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Fitness Tip: CharityMiles Makes Every Step You Take Count

Need a little extra motivation to get out the door and workout? Charity Miles is an app that donates to the charity of your choice based on how many steps you take.  Users choose whether they’re going for a run, walk, or bike ride, and then choose one of several partner charities. The free app automatically calculates how far they travel. CharityMiles donates $0.25 for every walking or running mile and $0.10 for every mile biked. If you know that you’re helping others simply by exercising, it’ll add that boost of energey you need to take just a few more steps everyday. Check it out: Fitness Tip: CharityMiles Makes Every Step You Take Count was originally published on LOVESURF LIFE Share this page with a friend:

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How to Find The Right BPM for Your Perfect Running Playlist

Running to music can really boost your performance, but how do you choose the right playlist for your runs? The answer is in the music’s BPM, or beats per minute. This chart helps you find the right BPM to look for in a song depending on how you run. To find the ideal BPM for your running mix, run2rhythm, a site that sells running mixes, advises you perform this test: 1. Run for 15 minutes at a pace you are comfortable with 2. If you are starting out this will be slower than if you are a conditioned runner. 3. During that run count your steps for 1 minute. Do this several times to get an average. 4. Then, refer to the chart below to determine the BPM you should choose. Once you know the BPM you should be running to, you can find the right music and create the ultimate playlist to help you maintain a steady rhythm for your runs. You could also switch up the BPM playlists if you want a more intense run (166 BPM, for example) or an easier jog (150 BPM). What to Wear: SHOP ALL RUNNING APPAREL ON LOVESURF.COM Source: Lifehacker.com How to Find The Right …

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Fitness Tip: Running Shoe Lacing Techniques

When most runners purchase their running shoes from a specialty running store they are usually already cross-laced and ready to go. Or are they? Did you know there are different ways that you can lace your shoes to make them more comfortable or to help customize your shoes for your feet? Here are some of the more common shoe lacing patterns that help combat some common shoe issues.  First, let’s cover the LOOP LACING LOCK. This technique can be used in a number of different lacing patterns to insure a tight and snug fit anywhere along the eye row of your shoe, depending on where your laces seem to be slipping. In this example, the loop lacing lock is at the top of the shoe. The shoe was cross-laced as usual to the top of the shoe. To accomplish the loop lacing lock, put each lace end back into the same hole it just exited, leaving a small loop on each side. Then thread each loose end through the loop on the opposite side of the shoe. Pull tight to make loops smaller. Then tie shoe as usual. PROBLEM: High Instep Near the toe of the shoe, start lacing with the cross-lacing technique. Once …

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Fitness Playlist: 3 Miles in 30 Minutes

Taking a long run is great for clearing your mind, but sometimes you just don’t have an hour to spare. For cranking out three miles in 30 minutes, all the songs on this playlist are 150 BPM — the perfect tempo for you to hit a 10-minute mile. No need to skip songs or search for something else. Just warm up, plug in, and get moving. “Children” — Delta Spirit “Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely)” — Pink “Chariot” — Gavin DeGraw “Harder to Breathe” — Maroon 5 “Laundry Room” — The Avett Brothers “The Way We Get By” — Spoon “Teddy Picker” — Arctic Monkeys “Science of Fear” — The Temper Trap Tell us your favorite music to run to in the comments! x LOVESURF Fitness Playlist: 3 Miles in 30 Minutes was originally published on LOVESURF BLOG Share this page with a friend:

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Fitness Tip: 5 Stretches that will Make You a Faster Runner

Whether you’re a newbie runner who has just strapped on her brand-new sneakers or a seasoned, running pro, there’s always room to get a little bit faster, right? “Most people think that stretching is boring, but stretching regularly increases flexibility and range of motion, allowing for a stronger stride,” says Jen Smith, group fitness director at Equinox Fitness Club in Marina del Rey, California, who created the below routine. “It also improves circulation greatly to keep muscles warm and speeds recovery after injury.” Table Fold Find a table or ledge that is as high as the full length of your leg. Stand facing the ledge arm’s distance away, feet shoulder-width apart, hands on the ledge or table at shoulder height. Take a few steps back and bend at the waist until your spine is parallel with the floor. Be sure to stretch your hips away from the wall, lifting your lower belly in and back. Lengthen your lower back but be sure to keep the pelvis stable. Stretch the crown of your head forward holding this position for 10 breaths. If you feel after 10 breaths, you can lower your hands halfway down, carefully lower then stay there for 10 …

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Fitness Playlist: Coachella Artists

Even if you weren’t in the sea of people enjoying the artists at Coachella 2013, you can still enjoy the music while you’re working out! We came up with a list of 15 upbeat songs by the artists of this year’s Coachella music festival to keep you moving during your next workout: “Treading Water” — Alex Clare “Little Secrets” — Passion Pit “Tightrope” — Janelle Monáe “Heads Will Roll” — Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Total Fascination” — Pretty Lights “Future Sound” — Jurassic 5 “Bulletproof” — La Roux “My Number” — Foals “Down the Road” — C2C “Youth Without Youth” — Metric “Closer” — Tegan and Sara “Take Me Out” — Franz Ferdinand “Song 2” — Blur “The House That Heaven Built” — Japandroids “Dissolve Me” — Alt-J Fitness Playlist: Coachella Artists was originally published on LOVESURF BLOG Share this page with a friend:

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Fit Tip: 101 Greatest Running Tips

It can be tough to stay motivated- especially if you’re tired or the weather sucks. But we’ve got 101 reasons why you can’t quit… “Stop fighting it!” That’s what a fellow marathoner yelled at me years ago in the middle of a very windy out-and-back marathon. “Don’t fight the wind, man,” he said. “Wait until the turnaround, then pick up the pace when the wind is at your back.” The sheer simplicity of that advice! Until he mentioned it, I was dug in. Wind be damned, I was going to keep my pace or die trying. Thanks to that veteran marathoner’s advice, I did neither. I ended up running a great race. I’ve remembered his tip in every windy race and run since. That’s the thing about a great piece of advice: Like a trusted friend, it’ll always be there when you need it. Click Here for 101 more memorable tips, gleaned from running experts past and present.  From Women’s Health Magazine x LOVESURF Fit Tip: 101 Greatest Running Tips was originally published on LOVESURF BLOG Share this page with a friend:

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Fit Tip: Beach Running

Bored with the usual grind of going for a run and having that run consist of miles of flat, hard asphault or dealing with colorful characters while on a treadmill? If you’re lucky enough to live by the beach, or be visiting one soon , switch up your routine and go for a jog in the sand. Not only is the view gorgeous and the smell of the ocean way better than your typical street/gym smells, the sand offers excellent resistance. That resistance helps burn 30% more calories! Here’s some tips to get the most out of your sandy workout: Choose your equipment: You don’t need a whole lot for a run on the beach. We would choose these versitile shorts from Nike that have a matching halter top for plenty of support. Also, the shorts are made out of swimsuit material just in case you decide to take a quick dip. Go barefoot. Going without shoes allows you to use your toes to grip the ground, so it’s great for the muscles in your feet and calves. Just be careful because running on uneven surfaces can increase the risk of sprains and tendonitis, not to mention cuts and scrapes …

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