Mountain Biking, your beauty ally / El ciclismo de montaña, tu aliado de belleza

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Mountain biking is not only an adventure, it is your beauty ally!! I’m trying more and more to include outdoor activities in my daily, healthy routine and biking has always been in my desire, and the farthest I have gone is indoor cycling. I am not very good with bikes, but I love a good challenge and I am determined to get my fitness routine to the next level, and lucky me, one of the  #alex14 sponsors  is REI (read more here) that happens to have the most amazing outdoor schools. Whether you’re an outdoor novice (hello me) or a seasonal adventurer, they have the outdoor class that’s right for you and me.

With some many outdoor classes to choose from like Climbing, Cycling, Hiking & Camping, Navigation, Outdoor Fitness, Outdoor Photography, Paddling, Snows ports and Wilderness Medicine, I got inspired to finally try mountain biking that I was so anxious, scared and excited to try. Just bring your thirst for learning and adventure, the REI Outdoor School provides everything else: professional, amazing and patient instruction, transportation and gear, just perfect for a novice like me that doesn’t even have a helmet, lol mountain_bike_class mountain_bike_outdoors_classes

  • Mountain biking can help you stay fit, loose extra pounds or maintain your current weight, you can actually burn between 10 and 16 calories a minute, or 600 to 1,000 calories per hour.
  • Over time, biking can increase muscle strength, improve cardiovascular health and help you build endurance.
  • Mountain biking also provides social and family benefits, this is an amazing activity that you can do you with families and friends and build a strong bond, I did it with my daughter and I can tell you that we are already making plans for our next class and to buy a mountain bike.
  • When you cycle, your heart rate is slowly increased at a safe and steady rate, which is an excellent workout for your cardiovascular system. It has been discovered that cycling regularly could increase your cardiovascular fitness, helping reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
  • Develop firms thighs and shaped legs with mountain bike.
  •  Works out the lower body muscles like legs, hips and buttocks, and if you stand up in the saddle, you’ll also be strengthening your arms, too, you will be sore for 3 days like me, but happy to accomplish your goal.
  • You get the chance to enjoy nature. Rei_outdoors_school

 Have you tried mountain biking or would you ever like to?

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SAMSUNG galaxy S5 Sport- Total Fitness Solution / En forma con el Samsung S5 sport

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Sprint. I received a sample device to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

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Samsung Telecommunications America in collaboration with health and fitness market leaders Under Armour and MapMyFitness have teamed up to offer mobile solutions for today’s active lifestyles through the new Samsung Galaxy S 5 Sport-total fitness solution. Ever since I started working out on my own (not with a gym membership) I am incorporating technology into my fitness routines to help me keep track of my activity and progress, the new Samsung Galaxy S 5 Sport is amazing to do the job which allows me to keep track of my workouts, and all fitness activities, records workout details including duration, distance, pace, speed, elevation, calories burned and route traveled on an interactive map, heart rate to help me achieve my fitness goals. It is the ultimate personal trainer that fits in your pocket -literally-

The Samsung Galaxy S 5 Sport has built in the Sprint Fit Live that is a mobile fitness experience that delivers instant, customizable access to your favorite health and activity apps in one easy-to-read place. Your workouts, music and healthy living content are all accessible through the active wallpaper or the app. As part of Sprint’s offerings on this new device, the Samsung Galaxy S 5 Sport smartphone will have the added benefit of running on the Sprint Spark network, which enhances the phone’s LTE service, allowing for high quality video.

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samsung_galaxy_5S♥The features I am loving ♥
If  you are part of the Sprint Framily plan you get to enjoy 3 months free of Spotify premium.
Weight 158 g (5.57 oz)
Dust and water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
Size 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.1 inches
CAMERA Primary 16 MP, 3456 x 4608 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, Aqua mode
Video [email protected], [email protected]
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
– Voice memo/dial/commands

Mobile_fitness_experienceLet’s talk fitness… Do you incorporate technology into your fitness routines to help keep up the burn? How so?

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Muscle Soreness reliever / Alivio del dolor muscular

I know it’s summer and I should be all relaxed and laying on a beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, but that’s just in my dreams, the reality is that for most moms, summer means double the work. Kids are always hungry, recital rehearsals, swim practice and let’s not forget that we still have to work, right? well, the thing is that not only I feel overwhelmed with my children at home since I work from home, but I’ve been running and doing some circuit training at the park, while Liah is at swimming class, which is great, but my muscles are killing me, it is a combination of muscle soreness and stress. So I want to share with you this wonderful tip that is helping me relieve the soreness of my muscles and at the same time allowing me to take some me time.relieve_stress_post_work_out natural_hair_stress_relieve

Soak in Epsom salt nightly: Add 1 cup of lavender-scented Epsom salt to your warm bath, some bubbles, light a candle  and soak in for 10-20 minutes- Just add wine, lol. Epsom salt — actually magnesium sulfate — is one of the most versatile household products, with uses ranging from creating at-home spa treatments to soothing achy muscles to helping start or improve gardens. It’s been used therapeutically for hundreds of years, and it’s gaining a new generation of fans that are looking for a safe, easy and economical alternative. Find it in your local pharmacy or grocery store.

Epsom salt added relaxes your sore muscles, decreases inflammation by increasing the blood flow to your muscles and also prevents bloating, helping you get a flatter stomach. You can also soak a clean towel in warm water with Epsom salt and place it over the sore muscle.

 

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Sassy Ice cubes / Cubitos de hielo frutales saludables

Herb_sassy_ice_cubesSummer is officially just a few days away and staying hydrated is super important. The trick to keep your body and hair hydrated is drinking water, a lot of water, to help your body flush out toxins, which actually helps your hair grow faster and longer. Drinking a lot of water, specially during summer months will make you feel and look better from the inside out. In a past post I show you my favorite Infused water, that is a great way to actually drink more water, plus all it’s beauty benefits -read it here– But these ice cubes are super easy and another fun way to sass your water up with a melt of beauty.

detox_ice_cubesGreen Tea and Ginger ice cubes: . These two ingredients have very powerful detox properties…You Just have to Brew a very strong cup of green tea of your choice, let it cool down, put it in a blender with a few inches of ginger, strain it and pour the mix into an ice cube tray to a firm consistency.

boat_ice_cubesPineapple ice cubes: These particular cubes are amazing for those days of the month when you feel bloat or after a long night of fun, lol I like to do my ice cubes with fresh homemade, unsweetened pineapple juice and just place it into an ice cube tray (you can find really cute ice cube tray mold at the 99 cent store)

healing_ice_cubesAloe Vera Ice Cubes: You may already know all the benefits associated with aloe vera juice, but you didn’t know you can make ice cubes with it and sass your water intake while giving your skin, hair and over all health the healing properties of Aloe Vera. Just buy pure Aloe Vera (Walmart has a great price for one gallon) pour it into ice cubes trays and freeze…When you area ready to drink your water just pop a few cubes and enjoy.

cucumber_lemon_mint_ice_cubesCucumber Lemon mint Ice Cubes: this is by far one of the most popular infused water and I particularly love the taste and the way it makes me feel. For the ice cubes I blended one cucumber with water and lemon juice, then added the mint, pour it in ice cube tray and freeze.
You can try these ice cubes into a lot more than just water, like cocktails, sparkling water and more.

 

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4 Amazing infused water / 4 Infusiones frutales

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Infused_water_recipes fresh_fruit_in_Riverside Fresh_produce_walmartHot summer days urge me and my family to drink a lot of juices, and as healthy as it sounds, it is not, because of the contents of sugar in it despites you make it yourself or not, but I have come to the amazing find of infused water; an easy and affordable way to have you and your kids drink more water-Hello hydrating shiny curls-. So while I was at the Grand Opening of the Walmart neighborhood market in Riverside, I got inspired by the great selection of fresh produce and created these 4 amazing infused water for you.
If you don’t know the concept of Walmart Neighborhood market, let me tell you that it is the faster, easier and more affordable way to shop for your everyday needs, it is not your traditional Walmart store (except for the same great, everyday low prices), Walmart neighborhood market in Riverside is smaller with a great selection of produce, amazing meat and amazing people.
These fresh Produce infused water are as easy and fresh as you see in pictures, so go to your Walmart store and grab: Rasberries,Blueberries, oranges, strawberries, mint, cucumbers, lime, lemon, you will also need mason jars (just because they look cute) water, straws and if you want to go a little extra on the benefit buy a gallon of Aloe Vera, Green tea and Honey.

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Infused Water 1: Cut 2 strawberries, 1lime and about 10 blueberries. put it in a mason jar , fill with water and let it sit for a few hours
Infused Water 2: Cut 1 lemon, 1/2 cucumber and 1/4 cup pf mint. put it in a mason jar , fill with water and let it sit for a few hours
Infused Water 3: Cut 1 lemon, 1/4 cup of mint, 10 raspberries, put it in a mason jar , fill with water and let it sit for a few hours
Infused Water 4: Cut 1 lime, 1 Lemon, 1 orange,put it in a mason jar , fill with water and let it sit for a few hours
You can add aloe vera juice or green tea to any of these infused water if you wish, I particularly like to add these ingredients at the end when I am ready to drink it. Add honey if you wish, but be mindful about it, if you are trying to loose weight or just cut on sugar this may not be a good idea “moderation is the key”.Fresh_infused_water_#gowalmart

Benefits of infused water:
Infused water adds essential vitamins that help keep your body hydrated.
Vitamin water is more expensive, if you go to Walmart and buy fresh fruits and herds you will be saving yourself a lot of cash and avoiding the  preservatives, artificial sweeteners, colors, sodium, dextrose, and high fructose corn syrup or refined sugars.
Infused water helps tremendously with appetite control, hydration, immune defense, heartburn prevention, blood sugar regulation and weight management.
Amazing alternative to increase your daily dose of water = hydrated skin and hair.
Boost your energy naturally.

Do you like infused water? Please share your recipe with me, because sharing is caring 

New Walmart store is in JURUPA VALLEY (in Riverside County)
The store is located at 8844 Limonite Ave, Riverside, California 92509
The link to the facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/Walmart5663

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Swimsuit/Slimdown ready plan / En forma en 14 días

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Did somebody say Swimsuit? I did and that means we need a Slimdown ready plan, a plan to help us kick swimsuit season in our best shape. One of the main excuses to not eat healthy is the lack of time, I know what are you’re thinking: “it is not an excuse, it is reality” – ok, ok, sorry it is not an excuse- But actually there are alternatives to slim down on the go, like Slimfast that is a delicious go-to tool for gearing up for swimsuit season, slimming down, or any other special occasion you may have coming up!
I wake up everyday at 5:30 AM and I know I don’t always have time to make myself a nice breakfast, Slimfast is an easy and delicious way to keep my day to day routine, specially now with the limited edition Piña Colada that I am loving and it is perfect not only as breakfast but as a popsicle snack for those hot summer days “Healthy protein popsicle” that you actually feel good about eating – No guilty pleasure- .healthy_popsicles_piña_colada

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I think a great way to reach your slimdown goal is to get surrounded by other women that are working towards the same goal, and if you are like me, you are going to love the 14 days to Slim Challenge Sweepstakes taking place on Slimfast’s Facebook page May 12, 2014 till May 27, 2014. There will be TWO $5,000 grand prize winners, given a gift card to a specific retailer or a Visa/Amex gift card. Here is the link for the sweepstakes ☛ http://goo.gl/pbttUi The Slimfast® 14 Days to Slim program is a convenient and delicious way to lose up 6 pounds in the first 2 weeks, this is why I am making  Slimfast my Summer Weight Loss Hero! For more inspiration Pictures and recipes follow Slimfast on Pinterest 

 

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Up by Jawbone Review +Giveaway /Reseña de la banda fitness U+ concurso

up_by_jawboneI have been wanting a fitness band for the longest time, but I didn’t know how good it actually is for my health and as a tracking device of pretty much my day to day activity. I think sometimes we get caught in new trends, only that this time, the fitness band is actually a good one to follow. I didn’t buy one before because it was out of my budget and as much as I wanted one, I didn’t have the money for it.

And I finally I got my hands on a fitness band, UP by Jawbone. I didn’t know about this band to be honest, but it is just amazing- please notice I don’t have another one to compare with- UP fitness band is a truly smart device that helps you understand how you sleep, move and eat so you can make smarter choices, which all sync to an app on your smart phone that displays movement and sleep details from your UP band and delivers insights and celebrates milestone.

UP is always connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth® Smart, helping you achieve your goals with real-time updates on your progress and notifications when you need them. The simplest way to understand your day and night.

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The UP wristband plugs into your phone via the Simple Sync connector. Having this beautiful fitness band that comes in different colors made me get up and move, it sets a movement goal (step) a day, this is easy for me to keep track on how much I am moving.  The first few days of wearing the band I was busy, so I spent almost the whole day at a computer and to my surprise I didn’t move more than 2,500 steps, so that alone was a wake up call, if by 6:00 pm my movement goal is not met, I will get up and move: a quick run,a walk around the block, something, anything.

I was surprised on how the band measured my sleeping behavior as well, it basically shows every little detail of my night. UP_band

The Up app is really cool, it has tips and you can sync to a few other fitness apps. I really like that you can also can keep track of your food and even upload your meal photos, I haven’t been very consistent with updating and tracking my meals on a daily basis, but that is definitely on my to do list, because we all know that 90 % of a healthy routine is done in the kitchen.
The band also comes in different cool colors; I choose black because ain’t nobody got time to keep a fitness band clean, and chicas I sweat and workout hard, lol.

If you own this or any other fitness band please comment how you like it. I also found that Up by Jawbone is cheaper at Amazon, if you are looking to buy one here is the link UP by Jawbone – Small – Retail Packaging – Onyx

And because I want you to try it for yourself and get a move on, here is a giveaway, please follow the rules, because they will be verified. Open to US..

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♦I received a UP band as a gift with no obligation or request to blog about it, but you all know that if I find a item that is umm,umm good I have to share.♦
 

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4 things about Running I wish I’d known / 4 tips para convertirte en corredora

When I  started running, I didn’t like it so much, I couldn’t keep up my pace and breath for long, I had blisters, and my clothes were uncomfortable. Nobody ever told me these basic things or tricks to make my journey into becoming a runner, smother. If you are thinking of becoming a runner yourself, here are some points you should know to make it smooth and easier.running_natural_hair

  • It is not as hard as you think

As anything in life, consistency is the key  to success. When it comes to running, you will have to run at least 3 times a week to increase your endurance and strengthen your muscles. Please notice that you have to run at your own pace, but challenge yourself. When the distance feels fine or comfortable, you know you are ready to increase your milage.

  • The right gears.

A good sport bra is an item you can’t save on, specially if your boobs are not small. A cheap non sport bra is painful, uncomfortable and lets not get into the bouncing back and forward, in and out. Another very important item is a pair of sneakers. A good pair of well fitting running sneakers will increase your performances  and avoid blisters and pretty much make a big difference in how you feel and perfom.

  • Out is not the same as in

I used to go to the gym at least 5 days a week and getting on that treadmill for 4, 5 and even 6 miles was a piece a cake, and then one day I decided that I wanted to run outside, why? well, it is free, I can do it any time etc, etc, etc. And to my surprise, I wasn’t able to pass 2 miles on my good days. The uneven surface of the outside, plus the weather condition was harder than I thought. But as I said before “consistency is the key to success”.

  • There is an app for that 

There are a few running apps available for your smart phone, but I am totally in love with nike plus run; it is free, it tracks the distance I run with a GPS, charts my workout time, pace, calories burned, and you have a coach available if you want to follow a running routine; this is extremely helpful for me, because it motivated me to get up and run.

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Fitness Magazine meet and Tweet LA / Encuentro de la Revista Fitness con las Blogueras en LA.

A very important part of my beauty and natural hair routine includes regular exercises and a healthy living. I am constantly looking for inspiration for me, my family and you my readers, for that reason when I knew about the event that Fitness Magazine was putting together, I tried my best to be there. The … Read more