Let’s talk about stress, baby… [Natural Calm review]

Let’s talk about you and me.

Or you and magnesium. Either way.

Back in the day (i.e. a year ago), I was really in the groove of training. I would run in the morning (no less than 6 miles, ever) and lift in the evening. It felt good, but if you know me at all, you know how easily I get injured and over-trained. So it didn’t take long for this schedule to start taking its toll on my body, and I started to feel super stressed. I did a little bit of research on the matter (read: Google), and it all led to Natural Calm – a natural magnesium supplement.

It touted all sorts of benefits, but I’m always willing to give basically anything (natural) a shot, which has led me down some interesting paths, but that’s another post. The short of it is that it aids in muscle relaxation, which appealed to me for obvious reasons. But it also purported to help with headaches (I suffer from them almost daily), sleep, and, uhh, being backed up, if you catch my drift.

I opted for the unflavored version (because I don’t typically eat anything sweetened by anything other than maple syrup or honey, and the flavored options have stevia) and I really liked it right away. This obviously isn’t the intended effect, but to activate the magnesium, it fizzes. I don’t drink soda (but have recently acquired an addiction to orange La Croix), so I kind of enjoy the “taste” that this gives my water. You can take it in the morning, or at night, and I basically just take it whenever I remember. Sometimes I forget, and after a few weeks of feeling crappy, I notice and start taking it again.

So it’s been a year(ish) since I’ve started taking it, and I’ve been on and off consistent with it, but can definitely tell when I’m off. Also I have this weird thing with routine, and I *really* like having a routine, which includes drinking my magnesium in the mornings on the way to work. It may make me a little crazy, but I thoroughly enjoy the repetition of it. But, I digress. Basically, I really like it. I literally always have it in my cart on LuckyVitamin.com (where I’ve found the best deal on it, here). They also have discounts on the brand a lot so definitely check the special promotions page while you’re at it (because even when Natural Calm isn’t on sale, there’s always a million other things I want that are).

All in all, I think if you’re feeling stressed – mentally or physically – you’ll find relief with Natural Calm. I’ll just be over here drinking way more than the serving size suggests (like I do with everything because moderation is not a thing with me I guess. Maybe this explains my stress, ha!).

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Viewsport Review + Giveaway!

I may have (I do have) more workout clothes than real clothes. I can’t stop myself. I’m especially a sucker for anything different and clever, and that stands out from the other typical boring stuff. So naturally, Viewsport athletic apparel piqued my interest.

The concept is like, really cool. It uses sweat activated technology (who knew that was a thing?!) to make your workout way more interesting. Basically, once you start sweating, certain graphics will appear on the clothing. I really don’t understand how it works. I assume magic. What shows up depends on which item – and there are a TON of fun options. Like, I keep looking at the website and having to remind myself I REALLY don’t need more clothes.

So I put the Do It tank to the test. When you sweat – it adds the letters to make it read Don’t Quit – which I love love love. The back has work hard printed all over the back too. I wore it to run at the gym and had a bunch of random people ask about it. Anything that gives me an excuse to talk about fitness to other people is okay in my book.

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My other favorite is the Run More Than Your Mouth (shocker) shirt – which has “work hard” show up all over the back once you activate that baby with your sweat.

My only problem with them is that they’re really cute and I want to wear them NOT working out too. And let’s be real, I just don’t do my laundry enough for that.

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Enter to win your own Run More Than Your Mouth shirt by leaving a comment below telling us how YOU #sweatproud. Bonus points for each of the following: Follow @couldberunning & @viewsport on Twitter and Instagram (let me know in the comments if you do any of the above!) Winner will be chosen at random on 5/21/15 and will be contacted by Viewsport for your contact information.

Mini TNF Thermoball Remix Review

So, if you know me at all, you know I am perpetually freezing. Numb appendages are the norm. Couple that with the facts that 1. I live in Wisconsin (where winter is basically 6 months of the year), and 2. I need to be outside and active or I go verifiably insane, so I take my cold weather gear VERY seriously.

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[awkward selfie to attempt to
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Not gonna lie, when I first unpacked my Thermoball (it came folded up in a neat and tidy, approximately 5×6 inch little square, which I have never been able to replicate despite my pathetic attempts) I was skeptical. The thing is crazy thin and lightweight, and I thought – no way is this thing going to keep me remotely warm. How wrong I was… this thing is nuts. It keeps your core especially toasty, even if I get lazy and skimp on the base layers.

I think one of my favorite aspects is the sheer thinness of it. It isn’t even officially winter yet, and the thermometers here have already seen some disgusting lows. So the hugest benefit of this jacket for me is the ability to actually use it as a kind of pseudo-base layer. I’ll put this on under my other jacket and feel pretty much winter-invincible. I’ve been pretending it isn’t going to happen, but I know the weather here is only going to get worse, and I’m stoked to have this jacket in my arsenal to give me no excuse to stop getting out there. Trust me, you don’t want to deal with me when I’m stuck inside…

[I did receive this as a part of the TNF Locals Ambassador program, and this is my unpaid, honest review of the product!]