Fitness


Inspired by my Mother with adidas

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On my Mother: green and white tee / black 3.4 leggings (she’s 5′ for reference) / white street sneakers /

On me: Coral tie tee / black track pants (love these! Last seen here) / mint running shoes /

Can you believe Mother’s Day is almost here? This year is flying by! Mother’s Day has two meanings for me every year; it is a day when my kids celebrate me, and a day when I celebrate my own Mom. This Mother’s Day season, I wanted to share with you something important my Mom taught me; which is one of the many reasons I celebrate her!

My Father passed away when I was a baby, and as a result, it was always my Mom and I when I was growing up. So, when my Mom participated in activities, such as fitness, she used to bring me along, since I was too little to leave home alone.

I have fond memories of sitting on the side of a room while my Mom attended a yoga class. I also remember tagging along to her Belly Dancing classes; Belly Dancing was a huge fitness trend in the 1970’s, and my Mom loved it-she was really good at it too! She also attended aerobics classes at an aerobic studio, where I watched her lift colorful weights, wear colorful leotards, and jump around the room. It really looked like fun! My Mom also played tennis at a local club, took me for walks, and took me bike riding. She didn’t just get fit herself, she ensured I had plenty of active time too!

As I got older, my Mom encouraged me to participate in sports. She took me to gymnastics, ice skating, track, volleyball, and swimming classes. I competed, practiced, and had a ton of fun! When I turned ten years old, she told me I had to choose one sport in order to excel; I chose swimming.

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Now, to put this in perspective, she was a single Mom who worked, and volunteered at my school. By choosing swimming, I had picked the most time consuming sport of them all. She never complained or protested; she encouraged it! My Mom dutifully took me to swim practice every day, and she also drove hours to bring me to swim meets, which lasted all weekend. By the time I was in eighth grade, I was practicing twenty-five hours per week, and going to swim meets one or two weekends per month. This was a huge commitment, and my Mom rallied. She stood outside in the rain to cheer for me at swim meets, she stood outside in thirty-degree temperatures to cheer me on and watch me swim. If it was one hundred degrees in the summer, she was out there being my biggest cheerleader too. She was always there, and I loved her for it.

My Mom was a huge inspiration for me as a small child. I loved watching her stay fit. This led to me wanting to stay fit too. She taught me proper nutrition, and the importance of fitness as a lifestyle, not just an activity or part of a schedule. Due to my Mom’s dedication to fitness, she gave me to the tools to excel as a swimmer and compete at the International level. It was an injury that ended my swimming career in college, not my mental state. As an adult, I continue to place importance on fitness, and I pass this along to my children.

As a family, we plan fitness activities, and encourage each other to participate in sports and stay fit. My kids don’t have to work at a sport and go to the Olympics, but I want to ensure they live a healthy lifestyle and continue to live a fit life; just like my Mom.

My family loves wearing adidas when we workout. My Mom is addicted to their line of athletic shoes, and my kids love all of their tee’s, sweatshirts, and shoes. I, of course, adore them! My workout wardrobe is adidas. We love staying fit together, and we wear adidas while doing it.

How has your Mom helped you learn the importance of fitness?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

*sponsored by addias, all thoughts and opinions are my own

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9Round Santa Clara review

I cannot believe it has been one month since the new 9Round Santa Clara opened it’s doors! April flew by so quickly, and I had so much fun getting fit at the new 9Round! In case you missed my post about 9 Round back in January, it is a full body workout studio where you can get a complete workout in 30 minutes. Love!

As you know, I enjoy working out. My fitness routine typically includes spin classes, hikes, treadmill days, step classes, cardio kickboxing, swimming; and anything I can drop into. But, these types of workouts run for 60 minutes, and with my busy schedule, it has been really difficult this year for me to fit these workouts into my crazy schedule. When I heard about the new 9Round Santa Clara, I was excited for a 30 minute workout!

Do you see the TV screen in the photo above? That is a heart-rate monitor which lets you know which zone you are currently in. My knick-name is “Shark,” so as you can see, I was in the red zone when this photo was taken. The ideal zone I should be in for most of my workout is the yellow zone. This is a great tool because it helps you regulate your workout, and adjust, so that you can optimize your results. After you workout, the system sends you an email with a recap of how much time you spent in each zone, and how many calories you burned. It really helps you understand your workout! Love that!

This is a workout which fits into a busy schedule. It’s easy to say you’re too busy to workout on any given day, especially when travel time to and from the gym is typically 30 minutes; and the workout itself is 60 minutes. This is what makes 9Round so fabulous, you cannot make excuses for time! This is a full body workout that can be completed in 30 minutes. It targets all the major muscle groups, and includes cardio interval training too.

I included 9Round workouts 2-3 times each week in April. I loved how much time they saved, and the fact that I couldn’t make any excuses about not having time to workout. As a result, I lost two pounds in April! Yay!

FYI: I lost those two pounds without dieting. I still ate a little bit over my recommended calorie count. Results will be different for everyone-so don’t assume you can eat anything you want and still lose weight, it’s usually a combination of fitness and nutrition. These were my results.

The 9Round workout doesn’t get boring. If you get bored of always doing the same thing, that won’t happen at 9Round. There are 9 circuits which a personal trainer leads you through. Everyday, the workout changes. So you rarely do the same thing twice. I love how the workout is always different, it keeps me on my toes! Plus, all of the trainers are so nice, supportive, and fun to talk to! Love that!

I’m looking forward to continuing to workout at 9Round Santa Clara, and to up my fitness level!

If you live here in the Silicon Valley area, definitely check out 9Round Santa Clara, you will love it! Hope to see you there!

For more information, please check out 9Round’s website here, or call at 1-669-281-KICK.

*Please excuse my sweaty face in these photos-I was having fun and working hard! My beautiful teenage daughter, and my 10-year-old son, took these photos. They did a pretty good job didn’t they!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy

*thank you to 9Round Santa Clara for partnering on this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own


Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park hiking trails

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Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is a fabulous grove of redwood trees complete with several hiking trails to enjoy. Many of the trails are dog friendly or horse friendly too! The many trails are connected, which allows you to hike all day for miles, or to enjoy a short, half-mile hike with small children. Whichever type of hike you are looking for, you will find it Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park!

We recently went to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton with my daughter’s Girl Scout troop. The weather was perfect, and it was partially overcast, which gave us ideal hiking conditions. What I thought would be a two hour hike, turned into a 5 mile, all morning adventure! The girls are in middle school, so now that they are older, they can last longer on hikes. They enjoyed going on the moderate trails, and making it up to the Cathedral Redwoods circle of coast redwood trees. There were a few benches there, which made it ideal for snacking and drinking water.

The hiking trails at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park are well maintained and quite clean. It was easy to avoid poison oak, and there was plenty of room for people to pass each other. There are many old growth redwoods, some which might have been two hundred years old! When Lt. John  C. Fremont was surveying the area in 1846, he camped in the area, and as a result, had an old growth tree, which is presumed to have been there when he was, named after him!

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There is a grove of old growth redwoods, named the Redwood Grove Loop Trail,  right by the visitor center, which offers an educational walk through elder trees. Oh the stories they could tell! This is a flat area, so if you have a stroller, or really small children, this grove is perfect! You can also catch a glimpse of the trains from Roaring Camp when they pass by. Your train-loving children will love that!

Visit like a local

I may sound like a broken record, but the early bird catches the worm! Try to arrive to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park before 9am; especially during the peak summer season, and on weekends. If you arrive later in the day, you might have to park outside the park and end up hiking a mile just to get to the trails! Well, that’s no fun! Visit like a local, and arrive early.

The parking lot is $10, and very safe and well-maintained. In addition to hiking, you can walk over to Roaring Camp and ride a train, go camping, swim in the Garden of Eden, and/or attend a special event. This is a great park to visit again, and again! Without traffic, it is roughly 40 minutes from San Jose. It is located at 101 Big Trees Park Road in Felton, California.

You can learn more about the park online here. For a list of hiking trails, you can find one here.

If you’re local, where are your favorite hikes in the Santa Cruz area? If you’re not local, be sure to add Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park to your itinerary when you visit the San Francisco Bay Area! It’s close to the Santa Cruz beach!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy

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