The anti-workout: Fun outdoor weekend “workouts”

When the weather is nice, there are so many things to do outside. Sometimes its hard to get a workout in when you’d rather be visiting a park, golfing, or going to the pool. Luckily, you don’t have to feel toooo guilty about skipping your weekend workouts because there are so many summer activities that involve moving your body! The trick is to pick the activities that are more…active!

Last weekend we went to Chicago to celebrate our 1 year anniversary. Needless to say, I did not bring my workout bag with me. But we still managed to be active! After hours of walking, shopping, and sight-seeing, my sore feet were proof of this!

Here are some great warm-weather activities that will get you burning calories while having fun:

  • Frisbee Golfing (aka Golf Disc) – don’t worry, you don’t need any experience to have fun with this activity. Just pick up a Frisbee disk from your local sporting goods store (~ $10) and look up the closest Frisbee golf course online http://www.pdga.com/course_directory for hours of fun!

  • In the city? On vacation? Go for a long walk. People watch, sight see, and shop (carrying around those shopping bags is like adding weights to your walk!).
  • If you’re more sporty, there’s always tennis, golf, cycling, rollerblading, or hiking!

  • Rent a kayak, canoe, or paddle board. Lots of local lakes will rent these out for a day, and you don’t need to be an expert to use them!

What are your favorite weekend activities?

Have a happy healthy day!
Caitlin

Success!…Limoncello and a Gimp Workout (not together!)

I finished my Limoncello last night, and I’m happy to say, it turned out great (in my opinion)! SO, here’s my recipe for making this delicious Italian lemon liqueur:

Caitlin’s Limoncello:
20 Organic Meyer Lemons
2 Bottles of Everclear (the real stuff, not the kind you get in MN)
7 C. Sugar
6.5 C. Water
 
~ Wash the lemons really really well.
~ Peel JUST the yellow part off the lemon.
~ Soak the lemon peels in the Everclear for 1 month in a well sealed glass jar or container.
~ 1 month later…make a simple syrup by boiling the water and stirring in the sugar. Mix WELL. Let cool.
~ Take the lemon peels out of the Everclear (I used a slotted spoon)
~ Add simple syrup into Everclear mixture and let it sit overnight.
~ Filter mixture (use a coffee filter or a Brita pitcher…the brita method worked better for me)
~ Pour into sanitized bottles
~ Enjoy chilled!
 

Usually Limoncello looks a lot lighter…I used natural sugar, which is why mine kind of looks like pee. But it still tastes great! But if you want that light yellow look…definitley go for the regular old white sugar. This stuff is very strong, so enjoy with caution!

This week I also experimented with a wimp gimp workout. I’m not exactly satisfied with it, but at least it’s something!

Workout with a Broken Foot:
 
Day 1:
30 min. on the elliptical, one footed (no I’m not joking…)
20 reps of leg extensions x3
20 reps of 1 legged squats x3
20 reps of 1 leg extended triceps dips x3
20 reps each side fire hydrant drill x2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koh2eoSdG2Q
20 reps each side donkey kicks x2
http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/diet-fitness/exercise/glutes-exercises.htm
20 triceps kickbacks x2 (standing on 1 foot)
Abs – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jh1Ol3RpOEc
Stretch
 
Day 2
30 min. elliptical, one footed
20 reps bicep curls x3 (on one foot)
10 reps side arm raises x3
10 reps lateral arm raises x3
1 min. plank, one foot lifted
20 push ups (on knees) x2
20 staggered push ups (on knees) x2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Z8fCEYz1qQ
20 reps lat pull-down x3 (if you have the equipment)
Stretch

I also tried one footed yoga this week. All I can say is that I am going to be very imbalanced when I finally can use my right foot again! I go back to see the foot specialist on Monday…so hopefully they have good news for me! I would love to be allowed to swim for my cardio!

Have a happy healthy day!

Caitlin

 
 
 

Goooooooooal!

SO, last night I tried a new loop, intending to run 5 miles. Well…I got lost somehow (not surprising if you know me at all!) and ended up running for an hour and 10 minutes. I have NO clue how far I actually ran, but it was definitely the longest run of the year so far, and completely by accident! I’m just glad I found my way back eventually!

It can be hard to stay motivated in your fitness regiment (especially when you’d rather be BBQing and drinking beer on the deck after a long day at work), but  it can really help to have goals. For people who are more competitive, that might mean besting your time by the end of the season or in a race. For others it may be to lose 10 pounds for an upcoming event ,or to fit into that pair of jeans.  Your goal for THIS week? Make a list of fitness-related goals! 

Here are some tips for setting fitness goals:

1. Set your goals with the intention of STICKING TO IT! Remember, “A goal that is casually set and lightly taken is freely abandoned at the first obstacle.”  – Zig Zigler

2. Set a deadline (race date, an event, the last day of summer, your class reunion…)

3. Be realistic and specific (ie: “I will lose 15 pounds by August 31st”, NOT “I want to lose 100 pounds”)

4. Break it down. Break down your goal into bite size pieces. If you want to run a 10k in under 48 minutes, make a goal to run several 5ks in under 25 minutes first!

5. Keep it fun! Don’t work towards something that you don’t want or don’t enjoy. On days when its hard, remind yourself that you’re doing this for YOU and that is something you WANT.  

Here are my goals…some short term and some long-term, that are keeping me motivated this summer:

  • Look good for my cousin Sarah’s wedding THIS SATURDAY (haha very short-term)
  • Run the SayHey 5K this June in under 25 Minutes
  • Complete the warrior dash this July without dying  : )
  • Be able to do 5 pull-ups by the end of the summer
  • Be able to consistently climb 5.10A’s again by next summer (I need a climbing buddy…any takers?)
  • Have arms like Kelly Rippa when i’m her age  : )

Have a happy healthy day, and set some goals!

Caitlin

First run of the summer…Oh Sh%!# i’m in trouble!

I know I don’t normally post this close together, but it is necessary. Yesterday was the first HOT (89 degrees) day of the year here in MN so I thought i’d kick off my summer running season with a short run after work. WELL. Let me just say that if yesterdays run was any indication, I am in serious trouble! Granted, it was incredibly muggy out, but I ran a VERY slow 4 miles! (Yes, it was too slow to even tell you what time I got. Were not going to go there!)

Last summer I didn’t do any outdoor running because I didn’t want to get a sports bra tan for the wedding. Last night I felt like I was a newbie to the whole running thing. It was pathetic. There was sweat dripping off of me from EVERYWHERE about 3 minutes into the run, and I’m pretty sure I had some great facial expressions going.

My sexy new water belt!

Highlights of my run: Wearing my fabulous (dorky) new water belt and an Enya v. Prodigy mashup song that came on.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CTJqwX-AwM (you really need to listen to this!)

The water belt was actually pretty cool. I’ve never used one before, but it was SO nice not to get cotton mouth! It feels a little funny at first, but you get used to it pretty fast!

Well, I think I have some serious work to do to get ready for the races I’m entered in this summer! (Oh what?! ! you say? I’ll come back to that another time…very exciting news coming up!)

Have a happy healthy day!

Caitlin

These are a few of my favorite (yoga) things…

I’ve been stuck in a yoga groove lately, which isn’t all bad. I attribute it partially to the fact that at my new job, theres lunchtime yoga available, so some times I’ll do yoga twice in one day. I’ve been able to get into some pretty crazy/awesome poses and balances that I never in a million years thought I’d be doing, which is pretty fun! I do need to get out and run more now that its spring (kinda), but seriously, yoga is addicting. It feels like the more you do it, the more you need to do it. But, since I’ve been doing yoga so much lately, I’ve come up with a few favorite (and NOT so favorite) yoga accessories to share with you!

1. Sticky Towel – LOVE IT

I can not tell you how much I LOVE this. It’s a microfiber towel with sticky grips on one side that you lay on top of a regular yoga mat. It’s smaller than a yoga mat and fits inside your gym bag. Much better than toting a gym bag and a yoga mat around! I’m not a germophobe, but it’s pretty gross using a gym mat in yoga class. I mean, really, your all over that thing. And I’m going to be honest. I sweat a lot in yoga class, especially in hot yoga, when it’s 112 degrees in there! When I’m on a normal yoga mat, I end up slipping all over the place. This mat prevents all of that nonsense. Best find ever!

2. Yoga Socks – Hate it

You’d think this would be a great idea. An easy way to prevent slippage, washable, and fits easily into the smallest of gym bags. Nope. First of all, they’re a b*!#? to get on, and your feet still slide around inside of the socks. Half way through class your socks will be all twisted up. And these socks do nothing to prevent your hands from slipping…I am NOT going to wear yoga gloves (yes they do exist). Plus, these socks look pretty dorky when paired with shorts.

3. Shiva Rea Daily Energy DVD – Love it

When you can’t/don’t want to make it to the gym, it’s nice to have the option of doing yoga at home! I’ve tried tons of yoga DVDs, and this is by far my favorite right now!

4. Camelback Water Bottle – Love it

This water bottle is awesome for any activity, not just yoga. I like it because the suck/straw drinking method means you don’t have to mess around with unscrewing the top off your water bottle in the middle of class when you want a drink (this is also super awesome for when your running on a treadmill!). Also, this water bottle is silent (it doesn’t make any awkward noises), a plus for the quiet yoga atmosphere.

Hopefully this motivates you to do some yoga this week!!!

Have a happy healthy day!

Caitlin

Namaste…what does that mean anyway?

Yoga…a MUST in the busy persons weekly schedule!

I generally practice yoga once a week, but this hasn’t always been the case.  I tend to be the type that doesn’t want to waste an hour of PRECIOUS free-time doing a workout that isn’t  a high-calorie-burning-gut-wrenching workout.  But…after learning about some of the benefits of yoga, and straightening out some misconceptions, I’m more than happy to take an hour out of my week and practice yoga.  

Benefits, misconceptions, and random facts about yoga:



 1. Yoga is great for a busy schedule  because you won’t get as sweaty and can skip the shower afterwards if you have to

2.  Yoga can be very hard, depending on which class you take.  I’ve taken classes that I’ve had to take a “breather”! If you consider yourself an athlete and don’t think yoga’s for you, I dare you to try a hot yoga class.

3. Yoga increases flexibility, balance, respiratory efficiency, and strength (great for all the other sports/activities you do)

4. Improves posture, improves sleep, and helps normalize weight (helps you LOOK good)

5. Energizes, decreases stress, and improves mood (helps you FEEL good)

Oh and by the way, Namaste means “I honor the Spirit in you which is also in me.”  There are several interpretations, but this salutation is the most common.

Have a happy healthy day! Namaste!

Caitlin

Feel the burn???

 If you’re unfortunate enough to live in one of the many states that experienced blizzards this winter, your no stranger to shoveling snow.  I hate to break it to you, but it’s not time to put the shovels away yet.  Up here in Minnesota, it looks like there’s more snow on the way this week.  But it’s not all bad!!!  Have you ever wondered how many calories you’re burning while you’re shoveling snow (or mopping the kitchen or painting the living room)? I stumbled upon a GREAT little online tool that will calculate how many calories you burn doing all your daily activities!

http://health.discovery.com/centers/cholesterol/activity/activity.html

According to this nifty little calculator, I burned 367 calories when I spent an hour shoveling snow!  Bring on the blizzards!  Just make sure to use proper technique when shoveling…apparently you can pull a muscle in your back even if your young and fit! (I feel like I’m getting old…I actually pulled a muscle in my back last week when I was doing a bit of shoveling! Not fun!)

I can’t wait for spring so I can get outside to do some gardening and lawn work (while burning calories AND getting a tan)!  But in the meanwhile, hang in there everybody, and get outside and “feel the [calorie] burn” this winter!

Have a happy healthy day!

Caitlin

Hello world!

Hey all!

I’m caitlin, and this is my blog. (wow, what an interesting start to a first blog…not)

I am a recent college grad, a new wife, and a health freak.  BUT… im also a normal person with a crazy busy life! I think that it can be pretty tough for all of us normal people to be healthy, so this blog is for all you normal people out there who want to be healthy, fit, and beautiful, but aren’t PAID to do it like our celebrity friends out in hollywood. (although I wouldn’t complain if I got paid to be healthy and fit!)

A little bit about me…

I love/hate exercising. When I’m in “the mood” to exercise, I LOVE it, but when im feeling tired, or busy, or lazy, it’s a chore. I try to work out at least 3 times a week minimum…but sometimes LIFE happens and it just doesn’t work out. I like exercising because it makes me feel good and it allows me to eat a cookie or two (ok, or three). I also like to be “one of those people” that works out. Hey, I wouldn’t complain if one day my husband made SO much money that I could be a stay at home mom and practically LIVE at the gym and have a super model body still at the age of 40. Just sayin’…!

I like to run (when its perfect weather out…meaning 60-80 degrees and sunny), I like to rock climb (but its hard to match up schedules with friends), I like cycle classes (and im determined to do a little outside cycling this year), I like boxing (I have a black belt in karate), I like yoga (especially hot yoga…when its winter in Minnesota!), I like boot camp style classes, I like hiking in the mountains, I like snowboarding, and I even occasionally rollerblade. As you can probably see, I like doing a lot of active stuff, but im not a pro at anything. I’m not this awesome runner that wins 10Ks or this crazy good climber that can free climb up the side of the mountain no problem. I’m just me, Caitlin. I like to do a mix of active stuff to keep it fresh and to keep me healthy!

I don’t think health is all about working out tho. I think that eating healthy and having healthy relationships and healthy living practices is super important too. More on that to come soon!

Let me just say one more thing before I end this longest-first-post-ever:

I LOVE girl scout cookies. Normally I do not buy any because i know what will happen…I’ll eat them all! But they came to our house on Saturday when I was at the gym working out. My husband, of course, buys all my favorite kinds of cookies (he’s a sweetie…kinda). I resisted for a day, but on monday brought one tube of cookies to work to “keep” in my desk. HA! They were gone by Wednesday. My theory? Oh well, LIFE happens. I’m just glad that I’ve put in a few good hours at the gym this week!

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