As many of you may or may not know, I’m currently knee deep in muscles, skeletal structures, theories and fitness philosophy as I study to get my personal training certification so I can better help you all to lose weight, get fit and feel awesome. I’m a sucker for learning anything and everything I can get my hands on but I have to admit that my ability to retain specific information (re: facts) is a weak spot. I’m much better with concepts than actual facts so I’ve had to really change my gears when it comes to studying biology and physiology. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years is that just because you’re not great at something doesn’t mean you can’t do it, you just need a new way of approaching it. For years I had wanted to go back to university to finish up my psychology degree but shied away from it because I had such a difficult time the first time I went to school but I decided to give it a shot anyway. I knew my weak points so when I went back, I tried different approaches for each test and each way I studied and guess what? I got my psych degree and I got it with honours! So next time you think about not doing something just because your past experience told you that you weren’t all that great at it, ask yourself how you can do it differently even if that means getting some help, you just never know what could happen!
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to read about the sliding filament theory…
Cool (Mostly Health Related) Stuff I Found This Week
Want the energy of a group fitness class without actually going to class? Check out these online fitness classes! This is such a fun idea!
Stretching after your workout not only helps you to become more flexible, it can also help to prevent injury. But it’s also the part of a workout that is skipped the most. Stretching is so important that I would rather you cut back on your actual workout if you’re pressed for time than cut your stretching. If you’re uncertain as to which ones to do, here are 15 stretches to try with the help of, yes, Kermit The Frog.
It’s really easy to become bored of your workouts, especially if you do the same thing for too long or it becomes too easy. The good news is that there are countless ways to make your workouts more exciting and more challenging! Here are 10 easy ways to recharge your workouts!
Quinoa (pronounced “keen-wa”) is one of the easiest ways to get in your protein and is so versatile you could potential have it every day and not repeat a recipe! If you’ve been wondering what to do with this wonder seed (yes, it is a seed), here are a ton of quinoa recipes you can use to get started!
Want to wow the crowd at your next BBQ? I dare you to try this recipe for BBQ chicken and pineapple bacon salsa! Yes, I said “bacon salsa”. You’re welcome.
Have no idea what to make for dinner this week? Here are a whopping 72 healthy weeknight dinners you can use to plan your meals! That’s one different dinner a night for well over a month!
Oh wow! This recipe for coconut chicken and warm honey mustard vinaigrette sounds mouth watering! Yum!
Looking for the most bang for your buck when it comes to weight loss? Why not try these top 10 foods that burn fat? And, in perfect honesty, I only included this article because of the photo they use about 1/2 of the way down. Enjoy ladies (and 10% of men)!
Are you still eating sugar in the evening? If you must have a snack after 8pm, nix the sugar and have something high in protein instead, like a handful of raw almonds. Research is showing that sugar eaten during inactive times of the day leads to greater obesity.
For The Casa
Oh wow! Check out this home design out of Australia! Can you imagine looking at that view every day? I’m in love!
How To Be Your Awesome Self
Getting a little stressed out? Why not try this meditation timer to help you calm down and get in the right frame of mind? All you need to do is tell it how long you want to chill out for and when the time is up, it’ll give you a nice little bong to tell you to get back to work!
If you’re still having a bad day even after chilling out with the meditation timer, why not try one of these 13 tips for dealing with a really lousy day and see if that helps! Notice the first tip is to NOT treat yourself with something like food or shopping!
If you’ve been wanting to learn a new language, sport or any new skill check out this great article about the six keys to being excellent at anything. I think these tips are spectacular!
I know I’m not the only one in love with the old Old Spice Guy. Not only is he hot, he’s totally charming and that entire ad campaign is a favourite of mine. So, if you want to hear him more often, just use this Old Spice Guy voicemail to record on your phone and make your girlfriends jealous! Also? I giggle incessantly when I hear him at the end singing “Do do do doot doo do do dooot” so make sure you click on it!
Ever see those movies where time slows down like The Matrix? Did you know that researchers have found that it can actually happen? Sort of. Here’s what you need to know about how the brain stops time!