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8 Mother's Day Gift Ideas for Active Moms 2019

8 Mother's Day Gift Ideas for Active Moms 2019

Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world. This occasion was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914.  While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day most commonly falls on the second Sunday in May and traditionally involves presenting mothers with flowers, cards, chocolates, and other gifts.

Let's be honest, everyone is different and some mothers may appreciate receiving something else rather than the traditional chocolates and flowers. Don't get me wrong, it would still be appreciated but why don't we go a little extra mile by giving what she can actually use. In this generation, many mothers seem to be more active and more athletic. Many women in this day and age tend to care more about their well-being. They exercise more, they're conscious of what they put in their bodies, etc. In this blog, we will share with you some best fitness gift ideas for active moms.

 

                              1) Salomon Women's XR Mission Running Shoe

                               Salomon Women's XR Mission Running Shoe

 

Any mother could always use a good pair of running shoes. Most moms are after comfort especially when running errands all day, or just running after her kids. This Salomon running shoe is one of the best women's running shoes available in the market.  The Salomon XR Mission Running Shoe combines lightweight feel with stability to provide a comfortable running experience. Utilizing Salomon's Sensifit and Sensiflex technologies, this flexible training shoe easily transitions from road to trail and is perfect for short- to middle-distance runs. It features a breathable mesh upper, an oversized tendon, and a tough Contagrip outsole for traction on wet or muddy trails.

 

                                                          

 

 

A lightweight breathable mesh is surprisingly water and wind-resistant and features a 2-way zipper and underarm eyelets to help improve Airflow. Bonded interior seams help enhance comfort, while reflective accents enhance visibility. V-fold binding at the hem and zip pockets complete this performance jacket. Any active moms can appreciate a good windcheater. It's available in bold ombre or Allover palm print. 

 

For mothers who love to hike even on the snowy season, try Yatta Life's Trail Spikes. Grippy, durable, slip-on traction systems, with strategically placed stainless steel spikes connected to a dynamic flex-chain with tough elastomer shoe harnesses. Provides a firm grip and instant traction on snow and ice and attaching securely and effortlessly, she'll be able to handle any adventure that comes her way. The spike design is excellent for walking, hiking, or running on packed snow, and provides excellent traction on ice.

 

Yesss! This is a must-have for all moms! Almost all women own a good pair of leggings. Leggings have become an everyday wear for a lot of women, not just moms. It's sleek, it feels like a second skin and super comfortable. What's not to love? This dual-layer EVO ColdGear construction combines a smooth, fast-drying exterior with a brushed, heat-trapping interior. Signature Moisture Transport System wicks sweat to keep her dry & light. Welded seams eliminate chafing no matter how hard she works. Super minimal encased elastic waist delivers a smoother, more streamlined silhouette.

 

5) LUNA PROTEIN - Gluten Free Protein Bar - (1.59 Ounce Snack Bar, 12 Count)

 

 

                                              5 Mother's Day Fitness Gift Ideas to Active Moms. 5 Mother's Day Fitness Gift Ideas to Active Moms.

Ok so who doesn't love chocolate and salted caramel? All of us want to indulge once in awhile except with Luna Protein Bar you won't be guilty consuming them. Consume it everyday if you must:)  LUNA has always believed in the power of women. Championing them in all their pursuits from day one. "Equality won’t happen overnight, but we can get closer everyday". LUNA support women’s equality today and every day and they won’t stop until equal is equal. A great tasting, health-conscious protein bar that has a mission any mom would agree with! Available in wild varieties - berry greek, chocolate chip, cookie dough, lemon vanilla, mint chocolate and chocolate peanut butter....Yum!

 

6) Balega Women's Enduro No Show Socks

7 Mother's Day Fitness Gift Ideas for Active Moms.

Any active moms deserve a comfortable pair of socks. Balega socks are engineered with the company's proprietary drynamix moisture management technology that keeps feet cool and dry while allowing free Airflow for maximum comfort, performance and durability.  All of Balega running socks have been race tested and incorporate a hand linked seamless toe, eliminating abrasion across the top of the foot. The company also knits an extra deep heel pocket ensuring that each sock fits the foot perfectly and does not slide down during a run. Designed with a medium volume construction. Drynamix Polyester 86%/Nylon 12%/Elastane 2%.

 

This is ideal if you like to put together a gift basket or even better if you sign up for their monthly subscription. So what is Flow exactly and how is this water different from any other boxed water in the market?  Flow is a naturally alkaline pH of 8.1 keeps you (and your acid levels) balanced. It contains essential minerals and electrolytes to electrify your fitness recovery and it comes different flavors to help you achieve your hydration goals. "Drinking naturally, mineral-rich alkaline spring water is a simple and affordable way to feel and look amazing." Care about the environment? Flow's packaging is a paperboard pack. Plant-based cap. +68% renewable. 100% recyclable. Designed to have a low carbon footprint. What's not to like?!
For active moms that are also into fashion, Garmin Vívomove HR is the watch for her. This stylish hybrid smartwatch features a touchscreen with a discreet display. Precision hands show the time and dynamically move away when you swipe through your messages, heart rate and more. It counts steps and calories while monitoring wellness, including all-day stress tracking.

Canada’s Great Trail Is a Surprise and Delight for the Nation’s Recreationalists

Canada’s Great Trail Is a Surprise and Delight for the Nation’s Recreationalists

 

Canada’s Great Trail was 25 years in the making, and now that it’s open for the nation’s recreationalists, we can start to appreciate what a marvel it really is. Let’s start off with the basics – it is now the world’s largest hiking trail, stretching 24,000 kilometers (15,000 miles) from coast to coast to coast. It is so large and so epic that 80 percent of all Canadians live within 30 minutes of the Great Trail.

 

The perfect trail for recreationalists of all kinds

 

What is even more impressive is that the Great Trail (officially known as the Trans Canada Trail, or TCT) encompasses 400 smaller trails that are scattered over 10 provinces and 3 territories in Canada. And that’s not all – the Great Trail is so expansive and so diverse that it actually requires several modes of transport to see all of it. More than one-quarter (26 percent) of the Great Trail is under water, meaning that you’ll need a canoe or kayak to see part of it during the summer months.

 

As you can imagine, the Great Trail has captured the imagination of recreationalists across the country. The Great Trail is a trail not just for hikers, but also for bicyclists, kayakers, runners and, yes, horseback riders. In wintertime, the Great Trail transforms into a vast winter wonderland for cross country skiers and winter hikers.

 

But just a word of advice here – in order to get the most out of the Great Trail, you’ll need the proper equipment. For example, if you plan on hiking the Great Trail during the peak of the Canadian winter, you’ll want to make sure that you have ice grips for your shoes or boots. Without these snow cleats, you’ll be slipping and sliding on these trails.

 

A great way to discover Canada

 

Another remarkable features of the Great Trail is that it crosses through several of Canada’s biggest cities – including Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg and Edmonton. This has the real potential to bring the love of the Great Outdoors to millions of Canadians who live in these cities. Getting outside and becoming a recreationalist no longer means that you have to live in a remote part of Canadian wilderness. You can literally set out on an urban hike and end up in a wonderfully preserved part of the Canadian outdoors.

 

And the creators of the Great Trail are certainly encouraging this spirit of exploration. On the website for the Great Trail (www.TheGreatTrail.ca), you can find all types of adventures that are now possible. For example, if you are an avid bicyclist, you can find “6 Unmissable Cycling Routes.” If you are an artist looking for inspiration, you can find “11 Stunning Masterpieces That Capture the Great Trail.” There is something for everyone.

 

And, as amazing as the Great Trail is going to be for Canadians, it’s easy to see how it also has significant tourism appeal for people living outside of Canada. Hikers, bicyclists and skiers from all over North America could soon be making their way to Canada, eager to explore the world’s largest hiking trail.

Best Books to Read and Learn About Nature. Why Learning About Nature Is Important.

Best Books to Read  and Learn About Nature. Why Learning About Nature Is Important.

If you find yourself exhausted and thrown off balance by the hustle and bustle of everyday living, a visit with nature can help you relieve stress and reconnect with your inner self. Journaling is one of the best ways to write about your feelings, goals, your dreams and so much more. It amazes me how much journaling can help us improve in so many areas of our lives. However, connecting with nature is something else, it's a stress reliever at a much higher level. It is true that people who exercise and experience life with nature are much happier and healthier.

Best Books To Read And Learn About Nature. Why learning about nature is important.

Experts have found that outdoor education is critical for child development, it is also important for the future of the planet! If you're still wondering why and have zero clues, it's because when we feel connected to nature, we are more likely to live sustainable lifestyles. We are also more likely to support environmental causes that educate and engage others with the natural world. If we appreciate nature, it only makes sense that we all contribute to taking care of our nature surroundings. In this blog, I've suggested some of the best books and ebooks to learn more about nature. Wait out for my next blog on how to live a sustainable lifestyle and contribute to saving mother nature. Enjoy! 

  

Julia Rothman is an illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York. Her illustrations have appeared on a variety of things: wallpaper, stationery, subway posters, billboards, fabric and dishes. She has authored nine books and counting. Her books have been praised by the New York Times, the Atlantic, PBS News Hour, the Boston Globe and others. She has a lovely wheaten terrier named Rudy who keeps her company while she draws. 
"Through factoids and many charming, brightly colored sketches, illustrator and author Julia Rothman roams through the natural world, giving readers a lot of information about how it's put together...Dipping into the book is like taking a walk with your favorite naturalist from the comfort of your own armchair." --Portland Press Herald
Richard Louv is the author of nine books, including LAST CHILD IN THE WOODS: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder and THE NATURE PRINCIPLE: Reconnecting with life in a Virtual Age (Algonquin). His most recent book is VITAMIN N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life. His books have been translated into 20 languages and helped launch an international movement to connect children and their families to nature.
One reader reviewed this book as " This book helped me remember how much I loved playing outside as a kid, and how I loved catching grasshoppers and ant lions and digging holes... just playing. I particularly liked the chapter that encourages readers to look at the nature around them, no matter where they live. Even if you live in a large city, there is wildlife around you to observe and appreciate. It's still possible to learn the names of different trees in your neighborhood, or the types of birds nesting in a parking garage, or identifying cloud formations." 
 

 

Are trees social beings? In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland.

“This fascinating book will intrigue readers who love a walk through the woods”Publishers Weekly

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World

 

Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was the most famous scientist of his age, a visionary German naturalist and polymath whose discoveries forever changed the way we understand the natural world. Among his most revolutionary ideas was a radical conception of nature as a complex and interconnected global force that does not exist for the use of humankind alone. In North America, Humboldt’s name still graces towns, counties, parks, bays, lakes, mountains, and a river. And yet the man has been all but forgotten. 

In this illuminating biography, Andrea Wulf brings Humboldt’s extraordinary life back into focus: his prediction of human-induced climate change; his daring expeditions to the highest peaks of South America and to the anthrax-infected steppes of Siberia; his relationships with iconic figures, including Simón Bolívar and Thomas Jefferson; and the lasting influence of his writings on Darwin, Wordsworth, Goethe, Muir, Thoreau, and many others. Brilliantly researched and stunningly written, The Invention of Nature reveals the myriad ways in which Humboldt’s ideas form the foundation of modern environmentalism—and reminds us why they are as prescient and vital as ever.

 

 

Why Spending Time in Nature Is Good For Your Mind and Body

Why Spending Time in Nature Is Good For Your Mind and Body

Anecdotally, many people already know that spending time in nature makes them feel better. They feel more alive, more creative, and more at peace with the world around them. And now a growing body of clinical and scientific evidence is showing that time spent in nature, indeed, is good for both the mind and body.

 

A healthy boost for your immune system

 

Just a half day hanging out at the park or hiking in the local woods can do wonders for your immune system, say researchers. That’s because time spent in nature can actually help to stimulate the production of white blood cells that are known immune system boosters. So the next time you’re thinking about blending up a tasty fruit and veggie smoothie to boost your immune system, why not go outside for a breath of fresh air instead?

 

Lower levels of stress and anxiety

 

Let’s admit it, it can feel pretty Zen to spend time outside. It’s the reason people love to go for long, solitary hikes – you can almost feel your worries and cares melting away. And now researchers have found that simply spending time in green spaces can help to reduce stress and anxiety. Stress is the result of the body’s production of a stress hormone known as cortisol. But time in nature helps to curb the production of that hormone. And that leaves you feeling better and more energized.

 

A healthier heart and cardiovascular system


When you’re spending time in nature, you could just be sitting down on a park bench and (literally) taking time to smell the flowers. But, more likely, it means that you are actively moving around. Maybe you are biking around the neighborhood, or going for a long walk, or simply taking your dog out for some playtime in the back yard. But you are moving around, and that qualifies as aerobic exercise activity. Thus, you are boosting your heart and cardiovascular system, and it doesn’t even feel like exercise!

 

Enhances creativity and inspiration

 

It’s a technique that writers, painters and poets have been using for centuries – any time they have a creative block, they simply go outside to be inspired for ideas. Some writers, in fact, love to carry around a little notebook with them so that they can immediately jot down new ideas as they occur. Even if you are not an artist, you’ll feel more creative and inspired. You might even hit upon a fantastic new idea that you can use at the office the next day, or some new insight about parenting that can help you become a better parent.

 

A more relaxed mood

 

Did you know that the Japanese have a word for spending contemplative time in nature. They call it “Shinrin-yoku” and it can be interpreted as “forest bathing.” You are literally soaking up the good vibes of the forest, and that has a very relaxing effect on your mood. It’s the same reason why people listen to the gentle surge of the waves at the beach or the sounds of a forest whenever they want to calm down and relax – there is something about nature that is very soothing.

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So, as you can see, there are many benefits to spending time in nature. Try getting outside on a regular basis, and you’ll be surprised at how much better you think and feel.

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The Best Places to Go Hiking Around the World

The Best Places to Go Hiking Around the World

Are you a passionate hiker with a case of wanderlust? There are hiker’s paradises all over the world that allow you to explore your passion and explore new places, landscapes, scenery and cultures. The best hiking trails in the world are places that will make for an incredible journey, a physical and mental challenge that will push you beyond your boundaries and let you explore the deep beauty of the earth in its various forms. Here are multi-day hiking places to add on to your bucket list for an unforgettable experience:

1) Appalachian Trail, USA

Best Places To Hike In The World. Yatta Life.

This trail is through a wilderness covering up to 3500 kilometers with numerous access points along it making it a great trail to hike for days, nights or just a few hours. The trail is far from civilization and is best tackled in the spring and autumn. It challenges all skill levels depending on which section you choose to hike. There is a lot more of details about hiking the Appalachian Trail in guidebooks and it makes for one of the best places to go hiking around the world.

2) Inca Trail, Peru

Best Places To Hike In The World. Yatta Life.

Want to combine hiking with cool sightseeing through an archaeological site? The Inca Trail offers a 3 to 4 day trek through ancient sites, mountain passes and rocky paths- the trail used by royal Incas when going through the Andean mountains. Starting from Cuzco, it is not only a great way to reach the archaeological site Macchu Picch but also offers stunning views of the white tips of th mountains, ruins in the cliffs and a high cloud forest.

3) Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Best Places To Hike In The World. Yatta Life.

The highest mountain in Africa in a spectacular country full of breathtaking scenery and teeming with wildlife, climbing the Mount Kilimanjaro is an entry in many hikers’ bucket list.  The trail lasts for at least five days and goes through the rainforest, plateaus and peaks with snow and glaciers once you gain high altitude. It should be avoided during the rainy season spanning March to May. Since it is a challenging trail posing risks from the weather and wildlife, a guide is advisable and you should choose the more popular routes such as the Marangu Route if you do not want to completely be in isolation.

4) Annapurna Circuit, Nepal

Best Places To Hike In The World. Yatta Life.

An ancient route, this circuit is regarded as one of the most spectacular places to hike. The circuit takes 15-25 days to complete and altitudes can go as high as 18000 feet. There are many hotels on the way and great views of towering peaks and at summit passes such as Poon Hill and Thorung La respectively.

5) Fjordland, New Zealand

Best Places To Hike In The World. Yatta Life.

If you have watched “The Lord of the Rings,” among other epic and picturesque movies, then you can appreciate the scenes shot in New Zealand. This area makes for a great walk with the mystic mountains and landscapes a hiker’s paradise indeed.

Top Marathon and Races Around the World That You Should Be Joining This Year and Why

Top Marathon and Races Around the World That You Should Be Joining This Year and Why

Running knows no boundaries, language or geographical. It is a global sport that you can take part in from any country in the world. All you need is great physical fitness and a determination to be part of a challenge. In the U.S. alone, there are more than 1000 marathons each year according to Running USA. However, did you know you can take part in marathons outside your country while also feeding your wanderlust? Here are several global marathons you should join this year and why:

The Great Wall Marathon

Top Marathon or Races around the World That You Should Be Joining This Year and Why

Held in China’s popular attraction, the Great Wall, the marathon consists of two sections the first of which covers 9km of running across and down the wall’s thousands of steps. In the second section however, runners run through rice fields and quaint villages a trail made of asphalt and gravel. In case you only want to take part in a half marathon, this will require you to run through a local picturesque village, up the wall and  over it and then a downhill 5km run to complete the half marathon event. First established in 2002, the yearly event’s Great Wall Marathon and Half Marathon starting time is at 7.30 am while a Fun Run starts at 8.10am.  With drink stations at every 5km, a pasta party and post-race dinner an option, this marathon is one you want to run indeed.

The 3 Waters Marathon Bunbury, Western Australia

Top Marathon or Races around the World That You Should Be Joining This Year and Why

This festival consists of a 50km Ultra Marathon, a Marathon spanning 42KM, a 21km Half Marathon and race and walking events spanning 5km and 10km. The yearly event is a great way to showcase the amazing scenery in Bunbury as it offers great views of the Leschenault Inlet, Koombana Bay, the Indian Ocean and also includes viewing of the Bunbury Big Swamp which is a conservation wetland providing wildlife sanctuary.

Marathon Des Sables

Top Marathon or Races around the World That You Should Be Joining This Year and Why

Have you wanted to push your limit beyond the usual 50km? The Marathon Des Sable will do just that for you. It is a 215 km race in Morocco, underneath the Sahara Desert’s sun. I’ll let you collect your dropped jaw! This Marathon of Sands was first run in 1986 and attracts over 800 runners yearly. It has 6 stages one of which is a non-stop stage spanning 80km and runners are expected to carry their own gear, that is, food (minimum 14000 cal.), clothes, survival kit, stove and water. It usually takes 10 days to go from Paris to Morocco and back. An adventure you don’t want to miss.

Marathon of the Midnight Sun

The summer race is held in Tromso, Norway, the heart of the Arctic Circle. Where the sun doesn’t set during the summer. Known as the world’s northernmost race. Most of the city is located on the island of Tromsoya, surrounded by calm waters and spectacularly rugged snow-topped mountains. 

Bagan Temple Marathon

Top Marathon or Races around the World That You Should Be Joining This Year and Why

If you are a fan of great scenery and picturesque buildings, this marathon is one you should sign up for. It takes you through sacred pagodas and amazing temples across beautiful rolling plains in Bagan Central Burma.

The Top 5 Best Hiking Shoes that are a Must Have In 2017

The Top 5 Best Hiking Shoes that are a Must Have In 2017
Hiking can be fun and awesome way of spending leisure time, however, you might be wearing the wrong shoes while at it and the entire activity can turn out to be exhausting. Your performance on the trail depends on the nature of your hiking boots, how light they are and suitable for hot or dry weather. To help you choose the ones that suit you, here’s a list that features some of the best hiking boots
    1. Salomon Men’s Quest 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boot
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 The upper parts of the boot are made of leather and textile while the bottom is made of a synthetic sole and the shaft is approximately 6” from the arch. Its unique design provides a rugged lacing and protective rubber toe cap to keep you safe.  Additionally, it has GORETEX waterproof protection and a Salomon 4D Chassis for improved stability and maximum protection. It’s easy to wash the boots since they have a removable Molded EVA Ortholite footbed. Price: $148.82-$294
    1. Merrell Men’s Moab mid Gore-Tex Hiking Boot
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The upper side is made of leather and mesh while the lower side is made of vibram sole. Its design makes it waterproof and at the same time breathable due to its Gortex performance comfort lining. Unlike other shoes that keep collecting debrils, the bellows tongue on this shoes keeps them out. In addition to that, the M Select Fresh feature keeps the shoe smelling fresh all day.  For improved stability, the boots have air cushions that also absorb shock. Price $89.99-$150.00
 
    1. Arc’teryx Bora2Mid LTR GTX Hiking Boot
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These boots have a lot of features such that cannot all be explored at once. Due to their light weight, they provide the comfort you need to tackle all types of weather and terrain. The boots are fully waterproof and breathable due to their GORE-TEX liner. For improved grip and stability, they have a Vibram outsole with traction grooves along the edges. Price:$ 350
   
Its upper parts are made of leather while the bottom is made of rubber sole.  Its unique design offers a 4WD drive on your feet and the hiking experience is totally revamped due to the Keen dry membrane that absorbs sweat and keeps you comfortable. Hiking is much easier and faster due to its aggressive outsole with 4 mm lugs that grip onto any terrain very well. Lastly, its ESS shank provides that kind of torsion you need for a good ride. Price: $107.96-149.95
The upper parts are made of synthetic material that is water resistant (Schooler K-Tech). The inner lining is made of Gore-Tex performance comfort material that keeps your feet comfortable. Lastly, the sole is made of Asolo/ Vibram Ascent+ PU Anti-Shock and dual density microporous midsole. Price: $ 239.86-$300.00
 
 
 
 
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