7 Ways to Stay Cool During Your Outdoor Workout

 

As the weather gets warm, many of us are gearing up to head outside and get fit. We really can’t wait to ditch the treadmill and the sweaty smell of the gym for pavement or grass, and the sweet smell of fresh air.

But exercising outside – especially as the temperatures continue to rise – can be dangerous and potentially deadly. It’s important to first understand how heat can affect your body, and what happens when you don’t pay attention to the signs. Once you know, you can find ways to stay cool and stay outside!

The Heat Effect

When the sun gets strong, so too does its power to zap you. During higher temperatures, your blood circulates more through your skin to cool you down, which leaves less for your muscles. This increases the heart rate, and is compounded if there are high humidity levels; the higher the humidity, the harder it is for your sweat to evaporate.

The result? Painful muscle contractions called heat cramps, or lightheadedness and fainting. There’s also heat exhaustion, where your body temperature can get as high as 104 degrees. Left untreated, this can lead to a heatstroke, which is a serious condition.

According to WebMD, if you have these symptoms, stop exercise, get out of the heat and hydrate.

  • - Muscle cramps
  • - Nausea or vomiting
  • - Weakness
  • - Fatigue
  • - Headache
  • - Sweating extensively
  • - Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • - Confusion
  • - Irritability
  • - Low blood pressure
  • - Increased heart rate
  • - Visual problems

Keep it Cool

1. Chill Out: One of the best ways to avoid overheating is simply not doing strenuous exercise during high temperatures. Check the forecast, and if the humidity is up, switch your jog for a walk or change your biking path to one that has little to no hills. At the very least, plan your workout in the morning or late evening when it’s the coolest outside.

2. All About That Hydration: Seems simple, but drinking enough water can be a hassle when you’re on the go – especially jogging. With OGIO Hydration Packs, you have a full bladder right on your back, so it doesn’t get in the way and keeps you hands-free. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink; instead, keep up a slow but steady drinking pace to ensure you don’t get water bloat, but you stay cool.

3. Take A Cold Shower: Hopping in the shower or bath full of cool water can bring your core temperature down and help you stay steady when you get sweaty. It won’t last very long, but it will help improve your initial performance.

4. Don’t Be Colorful: Stick to light-colored clothing that doesn’t hug you tight. It will help reflect the sun while allowing air to circulate around your skin. “Wicking” fabrics like cotton/polyester blends that are designed to pull moisture away from your skin are very helpful.

5. Get Shady: Find a big, shady spot to stop, and do it frequently. You’re trying to keep up a healthy heart rate, not unhealthy rates, so it’s better to keep it lower than push yourself.

6. Ice, Ice, Baby: Grab some ice packs and store them in your backpack. When you stop in the shade, pull them out and run them over your neck and wrists. Don’t keep them there for more than a few seconds; going from one extreme temperature to another can be unhealthy, so use it sparingly.

7. Take a Dip: Water exercises are actually quite good for you, and are a great way to raise your heart rate without raising your risk for overheating. Even soaking in a pool, though, you still need to drink plenty of water.

Following these simple tricks will help you stay cool while exercising outside, but it’s so important to continue to check your heart rate and take stock of how you feel every few minutes. When the temps start to reach above 90 degrees, however, it might be better just to grab your gear and hit the treadmill — knowing that it’s better to workout inside than get hurt outside.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Every Dad

 

While all of our dads may have the same jokes, their likes and favorite pass-times are definitely not all alike. Maybe you have a golf dad, or maybe one who likes to get out and run. You might even have a moto dad, who hops on his bike and takes off for a ride in the mud.

Whoever your dad is, OGIO can help you pick out the perfect gift for Father’s Day. We’ve rounded up some of our best products to please the best man in your life.

For the Golf Dad

OGIO has so many different golf bags, you’re sure to find the perfect one for the dad in your life. Check out a few of our options, and see the rest here.

Camo Collection

This collection is for the adventurer, the dad who isn’t afraid to get dirty. Give him the latest in innovation with the Silencer technology, designed to protect clubs with a unique membrane. Or get the highest in quality with the Giza for oversized grips.

Strilux Collection

The Strilux is designed for the practical yet style-savvy dad. He’ll look great next to the Pisa Cart Bag, and he’ll thoroughly enjoy the efficient Zipperless Ball Pocket (ZBP™) that lets him quickly grab a new ball any time he needs it.

Aquatech Collection

For the dads that can weather any storm, the Aquatech Collection is a truly water-proof golf bag that won’t weigh him down when things get wet. The lightweight material means he can carry it in any condition.

For the Athletic Dad

Some dads are the training type, focused on staying active and experiencing the great outdoors. If that’s the dad in your life, OGIO has you covered.

Training and Gym Collection

Does he like to de-stress at the gym? Any one of OGIO’s high-quality bags would be a perfect fit. For the dad who likes things just right, get him the OGIO Locker Bag. Or the grab-n-go 5.0 that keeps those stinky shoes separate from the rest.

Outdoor Collection

Maybe your dad’s more of the outdoorsy type. OGIO’s outdoor collection can keep up with him no matter where he goes, and keep him hydrated while he’s out there.

For the Moto Dad

Whether it’s on two wheels or four, this dad is always up to speed and stirs up the dust while he’s at it. We can help him do just that.

ATV Collection

From rear rack bags to front loaders, the ATV collection has something for everyone – including a wide array of colors and prints.

Street Collection

If your dad is more into road travel, he has a ton of options. Like saddles bags for the bike or packs for the back, and even somewhere to safely store his helmet.

Moto Collection

For dads who are into kicking up the mud, the OGIO Moto Gear bags will give him everything he needs to pack up and ride – in style.

This Father’s Day, get the dad in your life something that fits his personality perfectly. Whether he likes to stay trim, has a need for speed or loves the green, OGIO can help you find the gift he didn’t even know he wanted. Visit us at OGIO.com to chat with a product specialist right now!

Chilly Treats Without the Unhealthy Sweets

 

Summer has arrived. The days are warm, the activities are ample and the times are good. However, with so much going on, even the busiest bees of the world can run out of energy. Next time you’re enjoying your evening on the back patio and your sweet tooth kicks in, turn to these alternative sweets and keep your body working at its full potential.

Get Your Fruit On

How do you like your fruit? Frozen? Grilled? Blended? The possibilities are endless. Take advantage of the natural sweetness found in fruit instead of turning to candy. Sugars such as the high fructose corn syrup in candy can drain you of energy, causing you to crash later. They alter your body’s capability to feel “full”, making it difficult to stop munching. In contrast, the sugar found in fruit contains vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to keep your body functioning. Here are some ideas on how to serve up your favorite fruit:

- Throw some pineapple on the grill. Don’t let grilled fruit intimidate you, it’s easy. Cut the pineapple into wedges and lightly brush them with oil, then place them on the grill. After about 6 minutes, take them off, and for an added kick, drizzle the wedges with some natural honey. Enjoy, and let this treat bring you to a summer state of mind.

- Blend it up. This option opens the door to your personal preferences because just about anything goes. A good place to start is with a banana, but even that is optional. Add about two cups of whatever frozen fruit you’d like. Next comes one cup of milk which can be substituted with almond milk, or even juice. Last but not least, add some yogurt to your concoction, whether it’s Greek, vanilla or low-fat, figure out what you like best. Blend it all together and you’ve got yourself something special.

- The easiest fruit treat that you’ve got to try is frozen grapes. Yes, it’s about as simple as it sounds. Remember to give the grapes a rinse, throw them in the freezer for about five hours, and snack away.

Spice Up Your Life

Need a post-dinner refreshment to get you ready for that sunset hike your friends have been talking about? Behold the underestimated secret that could perk you right out of that food coma – mint! Aside from countless other health benefits, mint is a natural stimulant that can relieve you of fatigue. Not only is it refreshing, but it can improve your oral health, clear your sinuses, reduce allergies, promote digestion and has even shown to aid in weight loss. A surprisingly wonderful summer treat that will leave you energized and refreshed is sweet mint water. Add a bundle of sweet mint to a pitcher, throw in some ice cubes, and let sit. Enjoy all the benefits that mint has to offer.

Sorbet for Days

Sorbet is the healthier version of that sugar-packed and hard-to-digest ice cream we fall victim to when the going gets tough. Turn to this delicious alternative, and our personal favorite — Lemonade Iced Tea Sorbet.

-Add 4 English Breakfast tea bags to 2 cups of boiling water in a large bowl and let it sit for about five minutes. Once done steeping, throw those tea bags out, add about ¾ cup of sugar and stir until it’s completely dissolved.

-Let this mixture cool completely.

-Stir in about ¾ cup of fresh lemon juice which equals about four lemons. Don’t forget to add about one cup of ice water here, too. This mixture should chill for about one hour.

-Throw the mixture into an ice-cream freezer, then let sit for about an hour or until firm.

-The best part is you can apply some of your newfound mint knowledge and toss a couple sprigs on your sweet treat.

Staying active means taking care of your body, and you can start by changing your summer treat of choice. When you’re ready to get out there and go, let OGIO help you every step of the way.

 

Planning the Ultimate Camping Trip

As the weather warms, the itch to camp is at an all-time high for most outdoor-loving folk. The key to a successful camping trip relies heavily on what happens before you even take off, and there’s no better time to start than now. Here are some suggestions on how to create the ultimate camping trip, and one you’ll never forget.

Your Destination Decision

The first step in planning your upcoming excursion is to figure out where you want to go. There are numerous options, so it’s important to discuss what you are looking to get out of this camping trip.

If you just want to enjoy a weekend of relaxation and time spent with family, it’s a good idea to narrow your search to camp sites that offer amenities such as grills, showers, and in some cases even Wi-Fi. On the other hand, if you’re looking to come out of this camping trip with a grizzly beard, layers of dirt caked onto your body and a stench that could turn away even the wildest of animals, then maybe a more secluded campsite would be beneficial. Whatever your final destination decision is, the webpage for each campsite will describe its environment and amenities. Print this off, refer to it often and bring a copy. This information will be key to all the following steps.

Campsite web pages also provide information on the availability of each site as well. Keep in mind that some sites are reserved months in advance.

Lists on Lists on Lists

For those free spirits out there who stray away from the life of lists, unfortunately it’s time to sacrifice your lifestyle choices for the betterment of your camping adventure. Don’t worry though, you will thank us in the end. These lists will be put to good use. In fact, a key to successful trips is to never throw away your old camping lists but rather, add to them as you learn what is helpful and what you may have forgotten.

To make life a little easier, Montgomery Parks has created this helpful list of essentials to help you check off what items you have and what you still need.

As for food, it’s a good idea to outline every meal planned each day. Create a list of ingredients required to make each dish. From there, have your travelmates sign up for what they are willing to bring. Another good idea is to make “foil dinners”, or meals where all the ingredients are wrapped in foil and the only step before eating is to cook it over a fire or on a grill. Any option where the cooking can be done before you ever leave on your trip is a good idea.

Don’t forget about the drinks, either! Water is essential on your adventure and hydration packs not only make traveling with water a breeze, but help you avoid dehydration. No one can “rough it” without at least bringing a quality cooler to keep your spoilable stuff and tasty beverages refrigerated.

Pack It Up

Start packing as soon as you can. Even if the details of your trip are hazy, begin with the essentials and throw them in a plastic bin so all of your items are in the same place. This reduces the chances of you having to scavenge around your house every time you decide to go camping, and provides some leeway for last-minute trips.

After having a general idea of how much food you will bring and the room required for all of your camping items, it’s time to choose a bag that will work best to fit the needs of your camping experience.

When packing, remember the “last in, first out” rule. It’s a good idea to also pack a trash bag to stow all of your dirty clothes and equipment.

Whether you’re an extreme camper and this is not your first rodeo, or you’re planning your first big trip, OGIO has the equipment to make your camping   adventure the best that it can be. Let us help you experience the great outdoors exactly the way you were meant to.

 

Support Veterans with the Stars & Stripes Collection

 

The last Monday in May is observed by every state as Memorial Day, a day of remembrance to honor those who gave their lives in service to the United States of America. While the exact location and date of its origin are unclear, Memorial Day began because of the Civil War and citizens’ desire to honor the dead.

This year, OGIO has partnered with NS2 Serves, “a program designed to train, prepare and employ recent veterans who are transitioning from a military career into a civilian career,” in order to give back to the veteran community. OGIO has developed the limited edition Stars & Stripes Collection; a portion of the proceeds from this collection is donated to veteran support and development charities. The collection features an antique flag pattern and is available for several golf bags and golf accessories.

About NS2 Serves

Established by SAP National Security Services, Inc. (SAP NS2™), NS2 Serves is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that aims to give back to the community by training and preparing veterans to reenter the workforce. This young program kicked off in March 2014, and has continued to broaden its program to fit veteran needs. NS2 Serves offers training courses in IT solutions that support national security of the United States, and employment assistance to place veterans in high-tech careers. Courses are open to post-9/11 veterans and reservists, as well as Gold Star spouses that meet certain criteria. Ideally, a potential trainee will have been out of the service for less than 3 years, and have a minimum of a high school diploma or GED.

An Overview of the Collection

The Stars & Stripes Collection includes the Machu Cart Bag, Vapor Stand Bag, Straight Jacket Travel Bag, Layover Travel Bag, and Shoester Golf Shoe Bag.

Machu Cart Bag

Keep your clubs organized and your golf balls at the ready with the Machu Cart Bag. Featuring the double barrel cart top, you can customize the club organization to your preference. Nine pockets – including a weather-resistant, fleece lined valuables pocket – guard your belongings from harm while you focus on the green, and the zipperless ball pocket allows you to reach in easily for more golf balls (if you happen to shank them into the trees).

Vapor Stand Bag

Simplify your club sorting style with the Vapor Stand Bag. Featuring OGIO’s propriety WoodeLite Top, your clubs are separated into seven designated sections and a special oversized putter pit. Seven zippered pockets organize your golf accessories, and a fleece lined valuables pocket keeps gadget from getting scratched up.

Straight Jacket Travel Bag

You’re golf clubs stay in check when you carry them in the Straight Jacket Travel Bag. Featuring a fully padded top and a large main compartment that fits tour bags and stand bags, the Straight Jacket Travel Bag gives you much needed peace of mind when you have travel with your clubs. Outer compartments also store shoes and accessories.

Layover Travel Bag

The perfect carry-on size, OGIO’s Layover Travel Bag ensures you have all the essentials you need. Interior mesh divider separates your belongings for easy organization, and the internal straps keep everything in place during transit. The two large external pockets are ideal for storing belongings you need access to during your flight or while traversing the airport.

Shoester Golf Shoe Bag

Sleek and functional, the Shoester Golf Shoe Bag features a carbon-based, anti-microbial interior that’s easy to wipe clean. The ventilated, main compartment keeps shoes separate with a divider, so they don’t rub against each other. The external zipper pocket is perfect for extra laces, gloves and accessories.

Healthier Memorial Day Dishes

 

Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner, and we know you’re ready to gather up your friends and family and celebrate with a good ol’ fashion cookout! But sacrificing your healthy lifestyle – and right before swimsuit season – makes you inwardly cringe. Have no fear! OGIO has some great healthy swaps for your Memorial Day weekend gathering.

Try some of the following healthy cookout recipes and other good-for-you suggestions.

Appetizer

Deviled eggs are a classic finger food for many parties, but can be chocked full of fat. The key to lightening up your deviled eggs recipe is to remove the mayonnaise. Luckily, this can be replaced by Greek yogurt – a creamy, healthier, protein-filled substitute.

Here is a healthier – but still yummy – version:

Ingredients:

– 6 hard-boiled eggs

– 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt

– 1 ½ tablespoons dill pickle relish or chopped dill pickle

– 2 tsp Dijon mustard

– 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

– Salt and pepper to taste

– Paprika as garnish

 

Steps:

– Hard boil your eggs by placing them in a pot, adding enough water to cover, and putting on high heat. Cover and bring to a boil. Once they have reached a boil, turn the heat off and allow them to sit – still covered – for 12 minutes.

– Rinse your eggs with cold water and let them cool down before peeling (you can also put them in an ice bath).

– Peel the eggs and cut them lengthwise.

– Place yolks in a separate bowl, and mix in all other ingredients (except paprika). You can use a blender to make the mixture smoother.

– Spoon mixture into the empty egg whites, and sprinkle with paprika.

 

Main Dish

Choosing a healthy main dish for your cookout festivities is easier than you think! You don’t have to avoid beef dishes completely, but choose beef that is leaner or mix lean ground beef with other proteins such as ground turkey or chicken. Grilled chicken breast is a tasty addition to any grill; you can eat it plain or throw it on a whole grain bun as a chicken sandwich. And seafood is a great low-calorie entrée that is easy to grill up.

Easy Grilled Shrimp Skewers

Thread shrimp onto barbecue skewers; brush shrimp with olive oil, and sprinkle with the seasoning of your choice. Cook for two minutes on each side, and then drizzle with fresh squeezed lemon juice as a final step.

 

Sweet Treats

Apple pie is a common American cookout dessert, but can be filled with extra sugar and processed white flour.

Try this sugar-free, whole wheat apple pie recipe:

Ingredients:

– Healthier Whole Wheat Pie Crust

– 10 cups Granny Smith apples (peeled and thinly sliced)

– 1 tablespoon lemon juice

– 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

– 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

– 1/4 teaspoon salt

– 1 ½ tablespoon stevia

– 2 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour

– 1 egg white

 

Steps:

– Mix cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and stevia in a small bowl.

– Toss sliced apples and lemon juice together. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and stevia mixture, and mix carefully.

– Place 6 cups of the apple mixture in a large Dutch oven, and cook over medium heat until tender (about 10 minutes).

– Remove from heat, and stir in the remaining apples. Stir in the whole wheat pastry flour.

– Let cool for 30 minutes.

– Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

– Add apples to bottom pie crust, and cover with top crust. Brush the top lightly with egg white and sprinkle with cinnamon.

– Bake for 40 minutes, or until browned, and let cool 20 minutes before slicing.

 

Looking for a simpler way to soothe your sweet tooth? Brush pineapple wedges with a honey, lemon juice and black pepper glaze, and grill it up!

Cookouts are a great way to celebrate this special day of remembrance, but loading up on unhealthy dishes might put a damper on your fit lifestyle – and your festivities. Try any of these healthier recipes and fully enjoy yourself at your Memorial Day cookout! Looking to further celebrate Memorial Day? Check out the limited edition Stars & Stripes Collection. Part of the proceeds from this collection will be donated to veteran support and development charities.

Motocross Guide for Beginners

Got a kid considering jumping on a bike and hitting the dirt track? Maybe you’re looking into racing yourself. Either way, Motocross is an awesome sport for all ages. As team sponsors of a few professional motocross guys, at OGIO we get geared up each time we have a chance to educate others on how to start.

This OGIO Motocross Guide for Beginners covers the basics, from finding a bike, to getting the right gear, to prepping for your first race.

 

Finding a Dirt Bike

We’ve considered renaming this section to “Finding a Dealer” because ultimately, that part matters the most. It’s important to find a dealer whose owners and employees either currently race or have in the past. They will have intimate knowledge on how a bike should feel, what size you need, and what kind of power you can handle. They’ll understand if you show up to get parts for your bike without an appointment. Start searching online, and don’t be shy about asking them for racing experience.

Quick Tips for Choosing a Bike:

- Let the dealer know you are going to be mainly riding tracks
- Start with a bike that lets you put both feet on the ground
- Be honest about how heavy of a bike you’re able to keep control of
- Choose something “crashable” – meaning it won’t be so expensive to fix
- Look for “low mechanic maintenance” machines like a two-stroke bike that you can learn to work on
- Start with lower power bikes and graduate your way up

 

Getting the Gear

There are two groups of gear: safety and handy. While we cover both, safety comes first – and then the handy stuff.

Safety Gear:

Helmet – Look for helmets with a certified safety rating.  Make sure it’s snug but not uncomfortable, and always keep the strap tight enough that it won’t slip off should you crash.

Goggles – Choose ones that have a thicker padding around the inside, as they’ll offer more comfort and grip.

Padding – knee pads, elbow pads and body armor. They are all for your protection during a crash, but also for objects getting kicked up by the rider in front of you.

Clothing – Long sleeves, made of sturdy material. You’ll eventually want to get racing pants, as most knee pads are designed to go inside them.

Boots – Boots must at least cover the ankle. Get a sturdy pair, break them and they’ll last a long time. When buying for kids, buy a little bit bigger so they have room to grow.

Handy Gear:

Storage Bags – Goggles and helmets are expensive. Keep them in top condition with the OGIO MX Goggle Box or combine them together with the ATS Gear Case.

Hydration Packs – When you’re out there practicing, you don’t want to stop for a drink. Carry a light-weight hydration pack from OGIO to stay cool.

Travel Bags – Sometimes you have to travel to get to a track. Pack it in one with a travel bag from OGIO.

Tool Case – Stay on the go with the OGIO MX Flight Vest. Carry your tools, hydration pack, goggles, and more with this light-weight vest.

 

Time to Practice

Getting used to your bike and the way it handles is the first step to racing on the track. Go out to different terrains, try out different speeds. Get used to the way your brakes, clutch and other aspects of your bike work. Once you gain confidence, start with tricks like wheelies and small jumps. Practice tight turns, because how you handle corners is going to impact your race time. Learning proper body positioning like keeping your elbows up will make a huge difference.

And never forget the buddy system. Motocross is a dangerous sport. If you go out riding by yourself and end up getting hurt, no one will be there to help you. Plus, having someone to race with will push you to do better, go faster and overall improve your skill.

Celebrate Golf Day with OGIO Golf Gear

Golf Day is April 10 and OGIO is celebrating with a spring golf collection! We make updates to our golf gear throughout the year to better serve the needs of golfers everywhere. We’ve added some stellar features and a variety of golf apparel, so take a look – and get started on finding the best golf gear for your game.

 

Shirts

Rocker Polo

Rocker Polo

Rocker Polo

Simple and classic, the Rocker Polo is perfect for every type of golfer. From the modern minimalist to the country club cohort, the sleek design and wide selection of colors allows you to customize this golf polo to your liking. Constructed with comfort and durability in mind, the Rocker Polo is made of easy-to-care-for, moisture wicking polyester that keeps you cool and dry on and off the green.

Magnaflux Polo

Magnaflux Polo

Magnaflux Polo

When compared to the Rocker Polo, the Magnaflux Polo has many of the same sought-after features. Moisture-wicking polyester, infused with free motion stretch allows for a powerful, unrestricted swing. However, while the Rocker Polo is simple and classic, the Magnaflux Polo is flashy. Showing off an asymmetric stripe design, the Magnaflux Polo is great for those seeking a classic golf polo with an edgy twist. It comes in classic color themes like navy blue, chrome and flame.

 

Pants

Knockdown Golf Pant

Knockdown Pant

Knockdown Pant

Stay cool and comfortable whether you’re walking the course or driving the cart in the OGIO Knockdown Pant. Comfortable enough for everyday wear, these breathable, lightweight pants keep you unrestricted and dry. Constructed with stretchy, lightweight twill, the Knockdown Pant provides full range of motion. Plus, they’re easy to care for, meaning you won’t waste time on wash instructions. Available in a range of classic colors, as well as electric neon green.

 

Shoe

Sport Spiked Golf Shoe

Sport Spiked Shoe

Sport Spiked Shoe

Bold design and breathable mesh meet in the Sport Spiked Golf Shoe. Built to embody the endurance of OGIO Athletic Gear, the Sport Spiked Golf Shoe is crafted from half leather, half breathable mesh. To ensure ultimate stability throughout your swing, the Sport Spiked Golf Shoe design incorporates an X-Wrap upper design, lateral torsion control system and Synkfit comfort system. The X-Wrap is an internal tension band that wraps over the top and around the heel to give maximum – yet flexible – support. The Synkfit comfort system includes a memory foam insole that provides custom comfort every time, and a cradle heel stabilizer that minimizes lateral movement during your swing. Available in three color combinations.

 

Bags

Chamber Golf Cart Bag

Chamber Cart Bag

Chamber Cart Bag

Keep your clubs safe and silent with the Chamber Cart Bag. Featuring the revolutionary Silencer club protection membrane, this bag locks your club in place so you don’t have to worry about them clanging together whether you’re walking the course or strapping the bag onto your cart. Not only does it decrease noise, it also decreases the chance of damaging your valuable clubs. The Chamber Cart Bag is also equipped with 10 pockets – 9 zippered. The zipper-less ball pocket allows you to easily access your golf balls – if you happen to lose a few in the forest or the pond. The spring system on the zipper-less ball pocket lets you reach in, and get your golf ball easily, without clumsy fumbling. Available in several color combinations.

We’ve only called out a few of our favorite spring golf features. Check out the rest of the OGIO Golf Collection and find a product that suits your needs.

OGIO Hearts American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month and is dedicated to bringing awareness to heart disease and other heart ailments, such as strokes and heart attacks. As February comes to an end, it’s important to realize that heart disease affects Americans year round.  Heart disease causes 1 in 4 deaths every year, and is the number one cause of death in the United States for both men and women. The OGIO community wants to raise awareness this month – and every month – to make a difference in the heart of the community.

What is Heart Disease?

There are a variety of conditions that fall under the term heart disease. This includes blood vessel diseases, heart defects, heart valve problems, and arrhythmias. Heart disease includes numerous problems, many of which are related to plaque buildup in arteries. Plaque buildup narrows the arteries, making blood flow difficult. If a clot forms and stops the blood flow, this can result in a stroke or heart attack.

Other Types of Heart Disease

1. Heart valve problems:

Stenosis: Heart valve doesn’t open enough, affecting blood flow
Regurgitation: Heart valve doesn’t close correctly and blood leaks through
Mitral valve prolapse: Valve leaflets bulge back into the upper chamber of the heart.

2. Heart failure:

The heart doesn’t pump blood as it should and the body’s need for oxygen and blood isn’t being fulfilled.

3. Arrhythmia:

An abnormal rhythm of the heart that can affect how efficiently the heart works.

Bradycardia: The heart beats less than 60 beats per minute; too slow
Tachycardia: The heart beats more than 100 beats per minute; too fast

Prevent Heart Disease

Avoid heart problems by adding healthy habits to your everyday life. Follow some of these heart healthy habits to prevent heart disease and be the cure.

1. Exercise for 30 minutes daily
2. Stay away from tobacco products – especially smoking
3. Follow a heart-healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains and limit certain fats – avoid trans fat altogether
4. Maintain a healthy weight
5. Get plenty of sleep – seven to nine hours of quality sleep is ideal for most adults
6. Make regular visits to the doctor for health screenings

Maintaining a healthy heart lifestyle is important to upholding your health for years to come. Heart disease can be prevented when people make healthy choices and by bringing awareness to heart disease, we can positively affect our communities and ourselves. Reach out in your community and start encouraging friends and family to make changes toward a healthier heart.

 

Golfer’s Guide to PGA Events

The 2015 PGA Championship will take place from August 10 to 16, 2015 and will be played at Whistling Straits Golf Course in Kohler, Wisconsin. The PGA Championship has a unique history among the four major tournaments as it is reserved almost exclusively for the touring professionals. The U.S. Open and British Open championships do allow for participation by amateurs, while the PGA Championship almost completely excludes amateur participation.

History of the PGA Championship

The PGA Championship was first played in 1916 as a match play format that lasted until 1958, when it was changed to the stroke play format that we know today. The Wanamaker Trophy that is awarded to the PGA Championship winner today is a replica of the original trophy that was donated by department store tycoon Rodmann Wanamaker when the tournament first began.

When the PGA Championship was first created, it was designed to be a showcase for the best professional golfers in the world. At that time, professional golf was not held in high esteem by the public because it was seen as an elitist game that was run by wealthy individuals. The PGA Championship looked to elevate the profile of professional golf by giving it an overall champion.

Initially, the PGA Championship was played in the early summer months of May and June. Over time, the PGA Championship was moved to August to stand as the last major championship of the season. Despite attempts to move the PGA Championship into a more prominent place on the PGA schedule, the PGA Tour has worked hard to try and bolster the status of the PGA Championship and bring it to a status that is equal to the other three major championships.

Leading Up To the Annual PGA Championship

The PGA Championship is the last of the four major PGA Tour tournaments played from April to August of each year. The winners of each of the other three majors (the Masters, U.S. Open, and British Open) are automatically invited to play in the annual PGA Championship.

Qualifying For the PGA Championship

The PGA Championship is one of the few PGA Tour events that is closed to amateurs. To qualify for the PGA Championship, you must have:

  • Won one or more of the previous five Masters, U.S. Open, and British Open championships.
  • Won at least one PGA Championship.
  • Won the most recent Senior PGA Championship.
  • Been in the top 70 on the official PGA Tour money list.
  • Placed in the top 15 in the previous PGA Championship.
  • Won a PGA sponsored event that was not a pro-am format.
  • Been a member of the previous Ryder Cup team and in the top 100 on the PGA Tour money list.

There are 156 spots available for each PGA Championship every year and they are all filled with card-carrying PGA Tour professionals. If a member of the first 70 players on the money list cannot play in the PGA Championship, then their place is awarded to the 71st player, and so on until the field is complete.

About Whistling Straits

Whistling Straits maintains the PGA Championship’s reputation for being played primarily in the eastern part of the United States. It is a relatively new golf course and was first opened in 1998, but this will already be its third PGA Championship.

Par for Whistling Straits is 72, but it is an incredibly long 7,790 yards for the professionals. It is a course that was designed by Pete Dye and it is scheduled to host the Ryder Cup in 2020.

Sizing Up The Field

The two prior PGA Championship winners at Whistling Straits were Vijay Singh and Martin Kaymer. But there is a youth movement on in the PGA that brings many of the younger players to the forefront.

Names such as Ricky Fowler and Adam Scott are high on the list of those getting the best odds. But the name that is expected to lift the Wanamaker Trophy on August 16, 2015 is the hugely popular Rory McIlroy.

As the weather warms up, and golfer’s everywhere start itching to get on the green, it’s time to revamp your golf gear. Prepare to get back on the course by shopping OGIO golf gear. Even if you don’t play like a professional, you can look like one when you shop OGIO.

High Hopes for Monumental Motos in 2015

This year stands to be another action-packed year of bar-to-bar racing from the start of Supercross’ 17 rounds to the much-anticipated outdoor Lucas Oil Motocross Championship. With revered veteran racer James Stewart out for the sum of the Supercross season and the first ten rounds of the Motocross Championship due to testing positive for amphetamines at 2014’s Seattle Supercross, the door is wide open for a new generation of talent to shine.

2015 Supercross Season

Supercross fans eagerly awaited Anaheim 1’s first gate drop in another season defined by stacked classes and strong factory teams. The 450 class championship is up for grabs with four-time title winner and reigning champ, Ryan Villipoto, opting to race a European series for Monster Energy Kawasaki. Many are looking to talented neophytes Cole Seely and Jason Anderson to make waves in the ranks after favorite 450 newcomer Dean Wilson was sidelined due to a knee injury early in the season.

In addition to rookies in the spotlight, high expectations have been placed on esteemed riders who have yet to see a 450 title, including Trey Canard, Justin Barcia and Ken Roczen. Nobody is fast to count out past winners Chad Reed and Ryan Dungey, but if the aging Reed is to see another title before retirement, he had better make this his year before Lites class fresh faces make the move up to the 450 class.

In the West Coast portion of the series, Lites racers Cooper Webb, Zach Osborne and Arenacross vet Tyler Bowers are the ones to watch. East Coast riders gear up for their debut on Valentine’s Day when the series makes a stop in Arlington, Texas. Reigning East champ Justin Bogle and counterpart Jeremy Martin are anticipated to put up a good fight while Martin Davalos – in his announced final Lites season – is expected to atone for the dislocated ankle and shattered scaphoid that took him out of the running for last year’s East Coast crown.

Las Vegas Shootout

On May 2, Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium is the setting for the crowning of a new Supercross champ for the first time in four years, given Villipoto’s SX sabbatical. The Lites classes are slated to serve up excitement given the raw aptitude in each class meeting up in the much-anticipated shootout when the top talent from both coasts have throttles pinned for more at stake than Lites class bragging rights.

Familiar Territory for Motocross Championship

Two weeks separate Supercross and outdoor pro racing. The 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship returns to the same 12 tracks in a slightly altered order this year. May 16 marks the first gate drop at Hangtown in Sacramento, California. Top racers in the world will battle heat, mud and deep ruts all across the country with the final stop in Crawfordsville, Indiana at the Ironman National. Unadilla promises to be action-packed on August 8 as young talents fresh from Loretta’s try their hands among the pro ranks. Unadilla is also the round Stewart is eligible to return to racing, and fans hope to see number seven out there after his unfortunate suspension.

Barring injury of favored racers, moto enthusiasts are certain to be on the edges of their seats as the fastest men on dirt bikes line up to prove their deep-seated drive to succeed among the finest factory-backed racers and privateers. Supercross and the Motocross Championship set the standard for elite racing, and 2015 showcases a continuation of the celebrated excellence among those racing on American soil. Check out OGIO’s moto gear whenever you need gear for the races.

Super Bowl Swaps: Healthy Super Bowl Party Snacks

The Super Bowl only comes once a year, which means some people use it as an excuse to eat whatever they want, even if it negatively impacts their fitness goals. People call it a “cheat day” and eat everything from fried chicken to chips and cheese dip. However, you can still attain your fitness goals and enjoy Super Bowl munching without ruining your healthy diet. In fact, your taste buds probably won’t notice a difference, and you won’t feel disappointed when you step on the scale at the end of the week. Try these 3 healthy snack suggestions from OGIO.

3 Healthy Super Bowl Party Snacks

From tasty chicken fingers to spicy dips, you don’t have to resort to sad vegetable trays at the grocery store to enjoy Super Bowl snack food. Substitute those zero-calorie foods for these tasty options.

Instead of fried chips, eat kale chips

Kale contains numerous vitamins and nutrients, and doesn’t leave you feeling greasy after eating it. To make two servings of kale chips, take about 10 to 12 leaves, toss them in a bowl with a tablespoon of olive oil, and add sea salt and black pepper to taste. Arrange the leaves on a baking sheet, and bake for 30 minutes or until they’re crisp. A 121-gram serving has 3.8 grams of protein and contains less than 120 calories and 8 grams of fat.

Instead of cheese dip, eat mango and red pepper salsa

Enjoy a tasty mango and red pepper salsa with your kale chips. Peel and dice two ripe mangoes, one red pepper, and half of a red onion. Add the ingredients to a bowl with three chopped tomatoes and three tablespoons of fresh lime juice and chopped cilantro. Add cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper to taste. Mix the ingredients together, and let the salsa sit overnight in your fridge. A 167-gram serving has 1.2 grams of protein and contains less than 70 calories and 1 gram of fat.

Instead of beef burgers, eat pork meatballs

Get your protein fix with a serving of meatballs. Combine two pounds of ground pork into a bowl with a large egg, a minced clove of garlic and a tablespoon each of black pepper, salt, parsley, paprika and mustard. Measure out level tablespoons of pork, and roll them into balls. Cook the meatballs at 400 degrees until they’re brown. A 177-gram serving has more than 40 grams of protein and contains less than 250 calories and 6 grams of fat.

Don’t feel excluded from the festivities when the Super Bowl invites start flowing in! With these healthy snack options, you can enjoy every aspect of the game and still stay on track toward your fitness goals.