Month: October 2013
Check out this video I made about insecurities many of us have at the gym. Sometimes, it isn’t all about working out.
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Pinterest is one of the best sources to cultivate workouts and recipes from. I use it all of the time when I am bored with a workout or need a little inspiration. So I’ve gathered some of my favorite recipes and workouts just for you to check out.
If you like what you see, give me a follow on Pinterest!
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Hardly new to the exercise world, Zumba, or latin dance, is an excellent way to have fun and burn serious calories with friends. Personally, I have absolutely no rhythm on the dance floor. I am the girl you see while walking by a Zumba class who is turning the wrong way, doing the wrong moves and has no clue what she is doing.
Regardless of my struggles, Zumba is so much fun. For girls like me who are stuck in a rut of just running on the treadmill or or lifting weights, it is a fantastic way to use different muscles and loosen up.
Ohio University’s Ping Fitness Center offers free Zumba classes each week. It does not matter if you are a beginner or experienced dancer. The moves are relatively easy (even if you can’t keep up like me) and the instructors do a good job of keeping the class together and engaged.
So go grab a few friends and be ready to dance. I guarantee you will walk out with a smile on your face along with some sweat.
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Confession: I am not a regular breakfast eater. Normally I wake up, head to the gym or class and grab an early lunch when I get home. I hear all of the time from people that they can’t imagine starting out the day without breakfast and they think I’m crazy. Call it what you want but I’m learning that breakfast is more important than I thought.
According to the Huffington Post, 31 million Americans skip eating breakfast each day, a majority of those being between the ages of 18 and 35. I was surprised to read that the majority of those who do skip the first meal of the day are men.
“The most common reasons people skip breakfast were that they weren’t hungry, didn’t feel like eating or they were too busy. Females are more likely than males to skip a morning meal because of being busy or running late,” according to the article.
I tend to skip breakfast because I am not hungry when I first wake up. Instead, I am usually in a rush to get to some commitment and spend the time I would normally eat running around my house grabbing things I’ll need for the day before I rush out the door.
I am reconsidering my choices because eating breakfast not only helps maintain a healthy weight, it can also improve the grade performance of students. Blinn College conducted a study in 2011 comparing students who ate a healthy breakfast and went to take an exam with students who did not eat. One thousand two-hundred and fifty-nine students were tested and 70 percent of those who ate received a grades of a C or better. Fifty percent of those who did not eat received a C or worse.
For some Ohio University students, eating breakfast is must.
“I have to eat breakfast to even function,” Sara Nealeigh, an OU senior said. “I can’t even get out the door if I’m hungry. I’m also so busy during the day that sometimes I have a hard time making time for lunch. I can’t imagine not having breakfast on days like those.”
Others are like me and don’t always think to eat.
“I’m just not hungry before my 8 a.m. class,” Camille Davis, OU senior said. “I don’t think about it that much until it’s 11 a.m. and I’m starving. I’ve tried to change my eating habits but eating too early makes me feel sluggish and then I just want to go back to bed.”
With this in mind, I’ve decided to take it upon myself to get it together on the breakfast front. I’m planning on eating a healthy breakfast by skipping the processed sugar cereals in favor of eggs, fruit, and oatmeal. As an example of my first venture into earlier eating, I put together a short video of me making an egg and salsa breakfast sandwich. All I used was one scrambled egg, cheese, salt, pepper, whole wheat toast and a little salsa. It was delicious and easy to make. Not to mention, I felt much more energized throughout the day.
I also put together a list on Storify to keep myself inspired as to why breakfast is important. Check it out!
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I have always been curious about yoga. Does it really help improve fitness? How much can fancy stretching actually help a person? I have taken one or two intro classes through Ohio University and was never sore enough to feel as if I’d done something worthwhile.
I think I need to give it another shot because according to the Yoga Journal, yoga can improve your flexibility. Those who stick with yoga will find that their body will be able to bend a little further each time as their muscles loosen up and adjust to the new routine. As flexibility increases, circulation improves, reducing the risk of blood clots later in life.
Regular yoga is said to decrease the chance of a heart attack later in life and decrease the possibility of depression.
So apparently I haven’t given yoga enough of a chance. Just like regular training, results take time. It just goes to show that you have to stick with a new routine and be patient.
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This weekend I, like many of my fellow Bobcats, will be participating in the Homecoming festivities. With this realization, I have already planned on skipping the gym. But this is not an excuse to miss a workout. Sometimes exercise without a gym can be the best kind because it allows you to get more creative with workouts and think outside the box in order to get a burn. Working with just your own body weight can also be very beneficial for muscles.
According to the Huffington Post, doing bodyweight workouts is a great way to gain muscle, burn fat and increase cardiovascular health. The workouts usually go faster than regular weight training because transitions between sets are as easy as changing position. There is also a lot of room to mix in cardio in with weight training as you transition by doing jumping jacks, squats, burpees, etc.
Bodyweight exercises are also helpful for those who don’t quite know what level of fitness they are woking on. Since there are no machines to restrict you, there is a better sense of learning what you can and cannot do and working to improve those areas. Bodyweight exercise is also one of the best ways to increase core strength and flexibility through timed stretches and ab workouts.
When looking through the blogosphere I stumbled across a blog called Spark People where one blogger gives several websites to exercises that target different parts of the body. Check it out!
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