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We all know after a long day at work, we just want to come home and relax. Sit down, maybe put our feet up, and survive the after-work slump. Making it difficult to get in that post-work workout. We make excuses as to why we can’t fit exercise into that busy schedule of ours. You know the ones… “I don’t have enough time.” “I’m too tired.” “Getting to the gym is a hassle.” “Gyms are too expensive.” Let’s go ahead… Continue reading »

The photo shows two cards received simultaneously in late January 2017—one on the left is from Raleigh Crossfit and the one on the right is from the Alexander Family YMCA, also a Raleigh fitness institution. Both cards signify communities that look after my heart(s); yes, that last word is plural. We all know from heart that we have two heart(s): one that is a four-chambered muscular organ which is vita for life, and one that makes us who we truly… Continue reading »

Sometimes working out in the gym can seem difficult if you are out of shape and/or not fit. It can become a bit discouraging at times seeing already fit individuals making everything look so easy. Finally, I came to the realization that my increased sweat and fatigue will provide me the confidence needed for my own success. I therefore focus on and obtain personal fitness goals while having fun making others look up to me for their own inspiration. Making… Continue reading »

I have the great privilege of entering into my twelfth year of indoor cycling ( spin ) teaching in 2017. Time flies when you’re having fun and staying fit with others on this journey to eat smart and move more for our entire lives. My holiday Santa Spin class is an annually anticipated event at my YMCA. Here’s some of my holiday playlist and I hope you’ll consider adding what festive music gets you up and moving during your holiday… Continue reading »

Cooler weather often means more inside workouts. Running on a treadmill does not have to be boring or less intense than your outside workout. In fact, running on a treadmill can be a great way to do an interval workout – which can increase calories burned, amp up your metabolism, and increase fitness – when compared to a workout that does not vary intensity. Give this 30-minute workout a try. If the intensity is too much or not enough adjust… Continue reading »

As a follow up to my Calories Never Take a Vacation blog from summer, I thought of how we may creatively battle the fact that Calories Never Take a Holiday—especially during the holidays. These days are upon us now, and you have challenged yourself to maintain and not gain for the next few weeks. In addition to eating healthier portions and utilizing recipes shared throughout this challenge, I encourage you to try the following each weekday: Monday March:  Instead of… Continue reading »

The free Holiday Challenge virtual race begins this Monday, November 28th! It’s free and available for anyone to join. The best part about the virtual race across Iceland is that you’ll get to see some amazing Google Street Views. There are waterfalls after waterfalls lining the Icelandic coast. Below is a small preview. Almost every time you log miles via the Racery web page or app, you’ll get a glimpse of the spot where that new mileage lands your “virtual team”… Continue reading »

Life sometimes can seem challenging with additional stress and/or a busy schedule… especially this time of year! In order to stay motivated to exercise, and to keep exercising, I have been working on improving my thought process. I am actively trying to focus on the positives; the positives of exercise, the positive outcomes, the positive way I feel. Just continuing to put one foot in front of the other is a positive! Exercise is proven to reduce stress and anxiety,… Continue reading »

  While the end of daylight savings may set in the winter doldrums for some, the bright side (yes, pun intended) is an opportunity to switch up your exercise routine.   While the sunrise was at 7:43am, it is now at 6:44am, which means an extra hour of sunlight in the mornings.  This is great news for those of us who are too busy to squeeze in evening work-outs in because of competing priorities. This extra hour of early light is… Continue reading »

It’s getting unbelievably close to the start of the Holiday Challenge (November 14th), and we kicked off this year with a fabulous 10th annual Holiday Challenge Taste Test! The Holiday Challenge Taste Test is an annual event in which we determine which recipes will be included in the Holiday Challenge. Each team member chooses a healthy recipe, brings the dish to the event, and we all taste and rate each dish. Only the highest rated dishes make it into the… Continue reading »