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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!

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Workout Playlist

6 Dec

I have been loving lots of songs these days and as you may know, my musical taste is all over the place. Depending on what I am doing, I will listen to a certain type of music. If I am feeling creative usually it’s rock, country, or something calm like Jack Johnson or Kate Voegele. If I am working out, it’s more upbeat could be rock or rap. Driving is one that is based completely on the mood I am in in that moment in time.

With the abundance of Christmas music my ears have been exposed to, I thought it’d be a good chance to mix it up and let you in on my Work Out Playlist. This has a good mix of all types of music that I would love to run, walk, or elliptical…and can’t forget, DANCE to!

1. We Run the Night -Havana Brown and Pitbull

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2. Tongue Tied – Grouplove

Grouplove-Tongue-Tied-Gigamesh-Remix3. You Make Me Feel – Cobra Starship: this song totally makes me feel like my legs are moving…last summer I’d put this song on repeat for a full 6 miles…I can barely listen to it anymore because it makes me want to fly! Although it also makes me think of 5:30 AMs…best wake up song though!

4. Move Your Body – My Darkest Days: I love these guys!

319257_519892859468_530041_n5. Ice Cream Paint Job – Dorrough: I like to believe this song is really about ice cream…but I’m pretty sure it’s not…

6. Chillin – Wale and Lady Gaga: Awesome beat…

7. THE (The Hardest Ever) – will.i.am feat Mick Jagger & Jennifer Lopez: I use to blare this in my headphones and actually broke a set of headphones because I blew the speaker out…yes, I like my music LOUD when I run. I pounded a lot of miles out on the treadmill last December/January to this song. It will DEFINITELY keep you moving!

8.  I’m not a huge Linkin Park fan but I do like this song: Bleed It Out

9. Sound of Madness – Shinedown

10. In the Dark – Dev: Another good beat, this was way overplayed on my iPod as well but it still is very motivating for me!

What are some of your favorite songs to workout to?