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5 Things You Need in Your Gym Bag

5 Things You Need in Your Gym Bag

What’s in your gym bag?

Here are five items you don’t want to leave home without:

1. Antibacterial wipes.

The website Fitrated collected samples from 27 pieces of gym equipment at three different gyms, then had them analyzed in a lab. The results were pretty scary; 70 percent of the bacteria was harmful and known to cause various skin infections and illnesses. The treadmill, stationary bike and free weights were the most bacteria-laden items. You can’t be certain that the equipment you’re about to touch has been cleaned anytime lately, so it’s best to be safe. Get yourself a travel pack of antibacterial wipes, and clean that machine down before your workout. And be kind to the next person who uses it by wiping it down when you’re through.

2. Your favorite Le-Vel gear.

Workout gear does not have to be boring or unstylish! Le-Vel carries a huge selection of athletic gear to THRIVE in – from tanks to tees to yoga pants and jackets – along with fun accessories like water bottles, blender bottles, hats, bag tags and more. So, you’ll not only look awesome, you’ll feel inspired to thrive throughout your day.

3. A first-aid kit.

Believe it or not, gym accidents do happen. Instead of relying on the gym for antibacterial cream, bandages and such, get yourself a travel-sized kit of your own.

4. An awesome workout playlist.

Music is a huge motivator for keeping your exercise going and pushing further when you’re feeling tired. Recent studies show that music can help delay fatigue and lessen the impression of fatigue during workouts. So take the time to find a music selection that appeals to you. Create a playlist from music you’ve purchased or use an online radio source like iHeart Radio or Spotify to get a workout mix that keeps you going.

5. A good snack.

You’re probably familiar with the recommendation to eat within 45 minutes of a good workout. Well, the best snack incorporates a mix of carbohydrates and protein! Thrive PRO Sequential Bar Technology is your best bet for premium nutrition after your workout. With 4 delicious flavors to choose from, Thrive PRO delivers 20 grams of protein per bar. With Thrive PRO, you get a lot of nutritional bang for your buck, and that’s makes it an even better snack choice for your workout.

How many times have you gotten to the gym only to discover you forgot your shoes, socks or something else that kills your plans to work out? Do yourself a huge favor: Pack your gym bag the night before, so there are no excuses. Then, when you work out next, you can the time to take care of yourself and burn those calories. That’s an opportunity you don’t want to miss because you deserve it!

Sleeping Tips – Eliminate these Sneaky Stressors

Sleeping Tips – Eliminate these Sneaky Stressors

Is getting enough sleep a dilemma for you?  Many people know they need to get more sleep, but don’t utilize sleeping tips to help them get more quality sleep.

More than one-third of American adults aren’t getting enough sleep on a regular basis (source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 2016).  What is “enough” sleep? Well, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society have recommended that adults ages 18-60 sleep at least seven hours nightly to promote optimal health and well-being.

Sleeping less than seven hours per night has been associated with an increased risk of developing obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, mental distress and other chronic health conditions. When you don’t get enough sleep, you start a vicious circle. Sleep deprivation boots production of stress hormones, which peak in the afternoon and early evening and impact your sleep once again.

If you’re one of those adults suffering from lack of sleep, you may be stumped as to why you can’t fall asleep or stay asleep – or maybe you are just too tired to think about it!  We’ve put together this list of sleeping tips to help you eliminate things that could be keeping you from a good night’s sleep. You may not realize that one of the following “sneaky stressors” could be to blame:

Technology. Do you keep your mobile phone, tablet or laptop at your bedside? The blue light emitted by those devices and your television has been known to lower production of melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleep and wake cycles. When melatonin decreases, it’s harder for you to fall and stay asleep. Sleeping Tips: Shut off all devices 30 minutes before bedtime, and keep them out of your bedroom. Out of sight, out of mind, right?

Too much sleep. Many of us enjoy a good nap occasionally, and some of us are napping to catch up on lost sleep. Be careful, though – long naps, and particularly long naps close to bedtime, can lead to insomnia later.  Sleeping Tips: Try to keep your naps between 30 to 45 minutes, and take them earlier in the day if possible.

Your nutrition. We all know that alcohol and caffeine can disrupt sleep, but so can poor nutrition. Sleep is a critical component of your overall health and wellness. Sleeping Tip: Try Thrive Rest.

Thrive Rest is a premium gel created to support sleep health, giving the body essential nutrients needed to offer a restful and calming effect, along with relaxation support and stress management.

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Thrive Rest incorporates Sequential Gel Technology, which immediately starts absorbing as it enters and remains in the mouth and is then further absorbed as it enters the digestive tract and stomach. This innovative delivery system was designed to improve nutritional uptake and increase the absorption rate for maximum results. This dual-action formula was developed to help the body not only go to sleep but stay asleep — and wake up refreshed. For best results, combine Rest with your Thrive 8-Week Experience.

Light. Whether it’s from a nightlight, hall light or lap, light that creeps into your sleeping environment most certainly will impact the quality of your sleep. Artificial light disrupts your circadian rhythms and tells the body it’s time to be up. Melatonin is known as the “darkness hormone”; levels peak when the sun sets and continue to increase throughout the night. Artificial light exposure delays melatonin onset and therefore your transition to sleep. Sleeping Tips: Install black-out curtains and keep other lights off during sleeping hours.

Over-exercise. Any high-intensity workout should be followed by recovery. If you’re pushing hard most days of the week and are finding it difficult to wind down at night, your fitness routine may be negatively impacting your sleep. Or you may be so exhausted from your workouts that you can’t seem to get enough sleep. Either scenario should prompt an adjustment in your workout habits. Sleeping Tips: Limit the “all-out” workouts to three times a week. Give yourself one or two rest days each week, as well.

Your mood. A negative outlook or worries can keep you awake. If you have a hard time going to sleep because your mind keeps replaying the problems you’ve been having, spend a few minutes before bed jotting down what you’re grateful for in your life. Sleeping Tips: Treat yourself to a pleasant wind-down routine: your favorite magazine, relaxing music, a hot bath, some good stretches and deep breathing, to name a few possibilities.

If you struggle with sleep, try utilizing these sleeping tips to help get rid of some of the things that may be working against you.  It is possible to get better sleep, but like anything else, you have to be intentional about it.  Sweet dreams!

Healthy Travel Snacks and Tips for Keeping Fit on the Road

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Healthy Travel Snacks and Tips for Keeping Fit on the Road

If you’re planning a vacation, you don’t have to derail your health and wellness goals to have a good time. Healthy habits are portable and you can bring healthy travel snacks with you wherever you go! The key is to plan ahead. Vacation isn’t the time to kick off a new regimen, but it’s very possible to take care of yourself even when you’re on the road. Here’s how:

Stash healthy travel snacks in your carry-on bag.

You don’t have to resort to junk food at the airport. Assume that delays will happen in your travel schedule. A protein bar like Thrive PRO, available in Cinnamon Roll and Birthday Cake flavors and other snacks like almonds, mini carrots and fruit can help you stay on track.

Pack for workouts.

It may be tempting to shrug and tell yourself you’ll take the week off, but don’t. It’s hard enough to return home after a week’s vacation. Returning to workouts after a full week off – especially if you’ve been eating and drinking too much all week – won’t make you feel good. Nobody wants to arrive home saying “Now I’ve really got to get it in gear and work extra hard.” So be sure to include your workout clothes and shoes in your suitcase, and load up your phone with your favorite workout music.

Stay hydrated at all times.

Bring a reusable water bottle with you and keep it filled wherever you go. Proper hydration can help keep your cravings in check.

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Aim to prepare one meal a day yourself.

A lot of travelers these days are using services like Airbnb and VRBO.com, so they have the convenience of a kitchen while they’re on vacation. Even if you’re staying in a hotel room, though, you can still request a small refrigerator that you can stock with healthy travel snacks. Find out where the nearest grocery store is when you check in. Breakfast is often the easiest meal to prepare yourself when you’re traveling – especially if you use Le-Vel’s Lifestyle Mix: just bring your shaker cup and refrigerate your beverage of choice to mix and make a healthy breakfast shake.

Stick to a schedule in the morning.

If you’re going to get a workout in while you’re on vacation, it’s probably got to happen in the morning before your busy day of sightseeing begins. Set your alarm. Yes, we know … you’re on vacation. Trust us: You’ll never regret a workout. Promise. Vacation isn’t necessarily the time for a marathon workout session, though: Limit yourself to 30 minutes so you can get on to the business of vacationing. You’ll feel fabulous when you’re done.

Walk everywhere.

Vacations often provide you with fantastic opportunities for exploration on foot. You’ll get to know a new place so much better when you’re walking its streets. So put on your best walking shoes, grab your camera and enjoy. You’ll probably even forget that you’re exercising.

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Don’t forget to sleep.

Sure, you want to stay out ‘till all hours living it up, but the quality of your sleep affects your health. You might consider bringing a sleep mask or even some ear plugs to make sure nothing interferes with your Zs.

Supplement your diet.

There’s no denying that travel throws off your routine. Even if you bring healthy travel snacks, you’re probably eating a few meals that are different, so your nutrient intake may not be as great as it usually is, you might be exposed to even more germs than usual if you’re flying to your destination, and jet lag may be affecting you. It’s more important than ever to make sure you’re taking care of yourself – not only so you can enjoy your vacation, but also you arrive back home in good health.

When it comes to healthy travel, Le-Vel has just the ticket. Thrive 2.0, the next generation of the Thrive Experience, not only keeps you on track, but these 3 simple steps are a snap to throw into your travel bag. The new Thrive Experience includes three foundational products: Thrive Capsules, Thrive Shake and now Thrive DFT/Fusion 2.0. You get improved absorption of key nutrients and vitamins for better results than ever before, including weight management, cognitive performance, digestive support, healthy joint function and lean muscle support. Follow these three simple steps in the morning, and you’re done for the day. Thrive 2.0 helps you stay on track with your health and wellness goals wherever your itinerary leads you.

Bon voyage!

Le-Vel Lifestyle Getaway – Vegas Recap

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Le-Vel Lifestyle Getaway – Vegas Recap

The Le-Vel Lifestyle Getaway to Las Vegas was simply amazing!  There was a large group of Thrivers in attendance – many of whom had earned their FIRST Le-Vel Lifestyle Getaway!  This was an event to remember – so much fun and so many announcements.  Here’s a recap of some of the highlights and the incredible announcements.

Thursday:

Thrivers began their Le-Vel Lifestyle Getaway by making their way to Vegas and checking in to the beautiful Wynn Las Vegas.  The resort had everything you’d want in a Vegas vacation – A+ dining, beautiful pool areas, a hopping casino, night clubs, shopping, gorgeous surroundings and luxurious rooms.  Checking in to the Wynn and walking through to the Le-Vel Hospitality area it was easy to see that this getaway was going to be a treat!

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Friday:

From noon to 3pm, Friday kicked off the first Thrive and Drive event at Fashion Show Mall, just across the street from the Wynn.  Wow!  What a day!  Thrivers registered to drive luxury cars from Lexus, Mercedes, BMW, Cadillac, Audi and Tesla – all included in Le-Vel’s Auto Bonus.  To see the cars is one thing, but to get into them and take them for a test drive really made the Auto Bonus real.  A Le-Vel themed lounge area with music, food and cocktails set the stage for a fun day in the Nevada sun.

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After Thrive and Drive it was time to enjoy a leisurely afternoon at the resort and then get ready for the Neon Party.  Thrivers dressed in bright neon colors took advantage of photo backdrops and photo opps with Las Vegas showgirls while waiting for the ballroom doors to open.  The anticipation rose and then the doors opened to music, drinks, dancing and stage performers as the room filled with neon.

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Drew Hoffman, Jason Camper and Paul Gravette took to the stage for some major company announcements and videos.  Here is a quick summary of what was announced –

Le-Vel Auto Bonus 2.0: Tesla and Audi have now been added to the car plan! And now we’ve added Auto Elite, a 2nd level of car bonus qualification too! Auto elite qualifiers receive $1,600 a month and custom bespoke LV travel bags.

Thrivin’ Magazine Spring 2018: Congratulations to the featured promoters of the spring 2018 edition!

Le-Vel Shopping Cart 2.0: Want more options? Now you’ve got them! Custom choices of DFT and Thrive Mix are now available for Thrive Experience Packs and Promoter Upgrade Pack orders.

The Rise and Thrive of Andy Roddick: Coming March 2018, see the “Rise and Thrive” story of the legendary professional tennis player, Andy Roddick!

Thrive PRO Bars: Le-Vel’s protein bar, Thrive PRO is now on sale!  Order your bars in Cinnamon Roll and Birthday Cake flavors while supplies last.  Additional Lemon Meringue  and Cookies & Cream flavors also coming late spring 2018!!

Thrivepalooza: This event is going to be epic!  It will include a private concert by one of the biggest names in the music industry. Make sure you’ve made plans to attend Thrivepalooza, the craziest and most fun event Le-Vel has ever thrown! Tickets will go on sale shortly; book your hotel room now.

Saturday:

Another day of stunning weather and fun at Thrive and Drive!  Thrivers took to the pools, the casino and the shops to enjoy their free time.  Later in the evening, VIP’s got ready for their VIP surprise event. Private transportation took VIP’s for a trip down the Las Vegas Strip through all the lights and crowds.  Then they arrived at The Palms Hotel and Casino and took an elevator ride to the top of the tower for cocktails and a live band.  VIP’s enjoyed Italian fare and had a chance to catch up with each other as well as Le-Vel leaders Paul Gravette, Jason Camper and Drew Hoffman.

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Once Sunday came around, it was time to leave Las Vegas.  One last lazy morning in the suites at the Wynn and Thrivers said their goodbyes and parted ways for home. This was certainly a Le-Vel Lifestyle Getaway to remember – Viva Las Vegas!!!

Thrive Move – Does it really help Joint Support?

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Thrive Move – Does it really help Joint Support?

Thrive Move by Le-Vel

If you’ve heard of Thrive, you may have also heard of the Thrive Plus line of supplements from Le-Vel.  Thrive Move is a supplement developed to support healthy joint function.  How does it work?  Does it really help joint support?  What is Le-Vel’s sequential gel technology anyway?

Read on as we dig into this supplement product.

The Theory Behind Thrive Move – It’s Time to MOVE Toward Better Health

The mind is willing, but sometimes the body doesn’t cooperate. Joints feel irritated and less mobile. You may not be as flexible as you once were. Many of us face those kinds of challenges in our ongoing pursuit of fitness, while some of us simply want to make it through the day without general aches and discomfort. No matter where you are on the spectrum, you deserve to live your life unencumbered. Regardless of your age or lifestyle, you can be as active as you want to be – if you feed your body the nutrition it needs to operate at peak performance.

That’s the very philosophy behind Thrive Move, part of the Thrive Plus line of nutritional supplementation products from Le-Vel.

What is in Thrive Move?

This powerhouse product contains essential nutrients needed to support healthy joint function, calm irritation and support flexibility and mobility. It’s for anyone wanting to support healthy joints and perform at peak levels.

And, like all Le-Vel products, Thrive Move makes absolutely no compromises when it comes to finding the best ingredients the planet has to offer. Each 25-calorie gel pack includes Glucosamine HCI, Chondroitin Sulfate, White Willow Bark Extract, Guggul Powder, Hops Extract, Boswellia Serrata Extract and more. For the very best results, combine Move with your Thrive 8-week Experience – Premium Lifestyle Capsules, Premium Lifestyle Shake Mix and Premium Lifestyle Derma Fusion Technology.

What is Le-Vel’s Sequential Gel Technology?

At Le-Vel, there is an emphasis on ingredients, as well as ingredient quality; and absorption plays a critical role in nutritional supplementation. Thrive Move is based on Sequential Gel Technology, Le-Vel’s proprietary delivery system designed to maximize absorption. Sequential Gel technology allows you to immediately begin absorbing the product as it enters and remains in the mouth. Your system then further absorbs the gel as it enters the digestive tract and stomach. Those sequential steps improve your nutritional uptake and increase your absorption rate of this premium formula.

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Does it really help joint support?  The Reviews on Thrive Move are in!

Thrive Move has gained many glowing reviews on social media and blogs.  Here are some quotes of what people are saying about the product:

This is one of my favorite plus line products!! Took my joint health to a whole new level!” – Dustin Wagner

LOVE this product – I can do lunges and squats again!!!!” – James W. Leonhardt

“My knees are really thanking me for this product!” – Wendy Cassel

Supp Reviewers Blog says “Sensational product…Worth trying!”

Now that you’ve heard all about Thrive Move, are you ready to take your flexibility and mobility to the next level? Life is waiting. Learn more about Thrive Move on the Le-Vel website.