Challenge the negative and amplify the positive
By bari | December 5, 2013, 5:50 pm
Fitness Geek: Triber Reads 11.29.2013
By bari | November 29, 2013, 5:09 pm
- We’ll take our Thanksgiving without a side of guilt. (But we realize that this is easier said than done.) We love these tips for breaking out of food guilt. -The Chalkboard Mag
- Even when your eating habits are thrown off track (we’re looking at you, upcoming holiday parties), a daily workout can keep you from going off the grid entirely. -The New York Times
- Excuse the frankness, but this is why your kid is fat. A new study finds that today’s children aren’t nearly as healthy as their parents were at the same age. -The Daily Beast
- Slow down. Exposure to fast food can hinder our ability to savor life and enjoy simple pleasures. -The Atlantic
- Just say no (to getting sick). Okay, so maybe we can’t fully immunize ourselves from flu season, but we sure can try. -Well + Good NYC
By alexandra bonetti | November 28, 2013, 9:36 am
I want to take this opportunity to thank a few people in my life. I realize it might be a little sappy/corny/cliché. Deal with it. This year has been a tough year for me personally. I’ve been told it has been a roller coaster for a lot of us. By my astrologist. OK, my two astrologists. And they don’t lie to me. And thanks to a few people in my life, I came out of everything better than ever.
My husband, Jorge. You’re my rock. Thanks for all the nights we cuddle in bed. Thanks for listening like not many men know how to listen. Thanks for turning on the music, opening a bottle of wine and teaching me to close my laptop and leave things for the next day. Thanks for not getting mad when I don’t close my laptop. Your dedication to our relationship and your persistence in making every day a fun adventure has made our first year of marriage the best year of my life — even when the things we couldn’t control weren’t so bright. Thank you for taking care of me and loving me.
My dad. The most emotionally intelligent person I will ever come across. You have the right words at the right time, even when that means no words at all. I have never met someone so giving, grounded and inspiring. Thank you for always making me feel like life is beautiful.
My sister Daniella. Your commitment to everything you do makes me want to be better every day. Thanks for lighting every room you walk into. Thanks for teaching by example that principles are life’s compass. You’re the funniest person I know. Thanks for making me laugh.
Sara and Sarah. Thanks for helping me create everything we create every day. Thanks for treating Bari as if it were your own, for believing in me, and for helping me believe in myself. Thanks for your countless hours of hard work, no questions asked, always with a smile and the best attitudes I’ve ever had the privilege to work with. I hope this is our job, forever. I can’t imagine my day to day without you guys.
Kara, Lindsey and Michelle. You guys are rockstars. Thank you for leading this ever growing team of trainers. Thank you for always stepping up to the plate and giving more than is expected of you. Thank you for teaching every day, but especially for being wise enough to know you’re also students of your students. Thank you for always sharing all the credit and taking all the blame. You’re wise beyond your years. Thank you for making Bari a better company, method and culture.
To my Tribe. You guys inspire my entire team every day. Thanks for all your emails encouraging our company on. Thanks for your love stories, for your success stories, for coming back day after day even when we make mistakes. Thanks for all your sweat. Thanks for taking a chance with us, thanks for falling in love with our workout and culture. Thanks for pushing us to be the best we can be every single day.
Yoshi. The cutest puppy in the world. It’s too bad you can’t read. Thanks for not chewing on my shoes and for getting unnaturally excited every time I get out of the shower because you haven’t seen me for 7 minutes.Leave a comment...
Don’t Turn Thanksgiving into a “Health Thing.” Please.
By alexandra bonetti | November 27, 2013, 12:36 pm
The week leading up to Thanksgiving always brings with it lots of questions from clients about what to eat and what not to eat at Thanksgiving dinner.
Stop asking. We’re not going to give you guidelines. Eat whatever you want tomorrow night. Seriously.
I keep seeing all of these lists of rules all over the internet, and it makes me a little sad. Because Thanksgiving shouldn’t be celebrated through a filter of rules. Please, let’s not turn Thanksgiving dinner into a “health thing.” If you’ve stuck to the Thanksgiving Pledge the rest of the week and are leading a healthy lifestyle, enjoying some stuffing shouldn’t be anything more than enjoying some stuffing. Want some guidance for this holiday? Here are my tips.
1. Prioritize your family.
As a foreigner (is that politically correct? I am one, so…), one of my favorite things about this country is Thanksgiving. I think it’s brilliant and perfect just the way it is. What I love the most about this holiday is that no gifts are exchanged. It’s truly a time to be with each other, eat amazing food and give thanks. So do that. Let go of your computers and phones and spend quality time together. Take out that board game your family loves to play. Don’t send your kid out to get ice – go with them. Don’t just cook – make sure the kitchen door is open and teach your recipes to whoever’s there and wants to learn. You’re not the one in the kitchen? Maybe this year you should be, even if it’s to entertain the chef.
We underestimate what rest does for our health – both physically and mentally. Last week’s Fitness Geek included a great article that reinforced the importance of rest. Take advantage of the long weekend. Sleep in. Go to bed early. Take a nap cuddled with your partner, child, dog, or all of the above. Breath.
3. Do one thing you never have time for.
We all have our wishful to-do lists – you know, the things you write down knowing that you won’t have enough time to get through. Reading that book, picking up a guitar, starting the Italian lessons from that app you downloaded months ago, walking over the Brooklyn Bridge, starting a meditation practice. Here’s your chance; do it now.
4. Be present.
Whatever you’re doing – whether it’s for yourself or for your loved ones – be there while you do it. Leave your worries and thoughts for Monday when you’re back in productivity mode. Whenever one of those thoughts that take you away from the present enters your mind, write it down and forget about it for now.
5. Be vocal about your gratitude.
Don’t just say a quick thanks at Thanksgiving dinner. Pull aside the people who you’re grateful for and tell them why. Write a few emails, or even better hand-written cards, and send them to people who you won’t see but are grateful for. One more reason to give thanks? There’s scientific proof that being grateful improves your health.Leave a comment...
Fitness Geek: Triber Reads 11.22.2013
By bari | November 22, 2013, 3:11 pm
- Our thoughts on Bari doubles? Double the pleasure (or torture), double the fun. But are two-a-day workouts safe? Yes — if you do them right. -Greatist
- The controversial life of skim milk: It turns out that kids who drink skim milk weigh more than those who drink whole milk. An interesting look into overly processed dairy products and the complications of healthy eating campaigns. -The Atlantic
- The list of reasons to exercise throughout pregnancy spans beyond staying in shape and making your post-partum Bari body comeback: Research suggests that exercise throughout pregnancy may boost the development of the baby’s brain. One more tally for the positive impact of exercise on the brain! -The New York Times
- Does the early bird always get the worm? If his or her sleeping patterns are consistent, then yes. New research suggests that the consistency of our bed and wake times can influence weight and body fat. -Science Daily
- Street art with a food-focused message? Obviously we’re on board. A German street artist is defacing fast food billboards by whiting out the ads and writing recipes for actual food on top. We love you, German street artist. -Grist
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Making Us Happy This Week: 11.20.2013
By bari | November 20, 2013, 3:08 pm
1. The official one week countdown to the best day of the year — it’s obvious we’re talking about Thanksgiving, right? — kicks off tomorrow. Please tell us we’re not the only ones who count down to Thanksgiving. Then, stay on track before and after next Thursday’s food coma by taking the Bari Thanksgiving Pledge.
2. This toddler who takes naps with his puppy every day.
4. Seth Cohen and Blair Waldorf got engaged. Our teenage dreams are coming true. Mazel tov, guys.
5. Gaga’s back. We’re listening to this one on repeat:
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Fitness Geek: Triber Reads 11.15.2013
By bari | November 15, 2013, 11:10 am
- “What’s your sign?” Overused pick-up line — or fortune teller of health? Your Zodiac sign — specifically your season of birth — has been linked to an increased risk for a myriad of serious health issues. —The Atlantic
- Can’t we all just get along? This week, the USDA requested public input on how to enhance “agricultural coexistence.” In laymen’s terms: the USDA wants producers of both traditional and organic crops to play nice with producers of GMO crops. Hmmm. —Food Politics
- Squats are the new metro cards — at least in Russia. To promote the 2014 Winter Olympics, Moscow subway stations have added machines that allow riders to pay for their train ticket with 30 squats. Bloomberg, if you’re listening, we will squat (or Bari101) for our morning ride on the 1 train. —Mashable
- Are you wasting your vegetables? These seemingly disposable vegetable parts are edible, so eat up! —Stone Soup
- As we head into flu season, learn about the life cycle of a flu — including how you should be feeling and what you should be doing at each stage. Then, cross your fingers (and wash your hands) in hopes that you won’t need to enlist any of this information for personal reasons. —The Huffington Post
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Making Us Happy This Week: 11.13.2013
By bari | November 13, 2013, 11:31 am
1. Love notes from NYC. The handy work of an NGO called Dept of Well Being, we’re seeing these happy street signs everywhere. (P.S. We love you, too, New York.)
2. These Merino wool legwarmers from lululemon, which are keeping us warm (and allowing us to continue wearing crops in 30 degree weather):
3. BariTEA Rev Blend is back in stock at Bari Tribeca! Get ‘em while they’re hot!
4. Bari field trip to see the contemporary art exhibit at Christie’s, which broke the record for the highest grossing auction last night!
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