Holiday Gift & Fitness Inspiration: From 2018 Into the New Year

Holiday Gift & Fitness Inspiration: From 2018 Into the New Year

2018 was a busy year for the Move Ya Brass Krewe. As usual, we Bounced, Hip Hopped, Twerked and Stretched our Brasses. We also ran in more races than ever, Moonlighted in Duncan Plaza and worked out New Orleans style to live brass bands.

We can't thank you enough for all your support and including us on your fitness journeys! 

As we look back at 2018, the MYB team is sharing our favorite accessories ideal for holiday gift giving, as well as personal accomplishments and goals to get us inspired as we head into the New Year.

Get Marathon Ready With MYB’s Thomas Nguyen

Get Marathon Ready With MYB’s Thomas Nguyen

As a type 2 diabetic, Move Ya Brass's Thomas Nguyen started running to get his health under control. He began participating in fundraisers for a nonprofit in New Orleans where he learned to love the sport and the competition.

Four years later, Nguyen is gearing up for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon, is Move Ya Brass's running captain, became a certified coach through Road Runners Club of America and partnered with fellow MYBer Wilfredo Aguirre to form Lempira Delta Running Consultants.

With his second marathon drawing near, Nguyen shared his thoughts on running 26.2 miles.

4 Reasons Runners Should Stretch Ya Brass With Stephani Perin in November

4 Reasons Runners Should Stretch Ya Brass With Stephani Perin in November

Starting November 7, Stretch Ya Brass is heading to Duncan Plaza weekly outdoor yoga sessions. Led by Stephani Perin—certified yoga instructor and personal trainer—the sessions will be held every Wednesday at 5:30 PM throughout the month.

Move Ya Brass talked with Perin about the benefits of yoga for runners and why they should add the practice to their workout regimens – starting with our all-levels Stretch Ya Brass series.

Resistance Training Made Easy With Shanda Domango

Resistance Training Made Easy With Shanda Domango

Resistance training. Strength training. Weight training. Whatever you want to call it, we've all heard it's a must add to our exercise programs — for weight loss, increasing muscle mass, heart health, reducing blood pressure — especially as we age. But the thought of walking into a gym surrounded by dumbbells and barbells and machines and overly fit people with bulging biceps can be intimidating. 

According to Move Ya Brass's group fitness instructor Shanda Domango it doesn't have to be. Resistance training is really just adding something a little extra to your workout. 

5 Reasons to Embrace Biking in New Orleans

5 Reasons to Embrace Biking in New Orleans

Biking is great exercise, good for your health, and can save you money when it comes to transportation. But biking in New Orleans can be a bit of a challenge, considering all the pot holes and traffic. Luckily, Bike Easy is around with a mission to make biking easy, safe, and fun for everyone throughout the city.  

Move Ya Brass talked with Bike Easy's community education manager Keith Holt, who shared the many ways biking in New Orleans is more ideal than one might expect.

Trail Running 101: Nature vs You

Trail Running 101: Nature vs You

Trail running is a good workout, creates community, and is fun. Not to mention most people can try it out without much preparation. However, there are a few things to consider before heading out to a trail. Move Ya Brass talked to a few experts to get the ins and outs of trail running.

Expert Tips for Running in the Heat

Expert Tips for Running in the Heat

It's summer. It's New Orleans. It's hot outside. But that doesn't mean you can't still run in the heat.

Of course, hydration, as well as planning for early mornings and later evenings (to avoid the hottest parts of the day) are important factors when participating in hot weather activities. But did you know gardening and chocolate milk can help as well?

Four experts weighed in on how to effectively run in the heat.

How to Stay Healthy While Indulging at Festivals

How to Stay Healthy While Indulging at Festivals

Jazz Fest may have just ended, but there's still plenty of festivaling to look forward to this summer. With that comes lots of food and drink, which means your healthy lifestyle could take a hit.

We reached out to MYB Krewe members on social media for their thoughts on staying healthy –  if that's even a priority – during festival season. Dietician Lisa Littrell also gave some practical advice for every level of fesitvalgoer.