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  • TheraSport Gym Guide

    Not everything is black and white, but this fitness gear is! Here is your go-to guide for all your gym attire needs to help you meet your goals.

    Workout Basics

    It is important to stretch before working out, so make sure to bring your Yoga mat! This helps to reduce the risk of injury. Foam rollers are a great way to stretch out muscles and work out kinks. Yoga is a great way to warm up and get in the zone. Most gyms offer fitness classes, including cycling, Yoga, Pilates, Kickboxing and more. Check with your local gym to get involved. If you have the time, stretch afterwards, especially if you have gained a lot of muscle or aren't as flexible.

    The only thing that's more important than stretching is staying hydrated. When you sweat you lose electrolytes. This can lead to dehydration or low sodium in the blood. Try to drink about 8-12 fluid ounces of water 10-15 minutes before you exercise and about 3-8 fluid ounces during your workout. This varies by person. Dehydration can take a toll on your performance, but it is also important to remember that you can overhydrate too, so make sure to drink what you feel comfortable with. There are lots of water bottles that filter tap water or are marked so you know how much you need to drink. Find the right one for you and don't forget to bring it with you!

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    Compression Socks

    First and foremost, compression socks are your must-have item for working out. The new TheraSport Athletic Recovery Sock provides 15-20mmHg graduated compression to improve circulation, which results in a shorter recovery time. Compression socks also help to prevent leg fatigue and blood clots. The TheraSport Athletic Performance Performance Sock provides 20-30mmHg and is perfect to wear while exercising. These soft, moisture-wicking socks help to keep your legs energized even during the toughest workouts.

    Comfortable Shoes

    You need comfortable shoes that support your feet without rubbing or pinching. You're not going to be able to give it your all if you're focused on shoes that hurt your feet. Thanks to Runner's World, you can take a quiz to find the best pair of running shoes for you. Runner's World gives you a whole list of shoes based on your preferences and even shows you where you can get them.

    Motivation

    Make a playlist of your favorite "dance like no one's looking" songs and get a pair of headphones that won't get in your way while exercising. Ideally, wireless or noise-canceling headphones are great for the gym, but it is all up to personal preference.

    If you're the competitive type, try out a Soleus Go Fitness Band to track your fitness goals, distance, average pace/speed, calories burned, step counter, sleep pattern and more. It even lets you set up alerts to keep you organized and updated.

    Support

    Whether you're looking for something to shape or slim, Solidea has you covered. The Silver Wave Anti-Cellulite Capri reduces cellulite and slims your thighs, hips, butt and tummy. Micro Massage 3D fabric stimulates circulation to reduce cellulite and water retention. These capris are made with a breathable, antimicrobial fabric, which is perfect to wear while exercising.

    Post-Workout

    Everyone has their own post-workout routines, but the things that most gym-lovers swear by are using foam rollers to stretch muscles, break up knots and improve flexibility. Make sure to slow down and give your body a rest before heading home to cool down. Taking the time to cool down (and wearing compression socks!) helps to prevent blood from pooling in the veins. Lastly, try to eat or drink something with lots of protein after you exercise to help speed up recovery.

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  • Stylebook: Rock n Roll Marathon – Look 7

    Rock n Roll DC Marathon

    Hey runners! Don’t forget to sign up for the Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon . Whether you are running the 4th Annual Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon, the half marathon or taking on the 5K, RnRDC is not something you’re going to want to miss! With live music, cheerleaders and prizes to win, what’s not to love?

    Get Involved

    If you are planning on running, don’t forget to sign up ASAP. Online registration ends March 8, so make sure you register soon!! Want to sweeten the deal? There will be cash prizes for the marathon (1st - 3rd place) and half marathon (1st - 5th place). Additionally, a performance bonus will be granted to all participants based on time, regardless of place. All participants finishing the marathon under 2:18:00 (men) or 2:43:00 (women) will receive $1,000. Yes, you read that right, so run fast!!! If you are competing in the half marathon, men must beat a time of 1:05:00 and women must finish under 1:15:00 to be paid $500 regardless of their place. Check out the CEP section below for some great running tips.

    Are you interested in running for charity? Join a charity training program to help raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Project HOPE and more. If you have a charity in mind that is not listed, you can even fill out an application to run for a charity of your choice.

    Like all major events, volunteers are the key to success. If you want to help out behind the scenes as part of the Race Crew or as a Medical Volunteer, you can sign up here. With thousands of runners participating, every volunteer makes a difference!

    Entertainment

    If you’re not big on running, there’s something to do for everyone. Between the live music on the course and the double platinum Better Than Ezra band headlining, you’ll be rockin’ your way to the finish line. This band has been featured on Desperate Housewives and Taylor Swift even played a cover to their song “Breathless!”

    If you are a high school cheerleader or you're on the dance team, get involved in the Spirit on the Course Competition to cheer on runners every step of the way. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three cheer teams!

    Pictures will be taken of all participants. If you want to see yours, all you have to do is enter your last name to check out your pictures and order them! That being said, make sure you look and feel your best. Check out my style below to see my must-have items for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Run Marathon.

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    The CEP Advantage

    CEP is one of the official sponsors of RnRDC for a reason! If you want to get that cash bonus (which is solely based on your time), don’t forget your compression socks! With over 60 years of research and development experience, you will fall in love with how great these CEP socks make you feel. Grab a pair of compression socks or calf sleeves to run longer, train harder and recover faster than ever before. CEP is proven to increase performance by 5% and prevent injuries like shin splints, calf cramps, Achilles issues, pulled muscles and more. Impress your friends, family and especially yourself when you beat your best time crossing that finish line in style. Plus, you’re going to need an extra push when you get a look at the course map!

    Not enough hours in the day? Train day or night with CEP Progressive Night Socks for men and women. These socks will give you all the energy you need after a long day and will help you to be more visible in the dark with the built-in reflectors. Features 20-30mmHg of graduated compression to increase circulation and is made with a hydrophile finish that effectively wicks moisture away from the skin to keep you dry and cool. The Night Socks are also available in a calf style for men and women as well.

    CEP Men's Recovery Socks are great for those days you pushed yourself just a little too hard. These socks decrease muscle soreness be reducing lactic acid in the lower leg. Throw on a pair after a long run or tough workout and get back out there in no time so you never waste a day of training. Click here for Women’s Recovery Socks.

    If you have a lucky pair of shoes that are a bit worn but you can’t run without, don’t worry about them rubbing your compression socks the wrong way. Try a pair of CEP calf sleeves to wear with any type of shoe. These sleeves are made with silver ions that are antibacterial and odor-reducing, making them perfect for triathletes and runners. Available for men and women in a variety of colors.

    The Look

    Chaser "Rock n Roll Flag" – Hoodie

    Marshall Minor Earbud Headphones

    Freestyle Unisex Cadence Workout Watch

    Ramones Rock 'N' Roll Bracelet

    Puma Gym Actv Power Short Tight

    Nike Studio Trainer Women’s Gym Shoes

    Love Rock N' Roll iPhone Case

    CEP Women's Progressive+ Run Socks 2.0

    Follow us on Facebook or Twitter and show us how you’re preparing for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon! #RNRDC

    Thanks for reading. Happy running! :)

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  • Stylebook: Girl on the Go - Look 6

    Looking and feeling your best when you travel is essential. During the cold months, if your destination isn't all that warm and sunny, then throw on your favorite boots and leather jacket. Going on vacation or taking a trip for work is fun and exciting, so make sure to dress the part. After all, you never know who you might run into!

    The first and most important travel tip to follow is to plan ahead! Make sure you check the weather ahead of time to bring the right clothes and shoes. Always pack extras of your essential items, like socks! Just remember not to go overboard or you might find yourself paying extra to get your overly-packed suitcase on the plane. Do some research about where you are going to plan out where you want to go, places to eat and so on. Take out some extra money just in case something goes missing or you see something that you just can't live without. Remember to be friendly and don't shy away from asking questions. If you take a cab, ask the driver what their favorite hangouts are or what restaurant they would suggest for dinner. Try to be open to new experiences because you may never get the opportunity again. Last but not least, don't forget a camera!! Even if you're not super thrilled about your destination, you never know when you'll catch a breathtaking sunset.

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    Whether you are hopping on a plane or sitting in a dreadfully long car ride, make sure you bring a pair of compression socks! When you sit or stand for a long time, your legs start to ache and cramp. When you wear a pair of compression socks that provide 15-20mmHg of gradient compression, it helps to improve circulation, energize your legs, prevent swelling and reduce fatigue. The featured socks are made by Sockwell and are available in four different colors. Wear them to work, while traveling or at the gym. They are antibacterial, blister-proof and have a seamless toe closure to prevent irritation while skiing, hiking or during other sports. These soft socks are made out of Superfine Merino Wool, which provides natural thermoregulation and moisture management. These socks are durable and great for exercise, making them even more comfortable for everyday use. Now you can travel in comfort and style with Sockwell.

    No matter what outfit you wear, you can find what you need to keep your legs energized. Choose from compression leggings, tights, thigh highs or socks in a variety of colors and patterns to stay comfortable where ever your travels may take you.

     

    The Look:

    J Brand Indigo Skinny Jeans

    Frye Elain Vintage Backpack

    Tawny Brown Cashmere Beanie

    TRUE RELIGION Biker Leather Jacket

    Fossil Lizard-Embossed Passport Case

    Timberland Women's Earthkeepers Double Strap Boots

    Sockwell Women's On The Spot Compression Sock 15-20mmHg

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  • Stylebook: Gym Glam - Look 5

    Ladies, now is the time to get back in the gym and kick butt! With summer just around the corner, it's never too early to start toning. First things first - clean up your diet. You can run for miles and miles, but if you sit in front of the T.V. mindlessly eating afterward, you're not going to see much of a difference. Eating foods like avocados, nuts, berries and low-carb string cheese are great snacks that take the edge off without packing on the pounds. When you are consuming the right foods, your body has more energy and you are more likely to make it to the gym.

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    When you're starting out, think about what your goals are. Weight loss, toning, strengthening your muscles or training for competitions, etc. It is extremely important to be realistic about what you can achieve in the given time period, so you don't get discouraged. Designate how many times a week you want to go to the gym and try and stick to it. Don't beat yourself up if you can't make it one day, just make up for it another day or do some exercises from home. No matter what pace you take getting back in shape, you are always further ahead than the people on the couch.

    Need some motivation to get started? Get yourself some cute gym clothes! What better way to look and feel your best than with a great gym wardrobe? The most essential item to have is a pair of compression socks or sleeves. Grab a pair of Sigvaris Compression Calf Sleeves to enhance performance and to prevent injuries like shin splints and leg cramps. Most important? Wearing compression sleeves or socks after a workout speeds up your recovery time so you can get back out there in no time. Featuring 20-30mmHg of graduated compression from the ankle to the knee, these sleeves increase circulation and improve blood flow. They are perfect for working out, training for marathons or triathlons, and also for running long distances. Compression sleeves and socks are vital to keeping your legs healthy and energized, especially when you are first starting out.

    It is important to work in cardio and weight lifting each week. There should be a balance between the two based on how often and how long you work out and for. If you only go a couple of times a week, you should consider doing a total body workout each time. This is where you hit all of your muscle groups in one session, and if you have time, add in about 20 minutes of cardio after. If you plan on going 3-5 times a week or more, you should try dedicating each day to targeting specific muscle groups. For example, spend one day focusing just on your legs, and another only doing back and tricep exercises to work the muscles more thoroughly. If you want to tone your body, the best way to do so is through resistance training. Grab a pair of resistance bands and try some of these exercises.

    Check out these customized workouts by Women's Health Magazine that are based on your specific body type. Make sure you listen to your body. Try keeping a food and exercise log to see your progress. This helps to catch patterns that may be preventing you from reaching your goals faster. No matter what kind of exercise you do, the most important part is that you're out there trying. Don't give up!! Remember, the real workout begins when you're so tired that you want to quit. Mention us on Twitter at @brightlifego and show us your progress!

    The Look:

    Chanel Weights

    Facial Gym Cleanser

    Pink Resistance Bands

    Under Armour Logo Hoodie

    Jordan Dominate Gym Sack Bag

    New Balance Women's Gym Shoes

    adidas by Stella McCartney Yoga Mat

    Sigvaris Compression Calf Sleeve 20-30mmHg

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  • Stylebook: Valentine's Day - Look 4

    Valentine’s Day Look

    For a show-stopping Valentine's day outfit, wear a cute red dress with a classy pair of ankle strap heels. You can even go all out with red nails and red lipstick to really spice up your look. Stay warm with a taupe coat and compression tights. The compression pantyhose shown below feature light graduated compression to keep your legs energized all night so you can dance all night, in your heels. Remember, no Valentine's date is complete without chocolate and flowers!! Lastly, don't forget to wear your favorite compression tights so your heels don't get the best of you ;)

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    The Look:

    Classic Monogram Saint Laurent Clutch in Black Crocodile

    Dressystar Short Strapless Chiffon Party Dress

    MiuMiu Suede Sandals With Embellished Heel

    Henri Bendel Debutante 48” Pearl Necklace

    Ted Baker Zip Front Cape Coat in Taupe

    Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette

    NARS Jungle Red Semi Matte Lipstick

    Bling Jewelry Samba Rose Studs

    Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer

    Compression Pantyhose

  • Stylebook: Floral Dress - Look 3

    Spring Wardrobe

    It’s time to start breaking out those summer dresses ladies! Floral prints are back in action. Choose neutral colors during the spring and try to avoid "beachy" dresses that are harder to pull off in the colder months without looking out of place. To polish off your look, start adding in some summer-inspired accessories like these golden flower earrings to make your spring look pop. But until it starts to feel like summer, you might want to keep rocking the tights. Grab a pair of compression tights to avoid having tired legs by the end of the day. They are perfect for wearing day or night. The soft microfiber fabric keeps your legs warm in the winter and cool in the summer, making these tights the perfect go-to item for any season.

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    The Look:

    Burberry Trench Collection Round Frame Sunglasses

    Marc by Marc Jacobs Jerrie Rose Stud Earrings

    Forever 21 Floral Print Skater Dress

    Obey The Scarab Necklace in Gold

    Salvatore Ferragamo Tote

    Compression Tights

  • Stylebook: Little Black Dress - Look 2

    The Classic Little Black Dress

    You know that go-to little black dress you love? Luckily it never goes out of style. Update it with new accessories and a splash of color. Grab your favorite pair of compression tights so you can dance until the sun comes up. These Sigvaris opaque thigh highs are soft, sexy and stylish. Shown in espresso, but comes in a variety of colors. The light compression helps to reduce muscle fatigue so your legs feel energized all day or night. Lastly, Never be afraid to add some flare. After all, diamonds never go out of style ;) If you're tired of letting your heels get the best of you, shop compression tights.

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    The Look:

    Allurez Ladies Bezel Set Round Diamond Tennis Bracelet

    Express Diamond Shaped Stone Cluster Post Earrings

    Vero Moda Peplum Tube Short Dress

    Michael Kors Callie Embossed Clutch

    Bling Jewelry Diamond Lavish Gems

    Sigvaris Soft Opaque Thigh Highs

    Chanel Black No. 5 Perfume

  • Stylebook: Sweater Dresses - Look 1

    Sweater Dresses

    Sweater dresses are the perfect way to look cute when you’re short on time. Grab a cute dress, some leggings and your favorite pair of heels and go. Choose a plaid pattern to really stand out. Pair with edgy jewelry and complimentary purse to complete the look.  Just remember to make sure you wear compression leggings so you can still strut your stuff by the end of the day! The Rejuva compression leggings (shown below) help to keep your legs energized all day long by decreasing muscle fatigue and speeding up recovery time. They also flatten and tone those troublesome areas while improving circulation in your legs. Wear them to the gym or when you go out to always look and feel your best. Made of 44% Nylon 39% Microfiber (Nylon) 17% Lycra, and designed in California.

    The Look:

    Sara Designs Leather & Crystal Wrap Watch

    Givenchy Antigona Small Leather Tote

    Chanel Multi-Strand Pearl Necklace

    Rejuva Compression Leggings

    Nly Shoes Low Heel Ankle Boot

    RAILS Nadine Shirt Dress

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