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Trav­el­ing can fraz­zle your brain. Be­tween try­ing to re­mem­ber if you locked up the house or put your ID back into your wal­let, think­ing about per­sonal safety in air­port park­ing lots is the last thing on most peo­ple’s minds. How­ever, poorly lit park­ing garages, arms full of lug­gage, con­fus­ing park­ing signs, for­get­ting where you parked and keys buried in the bot­tom of an overflowing purse can make peo­ple easy tar­gets for preda­tors. To help peo­ple stay safe while trav­el­ing, Krav Maga World­wide, the in­dus­try leader in self-de­fense and fit­ness, has put to­gether a list of per­sonal safety tips to keep in mind when at the air­port, train sta­tion or in an un­fa­mil­iar city.

Founded in 1997, Krav Maga World­wide trains and cer­ti­fies in­struc­tors and li­censes over 150 au­tho­rized Krav Maga World­wide train­ing cen­ters in the United States, Canada, Ja­pan, Mex­ico, South Amer­ica, and Europe, as well as over 800 law en­force­ment agen­cies and mil­i­tary units. They of­fer the high­est cal­iber of in­struc­tion to thou­sands of peo­ple, sup­port­ing the com­pany’s core com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing and sav­ing lives. The group con­tin­ues to de­velop, pro­mote and im­ple­ment self-de­fense and fit­ness pro­grams.

Stay aware of your sur­round­ings by scan­ning your en­vi­ron­ment.

No mat­ter how busy you are, do not al­low your mind to wan­der. It might seem im­por­tant in the mo­ment to be mak­ing a to-do list in your head, but if you are wor­ry­ing about what you need to do when you get home you might not no­tice some­one fol­low­ing you to your ve­hi­cle, read­ing your email over your shoul­der or slid­ing a hand into your purse.

Park in well lit ar­eas.

If you are rent­ing a car while trav­el­ing, when you park - avoid spots next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with tinted win­dows. You want to keep your car and your­self as vis­i­ble to as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble and as such you should also avoid park­ing next to tall shrubs or plants that could block views of your ve­hi­cle.

Don't wear your purse or bag so that the strap crosses your body.

Wear­ing a purse strap across your body makes you more con­nected to your bag. If some­one tries to steal your purse, you will be pulled with the strap. You can be­come un­bal­anced and put into a vul­ner­a­ble po­si­tion or you could end up in a phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tion with the as­sailant. If your purse is draped on one shoul­der you can eas­ily let go of it.

Dress ca­su­ally and com­fort­ably.

Dur­ing tran­sit is not the time to make a fash­ion state­ment. It is bet­ter to leave the high heels and flashy state­ment mak­ing pieces at home or in your lug­gage un­til you ar­rive at your des­ti­na­tion. Jeans and sneak­ers will help you blend in and if needed en­able you to make a quick get­away. Also, avoid wear­ing large and ex­pen­sive look­ing jew­elry that can draw ad­di­tional at­ten­tion to you.

Al­ways keep one arm and hand free of lug­gage and other gear.

Many peo­ple travel with mul­ti­ple bags, purses, lap top cases and other accessories and gear. But, if your arms and hands are tied up with bags you have no means of de­fend­ing your­self from an at­tacker. Lug­gage that can stack to­gether se­curely and be pulled by one han­dle is a safer choice than wear­ing and car­ry­ing nu­mer­ous bags on your per­son.

For more tips on stay­ing safe while trav­el­ing, visit Krav Maga's site.

We love hav­ing a smoothie to jump start our day as well as to keep us full in a healthy way. We also wanted to know more about what makes smooth­ies such a great item to in­clude in our di­ets with Moll Breiner, Head of Mar­ket­ing at ALOHA and Amy Geant, a nu­tri­tion ex­pert. She shares how this well­ness trend has a num­ber of ben­e­fits, its abil­ity to boost en­ergy and more.

ATH­LEISURE MAG: Why are smooth­ies hav­ing such a mo­ment right now?

MOLL BREINER: We’ve seen the “well­ness trend” re­ally take off over the two years, and peo­ple are be­com­ing more mind­ful of what they are putting into their bod­ies. That said, we live in a world where ev­ery­one is con­stantly on-the-go and con­ve­nience is cru­cial. Smooth­ies of­fer us a way to pack tons of nu­tri­ents and vi­ta­mins into one por­ta­ble pack­age, which is a rare feat these days. Plus, they’re easy on the eyes - the In­sta­gram hash­tag #smooth­iebowl has nearly one mil­lion posts. Peo­ple want to eat a healthy, sat­is­fy­ing meal, but we also eat with our eyes and it’s im­por­tant for food to look as good as it tastes.

AM: What nu­tri­ents do smooth­ies pro­vide?

MB: Smooth­ies are a great way to in­cor­po­rate plant-based protein into your diet. Our finely-ground pow­der blends in seam­lessly, and with fla­vors like vanilla, choco­late, ba­nana and mixed berry, it adds fla­vor and rich­ness. Our unique blend of pump­kin seeds, hemp seeds and pea protein is specif­i­cally de­signed to keep you feel­ing sat­is­fied and en­er­gized.

Hemp seeds are one of the rare com­plete source of protein and are rich in Omega-3, 6 and 9, which are all nec­es­sary for op­ti­mal brain func­tion.

Pump­kin seeds are an ex­cel­lent source of protein, healthy fats, and fiber. These tiny seeds con­tain man­ganese, mag­ne­sium, phos­pho­rus, and zinc, a unique com­bi­na­tion that keeps you feel­ing full and en­er­gized for hours.

And, un­like its whey coun­ter­part, our plant-based protein is anti-in­flam­ma­tory and free of the most com­mon al­ler­gens (dairy, gluten, and soy), mak­ing it a per­fect op­tion for al­most ev­ery­one.

AM: What are 3 smoothie hacks to boost en­ergy?

MB: The rea­son we love smooth­ies so much is be­cause you can add al­most any­thing to them with­out al­ter­ing the fla­vor too dras­ti­cally. A few of our fa­vorite en­ergy-boost­ing ad­di­tions in­clude matcha pow­der, a finely ground pow­der of spe­cially grown and pro­cessed green tea that is packed with an­tiox­i­dants, vi­ta­mins, and detox­i­fy­ing prop­er­ties - plus, ½ tea­spoon packs as much caf­feine as one cup of cof­fee, with­out the jit­ters and even­tual en­ergy crash.

Maca pow­der is an­other one of our hacks - it has count­less health ben­e­fits - far too many to ex­plain in one para­graph, but we use it in our smooth­ies be­cause it’s known for in­creas­ing stamina and en­durance. It is also an abun­dant source of vi­ta­mins, min­er­als, en­zymes, 20 dif­fer­ent kinds of amino acids - al­most all of them, and anti ox­i­dants. Not to men­tion, it sta­bi­lizes your mood, clears your skin, and pre­vents dis­eases.

Our fa­vorite en­ergy hack, how­ever, is adding our Su­per­food Greens. Not only do they pro­vide 200% of your daily Vi­ta­min D re­quire­ment, they are packed with su­per­foods like spir­ulina, mush­rooms, and wheat­grass juice, giv­ing you a much needed nu­tri­ent boost.

AM: What are 3 se­cret smoothie in­gre­di­ents that boost nu­tri­ents in our smooth­ies?

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