We asked Rise Bar, one of our favorite brand partners, to tell us more about their great product and here is what they told us:
Some people need a convenient breakfast, others a quick healthy snack, and so many of us start getting ready for the gym only to realize we haven’t eaten in hours. That’s why we make Rise. Different bars so you can wake things up, any time of day. Why eat Rise with so many other bars available these days? All 14 of our bars are 100% gluten free, NON GMO, and free of preservatives, soy, and peanuts! Did you know that all of our bars are handmade and created in our own facility? This way we have the best quality control and never compromise on how we make our bars. With organic and vegan options we certainly have options for everyone. Connect with us on Facebook and Instagram to see what’s beyond the bar at Rise!
We asked our friend (and freelance writer) K. Aleisha Fetters about staying healthy at the office. Here are some of her favorite pieces of gear to get ripped while hammering out excel sheets.
You’re only as fit as your weakest link: your office. Problem is, I am always in my office. As a freelance health and fitness writer, my office is a grand total of five strides from my bed (and six from my refrigerator), and basically my job entails perching myself in front of my computer all day to write about 1) how bad it is to sit and 2) how bad it is to stare at a computer.
And even though I get the benefit of working out just about whenever I want (the perks of working from home and having a gym in my building!), it doesn’t make up for all that sitting. According to recent research from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, exercising an hour a day cannot counteract the health-wrecking effects of sitting the other 23. OK, that’s not entirely accurate. The average person spends nine hours a day sitting, per one study in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. But it still ain’t good.
When you’re sitting, your muscles (especially those in your legs) are largely immobile, stalling both your blood flow and metabolism. Meanwhile, your hip flexors—which are responsible for raising your knee toward your chest and keeping your pelvis and thighs aligned while running—shorten, throwing your form and posture out of whack and putting you at risk for lower-body running injuries.
TECHNOGYM WELLNESS BALL – ACTIVE SITTING
I’m obsessed with perfect posture. Just ask my yoga instructor. So, for me, the Technogym Wellness Ball – Active Sitting is my back’s savior. While sitting, it keeps my back performing a series of miniscule movements that engage my abdominal and lumbar muscles (aka core). Plus, when my “work day” comes to a close, I can drag the ball into my living room for workout time. It’s the only stability ball that has a QR code sewn right onto it for easy access to video training programs.
FITDESK TABLETOP STANDING DESK
I don’t have a standing desk. I have something better: a sit-to-stand desk, thanks to FitDesk Tabletop Standing Desk, which sets right my traditional desk for easy (and inexpensive!) health. According to research from Alan Hedge, Ph.D, director of the Cornell University Human Factors and Ergonomics Research Laboratory, sit-to-stand desks reduce muscle pain and boost productivity even better than do standing ones.
TRIGGER POINT PERFORMANCE COLD ROLLER
To me, the only thing that feels better than soft-tissue release is soft-tissue release with cold compression. And, in less than one foot, this stainless steel roller does them both for the ultimate in in-office recovery, reducing both muscle soreness and inflammation. The roller’s tapered ends even let you work neighboring muscles at different intensities at the same time. Pull it from your office’s freezer in the a.m. and the inner gel core will keep the roller cold clear through lunchtime.
I’m new to all-things cycling—meaning I want to do get my pedal on 24 hours a day. That’s where the DeskCycle comes into play. At 9.5 inches tall, it has the lowest pedal height around so that you can spin under desks as low as 27 inches. Plus, with eight resistance settings and a smooth pedal motion, it’s both healthy on joints and über quiet, letting me focus on my work and my cat focus on napping on my keyboard.
K. Aleisha Fetters is a freelance health and fitness writer based in Chicago. She holds a Master’s Degree in New Media from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and she can usually be spotted in workout clothes and/or eating. A fan of showing up guys in the weight room, she is currently studying to earn the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s CSCS certification. Visit her website at kaleishafetters.com or follow her at @kafetters
This summer was a HUGE one for Kona Kase and there was no better way to close it out than with Julia Polloreno, Editor-In-Chief of Triathlete Magazine, selecting Kona Kase as her “Current Obsession” in their August issue. We were incredibly flattered to be picked and when we were done blushing, we started thinking… we love Triathlete magazine and maybe there’s a way to share our obsession with their great content, advice, and product reviews with our Kona Kase community.
So, we asked Julia if she and the Triathlete Mag team would be interested in curating a Kona Kase. Lucky for us, she loved the idea. And we think you all will be happy too. This month, our October Kona Kases will be chock full of the Triathlete Magazine team’s favorite nutritional products for living an active and healthy lifestyle while performing at your best. Their fave brands include Flapjacked, KIND Snacks, PowerBar, Musette, Hon
Sign up here. October Kases ship by the 15th. Consider it our treat to you… Happy Halloween!
We discovered Wai Lana bars recently at a trade show and it was an easy decision to include these in the September Kona Kases. We asked their team to tell us more about the brand and here is what they said:
Wai Lana, host of the long-running PBS TV series, Wai Lana Yoga, introduced Wai Lana Bars for people looking for nutritious and satisfying snacks.
Wai Lana’s delicious, gluten-free Wai Lana Fruit & Nut Bars are perfect for those wanting to indulge in something sweet without the sugar. Free from trans fats and hydrogenated oils, Wai Lana Bars come in eight flavors: Autumn Apple, Tropical Macadamia, Sunflower Coconut, Cranberry Almond, Cherry Pomegranate, Apricot Cashew, Strawberry Shake, and Nana Banana.
As one of the world’s best-known yoga teachers, Wai Lana has been making good health easy and accessible to all for the last two decades. Her complete line of snacks, yoga and fitness products, as well as natural health and beauty products, can be seen online at www.wailana.com.
We were fired up to be selected as Runner’s World #1 sports nutrition subscription service. Thanks RW!
At Kona Kase, we like teaming up with other like minded people and companies. So, we’re excited to announce that Kona Kase and Nudge (based in Richmond, VA) are teaming up. Together, we will provide all Kona Kase subscribers with access to Nudge (website and app), allowing the Kona Kase community to come together under one platform.
Here is a little bit more about Nudge according to the founders, Phil and Mac: ”It lets you track your progress your way, compete for points (the highest Nudge Factor), and earn discounts from great health-focused brands like Kona Kase and Health Warrior. About 88% of people struggle to regularly practice healthy habits, mostly due to lack of time, Nudge was created to help that majority find more ways to factor health into their busy lifestyle. The Nudge Factor is a snapshot of how healthy they’re living at a single glance. Taking the overwhelming mess of preventative health data and turning it into a single, actionable score is how we quiet the noise and motivate people to take the simple daily steps that make up any healthy lifestyle.”
One of the coolest parts of the Kona Kase + Nudge partnership is the ability to connect with like-minded people – including other Kona Kase members, no matter where you live. Sign up here and enter KONALIFE in the promo code field to get started.
In the past i’ve had by far the most success adhering to low carb, high protein Atkins-esque diets. I first experimented with the “Atkins” diet when I stopped playing football in 2002; I lost 50 lbs. Right now my wife Carly and I are 22 days deep into the Whole 30 diet, an iteration on the “Low Carb Lifestyle”. Here it is in a nutshell:
- Low Carb, High Protein
- No Dairy
- No Added Sugar
- No Fake Sugar (Splenda)
- Booze, well, we cheat a little bit on the booze, but try to stick to Red Wine and Vodka Sodas. Sorry, Margarita.
I’m finding my energy levels are high, I’m sleeping extremely well and my focus throughout the day is solid. Lets be honest, most of us realize this is the type of stuff we should be eating. When was the last time you reached for a sleeve of Pringles and thought, “Man, I’m really doing my body a solid here!”.
I’m not sure about Carly, but I plan to continue the diet after 30 days and really try to make it a permanent framework that I eat by. Just so long as I can put back a guilt free 22oz Rib-Eye, it’s hard for me to complain that I’m depriving myself. I’m pretty sure Homo Habilis didn’t spend a ton of time at Ruth’s Chris, but it’s not like I’m going to start hunting deer on Pennsylvania Avenue for dinner!
Sample Whole 30 Meals:
Current Obsessions: Boutique Coffee, namely Blue Bottle
Welcome to the Kona Kase webstore! Below are images that link to our Partner Brands Products, Past Kona Kases and Specialty Kases, all for sale through KonaKase.com. We’re really excited to be expanding our offering beyond the monthly subscription. As always our goal is to deliver maximum selection and value to our customers!
Hey Kona Krazies! We’ve launched this page so that you can pick up limited edition “one-off” kases that we’ve created, without buying a subscription. Get ‘em while you can because each Kase is in limited quantity and once it’s gone, it’s gone! Email us if you have any question, firstname.lastname@example.org. Just Click on the image to be taken to the payment page (add $10 for Canadian shipments)
JULY KONA KASE, $15, SOLD OUT.
AUGUST KONA KASE, $15. SOLD OUT!