Getting Your Groove On
I recently switched up my Monday workout routine to include a bit of swag and I’m loving every minute of it. Now -I don’t dread working out – I’m pretty lucky in that regard – but there are some days where I’m just not feeling it. There’s nothing worse than suffering through a workout… except maybe not doing one at all and that is why, ladies and gents, I’m excited to say I’ve found my solution.
I know this isn’t for everyone and trust me, I had to swallow my pride a bit especially considering my group workout class is front and center at the gym where pretty much all my friends work out… but it’s a blast. My point with this post is twofold. You have to let go of your pride. Just breathe it in and exhale it out, all the way out. Second of all, you have to find what you like. That might be running or spinning or walking but it might also be something you don’t know how to do already. It might be pole dancing or a certain kind of yoga or pilates or jazzercise or, in my case, hip hop.
Get your groove on kids – for we work out in order to leave healthy lives. No one said we weren’t allowed to have fun doing it.
Gearing up for Half Marathon Distance
Post by Vitalyte Brand Ambassador Mike Gutterman
It’s been a busy couple of weeks gearing back up to half marathon distance. Lots of running, crosstraining with bootcamp, yoga…oh and of course the entire family of Vitalyte products. Electrolyte replacements (all flavors) have been essential during bootcamp and hot yoga. The tri-phase pre-workout endurance fuel, chia surges, and the complete recovery post workout fuel have been staples of longer runs (10 plus miles); especially with speed work. I continue to rely on all of these products as integral pieces of my training.
Meet Vitalyte’s Latest Brand Ambassador: Karl Rittger
Karl Rittger is from Hunterdon County, New Jersey where he was voted most athletic for 4 years in high school where he wrestled, played football and lacrosse. He attended Brown University in Providence Rhode Island where he received a Bachelor of Science in Geology/Physics – Mathematics. At Brown he wrestled Division I and his senior year he was a NCAA qualifier. After Brown, Karl moved to Vail, Colorado where he lived the ski bum life. He skied over 100 days a year before moving to Santa Barbara where he earned his Masters and PhD in Environmental Science and Management studying snow hydrology. Currently he works at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.
With his free time Karl mountain bikes, rock climbs, and snowboards/skies both inbounds and in the back country. He has recently started racing mountain bikes. Karl enjoys both sport climbing and traditional climbing but his favorite is multi pitch traditional climbing. Skiing provides both a recreational activity for Karl as well as allowing him to do field work related to his job.
For climbing Karl always throws a few Vitalyte raspberry chia surges in his pack along with a few peanut butter chocolate chia bars. He’s been known to pass them out to bonking climbers. Before racing Karl fuels up mandarin orange tri-phase endurance while sipping on natural lemonade electrolyte replacement during the race.
Brand Ambassador Takes Second at the Over the Hump Series!
Brand Ambassador Karl competed in the final race at Irvine Lake for the Over the Hump series and finished second!
Check out his pre race regimen:
Jumping on the Gluten Free Band Wagon
By Nicole Fletcher
Gluten free eh? Isn’t that the buzz word of this decade? I’ve talked at length about this seemingly fad diet with the one and only CEO of Vitalyte Evan Demarco and we decided to embark on this, what people call ‘lifestyle’ to see what all the fuss is about.
As a female without a God given lightning speed metabolism, I’ve always minded my p’s and q’s in the food department. If I eat too many fries, skip the gym for a few days, or don’t get enough sleep, I feel less than great – to put that in a nice way- so, naturally, I try to avoid doing those aforementioned things. Of course as we all know, that’s not always realistic. Life’s life and sometimes you just want a piece of pizza or a burrito or God forbid both in one day. Guess what? You’re allowed. Life and eating to me is all about moderation but even more than that, food is fuel. Think about that for a minute. You consume the food you need for your body to function. Kind of a wild concept right? Goodness gracious – it shouldn’t be.
I used to be a little more intense about the whole food thing than I am now. I went from eating more carbs than my body really needed eat to eating none. And I mean none. This mind you, was before the term gluten came into existence but the concept was similar so bare with me. I ate vegetables, minimal protein, basically no sugar and bread? Forget it. It wasn’t fun – I gotta be honest with you and it probably wasn’t the healthiest thing I’ve ever done. Did I lose weight? Of course I did. When you cut out everything from pizza and fries to salad dressing and sandwiches, in favor of steamed carrots and cottage cheese, of course your body is going to compensate and change.
That diet though, was not sustainable and I soon went back to my normal eating ways. Now, I’m happy to say I generally dabble right around moderation. I rarely eat white flour, always opt for brown rice or quinoa, dabble in sprouted grains and don’t even mind plain balsamic vinegar on salad… though I’m absolutely not anti a good dressing. When I don’t have carbs for a few days I will say, I feel pretty good but there are few things like the short term wonderment of a homemade pizza.
Anyway, lifestyle eating habits aside, Evan and I have decided to embark on this journey together and I for one am excited. We live in different cities so we’re going to share recipes and I’m excited to get out of my ‘I’m eating the same thing every week’ rut in favor of some cool new gluten dishes. I’m not expecting we’re going to get all crazy gluten free on you but know we’ll report our honest opinions about how we feel, what we’re eating, the whole shebang.
Wish us luck!