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RIHANNA “SETS IT OFF” AT BERGDORFS

Rihanna at Bergdorf Goodman for the fall collection of her Fenty by Puma collection.
Rihanna at Bergdorf Goodman for the fall collection of her Fenty by Puma collection.

It’s every designer’s dream to have their collection be carried at Bergdorf Goodman,” Rihanna proclaimed Tuesday afternoon at a frenzied personal appearance for the retail unveiling of her fall Fenty by Puma collection.

The Barbadian singer was joined by Bergdorf president Joshua Schulman and “homegirl Linda,” senior vice president, fashion office and store presentation Linda Fargo — as a contingent of Rihanna fans swarmed the retailer’s fifth floor, tunes blaring.

The majority of attendees appeared to be students from nearby fashion universities, including the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Parsons School of Design.

While scheduled for 3 p.m., the event didn’t start until nearly two hours past its call time — leaving some attendees with a dilemma.

Rihanna at Bergdorf Goodman for the fall collection of her Fenty by Puma collection.
Rihanna at Bergdorf Goodman for the fall collection of her Fenty by Puma collection.

Ariana, a 20-year-old student at FIT, said she was “debating if I should skip class, I have merchandising math at 5:10.” Spotted an hour later, it appeared that she had.

“I want to get the creepers,” Ariana said of her intentions for staying — noting that the continuously sold-out style is a must-have item amongst the FIT student body. “Before this, no one was buying Puma. [Rihanna] managed to make it big again,” she added.

Aasha, a 19-year-old New School student and intern for Alastair McKimm — who styled the fall Fenty for Puma campaign, already has a pair of creepers. She was in the room to nab one of the collection’s fur hoodies. “I like the collection — it is a mix of edgy and girliness at the same time.”

Rihanna at Bergdorf Goodman for the fall collection of her Fenty by Puma collection.
Rihanna at Bergdorf Goodman for the fall collection of her Fenty by Puma collection.

Whitney Lam, founder of the women’s lifestyle blog Nitrolicious, summed up Fenty’s popularity: “Anything Rihanna touches becomes popular. There is not really women’s streetwear like this produced with a big brand.”

Within 15 minutes of Rihanna’s ribbon-cutting, Bergdorf’s stock of shoes had sold out, as well as much of its apparel.

Schulman in his opening remarks at the event said, “The whole world is talking about ath-leisure, but here at Bergdorf’s we are all about ath-glamour.”

Discussing the decision to welcome Rihanna to Bergdorf’s, Schulman told WWD, “For us, Rihanna is an icon and when we first saw the [Fenty fashion] show Linda Fargo and I were so excited about it because we really felt that our customer would love this. It’s a very sexy, very modern approach to activewear.

Rihanna at Bergdorf Goodman for the fall collection of her Fenty by Puma collection.
Rihanna at Bergdorf Goodman for the fall collection of her Fenty by Puma collection.

“Ultimately for all of us, the celebrity association is nice, but it’s all about the product and we knew this type of product would speak to our customer.”

Article Courtesy of wwd - Misty White Sidell

RIHANNA "SETS IT OFF" AT BERGDORFS

Rihanna at Bergdorf Goodman for the fall collection of her Fenty by Puma collection.
Rihanna at Bergdorf Goodman for the fall collection of her Fenty by Puma collection.

It’s every designer’s dream to have their collection be carried at Bergdorf Goodman,” Rihanna proclaimed Tuesday afternoon at a frenzied personal appearance for the retail unveiling of her fall Fenty by Puma collection.

The Barbadian singer was joined by Bergdorf president Joshua Schulman and “homegirl Linda,” senior vice president, fashion office and store presentation Linda Fargo — as a contingent of Rihanna fans swarmed the retailer’s fifth floor, tunes blaring.

The majority of attendees appeared to be students from nearby fashion universities, including the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Parsons School of Design.

While scheduled for 3 p.m., the event didn’t start until nearly two hours past its call time — leaving some attendees with a dilemma.

Rihanna at Bergdorf Goodman for the fall collection of her Fenty by Puma collection.
Rihanna at Bergdorf Goodman for the fall collection of her Fenty by Puma collection.

Ariana, a 20-year-old student at FIT, said she was “debating if I should skip class, I have merchandising math at 5:10.” Spotted an hour later, it appeared that she had.

“I want to get the creepers,” Ariana said of her intentions for staying — noting that the continuously sold-out style is a must-have item amongst the FIT student body. “Before this, no one was buying Puma. [Rihanna] managed to make it big again,” she added.

Aasha, a 19-year-old New School student and intern for Alastair McKimm — who styled the fall Fenty for Puma campaign, already has a pair of creepers. She was in the room to nab one of the collection’s fur hoodies. “I like the collection — it is a mix of edgy and girliness at the same time.”

Rihanna at Bergdorf Goodman for the fall collection of her Fenty by Puma collection.
Rihanna at Bergdorf Goodman for the fall collection of her Fenty by Puma collection.

Whitney Lam, founder of the women’s lifestyle blog Nitrolicious, summed up Fenty’s popularity: “Anything Rihanna touches becomes popular. There is not really women’s streetwear like this produced with a big brand.”

Within 15 minutes of Rihanna’s ribbon-cutting, Bergdorf’s stock of shoes had sold out, as well as much of its apparel.

Schulman in his opening remarks at the event said, “The whole world is talking about ath-leisure, but here at Bergdorf’s we are all about ath-glamour.”

Discussing the decision to welcome Rihanna to Bergdorf’s, Schulman told WWD, “For us, Rihanna is an icon and when we first saw the [Fenty fashion] show Linda Fargo and I were so excited about it because we really felt that our customer would love this. It’s a very sexy, very modern approach to activewear.

Rihanna at Bergdorf Goodman for the fall collection of her Fenty by Puma collection.
Rihanna at Bergdorf Goodman for the fall collection of her Fenty by Puma collection.

“Ultimately for all of us, the celebrity association is nice, but it’s all about the product and we knew this type of product would speak to our customer.”

Article Courtesy of wwd - Misty White Sidell

All Beauty® Water- a skincare drink® formulated to help nourish & hydrate your skin

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New brand & new beverage category – Skin & Beauty from Within

All Beauty, LLC launches a skincare drink formulated for skin health and beauty from within. Available in New York, South Florida, on Amazon, and growing (with more locations coming soon) this beverage brings into focus the fact that what one puts into their bodies has a profound effect on skin (proper hydration and nutrition), vs just thinking about beauty from a topical regimen. We believe in “beauty from within”.

Yet the majority of the population (over ¾) is chronically dehydrated. Many do not like the taste of plain water, and have a hard time getting all the nutrients they need daily, though they know that they should do this to be healthy and have healthy looking skin.

All Beauty Water is a refreshing and delicious tasting drink, which makes it easy and enjoyable to hydrate and nourish skin from within.

All the ingredients in All Beauty Water were selected because research has shown these ingredients to support healthy looking skin. Some of the benefits of water, SkinVitamins® and SkinNutrients® include: helps hydrate, increase elasticity, replenish skin cells, help skin look younger, helps fight premature wrinkles, helps fight oxidation brought on by free radicals, helps stimulate collagen production, helps skin heal and repair.

What is All Beauty Water?

  • New and unique beverage product that encourages individuals to think about what they put into their bodies as having an effect on skin and not just what you put on your skin- beauty from within.
  • Our skincare drink that combines the skin hydration® benefits of water with vitamins, minerals, electrolytes & antioxidants which research has shown support healthy looking skin.
  • 0 calorie, 0 sug (sugar leads to break-down of collagen in skin)
  • Each bottle has 2 glasses of water + 8 SkinVitamins® +7 SkinNutrients® (including minerals, antioxidants and electrolytes).
  • Water is an important conduit for flushing out toxins and also for ensuring that nutrients get to cells
  • SkinVitamins found in All Beauty Water: Vit A, Vit C, Vit D, Vit E, Vit B12, Vit B6, Vit B3, Biotin
    •  Lack of Vitamin D due to sunscreen or reduced sun exposure is a serious concern across the country.  Each bottle of All Beauty Water has 100% recommended daily value of Vitamin
  • SkinNutrients found in All Beauty Water: Selenium, Green Tea extract, Magnesium, Manganese, Calcium, Potassium, Zinc
  • Comes in 3 refreshing flavors: Cucumber Aloe, Pomegranate Rose & Strawberry Açaí.
  • All natural and has nothing artificial in it (including no artificial sweetener).
  • Kosher certified, Vegan, Gluten-free, GMO-free.
  • Recommended: drink 1 to 2 bottles per day
  • MSRP $2.99

Our Mission:

All Beauty is a lifestyle brand that aims to encourage individuals to think of their beauty and skincare from within – what you put into your body will affect your skin – by creating delicious products that both hydrate and nourish skin.

How we got started?

We started All Beauty with the dream of encouraging people to make the connection between what they put into their bodies and their looks. Camille Varlet, the founder, came up with the idea when she noticed her friends all talking about seeing signs of aging and yet they all were drinking diet soda- they thought water was “boring”, had “no flavor” or was “not refreshing”. She found this to be a disconnect between how people think about their looks and what they put into their bodies. Finding a solution is what inspired her to launch All Beauty Water. She wanted to create a healthy, delicious tasting and 0 calorie alternative to sugary drinks or beverages that are artificially formulated, with added skin benefits (all the ingredients in All Beauty Water have research showing they have various skin health benefits).

Camille Varlet, the founder of All Beauty Water, worked in brand management at Dannon & L’Oreal before starting to develop & launch All Beauty Water. She is half French, half Italian, and moved the US when she was 9.

List of locations

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All Beauty® Water- a skincare drink® formulated to help nourish & hydrate your skin

abwa01.05com-all-beauty-water.jpg

New brand & new beverage category – Skin & Beauty from Within

All Beauty, LLC launches a skincare drink formulated for skin health and beauty from within. Available in New York, South Florida, on Amazon, and growing (with more locations coming soon) this beverage brings into focus the fact that what one puts into their bodies has a profound effect on skin (proper hydration and nutrition), vs just thinking about beauty from a topical regimen. We believe in “beauty from within”.

Yet the majority of the population (over ¾) is chronically dehydrated. Many do not like the taste of plain water, and have a hard time getting all the nutrients they need daily, though they know that they should do this to be healthy and have healthy looking skin.

All Beauty Water is a refreshing and delicious tasting drink, which makes it easy and enjoyable to hydrate and nourish skin from within.

All the ingredients in All Beauty Water were selected because research has shown these ingredients to support healthy looking skin. Some of the benefits of water, SkinVitamins® and SkinNutrients® include: helps hydrate, increase elasticity, replenish skin cells, help skin look younger, helps fight premature wrinkles, helps fight oxidation brought on by free radicals, helps stimulate collagen production, helps skin heal and repair.

What is All Beauty Water?

  • New and unique beverage product that encourages individuals to think about what they put into their bodies as having an effect on skin and not just what you put on your skin- beauty from within.
  • Our skincare drink that combines the skin hydration® benefits of water with vitamins, minerals, electrolytes & antioxidants which research has shown support healthy looking skin.
  • 0 calorie, 0 sug (sugar leads to break-down of collagen in skin)
  • Each bottle has 2 glasses of water + 8 SkinVitamins® +7 SkinNutrients® (including minerals, antioxidants and electrolytes).
  • Water is an important conduit for flushing out toxins and also for ensuring that nutrients get to cells
  • SkinVitamins found in All Beauty Water: Vit A, Vit C, Vit D, Vit E, Vit B12, Vit B6, Vit B3, Biotin
    •  Lack of Vitamin D due to sunscreen or reduced sun exposure is a serious concern across the country.  Each bottle of All Beauty Water has 100% recommended daily value of Vitamin
  • SkinNutrients found in All Beauty Water: Selenium, Green Tea extract, Magnesium, Manganese, Calcium, Potassium, Zinc
  • Comes in 3 refreshing flavors: Cucumber Aloe, Pomegranate Rose & Strawberry Açaí.
  • All natural and has nothing artificial in it (including no artificial sweetener).
  • Kosher certified, Vegan, Gluten-free, GMO-free.
  • Recommended: drink 1 to 2 bottles per day
  • MSRP $2.99

Our Mission:

All Beauty is a lifestyle brand that aims to encourage individuals to think of their beauty and skincare from within – what you put into your body will affect your skin – by creating delicious products that both hydrate and nourish skin.

How we got started?

We started All Beauty with the dream of encouraging people to make the connection between what they put into their bodies and their looks. Camille Varlet, the founder, came up with the idea when she noticed her friends all talking about seeing signs of aging and yet they all were drinking diet soda- they thought water was “boring”, had “no flavor” or was “not refreshing”. She found this to be a disconnect between how people think about their looks and what they put into their bodies. Finding a solution is what inspired her to launch All Beauty Water. She wanted to create a healthy, delicious tasting and 0 calorie alternative to sugary drinks or beverages that are artificially formulated, with added skin benefits (all the ingredients in All Beauty Water have research showing they have various skin health benefits).

Camille Varlet, the founder of All Beauty Water, worked in brand management at Dannon & L’Oreal before starting to develop & launch All Beauty Water. She is half French, half Italian, and moved the US when she was 9.

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Uniformity May 20 – November 19, 2016 The Museum at FIT

The Museum at FIT presents Uniformity, an exhibition that explores the dynamic history behind a variety of uniforms, examining both their social roles and their influence on high fashion. Uniformity features over 70 objects from the museum’s permanent collection, many of which have never before been on view.

Uniforms occupy a unique place in our society. Designed both to blend in and stand out, they are in a way the antithesis of high fashion. Where uniform design focuses on functionality, control, and tradition, fashion promotes constant change, creativity, and subversion. Yet fashion has often drawn inspiration from uniforms of all kinds, taking functional features and transforming them into decorative elements.

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Uniformity is organized thematically to focus on four main categories of uniforms: military, work, school, and sports. The exhibition opens with a display highlighting each of these four themes, including a full Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) uniform from 1900, a fireman’s uniform from the 1950s, a contemporary schoolgirl uniform from Japan, and a professional cyclist’s uniform from 1985.

The opening gallery also includes a pair of military formal evening uniform (or “mess dress”) jackets from the early 20th century, resplendent with metallic soutache and black galloon. These features functioned to convey the rank and regiment of the wearer. The use of heavy braided threads derived from a need for protection against blades in hand-to-hand combat during the 18th and 19th centuries. Such adornments have since made their way into high fashion, as seen in a look from Ralph Lauren’s fall 2013 collection.

The exhibition continues its exploration of military uniforms in the first display, which concentrates on the importance of modern “dress” uniforms, considering how they have evolved over time, as well as how they differ among ranks, genders, and the various branches of the armed forces. On view in this section is a U.S. Army colonel Dress Blue uniform from 1950, and a World War II U.S. Naval Reserve WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services) uniform designed by the couturier Mainbocher. These are juxtaposed with designs from Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and Perry Ellis that demonstrate a range of fashionable uses for the deep blue wool and gold buttons of dress uniforms.

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The next section focuses on the U.S. military’s implementation of olive drab service uniforms and cotton fatigues during the 20th century. These are represented by a U.S. Army uniform from World War I, a WAC (Women’s Army Corps) uniform from 1944, a World War II Air Force uniform that features a shortened “Eisenhower” or “Ike” jacket, and a cotton “Jeep” coat, also from World War II. These pieces are shown side-by-side with high fashion garments, such as a design from Comme des Garçons that deconstructs the olive drab service uniform by removing the sleeves while leaving the frayed edges as a form of adornment. A look from Marc Jacobs’s spring 2010 collection features a literal adaptation of an Army field jacket paired with a feminine flowing skirt to create an intriguing juxtaposition.

Naval uniforms in particular have had a marked influence on high fashion ever since the late 19th century, with “middy” collars and “Breton” stripes appearing in sportswear, eveningwear, menswear, children’s wear, and women’s wear. At the center of a platform dedicated to naval garb, two U.S. sailor uniforms from World War I illustrate the adaptability of uniform design to differences in climate and seasonal weather changes. One uniform for warmer weather is made from white cotton, while another version, for cooler temperatures, is rendered in navy blue wool. To either side are pieces that show how designers translate certain details from naval uniforms into high fashion, such as a late-19th century ensemble featuring a sailor or “middy” collar, as well as more contemporary pieces from Jean Paul Gaultier and Sacai that utilize the distinctive “Breton” horizontal stripes of the French navy.

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The final military section examines the evolution of camouflage and its impact on high fashion. Camouflage was first developed during World War I by the French, but was in wide use by World War II. Since then, camouflage design has expanded exponentially to include versions for all terrains, climates, and countries. On view in this section is a U.S. Marine camouflage poncho and helmet cover from World War II, as well as high fashion versions of the print from designers such as John Galliano for Christian Dior and Michael Kors.

From military uniforms, the exhibition moves on to uniforms designed for particular occupations, such as a chauffeur’s uniform from the 1930s and a maid’s uniform from the 1950s. A grouping of nurse uniforms from World War I and World War II are shown alongside Louise Dahl-Wolfe photographs for Harper’s Bazaar from the 1940s that demonstrate the symbolic role of the nurse’s uniform during World War II.

Also on view in this section are two TWA flight attendant uniforms from 1975, designed by Stan Herman. With their fashionable silhouettes, the two looks show how airlines used uniforms to convey an affluent lifestyle. They also show the way variety can be integrated into design to suggest a level of originality and personal style, even while the uniform remains contained within a fixed visual lexicon.

Another Stan Herman highlight from this section is his design for the original McDonald’s uniform that debuted in 1975. This ensemble demonstrates the growing importance of branding in uniform design during the late 20th century. The work uniforms section concludes with a look from Chanel’s fall 2015 ready-to-wear collection, inspired by the distinctive attire of Parisian waiters.

Uniformity then moves on to school uniforms, beginning with an Eaton suit from 1930 and then tracing the evolution of the school blazer, from collegiate jackets of the 1920s and 1940s to contemporary Japanese school uniforms. A Thom Browne suit from 2006 plays on the iconography of the school uniform, fusing the legacy of an Eaton suit with the classic gray flannel suit.

Also highlighted in this section are the influence of schoolgirl uniforms. Unlike the blazer of their male counterparts, these uniforms feature a drop-waist dress. The earliest example on view is a uniform dress issued to the female students of Marymount College during the 1920s. With a slight “middy” collar and silk tie secured around the neck, the look is a clear nod to the sailor-inspired sportswear of the time. Four decades later, in 1967, Rudi Gernreich created an homage to the style with a flirtatious, mini-dress version of the look, also on view. The Gernreich ensemble highlights the increased sexualization of schoolgirl uniforms during the second half of the 20th century.

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Uniformity concludes with a section devoted to athletic uniforms that features historic baseball jerseys, a football uniform from circa 1920, a historic track uniform, a contemporary ski ensemble, and a cycling jersey. The influence of athletic uniforms on high fashion is demonstrated in designs by Ungaro, Geoffrey Beene, Stella Jean, and Gucci, which highlight how the bold insignias and markings of athletic jerseys have influenced the logo-driven branding of many luxury brands.

Uniformity, on view from May 20 through November 19, 2016, is organized by Emma McClendon, assistant curator of costume at The Museum at FIT.

The Museum at FIT

The Museum at FIT, which is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is the only museum in New York City dedicated solely to the art of fashion. Best known for its innovative and award-winning exhibitions, the museum has a collection of more than 50,000 garments and accessories dating from the 18th century to the present. Like other fashion museums, such as the Musée de la Mode, the Mode Museum, and the Museo de la Moda, The Museum at FIT collects, conserves, documents, exhibits, and interprets fashion. The museum’s mission is to advance knowledge of fashion through exhibitions, publications, and public programs. Visit fitnyc.edu/museum.

The museum is part of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), a State University of New York (SUNY) college of art, design, business, and technology that has been at the crossroads of commerce and creativity for 70 years. With programs that blend hands-on practice, a strong grounding in theory, and a broad-based liberal arts foundation, FIT offers career education in nearly 50 areas, and grants associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. FIT provides students with a complete college experience at an affordable cost, a vibrant campus life in New York City, and industry-relevant preparation for rewarding careers. Visit fitnyc.edu.

Is Fitness Over 40 Easy?

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Fitness over 40 is as simple and as easy as fitness UNDER 40. However, people over 40 do have some things to consider before they leap into any old fitness program. Here is an overall review of the benefits of fitness over 40 as well as some suggestions on points to consider before beginning any fitness program.

It seems pretty hard to be fit over 40, doesn’t it?

Well, I could tell you about people like Kelly Nelson and Morjoie Newlin, two female bodybuilders. They’re not your typical bodybuilders. Kelly Nelson first began training with weights in the early 1980’s at age 53 and was still competing in the 21st century in her late 70’s…in a bikini…and looking’ good if I may say so! Morjorie Newlin was in HER 70’s before a 50 pound bag of cat litter convinced her that if she didn’t do something, old age was going to be a difficult time. That’s when she began a fitness training program that included weightlifting. Morjorie Newlin was participating in bodybuilding competitions, and winning, in her 80’s! Same comment…in a bikini and looking’ good.

Now, obviously, these are special ladies who put in a lot of extra effort to accomplish some specific goals, but it does make a point. Life…and fitness…does not have to end at 40. Both of these ladies STARTED their fitness careers after age 40. Kelly Nelson was 53 and Morjorie Newlin was 72. Years later, both were still active in their chosen fitness areas and still enjoying life as well as, or better than, many in their 30’s or 40’s.

Fitness over 40? Heck, all around the globe, people in their 80’s are skiing, hiking, canoeing, biking. Some, not so adventurous, are lifting weights or sweating’ along with Richard Simmons. Some are black belts in Karate, and some quietly and calmly practice yoga or tai-chi.

As easy as this sounds, fitness over 40 requires regular performance of the proper exercises. Just as in our 30’s or 40’s, sitting in the easy chair, clicking the remote, doing 16 ounce curls with a Miller Lite just doesn’t cut it. However, it is not necessary to pack up and head for the gym and try to keep up with the hardbody cuties, either. It IS necessary to pick an exercise program or physical activity, combine that with some healthy eating habits…AND STICK TO IT!

Even over 40, the benefits normally associated with a regular, moderate exercise program will kick in, but for seniors, some benefits are of special importance.

People over 40 tend to break bones, usually from falling.

As we age, bones weaken, as do muscles. We lose some of our proprioception, the perception of stimuli relating to a person’s own position, posture, equilibrium, or internal condition. Our ability to react quickly to a loss of balance, whatever the source, or to avoid an obstacle or actual peril becomes diminished.

Exercise helps bones stay strong and exercises such as weightlifting and other resistance training help your body maintain balance and stability. Weight bearing and resistance exercises assist the body in maintaining proprioception by improving the connections and conditions of the muscles and their anchoring in bone. This training also triggers the reconditioning of the signaling system from body to brain which allows the brain to realize the danger and transmit the appropriate signals to muscles which can react to correct the situation. Weightlifting and resistance exercises can help give your muscles the strength and agility to respond to those signals if you are tripped, off balance, or in other peril requiring quick reaction.

People over 40 begin to lose their zest for living and experience more health crises.

Part of this is due to normal changes that take place as we grow older. Our bodies get thicker and lose the gracefulness of youth. Things seem to become heavier and harder to move, and we begin to feel aches and pains that often accompany aging. Some of those aches and pains may be due to arthritis, and other ills may also attack us as we seem to become prey to every passing cold or other social ailment, and also see some deadlier or more debilitating conditions crop up in our age group, if not in ourselves.

Regular exercise comes to the rescue here as well. It can help with weight loss, or it can help with weight management once we get to our appropriate weight. Regular, moderate exercise can keep joints supple, in many cases even joints under attack by arthritis. I know about this as I have been afflicted with fairly severe osteoarthritis for several years and manage to keep myself active and the condition somewhat under control by my own exercise activities. Exercise also strengthens the immune system, which helps us avoid or fight off the normal bacterial and viral infections which seem to come our way and which often seem to wreak havoc on the older population.

Even better; regular, moderate exercise seems to be somewhat effective in helping ward off such common companions of aging as high blood pressure, type II diabetes, and even some forms of cancer.

What exercise program is beneficial for fitness over 40?

In the first analysis, almost any physical activity which gets your heart rate up, makes you breathe more deeply than normal, and which challenges muscles beyond their normal range of activity is going to be on the list. There are people in their 80’s hiking mountain trails, water skiing, playing softball, weightlifting (as pointed out earlier), or even cheerleading. It is NOT necessary to take out a membership in a local gym, hire a personal trainer, or invest in a lot of exercise equipment and apparel…unless that helps get you motivated. Anything from walking, to swimming, to yoga, to weightlifting will generally fill the bill. There are, however, some simple points to think about.

  1. Get your doctor’s approval first. “Nuff said?
  2. Pick an activity, or even a group of activities, which you will enjoy doing. Don’t be afraid to try something new…take some classes in yoga, tai chi, or even karate. Maybe you will feel better in a certain amount of solitude and just want to pick up a set of weights and exercise in the privacy of your home. Perhaps the idea of biking around the neighborhood or even around other parts of the country appeals to you. If this is a new set of decisions, realize that you may try a few things at first that just don’t pan out for one reason or another. Keep experimenting until you find what is right for you. You are STILL exercising, right?
  3. Put some variation into your exercise.

Any exercise cannot itself provide the three basic types of exercise needed. We need exercises which will stretch muscles and joints, exercises which strengthen muscle, and exercises which improve our cardiovascular fitness. This is not really hard to do, however, and should not take a lot of time out of your life, particularly when you consider how much it will put back into your life. As one example, you could do a simple weight or resistance training for strength two or three times a week, some sort of low-impact aerobics or walking for cardio on other days, and do some simple stretching exercises every day. None of these workout periods needs to be more than about 30 minutes, although a little more time and effort may produce better benefits, particularly once you have trained up to a level where your body is comfortable meeting the demands you place on it.

You are more likely to stay on a physical fitness regimen if you enjoy it. However, things do tend to get stale over time. It doesn’t hurt to vary your approach from time to time in either the manner in which you do certain exercises, or by varying the exercises themselves. While not exact equals, for example, swimming, biking, and walking can be somewhat interchangeable as part of your fitness routine. In some cases, simply varying the environment, i.e. taking a walk in the park or botanical gardens as opposed your neighborhood may be all the variation you need to feel like you have put a little zing into your day-to-day workout existence.

  1. Start off easy. At any age, a common reason for failure to stay on ANY exercise program is that people tend to try to do too much at first and try to progress too fast. Whatever you choose, your body needs time to adjust to the new demands being made on it, and results will never come overnight.
  2. Don’t stop. Probably the most important aspect of any exercise program, or any other self-improvement program, is the commitment to what you know you should be doing day after day. A haphazard approach to your exercise program is detrimental at any stage in your life. After 40, however, making sure you get your regular dose of anti-aging exercise is incredibly important.
  3. Eat healthy. I try to avoid the use of the word “diet”, and often substitute the term “healthy eating” instead. Diets don’t work and can even work against you. They are difficult to stay on and take a major portion of fun out of life instead of making life better. Healthy eating choices will do the trick if you make them a regular part of your life.

While fitness over 40 can demand some of your time and attention that you might not want to surrender to it, the rewards in overall health, fitness, and enjoyment of life will far outweigh any investment you put into it.

Article Courtesy of Author: Donovan Baldwin

NEW & IMPROVED! Crosskix follows up their signature shoe (1.0) and launches 2.0 and APX styles for 2016!

Run, jump and dash into the latest revolution in foam footwear this spring with Crosskix! Be part of the growing trend of the energizing, sleek and sporty Crosskix lifestyle and culture that is dominating the foam composite footwear market.

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Crosskix is more than just another EVA shoe to slip on and casually wear. It’s pioneering functionality in mold-injected footwear for multi-purpose uses that comes in striking, attractive and sporty designs. Each shoe is designed and engineered for the best impact absorption, ventilation and water use. The stylish and functional athletic shoes are rugged enough for rigorous obstacle course races (TUFF MUDDER, etc), comfortable for marathon runs, and stylish for everyday casual wear in and out of the water!

yellowBe one of the first to experience Crosskix’s APX and 2.0. The Kickstarter “super early bird” SPECIAL pricing will start at $34/pair (any style, color, or size). Suggested retail price starting at $64/pair. These prices are exclusively available during the Kickstarter campaign at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/crosskix/crosskix-20-and-apx-new-and-improved?ref=discovery  until completion. Target delivery date is April 2016.

Crosskix’s 2.0 design is a follow-up to the signature 1.0 shoe with more improvements in design and functionality. Features include a fully circleadjustable tongue with slits on the medial and lateral sides for high insteps. A strong marine Velcro securely fastens the instep strap while submerged in water. Crosskix also added a “pin fastener” on the upper lateral side that can be inserted into pre-drilled holes on the instep strap. This allows users to wear the 2.0 as loose or as tight as they want.

The APX is designed to fit, feel and function like a high performance greensneaker. New features include a full tongue with 9mm wide anti-chorine elastic specifically made for water — and will not dry up and crack. The instep can be adjusted to any height. Like the 2.0, the APX also incorporates stylish air and water vents and scupper drain holes on the rear medial and lateral sides of the shoe.

Both the 2.0 and APX are designed recreational and athletic uses and are perfect for water sports and recreational activities where the user needs to go from land to water and back, without having to switch shoes.

Don’t miss this opportunity and be the first to experience the most comfortable and functional athletic shoe in foam composite footwear with the Crosskix’s new Kickstarter for the APX and 2.0 design — just in time for Spring/Summer 2016 delivery.

Great for all ages, these Crosskix designs are perfect for anyone looking for a comfortable all-purpose athletic shoe for grey redeveryday use. Please visit crosskix.com or contact sarah@chicexecs.com.

NEW & IMPROVED! Crosskix follows up their signature shoe (1.0) and launches 2.0 and APX styles for 2016!

Run, jump and dash into the latest revolution in foam footwear this spring with Crosskix! Be part of the growing trend of the energizing, sleek and sporty Crosskix lifestyle and culture that is dominating the foam composite footwear market.

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Crosskix is more than just another EVA shoe to slip on and casually wear. It’s pioneering functionality in mold-injected footwear for multi-purpose uses that comes in striking, attractive and sporty designs. Each shoe is designed and engineered for the best impact absorption, ventilation and water use. The stylish and functional athletic shoes are rugged enough for rigorous obstacle course races (TUFF MUDDER, etc), comfortable for marathon runs, and stylish for everyday casual wear in and out of the water!

yellowBe one of the first to experience Crosskix’s APX and 2.0. The Kickstarter “super early bird” SPECIAL pricing will start at $34/pair (any style, color, or size). Suggested retail price starting at $64/pair. These prices are exclusively available during the Kickstarter campaign at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/crosskix/crosskix-20-and-apx-new-and-improved?ref=discovery  until completion. Target delivery date is April 2016.

Crosskix’s 2.0 design is a follow-up to the signature 1.0 shoe with more improvements in design and functionality. Features include a fully circleadjustable tongue with slits on the medial and lateral sides for high insteps. A strong marine Velcro securely fastens the instep strap while submerged in water. Crosskix also added a “pin fastener” on the upper lateral side that can be inserted into pre-drilled holes on the instep strap. This allows users to wear the 2.0 as loose or as tight as they want.

The APX is designed to fit, feel and function like a high performance greensneaker. New features include a full tongue with 9mm wide anti-chorine elastic specifically made for water — and will not dry up and crack. The instep can be adjusted to any height. Like the 2.0, the APX also incorporates stylish air and water vents and scupper drain holes on the rear medial and lateral sides of the shoe.

Both the 2.0 and APX are designed recreational and athletic uses and are perfect for water sports and recreational activities where the user needs to go from land to water and back, without having to switch shoes.

Don’t miss this opportunity and be the first to experience the most comfortable and functional athletic shoe in foam composite footwear with the Crosskix’s new Kickstarter for the APX and 2.0 design — just in time for Spring/Summer 2016 delivery.

Great for all ages, these Crosskix designs are perfect for anyone looking for a comfortable all-purpose athletic shoe for grey redeveryday use. Please visit crosskix.com or contact sarah@chicexecs.com.