Happy Saturday! Today, I woke up to beautiful San Francisco sunny skies and 67 degree weather in the middle of February. Don’t let anyone tell you San Francisco is always foggy..it’s a lie!
Anyway, the gorgeous weather inspired me to cross something off my bucket list. Since I moved to San Francisco in August (originally from the east bay), I have been dying to go on a run across the Golden Gate Bridge. Now don’t get me wrong I have been across the bridge many times via car, even walked it, but I wanted to run to the bridge and back from my apartment. I am happy say I can now cross this off my bucket list today! In total, it was an 11 mile run and it was one of the most beautiful runs I have ever been on. I even got a tan line.. in February… whaaat! Below are some pictures from my run. If you are ever in San Francisco and looking for a run, this is the one you absolutely have to do in my opinion. You could even walk it, I promise it will be just as pretty 🙂
What have you accomplished on your bucket list?!
The new year has finally arrived! This means new opportunities, new goals, and, of course, a new years resolution. For many of you this also means it is time to put down the eggnog and get back into shape. Besides being aware of your nutrition, an important part of getting back into shape is varying your workouts. This will not only keep you interested and entertained, but it will also prevent muscle memory and keep your muscles guessing. If you are looking for a way to vary your workout and challenge yourself, The Bar Method is the perfect workout for you to try. This workout has not only been found to improve posture, but also tighten abs and elongate muscles. The secret? Free weights, mat exercises, and a ballet bar. Sound interesting? Check out this video and visit http://www.barmethod.com for more information.
We are constantly told that exercise is important to our health, but people often neglect to stress the importance of stretching both before AND after a workout. Stretching not only prevents injury and muscle soreness, but also improves flexibility and coordination.
Why stretch before you exercise? :
Stretching pre-workout should only take you about 5-10 minutes. In these minutes, your body will pump more blood into the area you are stretching, allowing more oxygen to reach your muscles. This both helps prevent injury during the workout and helps loosen up tight muscles. It can also promote ligament strength as well.
Why stretch post-workout?:
After an intense workout such as a long run, your muscles tend to tighten up. Stretching right after you exercise will help loosen up your muscles and prevent lactic acid build up that could potentially make your muscles very sore the next day. However, stretching cannot always prevent soreness. If your muscles feel very sore the next day it is important to give them a day or two of recovery to heal.
Zumba has been around for a couple years now, but just recently it seems to have become increasingly popular in the fitness world. Many people have heard about Zumba, but few really know exactly what it is or what kind of fitness benefits it provides. Zumba is a mix of Latin and International music. The workout itself is essentially a dance routine that incorporates aerobic and fitness interval training.
The benefits? A sculpted torso and toned body. Zumba is a great way to tone your core and strengthen your back and torso. It also helps shape your arms, legs, hips, heart and mind. So what do you have to lose? Nothing. Contact your local gym to see if they offer Zumba classes and give it a try!