Tag Archives: Spring

Tulip Field

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How’s it hanging, fine folks?

I’m once again posted up in a coffee shop trying to tackle the constant onslaught of school work. Hopefully your Saturday is a little bit more relaxed 🙂 I just wanted to briefly share this really awesome picture of a tulip field in Zhumadian, China (source: REUTERS/Stringer). At least some places it looks like Spring has arrived! I’ll try and touch back later.

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.

Spring Has Sprung (Hopefully)

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Hi Friends!
First of all, a big loving welcome to my newest followers! I’ve surpassed the 100 mark (by 1 hehe, still counts!) and I’m over the moon about it – thank you so much! As always, if you have any recommendations or requests, I am more than open to them. In fact, I adore them.

Secondly, HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING!!! Yes, that is today — so excitedddd. Fun fact: the meteorological spring actually began on March 1, though I saw no signs of that. I’m watching the weather currently and today is going to be beautiful, getting up to 55; unfortunately, it’s not going to last -_- at least in Rhode Island; we’ll be getting back down to the 30s at least until next Wednesday. Meh, let’s not dwell on that.. for now, think Spring! If you can, go outside today and absorb some much needed Vitamin D. Soon enough, my dears, our days will be getting longer and warmer.

Perhaps you’re curious to know as to why today is considered the first day of Spring? Well, March 20th marks the Spring, or Vernal Equinox. An equinox occurs twice a year, and it is when the plane of Earth’s equator passes the center of the Sun.

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The word “equinox” comes from the Latin words aequus (equal) and nox (night), and on the Equinox, day and night are both approximately 12 hours each. At this time, the tilt of the Earth’s axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun, but after today, the sun’s direct rays shift into the Northern Hemisphere for the next six months. That means that we will receive more direct sunlight, hence the warmer temperatures.

Certain celebrations around the world like Nowruz (the Persian New Year), Easter and Passover are marked by the Equinox, and the great Sphinx actually points toward the rising sun on the date of the Spring Equinox – as usual, our ancients were on point.

In other news, I wanted to share this video. The woman here is amazing, and it makes my heart swell a bit to know that there are beautiful people like this out there willing to take charge for the greater good.