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Looking for a killer calorie burn? Give spinning a try!

Are you looking for a kick butt workout? Give spinning a try!!  It’s intense, great for your glutes and your legs!!  Here are a few reasons to give spinning a try.
1.They’re more fun than most classes. Well at least in my opinion!  I have no coordination, so a step class, or a kick boxing class are out for this gal!! I have always found spinning fun, high energy and a challenge!
2. Indoor cycling classes make you a better cyclist. If you like hitting the roads and paths in the nicer months of the year, indoor options can keep you trained.
3. People who spin are eage, and motiviated!! When others are working hard, it makes you want to work hard.
4. You have your own space!!  WOO HOO!!!  With indoor cycling, everyone has their own bike, and you never crash into your fellow cycler.

5. It a serious calorie burn!! The number of calories burned depends on your body weight, so let’s do some quick math. This is rough, but if you take your weight in pounds, and multiply that by 0.4, that’s how many calories you burn per hour just living. If you weigh 150 pounds you’ll burn 60 calories an hour on the couch. Trade that couch for a stationary bike and the numbers go way up. AND for moderate effort means you multiply those 60 calories by 7, for a total of 420 calories burned per hour. Go at a hard effort, and you can multiply it by 10, for a total burn of 600 calories per hour.  Remember this is based on a woman weighing a 150 pounds.
6. It can give you a great looking butt and legs.  And who wouldn’t like that? Think about it, when you’re going hard, mimicking hill training, it goes beyond aerobic training and makes the larger muscle fibers work, developing excellent muscle tone. Since you are focusing on your lower body, you might want to get some weight training in as well.

7. You’re not the only one sweating buckets, EVERYONE is!!

8. No one knows how hard you’re working.  So if you need to back off on the resistance you can.  You should never feel intimidated by the fit peeps in your class.  You will get there one day!  Everyone’s got to start somewhere and the joy of cycling is you work at your own pace! WARNING, make you that you don’t keep the tension so loose that your legs whip around too fast, that can cause injury! You need to decide how much you crank the bike tension based on what you feel you can

Happy spinning!

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I promised a picture of the Kinesis Wall, and I have been slack with the blog.  It was bound to happen, I only maintain three blogs.  Ha ha

Here is what the wall looks like.

And you are thinking to yourself, wow that doesn’t look like much.  Oh ya!? Try doing a 30 minute circuit. By the time I am done, I am a sweaty mess!  And I only do a 30 minute circuit.  I only sweat like that after a 60 minute spin class.

How to Avoid Snacking on Halloween Candy

Sometimes it can be hard to stay out of the Halloween candy.  I’m sure you don’t want to go back out to the store to buy more candy.  How can you avoid snacking on all the sugary treats!? Try some of the tips below.  And GOOD LUCK!  🙂

Buy candy you don’t love. If the candy in your pantry is stuff kids like but that you don’t enjoy, it will be easier to resist opening those bags and diving in. For most of us, that means anything but chocolate.

Out of sight, out of mind

Ask your co-workers to keep their candy jars and bowls inside their desks or stashed in a cabinet in the break room so you won’t be tempted every time you see it. If they want to keep candy on their desks, ask them to use a colored container with a lid so you can’t see inside

Savor one piece of your favorite candy a day

Decide what time of day you most relish the sweet stuff, and save your special treat for that time. Then sit back and slowly savor the taste sensation.

Chew gum

Sugarless gum gives your mouth a burst of sweet sensation for very few calories. “Studies have shown that gum chewing can also help [you] relieve stress, mentally focus on tasks, satisfy a sweet tooth, overcome the urge to eat candy, and help manage hunger pangs to hold you over until your next meal,” says Sandon.

Replace the candy with better choices

Make the see-food diet work in your favor by putting out a bowl of colorful fruit or veggies in place of the candy.

Move the candy jar

Chances are if you have to move for it, you won’t want it.

Count the empty wrappers

It’s so easy to pop fun-size candy bars into your mouth that you can lose track of how quickly the calories are adding up.

Take a walking break

Getting away from your desk for a breath of fresh air can invigorate you and help you get over the mid-morning or mid-afternoon slumps that are often mistaken for hunger.

Manage your hunger

Eat breakfast before coming to work and plan for a few healthy snacks along with a satisfying lunch. Your preplanned meals with keep you feeling satisfied and make you less likely to raid the candy bowl.

Smart Snacking

I had to share this list that I came across on BestHealthMag.ca

We might forget certain snacking “rules” when the urge strikes.  And we could be picking the wrong snacks or snacking too often. Which can derail your diet. So how can you snack smarter?

✓ Instead of buying snacks at a movie or sports event, chew a stick of sugar-free gum.
✓ At parties, stand as far away as you can from bowls of chips, dips, and other munchies.
✓ If you like to munch in the car, bring only a single serving along. Put the rest in the trunk.
✓ If you buy jumbo-size snacks to save money, divide them into single-serving containers as soon as you get home.
✓ Put the healthiest snacks where you’ll see them when you open cupboards or the refrigerator.
✓ Don’t snack in your office, go somewhere else (cafeteria, lounge, outside). That way you won’t associate your office with food.
✓ At home, enjoy your snacks in the kitchen … and nowhere else.
✓ Don’t eat to relax. Relax, then eat.

What are some of your favourite snacks?

Get yourself out of a “Funk”

Meh life happens!! And sometimes we can get into a funk, it happens to us all.  When it happens, it’s never fun.  You feel grumpy,  lethargic, etc…

We’re allowed to have those “funks”. But how do you get out of it!?  Try one or more of the following suggestions.

Go for a walk – You don’t have to walk 10k! Try walking around the bloc

Try a Random Act of Kindness- Try making someone else’s day.  It just might make you feel better.

Pamper yourself!!  Do whatever you like to do!  What makes YOU smile!?!  Take a hot bath, curl up and read a book, go shopping!  The choices are endless.

Get rid of the Clutter– Sometimes clearing out the clutter is one of the quickest ways to generate new and fresh energy.  Tossing out trash may seem like work, but it is totally energizing once you get the hang of it.

Get outside and spend some time with Mother Nature: Getting outside and getting fresh air is one of my favourite ways to feel better.  If you can’t get out of town, at least go for a barefoot run through the grasses in your yard.

Change your bed sheets – Nothing like fresh sheets!!  OR…get out and purchase a new set of colorful bed linens to brighten up your bedroom.

Watch a funny movie AND laugh: Avoid the sappy, make you want to cry movies!   Invite a friend to go along with you and see who laughs the hardest/longest.

Spend time with family: Watch a movie at home, go to the zoo, go for a walk together.  Do something that you will all enjoy together.

 

My 30 Day Challenge to YOU!

For the next 30 days get rid of everything related to weight loss.  You’re thinking WHAT!?!? Is she nuts!?  There is a method to my madness.

Get rid of:

  • Diet books
  • Fitness gadgets or equipment you’ve never used
  • Clothes that are too big or too small
  • Scales, tape measurers, body fat scales or any other tool you might use to measure your size and shape
  • Anything related to fad diets, fat burning supplements or other questionable weight loss ‘aids.’

Before you start panicking, you don’t need to throw them away.  Just keep them out of sight for 30 days.  Let’s focus on getting fit and healthy.  Let’s forget about the pounds lost!!

Why am I asking you to get rid of the scale, tight clothes, etc!?!? Seeing those things will only remind you of how you failed.  Let’s focus on new beginnings, and what you can do right now!

Skip the strict and structured diet.  Just eat healthy, and every now and then treat yourself.

Try….

Keep a Journal

While keeping your journal, record what you eat, your workouts and how you felt.

When you are trying to get fit, learn how to enjoy it!  How!? You will start to see the results of getting in shape.  Daily tasks will become easier, your clothes will start to become loose.  Think long term and not short term!! The long term will keep you focused and on track!

And remember never give up!

The Importance of Drinking Water

Yesterday was a busy day of running around, and other craziness. At 3am this morning I had the WORST muscle cramp in my leg. Why was it happening!? Because I didn’t drink enough water yesterday. I can’t blame anyone but myself for it. I am the first to lecture people on the importance of water, yet I didn’t listen to my own advice. Silly girl!! So let’s do a refresher on the importance of water for the body, shall we!?
Why should we drink water?

Lose weight: Drinking water helps you lose weight because it flushes down the by-products of fat breakdown. Drinking water reduces hunger, it’s an effective appetite suppressant so you’ll eat less. Plus, water has zero calories.

Natural Remedy for Headache: Helps to relieve headache and back pains due to dehydration. Although many reasons contribute to headache, dehydration is the common one.

Helps in Digestion and Constipation: Drinking water raises your metabolism because it helps in digestion. Fiber and water goes hand in hand so that you can have your daily bowel movement.

Good Mood: Your body feels very good and that’s why you feel happy.

Look Younger with Healthier Skin: You’ll look younger when your skin is properly hydrated. Water helps to replenish skin tissues, moisturizes skin and increases skin elasticity. (I was recently complimented on my skin, and my friend asked me what I was doing….I drink LOTS of water!!!)

Better Productivity at Work: Your brain is mostly made up of water, thus drinking water helps you think better, be more alert and more concentrated.

Better Exercise: Drinking water regulates your body temperature. That means you’ll feel more energetic when doing exercises. Water also helps to fuel your muscle.

Helps in Digestion and Constipation: Drinking water raises your metabolism because it helps in digestion. Fiber and water goes hand in hand so that you can have your daily bowel movement.

Less Cramps and Sprains: Proper hydration helps keep your joints and muscles lubricated, so you’ll less likely get cramps and sprains.

Relieves Fatigue: Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins and waste products from the body. If your body lacks water, your heart, for instance, needs to work harder to pump out the oxygenated blood to all cells, so are the rest of the vital organs, your organs will be exhausted and so will you.

Good Mood: Your body feels very good and that’s why you feel happy.

Banana and Berry Smoothie

When it’s hot outside, I don’t want to cook. And, I’m sure that I’m not alone!  Give this smoothie recipe a try. 
 
*3/4 cup (175 mL) low-fat plain yogurt
*1/2 cup (125 mL) skim milk
*1 banana
*1/2 cup (125 mL) fresh or frozen berries

AND: A scope of protein powder of course!!!

Once you have all the ingredients, blend!!

Remember: Milk and yogurt are good sources of vitamin D
 
Do you have a favourite smoothie recipe?

Working Out At Home

Today instead of getting up at 5am, I slept in.  Which is unlike me!  Mind you, sleeping in until 6am is sleeping in for me.  I opted not to go to the gym this morning.  My workout wasn’t on purpose! Ha ha…how bad does that sound!?

This workout started by several trips up and down the stairs.  I kept forgetting things that I needed from my room.  So I decided to keep going up and down the stairs.  Several trips turned into 20 trips.

Every time I reached the top, I did 20 squats.  When I reached the bottom I did 20 push-up’s.

I definitely got my sweat on, and I got my muscles to scream a little.

Moving and turning another year older

The last three weeks has been an interesting ride.  And out of those two weeks, I have been living out of a hotel.  I have been doing my best to stay active, and I have kept my eating relatively clean.  Okay…except on my birthday!  ha ha….don’t hate!  I’m allowed to have a cheat day.  Okay… maybe it was more like two days.  🙂  My younger brother and I are two years and 3 days apart, so we celebrated his birthday as well.

I am back on track, and feeling pretty good.  To be honest, I couldn’t take another day of crappy eating.  I was starting to feel sluggish and gross. 

I found a new gym, but I won’t be starting there until June 6th. Ekkk…what will I do!? I plan on walking everywhere, and doing at home workouts.  My goal is to walk at least 5k a day, which doesn’t seem like much.  But it will add up.  Remember, every step counts!

I found a great article on eating that I wanted to share with everyone: What are the best times to eat