Posts Tagged ‘Working Out’

Monday Music Mayhem

July 11, 2011

I really like all of these songs.  I hope you do too!

Everyday (Coolin’) — Swizz Beatz featuring Eve

Moves Like Jagger — Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera

I’m Into You — Jennifer Lopez featuring Lil Wayne

Shake Senora (Remix) — Pitbull featuring T-Pain, Sean Paul and Ludacris

And yes that last one is the same as the song from Beetlejuice, but you’ve never heard it like this before!

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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. 

 

Monday Music Mayhem

June 27, 2011

Long time no see!  Hopefully you’ll dig this week’s new music!

 

Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) — Katy Perry featuring Kanye West

Tonight, Tonight — Hot Chelle Rae

Hello — Martin Solveig and Dragonette

You Might Think — Weezer

Where Them Girls At — David Guetta featuring Flo Rida and Nicki Minaj

Monday Music Mayhem

June 6, 2011

So I know I’m always saying these music lists are little bit of everything.  Today’s really is a mixed bag.  Check it out:

Shattered — O.A.R.

Don’t Turn Out the Lights — NKOTBSB

Miami 2 Ibiza — Tinie Tempah

Ven Conmigo — Daddy Yankee featuring Prince Royce

Foolin’ — Dionne Bromfield

Another exercise myth busted

June 2, 2011

Pop quiz time!

True or False: You’ll burn more fat if you skip breakfast before your morning workout.

FALSE!

No matter whether you eat breakfast before or after your AM trip to the gym, you’re going to burn the same number of calories.  (3 miles on an empty stomach is the same as 3 miles with a full tank)  The myth stems from the (misguided) belief that by skipping that first meal of the day you’ll force your body to burn fat for fuel.  While your body will turn to its energy stores when running on empty, it won’t tap those jiggly thighs or flabby abs for fuel.  Instead, the body uses a different kind of fat that’s stored in your muscles. 

Bottom line: Don’t skip the Wheaties!  In fact, you may find a light meal before a workout leads to a more intense session because your body is fueled and ready to go.

Monday Music Mayhem

May 16, 2011

Don’t know about you, but I had a really crappy weekend.  But you know what makes me feel better…good music…enjoy!

Run the World (Girls) — Beyonce

Oops I Did It Again — Britney Spears

The Big Big Bang — Rock Mafia

Hate on Me — Glee Cast

Ugh, running.

May 12, 2011

You may or may not know this, but I really don’t like running.  You wouldn’t know it with two triathlons, two half marathons and a handful of 5ks under my belt, but seriously, I don’t enjoy as much as I think I should.

Part of the problem is that I’m too slow.  I feel like I should be running a faster pace than I usually do and the fact that I can’t, frustrates me.  Sure, I’ve improved since I first started training for races and there are days that I look forward to a run, but most of the time I don’t.  The reason for that is that during the run and especially after, I’m in a lot of pain.

Now I don’t suffer the usual runner’s pain of aching knees, sore hamstrings or even shin splints.  Nope, my problem is my feet.  I’ve had issues with them since I was a pre-teen and while some corrective measures have helped, at the end of the day (or a run), my feet HURT.  And yet I keep running, hoping I’ll one day finish a run and not be in pain.  That day came last week.

All the usual treadmills at the gym were being used, so I hopped on one that I (and everyone else) usually go to as a last resort.  I can’t explain why, except maybe it’s because the control panel doesn’t have bells and whistles like a personal trainer or a fan (which is why I always skipped over them).  There’s also less space to put your stuff one, just two little nets to hold everything.  It’s called the Woodway and it’s with hesitation that I tried it.  I’ll never use the other treadmills again.

Right off the bat, I knew it was different.  When I picked up the speed, there wasn’t that usual pounding sound you hear when running on the regular treadmills.  It also didn’t feel as if I was landing as hard, more like I was running on a dirt path through the woods.  (Maybe that’s genesis of the name?)  I set out to run 3.5 miles that workout and expected the usually pain in my feet around 2.25 miles, but it never came.  In fact I made it through the whole run with only some minimal discomfort by the end of it.

I thought maybe it was a fluke, so I tried the treadmill again today.  Same thing.  So I looked up the company.  Apparently Woodways are designed to minimize shock.  Needless to say, I’m never going back to those old pounding treadmills again!   I do have one request however to the designers over at Woodway…could we maybe get a model with a built-in fan?  Thanks in advance!

Monday Music Mayhem

April 18, 2011

Last week it was all about the 80s.  Can you guess which decade this week’s music comes from?  If you guessed the 90s the you’re, like, totally right!  Awesome!

Step By Step — New Kids on the Block

Black or White — Michael Jackson

Baby Got Back — Sir Mix-A-Lot

The Sign — Ace of Base

Here Comes the Hotstepper — Ini Kamoze

Wanna Be — Spice Girls

Gettin’ Jiggy With It — Will Smith

…Baby One More Time — Britney Spears

Livin’ La Vida Loca — Ricky Martin

Gonna Make Your Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) — C&C Music Factory

Running Outdoors for Dummies

April 12, 2011

Image Credit: KENNETH LAMBERT

If you’re like me, then you like to plan out your runs before you start them.  I hate just running with no set course.  I need to know where I’m going and how many miles I’ll log while doing it.

Lucky for me, there is no shortage of websites that offer to map my run for me.

If you’re always running the same courses, these maps aren’t all that useful, but they’re great if you find yourself in a new place (a relative’s house, on vacation) and want to keep up your running routine.

I’ve tried the popular and appropriately named mapmyrun.com, but the amount of clutter on the site makes my head reel.  I prefer the more streamlined look and fewer pop-up ads of  runningmap.com.  Like Map My Run, Running Map uses the Google Map interface to allow to plot your course.  Just click along the route you’d like to take and it adds up the mileage for you.  There’s no need to sign up for an account, but if you do, the site will save your routes for you for easy access.

Now wasn’t that easy?

Monday Music Mayhem

April 11, 2011

Today we’re getting in my time machine and blasting back to the days of big hair, neon and spandex.  That’s right, today’s music list is beamed straight from the 80s — Rock on!

Crazy Little Thing Called Love — Queen

Funkytown — Lipps, Inc.

Maniac — Michael Sembello

Let’s Hear It for the Boy — Deniece Williams

Wake Me Up Before Your Go-Go — Wham!

We Built This City — Starship

I Think We’re Alone Now — Tiffany

Mony Mony — Billy Idol

Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car — Billy Ocean

Good Thing — Fine Young Cannibals

Cold Hearted — Paula Abdul

Hangin’ Tough — New Kids on the Block