Advocate for Quality Physical Education

Cathrine Himberg (right) teaches during her Intermediate Yoga (KINE169B) class after she was awarded Outstanding Professor from the Faculty Recognition and Support Committee (FRAS) on Thursday, February 4, 2016 in Chico, Calif. (Jason Halley/University Photographer)

Physical Education Teachers, Coaches and anyone working with our youth…..READ this excellent article!  My colleague wrote it!  Gone are the humiliating activities, human target games and only the skilled get to play.  Today’s Physical Education is about building skills, confidence through activity and learning about health and fitness.  We are “teaching children to become physically active for a lifetime.”

Catherine Himberg’s 2014 advocacy film, No Excuses, chronicles how updating physical education curriculum at K–12 schools can help create positive change in children’s health.



The Belly Blast Smoothie – Berry Good!

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Yes, the holidays are over the decorations are put away and yet I am surrounded by a little extra love…..my belly!  Try this Berry smoothie and get a jump start to 2016!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup skim or flaxseed milk
  • 1 cup frozen unsweetened blueberries
  • 1 T cold-pressed flaxseed oil (2 T ground flaxseeds will do in a pinch)
  • Ice, to taste for consistency

Directions

Place in a powerful blender until desired consistency is reached. If using the flaxseed oil, blend all ingredients without the oil, and slowly stir in oil after transferring to glass.

Thanks to Chalkboard Magazine for this wonderful recipe!



Got Kale

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We love Sub Urban Riot’s take on the “YALE” sweatshirt available at our boutique this season.  Beyonce likes it too!   “KALE” is the super food that can lower cholesterol, fight cancer, strengthen bones, aid digestion and weight loss.  Got Kale?

Check out the 10 ways to use Kale recipes on Skinny Mom Blog

by Brooke Griffin. http://bit.ly/11EpVlI



The Legging Revolution, and Why It’s Unstoppable

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 I don’t know what it is about yoga wear that is so holding, but it’s hard not to notice how the trend has caught on. Not just because everyone and their mom has a pair, either. What was once a novelty reserved for yoga or pilates is now a staple piece in wardrobes all over the world. More often than not, these pants can be seen branded with state of the art fabric or in a one of a kind print, supplying us with a truly bold, eye catching craze. Leggings really have taken over the world. Blame it on yoga’s great revival or on our call for comfort and functionality, but this trend is going nowhere. Here’s why.

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There’s a pair of leggings in your closet whether you’re a fitness junkie or not, so it’s no surprise that leggings have redefined the standard of celebrity wardrobes. Whether they are a cotton blend or StretchFlex, printed or solid, leggings are being worn as statement pieces in the outfits of today’s most trusted style icons. Bold, chic, and eye-grabbing.

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This leap in yoga wear popularity has lead to some super interesting advances in the industry. As the demand for yoga wear goes up, so does the technology the yoga brands use in the creation of these products. Brands are perfecting their own, signature fabrics that transcend into all of the brand’s merchandise, each fabric with a unique set of focuses and specific yoga style aims.

Alo Yoga, a favorite here at Montana Blues, has started using eco-friendly, lavish fabrics like bamboo spandex jersey and organic cotton. They’ve also designed fabrics with moisture-wicking properties to draw sweat away from the body,  anti-bacterial technology to block the growth of microbes that cause odor, and StretchFlex technology that allows for ultimate movement and stretch during your workouts.

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Onzie, another favorite, is a brand hot yoga enthusiasts continuously flock over. Onzie has developed its signature fabric that is super flexible, 100% waterproof, and with Utilizing Free-Flow Fabric Technology. Onzie is good to wear to yoga class, out shopping, or even on your next beach vacation.

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Right now in the fitness apparel industry, quality is everything. Companies fight to have the best, most luxurious fabrics on the market—a fight that, luckily, makes for an array of options for us legging enthusiasts to choose from! Check us out on MontanaBlues.com for even more of our favorite leggings!

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So, What is Athleisure?

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Wave goodbye to those blue jeans of yours! While fashion trends are impelling, dramatic, and impossible to avoid, we all know how rarely these trends offer the same chic, current style with a sense of functionality and practicality to match. Lucky for you, Montana Blues has this up and coming trend down to a science!

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Fitness and fashion. Studio to street. Athleisure. Making the most of the pieces so comfy you just can’t take them off. Easily weaving your active lifestyle into your busy day-to-day life, and looking great as you do it!  

So why embrace this fashion movement? For one, it is one of the rare cases in which a trend caters to its followers’ needs, and not vice-versa. This reincarnation of cool fitness-wear takes all that is uncomfortable, unneeded, or unrealistic and works to keep things current, casual, and conceptual, making for one seriously wearable fashion trend.

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Secondly, the concept of athleisure is rooted in the increasing amount of people who have started embracing a healthier lifestyle. There are more people now eating clean, living sustainably, and giving part of their daily life to fitness—and the big names in the fashion industry have taken note! Alexander Wang, Milly, Juicy Couture, and Chanel are just a handful of designers who have crafted up their own unique collections of fitness oriented garments. At the end of it all, we have clothes we’d normally wear to the gym being worked into forward, street-ready ensembles; these are clothes we all have (tees, sweats, yoga pants) with a modern, fashion-forward edge. 

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So get going! You deserve to take advantage of this emerging fashion gift. We’ll even help you get started! Here are a few of our favorite products that will get you that chic, fresh-out-the-gym look:

collage         Solow Boyfriend Hoodie                Alala Captain Ankle Tight                   Kensie Cardigan 

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We love Alo Yoga!

alo yoga collageAlo Yoga coming to montanablues.com Fall 2014

Who:  Yoga inspired clothing that reflects the fashionable and healthy lifestyle of LA.

What:  High performance clothing with booty lifting, tummy flattening and move-with-you fit.

Why:  Known for their Goddess Ribbed Legging – Worth Worshiping!

Where:    From studio to street or carpool to class.   Active wear is Everywhere!

Want to be the first to know?  http://montanablues.com/