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  • Want to Try Curvy Yoga? 4 Poses to Get You Started

    Two Women doing yoga poses in Lola Getts gear

    Ready to try yoga, but worried about whether you can do some of those poses? Here's four beginner-level yoga poses with modifications that keep your curves in mind.

     

    DOWNWARD FACING DOG

    Downward facing dog is a core yoga pose, and an easy one to learn if you're just beginning. This modified downward facing dog is perfect if you're practicing at home. All you'll need is a yoga mat and a wall.

    Come into Child’s Pose by tucking your legs under your bum and extending your arms on the floor in front of you. Your toes should just be touching the baseboard. Lift your hips until your bum is in the air, but your shins are still on the ground. Use your thigh muscles to raise yourself up into an upside-down V, but instead of keeping your feet flat on the ground, rest your heels on the wall while the balls of your feet are on the floor. This little bit of elevation takes the stress off of your hamstrings.

     

    WARRIOR POSE

    Feeling wobbly during warrior? Find a folding chair and turn it upside-down with the seat toward you. Step “through” the chair and use the legs to help yourself balance. Be sure to toss a towel over any bars between the chair’s legs to keep things soft (you can also use this to rest your thigh for additional support).

     

    FORWARD FOLD

    Forward fold, along with downward facing dog, are two of the key poses in a sun salutation (another pose, Upward Salute, is pictured below). Instead of keeping your legs straight and folding over at your waist, try bending your knees just slightly. Only bend forward as much as you feel able. As with the modified downward dog, bending your knees will put less stress on your hamstrings.

    Woman doing sun salutation in Lola Getts gear

    LUNGE

    The lunge can also pose some balance problems for beginners. To help keep your balance and be kind to your knees, get a towel and place it on the floor under your knee. Instead of holding your hands above your head, place them on your knees. You’ll still get a good stretch without feeling out of balance.

     

    Do you have any go-to modifications for your yoga practice? Tell us in the comments!

     

    And for more on Curvy Yoga, check out our Lola Girl, Natasha Nurse!
  • 8 Ways to Make Your Activewear Last Longer

    Quality workout clothes should always help you perform your best. But how do you keep your activewear in tip-top shape? Here are eight easy ways to lengthen the life of your gear, keep colors bright, and fabric fresh.

    1. AVOID THE DRYER

    To help your activewear retain its stretch longer, don’t throw it in a hot dryer. Excess heat not only weakens fabric over time, but it can also bake in gym stink. Try drying on low heat or, to make your leggings last even longer, hang them to dry on a drying rack. If the weather is warm and sunny, consider hanging them outside. Just be sure to turn them inside out. Sunshine kills bacteria, but it can also fade colors!

     

    1. USE QUALITY DETERGENT

    Detergent makes a difference! Look for detergents made especially for activewear. Our favorites are Tide Plus Febreze Odor Defense, HEX Advanced Laundry Detergent Free + Clear, and Persil ProClean Power Liquid 2-in-1. Also, be sure to use the recommended amount. More detergent isn’t always better. In fact, using too much can leave a residue that actually attracts grime.

     

    1. DITCH THE FABRIC SOFTENER

    Fabric softeners can also leave a residue on your gear. These products work by coating fibers with chemicals that make clothes feel soft, but also prevent fabrics from performing the way they’re supposed to. To maintain your gear’s stretchiness and sweat-wicking abilities (and to keep chemicals off your skin while you’re working out) skip the fabric softener.

     

    1. BOOST YOUR WASH

    If you want to keep your gear fresh, stretchy, and soft, head for your kitchen cabinet. Adding ½ cup of vinegar or baking soda to the wash helps eliminate stains and odors while boosting the power of your detergent. Vinegar cuts through invisible stains from sweat, dead skin cells, deodorant, sebum, and even excess detergent that can build up on activewear and prevent it from wicking sweat. Baking soda absorbs odors and softens your water, boosting your detergent’s cleaning power.

    1. GET IT OUT OF YOUR GYM BAG

    The dark, damp space of your gym bag is an ideal breeding ground for stinky bacteria. Yuck! Instead of leaving sweaty clothes in your bag, either wash them immediately or hang them on a hook by the washing machine to let them dry.

     

    1. KEEP IT COOL

    Washing your gear in cold water will help maintain the fabric’s stretch and keep colors vibrant. If you notice your workout wear is getting a bit smelly, try a 20-minute cool water pre-soak immediately after your workout or a warmer wash with cold rinse. Plus, washing in cold water is eco-friendly!

     

    1. WASH INSIDE OUT

    Sweat and other stains builds up on the inside of your activewear. Turning your gear inside out before washing targets the dirtiest spots.

     

    1. USE A LAUNDRY BAG

    Most of us hand wash or use laundry bags for our regular bras. Do the same for your sports bras! You can also remove cups from bras if possible to get them cleaner and help them retain their shape longer.

     

    Following these easy care steps will help keep your activewear performing at its best so you can, too.

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  • Curvy Yoga with Natasha!

    Whether you are just starting on your fitness journey or you want to try something new, we want to support you by bringing you more inspiring stories and experiences from our strong amazing Lola Girls!

    Follow our Lola Girl, Natasha Nurse from Dressing Room 8 on her journey as she embarks on curvy yoga. Watch the video below!

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  • Lola Getts on Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch!

    Our episode of Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch airs TODAY! We are so proud to have been a part of this amazingly innovative series sponsored by Entrepreneur, Sprint and Indiegogo.  Watch Episode 11 below and please back us on Indiegogo!

    Don't forget, for a limited time, you can get our NEW Lola High Rise leggings for only $49 as a special thank you for supporting us and our mission.

    Thank you for giving our brand a purpose!

    XOXO,
    Lola

  • 4 Tricks to Avoid Post-Halloween Candy Temptations

    Halloween has come and gone but the candy-in-bulk is still here to stay for the rest of the year. It's easy to say "out of sight, out of mind" when it comes to the temptation of eating candy but  not so easy to practice when you're left staring at bags of Halloween treats because you bought too much, your co-workers' candy bowls are still at their desks or, if you're a parent, your kids' Halloween haul is flaunted in front of you.  Nothing can sabotage your fit and wellness journey more than a post-Halloween candy-binge. We'd all like to go cold-turkey, but for those of us who can't here are a few tricks to help you avoid the temptation or at least keep it at bay.

    1.  Eat Slower - Mindless candy eating is a thing, especially when you have a bowl full of snack-size treats. Try switching it up and opening the wrappers and eating with your non-dominant hand (If you are right-handed, eat with your left-hand). Research shows that just by slowing it down, you can decrease what you consume by about 30%!
    2. Drink Water -  Water stops a lot of cravings so keep your hands and your mouth busy by having a glass or bottle water handy. Maybe even put a water pitcher and cup by the candy bowl and commit to drinking a glass before you grab for that piece of chocolate.
    3. Keep Your Mouth Minty Fresh - Don't you hate it when you eat something that ruins your perfectly clean-teeth-feeling after you brush them? Try brushing your teeth or gargle with mouth wash when you want to grab for a piece of candy.
    4. Get Your Sugar Fix A Healthy Way - Keep that sugar craving at bay by incorporating healthier sugars in your meals - half a banana or raisins with your cereal, fresh fruit throughout the day or keep it festive into the holiday season with some hot cider. We guarantee it has less sugar than those fun-size chocolate bars.

     

     

  • Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch is Airing Today!

     

    It's finally here! The very first episode of Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch is airing today on  and we couldn't be more excited.  The streaming show will air on entrepreneur.com and is presented by Entrepreneur, Sprint Business & Indiegogo

    For those who don't know what this show is about, Entrepreneurs have 60 seconds to explain their business concept in an elevator as it ascends to the executive floor. If the investors like their pitch, the entrepreneur is sent up to the boardroom, if not, they are sent back down.

    But the best part is, the viewers can ALSO help fund the ideas and support the entrepreneurs through Indiegogo campaigns set up in tandem with their show appearance! You can follow the campaigns featured on the show by going here!

    Lola Getts will be riding the elevator on November 15!

    So mark your calendars and stay tuned!

    It's an addictive, innovative and ground-breaking show and we are so fortunate to be a part of it! You can watch the streaming show by going here. Or you can watch the first episode below!

  • Running Tips for Beginners

    We know running can be intimidating, especially for curvier women for a number of reasons. One of which is feeling vulnerable and judged by how we move and the fear we are not "doing it right." We're here to assure you that you can do it.

    Everyone has that fear that they are too slow or they will never be able to complete even one mile. And yes, run-walking still makes you a runner! You'll find that the running community is very inclusive and supportive. And heck, you may have a great time doing it!

    If you want to start running, but don't know where to begin, we have some tips below to start for the curvy runner:

    Get the right gear!

    Running is technically free, but there are 3 main essentials you need to start off:

    1. A great pair of running shoes. This is probably no.1. A great pair of running shoes will drastically improve the way you run and help to prevent injury. If you can, go to a running store to get your gait anayzed. They will observe how you run on a treadmill and advise on the best shoe for you based on your running style.
    2. A sturdy sports bra. A heavy duty sports bra is your best friend during a run. One of the best that we have found that our Lola Getts community uses quite often is Enell. They are truly worth the money.
    3.  An amazing outfit! This of course is where we come in :D Our clothes are meant to stay in place no matter what activity you are doing. Since all our clothes are fit first on a real size 16 curvy model, you know the fit is designed for you. You don't have to worry about adjusting your clothes constantly during your run.

    Form Over Speed

    There is no need for speed especially when you are only racing yourself. Remember you are running for you and not anyone else.  Focus on your form so you stay injury free. In fact you should start at a slower pace than you feel you need to go in the beginning so you can complete your workout.

    Our friends at runkeeper have a wonderful beginners running program on their app you can use to start.

    Listen to your body

    If you are running with more weight, the most important thing you can do is to listen to your body. Do not ignore a potential injury to salvage your pride. If you feel like your joints or ankles may be at risk, take it easy or slow your pace.

    Anti-Chafing Products are Your Friends

    The satisfaction of a good run is hampered a bit by the pain of chafing. Body glide may be the go to for most runners. Apply it between the thighs, under-boobs, your back, inner-arms or anywhere else you may need it right before you go running.

     

    We hope this helps on your fit journey! Remember that it's not a competition and that you are doing this for you and not anyone else. Happy running!

  • How to Meditate for Fitness: Practical Tips for Beginners

    By now you already know all the benefits of meditation on your lifestyle and overall health. But did you know it can help you during exercise and can help you reach your fitness goals? Yup! Meditation is great because it:

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  • Summer's Tip on Starting Your Wellness Journey

    Summer wearing the Lola Getts Baseball Tee with Mesh Sleeves in black and maroon.

    I am motivated to stay fit and healthy because I want to actually live this life I've been given. I want to be preventative so that I don't have to be limited illnesses later in life. I do a lot of different things to stay active, from walks with my dog to classes at the gym, and when all else fails, random dancing around the house is good to build up a sweat! I even get my family and friends involved in the activity, whether it be cooking/trying new recipes or trying the new Zumba class.

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  • National Women's Health Week and Lola Getts!

    Say Yes! to your health this week by taking steps toward a healthier you.  It's National Women's Health Week and to celebrate, we are giving you:

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