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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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Four Activities To Get Outside And Enjoy This Spring

Four Activities To Get Outside And Enjoy This Spring

While we’ve been enjoying spring-like (heck, even summer-like) weather here in Austin for a while now, we’re well aware that most of the country is just beginning to thaw out. If you’ve been cooped up with cabin fever and your last trip somewhere warm seems like forever ago, it’s time to come out of hibernation and refresh. With the trees starting to bloom, birds beginning to chip, and that all-around fresh spring smell in the air, try one of these four activities to get outside and enjoy!

1) Biking

Long walks are great, but try changing things up by hopping on a bike. Take the scenic route in the country or bike along the shoreline of a lake or ocean if you live near water. Another idea, why not go about your day-to-day business but sub a bike for you usual mode of transportation? If you live in a city, be sure to check if yours has bike share program which makes it so much easier.

2) Hiking

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22d by taking a hike to marvel at the beauty of Mother Nature. Check out the blooming spring flora as well as the wildlife coming out of their winter slumber. Pack some trail mix, enough water to quench your thirst, and your phone so you can snap photos along the way. The SPI H2O Venture Series makes it so easy!

3) Roller Blading

Remember how much you loved roller blading when you were a kid? Get that joy back and try it again. Not only is it great fun, but a great workout—just be careful and make sure to wear a helmet. Get the whole family involved and teach your kids how you used to spend your free time when you were their age.

4) Enjoy A Music Festival

For all you music fans, the season of festivals has begun! Big-name Coachella runs the second and third weekends in April with other events in all genres happening throughout the spring and summer. Find one that fits your vibe and make sure to properly prepare so you can jam out and dance without worrying about your belongings. We recommend rocking a Luxe for a look that’s sure to stand out in the crowd.

How are you getting outside and enjoying the spring weather? Tell us on Instagram and make sure to use the hashtag #freetobe

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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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7 Can’t-Miss Spots to Check Out in Austin  

7 Can't-Miss Spots to Check Out in Austin  

Are you heading to our neck of the woods for Austin City Limits? If so, you’re in for a treat. Not only is there a solid lineup set for both weekends, but aside from the music festival, you’re heading to one of the best cities in the world! Okay, we may be biased since Austin is our hometown, but there’s no denying that this little city has so much to offer. From fun things to do and amazing sights to see to delicious eats that’ll excite your tastebuds, there’s something here for everyone.

That said, we want you to make the most of your time in our hood so we’re sharing some our favorite places around Austin that’ll let you experience the city like a local. While we could keep going on and on, we capped the list at just our absolute can’t-miss faves, which you should be able to pack in over the course of a few days. Fair warning: don’t be surprised if you find yourself not wanting to leave come the end of the weekend!

1) Barton Springs Pool

When the weather is warm (which it is right now in October) Barton Springs Pool is the place to cool off. This outdoor pool is fed from underground springs so it’s always the perfect temperature year-round, about 68-70 degrees—talk about refreshing! Whether you’re up for a dip or just plan to lay out and soak up some Texas rays, don’t miss it.

7 Can't-Miss Spots to Check Out in Austin  

2) The Rowing Dock

If you’re looking for some action of even a great workout, head to the rowing dock where you can rent a stand up paddle board on Town Lake. Take in views of the city as you cruise at your leisure and then paddle down to Barton Creek to check out the turtles. Other things you’ll probably encounter along the way: people practicing SUP yoga, pups joining along for the ride, and fisherman in kayaks looking for their next catch.

3) Bat Bridge

Want to know how Austin earned its nickname, Bat City? Head over to Congress Avenue Bridge right before sundown to find out. Home to the world’s largest urban bat colony, up to 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from underneath the bridge each night from May-August and look like a cloud overtaking the sky! While most people stand on the bridge to check out the spectacle, we recommend grabbing a spot on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail below the bridge (on the southeast side) for a truly incredible experience.

7 Can't-Miss Spots to Check Out in Austin  

4) JuiceLand

In need of a healthy pick-me-up? Local fave JuiceLand is the place to go! Grab a nutrient-packed juice, smoothie, or bowl made with fresh produce and superfood add-ins that’ll bring you back to life. They even have yummy vegan grab and go options if you’re looking for something a little more substantial. While there are 20 locations throughout Austin, we suggest stopping by the OG on Barton Springs Road which is conveniently located right down the street from Zilker Park (the location of ACL).

5) Mount Bonnell 

If you’re up for a hike, this is the one to pick! While the steep 102-stair climb to the top may look daunting, it goes by quickly and trust us, it’s well worth the trek. Once you reach the summit you’ll be at the highest point in Austin—775 feet up!—taking in breathtaking scenic views of downtown, Lake Austin, and the surrounding hills.

7 Can't-Miss Spots to Check Out in Austin  

6) I Love You So Much Mural

You know you’ve seen it all over Instagram and for good reason: the famous I Love You So Much mural is the ultimate “like” magnet. Stop by Jo’s Coffee on South Congress to snap a photo against the wall with your BFF, partner, or loved one. And while you’re at it, head over to the Greetings From Austin postcard mural (pictured at top), located at the corner of South 1st and W. Annie Street, for double the Instagram photo opps.

7) Eat Some BBQ

You can’t come to Texas and not eat barbecue! While some people stand in line at 6am just to get a taste of famous Franklin Barbecue when it opens at 11am, we get that you’ve got a busy schedule and lots to do. That’s why we suggest grabbing lunch at Terry Black’s just down the street from Zilker Park. No matter what you order, you can’t go wrong! Other delicious spots to check out if you have the time: La Barbecue, Blacks Barbecue (a branch of the famous Lockhart, TX eatery), Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ, Micklewait Craft Meats, and Lambert’s.

 Not sure what to wear to ACL (aside from your Luxe, of course)? We’ve got your festival style cheat sheet right here

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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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Summer Music Festival Must-Haves

Summer Music Festival Must-Haves

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Summer Music Festival Must-Haves

Coachella and Bonnaroo may have already come and gone, but lucky for those of us who didn’t get a chance to go or haven’t yet gotten our festival fill, there are still plenty of opportunities left this summer to jam out to your favorite tunes while soaking in the sunshine. Whether you’re getting ready for Lollapalooza next week, planning on heading to Made In America in September, ACL in October (our local festival!) or any other upcoming concert you’ve got plugged into your iCal, one thing you don’t want to forget to bring along is your SPIbelt! Stash your tickets, ID, cash, credit cards, phone and whatever else you might need inside the pouch and you’re set to rock out while going hands-free. Not sure how to show off your festival style? We’ve rounded up our eight must-haves that will have your look striking just the right tune. Check them out below!

Summer Music Festival Must-Haves

Clockwise from top right: Free People kimonoAmerican Eagle Outfitters tankQuay Australia sunglassesSun Bum lip balm. myCharge phone chargerJ.Crew shortsLuxe by SPIbeltPuma sneakers.

1) Breezy Tank

Stay cool with a lightweight and breathable tank. We love the fun tie-dye pattern of this one!

2) Sunglasses

You’ll be staring at the stage with the sun in your eyes, so go for standout shades like this gold mirrored pair.

3) Denim Shorts

Is there anything more quintessential to festival style than denim shorts? Nope!

4) Luxe By SPIbelt

Our Luxe belt’s cool metallic hardware makes it the perfect accessory to your festival look. Bonus points for coordinating the metal with you sunglasses like we did here! Not only will the Luxe turn heads, but it securely holds everything you need and keeps it safe from pickpockets.

5) Portable Phone Charger

Don’t let a dying phone kill your vibe. Charge up on the go right inside your SPIbelt so you can continue to Instagram and Snapchat to your heart’s desire!

6) SPF 30 lip balm

Because no one likes sunburnt lips.

7) Sneakers

You’ll be on your feet and dancing around, so choose a comfy pair of kicks that’ll keep your feet happy all show long.

8) Kimono

For those who really like to push it, spice up your look with a funky kimono. The bold print will make you stand out in the crowd and the fringe trim will move with you as you get your groove on!

We want to see how you rock your SPIbelt! Show us on Insta with #spibeltstyle

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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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#SPIbeltSummer Cocktail Contest

#SPIbeltSummer Cocktail Contest

This summer we’re using our Companion Bottle for on-the-run hydration AND post-workout cocktail bottles! We kicked off #SPIbeltSummer with a contest to find the BEST post-workout cocktail for our Companion Bottle.

Two winners (one for best virgin beverage, one for best adult beverage) get a set of 2 Companion Bottles.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a recipe, there were so many to choose from. After doing a lot of taste testing here at SPIbelt HQ we chose these winners:

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5 Ways the SPI H2O Companion Bottle Helped My Routine

5 Ways the SPI H2O Companion Bottle Helped My Routine

Please welcome George Melichar to the SPIbelt blog!
He is guest posting today with a review of our SPI H2O™ Companion.

Running my errands and training in New Orleans has lead me to be creative when searching for water fountains, often making water stops at businesses or parks. If you see me running in the Garden District I usually have a backpack with an awkward bottle I refill. Incorporating the SPI H2O Companion into my everyday routine and training helped me in the following 5 ways. CONTINUE READING

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SPIbelt for SXSW and other Festivals

SPIbelt for SXSW and other Festivals

sxsw-post-347x270 If you’re looking for something exciting to do during spring break in Austin, look no further than SXSW. This giant festival is chock-full of musical guests, interactive panels, and highly-anticipated film premieres. As exciting as SXSW can be; however, keeping your schedule organized can be stressful. Who wouldn’t get overwhelmed by all of the variety this giant festival has to offer?CONTINUE READING

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iSPI Virtual Scavenger Hunt

iSPI Virtual Scavenger Hunt

We’re giving away 1 FREE entry into the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon. To enter the contest, you’ll need the use of the internet + savvy sleuthing skills.

Answer all 5 questions correctly (plus the bonus!) to be entered! Ready to play?!

Contest is over. Thanks to all who played!

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Alternate Uses for your SPIbelt

Alternate Uses for your SPIbelt

The SPIbelt is a simple product with an infinite amount of potential. While most fans use their SPIbelts while running or to store diabetes accessories, there’s plenty more that can be done with this one accessory. Take a peek at some alternate ways to put your SPIbelt to practical (and sometimes silly) use!CONTINUE READING

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SPIbelt Featured in Recent Austin Monthly Issue

SPIbelt Featured in Recent Austin Monthly Issue

SPIbelt is honored to have been a part of Austin Monthly’s Innovation Issue this past January. The January issue is full of detailed information on successful local Austin businesses who had “Bright Ideas” and how they came into fruition. SPIbelt is mentioned along with other local fitness accessories that help Austinites stay fit while being stylish and comfortable.

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