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Lace Up Your Sneakers

3 Apr

Today is National Walking Day! The American Heart Association dedicates this day to encourage everyone to get out and walk at least 30 minutes today to make a healthy effort to share the benefits of walking.

Gizmo and I after our walk today...don't mind the half dead/half green grass! Spring seems to be finally here, slowly but surely!

Gizmo and I after our walk today…don’t mind the half dead/half green grass! Spring seems to be finally here, slowly but surely!

Speaking as a runner, walking never seemed to be ‘enough’ for me. Being forced into only walking has really taught me that walking has some really awesome benefits and a lot of those benefits are the same as if I were running. One huge benefit for me is that it’s not as hard on my body, joints, and has helped my body to heal while still being active.

Some of the many benefits to walking:

  1. Reduces stress
  2. Increase energy
  3. Boosts your immune system
  4. Helps kick cravings
  5. Reduces risk for heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, and increases overall health
  6. Can be very useful to help shed pounds
  7. Increases metabolism

After I get done walking, I feel refreshed and energized; much like when I was running. My mind is clearer and my mood is lifted. In the past year I’ve learned it’s not about how intense you are exercising, it’s about being active to stay healthy and find a balance. I know my body can’t handle intense exercise right now and walking is the healthiest option for me.

There’s nothing like being active outdoors when the weather is nice and the sun is shining. Whether it’s walking, running, volleyball, baseball, playing catch, it’s all really great for your health and you will love the benefits mentally and physically from getting out and being active! Listen to your body, know your limits, and do what is right for YOUR body at that time in your life.

I can’t express how badly I want to be out there running, luckily walking is the closest thing to running right now and I am happy with that! It’s like the choice of ice cream or frozen yogurt… both make me happy and both are unique in their own ways! (Just got home from a fro-yo trip, we each had 6 oz free that expired today).

I got a ton of different kinds...a mocha, triple chocolate, wedding cake, & creamsicle (my favorite) with strawberries, crushed graham crackers & crushed chocolate cookies. I think that was it!

I got a ton of different kinds…a mocha, triple chocolate, wedding cake, & creamsicle (my favorite) with strawberries, crushed graham crackers & crushed chocolate cookies. I think that was it!

I like to walk with someone else because it prevents me from giving in and jogging, it also helps pass the time, have some great conversations, and I face a computer all day so the human interaction is awesome! When I am by myself I listen to music and usually have Gizmo with me. Most days, my mom and I walk. She has lost so much weight with the help of walking, she also feels more energized and it helps her stay motivated and on track.

I hope you are able to get out and enjoy some time with a friend or relative or neighbor or spouse or pet and go for a walk; breathe in some fresh air and enjoy the benefits of walking!


Off topic:  As much as David said no sand volleyball for him this year, we are now BOTH signed up to play on 2 teams (Tuesdays and Thursdays) again this summer! I can’t wait!! I loved it last year and looked forward to it so much! I was just going to sub on a team but she needed another couple so we committed to both nights, both of us. I’m really anxious for summer to be here!


Fitness Friday: Blogilates

7 Dec

Happy Friday everyone! I am up early to head to work to make up my time while I am at my appointment today. I am anxious to see my new Dr. and get some input and another opinion for what’s next. I will let you know how it goes!

Today though I want to touch on some fitness. Woahhhh, did she just say fitness?? That is something I haven’t touched on in a longggg time because I haven’t been focusing on that so much right now in my life but today I wanted to share with you all a new workout blog I found and one that I really enjoy.

Now that I have gained to a healthier weight, though my body is still very sensitive to stress so I can’t do anything real high impact or intense, I wanted to find something that would help me incorporate some strength training back in so that I can keep my muscles strong and have that feeling of accomplishment again, AND to help beat the winter blues!

“Fitness to me isn’t about a crunch or a push up, it’s about taking your power back.” -Jillian Michaels

Before I was diagnosed with HA, I  was starting to cut back slightly on the cardio and incorporate more resistance training and weights into my routine. I am the worst at doing weights without some sort of video because I never know if I am doing them right and I never know what muscle group or move to do next.

I came across the blog Blogilates. Cassey Ho is a pilates and fitness instructor that blogs her workouts online.

And look at that, she’s listed #2 (right under one of my biggest influencers in the health and fitness world…) Jillian Michaels! Cassey has so much energy and spunk to her and she is the best at telling you what you should be doing and talking you through each move. I hate workout videos where you have to try and stretch your head to see what’s going on or stop what you are doing and figure it out while missing the workout the whole time! I also love how she incorporates dance moves and music into her workouts which definitely wake me up and make me feel energized.

There are workout plans, email newsletters, meal plans, recipes, fashion, music, and if you want to do more of an intense workout, she can cover you there too with her HIIT series!

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I really like pilates because it helps with flexibility and strength. In high school, I was hooked on Winsor Pilates, and I have done this workout way too many times. I have the WORST flexibility, like can’t even touch my toes bad…but I remember when I would do pilates, everything just felt stretched, taller, and longer…I also was standing up straighter than ever.

The biggest thing I remember about pilates is to always keep your core muscles nice and tight and when you do the moves, try hard to keep everything centered and not to wiggle around too much. Pilates is great for strengthening your core which helps with your posture, ab strength, and balance.

So if you are looking to look and feel stronger, dance a little in your living room, feel sore the next day, and not hear your Dad tell you to stand up straight anymore 😉 check out Cassey’s blog at Blogilates. She will make you sweat, feel strong, and gives off more energy than 10 cups of coffee!!

I am looking forward to doing some more of her challenges as well as reading her posts and trying some of her recipes.

Happy end of the week every one. Finish it out strong!