Half Marathon Hydration with Hydrant

Hindsight is always 20/20. My mom and I tackled our first half marathon a month ago. We didn’t train very much, and we certainly underestimated the hilly course. To make matters even more challenging, it was raining the entire duration of the 13.1 grueling miles. We learned to embrace the suck and really had to use mental strength to make it across the finish line. At mile twelve, Mom and I started to experience leg cramps. I was hydrating with coconut water and Gatorade, but if I stopped moving, even for one second, my legs would scream, “Sit down. You’re done.” I wish I had something to sustain me…

When John Sherwin, the founder of Hydrant, sent me samples of his new hydration mix product, I thought, “I really could have used this during the half marathon.” I went to his website to learn more.

Hydrant Hydration Mix

 

Hydrant is a simple, scientifically designed formula that has 3 times more electrolytes than sports drinks on the current market.  Available as small powder stick packs in Lemon Lime flavor (my favorite!), they are easy to store in a backpack or duffle bag. Outdoor enthusiasts or endurance athletes just need to add it to water and can hydrate anytime, anywhere.

Ingredients

Sugar (11 grams), Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Potassium Citrate, Salt, Magnesium Citrate, Zinc Gluconate., Lemon Juice Powder, Lime Juice Powder, Natural Lemon Flavor.

Highlights of Hydrant:

  • Includes a combination of balanced electrolytes, a bit of sugar and light natural lemon-lime flavor
  • Vegan
  • Kosher
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • NON-GMO
  • No artificial colors or flavors
  • 50 calories per stick

  • Claims to improve cognition, lift spirits, and reduce headaches.
  • Manufactured in the USA

Directions

Add one pack in 500 mL (16.9 ounces) of water.

Experience

My husband and I are very active people. We love hiking (we accomplished two of the 46 High Peaks earlier this year) and taking our dogs for long walks and runs. I go to weekly hot yoga and body pump classes. I also just took my first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class. I really enjoy exercise and strive to be a fit, healthy person.

This week I decided to try Hydrant after my 5-mile run. I came home, emptied the packet into a glass, added water, and stirred. Perfection.

 

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Hydrating with Hydrant after my 5-Mile Run

 

I love the flavor of lemon-lime; Hydrant does not disappoint. It’s cold, tart, and easily drinkable. Within 5 minutes, I feel like my life is restored! I am still sweating profusely from the class, but I feel re-energized and I am ready to go home, shower, and tackle the upcoming workday.

I would purchase Hydrant for my husband and I engage in prolonged, intense exercise. It was easy to mix together, the packets can be taken anywhere, and the lemon-lime flavor was delicious. Hydrant is the perfect during and post workout hydration beverage.

Purchase Hydrant on their website and visit them on social media: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Disclosure: I received samples of Hydrant complimentary for review purposes; all opinions within are my own. If you would like your product reviewed on Realm of Vibes, please e-mail realmofvibesdg@gmail.com or visit my Contact page for more information.

 

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Practicing Mindfulness: Take the Challenge

Mindfulness. What does being mindful mean to you? To me, it means focusing on one thing at a time. I used to call myself a “Master Multi-tasker.” Over the years, I have shed that title, and have learned to immerse myself into one task at a time. I have less stress and truly enjoy experiencing all of the different sensations and aspects of my task at hand.

Riley from the Spirit and Soul Blog, and I have collaborated on blog posts and a 5-Day Mindfulness Challenge! First, read my five tips for becoming more mindful, then head over to Riley’s post. Sign up here with your e-mail address to take our 5-Day Mindfulness Challenge where we will instruct you on integrating tips and tricks for becoming more mindful in your everyday life.  

So, we begin…

Mindful Eating

Clear your table. Turn off the TV and phone. Prepare your food on your plate. Sit down comfortably. How does it feel to sit? Take ONE bite. How does your food taste? Is it hot or cold? What’s the texture like? Chew slowly and thoroughly. Swallow. Put your fork down. Take a deep breath. Savor your food.

My husband and I used to read bills, text whoever was pinging us, and watch the news. Now, we have a no distraction zone at our dining room table. We sit together, without external resources and devices, enjoy each other’s company, and taste our food.

Mindful Eating

Mindful Exercise

Have you ever gone to a yoga class and the person next to you is on their cell phone? Whenever I enter the gym, I find it comical to see a bunch of zombies walking around with headphones blasting and mobile devices in each hand.

I used to be both of those people. Now, I leave my cell phone in my car during my yoga class. At the gym, I go without my headphones and cell phone. It is so easy to zone out on an elliptical; I want to be present in my workout. I want to feel my body’s movements and be more aware of what’s around me. I learned that I like the gym’s music, too!

Mindful Exercise

Mindful Mornings

My alarm would sound and I would fly out of bed like a bat out of hell. I would begin checking my e-mails, text messages, and calendar. Now, after I turn off my alarm, I sit at the edge of my bed, and take a few moments to acknowledge, and give gratitude for, receiving another beautiful day.

This allows me to be present in the moment.

As I sit on the edge of my bed, I do a full body scan. How do my neck and back feel today? Do I feel well rested, or am I still tired? I take deep, cleansing breaths. I meditate. Now, I am ready to begin my day.

Mindful Grooming

I don’t have an intense grooming routine. I brush my teeth with doTERRA’s On Guard Whitening Toothpaste, floss, and use mouthwash. I run a brush through my hair and affix a messy bun. Simple, right? Try using your non-dominant hand to brush your teeth and hair. What happened? How did you do?

Slow down your grooming routine. Taste the toothpaste and mouthwash. Feel the sensation of the bristles on your teeth and scalp. Look at yourself in the mirror. Take time for you.

I love my showers. Showers can become a sensory experience, inducing feelings of peace and happiness. As you enter, feel the warm water rush over your body. Take a moment to enjoy the scent of your shampoo and body scrub. I love feeling the texture of the body scrub and smelling the aroma of the essential oils. My skin feels so soft and lovely afterward. I love seeing the dirt from the day wash away. I meditate in the shower and take the time to focus on myself, completely surrendering to moments of self-love.

Mindful Driving

During yoga class, an instructor asked, “For those of your who drove, what was your experience like getting here?” Answers ranged from, “Same as always.” “Listened to the radio.” “Rushed.” “Got stuck in traffic.” She proceeded to ask us how we sat in our seat (were we in good anatomical alignment?), whether we had both hands on the wheel (with arms engaged?), and if we practiced Uddiyana Bandha (abdominal lock and breathing technique). We proceeded to review how to integrate mindfulness into driving. These techniques I still use today.

I learned to sit with good alignment, practice breathing, and abdominal holds, have both hands on the wheel, arms engaged, and to turn off the radio. Turn off Bluetooth. Let your call go to voicemail. Pay attention to the road. Let thoughts enter and exit. If the weather is acceptable, roll down your windows. Open your sunroof. Feel the breeze. Do you notice a difference from your normal routine?

Driving Mindfully

Final Thoughts

How are you more mindful? In what ways do you integrate mindfulness into your daily routine?

Don’t forget to sign up for our 5-Day Mindfulness Challenge! It will start July 3!

Namaste.

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Top 5 Yoga Poses for Traveling

By Juliette Kopp, Namastay Traveling

Hi friends! I’m Juliette from Namastay Traveling  and am so excited to be sharing with you some of the best yoga poses for traveling here on Realm of Vibes. As a certified yoga instructor, these poses are great for remedying the ailments and discomforts we can experience while seeing the world.

Small airplane seats, poor sleeping habits and an unusual diet can all make you feel less than stellar when abroad. While it’s fun to wake up in a different world with new experiences and routines, it can also throw you off and cause your trip to be more taxing on your body than you might realize. To ensure you get the most out of your travels, this five-pose yoga sequence is just the thing you need to balance your system in new time zones, build strength after sitting for hours on end, and increasing your flexibility and posture to make small cabin seats a bit more comfortable. All you need is a small clear area (like at the end of your hotel bed or outside in a park) to get started. Mat optional!

Disclaimer: while I am a certified yoga teacher, please check with your doctor before performing any of the poses below. As always, listen to your body and modify as necessary.

Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

Downward dog strengthens the entire back and shoulder girdle. By lengthening the spine in this extended pose, it takes pressure off the lower back and works to eliminate pain caused by hunching over a seat or standing for long periods of time. Downward dog is also known to decrease anxiety, perfect for if complicated travels or airplane rides tend to freak you out.

How to get into it: Come into a high plank position, then lift your hips up high and towards the back of your mat. Press down with your entire your hand reach your heels to the ground. Gaze towards your shin, ensuring your shoulders are pulled away from your ears. If your hamstrings are tight, gently bend your knees.

Yoga Pose Downward Dog

Yoga Pose Downward Dog

Low Plank (Chaturanga)

This pose can be very challenging as it requires sufficient strength to maintain alignment. This is the perfect pose to build up your strength needed for long hikes, all-day adventures or having to carry heavy luggage.

How to get into it: Start in high plank, roll forward onto your toes as your elbow press against the rib cage at a 90 degree angle. Gaze at the mat directly below you while pulling your shoulders away from your ears. Abdomen engaged, glutes in line with the spine.

Yoga Pose Chataranga

Yoga Pose Chataranga

Camel (Ustrasana)

After sitting for long periods of times, camel pose opens up the hip flexors and chest region. By creating space in the abdomen, camel pose also improves digestion and elimination in case your diet might not be what you’re used to.

How to get into it: Kneel on your mat with knees no wider than your hips. Use your hands to support your lower back as you gently press your hips forward. Arch your upper back while drawing your shoulder blades towards each other. Option to take your hand to your heels to amplify. Come back up to kneeling pose and allow the spine to neutralize before sitting back into child’s pose.

Yoga Pose Camel

Yoga Pose – Camel

Garland Pose (Malasana)

This low squat opens up the hips and while stretching your ankles, hamstrings and back. This posture aids in digestion as well as keeping your pelvic and hip joints healthy and mobile. As a grounding pose, malasana calms the body and allows energy to move within one’s self.

How to get into it: Place feet a little wider than your hips, bend your knees to squat down ensuring your knees don’t go past your toes. With your hands in prayer, use your elbows to press your knees wider.

Yoga Pose Malasana

Malasana

 

Happy Baby (Ananda Balasana)

Since we tend to walk and move more when visiting a new city (so much to see, so little time!), our legs get a lot of forward motion. To balance that out, happy baby stretched the inner and outer thighs and while stretching the hamstrings and relieving the lower spine. Happy baby pose calms the nerves and relaxes the mind and is the perfect pose after a stressful day or to prepare for bed.

How to get into it: Lay down on your back and bring your knees into your chest. Let your knees go wide as your hands reach around the outside of your feet, elbows inside of your knees. Keep your feet flexed and your spine long. Option to gently rock from side to side, bending one leg while straightening the other leg to deepen the inner thigh stretch.

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Happy Baby

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Xx,
Juliette

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Vox Populi – the Voice of the People

Vox Populi means the voice of the people. I often feel like I am a voice for many people, and animals. I strongly advocate for my clients and their needs, and immerse myself with volunteering for the animal rescue. (If I am not fostering I am running around getting donations and setting up fundraisers). When Vox Populi sent me shirts to represent their brand, I went directly to their website to learn more.

Danielle Gould of Realm of Vibes for Vox Populi

About Vox Populi

Owners and creators, Ruben and Sydney, like myself, want to make a positive impact in the world. They see how compassion and kindness spreads; and that the world becomes a better place because of those two qualities. As my mother always says, kindness doesn’t cost a thing. Ruben and Sydney believe in sustainability, being environmentally friendly, and donating to an important cause. Vox Populi donates 25%+ to programs that serve and empower youth through education. Currently, Vox Populi donates to Fresh Lifelines for Youth. FLY’s mission is to prevent juvenile crime and incarceration through legal education, leadership training, and one-on-one mentoring. FLY believes that all their children deserve a chance to become more than their past mistakes.

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Shop

Browse through Vox Populi’s selection of Men’s or Women’s t-shirts, tank tops, and hoodies. Clothing for little humans will be available in the very near future. Vox Populi’s clothing states one of the following quotations:

  • We are the Solution
  • You are Limitless
  • You are Beautiful
  • Rise Above It
  • You Shine Through
  • Give Gladly

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Impact

I wore the You are Limitless shirt to work (I am an occupational therapist). Each one of my clients had a comment. One of my clients stated, “That’s why occupational therapy is so important because you are finding different ways to break through my limits and teaching me alternate methods for living my life.” 

You, my friends, are limitless. The limits you set – you set on yourself, and it’s your choice whether you pull yourself up by the bootstraps and prevail, or you wallow and become worse. I choose to live myself without limits, and I try to empower others to do the same, even if they have a disability.

The Rise Above It shirt means so much to me; we all have our issues. I have autoimmune issues. I sometimes don’t feel like getting out to bed to do things because I am fatigued and in pain. I often tell myself to Rise Above It – keep moving forward. Respect yourself, your body, and your feelings, but rise above whatever is causing you issues. It’s so easy to throw in the towel; your true colors shine through when you conquer your troubles and rise above the hardships. I wear this tank to hot yoga as a reminder when I am holding a difficult posture or losing my balance in Warrior III.

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Shirts & Company

The Vox Populi shirt and tank fit beautifully. They are super soft and I feel great wearing them to spread a positive message in my workplace and community. People smile when they see the positivity and it becomes easy to start a conversation. A simple hello, paired with a smile, can mean so much to someone. Purchasing from Vox Populi will not only make you look fashionable, but will make you feel good knowing that a percentage of your purchase will help others.

Show compassion and kindness. Be the voice of the people. Wear and support Vox Populi.

Make sure you visit Vox Populi on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Namaste.

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6 Yoga Poses for Better Sex

written by Bex

We all know that yoga is good for our health, and part of that health includes those intimate moments that occur behind closed doors when the sun goes down. Or in the middle of the day on the kitchen counter. I’m not here to judge! Yoga has been shown to improve your libido, and strengthen the intensity of your orgasm, by increasing the circulation and blood flow to your pelvic region. To get you moving and ready for your next rendezvous, here are six yoga poses for better sex.

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#1: Happy Baby Pose

Begin by lying on your back on the floor, bringing your knees to your armpits while holding your feet. When properly held this pose will stretch your hamstrings and release the tension in your lower back. This pose is also known for reducing stress and opening up your pelvis, thus increasing the flexibility and movement in your hips.

#2: Downward Dog Pose

Begin on your hands and knees. Stretch your elbows as you lift your knees off the floor. Just the view that your partner will have of you in this position will be beneficial for improving your sex life! Showing off your assets aside, this pose is helpful in improving upper body strength and releasing tension throughout your entire back.

#3: Bridge Pose

For this pose you will begin on your back with your knees bent. Lift your pelvis off the floor and bring your thighs up parallel to the floor, forming a bridge shape with your body. This pose focuses on the muscles in your pelvis. This can help you gain better control over your orgasms and increase their intensity.

#4: Legs Up The Wall Pose

You can perform this pose with or without the wall, depending on your strength. Just lie on your back with your legs straight in the air above your shoulders. Be aware that you are bracing your weight on your shoulders, not on your neck. Shoulder stand poses, such as this one, are helpful in calming your mind and stimulating hormone production.

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#5: Lotus Pose

For this pose you will sit cross-legged on the floor. With your hands pull both feet up and rest them on the top of the opposite thigh. Lotus pose is good for relieving stress and clearing your mind. It is also very good at increasing the range of motion in your hips, allowing your legs to open more freely.

#6: Seated Wide-Legged Forward Bend

While in a seated position, bring your legs apart as wide as you can. While keeping your spine straight, and feet flexed up, fold forward towards the floor. The deep groin stretch from this pose increases circulation to the pelvic region. This will help increase your libido as well as your hip and groin flexibility.

These yoga poses, and their benefits, are not just for the ladies either. Yoga can help improve sex for both men and women. So the next time you “Netflix and Chill” you might want to consider putting on a yoga workout instead!

bexABOUT BEX:

I’m passionate about helping people live happily.  With an education in nutrition, personal training, and leadership, I believe in finding a healthy balance when it comes to helping people. I believe in living a full and healthy life, and laughing as often as you can.

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Thank you, Bex, for being Realm of Vibes’ first guest blogger. If you are interested in being featured, please e-mail realmofvibesdg@gmail.com

Namaste.