Archive | October, 2012

Health/Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

31 Oct

Some of you may be bored at home this week since many schools and workplaces have declared the day off (on the East Coast at least). If you have power, check out these great links I found this week!

  • What to Toss and What to Keep After a Power Outage (Huffington Post) – Good info for those of us experiencing power outages. Thankfully, we have a power generator, but if you don’t, definitely read this!
  • Light Banana Latte Frappe – (Undressed Skeleton) This looks delicious! Absolutely need to try this. Only thing I would add is peanut butter or protein powder for some protein.
  • 15 Tips to Be Healthy and Fit in College (Fit Bottomed Girls) – Being in college can sometimes make being health tough. Dining halls have healthy options, but there is so much other stuff you want (um, hello unlimited ice cream?). Here are some great tips for you if you’re in college…and even if you’re not!
  • Healthiest Fast-Food Options (Fit Sugar) – Stuck out with no packed food and your only option is fast food? Choose one of these healthier options!
  • Reneging on Egg Yolks (Tony Gentilcore) – Another great post by trainer, Tony Gentilcore. Eat those egg yolks people! Eggs are packed with nutrition and protein. I love eggs. They are so versatile too…have them for breakfast, put them in salads, etc.

Do you eat eggs/egg yolks? 

 

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Hurricane Update

30 Oct

Hurricane Sandy is gone but has left a path of destruction behind. I can’t even believe some of the scenes I am seeing from New York City and especially the Jersey Shore. Seeing the boardwalks ripped up is crazy. My thoughts and prayers are with those who had to evacuate their homes and will not be able to go back for days.

Thankfully, my family’s home is ok. We prepared with sandbags but had no flooding issues. There wasn’t much rain, mainly STRONG winds. I’m very grateful that no trees were uprooted on our property or our neighbors. We drove around the town today and took some pictures:

Tree down at a friend’s house

Cables down everywhere

Hopefully, all of you are okay and safe. Rutgers has cancelled classes until Monday which is unprecedented. I guess I’ll have time to work on some blog posts and work!

Were you affected by Hurricane Sandy? Hopefully nothing too bad!

Motivational Monday: Hurricane Edition

29 Oct

I hope those of you on the East Coast will stay safe and dry the next few days. I spent all day yesterday preparing the house with my family. Let me tell you, shoveling sand into bags and then putting them out in front of the house (I’m talking over 50 bags) is definitely a workout!

I have off from class and work the next two days, so I will have time to write some posts and catch up on school work…and relax! My gym is closed, and I’m not running in the hurricane, so I will have to do some at-home workouts I’m sure. Maybe I’ll post a workout for you all? 😉

Here’s some motivation for you for this week:

This quote is so true! Clear your mind of negativity. Whether it’s being negative about things in life, or being negative about your body and health…the first step to overcoming both is changing your mindset. You have one life, and one body…make the most of it! Your body is an amazing thing, and will take you to great places. This week, I challenge you to be positive! When you find yourself getting down, immediately stop and change your frame of mind. Or at least try to.

Do you typically find the glass half empty or half full?

Be optimistic this week…and stay dry everyone!

Who’s running this weekend?

25 Oct

This weekend will be an eventful one. Saturday is the Rutgers Homecoming game, so obviously that will be a ton of fun! It’s also Halloween weekend, but I won’t be going out Saturday night after the game. Why? I’m running the NYRR Poland Spring Marathon Kickoff 5 mile race in Central Park.

So, I’ll be waking up at 5 am Sunday morning. I’m definitely not a morning person, but I’ll do it for a race! I almost didn’t run this because I did want to do something for Halloween, but I need to get my 9 races in for next year’s New York City Marathon, and I’d rather run a race now than in December when it’s freezing.

Is anyone else running a race this weekend? Have any of you done any of NYRR’s 9+1 races for entry into the marathon?

I’ll leave you with a little running humor…love this:

Take a few minutes & help children have gifts for the holidays

24 Oct

Every year, Rutgers University hosts the Big Chill 5K race. Instead of paying a registration fee, runners just have to bring a toy, which is then wrapped and given to local children whose family may not be able to afford holiday toys.

Our Recreation team created this video and have entered it into a Johnson & Johnson contest. With your help, we could win a grant that will help us fund Big Chill and help make the 10 year anniversary special. Please consider taking a few minutes to vote and help make sure children are able to receive gifts during the holidays.

Thanks!!

Watch the video and vote here!

Health/Fitness Links to Get You Through the Day

24 Oct

I found some really good stuff this week! Let’s get right to it…

  • How to grocery shop to lose weight – I found these tips on a new blog I’m following, Fitness Wayne. These are great tips to remember when you go grocery shopping. Main thing I’d follow: Shop the perimeter of the grocery store, that’s where the healthy stuff is!
  • Healthy tailgating tips – Fall = going to Rutgers football games and tailgating with friends. We all have our favorite team and have our school pride. But don’t let tailgating derail your efforts!
  • 5 ways to eat sweet potatoes – Like sweet potatoes? Here are 5  variations for ya! I still have to try making some sweet potato fries, I hear they’re great!
  • Total body tabata home workout – Another great workout by Blonde Ponytail. I’m all about at-home, minimal equipment workouts!
  • “Therapy Thursday: Shin splints” – A blog post by another blogger I just started following! Steph, author of The Friendly Runner, writes about the woes of shin splints and how to fix them. As a sufferer of shin splints, I loved this post and am happy to say I do all of these =) Maybe not consistently…but that’s another story.

Which link did you find the most useful? Let me know if you implement any of the tips, workouts or recipes!

 

Apartment workout…ALL bodyweight!

23 Oct

The first workout I posted was a general, full body routine for beginners. However, you would need dumbbells at the very least. Well, I have created a solution for you…a no-equipment, bodyweight workout routine you can do right at home. Can’t get any better than that!

You won’t be needing any of this!

For each move, I have again provided useful YouTube links so you can see what proper form is. Perform 3 sets, 15-20 reps for each exercise. If doing 15 reps seems easy, go for 20! You want to feel challenged and like the last few reps are very difficult. Go through the entire list, then repeat 2 more times to complete the 3 sets. Enjoy!

Squat (pause at the bottom for a second before coming up…feel the burn baby!)

Pushups (start video at 0:18) If you can’t do a pushup, do them on your knees and remember to keep your body in a straight line! Then, staying in that position move onto…

Mountain Climbers (do 30 of these, count “1” for each time you bring 1 leg in)

Single leg deadlift/reach It is very important to keep a flat back. Focus on bringing your back leg as high as you can and feel the stertch in your hamstrings

Tricep pushup

Plank jacks

Split squat

Hip raises/glute bridge Keep feet hip width apart and don’t thrust your hips too high. Squeeze glutes and hamstrings at the top of the movement, pause, then lower.

Plank (30-60 seconds depending on your fitness level)

REPEAT!

Let me know if you try out this workout…and if you have any questions about any of the exercises 🙂

On an unrelated note, I have created a Pinterest to post motivation, tips, recipes, workouts and more. Go ahead and follow me!