Why is it that short weeks like this week almost always seem longer than regular weeks? I think because I was so busy last weekend it felt like I never really got a day “off” so it’s not surprising that it was late last night before I realized I didn’t have a new video shot for this week’s Fitness Friday. Gah!!
Luckily for me I have a couple videos that I have on standby for times like this, so today I’m using one of those. 😉
Limbo is a Daddy Yankee routine I’ve been using for probably two years (or more), and I wasn’t entirely happy with how this video turned out so I hadn’t shared it until now, but I figure it’s better than nothing!
When was the last time you said something nice about your body? Let me guess. You can’t remember.
How about this – when was the last time to thought something negative about your body?
This morning? Last night? Last week? 10 minutes ago? I bet you don’t have to think very hard do you?
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I am a sucker for a pretzel roll. And soft pretzels in general. If we are out for supper and I’m looking at burgers and one is on a pretzel roll, you can almost guarantee I’ll order it. There is just something about the salty, chewy goodness that gets me every time.
So how it has never occurred to me to make a pretzel pizza crust I’ll never know. But those clever folks at President’s Choice thought to make one, and made my day by sending me one to try!
Finding a whole hour to dedicate to your workout 3-5 times/week in order to stay fit and healthy is hard with the busy lifestyles so many of us have. That’s why I’m such a big fan of HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts. They are high intensity so you know you are working, they are over quickly so you can back to your day, and they help burn fat and build muscle all at the same time! I remember the days when an interval workout meant needed a stop watch or a watch with lap features in order to keep track of your intervals, but now there are so many apps available on our phones and devices that we have literally all we need right in our pockets!
Today I want to share a beginners HIIT workout I’ve put together for you. I’ve found that a lot of the HIIT workouts I see online are more advanced, have a lot of plyometrics and power moves in them. That can make them too difficult for beginners and those looking for a lower impact workout that is still challenging. If you’ve shied away from HIIT workouts in the past for those reasons, I hope that you’ll give them another try. They really are a great way to workout!
In this HIIT workout I have combined five different exercises which we will do for 40 seconds, then rest for 20 seconds before moving onto the next exercise. If you are really short on time you can go through the workout once and be done, but if you’d like more of a challenge you can either go through a couple rounds, or increase the work period to 50 seconds, and reduce the rest to 10 seconds.
The five moves are:
Reach your right heel out into a heel dig as you swing your arms up as you would for a jumping jack and then step your feet back together. Repeat with a left heel dig. If you would like to increase the intensity feel free to make this into a regular jumping jack.
Squat to Press
In this variation on a burpee, we start with our legs wider than hip width apart, then bend our knees sinking through our hips into a squat as we reach towards the floor. Keep your chest lifted and abdominals engaged to maintain good spinal alignment. Then press evenly through your feet as you lift up out of the squat and reach your arms overhead into an overhead press. Repeat.
Start with your feet together and then step out to the right, then out to your left, in with your right, then in with your left. Think, “wide, wide, narrow, narrow” or “out, out, in, in”. You can can this as slowly or as quickly as you like.
Plank with optional Knee Drive
In the photo above I am showing the more advanced option where you start in a full plank then lift your right foot, exhale as you bring your right knee towards your right elbow, then inhale as you return your foot to the starting position and then repeat on the left side. Instead you can choose to hold a stationary full plank, or drop down into a kneeling plank if the plank with knee drives is too much.
Take a large step forward with your right foot, lifting your left heel off the floor. Bend both knees to no more than 90 degree as you lower straight down towards the floor. Then press through both feet and squeeze your glutes to lift up out of the squat and step back into your starting position. Repeat on the left leg. Make sure that your front knee stays in line with your ankle, and how deep you go into your lunge is up to you – quality over quantity!
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I’m gearing up for my last half-marathon of the season this Sunday, so this post is one that I’ve thought about writing every single time I finish a long run.
First off let’s consider what a long run is, because it can vary from person to person. For some people 4 miles is a long run, for others they might not think of a run as long until it’s over 15 miles, or more. It really depends on the person and their training load.
For me, anything 12k or longer I consider a long run because unless I am training for a half, I never exceed 10k on my own regular runs.
Having said that, these 3 items/tips can be used after any run, regardless of the length and you will benefit from them. Even if you haven’t run at all but are feeling tired and sore from another form of exercise, these can also serve you well then.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get started!
When you’ve been out for over an hour, or running in the heat, it’s really important to not only replenish with water, but also your electrolytes. There are lots of options out there for electrolyte replenishment, but my favourite is Vega Sport Electrolyte Hydrator