Spring Cleaning: Your Body

If you’re looking for today’s workout video, it’s down at the bottom of this post!

Now that we’ve learned how to do a little spring cleaning inside the ole cranium, let’s move on and give the rest of our body a little tidy shall we?

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Don’t worry, there is nothing drastic here, you won’t be trying to sustain life on nothing but apple cider vinegar and cayenne pepper or something crazy like that! In fact, the first three tips don’t have anything to do with the food you eat (yay!).

When functioning well, our body does a pretty darn good job at cleaning itself out, however many of us eat a lot of well, not so great foods, that over time slow our bodies self-cleaning ability and things can get a little more clogged up than usual. Think of it as your house. We typically keep our houses in a reasonable state of clean, but every once in a while we still find ourselves having to move the furniture and clean the corners and what not. That’s what we are doing here, just moving a bit more of the furniture around to clean that extra dirt out. How do we do that?


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Spring Cleaning: Your Mind

Hi there! I hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was, and wasn’t at the same time. I had some health issues pop up on Friday and linger through the weekend so I spent a lot of it resting (and not running. I was suppose to run 10 miles in my half marathon training…). I’m still not feeling 100% but fortunately for me over the next 3 days I only have about 30 minutes of cardio to get through, the rest is mostly all yoga and strength training which is pretty easy on me (to teach).

Anyway, even though I was feeling a bit under the weather it was a beautiful weekend (the warmest it’s been so far this spring!), which got me in the mood for some spring cleaning/organizing. Because I am still feeling inspired to make more time to do the things I enjoy, my weekend organizing and cleaning was all about clearing out “stuff” to make more room for the things that matter.

Never under estimate the power of decluttering you make you feel good. Any time I reorganize and purge a bunch of stuff that isn’t serving me I feel so. dang. good. I cleared out both my bedroom closet and our coat/storage closet on Friday and I’ve spent way too much time looking at them with smug satisfaction ever since. It’s so nice (especially if you are an OCD organizer like me) to have everything put away and still have room to spare. *insert sigh here

Because it feels so darn good to clear out the clutter, I thought this week would be a great week to tackle some of the places we might forget to clean out during our spring cleaning: our minds, bodies, closets and to-do lists.
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A New Body Sculpt Video: Chest Focus

It’s another crazy Thursday in Suzi-ville (Thursdays = 5 fitness classes, oye.) so this is going to be a quick one! Since it’s Thursday I’ve got a new video to share with you, this is another Body Sculpt song, this one is a chest focus!

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The video seems to be in better focus than the one I posted on Tuesday, but is still a little fuzzy – sorry about that! I’ll be sure to check the focus better next week. The truth is it was so darn cold in the basement when I went to record these videos that I wanted to get in and out as quickly as possible, and that’s what happens when you rush.

At any rate, I hope you enjoy the video, adding the hip bridge really amps up the intensity, and isn’t it always good to add a little extra lower body work in there? I think so 😉

Plus….check out my pretty now Brooks sneakers in the video. They are running sneakers but I couldn’t help but wear them for the video, they are so pretty!!

Have a great Thursday everyone, I’m not expecting to have a post tomorrow on Friday, so I’ll check in with you next week!

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Finding Time For What You Enjoy AKA Taking Back Wednesday

Happy hump day y’all! Actually it’s quite late on Tuesday as I type this (gasp! This is a scheduled post!), but I’m happy that it’s almost Wednesday. Why? Because I’ve decided it is time to take Wednesday back.

Where did it go you ask? Well I’m not sure it went anywhere, but so far this year I’ve used Wednesday as my “let’s get everything I didn’t bother to get done on Monday and Tuesday done,” day, when in most cases, there is ample time to get all of that done on Monday or Tuesday. You know, if I don’t spend so much time dilly dallying on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/repeat 😉

Last week I was listening to a podcast (The Marketing Lifestyle Show – Episode 40 to be exact), and in it they talked about moving the things you most want to do from the bottom of your to-do list, to the top. To start your day with the things that excite you and make you want to get up and get moving instead of putting all the yucky stuff you don’t want to do first.

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I love that idea, but it doesn’t exactly work for me on a day-to-day scale, but I decided I should make one work day/week my “things I really want to do” day, which includes four 20 hour online courses I really want to get done (and am enrolled in) but never seem to find time to work on – no more. Wednesdays are now going to be course day until they are done. And once they are done, I’m going to start taking Wednesdays to work on that creative writing  I keep talking about year after year but never actually doing.

Does that mean that I won’t do any “boring” or other work on Wednesdays? Of course not, in fact I have a meeting this afternoon, and my evening class to teach tonight, so it’s still a work day. I’m just making the conscious decision to start my day doing the things I always have in the back of mind that I “want” to do, instead of getting caught up in all of the things I “should” do.

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I’m really quite excited. And as you read this I expect I am already fully engrossed in an online lecture or practise (I’m taking some yoga courses), and I can’t think of a better way to take Wednesday back.

Your Workout Is In YOUR Hands + A Body Sculpt Legs Video

I thought I’d take a few minutes today to talk about something that drives me a bit bonkers from time to time and that is taking responsibility for your workout.

I think I’ve written about this before, but it is worth writing about again.

When you go to a fitness class there is the expectation that if you have a good instructor, one that can offer lots of options for different ability levels, you will always get a good workout. But that’s not always the case.

And it’s not your instructor’s fault.

At least not always.

We are quick to judge that if we are leaving a class not feeling like we had a great workout that it is obviously the instructor’s fault. Their class is too easy, they aren’t working people hard enough, or they just plainly stink. And sometimes that is true. But many times the instructor and the class are both just fine.

The problem might be you.

Yes, I’ve said it. I, as your instructor can only do so much. I can only explain how to increase/lower the intensity or offer so many different options. If you don’t take the responsibility to recognize you aren’t working hard enough because you are doing an exercise that is too easy for you, are using a weight that is too light for you, or are using a reduced range of motion because you can’t be bothered to listen and learn how to work more efficiently – it’s not my fault.

I do my best to go around and make corrections, to push those participants I know can handle a bit more, give tips and show people how to do thing a better way for them, but even then it doesn’t always work. easy.

Let me clarify and say that I’m not speaking about people who are having to reduce range of motion, intensity or use lighter weights because of an injury. I’m also not talking about the people who might not be pushing themselves are far as they can because they choose not too (and are happy with what they are getting out of their workouts).

I’m talking about the people who complain about their workouts being too easy, but who are ignoring their instructor’s advice on how to increase the difficulty or intensity. 


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