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“LUXURIOUS DESIGNS SHOULD BE FOR EVERYONE…”

FFC NEW YORK is the ultimate lifestyle option with designs for the powerful business woman, the social butterfly, and the sweet girl next door. Whatever your mood, occasion, or lifestyle, FFC NEW YORK has the fashion forward, urban style and comfortable footwear for the dynamic woman that is you!

The Importance of Wearing the Right Shoes When Working Out

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Are you wearing the proper shoes when you work out? Whether your workout routine involves weight lifting, running, walking or playing sports, it’s very important that you are wearing the right footwear for the activity. If you are wearing ordinary tennis shoes while you embark on a long distance run, then you are putting yourself at risk for injuries that can be harmful to your health and also set back your fitness goals.

The proper footwear will provide ample cushioning and traction and reduce the impact of your steps. Most fitness shoes also include features designed to enhance your performance. Using improper shoes can lead to a number of injuries, including ankle strains and fractures, bunions, athlete’s foot, corns, as well as many other serious injuries.

Choosing the right footwear

When shopping for sports and fitness shoes, you’ll see that there are a wide variety of footwear options for all kinds of activities and exercises. You can find running shoes, walking shoes, tennis shoes, training shoes, and so on. By choosing the proper shoe for your activity, you can reduce your risk of injury, as well as maximize your comfort and performance. Each shoe is designed specifically for its activity.

For instance, running shoes feature shock absorption properties to absorb the shock of your foot when it hits the ground. Basketball shoes contain thick soles to protect your ankles and feet from injuries caused by jumping. And, soccer shoes provide extreme traction for playing on turf and muddy fields. If you are performing a variety of exercise or sport activities during your workout, then you should consider cross-training shoes.

If you partake in a number of different activities, the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) recommends that you choose a shoe designed for the activity you are most active in. However, if you participate in an activity 3 or more times a week, you should purchase a shoe specifically for that activity. When purchasing a new pair of sport shoes, try them on with sports socks and walk around in them to make sure they are the perfect fit. You should leave a half inch between the tip of the shoe and the big toe.

At Shopping Blitz, we provide a wide variety of fitness footwear for all types of exercise and sport activities. Visit ShoppingBlitz.com to order the proper fitness shoes for your activity online. We offer shoes for running, walking, golf, soccer, hiking, and much more.

Top Winter Gloves of the Season

With the Northeast already getting record snowfall, it’s important that you gear up for the season. Whether you’re going skiing or shoveling snow, you need to make sure you have the proper winter gloves. Winter gloves from top brands like Mountain Hardwear and Columbia will keep your hands warm, cozy and dry in the toughest winter conditions.

Check out the top winter gloves of the season from Shopping Blitz, where you can shop for winter clothes and gear online.

 

Mountain Hardwear Skistar OutdDry Gloves

Mountain Hardwear Skistar OutdDry Gloves

The Skistar snow glove from Mountain Hardwear delivers breathable protection for snowboarding, backpacking and everyday wear. These gloves feature a full Velcro closure and stretch neoprene cuff to provide a locked waterproof fit under the cuff of your jacket. With the pre-curved design, these gloves will perfectly fit the shape of your hand. When you’re caught in snowy or rainy terrains, the glove’s OutDry technology works to keep water and cold air out and retain warmth. The fleece liner is designed to be thicker on the back of your hand where you need it most for extra warmth, and thinner at the palm for maximum dexterity. The gloves also feature a leather-reinforced palm and fingertips, as well as pull-loops so you can pull the gloves snug.

Under Armour UA ColdGear Infrared Core Liner Gloves

Under Armour UA ColdGear Infrared Core Liner Gloves

With the UA ColdGear Infrared Core Liner Gloves from Under Amour, your hands will experience superior comfort and warmth. The UA ColdGear Infrared contains a soft, thermo-conductive inner coating that works to absorb and retain your body heat, while the signature Moisture Transport System wicks sweat and water away from your body. These gloves also feature a unique power stretch construction for extreme dexterity, as well as touch-screen compatible fingertips. These gloves are ideal for all sorts of winter activities, from hiking and camping to shoveling snow.

 

Ibex Side Mountain Gloves

Ibex Side Mountain Gloves

The Ibex Side Mountain Glove is a lightweight, insulated and breathable winter glove. It features merino lining with Wool Aire insulation, leather reinforcements on the back of the hands and fingers, and comfortable softshell fabric with Pittards permanent weather resistant leather palms. The gloves are designed to keep your hands warm and dry on all types of winter terrains, as they work to retain heat and keep cold air and water out. The adjustable cuff with Velcro makes them easy to fit snug under your jacket sleeves.

 

Columbia Tumalo Mountain Gloves

Columbia Tumalo Mountain Gloves

The Columbia Tumalo Mountain Gloves is incredibility lightweight and comfortable. The sleek nylon shell fabric with a waterproof-breathable bladder keeps your hands dry, while the 3-Point Precurve construction provides exceptional grip, fit and dexterity. This glove is ideal for skiing and snowboarding because it’s designed to keep out cold air and snow and hold heat in, providing your hands will extreme coziness all day long so you can stay on the mountain for longer. These gloves also feature a nose whip so you can remove snow from your face without irritating your skin.

What are your favorite winter gloves?

A Beginner’s Guide to Snowboarding

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If you’ve ever watched the Winter Olympics, then you’ve probably seen famous snowboarders like Shaun White shred the halfpipe. While snowboarding may seem like an extreme sport, it doesn’t need to be. With the right gear and a little practice, snowboarding can be an exciting activity the whole family can enjoy. In addition to being fun, snowboarding is a great cardiovascular exercise that strengthens your muscles and burns a lot of calories.

Before you go to the mountain, it’s important you have the right clothing. Because you’ll be on the mountain facing cold, snowy terrains, you’ll need apparel that will keep you warm, comfortable and dry all day long. Stick to the leading brands of outdoor winter gear, like Columbia, Mountain Hardwear and Salomon. Clothes from these brands utilize the latest technologies to retain heat and keep cold air and water out. You can find these top brands at your local sporting goods store or buy their shoes and clothing online.

As for your snowboard and shoes, you can borrow them from a friend or rent them at the bottom of the mountain. Only borrow equipment from a friend if you are the same height and weight. A board that’s too big for you will be hard to maneuver and control, whereas a board that’s too small will be too loose and difficult to control at fast speeds and in deep snow. Your boots should also fit comfortably. The shop crew will able to help you select the right sizes.

Once you have all your gear, you’re ready to learn how to snowboard.  If you have no prior experience, it’s best to take a professional lesson or have an experienced and patient friend teach you the basics. Many mountains have a Bunny Hill or an area designated for learners. Here you can practice your skills without getting stuck on a steep slope or building up too much speed.

When you reach the beginner’s area you need to figure out your stance, or the direction you’ll face when you board down the mountain. This will help you when you do finally strap into your board. To strap your feet into your board, sit in a seated position facing downhill. Once your feet are strapped in, stand up and turn your board down the slope. When you’re ready, practice putting yourself back onto your heel edge and coming to a stop. Then try to stop on your toes. See how long you can ride across the slope on both edges before coming to a stop.

After practicing a few times, you’re ready to get on the ski lift. Stick to the easy slopes and avoid them if they’re icy. If you fall on your first couple rides, don’t worry. It’s only a natural part of learning, and you’ll be protected by the soft snow. Practice stopping, controlling your speed and turning. With enough practice, you’ll master snowboarding in no time.

 

Preparing for Tough Mudder

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If you’re someone who likes to test your strength and endurance, then you’ve probably heard of the Tough Mudder. For those who haven’t, Tough Mudder is an endurance event that involves 10 to 12-mile-long military-style obstacle courses. Participants not only test their physical strength but also their mental grit. It was created by two post graduates at the British Harvard Business School. The first event was held in the United States in 2010, but has only rapidly grown since then. This year, there are over 50 Tough Mudder events worldwide.

Tough Mudder is not a timed race. Instead it’s an exhilarating challenge that focuses on teamwork and camaraderie. The obstacles often involve common human fears, such as heights, water or fire, and are designed to promote group participation. Mudders must put their teammates before themselves and help others cross the finish line.

Over a million people around the world have already participated in Tough Mudder. While the course is challenging, it’s also fun and adrenaline-pinching. If you plan on participating in Tough Mudder this year, you need to start training well in advance and make sure you have the right gear.

To ensure you are prepared for Tough Mudder, shop high performance footwear and clothes online at Shopping Blitz:

Fila Excellarun Running Sneakers

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With these high performance running sneakers from Fila, you’ll get the energy, breathability and comfort you need to tackle the Tough Mudder obstacles. These shoes are extremely resilient, lightweight and water resistant, so you’ll be able to climb through obstacles and splash through water without compromising performance or comfort. The Excellarun features Cool Max moisture wicking performance material, a padded collar and a cushioned footbed.

Under Armour UA Micro Solid 10″ Shorts

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These athletic shorts from Under Armour contain lightweight, durable stretch materials that let you move comfortably. The 4-way stretch fabrication enhances mobility and maintains shape. The shorts also feature Under Armour’s signature Moisture Transport System that wicks sweat and water away from your body, while staying soft and breathable.

Under Armour UA Fly-By Compression Capri Pants

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Like the UA Micro Shorts, these capri pants feature Under Armour’s signature Moisture Transport System that repels water and sweat, as well as lightweight, 4-way stretch construction which boosts mobility and maintains shape.  These capris also feature ergonomic flatlock side seams that eliminate chafing and provide an extremely comfortable fit. The scalloped hem with open-hole performance mesh insets delivers maximum breathability.

Are you prepared for Tough Mudder?

 

 

How to Make a New Year’s Resolution and Stick to It

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The New Year is a time of rebirth, a time to start fresh. If you make a New Year’s resolution at the end of each year, then you’re not alone. Research from the University of Scranton shows nearly 50% of people set resolutions, but only 8% actually achieve them. Fifty-four percent of goal setters neglect their resolution within the first six months. While these statistics may sound discouraging, they shouldn’t keep you from making a resolution. Whether you want to lose weight, eat healthier, or spend more time with your family, setting a resolution makes you 10 times more likely to meet your goal.

The key to setting a resolution and seeing it through is keeping it simple and tangible. Often times, we set resolutions that are too far out of reach or something we just have no control over, such as falling in love or getting promoted.

With these tips form Shopping Blitz, where you can buy shoes and clothing online, you’ll be sure to stick to your New Year’s resolution:

  • Start small – When making a resolution, its best to keep it simple and start small. Rather than saying you want to lose 70 pounds, set goals for how you can accomplish that. Don’t make a single, large goal. Instead, set small, realistic goals that you can achieve throughout the year. It’s not the actual change that matters; it’s the act of making the appropriate lifestyle changes. If you want to exercise more regularly, then set aside 3 or 4 days a week for gym time rather than 7. The less attainable your goal is, the more likely you are to abandon it. To help you monitor your progress, use a fitness tracker or watch, like the Soleus Running Watch. It can track your performance and keep you on the road to success.
  • Set tangible goals – Along with keeping your goals simple, you have to make them tangible. A resolution to lose weight or spend more time with your family is not easy to follow. If you want to lose weight, it’s better to set goals like going to the gym for an hour 3 times a week, or cutting out pizza, cookies and fries for your diet for 1 month. It’s best to set goals that aren’t vague and that you can measure. To spend more time with your family, plan a family get-together every other week.
  • Don’t expect quick results – If you set a resolution to be healthier or lose weight, you may expect instant changes to your body.  To see shutterstock_94464898astounding results from these types of goals takes time. If you haven’t lost all the weight you expected to lose the first 2 months, don’t get discouraged. Keep with it. You’re progress will be well worth it.
  • Welcome support – Achieving your resolution is easier to do with the support and encouragement of others. Don’t hide your resolution from your friends, co-workers or family. Instead, make your goal obvious and talk about it openly. If you want to lose weight or quit smoking, your friends and family will support you on your journey. You could also join others who want to achieve the same goal. Join a fitness class at your gym or form a group of your friends who want to quit smoking. Doing something together helps motivate you to succeed and makes the journey less intimidating.

So, the next time you’re thinking of neglecting your New Year’s resolution, don’t. Adjust your goals to make them more attainable and believe in yourself that you can accomplish them.

 

5 Fun Activities You Must Do This Winter

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you have to stay cooped up indoors. While sitting by the warm fireplace may feel nice, it’s time to grab your 5 winter essentials and get outdoors! From skiing to snow tubing to ice skating, the winter season has tons of fun outdoor activities individuals of all ages can enjoy.

But, before you try all exciting activities, you need to ensure you and your fellow adventurers have the proper gear. Get outside faster and buy all your winter shoes and cold weather clothing online!

One of the best brands of winter gear is Korkers. Korkers manufactures comfortable outdoor footwear for all types of winter terrains. Your feet will stay warm, dry and cozy all day long, so you can have fun outdoors for longer. Plus, the brand’s innovative OmniTrax Interchangeable Sole System gives you the versatility to do more exploring with less gear.

 

 

Whether you’re looking for great activities the whole family will love, or trying to come up with the perfect date idea, consider these top 5 must-do winter activities!

Skiing & Snowboarding

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You don’t have to be an expert skier or snowboarder to have fun on the slopes. These activities are perfect for people of all ages and skill levels. If you’ve never skied or snowboarded before, mountain resorts offer lessons that will teach you the basics of the sport. Need equipment? You can rent everything you need at the mountain. Head up to Killington, Vermont or to Aspen, Colorado for some of the nation’s best ski resorts.

Snow Tubing

Take sledding up a notch with snow tubing. It’s more thrilling than ordinary sledding; plus, you don’t have to trek back up the hill after each ride. Most ski resorts throughout the country offer snow tubing.
Ice Skating

Ice skating is another exciting activity people of all ages can enjoy. Many cities, such as New York and Philadelphia, have outdoor ice skating rinks, which are perfect for some good old family fun or a romantic date night.

Snowmobiling

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With snowmobiling, you’ll experience a rush of adrenaline while enjoying the beautiful winter scenery. You can rent a snowmobile from your local outfitter and journey through miles of trails. If you’re new to snowmobiling, many places offer guided tours.

Snowshoeing

If you love to hike, then you’ll love snowshoeing. It’s a great cardiovascular workout, as well as easy to learn and inexpensive in comparison to other winter sports. You can rent snowshoes at your local ski resort, park or outdoor store. Kids as young as 2 can snowshoe and poles are available to help young children keep their balance on tougher trails.

Cool Job Series: The Dance Instructor

 

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This month on our #CoolJob series we bring you another job we truly treasure – the dance instructor. Dance instructors share their passion and skills with others and teach all forms of dance from salsa and ballroom dancing to ballet, hip hop and tap. Whether dance instructors are teaching beginners some basic moves or are helping professional dancers master new choreography, they must have the right dancewear to help them feel and perform their best. Top dancewear brands like Motionwear and Capezio provide dance clothing and shoes that delivers the perfect fit, comfort and style. Plus, you can shop for these top brands of dance clothing and shoes online at Shopping Blitz.

Capezio Studio Pointe Shoes

Capezio Studio Pointe Shoes

Capezio Studio Pointe Shoes are made with comfort, quality and value in mind. This pointe shoe features the hardest toe box Capezio makes, as well as an elasticized binding that improves fit and prevents gaping.  Capezio uses the highest quality materials to give you a shoe that’s quieter and lasts longer.

Capezio pointe shoes are 100% handmade. Retails for $78.05.

Motionwear Pinch Front X-Back Wide Strap Leotard

 Motionwear Pinch Front X-Back Wide Strap Leotard

The Motionwear Pinch Front X-Back Wide Strap Leotard features a stunning low back and wide, comfortable straps that create a flattering silhouette across the back and pinched front. The leg openings are designed to be comfortable and flattering and to stay in place with every move.

This leotard provides perfect comfort and coverage and is available in a wide range of colors. Retails for $41.00.

Motionwear Ankle Length Gusset Leggings

Motionwear Ankle Length Gusset Leggings

Motionwear Gusset Leggings deliver a modern, fashionable style and fit. It provides a lower, yet conservative rise with a straight fitted leg. The high waist is flattering and comfortable and elongates the dancer’s lines.

These leggings are flexible and breathable, allowing dancers to move around freely. Retails for $37.00.

Fashions from the Hunger Games Mockingjay: The Naot Scout Hiking Boot

If you love the Hunger Games trilogy, then you’re going to love the Naot Scout Hiking Boot. The military commandostyle boot is woHunger Games Mockingjay Part 1rn by everyone of District 13, including Katniss Everdeen herself, in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and 2.” Naot made over 700 Scout Hiking Boots for the film, and we can expect to see it take over the spotlight again when Mockingjay Part 2 hits theatres. Show off your Hunger Games style by picking up a pair of these signature hiking boots, for men and women, right here at Shopping Blitz! The boot is available in black or Mockingjay grey.

What makes this shoe perfect for the Hunger Games cast and for you? In addition to its unique style, it’s extremely comfortable, flexible and durable, making it the ideal shoe for all types of terrain. Even if you’re not fighting off President Snow in Panem, this rugged shoe is great for everyday wear or hiking steep, uneven trails.

The Israeli shoe manufacturer delivers unmatched style and quality in all of its shoes.  Naot’s innovative scout boot includes a durable canvas upper, a sturdy polyurethane sole, and a removable footbed for added comfort and arch support. The footbed is made to mold to your foot and deliver a one-of-a-kind custom fit. But, that’s not all. This boot also provides shock absorption and a deep heel cup to provide pain relief and orthopedic support.

Naot Scout Hiking BootShow your support for the Districts with your Naot Scout Hiking Boots from Shopping Blitz!