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  • Day 23 - Get the gadgets and gear to get you moving

    Today's 31 Days of Fitness post is another one from our winter weather warrior in Birmingham, Robin:

    "I am addicted to run specialty apparel and gadgets! Not sure what made my 8 mile run more fun today: my new Garmin Vivioactive 3, which keeps track of just about everything for me, or my new Trekz Air sleek bone conduction headphones. These headphones are amazing - the sound is fabulous, the fit is fantastic and because they do not go in my ears , I am able to be aware of what is going on around me, which makes solo runs as a woman much safer! Or it could have been my snappy smartwool apparel! Get geared up at Gazelle Sports - these also make perfect Valentines Day Gifts!" -Robin S., Gazelle Sports Birmingham


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  • Day 22 - Find what motivates you and hold on to it!

    We've got less than 10 more days left in our 31 Days of Fitness! Today's post comes from one of our graphic design gurus, Christina:

    "We all have different motivators to get us moving, and those can be so important, especially during the winter. If it wasn't for the sweet face of my dog begging to get outside the last few weeks of bitter cold we've had, I'd have been bundled up inside sitting on my butt after work. Instead, I pile on layers of Smartwool and Patagonia gear and we brave the trails and dog parks. It's good for him and even better for me. So find that thing that gets you moving and embrace it, because between the frigid winters and hot humid summers, sometimes we need all the motivation we can get!" -Christina M., Gazelle Sports DC


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  • Day 21 - Sign up for an event for added motivation

    Today's 31 Days of Fitness tip comes from our Community Engagement Events Manager, Cara Z.:

    "Get some events on the calendar! I find that staying motivated through the winter can be tough, unless I have a goal (and some sunshine) at the end of the cold, snowy tunnel to look forward to. Not only did I sign up early for a spring marathon, but I also put lead up events on the calendar- everything from 5ks to trail races. If I buy it, I will run it."

    Here are some local events to get you motivated:

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  • Day 20 - Light up the night!

    Today's post comes from one of our Gazelle Sports Activators, Eva R.:

    "Greetings y’all! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been feeling the impacts of the shorter days like crazy. Although our available light to run in is finally increasing, it’s still important to think about increasing your high-vis prowess. Over the last couple years, at the goading of my mom, I’ve been trying to find every method possible  to make myself more visible as I run in the dark. I’ve invested in clothing with high-vis striping, head lamps, LED light vests, and even an LED light vest for my dog! 

    Now that Howard the Dog and I look like matching Christmas trees as we schlepp happily through the darkness, I’ve come to realize how much being visible during your runs can improve your safety. Not only will drivers see you more easily, but they may also squint at the brightness of your glow and giggle as you happily trot down the sidewalk. 

    So what’s my challenge to you? I want to see your bright, beautiful high-vis gear while running, walking, or skipping through town this fall and winter! The more the merrier! When it comes down to it, if lighting yourself up light a disco ball keeps you safe, then it is worth it!"

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    The Glow Girls! My friend Julie and I at the Groundhog 4-miler in 2016

    My name is Eva and I will be one of your friendly neighborhood Gazelle Sports Activators for roughly the next year. When I’m not marauding through the streets of Grand Rapids in obnoxiously bright high-vis gear that could melt the retinas of Medusa herself, I’m a just a “normal” young professional and a profoundly proud mom of a goofy dog named Howard. I’m excited to share some of my experiences with you over the next few months and hopefully provide some form of inspiration. If nothing else, I hope to at least leave you with a laugh or two. Because who doesn’t need a laugh?!


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  • Day 19 - Growing in your fitness journey

    Today's post comes from Trevor, one of our assistant merchandise managers:

    "I think everyone's fitness journey evolves over time. When you first start out you might want to get faster and overcome certain obstacles. As you grow in your workout journey, you might want to help others achieve their first race and their goals they set for themselves. I think that's where I am at in life. I love pacing people in races and getting to hear their excitements or frustrations about the race they are trying to conquer. #giveback" -Trevor W., Gazelle Sports DC


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  • Day 18 - Keep an open mind and try new things!

    One of our assistant merchandise managers, Elle, had this to share for our 31 Days of Fitness series:

    "I love running, but as I've gotten older, I can definitely tell that my knees and back don't love it as much as I do. So, I decided to broaden my horizons. 2018 is the year that I give a chance to activities that I previously discarded as 'boring.' I never thought I would enjoy snowshoeing (my exact words were, 'It's lame'), but I went for the first time during NYE and loved it so much that I went out again on New Year's Day! Cheers to trying new things!" -Elle C., Gazelle Sports DC


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  • Day 17 - A quick warmup set

    Today's post is a quick warmup set from Nicole of Lean Body Studio in Kalamazoo:

    "This is an awesome way to warm up before any work out - control your breathing and take each move at your own pace!

    1- Standing Jacks 10 reps
    2- Jacks + Punches 10 reps each side
    3- Low Plank Tap Outs- 10 per side
    4- High Spider Plank + Plank Jack

    Go through this set 3-4 times."


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  • Day 16 - French Toast Mittens

    For nearly a decade, a college women’s cross country team in Grand Rapids has enjoyed a tradition on the last Saturday of the fall semester: a morning run followed by French toast mittens at their coach’s house.

    The ritual offers an easy group run and a relaxing time ahead of the next week’s exams.

    Because it is one of the few Saturdays during the school year without a meet or organized practice, the starting time for the run turns into a negotiation the rivals a hostage rescue or corporate merger. “I’ll push for an early start,” says the coach, “but they all want to sleep in and make it more of a brunch. I give a little, but in the end it’s usually around 8 a.m.”

    So around 9 a.m. a dozen or so noisy, layered and steaming runners burst through the front door, leaving a pile of running shoes, discarded hats, gloves and jackets. The family’s black lab mutt is barking and darting between them, sniffing out the true dog lovers and annoying the rest.

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    The mayhem quickly organizes into two groups, one clustering around the coffee pot, the other stirring hot chocolate mix into mugs of near-boiling water. Within ten minutes the noise level subsides and the business of eating scrambled eggs, warm homemade applesauce and French toast mittens commences.

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    “The idea of mittens came from making Christmas cut out cookies,” explains the coach. “I looked at the cookie cutter mitten and thought that would be perfect for making French toast. There’s a novelty to it and besides, it’s just fun to say ‘French toast mittens.’”

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    As the mountain of mittens diminishes, the noise level rises as the post-run and post-meal satisfaction settles in. There are papers to finish and exams to study for, but no one is in a hurry to leave. Eventually, they do, and the syrup-sticky paper plates are collected in a large trash bag and the dog explores under the table for any last crumbs as the shoes, hats, gloves and jackets go back on and out into the clear, cold December morning.

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  • Day 15 - Never fear with proper gear

    We're halfway through our 31 Days of Fitness and still going strong. Today's post is from Robin in Birmingham:

    "No need to fear the elements with the proper gear! I'm loving my Lole Hurry Up Outdoor Pants for our outdoor winter activities! They feature wind and humidity-resistant fabric at the front inserts and are extremely comfortable!

    Embracing nature in the winter is exhilarating and nourishes your heart soul mind and body! My inspiration and motivation are found within, and with my husband, Carl, and our deerhound, Finn." - Robin S., Gazelle Sports Birmingham

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  • Day 14 - Movement leads to cherished memories

    Today's 31 Days post comes from Jeff at our Grand Rapids store:

    "Many of my most cherished memories of the last year involved movement and wellness, with family, friends, and community. For me, whether it was teaching yoga, coaching cross country, watching my own sons play sports-soccer, basketball, cross country, and ultimate frisbee-or running a 200-mile relay with college friends, these moments were inspiring and fulfilling.

    Movement and fitness truly bring people together and help each one of us be our best, healthy self, which is a win for the community. So join that training group, sign up for that run or walk with some friends, or become a coach or trainer. Here's to more memories in 2018!" -Jeff B., Gazelle Sports Grand Rapids


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  • Day 13 - Utilize combo moves to maximize effort

    As a part of our 31 Days of Fitness, The Barre Code Metro Detroit share this great tip:

    "Looking for a way to shorten your workout time and maximize your output? Combo moves can give you a two-for-one punch that will leave you feeling sore, sweaty, and successful. Think lunges with rows (pictured!), squats with a weighted press, burpees with a pushup at the bottom, kickboxing with hand weights... let your imagination run! Working multiple muscle groups at the same time will not only maximize the muscle burn, but will also give you an additional cardio boost!"

    Photo Credit: Olga Gamburg

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  • Day 12 - A girl's best friend is her sports bra

    Today's 31 Days of Fitness post is for the ladies:

    We can't stress how important a good sports bra is. Like your best workout buddy, a sports bra gives you support every step of the way. Too often, women are in the wrong size or kind of sports bra (or that thing is just too old!) and end up causing damage to the skin and Cooper's ligaments that support your girls.

    The good news - we offer complimentary bra fittings all day, every day, so you can get the right bra for your body.


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