Upgrade Your Outdoor Workout

outdooworkout1With fall approaching and those long days winding down into shorter ones, it’s more important than ever to take your workout outside and take advantage of those last months of summer beauty. Let’s stave off logging hours on a treadmill as long as we can, shall we?

There are so many different, unique exercises to take advantage of when it’s warm out rather than being confined to particular machines at your local indoor facility. Add a few of these interesting ideas to your summer bucket list for calorie-torching fun!

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Quick-to-Plan Weekend Getaway Tips

awesometripThere’s still time left in the summer to plan a last-minute getaway! Whether you’re in need of some extra relaxation, can’t get rid of your travel bug or are simply dying for one last sun-laden trip, there’s still time to plan a great weekend (or week-long!) trip. If you’re looking for a quick departure, we’ve come up with some helpful tips to get you started on the perfect end-of-summer journey.

Hotels & Flights
Now, when planning a last-minute vacation, you can’t exactly be fussy. It’s important to make quick choices; if you see a flight or a hotel on the lower side of your price range, snag it! It probably won’t stick around for long. Look for fares released the Monday and Tuesday before your upcoming weekend away for the best rates, or check out websites like AirBnB for a less-conventional approach to hotel booking.

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Delectable Orange Mocha Frappuccino

smoothie_fullThere isn’t a much better feeling than ice cream in the summer. A huge part of a New England summer, or any summer for that matter, is slurping down a great smoothie, chocolate-y frappuccino or delightful ice cream sundae. Massachusetts, in fact, despite its 8 months of cold weather, is the #4 state in the country for ice cream consumption per capita!

As we know, ice cream isn’t the best for you, and neither are frappuccinos… if you don’t make them correctly. Andrew from One Ingredient Chef has come up with an awesome recipe for a delectable Orange Mocha Frappuccino that’s filled with healthy calories and tastes just as wonderful as a creamy mocha concoction.

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Move More at Work!

sittingnewsmokingWe’ve been noticing a plethora of articles and studies among the health-conscious folks on the internet, warning the negative effects that sitting all day can have on health. Doctor James Levine, author of ‘Get Up!’ and the main force behind the “sitting is the new smoking” movement, has made it clear through research that our sedentary drive-to-work, sit-at-a-desk, watch-television lifestyle is incredibly harmful to our health.

It’s even proving harmful to those who exercise regularly. 60 minutes of regular exercise per day doesn’t negate the harm that 8 hours of sitting does on the body. And according to the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, people are currently spending “an average of 64 hours a week sitting, 28 hours standing and 11 hours milling about”, not including exercise.1

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Find the Best Fit for Your Little Ones

kidsshoes1With back to school shopping in full swing, many of you may have lengthy, half-completed lists of school supplies, clothing and shoes to make your way through this August. As always, we’re here to help! Here at PlanetShoes, we sure know our shoes, and figured we could give a bit of advice on choosing the best fitting footwear for your little ones.

Trying Shoes on the Right Way
Trying out footwear before you leave the store (or shopping at an online shop with free returns) is key to keeping your kids happy and safe in their shoes. All brands fit a little differently, especially as children are growing, sometimes with each foot growing at a different pace. If each little foot is a different size, always buy for the larger one. Trying on shoes later in the day is key; because feet swell throughout the day, it’s best to try on shoes when feet are at their largest. Shoes should always be tried on with socks or tights if they will be worn with them regularly. Most importantly, make sure to blend comfort with style… comfort being the key component!

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