This week has been insanely busy with the March/April issue of Smart just on the horizon.
However, this issue’s topic couldn’t come at a better time. Just as I’ve committed (well, recommited, actually) to increasing my health and fitness to lose weight for my wedding in October, the upcoming issue is dedicated to exactly that.
As an update on Wedding Weight Loss 2013 as I like to call it, I’ve bumped up my workouts to at least three a week. Tonight at Walmart it took everything in me to walk past the Ben & Jerry’s, but I did it and instead bought strawberries, bananas, tomatoes, pico de gallo for some healthy quesadillas for lunch and squash and zucchini for roasting tomorrow for dinner.
And, while working out at Planet Fitness this week, I actually ran half a mile. And if you know me, you know I don’t run. But I actually ran! And if I didn’t have the knees of a 75-year-old man, I think I actually could’ve kept going. Though I’m still waiting for the week when doing crunches on my pilates ball doesn’t make me sore for three days …
So slowly, but surely, I’m trying to make small changes.
My topic for this issue’s Accents pages are fitness items to get you motivated and moving. Here’s sneak peak of what’s to come in the next Smart magazine. All photos by Kate Penn.
GRAB AND GO: Easy to clean and easy to store, York Barbell offers colorful, vinyl fitbells that are great for a variety of workouts. Starting at 1 pound, weights are $1.35 per pound. York Barbell — 3300 Board Road, Manchester Township. Find them on Facebook and Twitter.
TAKE SOME ME TIME: Woven on looms in India, creating a unique pattern, this mediation cushion can help you de-stress and forget about life for a while. Barefoot Yoga Co. Meditation Cushion. $55. Lotus Moon Yoga — 36 N. Beaver St., York. Find them on Facebook and Twitter.
YOU CAN SWING IT: Kettlebells are used for ballistic exercises that incorporate cardio, strength-training and flexibility, offering different workouts than standard hand weights that have been popular for years. The cast-iron weights come in a range from 5 pounds to 80 pounds. York Barbell, $1.50 per pound.
STRETCH IT OUT: Giving your workouts a little more flexibility, this 20-pound resistance exercise rubber tubing has comfort grips and includes a door anchor and a DVD. Available in multiple lengths, it is lightweight and portable, making it easy for travel. $17.99. Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Hopefully, these gadgets give you a great start to get moving. I know as the weather warms, I’ll be more motivated to get outside and take a walk. But while it’s still 20 degrees outside, this gear gives you a good alternative to some indoor workouts.
Also be sure to check out the Daily Record’s newest health initiative, our No Sweat, York blog.
“If you want to live a healthy life and pass on good habits to generations to come, No Sweat, York is for you. Here, we’ll share our community’s struggles and laud our accomplishments. We’re going to have fun and carry this seemingly heavy load with ease. We hope you join our efforts because together, we can do this.”
Don’t forget to pick up the March/April issue of Smart to see more get-you-motivated gear.
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