A Good Night’s Sleep

 

 

About 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep problems. Although not always serious, left untreated, lack of sleep can cause an array of problems for daytime function, and lead to other health issues. Physiologically, when it comes to our fitness goals, not getting enough sleep can interfere with performance and even sabotage our weight loss… regardless of whether we are exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet.

Sleep has become one of the buzziest wellness topics, amplified over the past year by the inordinate amount of stress and anxiety the pandemic has caused. More than ever, people are not sleeping well. There is even a name for it, “Coronasomnia”. Here, at the start of Sleep Awareness Week we turned to our resident health and wellness expert, Sarah Wragge, for some answers and solutions to the sleep conundrum facing so many of us.

STYLE OF SPORT: I feel like I could not be talking to you at a better time as you just had a baby a few weeks ago and are the mother of a 4-year old as well!

SARAH WRAGGE: (Laughing)… You could definitely say I’m sleep deprived!

SOS: I know you’re usually on top of your sleep game, so let’s talk about this phenomenon of sleep deprivation and how it’s affecting so many of us. Read More

 

Tread and True

 

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It’s a sneaker flashback! No matter the season, no matter the trends…

you can’t go wrong with these tried and true canvas classics!

 
LEFT COLUMN: PRO-KEDS ROYAL LO $59.95; VANS AUTHENTIC CORE CLASSICS $49.95; PF FLYERS CENTER LO $54.95; SUPERGA 2750 COTU CLASSIC $65

RIGHT COLUMN: CONVERSE JACK PURCELL $65; TRETORN NYLITE PLUS $65; REEBOK CLUB C COAST $60; CONVERSE CHUCK TAYLOR ALL-STAR $50

 

Power Brews

 

 

With the popularity of intermittent fasting, a nutritional tool that can help your body burn fat, that first cup of coffee is often the break-fast meal. For those who prefer training in the morning, while in a fasting state, fueling their workouts can be a challenge. Many athletes and fitness enthusiasts have conditioned their bodies to use fat for energy — as opposed to carbs which were once the norm — and have turned their morning brew into nutritional, fat-burning fuel.

Bulletproof coffee was one of the first fat-packed recipes to gain popularity: essentially black coffee with a scoop of grass-fed butter or ghee, and MCT or coconut oil. The added fat slows down caffeine absorption for more sustained energy. The theory is by adding fat to a cup of black coffee, you can transform it into an energy-boosting, brain-fueling, fat-burning meal. Grass-fed butter or ghee adds high-quality fats and essential nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids; fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K; and antioxidants. MCT Oil, which is derived from coconut oil, is said to help to increase energy levels, improve cognitive performance, regulate blood sugar, and boost fat burning. Bulletproof manufactures its own MCT oil called Brain Octane FuelRead More

 

Everyday At The Ballet

 

 

Ballet style takes center stage for spring from fashion and athleisure brands alike. Shades of pink and black, wraps and ties, body hugging and loose fit, everyday ballet blends elegance and functionality. Leotards, wrap sweaters, ballet flats, and other staples in the dancer’s kit, have long been a favorite with designers who have reimagined these pieces with their own fashion spin. Perfect for training, lounging, or out and about, here are a few of our favorites, along with some “inspired by” fitness pieces too!

STYLES ABOVE CAN BE FOUND AT FREE PEOPLE, CAPEZIO, BANDIER.

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COLUMN 1 FROM LEFT: BALA BANGLES 1 LB. WEIGHTS $49; LIVE THE PROCESS CRESCENT BODY SUIT $220; ADIDAS X9000L4 RUNNING SHOES now $104; COLUMN 2: TROPIC OF C MOVEMENT MUSE TOP now $79; EBERJEY GISELE SLOUCHY SET $135; COLUMN 3: SPLITS59 ZOEY COTTON TERRY HOODIE now $74; REEBOK X VICTORIA BECKHAM STRETCH SHORTS $90; PRISM2 MINDFUL STRETCH JERSEY CROPPED TOP $59; SKIN CASHMERE BALLET FLAT SLIPPERS $98; NIKE TEMPO LUXE RUN DIVISION SHORTS $58.97; COLUMN 4: PRADA BOW LEATHER BALLET FLATS $557; GUCCI SCOOP NECK CASHMERE BLEND BODYSUIT $1300; KORAL FAVOR INFINITY TIE SPORTS BRA $80; ADIDAS BY STELLA MCCARTNEY YOGA MAT $60

 

Knocking Down The Fences

 

A.J. ANDREWS

Happy International Women’s Day! On this annual celebration of women’s achievements, A.J. Andrews is the perfect athlete to highlight as a true barrier breaking woman. This Pro softball phenom made history in 2016 as the first woman to win the prestigious Rawlings Gold Glove Award. Given to the best defenders on the field, for 59 years it had only been awarded to MLB players until A.J. snagged the trophy… similar to one her infamous diving catches

An outfielder for the National Pro Fastpitch’s Akron Racers, A.J. has always been at the forefront of her sport, known for a fearlessness that no obstacle — fences or even the broken hand she played with for an entire season — can stop. The PBS film Knocking Down The Fences, gives an inside look at what drives this remarkable athlete. In it she declares, “If you hit a ball in the outfield, and it’s anywhere in my vicinity, I’m going to make sure it ends up in my glove.”
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Your SOS Guide to the 3 Covid-19 Vaccinations

 

 
Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine was just cleared for emergency use by the FDA, bringing the total to three vaccines, alongside Moderna and Pfizer BioNTech, that are now available in the US. Though the numbers might appear as if it is less effective, this Johnson & Johnson vaccine might be the one that many of us have been waiting for. Thus far we have not been given a choice between the two available vaccines and it is unclear whether that will continue to be the case with three in the mix. Dr. Anthony Fauci and the CDC all agree the best vaccine is the one available to you.

We turned to Dr. Richard Firshein of the Firshein Medical Center to guide us through the three vaccines. Dr. Firshein is one of the leading authorities and practitioners of integrative medicine, and our go-to expert for the most cutting edge medical news and information.

What are the basic differences between the three vaccines?

The three vaccines really fall into two categories: Pfizer and Moderna in one category, and Johnson & Johnson in the other. There are basic differences between the two categories. Pfizer and Moderna require 2 doses and subzero refrigeration for storage, while Johnson & Johnson requires just 1 dose and can be stored at temperatures similar to any other vaccine. Those two differences in themselves make the Johnson & Johnson vaccine far easier to distribute and get into people’s arms… the primary goal of all three. Read More

 
 

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