9pm – Quick but killer arm workout (I’m sick but want to inspire you!)

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While resting may seem easy, it’s always been difficult for this on-the-go girl.  So I first of all wanted to thank all of my friends who have kindly reminded me how to slow down, drink fluids and most importantly: stay in bed! While I have taken time out of the gym to heal, I haven’t stopped brainstorming short and effective workouts for you, my followers! Here’s a workout I tested recently and found to be an effective and speedy workout.

This workout will have your arms feeling stronger, leaner and more toned! Start with a 5-10 minute cardio warm-up. Be sure to alternate each strength exercise with a cardio-boosting exercise to increase calorie burn. Not challenged enough? Up the cardio exercises to 1-2 minutes! Be sure to challenge yourself.

How did it go? Be sure to let me know in the comments. PS drink lots of water!

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-Jordana

7pm Celebrate Earth Day – Bake A Healthy Kale Inspired Recipe

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Happy Earth Day! As many of you have the environment in mind, I wanted to inspire you with a new green food I recently discovered at the local market: It’s fresh. It’s crunchy, and it’s all the rage with fitspo bloggers and health enthusiasts around the world – kale.

I discovered the new green when I was at the local market. A man took a heaping mound of kale and placed it in his basket when I asked how he would suggest preparing it. He suggested using it for juicing, but has seen others use it as a lettuce alternative in salads since it packs in more nutrients. I thought it was worth a try and took some home myself.

I later learned that kale was not only more nutritious, but it also had the following benefits:

  • It’s high in vitamin K – a necessity for preventing various cancers
  • It’s great for cardiovascular support and can lower cholesterol levels
  • It’s filled with fiber and sulfur and can detox your body and keep your liver healthy

And so much more!

It’s very easy to prepare and add to various dinner dishes. However, this versatile food also makes a great snacking alternative. Kale chips are growing in popularity as a healthy, low-cal alternative to potato chips and other high-carbohydrate snacks.

This Parmesan kale chip recipe from Do It Delicious is easy to make and requires ingredients you probably have sitting around at home. It requires kale, olive oil and Parmesan cheese! Simply place kale on a baking sheet and cover with olive oil, bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes until crisp, let cool, then sprinkle with salt and Parmesan!

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Have you ever made anything with kale? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear!

Jordana

6:30 am: A little Bit Of This, A Little Bit Of That Total Body Workout

Waking up is not easy – or at least it shouldn’t be. However after four weeks of waking up at 5:45 am for bootcamp, sleeping in isn’t easy anymore. My body has found its way into a early bird system…lucky me! Rather than hopping back into bed, I toss and turn until I find my way, restlessly, into the gym at my apartment complex. It’s weird to think that my body can itch for the opportunity to workout when so many are still asleep! Since I have to be at work at 8am, this morning’s gym session would be a quick one. With little to no time for the warm-up run I desire, I designed a personal workout that would start with quick cardio moves followed by a short and effective total body circuit. 

The Warm Up – 

  • 5 minutes on either a treadmill or elliptical
  • 2 minutes alternating jumping jacks and squats
  • 30 seconds pushups
  • 30 seconds high knees

The Circuit – 

Perform each move for 30 seconds with a 10 second break in between exercises. Do three sets. 

  • 360 degree lunges – using 5-10 lb weights, lunge forward, to the right, to the back and to the left. Switch sides. 
  • Squat jumps 

Perform each move for 30 seconds with a 10 second break in between exercises. Do three sets. 

  • Tricep dips off bench
  • Shoulder raises to the front and to the side

Perform each move for 30 seconds with a 10 second break in between exercises. Do three sets. 

  • Russian twists (see here)
  • Toe touches (see here

Perform each move for 30 seconds with a 10 second break in between exercises. Do three sets. 

  • Deadlifts
  • Reverse dumbell fly

Finish It Off – 

  • 1 minute mountain climbers
  • 1 minute toe touches
  • 1 minute mountain climbers
  • 1 minute toe touches
  • 1 minute plank

 

8pm: Try A Yoga Class. Get Back To It!

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Last week, I let my slowly deteriorating health take over my lifestyle.  Yet after close to one week of non-existent workouts, I wasn’t going to let my sickness overpower my mind and body. I wanted to get back on the grind. But how? For those of you who want to get back into workouts without the high-intensity, overpowering classes and runs – consider yoga classes on a regular basis.

After attending multiple classes at Orlando Power Yoga, I was overwhelmed with the happiness and optimism that escaped me the week prior. I learned that regardless of time off, my body was still able to perform every position called by the instructor with no rest. Not to mention the class felt ten times more rewarding after the longer break!

I’m not a yogi, but when it comes to power yoga, I know the basics. I started attending hot yoga (Bikram) about a year ago yet I fell in love with the practice. After relocating to another area in Orlando in August, I started power yoga. I assure you, anyone can participate as long as they are willing!

I’ve had my share of speed-ups and recoveries. Long runs, only to injure myself and start from scratch. We all build up endurance and strength after months or even years of training but once there’s a major life event or sickness, it’s difficult to start back up again. I didn’t want to feel that hopeless feeling of not being where I used to be. Yet with yoga it seems like something sticks in your memory, allowing you to jump right back to where you were before.

What do you think? Please comment and let me know if you’ve shared my experience or have something to add.

-Jordana

1pm: Know When To Recover And Stop Workouts

ImageThe flu season is here and thankfully, I don’t quite have it yet. Yet I did see my fair share of those infected this weekend as I dragged myself into the Walgreens Walk-In clinic with a hot head and a sore throat. At 12pm I was number eight in line to see a nurse practitioner- meaning I’d be seen close to 4-5pm. Thankfully, I found another nearby clinic and was seen around 1:30 ( I can’t believe how many people are sick this time of year!).  I made it out ok with an upper respiratory infection and an ear infection and I was fine knowing it could be way worse.

But none of that matters. What does matter is that I’m learning to properly relax and take care of myself and my body.

If you’re like me, you never slow-down. It’s difficult. It’s like placing a jar of candy in front of a child and telling them they can’t have any. Rest is an important element to recovery. You can work and put in 50% effort each day, but until you relax, you will never get back to 100%.

Over the weekend, I made the following changes:

  • Extra water- Before I was drinking less than a bottle a day
  • Healthy foods- Added blueberries, greek yogurt, toasted turkey and cheese sandwiches, apples
  • Soup! Shout-out to Annie’s lower-sodium Minestrone, one of the ONLY store-bought soups I enjoy
  • Hot Tea – Currently sipping on some Celestial Seasonings Raspberry Zinger
  • Tylenol as needed
  • ZERO workouts. That’s right- I went there.

 It was difficult to let go of workouts, my “stress-reliever” but I know it’s necessary to heal. I’m giving this relaxation thing all my effort so I hope it works. For all my blogging friends and followers – take a moment, be thankful for what you’ve accomplished, know when your body needs to recover and just breathe.

6pm: Reflect on Runs For The Agenda- 2013

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The Color Run is in Orlando tomorrow. I’m sad I missed it this year but it’s definitely on the agenda for years to come!

Here are my running goals for 2013:

1) Complete a super sprint triathalon- I haven’t trained or even thought of doing a triathalon until this month! I know I can do a super sprint but my goal is to do a sprint series of some sort.

2) 10k by July 2013

3) Half Marathon by November 2013

Wish me luck!