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The 12th Date of Christmas

18 Jan

YAY!

So on our final date I took Shane to a trampoline park!

Yes that’s right a trampoline park!

Imagine a huge room filled with trampolines. Trampolines that go on the wall! It was the best place ever! We went to Xtreme Hang Time in Albuquerque.

There was an area for trampoline dodgeball area where Shane and I played with two little red-head boys (one of which hit me hard in the boob and laughed!) There was also an area where you could jump, tumble and flip into foam pits. If you have ever been to a gymnastic gym the have similar pits you can try new skills into – so fun but SO SO SO hard to get out of! Shane and I had a blast! It was a great work out and we were sore the next day but we had so much fun! We got some gift certificates for my little cousins to try it out. We have been back a couple of times since!!

After that fun I took Shane to an arcade called Nickel city and we played our favorite arcade game Area 51! We LOVE that game and it’s old so hard to find. At Nickel city you pay $2 to get in and some of the games are free – so when we found out Area 51 was a free game we went crazy! So much fun! A great way to end the 12 dates of Christmas!

The 12 dates of Christmas were a lot of fun and really made Shane and I get creative and considerate during a time of year that can easily stress. It also gave us time to appreciate each other and not worry about all the commercial factors Christmas brings with it. If we do this again next  year the only thing I would do different is start a little earlier. But so fun, romantic and beautiful!!

Trampolines!

Trampolines!

Trampoline pits

Trampoline pits

Trampoline

Trampoline Dodge Ball

Trampoline Dodgeball

IMG_3990 Area 51

Area 51 - best game ever!

Area 51 – best game ever!

The Color Run is tomorrow!

24 Aug

I must say I feel like I am going to throw up pretty good about it.

I don’t know why I am so nervous, but I am. It’s not even timed! Thank goodness I have a friend running with me – thanks Dan.

I have adjusted my goals for this race. I need to be more realistic, and since I have slacked off my goals have changed.

Here are my new goals for the Color Run:

  • Don’t come in last
  • Run the whole way – I just want to run more than I walk! I have accepted that I will need to walk!
  • Pace myself! This is the most important of my goals. I tend to start off too fast and have no juice left in the end! I need to run slow and steady J
  • Have fun – so cheesy but I really do want to have fun and enjoy this so I can continue to run

So hopefully this turns out to be a great experience. I think it will.

I have two other 5Ks I want to do this year to keep up my motivation and continue running.

Here goes nothing!

The Color Run

Running Update and Running Apps

14 Aug

So the Color Run is less than a couple weeks away! Since my knees suck I went to the doctor and was told I have Chondromalacia Patella.

This sounds way worse than it is. My knee caps just slide to the side when they should go straight. All I need is to stretch and do some strengthening exercises to strengthen my muscles. I can also tape my knees so it helps the knee cap glide correctly.

But I can run! So that’s fantastic – kind of.

I have a couple goals for the color run:

  1. Don’t come in last
  2. Run the whole way
  3. Have fun – so cheesy but I really do want to have fun and enjoy this so I can continue to run

And I have discovered some awesome running aps that have helped with my goals and I want to share with you!

Map My Run

Map My Run – This does just what it says. It will help you plan your run and keep track of all your running.

Run Keper

Runkeeper – This app helps you keep track of how long you have run, how fast and tells you how many calories. It’s nice because when I run I need to know how long before the next mile so this is perfect because it tells me every quarter mile I run and the time plus my pace. You can set it so that it tells you ever quarter mile, half mile or mile. It also has a “coach” to help you boost your time and endurance.

Couch to 5K

Couch to 5K by Zen Labs – This app helps people get into running. It is an eight week program that alternates running and walking so you can build strength. You only work out three times as week with this app. It’s great and helps a lot!

What exercise apps do you like?

New Healthy Habit – Sitting on a Fitness Ball!

25 Jul

Some of my colleagues have these fitness balls at their desks and I have always been a little intrigued by them.

I finally had the balls (hahaha) to ask one of these colleagues if I could try it out for a bit.

I sit at a desk for eight hours a day and that cannot be good for your backside. I don’t have the option to lift my desk so I can stand and use my desk so I thought the ball might be a great option.

I also need any little trick to burn an few extra calories, because let’s face it I love to eat bad and drink wine.

So, after my trial, I decided I liked it and let’s face it the ball is only $15 at my home away from home Target.

I looked up the benefits of this and found some good tips at Livestrong.com – check out what they said here.

I also found some helpful tips here.

So I am going to try it out and see what happens. Hopefully I don’t fall off.

Anyone else try these balls to sit on at work or home?

My desk and my ball.

This is what I found you should do to make it more comfortable while sitting on the ball.

  • Bounce. Gently bouncing on the ball aligns your spine in its most efficient position and improves the endurance of your postural muscles. Bounce for a few minutes at least every hour that you are sitting. Never bend or twist while you are bouncing. Enjoy.
  • Hip Rolls. While Sitting On A Fitness Ball make a circle with your hips. Do 10 circles in each direction about every hour. This will help to relieve and stretch the muscles of your hips, pelvis, and spine.

  • Pelvic Tilts. Tuck your pelvis under and then go the opposite way by sticking your butt out. Move back and forth, going a little further each time. Repeat about 10 times. This motion opens up the muscles around the pelvis and low back.