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Destination: Paradise – Le-Vel’s Next Lifestyle Getaway

Destination: Paradise – Le-Vel’s Next Lifestyle Getaway

Who doesn’t dream of crystal clear ocean water, white sand beaches, palm trees every once in a while? At Le-Vel, we love to turn dreams into reality. That’s why our next Lifestyle Getaway for qualified Brand Promoters is in gorgeous Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. And we want every one of you to join us!

This Lifestyle Getaway takes place Oct. 5-8,2 2018. You’ll stay at one of two luxury resorts: the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos or Secrets Puerto Los Cabos. The Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos is a beachfront property perched on the edge of the Baja California Peninsula, with breathtaking views of the Sea of Cortez. This all-inclusive resort includes seven restaurants, including an authentic taqueria; a spa offering oceanside treatments; and four pools. Secrets Puerto Los Cabos, settled in front of the Sea of Cortez, is an all-suite oceanfront resort surrounded by mountains, the Baja desert and two golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman. The resort prides itself on delivering the ultimate in luxury. A full-service spa, gourmet restaurants, bars and lounges cater to guests’ every need.

Qualification periods for this spectacular Lifestyle Getaway are June, July and August. Qualifiers may earn an All-Inclusive Lifestyle Getaway for Two (50 percent of the stay covered); an All-Inclusive Lifestyle Getaway for Two (airfare not included); or an All-Inclusive Lifestyle Getaway for Two with Airfare (includes up to $500/person airfare reimbursement). As always, we’ll present a special VIP Surprise Event for qualifying Brand Promoters.

Full qualification details are here.

Lifestyle Getaways are about more than just recognizing our awesome community of Brand Promoters. They’re a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new ones in a relaxed setting. If you’ve never been on a Lifestyle Getaway before, ask any Promoter who has. These trips are where lifetime friendships are made!

Go ahead … set your sights on paradise. Make Cabo San Lucas your destination. We can’t wait to see you there!

Tips for a Better Evening Routine

Tips for a Better Evening Routine

A big determiner of whether you have a productive day tomorrow begins the night before. You can take several steps during your evening hours to ensure that the next morning gets off to a smooth start, and you accomplish your goals for the day.

Create your to-do list. Throughout the day, we have fleeting moments when we remember that we need to do something … and then, poof! The thought is banished from the mind, replaced by something else. The only surefire way not to forget important items is to write them down (or use an app, if you want – there are several such apps out there designed for list-making). This exercise is also a smart move for your sleep. Instead of tossing and turning while you consider everything you have to do the following day, a to-do list allows you to transfer those thoughts from your head to your paper. You’re able to clear your mind before bedtime and reduce stress.

Schedule time to check email. It may sound counterproductive to read your email in the evening hours, but you’re doing yourself a big favor by making this a habit. Have you ever started your day with an inbox so full that you become overwhelmed? Answering some of those emails the night before allows you to whittle down that inbox and start your day on a more relaxed note. Of course, you don’t want your email to encroach on your family time, so block out this time later in the evening (but not so late that it keeps you awake). Oh – and after your allotted 20 or 30 minutes is up, walk away from the phone … no matter how tempting it may be to start scrolling through cat videos.

Organize your gear. Gather anything you’ll need for the next day, and set it in one spot (preferably by the door). Encourage family members to do the same, so that a child’s lost homework or spouse’s lost car keys don’t become your morning crisis.  This will give you peace of mind that everything is ready for a great morning.

Check your tech. Make sure your smartphone is charged adequately before you head to bed, so you don’t start your day disconnected. And while we’re on the subject, charge your devices away from your bedroom – in your kitchen, for example. A buzzing or illuminated phone can seriously mess with your sleep.

Establish a wind-down window. You don’t want to work right up until bedtime, then shut off the light and expect to fall asleep immediately. Your brain needs time to gear down. Give yourself 30 to 45 minutes of relaxation time before lights out. Meditation, relaxing music and light reading are all great ways to unwind. If you’re reading, it’s worth noting that some scientists believe that the light from e-readers can interfere with melatonin production, which is necessary for sleep. Go old school – grab a printed book or magazine, instead. And again, think pleasure reading: light, uplifting and entertaining.

Practice good nutrition. What you eat and when you eat it can impact both the quality of your sleep and the kind of day you’ll have tomorrow. There are various opinions about when you should stop eating before bedtime. In general, the earlier in the evening you can eat dinner, the better. Digestion can interfere with your sleep, as can alcohol and caffeine consumption. If you’re hungry later in the evening, try one of these snacks about 30 minutes before you go to bed: a handful of almonds, a small banana, a tablespoon of peanut butter spread on apple slices, cheese and whole-grain crackers, Greek yogurt, a mug of warm milk or decaf herbal tea, even a small bowl of whole-grain cereal and milk. Carbohydrates, protein, calcium, magnesium and tryptophan can all help you enjoy a more restful slumber – and a better tomorrow.

Thrive Rest from Le-Vel is an easy way to support your sleep health. This premium gel formula gives you the nutrients you need to provide a calming effect, relaxation support and assist with stress management. Rest is a dual-action formula containing premium ingredients like L-Tryptophan, Valerian Root Extract, Passion Flower Extract, Chamomile Extract and Melotonin. You’ll not only get to sleep, you’ll stay asleep and wake up refreshed.

5 Things You Need in Your Gym Bag

5 Things You Need in Your Gym Bag

What’s in your gym bag?

Here are five items you don’t want to leave home without:

1. Antibacterial wipes.

The website Fitrated collected samples from 27 pieces of gym equipment at three different gyms, then had them analyzed in a lab. The results were pretty scary; 70 percent of the bacteria was harmful and known to cause various skin infections and illnesses. The treadmill, stationary bike and free weights were the most bacteria-laden items. You can’t be certain that the equipment you’re about to touch has been cleaned anytime lately, so it’s best to be safe. Get yourself a travel pack of antibacterial wipes, and clean that machine down before your workout. And be kind to the next person who uses it by wiping it down when you’re through.

2. Your favorite Le-Vel gear.

Workout gear does not have to be boring or unstylish! Le-Vel carries a huge selection of athletic gear to THRIVE in – from tanks to tees to yoga pants and jackets – along with fun accessories like water bottles, blender bottles, hats, bag tags and more. So, you’ll not only look awesome, you’ll feel inspired to thrive throughout your day.

3. A first-aid kit.

Believe it or not, gym accidents do happen. Instead of relying on the gym for antibacterial cream, bandages and such, get yourself a travel-sized kit of your own.

4. An awesome workout playlist.

Music is a huge motivator for keeping your exercise going and pushing further when you’re feeling tired. Recent studies show that music can help delay fatigue and lessen the impression of fatigue during workouts. So take the time to find a music selection that appeals to you. Create a playlist from music you’ve purchased or use an online radio source like iHeart Radio or Spotify to get a workout mix that keeps you going.

5. A good snack.

You’re probably familiar with the recommendation to eat within 45 minutes of a good workout. Well, the best snack incorporates a mix of carbohydrates and protein! Thrive PRO Sequential Bar Technology is your best bet for premium nutrition after your workout. With 4 delicious flavors to choose from, Thrive PRO delivers 20 grams of protein per bar. With Thrive PRO, you get a lot of nutritional bang for your buck, and that’s makes it an even better snack choice for your workout.

How many times have you gotten to the gym only to discover you forgot your shoes, socks or something else that kills your plans to work out? Do yourself a huge favor: Pack your gym bag the night before, so there are no excuses. Then, when you work out next, you can the time to take care of yourself and burn those calories. That’s an opportunity you don’t want to miss because you deserve it!

Sleeping Tips – Eliminate these Sneaky Stressors

Sleeping Tips – Eliminate these Sneaky Stressors

Is getting enough sleep a dilemma for you?  Many people know they need to get more sleep, but don’t utilize sleeping tips to help them get more quality sleep.

More than one-third of American adults aren’t getting enough sleep on a regular basis (source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 2016).  What is “enough” sleep? Well, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society have recommended that adults ages 18-60 sleep at least seven hours nightly to promote optimal health and well-being.

Sleeping less than seven hours per night has been associated with an increased risk of developing obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, mental distress and other chronic health conditions. When you don’t get enough sleep, you start a vicious circle. Sleep deprivation boots production of stress hormones, which peak in the afternoon and early evening and impact your sleep once again.

If you’re one of those adults suffering from lack of sleep, you may be stumped as to why you can’t fall asleep or stay asleep – or maybe you are just too tired to think about it!  We’ve put together this list of sleeping tips to help you eliminate things that could be keeping you from a good night’s sleep. You may not realize that one of the following “sneaky stressors” could be to blame:

Technology. Do you keep your mobile phone, tablet or laptop at your bedside? The blue light emitted by those devices and your television has been known to lower production of melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleep and wake cycles. When melatonin decreases, it’s harder for you to fall and stay asleep. Sleeping Tips: Shut off all devices 30 minutes before bedtime, and keep them out of your bedroom. Out of sight, out of mind, right?

Too much sleep. Many of us enjoy a good nap occasionally, and some of us are napping to catch up on lost sleep. Be careful, though – long naps, and particularly long naps close to bedtime, can lead to insomnia later.  Sleeping Tips: Try to keep your naps between 30 to 45 minutes, and take them earlier in the day if possible.

Your nutrition. We all know that alcohol and caffeine can disrupt sleep, but so can poor nutrition. Sleep is a critical component of your overall health and wellness. Sleeping Tip: Try Thrive Rest.

Thrive Rest is a premium gel created to support sleep health, giving the body essential nutrients needed to offer a restful and calming effect, along with relaxation support and stress management.

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Thrive Rest incorporates Sequential Gel Technology, which immediately starts absorbing as it enters and remains in the mouth and is then further absorbed as it enters the digestive tract and stomach. This innovative delivery system was designed to improve nutritional uptake and increase the absorption rate for maximum results. This dual-action formula was developed to help the body not only go to sleep but stay asleep — and wake up refreshed. For best results, combine Rest with your Thrive 8-Week Experience.

Light. Whether it’s from a nightlight, hall light or lap, light that creeps into your sleeping environment most certainly will impact the quality of your sleep. Artificial light disrupts your circadian rhythms and tells the body it’s time to be up. Melatonin is known as the “darkness hormone”; levels peak when the sun sets and continue to increase throughout the night. Artificial light exposure delays melatonin onset and therefore your transition to sleep. Sleeping Tips: Install black-out curtains and keep other lights off during sleeping hours.

Over-exercise. Any high-intensity workout should be followed by recovery. If you’re pushing hard most days of the week and are finding it difficult to wind down at night, your fitness routine may be negatively impacting your sleep. Or you may be so exhausted from your workouts that you can’t seem to get enough sleep. Either scenario should prompt an adjustment in your workout habits. Sleeping Tips: Limit the “all-out” workouts to three times a week. Give yourself one or two rest days each week, as well.

Your mood. A negative outlook or worries can keep you awake. If you have a hard time going to sleep because your mind keeps replaying the problems you’ve been having, spend a few minutes before bed jotting down what you’re grateful for in your life. Sleeping Tips: Treat yourself to a pleasant wind-down routine: your favorite magazine, relaxing music, a hot bath, some good stretches and deep breathing, to name a few possibilities.

If you struggle with sleep, try utilizing these sleeping tips to help get rid of some of the things that may be working against you.  It is possible to get better sleep, but like anything else, you have to be intentional about it.  Sweet dreams!

Healthy Travel Snacks and Tips for Keeping Fit on the Road

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Healthy Travel Snacks and Tips for Keeping Fit on the Road

If you’re planning a vacation, you don’t have to derail your health and wellness goals to have a good time. Healthy habits are portable and you can bring healthy travel snacks with you wherever you go! The key is to plan ahead. Vacation isn’t the time to kick off a new regimen, but it’s very possible to take care of yourself even when you’re on the road. Here’s how:

Stash healthy travel snacks in your carry-on bag.

You don’t have to resort to junk food at the airport. Assume that delays will happen in your travel schedule. A protein bar like Thrive PRO, available in Cinnamon Roll and Birthday Cake flavors and other snacks like almonds, mini carrots and fruit can help you stay on track.

Pack for workouts.

It may be tempting to shrug and tell yourself you’ll take the week off, but don’t. It’s hard enough to return home after a week’s vacation. Returning to workouts after a full week off – especially if you’ve been eating and drinking too much all week – won’t make you feel good. Nobody wants to arrive home saying “Now I’ve really got to get it in gear and work extra hard.” So be sure to include your workout clothes and shoes in your suitcase, and load up your phone with your favorite workout music.

Stay hydrated at all times.

Bring a reusable water bottle with you and keep it filled wherever you go. Proper hydration can help keep your cravings in check.

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Aim to prepare one meal a day yourself.

A lot of travelers these days are using services like Airbnb and VRBO.com, so they have the convenience of a kitchen while they’re on vacation. Even if you’re staying in a hotel room, though, you can still request a small refrigerator that you can stock with healthy travel snacks. Find out where the nearest grocery store is when you check in. Breakfast is often the easiest meal to prepare yourself when you’re traveling – especially if you use Le-Vel’s Lifestyle Mix: just bring your shaker cup and refrigerate your beverage of choice to mix and make a healthy breakfast shake.

Stick to a schedule in the morning.

If you’re going to get a workout in while you’re on vacation, it’s probably got to happen in the morning before your busy day of sightseeing begins. Set your alarm. Yes, we know … you’re on vacation. Trust us: You’ll never regret a workout. Promise. Vacation isn’t necessarily the time for a marathon workout session, though: Limit yourself to 30 minutes so you can get on to the business of vacationing. You’ll feel fabulous when you’re done.

Walk everywhere.

Vacations often provide you with fantastic opportunities for exploration on foot. You’ll get to know a new place so much better when you’re walking its streets. So put on your best walking shoes, grab your camera and enjoy. You’ll probably even forget that you’re exercising.

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Don’t forget to sleep.

Sure, you want to stay out ‘till all hours living it up, but the quality of your sleep affects your health. You might consider bringing a sleep mask or even some ear plugs to make sure nothing interferes with your Zs.

Supplement your diet.

There’s no denying that travel throws off your routine. Even if you bring healthy travel snacks, you’re probably eating a few meals that are different, so your nutrient intake may not be as great as it usually is, you might be exposed to even more germs than usual if you’re flying to your destination, and jet lag may be affecting you. It’s more important than ever to make sure you’re taking care of yourself – not only so you can enjoy your vacation, but also you arrive back home in good health.

When it comes to healthy travel, Le-Vel has just the ticket. Thrive 2.0, the next generation of the Thrive Experience, not only keeps you on track, but these 3 simple steps are a snap to throw into your travel bag. The new Thrive Experience includes three foundational products: Thrive Capsules, Thrive Shake and now Thrive DFT/Fusion 2.0. You get improved absorption of key nutrients and vitamins for better results than ever before, including weight management, cognitive performance, digestive support, healthy joint function and lean muscle support. Follow these three simple steps in the morning, and you’re done for the day. Thrive 2.0 helps you stay on track with your health and wellness goals wherever your itinerary leads you.

Bon voyage!