How many rest days should I take?

When you’re working out consistently or about to start doing so, you may wonder to yourself, “how many rest days should I take?” You could be asking yourself this because you’re worried about resting too much, not resting enough, or you could be reeeeally looking forward to those rest days. Trust me, I’ve been there. First, let’s talk about a balanced exercise regiment. There are three areas of physical fitness: cardio, strength, and flexibility. All three of these areas should be addressed in your workout regiment. There are two types of cardio that you should work to fit in: high […]

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Free Online Workouts and Training Guides

Is it possible to commit to a dynamic workout routine and not pay a dime? Of course is it. And here’s how to do it. Today’s day and age is proof that you don’t have to spend tons of money to get in a good workout. A gym membership is no longer a necessity thanks blogs, websites, apps and Youtube. You can also go old school and rent workout DVDs from the library. I’ve done it before and it’s also a great way to keep yourself accountable — when the due date is creeping up, it usually makes me more […]

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What is LISS Cardio?

Have you ever heard of LISS cardio? I hadn’t for a long time, but then it started popping up more and more. So I thought, what is this?? It turns out that LISS stands for Low Intensity Steady State. It’s all about doing roughly 40-60 minutes of low intensity cardio, 65-75% of your max effort. Yes, this is the long, steady, and sometimes boring, type of cardio that is typically hated. To perform LISS, you can walk, run (at your own comfortable pace), hop on the elliptical, or hike! It may be boring at times, which is why I like […]

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Runner’s Race Day Nutrition & Sports Gel Alternatives

Have you ever wondered what’s in those Gu sports gels, Jelly Belly sports beans, and other mid-race sports products? I have. I’ve also been thinking, are there any alternatives? After a lot of¬†thinking and research, I’ve concluded that with proper planning and food/drink combinations, there certainly are plenty of alternatives that are much better for health. This week, more than ever, I’ve been thinking a lot about nutrition for runners. Last weekend was filled with running inspiration as I was at the Boston Marathon expo on Saturday and the race itself on Monday. My brother-in-law, Tim, ran the marathon with […]

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5k and 10k Training Plans

Hi everyone! Racing season is just around the corner. It’s finally getting warm out which means we can all start training! Finally! I’ve been able to run outside here and there with the weather, but tomorrow will officially begin my training efforts. My training will focus more on speed and increasing my milage. Without getting in my weekly runs, I can still go out for a well-timed 4 miles. Therefore, I need to get my routine back and work on advancing. I have a 10k coming up in June, and I want it to be my best 10k yet. For […]

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The Brazil Butt Lift and Being on a Budget

While I am in training for a race on March 17th, I added another challenge to my next 4 weeks: the Brazil Butt Lift. I started today because the schedules start on Monday and wow! That guy really kicked my butt (pun intended). I hope to get the same results as the success stories from this program because they look amazing! Only time will tell… But the big point of this is that I was interested in trying a fitness program from Beachbody but had one problem: I don’t have $100+ to spend on a fitness program. Luckily, one of […]

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10k Training

Hello! I’m currently in my 2nd week of training for a 10k in March. I looked through different training plans online and settled on one I found on About.com. I chose a beginners plans because I have never raced a 10k distance before. I’ve ran 6 miles but seeing as this will be my first 10k race, I felt comfortable going with this plan. Here’s the training plan if any of you want to give it a try:¬†10k_PDF The spring is a great time to get some races in, and races certainly help with adhering to an exercise plan. When […]

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