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5K with a twist

WOW! What an incredible experience it was to run a 5K with my cousins. The 4 of us have been training for this 5K all summer and it has finally happen, but it wasn’t just any 5K it was Color Me Rad!! The most thrilling, fun and COLORFUL run I have even done.

Below you can find some very colorful pictures from the run!

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I know this isn’t the type of workout you can do from home, but if you have never participated in a 5K run I highly suggest it! They are a fun way to workout without realizing you are working out. The nice thing about these 5K run is that they are not timed so you can run, job or walk them at your own pace, and they are fun for any age!!

Have you done a 5K or a color 5K? Let me know what you thought!!!

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3 kick-butt workout DVD

This post is all thanks to my friends. They are the type of people who need somebody or something “yelling” at them to keep working and not to quit. Every video I am going to give to you I have tried know people who have used them. From this I give you:

My top 3 favorite video workouts:

P90X DVDs

Photo taken from P90X website

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The first is the extremely popular, P90X. Trainer Tony Horton has created 12 weeks of fitness videos that will help you get from flab to fab in just 90 days. Each disc goes through a different workout for that part of the body. The discs also come with a workout calendar and nutrition plan. The beauty of P90X is that each disc works an entirely different muscle than the last. I have yet to try every disc, but from the ones I’ve done my favorites are: Ab Ripper X; Plyometrics; Core Synergistics; Legs & Back; and Chest, Shoulders and Triceps. Tony Horton has three to four other people workout with him doing different intensities of the workout, allowing all skill levels an excelent workout. For more information check out P90X

2. Moore Trainer Resistance Bands

The Moore Trainer is a video combined with 4 resistance bands that you attach right above your knee. Each resistance band is a different weight that strengthen any workout. Trainer Shay along with 3 others go through an intense 20 minute workout that will increase your stamina and strength. I bought this product at the begining of the semester (January), and use it 3-5 times a week and I can already see and feel my legs getting stronger. The resistance bands that the video comes with are the main part of the program. These bands are portable and can be worn anytime of the day, and during any workout to add a little bit extra weight onto your legs. This program is excelent for those who are trying to gain stamina and loose inches on your waist and thighs.  For more information check out: Moore Trainer’s website here!

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Jillian Michaels on the cover of Fitness magazine

Jillian Michaels on the cover of Fitness magazine

The Jillian Michaels workout DVDs give you the feeling that Jillian Michaels is actually in the room yelling at you like she does to the contestants on the biggest loser.  She has 10 DVD programs that are great workouts that will help you stay motivated and get ready for that summer hot summer bod you always wanted. One of my good friends has three of these DVDs and is obsessed with them. On the days she cannot do them she can hear Jillian Michaels’ voice, in her head, telling her to do them. For more information about Jillian Michaels and her fitness plans: join the fitness fun!

Anyone have a workout DVD that they really enjoy doing, let me know! Or if you have any more questions regarding my selections I will be happy to answer them for you!

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Why to keep track of your fitness

Keeping track of your fitness is an important way to remain healthy. When you keep track off your food intake and fitness you can see the progress you are making to obtain your fitness goals. This infograph goes into detail about the importance of keeping track and doing so in a quick and simple way.

Keep track of your fitness For the past year I have been using different online and mobile tools to keep track of my food and workouts of that day. This allows me to see if I am eating enough of things like protein and fiber and not too much of things like sugar and fat. Some good sites and apps that help you keep track of your fitness Gand food goalaltered MyFitnessPal, LoseIt, Livestrong, and ACEfitness. I have found that when I use these sites/ apps I get a better workout in because I know how much cardio and strength training I have done, to still need to Do.

According to BodyBuilder.com, keeping track of your daily fitness is important when trying to loose weight, gain muscle and to get stronger. When you keep a log of what fitness exercises, sets, reps and weights you do you are able to change up your workout routine until it is exactly what you want. It is also important to change up your routine every so often so your body does not get too comfortable and stuck in the same boring repetitive routine.

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No Shower Needed

So I woke up later then expected the other morning and realized I was never going to have enough time to go to the gym, workout and than shower all before I went to class. Instead I decided to use bits and pieces of different exercises I found a while ago from Shape and Women’s Health magazines. My workout was a total of 6 exercises that were easy and quick. I could feel myself getting a great workout in and it didn’t take me very long to do it. My favorite part of this workout was that I had barely sweated during my workout. Not having to shower immediately after working out saved me so much time before class.

TIP OF THE DAY: Make sure you are properly breathing during your workout!

  1. Jogging: Jogging in place is a great way to get your heart rate up and get cardio in when you are working out in a small and inclosed space. Jog in place for around a minute to start out your workout and to get your muscles loose. If a minute is too long for you, jog for 30 seconds.
  2. Crunches: When lying on the floor, pick a spot around 45-60 degrees behind your head for your eyes to keep attention to. This will make sure you are using your abdominal muscles not your neck for your crunches. Place your hands under your neck for support, and make sure your elbows stay as close to the ground as possible. Lift your chest about six inches off the ground and hold for 2 seconds. Return to starting formation. Repeat 30 times.
  3. Jumping Squats: When you squat down make sure the back of your thighs for a 90 degree angle with your legs. Instead of returning to the starting position, jump up with your hands in the air and land on your entire foot. Repeat 15 times. If you are a beginner than stick to 15 basic squats.Push-up
  4. Push Ups: Make sure your back is straight when completing your pushups. Keep your hands and arms above your chest. Your chest and abs should reach right above the ground simultaneously. Return to starting position. Repeat 7-15 times.
  5. Side-Crunch: Grab those 3-10 pound weights I talked about in my last post. For this exercise you only need one weight, you do not need the entire set. Start out with the weight in your right hand and your left hand on your hip. Lean to your right, hold for 2 seconds and return to the start position. Repeat 10 times then switch to left side and repeat 10 times.
  6. Jumping Jacks: Finish your workout by doing 50 Jumping Jacks. Try not to let your hands slap down at your sides when you bring your hands down.

TIP: If you are a beginner it is okay to take a quick break in between each exercise, but as your fitness ability increases your break time should decrease.

After completing this workout let me know what you think! Did you stick to my workout, or did you do your own variation of it. I’d love to hear what you did differently.

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