Fitness Swellness: Tide + Downy Odor Defense Collection

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Between running a minimum of three times a week and then other workouts thrown into my routine as well (from Spinning to dance class), I go through a lot of activewear in a week. Add in wearing some of that gear for going out (hello, athleisure!), well, my fit gear gets a lot of use, and it gets real sweaty in the process. And so I do laundry at least once a week of just my activewear.

But as I’ve come to realize (in an embarrassing way — more on that later) is that clean doesn’t exactly mean fresh smelling. The performance fabrics that activewear is made with consists of synthetic fibres, which can trap odour if you’re not diligent with how you care for them, resulting in a not-so-pretty scent referred to as “rebloom.” That shameful incident I referred to above? Well, I’ve become familiar with this rebloom when I’ve thrown on a sports bra — a clean one — to head out for brunch and as I stepped out the door, I noticed a peculiar scent, which to my horror was from this fresh from the laundry sports bra.

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Well, as I definitely don’t want any malodorous rebloom emanating from me, I’ve changed up my laundry routine and have partnered with Tide with their new product. Now my gear is getting into fresh smelling shape with the Tide + Downy Odor Defense Collection. It’s specifically designed to fight against rebloom; you can use it for all of your laundry but it’s especially great with activewear, given the synthetic fabric content of these pieces. Its rebloom-eliminating power comes from Febreze Odor Defense technology, which goes to task at breaking down organic compounds and body soils (ew!) deep down to the level of the fibres.

It’s a trifecta of products that work as a team to eliminate this rebloom: there’s Tide Pods plus Febreze Odor Defense (cleans and removes stains); Tide Rescue with Febreze Odor Defense (greasy body soils and odours deep in the fibres begone!); and Downy Fresh Protect with Febreze Odor Defense is the third product, which is what gives your clothing 24 hours of freshness.

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Since you can use it on all of your clothes, it doesn’t call for a whole separate set of products just for your activewear (and you don’t want rebloom in any of your clothes, after all), so it’s what I’ve switched to. And now I can leave the house and not have to worry about my clean clothes giving off anything but the freshest of scents. I may return with them soaked and grubby from a sweaty workout, but I know that my new Tide routine will take care of that.

Disclosure: I created this blog post as an ambassador for Tide. All opinions and advice are my own and I only work with companies I genuinely love and have used prior to being contracted.

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Fitness Swellness: The new & improved Nike+ Training Club

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“We do???” I meant to mumble this to myself during my Nike+ Training class last week. Nike Master Trainer Eva Redpath had us doing some side squats using resistance bands around our ankles and my quads were burrrrrrning. Except I accidentally said it much louder; I must’ve lost control over how to speak at the volume I wanted to as I was working my muscles into exhaustion. That is how hard this workout was.

“YES, we do, Karen!” laughed Eva in reply.

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I was one of the first to check out the new Nike+ Training Club platform, which has more than 100 new workouts from trainers and athletes including Skylar Diggins, and yes, Eva Redpath! (Love Eva!) And the app learns how you work out as you use it, so it can better provide you with personalized training plans. The visual cues have been improved as well, so it’s easier to follow along to make sure your form is proper, and there are audio cues (so you don’t have to have your eyes stuck to your smartphone screen). Also new: you can enter your other activities, too, so now all of your fitness can be logged, because most of us do a variety of workouts, after all! Oh, and the boys can now get  into the Nike+ Training app, because there are workouts they’ll want to work up a sweat to. It’s not geared to just us ladies, anymore.

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And does a workout count if you don’t share it? Nope! Haha! And for all you social media fiends, there are new ways to customize your photos to share with friends and community. Yesss, new ways to not-so-humble brag! Tee hee. Or you know, keep yourself accountable (that’s a big reason I share my workouts!).

With Eva last week, we did a strength workout, which is perhaps one of my biggest weaknesses when it comes to training. The lightest weight in class: 15  lbs. I generally aim for something about 5 lbs, so my arms were essentially limp noodles after class (I was so pooped that I listlessly dropped the entire sugar packet into my post-NTC coffee!) and it took me about three times as long to walk home because I was just so spent.

I’m excited to try out the NTC app in its new and improved format on my own at home. Have you tried it out yet? Thoughts? Any fave new features?

Photos: Tyler Hayward/@tilore

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Healthy Swellness: Challenging myself to be #evenbetter with Ocean Spray® PACt® Cranberry Extract Water

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It can be hard to adopt a healthy new habit. I feel as though I’ll never develop a regular sleep schedule, for one. Getting faster at running is another biggie. I’m still trying to qualify for the Boston Marathon. And now, I’m kicking off marathon training with a focus on improving my speed so that I’ll at least be able to match the pace I was setting a year ago. (I’ve slowed down in the past while due to a hectic schedule, which has made training difficult, along with being under the weather and some lower back pain). My comfortable pace a year ago: about 5:30. (It varies depending on factors like distance and temperature.)

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My approach?

Add tempo runs and speed work to my training. Rather than doing my usual comfortable 10k run, I’ll swap in shorter distances but at a faster pace.

I’ll get better rest. I’ll try to get at least seven hours a night.

Hydrating well. I can hardly expect my body to perform well if I’m dehydrated.

This last strategy, regarding hydration, is a toughie as I don’t like to drink water. To help me get over that, I’m going to start to regularly use my bottle that keeps drinks cold. (It has helped a friend get better at hydrating.)

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Also, I’m going to try hydrating with Ocean Spray® PACt® Cranberry Extract Water. It’s a low-calorie (only 10 calories!) water with the power of 50 cranberries. The taste is subtle but much more flavourful than plain water, so I think that may help me learn to drink more. And I’ve got three flavours to try, so my taste buds won’t be bored: Cranberry Pomegranate, Cranberry Mango Passionfruit, and Cranberry Raspberry.

What makes them good for the body are the PACs (or proanthocyanidins) Ocean Spray® PACt® waters contain; these are elements extracted from cranberries that help protect against certain harmful bacteria from sticking in the urinary tract. Other factors that interest me about these new beverages? They’re naturally sweetened, their colour comes from – you guessed it – cranberries, and they do not include genetically modified ingredients.

Will these strategies help me be even better at training for a BQ? Come back to the blog in a few weeks to find out!

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Ocean Spray® PACt® Cranberry Extract Water is a tasty and low-calorie way to hydrate in a more meaningful way. Packed with the power of 50 cranberries, PACt® cranberry extract water delivers unique cranberry health benefits. Visit http://pact.oceanspray.ca to learn more and find out where to buy PACt® water at a store near you.

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Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Ocean Spray® via Mode Media Canada. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Ocean Spray®.

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