The ❤️StrongBody Streak Challenge

February, the month of ❤️s.  Give your body the ❤️ it deserves by making it stronger. Join me and fellow blogger Allison of inverted sneakers as we launch the ❤️StrongBody Streak Challenge.  Starting on February 1, commit to 15 minutes of strength training, any workout of your choice, EVERYDAY until the end of the month.

As most of you know, I recently did a holiday Strength Streak Challenge and wrote a post on how to succeed at it.  Allison commented on my post that she wanted to do something similar in February so after a brief suggestion, we decided to create this challenge and invite others to join in the fun.  We are also starting a Facebook group for participants where you can post the workouts you did, provide or ask for ideas on types of workouts to do and give each other motivation.

At the end of February, you will receive the ultimate prize – a STRONGER YOU!

Plus many of the benefits strength training has to offer:

  • Slow the effects of aging.  Research has shown a muscle loss avg of 5 lbs per decade starting in your 30’s for non-strength training adults.
  • Improve body composition – MORE Muscle, LESS Fat!
  • Increase your resting metabolic rate therefore burn more calories on a daily basis
  • Prevent the risk of overuse injuries associated with repetitive landing forces such as in running.   Specific strength training improves muscle strength imbalances which protects your tendons and ligaments from injury.
  • Increased bone mineral density, important for older women who are more at risk to develop osteoporosis.

And the list goes on!  These are just the physical benefits.   A 2011 article written in IDEA Fitness Journal discussed how resistance training also improves mental health.

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Convinced yet?  When you decide to participate, let us know by posting in the comment section, then look for our Facebook group, ❤️StrongBody Streak and request to join.

JOIN US ON FEBRUARY 1ST TO BUILD A STRONGER YOU.

 

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Am I Skinny Fat?

When was the last time you’ve had a lipid panel done?  A lipid panel is a blood test that measures your cholesterol (HDL-good, LDL-bad) and triglycerides.  I had a test a few weeks ago but the last one I did was 4 years back in 2011.  According to numerous health websites (WebMD, AHA, Mayo Clinic) a lipid panel should be done every 5 years for someone who is 20 years or older and anyone over 40 should have their levels check every year.   Continue reading “Am I Skinny Fat?”

Fitness Inspiration from Oprah

“Tell me, what do you know for sure?”  This was a question asked to Oprah in 1998 during an interview with Gene Siskel.  Quite a loaded question and one that Oprah couldn’t answer the moment it was asked.  It’s a question she pondered for years with the outcome of a book she wrote last year, What I know For Sure.

200+ pages, a quick and easy read full of life lessons – insightful, engaging, powerful and simply inspirational.  I can see how she was able to transform herself to become a very successful woman despite the hardships she experienced in her childhood.  In the section under Clarity, she discusses a 10-day business trip where she completely abandoned her exercise regimen due to her busy schedule.  Along with her inactivity, she also made bad food choices.  By the end of her trip, after the inevitable weight gain and feeling drained of energy, she realized:

When you nurture and support your body, it reciprocates.  The basis of that support is exercise, like it or not.  The more essential benefit is more energy; weight control is a bonus.  I know for sure that taking care of your body, no matter what, is an investment, and the return is priceless.

Our bodies are designed for movement.  Observe a toddler such as mine who is in a constant state of motion.  Her bones and muscles are still developing hence requires physical activities in order for them to grow stronger.  Young children seem to be naturally inclined to strengthen their bodies by being always on the go, until alas, we expose them to sedentary habit.

Recently, we’ve been made aware of the risks associated with ‘sitting’ even if you exercise and how ‘sedentary behavior is the 4th leading risk factor of death’.  Therefore incorporating movement throughout the day is key to maintaining a healthy body.  Find an activity you enjoy – walk, run, jump, dance!  Whatever it is that will keep your body moving.  I feel fortunate I no longer have to sit in front of a computer screen all day.  My children makes sure my day is filled with activity (less sitting around).

Going back to the question, “What do you know for sure?” In the context of running, I know for sure To Run is Me Time.  It’s my time to connect with myself, my body, my heart and my mind.  And as an added benefit, it’s also a time for me to connect with friends.  A gift my body gave to me, the ability to run; A gift I give back to my body for strength and preservation.