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fitness geek: health news round up 9.12.14

  1. why does the U.S. chill its eggs when the rest of the world doesn’t? —npr
  2. being a beach bum may do the brain good: here’s how being near the water can make us calmer and more creative. —the huffington post
  3. dieting to lose weight? you’re doing it all wrong. check out these seven reasons why dieting makes losing weight harder. —summer tomato
  4. think happy thoughts? the power of positive thinking certainly has its limits, and this piece digs into the upside of pessimism. —the atlantic
  5. the sweet spot of sleep? new research finds that the most reliable workers get seven to eight hours of sleep each night. —the new york times
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Making Us Happy This Week

making us happy this week: 9.10.2014

Happy hump day, tribe! In need of a little mid-week inspiration and positivity? Here’s a round up of the little things that are making us happy this week.

sweating with our sweet(green) neighbors for a sunset bari workout on the pier in tribeca. 

—fashion week! hats off to all of our superhuman models, editors and designers who have been in the studio all week despite the chaos of fashion week.

—mother/daughter plank offs. you know you’re bariddicted when…

—this sam smith + a$ap rocky remix. 

—the apple announcement heard round the world. needless to say, we want all the new toys.


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fitness geek: health news round up 9.5.2014

  1. We’re all for transparency when it comes to anything food related (thank you, NYC Department of Health letter grades); Oxfam is attempting to nudge food companies to make their inner workings more visible by scoring them on everything from workers’ righters to climate change. npr
  2. Is there a connection between sports and ALS? —the new york times
  3. Hot off the presses — and just in time for back-to-school season — the freshman 15 is a myth. —the atlantic 
  4. When it comes to brains, size matters. And if you’re not getting enough sleep, your brain may shrink. —the huffington post
  5. Good news for veggie haters: You may be able to train your brain to love greens just as much as cookies. —the atlantic
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alexandra bonetti september 2014

a few of my favorite things: september

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Making Us Happy This Week

making us happy this week: 9.3.2014

Happy hump day, tribe! In need of a little mid-week inspiration and positivity? Here’s a round up of the little things that are making us happy this week.

the momentum of fall, and everyone using the new season as a reset button. it’s unmistakable: our whole tribe came back from labor day weekend ready to work and turn over a new leaf (ha, get it? fall.). p.s. we know it’s not officially fall. but labor day happened. white’s out. so, in our book, it’s fall.

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nyc basic tips and etiquette. nyc tribe, read it. live it. love it.


yesterday’s bari newport beach segment on good day la!

Los Angeles News | FOX 11 LA KTTV

test driving new newtons at bari tribeca all week! sign up for 9am macro on saturday or 7am or 9:15am hybrid next tuesday to get in on the action.

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—last week’s announcement that friends’ central perk will become a reality in soho this month. YES, please and thank you. need a reminder of how awesome friends is? no? watch this anyway.

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fitness geek: health news round up 8.29.2014

  1. Nutrition labels aren’t totally transparent. Case in point: Zero doesn’t always mean zero. Though trans fat has seemingly been removed from all packaged foods, many companies are keeping up to .5 grams of trans fat in their products because they can legally list it as zero on packages. npr
  2. The complicated implications of BPA on women’s health: know the risk that plastics and cans pose. —the new york times
  3. Too much of a good thing is still too much; what are the implications of over-consuming almonds? —the atlantic
  4. Why do you feel so hungry after working out? It may be psychological. greatist
  5. Look out for the ingredient lupin, specifically in gluten-free foods. The FDA warned that it’s a common allergen for those with legume allergies, so consume with caution. —prevention
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20 choices that will make you immediately happier

1. Decide to decide. Stop putting off tiny decisions that end up cluttering your life. Respond to the text. Recycle the junk mail. Subscribe or unsubscribe. Decide now.

2. Promote someone else’s work. Anna Deavere Smith has said, “To make your own mark on the world, you must see the mark of others.” Choose to see how others are influencing the world for the better, then throw them your support. Shout their praises from the rooftops. Let yourself be inspired.

3. Stop using the term guilty pleasure. Pleasure is an underrated thing, and there should always be more of it. Don’t cast a shadow on your happy place by feeling guilt. If you love something, own it.

4. Love your mistakes. Mistakes are your best teachers. Allow yourself to be a student of your failure. Appreciate the guts it takes to acknowledge when you were dead wrong, and use those less-than-perfect moments to help you grow.

5. Make family a priority. Call your mother. Hug your kids. Kiss your spouse. Family, for better or worse, is your history. Spending time with the people who know you and love you will keep you grounded. If there is one, bury the hatchet.

6. Build up your friends. Use the extra energy you’re gaining from all these choices to build up your friends. Don’t assume they know how much you respect and love them; tell them.

7. Work out. Endorphins. Duh.

8. Spend time outside. Being out in the sun not only gives you a dose of Vitamin D, it lets your perspective open up. Seeing amazing landscapes or even just being present among others is an immediate mood-booster. Go for a walk. Take the long way home from work. Ride your bike.

9. Put meaning into your work. Choose to make the world a better, brighter place no matter what you’re doing for money.

10. Say no. Building a practice of saying no means you are actually in tune with your mind/body needs. You are giving yourself space and time when you need it. It also gives others permission to slow down, too. Saying no can be uber generous.

11. Say yes. On the other side of that coin, let yourself be open to adventure. Say yes to the unexpected. The basic rule to good improv is saying “Yes, and…” and it’s the basic rule for an adventurous life as well.

12. Connect with your community. Humans are social by nature. We thrive off of community. So connect with yours, whether it’s at home, at school, at bari, wherever. Get to know people’s names, engage in conversation, step out of your bubble to connect.

13. Get a playlist. Music is a huge mood booster. Get the tunes that you love and turn them all the way up.

14. Go to sleep. 7-8 hours every night.

15. Meditate. Can’t quite get to sleep? Turn off the electronics and meditate for 10 minutes before bed. Not only does it help you wind down, it has been proven to decrease stress.

16. Learn how to do something new. Learning something new can be scary, but it can be invigorating. Remember the first time you stepped into bari and how exciting it was? Keep your brain active and happy by being a perpetual student.

17. Get in your flow groove. Flow is that sweet spot where something challenges you just beyond your skill level so you have to rise to meet it. Flow is a natural high. Get in your groove to get happy.

18. Make your commute a mental sabbatical. Our minds race day in and day out, and it’s hard sometimes to slow down. So make your commute your mental break. Decide that when you’re traveling, you’re just going to stay present. You might just show up at your destination with a little more mojo.

19. Drink more water. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: is your pee clear? No? Drink more.

20. Affirm yourself. At the end of the day, the only person who can make you happy is you. So put some love into yourself. Say the kind things that you would say to someone else who needed a boost. Put a smile on your own face, and see how much better you feel.

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Making Us Happy This Week

making us happy this week: 8.27.2014

Happy hump day, Tribe! In need of a little mid-week inspiration and positivity? Here’s a round up of the little things that are making us happy this week.

—bari newport beach’s video shoot with jumpsport. A full day of lights, cameras, bounce and bari babes — nothing to complain about over here.


—labor day weekend! We can’t wait to wear white, celebrate the last weekend of summer and relax before welcoming september, fall and a return to routine. We’ll still be sweating all weekend long on modified schedules, so pre-game your partying with bari!


—this opinion piece on anthropologie furniture. Hilarious. (We still want it all though.)

—this toddler who takes the ice bucket challenge and reacts… exactly like the rest of us.

—this guy’s creative productivity while working from home. His at-home office attire is on point, too.

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fitness geek: health news round up 8.22.2014

  1. That quinoa, it’s so hot right now  so hot, in fact, that the U.N. is helping it make moves from being grown exclusively in the Andes to Central Asia and beyond. npr
  2. Why we believe in warm ups and cool downs over traditional stretching: science finds that static stretching can weaken muscles, damper athletic performance and even lead to injury.—the atlantic
  3. Breakfast: most important meal of the day or simply overrated? New study findings point to: If you like breakfast, eat it. If you don’t, don’t. Novel idea. —the new york times
  4. Dead phone? Soon, you may be able to recharge by working up a sweat. —prevention
  5. Calm down, you’re stressing everyone out. Really, your stress is contagious and rubs off on those around you, so, for the greater good, breathe. —self

Bonus feature: The Atlantic talks juice cleanses. Happy Friday, tribe!

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fitness geek: health news round up 8.15.2014

  1. We avoid parabens in beauty products, but what are they doing in our tortillas? —npr
  2. Exercise: Good for the body, the brain… and your pain threshold. —the new york times
  3. Do these suburbs make us look fat? New research shows that people in dense cities are thinner and healthier than those in the suburbs; the secret is in the street patterns. —the atlantic
  4. When is a habit not a habit? Understanding the difference between an action (even a recurring one) and a habit is essential to changing a behavior long-term. —summer tomato
  5. Next on the healthy eating to do list? Relearning how to eat fish for sustainability. —the new york times
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