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!

Free Yoga With Lululemon

Calling all NYC dwellers who love (free) exercise!

Lululemon is US clothing company that focuses on creating wearable outfits and accessories for yoga, running, dance and other forms of exercise to make your workouts fun, comfortable and stylish.

image via lululemon.com

Their Union Square store, (along with many others across the states) offers FREE yoga class every Saturday from 8-9AM. Although this is quite an early start for many of us Manhattanites (or other borough-ites) who rage on the weekends, this class helps the body and soul to create a clear, calm head after those stressful work weeks.

Although I have not experienced this class or taken many yoga classes, I’ve been advised by my yoga friends that this is an excellent class.

Visit their website for more information and find the closest Lululemon to you!

I found this week’s posting at Sign Post – a website giving great discounts and tips for activities/events (free ones too!)

Spruce Up Your Summer Exercise!

As we are nearing the end of the summer, That’s Fit is giving people 9 great tips for adding some creativity to their stroll before the heat begins to leave us and forcing us to do our exercise indoors.

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Some of these include moving your walks into the water, using a pet and finding ways to move the workout into your office.

Small, simple things like these to add to your daily walk can increase stamina and happiness!

Find other great health/diet/exercise tips at That’s Fit website!

YAI/Central Park Challenge – June 5

 

via YAI.org

On Saturday June 5, join YAI and Broadview Networks for their annual Central Park Challenge. Last year, over 10,000 were involved with volunteering and/or participating in the exciting activities!

Over the course of the day, there are 3K and 5K runs and walks for both children and adults, so you can make the day fun and/or challenging. YAI spokesperson, Sherri Shepard, will be attending the event and continuing her involvement with spreading the word!

The money donated for this event is dispersed amongst various projects that are dedicated to helping those with disabilities and their families. Some of the disabilities that are most recognized through this organization are Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism and others that stall learning development for children and adults.

Keep your calendars open for this event – it will be one you don’t want to miss! Visit the website to learn more about YAI,what they’ve done to raise awareness for these issues and how it has made a large impact!

via centralpark.com