I honestly don’t even know where to begin! FitBloggin’ was amazing and Roni did SUCH a great job putting the whole event together. I walked away feeling so inspired, energized, and excited to be a part of the healthy living blogging world! I have so much to share, so I’m going to break a lot of it up over the course of the week.
In case you’re not familiar, FitBloggin’ is a conference for health and fitness bloggers held in Baltimore, MD that has hundreds of attendees. The conference is two full days of informational sessions, as well as networking and fitness activities. There was everything from a zumba and pilates classes, to sessions on intuitive eating and branding yourself, to sponsored receptions. I saw a lot of people I had previously met at the Healthy Living Summit back in August 2010 in Chicago, but met SO MANY new people and it was awesome.
For my first FitBloggin’ recap, I’m going to share a few of my favorite things.
My favorite swag item.
You all know I love free stuff, and there was A LOT of it. I seriously walked away with three times as much as I came with, and I’ll do a full post on that later this week. But, hands down, my favorite item was the New Balance Easy Tones!
These are the new generation of shape up shoes where you work your core when you wear them, but they don’t look like orthotics with those really thick soles like a lot of them do. The sole of the shoe has a very subtle curve so you can’t tell they are shape ups unless you’re wearing them, but they’re just as effective.
The idea is you engage your core to stay balanced while you wear them, so you work your body a lot more than walking around in flat shoes. I haven’t worn them much yet but I’ll let you know how they go, and I just LOVE the colors.
My favorite session.
This is a tough one. There were A LOT of really great sessions and I learned a lot throughout the conference. My favorite session though was probably the keynote panel called Blogging From Hobby to Career? The speakers were Andrea Metcalf, Karla Walsh, Kelly Olexa, and Liz Neporent, and the session was moderated by Carla Birnberg aka Mizfit. Please excuse this crappy photo but it’s all I got because I was soaking in all the information and energy!
This one was my favorite because it got me really excited about being part of the blogging world. It’s such a new, cutting edge field and is just now gaining credibility and recognition as a true field for a career to stem from. The women on stage are all bloggers among other things in the healthy living/fitness world, and the energy and enthusiasm coming from the panel was contagious. You can find the liveblog (play by play) of the session here, as well as more information on the speakers.
My favorite blogger group shot?
Courtney (photo credit to her!), Jaclyn, Brittany, Gracie, Gabriella, Moi, Theodora, Nicole.
My favorite learned tip?
Two answers here. Andrea Metcalf told me the best tip for any runner is to walk around on your heels after a run. I’d never heard this or done it before, and feels awesome after a run! It stretches out your calves, hamstrings, and the entire back of your legs, plus it prevents injury. Win-win.
Second, also courtesy of Andrea Metcalf, if you’re taking a photo with one or two other people, you know how the person in the middle tends to the look the widest, for lack of a better word, because the middle person is facing straight towards the camera and the people on the side are tilted a bit? Her tip is to turn your body to the side like you’re on the edge, and then square your shoulders back so you’re shoulders are facing forward. This tip in action:
Elizabeth, Me, and Jen. I feel like I look really thin in that photo and I should have had her take a straight on shot to show the difference!
My favorite picture of me being my weird self?
Me and Jen, THE priorfat girl. In case you couldn’t guess it, she rocks. And I’m sure you’re probably already reading her blog, but if you’re not, go check it out. She’s extremely inspirational and very real with her writing. We got to spend a lot of time together this weekend and she was awesome!
So that’s it for favorites, but I will also say that it went by SO FAST. I couldn’t believe the conference was already over on Saturday evening, and was really glad I decided to stay Saturday night too so that I could ease myself back into real life. After a late night out with some awesome bloggers, I went out for a 4 mile run around Baltimore, which was a great way to end my time in Baltimore.
So tell me… If you were at FitBloggin’, what was your favorite part of the conference? If you weren’t there, what was your favorite part of your weekend?