Saturday, February 9, 2019

Resolution Tip #5: Work With Your Season, Have Fun, and Make Some Memories

Hey Friends!

So in my last post, I talked about what to do when it's snowing and icy and your gym is closed and you don't want your nostril hairs to freeze when you do your outdoor workout.  

We just brought the workout indoors, right?

But what if you didn't?  

Like, what if you embraced the cold?  What if you welcomed it with open arms and decided to rock your exercise in a Wintery Wonderland?  Playing outside can be totally fun and be a great workout at the same time!

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Plus, if you bring family and friends along, you end up having lots of laughs and making amazing memories!  Need proof?

Here's me as a little one, pushing my Dad down the hill on a sled!  It was fun being the grownup!  (And it looks like he enjoyed being the kid!)

There I am on the left, rockin' every available color of the rainbow as I skied the slopes of New Hampshire with my Godfather, my neighbors, and my Dad.  My Godfather had such a wipe out that day--jumped a mogul and ended up crashing through the woods, fur hat flying in the air, arms and legs flailing everywhere!  People thought he was some kind of a deranged bear!

Snowshoeing with friends...right here in WA!

Hubby and I making a VERY happy snowman!

Having a walk (and a sing, and a dance) through the woods with my crazy Father-In-Law!  Always so much fun!

AFTER hearing the news that school was cancelled (I was a school teacher) but BEFORE doing any shoveling.  That was a big job ahead of us!  
We got it done...and we were exhausted!  That was some major exercise!  But it felt really good!


So have YOU made some awesome winter memories while having a little healthy fun outdoors?  Share your pics here! 


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Resolution Tip #5: Bring it in, Baby! (Indoors, that is!)

Ok, so for those of you who know me, you know I love to be outside.  The sun, the breeze, the fresh air, the birds get the idea.  It's just nice to be outside.  

But it's February.  And for some of us, that means...

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OR, more likely, it's already here and it's in full swing.  And as much as I like being outside, getting my exercise on in the cold temps is not my thing.  I just don't like it when my nostril hairs freeze together.  Call me crazy, but to me, it's super gross.  

So what's an aspiring healthy human to do?  

Bring it in, Baby!  

Indoors, that is! You can do a lot of exercise inside. You don't need a lot of space.  You don't need a lot of equipment.  You don't even need to change out of your pajamas!  

You just need yourself...and a little "can do" attitude!'re not a yoga instructor, personal trainer, or cardio master? 

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OK, so maybe you need an App or a website too.  

Here's a list of my 3 top faves that I use at home when I don't feel like trudging out into the ice and snow:

  •  According to her site, Betty (Bree Argetsinger) is a "C.H.E.K. (Corrective Exercise and High-performance Kinesiology) certified Exercise Coach, a Nationally Certified Structural Integration Practitioner (realignment of the body through manual therapy), an ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association) certified fitness nutrition practitioner, and an all around fitness motivator and champion of personal growth."  
  • Currently, she offers a free, 30-Day Make Fat Cry Challenge which consists of a crazy variety of 15 min daily body weight workouts.  Sometimes it's Tabata, sometimes it's HIIT, sometimes it's a Ladder Workout...but it's always fun!  She provides mods (which I love) and exudes positivity to the max! She also has TONS of free exercise (and nutrition) content on her blog too!  Be careful might get addicted!
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2.  Yoga with Adriene:
  • According to her site, Adriene Mishler "is an actress, writer, international yoga teacher and entrepreneur from Austin, Texas. On a mission to get the tools of yoga into schools and homes, Adriene hosts the YouTube channel Yoga With Adriene, an online community of over 4 million subscribers. Yoga With Adriene provides high quality practices on yoga and mindfulness at no cost to inspire people of all ages, shapes and sizes across the globe."
  • Why do people love her?  'Cuz she's real.  And super sweet.  And she does yoga with her dog. (What's not to love about that?)  She offers TONS of free yoga videos designed for all levels of yogis and they're often tagged for specific purposes--for the hands, for the feet, for insecurity, for runners, for climbers, for name it! 
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3.  Yoga Journal:  (Website) AND         
  • Yoga Journal offers LOTS of videos with many different styles from Power Yoga to Restorative.  Some videos are geared toward beginners and others towards more advanced yogis, so be sure to pick a video that suits your comfort level.  The featured yogis are the ones you've heard of:  Kathryn Budig, Cyndi Lee, Jason Crandell, Sadie Nardini, Baron Baptiste, etc.  The cool thing is, once you find a teacher you like, you can use the Search tool to find all their videos! 

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So those three are my favorites.  If you need help finding your own special workout sites, check out this article by Dave Smith at the Huff Post.  He's got 50 other suggestions for you!

OK, Friends!  Have fun!