Sunshine, Fresh Air and Exercise

Sunday; a day of rest for some. A day to regenerate and get ready for the week  for others. A day I suggest you get outside for at least an hour – push away from the TV, the computer, the table and turn off your devices and leave them at home. Walk, run, bike, paddle, ski, snowshoe or create movement in some other way. Get moving for an hour. Let the rhythm of the activity clear your head and then your brain can begin healing your body and soul.

Take today as a gift and unwrap some fresh air and adventure.



Hacking Your Workout

Double entendre intended. There are a number of ways to make the most of your mileage and sweat. For me, at my age, I turn up my metabolism by running first thing in the morning. I don’t jump out of bed and pound the pavement but after an hour of reading, writing and catching up I get out the door. I have read studies that suggest that I can boost my metabolism for 14 hours by kick starting it with forty minutes of exercise.

I have learned the hard way that if I am combining weights and cardio I need to do the circuit training first. Lifting with tired muscles can lead to injury and reduce calorie burn and muscle building.

I am not sure if this hack is real or hype but since I believe everything has a placebo or nocebo effect I continue to have a chocolate protein shake within 30 minutes of a workout because a race director told me “that my body would use the protein for muscle regeneration and it was like it was almost calorie free.”

Ideal life

The best workout hack I have discovered is the mental gymnastics of pushing through the excuse wall. For the first 12 minutes, my brain is saying ” it is too cold/too hot” “My leg hurts” ” I ran hard yesterday” and an array of excuses trying to prompt surrender and just go home. But knowing that at 12 minutes my brain gives up and the next 30-40 minutes are refreshing and re-energizing until the excuse cycle starts again. The hack is therefore  ‘just getting through the wall’, I don’t need to run an hour, I just need to run through the twelve minutes (my brother in law says his wall is at 7).

Get out there and start hacking your workout,