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Kaelen Felix illustrates motorcycle article for 360 magazine

Motorcycles, Mates × Memories

Author Bill Snelling is set to release a telling autobiography about his life in the world of motorcycle sports. Set to release on January 19, 2021, this is a book to add to your New Year’s reading list.

The book tells of motorcycling social history, as seen from the saddle. Snelling creates an entertaining autobiography, recounting a lifetime spent at the heart of British motorcycle sport, and living on the Isle of Man.

Throughout the book, Snelling reflects on his lifetime passion for two-wheeling in an entertaining, motorcycle-themed memoir. He recalls the decades of motorcycling mayhem, mud and madness that have characterized his 70-odd years living the dream. From his early days at Arthur Lavington’s Velo shop to pounding the long-distance trials and the many race circuits he has ridden, his new book covers it all. 

Bill admits he was better off-road than on tarmac, but he did win one race! He went on to work for Motorcycle Sport magazine, and as a dispatch rider, before moving permanently to the Isle of Man.

His book includes memories from a lifetime spent in the world of motorcycles and racing as well as a personal account of the golden years of the Tourist Trophy races. Also included are original photos from the TT archives that capture the thrill of the races. 

Author Bill Snelling is set to release a telling autobiography about his life in the world of motorcycle sports. Set to release on January 19, 2021, this is a book to add to your New Year’s reading list.

The book tells of motorcycling social history, as seen from the saddle. Snelling creates an entertaining autobiography, recounting a lifetime spent at the heart of British motorcycle sport, and living on the Isle of Man.

Throughout the book, Snelling reflects on his lifetime passion for two-wheeling in an entertaining, motorcycle-themed memoir. He recalls the decades of motorcycling mayhem, mud and madness that have characterized his 70-odd years living the dream. From his early days at Arthur Lavington’s Velo shop to pounding the long-distance trials and the many race circuits he has ridden, his new book covers it all. 

Bill admits he was better off-road than on tarmac, but he did win one race! He went on to work for Motorcycle Sport magazine, and as a dispatch rider, before moving permanently to the Isle of Man.

His book includes memories from a lifetime spent in the world of motorcycles and racing as well as a personal account of the golden years of the Tourist Trophy races. Also included are original photos from the TT archives that capture the thrill of the races. 

Read along as Snelling shares his passion and experiences as a rider and Manx Grand Prix competitor. This book is perfect for anyone interested in British motorcycle racing. 

Snelling’s book can be preordered here as well as on Amazon. The book runs for £16.99 UK, $29.95 USA and $32.95 CAN.

ROLLS-ROYCE GHOST

By Cassandra Yany × Vaughn Lowery

As of late, 360 was able to spend some time with the newly reimagined Rolls-Royce Ghost at the illustrious Fairmont in Austin. Prior to our arrival, the staff and media representatives all tested negative for COVID-19.

Our room at the Fairmont was spacious and we had a gorgeous view of the city. The hotel was filled with modern art and had a number of amenities available for our enjoyment, including an outdoor pool which was fitted with chaise lounges alongside large cabanas which illuminated at night. The hotel compliments Austin’s identity as a city on the rise, and the Rolls Royce New Ghost is similarly ascendant. Both have been reimagined for an elevated, excellent future. Full of innovation and prosperity.
During this event, we were ecstatic to be in the presence of friends, colleagues and advanced automotive architecture, and to be doing so safely. It was gratifying to come together and experience the Ghost’s artistry during this prolonged time of uncertainty.



Design

The Rolls Royce New Ghost was designed with a client-centered approach and with technological advancements to drive with ease. It has been termed “future-focused with a minimal aesthetic.” CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös describes this model as “the most technologically advanced Rolls-Royce yet.” It is offered in a variety of colors including Arctic White, Salamanca Blue, Tempest Gray and Gunmetal Gray. 360 had the experience driving Artic White, an electrifying yet brilliant shade certain to capture the attention of all.

360 Magazine President, Vaughn Lowery, said, “This vehicle is for an obsessive perfectionist, it’s a driver’s car – ergonomically fabricated for those who enjoy to drive or be driven.”

A team of specialists, engineers and craftsmen researched Ghost clients’ interests, opinions and taste patterns to meet drivers’ preferences. The style of the Ghost was created using the ‘Post Opulence’ philosophy, which designer Henry Cloke said is “about simplicity. [It’s] about something that doesn’t shout at you, but it whispers.”

Starting in the front, the bonnet has been lowered and tested for aerodynamics, which gives it a new look. The Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament can be lowered or raised using controls from the driver’s seat, perfect for that personalized touch. The New Ghost’s dashboard is lighter than that of the first model, giving the vehicle an overall more spacious feeling. It features hundreds of illuminated lights that resemble a constellation surrounding the Ghost nameplate, lighting up an evening like stars do a night sky.



The interior contains open-pore wood accents, which create a relaxing and serene experience. The headliner is adorned with celestial fiber optic lights, which can be dimmed or brightened from the driver and passenger seats. Occasionally, you might catch a streak of light that mimics a meteor. It is truly a one of a kind visual experience.



The trunk is power-operated, completely carpeted (even under the lid) and provides ample space to store any and all belongings.



Technology

The 2021 Ghost is a new and improved style of its 2010 predecessor. Engineers combined dynamic highlights from the portfolios of numerous types of cars into this edition. It was formulated to remove as much energy transfer as possible from the road into the body with the goal of creating a smooth ride.

The Ghost was built with sound absorbing materials which reduced the level of noise inside. Touch enabled media screens fold in and out automatically from behind the driver’s and passenger’s seats, providing entertainment for those sitting in the back. Wooden trays emerge as well, ones that can be used with or without screens.

A bespoke audio design allows passengers to use dials on the rear doors to control the stereo volume to their preference. Beyond this, the back seats have headrest pillows and individual controls that allow you to move forward or backward, and design the back of the seat to your desired level of comfort. There is also a refrigerator located behind the center console in the rear seats, perfect for storing beverages on the go and the definition of opulence behind the wheel.

The inclusion of USB-C ports is another phenomenal addition, as well as the wireless charger in the arm rest. Though there is no AI system such as Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri, the tech was on-demand and had a hands-free bluetooth function, a wireless hotspot, and Rolls-Royce Assist at your beck and call. Rolls-Royce Assist connects to an emergency services call center if necessary.These are the standard technical features for the New Ghost, but each Rolls Royce can be configured to its unique driver to make it “a motor car that is yours, and yours alone.”

Performance

The New Ghost’s all-wheel drive and all-wheel steering makes driving easy, regardless of road conditions. The car is planted firmly to the ground and corners very well. It was built on Rolls-Royce aluminum spaceframe architecture, which has been adapted to make way for advancements. The steering is much stiffer and more precise than that of the first Ghost, and the braking is more powerful.



The Planar system increases agility through the Wishbone Damper unit above the front suspension assembly, which creates a secure and effortless ride; the Flagbearer system, which uses cameras to read the road and prepare the suspension system for any upcoming changes in the road surface; and the Satellite Aided Transmission, which uses GPS data to pre-select the optimum gear for approaching corners.



Furthermore, the New Ghost is equipped with a 6.75-litre, twin-turbo V12 engine. The doors open and close electrically, which made for an easy entrance and exit. Engineering Lead Jonathan Simms, said the team “pushed [their] architecture even further and created a car even more dynamic, even more luxurious and, most of all, even more effortlessly usable.”



Additional Features

The iconic Rolls-Royce logo on the wheels is weighted so that it is always facing upright. Also, the key color is customized to match the accents of the car, a note that will be appreciated by any driver looking for a personal touch. Other notes in the interior include the inside of the doors being completely leather and having an embossment of the Spirit of Ecstasy. A button on the rear doors allows passengers to shut them automatically from the inside, and a tap of the door handle will close them from the outside. There is also a hidden umbrella that pops out from the rear doors when needed.




With so many refined and client-centered designs, it is no wonder celebrities like Beyoncé and Floyd Mayweather have strong connections to the moniker. Beyoncé has her own 1959 Silver Cloud Rolls Royce convertible. In her most recent project, Black Is King — the musical film available on Disney+ for her 2019 album “The Lion King: The Gift” — the artist sits atop the hood of a cheetah print Rolls Royce to match the catsuit she is wearing in the scene. The boxing legend similarly showed off his automobile collection earlier this year, which includes at least six Rolls Royce’s. The Rolls-Royce is undoubtedly the most iconic brand in pop culture, including being the most mentioned brand in top-charting songs. The Ghost edition is particularly bold amongst Rolls-Royce’s many stars, and anyone seeking to solidify their luxurious lifestyle need look no further for their ride.

Experiencing this sophisticated and sleek model awoken all of our senses during this challenging time of introspection. The presence of beauty and craftsmanship gave us a feeling of hope as well as pride. Rolls-Royce has long set the bar on lavish vehicles, and the 2021 edition of the Rolls Royce Ghost is no exception. For those interested in a slice of the high life, the Ghost is the very definition of it.

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Gabrielle Marchan illustrates Marsha's House in the Bronx for 360 MAGAZINE.

Marsha’s House: Shelter for LGBTQ+

In Greenwich Village near where Stonewall Inn resides, a monument will be built to honor the legacy of Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, trailblazers and history-makers for the LGBTQ+ community. Marsha P. Johnson was a black transgender woman and drag queen, whose outspoken activism and radical vision during the Gay Liberation Movement continues to inspire people today.

A monument isn’t the only place bearing her memory. Marsha’s House- operated by the nonprofit Project Renewal- opened on February 15, 2017 to continue to serve the community as Marsha did, by taking in homeless LGBTQ+ young adults. With the added risks and discrimination that they face, Marsha’s House seeks to provide valuable resources and shelter to these LGBTQ+ youth.

According to a report done by the National Institutes of Health, around 62% of homeless LGBTQ+ youth have faced discrimination from their families. Jazmine Pérez, Program Director of Marsha’s House, stressed the importance of having a “safe space dedicated to [LGBTQ+ homeless youth]” as “New York City had never had housing tailored to their needs.”

These youth face particular adversities that are further complicated when alternative housing options do not have the facilities to aid them, or are outright discriminatory towards them. A study done by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln shows that 41% of homeless and runaway LGBTQ+ adolescents they interviewed have major depression, in comparison to 28% of homeless heterosexual adolescents interviewed.

 Marsha’s House boasts a variety of programs catered towards some of the issues that LGBTQ+ individuals face. Pérez outlines services which include “referrals to legal supportive services, education, healthcare, and employment programs.”

Additionally, clients that come to Marsha’s House are assured personalized living arrangements that assist each individual in finding employment and housing. “Our Case Managers and Peer Counselors meet with clients to ensure compliance with their individual living plan. They work closely with our Job Developer, Vocational Counselor, and Housing Coordinator to secure employment and housing.”

Concerns over Covid-19 pandemic are ever prevalent in the context of shared living facilities, like homeless shelters. However, Marsha’s House eases some of this concern by screening potential clients for the virus, enforcing social distancing, and cutting down accommodation from 81 beds to 60 in its 5-floor-walk-up facility. The facility maintains 20 rooms of various sizes, from single rooms to larger rooms that accommodate up to 6 people.

But Covid-19 hasn’t been the only adversity Marsha’s House has faced in recent years. The Trump administration has continued to be a source of disparaging policies and remarks against the LGBTQ+ community. On July 23, 2020, the Department of Housing and Urban Development formally announced a proposal that would reverse the 2012 Equal Access Rule, which warrants protection for homeless transgender people against discrimination by homeless shelters and other federally funded alternative housing. 

This comes as a setback and large blow to the transgender community. A 2015 survey done by The National Center for Transgender Equality shows that “70% of respondents who stayed in a shelter in the past year reported some form of mistreatment, including being harassed, sexually or physically assaulted, or kicked out because of being transgender.” The HUD’s rollback on the Equal Access Rule would only serve to undo the progress that has been made to make homeless shelters more safe to the marginalized people that need them.

    “The rhetoric and policies of the Trump administration have disregarded the very identities of our clients and staff, especially when it comes to the intersectionality of our existence,” said Pérez. “Speaking personally, as a woman of color with trans experience, I feel like I have three strikes against me in the eyes of this administration.”

Despite these incredible challenges they face, Marsha’s House continues to receive equally incredible help- from the support coming from their progressive state of New York, to the generous donors that help fund Project Renewal, to the operations staff that help run things every single day. “Our Marsha’s House Heroes are our operations staff. As essential workers, they have not skipped a beat with reporting to work and providing the support our clients needed. Being that we are a shelter, we operate 24/7/365, and our operations staff members are always here for their full 8-hour shifts.”

Rita Azar illustrates Rolls-Royce article for 360 MAGAZINE

Rolls-Royce Phantom Phenoms

Rolls-Royce Phantom sits at the apex of the luxury world, gracing some of the most formative moments of the past century. It is the motor car that proudly counts many of the world’s most influential and revered individuals among its wealthy collectors. As the brand has evolved, so has the face of the patrons of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and that face today is more and more feminine. Patronnes who sit at the apex of their business and industries. From Beverly Hills to Dallas, Miami, Austin, and Washington DC, these women excel as leading realtors, designers, jewellery magnates and personal services entrepreneurs. Their charitable efforts span an array of causes. Rolls-Royce captured each Phenom’s passion and personality alongside Rolls-Royce Phantoms in creating a visual gallery of their common excellence and Rolls-Royce and its dealers will kick off a series of local events to honor these individuals.

Like a Phantom, each of these owners have a commanding presence and have built their own success being the best at what they do. They never stay in one lane. They have aimed high and delivered for themselves and their community. Exhibiting elegance, presence, and compassion, Phantom Phenoms share a passion for their philanthropic efforts that make them stand out in their communities.

Martin Fritsches, President & CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Americas, commented, “Phantom Phenoms exhibit an aura of presence and power reminiscent of Rolls-Royce Phantom. Each of them has defined and achieved their own success, and we are honored they have chosen a Rolls-Royce motor car to help celebrate that success. We invite everyone to join us in applauding their success in business and their passion in giving back to their community.”

Rolls-Royce looks forward to the series of events this fall. Each event is designed to raise funds for a local or national charity supported by the Phantom Phenom. Events will take place when deemed safe given CDC guidelines.

As the co-Founder of a global design and strategy consultancy, Alexandra re-imagines a better future through strategic solutions and creative innovations. With this in mind, she founded Women Nation, a members-only private organization that establishes a synergy between its female members and nurtures sisterhood. The mission behind Women Nation is, through the empowerment of women, bridging gender disparity in corporations and governments. She is also a leading advocate for The Center for Child Protection, an organization spearheading the end of child abuse in Austin, Texas.

This visionary is hosting a two-part event. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Austin will host a bespoke drive experience for her clients and friends in Austin. This two-part event will conclude with an intimate gathering in the Park Souto home that benefits the Center for Child Protection.

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Rise of Influencers and Success Tips

By Krishan Narsinghani

Over the course of the past few years, we’ve seen the term “influencer” unfold into a new category of jobs within the market. Influencers are essentially tastemakers of a certain genre that work prominently via digital platforms to shape a certain trend or lifestyle. We’ve seen influencers on social media, but it also stems further to where creators first started on YouTube and bloggers online.

We’ve even see influencers like ChadGoesDeep fight for influencer rights within the LA community, and reinforcing the fact that it’s a leading industry that hasn’t been been looked at properly in today’s society. Traackr, an influencer management platform, claims that seventy-two percent of notable brands dedicate a strong portion of their marketing spends to influencers.

With the rise of apps like TikTok (which claim they aren’t going anywhere in the US), the most downloaded app on the App Store, teens seem to become millionaires through quick viral moments that in return start a brand for themselves. Now we see influencers in the realms of food, auto, tech, music, fashion, travel and everything in-between. Cultivating your passion through social media can open more doors than you’d think.

Figuring out the algorithm has been a mystery to all. Here are some key tips to remember. Posts tend to do better in the morning/afternoon. Make sure your photos and videos are high res and collect post of your engagement on Instagram during the first to ensure it’s position towards the top of your fans’ feeds. Most importantly in today’s society, influencers need to curate original contest that is authentic. TikTok posts spark vitality with relatable or authentic content that distinguishes itself from all other platforms. It’s suggested to start posting on Triller as well.

With the overflow of new creator platforms and digital agencies, it can be hard to filter with are trustworthy and legit. Try using top choice platforms like Intellifluence that provides opportunities for all people regardless of the size of your social media accounts. If you’re wanting to learn more about how to connect with your audience while looking behind the scenes at an influencer’s creative process, check out this article from the The Drum.

More on Intellifluence:

Our exclusive network is comprised of trusted Influencers in a wide variety of niches – including entertainment. From industry veterans to up and coming social media stars, you’ll find the perfect Influencers for your entertainment campaign. Whether you are in music, film, literature or any other category, you’ll be able to use our Discover tool to search our entire network and collaborate with the best personalities available that are ready and waiting to promote your product or service!

Rolls-Royce illustration by Mina Tocalini

Rolls-Royce Introduces

Cleanest Micro Environment Available in a Motor Car

When developing the latest generation of pinnacle luxury products, Rolls-Royce engineers sought to elevate the exceptional air quality within its existing motor cars to unprecedented levels of purity. By using the latest sensor and Nanofleece filtration technology, the marque has created the cleanest micro environment available in any motor car, further complementing the sense of oasis created by the design and material substance of its interior environments.
The importance of protecting clients from harmful carbon and pollen particles, as well as viruses and bacterial contaminants, has been of the utmost importance to the marque and, since 2015, all Rolls-Royce motor cars have benefited from state-of-the-art air filtration equipment. For the new Ghost, which debuts in autumn 2020, this technology has been further developed to incorporate a full suite of hardware and software improvements, collectively known as the Micro Environment Purification System.
Highly sensitive Impurity Detection Sensors have been introduced to detect ambient air quality, automatically switching fresh air intakes to Recirculation Mode if unacceptable levels of airborne contaminants are present. This channels all cabin air through a Nanofleece filter, which is capable of removing nearly all ultra-fine particles, viruses and bacteria from the Rolls-Royce’s micro environment in less than two minutes.
Following the initial implementation of this technology, clients in future will be able to remotely pre-condition the micro environment within their Rolls-Royce via the vehicle’s app in preparation for their arrival.

For more about Rolls Royce: Website | Instagram

road trip illustration by Rita Azar

The Best Time to Purchase a Car

Six Expert Pointers on the Best Time to Purchase a Car 

Before you drive off into the sunset with your dream wheels, these tips for buying a car based on day, month, and holiday sales could offer massive savings: 

1. Do Your Car Shopping Early in the Week 

Naturally, most people tend to have more time on their hands over the weekends when browsing or shopping for a new car. But, in order to bag a better deal, you really should avoid weekends when car shopping. 

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are the ideal days of the week for purchasing a car. This is due to less customer traffic, which means a better chance of driving away with a better deal. 

Car dealerships are also crowded over the weekends, which results in less personalized attention. This makes price negotiation difficult.

So, stick to the early days in the week and take advantage of those limited opportunities when car dealerships are at their quietest. 

2. Shop Later in the Year (and Month) 

Buying a new car at the turn of a new year is never a good idea. Instead, stick to later months in the year such as October, November, and December. Car dealerships generally have sales quotas and sales goals they have to meet by these later months in the year. 

Shopping for a car at this time could be work to your advantage as salespeople intend to settle with their sales goals and quotas in mind.

The same goes for car shopping later in the month. Sales quotas tend to sync up with the end of each calendar month, but it’s not always exact. Try to schedule your new car shopping for the 26th, 27th, or 28th of the month.

3. Take Advantage of Holiday Sales 

This really is a no-brainer when it comes to shopping for any large purchase. Holidays periods throughout the year offer deeply discounted prices compared to other months — so take full advantage. 

Some of the best holiday periods to keep in mind include:

• Memorial Day weekend: summer is an expensive time of year to buy a car, but prices are always discounted over the Memorial Day holiday

• Black Friday: car dealerships take part in the Black Friday sale craze just like any other retailer, and you can save big

• New Year’s Eve: it may seem like an odd time, but this is one of the best days of the year for car shopping as dealerships are facing monthly, quarterly, and yearly quotas and sales goals

• Labor Day weekend: this a great time to purchase a car based on car selection and competitive pricing

Bear in mind that end-of-year holidays and sales goals are also driven by annual bonuses. Naturally, salespeople want to meet their quotas so that they can receive their commission. This makes for the best chance of securing a great deal on your dream car. 

4. Plan Your Shopping Based on Car Model Closeout

What is does it mean when a car is on closeout? Basically, this when a newer, updated model of the same car is being brought in, so older models are on closeout.

Car dealerships tend to have limited space when they receive their latest car models, and they need to move ”old” stock. This is another great time to get in a good car deal as older models need to be sold. 

If you can hold out on buying the most up-to-date car model, purchase an older model instead and save yourself thousands of dollars.

But keep in mind that many car shoppers use this same strategy. Most manufacturers release new car models in the summer but don’t wait too long to make your move as older car models can sell out very quickly. 

5. Consider the Car’s Design Cycle

Car models are constantly being updated. Some car models are also completely res-designed altogether. It may be a good time to shop for your car when the manufacturer is about to implement a completely new design cycle of the car. 

You could save serious amounts of money on the outgoing design model as the stock needs to be sold. This is a great tip if you are more of a bargain hunter, and not too focused on being a trendsetter! 

6. The Best Time of Year to Buy a Used Car

If you have your eye on a used car, October-December is the best time of year to consider buying second-hand.

These months tend to coincide with peak season and new-car buyers. This means that the number of trade-ins increases exponentially at car dealerships. Basically, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to second-hand car options.

The greater number of trade-ins at a dealership also makes for better prices — especially if a dealership wants to meet its end-of-year quotas. 

Get Your Auto, Art, Design, Travel and Health Fix 

Now that you know more about the best time to purchase a car, you’ll know that you really shouldn’t rush into a car purchase. Holding out pays off in the long-run. 

Rita Azar, illustrations, nutrition, 360 MAGAZINE

COVID-19’s Impact on Eating Habits

Amidst the pandemic, a new wave of consumer habits have been ushered in and more than ever, people are motivated to live a healthier lifestyle, eating clean-label, natural and organic foods at home.

According to a recent report from Accenture, 77% of shoppers post-COVID said they will be opting for healthier, clean label meals, versus only 30% in December 2019. According to Kantar’s COVID-19 Barometer, more than 50% of people claim to be eating more healthily and trying new recipes. Saffron Road, a clean-label, natural and organic leader in frozen entrees that focuses on using real, whole ingredients, is already seeing this shift.

According to SPINS NPI Index for the MULO channel, Saffron Road frozen entrée sales have increased 74.9% over the last 12 weeks ending 5/17/20, which is a 50% greater increase than any other natural products (NPI) brand’s growth.

CEO and founder Adnan Durrani, a 30+ year pioneer in the natural and organics food industry (Vermont Pure Water, Stonyfield Yogurt, Delicious Cookies), explains that in past crises, the default has been belly fillers and highly processed food, particularly in times of stress and financial uncertainty. However, due to the nature of the crisis, there’s been a shift towards healthier, cleaner options. And this won’t go away anytime soon as people continue to eat at home.

Barclays analyst Karen Short recently stated that they predict up to $118 billion in U.S. restaurant revenues will mega shift into consumer purchases of meals in grocery stores in the next 6 months.

Kupah James, 360 MAGAZINE, fitness, illustration, Allison Christensen

Kupah James Tips

Born in Boston Massachusetts, raised by a single parent and baby sister, I didn’t have many material things, but mother instilled important values and love. After college graduation, I began my own Luxury Dj company, “Klass Universal Entertainment.” In 2015, I moved to LA in pursuit of fitness and entertainment. Most recently, I became the creator of “BodyWeight BootKAMP,” a mix of upper and lower exercises with a balance of core for a total body workout in 45min.

Top 5: Explore new friendships and teammates who uplift and motivate you; this can be a key factor in pushing yourself forward. Remove any and all toxic friends who always seem to have that negative perspective but swear that they are just trying to “help”…. NEXT….

Treat yourself: Feeling confident in what you wear can change your whole mood! Who doesn’t want to feel good in what we put on? A little retail therapy never hurt nobody. 2XU and Rhone are two brands I use a lot and they are unisex, so we got both Men and Women gear.

Discover and Recover: (A day off is not a day lost): Stretching is key. Taking the time to give your body the TLC it deserves will only help you get better the next time you strap up. Our bodies are our temples and we must invest and take care of them. Mobility helps in lots of ways, aside from just working out. The looser our bodies feel, the easier it is to #MakeMoves

Personal/Virtual Trainer: Sometimes we need that extra push. A personal trainer can be a great motivator, provide support, and hold you accountable for those really hard days. Still nervous from COVID-19, there is an abundance of Virtual trainers (I’m one of them) who would be happy to get you moving around.

AM vs. PM: Regardless of when you “like” to work out, challenge your mind and body into reversing your routine (if possible). You might discover something new about yourself. Like your routine so much you don’t want to change? All good – add a smaller work out to the beginning or end of your day just to balance it out.

What’s for Dinner: You are what you eat, eat a Dorito, feel like a Dorito. Spice it up, be creative, allow for mistakes, and practice makes perfect. Pro tip: Nutrition is just as important, if not more, as your fitness regimen. Don’t pity yourself with self-guilt and seek a balance.

Monthly challenge: Within a challenge, you are committing to a goal. Use every day to inch towards that goal, so make it fun and playful. Fitness doesn’t have to be boring or lack motivation. Grab a friend and take on a challenge, make deals, and have an award system that celebrates the winners, yet still provides a feeling of success for your teammates (aka LOSERS).

Fitness tracker (Apple Watch, Fitbit, etc): If buying clothes (refer to Tip 2) doesn’t get your heart rate up enough, add a Fitness Tracker to that cart before checking out. Apple Watch is a great way to track your progress and your friends at the same time. You can compete for 7 days and chase awards daily, monthly, etc. Get in the Game

Physical Alarm clock: Taking it back to the old school days. Not a ton of money but a good investment. Place it somewhere you have to get out of bed in order to shut it off. Bodies can become robots when that lovely alarm clock goes off and snooze feels way too good. Having it out of reach forces you to get up and turn it off, and while you’re up, you might as well get some steps in.

Virtual or (in-person) class: Double down on which version works for you OR try the other way. Not everyone likes one or the other and you have the right to choose. Just be open-minded to other ways of keeping the body guessing. You never know, you might even use muscles you didn’t know you had and we all know how much fun that is, NOT

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Snack Smarts: Raise Your Nutrition IQ

By Simon Sum, DCN, RDN, ACSM-CPT, FAND, Director of North America Scientific Affairs, R&D at Herbalife Nutrition
 
The good news: nearly 90% of consumers read nutrition labels. The bad news: people don’t always understand the vital nutritional terms on labels. Nutrition IQ is critical to supporting healthy eating habits and reducing the risk of chronic disease. For example, according to The International Food Information Council Foundation, nearly two in three people have heard of nutrient density, but far fewer can explain what it means. And while many consumers now understand that protein is a vital addition to meals, they are less picky about their protein when it comes to snacking.
 
First, let’s first review why protein is critical to our daily diets. Proteins are essential macronutrients that help to maintain our immune systems and build muscle, bone, skin, and hair. Without consuming the appropriate amounts of protein, you run the risk of missing out on these essential functions. Eventually, that could lead to problems, such as a loss of muscle mass, failure to grow, weakened heart and lung function, and even early death. Available evidence indicates that it’s the quality of protein (or the protein “package”), rather than the amount of protein that likely makes a difference for our health. 
 
Nutrient density is the measure of how much nutrition you get per serving or per calorie eaten and vital to achieving a nutritious diet. When choosing between two food items with the same calorie amount, one food choice can provide your body with the protein, fiber, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals we need every day. In contrast, another option may provide empty calories from sugar and saturated fat with no other significant nutritional benefits.
 
Snacking often gets a bad rap because many options are loaded with sugar, saturated fat or excessive salt. And the food industry has responded to this challenge with endless “low sugar” and “low sodium” snacks – but that does not mean that the nutritional benefits are increased. The next evolution in the quest for better-than snacks has come in the form of protein labeled options. But while protein is good, not all protein snacks are created equal, and consumers may end up with a food solution that sounds healthy but is not.
 
One of the challenges with finding nutrient rich snacks is that until recently, there was no tool available for health professionals or food manufacturers to determine the nutrient density of protein snack products. Working with a team at Herbalife Nutrition, we created an index to identify the comprehensive profile of nutrient rich protein snacks. And the results were illuminating for consumers wanting to grab a bite that satisfies their hunger needs but also supports their desire for good quality protein snacks. 
 
Our study, entitled “A Modified Nutrition Rich Food Index to Assess Nutrient Density of Protein Foods and Snacks” presented at last month’s American Society for Nutrition annual meeting, demonstrated that good source protein food products are snacks with vitamins A and D, calcium, and fiber. At the same time, consumers should also look for products with a low amount of saturated fat, sugar, and sodium. As for calorie count – a healthy snack should be 100-150 calories to prevent hunger and maintain satiety before the next meal. So next time you grab a yogurt, shake, or protein bar – don’t just count calories, but also the vitamins and fiber to increase your healthy food options and raise your snacking IQ.