10-31-2012

Health/Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

Some of you may be bored at home this week since many schools and workplaces have declared the day off (on the East Coast at least). If you have power, check out these great links I found this week!

  • What to Toss and What to Keep After a Power Outage (Huffington Post) – Good info for those of us experiencing power outages. Thankfully, we have a power generator, but if you don’t, definitely read this!
  • Light Banana Latte Frappe – (Undressed Skeleton) This looks delicious! Absolutely need to try this. Only thing I would add is peanut butter or protein powder for some protein.
  • 15 Tips to Be Healthy and Fit in College (Fit Bottomed Girls) – Being in college can sometimes make being health tough. Dining halls have healthy options, but there is so much other stuff you want (um, hello unlimited ice cream?). Here are some great tips for you if you’re in college…and even if you’re not!
  • Healthiest Fast-Food Options (Fit Sugar) – Stuck out with no packed food and your only option is fast food? Choose one of these healthier options!
  • Reneging on Egg Yolks (Tony Gentilcore) – Another great post by trainer, Tony Gentilcore. Eat those egg yolks people! Eggs are packed with nutrition and protein. I love eggs. They are so versatile too…have them for breakfast, put them in salads, etc.

Do you eat eggs/egg yolks? 

 

10-30-2012

Hurricane Update

Hurricane Sandy is gone but has left a path of destruction behind. I can’t even believe some of the scenes I am seeing from New York City and especially the Jersey Shore. Seeing the boardwalks ripped up is crazy. My thoughts and prayers are with those who had to evacuate their homes and will not be able to go back for days.

Thankfully, my family’s home is ok. We prepared with sandbags but had no flooding issues. There wasn’t much rain, mainly STRONG winds. I’m very grateful that no trees were uprooted on our property or our neighbors. We drove around the town today and took some pictures:

Tree down at a friend’s house

Cables down everywhere

Hopefully, all of you are okay and safe. Rutgers has cancelled classes until Monday which is unprecedented. I guess I’ll have time to work on some blog posts and work!

Were you affected by Hurricane Sandy? Hopefully nothing too bad!

10-29-2012

Motivational Monday: Hurricane Edition

I hope those of you on the East Coast will stay safe and dry the next few days. I spent all day yesterday preparing the house with my family. Let me tell you, shoveling sand into bags and then putting them out in front of the house (I’m talking over 50 bags) is definitely a workout!

I have off from class and work the next two days, so I will have time to write some posts and catch up on school work…and relax! My gym is closed, and I’m not running in the hurricane, so I will have to do some at-home workouts I’m sure. Maybe I’ll post a workout for you all? ;)

Here’s some motivation for you for this week:

This quote is so true! Clear your mind of negativity. Whether it’s being negative about things in life, or being negative about your body and health…the first step to overcoming both is changing your mindset. You have one life, and one body…make the most of it! Your body is an amazing thing, and will take you to great places. This week, I challenge you to be positive! When you find yourself getting down, immediately stop and change your frame of mind. Or at least try to.

Do you typically find the glass half empty or half full?

Be optimistic this week…and stay dry everyone!

10-25-2012

Who’s running this weekend?

This weekend will be an eventful one. Saturday is the Rutgers Homecoming game, so obviously that will be a ton of fun! It’s also Halloween weekend, but I won’t be going out Saturday night after the game. Why? I’m running the NYRR Poland Spring Marathon Kickoff 5 mile race in Central Park.

So, I’ll be waking up at 5 am Sunday morning. I’m definitely not a morning person, but I’ll do it for a race! I almost didn’t run this because I did want to do something for Halloween, but I need to get my 9 races in for next year’s New York City Marathon, and I’d rather run a race now than in December when it’s freezing.

Is anyone else running a race this weekend? Have any of you done any of NYRR’s 9+1 races for entry into the marathon?

I’ll leave you with a little running humor…love this:

10-24-2012

Take a few minutes & help children have gifts for the holidays

Every year, Rutgers University hosts the Big Chill 5K race. Instead of paying a registration fee, runners just have to bring a toy, which is then wrapped and given to local children whose family may not be able to afford holiday toys.

Our Recreation team created this video and have entered it into a Johnson & Johnson contest. With your help, we could win a grant that will help us fund Big Chill and help make the 10 year anniversary special. Please consider taking a few minutes to vote and help make sure children are able to receive gifts during the holidays.

Thanks!!

Watch the video and vote here!

10-24-2012

Health/Fitness Links to Get You Through the Day

I found some really good stuff this week! Let’s get right to it…

  • How to grocery shop to lose weight – I found these tips on a new blog I’m following, Fitness Wayne. These are great tips to remember when you go grocery shopping. Main thing I’d follow: Shop the perimeter of the grocery store, that’s where the healthy stuff is!
  • Healthy tailgating tips – Fall = going to Rutgers football games and tailgating with friends. We all have our favorite team and have our school pride. But don’t let tailgating derail your efforts!
  • 5 ways to eat sweet potatoes – Like sweet potatoes? Here are 5  variations for ya! I still have to try making some sweet potato fries, I hear they’re great!
  • Total body tabata home workout – Another great workout by Blonde Ponytail. I’m all about at-home, minimal equipment workouts!
  • “Therapy Thursday: Shin splints” – A blog post by another blogger I just started following! Steph, author of The Friendly Runner, writes about the woes of shin splints and how to fix them. As a sufferer of shin splints, I loved this post and am happy to say I do all of these =) Maybe not consistently…but that’s another story.

Which link did you find the most useful? Let me know if you implement any of the tips, workouts or recipes!

 

10-23-2012

Apartment workout…ALL bodyweight!

The first workout I posted was a general, full body routine for beginners. However, you would need dumbbells at the very least. Well, I have created a solution for you…a no-equipment, bodyweight workout routine you can do right at home. Can’t get any better than that!

You won’t be needing any of this!

For each move, I have again provided useful YouTube links so you can see what proper form is. Perform 3 sets, 15-20 reps for each exercise. If doing 15 reps seems easy, go for 20! You want to feel challenged and like the last few reps are very difficult. Go through the entire list, then repeat 2 more times to complete the 3 sets. Enjoy!

-Squat (pause at the bottom for a second before coming up…feel the burn baby!)

-Pushups (start video at 0:18) If you can’t do a pushup, do them on your knees and remember to keep your body in a straight line! Then, staying in that position move onto…

-Mountain Climbers (do 30 of these, count “1″ for each time you bring 1 leg in)

-Single leg deadlift/reach It is very important to keep a flat back. Focus on bringing your back leg as high as you can and feel the stertch in your hamstrings

-Tricep pushup

-Plank jacks

-Split squat

-Hip raises/glute bridge Keep feet hip width apart and don’t thrust your hips too high. Squeeze glutes and hamstrings at the top of the movement, pause, then lower.

-Plank (30-60 seconds depending on your fitness level)

REPEAT!

Let me know if you try out this workout…and if you have any questions about any of the exercises :)

On an unrelated note, I have created a Pinterest to post motivation, tips, recipes, workouts and more. Go ahead and follow me!

10-22-2012

Motivational Monday!

It’s a new week…yet again! Sometimes I feel like the weekend flies by (actually no, not sometimes, ALL the time). But…what can ya do! Here’s my motivational quote for you to live by this week:

Whatever it is you are working on this week…do it with passion. Whether it’s working out, running, racing, working on a new project, school work…put 100% into it. Sometimes it is tough to do that…trust me I know! I have 6 different part-time jobs right now and am in graduate school. Some days I just don’t feel like putting much effort into anything. But lately I have been feeling energized. I want to give everything my all, and the best I can. I have been constantly reading tech websites to learn more about social media, blogging, tech, etc., in order to grow this blog and brand. I have been keeping up with my school work. I have been working out consistently, and eating healthy consistently (what up losing 1.5% body fat!).

This week I challenge YOU to be passionate about what you do. Do it.

10-20-2012

Perfect fall day

This is not really fitness related…but today was a perfect fall day. My boyfriend and I went to the Rutgers vs. Temple football game at Temple (Philadelphia). It was high 60s and sunny all day.

Watching warm-ups

I actually won tickets to this game at the last minute! Dan and I were going to go for our anniversary but ticket prices were a little out of our budget range. The week before the game our Athletic Director had a Twitter contest and I won 2 tickets! I never win anything so this was super exciting!

Although the first half wasn’t great (RU was losing 10-0), the second half was amazing and we ended up winning 35-10. There were a ton of RU fans at the game which was awesome.

 

Sea of red

It’s a good thing we won or it would have been a long drive home with Dan, who gets very intense about his sports teams =P

We stayed until the very end and joined in with the team and fans to sing our alma mater.

Overall, it was a great day!

Do you have a favorite college football team? Are we rivals? ;)

 

10-18-2012

Fall running is seriously the best

I’m so excited that I was able to run 5 miles yesterday! No shin issues, no pain…felt awesome!

I am an assistant coach for a running class on that meets once a week. They are training for a half marathon, but due to my shin issues (and because I just need a break from long distance) I don’t run as far as they do. They did 9 miles yesterday, and I definitely am not ready to do that kind of distance!

Anyways, it was a beautiful, crisp, fall afternoon…perfect for a run. I ran along the Raritan River on the Canal Towpath. You can’t beat this scenery:

The path is 34.5 miles long so it’s perfect for running. During marathon training last year my mom and I did our 20 mile training run on this path. Looking back on it, I have no clue how we ran 10 miles out and 10 miles back…I cannot fathom that now!

I finished at an average of a 9:50ish minute/mile pace. I can’t wait for my next run tomorrow. I seriously love fall running!

Another picture I took on one of my runs.

Are you a runner? What is your favorite season for running?