into the bottle: arnica

This week we’re revisiting the “E” word. If you haven’t taken Condition up on last week’s deal, we may know one of the things stopping you. Exercise can be tough so it’s natural that muscles start feeling tight and joints begin to get a little stiff after a rigorous workout. That’s where arnica, another ingredient we’re thanking the earth for, comes in.

Arnica is in the sunflower family and has been used for centuries to relieve pain, revitalize after-physical activity, and even promote flexibility. It’s believed that the plant contains derivatives of thymol, which has anti-inflammatory effects so even those with arthritis are use it to reduce pain and swelling in joints. It is also loaded with compounds like flavonoids, silicic acid, tannins, carotenoids, and essential oils. These compounds make arnica a fantastic healer for skin and its own process of renewal and self-cleansing.

For us, arnica’s all natural soothing action along with its skin benefits makes it a superstar ingredient. Dr. Hauschka uses arnica as the main component in their Birch Arnica Body Oil and Sircuit in their refreshing gel moisturizer, Cool Aid. The best way to utilize arnica’s benefits is the massage it into the skin after exercise or those other strenuous activities. It’s soothing warmth will bring those muscles and joints back to live… so you can exercise again tomorrow.

our feathered friends: condition kettlebell gym

Forget the cup of sugar… our neighbor brings us a great form of exercise. Founded in 2007, Condition Gym sits in Studioplex and utilizes the kettlebell. We’ve all heard the buzz. The little thing that resembles a cool cannon ball is a great way to get in shape fast. Our very own Amy and Christine have even been head over heels for Condition for a while.

So, we know, exercise is one of those things that we need to do, even want to do, but may not always like to do. This is where kettlebells come in. Originating in Russia, the kettlebell was originally used by the Russian armed forces to train their soldiers. In the 1700s, they were integrated into the Russian Olympics, becoming a point of national pride and symbol of strength. So, needless to say, the art practiced at Condition is intense and powerful. It’s a way to lose weight, gain muscle, and get energized and healthy. The exercise even lowers heart rate and blood pressure all while providing balanced development of all muscle groups. And while the wide range of benefits makes kettlebells a good option for everyone, it’s especially wonderful for those who let their mind wander in a workout and the “I ate a protein bar for lunch” busy. Why? Kettle bells are quick. We’re talking dropping 600-900 calories in 45 minutes quick.

Condition understands the curiosity and wonder surrounding a new workout and Delaine Ross, kettlebell pro and founder of Condition, offers a free consultation along with an awesome introductory workshop for $10 (regularly $47!) with mention of Aviary. They also believe in overall, whole body health and are partnered with Personal Trainer Foods to give you a nutrition kick-start as well. Let’s get healthy!