Roller Blading

We are in the midst of winter but Monday the temperature was nearly 50 degrees. My friend and I decided to get outside and enjoy this warm weather with a 7.22 mile roller blading workout. Here in Indy, we have to take advantage of every sun-filled day that we are given. I always find that during the winter months my workout routines get boring being stuck inside at a gym.

If you haven’t ever been on a pair of rollerblades, and your last experience with shoes with wheels was roller skating at your local rink in 8th grade, then it’s time to give this activity another chance. Rollerblading can be an extremely intense workout, but just like with bike riding, it will mostly just feel like fun!

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Health benefits of rollerblading:

Improves Coordination: Rollerblading takes a bit of practice in the beginning, but it improves flexibility and coordination tenfold. The activity forces you to even out your balance and find your center of gravity.

Great Cardio: rollerblading increases the heart rate and gets your lungs working, both components in aerobic exercise. Rollerblading for 30 minutes at a steady pace raises the average heart rate to 148 beats each minute.

Good for Weightloss: Thirty minutes of steady skating at a comfortable pace burns between 210 and 311 calories, while 30 minutes of interval skating burns up to 450 calories!

Firms the Lower Body: The natural side-to-side motion your legs get from inline skating is ideal for trimming the thighs, strengthening the quads, and lifting the glutes.

Low Impact Exercise: Exchanging a couple of aerobic workouts every week with rollerblading could improve your knee health and prevent injuries.

Fun: Rollerblading with a companion can enhance the fun.

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Meal prepping

After all of those Super Bowl snacks on Sunday, it is time to get serious about meal prepping for the week and working out. Somehow one bad day makes it hard to get back on the clean eating bandwagon. Although we did have an amazing time watching the game, witnessing Peyton Manning’s victory and snacking on everything in sight.  Homemade pizza rolls, wings and dips galore but now it’s time to get back on track to start the work week off right.

 { Bananas, Apples, Lemons and Protein Balls }

{ Lunches for the week- Spinach, Hard boiled egg, quinoa, carrots, peppers, avocado}

{ Spaghetti Sqaush}

{ Burrito Bowls- Chicken, peppers, black bean, cilantro, onion, corn & taco seasoning }

Meal Prepping

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Holy meal prep. I threw together some salads and vegetables for the week which I normally try to do every Sunday before the work week begins. It saves so much time planning ahead and makes it way easier to eat healthy and stick to clean eating. I try to switch up the salads every week so I don’t get bored with them. This week I decided to add fruit to my salads and use poppyseed dressing instead of my usual balsamic vinaigrette.

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Day 1:
Breakfast: Overnight Oats

Lunch: spinach, turkey, cottage cheese and strawberries (poppyseed dressing)
Dinner: Brussel Sprouts & Burrito Bowl

Day 2:

Breakfast: scrambled eggs with half avocado
Lunch:spinach, turkey, cottage cheese and strawberries (poppyseed dressing)

Dinner: Lettuce Wraps & Stuffed Mushrooms

Day 3:
Breakfast: whole wheat waffle with peanut butter
Lunch: spinach salad with turkey cottage cheese and strawberries (poppyseed dressing)
Dinner: Quinoa Stir Fry

Day 4:
Breakfast: Yogurt and a cup of fruit
Lunch: Spinach Salad with turkey Cottage cheese and strawberries (poppyseed dressing)
Dinner: Greek Yogurt Chicken Parmesan Bake

Day 5:
Breakfast: Breakfast Casserole (makes enough to have for entire weekend)
Lunch: Spinach Salad with turkey cottage cheese and strawberries (poppyseed dressing)
Dinner: Out

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Monday Motivation: Goals

Well it’s that time of year again! It’s April. Summer is just around the corner, and it’s time to get back into shape! After a long winter full of holiday foods, stressful family get-togethers, and attempting to keep your new year resolutions, I know it can be hard to find that motivation to get back and go to the gym, wake up early or go out for a jog or walk in the evening. It’s not an easy thing. Getting fit and healthy is a big task  this week let’s focus on keeping your heath & fitness goals in mind.

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Monday Motivation: Try Yoga

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Sitting. For most of us, it’s an unavoidable aspect of life.

We sit in our cars, at work, at school; even if we live as active a lifestyle as possible, sitting for any extended period of time at our desks can still be negative on our overall health and well being. 

If at the end of the day you’re left with a knot between your shoulder blades and a stitch between your eyebrows then you should give yoga a shot. My friend Ashley and I started going to yoga once a week and I love how I feel afterward. I’m sharing some benefits of yoga below:

Yoga and the Body:

  • increases flexibility
  • strengthens the muscles and tendons, especially stabilizer muscles
  • increases bone density of the entire skeletal system
  • develops balance and coordination
  • straightens posture and body alignment
  • improves function of internal organs 
  • enhances cardiovascular ability, both lowering resting heart rate and making oxygen use more efficient
  • burns energy (150-400 calories per hour)
  • decreases chance of injury
  • fixes muscular imbalances
  • stimulates the immune system
  • decreases cortisol levels, resulting in lower blood sugar levels and heightened insulin response, resulting in less inflammation and less chance of diabetes and heart disease
  • Decreases the chance of arthritis and joint issues by moving full motion 
  • Puts you in a better mood
  • connects your mind with your body
  • decreases pain and fatigue

So go on give it a shot this week! Check out more workouts you may have missed: 

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Weekend Workouts

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Do you workout five days a week and take the weekends off? That is my normal routine. I work Monday through Friday, eight hours a day and I am normally completely exhausted but still manage to make it to the gym  every night. Most of the time I force myself to workout during the week and then crash on the weekends. It would make more sense to take off two days during the week when you’re tired and workout on the weekends.

Here are five good reasons to workout on the weekends. 

  1. You can still sleep in and workout on your time.
  2. Working out on the weekend will help you make healthier choices throughout the day. 
  3. Working out puts you in a better mood.
  4. If you feel like indulging on a Saturday night or Sunday meal, you won’t have any guilt. 
  5. It’s hard to come up with excuses not to workout on the weekend. 

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Colorful New Running Shoes

I have eaten more cookies and more ice cream here recently than in my whole entire life. I don’t know if it has anything to do with this lousy weather and being out of my normal routine or what. I am determined to get back on track in time for summer to swing around. So I am now on the search for a colorful new pair of running shoes:

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