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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.

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.

HEALTHY MINDSET WITH DANETTE MAY

We partnered with fitness and lifestyle gurus for an ongoing series featuring the YOU by Skechers wellness collection. In our first installment, author and nutritionist Danette May helps us find a healthy mindset for a healthy YOU…

As a busy wife, mother and business owner, I don’t really have a “typical” day. In fact, sometimes my days are so crazy-busy that I don’t even know which day of the week it is! I literally run from one activity to the next, trying to squeeze all that I can into one day, all while doing my best to breathe, find balance and stay positive.

One thing I do every day are rituals and establish non-negotiables. These are what keep me grounded, sane and moving forward in my deep-seated dreams and soul purpose.

I start my day drinking lemon water and meditating. I then proceed to getting my girls off to school on time. Once the kids are off to school, it’s time to work on my growing business. During the business day, I ensure I make time for moving my body and getting in to nature. When I head to the store, the gym or a casual meet up, I slip on my Skechers. These shoes are so convenient for me and since I can just slip them right on without having to tie them, it’s one less step for me, which allows me to race to my next activity quicker!  And when I put them on, there is a sense of comfort and support underneath me, and that’s exactly what I need to get through my busy day! That’s why I love YOU by Skechers so much!

As the day closes, and I’m around the dinner table with my family, I am thankful for daily rituals.  Rituals of healing foods, healing movement and a healing mindset to keep me aligned with all the creations blooming in my soul.

Colorado girl Danette May is a certified fitness professional, author, Pilates instructor and nutritionist, with over 15 years in the business. Through her positive messaging, motivation & fitness plans, she has changed the lives of thousands of people by transforming their bodies & helping them achieve their fitness & wellness goals. She holds a degree in pre-med and nutrition, and is the founder of Mindful Health, LLC, a platform that provides millions of people around the world with the tools, knowledge, and inspiration to look and feel their best while inspiring them to live more healthy and zestful lives. Learn more about Danette at DanetteMay.com.

FALL FAMILY BOOTS WITH MOTHERHOOD AND MERLOT

We partnered with Joanna Clute from Motherhood and Merlot to show us how to gear up the entire family with Skechers boots for the fall season.

With the change in season right around the corner, Skechers has some fabulous boot styles for everyone in your crew. From toddler booties, to school-age kiddos and adults, there is something for everyone. I love the fall season, and boots/booties are a must have for your closet when the weather starts to cool down. My girls and I chose very different styles. It’s great that Skechers has so many options, so that everyone has something to wear.

Bell sleeves and ruffles are trending big time now, and I would put them on all of my kids if they would let me! My two youngest girls will be living in this trend this season. I love that the gold Little Lady booties pair so well with dresses, or pants and a cute top. Here in Arizona, we can pretty much wear dresses all year round, but I know that fall in some areas is much cooler, so these versatile booties are perfect for all climates.

My favorite way to pair my daughter’s western-style Mad Dash booties are with a flannel t-shirt dress. I adore the way that this looks on her, and it is so easy to style! These booties also come in black, as well as the brown color that she is wearing.

For myself, I chose the burgundy Taxi – Accolade booties and I am obsessed! Red is a power color for fall, and these booties do not disappoint. They look great with jeans, or a dress (with bell sleeves of course), and the color is just perfect for the warm tones of fall.

Plus, they have the soft memory foam insole, so they are EXTREMELY comfortable. When walking around with four kids at the pumpkin patch, this is a must for me! These are also available in taupe, which I am dying to get, and black. A must-have in every color.

A huge thanks to Skechers for asking me to share some fall looks for the whole family with all of you! It is so much fun rocking these adorable booties and getting to dress up my girls as we all prepare for fall.

What are your favorite fall styles this season? Let me know in the comments! And check out my blog Motherhood and Merlot for more seasonal outfits, beauty posts, and motherhood topics.

FOUR TIPS FOR THE COLLEGE-BOUND

A member of our team just headed back to college (like many of you)… now a senior, she looks back on her past college years with lots of great experiences under her belt – and four easy tips to make your years just as fun and memorable. Read on for some great advice on how to make the most of your time on campus.

I can’t believe it, but I’m finally back at school for my last year at the University of South Carolina. Saying goodbye to my family in California is always tough, but I have established such an amazing group of friends at school and have come to love South Carolina and think of it as a second home!

Starting a new semester is always refreshing for me because I get to take on the challenge of tackling new classes and figuring out an entirely new schedule, which is always jam packed between classes, internships, teaching fitness classes, and spending time with my friends! I think that it is really important to figure out a routine that works for you, especially at the beginning of a new semester when there is so much going on! Here are some of my tips for starting your semester off on the right foot:

1) Choose classes that are most interesting to you and that are being taught by the best professors, even if that means waking up early for an 8 a.m. class.

2) Write everything down! I always carry around a notebook so that I can jot down assignments, meetings, and other plans that pop up throughout the day. I have definitely forgotten about deadlines in the past, so this is a must-do for me!

3) Schedule time to work out once in a while! I teach classes at my gym, which gives me the opportunity to move my body while focusing on inspiring my peers. Since working out is my job, I am pretty much always wearing comfortable shoes like the Skechers Flex Appeal 2.0 – Bold Move so I can go from class to gym in no time!

Flex Appeal 2.0 – Bold Move

4) Always say yes to spending time with friends. It is easy to get caught up in the stress of writing papers and studying for exams, but take advantage of every minute that you have to hang out with the people who know you the best! My friends and I love going on mini road trips on the weekends; nearby Charleston is probably one of our favorite places to go! I love wearing the Skechers Vaso – Flor on fun girls’ weekends because they go with pretty much everything and are comfortable enough to explore new places in!

The Vaso – Flor sneaker

As a rising senior, I can honestly say how quickly college flies by! Take advantage of every opportunity; there will be tons. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and fail; those mistakes and failures will teach you so much more than acing an exam or winning an award ever will. Lastly, remember to have fun!

What wisdom have you gathered during your school years? Share your best memories with us!

At top: The Flex Appeal 2.0 – Bold Move in black and white.

LET’S RELAX AS SUMMER SLOWS DOWN

It seems incredibly appropriate that today is National Relaxation Day. We suggest marking the occasion as a reminder to take a deep breath and enjoy these last couple weeks of August before the end of the unofficial summer season. With all the travel and getaways and barbecues and beach days, sometimes summer seems to pass by in the blink of an eye as the cooler days of autumn sneak up on us.
When it comes to footwear, relaxation and comfort go hand in hand and Skechers Relaxed Fit styles offer a roomier toe box and a soft air-cooled memory foam insole to ensure you’re feeling great at every step so you can maintain that late-season zen. The men’s Madolly lace-up sneaker is perfect for a trek out the beach cruiser away from the crowds.  When it’s just you and the path ahead, it’s easy to find your zone and let your mind let go.

Sometimes chillaxing with a friend with no plans in the future is exactly what the doctor ordered. Coordinating colors of your comfortable knitted slip-ons is optional, but as you can see the men’s Expected – Gomel in navy and the women’s Breathe Easy – Lassie in blue could be a perfect ice breaker as you and a date drift off into a long laugh-filled conversation about your favorite episodes of Always Sunny.  It’ll be a silly conversation but what makes it amazing is that you have nowhere else to be.

In the end, all that matters is locking in the time to do whatever sets your mind at ease. It almost seems counterproductive to make an appointment for relaxation, but if we don’t carve out the time in our busy lives—it just passes us by!  So don’t miss out and treat yourself while the sun is still bright and the weather still warm.  A few more perfectly comfy slip on Relaxed Fit styles—the Men’s Harper – Moven and women’s Breathe Easy – Like Crazy seen above.  And the women’s Empire – Inside Look seen below.  Let us know what you’re doing to find relaxation this summer in the comments!

SKECHER STREET HITS THE STREET

Meet Skecher Street Los Angeles: an edgy, new sneaker collection inspired by the urban street scene. Designed in LA, the collection takes the hottest shoe trends and wraps it into a fresh new footwear line (an amazing idea, we think).

Skecher Street’s Uplift – Wild Thang casuals in Zebra and Leopard.

In line with the season’s leading fashion trends, Skecher Street delivers sneakers, platforms and fashion trainers with premium metallic finishes, sophisticated takes on glimmer embellishments and playful embroidered pairs with star and graphic elements. We love how every style is unique, but can also be worn all the time and complement any look.

We’re so thrilled that fashion editors are into the collection, as well as much adored fashion influencers, including Mel Joy,  Koleen Diaz, Rachel Iwanyszyn of Jaglever, and others. Thanks for the love!

 

All of Skecher Street’s new styles come with the comfort and cushion you already love from big sis (SKECHERS). Skecher Street even has a patented Rise Fit technology that gives some of their styles more height, but Rise Fit’s contoured barefoot liners feel luxurious and just as comfy as your favorite flat. A great idea, right? Style. Comfort. Confidence. Triple the fun, triple the love. Three times as good.

Skecher Street’s Hi-Lite – Sugar High hi-tops in Off White.

To celebrate Skecher Street’s launch, we took our new styles on a tour of Venice Beach to shoot the collection, and are giving away a couple pairs on Instagram (Indicate which channel). Tell us your favorite Skecher Street style in the IG comments, tag a friend and you can win! Want to shop the line? You’ll find it at skechers.com, leading retailers and Skechers stores.

Follow @SkecherStreetLA to see what LA neighborhood we’ll be hanging out in with our #SkecherStreet style.

Shown above: Skecher Street’s Uplift – Wild Thang casuals in Zebra and Leopard, and Hi-Lite Sugar High high-tops in Off White.

Clockwise below: Skecher Street’s Hi-Lite – Perf-ect in Black; Lola – Metal Mayhem in Charcoal/Silver; Alba – Wild Walkers in Leopard; Omne – Jungle Jog in White/Silver; Hi Lite in Black/Gold; and Alba – Wild Walkers in Leopard.

 

 

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