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Alignment Socks now Available!

Foot alignment socks
Foot alignment socks

Available in gray in the L + L Boutique.

We are so excited to add the “My Happy Feet” Foot Alignment Socks to the Long + Lean Boutique!!  These socks are the answer to all of your foot pain and alignment issues and will help everyone prevent future issues.

We spend most of our time every day in shoes that are too narrow for our toes. On top of that, common misalignments, like shifting your weight forward of your hips, can put more stress on your toes than is supposed to be there (has your Pilates teacher said ‘back your hips up’ to you lately!?) Because of this, and the under use of the intrinsic muscles of our feet, many people suffer from bunions, poor circulation, hammer toes, and chronic foot pain. Believe it or not, bunions and other foot alignment issues are not inevitable, even if they “run” in your family. There are steps you can take to prevent and alleviate these issues, and Foot Alignment Socks are at the top of the list.

Wanna check out the health of your feet and toes?  Take your shoes and socks off and see if you can separate your toes. Seems easy, right? But for most of us, its actually quite difficult! Wearing Foot Alignment Socks while lounging around at home or sleeping will help stretch the tight muscles around the toes and restore your ability to move your toes and wake up the under used muscles in your foot.

Here are the many benefits of using Foot Alignment Socks:

  • Improved circulation
  • Correct alignment of the toes
  • Foot pain alleviation
  • Prevention of bunions and hammer toes
  • Plantar fasciitis relief
  • Better use of the muscles in the foot
  • Minimization of foot cramps

The socks are available in small, medium, and large in the Long + Lean boutique for $19.95. Give them a try; they are a perfect compliment to the alignment and flexibility work you do in Pilates!

 

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Wellness Resolutions for 2017

‘Tis the season for goals! It may be a cliché, but we think the start of the new year really is a great time to assess how you feel, what successes you’ve had over the past 12 months, and what progress you’d like to make in the future. Giving yourself a moment to set your goals and priorities for the year is, in and of itself, a great way to increase mindfulness, decrease stress, and set yourself up for success.  Try setting both long term and short term goals, and consider reassessing your goals every week or month. You are allowed to be flexible, you are allowed to delay a goal, restart completely, or even decide that one of your resolutions is just all wrong for you.  Remember to consider your wellness and happiness, not just your waistline, to set yourself up for a happy 2017. Read more

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Homework Series: Calf Stretch

If you take classes at our studio, you know we are obsessed with the Calf Stretch.  But we don’t just want you to do it at the studio, we want you to do your Calf Stretch every day, even multiple times a day! The reason this stretch is a L + L favorite, and so important for you to do often, is because of how much our daily lives can lead to shortened muscles in the lower leg. High heels are a main culprit for shortened, tight calf muscles but take a look at your shoes, even if they aren’t “high heels” there’s a pretty good chance there is at least a small elevation at the heel. Even a small lift at the heel means you are constantly standing and walking with a shortened calf muscle. Sitting also shortens the calf muscles, and there’s a pretty good chance you spend a lot of time sitting in a chair throughout your day, right? Pair sitting with shoes with elevated heels, and you’re pretty much guaranteed to have tight, shortened calf muscles. Read more

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Jenn’s 5 Fav Healthy Lifestyle Tips

Long + Lean Pilates instructor JennStart the Day off Right
I like to start the day off with a smoothie filled with spinach, banana, frozen fruit and green tea matcha powder for an early morning boost. If I have time, I’ll normally make a piece of toast with avocado and two poached eggs.

Prioritize Exercise
Exercise is very important to me, which is why I went for my bachelors in Exercise Science and minored in Health and Wellness. Even though Pilates is my core, I also love to spice up my exercise routine from time to time. I absoutly love the outdoors, whenever I can I try to do any kind of activity outside to get the blood pumping and a dose of vitamin D. With winter upon us I try to get to the gym 3-4x a week or a few sessions a week of Pilates Jumpboard for cardio!

Stretch Every Day
Stretching helps increase range of motion, prevent injuries and overall keeps the muscles and joints of the body happy and healthy. In today’s world everyone is so busy that it’s hard to commit to stretching everyday. However, it really only takes 5-7 minutes to stretch all the major muscles of the body. I normally stretch when I first wake up or before I go to bed at night, in order to awaken or prepare my body for the day.

Enjoy Every Moment
In my mind there’s no point going through life without enjoying moments and indulging in cravings from time to time. Cheat days and red wine with dinner are what keep my health kicks going and my mind motivated!

Take Time to be Mindful
I take a few minutes before I fall asleep each night to be mindful of my actions of the day, make a note of what I’m thankful for and just take a minute to connect with my inner thoughts. This helps with stress levels, helps me fall asleep faster and just to be a better person when I wake up.

Long + Lean Pilates instructor Jenn

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Hayley’s 5 Fav Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle

Hayley, owner of Long + Lean PilatesWe all know life gets busy and it can be hard to maintain the healthy habits that keep our bodies and minds happy and well.  Here on our blog we’re going to share with you each Long + Lean instructor’s favorite tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, even when our worlds are spinning out of control! Today, owner Hayley shares the healthy lifestyle habits that she sticks to no matter what!

 

Lots of Variety

I need variety in my life. Luckily for me, variety keeps my body healthy, too.  I try to be adventurous in the grocery store, choosing a different fruit or vegetable that I don’t usually buy to add to my diet each trip. I always have apples and bananas on hand, but adding pomegranate seeds one week, persimmons the next, and staying open to new vegetables in salads and stir-frys, ensures that my body gets tons of different nutrients all the time. I also try to switch it up with my workouts.  Pilates is my foundation, but I like to try something different whenever I get a chance. From Yoga and hiking to dance classes and weight training, I give my body lots of different movement options!

 

Embrace Balance

Balance is my key to happiness and sanity. I find pleasure in green juice, and nachos. In 3 hours of Netflix, and a 3 hour hike. We can’t all be perfect pictures of health, and I personally don’t think we should try.  I believe in living life to the fullest, even if it means skipping a workout every once in a while or putting off paperwork for a day. We all work so hard, so make sure to give yourself plenty of time to do the things that make you deliriously happy to balance out all the tough stuff.

 

Never Skimp on Sleep

Don’t mess with a good night’s rest! I have learned the hard way that I do not function properly with less than 7 hours of sleep, so I refuse to compromise on getting the rest I need.  It’s my non-negotiable, absolute must have for staying healthy and well enough to be my best each day.

 

Walk Everyday

We are conditioned to live in a sedentary routine that can be super hard to break from, especially in a place with notoriously miserable weather. But humans are meant to walk. Our joint and bone health depend on us walking. Walking allows me to stretch and strengthen my whole body, breathe in fresh air, and let my mind wander without any buzzing distractions (buh-bye television). It’s exercise, injury prevention, and meditation all wrapped up in one very enjoyable experience. Even if I only have time for a brisk walk around the block, I get some walking in each and every day.

 

Feel Good to Look Good

The key to looking good does not live in your make-up bag.  The truth is, if you feel your best on the inside, you’ll look your best on the outside.  My best beauty plan is to get lots of sleep, keep my diet full of raw foods, stay hydrated, consume lots of healthy fats (I love you, avocados) and move as much as I can all day. And when that fails…mascara and lip gloss. 😉

 

Stay tuned for Jenn’s tips next week!