Fitness


Fall 2018 fitness routine

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So you might be wondering why there are beach yoga photos on a post about fall fitness, well, this activity was the inspiration for one of my workouts in my new fall 2018 fitness routine.

When I was in Florida with Chico’s, they hosted a beach yoga workout the morning before we all flew home. It was a beautiful experience and reminded me how good yoga can feel. I was in a car accident in the late 1990s. A women ran a red light and t-boned my friend’s car. I was sitting in the backseat, and despite my seat-belt, I was tossed sideways and hit my head on the interior of the car. I was out for a minute and later diagnosed with a concussion and whiplash. Without thinking, I settled with the insurance company instead of suing; which in hindsight, I should have done. I have permanent damage to my neck and upper spine from the accident. This results in chronic pain which can affect my activities.

Yoga can temporarily relieve some of this pain, and it also reduces the stress I hold onto from my daily life. In addition to relieving stress, it stretches out muscles I use when I workout, and it also helps reduce injury from my fitness activities, and life in general.

So, I have decided to incorporate yoga into my weekly routine for the fall season. I’m excited to see how this new fitness routine works!

Monday: Spin class (interval cardio)

Tuesday: Body Blast (interval strength training)

Wednesday: Body Combat (cardio kick boxing)

Thursday: Strong by Zumba (interval strength and cardio) (not sure how I like this yet-will report back in a couple months)

Friday: Yoga (stretching? How do you categorize this? haha)

Saturday: Spin (cardio)

Sunday: rest

Well, I’m excited to see how this new routine works for me. My goal was to lose ten pounds over summer vacation, but I only lost five. I am still going to consider that a win, and see if I can lose ten pounds by Christmas! Wish me luck!

What are you doing for fitness this fall season? Do you do yoga? Which types?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

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Keeping sports in the family

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Sports have always been an important part of my life, and my husband’s life. My entire childhood was consumed with playing sports. I ice-skated, took gymnastics, ran track, played volleyball and tennis, cheered in high school; and eventually ended up swimming at the national level and training over twenty-five hours per week in the hopes of getting to the Olympics someday. While my Olympic dreams were dashed by a shoulder injury my junior year of high school, my love for sports, and everything participating in sports taught me, made me who I am today. Sports teach valuable life skills which help child athletes become successful adults.

Our whole family enjoys a variety of sports. My husband grew up playing baseball, football, basketball, tennis, and soccer. Our kids play volleyball, baseball, football, cheerleading, tennis, soccer, and field hockey. We love to encourage sports in our family because sports do more than keep us healthy; they teach us to live better lives and be better people. Sports teach teamwork, resilience, sportsmanship, hard work, and how to achieve your goals. I love to share this with my kids.

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Sports teach us to work hard, no matter what happens. If an injury holds you back from one dream, you can always go after another dream or goal. Once we reach our goals, we can make new ones and continue to strive for more. We should always want more; and sports teaches us that. It teaches us that hard work pays off, and the harder you work, the more you can achieve.  My husband and I worked hard in sports growing up, and we learned that teamwork and sportsmanship goes beyond the field; it is an essential skill in the real world; particularly the workplace. This is what we try to teach to our children.

We encourage our kids to participate in sports not only to learn how to work hard to achieve goals, but to learn a strong work ethic, teamwork, and sportsmanship. My oldest daughter is on her high school varsity cheer squad where she works hard to stay in shape, so she can lift and throw other girls in the air. Cheerleading requires hard work and teamwork, which will ultimately make her a better adult when she is ready to enter the world. My middle child loves to play volleyball where she learns to work hard to be a better player and learns how important both teamwork and sportsmanship are. My youngest child is a hard-working baseball player who has learned that the more he practices, the better he plays. Baseball also instills in him teamwork and sportsmanship. I love seeing my husband share his childhood sport with our son.

In addition to team sports, we teach our kids to live a healthy lifestyle. Staying healthy not only helps them stay strong for the sports they play, it helps their overall well-being. We love wearing Adidas footwear and clothing for a variety of sports as well as activities such as family hikes. Adidas has been a part of myself, and my husband’s sporting lives; and our children have been wearing Adidas shoes and apparel since they kicked or threw their first ball. We love sharing our love of sports with our kids, all while wearing Adidas.

*This post was sponsored by adidas, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Summer 2018 fitness routine

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Summer starts tomorrow! So I am switching up my fitness routine for the summer season. What I love about the summer season is that I have more free time to get in really good workouts. It is also a time when I can include my kids in my fitness routine. Love that!

My goal this summer is to work off ten pounds. I hope to lose a pound a week; I know I can do it! I use MyFitnessPal to track my workouts and caloric intake. Everytime I use it, it works like a charm! It’s an easy numbers game; stick to the calorie count, workout, and voila! A pound a week will vanish. Love it!

Here is my summer fitness routine:

Monday: Cardio and weights, 60 minutes (interval and strength)

Tuesday: Spin class with my daughters (cardio)

Wednesday: BodyCombat class (cardio)

Thursday: The Drop (interval and strength class)

Friday: Spin class with my daughters (cardio)

Saturday: Family hike or swimming laps with the kids (easy cardio)

Sunday: rest day

It is important to mix up cardio, interval training, and strength training. By mixing together different workout types, it works differing muscles groups, enabling a good overall workout routine.

I’m excited about my summer fitness routine because I have the time to mix together the right types of workouts into my schedule.

What are you doing this summer for fitness? Which workouts are your favorite?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy