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Marathon Playlist

Monday, April 21, 2014 marks the 118th running of the Boston Marathon. To this year’s participants, and to all marathon runners out there, here’s to you! We know a even a little motivation can go a long way so we’ve created a playlist to help you get through the next 26.2 miles. From Christina Aguilera’s “Fighter” anthem to Michael Jackson classics, we’ve got you covered.

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Look for more LoveSurf playlists by following us on Spotify.

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#LoveSurfLife Contest Winners

Check out the winners of our #LoveSurfLife contest!

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You could be our Week 4 winner! Show us how you live the #LoveSurfLife and enter to WIN the Trestles Bikini from LoveSurf.

HOW IT WORKS:

  • SNAP a photo working out or around town in your favorite LoveSurf gear
  • TAG it with the hashtag #lovesurflife
  • POST it on Instagram or Twitter
  • You’re ENTERED

Last day to enter is Tuesday April 29th, 11:59 PM PST. Winner will be contacted on or around April 30th.

Good luck!

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Yoga for Runners

Running is a great way to stay in shape but it can also put a toll on your body. Find your balance with these yoga poses that can help strengthen and protect your body.

Treelovesure-tree

Improve your balance and strengthen your legs in this pose. Once you’ve mastered Tree pose, try closing your eyes and holding the pose for an extra test of your balance.

Twisted Trianglelovesurf-triangle

Especially if you are tight, this pose can be beneficial for your hips and glutes. If you feel any discomfort, try resting your arm on a block.

Downward Doglovesurf-downdog

This essential yoga pose opens the arms and upper back while also strengthening and lengthening the body. For a better overall stretch, lift your hips and push your heels into the ground.

Upward Doglovesurf-updog

Avid runners often have strong legs but can have neglected areas like their core and arms. Upper body yoga targets this upper body area.

Low Lungelovesurf-lunge

Lunges are great for balance- an essential for any runner. To take the pose further, drop down onto your elbows.

Seated Spinal Twistlovesurf-twist

Twists can help lengthen and loosen the upper body. Cross your right knee over your left leg- keep your right knee bent with the sole of your foot on the ground. Reach your left arm across your body and put it against the outside of your thigh- twist and hold. Repeat on the other side.

Forward Foldlovesurf-fold

Stretch, stretch and more stretch! This pose is great for your hamstrings and calves. Pull on your toes for an extra bonus in the arches of your feet. Try it seated or standing.

Reclining Pigeon

With your knees bent, lie on your back, cross your right ankle over your left quad, and gently pull your left quad toward you- repeat on the other side. This pose will stretch your glutes and hamstrings.

Bridge

Lying on your back with your knees bent, lift your hips to the sky while keeping your core engaged. This pose is a great counter to running which tends to make your hunch forward.

Bound Angel

Laying on the floor, open your knees wide apart with your feet touching. This pose will open your lower back, hips and inner thighs. Let your knees drop gently to the floor, don’t force them. Roll a towel and place on your lower back for added comfort and support.

Above all, remember your breathe. It’s important on both the track and mat.

What are they wearing:

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LoveSurf Trestles Swim Top and Balance Capri

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LoveSurf’s Guide to Surviving Coachella 2014

If you are taking a break from the waves and ocean and migrating to the desert this weekend, here are some tips on enjoying, and surviving, one of the best 3-day music festivals on the West coast – Coachella.

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HYDRATE!

We cannot stress enough the importance of staying hydrated. With temperatures that can reach 100+ degrees and standing in the direct sunlight, you can easily become dehydrated. You can bring an empty water bottle or Camelback and fill it up at the over 15 filling stations.  Bring Nuun electrolyte tablets to add to your water. They are designed to keep you hydrated without the high calorie and sugar intake of sports drinks like Gatorade. Drink more water than you think is possible- too much is never enough. Take a break once in a while too and rest under one of the various shaded structures.

Protect and Cover

Coachella is one of the most fashionable music festivals. But make sure to use sunscreen and reapply constantly. Try Coola’s SPF 30 Citrus Mimosa Sunscreen Spray available at LoveSurf.com. This organic, continuous spray will also nourish, repair and hydrate your skin. A hat and sunglasses are a Coachella must too! Although it might feel like you are boiling in the middle of the day, temperatures at night can drop down into the 50’s, so don’t forget warm clothes to cover your arms and legs.

Nourishment

Eat a big, protein filled breakfast before heading to the festival. It can sustain you through a good portion of the day. Outside food is not allowed, but if you can, stash some energy or granola bars in your bag. Food inside can cost around $10 per meal. To get a bigger bang for your buck, avoid the pizza and ice-cream and instead pick the higher protein options like the burger or burritos. There will be Vegan options this year as well. Looking for healthy options? Head over to the Terrace Yurts and pick up some gourmet walnut or a cold-pressed juice from Clover.

Activities & Relaxation

If you are camping at the festival, don’t forget your yoga mat! Grab a FREE yoga or Pilates class under the Activities Area. Classes start at 8am and go till 2pm. Need to relieve some stress? There will be on-site massage therapist to work out your trouble spots. You’ll be walking 10-12 hour each day; some people walk as much as 10 miles per day. Your legs will definitely be getting a workout!

Music

Whether you are there to see your favorite band or discover something new, Coachella is all about the music. If you are heading out to the desert this weekend, we’ve created a playlist to get you ready. Check out the full playlist and follow us on Spotify.

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HAVE FUN!!!

For some, it’s a once in a lifetime experience, so enjoy! And don’t forget to use the hashtag #lovesurflife on Instagram or Twitter so we can see how LoveSurf Girls take on Coachella like they do SUP Yoga.

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How to Clean your Yoga Mat

Like most LoveSurf girls, we use our yoga mat on a regular basis. Which begs the question- when was the last time you cleaned your yoga mat?

lovesurf-yoga-matDirt, oil, and sweat can penetrate the surface of your mat leaving a not so pleasant odor when you are trying to relax in child’s pose. Here is a simple cleaning spray that will sanitize and protect your mat.

With a spray a bottle, mix 2/3 of the bottle with witch hazel or vinegar (vinegar will leave a stronger smell). Top off with water and some essential oils like lavender or eucalyptus. Mix thoroughly in the spray bottle.

Spray the surface of your mat with the mixture and wipe it with a damp cloth. Allow plenty of time of your mat to dry by hanging it outside or on the shower rod. Make sure your mat is completely dry before you start your next practice.

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Green Chia Berry Smoothie

Add chia seeds to your next morning smoothie. They add a boost of fiber, protein and omega fatty acid that will also keep you feeling fuller and avoid the mid-morning croissant. The green super-food kale is packed with a high concentration of antioxidant, which can help protect against various cancers, vitamins A, C and K, and phytonutrients, and cholesterol-lowering fiber which is great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup of kale, packed, washed & chopped
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup orange juice

Makes 1-2 servings

DIRECTIONS

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and mix until smooth. Enjoy.

Looking for even more? Try these for a extra boost:

  • Protein boost: 3-6 oz. Silken tofu, 2 tbsp almond butter
  • Electrolyte boost: replace the orange juice with 1 cup coconut water, 1/2 of a banana

Share your favorite smoothie recipes with us below.

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