Outdoor Retailer welcomes Katie K Active to the Summer Market!

Outdoor Retailer Summer Market is committed to delivering the widest and most comprehensive outdoor buyer demographic that has open-to-buy and a passion for the outdoors. Summer Market is the largest outdoor sports show of its kind, and caters to a specialty audience. Not just technical innovations and outdoor sports apparel, Outdoor Retailer Summer Market takes pride in the outdoor conference offerings – providing education to retailers, reps and manufacturers to improve business.

 Outdoor Retailer welcomes Katie K Active to the Summer Market!

The outdoor industry comes to Summer Market to be authentic, to be a member of the community. At Summer Market, outdoor sports products and apparel manufacturers have the ability to see thousands of retailers. Your investment in time to come to Summer Market is returned tenfold. It isn’t just the time out of your store – it is about having an understanding of the significance of all the players and brands. Equipment Retailers need to be able to see in one place every brand that describes their business. Leaders are here because they know that’s where they’re going to see what’s new, where they’re going to see the trends. Trends are absolutely defined at Outdoor Retailer.

Stores from around the world are looking to Summer Market as the outdoor sports show of choice for the largest collection of innovative gear, apparel, footwear and accessories for outdoor sports products including adventure travel, backpacking, camping, hiking, climbing, mountaineering, cycling, mountain biking, fishing, fly fishing, health and fitness, military, nutrition and natural products, paddlesports, watersports, SUP, pet products, running, trail running, surf, skate, lifestyle, triathlon, multisport endurance, and our newest category yoga/Pilates. – See more at: http://www.outdoorretailer.com/summer-market/show-info/show-overview.shtml#sthash.BuHzAqT0.dpuf

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Being Fit and Healthy Doesn’t Have to be Expensive

With the invention of the Internet, we have easy access to information now more than ever before. There are tons of websites offering up free tips, workout plans and advice on how to be fit, active and healthy.

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Many bloggers make a living inspiring, motivating and educating people on the latest fitness trends and gear. However, with all this knowledge, you must be cautious in deciding who to trust and believe. Some individuals are paid to promote products and others don’t have the education or certifications to instruct others.

Don’t want to commit to a gym or monthly fee? Create a home gym. This does not mean you have to remodel a room in your house, but you can be creative. Invest in a few key exercise accessories like a jump rope, kettle bells, free weights and bands. On busy days when I still want to get a workout in, I use our porch. I will pull up a chair for step exercises, as well as for incorporating body weight exercises like dips.

There are a lot people on various social media outlets who want to motivate and inspire you. I follow a few bloggers who post workout tips, recipes and insights into how they live their healthy lifestyle. I get a lot of my home workouts from them and always love when I find new healthy meals to cook up.

YouTube is a great resource for learning how to do exercises. If I’m unsure about an exercise, I’ll look it up and watch it in action. I may view a few videos until I really understand what I’m supposed to do. If I think it’s a little too advanced or I may get hurt, I replace the exercise with something else. Searching for an “alternative exercise” is also great way to learn new ways to work out a particular muscle group.

But if you’re like a lot of people, you need to be in the gym to be motivated. Just being around other people who are working out can give you that extra push you need. I’ll see a girl lifting an impressive weight and it makes me push myself harder and up my workout. Boot camp classes and Couch to 5K programs challenge you mentally and physically. You develop a sense of camaraderie with the other members and look forward to being healthy and active together. Plus a little competition can help you push yourself harder. Being healthy and active with others not only keeps you motivated and focused, but it’s fun too.

Belonging to different gyms for different classes can become expensive. A lot of places have punch cards or allow you to drop in for the classes you want to take. Most places offer a free trial or class so you can try it out before committing to anything long-term. If you’re dying to join a gym but it seems expensive, take a look at your daily spending. Things add up quickly and maybe you can trade one habit in to pay for this one, instead. Think about how much you spend on that coffee every day or by eating lunch out instead of packing. No matter what your goals are, you have to find out what you like to do and what you will stick with.

 

This article appears in the August 2014 issue of Berks County Living

Katie K Active in coming to Fleet Feet Sports Des Moines July 31 and Aug 1, 2014!

Katie and the Katie K Active Signature Collection will be debuting Spring ’15 styles at

Fleet Feet Sports Des Moines starting Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 4:30-7:00PM

Katie K Active Signature Collection comes to Fleet Feet Sports Des Moines

Just added: Katie K Active Extended Sizes Rock! Event and Fashion Show with the Designer Thursday July 31st from 7:30-9:00 PM! Trunk show continues through Friday August 1st with special activities until 12:30PM!

 

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Guest Video: Katie K Active No Roll Fit with Emily from EMJ Pilates

Guest Video: Katie K Active No Roll Fit with Emily from EMJ Pilates

Guest Post: Katie K Active No Roll Fit with Emily from EMJ Pilates

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Tips for Beating the Heat

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Summer is in full swing, which means hot weather, sunshine and fun! The humidity and heat can make it hard to get motivated and stay on track with your fitness goals though. But the benefits of exercise (increased energy, improved immune system, better health) are year-round, so don’t let the heat ruin your active lifestyle. Beat the heat with these six tips:

  1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Be sure to drink plenty of water all day long, not just before or after your workout. You need to replenish the water you lose through sweat, and with the heat of the summer, it’s recommended that you drink more than the typical 8-10 glasses. Drink every 15 minutes or so on hot days to remain hydrated.
  2. Hit the pool. Swimming is a great way to stay cool while getting in a total body workout. Pick strokes to target and tone different muscles while you swim laps or take a water aerobics class. The water is great for doing low impact resistance moves, too.
  3. Wear Sunscreen. Though it won’t keep you cool initially, sunscreen will keep you from burning, which decreases your body’s ability to cool itself. And it helps you prevent skin cancer. Protect your skin from the sun so you can enjoy more time outdoors. Use SPF30 or higher and reapply often.
  4. Go early or late. Avoid working out in the heat of the day, which is typically between 10am and 6pm. Exercise before or after these times to minimize the stress of the heat on your body.
  5. Choose appropriate clothing. Lightweight clothing promotes ventilation. Many brands use fabrics that wick away moisture to keep you cool. Dark colors absorb heat, so think lighter color-wise, too.
  6. Listen to your body. Hot weather can decrease your energy level. You may need to modify your workout and intensity. Be aware of headaches, dizziness, blurred vision and nausea. These are signs of heat exhaustion. If you experience any of these symptoms, you need to stop your workout immediately, rest, hydrate and cool down.

In addition to these guidelines, I have adapted a few strategies of my own to get me through the sunny, hot summer. To stay hydrated with flavor, I started drinking coconut water. It’s naturally low in calories, fat and is cholesterol-free and contains more potassium than four bananas. It’s extremely hydrating, too. The sweet-yet-nutty taste is quite refreshing.

Another lifesaver for me is SPF clothing. I tend to burn easily and don’t always reapply sunscreen often enough. I’ve found that wearing clothing with SPF is an easy fix and a skin saver. More brands are incorporating SPF into their clothing so you can protect yourself while being active. The Katie K Signature line fabrics all have SPF protection in their fabrics, up to 50.

Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors and being active. Just keep in mind that the humidity and heat can affect your body and workout. Pay attention to your body and how you feel. But don’t let the hot temperatures and sunshine keep you from being active and achieving your fitness goals.


This article appears in the July 2014 issue of Berks County Living