Fitness Friday: Dance Fitness “Fun”

This week’s video I can only take part credit for as it’s not entirely my own choreography. A few weeks ago when I was getting ready to teach a Zumba class at the local Relay for Life I decided that it would be fun 😉 to throw in “Fun” by Pitbull fat. Chris Brown. But in classic Suzi form I decided to do this about 2 hours before I was set to teach and not only did I not have a routine, I didn’t even have the song memorized. So I took to YouTube and found a video I liked and them changed it up a bit. This is the original video/routine but I knew I wanted to simplify it a little bit since I would be dealing with a lot of first timers I didn’t want to add any more confusion by having a bunch of turns, a crossover step, and more samba lunges (Since those were already in one of the songs I was planning to do). So I stuck with the basics of that routine and made a few minor changes to make it fit what I needed. Once I taught it at Relay for Life I was happy with how it flowed and decided to stick with the simplified version for my own classes.

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Homemade Cold Brewed Iced Coffee

Oh iced coffeeeeeeeeeeee how I love thee! McCafe dollar drink days are my JAM during the summer. $1.15 for a medium vanilla iced coffee? Don’t mind if I do! But it’s not economical or convenient for me to run to the drive thru anytime I want an iced coffee, and let’s be honest, buying iced coffee from McCafe isn’t going to be healthiest option. That’s why I also love making my own iced coffee at home and I thought today I’d share how you too can be a cool cat like me and easily make your own at home.

If you’re not familiar with cold brewed coffee, it is just what it sounds like – coffee that is brewed cold. So why on earth would you want to cold brew your coffee? Well, if you’ve ever brewed a pot of coffee and found yourself later reheating it and finding it a little well, tin-y tasting you are probably a bit sceptical of coffee that is cold brewed based on that experience. But cold brewed coffee is drastically different than coffee that has been brewed with hot water and then allowed to go cold. Cold brewed coffee is made using cold water, with a much longer brewing time. In fact, in order to make cold brewed coffee first thing in the morning, you actually need to start the night before.

But before I get into the how-to process, let’s talk about why cold brewing is so fab. First of all, cold brewed coffee is much less acidic than it’s hot brewed counterpart which makes it taste sweeter in comparison, and easier on the stomach and digestion (yay!). Because it is brewed for a longer period of time, the flavour of the coffee is extracted from the brew but the bitterness is left behind (making it more palatable for people who aren’t a fan of the bitter taste of hot brewed coffee).

Another big benefit of cold brewed coffee is that it has a longer shelf life. Once brewed you can keep it covered in the fridge for weeks without any change to the flavour making it a wonderful choice for people who live alone, or are the only coffee drinkers in their family. You’ll have to make it less often, and you won’t find yourself wasting coffee like you might otherwise.

I like to use my french press to make my cold brew, but you can also make it using a large glass or pitcher. Starting out all you need is your favourite medium ground coffee, filtered water, a spoon and a vessel to hold your brewing coffee.

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Nova Scotia 5K Foam Fest 2015

One of my goals for 2015 is to participate in at least three races that I haven’t done before, and when I found out that Foam Fest was coming to Nova Scotia this year I knew that I had to go!

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I ran Mud Hero back in 2013 and while mud is fun, paring it with foam is perfection. Who doesn’t want to get covered in mud AND foam!? Well, realistically I’m sure lots of people, but there are even more of us who think it sounds like a good time!

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5K Foam Fest is an obstacle course and while there is a certain level of physical fitness needed, the focus of this race is on having fun – not on how fast you can finish. Some of the obstacles can be challenging and push you out of your comfort zone, but if you need to opt out of any obstacle for whatever reason, you can!
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Fitness Friday: Body Sculpt Tricep Workout

Happy Friday friends! Today I’m sharing with you another video for my Body Sculpt playlist that will eventually take you through a full Body Sculpt strength training class! Today’s song is a tricep song, so you’ll need to grab a pair of weights.

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In the video I’m only using 2lb weights because all my heavier weights are in my car (the life of a travelling fitness instructor 😉 ) but you want to choose weights that will fully fatigue your triceps by the end of the song. So, if you finish the song and your arms aren’t tire – you need to up your weights next time!

There was also a certain grey kitty who snuck into the room and spend the whole video weaving back and forth between my legs and getting into trouble. Silly girl.

Anyway, if you try out the video let me know how you like it – and have a great weekend!

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Brigadoon Wine & Dash 2015

A week ago Sunday I participated in the very first Brigadoon Wine & Dash fun run through the Vineyards of the Gaspereau Valley. This was an all-day event open to both walkers and runners alike, and weather wise it was pretty much perfect. There were times I was down right cold, but most of the time I was comfortably warm without being hot.

There were four vineyards participating, and somewhere around 400 participants. Each particiapant chose a starting/finishing winery when they registered, and from there we all ran/walked/moved in a clockwise direction from one vineyard to the next. So probably 1/2-3/4 of the participants never crossed paths be we were all moving in the same direction, at the same time, but in different parts of the course.

All those darn hills aside, I don’t have anything negative to say about this run. From what I saw and experienced, it was very well organized, and a really great time was had by all.

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If they do this run again I would definitely sign up again, though I think it would have been even more fun to do with a friend (or two), and even walk it instead of running.

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One thing I would do differently next time is I would register to start/finish at Gaspereau Vinyards as the distance between in and Grand Pre Vinyard is the farthest on the route, and it would be nice to get it out of the way first, and then tackle the mountain to Luckett’s right after that. I feel badly for those who started/finished at Luckett’s and had to hit that hill at the end of the 18km. Oye. Just look at the elevation map from my Polar (that big spike is the hill to Luckett’s)

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Hahahaha, oh my gosh, it was SOO hilly!!!

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