Starting a new exercise or sport? 5 lessons I learned about being frugal

When I started tennis, I bought a cheap racquet from a big-box sporting store.

When I started running, I bought appropriate running shoes but ones that were two models older, in order to get a bargain price.

When I started mountain biking, I bought an entry-level bike that checked the boxes of what I needed but was not going to break the bank.

When I started Yoga, I bought a mat and some bricks on sale at Amazon.

When I started Pilates, I found a coupon to get a good price on clothing that was stretchy and wouldn’t keep riding up.

The first three I stuck with, the last two not so much.

Whenever you decide on a new sport, hobby, or exercise class, it can be tempting to buy the very best equipment out there, but here are 5 lessons I have learned about being frugal when starting a new workout or hobby. Continue reading “Starting a new exercise or sport? 5 lessons I learned about being frugal”

If you worry you’ll lose your motivation to exercise tomorrow, try this trick tonight

Does this sound familiar?

You had every intention of working out today, but, for some (and often various) reason you just can’t quite motivate yourself to actually do it. You feel low energy, you have a long list of procrastinations, or you go down a YouTube rabbit hole of videos instead. The time goes by quickly, you don’t work out, and then you feel your self-esteem drops and wonder if you should just quit anyway.

That has happened to me before, but whenever I feel like I may be in a rut, I use this mental trick: Continue reading “If you worry you’ll lose your motivation to exercise tomorrow, try this trick tonight”

9 tips that help me prevent an asthma attack while exercising

I talk a lot about my previous stroke and heart attack, so you would be forgiven for not knowing that I also have asthma–I have since I was about 10 years old. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has recently announced that May is “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month” so no better time than to share some advice for those exercising with asthma. Continue reading “9 tips that help me prevent an asthma attack while exercising”

May is Stroke Awareness Month so learn this F.A.S.T and help save lives!

FAST stroke awareness

May is Stroke Awareness Month.

Honestly, every month should be stroke awareness month, but I know there are many months, weeks, and days of the year where you’re asked to be mindful of some worthy cause or another. It can be a little overwhelming.

Hopefully, this quick video makes it easier, and F.A.S.T.er for you to learn how to spot the signs of a stroke–and potentially save someone from disability or death.

 

How walking can help you run faster & achieve a new PR (personal record)

It has been almost one year since I started running. When I first started I would have to mix in walking, simply because I didn’t have the technique, training, or stamina to run non-stop. Over time, I built up my experience to the point that I could run without walking.

I felt on top of the world!

Then I decided to try the run/walk method. Continue reading “How walking can help you run faster & achieve a new PR (personal record)”

25 ways to wear your kids out & make them sleep longer!

25 at home exercises for kids

At the beginning of all the “Stay at Home” orders the above headline would probably raise an eyebrow. Now that we’re on our second month of trying to keep our sanity while being stuck at home, hopefully, it raises a Grinch-like smile.

So, for all parents that are struggling to either keep kids* occupied and/or want to make sure they stay active, here are 25 ways to get them moving, courtesy of the American Heart Association’s Triangle chapter.

*of all ages πŸ˜‰

The “Stay at Home” full-body workout for us middle-agers

The β€œStay at Home” full body workout for us middle-agers

I know it can be difficult to find a way to keep your muscles toned if you can’t get to the gym or you don’t have the budget to buy exercise equipment for your home. Fortunately, you don’t need anything more than a couple of cartons of soup…and a good sense of humor. πŸ˜‰

These three different wall sit progressions will give your core, legs, shoulder, chest, and arms a great workout.Β If you do have some dumbbells you can bump up the weight with them or just look around your home for something else you can use.

The best $700 bike for mountains, trails, roads, AND commuting? Does it exist?

I’m at that age where I feel like I still have some of the fearless fire I had when I was riding in my twenties, but also know my body has gone through a lot and that I need to be a little more cautious. That raised multiple questions when I decided to get back into biking.

Road biking? I used to enjoy that a lot and would often cycle 25+ miles on country and city roads. These days? Whether drivers have gotten worse or I have just become more nervous, I like to stick to quiet neighborhood roads when biking.

Mountain biking? As a kid, I had BMX and mountain bikes. Wheelies, jumps, bunny-hops. I loved them all. I’m now no longer brave enough to tackle downhill rock-gardens or super fast berms.

Hybrid biking? I did once own a hybrid/commuter bike, but it was kind of like vanilla ice cream. Even when I added some sprinkles, I was still bored riding it.

So, fast forward to 2020 and I decided it was time for me to find a bike that I could ride on neighborhood streets, kick some dirt on a trail, or get some exercise on a paved greenway. Continue reading “The best $700 bike for mountains, trails, roads, AND commuting? Does it exist?”

Staying #HealthyAtHome during the Coronavirus pandemic includes your mental health

Even if you’re not quarantined for having the COVID-19 virus, you are likely being politely, yet firmly, asked to stay at home as much as possible. While I could talk to you about how important physical activity is for your heart health, this is also the time to talk about the importance of taking care of your mental health.

Being stuck at home can lead to depression, stress, or bad habits–such as drinking, smoking, or over-eating. In turn, these can lead to higher blood pressure, lack of sleep, or higher blood sugar–all risks for a heart attack or stroke. So, here are a few simple things you can do to help exercise your brain while stuck inside. Continue reading “Staying #HealthyAtHome during the Coronavirus pandemic includes your mental health”