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!
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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!
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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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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.
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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!
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When it comes to workouts, I’m always up for trying something new. That being said, the option of Crossfit terrifies me.
Crossfit first became a workout trend in 2000 when founder Greg Glassman founded it through his company Crossfit Inc. Today, the exercise regime is practiced in over 7,000 gyms across America. The way the workouts work is that the company posts different workouts every day. The gyms then distribute the workouts to their members and they follow them.
I like the idea of getting new routines every day. Sometimes it is difficult to get creative with a workout or change up your normal exercises. But from what I’ve heard, Crossfit exercises are designed to push yourself to the limit on every exercise you do.
Call it gym intimidation but the sound of it makes me nervous. That being said, I still have the urge to try it. If you are in the Athens, OH area and are looking for a place to try Crossfit, check out Crossfit SEO (Southeast Ohio) to see their workout schedules and learn more about the most popular exercise craze of the moment.
Also, for a little inspiration, check out this video about Crossfit below.
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If you are like me and love the idea of cutting up a few ingredients, putting them in a pot, and then not worrying about them for hours, then crock pots are for you!
I fist discovered the power of the crock pot when I got a house in college. You can make a ton of food which can last you for the week on a low budget. Not to mention, your house will smell amazing because it can simmer all day.
At first I struggled with finding healthy crock pot options because so many of the recipes I found involved using cheese and creams. But finally I found some that fit my diet and lifestyle. Check them out below!
Slow Cooker Squash Lasagna
This lasagna recipe has a seasonal and healthy twist, using squash, whole wheat noodles and a relatively small amount of mozzarella. For more traditional lasagna, replace squash and sage mixture with a 25 oz. jar of your favorite pasta sauce. See my recipe for slow cooker spinach lasagna for more info.
Makes 4-6 servings
- 1 package of regular whole wheat lasagna noodles (I’ve used the “no boil” kind in the slow cooker too and both that and regular noodles work, so use whatever you have on hand)
- 2 10-oz. packages of frozen pureed squash or 2 cups of fresh pureed squash*
- ½ teaspoon of dried rubbed sage
- 1 15-oz. container of part skim ricotta cheese
- ½ cup of milk
- ¼ cup of parmesan, grated
- ¼ – ½ cup of part skim mozzarella, shredded
- A few handfuls of spinach (optional)
- 2 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts or chicken thighs, cut into cubes
- 5 large carrots, peeled and diced
- 1 medium onion, peeled and quartered
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1 large bell pepper, seeded and chopped (I used a green pepper)
- 1 (5 oz ) can tomato paste
- 1 (14 oz) can coconut milk
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp curry powder
- 1 tbsp garam masala
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and halved OR 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
Healthy Crockpot Mini Turkey Quinoa Meatballs
YIELD: MAKES 40-50 MINI MEATBALLS
PREP TIME: 30 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 6 HOURSTOTAL TIME: 6.5 HOURS
1 pound 99% lean ground turkey breast
1 pound 94% lean ground turkey
2/3 cup cooked quinoa (preferably cooked in flavored stock)
3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons finely grated romano cheese
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 large sweet onion, sliced into thin rounds
2 (28 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
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