Archive for the ‘ Workout ’ Category

Heyyyy Jonah

I just love it when people turn away from eating junk and not being physically active to looking good and healthy. I just want to highlight Jonah because he looks sooo good now. He’s even maintaining his new lifestyle from what I can tell from his tweets. He’s not going to be one of those stars that loses the weight and then packs it all back in. Plus, his career is taking off now too. There’s Oscar buzz surrounding him for his performance in Moneyball with Brad Pitt and he has a couple cool projects coming up.

Keep it up Jonah!

Getting in shape is as simple as GTL.

Say what you want about the cast of Jersey Shore, but they have working out and looking good — er their definition of looking good down to a science. Gym, Tan, Laundry. It’s so simple, and they look forward to it. As soon as they hoped back in to the U.S. from beautiful Italy the only thing on their minds was fine me a gym, put me in a tanning bed, their clothes were probably dirty and wasn’t ready for partying so , get me to a washer and dryer machine!

A working out/looking good regime needs to look like that. Something you can’t wait to do even if you just jumped off a plane from beautiful Italy. If you love dancing, find a Groupon or so to a few studios and sign up for their intro classes. If you love yoga, like me! , start off with their intro class just to get in to it. You gotta ease into it. If you get the big class package and miss a few classes you’re gonna get discouraged.

Find you’re form of Gym, Tan, Laundry and you’ll be on your way to getting in shape!

Workout Spotlight: Yoga

Recently I have jumped on the yoga train. I used to think that I was this weird new age thing that vegans and hemp wearers participated in, but after a couple of aches and pains my body adjusted to the contortions and I became a yoga lover.

Yoga is a healing practice that is recommended for helping with anything from lower back pain to cancer, in case you weren’t familiar with it.

It is also huge with abating stress. TWO times, I walked into a yoga class and been completely stressed out , but when I left I was singing ” summer breeze makes me feel fine….”.

I started going to classes at my local gym , but those classes were kind of sub prime compared to going to an actual yoga studio. Sorry, I’ve become a bit of a yoga snob.

If you  start doing it I would start off with a free class, or a donation based one at a local studio and then progress from there. Namaste!

Staying fit without breaking the bank

Getting back in shape takes a full pledge desire from you to do so.

Once you really want to, I think there is no need to get a gym membership. There are tons of low-cost ways to achieve physical fitness without paying $50 or more a month.

I was reading a Brazen Careerist article that featured a quote from Melissa Harris, business columnist for the Chicago Tribune. She said ” During the most stressful periods in my life, I gain weight,’she adds. ‘So I’ve adopted a few rules: First, eat a low-sugar, low-carb diet. Second, one glass of wine or one mug of beer is enough. And third, a personal trainer is worth going broke over(formatting added). I look at it this way: If your body’s in good shape, that’s one less thing your mind needs to worry about. I also use all of my vacation days; taking time off is important to re-energizing yourself.”

I fully agree, but sometimes— well all the time, you can’t go broke over it. So how do we work out without breaking the bank ?

Take advantage of nature– run, jog, play on the swings at the park while the kids are off doing something else.

Use daily deal sites– LivingSocial and Groupon offer really great gym deals.

Your rec center – The recreation center usually has a no-frills gym and equipment.

Staying fit and not spending too much money can be done.

What do you do to work out without breaking the bank?

Summer Workout Playlist- August

Whew this summer has flown by. I can’t belive I’m making an August playlist. Albiet, I think summer technically continues on into September, so I’ll maybe make the last one then.

So you know the deal. Preview the songs here and run on over to iTunes or any other place to purchase and load the music on to your portable music playing device.

Warmup/Cool down      

Phoenix – Lasso- They are becoming one of my favorite bands

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okbDmEGrCZ8

No hands- Waka Flocka Flame

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skhxizRYxps&ob=av2e

Keith Urban- Days go by- A favorite from my undergrad days in NC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlQVF-_D7Iw&ob=av2n

Dance or Die – Family Force 5 – They are a little eclectic but the music is good

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-T9WfWqKsuk&feature=list_related&playnext=1&list=PLB5B4F1BDBC3BB31C

Give A Little More- Maroon 5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BP1PsqBmbvM&feature=relmfu

 

Work-out

 

Party Rock Anthem- LMFAO- Fun dance song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQ6zr6kCPj8&feature=related

High of 75 – Relient K- Always gets me feeling good

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9na42244ZU

Kids – Sleigh Bells – Really like them!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bcLWZY7kAQ

Little Lion Man – Mumford and Sons – Love!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLJf9qJHR3E&feature=related

I Do Not Hook up – Kelly Clarkson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaafMpqXXBs&ob=av2e

Workout Spotlight: Ellipticals

I’ve fallen for a new piece of equipment at the gym. I’ve always seen it there, but I never took notice, never gave it the time of day. Usually I run to the treadmill because I love to run and I always have a great time on it, but lately, things have changed. It doesn’t make me feel the way it used to—like I’ve gotten a good workout . Nor that I’m working the part of my body that I’d like to work on the most: my upper thighs. It just doesn’t complete me anymore.

I began to search for something different… and that search took me 3 feet to a machine known as the elliptical. I thought it would be convoluted to use, but no, I was wrong. It was amazing!

No longer did I feel a strain on my knees as I felt  from my relationship with the treadmill. No longer did I have the feeling like I wasn’t getting the things I needed. The elliptical provided everything I was looking for. It even had a cup holder for my water bottle. The treadmill never offered to hold my water bottle. I’m getting scalped legs and arms without putting much strain on my precious joints. ( I think there’s no strain. If there is I don’t feel it.)

I see the treadmill around from time to time. I nod at it and smile. I may try to start things back up with it later. But for now, I am madly in love with the elliptical.xoxo

Workout Spotlight: Bicycling

So I have a love-hate relationship with bicyclists. On one hand it’s great they are getting exercise while paddling on their leg-powered contraption and being green by not using a car to cruise around. On the other hand they get in my way while I’m trying to drive down the street. Don’t get me wrong. I love bicycling on a sidewalk or on the beach away from motorist , but not on busy DC streets. All in all bicyclists are great , but I don’t think that when I’m riding in my car ;). Here’s a song for all you bicyclists out there to get pumped up for the next ride.

[I promise this is the last Queen related thing I will post… for at least a month :)]

How do you guys feel about bicyclists? If you’re a bicyclist how do you feel about sharing the road with your 4-wheeled friends?