Month: December 2013

Winter Workouts

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Recently I hosted a tweet chat on the challenges of staying in shape during the winter months. I got a ton of great responses and great insight from Ohio University students on what they do to keep their fitness promises. Check out the results on my twitter account, @girlvsgym. Please feel free to send my your concerns and questions for tips on achieving your weight loss goals or staying at a healthy weight during a time of the year when it is very easy to lose motivation.

Happy holidays and stay warm!

Cheers,

G vs. G

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Working it out at work

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It’s that time of year again: internship/job search time. Although I am a senior this year and am looking forward to the real-life possibility of having a job, I am not excited about being tied to a desk for hours during the work week. Not only is it not healthy of a person to sit all day, it can be boring and really mess with your workout routine.

As an intern, I’ve always tried to stay active at work. Whether it means parking my car further away in the parking lot, drinking water during the day, or walking the long way to the bathroom, I try to add a little excitement to the week for my body.

Great inspiration for how to stay active at work can be found at Greatist. This blog is awesome. It has tips and tricks for the average working woman who needs to get a little exercise at work. The tips are simple, fun and will not disrupt those around you. Sure, you may look a little weird while doing some of these at work but a healthy body is more important than looking cool.

Check out the list of exercises here and get going!

Cheers,

G. vs. G.

Day by Day

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Each day in the gym brings the new challenge of mixing up your workouts. So often I find myself doing the same routine over and over. Fortunately though, there is this great website called Back on Pointe that specializes in all things women’s fitness, including different workouts for different days. I stumbled across the site on Pinterest and have been addicted ever since. 

Below is an example of different workouts for different days. Mixing up exercises not only keeps your mind engaged, it can also add to your health. Doing the same workouts over and over strengthens only certain muscles. Confusing your muscles by doing different exercises ensures that you are reaching all areas of your body. 

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Cheers,

G. vs. G

Happy December!

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The holiday season is in full swing. Unfortunately this means that winter weather is here too. Winter is not my favorite season by far because I often am less inspired to leave my bed and do much of anything. But when I do go outside for a run these days I find the biggest challenge is what to wear so that I am comfortable and still warm.

According to Runner’s World, the best way to decide what to wear is based on what part of the country you are in. Wearing thick running clothes may be okay in Chicago, but it won’t fly in San Diego.

For we midwestern folk the weather can change at any moment. The best course of attire action is to get lightweight gloves, a light sweat-reisitant sweatshirt, and a windbreaker jacket and shorts accompanied with lightweight leggings. I also throw on an ear-protecting headband.

So stay warm and do not let the weather stop you from running all over town.

Cheers,

G. vs. G

The Thanksgiving Hangover

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It’s been three days since I participated in the demolition of a 28 pound turkey with my family. Our refrigerator at home is full of leftover turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, you name it! Usually, and this year is no exception, I sit around the day after Thanksgiving wondering what to do with all of the leftovers and still feeling incredibly full.

Women’s Health Magazine came up with several healthy tips to getting rid of the extras and while still making delicious foods. Remember, the only way to keep the leftovers healthy is to eat them in moderation and in addition to more nutritious foods.

Stay warm and healthy!

Cheers,

G. vs. G