Tag: health and fitness

Exercises to Try Next Time You’re Outside!

It’s finally spring, which means it’s time to get outside, and today I’m going to share some awesome outdoor workouts, sponsored by Zappos!

The weather has been gorgeous here in Northern California. So in between the rainy days, I take every opportunity for a hike or outdoor workout because the scenery is much more breathtaking than the inside of the gym!

The start of a new season is also my favorite time to get new gear. Because I’ve been doing a lot more outdoor HIIT (high intensity interval training) up and down steep hills in addition to bodyweight workouts on uneven ground, I have to make sure that my shoes have good traction and are stylish too! I just got a new pair of Brooks Pureflow 6 shoes, top and leggings from Zappos, and I’m loving them! More about my shopping experience a little later. But without further ado, let’s talk about workouts!

HIIT Sprints

For HIIT, my favorite is HIIT sprints. Doing this once or twice a week definitely burns fat and elevates your metabolism so you can even be torching calories when at rest. One way I stay lean is to get in my sprints as my form of cardio. I like to add intensity to my sprints by doing them on the trails for a bit of an incline. Try this workout and let me know what you think!IMG_7676_E

Sprint uphill 50 to 70 percent speed and then walk or jog back down the hill for your recovery. I usually stop after I’ve sprinted and walked back down 10 times. Then I climb the hill for a nice scenic view!

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Bodyweight Workout

Another type of workout I love to do when outside is bodyweight workouts. This includes dynamic lunges, squats, and if you can find a bench, push-ups and tricep dips! But in order to do this, I need a lot of good traction, and once again, my Brooks gear from Zappos came through!

I recently posted on Instagram about building strength for push-ups, one of the most difficult exercises to do for those without a lot of upper body strength.  A great way to build the strength is to do push-ups on a bench or elevated surface until you can do a full push-up!

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Try doing 10 reps of these 4 times!

Awesome new Brooks Gear from Zappos!

So this season, I ordered a new pair of Brooks Pureflow 6 shoes – chosen because not only did they get awesome reviews on Zappos, but they are very lightweight, and have good traction on the bottom for those steep mountainous climbs. I also got a cute Brooks top and pair of performance leggings from Brooks to match my shoes! I felt great going up and down the mountain and got in my HIIT and some push-ups too!

I wanted to make sure that I got my new gear quickly and had the opportunity to return – often things online don’t work out for me or don’t fit right. Luckily Zappos has fast and free shipping and a 365 day return policy.

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I was shocked at how reasonably priced my Brooks gear was but how high-quality it was. The shoes were so supportive up and down the rocky terrain, and the clothes kept me dry even though I was sweating.

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Like my outfit? Get this look from Zappos.com!

Hope you guys all liked this post and that you get outside for some fun outdoor workouts!

Love from California,

Shannon

PS – Special thanks to my fiancee Kelvin, who came to work out and enjoy a beautiful day with me! 🙂

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#HEALTHY2015 – Superfood Supersalad and Scrumptious Sashimi

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As we say goodbye to 2014 and ring in the new year, it’s no time like the present to change your eating habits and begin a healthy fresh start! If you’re like me, the holidays are the time to spend time with loved ones, but it’s so difficult to resist the decadent food and delicious treats that are available in abundance everywhere!  My first meal of the New Year consisted of a salad featuring a multitude of different superfoods. I also decided to treat myself to some fresh sashimi from the Tokyo Fish Market in Berkeley, California!

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(Though there is no legal or medical definition, superfoods are nutrient powerhouses that pack large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. Eating them may reduce the risk of chronic disease, and prolong life, and people who eat more of them are healthier and thinner than those who don’t.)

My Superfood Salad contains the following:

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

Broccoli*

Brussel Sprouts*

Cabbage*

Chicory*

Cranberries*

Edamame* – I buy the frozen bagged edamame from either Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods and boil it for about 3 minutes.

Hodo Soy Tofu (firm), grilled* – Be sure to buy the firm, because the softer ones tend to fall apart when grilling. This tofu is all the things that mass-produced tofu isn’t: flavorful, nutrient-rich, full of character, and high-quality. One serving contains 1/3 of our daily protein needs and 1/5 of our daily calcium needs. Fortunately I live near Hodo Soy http://hodosoy.com/ in Oakland.

Kale*

Pumpkin Seeds*

Red Quinoa*

 (* denotes a superfood)

TOKYO FISH MARKET

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I buy my sashimi from the Tokyo Fish Market in Berkeley. IMO, they have the freshest and largest, most reasonably-priced sashimi in the Bay Area. Many Japanese restaurants even come here to purchase fish for their menu.

I bought the sashimi pictured for about $20 total. I came home and with a sharp knife was able to cut it into slices ready to eat. This time, I got hamachi (yellowtail), salmon, and tuna. They also have delicacies like tako (octopus) and uni (sea urchin), among others, along with a good selection of tobiko (flying fish roe – the little eggs) in different colors. I also bought wasabi powder here. Mixed with water, it’s an easy and quick way to make your own wasabi!

Here’s to a healthy 2015. Happy healthy New Year everyone!

 

Benefits of Barley!

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Lately I have been incorporating barley into my salads. It has been cited as one of the world’s healthiest foods being a very good source of molybdenum, manganese, dietary fiber, and selenium, and a good source of copper, vitamin B1, chromium, phosphorus, magnesium, and niacin.

The dietary fiber in barley allows the body to clean out the intestines, therefore helping to reduce the risk of colon cancer. Barley also helps to lower cholesterol by binding to bile acids and removing them from the body and also promotes beneficial bacteria in the body.*

Here is one of my favorite salads that is so simple yet good for you! Enjoy!

Ingredients: a cup of barley, 2 heaping handfulls of kale, 1/2 cup of chickpeas, chopped red bell peppers, a sprinkle of salt, pepper, and oil.

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*source: World’s Healthiest Foods http://www.whfoods.com/