Meet Kathy, a full-time working mom of two (on her own!) who is on a quest to get fit with Wello and lose 40 pounds. Kathy intends to prove that even with a hectic schedule, it IS possible to lose weight and get in shape with the right attitude, a healthy diet and exercise!
So, in between loads of laundry and changing the oil on the lawn mower, Kathy will be sharing her Wello journey. Check in weekly to learn about her progress, setbacks, and how she’s managing her Superwoman schedule!
I’m about to begin my journey with Wello. I have a vision of what my skinnier, more toned self may look like, and I’m hoping my trainer, Herve, can help guide my way! I’m a full-time working mom of two, on my own, with an insanely stretched schedule. In between running to catch the school bus, going to work, rushing home to shuttle kids to activities, mowing the lawn and cleaning the house (or at least frantically hiding unfolded laundry in the closets before company arrives), I want to lose 40 pounds.
This is a guest post by Chris Freytag, a nationally recognized health and wellness expert.
Heart rate monitors are popular workout accessories. While not necessary for everyone, it is a great tool for those who:
A) need to stay in a specific heart rate zone due to a medical condition …
B) are competitive athletes and use it for effective zone training …
C) are fitness enthusiasts who thrive on and are motivated by feedback …
It’s an exciting day here at Wello – we are announcing our integration with our favorite lifestyle tracker, UP by Jawbone™!
From now on, all of your Wello workouts can be integrated with your UP app – seamlessly, and automatically.
If you’ve heard of UP®, you’re probably already hooked – like all of us here at Wello HQ! And if not, here is a bit about this amazing tool: Continue reading
We loved Wello trainer Natalie Garay‘s post last week on Pilates & Pregnancy, so we asked her to write a second post on how she rebuilt after giving birth!
Let me share with you my love affair with The Pilates Method and how I will forever be indebted to its superb powers. I adore Pilates and it’s changed my life.
I started taking Pilates classes while I was pregnant with my twin daughters. A dear friend of mine was certifying as an instructor and introduced me to it. When I was entering my 7th month of pregnancy with the twins, I was admitted into the hospital because I was having preterm contractions. Contractions I wasn’t even aware of. So, here I was, three months to go in my pregnancy and I couldn’t even leave my bed to use the bathroom.
This article was originally featured in The Examiner.
Call me biased, but there’s not a whole lot that a woman isn’t capable of doing. Give her a task and she can probably do it standing on one leg, while holding her baby and eating her breakfast, all the while holding a conversation on the phone speaking a second language.
I am pretty in awe of female strength because 1.) I’ve endured a lot, learned a lot and I’m still standing tall and 2.) Many women have endured so much more and survived – and not just survived, but thrived and kicked butt coming out on the other side.
It’s important to infuse a little color in your life, especially when it comes to your food. Nevertheless, while color can indicate essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, color can also indicate carcinogens, lab-made chemicals and the development of hyperactive behaviors in children. Artificial dyes—like Red 40, Yellow 5 or Blue 1—comprise the dangerous diet color wheel and are made from petroleum products. But why do companies use dyes in the first place? Well because color gives food visual interest and acts as a ‘nourishing’ camouflage. In other words, food corporations in the US add artificial coloring to naturally colorful foods that lose their hues when exposed to light and/or to foods to hide that they are rotten or unclean. Take that brand-name orange juice you drink, for example: around 2 billion Florida oranges are pumped with synthetic dyes in order to give the consumer the familiar orange juice that she knows and loves.
Lovely. So no more orange juice, right? Well, not exactly. Fresh squeezed orange juice and other purely colorful foods are chalk full of nourishing micro and macronutrients. Check out the nutrition benefits of each natural hue:
Well hello there, Sun! We haven’t seen you in a while.
I don’t know about you, but when I look in the mirror, my skin looks a little bit on the pasty side after months of winter hibernation—I’m talking Edward Cullen style. Now Spring Break is upon us and the world expects us to be tanning chameleons, changing colors from vampire white to werewolf bronze overnight. But extreme tanning outside baking in the sun or inside baking in a tanning bed are detrimental to your health. UV radiation can cause wrinkles, sunburns and even cancer. Even running outside without protection can cause skin damage if you are not careful. Protect your most beautiful organ—your skin—with these tips:
Not to say that we don’t owe a big thank you to the Black-Eyed Peas for getting it started, to Rihanna for not stopping the music and to Salt-n-Pepa for pushing it, but we would like some new (or new-old) song suggestions for our workouts please! On a mission to compile some musical insight, some of the Wello crew answer the questions:
(A) When does music get you the most pumped during your workout?
(B) What are 3 of your favorite songs to work out to?
(C) What was one song from your childhood that would always made you want to get up and dance?
(D) If you could pick any musical artist to serenade you while you exercise, who would it be and why?
In honor of the launch of Wello’s new platform offering Group Workouts, it is important to quote pop culture’s music masterminds. LMFAO’s lyric “I work ouuut” is quite catchy but Wello thinks the new tune should be “We work ouuut!” Come on, those guys are not doing the wiggle dance by themselves out there—they are having a blast dancing together! In fact, current research suggests that exercising with one or more people will help you (and them) to reap major health benefits by being more social, burning more calories, feeling happier, getting stronger and building endurance, and increasing much-needed fitness motivation. Check it out below:
Pheromones. Those little odorless chemicals that other people can detect by special receptors in their noses. Pheromones, especially oxytocin and other hormones found in sweat, are also commonly known as “love hormones” because they are responsible for social bonding, decreasing stress and increasing others’ perception of one’s attractiveness. Valentine’s Day may be over, but learn why and how exercise will keep the romance going by pumping up your pheromone levels.