If you thought you were doomed to inherit the not so great genes (when it comes to looking fit and staying slim) of your parents, aunts, uncles or grandparents, you just may be wrong. Obesity runs in my family is not an excuse to let yourself slip down the path to an unhealthy lifestyle. Regular exercise can help you from becoming your mother (or father or any other relative). Check out this WebMD article.
Archive for November 5th, 2011
Going to the gym doesn’t have to mean carrying a bag that screams jock or look at me going to the gym. If you are a fashionista, you shouldn’t have to comprise style for the sake of staying in shape. Here are some cute and functional gym bags (who knows, they may just give you more motivation to get up and go to the gym!).
The North Face Talia Tote $39.99
Puma Women’s Training Float Tote $64.99
Physhion Fashionista $225.00
OGorgeous Beverly Bowtie Mat Bag $79.00
Vera Bradley Small Duffel $69.00
I got my cast off!!! Only one more week until I can ditch my crutches and a couple more weeks until I can lose this beautiful, ever-so-fashionable boot. Below are some pictures. If you have a weak stomach, I’d recommend checking out another post .
Underneath this very large bandage….
I’ve been inspired. After one week and counting on crutches, I figure that has to be something I can do. So I’ve done my research and this is what I’ve come up with. However, I hope you never have to use these tips!
Sure crutches are great for protecting an injured leg or helping you to recover from a lower extremity surgery, but they just maybe an effective tool in helping you to stay fit while you recover from surgery or injury.
- Get up and walk around on your crutches. Be sure to clear any lose cords and rugs out of the way to ensure you don’t further injure yourself. Walk around your house for 10 minutes a day, three times a day. If you need a change of scenery, have a friend take you window shopping. A mall provides even ground with plenty of room to move around.. unlike going outdoors
(stick and stones may actually break your bones should you spend a lot of time outdoors on crutches). In the process of
walking around, you’ll build some awesome triceps.
- Get on the floor and do some crunches. As an added bonus, you’ll be keeping your injured leg elevated.
- Perform straight leg raises. Lye on your bed with your back flat against the bed and your legs fully extended (if possible). Position a pillow underneath the heel of your injured leg. Bend your uninjured leg at the knee and place your foot flat on the floor with your toes pointing toward the edge of your bed. While keeping your injured leg extended, slowly raises your leg approximately six inches off of the bed. Hold this position for a count of three seconds. Relax and complete three sets of 10 repetitions daily.
- Complete some biceps and triceps curls and extensions. Use either resistance bands or light weight hand weights.
I’m from Pittsburgh and the cold weather is already upon us. However, cold weather shouldn’t stop you from heading outside for a job on a cool, yet sunny fall day. If you are like most 20-something-year olds, chances are you’ve noticed fitness gear isn’t cheap. Whether you are a college student or just beginning to make an impression in the professional world, you can find cute, warm and cozy fall fitness gear on a budget. The trick to fall fitness is layering. You can always take layers off should you become too hot. Here are some adorable pieces for $25 or less.
Aerie $17.15 Low Impact Sports Bra
Aerie $19.99 Slim Gyms
C9 by Champion Fleece (Target or Target.com) $16.99 Available in multiple colors.
C9 by Champion Fleece Hooded Athletic Jacket (Target or Target.com) $24.99 Available in multiple colors.
C9 by Champion Running Capris (Target or Target.com) $24.99
Nike Women’s Tempo Track Short $19.99 Available in many colors.
Forever 21 Racer-Back Athletic Top $8.80 Available in many colors.
Vegetables such as squash, yams and pumpkins are often associated with the fall months and especially Thanksgiving. Chances are you may not hear of many people cooking with these items or may even cringe at the thought of eating them. If you are looking to put a healthier twist on a common and very popular dish: spaghetti.
- An entire spaghetti squash (serves four people)
- Marinara sauce
- Vegetables of your choice.
- Rinse the entire spaghetti squash.
- Cut the squash in half (watch your fingers, spaghetti squash is about as difficult as a pumpkin to cut.)
- Place a half a squash in your microwave. Cook it on high power for 15 minutes.
- Sautee some vegetables of your choice while waiting for the microwave to beep.
- Carefully remove the squash from your microwave and scoop the seeds out.
- Use a fork to scrape out the squash. Using a fork gets you the spaghetti-like look. The squash will appear stringy.
- Place the spaghetti sauce on a plate with marinara sauce and your sautéed vegetables.
- Service and Enjoy.
Nutritional Facts (per one cup):
- 42 calories
- 0 g of fat
- 10 g of carbohydrates
- 1 g of protein
- 2 g of fiber
I got a three dollar sandwich maker at Target on Black Friday last year. I’ve only recently gotten around to using it, but it may be the best three dollars I’ve ever spent. I use it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. My personal favorites are probably a toasted peanut butter sandwich, which is great for breakfast on the go. My more recent find and favorite is my “pizza panini.” A little marinara sauce, a slice of cheese and the vegetables of your choosing (I’m big on onions and green peppers) and you’ve got the perfect panini. From getting the ingredients out to making the sandwich, you are looking at about three minutes tops.