And the winner of the Musselman’s Applesauce Holiday Giftbasket is… Mary! She of the comment:
My son, who is working on his master’s degree in anatomy, says that applesauce is the perfect pre and post workout food since it has simple carbs and natural sugar. It is my plan to try to lose 65 pounds this year (fingers, toes, arms AND legs crossed) so I could sure use this for my workouts-to-be.
By the way, how do you make an apple turnover? Push it down a hill.
Tehe. I know that made me giggle. Congratulations Mary! Email me your mailing address and I’ll make sure your giftbasket is mailed to your door.
Play to your Strengths
On Christmas day, when my family came over for brunch, my little twin cousins spent much of the time (once they got over their initial shyness of being in a new place) running around and playing. They explored my bedroom and discovered both my stability ball and my dumbbells.
Both Taylor and Alexa were all over the stability ball. They pushed it together and rolled it up and down my hallways. When Alexa found my lighter set of dumbbells, the ones that are only about 2-3 lbs each, she reached for one of them and managed to pick it up in both hands, raising it up to chest height! I took it away from her pretty quick (envisioning her getting bored with it and letting go, causing it to crash down on her cute little toes- eek!), but I was amazed at the strength of a 14-month old little girl.
So often we consider exercise to be something we “have” to do, something that we need to “get out of the way”; it’s a nuisance that feels like “work”. To little kids, it’s fun. It’s play. When I was younger I used to watch my mum doing her aerobics on the TV and I would clamber onto her rowing machine and play on it. It looked like a game.
It seems to me that we needlessly over-complicate things much of the time. We over-think, agonize, and blow things out of proportion, causing us to become anxious and to dread certain tasks and duties which, if we instead just went ahead and did them and considered them to be a part of our lifestyle, we wouldn’t find to be nearly as much of a bother.
Transportation can be a major issue in a city without a good transit system (check), a city with wicked weather (check), a city with crappy roads (check), and a city which is built in the sprawl-style (check). Because of this, not having a car inhibits many people severely. But if we just consider that from the centre of the city, everything is easily accessible in a 15-minute walking distance, and that we are perfectly capable of carrying heavy loads for a few blocks, then we’d realize that our own two legs are the only real transportation we need for the majority of the time.
Life isn’t as difficult as we make it out to be. It isn’t as complicated and frustrating as we moan that it is. When we put things into perspective, when we change our perceptions and attitudes, we will find that much more is doable than we believed.
Lesson learned: exercise is fun.
Grateful for: strong legs to walk on.
What has the holiday taught you?
Day 28 of the 200 Reps Challenge
20 Step-ups with Dumbbells (targets thighs, glutes, and cardio)
20 Downward-facing Dogs (targets arms, back, butt)
Perform this set ten times for a total of 200 Step-ups with Dumbbells and 200 Downward-facing Dogs!
For the Step-ups with Dumbbells:
1. Hold a dumbbell in each hand and stand in front of a step. It can also be a bench. Keep your arms at your sides and stand with your feet hip width apart. Step onto the step/bench with your right foot, following with your left so that both feet are on the step.
2. Step back down with your right foot, following with your left. This is one rep. For one set of 20 reps, start with your right foot for the first ten, and for the last ten, start the movement with your left foot (just to switch things up a little).
TIP: Keep your back straight and face forward to prevent back injury. Ensure that your legs do the work, rather than letting the momentum swing you forward and backward.
For the Downward-facing Dogs:
1. Get into plank position, with your hands flat on a mat and your toes on the mat as well so that your body is parallel to the floor, arms extended and legs out straight. Your hands and feet should both be hip width apart.
2. Exhale as your push your weight backwards, bringing your head closer towards the ground as your hip and butt go up in the air. Your body should form a triangle with the floor.
3. Inhale as your return to starting position, looking downwards the entire time. This is one rep.
TIP: Move fluidly to prevent harsh jarring of your limbs. Keep your back straight and your body in alignment the entire time, neither leaning to one side nor allowing your head or back to flop.