Fresh Kicks

Have you been neglecting your sneakers? The shoes you workout in play a larger role in your workout than you may think. A good pair of workout shoes support your feet and the rest of your joints as you work out. Wearing the wrong shoes, or wearing old shoes can cause pain during your workout and even injury.

The first step is identifying what kind of workout shoe is best for you. Running shoes are good for those who put on a lot of mileage running each week. If you are training for a race or marathon you definitely want a pair of running shoes. Running shoes are lighter and provide more cushioning for when you foot hits the ground.

Cross trainers are better for a larger variety of workouts, such as strength training, HIIT, cardio, and more. These shoes provide more support for lateral movements.

It’s important that you replace your shoes regularly as well. The general rule of thumb is that you should replace running shoes every 300-400 miles. Cross trainers should be replaced every six months or so. You should listen to your body, as well. If you start to feel pain in your feet, knees, and back it may be time to go sneaker shopping.

My current shoes have hit their expiration date and I’ve been on the lookout for a new pair. I generally stick to New Balance shoes because I have plantar fasciitis and no arches. New Balance tend to have good arch support.

Here are some of the sneakers on my wish list:
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Workout Review: Feisty 50

Wanting to incorporate more strength training into my fitness routine I turned to Pinterest for some “fitspiration.” There, I stumbled upon a great blog full of all different kinds of workouts- a whole section of which you can do at home! Jess at http://blondeponytail.com/ shares various workouts that all have one thing in common- they make you sweat! I’ve tried a couple of her workouts and loved them all but “Fesity 50” stuck out to me as it worked your entire body in about 30 minutes. I especially enjoy her workouts because she demonstrates all the different moves making it easy to follow along. You can also adjust the workout to fit your level of fitness. If you are just beginning you can start with 20 reps rather than the 50. I highly recommend checking out Blondeponytail.com to get workout ideas, nutrition information and some motivation! Let me know what you think of the workouts!

#TBT: Workout Playlist

earphonesAt the gym or on a run I almost always have my earphones plugged in. I find listening to music motivating (and sometimes a little distracting) during a tough workout. So much so, that I sometimes attribute a good run to the music playing.Listening to the same playlist, however, becomes monotonous and loses its motivating touch so changing things up is important.

So in honor of social media’s favorite day, Throwback Thursday, here is my #tbtworkoutplaylist.

  1. Lose your Breath- Destiny’s Child
  2. Crazy in Love- Beyonce
  3. When you were Young- The Killers
  4. Never Let You Go- Third Eye Blind
  5. Opposite of Adults- Chiddy Bang
  6. Wannabe- Spice Girls
  7. Since U Been Gone- Kelly Clarkson
  8. It Girl- Jason Derulo
  9. Hands Down- Dashboard Confessional
  10. Rock your Body- Justin Timberlake

What’s your favorite throwback tune to listen to?

Run like a dirty girl

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The thought of participating in obstacle ridden 5k races such as Tough Mudder and Warrior Dash can be intimidating to many women. But do not fear! There is a race just for us! Dirty Girl Runis a muddy obstacle course 5k designed specifically for women to run alongside other women. The race has similar obstacles to the co-ed 5k mud runs but gives them fun, girly names such as “PMS (Pretty Muddy Stuff)” and “Runaway Bride”. There are also detours so that if you do not feel comfortable doing a particular obstacle you can simply move on to the next one.

I believe this is a great opportunity for women to show that running like a girl is not a bad thing. There is something both comforting and empowering about participating in a tough challenge alongside other women who are rooting you on all the way to the finish line. And if that’s not enough to keep you going- there’s a free drink waiting at the end.

The Dirty Girl Run has races all over the country and is open to women ages 14 and up. Are you ready to run like a dirty girl?

Take a hike

Exercising doesn’t have to be mundane; especially in the warmer months! There are plenty of ways to get your workout in and get some sunshine at the same time. Over the past year I began going on hikes and I found that I really enjoy it. You can find hiking spots by searching state parks in your state. At most sites, there are different paths to choose from based on your physical activity level.

Hiking is great exercise because you are walking for at least a mile at different inclines. It does not even feel like exercise but rather more of a challenge to get to the top! And the scenery can’t be beat.

Here are some pictures from my last hike in upstate New York!

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Exploring!

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View from the top!

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Waterfall!

Beach Body Workout

After having one too many scoops of potato salad this weekend I am trying to get myself back on track for my summer body. With the threat of thunderstorms, however, I could not go on the two mile run that I had planned on. Instead, I turned to the internet to provide me with a new workout that I could do in my living room. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting a rigorous workout. Boy, was I wrong. I decided to try a workout I saw on Self Magazine’s twitter: The 16- Minute Beach Body Workout. By minute seven I was most definitely sweating. This workout is great because it does not require any equipment and it targets a lot of muscles, such as your shoulders, abs, back, and many more. The workout contains eight different exercises done for one minute each, and then repeated. I found myself working a lot harder than I expected and I definitely felt the burn. If you find yourself struggling, you can always resort to regular crunches or a plank for the remainder of the minute.

Its great to try new workouts as they challenge you in different ways and also introduce you to new exercises and techniques. Will you try the 16-Minute Beach Body Workout? If you do, let me know what you think!