Calories for a Cause

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I absolutely love Cyc Fitness and any opportunity to give back, so I was thrilled when Cyc asked me to participate in Calories for a Cause, an exciting program with the Challenged Athletes Foundation. For every ride I take starting January through the end of February, Cyc will be donating $1 to CAF on my behalf!

For those of you who don’t know, CAF supports those with physical challenges, so they too can be athletes. Follow my journey via my social handles (@publyssity) on Twitter & Instagram throughout the month to see how I’m helping support this charitable initiative.

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What do you ride for?

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Valentines for All Stages of Your Relationship

As Valentine’s Day nears (dun dun dun….), the stress of what to get a significant other definitely weighs on the heart. The solve? A card. Thoughtful, sweet and not too much. However, let’s be real, most drug stores only carry sappy and over-the-top options. Below, find Valentines for all stages of your relationship, from a fling to a “I don’t know where we stand” to a soulmate.

CaptureWhen your parents like your significant other more than you (via shopbetches.com)

CaptureWhen you like them so much that you literally can’t play it cool any longer
(via bando.com)

21When you’re on the same page and have one thing on the brain (via SiouxAlice)

bffWhen you’re single AF and need to remind your BFF who’s #1 in your life
(via bando.com)

alwaysWhen you know it’s the real deal (via riflepaperco.com)

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Hairstyles for Day-Old Hair

When it’s the end of the week or the day after a night out, the last thing you want to do is power through an extensive beauty routine. However, you don’t want to compromise your appearance altogether. Try these quick-fix hairstyles to help you look all sorts of stylish on your sluggish day.

topknotHalf Up Top Knot: No matter the length of your hair, a half up top knot or what I like to call a ‘man-bun’ is always the answer. To get this look, divide the top of your hair from the bottom and create a small bun at the top of your crown. Secure your creation and you’re done! (via Treasuresandtravelsblog.com)

LooseBraidLoose Side Braid: Transform your bedhead into a trendy loose side braid with this quick & easy look. Start by dividing your hair into three sections, Dutch braid until you hit the end of your hair and secure. Pull out each loop to loosen the look and create a fuller vibe. (via BarefootBlonde.com)

BraidedBunBraided Bun: This sleek, up-do is both classy and comfortable. Secure your hair on top of your head and braid your pony tail into a three strand braid. Secure the end and wrap your braid around the base of your pony tail to form a bun. Secure with bobby pins and you’re all set! (via InspiredByThis.com)

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A Guide to My Favorite NYC Fitness Studios

Ever since moving to NYC I’ve loved discovering new fitness studios in various locations around the city. Most recently, being a member of Classpass has given me even more of an excuse to hop on the subway and check out studios in different neighborhoods. I’ve been able to visit some of Manhattan’s “trendiest” studios and some smaller-boutique style studios. Find a guide to my favorite fitness finds bellow, which includes everything from well-known studios to hidden gems.

1. CYC Fitness, Astor Place (Located in David Barton Gym)
portfolio_cyc1I’ve been a fan of CYC since it’s conception and love the mixture of high-intensity cycling with light weight training. Not only does the gym resemble a chic lounge, but the class gets your heart pumping with amazing music as you’re led by professional yet fun instructors. I always leave wanting more and ready to take the day.


2. CrossFit Solace, NoMad

CrossFit-Solace-1Ever since moving to the NoMad area, I’ve looked for studios that are both convenient, but worthwhile. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Solace was next door. The studio offers a variety of crossfit, sculpting and yoga classes that leave your muscles burning and heart rate up.

 

3. Exhale, Flatiron
image_0f265da518140c456a5e847def9c5896666I’ve always been a fan of Exhale’s Barre classes, but the Core Fusion Extreme class has quickly become a favorite. The Flatiron location is spacious, modern and perfect for this high intensity workout with weights, suspension training, gliders and more.

4. Row House, Chelsea
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I wanted to switch up my workout routine and target a different part of my body, so I decided to take a class at Row House. I quickly fell in love with the high energy, full-body workout, which is great for people of all levels. You’ll leave class feeling accomplished and strong.

 

5. Power Pilates, Midtown East
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I stumbled upon Power Pilates while looking for a studio near my office via Classpass. Since taking my first class a few months ago, I’ve been a return customer. The studio is chic, spacious, features new equipment and has well-educated instructors.

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Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions + Quarter of a Century

Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions + Quarter of a Century

Happy New Year! I wish I could virtually champagne toast all of you to a happy, healthy 2016! This year is especially exciting for me because I turned 25 on January 4th. While most people cringe at the thought of aging, I’m excited to see what’s in store as I start 2016 a little bit older, wiser and more driven. Check out my top 5 resolutions below!

  1. Sweat More, Stress Less – Ever since joining ClassPass, I’ve been consistently working out (about 3-4 days a week), but my goal for 2016 is to really challenge myself with different types of high-intensity classes like TRX, Cycling or even dancing to help alleviate stress.
  2. Stay Consistent – I’m saying goodbye to yo-yo dieting or wavering on important decisions this year. It’s true when they say consistency is key.
  3. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate – This may sound simple, but my goal is to start my day with a big glass of water and continue throughout. Consuming tons of water has great health benefits and even helps with your nails, skin & hair.
  4. Be Present – Yes, this means I’m going to be putting my phone away when I’m at dinner or during conversations with friends. It’s important to be in tune with the people around you.
  5. Do Small Acts of Kindness – In 2015 I learned the importance of small acts of kindness and in 2016, I want to apply this to my life. Something as small as a “happy birthday” text or handwritten “thank you” note can go a long way.

What are your resolutions?

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