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‘Social Media’ Your Way to Health and Fitness

Tamara Grand by Tamara Grand | February 7th, 2013 | 5 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: at-home workouts, birds of a feather flock together, circle of friends, clean eating recipes, diet, engage, exercise challenge, exercise classes, exercise habits, exercise schedule, facebook, family, friends, get motivated, healthy habits, healthy living, inspirational photos, instagram, interact, low calorie recipes, meals, old friends, paleo diet, participate, personal support group, pinterest, quinoa, smartphone photos, social, social interactions, social media platforms, social networking, socially, tweet, twitter, twitter chats, urge to eat, visual cookbook, weight loss groups, YouTube

Humans are inherently social creatures. Most of us enjoy the company of others and spend much of our waking time engaging in social interactions with friends and family.

Interestingly, people who spend a lot of time together often adopt one another’s eating and exercise habits, sometimes for the better, but often for the worse. Remember the old saying ‘birds of a feather, flock together’?

But there’s a positive side to our desire to conform socially. Find the right circle of friends — your own personal support group — and sticking to an exercise schedule or diet becomes easier. Hence the popularity of organized weight-loss groups and exercise classes.

Furthermore, research demonstrates that just having a weight-loss or fitness support system in place results in better adherence to diet and exercise and more pounds shed and kept off over the long term.

Don’t have access to a local support group? Make your own via one of the following social media platforms:

Photo Contest: Show Vega How You Get Energized!

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | June 20th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Gaiam Happenings, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Yoga | tags: #GetEnergized, beach resort, diet, energy, enter to win, exercise, Facebook contest, Fitness, Gaiam Sol Uttama premium yoga mat, Get Energized, healthy-eating, mexico, nutrition, photo contest, prizes, Puerto Vallarta, smoothies, surging, twitter, Vega, Vega’s Energizing Smoothie, Xinalani Retreat, Yoga, yoga retreat

Vega Get Energized Photo ContestOur friends at Vega are launching Vega Energizing Smoothie, a delicious and convenient nutrient boost!

Unlike traditional smoothie mixes, you only need water (or juice) to shake and go. Every serving also comes with two servings of veggies; 10 g of complete, plant-based protein; 5 g of fiber and 1 g of Omega-3. Available in four mouth-watering flavors: mixed tropical fruits, chocolate, vanilla almond and berries (plus an unflavored natural).

Get energized and win

Because we’re big smoothie fans here at the Gaiam office, we’re helping celebrate the launch by sponsoring Vega’s Get Energized Photo Contest! From now through July 31, head over to Vega’s Get Energized Photo Contest page on Facebook and show the world how you #GetEnergized.

Earth Hour 2012: Will Giving 60 Minutes for the Planet Matter?

Candice Gaukel Andrews by Candice Gaukel Andrews | March 2nd, 2012 | 5 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: Beyond the Hour, biofuels, carbon offsets, climate change, Earth Hour, environment, environmental awareness, fluorescent light bulbs, global-warming, Green Living, interconnectedness, nature, polar-bears, sea turtles, social-media, Tigers, travel, twitter, wildlife, World Watch Institute, World Wildlife Fund

Sea turtel

To support what’s being billed as the “largest environmental event in history,” all you have to do is turn off your lights for one hour on Saturday, March 31, at 8:30 p.m., your local time. That’s it. It’s probably the easiest thing you’ve ever been asked to do for the planet and the natural world.

The request is a simple one because the World Wildlife Fund, the organizer of Earth Hour, is counting on millions of other people to do the same thing in a cascade around the globe, from New Zealand to Hawaii. And by using the power of our digital interconnectedness throughout the world, it’s hoped we’ll make a bigger statement — via social media — to those in positions of power about our concern regarding the Earth’s changing climate and the effect it’s having, especially on wildlife such as polar bears, tigers and sea turtles.

But in the end, will Earth Hour — and the 60 minutes you spend in the dark — really make a difference?

Win a Luxurious Organic Bedding Set with Gaiam’s Cyber Monday Bedding Giveaway!

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | November 25th, 2011 | 130 Comments
topic: Eco Decorating, Gaiam Happenings, Green Living, Healthy Home | tags: blogs, comforter, comments, contest, Cyber Monday, duvet cover, facebook, flannel bedding, giveaway, organic cotton bedding, pillowcases, pillows, plaid, sham, sheets, social-media, twitter, win

Organic Cotton Plaid Bedding

Hurry! Enter by December 2!

Are you wishing for new bedding this holiday season? Don’t leave things up to Santa — Win a set with our Cyber Monday Bedding Giveaway!

This is your chance to win a beautiful new bedding set made from all-natural materials, including organic cotton. It will be the softest and most comfortable bedding you’ve ever slept on!

Are Social Media Sites Fueling a Growing Disrespect for Wildlife?

Candice Gaukel Andrews by Candice Gaukel Andrews | November 21st, 2011 | 25 Comments
topic: Eco Travel | tags: "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, bison, blue whale, Eco Travel, environment, ethics, facebook, Great Barrier Reef, humpback whales, kayakers, nature, nature photography, photography, social-media, southeast Alaska, Steller sea lions, taking pictures, travel, twitter, video, wild animals, wildlife, Yellowstone National Park, YouTube

zodiac with whale

Two kayakers paddling off Redondo Beach, south of Los Angeles, got the thrill of a lifetime recently — the kind that most of us will never experience. They met a blue whale, the largest creature on Earth.

The 50-foot cetacean came within arm’s reach of the small kayak. But, not content with this closest of encounters, Rick Coleman, one of the kayakers, plunged into the water for a face-to-face session with the whale — all the while keeping his video camera running. Of course, that video soon appeared on YouTube and the inevitable interviews on TV news shows followed.

In many of those interviews, the Colemans (Susan Coleman was the second kayaker) made the comment that it is important to remember to always approach wild animals with the “utmost respect.”

But is pulling your kayak up to a blue whale and then jumping into the water next to it showing respect for wildlife — or is it more indicative of a desire for renown?

Reviewers Recommend Gaiam’s Best Yoga Gear

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | April 1st, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: accessories, asanas, clearance, colleen saidman, CouponSherpa, customer reviews, DVDs, emails, exercise, facebook, Fitness, gaiam, gym bag, mat bag, newsletters, non-slip, online yoga club, organic cotton, outlet, pilates, poses, product reviews, rodney yee, sale, saving money, slippery, social-media, sticky, tote, towels, twitter, water bottles, work out, workout, yoga class, yoga clothes, yoga coupons, yoga flip flops, yoga gear, yoga mats, yoga sandals, yoga socks

Gaiam Yoga Products

Customers know that Gaiam is the place to go for the best yoga mats, DVDs, clothes, and other yoga gear, according to our many glowing user reviews. Based on these reviews and satisfaction rates, we’ve selected the best yoga products from the Gaiam catalog. Here are the seven most loved, most purchased, most reviewed and most awesome items Gaiam has to offer.

Carnival of the Green # 196!

Joe Rogel by Joe Rogel | September 14th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: blogosphere, blogs, Carnival of the Green, eco, environment, green, treehugger, twitter

Carnival of the Green

Welcome to the 196th edition of Carnival of the Green, brought to you by Gaiam! Thanks to TreeHugger, this week we bring you the best in Green from around the blogosphere and Twitterverse.

Big thanks to EcoTech Daily for hosting last week’s Carnival and keep an eye out for the next installment at La Marguerite on September 21st. For more information and to submit your site for consideration as a host, read this.

Gaiam Fans Share Fave Yoga Poses to Win Our “Dream Yoga Mat” Contest

Joe Rogel by Joe Rogel | July 24th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Gaiam Happenings, Yoga | tags: contest, facebook, giveaway, social-media, twitter, Yoga, yoga mats

Inspired by Kate Hanley’s blog post on finding her “Dream Yoga Mat,” yesterday we decided to give six lucky Facebook fans and Twitter followers the chance to win a dream yoga mat of their own. We simply asked them to answer the question, “What is your favorite yoga pose, and why?” We expected great answers, and our friends surprised us with so much more.

The Low-Down and Photos From Our First Boulder Tweetup

Joe Rogel by Joe Rogel | June 18th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: elephantjournal, gaiam, lohas, social-media, tweetup, twitter

tweetup

Admittedly, this post comes a bit later than fashionable, but I was waiting on photos from our friends of the first tweetup hosted by @Gaiam, @LOHASTed and @elephantjournal at the @happynoodle. After all, what good is a post about a tweetup without pics?

All in all, our first tweetup was an absolute success!

Boulder Tweetup at The Happy Noodle House on June 16

Joe Rogel by Joe Rogel | June 12th, 2009 | 4 Comments
topic: Gaiam Happenings | tags: boulder, elephantjournal, gaiam, lohas, tweetup, twitter

Gaiam Tweetup

If you follow @Gaiam on Twitter, you already know by now that we’ll be hosting our first-ever tweetup with LOHAS and Elephant Journal at The Happy Noodle House in Boulder on Tuesday, June 16 from 6-8 p.m.