Athleisure Looks You Can Sport to Work

Athleisure continues to be a wardrobe staple and now it is very acceptable in many workplaces. Allowing employees to express themselves and be comfortable at the same time can only result in a productive atmosphere! According to HR Daily Advisor Robin Ghivan, a fashion critic for The Washington Post, the popularity of Athleisure wear is the comfort level “all the things we love about clothes.” If you are late to this popular trend and want to get on the bandwagon, check out the tips below for inspiration.

Determine how much athleisure you want to infuse

If you work in an environment that enforces a strict dress code, clearly athleisure pieces may not be your daily go to options. Save these looks for after work or on the weekends. If however, you have a more relaxed working environment, the sky's the limit when it comes to styling options.

If you are looking for a simple way to test out this trend or start small try swapping one piece at a time. For example, when it comes to layering instead of blazer or sweater opt for a slim fit zip up sweatshirt. These items look flattering on my most body types and can be worn with just about anything.

Another small way to incorporate this style is by sporting a few simple base layers like a t-shirt. Sure you can go the traditional route with basic white tee, but now there are a multitude of options that include mixed fabrics like faux leather either woven into the collar, trim, or pocket.

Complete athleisure makeover

If you really want to have your wardrobe be 100% comfortable and athleisure inspired, it’s important to make sure that all your garments have a slim fit. Picking up a pair of sweats from your local department store may not make the cut. Including pieces that are too baggy can easily result in a sloppy appearance and no one wants that!

Don’t know where to begin? When it comes to bottoms you can go with a faux leather pair of pants. Don’t worry these are not like the pants from the 90’s. Most of these pants are either lightweight or lined with a soft material like fleece making it super comfortable. If this is too fashion forward for you, lean towards a pair of pants that have cotton and leather mix, it is a more muted way to incorporate this look.

Other options include joggers, these pants are great because the design is true to the athleisure trend and also mend traditional work attire fabrics like wool, pinstripes and much more.  When selecting footwear this can be a bit tricky, most of the footwear options embody an athletic feel like a sporty pair of sneakers. Don’t be discouraged you can definitely get away with wearing a pair of sneakers, but opt for luxe ones such as the Cole Haan ‘Owen’ sneakers or the Gucci ‘Brooklyn’ sneaker. Stick to dark colors, these options are ideal for the work environment.

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Posted on February 24, 2017 and filed under AskNadia, Fitness Lifestyle, Lifestyle, NMFITTIPS.

Fitness Files: Bianca Jade

It's natural working in a certain industry you are bound to run into the same people time and time again.  This is how I met Bianca Jade the founder of Mizzfit.com and Television & Digital Host. I have known of Bianca but we really clicked a few years ago when she hosted an exclusive workout event at David Barton's Gym.   Like myself, Bianca turned her passion for fitness into a long lasting career! Continue reading her Fitness Files interview to learn more about her background and how she trains her mind and body!

NMF: Has fitness always been a major part of your life or was there a catalyst/point in your life when you made it more of a focus and priority? 

Bianca Jade (BJ): Fitness has always been an anchor in my life. As a child, I played soccer and a few other sports I wasn’t too crazy about. But I loved to run and soccer was a good match for me. I started seriously working out at 15 years old with a trainer. Karen inspired me to tone my body and build “strong girl” muscles. She’s probably the reason I developed a penchant for exercise. I loved being in her gym full of empowered women of all ages. I got my mom and best friend to join me for her group fitness classes. And from there, my fitness monster was born.

I naturally gravitated to exercise because I loved how it made me feel but the truth is that there’s obesity in my family. I believe the fear it would happen to me always lingered in the back of my head, and perhaps made exercise even more relevant in my life. I’ve definitely struggled with a 15-20 pound weight gain in the past and as I get older find that it takes more to stay in shape than it used to. 

I believe the turning point in my fitness journey is actually now because I work out for me, now. I don’t work out for the abs, the muscles or the tight tummy. I work out for the mental release…for the balance and clarity it brings to the rest of my life. 

NMF: What are a few of your go-to healthy snacks/drinks that help keep you on the straight and narrow?

BJ: Right now, I’m loving Muuna cottage cheese snacks (with fruit at the bottom).  They’re super yummy and have great protein. I usually do greek yogurt or almond yogurt every morning but it’s hard not to get bored of that after a while. So cottage cheese is a nice shift. 

Also, I recently tried GreenBlender, a juice based smoothie subscription box. I loved it! It’s great for in between meals when you otherwise might go down the unhealthy path of eating something high in fat or salt. Their smoothies are delicious and fun to make.

NMF: How do you train your mind and stay motivated? 

BJ: I think I’m one of those people who’s just high energy. Like a puppy you need to tire out. I don’t need motivation to work out. It’s more like I need to work out to expend the energy I have bottled up inside me so I can operate like a normal person…if that makes any sense. My mental training definitely comes from yoga though. Becoming a yogi took a lot of work. I love the focus and introspection it gives me. My biggest lesson has been learning how to let go. I used to be the type of person that held onto things. I’m getting better at that every day and I need my yoga at least once a week.

NMF: How do you change your body?  What are your fitness favorites?

BJ: I change my body by changing up my workouts. It’s a fit-losophy of mine that I’ve been practicing for over 10 years. I believe every day you should be doing a different workout than the day before. You can repeat after a week of varied workouts and start it all over again but the point is to condition your body in new, unexpected ways. When your body is learning new movements, it’s working out harder that it would with a practiced routine. My fitness faves are HIIT, Barre, circuit training, hot power yoga and cardio classes (where the choreography isn’t that complicated because I am the worst cardio dancer that ever lived).

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Tips That Will Help Slim Down Your Tummy

No matter how hard you workout removing and toning stubborn abdominal fat can be frustrating as well as discouraging.  Sometimes all it takes are a few simple lifestyle changes in order to see visible results.

First and foremost it’s important to remember that toned abs start in the kitchen! No matter how hard you might be working out your core it’s impossible to see the results if your midsection is covered in unwanted fat. Below you will find both diet tips and toning workouts that will have ready to show off your fabulous abs in no time.

Start incorporating these foods to assist in burning fat and free your tummy from bloating.

Green Tea: Green tea is rich in antioxidants and helps to speed up metabolism by intensifying the levels of fat oxidation. Add a bit of lemon for flavor and drink up!

Berries: Berries are packed with fiber, antioxidants and loaded with water which helps in losing weight.  Try topping for your morning cereal, oatmeal or yogurt with any berries of your choice. It’s also great all alone as a snack.  

Almonds: Almonds help keep you full longer and you will avoid overindulging in unhealthy foods when hunger calls. It’s also considered a fat blocker so keep a handful of almonds handy at all times!

Green Vegetables: Low in calories and packed with fiber, it doesn’t get much better than that!  By incorporating leafy greens into your everyday diet you will be satisfied with nutritional greens leaving no room for overeating.  Start adding argula, romaine, kale and spinach in your salads.

Tip: Remember to drink enough water this helps to flush the body of unwanted toxins. Recommended at least eight 8 ounce glasses for women and twelve 8 ounce glasses for men.

Now that you have pinpointed diet essentials incorporate these workouts that will help keep your midsection toned!

Plank with opposite arm and leg: Get in a traditional plank position, make sure you are in a straight line and your abs are contracted.  Slowly lift your opposite arm with opposite leg into a brief hold, replicate the same move on the other side and return to plank position (that’s one rep). Perform this workout  for a set of 10-15 reps.  

Straight leg raise: While laying of the floor in supine position straighten your legs and lock your knees. Point your toes forward and place your hands under butt (make sure your palms are facing down). Raise your legs to the point they form a straight angle with your body slowly lower while keeping your abs engaged. Repeat for 10-15 reps.

High Knees: This is a perfect cardio move to perform in between your ab toning workouts.  Begin running in place bringing you knees to your chest. Do this for 1 min to get your blood pumping and work up a sweat!

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New Mom Beauty Must Haves


You're exhausted, tired, drained and the last thing you probably want to think about is putting on a full face of makeup to feel good. I have some quick tips and products that will brighten up your face and have you feeling like a new person in 5 min!  Throw these products in your hospital bag or on your vanity table for an instant boost. 

Caudalie Beauty Elixir- Great for any skin type. A few spritzes of the lightweight mist is all you need to wake up your skin and feel alive again. It will give you an instant radiance and tighten the appearance of pores. The invigorating scent is formulated with essential oils and plant extracts to clarify and brighten the complexion. Use before, during and after makeup application or alone. Formulated without toxins like parabens, sulfates and phthalates.  


**NEW** Wander Beauty Unlashed Volume & Curl Mascara- If there is one thing I can not live without it's mascara. Mascara will do wonders for your eyes and face. Using mascara instantly opens your eyes and helps you look more awake. This one from Wander Beauty has a curved wand to bring more oomph to your lashes by lifting and curling at the same time. The peach leaf extract helps to condition and nourish your delicate lashes for a flake-free look. (To open up the eyes even more, use a lash curler. My favorite is from Kevyn Aucoin.) This product is free of parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, fragrance, and gluten.  


IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50-This is a great product because it "kills three birds with one stone." Perfect for a quick application with just your finger tips to color correct, moisturize and protect your skin against sun. It creates a flawless coverage and instantly camouflages any imperfections. Easily pick your shade from the five different colors and you are good to go! 


Burt's Bee's Tinted Lip Balm- Just a hint of color is all you need to brighten up your face and Burt's Bees gets the job done with it's 100% natural, nourishing lip balm. it makes lips super soft and feel like satin. This balm is inexpensive and comes in six every day shades certain to match any lip tone.  


Honest Beauty Creme Blush- Small, compact and completely portable. Apply the cream blush with your fingertips to the apples of your cheeks to create a natural flushed look in a flash. The blush is creamy and blendable for easy on the go look. 

I hope you found these tips and products helpful!  
 
Guest Blog Post: Denise Del Russo/Professional Makeup Artist/Healthy Beauty Columnist at DIVAlicious.NYC
 

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Posted on February 17, 2017 and filed under Beauty, Lifestyle.

Fitness Files: McCullough Shriver, founder of Sweetflexx

McCullough Shriver is the founder and creator of Sweetflexx, the Innovative resistance leggings is perfect for the person who is passionate about changing their lives and reaching their fitness goals inside and outside the gym. These Yale tested leggings prove that you can burn up to an extra 255 calories. Naturally, I gravitated to these leggings facing more of a time crunch these days as a new mom. Continue reading to learn more about McCullough and his love for fitness. 

NMF: Has fitness always been a major part of your life or was there a catalyst/point in your life when you made it more of a focus and priority? 

McCullough Shriver (MS): Ever since I could walk, sports has always been a part of my life. However, once I graduated from college and the sports career was over, my appetite remained. It's been a battle ever since! Intense lifting and training were a major part of my life when I was playing sports, but now that that phase is over, my training has been more focused on promoting overall health. 

NMF: What are a few of your go-to healthy snacks/drinks that help keep you on the straight and narrow?

MS: Smoothies are always a great start to the day, as for snacks (something I always need!), I've found plain vegetables to be awesome! There's nothing better than grabbing a pack at the grocery store and having them around throughout the day.

NMF: How do you train your mind and stay motivated? 

MS: I always try to learn something new which keeps the mind young and fresh. I often learn more by reminding myself that it's better to know nothing than to know everything. This keeps me focused on asking questions, listening to others and being the student. As for motivation, it's really about limiting the bad choices. It's very easy to choose a fast food meal, but with it come the consequences. 

NMF: How do you change your body?  What are your fitness favorites?

MS: Full body exercises on the bosu ball are my favorites. I like to focus on a certain movement with weight while still maintaining balance. This recruits various muscle groups to fire and intensifies the workout. Working with a lighter weight reduces the risk of injury and the high rep count is great for toning. 

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Posted on February 15, 2017 and filed under AskNadia, Fitness, Fitness Files, Fitness Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Interview, Tips.

The Benefits of Rose Water

Why not give the gift of roses with a twist this Valentine's Day? Rose water first caught my attention when I heard that Jennifer Lopez sips on this fountain of youth beverage but I figured it was something that A-listers do and I didn't give it a second thought.  It wasn't until I was stocking up on my health must-haves on LuckyVitamin.com that concept of rose water was brought to my attention again.  After a little bit of research, I decided to order a box of this unique beverage once I learned the number of health and beauty benefits that come from rose water when applied to the skin and consumed.

1. Rosewater helps maintain the skin's pH balance, and also controls excess oil. If you have oily skin the rosewater spray and beverage is the perfect combination. 

2. Rose water helps hydrate and keep skin moisturized, try a light spritz throughout the day and post workout.

My latest beauty must-haves from Lucky Vitamin

My latest beauty must-haves from Lucky Vitamin

3. Rose water contains various vitamins: A, C, E, and B.

4. Due to rose waters antibacterial properties, it helps to heal scars, cuts, and wounds.

5. The antioxidant properties of rose water help to strengthen skin cells and regenerate skin tissues.

6. Studies have said that rose water is great for depression as well as for those with sore throats. 

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Posted on February 14, 2017 and filed under Beauty, Fitness Lifestyle, Healthy, Lifestyle, NMFITTIPS, Tips.

Fitness Files: Lisa Binderow, Founder of nicepipes Apparel

Lisa Binderow, is the founder of nicepipes apparel, her premiere line of performance fabric athletic leg & arm warmers are catching the attention of yoga instructors and fitness lovers everywhere. I connected to Lisa instantly when I found out her love for fitness as a mom-to-be (I just had my son December 2016). Lisa started nicepipes apparel two years ago, when she was inspired to create a women’s activewear line specializing in performance leg and arm warmers that would work for those serious about their workouts.  

The idea behind it?  Teaching yoga & running around the city in cold weather required seriously warm layers; her cropped yoga pants left her shins bare and the wool or acrylic legwarmers of the past just weren’t up to the task.  Lisa thought that if she had this problem, others must too and wanted to find a solution. So, she designed nicepipes – leg & arm warmers made from the same, awesome, sweat-wicking fabric as yoga pants so that she could have the option of wearing them before, during, and after class.  As soon as she wore her pipes around the studios her students and fellow instructors wanted their own pair of pipes…and so a business was born. Continue reading to learn more about Lisa and her love for yoga!

NMF: Has fitness always been a major part of your life or was there a catalyst/point in your life when you made it more of a focus and priority? 

Lisa Binderow (LB): Growing up, I was always into sports and gymnastics, though it definitely fell off majorly in the college years.  I took my first yoga class at 22 and the practice really resonated with me.  Throughout my 20s I became more and more dedicated to yoga, especially after I lost my dad to cancer.  I ended up doing over 500 hours of yoga teacher training and have taught yoga and barre at the YogaWorks studios in NY.   Today I am almost 6 months pregnant so there is a lot of stretching, breathing, and definitely brisk walks on nice days to get my heart rate up! 

Nicepipes Apparel

Nicepipes Apparel

NMF: What are a few of your go-to healthy snacks/drinks that help keep you on the straight and narrow?
LB: Apple with sunflower seed butter, I'm addicted.  I am allergic to nuts so I have to avoid the almond and peanut butters, but sunflower seed butter is so delicious.  Also if I know I need to get more veggies in that day I always reach for a green juice or smoothie from the Juice Press.  The Rainforest with extra spinach and ginger is my fav!

NMF: How do you train your mind and stay motivated? 
LB: I am diligent about stretching every morning for 10 mins, meditating for 10 mins, and then stretching every night before I go to sleep.  Just squeezing 5-10 mins of breathing and stretching into start and end your day can do wonders for your energy, sleep quality, and peace of mind.  


NMF: How do you change your body?  What are your fitness favorites?
LB: SLT! I really think their workout can change your body, especially if you do it mindfully.  It made a huge difference in my glutes and hamstrings which have always been a weak spot for me.  It's a tough class but I love it.

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Booty Burn with Brooke Burke-Charvet

 

Last month I had the opportunity to workout with Brooke Burke-Charvet and learn more about her Booty Burn workout. Poise hosted a pelvic health event infusing Brooke's signature moves. The workout helps to strengthen the pelvic floor and focused on the often overlooked portion of the abdominals. 

Brooke Burke-Charvet and Nadia Murdock Fit

Brooke Burke-Charvet and Nadia Murdock Fit

This fitness event was the first one since giving birth to my son. It felt good to move my body again and be able to push myself. 

So many women suffer from Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) the event shared the best options for a women's lifestyle and body.  The event highlighted the following:

Practice Posture: Poor posture can lead to weak abdominal muscles, which in turn weaken your pelvic floor muscles. Next time you find yourself slouching in front of a computer, practice what your mother always told you and sit up straight!
Squat, but with precaution: Make sure your legs are shoulder width apart and when squatting, watch your form. Make sure your knees don’t go over your toes and that you contract your pelvic muscles during the squat.
Kegels: Practice every squeeze of the pelvic muscles (for up to 10 seconds), then release and relax for the count of ten. Try to do this at least twice a day.

Such an eye opening experience!

For more information on Brooke's workout click here!

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Posted on February 6, 2017 and filed under AskNadia, Fitness, Fitness Lifestyle, Healthy, Lifestyle, Tips, Trainer, TYMCYB, Workout.

Big Game Workout

Why not switch things up today and squeeze in a workout during the Super Bowl! I am all about giving your lifestyle a healthy makeover whenever and wherever you can! NYHRC shared the perfect Big Game Workout to do with friends. It's worth a try, you will feel less guilty and sluggish when the game is over!

BIG GAME WORKOUT

Repeat each exercise 10 times for 15 minutes

Line Shuffles (Lateral Shuffles)

  • Take an athletic stance and keep your core tight.
  • Roll slightly onto the balls of your feet.
  • Laterally shuffle across the floor twice, dropping your hips and touching your outside foot with your inside arm.
  • Repeat in opposite direction, moving fast and getting as low as you possibly can.
  • To modify, instead of touching your foot, touch the outside of your knee.

Red Zone Sprints (A Skips)

  • Start by getting hyped (bounce up and down on the balls of your feet).
  • Run in place, bringing your knees into your chest. Make sure you’re skipping while running.

Touchdowns (Single Arm Planks)

  • Start in a standing position.
  • Take one hand and place it on the floor.
  • Kick out your legs so that you’re in single arm plank position.
  • Extend the arm that’s not on the floor and pull it back in towards body.
  • Jump back up to standing position.
  • Repeat, alternating arms.
  • To modify, step back one leg at a time instead of kicking both legs back simultaneously.

Thank you, JayD Dantzler, for this amazing workout! Jay is a Group Fitness Instructor and creator of GridIron Power at New York Health & Racquet Club. 

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Posted on February 5, 2017 and filed under Fitness, Fitness Lifestyle, Healthy, Lifestyle, Tips, TYMCYB, Workout.

The Perfect Snack for Super Bowl...Guilt Free!

Looking for the perfect snack on game night this weekend?  Ips Chips are packed with nutrition, a healthy alternative to your traditional everyday snack and will keep you energized while you cheer on your favorite team! Did I mention it's guilt free? 

If you are attending a Super Bowl party this weekend it can be hard to avoid the temptation that surrounds you. This is why I like to offer to bring something knowing there will be at least one healthy option for me to nosh on. 

Most people can agree that the best part of football season is the socializing with fellow football lovers and the yummy food usually associated with a football party.  It can be easy to lose track of what you’re munching on while chatting with friends and keeping an eye on the score. Ips Chips helps with making smarter decisions without depriving your taste buds! 

Most health food lovers are told by others that healthy snacks have no taste, well that is not the case with Ips! Their snacks are gluten free and come in four flavors making it easy for even the potato chip lover to dip into a bag of this yummy snack.

NMFIT and other fitness professionals are loving Ips not just for it's taste but nutrional value too!

Celebrity trainer and fitness and nutrition expert Michelle Lovitt swears by Ips Chips and Ips Pop as THE ultimate post-workout snack. She says:

Ips Chips and Ips Pop are amazing post-workout recovery snacks because they are easy to eat, taste amazing, have 6 grams of protein per serving that is rapidly absorbed by the body because it is not a solid protein, like chicken, steak or turkey, and does not need to be broken down before the body can absorb it. Ips uses whey protein which is the most rapidly absorbed protein by the body. This helps lower cortisol levels and immediately begins muscle repair. Carbohydrates are needed in conjunction with protein enabling your body to restore muscle glycogen that was depleted while you worked out. If your post workout meal doesn’t contain carbs, your body may actually instead break down muscle tissue for this same purpose.

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