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Get in Shape for Bikini Season! March 30 2016, 0 Comments

I don’t know about you, but these first warm days of spring have me dreaming of the beach and the pool! But who is ready to put on that bathing suit and head out? Not me! After months of eating comfort food (read: Christmas cookies and Valentine’s Day chocolate) and wearing bulky sweaters, the thought of bearing a little skin can be somewhat intimidating. Luckily, the warmer weather makes it easier to get outside and get moving!

I know exercise is important year round. It not only helps our bodies burn calories, but according to this information from the Mayo Clinic, it can also help prevent a wide range of health problems, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, depression and arthritis. And a fun little bonus, exercise can improve your sex life! For women it helps enhance arousal, while men who exercise regularly are less likely to have problems with erectile dysfunction.

As important as it is, it can be hard to exercise in the winter, where you’re more limited by weather and forced to work out indoors, whether it’s at the gym or with a video at home. That’s what’s so great about spring! Just in time for us to get ready for bathing suit season, the weather warms up and we can do our favorite activities outside. Here are a few suggestions to get you moving:

Take a walk. This one’s easy, and one of my favorites. There’s nothing I like better after a long, stressful day at work than coming home, lacing up my favorite athletic shoes, and walking around the neighborhood. It’s a great way to get some fresh air. It helps if you have a walking buddy. Ask a friend to join you, or take your dog if you have one.

Sign up for a 5K. There’s nothing like the goal of a looming race to get you moving. If you’ve always wanted to run, or just want something to help you be more active, go ahead and sign up for that race, and then get yourself out on the track. There are 5Ks all over the place, many of them use the money from your registration fees to support very worthy causes. One I love is the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which supports breast cancer research. There are a lot of these races scheduled for April and May, perfect timing if you start training now. Check out the Couch to 5K for a great training regimen.

Ride a Bike. Remember that feeling of exhilaration you had as a kid, riding your bike through the neighborhood, with the wind rushing through your hair? Riding a bike can be just as much fun as an adult! Check out Bicycling.com for great advice on getting the right gear and getting started, safely.

All of these suggestions are outdoors, because I love the beautiful spring weather! But there are plenty of ways to get active inside, especially for those of you who suffer from spring allergies. Sign up for a Zumba class, join the local Y and start swimming or look for a karate class for adults, where you can get in shape and learn a little self-defense at the same time!

The whole point is to get active for a healthier you. And we all know that feeling good is a huge part of feeling sexy! Here’s to a great active spring season for everyone!

 


Breast Cancer Awareness: A Great Reason to Think Pink! October 08 2015, 0 Comments

I used to associate October with colors such as orange, red and yellow. Those are the colors of the leaves on the trees around where I live in beautiful North Carolina, the colors of the pumpkins and squash that fill up the bins at the farmer’s markets, and the colors of the hot apple cider that I love to drink once the weather turns cooler.

But thanks to the great work of all the organizations involved in researching breast cancer, working to find a cure, and educating women on the importance of screenings and early detection, I now associate October with pink! I love to walk through the stores and see pink everywhere.  From Wilson tennis balls  to Yoplait Yogurt, pink is everywhere. You can find many more great products on the Shop Pink site of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

And don’t get so busy shopping that you forget to take care of yourself. Make sure you schedule your mammogram. The American Cancer Society recommends a yearly mammogram for all women over 40 (and younger if there is a history of breast cancer in your family or other risk factors).

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women, behind skin cancer, and also the second leading cause of cancer-related death. But death rates due to breast cancer have been declining since 1989, and today the chance that breast cancer will be responsible for a woman’s death is only about 1 in 36. This is due in large part to early detection through proper screening, as well as advances in treatments and therapies.

We can thank organizations like the American Cancer Society, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the National Breast Cancer Foundation for working hard to increase awareness and raise money for continued research.

Yes, Go Free Pants make you feel sexy. But remember, one of the best ways to feel sexy is to stay healthy!


Embracing Pink Season October 07 2014, 0 Comments

I used to associate fall with subdued colors like maroon, navy blue and Army green. But these days, the color for October is pink! You see it everywhere, from Wilson tennis balls to lids on Yoplait yogurt. And of course, everyone is wearing pink. The great thing is, it’s all for a good cause! Over the years, millions of dollars have been raised through projects like those Yogurt lids and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure to help fund breast cancer research. And organizations like the American Cancer Society are raising awareness of the disease, giving people the information they need to live healthier lives and help prevent breast cancer, as well as emphasizing the importance of regular screening.

We here at Go Free Pants are all about women’s health. After all, feeling healthy is the first step in looking and feeling sexy. So in honor of breast cancer awareness month, we are doing our part to help raise awareness. Schedule your yearly mammogram. If you haven’t already, make that appointment. Every woman over 40 should have a mammogram every year, and women under 40 should schedule a yearly mammogram if they are at high risk for developing breast cancer.

I know, it’s not the most fun you’ll have in your life. But early detection saves lives. And mammograms are still the best tool available for screening for breast cancer. While breast cancer remains the second leading cancer cause of death in women (behind lung cancer), the death rate has been declining since 1989, in part to improved screening, awareness and treatment.

So pull that pink shirt out of your closet. After all, pink goes great with any pants in our Go Free Pants Collection. And don’t be afraid to talk about breast cancer with all of the great women in your life. Just opening up the topic could end up saving lives.