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Little Exercises

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Well hello, beautiful humanoids.

I’ve been busy as a bee lately, forgive me. I know I still owe London pictures, and maybe this week I will accomplish that feat. Right now though, my eyes are drooping and I think bed is my next step. Before I knock out for the evening, I wanted to wish everyone who lives in America a very happy Fourth of July! Celebrate that independence, yo. Pretty interesting timing considering Brexit and all.

Also, I would like to share some exercise tidbits I picked up today whilst unsuccessfully attempting to clean out my many inboxes. E-mails are a plague at times, I swear! I would like to also recommend you fine folks give hot yoga a try. I’ve been going at least once, sometimes even twice (!!!) a week for almost a month now and I feel freakin’ fabulous. I’ve been working in regular yoga, too, and encourage that for those of you who aren’t ready to bring the heat (yet).

Anyway. After working out, I get stiff. It happens. There are methods to take to ease that stiffness, and here are some recommendations that I have:

1) stretch
2) soak
3) gentle movements
4) massage
5) foam roll

Foam rolling feels pretty awful when you’re doing it, but I promise you it’s worth it. I’m going to do more video research and find the best ones for you guys to use as a reference.

Finally, here are some unique little ways to exercise during the day without actually working out:

  1. While prepping for the day (ex: brushing teeth) do balance exercises such as standing on one foot or if you’re really ambitious and awesome, do some squats!
  2. Power walk everywhere instead of walking at a normal pace. Not only will you burn calories, but you will look damn important.
  3. If you take the bus or train, get off a stop early and hoof it the rest of the way.
  4. If you drive everywhere, park far away from your destination. Give those legs a good stretching.
  5. Take the stairs. Elevators are for sissy’s.
  6. If you’re at work during lunch hours, leave your desk. Walk somewhere to grab or lunch or just take a brisk walk before sitting down to eat your packed lunch.
  7. Only make phone calls when you are in motion.
  8. While waiting for dinner to cook, use your kitchen counter as a barre and do some exercises.
  9. When in the grocery store (or any store), basket > cart. Biceps!
  10. Wait in the longer line at checkout and during the wait, do some calf raises.
  11. Wash dishes by hand sometimes. Not only will this save energy, but it gives those arms a workout, too.

Okay my dears, that’s all I’ve got for now. Stay wonderful and remain safe during the Holiday! xoxo

Summertime Shindigs

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Bonjour!

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July and three-day weekend. I worked yesterday… but it was my own decision, so I can’t really complain. Plus, I managed to work in some sun time and firepit time regardless so let’s call it a win.

I’m just taking a quick work break, therefore this can’t be a long post, but I thought I would jot down some of the Summer Events I have been attending since I got back from London (hard life, I know…), as well as a few upcoming ones in case anyone is interested.

  • 2nd Annual “Hi Neighbor!” Block Party (6/15/16). Given the name, you can’t attend this until next year, but it was a good time and I recommend you at it into your calendar. It was a statewide free block party held at The Steel Yard, which is a great location I never knew about. Food and beers and other beverages were available and they encouraged you to picnic, so Kyle and I went with a blanket and basket in tow and we just ate and listened to the Reggae band that was playing. Great success.
  • 5th Annual Incredible Ice Cream Throwdown (6/26/16). Yes. You read that right. A lot of my friends have been asking me lately how I find these things and the truth is, I’m not really sure. However, you guys get to reap the benefits since I pass it all along to you! Albeit, too late for this one. I brought my bestie Mandy and basically, this event was a beerfest, for ice cream. You get in and have 2 hours to taste as many ice creams from various vendors as you can stomach. It was located outside at the Eye Institute. It was a wonderful time but my two complaints were 1) not as much shade as we were expecting… hellllooooo it’s ice cream, we need shade! and 2) some of the lines were painfully long.
  • 1st Annual New England Quahog Festival (6/25/16). Again, I’m sorry I’m reporting this too late, it was a hoot! There was a sea creature parade and then it ended at NK Town Beach with activities, vendors, and live music. I was in heaven, being able to eat fresh, local oysters while sitting on the beach. Definitely keep this in mind for next year, and plan your mermaid costume (I will).

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  • Samba and East Coast Salsa Dancing (Wednesday Evenings). Kyle took me on a date to these two dance classes and it was a really fun time. Classes are located in The Towers in Narragansett, which is a beautiful location that overlooks the beach; quite stunning, really. Classes have changed for July and we’re planning on going again. No experience necessary.. I highly recommend it!
  • Yoga. Yoga. Yoga. (Every Damn Day). I think my new addiction this summer is yoga, but I’m hoping the addiction is more a lifelong one. I’ve been bouncing between Hot Yoga at my usual spot and then community yoga at various locations across the state. My sights are also set on beach yoga, sometime in the hopefully near future. If you need recommendations, let me know! I’ve got a list (duh).
  • Beekeeping Seminars. The obsession continues. Last week, I went to the Newport Public Library for a free backyard beekeeping seminar and learned some more fun facts.
  • Learn to Quahog. Sooo, I’m a Rhode Islander and had never actually gone quahogging. For shame, I know. Until now, that is! I forced Kyle to come with me after a friend couldn’t go, and we drove up to Buzzards Bay in Dartmouth, Mass where we were taught by some lovely individuals how to properly quahog. Everything was provided, and it was free! Events are still happening, so click the link to register. The weather was beautiful and it was a perfect way to spend a Saturday morning.

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  • Shakespeare on the Saugatucket. I love Shakespeare and I love being outdoors, so this is a wonderful amalgamation of interests. This only started up on Sunday; I haven’t made it there yet, but for the month of July the lovely people of the Contemporary Theater Company are performing Comedy of Errors, and in August the show is Antony and Cleopatra. They do various other performances as well, so be sure to check the link.
  • Movies. I saw Finding Dory last week and it did not disappoint. The week before, I saw Captain America: Civil War. It was good but I must say, I really disliked the ending.

Okay, boos – that’s all I can afford to share for now. Back to work! I’ll try and touch down again sometime soon. x’s and o’s.

What Time Is It? Workout Time!

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Gorgeous Peeps –

Happy First Day of Spring!!! Time to start thinking pleasant, Spring thoughts and going outside to breath fresh air. With the Equinox arrival, I figured what’s better than a post about exercising? Answer: nothing.

I’ve been training for my annual Boston Boulder Brawl, along with now two 5K’s (RIAND and another I can’t find the link to…), and I have to say: I’ve been crushing it. On average, I make it to the gym to do weight lifting/strength training with a warm-up run on the treadmill two times a week, the climbing gym to do assorted training exercises and climb two times a week, hot yoga once a week, and the past two weeks I’ve even made it to my high school outdoor track to run some miles. Basically, I feel like superwoman. It is awesome.

If anyone wants any specifics on my training regime, please feel free to ask and I would be more than happy to share avec vous. I’m a bit cuckoo when it comes to working out, so I have all my exercises (including weight amount, reps, sets), run logs and climbing recaps on an excel spreadsheet, along with a word document.

To be honest, before today, I hadn’t done too much research on the subject of just how frequently you should work out – mostly I do what feels right for my body and makes sense in my mind – but since I wanted to share information with people who are probably at various stages of fitness, I did research just for you fine folks. Here’s what I came up with:

First of all, there is no magic number of days you should work out. Ideally, aim for 5 – 3 should be strength training, 2 should be cardio, and 2 should be active rest. However, if you don’t workout at all at the moment, you can see results in as little as 1 day a week… BUT that should not mean you stop there. Push yourself! You should also think about the goals you want to achieve.

Strength Training: Ladies, don’t be deterred by this. A lot of people think strength training means getting bulky, but that is definitely not the case (unless of course that’s what you’re going for, and you’re into Olympic Power Lifting, etc). In fact, the more muscle you have, the higher your metabolic rate is. With a higher metabolic rate, your body burns calories faster, and it even burns them when you’re not working out (SCORE). Strength training also strengthens bones and joints, so really, it’s an overall win.

As I mentioned above, aim for 3 strength training days a week. Each session should be approximately 45-60 minutes, and I would highly recommend you complete a few minutes of cardio beforehand to get your muscles warm and blood pumping, plus stretching and foam rolling (this can be done afterwards).

For A-plus strength training, you need to focus on all the different parts of your body; this means upper and lower body, along with pushing and pulling exercises. If anyone needs recommendations for these, please ask me. I’ve got an arsenal. It’s most effective if you focus on different body areas during different sessions (except for core… do that every time), and slowly increase the weight as you feel more comfortable. Also, you may think the machines are the only way to go, but I highly encourage you to try free weights (kettlebells, dumbbells, TRX suspension), along with moves such as squats that use no equipment at all.