8-Move Kettlebell Workout

Kettlebell WorkoutPlease note that I am not a licensed trainer. I am simply sharing a workout that I enjoy. Please consult with your doctor about any medical issues or concerns before starting a new weight training program.

Pssst…I’m cheating on the free weights at my gym. Sure, I had a good thing going with them, but after many months of the same old, same old, I was desperate for something new.

It’s not that I wasn’t working up a good sweat or not seeing results, but I was starting to not care. I was entering the gym on autopilot, and I definitely wasn’t engaged in my workout. I went, I did my routine, and I left. Yawn. Not only did this zap my motivation to workout, but it also left me prone to injury because I wasn’t really paying attention to what I was doing. It was time to change things up!

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Getting Over a Fitness Slump

In May I ran the Long Island Half Marathon, and even though I was two minutes slower than my goal time, I felt fantastic and incredibly proud.Half Marathon

After, I decided to take a break because I was afraid I was going to get burnt out from running, particularly since I’d run another half six months prior. I’m only a three year old runner (or official runner I suppose), so I wanted to be sure I didn’t get bored or overwhelmed by the sport. It doesn’t come as naturally to me as someone whose been running for many years.  Read More…


Scrapbook: Stand Up Paddle Boarding

If you’ve never tried stand up paddle boarding (SUP), I highly recommend it. After living in Barbados for a few years, last week Ree and I finally made it out with two of our girlfriends to give SUP a go. It’s an absolute must-try summer activity. We had so much fun and are incredibly grateful to Paddle Barbados for the amazing day! No matter what beach you visit this summer, you must get out there and SUP.

Stand up paddle boarding

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Five Outdoor Activities You Should Try This Summer

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Can you believe it’s already July? Where is the time going? Winter seems to last forever and summer seems to fly by. Crazy! While it may seem like it’s whizzing by, there are still two months of summer left, which is plenty of time to get out there and enjoy the season. And what better way to remember this summer than by trying out something new? I challenge you to make this a summer you’ll never forget by pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone!

Living in the Caribbean is like having summer 365 days of the year, but there are certain activities that I miss from my days of living in North America. Camping immediately comes to mind, as does riding my bike on trails, and canoeing on a still-water lake. None of these are really viable in Barbados, but living on an island and being surrounded by gorgeous turqoise water does offer up some new options that I would never have tried in the past.

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Looking for a Great Workout? Give Tennis a Try!

 

Bump day icon Summer is one of the best times of the year. Wouldn’t you agree? Ok, it’s not as awesome as Fall, but it’s a close second. It’s definitely one of my favourite times of the year, but not for the reasons you would think.

While most people are recovering from winter and heading outside for fresh air and sunshine, I’m plopped in front of the TV. Summer in the Caribbean is incredibly humid and often rainy (cue hurricanes), and sometimes all you can do is sit in front of the fan and try not to move. Luckily for me, summer is a great time of the year for sports! This year is extra special with the World Cup, but each year summer brings some of the finest sports programming. Golf has the US and British Open. The Tour de France starts in July, and while I’m not too into cycling, I love watching the beautiful European countryside go by. And of course, there’s Wimbeldon, which has now entered its second week.

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How to Train Like an Olympian

Every time the winter Olympics come around I’m glued to the TV. I’m fully prepared to give up two weeks of productivity to watch the incredible displays of athleticism, and I love the feel-good vibes of the world coming together. Unfortunately, the coverage in Barbados is limited (thanks to annoying licensing issues), but thanks to some VPN magic, I’ve managed to watch most of the events. I love them all, yes, even curling, but nothing captures my attention more than long track speed skating. 

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How to Tackle Hills

I run hills. I run a lot of hills. I also run in the rain almost every day, but that’s another story for another day. At first I ran hills because the only paths I could find in my neighborhood included them…several of them. Over time though those hills became an intricate part of my training.

Barbados is like so many other islands in that it’s tall in the middle and low along the coast lines, which provides any runner with a plethora of hills and inclines to enjoy. Of course not every run in Barbados needs to consist of hills, but there is definitely no shortage of them to conquer should it strike your fancy. And even though the training program I follow doesn’t specifically include hill sessions, I have been able to include at least one hill run a week and have noticed a huge improvement in my running.

I have three major hills to choose from, which adds a bit of excitement to my morning in deciding which one to take. There are several other gradual inclines that are included in each route, but they’re not quite as challenging as these three.

hill #1

This is my favorite and the one I take most often. I call it Classical Hill because the house just before the hill always plays classical music from their gazebo. Every time I run by, even at 5:30 in the morning, I hear the music; it’s the most interesting thing.

Classical Hill and my favorite!

Classical Hill and my favorite!

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Barefoot Running: Learning to Run All Over Again

I can’t remember the first time I heard the term barefoot running, but I do remember what specifically prompted me to explore the idea.  It was two years ago and I had just completed the New York City marathon (more on that subject another day). I was so sore the three days after, I had to use two hands on the railings just to get down a flight of stairs (and unfortunately, I live in a town home with two flights)! Even though my training program had “recovery” training sessions planned for a few days after the race, it wasn’t until about two weeks later that I felt comfortable getting back out there.

my feet after a barefoot run

my feet after a barefoot run

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