Wade Your Way Through Summer with Chaco!

fotor_watersportsCan you believe it’s nearing the end of August? We sure can’t. In another month or so, fall will set in… another one of our favorite seasons complete with a perfectly windy chill, beautiful foliage and pumpkin recipes. As much as we love it, we aren’t quite ready for it yet! There’s still so much to take advantage of while the weather is still gorgeously warm.

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Our Most Lightweight Shoes… the Naturalizer BZees!

Feel Light in Naturalizer BZeesThere’s nothing better during the summer than the light, breezy winds drifting past you on your favorite sandy beach. Being from Boston, all of us up here at PlanetShoes adore the New England shoreline, from Maine to Cape Cod to Newport, RI.

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Explore the World & Travel Solo!

whenindoubttravelNo matter how introverted or extroverted you are, having alone time is a vital part of living a healthy, mindful lifestyle. Everyone needs a bit of time to relax and unwind with his or her own individual thoughts.

The Best in Alone Time: Solo Travel
If you’re craving a bit more of this inward soul searching, perhaps now is the time to plan a solo travel adventure, just for you! It may sound a bit crazy at first, but hear us out. Traveling solo takes courage and self-awareness but can teach you so much about who you are and the way you inherently react to situations. Trekking the globe smartly can be an incredibly emboldening and self-assuring move… you just need to know a few important tips and tricks to get you going in the right direction.

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Make Your Own Cycling Workout

If you haven’t tried indoor cycling, sometimes known as spinning, you may want to give it a whirl. It’s an all-encompassing, calorie-torching workout that strengthens legs and core during each and every session.

Instructors are wonderful and the classes are super motivating. However, it isn’t always easy to fit those classes into your schedule… and dishing out the dough isn’t too friendly, either.

Lucky for us, it’s super easy to create your own individualized spinning routine! Most gyms have a couple free-standing spinning bikes at your disposal, free to craft the workout that’s right for you. That’s the best part of spinning: you can totally individualize your workout. The resistance knob allows you to adjust how difficult or relaxed the routine becomes, and the three different sitting and standing positions allow for ultimate comfort.

POSITIONS
ONE: Hands are on the center bar of the bike. This will typically be your resting or easy riding position.

TWO: Hands are positioned on the bars directly in front of you, that run parallel to your stomach. Your hands will sit here for the majority of the ride, whether you’re sitting or standing. With jumps, the two position is typically standing.

THREE: Hands are positioned on the outer bars of the bike, furthest away from you. This is typically a standing position, used for climbing tough hills and jumping.

All of these positions have certain variations, so adjust accordingly and stay comfortable.

Image courtesy of FitSugar

Image courtesy of FitSugar

CYCLES
Single Leg Isolations: Bring your left leg up to moderate intensity speed-and-resistance-wise, relaxing your right leg. Do this for a timed interval and switch legs. Focusing on one leg isolates those muscles even further.

Cadence and Speed: Your cadence is the number of rotations your leg completes a circle within the pedals in a minute-long interval. Increase your cadence and speed for small 15-second periods, or during the chorus of your favorite pump-up song!

Gradual Incline: Choose an interval of time, from 5-10 minutes, and gradually increase your resistance knob a bit once each minute hits. By the end, your legs will definitely feel the burn!

Jump Songs: Jumps typically utilize the beat of a song to get you going. Alternating between the three positions, count to eight while in position 1, then 2, then 3 and continue the cycle. Switch to four counts during the chorus or faster parts of your song.

Rolling Hills: A mix between gradual inclines and cadence work, rolling hills involve adjusting the resistance knob each minute. Go up hill, increasing resistance and speed for one minute, then bring down to casual recovery for the next. Repeat as many times as your program allows.

 

See, it’s that simple! Who needs a class when you get to customize your own workout? Try out a mix of these cycles for your next workout and let us know how it goes!  

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Incorporate Sweet Corn Into Every Meal

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There’s a particular summer food we’re absolutely addicted to… and no, it’s not chilled popsicles, ice-cold sangria or campfire s’mores (although those definitely sound pretty delicious right about now, too). It’s sweet corn! There’s no better time than now to grab cheap cobs at the grocery store and prepare them in a variety of styles and sauces.

Sweet corn is so in-season, deliciously sweet and versatile during the summer months. Add a bit of sweetness to typically savory dishes, like black-bean tacos and veggie burgers, or use the same flavor to sweeten muffins and even make one of our all-time summer favorites… ice cream!

1) Fresh Blueberry Corn Muffins
2) Corn and Feta Empanadas
3) Poblano Pepper and Corn Salad
4) Corn and Goat Cheese Pizza
5) Mexican Street Corn Salad
6) Corn Ice Cream Shortcake with Blueberries

What’s your favorite corn recipe? Let us in on your secrets! 

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Feel-Good with New Balance!

IMG_3484Last Saturday, we attended the Big Brother Big Sister of Massachusetts Bay Family Picnic, a yearly summer event where the bigs, littles and their families get together to enjoy sunshine, food and fun. It’s such an exciting and wonderful time; between the lawn games, delicious lunch and ever-popular ice cream truck, the Family Picnic is always a day to remember!

IMG_3454For the second year in a row, we partnered with our friends at New Balance to donate over 200 pairs of shoes to the littles and their families during the picnic. There’s nothing better than seeing the beaming smiles on the kids’ faces when they receive a brightly colored, super comfortable pair of New Balance sneakers. We were so happy to see so many of the littles put their shoes on right away and run off with their beloved bigs to play football, Frisbee or catch.

The day was absolutely perfect: clear skies, a whole lot of sunshine and a heaping pile of happiness and fun. It’s always a great day when we can get out into the Boston community, give away some great shoes and make some kids’ days a little bit brighter!

A huge thanks goes out to our friends at New Balance for sponsoring this event with us! We couldn’t have done it without you :)

Tune in next year for another wonderful Family Picnic! Check out our site or our Facebook page for all of the photos.

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