Move Nourish Believe

Hi All!
Guess what!?
We are taking part in Lora Jane’s - Move, Nourish, Believe blogger challenge! It is a great way to keep you on track with your resolution goals, or just to shake things up with regards to you regular exercise routine!

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Sorry the picture is really tiny, this was the one they posted on their Facebook page!

What’s the benefit to stick with the challenge? Well for starter’s your health (what have you got to lose there?), also one lucky participant will win a $1000 shopping spree to spend on Lora Jane apparel!

So over the next month, be sure to follow along as we take on the challenge ourselves!

Q: Have you signed up for the Move Nourish Believe Challenge?

  

What Makes a Great Race?

Attention Runners, Cyclists, Triathletes or anyone who has attended a racing event. We need your help!  As you know Jenny and I are organizing our Second Annual Pie Run to raise money for the Music Therapy Program and we are looking to make it ten times better than last years.

My favorite race to date is Lululemon Seawheeze, the swag was awesome, (shorts drawstring bag, medal and numerous freebies)the course was breathtaking and full of energy not to mention they put on a festival afterwards and made it an all day event.

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We would love to your hear what you think “makes” a great :)

  • What type of swag would you like in your race package? shirt? medal? something unique?
  • Do you want to be chip timed?
  • Do you need lots of water stations along the course?
  • What type of course do you like? Scenic? Flat? Hilly? Trail?
  • Do you like to receive race photos?
  • What would you like offered post race? Food? Activities? Entertainment?
  • Spectators what would you like to see from your point of view?

This year we are having a Kids 1k race, parents what would you like to see at the children’s event?

  • What kind of race swag?
  • Post Race Activities? Face Painters? Bouncy Castle
  • Course? Flat, Hilly?

Your comments and suggestions would mean a great deal to us.

Question of the Day
What makes for better Race Swag

 

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Iron Infusions and Stuff

Hi All!

So the last 2 weeks I have been getting these crazy IV iron infusions. I am only half finished (I need 4), and let me tell you what…. It makes me feel like garbage. I thought that they were going to help my energy level, but so far it’s dragging me through the mud.

I just hope that after all 4, some sort of miracle happens and I am full of energy!
Not only is my fatigue worse, it seems to have an effect on my muscles. They are cramping, and sore more than normal. In fact, for the last 4 days I have not been able to put full pressure on my right leg due to my entire quad muscle being in severe pain. I have tried stretching and rolling it out, and nothing is helping.

One cool thing though! It’s not all doom and gloom up in here =) While in the hospital, the lady checking my vitals asked me if I was a runner. Now, I thought MAYBE it was the fact I was wearing running socks, running shoes and some running capris… Nope, she didn’t even notice! She was referring to my resting heart rate! She showed me that the 5 times they recorded it, it was sitting at a stable 62 Beat Per Minute! She said that a lower resting heart rate is indicative of an active person!

It’s kind of cool to think that all of this exercise, despite not losing weight like I want to, really affects you on a more deeper level!

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Q: have you ever received any sort of IV treatment?

  

Orange Theory Fitness

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This past Monday Jenny and I tried out an Orange Theory Fitness Class, in Strathcona.

We have heard a lot about it and it was named the ‘best one hour workout in the country‘ by New York Times, so we had to try it.

What is Orange Theory Fitness?

“Orangetheory Fitness is a high-intensity 60-minute class that combines treadmills, rowing machines, TRX weight bands and other exercises to increase heart rate and maximize calorie burning.”

Here’s a video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFwug9J53UQ

Our experience:

Before the class started we were fitted with a heart rate monitor so we could follow our heart rates on the  TV monitors throughout the session, with the goal of reaching the fat burning zone ” the orange zone ” which is extra motivating!

The class was split into three segments: 20 mins on the Treadmill, 20 min on the Rower and 20 mins of weightlifting.

The treadmill portion was Hill intervals with the option of walking or running, naturally we both took the running option.It was quite challenging and I did hit the orange zone a few times.

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After the treadmill we hopped on to the rowing machines which used water for resistance which added a little extra difficulty.

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The third and last portion of the workout was a pyramid circuit workout on the bosu ball, talk about tough! I kept losing my balance and falling off the ball.

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After the class an analysis was posted on the TV screens so you could see how hard you were working . Unfortunately, the computer program was acting up and it only showed Jenny’s results.

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Pros:

  • The variety, no two workouts are the same and by constantly rotating, there’s no time to get bored.
  • Heart rate training, being able to see how hard your heart is working allows you to  fine-tune your program for the best results, gives you plenty of feedback both during and after a session, teaches you more about your body’s reaction to exercise and helps you see how you’re progressing.

Cons:

  • It’s very expensive
  • The heart rate monitors stop working if there not properly worn.

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Try it out for yourselves! Sign up on there website for one free complimentary session.

Question: Have you worked out with a Bosu Ball?

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