Posts Tagged ‘fitness’
April 10, 2014
I have a distinct feeling that a few things about this morning are going to become a bit of a habit. Lets start with breakfast!
I hadn’t pulled any kind of gluten free or whole grain waffles out of the freezer lately, but for some reason they have been calling to me this week.
I feel satisfied and full enough after two, but could totally eat ten more if you’d let me!
Third, I have really been leaning on at-home Ballet Beautiful workouts to keep me in court shape over the past few weeks.
That’s right. A challenging workout you can do on the floor of your home, in your sweats and worn gym socks without judgement.
I wrote about the DVD series at the end of March and have turned to them when I am in a pinch, or to be honest… when I don’t feel like working out at all. Even a short twenty minute segments seem to do wonders!
And now I am leaving you realizing that I just gave away three of this week’s Friday Favorites. Ha! Stay tuned for more coming up tomorrow morning!
I’ll be sure to check in later this afternoon with a fun fashion post.
See ya then!
April 8, 2014
Good Morning! Today, I was up early enough to see the sunrise and it was kind of nice. Actually, it was really nice.
The reason wasn’t all that great… (getting our kitties to the vets for a dental cleaning), but regardless, it just reminded me that I need to make a point to enjoy the sight more often.
This morning, I also awoke sore after a great workout last night. Scott and I had plans for a nighttime gym date, which actually turned into a productive evening of grocery shopping and calling it a night early for once. Hopefully, this was just a preview of what the off-season will be like!
Late Night Gym Date
You know what is extra sad? Mostly due to our recent car situation, I haven’t been to the gym in quite some time and have relied on running outside and at-home workouts to stay in shape.
I left my membership card in the locker room on my last trip to the gym, and when I went to go ask for it, the date printed on it was 3/23. Wow. I couldn’t believe it had been that long since I got in a good gym workout.
Knowing this, I wanted to jump right back into it and hopped on the treadmill without any plans of a structured workout. I just wanted to run.
Well, what do you know… after a warm up, I created a goal of 5 miles and wanted to be able to share it with you guys. My hopes in this is to show you that longer distances can be attainable when you least expect them.
Fly Through 5 Miles Treadmill Workout
Before you get intimidated, don’t. If you have no interest in ever running past a mile, then this workout is probably not for you. If what is holding you back is that you think you won’t ever run past a mile, however, then maybe you could give one a go.
But please, please, only try for five if you have done at least three or four in the past. Here’s my go-to 5K Treadmill workout to help get you started!
As always, I recommend only selecting speeds (m.p.h.) that work best for you, which may be lower than mine.
(Although I encourage you to try the workouts I post, please note that they may not be right speeds or exercises for you. Also, please note my full disclaimer in the right sidebar!)
Since it had been a while since I have run hard on a treadmill, I did have to take a few rest moments where I split my legs on the sides and took some deep breaths, as well as a sip of water.
I honestly could have gone for another mile, but called it quits to knock out a quick series of dumbbell exercises instead. Over at the free weights station, I completed the following:
• 20 bicep curls (12.5 lbs) x 2
• 20 walking lunges with weights (15 lbs) x 2
• 12 dumbbell military press combo (12.5 lbs)
• 20 dumbbell side bends (20 lbs) x 2
• 20 chair leg raises x 2
Before heading downstairs, I knew I wanted to get in a good stretch and finally tried out the stretching bars I have been glancing at over the past year. Have you ever seen this contraption before?
Scott mentioned he used to stretch on something similar as part of his rehab after his shoulder surgery a few years ago.
It might look a bit intimidating, but the instructional pictures help guide you into exactly what to do. If you haven’t tried one out and have one accessible, I highly recommend it!
Both leaving hungry, we decided to grab dinner in the cafe that included two protein smoothies and a whole wheat chicken quesadilla to split.
(Guess who’s smoothie was green?)
We had to have something in our bellies before doing some damage at the grocery store…
I don’t usually prefer to workout at night, but I have to admit that after our trip to the gym, the grocery store, and a nice hot bath, I crawled into bed feeling quite content. I really enjoyed are late night gym sesh. Better late than never!
All right. It’s officially time to get the day started. I’m not sure what’s on today’s workout agenda, but I’ll be sure to share anything interesting.
Hope you have a great start to your Tuesday!
April 2, 2014
Good Afternoon! How’s the Hump Day goin for ya?
Mine’s been rockin’ thanks to a brand new upbeat playlist I have been listening to on repeat for a few days now.
(But we’ll get to that in just a minute!)
As promised earlier, here is a look into some more of my eats today…
Lunch came around 1 p.m. with a bright veggie salad!
Baby spinach, chopped cucumbers, red, yellow, and green peppers, tomatoes, and black olives drizzled in a white Pineapple balsamic vinegar.
I totally meant to add feta cheese, but forgot about it until I was almost done eating. Dang.
For some staying power, I also enjoyed a quinoa burger topped in salsa and shredded cheese.
(I remembered it this time! Yum.)
While cleaning up, I felt like the sunshine outside was calling to me, so I took Roadie for a twenty minute walk around the neighborhood. He loved it and even stopped to roll around in the grass for a bit!
It might not be bright and springy looking, but hey, grass is grass. He had a ball and I loved getting in some fresh air with him.
Spring 2014 Running + Workout Playlist
For those of you who are new to the blog, you should know that I am quite the music lover. Pretty much any genre, any decade, or anything I can dance or chill out to, I am totally about. I always stalk iTunes, local radio stations, and Pandora hits to bookmark songs and create new playlists to listen to.
Every season, I roll out a new batch of fun songs and create a workout and running playlist I continuously listen to. Because who doesn’t get pumped up to break a sweat with a fresh playlist to take to the gym?
Just in case you are like me and like to listen to new songs a few times before you buy them… go on an give ‘em a listen!
• Happy – Pharrell Williams
• Mmm Yeah – Austin Mahone ft. Pitbull
• Red Lights – Tiesto
• Sleeping With a Friend – Neon Trees
• The Man – Aloe Blacc
• Find You – Zedd ft. Matthew Koma & Miriam Bryant
• Pumpin Blood – NONONO
• Bounce (Radio Edit) – Calvin Harris ft. Kelis
• Rap God – Eminem
• Bangarang – Skrillex ft. Sirah
• Lovesick – Camryn
• Classic – MKTO
• Ain’t It Fun – Paramore
• John Doe – B.o.B ft. Priscilla
• Not a Bad Thing – Justin Timberlake
• Crazy Beautiful – Sydney Leigh
(a Detroit local we performed with at a game!)
• Wild Wild Love – Pitbull ft. G.R.L.
• All of Me (The Voice Performance) – Ray Boudreaux (<- obsessed)
Per usual, a slow jam to cool you down!
Previous Running + Workout Playlists
And a whole series of half marathon training playlists you can find on the Fitness page!
Hope you enjoyed this little nugget of workout inspiration. I better get going and on my way to get ready for practice. See you in the morning!
What is one workout song you have been loving lately?
Have a great rest of your Wednesday!
March 27, 2014
Today started on a much later note than I expected. We had a home game last night and with a couple of friends in town, our night turned into ending quite late. I guess that’s okay to do every once in a while!
On top of waking up tired, my body has also been a bit on the sore side. With practice coming up tonight and another home game tomorrow, I knew I didn’t want to do a crazy workout that would leave my legs weak, so I decided to try something new to get my blood movin’ this morning.
I hopped onto Amazon Prime and browsed their online workouts. I’m loving the service and free video streaming selection so far!
Thinking getting a good stretch in might be the best idea, I narrowed down my selection to Yoga. One of the first videos I stumbled upon was Jillian Michael’s Yoga Meltdown workout, so I decided to give it a go.
Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown Workout
This may come as a surprise to some of you, but I had never completed any one of Jillian Michaels’ workouts before. I keep hearing how awesome she is, and I know that yoga isn’t her specialty per se, but I figured the video would at least help me start my day off on the right note.
I actually completed this same workout a few days ago!
(Don’t mind the rolled up baggy sweat pants)
From what I have heard about her style of workouts, I expected her to be loud and motivating, rather than calm and quiet like most yoga instructors. That she was!
The music playing the background was upbeat, and she took her time explaining the exercises. She had two demonstrators doing the class at different levels, one beginner and one advanced, which made it easy to feel comfortable and challenged at the same time.
She even noted how she considers herself to still be a beginner at the practice, which made it feel less intimidating.
The hour long workout included two 30-minute classes and went from Level 1 to Level 2. I enjoyed the first one so much, that I just kept rolling on to the next and completed both levels each time.
I love taking yoga classes, but have to admit that I get discouraged whenever there is a headstand or advanced move option I have no kind of ability to complete. I know it takes practice and discipline to move through a lot of the movements in yoga, but every time I take a class I feel like I should be better at some of the balancing.
Practicing at home gave me the chance to go through motions and holds I have tried before and fallen over. I love the idea of popping in a DVD in the privacy of my home to gain more skills, without being that girl who falls over and knocks someone square in the face next to me during class.
It was great!
I also liked Jillian’s style of teaching. In this video, she demonstrated the exercises, then gave options of modifications or extra challenges.
Throughout them all, she included a lot of great information like what muscles we were currently working and why workouts like yoga are so great for incorporating stretching and flexibility into your fitness routine. I even got a little sweaty!
Wrapping up, I headed upstairs and quickly grabbed a big bowl of Blackberry Overnight Oats for breakfast before hitting the shower.
Now it’s time to start thinking about lunch. See you all in just a bit!