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These leggings are practically works of art. By Caroline Cunningham

Whether you’re a runner, a yogi, a cyclist, or a HIIT fanatic, leggings are likely a staple of your athletic wardrobe. If you’re none of these, then these 10 pairs of funky printed, pattered, and stand-out-even-in-a-dark-spin-studio tights are going to make you wish you worked out.

These aren’t your basic black leggings that are all function without the fun—these are the tights you buy to inspire yourself to get out of the winter rut and into a new sweat routine.

Rag & Bone athletic leggings? Yes, and they’re beautiful and available through Intermix’s new fitness apparel and accessories collection. Rag & Bone jean chevron print leggings, $228 at Intermix.

We’re not totally sure what’s going on here—maybe a window with a tree branch?—but like a good piece of abstract art, we think these are pretty cool. Revitalize leggings in Geo Run Print, $58 at MPG.

Swashes of bright colors and a cloud-like pattern across the waistband on these leggings will get your workout off on the right foot. Foreverun running tights, $150 at Nike.

This scaly pattern in shades of pink and purple is anything but boring. HeatGear Armour 29” print legging in aubergine, $49.99 at Under Armour.

If you’re not ready to go full-on neon at your next yoga class, try on these black and white floral leggings for size. Floral cropped active legging, $19 at Joe Fresh.

Not only does the blue swirl remind of us of a Van Gogh painting, the mesh calves will help make sure you don’t overheat in your next spin class. If You’re Lucky Pant, $108 at Lululemon.

If Lululemon is borrowing from Van Gogh, then Lucas Hugh must have Picasso on the brain. Bonus: there’s a built-in pocket for your cell phone. Lucas Hugh Leadlight printed stretch leggings, $410 at Net-A-Porter.

Take a trip somewhere tropical in these Hawaiian-print inspired tights. Floral Fade Sonar capri, $74 at Athleta.

These tights are an inverse mullet—a pattern party in the front with matte navy business in the back. Zella Adrenaline running tights, $64 at Nordstrom.

Every woman should feel like a superhero when she works out, even if it’s just the endorphins talking. Super logo graphic leggings, $45 at Adidas.

Posted at 01:23 PM/ET, 03/25/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Georgetown can finally find its soul. By Caroline Cunningham
Image courtesy SoulCycle.

Apparently, the indoor cycling chain's two current locations—one on M Street and one in Bethesda—aren't cutting it for DC's "pack." Late summer 2015, another SoulCycle is scheduled to open in Georgetown.

The young and the restless Georgetown dwellers will be able to "tap it back" in a 56-bike studio, and they'll really look the part after a visit to the attached "lifestyle boutique," which will sell SoulCycle swag. The classes at this studio—as at all DC-area locations—will cost $30.

But if Georgetown still isn't a convenient place for you to squeeze in a sweat session, don't worry—SoulCycle has announced plans to open two additional studios in the area in 2015, so even more Washingtonians can "find their soul."

Posted at 04:20 PM/ET, 03/20/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
The indoor cycling studio's DC debut will be later this month. By Ryan Weisser
Flywheel classes are set up stadium-style with screens at the front, which display riders' Torqboard statistics. Image courtesy of Flywheel Sports.

Just when you think Washington couldn't handle another indoor cycling studio, Flywheel swoops in.

The stadium-style studio is opening its largest location—with 60 bikes and FlyBarre sculpting classes—in Dupont Circle.

Washington is no stranger to the indoor cycling trend. Big brands with cult-like followings—SoulCycle, Ride DC, and Zengo Cycle, just to name a few—have been in the area for years, and Washingtonians swear by the exercise routines.

But Flywheel isn’t just another indoor cycling hotspot to pop up in the District. It's mixing technology with fitness to make exercise routines personalized and trackable through Torqboard.

“Riders won’t have to worry about the numbers on their display,” says Kate Hickl, a Flywheel master instructor. While students need to look at their monitors while they take classes, “they can focus on how they feel during the workout and then track their progress online.”

Or, if you have competitive nature, you can choose to display your Torqboard stats to the entire cycling class and challenge yourself to achieve the top time, speed, distance, and torque, or resistance. When you’re finished with a class, which typically lasts around 45 minutes to an hour, you can save your Torqboard stats and look at them later online or with the Flywheel Sports mobile app.

The app also eases the frazzling stress of running late to class and having to forfeit your spot.

“You can simply check in on-the-go,” Hickl says. “You’ll be able to walk in, grab a bike, and get started.”

FlyBarre sculpting classes will be offered at the DC Flywheel studio. Photo courtesy of Flywheel Sports.

And don't worry about not getting a strength training at Flywheel. There are four to five minute sequences of arm exercises, using two- to four-pound weights, and be prepared for a lot of reps. Hickl says the sequences are meant to be "high repetition, low weight" to avoid muscle fatigue. The DC location will also have FlyBarre, Flywheel's version of a sculpting and toning class.

“Flywheel is the cardio portion of your workout, and FlyBarre works to lengthen your muscles and build up strength,” Hickl says. “Each class will work together to make you stronger.”

Flywheel is set to open in Dupont Circle (1927 Florida Avenue, NW) on March 31, and will offer morning, afternoon, and evening classes ($28 per class).

Correction: In an earlier version of this post, Kate Hickl's last name was spelled incorrectly as Hicki.

Posted at 01:00 PM/ET, 03/19/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Two running coaches share how to transition from the treadmill to the great outdoors, and why it's good for you. By Ryan Weisser
Photograph courtesy of Julie Sapper, Run Farther & Faster.

"They don't call the treadmill the 'dread-mill' for nothing," says Lisa Reichmann, a running coach for Run Farther & Faster.

With the warmer weather, people are breaking a monotonous routine of running on a conveyor belt and making the switch to outdoor running. However, this transition can be discouraging for some. When you first start running outside, your pace can slow down, you may get tired faster, and you can push yourself too hard, ending up with an injury.

To make the switch easier, Run Farther & Faster coaches Reichmann and Julie Sapper tell runners to run for time, not miles.

“Do no more than 20 to 40 minutes on your first few outings,” Sapper says. “If you’re not used to outdoor running, start off slow with a running and walking combination and gradually build up from there.”

Reichmann emphasizes running at a conversational pace: “If you can’t talk comfortably and get out of breath when you’re running, you’re going too fast.”

Lisa Reichmann (left) and Julie Sapper (right), coaches and cofounders of Run Farther & Faster. Photograph courtesy of Julie Sapper, Run Farther & Faster.

To moderate your pace, Reichmann and Sapper suggest running with a friend. “Not only will you be able to tell when you’re going too fast,” Sapper says, “but you won’t be hyper-focused on the time or how many miles you’re running.”

Reichmann and Sapper also listed off five ways outdoor running is a healthier alternative to running on a treadmill:

Running outside is more realistic.

Races tend to be outdoors, regardless of the weather, so Reichmann and Sapper believe that outdoor running can better prepare you for unexpected obstacles.

“If you’re not used to running up hills, rain, or even a trail,” Sapper says, “then it can make races a lot harder on you. Running on a treadmill can’t prepare you for those race day surprises.”

Braving the elements can boost your confidence.

“Unless it’s not safe outside—like it’s icy, too cold, or it’s dark—then I actually encourage people to get outside in less-than-ideal weather,” Rechimann says.

Going for a run outside when it’s raining or beginning to flurry may not seem like fun, but it can actually boost your morale.

“If I know I can run through the rain or snow, then know I can do anything I set my mind to,” Sapper explains. “It’s the no excuse sort of attitude than can keep you going.”

You’ll get a healthy dose of vitamin D.

If you don’t get around 15 minutes of sun exposure each day, chances are, you might not be getting enough vitamin D. Even on a cloudy day, you can boost your vitamin D levels with a 15-minute run or walk outside.

It’s a good way to get some strength training in.

“You can get a great leg and core workout from running outside,” Reichmann says. “Because a treadmill is a flat surface, you don’t give your muscles a variety of ways to work. But when you’re running on different inclines, your legs and core need to work harder to keep your balance and pace.”

If you’re stuck inside and have to run on the treadmill, Reichmann and Sapper suggest gradually changing the incline settings on your treadmill. “If you run at a zero percent incline all the time, increase it to one percent for a few minutes, and then bring it back down,” Sapper says. “Sometimes people think they can do a high incline on the treadmill, but you can hurt yourself if you don’t take it slow.”

Outdoor running is prime thinking time.

“Running is very peaceful for me,” Sapper says, who began running during law school as a way to relieve stress. “I can think and relax. I tend to come up with some of my best ideas when I’m out for a run.”

Posted at 01:00 PM/ET, 03/16/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
You’d never guess there’s spinach in it. By Rebecca Scritchfield
Photo courtesy of realfoodrealdeals.com.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day we’ve got a festive and deceptively healthy green smoothie recipe for you to try: Peppermint Patty Green Smoothie. This kid-friendly smoothie is packed to the brim with deliciously minty and chocolatey flavor, with the added bonus of masking the spinach--your family will never know what hit them. This smoothie recipe is perfect for breakfast or dessert and can be doubled, tripled, or quadrupled to accommodate all the little leprechauns in your life.

Peppermint Patty Green Smoothie

Servings: 1

Ingredients

1 green pear or green apple, sliced (optional for sweetness)

¾ cup milk (may also use almond, soy, hemp, or rice)

½ cup yogurt (may use traditional or Greek; plain or vanilla)

1 handful of fresh mint leaves, stems removed

1 handful spinach

1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract (optional)

2 tablespoons chopped dark chocolate

Directions

  1. Place all of the ingredients except the chocolate into a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth. Adjust to taste.
  3. Serve with a garnish of chopped dark chocolate and mint leaves. Enjoy with a spoon or straw.

Rebecca Scritchfield is a registered dietitian/nutritionist and founder of Capitol Nutrition Group in Washington, DC.

Posted at 01:20 PM/ET, 03/12/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Celebrity trainer Obi Obadike shares how to begin living a healthier lifestyle. Plus—a 5-minute workout to help you get started. By Ryan Weisser
Image via Shutterstock.

Spring is creeping up—peak cherry blossom times have been announced and DC style-setters are prepping their wardrobes for warmer weather. It’s also that time of year to shed some winter weight.

Celebrity fitness trainer Obi Obadike, who is also a cohost on Lifestyle Magazine's health show and contributes workout videos to OWNZONES, shares 5 tips to begin living a healthier lifestyle and lose weight in the process.

Get a physical.

Obadike recommends getting a full physical and blood work every year. “A lot of people are afraid of going to the doctor because they don’t want to hear bad news,” Obadike says. “You need to know where you’re starting at in order to make any improvements.” Checking your cholesterol, vitamin levels, and blood pressure are all important in order to figure out a fitness routine that will work for you.

Start walking.

“The recommended minimum amount of cardio is 25 minutes, three times a week,” Obadike says. “But start off slow.”

According to the American Heart Association, those 25 minutes of cardio need to be "vigorous." But if you’re not used to exercising regularly, walking is a good way to get started. From there, Obadike says you can build up to a walking-jogging combo, and then begin a running routine (30 minutes a day for three to five days). Eventually, you can work up to 45 minutes of cardio, three to five times a week, to see faster results.

If you're short on time, Obadike recommends doing other cardiovascular exercises that get your heart rate up, such as jumping jacks or jumping rope.

Begin strength training.

“All you really need for strength training is your body,” Obadike says. “There’s no need for machines or weights—there’s really no need to even leave your home.” Obadike recommends a mash-up of basic exercises to work all of your muscles: sit-ups, push-ups, planks, lunges, and squats, 20 of each, and repeat two to three times for two to three days a week.

Follow the 80/20 rule when it comes to your diet.

“Eat well 80 percent of the time, and then splurge 20 percent of the time,” Obadike says. “This will keep you from binge-eating unhealthy foods, because you’re treating yourself now and then.”

If you’re a smoker—quit.

“These fitness routines can be much more difficult if you’re smoking,” Obadike says, “so I ask my clients to cut back or quit smoking entirely.”

Quitting smoking can reduce the risk of lung diseases and respiratory complications within one to two years, according to the American Lung Association, and after two weeks, the lungs begin to repair themselves.

"A healthy heart and cardiovascular system will make exercising and following a routine much easier," Obadike says. "Exercise can help you get through the stress of quitting and help you make healthier choices."

5-Minute Home Workout

Posted at 11:30 AM/ET, 03/09/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()

"I always try to include a fermented product in every meal," she says.

By Emily Codik

Emily Gaines loves bone broth. And at her fast-casual, health-conscious restaurant, Halsa (655 Michigan Avenue, Northeast; 202-832-1131), she offers the paleo-friendly potion in two different ways. It can be slurped like a soup--or sipped like a drink. "It's amazing how energizing a single cup of broth can be!" she says.

The George Washington University grad spent time working with a holistic health coach and traveling the globe before launching her latest endeavor in January. With Halsa, she hopes to inspire others to eat mindfully and healthfully. Read on for a peek into her probiotic-rich, refined sugar-free diet.

Photograph by Allegra Guinan

Breakfast: "The winter weather takes a lot of moisture out of our bodies, so I find it's really important to start the the day with tons of liquids. I always start with a glass of water, as well as a mixture of apple cider vinegar and lemon water. Both help to cleanse and refresh the internal organs.

Today is a snow day, so I'm having a homemade smoothie using hemp seeds, tahini butter, dates, a frozen green banana, and vanilla protein powder. The protein powder I'm using at the moment uses pea protein, which studies have shown to be the most easily absorbable, vegan protein. It's exactly what my body needs after my morning workout."

Photograph by Allegra Guinan

Snack: "I followed up my smoothie with a gluten-free morning glory muffin from Halsa and my long-awaited cup of bone broth. The muffin is the perfect size to keep me going through the morning, and unlike most morning muffins I've consumed, still leaves me feeling energized! I really love adding finely-chopped napacabbage or thinly-sliced seasonal vegetables to the broth."

Photograph by Allegra Guinan

Lunch: "My lunch today consists of mahi mahi over brown rice, kimchi, and salad. For those who don't know, kimchi is a traditional Korean fermented food made from vegetables and spices including ginger, garlic, scallions, and fish sauce. Kimchi "ferments" for at least three months before being consumed. During that time, natural bacteria feeds on sugars and starches, creating lactic acid and a host of beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, and various strains of probiotics. Fermented products provide a plethora of "good bacteria" to the stomach that help us in digesting and absorbing nutrients in our food. I always try to include a fermented product in every meal."

Photograph by Allegra Guinan

Snack: "My second snack is a cup of herbal tea from artisan tea company, RL Linden, and a sesame wakame bar. I usually grab two, because they are perfect to keep for when hunger strikes. They're a perfect balance of protein, carbohydrates, and sugar, and are made from brown rice sugar, so there are no real spikes in blood-sugar when I have it. I also love the benefits the wakame brings to the bar--notably the magnesium, iodine, calcium, and iron."

Photograph by Allegra Guinan

Dinner: "I usually grab dinner from Halsa to take home with me. Today, I'm having the dashi broth with yam noodles and a side of green salad and kimchi. The soup and noodles are a nice way to warm up at the end of a long cold day!"

Want to share your food diary with Washingtonian? Contact Emily Codik at ecodik@washingtonian.com or @emilycodik.

Posted at 12:32 PM/ET, 03/06/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
More women than ever are becoming dentists. Some say that may change the patient experience. By Sherri Dalphonse
Jill Bruno hosts events such as makeup parties to get to know her patients better. Photograph by Jeff Elkins

When Jill Bruno started her orthodontics residency at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health in Rochester, New York, in 1995, fewer than 20 women had gone through the then 39-year-old program. “There was one other female in my class, ” says the Chevy Chase orthodontist. “Now more and more women are going into dental school.”

Women currently make up nearly half of all dental students at colleges in the United States. By 2020, thanks to those graduates, some 30 percent of all dentists will be women. Think that’s low? Before 1970, just 3 percent were women.

The numbers reflect the overall rise of women in advanced education—they now earn the majority of graduate degrees. Yet the appeal seems to go beyond that.

“Dentistry is a wonderful caring profession, and women are caring by nature, ” says Bruno. “It’s great when I take a patient’s braces off and they hug me. I sometimes still get tears in my eyes.”

Some female dentists, including Bruno and Arlington’s Danine Fresch, say some patients seek them out partly because they’re women.

“Not to sound sexist, but I can tell you that a lot of my patients say we tend to listen better, ” says Fresch.

“I do feel that women spend more time discussing treatment plans, diagnosis, and symptoms in ways I think are beneficial to patients, ” says Mary Beth Aichelmann-Reidy, an associate professor of periodontics at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and past president of the American Association of Women Dentists.

Or are women just better at managing their time? A big reason they’re drawn to dentistry is that it’s possible to work flexible hours while raising a family.

Aichelmann-Reidy, though, challenges a common sentiment she’s heard—that because women may cut back on their hours to rear children, fewer dentists will be available to the general public.

“Male colleagues have been stating this as a fact in presentations when this is not true, ” she says. “I actually had a colleague say to me, when I entered dental school in the early ’80s, ‘Oh, good—there are more women in your class so less competition for us because you won’t be working.’

“The data that’s published on female and male grads do not substantiate that claim. Female dentists want to work full-time, just as the male dentist does.”

While male dentists may challenge the notions that they don’t listen as well as their female colleagues and that women dentists work just as many hours, women have one clear advantage.

“Female dentists have smaller hands, ” says Pamela Marzban, a general dentist in Burke, “and that makes it a more comfortable experience for patients.”

This article appears in our March 2015 issue of Washingtonian.

Posted at 04:45 PM/ET, 03/02/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Five cleaning habits for your teeth. By Sherri Dalphonse
Photograph by Yuri Arcurs/iStock Photo.

You don’t need toothpaste.

“Toothpaste tastes good, it feels good. But the physical action of the bristle against the tooth is what does most of the cleaning, not the chemicals, ” says Stuart Ross, a general dentist in DC. “But none of us want to brush our teeth without toothpaste. Yuck. It’s like kissing someone through a paper bag.” We’re not saying toothpaste has no merit—your teeth get a dose of fluoride, for example. The takeaway: If you run out of paste, you don’t have to skip brushing.

Floss prior to brushing, not after.

“Flossing beforehand allows food debris to be removed, allowing fluoride from the toothpaste to penetrate between the teeth, ” says Chevy Chase endodontist Reza Farshey.

Position the brush at a 45-degree angle so the bristles are half on the teeth, half on the gums.

“In this position, using a soft-bristle brush and with a horizontal scrubbing motion followed by a roll toward the crown of the tooth, the entire tooth as well as the gum line can be cleaned, ” says Falls Church periodontist A. Garrett Gouldin. “Even if a person has an electric brush, it will not be effective unless they position the bristles this way.”

Don’t brush more than three times a day.

Brush more often, or brush too hard, and you could wear down enamel and gums. “The key is a small, gentle motion, ” says Chevy Chase orthodontist Jill Bruno. What’s also key: brushing for a full two minutes. If the bristles of your toothbrush flare out before three months of use—it’s recommended you change your brush every two to three months—that may be a sign you’re brushing too hard.

Bleeding gums can be an indication you need to brush more, not less.

If you notice bleeding when brushing or flossing, Gouldin says, it’s likely because plaque at the gum line is causing inflammation.“Many people back off in their brushing when they see bleeding—when in fact, as long is there is no cut or trauma, bleeding is a sign that a person should double down their cleaning.” If the bleeding continues more than a few days, though, you may want to see a dentist.

This article appears in our March 2015 issue of Washingtonian.

Posted at 04:31 PM/ET, 03/02/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Sick of winter? Take a day trip to Philly to cure those blues. By Sherri Dalphonse
The Philadelphia Flower Show blooms with lush displays, like this one from 2014. Photo courtesy of PHS.

Everything's coming up roses—and lilies and ferns and geraniums—at the Philadelphia Flower Show, opening this Saturday, February 28, and running through March 8.

The Philadelphia Flower Show is the largest and oldest flower show in the country, dating back to 1829. Each winter, it fills the Pennsylvania Convention Center, in downtown Philly, with masses of blossoms and greenery, all in artful and amazing arrangements. Visitors can not only stop to smell the flowers; they can get gardening tips and buy all manner of plants, pots, tools, and botanical-related gifts.

This year’s theme is “Celebrate the Movies,” and the show will kick off with a show-stopping entrance: an art deco theater facade with 200 neon lights and a 29-foot-tall marquee of flowers. A red carpet will lead past towering palm trees, chandeliers draped in moss and jewels, a rose garden with blossoms named for legendary movie including Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe, plus more than 800 hostas, 1,500 calla lillies, and other blooms.

Inside, assorted floral presentations will take their inspiration from Disney and Pixar films, including Frozen, Maleficent, Cars, and Cinderella. There will be displays created by designers from around the world—including from Australia, South Africa, and Malaysia. A Butterfly Experience will allow visitors to get up close to the winged creatures.

Individual tickets cost $30 per adult, $20 per student, and $15 per child if purchased online ($32, $22, and $17 if bought at the box office). For tickets, and more information, click here.

Posted at 02:00 AM/ET, 02/27/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()