In praise of the micro and the nano also beginning weightlifting

Pacific Rim Locandina

Pacific Rim Locandina (Photo credit: Debris2008)

Sorry I have been so quiet but life has been keeping me busy.

Even though I have been busy with studying and work, I have been able to fit in some workouts due to NanoWorkout.  Which has several good ideas about how to incorporate exercise into daily life.  I personally like the ones to do while brushing your teeth and the ones for walking up the stairs.  They are light quick exercises that can be done by almost everyone.

http://nanoworkout.com

The other thing I have decided to do is to start trying weightlifting.  This has been something I have been wanting to do for a while but felt especially pumped up to do after watching Pacific Rim in 3d (watch it).  The music as well as the amazing fight scenes really energized me.  That being said I didn’t really know where to start so I googled and found a very clear guide with a lot of advice from bodybuilding. com.  It offers general tips as well as a detailed 12 week program that offers different workouts for each day of the week in 3 to 4 week blocks.  It also allows for 3 days off a week to do cardio, to relax, or to make up for a lost day.  So far I am 2 days in and I am really sore but in a good way.  After lifting I feel charged and kind of bad ass even though I have only been lifting lighter weights since I am just starting.  I have been using my ipad to help me keep track and to also watch the demo videos.  To help me feel charged I like to listen to the soundtrack for Pacific Rim and Dredd.

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/womans_lean_sexy_bible.htm

I also feel like mentioning some things I have recently become a fan of.  I loved Pacific Rim, even though I feel like there could have been more female characters.  The other thing is the podcast Welcome to Night Vale.  A pleasant dessert community served with a side of Lovecraft.

Remember to Hydrate

Stilstock

Fit Fat Ballet + Sore Day 21

Personal trainer showing a client how to exerc...

Personal trainer showing a client how to exercise the right way and educating them along the way. The semi-spherical device is a BOSU. Category:Fitness Category:Fitness_training Category:Personal_training Category:Stretching Category:Challenges to physical balance (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We are nearing the end of the 25 day boot camp. I find it hard to believe that it has been 21 days since I started this blog. My health has been fluctuating between feeling fitter and feeling sicker. The sickness has nothing to do with Prevention’s workout though. Just my overall health, which I feel is made worse by overall weight and eating habits. I have found that even though I slacked off a bit during my bouts of illness that writing this blog has helped me to keep working out even when I didn’t feel like it. I have been working on improving my eating habits. Over the weekend I held a dinner party with friends and I made sure to make healthier foods esp. since one of my guests is a diabetic.

Recently I had some lessons from my former personal trainer driven in. She always emphasized warming up before and doing something to cool down after. I really haven’t been doing enough of that. The other day I was just stretching a little in bed when I suddenly felt intense pain in my left leg. It left me in agony for what felt like hours and afterwards it was difficult to walk. I did some research and one possible cause is not stretching properly after a work out. The other lesson came tonight while doing the swimming exercise when I suddenly had a sharp pain in my back. This could have been because of not warming up or due to poor form.

As for cardio I have mainly been doing a lot of walking. I also did one more workout from the app, workout trainer by skimble. I choose a random cardio workout. This one was challenging but doable. The major flaw for me was that this one did not even have a short video it just flashed slowly onto the images of how the exercises were to be done. Before I did this one I was going to give one of the other apps, Fitstar, a chance but I took a moment to read the terms and conditions and they really scared me off of trying that app. Maybe I was wrong to discount but I really did not feel comfortable with agreeing with what it said.

I’m sorry for only doing one blog last week. It is my goal to do at least two a week.

Life is too short for you to be embarrassed by the things you love.

Fit Fat Ballet + Cardio day Day 5

Skimble's Workout Trainer for Android!

Skimble’s Workout Trainer for Android! (Photo credit: mariachily)

 

The results are in 3 people voted for dance as their favorite workout music.

Yesterday I did just the Ballet Boot Camp.  It is getting easier to do the exercises.  The scissors and carousel  horse are still the most challenging.  I am not feeling as much strain to my legs as I did after the first day.

Today was a weird day and I wandered through most of it in a fugue state.  I made quinoa cereal based on a recipe from Martha Stewart’s website.  It recommended way too much milk for the amount of quinoa.  Today was just cardio.  I walked around town for a while.  I thought about calling it quits with that, but I downloaded 3 random free apps for my IPad.

The one I chose to use for today was Workout Trainer.  It asks you to make an account or sign in through facebook.  I tried to do it through facebook but it didn’t work.  So I made an account it also ask for d.o.b. and what your goals are.  It doesn’t ask for weight.  It selects two workouts based on your goals or you can select others from its library.  The first one was a 12min cardio video.  It gives you the choice of three trainers to guide you through it.  One is a person, which is part of the premium package, the other two are computer generated.  Being broke I went for one of the computer trainers.

The workout also allows you to play music from your ipad which is a nice touch.  The voice guiding you through it sounds very robotic.  It tells you how to do the workout, how much time you have left, which exercise is coming up next and offers general platitudes.  The actual exercises are basic but challenging.  Things like star jumps, side planks, and others. It does allow for one 30 second break to grab water and get to a mat as you transition from standing to ground work.  Each exercise is shown through a couple of seconds of recorded videos.  If you are trying to keep pace with the video, it is easy to get thrown off track and it blips out in order to restart the video.  Once finished you set set a reminder to do it again tomorrow or select a new workout.  It will promote the premium package several times after using the app.  Overall, it is a surprisingly decent free app.  The workout was in the moderate range which I asked for while putting together my workout.

Also, I am a huge fan of The Pintester and on my other blog I participated in The Pintester Movement.  I tested several cooking pins and the fail coffee hair removal pin.  Well, she is trying to get fit and lose some weight by teaming up with Slimfast.  Way to go girlfriend.  I am hoping this may lead to her testing some fitness pins.  Anyways, she wanted people to blog about their wackiest reason to try to lose weight in exchange for a $1,000 SpaFinder card, which would be pretty sweet.  Anyways, when I was younger I tried to lose weight in order to join the navy.  I never lost the weight, never joined the navy, and now I am too old to.  It is not all bad though since I am pretty happy with my life as it is now.

 

http://pintester.com/2013/06/slim-fast-sweepstakes-and-the-real-reasons-i-want-to-lose-a-few-pounds/

 

http://kwillstrive.blogspot.com/

 

We should all aim to be like the Gummi Bears.  Dashing and daring, courageous and caring, faithful and friendly, with stories to share. 🙂

 

Remember to moisturize.

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