Winter Workout Hiccups and Solutions!

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Gym Workout Experimentation Day 1

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Even on these cold, 20-degree NYC winter days, I push myself to wake up when the alarm goes off at 7:10AM (yes I know it’s not SO early) and drag myself to the gym five blocks away. In efforts to diversify my work out routine, I took suggestions from Fitness Magazine for some quick treadmill exercises.

 

Note before this post: I do not like the gym!! I go because I have to keep up the hard work of diet/exercise I have put myself in the last six months. But, if I’m already there, I should at least try and make it somewhat fun, right? This 20-minute workout from Diana Maitland (personal training manager at Equinox Fitness) is suggested for those who want to sculp the glutes and build strength and endurance.

For various time intervals, you will increase (or decrease) the incline while keeping the same speed for consistency. I tried it out this morning at the gym and I am happy to report that I felt that the glutes were definitely being worked and it was not too difficult at the beginner level. In addition, since I usually do 30 minute treadmill exercises, I continued after the 20 minutes with a low incline and jog at the end.

See below – you should keep this handy during your workout until you get acclimated:

Minutes  Speed (MPH) Incline (%) RPE*
0:00-5:00 4 3-3.5 5
5:00-7:00 4 8-10 7
7:00-8:00 4 4-6 6
8:00-10:00 4 10 8
10:00-11:00 4 5-7 7
11:00-13:00 4 12 9
13:00-14:00 4 10 8
14:00-15:00 4 12 9
15:00-20:00 4 2-4 5

5K For Shana K

In memory of a dear friend, I hope you will consider attending and/or donating towards the Shana Kay 5K (run or walk) event on Sunday, October 23 at 8 AM. Money raised in connection with the 5K will be donated to the Suffolk Y JCC to build day care scholarships for local families in need.

To register for the event or make a charitable donation, please follow this link.

Shana was a great friend to me and who is missed dearly by her family and all her friends that had the pleasure of knowing her. Thanks for taking the time!

Catch The Summer Breeze on a Bike Ride!

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Problem: summertime in NYC. It can be hot and painful, especially when it lacks bodies of water to cool off.
Solution: catch a breeze by renting a bike and riding along the East or West side. You get the breeze of the rivers and fast speed of bike riding! (Not to mention a great work out and stress reliever!)

Don’t have easy access to a bike? No issue! You can rent bikes from various locations in the five boroughs. If you’re in NYC and on a budget, check out the various great discount sites, where you can get 1/2 price rentals, (such as one I purchased through Buy With Me).

There’s nothing like a great bike ride where you can start in Central Park and wind up on the Brooklyn Bridge. Where else can you travel such far distances to see such amazing sites at the same time?