Posts Tagged ‘Summer’

Keeping cool while working up a sweat

July 5, 2011

Now that the Fourth of July has come and gone, we are officially in the heart of summer.  And that means really hot and hazy and humid days in the Northeast, kind of like the one we’re having today.  While I prefer working out at the gym between now and September, there are those of you who insist you have to run outdoors even on the hottest day of the year.  You should be okay if you stay hydrated, avoid running at the hottest time of day and listen to your body for the signs of heatstroke, but here’s something else to consider: use a cooling neck wrap.

A recent study found that athletes who wore such a wrap were able to work out longer and harder even when it was very hot out.  Apparently the wrap tricks the brain into thinking the body is cool.  They think it has something to do with the wrap cooling the blood that’s flowing into the brain.  But there’s a HUGE caveat.  Even though a person doesn’t feel hot, the body still responds as if it is (increased heart rate, higher temperature, etc.).  That means if you’re not careful, you could still end up with heatstroke. 

I say skip the run on the really hot days and do some laps in the pool instead. 



Peek a boob

June 2, 2011

Thumbing through the pages of  Fitness magazine and came across an ad for what I think is an ingenious product.

It’s called the No Show Active Top.  Have you heard of it?

It’s basically a coverup that fits over your otherwise skimpy bikini top.  It looks like a sports bra, but is definitely more attractive and flattering.  This is for the gal who doesn’t just lay out on the sand at the beach, but rather the more active beachgoer who maybe enjoys a good game of pick-up volleyball.  What it does, is keep your boobs from popping out of your top while you’re running around.  Sure you could throw on a T-shirt, but that’s not cute.  This is. What I want to know is why no one thought of before!

Check it out:

(The name of the website alone is worth checking it out!)

You Scream, I scream

May 11, 2011

Spring for me doesn’t just mean warmer weather and days spent enjoying the outdoors.  It also means ice cream.  This is going to sound crazy, but there’s something about sunny days that makes me want ice cream.  Doesn’t matter the flavor or whether it’s hard or soft serve, full fat or low-fat, I just desire a big bowl of it everyday.   Yes, folks, ice cream is my Achilles heel.

Sure I could buy the low-fat or sugar-free kind and eat a 1/2 cup serving each day, but the problem is, if there’s a container of it in my freezer, I rarely ever can stop after one scoop.  It draws me back one spoonful at a time and before I know it, it’s all gone.  And this cycle happens every time I buy it.  I try to convince myself that “This time I make it last,” but it never does.  And there’s no way I’m quitting it, so here’s the solution I’ve come up with that seems to work.

Instead of buying a pint or half-gallon, I buy single serving products.  I find I can more easily turn down a second or third serving if things are packaged separately.  Must be some kind of weird mental thing, but it works.  It also doesn’t hurt that those single servings cost more and so I’m more inclined to make them last.

You know what?  I think it’s time for some ice cream!  Right now I’m loving the Starbucks Ice Cream Bars…mmmmmm!

Coming out of hibernation

March 31, 2011

As much as I hate to say it, bathing suit season is getting closer.  Now, while I’m not one to go on a crazy crash diet to shed those winter pounds (and neither should you!), I’m not against a kick-ass move that’ll whip those abs back into shape.

According to the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, the best move for toning your abs is this:

Now just lift your legs and you're all set!

Lie face up on the floor, legs lifted to 90 degrees with your knees bent.  Extend your arms overhead.  Now curl your torso off the floor, lower and repeat! 

Work that move into your routine and you’ll have bikini-worthy abs in time for Memorial Day!

Another reason why this winter sucks

January 27, 2011

Feeling like this at work could keep you thin

The weather this winter has been brutal.

If it’s not snowing, it’s freezing.  If it’s not freezing out, it’s snowing.  (You get the picture.)

Don’t get me wrong, I do love the snow and cold, but on occasion.  If I wanted to deal with this kind of weather everyday I’d move to Antarctica or Canada.

And here’s yet another reason winter’s got me blue.

Scientists in the U-S and Britain have discovered a link between avoiding the cold and obesity.  Apparently those of us who decide to just stay inside when it’s crappy outside causes our bodies to slow down and burn calories slower.   And that’s not the only problem. 

We’re actually making things worse by raising the heat in our homes to a temperature that doesn’t allow us to shiver or sweat.  They say allowing your body to fight to stay warm in the winter or sweat it out during the summer is actually good for it because it forces us to expand energy, thereby burning more calories.  If our body doesn’t have to work, no calories get burned and we risk getting fat.

Keep this in mind the next time you’re sitting in your office and freezing your you-know-what off.  Turns out you actually are!

SOURCE: Rising indoor winter temperatures linked to obesity?

Summer’s Top Songs

September 6, 2010

Today we bid adieu to the summer season.  Time for that one last backyard bbq blowout, to put away the white shoes and pack the kids off to school.  I for one am glad to kiss the awful heat and humidity goodbye.  Bring on the bright and cool fall days, cable knit sweaters and hot cocoa.  But before we leave the summer of 2010 behind us, lets celebrate the music that had has bouncing in the car as we drove around with the top down.

California Gurls — Katy Perry
Love the Way You Lie — Eminem
OMG — Usher
I Like It — Enrique Iglesias
Dynamite — Taio Cruz
Billionaire — Travie McCoy
Find Your Love — Drake
B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast) — Rick Ross

Racing toward the end of summer

August 31, 2010

Looking for a different way to spend your Labor Day weekend?  How about competing in a 5k?  On Sunday, September 5th, Morristown, New Jersey will host the Dirty Water Rock and Run to benefit clean water efforts in Africa. 

Registration is $30 and includes a T-shirt (naturally), swag bag, free food and a live entertainment.  Race time is 11am.   If you don’t feel like running, they’re still looking for volunteers.   AND if you finish fast enough, you’ll still have time to soak in those last rays of the summer sun at the beach!   (I’d stay away from the hot dogs, though)

Monday Music Mayhem

August 9, 2010

What a ho-hum day.  Summer laziness has hit its peak and I really don’t feel like doing anything.  I don’t want to work, I don’t want to go to the gym, nevermind I’ve got two races coming up.  ::sigh:: At least I know these songs will get me moving.

All Night Long — Alexandra Burke feat. Pitbull

Mysterious Ways -U2

Shining Star — Earth, Wind and Fire

Breathless — The Corrs

Magic — BoB

Here’s to tri-ing hard

July 30, 2010

Some teammate I am.  Two weeks after we swam, biked and ran our way around New York City, I still have yet to honor the accomplishments of my triathlon team.  Until today. 

Swim! Bike! Run!


I’ll have you know we turned in a decent time of 3:24:14.   That’s not bad for two newbie triathletes and an old pro.  What’s more…we didn’t finish in last place!

As for the individuals…our swimmer JC blew it out of the water with a time of 19:21.

I burned rubber on the bike (if I do say so myself), turning in a time of 1:45:47, beating last year’s time by more than 11 minutes.

And our runner RH battled the high temps and didn’t pass out, clocking in at 73:45 .

So congrats team…you did good!

Now onto the next one!  In my case that’s an obstacle filled 5K called the Warrior Dash and then a women-only half marathon on Long Island in the fall.

Afternoon D-lite

July 29, 2010

Being summer and all, I’m sure you’re lathering on the sunscreen everytime you know you’re going to be spending an extended amount of time outside.   But the fact is, while that sunscreen is helping to preven skin cancer it’s also blocking our bodies from getting the amount of Vitamin D it needs.

Just how essential is Vitamin D?  Almost every tissue in your body (we’re talking skin, heart, brain, muscles and immune system) has receptors for it.  And a lack of Vitamin D affects bone growth and can lead to a loss in bone density, not to mention there are new studies that suggest it results in an elevated risk of certain cancers, heart disease and high blood pressure and various auto-immune disorders.

More and more people suffer from a lack of Vitamin D and a lot of it has to do with how well we protect ourselves from the sun.  That’s because our main source of it comes from the sun’s ultra-violet B rays.  Vitamin D can also be absorbed through food sources (like fortified milk and orange juice), but you’d have to consume massive amounts to get the amount the body needs.  There are also supplements you can take, but they can be dangerous because if you take too much, your body is unable to get rid of it.

So the best way to make sure you’re getting Vitamin D is to spend some unprotected time in the sun during these hot summer months.  In fact, one doctor tells the New York Times that if we get enough summer sun exposure, our bodies should be able to produce enough Vitamin D to get through the entire year! 

Now, I’m not condoning spending an entire day at the beach without sunscreen.  That would just be stupid.  Here’s what that same doctor mentioned above recommends:  wear minimal clothing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. two or three times a week for 5 to 10 minutes.  That means no sunscreen, except on your face, where you should always wear it.

So the next time someone tells you you should always wear sunscreen, don’t feel guilty and then share the info you just learned!