A former college athlete (some 12 years ago) and current fitness level go together like contestants on The Bachelor and wedding vows. In other words: they don’t. This is why the fitness portion of The Blonde Side was created – fitness is not something I’m extremely “good” at, nor do I feel particularly jazzed each and every day to wake up at the butt crack of dawn and go for a 5-mile run with sweat dripping down my fake cleavage. But I do it anyways.
There’s something about a chick who writes a sport’s column that people automatically assume she (as in me) is physically fit with tight abs and glutes you want to stare at all day. So here’s my shot at allowing you to keep me motivated.
Our first-ever fitness-related event took place Sunday at RYDE and we had a blast! Check out our FB photos, courtesy of Sunshine Winters Photography. We had 30 Houston women join us for a fun sweat-sesh in River Oaks – some first-time riders (who did amazing!), some veteran riders, and even a friend WHO JUST HAD A BABY FOUR WEEKS AGO (I won’t mention your name Brittney). Before I thank our sponsors and ask for your input on upcoming events, I wanted to share with you something that RYDE does that I think is amazing. Before signing...read more
Houston, get ready for The Blonde Side’s first fitness-related event. We will teaming up with the great folks at RYDE (spinning studio) on February 21st for Sunday Funday Reinvented (sadly, football is over for the season). When: Sunday, February 21st – starts 2:15p (class is promptly at 2:30) – 4:00p (includes fun girl time, prizes, snacks, demos, etc.) Cost: $25/person Who: Ladies only – first-time spinners and experts welcome, must be 18+ Sign up: HERE Interested in sponsoring our event or donating product to our...read more
Everyone has that one “thing” they spend too much money on or trying to keep up with the latest trends. For some it’s purses or shoes, but for me – it’s active apparel and workout wear, since that’s pretty much the only thing you ever see me in. (Seriously, my online dating profile clearly warns men that I’m always in yoga pants.) On a recent visit to Austin for the X Games, I was introduced to FitFit, which is a line of unique, bold active apparel. And of course I fell in love. Not just with the...read more
I am a stressed out individual, but odds are we probably have that in common. We are multi-taskers, go-getters, hustlers and our brains have literally become human computers we never turn off. Last month I interviewed Houston Texan Duane Brown and his wife Devi. The interview was about their home (see the story here) and I expected to learn about the exotic interior decorator they used and stuff like that, but I was pleasantly surprised to learn about their morning rituals of meditating together. Meditation has always way too spiritual...read more
I am so excited to announce that for the FOURTH straight year, I’ve been selected as a Women’s Health Action Hero. The race series (10k), is a lot of fun and not competitive, so if you’re a casual walker or a novice runner, don’t sweat it! The race series is really cool – aside from getting cool swag (like a limited edition FEED bag), each and every signup will provide TEN meals to hungry kids right here in our own neighborhoods. – You’ll get our 2015 limited-edition FEED bag! (the one all the celebs carry...read more
July 1st is right around the corner and it marks the kick off to the Degree Get Moving Challenge with Women’s Health and Men’s Health. Although bikini season is already upon us (yikes?), who doesn’t need a six-week fitness challenge to keep us going? Chris Powell, Celebrity Trainer and Transformation Pro will be leading the challenges. You can enter the challenge (it’s free) either as a bonus form of motivation or if you’re hardcore like me, for a chance to be named the Ultimate Challenger and WIN a...read more
As runners we often approach our grueling sport with a one-track mind. Most runners have been told that incorporating yoga into their running regime can yield extreme benefits. Muscles that profit from a yoga practice include hamstrings, hip flexors, quads, abdominals, IT band, glutes, lower back, and even your feet. You could say the benefits are innumerable. But how to bring yoga into your running routine if you’re new to the practice? Here are some common questions runners have when it comes to incorporating yoga into their weekly...read more
“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” – Bill Copeland It seems like just yesterday we were clinking champagne glasses and setting a slew of semi-unattainable New Year’s resolutions—most of which have probably fallen by the wayside. Oops. But fear not: You aren’t alone. According to a study from the University of Scranton, only eight percent of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions. We’ve all had that feeling of looking back...read more
The Blonde Side is proud to announce we recently snagged a by-line over at Wanderlust talking about the most common questions runners have (like myself) when it comes to yoga. As runners we often approach our grueling sport with a one-track mind. Most runners have been told that incorporating yoga into their running regime can yield extreme benefits. Muscles that profit from a yoga practice include hamstrings, hip flexors, quads, abdominals, IT band, glutes, lower back, and even your feet. You could say the benefits are innumerable. But how...read more
With the New Year comes the obvious resolutions – things you plan to do all year (yeah right!) that benefit you in many ways. Health-related resolutions are usually at the top of most people’s list, as they should be. I recently saw this 30-day Challenge on The Every Girl to encourage people to drink more water (8 eight ounce glasses a day) and it’s something I want to pass along. The Every Girl challenges talks about all the advantages of water – hydrating your skin (your body is 60% water), it keeps you fuller and...read more