We all know we’re supposed to drink more water every day, but that’s easy to forget during your morning latte or when your BFF made too much sangria (is there even such a thing?). On the occasion you do remember to go for some classic H20, it’s nearly impossible to find something other than plastic bottles. Sure, you’ve quenched your thirst, but if you’re anything like me, you’ve replaced that feeling with guilt over not choosing a more eco-friendly option. Enter: Boxed Water.
Boxed Water is changing the game of convenient hydration. When their minimal-but-bold packaging first caught my eye, I had to know more. Turns out, Boxed Water is so much more than well-designed Instagram bait. Everything this water company does is about ultimate sustainability. The recyclable cartons are made using paper from well-managed forests, and they are partnered with the National Forest Foundation to make sure all forests keep growing.
As a part of their ReTree Project, Boxed Water plants Boxed Water plants trees for every social post, newsletter subscription and web store purchases. They have planted over half a million trees (!!!), and the number is increasing every second.
We all need to do our part to protect our planet, even if it’s something as small as recycling cartons. Drinking Boxed Water when I’m thirsty and on the road definitely makes me feel a little better about my carbon footprint.
Whenever I’m on the road, as much as I absolutely love being on tour, I can’t help but dream about sleeping in my own bed. I truly believe better sleep leads to better health, wellness, and overall living. Designing the perfect sleep environment is an absolute priority at home. It’s something I’ve been trying to recreate on the road with the assistance of several brilliant products.
And of course, I always make sure to check in on my FitBit Charge HR to track and monitor my sleep habits.
Below are my must haves from home and my on-the-road sleep solutions while on tour for MOVE Beyond.
HOW I GET MY BEST SLEEP AT HOME
1. (Don’t) Let There Be Light
Sleep experts say deep darkness is the key to a deep sleep. It’s important to shut off or cover any tiny lights from electronics and cover all windows with blackout curtains. Light, sheer curtains may look pretty during the day but they could result in dark circles under the eyes.
2. Sleep On It
Having a great mattress is of the utmost importance to me. Mattresses range from totally affordable to crazy expensive, but no matter what your budget when you find the one that’s right for you you can have the best sleep ever.
We’ve all been there. Or if you’re like me, you’re there pretty much every night. A few hours post dinner, somewhat close to bedtime, a little voice pops into my head and says, “I’m kinda hungry…”
I know we’re not supposed to snack late at night, but how bad can it be, really? Samantha’s Ask Jules email made me wonder: are all nighttime snacks created evil? I asked my friends at Nourish what we should snack on in our jammies.
I am all for these challenges you guys are sending in! They’re thought provoking, clever, and fun. Plus, I simply just love to hear from you! Shaylie emailed me a challenge to go meatless on Mondays for one month for a list of very good reasons. The fact is, if enough of us go meatless even for only one day a week, we are greatly reducing our carbon footprint and saving vital resources for the planet. What a simple way to make a difference!
Although I’m a very active person, there are definitely times when I feel chained to my desk — whether it’s reading a script, working on this website, or catching up on emails. I understand the feeling of not having enough hours in the day to get up and move. When I received this Ask Jules email from Chloe, I knew exactly who should handle it: my trainer and friend Erica Hood from Body By Simone! Erica has many clients who work long, hard hours from their offices. She was happy to share the workouts she gives them, to you! Let me know how these go!
I currently work in a small office, in a very rural area, and I am starting to get paranoid about my lack of movement throughout the day! I can sometimes go hours without moving… and the worst bit is I don’t even realise! Eeeeek!
Do you have any ideas or tips for people who work in office environments and staying fit?! I need to move more but am struggling to find a way to do so within a small office. Any advice would greatly appreciated!
Thank you! Big fan!!
I recommend getting a Fitbit! I own one and love it because it will tell you to get up and move around when you’ve been sitting still or have been inactive for too long. The Fitbit app is super user friendly and you can adjust your settings for certain time increments that work best for your schedule. For example: every hour remind me to get up & move! When the alarm goes off you simply stand and do some squats, jumping jacks or walk around the office.
Here are some step-by-step exercises that you can do at your desk (even in a small space). All you need is your desk chair. The exercises range from beginner to advanced.
**Please execute with caution & avoid using a chair with wheels.**
Best of Luck,
Derek and I are getting all fired up for MOVE Beyond – Live on Tour with our fans and friends by hosting move interactives! They have been an absolute blast. We’ve gone hiking, spinning, and moved our way all around LA. Along the journey, I’ve picked up some great product suggestions that have certainly upped my fitness game.
Don’t Hit The Gym Without These 5 Things
1. As you can imagine I’m constantly hopping into my car post-workout, drenched in sweat. My friend gave me a Fit-Towel by Tiil, which is essentially a genius car seat cover that keeps my car sweat free. It stays in place and it’s machine washable — I am kind of obsessed.
I’ve gotten several questions in my Ask Jules inbox about changing your skincare routine for the cold winter months. Because LA is a little different than the rest of the world when it comes to chilly temps, I brought in my expert in all things skincare: Spencer Barnes. Not only is Spencer my go-to when it comes to getting glam but he’s also the man with a plan for keeping your skin looking and feeling its best. His advice, like always, was right on point.
Spencer explained that for many, the winter months can cause a change in skin conditions. Our skin is the largest human organ and therefore the front-line defense of the immune system, so a little extra TLC goes a long way! He pointed out if you have normal to oily skin during the warmer months, you may find that in the cooler months your skin actually moves to normal or even dry. So if that sounds like you, definitely hang on to this for later this year.
Chances are you’re reading this from a laptop or maybe even a smart phone. Let me guess, your chin is pulled down toward your chest allowing you to look down at the screen, turning your posture into a slouch. Am I close?
Now sit up straight, square your shoulders back and lift your chin high — even if it means looking at the wall instead of this post. Doesn’t that feel better? That’s because it should! Humans were designed to stand this way, we weren’t ever actually built to be sitting for long periods of time. Think about this: when we stand in conversation we are eye to eye. It’s the most natural position for our bodies to be in.
This whole conversation was inspired by a colleague of mine. She was experiencing some pretty serious neck and back pain, and was finding the relief from a good massage was only temporary. Since there’s only so much time a girl can spend on a heating pad, she decided to look into what might be causing these aches. It turns out that years of sitting hunched over her laptop actually changed her posture and was causing all kinds of problems.
Remember when the kid in Jerry Maguire claimed the human head weighs eight pounds? Well, he was right! When my girl had her alignment checked, they discovered even though her head weighs eight pounds, the position she’d become accustomed to created 18 pounds of pressure coming down on her neck and shoulders! She was given three options: visit a doctor regularly to constantly correct her body, take prescription medicine to alleviate the discomfort, or create a better working environment and train her body to self-correct. You can bet she went with number three — and never looked back!
Below you’ll find some of the best ways you can create a workspace that benefits your body. In addition to these products, simple adjustments in your daily life can make a major difference in your posture. For example, when you’re scrolling through your newsfeed on your smart phone, hold the phone at eye level rather than holding it down toward your lap. Your neck will thank you!
On most days around mid-afternoon I begin to deflate, feeling like a sinking balloon days after a party. Caffeine always crosses my mind but I know one cup of coffee too late in the day usually translates to tossing and turning late at night.
Luckily I discovered a healthy (and delicious!) way to energize that won’t result in a late night buzz or early crash.
My Pretty Powder Super Smoothie has become my must have for many reasons. Besides giving me a great energy boost, Hum Nutrition’s superfood powder also keeps my metabolism in check. I call it pretty powder because in addition to keeping me out of cranky status, it also improves my skin tone. Plus, there’s no feeling less attractive than being tired and hungry. From there, things can get ugly.
• 1 scoop Hum Nutrition Raw Beauty Green Superfood Powder
• 1 cup almond milk
• ½ banana
• ½ cup strawberries
• ½ cup ice
Blend until smooth and enjoy your day!
By the way, if I don’t have time to make this smoothie, or when traveling on the go, I’ll skip the ingredients and mix one scoop of Raw Beauty from Hum Nutrition into a serving of water or almond milk. This would be an easy way to perk up while you’re at work or school and sans blender.