Happy Friday! I got my new bike saddle this week and am really excited about the warm weather this weekend. Hopefully this saddle will be exactly what I’ve been searching for in terms of comfort, and we can start upping the miles.
As always, here are 5 things that have inspired me, made me think or made me smile this week. I hope you enjoy!
1. The CodyApp – I’m not as dedicated a yogi as I would like to be, mostly because I can’t afford boutique classes at the moment. I was poking around recently for online yoga classes and was turned on to this app. It’s really great if you are looking for home-based fitness routines from experts in the field. They have a variety of programs from beginner classes to handstand sequence classes, and many of them are broken down into actual workout plans. So if you purchase a program that has 10 videos, you may actually get a 30 day plan with variations on those videos. It’s like a personal trainer in your home!
2. A Redwood Timeline – I found this awesome, interactive timeline after reading a story about photographing one of the largest Redwood trees on earth. Turns out, it’s no easy feat. Redwoods are absolutely magnificent; we were lucky enough to see the Giant Sequoias in Sequoia National Park in December but would love the chance to see the Coastal Redwoods someday. The timeline is a great tool because it informs people just how old these trees are. It highlights the importance of conserving these giants and the area they live.
3. Wildernis Amsterdam – If we continue on our current trend of working from home in an apartment, I can imagine it will look like this someday.
4. Foam Rolling – Adding foam rolling to my day has done wonders for my flexibility and leg pain. I often get terrible pains in my legs, pains I can only relate to growing pains. But let’s be real: I’m completely done growing. I used to try and stretch these pains out in the hope that the muscles would lend me some relief, but nothing seemed to work. I got in the habit of popping aspirin every time I felt them coming on. I’m not a huge fan of medicating, so I decided to give foam rolling a try. I immediately noticed a difference, both in the amount and severity of the pain I have. I do it after working out and sometimes in the morning if my legs aren’t quite up to snuff. It has made my legs much happier.
5. Tabata Workouts – I did a few weeks where I slogged on the elliptical for about an hour. Not my cup of tea. I started searching for new ways to improve both my aerobic and anaerobic capabilities without being bored out of mind. In comes high intensity interval training (HIIT). I’ve done HIIT training before during swim practice, so I decided to give it a go, specifically tabata. Tabata is a HIIT workout that focuses on 20 seconds of high intensity work followed by 10 second of rest. And you repeat this 8 times for a total of 4 minutes of working out. Studies have shown that increases your aerobic and anaerobic capacity at a faster rate than doing cardio for a period of time. So far I’m loving it (it’s not boring) and I have already seen marked results.