A clever and witty GritCycle statement here.

This Month

    Sorry, no posts matched your criteria.

Southern California Edit

Tis the season to be extra sparkly and shiny, and we're not just talking tinsel on your tree; the "glow", both inner and outer, is all the rage these days. Long gone are the desires for a deep, dark tan, or conversely, we've also said "goodbye" to days of chasing down the Vampire look as a hallmark of beauty. Today, both men and women alike, seek out an internal and external "glow" brought about from healthy living which includes nutritious foods, an active lifestyle, and mental + emotional balance.
Experts say the best way to achieve this "glow" is to start from the inside and work outwards; we're talking about what you're putting into your body. Eating a diet full of color {think VEGETABLES!! and fruits} will provide your insides with the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients essential to getting your skin hydrated and GLOWING! Avocados, blueberries, Salmon, Lemon, and Turmeric are all foods recommended to get your skin glowing; they are all loaded with antioxidants which fight off inflammation in your body/skin and gives you a non-puffy, tight, glowy look!
Drinking enough water will also flood your cells and keep the body hydrated and dewy {aka look like it's lit from within.} Without enough water, skin looks sallow, dry and haggard.
Believe it or not but your thoughts and the energy of the people you surround yourself with also have effects on your "glow". Studies show that happy thoughts and spending time with those that lift you up, affect how you look; people tend to rate more attractive when they are in a more positive frame of mind {can someone say "book me a bike in the Saddle Room?"}
And if you're not cutting it with the intrinsic "glow" provider you can always go with a fake-it-until-you-make-it route; these days both skincare and makeup offer up the best in healthy phosphorescence.
As always our staff was loaded with the best advice and tips on how to glow, both internally and externally; here is what they had to say:

Our Costa Mesa Instructor of the Month for August, Nicci Morris, lives by the motto, "SWEAT EVERY DAY"! You'd think that would be easy for someone who teaches indoor cycling, but for a stay-at-home mom, it's sometimes impossible to go take your favorite class when you can't find childcare.

Not a problem for our Nicci. A self-motivator like no other, Nicci is the queen of the home workout. She invited us along to so see just how easy, efficient, and convenient working out at home can be.

With two young, active, girls on the go, Harper and Finley, Nicci's schedule is always up in the air. She's often running to the beach, the pool, the OC fair, or hanging at the playground; she's never sure when she'll get a free moment to sweat, so when there IS a lull in the household, Nicci snags it; pops on her sneakers and grabs a home workout.

There's just no beating the convenience of home: all your clothes are already there, food, water, and the best: your OWN shower afterward.

Nicci's main "studio" is her garage. She has decked it out with everything she needs to get the job done; including her own personal "spotter" who provides encouragement and popsicle breaks.

"I get my playlists ready for the week ahead and jam out to them every time I work out.  I love to start out with running on the treadmill while cuing my songs for spin!  My neighbors think I’m nuts but it helps with my teaching!  I'll incorporate some TRX, floor exercises, free weights, medicine balls,  squats +lunges, and then  I might add HIIT training." 

What matters most to Nicci is being with her family. Working out in her garage allows her to both "sweat every day" and not miss a moment with the ones that are most important to her.

It's this tenacity and passion that make her such a Saddle Room favorite.