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September 18, 2014

PUMA Fitness Fashion + Strength Exercises for Runners

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of PUMA.

I know I am not alone in saying that getting my sweat on is always more fun with new workout gear. As time goes by, it seems like the designs and lines for fitness enthusiasts and professionals are only getting better, and most of the time, brighter.

As someone who appreciates a little pep in her mostly spandex wardrobe, I was thrilled for the opportunity to receive and review a couple of new looks from the PUMA Fitness line. Check out the goods!

The Performance Look is designed for workouts like running and training.

PUMA Fitness Performance look review

Let’s start with the Mobium XT sneakers. As Florida native, I couldn’t help but to think of the Miami Dolphins NFL team as soon as I saw the vibrant design and color combo.

PUMA Mobium XT shoe

There is an elasticized band that runs through the outsole so that the more force applied, the more spring it returns. Other cool features include a lightweight mesh upper to provide breathability, moveCELL designation for flexibility and adaptation, and outsole flex grooves to support side-to-side movement.

I haven’t been able to get into the gym as much as normal since I am currently training for a half marathon. Even so, I strength train at least once a week and recently sported this look while going through some of the essential strength exercises for runners via Runner’s World at home.

PUMA Fitness performance gear review

(overhead lunge + plank hold)

I love that article and would suggest anyone who does a decent amount of running to give it a read! It highlights ten exercises and major muscle groups that are important for runners to utilize and keep strong.

I am a firm believer in some form of strength training at least once a week while training for long distance races, and will keep these moves in mind when completing workouts on those designated days.

stability ball hip extension

(stability ball hip extension)

Thanks for the reminder, Runner’s World!

The Gym Tank 3 features LYCRA SPORT material for recovery power, fit, and freedom of movement. There is a built-in shelf bra, mesh inserts to keep you cool, and a sexy criss cross strap back design.

The Gym 3/4 Tight is ideal for any type of training, including running, HIIT, barre, and Pilates. I love the tight fit, but not too tight feeling of the elastic waistband with an interior drawstring. Just like the tank, there are mesh inserts for flexibility of movement that adds to the overall comfort.

PUMA 3/4 gym tight

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been rocking pieces from both of the looks sent to me. Together, separate, to the gym, at the gym, and even to dance practice, both looks are extremely versatile.

The Fashion Comfort Look is designed to wear to and from the gym.

PUMA Fitness fashion comfort look review

Even though they were made as more of a runaround pre and post-workout clothing item, you could still wear the Studio Capsule Pant to workout in if you’d like.

PUMA Fitness studio capsule pant

They are super comfortable and designed with dryCELL moisture wicking material. I love the wide elastic and drawstring at the top as well as the look of the cuffs at the bottom.

PUMA Narita V2 shoes

The Narita V2 doubles as a lightweight running shoe as well as a comfortable, stylish sneaker. It features EverRide blown rubber outsoles for extra cushioning and EverTrack high abrasion resistant rubber for durability in the high wear areas. I love the mint and coral options as well!

While I wouldn’t necessarily throw these on for a run, I like that they have the capability to get me through speed and agility exercises.

The Gym Loose Tank is sassy with an open back design. Made for layering, it is a stylish alternative to the standard tank top with a bio-based sweat wicking material to keep you cool, dry and comfortable.

PUMA Fitness Fashion Comfort

I put this outfit on after a workout and felt like I was in sweats for the remainder of the day… only a lot cuter.

The fashion in fitness gear has certainly come a long way! As someone who works from home and hopes to further a career in the fitness industry, I am very grateful that my options of acceptable attire has grown into much more than oversized t-shirts and Soffe cheerleading shorts.

More than anything, you can find me in something similar to either outfit above on any given day. From group fitness classes and running errands around town to a neighborhood run or night in, I absolutely adore the bright colors, prints, and comfort brands like PUMA are putting out there.

Thank you for allowing me to test out your gear!

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More PUMA Fitness Fashion featured on HWG:

• PUMA Fitness Cardio + Core Workout

• PUMA Pounce + Balance Travel Workout

Question of the Day

• What’s your favorite type of look? Performance or Fitness Comfort?

*Disclaimer: Although this is a sponsored post and I was compensated for this review, all thoughts are honest and opinions are my own!

September 11, 2014

Metamucil® Recipes + $100 Meijer Gift Card Giveaway

The following post is sponsored by Meijer on behalf of Metamucil®.

Most Americans don’t get enough fiber in their diet. But nobody, especially under the age of fifty, really cares about their fiber intake, right? Wrong. I do, and think we all should!

Not only does a healthy dose of fiber keep you regular, but it can also help to maintain a healthy weight, help reduce high levels of cholesterol, and help lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Metamucil® is on a mission to educate people on the importance of fiber and how easy (and tasty!) it is to get the recommended amount daily.

high fiber easy metamucil recipes

So, exactly how much is recommended?

As a 29-year-old female, it is recommended for me (and all women between the ages of 18-50) to get 25 grams of fiber per day! I really couldn’t tell you if that happens, but I have been enjoying using the Metamucil® powders at home this week just to be sure.

(Calculate your own fiber number and see meal plan suggestions with this Fiber Toolkit!)

There are plenty of foods high in fiber content, especially in fruits, whole grains, and vegetables.

fruits high in fiber - metamucil fiber guide

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grains high in fiber - metamucil fiber guide

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vegetables high in fiber - metamucil fiber guide

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To help fill in the gaps on the days you aren’t sure you are getting the recommended daily amount of fiber, Metamucil® created a digital recipe book to show how easy taking the supplement can be.

metamucil fiber supplement and benefits

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All of the following recipes were created for and featured in the new digital recipe book, and I remade them at home. I hope you enjoy the high fiber inspirations and don’t forget to keep ‘on scrolling for an exciting giveaway!

Citrus Spritzer

This citrus spritzer recipe can help you relax and enjoy any occasion while you reap the health benefits of adding more fiber to your diet.

citrus spritzer metamucil

*3 grams of fiber*

Ingredients

1/3 cup grapefruit juice

1/3 cup orange juice

1/3 cup club soda

1 rounded teaspoon Metamucil® Sugar Free Original Smooth powder

(I used Sugar-Free Orange Smooth Metamucil® powder)

Directions

Pour juices and club soda into a glass along with a few ice cubes. Add Metamucil® and stir briskly. A great breakfast-time refresher!

(Berry Pink!) Morning Meta-Muffins

Using the Berry flavor turned them pink! I loved it. Yields 12 muffins.

Serving size: 1 muffin = 1 Adult Serving of Metamucil®.

pink meta-muffins metamucil recipe

*4 grams of fiber*

Ingredients

1 cup of fat-free milk

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup applesauce

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

2/3 cup of brown sugar

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 cup blueberries

12 teaspoon Sugar-Free Original Smooth Metamucil® powder

(I used Sugar-Free Berry Smooth Metamucil® powder)

Directions

1. Pre-heat oven to 375 ̊F. Mix milk, egg, vanilla, applesauce, cinnamon and sugar.

2. In separate container mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Slowly add flour mixture to milk mixture, once well mixed, add blueberries and mix in the Metamucil then pour into muffin tin.

3. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the outer rim of the muffins are light brown.

4. Drink 8 ounces of water with each muffin.

Strawberry-Kiwi Sipper

Strawberry smoothie recipes are known for their tasty flavor and ability to mix with other fruits. This version, enhanced with kiwi and Metamucil®, is a great way to sneak more fiber into your diet.

Strawberry Kiwi Sipper Metamucil Smoothie

*12 grams of fiber*

Ingredients

1 medium peeled banana

2 kiwis, peeled and chopped

1/2 cup (4 oz) apple juice

1/2 cup (4 oz) frozen strawberries

1 rounded teaspoon of Metamucil® Original Coarse or Metamucil® Sugar-Free Original Smooth Powder

(I used Sugar-Free Berry Smooth Metamucil® powder)

crushed or cubed ice

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until ice is crushed.

Iced Tea Delight

Mix your favorite flavor of iced tea with Metamucil® for a refreshing way to sneak more fiber into your diet. I used a spiced apple chai tea and loved the extra tang of the Orange flavor!

metamucil iced tea recipe

*3 grams of fiber*

Ingredients

1 cup cold brewed or instant tea

1 rounded teaspoon Metamucil® Original Coarse

(I used Sugar-Free Orange Smooth Metamucil® powder)

crushed or cubed ice

Directions

1. Mix Metamucil® with iced tea and stir or shake thoroughly.

2. Serve with plenty of ice cubes, and add sugar, lemon, or mint leaves to taste.

3. If you prefer an orange twist, try preparing iced tea using 1 rounded tablespoon of Metamucil Orange Smooth or 1 rounded teaspoon of Metamucil® Orange Sugar Free Smooth. (That’s what I did!)

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$100 Meijer Gift Card Giveaway

To get you up and moving on the fiber train, Meijer is offering one lucky Housewife Glamour reader $100 credit to their store to go grab some Metamucil® and groceries to make your own recipes!

meijer gift card giveaway

For those of you who haven’t heard of Meijer (I hadn’t until I moved to the mid-west), it’s a hypermarket chain that has become a one-stop shop for name brands on groceries, clothing, and home goods at a great value. I prefer to do my big grocery hauls here and always love their huge produce section and Meijer Organics brand!

Meijer stores can be found in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. Find the nearest location to you and enter to win a gift card to get shopping!

To Enter:

Leave a comment on this post (mandatory!) sharing one way you like/would like to make sure you get enough fiber in your diet and enter at least one additional entry into Rafflecopter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until Midnight Monday, September 15th E.S.T to enter the giveaway. The winner will be announced Tuesday morning, the 16th.

Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post below! You must do so in order for your entry into Rafflecopter to count.

Good Luck!

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Related Articles and Fiber Facts

Check out this video to find out even more ways fiber can help you!

The psyllium fiber from Metamucil benefits your health in so many ways.

Find everyday tips for adding fiber into your diet.

It’s never too early or too late to help reduce the risk of heart disease by adding fiber into your diet.

Disclaimer: While I was compensated for this post, all thoughts and opinions on the brands mentioned above remain my own!

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I am not a registered dietician, nutritionist, or certified fitness professional. The workouts I post are what work best for me, but might not be the right type of exercises for you.



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