Work Week Workout Solutions

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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When most of your week is spent at a job, free time becomes a valuable commodity. One of my biggest challenges is just finding the time for a gym visit. Do I hit the elliptical for 45 minutes, or go shopping to replenish my painfully empty fridge? Do I wake up early for a run, or to get a jump start on a client status report? When life gets busy, physical activity ends up on the chopping block.

So how are us working girls suppose to stay active during the week? Here are a few tactics that have been working for me lately:

Add it to your calendar

As silly as it might sound, map out your workouts on your calendar before the week starts. Adding a 30-minute workout to my planner helps me think about it as a meeting, rather than something optional.

During it into a social thing

Turn your next coffee date or happy hour into something physical. It's easy to meet up with a friend at the park for a good walk or jog. Going for a run with my co-worker after work was a great way to pound out the stress of a busy day on the pavement.

Sacrifice a little sleep

You can always start your day a little earlier. Set your alarm 30 minutes before your typical wake-up time. Or force yourself to get up when your alarm goes off. I spent at least 20 minutes laying in bed on my phone after the alarm goes off. That's time I can spend getting up and hitting the gym for a quickie workout session before work.

Take meetings on the road

Weather permitting, turn your next one-on-one meeting into a walking workout. It's great to get out of the office with a co-worker, stretch your legs and chat on the go. Being away from the office is also a great way to refresh your brain and generate new ideas.

Break up your day with walks

Did you know that five minutes of walking each hour can help reserve the health effects of all-day sitting? Whenever possible, I try to get up and move - whether it's pacing while I'm on a phone call or going to chat with a co-worker in person rather than sending an email.

What are your tactics for staying active during the work week? Let me know in a comment! I'd love to hear.

Portland Living: Urbaca Salon

Saturday, October 18, 2014

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Moving to a new city means starting over in many different ways, including a new list of “go-to” places. Personally, I feel most at home when I have a favorite coffee shop, a trusted mechanic, and of course, a go-to hair salon. When Urbaca Salon reached out to welcome me to Portland and invited me to visit, I knew it was the perfect chance to try out a new place.

Located in Portland’s stunning Pearl District, Urbaca is definitely my new go-to for hair and beauty. It was founded in 1998, and is headed by salon director Sherry and her great team. The building is stunning inside and out, with the same relaxed, urban vibe that Portland is known so well for. I felt right at home! The team is energetic and fun, and my goodness, they go beautiful work.

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The salon offers a full menu of services besides cuts and colors. You can book an appointment for facials, peels, and waxing - all with good price tags. I even had my make-up done by one of Urbaca’s talented artists, which offered up some great inspiration for a fall make-up routine... Thanks Caitlyn! It feels like the salon is truly a one-stop shop for all things hair, skin and beauty!

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Whether or not you're on the hunt for a salon in the Portland-area, I definitely recommend trying out Urbaca. So glad that I did. I’m going back later this month for a color. What do you look for in a quality hair salon?

A big thank you to the Urbaca team for the opportunity to experience a salon visit done right! While my visit was complimentary, this post contains only 100 percent of my own thoughts and opinions. Read Coffee and Cardigan’s complete disclaimer policy here.

5 Quotes to Inspire Your Monday

Monday, October 13, 2014

Whether you're just starting your first post-grad internship or working from a corner office, certain Mondays call for an extra dose of motivation. We've all been there - right? Swallowing a few inspiration words with my morning coffee never fails to put me in the right mindset for returning to the office. Here are five inspiring (and pinable) quotes to inspire your work week:

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What's your favorite inspiration quote or mantra? Share it in a comment below. I'd love to hear it!