Location Love: Exercise With Your MoChi Twister In New Places

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MoChi Fitness has shown how to take care of your heart all month long and this last post is the ultimate treatment: Taking you and your best friend (your heart) to new places!

Working out in new environments aside from the gym, especially outdoors, is not only good for your physical health but your mental health as well. According to a 2011 study, exercising outdoors correlated with a decrease in anger, confusion, stress, and depression. So what better way to relieve your heart’s problems than with a little fresh air and new sights.

Take Your MoChi Twister and Heart Here:

  • Park your MoChi and you at the Park or Playground. That nearby park is the perfect place to bring both your dog and your MoChi Twister. And who says the playground is for kids only? Twist away while your kids play on the jungle gym.
  • Get a good game (and twist) in at the Golf Courses. One of our MoChi fans took his Twisters to the green and twisted during his friend’s turn. The twist exercises not only helped pass time along but improved his swing!
  • Twist and cheer at your kids’ Sport Games.  Tired of sitting on the bleachers? Twist and shout while your kids kick and score! Soccer, rugby, and baseball games are probably the best bets for sideline sets of twisting and shouting.
  • Move on your MoChi during ultimate outdoor activities: Camping and Hiking. Don’t wait until you get home from camping to hit the gym and twist. Pack your twister for your camping or hiking trip and move whenever you have downtime. Your outdoor experience will bump up your level of appreciation for exercise and the great outdoors.
  • Stretch and twist at Rest Stops. Road trips can be a doozy on the body. Sitting for more than 6 hours a day (in one sitting) can increase your risk for diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. When you take that pit stop, make sure to twist it up!

Other Unexpected Places:

  • Office, during your breaks.
  • School, during the kids’ recess breaks.
  • Vacation, twist off the fat and feel less guilty about all that eating you’re doing.
  • Hotel, business trips can include mini twist sessions.
  • Airport, sitting around the gate can be boring. Twist while you wait.
  • Parking Lots, while you wait for someone/something like waiting to pick up your kids from school or from a movie.
  • Home, make mundane activities more fun on the MoChi. Watch tv, do your chores (the safe standing ones), or work from home all while twisting.

Tips For Embracing Your New Workout

  • Be Brave! It may feel a little weird to be twisting on your MoChi while cheering on your kids during their games, but the feeling will pass. The stares you get will mostly be out of curiosity and jealousy, because they’ll be thinking why didn’t they get in an efficient workout during their busy schedule too? The world is your oyster. Twist when you can and when it’s, for the most part, not disruptive. There’s no need to bring attention to yourself, but you do have to pay attention to your heart and give it every moment of exercise you can give.
  • Be Inclusive! Like the old saying goes, sharing is caring. If you’re showing your heart some love while you twist in interesting places, you’re likely to peak other people’s interests. Invite them to join you, and twisting in new environments will be even more fun.
  • Bring Props! Weights, hula hoops, scarves, medicine balls, the works. If you’ve got the option to tote these things along, do so. It’ll make the workout for your heart a little more dynamic and fun.

Inspiration: The Great Fitness Experiment

Food Love: Heart Healthy Goodies For Your Body

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Your stomach may get all the goodies, but it’s your heart that deserves only the very best when it comes to food.  According to multiple studies, diets play a big part in heart disease. They can either add to the problem or keep it at bay.

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States and it’s important to note this statistic because a majority of women tend to be in control of the household menu. Hence, changing the grocery list will change the way you eat, and ultimately change the way you live your life.

Read on for our top heart healthy foods, tips and recipes for eating better, and other resources to keep your heart happy and strong:

Top Heart-Friendly Foods

    1. Whole Grains – dietary fiber helps reduce blood cholesterol levels, lowering the risk for heart disease. In general, fibers give you the feeling of being full, helping with weight management and food intake.
      • Ex: Whole grain bread, whole grain cereal, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, whole grain crackers, or popped popcorn.
      • Tip: Eat 25 grams of fiber each day
    2. Beans – the soluble fiber in these babies help bind cholesterol and keep it from being absorbed in the gut. They also contain flavonoids, that stop the adhesion of platelets in the blood, lowering risk of heart attack and strokes.
      • Tip: Eat 1/2 cup of cooked beans
    3. Veggies – Being high in vitamins, minerals and fiber and low in fat and calories, a rainbow of these earthly goods will help maintain your blood pressure.
      • Ex: Deeply colored fruits and veggies like spinach, berries, carrots. To get your sugar cravings fulfilled, eat apples, strawberries, bananas.
      • Tip: Challenge yourself to eat 3 colors of the rainbow a day. Eat 4.5 cups of fruits and veggies per day.
    4. Fish – The omega-3 fatty acids in fish, like salmon and tuna, slow the growth of plaque and lower blood pressure (slightly). They also decrease your risk of arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat).
      • Tip: Eat fish at least 2 times a week. 1 serving is 3.5 ounces cooked or 3/4 cups of flaked fish.

Tips for Shopping

  • When buying meats, choose chicken or turkey breasts. If you’re going to choose red meats, make sure to get the cuts marked “loin” or round. They have less fat. Choose “choice” or “select” grades of beef and trim the fat!
  • Choose nonfat or lowfat dairy options. Others are full of saturated fats. If you want a frozen treat, frozen fruit bars are the way to go.
  • Pick your fats carefully. Avoid saturated fats like butter, and opt for unsaturated fats like olive oil.

Food Prep and Cooking

  • Make recipes or egg dishes with egg whites, instead of egg yolks.  Substitute two egg whites for each egg yolk.
  • Stir fry your veggies but avoid high sodium seasonings like soy sauce or teriyaki sauce. Try wine, little oil, or veggie stock.
  • Roast, grill, or broil on a pan with a rack so the food doesn’t sit in its own fat drippings.
  • Steam your veggies in a basket over simmering water as they’ll retain more of their flavor.
  • Add flavor with herbs and spices. NOT salt.

Resources to Give Your Heart A Boost

Treat your hearty best friend with care, trust the words that ‘you are what you eat’, and you’ll live a happier and healthier life!

Stylish Love: Get Fit in the Right Outfit

What do your workout clothes say about you?

Better yet, how do they make you feel?

According to a study by Northwestern University, “enclothed cognition” is “the systematic influence that clothes have on the wearer’s psychological processes”. In the study, participants wore “doctor’s lab coats” which made them more careful and attentive (than those in “painter’s smocks”) while performing a task. So basically, what you wear affects how you think and behave.

By wearing something with positive association you will be more inclined to have positive thoughts or actions. In terms of exercising, wearing the right clothes will determine how you feel about yourself when you work out. Not only will you look great while getting a in a good workout, but you’ll feel great and inspired to do your best. Here at MoChi Fitness, we love a fun look and love even better a can-do attitude!

Simply put — don’t wear how you feel, wear how you want to feel.

Scout our stylish workout choices below, get to twisting, and feel 10x more amazing than you already are:

  • Lulu Lemon Method Bag $138 – Who says you have to look like a Bag Lady on workout days? Tote your essentials in this cute carryall, while adding a stylish Pop of Color to your fitness day.
  • Nike Free TR Fit 3 Print Training Shoe $100 – Nothing says “Kapow, I’m ready to work out!” like these printed trainers. Step out and start kicking butt in style.
  • Puma Core Sweat Jacket $80 – Don’t sweat your heart out. Keep yourself cool in this long, funnelneck jacket and look cool too.
  • GapFit Drapey Scoop Top $29.95 – Get your drape on and dare to push yourself far in your strength-training exercises.
  • Unit-Y Print Leggings $42 – Fancy legs for a fit-frenzy session.
  • MoChi Twister Tote Bag $9.99 – Make sure your MoChi gets around in style too in our Twister Tote Bag!
  • C9 By Champion Reversible Racerback Bra $14.99 – Color your body wonderful in a solid or mixed sports bra, just because you can! Your layering top will thank you for brightening up its day.
  • VSX Sport Colorblock Tank $44.50 – Show your workout who’s boss in this quick-to-never-quit, colorblock tank.

February: Love Your Health

Happy-almost-Valentine’s Day!

This month is all about love and although it’s great to love others and be loved, the best person you can love is yourself!

Your body and your spirit are your own so why not give them the true love and attention they deserve. MoChi Fitness’ upcoming blog posts this month will be all about loving your health, which translates into taking care of yourself.

We hope you’ll follow along and learn to love yourself better every day through positive thinking, good eating, and great exercising!

Stay MoChi Strong.

Treat Your Heart Like It’s Your Best Friend… Special!

mochiredFebruary 1, 2013 was National Wear Red Day, marking The American Heart Association’s 10 year anniversary fight against the no. 1 killer in women: heart disease.

Only 1 in 5 women believe that heart disease is their greatest health threat, thinking that breast cancer is a bigger threat. However, 1 in 31 American women die every year from breast cancer while 1 in 3 die from heart disease. That is about 1 death every minute.

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The heart is red, a color that is powerful as well as stylish. That’s why AHA dedicates February as the month to Go Red – spreading both awareness and prevention tactics of heart disease to our moms, sisters, friends, family, teachers, coworkers, and neighbors.

The MoChi Fitness family is always looking for ways to help others live a healthy life and Going Red is a great way to do that!

We believe our hearts should be our number one priority, just like how our best friends are. We all love our best friends and go out of our way to show them how much we care, so we should all show our hearts the same attention:

Go for walks together

Go dancing together

Go to the gym together

Eat healthy food together

Go shopping together

Meet everyday in the lunch room to “MoChi-cise” together

Do whatever it takes to be a true and special friend to your heart!

Start treating your heart right now. We will be at the Bakersfield Go Red Luncheon this Thursday, February 7th, and would love for you all to join us. The day will consist of a heart-healthy luncheon, fashion show sponsored by Macy’s, and a wellness conference (where MoChi Fitness will be hosting a booth!).

Come and stop by our booth to join in on our fun, new MoChi-cise “Twist-a-Mania” Fitness Program. The music-driven workout will rock the energy life force within you to help you reach your fitness goals and live the beautiful life you deserve! We will be sharing our MoChi “Twist-A-Mania” Package at a “Heart Healthy Rate” of $59.95. You can also test out our MoChi Twisters on the spot, learn how to get the most out of your exercises, and enter our drawing for a chance to win the “All-in-One” Package (valued at $150)! The heart craves cardio and MoChi’s Twist Exercises will definitely get your heart healthier and happier – the right first steps to combating this disease.

Please come and join the movement!

What: Bakersfield Go Red Luncheon
When: Thursday, February 7th from 9 am – 2 pm
Where: Bakersfield Marriott Convention Center, 801 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301
RSVP: Tickets Here

Keeping Up Your New Year’s Fitness Resolutions

Did you know that, according to the University of Scranton Journal of Psychology, the #1 new year resolution this year is to “lose weight”?

As ideal as that is, here at MoChi Fitness we’d like losing unwanted weight to be a benefit that comes along with the real new year’s resolution: staying fit and being healthy. By shifting your focus from a goal that can possibly let you down (not losing pounds as easily or as fast as you’d like) to a goal that will change your entire lifestyle (staying in shape and eating healthy), you will undoubtedly succeed both resolutions by the end of the year!

To work towards and keep up your fitness resolutions, practice the following habits:

  1. Break down your resolution
    • Some resolutions take a lot of time and effort. To avoid being overwhelmed or giving up, break down the resolution by setting short-term goals. If you plan to “stay in shape and eat healthy”, start with a three-month period in which you commit yourself to not going out to eat as much and to start attending a local gym 1-2 times a week. From there, you can move onto the next three months with an even stronger commitment.
  2. Surround yourself with support
    • By putting your goals out there with your friends and family, you will have a support system to help you stick to the plan. Someone may even have the same goals as you, which will make achieving those goals 10x more fun and easy to do together. Workout buddies are always great and needed!
  3. Be grateful and have an open mind
    • If you find yourself frustrated, take a step back, put things into perspective, and choose to be grateful for all the things you have. Things could be worse but they aren’t. By letting yourself be aware of it, you will have a better sense of your reality and the goals you’re working towards. Avoid the negative replays from past failures and negative thoughts. By keeping an open mind, you allow yourself to be guided towards a positive perception of yourself and, ultimately, a positive outcome like achieving your resolutions.

13 Twist Workout Songs To Kick Off The New Year

Say sayonara to 2012 and hello to stepping up your twist workout! It’s time to fight for the new year’s resolutions we promised to keep. Our end goal (i.e. happy & healthy bods) will definitely keep us going, but it’s the music playing on our iPods that drive us to do our best during dance workouts! Inspirational words and crazy beats help our bodies move in fun and easy ways on MoChi Twisters, so we’re sharing 13 of our favorite songs to get this fit year started off right:

  1. Bridgit Mendler – Ready or Not
  2. One Direction – One Thing
  3. Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera – Moves Like Jagger
  4. Avicii – I Could Be the One
  5. Swedish House Mafia – Don’t You Worry Child
  6. Tyga – Rack City (Edited)
  7. No Doubt – Looking Hot
  8. Beyonce – Move Your Body
  9. J. Lo & Flo Rida – Goin’ In
  10. Calvin Harris ft. Ne Yo – Let’s Go
  11. David Guetta ft. Chris Willis – Tomorrow Can Wait (Tocadisco Evil Mix)
  12. Kelly Clarkson – Catch My Breath
  13. Cimorelli – Believe It

Which songs made it onto your twist workout playlist this year?

The Ultimate Gift of Health For Less Than $100

We’re in the home stretch before Christmas, but gift-giving is still on our minds!

In our last post, we shared 12 great gift ideas to help motivate your friends or loved ones in a healthy direction.  However, the MoChi “Twist-a-Mania” workout program is the ultimate gift that offers health benefits throughout the entire year. It’s perfect for everyone — men, women, children, and seniors — because the high-energy, fat-burning, music-driven, fun workout can be done at home, school or the office.

MoChi Fitness is fun and affordable so giving the gift of health will be easy this year. We’ve even paired up some great fitness accessories to complement each level of fitness you’re gifting, and it’s all under $100!

For the Beginner – Less than $50

This gift idea is for the ones in your life that keep saying they’ll sign up for a gym membership but never do. Gifting a Single MoChi Twister and Twist-a-Mania dvd, will bring the gym to their home and get them moving. The awesome filtering waterbobble will  also make drinking water fresh and fun!

mf.holiday1Single MoChi Twister $19.99 | Fit & Fun #1 By Dawna, Twister Routine on DVD $14.99 | Syd Waterbobble $12

For the Go-Getter – Less than $70

Got a friend who’s determined to lose their extra weight and stay healthy? The MoChi Fitness Starter Package (with two twisters, G.I.F.T. dial, dvd, and Eating Right book) will motivate them to move and eat right. Top off the gift with a fitbook pink edition to help journal their way through healthy living.

mf.holiday2MoChi Fitness Starter Package $39.99 | fitbook PINK: fitness + nutrition journal ($4 to Breast Cancer Research)  $24.99

For the Fighter – $90

Feed your friend’s fitness frenzy with the MoChi Fitness All-in-One Package. They can twist their way through 4  jam-packed dvds, listen and read all about healthy eating, and tote their fitness everywhere they need to go. Give them a resistance cord to stretch their fight for fitness across the board.

mf.holiday3MoChi Fitness All-in-One Package $69.99 | Reebok Braided Resistance Cords $19.99

Tips to Gift

Being active in short intervals several times throughout the day is just as important as a pre- or post-workout sweat session. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, being sedentary for several hours daily can cause health issues like heart-disease and depression. Keeping your body in motion with 5-10 minute exercise breaks three to four times throughout the day can make a difference in your overall health.  With the portable MoChi “Twist-a-Mania” program you can conveniently transport the twisters to school or to the office making it easy to power up the motion in your body and offering health benefits that can add years to your life.

What other fitness accessories would you give your friends and how would it help their fight for a healthy life?

*This is in no way a sponsored/paid post. All opinions given are our own.

MoChi Fitness Holiday Gift Guide: Top 12 Fitness Gifts

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Figuring out what to give your friends or family this holiday season? Well look no further! Give them the gift of health to let them know how much you care about them. They inspire and motivate you to be your best, and what better way to show your appreciation than by inspiring and motivating them to do the same with these healthy gifts!

  1. For the Girl Who Brings Everything. Who says carrying gym stuff can’t look stylish? This backpack proves us right. Marc By Marc Jacobs Packable Backpack – $88
  2. For the Fashionista. She can keep cool and look cool all while running the streets (or in the house). Nike Pro Hyperwarm Print Tights – $55
  3. For the Muscle Man. Let him be comfortable in this tee while he focuses on his workout. C9 By Champion Men’s Compression Camo Shirt – $16.99
  4. For the Foodie. Transform their eating, snacking, and drinking habits with these nutritional cards. FitDeck Nutrition – $9.95
  5. For the Outdoorsy. Protect them in style during their outdoor ventures with this colorful double zip jacket. adidas by Stella McCartney ‘Run’ Performance Jacket – $250
  6. For the Detail-Oriented. Help them track their daily dose of fitness with this fun and sleek wristband. UP By Jawbone – $129
  7. For the Comfort Queen. Bring forth the cozy after their workout in this chic fairisle half zip sweater. Athleta Diamond Peak Half Zip – $98
  8. For the Fit Fighter. Inspire the fitness seeker outside the gym with this motivational tee. Under Armour Men’s Addicted Graphic T – $24.99
  9. For the Muscle Focused. If you help warm their muscles with these compression sleeves, you’ll help yourself win a spot in their heart. Zensah Running Compression Leg Sleeve $39.99
  10. For Everyone. Fun, colored (we mean, filtered) water for all! bobble Water Bottle – $9.99/$13.89
  11. For the Sassy Stretcher. The lacy design of this comfy hoodie will help stylishly stretch her limbs and her face into a smile. Lulu Lemon Scuba Stretch Hoodie – $108
  12. For the Beauty Maven. Nicely kempt hair keeps a healthy girl happy and these headbands will do the trick. Under Armour Women’s Mini Headbands – $9.99

What are you giving your friends and family this season? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Photos: FitDeck.com, UnderArmour.com, Nordstrom.com, Target.com

*This is in no way a sponsored/paid post. All opinions given are our own.

Holiday Stress-Eating? Snack On This!

Thanksgiving is over, but the season of holiday eating isn’t! The next few weeks of last minute shopping, office Christmas parties, and family get-togethers will leave us eating more (aka snacking to ward off stress) than usual, so we’ve drafted a few snack saviors to help us get through the rest of the season in a healthy and non-guilty fashion:

  • The ‘erries – Blueberries, cranberries, and even cherries are packed with a lot of punch. Blueberries give a much needed energy boost, cranberries help protect from diseases and infections, and cherries are the fruit of choice for weight maintenance.
  • Persimmons – These sweet & savory fruits always seem to be under the radar, but they’re in the spotlight on ours. They’re full of fiber and Vitamin A. Eat them ripe and on a full stomach because they can react to an acidic environment, causing an intestinal obstruction called a bezoar.
  • Nuts – Put those beautiful nutcrackers to use and add some crunch to your palate. Nutrition profiles vary for each nut but almonds, hazelnuts, and peanuts boast the highest Vitamin E content per serving, a powerful antioxidant essential for metabolic processes and also good for preventing the development of arterial plaque (which can cause heart attacks).
  • Dark Chocolate – It’s truly a sweet fact when you find out that dark chocolate can be good for you. Not only does its natural antioxidants help with good cardiovascular health, but its chemical compounds also help with your mood. Snack and be merry, you deserve it!
  • Homemade Kettle Corn –  We love popcorn because it satisfies, but doesn’t spoil your appetite! And the healthy part about making it yourself? You control the sugar. Try using Rapunzel Organic Whole Cane Sugar (it retains most of the sugar cane’s minerals and vitamins).

Photo: The Healthy Housewife