Posts Tagged ‘fitness’
October 17, 2014
Hi friends, it’s Friday… woot!
It’s also my favorite time of the week where I share my random finds with you and display them in a traditional bullet point fashion. (Because I am a blogger and that’s what we do.)
As always, I invite you all to play along in the comments section by sharing your favorite things about the week, and also utilize the link up tool by clicking the blue button at the bottom to link up your #FFavorites posts!
Now onto this week’s list of Friday Favorites! Ready? Go.
Friday Favorites #59: Week of 10/17
• bareMinerals Bronzer
I have been using bareMinerals makeup for years. I turned to MAC bronzers in my dancing days, but I finally ran out of my stash of them last week.
Instead of replacing my MAC compact, I made a trip to Ulta and gave the bareMinerals READY bronzer in The Skinny Dip a try.
I have been using it all week and love it!
• BODYPOP Royal Peplum Jacket
I had the pleasure of meeting Cassey over the summer at the IDEA World Fitness Convention and think she’s incredibly talented. Her line is so cute!
And just in case any of you are wondering, she is also super sweet.
She gifted me this Royal Peplum Jacket before I left her booth and I have been all about wearing it lately.
The peplum waist is so unique and adorable!
Speaking of cute jackets and long sleeves, I can’t get enough of the ones that have thumbholes.
(BODYPOP Royal Peplum Jacket shown above)
I hate when my sleeves rise up, especially when it happens while running.
Thumbholes for the win, ya’ll!
• fall foliage
In reference to the photos above, how gorgeous are the red, orange and yellow leaves on the ground?
And these trees in our backyard?
The sight of fall foliage will never, ever get old. It’s the best! <3
• cider mill visit with Dad
I also treasure this time of year because it’s the season of cider mills.
My dad is in Michigan to help out at my grandmother’s house for a few weeks and stopped by our house on Monday before his drive up north.
A visit from Dad always equals a visit to the cider mill if it’s open!
We made sure to get a couple of hot ciders, a small bag of cider mill donuts, and left with two of their best apple products.
• unique autumn vegetables
(I guess this is the Friday Favorites of segues to the next bullet point?)
After stocking up at the cider mill, we stopped by a farmer’s market on the way home and stumbled upon some funny (to me) looking vegetables.
(mini pumpkin and mini gourds)
I don’t know why they make me smile, but they do. So interesting looking!
• curling wands
I feel like my hair is finally starting to grow. Woo hoo!
It’s out of the awkward length and is long enough to curl. To celebrate, I have been putting my straightener aside and turning to my curling wands instead over the last couple of weeks.
If the thought of using a curling wand intimidates you, don’t let it. I shared a tutorial on how I curl my hair last year and – believe me – if I can train myself to do it, so can you!
• foam rolling
Ahh, foam rollers! I don’t even hate to love them anymore. With all of my training and running lately, I love to love them.
I actually look forward to the time of night where I take a good ten minutes to roll out my sore muscles while I watch television.
I bought the orange one at DICK’s when I was training for my first half over two years ago. I believe the current version they sell of it is purple, but there are tons of similar foam rollers to choose from.
It was the best $30 investment ever!
I recently picked this Thera-roll 3.5″ firm roller (also from DICK’s) up, and it has been amazing to work out tightness in my feet and neck.
If you still have yet to try foam rolling, I strongly urge you to give it a try.
Even just a few minutes a day does a world of difference for me!
• YOU GUYS!
Ever since I posted this Letter of Hope, I have received over a handful of contributions to my fundraising page for the Hope Water Project… from YOU GUYS! Readers of this blog that I’ve never even met.
I am almost half way to my goal and plan to contribute myself as a final push over the weekend. You really blow my mind in the best way, ya’ll.
Thank you so much for your kind efforts and generosity! <3
• favorite HWG posts
Have a wonderful weekend! xo
*Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, and merely features items I genuinely want to share with you. Please understand, however, that affiliate links may pop up on occasion. I always, always appreciate your support!
October 15, 2014
Thank you all for your warm congratulations and thoughtful comments on today’s post! I am incredibly anxious to see how the next couple of months unfold and where I end up getting into the fitness industry again.
Also, I apologize for a delay in getting back to some of your emails. I have tried my best to keep up with everything, but have definitely slacked in my responses over the last week or so. I have a hot date with my laptop tonight to catch up, so thank you for your patience!
Anyways, I have another at-home workout to share with you this afternoon! If you enjoy these types of workouts, I recently shared a round up of similar ones that don’t require any equipment.
Today’s focused on using dumbbells for resistance and alternates between upper and lower body exercises. A Peripheral Heart Action (PHA) (great for blood flow and circulation!) workout, if you will.
At-Home Dumbbell Strength Workout
I used inspiration from a series of Quick & Easy Strength Workouts for Runners via Women’s Running for the lower body exercises, and all of the upper body exercises came from my own dumbbell arm workout I shared over a year ago!
(Ohhh, that video demonstration… I’m embarrassing. But hey, at least I attempted to show you the moves myself. Please keep in mind this workout was created and shared before my certification. Even so, I stand behind the advice I give in the video and hope you enjoy me rambling.)
All you need to complete this workout is dumbbells and a stability ball!
I used a set of 10 and 5 lbs (for the lateral raises), but need to invest in a set of 15s for exercises like lunges and chest presses. If you don’t have a stability ball or bench, you can use a chair, but please be careful.
You could also use “real” benches at the gym and complete this workout there! Every now and then I take workouts like these to the weight room.
I decided to include links to every exercise, just in case you don’t feel like clicking through the links I mention above or watching my video.
• Squat Thrusts (modified burpees)
• Dumbbell Bench Press (You can use a stability ball instead of a bench.)
(Don’t arch your lower-back!)
(Listen for cues in this Hammer Curls/Shoulder Presses video)
• Dumbbell Lateral Lunges (<- gotta love Cathe!)
• Squats (You can hold a dumbbell in the middle like the lateral lunges.)
• Dumbbell Triceps Extensions (Start with two arms.)
(Using one arm at a time is the advanced version.)
• Side Bends (bonus for a hint of core to finish you off!)
Let me know if you decide to try the workout. I always welcome feedback.
Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday!
*Although I am a certified fitness professional, I will always recommend checking with a health care professional before adding anything new into your fitness routine. I create and share workouts at various levels that work for me, which may not always be the best exercises and/or workouts for you. Always listen to your body and modify as needed! <3