There's a couple things I have learned in my 33 years on this planet. For starters, I hate to exercise in the morning no matter how many vision boards I put up of images with people happily running in the morning. Secondly, I need a solid goal to focus on such as a marathon, a challenge or a mountain because I get bored with the same grind everyday. Lastly, I thrive in a group setting where I must be accountable and work as a team.Read More
WTF... I've been doing Insanity for almost 3 weeks shouldn't I have lost weight or noticed my body becoming super toned?
The real answer is NO... it typically takes about 6 to 8 weeks to notice any changes in your body which is why people tend to lose interest just before the magic happens.Read More
I'm super psyched to do the Insanity workout challenge! I love doing interval exercise and this series is all about pushing yourself through intervals.
Why interval training is so awesome:
- You can do so much in such a short period of time
- It is great for weight loss
- Kicks ass for stress management
- Improves the good cholesterol (HDL)
- Decreases inflammation in your body (brings down CRP_
- My personal fav... Improves cognition by increasing BDNF (brain derived neurotropic factor) which improves memory and focus
- It requires NO equipment and you can do it anywhere
Yoga and I have a very volatile on and off type of relationship but I must say that when I'm running daily and doing yoga I feel on top of my game! So, what better motivation to work out than some fresh yoga gear.... I'm super impressed with the collab with Sophie Leininger and Anthropolgie for yoga mats.Read More
I'm extra excited to use my fitbit because the company recently collaborated with Tory Burch to create super chic bracelets that are secretly fitbits (shhhhhhhhhh). This is going on my wish list.Read More
Spring in such a lovely season and the green is emerging everywhere!
Okay, so the first part of this hike gets a little vertical but the scenery is amazing... you go through forest, meadows full of wild flowers, and hike up a waterfall to reach the observation post.
- Roundtrip: 8 miles
- Elevation Gain 3800ft
- Highest Point 5629
- Location: Snoqualmie Pass
It's an easy hike but it's absolutely gorgeous! I always hike this one during the week days because the weekends get a little crowded. This is a great hike to have a good conversation and catch up with old friends.
- Roundtrip 5.5 miles
- Elevation Gain 1200ft
- Highest Point 1500ft
- Location: Gold Bar
The moss, the forest, the river... absolutely stunning! A very Loooong drive so be prepared to spend the night.
- Roundtrip 10.6 miles
- Elevation Gain 300ft
- Highest Point 800ft
- Location: Olympic National Park
Scenic route on part of the Pacific Crest Trail... and the katwalk is the perfect place for a picnic.
- Roundtrip 11 miles
- Elevation Gain 2700 ft
- Highest Point 2500ft
- Location: Snoqualmie Pass
This hike is located on the less traveled side of Mt. Rainier and isn't too far away from Seattle. The first 5 miles are relatively flat since it was a road back in 2006 then you come across an enchanting waterfall, cross a beautiful river full of glacier water, and cross a suspension bridge!
- Roundtrip 16.5 miles
- Elevation Gain 1000ft
- Highest Point 3400ft
- Location: Mt. Rainer
For the past couple of months I've been going to the gym every weeknight doing cardio & weights followed by 30 minutes in the sauna for detox. I've never been one to put together cute workout clothes for the gym... BUT I love finding stylish digs to wear hiking starting in the spring.
I feel that the key to keeping consistent with exercise is...
1. Do something that you enjoy...I actually look forward to catching up on reality tv while warming up on the elliptical.
2. Force yourself to do it if you have committed to it... I always feel so much better afterwards.
3. Have fun... just get your body moving. Dance, jump, run, walk, swim, and laugh!
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I'm a huge fan of interval training because it can do so much in such a short time!
This type of exercise is great for:
- Weight loss
- Stress Management
- Decreasing inflammation (decreases CRP)
- Increases the good cholesterol (HDL)
- Improves Cognition (It increases BDNF which helps with memory and focus)
So, what exactly is interval exercise? It's simply alternating bursts of intense activity with intervals of lighter activity. For example, during your morning walk begin incorporating short bursts of jogging. The best part? It requires no equipment and you can pretty much do it anywhere!
How do you know you are in the interval training range?
Calculate your maximum heart rate (or click here ) : 220 minus your age = ...
Interval training is typically 80% of your maximum heart rate
Download this Exercise Calendar and begin setting clear goals to get healthy!
...and you have the perfect to excuse rock an awesome pair of running shoes
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better" ~ Albert Einstein
Maybe it's the earth sign (I'm a Taurus) in me talking but the place I feel most at home and balanced is when I'm hiking in the forest. I feel like it's easy to lose touch with how truly amazing nature is when living in the city and going about daily life.
I'm sure you gals are all familiar with the awesome benefits of exercise which includes increasing energy, enhancing cognitive function, and increasing your metabolism... but did you know how awesome the benefits of hiking in nature are?
- The soil is much more gentle on the joints than pavement
- Being away from technology helps to push the focus on the moment
- Fresh air
- Vibrant colors... autumn is a perfect time to see the colors changing into gorgeous red hues
...and the best part? It's totally free and all around you!
Photography by Jared Duhon of J.Duhon Photography