Catching Fire

I’m irrationally excited to see Catching Fire this week in theaters and was just as excited when I learned about NYSC’s Hunger Games inspired workout class from Self Magazine. According to the article, NYSC (and other branches) will be offering FREE workout classes based on the series. The article also offers some alternatives if you can not make it to a participating gym which would make for a great workout on their own. They do, however, require some equipment but you can always substitute other exercises such as: planks, squats, tuck jumps, and other body weight moves. 

Let me know if you get the chance to check the class out. And if you do…,may the odds be ever in your favor! 

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Winter Workout Essentials

With the cold weather coming our way it is important to have the proper gear when venturing outside for your run. There are so many options today for clothes that will keep you warm and safe but the best products are those that wick moisture away from your skin while regulating your natural body temperature. It is also smart to wear layers as wearing too many heavy items can lead to overheating which can be dangerous. Layers allow you to adjust your outfit based on the changing conditions outside.

Here are some great pieces to add to your winter workout wardrobe:

  1. Under Armour Women’s Cold Gear Cozy Tights 
  2. Nike Women’s Element Thermal Hoodie
  3. New Balance Women’s PDA Running Gloves
  4. Asics Thermopolis LT 2-in-1 Reversible Headwarmer

What is your go to winter running gear?

Autumn Leaves

This past weekend I went hiking with my boyfriend and some friends in our go-to hiking spot, a state park in Pennsylvania. While we have been there a few times before, this was the first time we visited in the fall. It was beautiful and now I’ve experienced every season there. It’s so interesting to see how one spot changes so much over the year. Often, we are too busy to notice in our everyday life. That’s one of the things I love about hiking- it allows you to appreciate nature in a way we sometimes ignore regularly.

Another great thing about hiking is that its a form of exercise disguised in exploring which always seems to be more fun. You burn around 100 calories per hour of your hike and we hiked for about 2 and 1/2 hours so it was a pretty nice Sunday morning workout. We also got to chat a long the way and stopped to look at some beautiful views. Simply being outside allows your mind to reset as you enjoy the simple things like the leaves changing colors. We also got a good dose of Vitamin D which is sometimes lacking as the temperature drops.

After our hike we went to an authentic German restaurant. Not the healthiest food but it sure was good and we were all hungry after our long hike. I had an andouille sausage which was a little bit spicy but so tasty.

Here are some pictures from the hike!

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Be Brave

This week I came across a video that was both inspiring and beautiful. Staff and patients of U of M Amplatz Children’s Hospital did their own rendition of Sara Bareilles’ ‘Brave’. The song on its own is powerful but this video displays beautiful humans who are fighting for their lives and the wonderful people that are helping them.

Having spent time in a children’s hospital myself at a young age, I can attest that the nurses and doctors who work there dedicate their lives and work to put a smile on a sick child’s face while also treating their illness. Their participation in this video shows the measures they take to keep a sick child smiling.

The children themselves are incredibly strong and can inspire all of us to be brave. Their smiles are beautiful and contagious. If this isn’t some inspiration, I don’t know what is.