Archive | Work Out RSS feed for this section

Did You Over Indulge Yesterday?

25 Apr

Yeah, me too.  I even found myself looking though the kids’ Easter baskets for a piece of chocolate.  I didn’t weigh myself this morning because I didn’t want to add insult to injury.  Oh well, its not the end of the world.  The best thing to do is to dust ourselves off and get back on the health and fitness bandwagon and go on with our day.

I plan on drinking lots of water and eating lots of fresh fruits and probably a nice big salad for supper.  And throwing out the rest of the Easter candy when the kids aren’t looking.  What’s your plan?

Is It Really Worth 2 Hours & 32 Minutes on the Treadmill?

22 Apr

According to Dr. Oz it takes 2 Hours & 32 minutes of sweating on the treadmill to burn off that juicy burger and salty fries.

Fitness Junke Challenge:  Find out how long it takes to burn off your favorite food splurge and then ask yourself if its worth it.  Chances are you’ll make better choices next time you have a craving.

Even Jillian Hates it…

19 Apr

In the latest issue of Shape Magazine,  Jillian Michaels, tough as nails fitness trainer from the Biggest Loser,  admitted that she hated to exercise.  Jillian goes on to further explain that she exercises because of how great she feels when she’s done and because she knows it essential for living a healthy lifestyle.

I don’t know about you but knowing this makes me feel a lot better about my attitude (or lack of it) towards exercising.  It’s also refreshing for someone who is considered an expert in the health and fitness field to be so candid about her feelings.

What do you think?  Do you hate to exercise?

(via Shape Magazine, photo courtesy of JillianMichaels.com)

Two Reasons to Exercise While You’re Pregnant…

19 Apr

According to a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, researchers contacted 39 0f 52 women who were participants in a study 20 years ago that examined their exercise habits before, during, and after their pregnancies.  The follow-up found that moms who exercised through their pregnancy weighed less and were at a lower risk of cardiovascular disease than women who stopped exercising when they became pregnant.
Another reason to keep moving if you’re a mama to be!

(via Rodale, photo courtesy of ABC News)

Boston!

18 Apr

In honor of the Boston Marathon today Fitbe lets us in on the secret (and maybe a little weird) pre-race rituals of some of the best runners.  Here are a few of the highlights:

Bill Rodgers, four time winner of both the Boston & New York City marathon, wore a snoopy hat. 

Ryan Hall, US 1/2 marathon and 12k record holder, shaves his face, head, and legs before a race.

Molly Huddle, US 5k record holder, eats a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on the morning of the race and does butt kicks and high knees. 

Do you have a pre-race/game ritual?  Care to share? I’d love to know!

(via Fitbe & Photo Run)

Pain is Temporary. Quitting Lasts Forever…

13 Apr

Pain is temporary.  Quitting is forever.

I LOVE this!  Fitbe, msn’s health site, just published “27 Reasons to Feel Instantly Inspired.” Click here to read the quotes and stories of 27 of the most iconic fitness motivation all-stars.

Pick your favorite and use it to motivate yourself to hit the gym and turn down those donuts in the break room.  My favorite is the title of this post:

“Pain is temporary.  Quitting lasts forever.”  Lance Armstrong

You can bet I’ll be using this as my mantra when I’m sweating it out on the treadmill and wanting to quit.

(via Fitbe)

Stress Makes You Fat…

12 Apr

Stress Makes You Fat

Like we didn’t already know that, right ladies?  Well here’s the fancy scientific explanation to how our bodies respond to stress:

Your body responds to psychological stress in the same way it responds to physical stress.  When you have a stressful day at work your brain responds as though you’re in physical danger and tells your cells to release hormones.  Your brain tells your cells to release adrenaline to jump start the “fight or flight” reflex and you get a dose of cortisol telling your body to replenish that energy even though you haven’t gotten up from your desk.  Next thing you know you’re famished and pumping quarters in the vending machine like it’s a Vegas slot machine.

Here are some tips to reduce the effects of stress on your body:

  • Get Physical – Take a 15 minute walk around the office or parking lot or take a few flights of stairs.  Squeezing in as little as 15 minutes of physical activity fools you’re body into thinking your escaping the source of the stress and encourages the cortisol to move into your kidneys and flush from your system quickly.
  • Cut the Caffeine – Research has shown that consuming caffeine while under stress will acutally increase cortisol levels.
  • Eat Sensibly – If you have lots of stress in your daily life do yourself a favor and stop crash dieting.  Focus on eating healthy, sensible meals and your body will be better equipped to handle your high stress lifestyle.
  • Get Enough Sleep – I know this is easier said that done but try to manage your nightly routine so you’re getting at least 7 hours of sleep.  It may not always be possible but give it a try.

 

(via Prevention Magazine)

Losing the Baby Weight…

11 Apr

We all know that its essential to gain weight during pregnancy, thats the easy part.  The hard part is taking it off.  I don’t know about you but I’m not one of those women who come home from the hospital in my pre-pregnancy jeans or that can say, “It wasn’t really that hard to lose the baby weight.  I just stopped eating dessert two nights a week.”  Nope, that’s not me at all.  I’m the woman who has a baby and eight weeks later still looks pregnant.  If you’re like me, here are some tips from our friends at WebMD to help you lose the extra baby weight. 

  • Take six weeks after the baby to focus on eating healthy.  This is especially important if you’re breast feeding. 
  • Remember that it took 9 months to put the weight on and can take up to a year to take it off.  Slow and steady wins the weight loss race.
  • Going on a crash diet and exercising fanatically is not good for you or the baby.  You can not take care of the baby when you’re irratible and cranky from lack of food and rest.
  • About six weeks after giving birth you can start incorporating physical activity into your daily routine.  Slow and gradual is key to make sure you don’t over do it.
  • Take it slow.  Don’t try to lose too much too fast.  Remember, you’re children need you to be healthy.

For more information and tips on losing weight and healthy eating click here.

P.S.

I know these things are all easier said than done.  Trust me, I’m still losing the weight and my baby is three (no judging, please.  I told you I wasnt one of “those” women).  Remember that you’re children deserve healthy parents and YOU deserve a healthy life.

Get Your Jazz Hands Ready!!

8 Apr

IDEA,  the world’s largest association for fitness and wellness professionals, conducted its yearly survey to find out the top health and fitness trends of 2011.   This year, aerobics, water fitness and martial arts-based classes had the largest decline in popularity and dance and boot camp classes showed the largest growth.

I was surprised to find out that Jazzercise, founded in 1969, is still popular around the globe and was just named most successful fitness franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine.  The founder, Julie Shepherd Missett, continues to choreograph 30 new songs every 10 weeks to keep her classes fresh and keep members motivated.  Pretty impressive when you consider how easily fitness fads come and go.  Remember those  Reebok Step Aerobics videos?

Jazz hands up!

Should You Exercise While Sick?

5 Apr

Exercising while sick

Inquiring minds want to know.  Especially mine since I’m  sick.  Ugh.  I haven’t felt well since Friday and I’ve been struggling just to get through work and taking care of the kids.  Forget the housework.  I haven’t done a thing since Friday so you can imagine what my house looks like. I’m not even sure if I have clean underwear for tomorrow.  That’s a sure sign that I’m not feeling well because under normal circumstances I can’t relax until the house is semi-clean and laundry is put away.  Running?  What’s running?  I think I may have forgotten how and I’m too tired to motivate myself to get out the door.  Besides, are you suppose to exercise when you’re sick?

Our friends at the Mayo Clinic have put together some general guidelines when exercising while sick:

  • It’s okay to exercise if you’re symptoms are above the neck such as runny nose, congestion, sneezing, or sore throat.
  • If you have an upset stomach, cough, fever, fatigue, muscle aches, or chest congestion its best to postpone your workout Postpone your workout if your signs and symptoms are “below the neck” — such as chest congestion, hacking cough or upset stomach. Likewise, don’t exercise if you have a fever, fatigue or widespread muscle aches.
  • Use good judgement and adjust the intensity of your workout.

P.S.

The playroom is scaring me right now but I’m trying not to think about it.

(via Mayo Clinic)