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My Workouts Lately [Nov & Dec ’16]

Hi friends!

Is it just me, or is January flying by?!

Today I want to rewind a bit and look back at my workouts of November and December ’16. I capped off my year with many awesome sweat sessions!

Harley photobombing my headstand, as per usual!

I kept up with doing an at-home yoga practice most mornings, though I feel like I stuck more to the basics and didn’t challenge myself with new/deepening asanas all that much.

Well okay, this pose is a pretty tough one! 

Class-wise, November was fun because I got to experience spin classes at a new studio in downtown San Diego called Pure Indoor Cycling.

The folks at the studio kindly gave me a complimentary membership to try out their classes, and you guys, I had so much fun taking spin classes there! Pure offers the club-esque type of cycling classes that are becoming so popular in many cities — complete with loud, energizing music and lighting effects.

I love breaking up the day with a lunchtime ride, and I burned mega calories at Pure classes. I have my bike trainer at home that I use all the time, but I definitely pushed myself more in the classes. I left every Pure class feeling awesome, with lots of endorphins flowing!

One thing that I dig about Pure Studio? The classes are a bit more reasonably priced than you’d find at comparable cycling studios. And San Diego locals, the first class at Pure is free! I’d definitely recommend checking it out.

The only bummer for me? I wish I lived closed to the Pure studio!

Next up with my studio class workouts throughout November & December was going to more yoga sculpt classes at Fortis & YOGALUX in Carlsbad. I’ve become such a fan of yoga sculpt classes!

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Three Workouts to Try This Holiday Season

Between holiday shopping, parties, travel, and family traditions on top of the usual busyness, most of us are pressed for time at the end of the year. But don’t let that stop you from fitting in exercise! Today I’m sharing 3 workout ideas to try over your holiday season.

The first routine is a 30-minute HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout that consists of 5 circuits, with 3 exercises in each circuit: a cardio move, a bodyweight strength move, and an abdominal exercise. For each exercise, it’s 30 seconds on / 10 seconds off, and once you complete the three exercises, you repeat it for 3 rounds, then move onto the next circuit. This one can be done anywhere, and chances are I’ll be doing this one when I’m staying at my parents’ house over Christmas!

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Tip: I use a free app called Interval Timer for HIIT workouts. I set up my desired intervals (in this case, 45 intervals with 30 seconds on, 10 seconds rest), and then once I push start, I can just listen to the alarm interval noises to switch exercises while I’m watching TV or listening to music.

The second workout is a treadmill + bodyweight circuit workout that’ll take around 40 minutes to complete. My father-in-law has a treadmill in his basement, so when I’m staying at his house I usually fit in a workout incorporating incline walking intervals. This workout begins with building treadmill inclines, then switches over to 5 bodyweight exercises for a total body workout. Do 4 rounds for about a 40 minute workout. Only have 20 minutes to spare? Complete 2 rounds for a quickie workout!

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The All About the Hamstrings Workout

When I cut out cardio for a couple of months because of my foot injury, I started doing a lot more isolated strength training than usual. I typically incorporate strength moves into HIIT and cardio workouts, but I started relying more on strength training as my main exercise burn.

While I love so many types of workouts, I wouldn’t say that lifting is high on my list of favorite types of exercise. At first I was whining to myself (and probably a few others) saying, “How many damn bicep curls can I do?” but then I started getting more creative. I used to do a lot more workouts that were more strength-based when I regularly went to a normal gym, so I started getting back to those roots and having more fun with it.

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One thing I started paying more attention to was working on my hamstrings. I definitely have stronger quads than hamstrings. After all, I use my quads for some of my favorite exercises as well as functional movements throughout my day, but my hamstrings? They don’t get worked quite as much.

It’s common to have stronger quads than hamstrings, but in an effort to keep things balanced and reduce chances of further injury aggravation, lately I’ve been more diligently doing hamstring exercises. Today I thought I’d share some of my favorite moves to work the hammies, so let’s get to it! Here are the moves:

#1 – One-legged bridge lift. This move is great for getting a glute + hamstring burn! I do this exercise using either a chair as pictured below, or by using my couch as a prop.

Bridge Lift

#2 – One-legged deadlift. This is one of my favorite exercises to work the hammies. You can also add some extra upper body work in there by doing bicep curls or tricep pull-ups when flowing back to standing. I typically use 10-lb dumbbells for this move and most of the other exercises, but bump it up to my 25-lb weights if I’m feeling strong!

One Legged Deadlift

#3 – Alternating reverse lunges. An oldie but a goodie, this move gets your heart rate pumping!

Reverse Lunge

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My Workouts Lately + Foot Injury Update

Hi there!

It’s been 6 weeks since I shared with you guys about my foot injury, so today seemed like a good time for an update post + to chat about my workouts lately! I’ve been kicking my exercise routine up a bit in the last few weeks since taking it easier for a solid two months after getting my foot injury diagnosis. Some recent workout highlights lately include:

Calavera Lake

My first (baby) hike in months! When my cousin was in town last week, we went to my favorite nearby park for an hour-long walk. I’ve been taking my pup there and just doing the trail around the lake and skipping the little mountainous climb, but this time we went for it. Even though it was just an itty bitty hike, it felt great! I miss hiking so much and it just makes my soul happy.

Mountain Biking-May 16

Getting back on the bike. Not only did my hubby and I go for my (only) second mountain biking excursion of the year a few weekends ago (and I had no weird foot/calf pain afterwards!), this week I hooked up my bike to my indoor trainer to test out short cycling workouts again. I had given pretty much all cardio a rest while trying to heal my broken foot bones, and now I’m trying out 20-30 minute rides to see how they feel. We shall see how it goes!

tennis session-May 16

Tennis. Since I’m testing out bringing back some cardio, I’ve played tennis twice in the last couple of weeks. It’s more casual tennis in that I don’t full-blown run since I’m still trying to minimize jumping around, but it’s been fun! Just a few nights ago, my hubby and I had an impromptu short tennis session before it got dark out. I learned that casually volleying back and forth is a good stress reliever and positive way to end the day!

Dog Beach May 16-Wheel Pose

Ommmmm. I’ve been doing a lot of yoga lately – mostly on my own for fast-paced at-home sessions. It’s such a nice way to start my mornings and focus my energy.

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The Quickie Do-It-Anywhere Low-Impact Workout

When I travel, I always try to stay active and incorporate movement into my day just like when I’m home. I prefer to exercise outdoors or do something adventurous in the area I’m in. But sometimes, the thing that works out best is just waking up in my hotel room, busting out a quick workout to get my endorphins flowing, and moving on with my day’s agenda.

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A yoga session this week on the rooftop of my Vegas hotel

This is most definitely the case when I travel for work. Although I’ve walked a ton on the convention center floor in Las Vegas this week, I’ve also been fitting in morning exercise a couple of days this week. One morning I even made it to the gym for a strength training session, then taught my co-worker some yoga on the rooftop of our hotel. Another morning I did today’s workout: a quickie, 10-exercise circuit that requires no equipment at all…. because body weight training is easy & effective, especially when I’m on the road!

It’s perfect to do in a hotel room, and I actually made the workout up when I was in my hotel room in San Francisco last month. It takes around 20 minutes to complete, which is the perfect amount of time for me to do, then add in some yoga & stretching for a nice little workout. It’s also low-impact since I can’t do any jump training at the moment because of my foot injury.

Quickie Low Impact Workout

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How I Recover from Challenging Workouts

Hey friends!

How have your workouts been in 2016 so far? I’m proud to say that I’ve been kicking some serious butt lately! After taking a few weeks off of exercise being sick at the start of the year (I can’t remember the last time I took even a week off of workouts before that!), I was so happy to get back into it. Working out truly just makes me feel awesome, balanced, happy and accomplished.

(There’s a reason this blog is called Foodie Loves Fitness people!) 

When I Move-quote

I’m in the midst of week 2 of a 6-week challenge with my HIIT gym, where I’ve committed to workout there at least 4x a week for the duration of the challenge. So far it’s going great, but boy, do those HIIT sessions fatigue my muscles. Since it’s the end of January when a lot of people are a good couple of weeks into their New Year’s resolutions to consistently exercise, I thought that today was the perfect time to talk about something very important: workout recovery. Here are some things that I constantly do post-workout to recoup!

Fit Mill workout collage

HYDRATION. Drinking enough water and replenishing those electrolytes is a must post-workout. I like keeping electrolyte packets around for when my workout has been particularly rough, and I’m experimenting with my new infuser pitcher:

water infuser pitcher

The last couple of days I’ve been drinking water infused with strawberries, cucumber, mint from my garden, and orange from my tree… and I’m liking it for a fun flavor twist!

FUEL. This one’s obvious, but after you beat your body up working out, it’s essential to refuel. I try to get at least 20 grams of protein in within an hour of finishing my workout, along with some healthy carbs and fat.

blueberry banana protein pancakes

blueberry banana protein pancakes

My post-workout meal depends on the time of day that I’ve exercised. Sometimes I have a dinner like black beans, brown rice, shredded cheddar cheese & avocado; will eat a breakfast like the above pictured protein pancakes; or I’ll have a protein fruit smoothie. It all depends, but it’s always some kind of healthy, nourishing food!

STRETCH IT OUT. I make it a habit to stretch every day, and it always feels particularly nice to stretch a couple of hours after a workout – especially if I didn’t get a lot of stretching in at the end of my actual workout, like when I go hiking or mountain biking. This is especially true if it’s the same day as my workout and I can already feel some delayed onset muscle soreness setting in. When that happens I know that I’ll be seriously feeling it the next day!

Side Planking

side plank stretching yesterday morning

WORK OUT THOSE KNOTS. I love to get out those muscle kinks with recovery tools! I keep my foam roller in my living room so that I remember to roll out anytime I go to watch television. In addition to the foam roller, recently I began using recovery tools from RAD Roller. The folks at RAD were nice enough to send me their muscle flushing kit, which includes the RAD Rod and RAD Helix products.

RAD Roller products

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The Work-Off-Those-Holiday-Treats Cardio Workout

‘Tis the season to be jolly… and to be faced with many options of sweets and treats to enjoy! I’m all for indulging in moderation, but to avoid weight gain and feeling low-energy during the holidays, I try to offset those extra drinks, desserts, and heavier food than I usually eat by making sure to fit my workouts in. In the spirit of active living throughout the holidays, today I’m sharing a workout that you can do whenever, wherever – no equipment required.

balance quote

I laughed a little when I titled today’s workout, because I don’t really like when the instructors at this barre studio I take classes at from time to time make comments about ‘working off that drink/dessert/bread you had last night.’ I workout because it makes me feel strong, healthy, and happy, and that’s what I like my focus to be on during exercise – not equaling out a glass of wine that I enjoyed a few hours earlier.

When I Move-quote

However, while it’s not healthy to obsessively focus on canceling out a particular indulgence with a workout, the fact is that exercising does give you the ability to offset some of those excess calories. I’d much rather enjoy my holiday favorites like red wine and chocolate cream puffs and make sure to squeeze in workouts, rather than deprive myself.

So without further adieu, here is a holiday workout that focuses on basic cardio moves and some core work. It can be done anywhere, and I’m bound to do this workout at my parents’, father-in-law’s or mother-in-law’s houses while I’m back in Jersey for Christmas!

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What Makes You Fit?

“Are you fit?” 

“Did you say that you workout?” 

These were the questions our tour guide was shouting to me as I struggled to keep up with him and my husband biking through the hills of Austria. We had booked a bike tour in hopes of seeing more of the beautiful Austria countryside and getting some leisurely exercise in during our vacation there, but I wasn’t so prepared to be huffing and puffing with my heart rate at a sky-high level.

Hohenwerfen Castle

Austria’s Hohenwerfen Castle

Our guide was a little man in his 60s, originally from somewhere in Asia, who seemed to be in good shape for his age and told us he exercised daily. While I already knew that my husband was stronger and faster on a bike than I was from our bike date workouts through the hills of California, I wasn’t really expecting our guide to be as hardcore of a cyclist as he turned out to be.

Austrian Bike Tour Guide

Our tour guide

I grew increasingly annoyed at both him questioning me about my level of fitness, and his refusal to slow down a bit for one of two people on his bike tour. It’s something my hubby and I jokingly say to each other nowadays, saying, “Well are you fit?” if one of us is panting during a hike or complaining about post-workout muscle soreness.

Austrian bike excursion

The day of the discussed bike excursion in Austria

Looking back on that day – which was a great experience despite my bike pace apparently slowing the group down – I later realized the reason why our tour guide was aggravating me. He was questioning if I was in good shape. He was making me feel inferior, and touching on a subject that feels very personal to me.

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My Workouts Lately: Frequenting The Fit Mill

Hi friends!

First thing’s first: the winner of my Fit Body Bakery giveaway is Danielle Priser. Congrats, Danielle! I’ve emailed you for your contact info.

Let’s dive into the topic of the day: recent workouts!

WO-Adventure

You might know this by now, but I have total exercise ADHD. One month I do a ton of barre, hiking, and cycling, then the next month I’m all about boxing, Pilates and tennis. Sitting on the elliptical with a magazine every day is a horribly boring idea to me. I just love switching my workouts up and keeping things interesting!

So what have my workouts been like lately? I’ve been doing a lot of yoga, HIIT sessions, and at-home kickboxing, with a few Pilates classes and hikes mixed in (really only because the last few months were too hot for hiking inland in SoCal). The other thing I’ve been doing a lot is taking classes at The Fit Mill in Carlsbad.

The Fit Mill

I briefly mentioned this studio the very first time I took a freebie class there a couple of months ago. Well, I liked it so much, I decided to buy a package and frequent it more in September and October… and I loved it!

If I were to open a fitness studio, it would embody many of the things that The Fit Mill does: The instructors are spunky and personable. The workouts are dynamic, challenging and always evolving. The classes incorporate a nice balance of cardio and strength, and the moves change often.  The Fit Mill-2

With each class, you workout at each of their six circuit stations: biking, TRX, rowing, the gravity machine, the wall station where you usually work on your core in some way, and what they call “Toys” – which includes exercises with a step, and sometimes incorporates bars, weights and/or medicine balls, among other things. Each circuit includes 3 rounds of 4 exercises. The focus on fast timed intervals makes the classes always whiz by for me. You go, go, go and then before you know it, you’re done!

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Week 3 Workout Recap: Excited to Get Back Outdoors!

Hi there! How was your weekend?

I’m back home in Cali, and spent most of the weekend recovering from my travels (hey jet lag!), getting settled back in, and spending time with my Harley girl.

Harley-8.22.15

3 weeks without my canine sidekick felt like awhile, and I definitely missed her a lot. My Marine has been away for training and came home last night, soYAY for being reunited with him after a couple of weeks apart!

Let’s rewind back to last week for my last recap of my workouts while I was visiting loved ones in New Jersey. I definitely have not been as active as I usually am in my normal life at home, but I kept up with daily workouts whenever I could fit them in.

Week 3 HRM

I worked out Sunday with my mom. We did a 30 minute Jillian Michaels’ Yoga Inferno workout + 30 minutes of Ripped in 30 Week 1. It was my first time doing Week 1 of the DVD, and it’s definitely still a great workout! Monday I did a 45 minute HIIT workout via FitnessGlo, plus I walked this cutie for 20 minutes:

Jada playing

Every time I try to workout in my parents’ living room, she rolls around on the ground practically on top of me (pictured above!) and gets all of her toys out trying to play.

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