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The Summer's Lazy, You Don't Have To Be: MOTR® Balanced Body Fitness

On July 20, 2019 the heat index in Harlem NYC hit a whopping 114 degrees.  Maybe whopping is an understatement.  It may be better to go with intolerable as I'm realizing why it's actually called the 'Lazy Days of Summer.'  You barely want to do anything outdoors as the excessive heat seems to not just suck away your energy, but also your ambition.  However, since life must continue and since you've been busy eating ice-cream indoors and over-packing those barbecue plates, this time of year may take a bit of aspirational and air-conditioned creativity to stay on your fitness game.

I've also found that mixing it up especially around this time of year is essential as your body wants to be out at the beach, but your sensibilities still want to maintain that beach body.  Further, sometimes mixing it up doesn't just mean the routine, but rather the equipment involving a routine.  With that on the brain, I must say I was immediately drawn to the MOTR® when I first saw it.  For starters, I live in New York City where space is a time-honored commodity and then in this day and age, enough time to get everything done is a rarity.  The MOTR® by Balanced Body lives up to its motto of 'Smart Fitness Made Simple' by being what I call the quintessential pilates roller unit.  The MOTR is built with a 43" cylinder that features an arm attachment that holds two resistance-based pull cables that when engaged can allow its user to perform various categories of exercises depending on what specific bodily area they are trying to focus on.  So there are a bevy of suggested exercises that focus on specific areas like upper & lower body and isolated legs & arms together with agendas of agility & balance all with a central emphasis on a basic focus of pilates fitness, the core.

It's interesting to note how the core, the center, is where the stability of mostly all the exercises offered by the MOTR radiates from.  A stronger core enables you to lift better and maintain better balance which in turn leads to better form, more noticeable results and quicker post-workout recovery.  This is precisely why the MOTR is such a great asset in your fitness journey.  I discovered this firsthand when I set up to use my MOTR for the first time. 

                                                    Supine Feet In Straps: Core, Legs and Arms

                                                 All Four Cats: Core, Legs and Balance

Having never done pilates or yoga, I was unfamiliar with the using of a roller in a fitness regimen.  So when I first unpacked my unit, which was an easy-stepped breeze, (SEE MY VIDEO) I decided to christen it with a suggested exercise that worked both core and legs but also utilized every component of the MOTR.  The 'Supine Feet In Straps' calls for the user to balance their back on the roller, place their feet in the handles of the cable pulls and use their arms to stabilize themselves.  Your core abdominals, your legs and arms are all activated creating tone and with one or two clicks of the resistance buttons you can build muscle by making them work a bit harder by increasing the resistance.  I immediately got a better sense of what the MOTR could do after one use and how its building on exercises that all center back to the core are essential to having better overall fitness motion and gains.  The MOTR will help build my core while simultaneously supplementing the exercises I do with my regular weight routines.

                                                                 Triceps: Core and Arms

                                                             Teaser: Core, Legs and Arms

In the coming weeks please check back with the site to see my on-going coverage of how I'll implement the MOTR into my existing fitness routine and create new routines with it.  Shiny new essential toys, amazing body results and better fitness mobility all provide a fitting case to chase the lazy days of Summer away.

                                                                                            Squats: Core and Legs

                                                                                     My new toy in my home gym

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In Cocktails Drinks Entertaining Food and Drink Gadgets Soda Stream Summer Drinks Summer Gadgets Tech Tech and Gadgets

That Sparkle In Your Eye: Soda Stream Fizzi One Touch

We're almost a month into Summer so hopefully you're not still having hot toddies.  Think cool, crisp, effervescent and verdant.  Think light, refreshing, lively and easy.  There's a collective understanding that your food and drink should be the opposite of the temperature outside, which is precisely why a nice bowl of chili works before when its 20 degrees out and a big fresh salad works better when its 80 degrees out.  Or perhaps it doesn't matter to you and you're just going to eat and drink whatever the hell you want to.  Well for those who may want to spice up seasonal culinary intakes may I suggest a handy apparatus to add exuberance to your Summer cocktails.  

We all order cocktails with soda.  Whiskey & soda, Vodka soda, tequila & soda.  The thing is that we don't order them all the time and some days we're in the mood for it and somedays not so much.  This is precisely why I love the Soda Stream Fizzi One Touch Sparkling Water-maker.  It's fresh sparkling water when you want at the simple touch of a button.  The Fizzi One Touch eliminates wondering if your water has gone flat since you make it when you need it and its effervescent and fresh all in under thirty seconds.  Your cocktails will be livelier but also your regular water needs can be as well.  How perfectly refreshing to enjoy a nice bubbly glass of sparkling water with fresh lemon or lime or any other fruit slices in the Summer.  Then how delightfully naughty to add a splash of bourbon or vodka to the glass and give some umph to your sparkle.   So useful to have at home and to make great Summer stunner cocktails like the one below.

The Pom-Cherry Chiller

3 ounces             Deep Eddy Lemon Flavored Vodka
3-4 ounces          Fresh Sparkling Water
5                          Fresh Cherries
12-16                   Fresh Pomegranate Seeds
1                          Lemon wheel (for garnish)

Place four cherries, the pomegranate seeds and the vodka into a cocktail shaker and muddle for 20-30 seconds.  Strain that mixture into a rocks glass and then add the sparkling water on top.  Lightly stir then garnish with the last cherry and a lemon wheel.  Refreshingly sweet, tart and sparkling.

The Soda Stream Fizzi One Touch is available now at and at other retailers like Bed, Bath and Beyond, Home Depot, Target and Williams-Sonoma. 

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