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

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.