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SKECHERS PIER TO PIER WALK RAISES $1.8 MILLION FOR KIDS

The Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk returned this past Sunday, its ninth year… and we had another amazing turnout with record-breaking donations for kids with special needs and our schools. More than $1.8 million raised, blowing away our $1.6 million goal!

More than 13,000 people walked pier to pier to support our kids. So many celebrities, from legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and actress, model and entrepreneur Brooke-Burke Charvet, to teens like This Is Us stars Logan Shroyer, Niles Fitch, Parker Bates and Mackenzie Hancsicsak. Special performances by recording artist Asia Monet; NBC’s Little Big Shots’ Kieran Tamondong; America’s Got Talent duo Artyon and Paige; Nickelodeon star Ciara Wilson; dance sensation Larsen Thompson; and actress/singer Jada Facer’s “National Anthem.” And thousands of families and friends and who all came together to support our cause.

Since 2009, our walk has had one goal: to raise funds that support our children. The results have taken shape in countless ways: supporting our amazing Friendship Foundation that encourages kids of special needs to make new friends, engage in new activities and bring people together. A new library that we built for the kids, new technology introduced to educate our children, and much more. And it’s grown far beyond our original goal in amazing ways – from uniting children and communities with a new level of kindness and positivity, to inspiring a sister Friendship Walk in places as far-reaching as China.

Our walk has also become a year-round movement: motivating thousands to take part and contribute every season. Next October’s event will be our 10th year, a huge milestone for us – and participants excited by last Sunday’s event have already hit the ground running with new donations and support. We encourage you to take part and join our movement for making a difference for kids in every community. You can learn more about the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk at skechersfriendshipwalk.com and  facebook.com/SKECHERSFriendshipWalk.

Our profound thanks to all of the companies who sponsored our walk this year, and have made it their business to support our kids: from our headlining sponsor Nickelodeon and media sponsor NBC4 Southern California, to countless sponsors across every industry: Mattel, Moose Toys, The Claudette & Ethan Rickett Care Foundation, Wells Fargo, Ross, Steel Partners, Premier Displays & Exhibits, United Legwear & Underwear Co., Velocity Sports Performance, Vertra, and so many others who give funds and support to provide a better future.

BOBS UNITES AUSTIN FOR HURRICANE ANIMALS

Through BOBS for Dogs, we’ve loved taking part in our national movement to save millions of shelter animals’ lives – and there was no greater opportunity for that than at our Strut Your Mutt event in Austin this fall! The recent hurricanes have tragically displaced hundreds of pets, creating an influx of homeless animals and a new sense of urgency to find homes for them as quickly as possible.

 

And Strut Your Mutt rose to the occasion… announcing a special “two-in-one” event with Super Adoption. In addition to raising funds for local shelters and animal rescue groups, Skechers also donated $10,000 to cover adoption fees for the first 100 animals adopted at the event – and it was a huge success!

Strut Your Mutt is a huge event every year in cities across the country – there are BOBS prizes, treats and toys for the dogs and even special offers on our adorable BOBS for Dogs shoes. We just had a hugely successful Strut Your Mutt event in Los Angeles this past weekend (we raised more than $400,000 in that city alone!) and our national Strut Your Mutt Day will be held in communities everywhere this Saturday, October 28. If you’ve got a dog or are just a pooch lover, head outside and walk with us! You can get more info on this Saturday’s national event here.


Hats off to the Austin Animal Center, Austin Pets Alive, Houston Pets Alive, San Antonio Pet Alive and PAW Shelter of central Texas, amazing organizations that go the extra mile to save animals’ lives – not just in the hurricane’s aftermath, but every day at their shelters. And HUGE thanks to all of you who keep the BOBS for Dogs spirit alive and support our movement to make shelter deaths a thing of the past – through all of your purchases, posts and endless support.

 

COOL WEATHER FITNESS WITH BROOKE BURKE-CHARVET

Fall is upon us and I have been working on my winter belly all year LOL!

Most people are cramming in fitness routines to get bikini ready for summer but I like to stay fit every season. The colder it gets outside the better it feels to bring in the heat. Increasing your fitness commitment can help balance the decadence of the holiday season. We all know that the holidays bring on more social commitments, celebrations, and high caloric festivities.

Here are a few things that I do to manage it all, stay in top shape, and still be able to squeeze in to my New Year’s eve dress:

  • Drink a ton of water, and by that I mean consume a lot more water than your festive cocktails. BTW, hydrating will also help flush out high sodium yummies.
  • Partner up!  Training with friends keeps you committed, honest and laughing through the sweat!  Check out this sneak peek of a scene from my new fitness project–the Brooke Burke Body Fitness app that launches December 1st.  Join me on my fitness journey around the globe to see how easy it is to make it happen anytime, anywhere.
  • Increase your cardio, the more calories you burn the more fat you blast!!! If it’s too cold outside for active outdoor activities, then take an indoor class. I have always believed that cross training is super important. High-impact aerobics are my personal favorite; if you’re not sweating you’re just not working out hard enough. I also love group spinning and taking different types of classes with my girlfriends.
  • Hot yoga is beneficial on many levels far beyond body. One thing that I highly recommend to help manage the holiday madness is taking time out to breathe, relax, and get centered. Not only is stretching one of the best things I know that we can do for our body, even a five minute Shavasana can turn your whole day around.
  • I am really into home workouts. Being stronger than your excuses will allow you to figure out ways to stay fit even in the privacy of your own living room. BTW, if you follow me on social media, I share many tips and tricks that will help you tone and tighten at home. There are plenty of workouts available for FREE on YouTube and short little secrets on Instagram.
  • Yes, you can find tools to help with a workout anywhere–a chair can turn into training equipment at home.  Here’s me behind-the-scenes shooting for my Brooke Burke Body Fitness app in my backyard in Malibu. It’s my “No Excuses” philosophy at work!
  • Last but not least, one of the best ways I know to burn calories and have fun doing it is to dance the night away! If you’re really smart, you’ll kick off those stilettos and slide on your Skechers for your own cardio party!

 

Skechers ambassador Brooke Burke-Charvet is a busy mom of four, entrepreneur, fitness guru, and co-founder of ModernMom.com.  For the latest tips or advice from Brooke plus updates on the upcoming launch of the Brooke Burke Body Fitness app, make sure you follow her on Facebook and Instagram and check out her podcast, The Brooke Burke Show. And be on the lookout this January when Brooke returns for a new season of Chicken Soup for the Soul’s award-winning show Hidden Heroes on the CW network. 

FIVE EVERYDAY MOBILITY EXERCISES

We partnered with fitness and lifestyle gurus for an ongoing series featuring the YOU by Skechers wellness collection. In our third installment, Pilates instructor Katie Yip offers her favorite do-anywhere easy mobility exercises…

BEFORE WE START, PLEASE REMEMBER THAT WHEN PARTICIPATING IN ANY EXERCISE PROGRAM, THERE IS A RISK OF PHYSICAL INJURY. BEFORE STARTING THIS OR ANY OTHER EXERCISE PROGRAM, PLEASE CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR.

Even if you don’t have time to do a complete workout, it’s important to perform basic mobility exercises daily to maintain fundamental movement skills. Mobility exercises allow us to move freely, and do the things we love with vitality, power — and most importantly without pain and/or tightness. Akin to the ‘use it or lose it’ concept, if we neglect our body’s desire to move, we eventually lose the ability to move freely and easily. Nowadays, our work has a tendency towards inactivity, which means that it is even more important we maintain basic strength and flexibility. Try to incorporate two to three of these basic mobility exercises to keep your body, your joints, and your spirit happy and healthy.


1-Hip Flexor Stretch

  1. Kneel with one leg forward and one leg back
  2. Lengthen the tailbone down towards the floor and pull the stomach in and up
  3. Lean forward into the stretch (*Make sure low back is not arched)
  4. To deepen the stretch, engage the abdominals and gluteal muscles

2-Upper Back (Thoracic) Rotation

  1. Lie on the side with knees, hips, and feet stacked. Legs and hips must be anchored to the floor
  2. Hands are stacked on top of one another
  3. Lift the top arm up to the ceiling and bring it behind you, thereby rotating the torso back while keeping the lower body anchored (**Knees, hips, and feet stay stacked and anchored to floor)
  4. The gaze will follow the arm movement
  5. Repeat 6-8x

3-Sky Reaches

  1. Squat position (**If squat position is too uncomfortable, sit on top of a yoga block or stool)
  2. Fingertip to elbow
  3. Rotate elbow to the ceiling, and then extended arm upwards
  4. Return to starting position
  5. Repeat 6-8x on each side

4-Quadruped Hip Hinge

  1. On your hands and knees
  2. Back flat, stomach in
  3. Sit back onto the heels
  4. Move forward

5-Hip Hinge

  1. Begin with legs parallel and slightly wider than hip distance apart
  2. Initiate the movement with the hips reaching back, then the knees bending, and reach hands under torso. Only go as low as back can stay in a long and flat position.
  3. Return to standing position, and engage abdominals and gluteal muscles

Katie Yip is a NYC-based Pilates instructor who was featured in Women’s Health Magazine as a finalist for the 2014 Next Fitness Star contest. She is a contributor to BuzzFeed and Women’s Health Magazine, and holds a masters degree from Columbia University in Exercise Physiology and a BS in physiology and neuroscience. Learn more about Katie at katieyippilates.com.

WIN WITH #SPOTTEDINSKECHERS

We love seeing your pictures and we’re always looking for more cool and fun shots of Skechers out and about in the world!  Are you up to the task?  If yes, you could win!  All you need to do is take a photo of in your Skechers and post it with #spottedinSKECHERS on FacebookInstagram or Twitter. We pick a new winner on each platform every month!  So keep sharing for more chances to win. And as an added bonus, your fabulous shot may end up on the Skechers feed seen by an audience of millions!  See complete rules here.  And to get inspired, check out the gallery below for some of our favorites from the last few weeks–credit to the Instagram handles referenced in each caption.

KOYA WEBB’S FAVORITE WALKING PLAYLIST

We partnered with fitness and lifestyle gurus for an ongoing series featuring the YOU by Skechers wellness collection. In our second installment, holistic health coach Koya Webb shares her favorite playlist to help YOU find the beats to move…

I love to start my day with energizing tunes that give me good vibes. I slip on my YOU by Skechers and hit the streets or treadmill with a nice stroll. As these beats uplift me, my walk turns into a jog and after 2-3 songs I’m ready to SPRINT. Sprinting might not be your thing but I’m pretty sure these beats will have you speed walking in no time.

I think it’s important to not only listen to songs with a good beat but to also choose music with positive lyrics that inspire you to be a better person.

Take a listen to my favorite walking playlist on Spotify (check it out hereand let me know your favorite songs from the list in the comments. Maybe you’ll even be inspired to rock a couple of yoga poses after your walk. Have a happy day!

Koya Webb is an International Holistic Health Coach with certifications in personal training, yoga, holistic health and integrated nutrition, who has helped thousands of people across the globe better their lives by helping them reach their health and fitness goals. She is the creator of the popular Get Loved Up movement that inspires positive change world-wide through daily holistic living practices. Keep up to date with Koya at KoyaWebb.com and by following @koyawebb on Instagram and KoyaWebbOnline on Facebook.

MAKE FAMILY DAY MEMORIES

Feel like you need more quality time with those you love? Today is your day! It’s Family Day – an annual event that gives us a chance to refocus on our families. Whether you’re a couple, have a kid (or a pet!) or just want to call your parent or sibling to say I love you, it’s a great reminder (not that you need one) to reconnect with the ones you love.

We asked our crew how they love to spend time with their fam – here are some of their favorite moments:

Something our whole family can do together that we enjoy is stand up paddleboarding. My husband and I each paddle a board and our girls will sit, one on the front of each board. They love to see who can collect the most trash out of the ocean and get up close to the silly, stinky seals.

– Riley

My most fave is to go out to breakfast with my family. Second fave is to watch my kids or spouse compete in a sporting event. Parental/spousal pride and bragging rights!!!

– Kim

Does eating together count?  Free meal!

– Danika

Our family likes to go to the local beaches and spend time with family friends.

– Richard

My kids and I love to go to the climbing gym and race to the top.  It’s great to see Gerri and Joe work so hard – they really love being brave.  When we’re done we all go get some well-deserved ice cream and share our favorite moments of the afternoon.

– Hank                                                                                                                     

My family and I love surfing together because we can catch party waves where we are all on it at the same time… super fun!

– Joelle

I think the best family time happens in the quieter moments! Sleeping in, breakfast in the backyard, curling up and reading a good book together. We love to go camping as a family too!

– Athena

What do you love to do with your loved ones? Share your favorite memories with us!

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