The Wedding Shoe, er, Sneaker

One of our favorite wedding looks of all time is from the movie, Father of the Bride. If you haven’t seen it- you must must must find it on iTunes this week. In the movie, Steve Martin is the father of the bride and has special wedding sneakers made for his daughter to wear on her big day. Now, this may not be appropriate for all (or even most) weddings could still work for an after party, brunch or bachelorette party look. Plus the dress + sneaker look is so in right now. 

 

It could be super easy to decorate a pair of shoes that you already own. A little bit of crazy glue, beads, ribbon and lace can work wonders. Or if you are not feeling as crafty, there are certain sites like Etsy and Nike that will customize a sneaker for you. All else fails, enlist an artsy bridesmaid- that’s what they are there for!

Friday Favs

This time of year is always buzzing with activity. One of our favorite’s is participating in an organized race. Whether it be a themed 5K, a mud course, a sprint triathlon or a long distance event, it is a way fun to set a goal, have a new experience and potentially do something good. Plus your bridesmaids could always use a new excuse to rock another custom t-shirt. 

Set a goal It’s easy to get stuck in a workout rut. If you are able to set a tangible goal, it will be that much more rewarding when you exceed your set expectations. 

Have a new experience We love to find new experiences to share with friends that stray from the usual Saturday brunch. Heck, most events are held in the morning so you may even still be able to make it to Saturday brunch afterwards!

Do good It is common for a 5K to benefit either a local or national charity. The vibe and energy at these events are always positive, uplifting and powerful. You will be doing good not only for yourself, but your community. 

www.runningintheusa.com is our favorite resource. Happy weekend!

No Picking Sides

We can almost always find an excuse to get a blow out. Whether it be for a romantic pre-wedding getaway weekend, dress fittings, bridesmaid lunches, bridal showers, a bachelorette weekend or a friend’s wedding- we could go on. Having good hair that lasts for more than one day is the dream but can come with challenges for an active bride like yourself. It’s seemingly not always easy to balance a sweaty workout with keeping good hair, but it is totally possible. Here are some tips and tricks. 

Blowout style Straight

Pre- workout Keep hair in a low pony tail with a braid or just rock a braid itself sans pony. Key is to keep your locks together and avoid stray strands. 

Mid-workout Make sure to have a towel or piece of clothing on hand to dab your hairline to keep sweat under control. Keeping a towel on the back of your neck and under the hair helps soak up extra moisture.  

Post workout Use a towel to dry hairline and the back of the neck. Don’t be afraid to scrub your head as you would wet hair from the shower. Comb hair with either dry shampoo or baby powder on sweaty spots.Option to leave hair straight and touch up with straightening iron or add wave with curling iron.  

Blowout style Wavy, loose curls 

Pre-workout Keep hair in a top knot bun. Key is to keep it high and twisted.

Mid-workout Make sure to have a towel or piece of clothing hand to dab your hairline to keep sweat under control. Keeping a towel on the back of your neck and under the hair helps soak up extra moisture. 

Post-workout Use a towel to dab dry hairline and the back of the neck. Flip your hair back and forth as if your Willow Smith or the lead in a Rock Band. Spray pieces with dry shampoo and run your fingers gently through your waves. 

 

Try it out and let us know what you think!

Monday Motivation

As we get into the swing of wedding season, every Monday, we will be hitting you with a Monday Motivation blog post.

Wonder Woman premiered over the weekend and Gal Gadot served us some major Monday Motivation. To let you know a little more about Gal- she is married with two children, a former soldier and combat instructor for the Israel Defense Forces, model and seasoned actor. We did our research to find out more re: Gal's healthy habits and fitness routine. InStyle provided us with her best tip for surviving her grueling workout program. 

Gal says, "drink a gallon of water each day. Not only did I feel fuller, which made me snack less, but I felt so hydrated, my endurance improved too. And I needed all the help I could get for the program, which blended basic pull-ups, squats, and ball throws with cardio intervals using the stationary bike and rowing machine—two minutes full-force, then two minutes of active rest—plus weight-lifting challenges."

 

 

Drink up ladies! 

 

 

 

Also, her routine sounds a lot like a HIIT program. If you are interested in trying one out for yourself, shoot us an email for some great promotions to fitness studios in the city or at home training plans. zillamailbox@gmail.com

 

 

Friday Favs

Each week our Friday Favs will highlight our favorite wellness tips, trends and topics from the week. 

With summer comes fun travel and weekend getaways. But travel plans do not have to interfere with fitness plans. There are many different ways to incorporate health and wellness into your vacation without having to miss out on any fun by being cooped up in a gym. 

So what is the Friday Fav you ask? Partner workouts. Grab your fiance and get moving this weekend. There are many activities such as tennis, paddle boarding, running, volleyball, frisbee that can all be done with a partner. 

If you are craving a more traditional workout, pick a couple exercises to create a timed circuit that can be completed with a partner. Check below for an example and email us with any questions!

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Shameless #TBT

#TBT Memorial Day Wedding Edition

Last weekend we had our eyes peeled for news and sightings of celebrity weddings and were in full stalking mode when Emmy Rossum posted pictures from her special day to her Instagram account. She looked so classic and so happy.

We did some digging to find out more about her workout routines and found some fun tidbits from an interview with Shape Mag.

  • She grew up doing ballet and as a result loves barre workouts.
  • She prefers group fitness over personal training.
  • She can do pushups, but really hates pushups - same. 

In honor of Emmy's wedding, we are sharing two barre moves that can be performed at home, work, hotel- anywhere. 

15-Minute Workout from Greatist

Sumo Squat

A. 30 reps (or 1 minute) B. 15 reps (or 1 minute)

This move targets the front of the legs, hamstrings, and the seat muscles—it's functional training at its best.

Step feet out slightly wider than hips. Reach tailbone back as if you are sitting in a chair, keeping belly drawn in, spine long, and shoulders wide and down the back. Hold for 5 deep breaths.

A: Bring palms to heart center as you lean back into heels and lower 1 inch. Press into heels and lift 1 inch.

B: Adding on a large range of motion, press into feet to lift up to standing, drawing palms to sides. Return to squatting position.

Narrow V

A. 30 reps (or 1 minute) B. 15 reps (or 1 minute)

This pose shapes your entire leg, especially your inner and outer thighs.

Draw heels together and turn legs out so toes are about 4 inches apart in a narrow "V" position. Keeping shoulders stacked over hips, bend knees into a narrow plie. Press heels firmly together as you hover them slightly off the floor, coming onto the balls of your feet. Rest one hand on the chair for balance or bring palms together in prayer for a balance challenge. Hold for 5 deep breaths.

A: Keeping your range small and controlled, lower 1 inch deeper into your plie, then lift 1 inch.

B: Increasing your range of motion, drop your seat down toward your heels, then lift all the way up and squeeze your inner thighs together.

Carousel Horse

A. 30 reps (or 1 minute) B. 15 reps (or 1 minute)

This one simple move effectively targets many muscles in the lower body, and it’s also a great balance challenge to train the core and reinforce good posture.

Place palms on the chair with feet parallel and hip-distance apart. Step left foot back, bend both knees slightly into a lunge, and hold. Stack right knee directly over the ankle while left knee bends toward the floor and stays under hip. Press right foot and the ball of your left foot down evenly into the floor. Keep hips level and square, core engaged, and shoulders stacked over hips. Hold for 5 deep breaths.

A: Drop left knee down 1 inch. Push into right heel and lift up 1 inch, making sure right knee stays stacked over the ankle the entire time.

B: Adding on a large range of motion, drop left knee toward the floor until you find your edge. Push into right heel and lift all the way up until legs are almost straight. Repeat entire exercise, stepping right leg back.

Horse Pose

A. 30 reps (or 1 minute) B. 15 reps (or 1 minute)

Inspired by ballet, this graceful pose works the inner and outer thighs and outer seat muscles.

Take a wide step out from chair, pointing toes to 2 and 10 o’clock. Bend knees and slide down an imaginary wall. Stack shoulders over hips and engage core. Hold for 5 deep breaths.

A: Lower your seat down once inch. Press into feet and lift up 1 inch.

B: Adding on a large range of motion, plie down, letting right arm sweep down to your side. Press into left foot and rebound up, sweeping right arm overhead and lifting right leg out to the side as you lengthen through the right side body and lean over the chair.

Standing Seat Work

30 reps per leg

This move helps to improve balance and shape the back of the leg, seat, and core.

Place hands on the chair. Sweep right foot back behind hip, lifting it a few inches off the ground until you feel your seat engage and hold. Press into left foot and think about lifting up and out of right standing hip. Engage core and lift tall through spine. Lift leg up 1 inch and lower 1 inch. Repeat, lifting left leg.

Power Leg

30 reps

Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this posture—your quads will feel the burn.

Facing the chair, lift heels up, bend knees, and hold. Pressing evenly through all 10 toes, keep knees in line with the middle of the toes, hips level and square, and core firm firm. Lengthen tall through your spine and relax shoulders down the back. Bend knees until you find a challenging position. Lift 1 inch, then lower.

Plank With Core Hold

30 seconds per side

Taking a traditional plank and adding a hold will heat the entire body and strengthen the core.

Start in plank position, engaging thighs as you reach through heels. As you exhale, draw right knee toward chest and round your back. (Make sure that you are still pressing through your hands.) Lift abdominals toward your low back. Hold. Repeat with left leg.

Boat Pose

30 seconds

This posture will bring out your inner dancer while challenging the entire core.

Sit tall on the floor with hands behind thighs. Draw legs to a table top position. As you exhale, firm core and reach arms out into a wide "V." Hips are heavy on the floor while spine stays long and lifted, core is firm and pulling toward your low back, and shoulders are wide and down your back. Hold. (Want to take it to the next level? Straighten and extend legs.)

Workout Wednesday

Happy Workout Wednesday! It's hump day of a short week so we are going to keep things simple. Last WW we discussed the plank. If you have been keeping up with it this week then you may be looking to shake things up a bit. So that's what we are focusing on today. Plank variations. 

Side plank on right side

Start from a high plank position. Keep your right hand planted on the ground and start to reach your left hand towards the sky while turning your body to the side and stacking your left foot on top of the right. Keep your feet flexed, left hand to the sky and right shoulder stacked over your right hand. 

Hold for 15 seconds. Use your core to lift your left hip up and back to the starting position 10 times. Hold in the starting position for another 15 seconds. 

Shoulder taps in high plank

Switch back to high plank. Hold for 15 seconds. Touch your right hand to your left shoulder. Touch your left hand to your right shoulder. Repeat 10 times on each side. 

Side plank on left side

Keep your left hand planted on the ground and start to reach your right hand towards the sky while turning your body to the side and stacking your right foot on top of the left. Keep your feet flexed, right hand to the sky and left shoulder stacked over your left hand. 

Hold for 15 seconds. Use your core to lift your right hip up and back to the starting position 10 times. Hold in the starting position for another 15 seconds. 

Shoulder taps in high plank

Switch back to high plank. Hold for 15 seconds. Touch your right hand to your left shoulder. Touch your left hand to your right shoulder. Repeat 10 times on each side. 

Repeat!

Bridal Benefits Whittle your waist. Sculpt your shoulders. Strengthen your upper back. 

The Post Memorial Day Hangover

Hope you had a fun and safe Memorial Day Weekend!

Whether you had a wedding, celebration with friends or a relaxing staycation, we hope your weekend was the perfect summer kick off. We know ours was.

However we also know that with summer weekends, bring mondays (or in today's case, tuesdays) in need of some inspiration. Stay tuned for some major wedding inspo from the weekend. Until then?

Sign up for a class, go for a run- just get out there and do something, you will feel better. 

If you are looking for some detox inspiration- check out these below articles. Enjoy!

http://www.foodandwine.com/holidays-events/memorial-day/healthy-dishes-post-memorial-day-detox

http://vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=5685&catId=2

Friday Favs

Each week our Friday Favs will highlight our favorite wellness tips, trends and topics from the week. 

This week's Friday Favs is centered around what everyone has been thinking about all week- the long weekend! We love this weekend as it is the official kick off of summer. May your weekend be filled with good friends, food and fun. We included the below link to some "Healthy summer Grill Recipes" from Redbook Mag. 

http://www.redbookmag.com/food-recipes/advice/g661/healthy-barbecue-recipes/

We are heading out of town for the weekend so we hope everyone has a great, safe weekend. 

Happy Memorial Day!

#NationalWineDay

The holidays can be a complicated time for a newly engaged/newlywed couple. Creating new traditions, sharing old ones, visiting with family, etc. It can be great, fun and also probably a bit dramatic. But there is the one holiday in particular where no complications and no stress exists.

National Wine Day. And it's today. So grab a glass and celebrate. 

And do pilates. 

To ensure you feel no guilt this holiday, see below for 8 health benefits of drinking wine from Food & Wine mag. 

  • Promotes Longevity
  • Reduces Heart-Attack Risk
  • Lowers Risk of Heart Disease
  • Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
  • Lowers Risk of Stroke
  • Cuts Risk of Cataracts
  • Cuts Risk of Colon Cancer
  • Slows Brain Decline

Opening a wine bottle can also be a great workout. 

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

Workout Wednesday

On this edition of Workout Wednesday...

There are many sayings associated with getting married, i.e. taking a leap of faith, jumping the broom, walking the plank- wait, that's not right. The plank is just the feature of today's Workout Wednesday post.

The plank is literally one of the greatest exercises out there for a number of reasons. It strengthens your core, back, shoulders, bum, legs- you name it, it probably helps strengthen it. It can also help improve your posture, trim your waistline and define your muscles. This means that no matter what your goals are, what style your dress, the plank can be a real benefit to you. The best part? No equipment needed and it can be done anywhere.

Here we break down the proper form with possible modifications and suggest how to incorporate it into your daily routine. 

Form

Start from a high push up position. Shoulders over wrists. Pull in you belly button. Relax your shoulders. Lengthen your hammys. Breathe. 

Wrist problems? Drop down to your forearms. Keep your hands parallel. Shoulders over elbows.

Beginner? Start from a high push up position. Drop your knees to the ground. Shoulders over wrists. Hips over knees. 

Routine

Start with a 30 second plank with the intention of working up to one minute.

Repeat 30 second plank, 6 X Daily.

OR

1 minute plank, 3 X Daily. 

Helpful Hint Use your plank time to narrow down your wedding playlist. Pick a song, hold a plank, end when the song ends. Efficiency is key. 

Musings from Episode One

So last week we posted about some potential front runners for the new season of The Bachelorette based on photos and bios. Now that we have actually met some of these men, we are have follow up thoughts. Let's get into how our photo/bio front runners matched up to their actual selves. 

Alex- He seems like he is very sweet. We weren't the biggest fans of the whole vacuum approach but hey, if it helped her remember him then we guess it worked. 

Anthony- We still like Anthony. He didn't get too much air time but we think he will be around for a couple more episodes. 

Jedidiah- Ugh, Jedidiah- the vest, why?! We could tell she wasn't that into him when he tried to ask for more time with her and she welcomed other guys to steal her away. NOT a good sign. So long, fair well. 

Peter- PETER! He is totally a top 5. He made us laugh out loud with, "I will literally throw this in the fire" and the gap teeth comment. He also had a lot of screen time in the preview of the entire season. 

Will- Honestly, who was Will?! Totally do not remember him at all. But we think he is still in the game so we will give him some more time to step it up. 

Thoughts on the other guys:

We really like Josiah- yes he may have been a little cocky, but he was able to own his vulnerability at the end and had great commentary throughout the episode. Demario- too much, please calm down. First impression rose (Bryan)- the best part about the kiss was Mohit screaming "NO!"  as he watched from behind them. Ah Mohit, sad he went home. Lucas, stop trying to make Whaboom happen. Adam Jr, we loved your creepy little montage. 

Thoughts on the preview of the season:

It will be interesting to see how it plays out. . There is a solid mix of guys who fall into either sweet or bold and we're excited to see who she goes for. Plus who doesn't love unmasking the house villain, the arrival of an ex-girlfriend and adventurous dates in other countries?! 

 

Monday Motivation- Pippa Middleton

As we get into the swing of wedding season, every Monday, we will be hitting you with a Monday Motivation blog post.

We were served with some major Monday Motivation this past weekend from the royal family. On Saturday morning, we were obsessively looking for photos of a special bride who was known for having the best bum of all the bridesmaids in all of the land- Pippa Middleton.

 

Pippa did not disappoint. She looked so beautiful, joyful and JACKED. We loved seeing the strong definition in her arms.  

 

It's no surprise to us that Pippa looked so fit as she is an incredibly driven athlete. She has climbed the Swiss Alps, skied competitively, swam 47 miles in Sweden, biked 3,000 miles across the U.S. and finished a marathon up the Great Wall of China. 

Hm, we suddenly feel like signing up for that 5K next weekend is a really good idea. Congrats Pippa!

 

Friday Favs

Each week our Friday Favs will highlight our favorite wellness tips, trends and topics from the week. 

This week our Friday Favs is a special Bachelorette edition post.

Back story- we are slightly obsessed with the entire Bachelor franchise. Not in a creepy way, but in a healthy we celebrated my friend's 30th birthday by inviting bachelorette alum to my apartment for a bachelor themed party type of way- totally normal right?

So this week we were super excited to be introduced (via photo and bio) to the rest of Rachel's suitors! For those of you who do not know, Rachel is the new bachelorette. 

 

 

She is an accomplished, well spoken, funny, beautiful lady who was a contestant on Nick's season of the Bachelor. She was a total fan favorite and just so happens to also be the first African American Bachelorette! Very exciting stuff. We went ahead and looked over the photos and bios and picked our favorites so far based on the information we were given. What we think Rachel is looking for? A smart, funny, down to earth guy with a great smile. We weeded out the ones who didn't seem to be serious about a career/only cares about being famous/does not seem funny/is too young and not ready for a serious relationship. Again this is totally judging by the bios but hey, they can tell you a lot. See below for our top picks so far!

 

Alex, 28, is an information systems supervisor who once ate a live salamander. Cute, professional and has an interesting/funny/slightly intriguing fact that makes us want to know more. Also it does not have to do with his mom or his favorite celebrity, etc. etc. 

Alex

 

Anthony, 26, is an education software manager whose greatest achievement yet is getting a Fulbright Grant to teach in the Ivory Coast. Hey may be young but HELLO- he is smart, accomplished and so cute. 

Anthony

 

Jedidiah, 35, is an ER physician whose favorite breakfast food is scrambled eggs. 1) Love the name. 2) Great age for her- seemingly ready to settle down. 3) Similar look as Nick. 4) Scrambled eggs? Healthy, down to earth and uncomplicated. 5) Real career. 

Peter, 31, is a business owner who has a fear of heights. He is showing his vulnerability already with detailing one of his fears. We think he will be able to open up to her. Plus the little gap between his teeth is so cute. 

Will, 28, is a sales manager who says his worst date was “every Tinder date ever. BEST SMILE EVER. Also, if he hates Tinder- that says to us that he is tired of playing games, tired of random dates and is ready to settle down. 

Cup O'...

You may have noticed various celebrities, athletes and influencers sporting dark circles on their backs recently. Those circles are not just the latest fashion trend. They are marks of a wellness hack that is growing in popularity- cupping. According to WebMD, "Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage."

This reverse massage method is a great way to compliment hard workouts and reduce stress that comes with the wedding planning process. It can also compare in affordability to most traditional 60 minute massages available in NYC. City Acupuncture has more than one location in Manhattan and offers services for as low as $30. 

Zilla tip- avoid cupping the week leading up to an event. We don't want the dark circles to be distracting from your bridal glow to friends and guests. 

 

Posh brides love it

Posh brides love it

Do it with a friend

Do it with a friend

Friday Favs

Each week our Friday Favs will highlight our favorite wellness tips, trends and topics from the week. 

Kate Upton says no to a crazy bridal diet.

We love this piece featuring bride-to-be (and supermodel) Kate Upton detailing the reasons why she refuses to obsess over the scale during her engagement. She tells People, "I never get on a scale because you can’t judge yourself for how much you weigh,” she says. “What really matters is how good I feel.” We SO agree with you Kate! 

She continues on to say, “I reached a place in my career where I didn’t think of my body as something that I wanted to fit into a certain size; I started looking at my body as a function to help me live my life the best I can — to have energy and to feel strong.” 

This is such a strong message from one of America's top models and favorite brides-to-be. She is using exercise as a means to feel good, be energized and build confidence. You go girl!

Say 'I Do' To Water

And here's why.

People have been saying for years that it is important to drink plenty of water throughout the day. But have you ever really wondered why? We wanted to break down five reasons why water can be so beneficial for brides-to-be:

  1. Increases energy and relieves fatigue. Let's face it zillas, this is essential. 
  2. Pain preventer. It helps reduce muscle soreness after tough workouts. 
  3. Hangover helper. Have it on hand throughout your bachelorette weekend. 
  4. Clearer skin. Clear skin equals less makeup which equals less time spent getting ready in the morning, post workout, etc. 
  5. Control Calorie Intake. Dehydration can sometimes be confused with hunger- make sure you are listening to exactly what your body needs. 

Now, if you feel like you have a hard time drinking a lot of water throughout the day. Here's a helpful hint: use fruit! Buy some limes, lemons, watermelon, etc at the beginning of the week and have it on hand to throw into your water bottle to add some hydrating flavor. 

#TBT... On A Tuesday

What's Your Workout?

Maddie is a Merchandising Coordinator for J. Crew who lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with her husband, Eamon. She is stylish, fun and lovely. Read on to learn more about her exercise routine. 

Zilla: What was your favorite workout to do leading up to your wedding?

M: So the whole year leading up to my wedding I did this class at least two times a week (Saturdays and Monday mornings) called Fit Flow at Yoga to the People on 3rd Ave and it was AMAZING. Jaclyn Fain was the instructor--she was the cutest and a fitness model and this class was a combination of her knowledge as a yoga instructor and what she had taken from other fitness classes she likes.

Zilla: What can other Zillas expect in this class?

M: It was a 60 min class- a combination of strength exercises (squats/lunges/push up variations/ab exercises, etc), cardio intervals, and vinyasa yoga flow sections resulting in a KILLER work out that left me feeling like I had done a barre and spin class in one. My muscles were so tight and tired AND I was sweaty as hell like I had just done a cardio class.

Zilla: What did you like most about it?

M: I loved it because 1) it was a really awesome work out  and felt immediately slimmer after I did it, 2) I was in love with the instructor, she was amazing and had the best attitude—it’s interesting because in a way her attitude and teaching style reflected her class—at times she was tough and pumped up like a spin teacher is, but then during the yoga flows she was so calming, so that was great balance, and 3) I left feeling like I had worked out hard but still calm and serene like I had done a satisfying yoga class, which I have never found in any other class, it was like the best of both worlds IMO especially in pre-wedding craziness--needed the serenity :)