04/20/16

Benefits of Foam Rolling

If you work out regularly, but have never used a foam roller, you are definitely missing out! There are so many benefits to incorporating this technique into your workout routine, that you will wonder why you had never tried it before! Foam rolling regularly can improve your hamstring flexibility and balance, decrease exercise fatigue, and reduce your likelihood of being sore in the first place. I always make sure to foam roll after every workout, especially after leg day! If I am feeling extra tight in the morning, I will do it while I am catching up on the news and drinking my coffee… of course this depends on the mood of my child 🙂 I used to be flexible in my dancing days but of course that has decreased over time. I have found foam rolling to be SO helpful in this process.

If you have seen people foam rolling and wondered what the heck they were doing, keep reading. I used to think the same thing until I actually got one and now I cant go a day without it.

What is foam rolling?

Foam rolling is a technique that involves slowly rolling a foam cylinder along many parts of the body including leg muscles, back and glutes in order to help break down muscle fiber. These exercises can be completed before or after exercise, to enhance your workout.

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Helps release muscle knots  if you work out regularly, it is quite easy for a build up of lactic acid, or connective tissue to create muscle knots. Foam Rolling can help to break up this tissue to prevent knots.

Increased blood flow – to your muscles, which improves delivery of oxygen during your workout.

Stress relief – Foam rolling helps you release tension in your muscles and joints. This is a great way to de-stress after a hectic day!

Improves flexibility – stretches that can be performed with a foam roller can help to lengthen the muscles, improving flexibility.

Helps prevent injury – as we become regular exercisers, it can be easy for the muscles to become tighter and tighter. This runs the risk of injury as tight muscles are more prone to injury.

Helps ease muscle pain – if you already have very tight muscles, you may be experiencing pain when performing some exercises. Foam rolling will help to break up the tissue, and help relax the muscles.

Extends your range of movement – if your range of movement has been limited due to your level of flexibility, foam rolling is a great way to help overcome this by gradually improving flexibility.

It can help to reduce cellulite – Improved blood flow can also help with the removal of toxins from your muscles, meaning that foam rolling may help to reduce the appearance of cellulite. YAAAAAHHHSSSSS!!!!!! 🙂

Even professional athletes foam roll mainly to avoid injury. Their muscles are being worked 3-4 hours at a time so keeping their muscles lose is important.

I have linked some of the top foam rollers below:

Implus Trigger Point - Grid Foam Roller 1 unit

Trigger Point Foam Roller

STOTT PILATES 15'' Massage Point Foam Roller - Dick's Sporting Goods

Massage Point Foam Roller

Restore Deep Tissue Roller

Deep Tissue Roller

All Deep Tissue Foam Roller   – I own this one! 🙂

Have you tried foam rolling? What are some other techniques/devices you currently use?

Brittany 🙂

Brittany
11/24/15

Black Friday Deals and Steals

If you are anything like me then you are super psycho about Black Friday! I am that person that once Thanksgiving lunch/dinner is over, I am putting on my sweats, brewing up some coffee and gathering up my coupons. Yes, I do agree stores have been a little crazy opening so much earlier on Thanksgiving Day than normal but I spend the entire weekend with family. Being such a short week anyway, I am with a 3 year old most of my time so I am ready to get out of the house by then. Usually me and my mom are out the door by 5-6pm ready to tackle the crowds but with a toddler following you everywhere, we have started going around 7-8pm. The real crazies are usually cleared out by then anyway 🙂 I have done my annual Black Friday research for the best deals and have given you all the details. We usually try to hit up most of these stores for their great deals but sometimes there just isnt enough coffee to keep your eyes and body running 🙂

kohls

Kohl’s will be opening on Thanksgiving Day at 6pm for in store shopping or online started Monday Nov. 23rd. I believe they are going to stay open all night and the doorbusters are valid through Friday at 1pm. They will be offering Kohl’s cash- $15 for every $50 spent through November 29th!

Kohls Savings:

  • Earn $15 Kohl’s Cash when you spend $50 (after % off discounts)
  • Most of the deals are available online before the sale starts in stores, but a select few are in store only deals.
  • Free Shipping when you spend $50 (no code needed!)
  • Use Code NOV15 to save 15%

Click Here for Kohls Black Friday Deals

target

Target will be opening on Thanksgiving Day at 6pm. Advertised Target sale prices begin 6 pm on Thursday, November 26 and are valid through November 28, 2015 while supplies last.

FRIDAY ONLY: Spend $75 or more on Friday, November 27 and get 20% off one shopping trip between December 4-13.

SATURDAY ONLY: Save $50 off a Holiday Shop purchase of $100 or more(includes trees, lights, ornaments, stockings, gift wrap; excludes candy, snacks and electronics). Text MERRY to TARGET or use promo code MERRY online.

  • Target will offer an instant 10% off on certain toys just for creating a wish-list in a Target Kids app.
  • Targets “10 Days of Deals” officially kicked off 11/22
  • Fitbit Charge HR will be $119 on Friday only

Click Here for Target Black Friday Deals

best buy

Best Buy will be opening at 5pm of Thanksgiving Day.

Best Buy Savings:

  • Best Buy will remain open until 1AM and re-open again at 8AM on Black Friday.
  • You can also shop online all day on Thursday with free shipping.
  • There are a couple in-store only deals that you won’t be able to get online.
  • Watch for new doorbusters that will be revealed on Thanksgiving Day only online!

Click Here for Best Buy Black Friday Deals

For the kiddos:

toys r us

Toys R Us will be opening at 5pm on Thanksgiving Day. Doorbuster deals going on 5pm – Midnight on 11/26.

  • Online deals start at 9pm on Wednesday with FREE shipping on orders $19 or more
  • Free economy shipping on all Baby gear
  • Use Rewards R’ Us card to earn $5 for every 125 points earned
  • BOGO 80% off of Skylanders SuperChargers
  • $14.99 (50% off) Paw Patrol Rescue Training
  • Price Medical Kits, and more Fisher Price Thomas toys at 50% off
  • $29.99 (40% off) Disney Junior Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile
  • Movies will be BOGO for $1
  • Video Games 2 for $25 Sale

Click Here for Toys R Us Black Friday Deals

michaels

Michaels will be opening at 4pm on Thanksgiving Day.

THURSDAY:

  • Stores will open 4PM – 2AM (Note: sale prices will be reflected online at 4AM Thursday morning).
  • Coupon available from ad: 30% off Entire Purchase, including Sale Items (Coupon valid all day & online too)

FRIDAY:

  • Stores will open 7AM – 10PM
  • FREE GIFT CARD – The first 21 customers at every store will receive a gift card valued at $5, and 1 lucky person will receive a $20 gift card. Must be 18 or older. No purchase necessary.
  • Coupons available based on HOURS
  • 7AM – Noon – 30% off Entire Purchase, including Sale Items
  • Noon – 10PM – 40% off all Regular Priced Purchases

Click Here for Michaels Black Friday Deals

old navy

Old Navy Stores open on Thanksgiving Day at 4PM local time. Store hours do vary, so be sure to check your local store for additional open and close information.

  • Black Friday Weekend the entire store will be 50% off! Good Thursday & Friday, in-stores only
  • Be one of the first 50 shoppers at your Old Navy store and you’ll be entered for a chance to win 1,000,000
  • Early Bird deals going on now online, 30% off your purchase, 40% off $100 or more purchase
  • FREE shipping on orders $25 or more

Click Here for Old Navy Black Friday Deals

macys

Macy’s stores will be opening at 6pm Thanksgiving Day.

  • Shop online all day Wednesday for early bird specials
  • 60% off women’s clothing
  • 70% off bed and bath products
  • FREE glitter tote bag with any $95 fragrance
  • Extra 20$ off online now with promo code FEAST

Click Here for Macy’s Black Friday Deals

forever 21

Most Forever 21 locations will be opening at midnight on Black Friday! Check your local Forever 21 store locations for store hours.

Forever 21 Black Friday Deals

  • Forever 21 will be offering up to 50% off outerwear and sweaters + free shipping on all purchases over $30, ends 11/26!
  • Forever 21 is participating in a *Black Friday Mystery Card Giveaway! On Friday, November 27th, be one of the first people in line at Forever 21 stores nationwide and receive a mystery card valued up to $100!
  • Black Friday deals are starting at $3 online and in stores.
  • Certain items up to 50% off

Click Here for Forever 21 Black Friday Deals

amazon

Skip the lines and shop Amazon Black Friday deals from anywhere, even your couch. Starting Thanksgiving Day, Amazon’s “Lightning Deals” will be published between 3 p.m. PT and 11 p.m. PST until Wednesday, December 9. Additionally, Amazon will publish 10 “Deals of the Day” at midnight on Thanksgiving, and another 10 at midnight on Black Friday.

  • Amazon Fire TV will be $75
  • A mystery 60-inch 4K TV will list at $799
  • Kindle Paperwhite will go for an easy $99
  • 50 inch HDTV for a rock bottom $150, that’s app only
  • If you dont prefer the Amazon app, the company lets you sign up for mobile alerts to find out when new “lightning” specials are offered
  • Instead of publishing the deals across its site, Amazon is instead opting to roll out the deals on a schedule.

Click Here for Amazon’s Black Friday Deals

Happy Shopping Friends!!!!

Brittany 🙂

Brittany