abs. While often done on an abs bench, you can also do them on the ground.

How to do it:

  • Step 1: Lie flat on your back with your feet flat on the floor or you can rest your feet on a bench while bending your knees 90 degrees.
  • Step 2: Place your hands on either side of your head and flare out your elbows.
  • Step 3: Take a deep breath and use your abs to bring your upper body off the floor 4-5 inches while keeping your lower back on the floor.
  • Step 4: At the top of the movement squeeze your abs and hold the contraction for 1-2 seconds before exhaling.
  • Step 5: Come back down slowly to return to the starting position as you inhale again.

Repeat this exercise for 3-4 sets of 10-15 reps.

Crunches Video

Note: Remember not to come up off the floor too high or lift up your lower back. Don’t use momentum to cheat yourself. Instead, focus on slow, controlled movements.

Variations: you can do crunches on an exercise ball, but this requires a lot of core stability. Make sure you master the technique of floor crunches before trying ball crunches.

The Most Effective Core Exercises To Do At Home
Sit-ups

At first glance, this exercise doesn’t seem much different from crunches. However, they’re totally different. Crunches isolate your upper abs, while sit-ups target your entire core and other muscles that stabilize posture, like hip flexors. A combination of both of these two exercises are best for your abs.

How to do it:

  • Step 1: Lie down and bend at your knees with your feet flat on the floor.    *Tip: if you don’t want your legs to move during the sit-ups, place your feet under something heavy or have someone hold them for you.
  • Step 2: Keep your hands behind your head and flare out the elbows. This will be your starting position.
  • Step 3: Take a deep breath and use your core muscles to lift up your whole body until it creates a V-shape with your upper legs.
  • Step 4: Once you feel the contraction for 1-2 seconds, slowly to lower your body to get back to the starting position as you exhale.

Do 3-4 sets of 10-15 reps for this exercise.

Sit-ups Video

The Most Effective Core Exercises To Do At Home

Leg Raise

If the crunch is a good exercise for your upper abs, then this one is a perfect choice for your lower abs. It’s very easy to perform so if you want to have nice abs and a strong V line, don’t skip this one.

How to do it:

  • Step 1: Lie with your back flat on the floor or on a bench with your legs extended and slightly bent at the knees.
  • Step 2: Place your hands under your butt with both palms facing down.
  • Step 3: Take a deep breath and use your abs to raise your legs until your body forms a 90-degree angle.
  • Step 4: Exhale and slowly lower the legs back to the starting position.

Do 3-4 sets of 15-20 reps.

Leg Raise Video

Variations: If you want something more difficult, you can combine leg raises and crunches.

Leg Raised Crunches Video

The Most Effective Core Exercises To Do At Home

 

If you are interested in other workouts and ideas check out KOFIT: CORE &BUTT 2 IN 1 or KOFIT:LOWER BODY WORKOUT.

The Most Effective Core Exercises To Do At Home
Marshall Evans is one of the founders of AestheticGuys.com where he blogs about health and fitness, sharing his training and nutrition tips to help others get in shape.

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Find A Gift For Everyone

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Find A Gift For Everyone

The best way to spread holiday cheer is by singing loud for all to hear…and, of course, giving gifts. Who doesn’t love receiving a well though out gift?! While the holidays are all about the magical spirit of giving to those we love, it’s easy to get stressed out trying to find the perfect present for everyone on your list.

That’s why this year we’ve gone ahead and done the legwork for you! We’ve put together curated gift guides full of items they’ll love to help make your holiday shopping a no-brainer. In fact, with our ideas you just might be able to check every single name off your list in one swoop. Ready, set, gift!

The Trendsetter

She always has the coolest things before anyone else and you’ll help keep it that way by giving her the Luxe By SPI. A stylish chameleon with cool metallic hardware, it seamlessly transitions from workout to chill out and beyond. Whether she’s heading to the gym, to brunch with friends, or even to a music festival, the Luxe fits everything she needs and always takes her look to the next level.

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Find A Gift For Everyone

Clockwise from top left: Hat; phone case; wireless headphones; lip balm; Luxe By SPI; keychain

The Dog Lover

These gifts are technically half for the parent and half for their pup, but being a good dog owner is all about sharing. We promise both will think the SPIleash is a total gamechanger, and for good reason. With a built-in pocket to stash keys, phone, treats, and other personal items while out for a walk, mom and dad’s hands will be freed up for playing fetch or taking selfies with their number one pooch!

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Find A Gift For Everyone

Clockwise from top left: dog bandana; penguin dog toy; collapsible water bowl; personalized keychain; SPIleash; Pooch Selfie

The Traveler

Cruising through airport security or exploring a new area is a whole lot easier when all their personal items are securely stored in one place and they can go hands-free. Our Large Pocket SPIbelt in this fun limited edition print is big enough to fit passports and even the largest smart phones on the market. Stash a portable charger inside and they’ll have everything they need, no matter where in the world they are.

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Find A Gift For Everyone

Clockwise from top left: Packing list; luggage tag; Large Pocket SPIbelt; neck pillow; portable phone charger; universal adapter

The Runner

If you know someone who spends early mornings and late nights logging miles or whose idea of the perfect weekend is heading to a race, we can guarantee they’re going to love everything here! Our SPI H20 Venture Series belt features built-in gel loops and two removable water bottles to help keep them fueled on long runs. Throw in touch screen-compatible gloves and a mini foam roller to massage tight muscles, and nothing can slow them down this winter!

 

 

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Find A Gift For Everyone

Clockwise from top left: Gloves; wireless headphones; foam roller; SPI H20 Venture Series; GU energy gels; Nuun electrolyte tablets for water

Still not sure what to get? Browse through our selection of SPIbelts here!

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How My Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis Made Me A Runner

How My Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis Made Me A Runner

By: Alex Reidy

Alex Reidy is a Development Coordinator at JDRF and writes about her experience with Type 1 Diabetes on her blog, Iced Coffee & Insulin. She will be running the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon with Team JDRF and is sharing her story about how her journey with T1D led her to this race.

At the time, I thought that my type 1 diabetes diagnosis was catastrophic. I left the hospital confused, upset, and completely alone. My perspective of diabetes had been flooded with images of overweight people who didn’t eat healthy, or “ate too much candy”. I felt so much guilt and anger because I thought that I had given this disease to myself. The lack of education that I received that day immediately spiraled my mind into anger and sadness.

I was diagnosed on June 23, 2013, about 3 months before I would be transferring to a new college across the country, and 5 months before my 21st birthday. I was an endocrinologist’s dream when I was first diagnosed: taking my insulin regularly, always checking my blood sugars, and eating and exercising regularly.

I shed that “perfect” patient persona when I found myself surrounded by a new environment at school. I hid my diabetes, I took my insulin when I wanted to, and I didn’t always check my blood sugar. I went out multiple times a week, in addition to having a heavy course load and being involved in any extracurricular activities. The combination of poor management, heavy drinking, and lack of sleep was devastating to my body. I was hospitalized multiple times and dealt with pneumonia, mononucleosis, and the flu.

The biggest reality check came when I returned back to my endocrinologist and received my A1C levels (an average of your blood sugar levels over a span of 3 months). It was dangerously high. My doctor was blunt, and he told me that my lack of care was going to cost me serious consequences down the road. That was the first time that someone had really knocked some sense into me about how serious type 1 diabetes is.

Over the next few days I had to take a step back and think about how I wanted my life to go. I could continue to be careless to my body or I could step up and take ownership of the cards that I have been dealt with.

In the end, I chose to fight. I threw myself into working with organizations that dedicated their missions to advocating, supporting, and ultimately finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. I started off as an intern for the American Diabetes Association, and eventually found my way to becoming a Development Coordinator for JDRF. My experience at JDRF has been nothing short of incredible and rewarding.

Involving myself with JDRF gave me the opportunity to become a part of Team JDRF events: endurance races across the country that grant a certain number of spots to those involved with JDRF. I jumped at the chance to get involved and saw that a majority of the events were about running.

Running and I have a funny relationship. In high school and college lacrosse, running was used as a punishment. Our coach would threaten us with running extra laps or sprints if we made a mistake on the field. Running meant pain, exhaustion, and failure to me. Running meant training all summer for the dreaded run tests, which I lost countless hours of sleep over. There was never a “runner’s high”; I never felt that feeling.

After my days of lacrosse ended, I started to get back into running more on my own time. I didn’t need to time myself or calculate the distance, I would just jog around and see how far I could go. At that point, I was able to truly ENJOY running. I was able to feel the power of my legs, hear the cadence of my steps, and hear my breath as I pushed myself farther and farther each time.

Running has also been an incredible escape from type 1 diabetes. Being able to plug in my headphones and let my feet carry me has not only lowered my blood sugars, but it’s a way to “check out” for a few hours. After about 30 minutes of running, I can usually feel that “runner’s high” kick into gear. I feel a sense of strength and power, and I want to go faster and farther.

I completed my first half-marathon for Team JDRF in March and knew that I wanted to fulfill a life-long goal of running a marathon. I immediately signed up to run the TCS NYC Marathon for Team JDRF and am proud to say that I convinced my older sister, Jillian, to run on the team with me.

Training for a marathon has been a mental and physical challenge. The mental side of training was tough: waking up at the crack of dawn or late night to fit in a run, dealing with aches and pains from training, fitting in the workout when you’re exhausted. Throw in running with type 1 diabetes, and that is another obstacle. I need to keep track of how much insulin I have in my system before I start running, carry emergency supplies when I’m heading low, and constantly be checking my blood sugar to see how I’m doing. There have been frustrating runs where I’ve had to stop and turn around because I was going too low, and runs where I was so mentally exhausted from a bad blood sugar day that I had to walk.

However, I motivate myself with the mentality that I CAN DO THIS. When my legs feel like iron rods, my sides are cramping up, and I can feel the salt forming on my skin, there is a moment when I take a step back and think about what I am truly running for.

I always have pushed myself with the mantra, mind over matter. A positive mind can give you the power to achieve and overcome obstacles that you didn’t think were possible.

I’m so excited to participate in the NYC Marathon this weekend and I couldn’t imagine running for any other organization but JDRF.

 

Make sure to check out our Instagram stories this weekend as Alex @icedcoffeeandinsulin brings us along for her first TCS NYC Marathon experience! #SPIBELTxJDRF

Receiving a Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis can be overwhelming, and we are committed to helping families looking for a pump carrying solution. SPIbelt is not only great for holding small personal items while running, but it’s also great for discretely carrying lifesaving medical supplies. Our medical SPIbelts can carry CGMs, insulin pumps, inhalers, and much more.  

 Learn more about how you can receive 50% off your first diabetic SPIbelt.

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It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Know Your Risks?

It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Know Your Risks?

In the coming month, you may notice that orange and black aren’t the only colors you see trending everywhere. You’ll likely see pink take over, too, and for a good reason: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the United States. This month, the color pink becomes more than just a girly shade. In October, pink is tough. It is strong. It works to honor survivors and raise awareness for a disease that has taken so much from so many people. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, SPIbelt has partnered with the Breast Cancer Resource Center, an Austin nonprofit staffed by breast cancer survivors that provides guidance, education, and assistance to thousands of women whose lives have been disrupted by breast cancer. Together, we’ve created the pink ribbon SPIbelt— $1 from each belt purchased will go towards helping the brave women fighting this terrible disease.

Breast cancer is the second most common form of Cancer in American women—so common, in fact, that one in eight women will be diagnosed in their lifetime. Keep reading to learn about how to assess your risk and help lower your chances of receiving a breast cancer diagnosis.

How do I know if I’m at risk?

If you’re a living, breathing person, you’re at risk for getting breast cancer. Even men can get breast cancer, although their chances are much, much lower. There are, however, a number of things that increase your risk—some you can control, and some you can’t.

Family History

If someone in your immediate family has been diagnosed with breast cancer, your risk of a similar diagnosis is almost twice as high as women without a family history of breast cancer.

Dense Breast Tissue

If a doctor has ever told you that your breast tissue is dense, meaning you have more connective tissue than fatty tissue, you’re more likely to get breast cancer.

Birth Control

If you’ve taken oral contraceptives for 5 or more years—even nonconsecutively—you have an increased risk of breast cancer.

Age

You’re more likely to get breast cancer as you get older, and most women are diagnosed after they turn 50.

Alcohol Consumption

Studies show that for every one drink that you consume each day on average, your risk of breast cancer increases by 10%.

Menstrual History

If you started your period before the age of 12, you’re more likely to get breast cancer.

Pregnancy

Your risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer is higher if you’ve never been pregnant or if you had your first child after your 30th birthday.

Exercise

If you don’t get an average of 30 minutes of exercise, 5 days a week, you have an increased risk of breast cancer.

Genetic Mutation

An inherited mutation, such as BRCA1 or BRCA2, puts you at greater risk of a breast cancer diagnosis.

*This list is not a comprehensive representation of all breast cancer risk factors. To better assess your risk, please speak with your doctor or visit https://www.assessyourrisk.org.

How can I reduce my risk?

While there is no way to ensure that you will never receive a breast cancer diagnosis, there are a number of ways to reduce your risk.

 Cut back on alcohol consumption.

Drinking less alcohol can lower your risk of breast cancer by 10% or more.

 Get enough exercise.

30 minutes of exercise, 5 days a week lowers the risk of breast cancer. Kill two birds with one stone with our new pink ribbon SPIbelt —you’ll be able to exercise hands-free, and we’ll donate $1 from each purchase to the Breast Cancer Research Center.

It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Know Your Risks?

 Know your family history.

Take inventory of your family history. If you have an immediate family member that has been diagnosed with breast cancer, your doctor will likely recommend that you begin getting yearly mammograms at a younger age than women without a family history of breast cancer.

 Be self-aware.

Know your own normal so that you can recognize when symptoms arise— when they do, visit your doctor.

While there’s no sure way to prevent breast cancer, knowing your risk is the best way to take steps toward reducing the likelihood that you’ll receive a diagnosis. Know your body. Know your history. Talk to your healthcare provider. Be proactive about your health. This October, SPIbelt is partnering with the Breast Cancer Resource Center to fight back against breast cancer, and we hope you’ll join us.

It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Know Your Risks?

*All research and statistics referenced in this blog pulled from www.brightpink.org, www.breastcancer.org, and www.cdc.gov.

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Five Ways To Refocus Your Fitness Routine This Fall

Five Ways To Refocus Your Fitness Routine This Fall

January may technically be the calendar marker for a new year, but there’s something about fall that always feels like a chance for a fresh start. Perhaps it’s all the back-to-school buzz, which for much of our lives symbolized the beginning of a new year and a time to get focused.

While most of us won’t be heading back to class this fall, September is still the perfect time to get back into a fitness routine after the long, lazy days of summer and refocus your goals for the months ahead. Not quite sure where to begin? Just follow these five tips below and you’ll be back in a fitness rhythm in no time!

Photo by Emre Karatas on Unsplash

1) Set A Specific Goal

Having a clear cut long-term goal gives you something to focus on day-to-day. Instead of setting a generic goal like, “I want to get stronger”, make it specific. Maybe you want to shave a minute off your fastest race time, increase your endurance so you can run your first half marathon by the end of the year, or be able to bench x amount of weight in the gym. Whatever it is, write it down so you can actually see it. Every day when you wake up think about this goal and what it is you can do today to make progress towards it.

2) Make A Schedule

Every Sunday, sit down and plan out your fitness schedule for the week ahead. Do you want to go on one long run and a few shorter ones, take a workout class five days this week, practice yoga at least once? Write (or type) out exactly what it is you’re going to do, when, and where. Once these activities are on your calendar, treat them just like important meetings or appointments that you wouldn’t miss. If the time is set aside, you’ll find you have no excuses not to do it.

3) Find A Buddy

Skipping a workout is so much easier when there’s no one to hold you accountable. Instead of going it alone, sign up for a class with your BFF or plan to meet your buddy for an early morning run before work. Next time you feel like backing out, the thought of letting your friend down will discourage you from quitting. Plus, the social time will become something you look forward to and will make the workout go by so much faster!

4) Get The Right Gear

There’s something to be said for the power of proper gear. Treat yourself to a Large Pocket SPIbelt in one of our fun new fall prints (Peacock and Tiger’s Eye) so you have a place to stash your goods during your next workout. Maybe you’ve been eyeing a GPS watch so you can start tracking your miles more accurately, or a pair of wireless headphones so you don’t have to deal with getting tangled up in a cord anymore. Investing in quality gear will not only enhance your workout, but will keep you motivated to actually get out there and achieve your goals.

5) Switch It Up

Doing the same thing over and over can get boring very quickly. Not to mention, no fitness goal is ever achieved by doing just one type of workout. Throw a strength training day into your running mix, add a yoga class to your schedule to stretch out your muscles and increase flexibility, or instead of taking the same type of class four days a week, try something new two of the days. Switching it up will make you more fit all around and will keep things interesting so you never get burnt out.

How are you refocusing your fitness routine this fall? Tell us with #freetobefocused

Step into Fall with SPIbelts newest prints! Check them here

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5 Activities To Unleash Your Inner Adventurer

5 Activities To Unleash Your Inner Adventurer

Photo by David Balanos

5 Activities To Unleash Your Inner Adventurer

 “It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves—in finding themselves.” French author and Nobel Prize winner André Gide perhaps said it best, understanding the innate need for adventure in one’s life.

 Adventure can be so many different things and no two adventures are ever the same. One thing they all have in common though, is that they provide us with the opportunity to move past our comfort zone to experience, learn, and grow. Whatever your adventure may be—starting a new job, navigating the waters of being a first time parent, moving to a new city—get out there and live it! Life is too short to walk the beaten path. Instead, forge your own route so that you might discover something much greater along the way. Say yes to adventure. Be curious. Try new things. Take risks. Stay excited. The unknown can be daunting, but the things that scare us most are the experiences from which we have the most to gain. Looking for your next adventure? Any of these five ideas below are sure to satisfy your craving!

 1) Take a road trip: Hop in the car, pull out a map (yes, an old school paper map, not your smart phone!) and head wherever the road takes you. Stop along the way to explore new towns, check out the local watering holes, venture into museums, and check out the scenery. Make sure you have a playlist stocked with plenty of good tunes and, of course, don’t forget the snacks! If you really want to go big, we suggest taking a trip down historic Route 66 or cruising the Pacific Coast Highway.

 2) White water rafting: Looking for something a bit more extreme? Strap on a helmet, a life vest, and grab a paddle. Navigating through rough waters at extreme speeds will certainly get your adrenaline pumping! Just don’t say we didn’t warn you about the amount of strength and endurance it requires—your arms and core will certainly be burning after!

 3) Hiking: Remember how transformative of an experience Cheryl Strayed had while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in her memoir, Wild? The fresh air, scenic views, and peacefulness of being in nature are quite the trifecta for centering yourself. Whether you go somewhere completely off the beaten path like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, or Banff or even just a local mountain or trail—get out there and get moving.

 4) Surfing: Heading somewhere with waves? Instead of sitting in the sand and watching them crash at your feet, why not try getting up on a board and riding them out! Even if you spend most of your time splashing in the water rather than actually surfing, the experience (and workout) will be well worth it. 

 5) Skydiving: There’s nothing quite as exhilarating as the rush you get when jumping out of a plane thousands of feet above the ground with nothing but a parachute separating you from free fall! Find places in your area to make the jump or go someplace new—after all, you can’t beat the view from that high up! Our tip: try it in the fall to check out the changing leaves beneath you.

Tell us about your greatest adventure with #freetobeadventurous and we might share your story!

While you’re here, make SPIbelt a part of your next adventure!

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A Q+A With SPIbelt Ambassador Tasha Holland

A Q+A With SPIbelt Ambassador Tasha Holland

A Q+A With SPIbelt Ambassador Tasha Holland

This month on social media we’re focusing on all of the ways you’re #freetobebold while wearing your SPIbelt. While we think all of our ambassadors are bold runners for their confidence, courage and ability to take risks, Tasha Holland’s journey as a runner is one of the most bold ones we’ve ever seen! The mom of two started running to improve her health and within one year she had run not only a half-marathon and a marathon, but completed her first 50k ultra! We chatted with Tasha about her adventurous running experiences, what pushes her to continue challenging herself, and how SPIbelt has played a role along the way. Check it out below!

How did you first get into running?

I began running a little over three years ago to be healthier. I was overweight and have four endocrine diseases. I was desperate for change and wanted to be proud of my body instead of ashamed. I had little time to drive to a gym and running seemed to be the easiest option because I could walk out my door and just run. So I did!

How has running pushed you and inspired you to be more bold?

Running has pushed me in so many ways. It has definitely made me bolder and braver. When I ran my first 110 miles at Ozone I learned how to run on blistered covered feet and discovered how to dig deep and run through the pain. When I first began Vol State, I was scared to run at night. Everything made me jump! Running in the country at night is stressful and I second guessed every move. But by the end of my 314 miles I was at peace in the night. When you run across a state you discover things about yourself that you never knew. I grew so much during that race! With each new accomplishment, my confidence in myself has grown.

What races have you competed in that have pushed you to be bold?

My first Olympic triathlon pushed me like crazy! It was an open water lake swim and I’m not a strong swimmer. It was the scariest thing I have ever done during a race. I finished it in 42 minutes—double the time of everyone else, but I was thrilled! I had faced a fear and overcome it, smiling and triumphant.

I continued to push when I signed up for the Tarheel Ultra (378 miles along the North Carolina coastline). I ran that race solo, which means I was responsible for carrying everything I needed or finding it and buying it along the way. It was a new adventure and quite scary. It was hot during the days and freezing at night and I lived eating out of gas stations. For someone with Hashimoto’s, Celiacs disease, and that is also lactose intolerant the challenge to eat nutritional foods was huge. I finished that race in 7 days and was the first female finisher (setting the course record for females!) and placed 3rd overall. Less than 24 hours later I ended up in the hospital with cellulitis and a severe concussion. I had fallen and hit my head with 16 miles to go, but refused to stop until I finished. I was banned from any activities for a month so that I could heal. This adventure taught me how resilient I could be.

What does an ultra race like that entail and have you participated in any others?

Vol State and Tarheel are both 500k (plus) races across states that require 31-50 miles of running a day to finish in the required time. I ran Vol State last year crewed, but this year I’ll run it solo just like I did with Tarheel. For these races you carry everything you need and replenish supplies along the way in gas stations, dollar stores, restaurants, or grocery stores. You can sleep in motels or anywhere outside you can find—gas station benches, on the grass in town squares, on the side of the highway in a construction zone, and under trees in parks are a few of the places I have slept! These races test your endurance and resilience and it’s often a mental battle to keep moving. You’re responsible for your safety as well as finding your way, your shelter, and your food. They’re extremely tough, but are guaranteed to change your life!

What made you decide to take the leap from running casually to running in these types of races?

After my first half marathon I claimed I would never run a marathon. How little I knew myself! I love a challenge and wanted to be that small percentage that called themselves marathoners. It was only 13 more miles, which I figured I could do. I chose the Hatfield and McCoy marathon that is ranked as one of the toughest 10 marathons in the United States. I had planned on running it alone until a very nice 50 State Marathon finisher heard me telling someone it was my first and told me he would like to tag along. “No one should ever run their first marathon alone”, he said. It was the toughest thing I had ever done. I hit a wall at mile 20 and never recovered, but he refused to leave and stayed with me until the end when I finished around 6:30. Because of him, I have given up my own race multiple times to run alongside first time marathoners. When I discover it’s their first I ask if I can tag along, hearing my friend’s words of wisdom in the back of my mind.

After my first marathon I took a month off of running and got to thinking that if I could run 26 miles then I could run a 50k, and if I could run a 50k then I could run a 50 mile! I wanted to be amongst the few runners that have run mind staggering distances. I ran my first ultra—a 50k—within a year of when I took my first steps to running!

I love challenging myself and seeing how far I can go, both mentally and physically. I want to push until I feel like I can go no further, then push some more. It’s moments like these that show us what we’re made of. I want to show my diseases that they don’t own me. Running makes me stronger and more confident.

What type of preparation do you take to prepare for races?

I don’t do a lot to prepare. I run marathons to train for longer distance races and run bleachers and hills to train for trail races. I also bike and even swim a little, and do light weights and core work as well.

What goes through your head on race day?

The hours leading up to a race can be the hardest. I’m usually so excited that I can’t sleep—I’m lucky to get four hours! It’s just so hard to stay calm when I know I’m about to start something that I may not finish. I know I’ll hate it at some points and will love it at others. I’ll most likely curse, cry, and laugh during, but no matter the outcome I always learn something new about myself.

What do you do when a race doesn’t go as planned? Can you tell us about specific moments when you’ve really had to push yourself to be bold?

When things don’t go as planned, I stay calm and think of a new way to continue on. I ran into a lost, hurt, aggressive dog during the West Virginia Trilogy 50k last year. He was at the top of the trailhead, miles from civilization. At first I thought I was hallucinating, but when he raised his hackles and started growling I knew he was real. We had a 10-15 minute standoff during which I was certain I was going to be bitten. I talked to him and made my way slowly up the hill, stopping a lot and trying to appear harmless. He came so close to me that I could pet him and I held my breath as he sniffed me. He growled once and then ran away. I was lucky that day that I only lost time on the clock. It could have been much worse.

I have gotten blisters too early in a run, ran out of food and water, gotten lost, been stung by hornets, caught in thunderstorms, lost shoes in calf deep mud, fallen in stream crossings, had heat exhaustion, and fought hypothermia. Some of these things can be worked out, but some can end your race. All you can do is just deal with one mile at a time. I stay calm and do my best to stay positive and keep moving forward. If the mile I’m in sucks, the next mile could be better. You never know until you get there!

How has your SPIbelt played a role in you being such a bold runner? 

SPIbelt accompanies me on every adventure. It has been with me since my first half marathon and I also wore it for both of my 500k’s! I can run knowing my possessions are safely by my side—mace, gels, car keys, phone, other food sources, charging accessories, and more. I love the reflective belts so I can run at night with confidence knowing that cars will see me, and the hydration belts come in handy when it’s too hot for a vest. Honestly, I cannot imagine running without my SPIbelts! When you have gear you trust and believe in, it makes it easy to be bold in your actions when on racing adventures.

 

We want to hear about your bold experiences while wearing SPIbelt. Share them on Instagram with the hashtag #freetobebold and we may repost your story!

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6 Trends That Will Elevate Your Workout Wardrobe

6 Trends That Will Elevate Your Workout Wardrobe

6 Trends That Will Elevate Your Workout Wardrobe Style

Anytime you workout you’re already winning in our book for doing something to improve your health. But beyond your performance, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to look stylish while you sweat! That’s why we’re so excited about our new Luxe by SPIbelt. With its sleek all-black design and eye-catching metallic hardware, the Luxe is so chic you won’t want to take it off even when your workout’s over. And hey, we won’t blame you since it looks just as good outside the gym as it does in!

Elevating your sweat style is as easy as putting on your Luxe, but if you’re looking to go the extra mile we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite fitness fashion trends that’ll help you take your workout wardrobe style to the next level in no time. Check them out below!

Mesh and Cutouts

Nothing gives your look an edge faster than mesh and cutout accents that show off a peek of skin. Depending on your comfort level you can keep things more subtle (like the outfit below) or go all out with all-over detail.

 6 Trends That Will Elevate Your Workout Wardrobe

 

Thirty8 LeggingsOnzie tankAdidas sneakers, Luxe by SPIbelt in Gunmetal

Crop Tops and Monochrome

Performance bralettes and crop tops are having a serious moment right now. Not only are they super trendy, but they also keep you cool during the summer heat! We’re also loving monochrome dressing (wearing pieces in the same color), which instantly pulls your look together and is an easy way to make a big impact.

 

6 Trends That Will Elevate Your Workout Wardrobe

 

Baseball capOutdoor Voices crop topZella shortsLuxe by SPIbelt in Gold

Brights and Bold Prints

Don’t be afraid to have some fun! Mix and match bright colors and bold prints for a look that’ll get you so pumped up you might not even need your tunes to get going.

 

6 Trends That Will Elevate Your Workout Wardrobe

Swell water BottleUnder Armour tankAdidas by Stella McCartney tights, Luxe by SPIbelt in Silver

 

What trends are you rocking this summer? We want to know! Tag @spibelt or use #LUXEBYSPI so we can see your best looks!

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10 Running Safety Tips from an Ex-Soldier

Why Everyone Loves the SPI H2O Venture Hydration Belt

by Danny Kaine, CEO of NOMAD SOS

Everyone assumes that all soldiers are runners. Not true. I’m an ex-soldier and since leaving the Army I have retained my fitness levels, but I have never been a runner. Put a pack on my back and I will hike up and down mountains until someone tells me to stop. When I do go for a run, I really have to work at it. I find myself listening to music, and thinking about literally anything other than the fact I am running.

November is National Running Safety Month and in my experience, a majority of accidents happen through a momentary lack of judgement, usually caused by being distracted, or fatigue, or a combination of both. I speak from experience, not only from close calls I have had while running, but also as the CEO of NOMAD SOS, an assistance company who has responded to several accidents and fatalities involving runners.

Take these precautions to protect yourself, no matter what activity you are doing outside, especially if you are walking, hiking, cycling or running alone.

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2017 SPIbelt Ambassador Program

Meet our 2016 SPIbelt Brand Ambassadors!

APPLY NOW!

It’s the time again –  applications are now open for the SPIbelt Ambassador Program! This is one of our favorite times of the year as we get to connect with and hear from our amazing fans. Over the past year we have gotten to know 25 awesome ambassadors. If you haven’t, head over to our Ambassador page and check it out! Want to be a part of this amazing group? To apply click here and get the exclusive on new products, prizes, and special events.

Ambassador Responsibilities:

  • Post the SPIbelt Ambassador badge on your website/blog (if you have one) with a link back to spibelt.com
  • Mention your SPIbelt ambassadorship in the bio of your social media accounts
  • Interact with SPIbelt via various social media channels
  • Wear SPIbelt when competing/racing
  • Provide photos of yourself wearing SPIbelt
  • Promote SPIbelt as your sole running belt

Ambassador Perks:

  • SPIbelt Welcome Package full of belts, swag, and other running necessities
  • Recognition on spibelt.com in the form of a bio (& links if applicable)
  • Each Ambassador will be provided with a unique coupon code. Anyone who makes a purchase on spibelt.com with this code will get a free gift
  • Get exposure with a promo/feature on our social media accounts
  • Hear about SPIbelt news & products first
  • Opportunities to test prototypes and give feedback
  • Support from SPIbelt on special projects like events, giveaways, etc.
  • Monthly and yearly prizes
  • Private Facebook group with all SPIbelt Ambassadors to provide support and build community

Interested? Applications for new athletes, based in the United States and Canada, are open now through Sunday, 12/18. Follow SPIbelt on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates and check back here for application details!

We will contact you by the end of December to let you know that you were selected. Please do not email or message anyone at SPIbelt to check on your application. If you are not selected for 2017, applications for the 2018 year will open in December 2017, so please reapply!

Good luck! 

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3 Workouts to Improve Running Speed

3 Workouts to Improve Running Speed

Please welcome guest blogger Coach Mike, an RRCA Certified Running Coach, to the SPIbelt blog. He started running when he reached 235 lbs and felt terrible. After a first run of 1.9 miles, Mike thought I was going to die. But that was just the beginning of the journey. In less than 2 years of running, Mike completed a 100 mile ultra marathon. In 2013 he qualified for Boston twice in 2 weeks, ran back-to-back marathons and was featured in an article in Runner’s World Magazine about running streaks. Today, he shares his love of running by coaching runners at all different fitness levels: from couch-to-5K to ultra marathons.


I have people ask me all the time, “What do I need to do to run faster?”. My answer is simple. Just run faster. When I tell them this I often get looks and stares as if I am trying to be smart, but if you really think about it that is exactly what you have to do isn’t it? In order to get faster, you have to run faster.

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Announcing the 2016 SPIbelt Ambassador Program

Announcing the 2016 SPIbelt Ambassador Program

We have exciting news — SPIbelt is starting an Ambassador Program! Do you use SPIbelt products during training or daily runs? If so, the SPIbelt Ambassador program might be for you. This program is designed for people who are passionate, motivated, and want to spread the word about SPIbelt.  To apply you just need to have a blog OR be active on social media!

Ambassador Responsibilities:

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  • Post the SPIbelt Ambassador badge on your website/blog (if you have one) with a link back to spibelt.com
  • Mention your SPIbelt ambassadorship in the bio of your social media accounts
  • Interact with SPIbelt via various social media channels
  • Wear SPIbelt when competing/racing
  • Provide photos of yourself wearing SPIbelt
  • Promote SPIbelt as your sole running belt

Ambassador Perks:

  • SPIbelt Welcome Package full of belts, swag, and other running necessities
  • Two new SPIbelt products per quarter to use for giveaways or as you please
  • Recognition on spibelt.com in the form of a bio (& links if applicable)
  • Each Ambassador will be provided with a unique coupon code. Anyone who makes a purchase on spibelt.com with this code will get a free gift
  • Get exposure with a promo/feature on our social media accounts
  • Hear about SPIbelt news & products first
  • Opportunities to test prototypes and give feedback.
  • Support from SPIbelt on special projects like events, giveaways, etc.
  • Monthly and yearly prizes

Please note the SPIbelt Ambassador Program is limited to individuals within the United States and Canada. Application will be open through Tuesday, May 31st.  Please do not email or message anyone at SPIbelt to check on your application, we will contact you by Friday, June 10th to let you know if you were selected for the 2016 Ambassador Program. If you are not selected for 2016, applications for the 2017 year will open in December 2016, so please reapply!

Good luck! 

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

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From Illness to Ultramarathon

From Illness to Ultramarathon

It was 2008, and at 5’3″ and 178lbs, I no longer recognized the girl in the mirror. My 110 lb, size 0 frame was long gone. I was sleeping 20 hours a day and wearing a heart monitor. My digestive system had shut down almost completely. I couldn’t even feed myself cereal. The spoon would be empty with shaking from the effort it took trying to get the spoon from the bowl to my mouth. I was depressed and weak. In fact, I was dying. It would take several years, numerous tests, and a partial diagnosis of a thyroid problem before I would start feeling somewhat normal again. The doctors would diagnose and treat me for an under active thyroid. We didn’t realize they were wrong.

Over the next five years, I would lose weight and gain energy, only to gain weight and lose energy a few months later when my body rejected my medicine. It was a slow, painful dance. The constant weight change and sleep patterns weighed heavily on me. I was full of anxiety and terrified I would return to that helpless, obese woman.

The Fall of 2013 was life changing for me. It was not because my doctors found the right answers, but rather a combination of two unrelated things. I had finally decided to start fighting aggressively for my life and I was desperate to find out what was causing my 10 year old to have tummy aches.

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Why Everyone Loves the SPI H2O Venture Hydration Belt

Why Everyone Loves the SPI H2O Venture Hydration Belt

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The SPI H2O™ Venture hydration belt will transform your long runs! It is bounce free and eliminates bulky bottle holders. The 2″ elastic supports up to 16 oz. of water or can be used on its own as a sleek running belt.

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“It NEVER moved! I was able to wear it around my hips where I like, the water bottles were super easy to take off and on, there was NO bounce, and it’s very comfortable to wear.” – Selena

 

“I loved the Venture hydration belt on my Big Bend 30k run. It was a tough course, lots of steep jumps, rocks, etc. and I never really noticed the belt or the bottles. It’s a really great product so kudos to you guys.”

– Rob A.
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“I used the SPI H2O Venture belt during a recent run and loved it! The water bottles did not bounce at all! I like to wear my bottles behind me on my back and love how you can place the bottles anywhere you want on the belt. And since the bottles are completely removable, you can wear just the belt without having empty clips on it.”

– Alli K.

 

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“For 7 miles it was like it wasn’t even there. The bottles can be easily reached and clipped again in the front and “reeled” to the back again. I packed my iPhone 6S with cover, 1 gel and car keys.”

– Antonio L.
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“I used the Venture belt with two bottles full of water for 12 km. No bouncing and no irritation at all. I was curious if I would feel the buckle on the belt, but it turns out that it was no problem.”

– Martin B.
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4 Ways to Get Your Body Ready for Race Season

4 Ways to Get Your Body Ready for Race Season

Please welcome fitness writer Shelly Stinson to the SPIbelt blog!


While most people look forward to spring because the trees start to grow new leaves, flowers pop up and bloom, and temperatures begin to rise, runners look forward to it for another reason completely—it means that race season is upon us. By default, this also means that it’s time to get your body ready for these competitive physical runs.

1. Gear Up

The first step is making sure you have the proper gear and that it’s in good condition so you can train without hurting yourself. Shoes are probably the most important piece of equipment for a runner, and they should be replaced every 300 to 500 miles. If the midsole pokes through the outsole or the heel appears to be crumpled, then it’s time to get new ones.

Other gear that you might need to invest in include performance socks, running shorts or pants, moisture-wicking tops, sports bras, fitness trackers, sunglasses, SPI H2O water bottlesa SPIbelt to carry your personal items, and anything else you need while hitting the treadmill or trails. Gather this stuff at the beginning of the training season so you can spend the rest of the time focusing on your runs.

SPIbelt recommends:

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January #GetFitGiveaway!

January #GetFitGiveaway!

The New Year is here! The parties are over, the platters of cookies are gone and the eggnog has been drunk down to the last drop. That means it’s time to get back into your regular workout routine and SPIbelt is here to help with our #GetFitGiveaway! To keep you motivated we’ve partnered up with 8 of our BFFs to give you some amazing prizes ALL. MONTH. LONG.

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The SPIbelt Guy and the Road to Recovery with RunLab

The SPIbelt Guy and the Road to Recovery with RunLab

Hi! My name is Bobby and I’m The SPIbelt Guy. You may have seen me at different race expos around the country repping SPIbelt or on some of our product tags (I know, I’m famous). Saying that I’m passionate about running is an understatement. I’ve run 26 marathons and wasn’t planning on stopping until I got severely injured last year. Here’s the story of my road to recovery with the help of my friends at RunLab, a sports medicine and performance clinic for runners here in Austin.
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Fall Training Must-Haves from Blogger Run Megan Run

Fall Training Must-Haves from Blogger Run Megan Run

Please welcome blogger Run Megan Run to the SPIbelt blog! She’s guest posting today with her list of fall training must-haves.

It’s supposedly almost fall (I’m celebrating a high of “only” 85 here in Southern California today!), and as the seasons change, it’s important to make sure the tools and gear you have on you for your training runs change, too. There are some things that I keep on me year-round, but it’s never too late to start adjusting as the calendar does too!CONTINUE READING

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10 Tips for Staying Active in Winter Weather

10 Tips for Staying Active in Winter Weather

thefreckledfitgirl_disney-bobbyPlease welcome blogger Selena Baity from The Freckled Fit Girl to the SPIbelt blog! She’s guest posting today with 10 tips on sweating it out in the colder months.

If I controlled the weather it would be 85° and sunny year round, but I don’t, and inevitably fall and winter still rear their ugly heads every year (no offense if you’re a fan). Once the days get shorter and daylight escapes us, I tend to get the winter blues and want to hibernate. So what do we do to stay active when all we want to do is wear our jammies and snuggle on the couch with our 4 legged friends?CONTINUE READING

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Best Running Shoes for Spring 2015

Best Running Shoes for Spring 2015

At SPIbelt we understand that the right pair of shoes are a major component of any successful run. Wearing a good pair of shoes can help prevent foot and ankle injury and contribute to making your workout a more positive experience. Injuries and blisters can force you to take time off from training and get in the way of any weight loss or other fitness goals you may have.CONTINUE READING

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5 Reasons SPIbelt Water Resistant Pocket & Gel Loops ROCKS!!!

5 Reasons SPIbelt Water Resistant Pocket & Gel Loops ROCKS!!!

– By George Melichar

The first time I ran a marathon I was focused on navigating through the expo and getting to the race on time the next morning. I never thought about what I was going to do with my keys, mobile phone, energy gels, identification/passport, and lip balm. In training I was accustomed to running with a large backpack or small plastic bag; but then I discovered 5 reasons to wear SPIbelt Water Resistant Pocket & Gel Loops!CONTINUE READING

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SPIbelt Spotting

SPIbelt Spotting

– By Kim Overton

One of my favorite past-times as the owner of SPIbelt is SPIbelt spotting. I live in Austin, TX, and SPIbelts are made with passion here, which means there’s a good chance I’ll spot one of our products out and about at least once a day.CONTINUE READING

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Meet Gymnast and SPIbelt User Breanna

Meet Gymnast and SPIbelt User Breanna

When you think SPIbelt, you probably think of a running belt that will carry your phone, gels, I.D. while racing or training for that next race, right?  Well, although many of our customers use their SPIbelt for running or working out, a number of them use their SPIbelt to carry medical supplies including inhalers, EpiPens, and insulin pumps (for Type 1 diabetes).CONTINUE READING

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Follow Erin’s Journey: Dam That Cancer!

Follow Erin’s Journey: Dam That Cancer!

Erin Hood, SPIbelt’s International Sales Manager (pictured furthest on the left), is no stranger to the emotional stress that one must undergo when a loved one is diagnosed with cancer. As someone who has had not one, but both parents diagnosed with cancer, Erin knows all too well the kind of emotional support that is needed. Now in her 4th year, Erin raises money for The Flatwater Foundation’s annual event, Dam That Cancer which provides  access to mental and physical therapies to patients and families dealing with cancer diagnosis.

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SPIbelt Reviews

Original SPIbelt

Here at SPIbelt, we love customer feedback! We’ve compiled a list of raving SPIbelt reviews from our customers from around the world. Are you deciding whether or not SPIbelt is the right running belt for you? Read below to hear personal accounts of how SPIbelt has helped out our customers, and how it can easily be incorporated into your workout routine and daily life.

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