Green Shoes, Olympic Hydration, Weight Loss Photoshop, and Turkey Time
Nike goes green, Michael Phelps launches water, a new site shows you at your target weight and gobbling the good stuff on Thursday.
Jenn and I don’t want to get too “green preachy” but sometimes cool products and environmental friendliness go hand in hand. Nike recently expanded its Considered Design line, which brings the sustainability philosophy to all product categories. The goal is to minimize environmental impact by reducing waste throughout the design and development process, use environmentally preferred materials and eliminate toxins. Nike aims to have all of its shoes meet its Considered Design standards by 2011. The Air Essential Sister women’s training shoe (pictured) has an 11 percent higher pattern efficiency, meaning the pattern was designed to create less waste. Plus, it’s cute.
Phelps Works It
Although he’s taking a break from wining gold medals, Olympian Michael Phelps is still hitting the water. Phelps recently launched PureSport, his sports performance beverage of choice. PureSport is said to have an optimal carbohydrate-to-protein ratio and is available in two formulations: PureSport Workout, which is used prior to and during exercise to improve endurance and reduce muscle tissue damage, and PureSport Recovery, which is used within 30 minutes of completing a workout to speed the storage of muscle and liver glycogen and promote muscle tissue repair. With eight gold medals in Beijing, I’ll have what he’s having.
While the FBGs aren’t about counting calories or pounds, a weight loss website did catch our attention recently. After you upload a photo and choose a target weight, WeightView.com will email you an image of yourself at your specified weight—at no charge. Maybe it’ll give you extra motivation to get to the gym, maybe it will just make you go “Hmm, interesting” like it did for us, or maybe it’ll convince you that you’re just right the way you are. Either way, I was weirdly fascinated by looking at the before and after pictures.
Bonus Bit: Thanksgiving Holiday Blitz
The American Council on Exercise (ACE) estimates that the average person will consume 3,000 calories and 229 grams of fat this Thanksgiving. Sounds scary, but have no fear. There are a few simple fixes for this caloric catastrophe. Try to limit your caloric intake in the days leading up to and following the big day; you likely won’t notice shaving off 100-200 calories here and there. Keep up your fitness routine over the holidays, too. Even if you do go all out on Turkey Day, go out for a walk or play a game of football to get some activity. And don’t panic if you splurge. Enjoy it and all of its tastiness, and get back on track the next day.