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Time for Yoga!

26 Nov

Hey There!

Are we excited that today is the last day of school before Thanksgiving Break?  Um yes! Even though Hanna and I have so much homework to do over the long weekend (really, teachers?!?) I am so ready to be home for a while.  Today, I thought I would share some of my yoga knowledge with you.  If you didn’t know this, I take a yoga class two days a week, and I absolutely love it!  It complements my running quite well, and is a great way to relax too.  So without further ado, grab your yoga mat and lets get going!

If you already know how to do the pose, then great!  If not, click on the links below to learn how.  You will be a yogi in no time!

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Namaste!

–The Twins

Fitness Christmas List!

19 Nov

It’s official.  I am ready for Christmas!

Hot chocolate, cozy fires, taking a few relaxing weeks off of school….I can almost see it!  Only a few weeks stand in the way between us and break.  In the meantime, I have started thinking about my Christmas list, specifically, my dream fitness Christmas list.  Are you listening, Santa? 😉

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I need more running tights!  It is getting way too cold to wear shorts outside (I come back from runs completely frozen!) and these tights are just perfect!

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This Run Happy base layer is just too cute.  It’s pink.  It’s functional.  It’s cute.  I want.

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I am looking for a headband to run in that actually holds my hair back (Hanna and I both have wild hair).  This one is so cute!

As you can see, I am on a Brooks kick right now.  Can I just have everything in the store, please?  I wish 🙂

What’s on your Christmas List?

–The Twins

Smoothie, Spin and A Great Weekend!

17 Nov

Hello Friends!

It’s been one of those weeks.  You know what I mean?  Late nights in the computer labs, group projects, papers–so much to do!  I am looking on the positive side of things though, as Thanksgiving Break is almost here!  I have decided to challenge Hanna and I with a Twin Turkey Trot on Turkey Day…more to come on what that means 😉

Here are some happy highlights from my week!

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The lovely remains of my post-workout juice!  I call it juice because I was sadly out of frozen fruit (and too lazy to freeze my bananas), so my smoothie was very thin but still amazing.  In the mix:

  • Water and Almond Milk (I love adding water to smoothies!)
  • Protein Powder
  • Chocolate Pb2—mmmmmmm!
  • Banana

Such a great combo!

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One of my favorite workouts of the week included 30 minutes on the treadmill, then 30 minutes on the bike (I was obviously moving in this picture…).  I also used the lat pull down par, free weights and a medicine ball doing Russian Twists to create an awesome workout!  Gym tip:   Never go to the gym on Mondays!  Literally all of campus decides to work off their weekend, so all of the machines are taken.  But by Friday, most of the gym has cleared out (sad, but true).

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Quality time with Mr. Foam Roller!  If you don’t have one already, I would suggest you invest–they are wonderful 🙂

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Off to tackle yet another essay 😦  Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

–The Twins

Fitness App Love

12 Nov

Hello All!

I have a crazy Tuesday, but I wanted to show you my new favorite thing…the Nike Training Club App!

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I love the 15 minute workouts they give you, and man are they killer!  My abs are sore for DAYS after doing the Core Crunch 🙂

Do you use this app?  What are your favorite quick workouts?

 

 

Cross Training Time!

5 Nov

It’s Tuesday!  It has been so cold lately in the mornings that I have been waiting until the afternoon to do my workouts (yes, sometimes I’m a wimp).  I have been loving my afternoon gym time–running on the tredmill, then doing weights and some of the machines.  Confession time:  I totally race the person next to me on the tredmill 🙂  Do you ever do that?

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Ready to run!

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On days when I don’t feel like doing the tredmill or if my knees hurt, I go for the spin bike!  I don’t really have a set speed, or “class” that I write down, but I just push myself and increase the resistance to make it a tough workout.  On the subject of Spin, congrats to Aurora for training to teach it!

What are your favorite cross-training workouts?

All About Arms

29 Oct

Hello all!

I don’t know about you, but I have been neglecting my arm workouts, like, big time.  I run and do abs (my favorite ab workout is Cassey’s Victoria Secret Abs video!) but I am slacking in doing weights on a regular basis.

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…which is why I am turning over a new leaf!  As the weather gets colder, I find myself gravitating towards the gym for my morning workouts, so that I can get my cardio in on either the bike or tredmill.  So now, I have started to add weights into my routine, which looks something like this:

*Note:  I use 7.5-10 lb free weights and then set the machines to usually between 40-60 lbs, depending on how I feel

First, I use the Lat Pull Down machine (My trouble area, and therefore my favorite machine to use!).

With the free weights, I lift for quantity and quality, not trying to push myself to use a 20 lb+ weight when I know I can’t lift it.

I also love planks!  Not only do they strengthen the core, but they also provide a great workout for the arms.

How do you build arm strength?

–Haley

Fall Running Essentials

22 Oct

Hey Guys!

It’s crazy to think that we are already into the fall season.  It keeps getting colder every day, and I keep having to layer up on my morning runs so I don’t turn into an ice cube!  I thought I would share some of my running essentials and must-haves:

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Yes, that is pepper spray!  Since I run so early in the morning, I feel at ease carrying this with me when I run.  The grip works perfectly, so I can carry it in my left hand, and my water bottle in my right.

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Gloves!  Not thick I’m-going-snowboarding gloves, but a thin pair to keep your fingers from freezing.  I heat up very fast when I run, so I only use them for the first two miles or so of my runs, but it saves me from having cold fingers!  Target has the best pairs (even cute patterned ones) that are just the right thickness for runners–and so affordable!

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Headband for my ears!  Just like my fingers, my ears are freezing for the first little bit of my run.  My favorite brand of ear headbands are made by Columbia 🙂

How do you stay warm on your runs?

–The Twins