Happy Weekend

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Dang, this week flew! We’re not complaining, but with lots of busy weekends for both of us, it seems like April came and went in a moment! Christa is headed to Boston on Friday night for a Father John Misty concert and then taking part as a model in the Trashion Fashion show in Hartford on Sat (eek, so nervous!), and Reg and her ladies are poppin’ up to Portland, Maine to explore and eat, eat, eat!

Any fun plans for your gorgeous weekend? xo


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Sweet Beats // January 2015

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This winter has been doing some work on me in terms of my health. I’ve been trying to stick with that resolution to exercise regularly, but it seems like every time I get into a rhythm my body chooses to shut down and get the flu… and then I faint on a train. Did that actually happen? Yes. Luckily I didn’t fully lose consciousness, a kind samaritan gave me his seat, and I was already on my way to the doctor. So it was pretty much a best-case-scenario.

Anyways, this playlist will hopefully help us all out with the fitness routine, granted we’re all in good health! I’ve found these songs to have a pretty solid beat that’s ideal for zoning out to. You can get a good run on with Lion Babe, Blacroc is perfect for strength training, and stretching feels amazing while zoning out to M.I.A. Get out there and kill it, ladies.

Click here for the link on Spotify.

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treat me like fire // lion babe

jump hi // lion babe feat. childish gambino

seasons (waiting on you) // future islands

eyes be closed // washed out

ain’t nothing like you [hoochie coo] // blackroc

talk is cheap // chet faker

fineshrine // purity ring

pretty girls // little dragon

sugah daddy // d’angelo

stolen dance // milky chance

step to my girl // souls of mischief

space // m.i.a.

 

Image via Bouffants And Broken Hearts

 

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Run it Out

We’re in the midst of getting our run on this summer (something we’re very excited about actually happening this year), and although we’re sort of new to this, we wish someone had broken it down a bit for us when we started! Here are G&M’s personal tips for starting to get into running!

1 // Cute & Comfy Gear

I hate to say it, but working out with cute clothes is just so much more motivating, amiright? It’s at least the first step for getting the courage to get out there, and it might be a tad superficial – but damn does it work. This goes for comfort as well. If you’re starting a new routine, get some new shoes that will accommodate for it! This can lead to being much more successful in your stride and keeping your joints safe. A_Piece_of_Toast_Athleta_140530-613715621823_afc041ccaf_b

 

2 // Have a Goal

We’ve been finding it much easier to keep with a routine if we have a specific race in mind. A couple of years back we did the Color Me Rad race together and loved every second of it. This weekend Reg is doing her first 10K, and in August Christa will be doing the 5K Lobster Loop in our home town. Having that single race in the back of your mind will keep you going for months.

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3 // Find your Groove

Whether it’s running with a friend, finding an app, or listening to Reg’s bomb-ass playlists, the best way to work out is a way that makes you happy. If you’re trudging along, just trying to get some more miles in, maybe long-distance running ain’t yo thang. You may be more comfortable with sprints or intervals, which make the time go by much faster! And vice versa, distance running can be a really meditative experience if you let it be.

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4 // Listen to your Body

Sometimes you’ve just had a long day, the weather is hot and sticky, and your front door knob just fell off (this happens to Reg all of the time). Pushing yourself on a day like this can sometimes be brutal. You can fatigue easily, get lightheaded, etc. Make sure to know when your body has simply had enough, and be done with it — hey, at least you got yourself out there in the first place. You can push your limits on another day when you’re feeling more motivated.

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5 // Eating Right, Hydrate & Stretch

This is so important for the longevity of your routine. You ain’t gonna break those goals with a belly full of chips, cotton mouth and tight hamstrings — it’s science. So prior to setting to the pavement, be sure to drink several glasses of water throughout the day, as well as your daily dose of fruits and veggies. Post run, be sure it stretch it out. Some of our faves are pigeon pose for the hips, the classic hurdler stretch for hamstrings and calves, and either a standing or kneeling quad stretch. Running also has a tendency to deteriorate muscle, so while you’re on the ground stretching, you might as well bang out some bicycle crunches and pushups.

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Sweet Beats // May 2014

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So I don’t know about you guys, but I become a completely different person once things start warming up and I can go outside without a wool item of clothing. It’s like a gear totally switches in my head and all I want to do is frolic and sing. One result of this gear switching is a (semi) regular fitness routine. I’ve mentioned before that I’ve started training for a 10K, and let me tell you, it is a process. I’ve always been much more of a yoga and strength training kind of girl, and cardio sort of makes me feel like I’m dying. It’s only been about a month, but I’ve definitely been making some endurance progress.

I could never do any of this without a solid playlist to keep me going. While I like to have a lot of your usual upbeat songs, I sort of need a little variety in tempo to keep me interested. I can only handle so much loud bass pounding in my ears before I rip my the earbuds out because I feel it mocking my agony. So here is a little playlist to keep you motivated, it has some highs and lows that hopefully you find equally enjoyable!

*PS. I would usually put them in a more fluid order, but Spotify won’t let me do it on my phone – my apologies!

01. shot // alice smith

02. cut it out // kitten

03. g# // kitten

04. all eyes on you // st. lucia

05. the seed (2.0) // the roots

06. waterfalls // tlc

07. wildfire // sbtrkt feat. little dragon

08. queen bitch // david bowie

09. xo // beyonce

10. modern love // david bowie

11. age of consent // new order

12. genesis // grimes

13. over your shoulder // chromeo

14. baby i’m yours // breakbot feat. irfane

15. take me over // cut copy

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