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War of the Web Apps

23 Feb

Both Cheryl and Tony have mentioned My Fitness Pal as a web application for losing weight.  To be honest, it seems like the kind of perfectly nice website that you could take home to your mother.  I use Loseit.com which is smokin’ hot.  It is, without question, one of the most gorgeous and user friendly websites I have ever seen.  If it were a man, I would marry him.

The best part is that  everyone else trying to lose weight supports you no matter what happens.  When you spend days bingeing on cheesecake and Cocoa Pebbles and gain four pounds….ahem….they remind you that tomorrow is a new day and that the important thing is to be patient with yourself.  It’s like Facebook in that people share their everyday lives, their dreams, and their goals, but because you are all working towards the same purpose there is much more camaraderie and focus.

It transforms calorie counting from something on par with cleaning the bathroom with a toothbrush to an interactive fantasy game land where calories are numbers to be played with and you’re helped by a host of amazing people whom you’ve never met in person.  It’s like playing World of Warcraft except that at the end you look amazing.  I cannot recommend this app enough.

P.S.  I would love to be your friend if you join.

 
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Posted in Ashley, Get Active, Helpful Tips, Uncategorized

 

Ways Losing Weight Helps You Save Money

25 Jan

1.      Fit into clothes you’ve outgrown:  You don’t have to buy new clothes when suddenly your skinny jeans fit again.  (Assuming they aren’t acid wash.)
2.      Receive better insurance rates: If you weigh less, companies don’t see insuring you as a huge liability and will adjust your rates accordingly.
3.      Lower prescription costs:  Once you lose weight and lower your blood pressure, chances are good that you won’t need as many drugs to keep you going.
4.      Spend less on lotion, soap, and other personal products: When you have less surface area to cover, you don’t need as much product.
5.      Lower your food bill: Food prices have been steadily increasing over the years.  Counteract this by practicing moderation.
6.      Spend less on home ownership expenses: Not only do you get personal satisfaction from doing your own yard and housework, but over time those savings add up.
7.      Lower your transportation costs: Allow your car to use less gas and never have to worry about buying double airplanes seats.
8.      Lower your power bill: When you’re actually living life, you don’t spend as much time in front of the computer or TV.
9.      Spend less on doctor’s visits: By avoiding the multitude of diseases caused by being overweight, the number of visits you make to the doctor can be drastically reduced.
10. Increase your salary: If you are overweight it may be more difficult to get hired or promoted, especially if you are female.

 
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How to Lose Weight Like a Guy

21 Dec

Sometimes it seems unfair that when guys decided to lose weight the pounds seem to melt off, while females have to battle years of biological history ensuring that we remain effective incubators.  Awhile back I found this article on Self and thought it had some good insights into things that guys do differently.  <http://www.self.com/fitness/workouts/2010/11/lose-weight-like-a-guy>

One of the best tips is “care about your stats.”  Goals related to looking better can be vague and difficult to measure.  Guys push themselves to run faster or lift more then last time so they have easily measurable performance results that serve as a motivator.  Females can do the same.  Another good tip is “don’t (over)think-do.”  One of my friends recently explained that she couldn’t workout because she didn’t have time to figure out an exact fitness plan.  The truth is that if you go out there, push yourself, and stay consistent you will see results.  Overall, these tips are a great way to stop over-thinking fitness and start working out.

 
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Posted in Ashley, Get Active

 

Top Ten Workout Fashion Flubs

14 Dec

10. Sweatband headband: This shows that you take your workouts seriously.  You don’t have time to reach for a towel, you have to stop that sweat on instant contact.  What better way to do that than a fuzzy, puffy head accessory?

9. Clashing Colors: Basically, if any colors are remotely close to each other on the color wheel, you should wear them together.  By wearing olive green and kelly green simultaneously you can help people feel like their eyes are burning calories. 

8. Crew cut socks:  If you find ankle socks a bit risque, than taller socks are certainly your best bet.  The weather is getting rather nippy and you know that your ankles deserve a little TLC this holiday season.

7. Hooters Shirt:  What easier way to say, “No, you’re not paranoid, I actually am staring at your chest.”

6. Slitted Shirts: Don’t let heat and moisture get trapped inside your shirt, slit your shirt up the sides to get that randy sailboat effect.

5. Repeat outfits: Since you’re going to get sweaty anyway, why bother starting out with clean clothes in the first place?  Just wear the same black Adidas shorts every day and they will be your trademark, like Tony the Tiger’s bandanna or Mr. Peanut’s monocle.

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Snow Day Workout!

13 Dec

If you are like me, you probably dread having to shovel or clean up after a big snow storm.  It’s really not fun to have to freeze while shoveling especially since you know you will just have to shovel again within a few hours.  I don’t know if this will make shoveling or other winter activities less of a hassle, but maybe it will make it worth while!

Did you know that if you shoveled for 1 hour you would burn about 408 calories?  Surprisingly, this is the same as having about 1.5 Cafe Lattes from Starbucks, 2 cans of Coke, or about 3 bites of a Big Mac from McDonald’s.  If you generally lean towards the healthy eating, it’s also the same as eating almost 14 carrots.

Now winter isn’t all about shoveling, it’s also about snowman building and sledding!  Say you built one awesome snowman.  You just burned about 250 calories.  This would be the same as eating 2 cups slivered almonds or 4 chocolate chip cookies.  And if you went sledding, you could be burning about 420 calories, especially if the hill is super steep!  This would be the same as eating 1 cup of cranberry sauce (watch out Thanksgiving), 2 slices of french bread (minus the butter) or 5.5 cups of fresh strawberries!

Did you know that even if you just took a leisurely stroll in the snow, you could be burning about 270 if you walked for an hour?  That’s the same as eating 1 PopTart, with 2 bites of a second, or 1.5oz of Pistachios.

I guess the moral of the story is that while snow never seems to work with us, we can make it work for us!  Enjoy all of your favorite winter activities this season!

PS – finding calorie counts of your favorite foods is pretty easy.  Check out this site or this one for more information!

 
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Posted in Cheryl, Get Active

 

Top Ten Ways to be Awesome at the Gym

07 Dec

10) Challenge the person next to you: While you do not have to issue them a formal duel on the treadmill, you can try to match them stride for stride or go even faster than they are (assuming you first consulted your doctor.)

9) Jump rope: An hour of jump roping burns as many calories as running 6 miles in an hour. Plus, you can do sweet moves like the Running Man, the Irish Fling, or the Wounded Duck.

8 ) Start a game of Knockout or Around the World: Besides Romper Stompers, Knockout remains one of the most under-rated pastimes in history. What better way to unite people with upper extremities?

7) Bust a dance move and/or skip randomly: People tend to be on their guard at the gym because they risk looking sweaty, unattractive, and potentially feeble in the presence of strangers. So why not lighten things up by bobbing you head to your Ipod, moonwalking, or skipping around the track?

6) Try new classes/equipment: Occasionally you’ll be chugging along on the elliptical and you’ll wonder if you’ve been on it for ten minutes or ten years… Make it a goal to try something new each week. This way you’ll keep your workouts peppy and cerebrally-engaged.

5) Wear knee socks: I confess, my ulterior motive is a formerly secret plot to bring the knee sock back in a big way. Now, this is probably slightly more applicable for women than men, but it’s an easy way to make a strong statement while actually wearing clothes.

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Top Ten Ways to Annoy People at the Gym

30 Nov

10) Avoiding: Blatantly disregard any and all signage because you are above such things.  This includes the hours for the facility, the time limits on equipment, which lanes are used for what, etc.  If you are going to workout class, show up right in the middle and require assistance of some sort.

9) Grunting: When lifting, do not merely gasp for air or softly groan.  If you do that, no one will be able to tell what a stud you are or how hard you are working.  You need to make it sound like you’re giving birth to a herd of elephants.

8)  Stinking: Avoid antiperspirant like the plague.  If you do try to mask that sweaty smell, use organic deodorant that gives your body odor an apricot flavor.  Another option is making your own deodorant at home and telling everyone one how self-sufficient and sustainable you are.

7) Puddling: Get so sweaty that you looked like you just escaped a particularly violent monsoon, drip all over the equipment, and neglect to wipe it up.  Don’t even pretend to look for a towel or act like you forgot, just defiantly stare down anyone you suspect of challenging you.

6) Drinking: Don’t just drink protein powder in the comfort of your home, take it to the gym and actually mix it on one of weight benches to ensure that it is absolutely the right consistency and was not affected by the three mile drive to the gym.

5) Coughing: Even if you are at death’s doorstep, you must not miss a workout. When you get to the gym start by running a few laps and cough in regular intervals so that your contagion will be spread consistently like pollution from the tailpipe of a 94’ Taurus.

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Posted in Ashley, Get Active

 

Halloween!

28 Oct

With Halloween right around the corner, I’ve been thinking about how many yummy, anti-healthy treats are going to be right at my finger tips. Unfortunately, I’ve surpassed the trick-or-treating age (although I have considered otherwise :) ), so I have that going for me, but what about the clearance candy the day after Halloween? And what if you pass out candy? Depending on the ratio of purchased candy to legitimate trick-or-treaters, you may have the most candy in the end. To get some guidance, I found these helpful tips on FitnessMagazine.com. It shows eight familiar ‘fun-size’ treats, their caloric content, and what you can do to make up for indulging.

Sometimes I wonder what the true intentions were behind making those delectable ‘fun-size’ candy bars and treats… Maybe it’s merely an illusion that we’re eating less of a bad thing, despite my tendency to eat a little extra because of the size. Not to mention, the individual ‘fun-sizers’ do not have nutritional information on the wrapper. Cruel. So cruel, especially since the amounts of calories in the treats mentioned are the scariest things I’ve seen so far this Halloween. I’ve always believed my metabolism naturally increases at this time of year, making the candy consumption acceptable. BUT its time to escape the denial and pass on the savory treats. Plus, I’m dressing up as a slice of pizza, so maybe becoming a piece of pizza will reduce my cravings. Just maybe. What are you going to be for Halloween, and what candy are you willing to make the sacrifice for each pumpkin-filled season?

 
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Posted in Get Active, Helpful Tips, Stephanie

 

Exercitement

14 Oct

So I’ve come to the realization that my nights are unpredictable. Between friends asking to go to dinner, events preventing me from making dinner, and the array of fall temptations floating around (let’s just say we had a torrential downpour of cake balls this weekend), it’s very easy to derail once those evening classes let out. I’ve always had the all-or-nothing mentality, which damages my efforts in the end as it results in binging. Deprivation is not a friendly word, and everyone deserves a good pat on their taste buds every now and then. Now that I’ve accepted this truth that anything is okay in moderation, I prioritize temptations in terms of what is worth the calories and what isn’t, which ha Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted in Get Active, Shameless Plugs, Stephanie

 

A Shot of Exercise

07 Oct

The only thing worse than a calorie is an empty calorie, but that plague is hard to avoid when you’re surviving one of the biggest party campuses in the country. I may indulge in a drink or two when the time is right, but I always seem to feel the regret in the morning in terms of, you know, health… So, to make myself feel better, I’ve found some comedic relief to mentally sugar-coat a bad habit many of us tend to encounter. Enjoy!


Study: Americans Get Majority Of Exercise While Drunk

I mean, walking to the party counts as exercise, right? ;) Thanks, TheOnion.com.