Spring Into Something New!

If you’ve read previous posts here on Wine & Fit then you probably recall when we talked about mixing things up and keeping your workout routine interesting. Following our own advice, we’ve started an awesome 30 Days of yoga plan.

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Now, yoga is definitely not my go to. I tried hot yoga with a friend years ago and was bored out of my mind! As I’ve been working to get wedding dress ready I realized that more often than not I’m hurrying out of the gym without stretching. Not good. Don’t do that.

This weekend I decided I was going to give this yoga thing another shot with the intention of forcing myself to get in a good solid stretch a couple time a week. Well I did a little research, read some motivational quotes, looked at pictures of people doing crazy bendy things with their body and thought ‘what am I about to get myself into?!’ In the midst of my research I came across the video below…

Well, Saturday morning I fired up YouTube and started with Day 1 of ‘30 Days of Yoga with Adriene.’ Not only was the routine very doable for my non-yoga self but is was also very relaxing and energizing at the same time. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it! When I was done I felt great and was ready to tackle my day. One of the things I really think helped me to love Adriene and the routine was that she encouraged you to wiggle around. My prior experience with yoga was more of a get your body here and hold still for ages deal. Adriene encourages you to move a little within a pose, see what feels good and notice how your body reacts to different things. It made me feel like I had the freedom to make yoga work for me and what I needed rather than just holding a pose that was not comfortable for me at this stage. Being able to do this in the comfort of my home, with a video of someone who clearly knows what she is doing and makes it enjoyable, has also been wonderful for me. I know there isn’t a soul watching me or judging my beginner skill level. I’m able to be comfortable, give it an honest try and see what my body can do.

Sunday morning I woke up and complete day 2, at the end I felt much the same and began thinking ‘wow! I wonder what I’ll be doing/feeling 30 days from now!’ Before bed last night I did some reading on mantras and the mental part, if you will, of yoga. I found some great inspiration and set my alarm for a little earlier than usual so I could get another yoga session first thing this morning.

In just 3 days my perspective on yoga has totally changed. I’m excited to stick with this 30 Days of yoga and see where it takes me physically and mentally. This week I am going to go find myself a pretty yoga mat so I can out away my blanket and continue on. I highly encourage everyone out there to give the program a try!

H2-Oh I need to drink more water!

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This morning at work I was in the elevator with a guy who saw my half gallon water jug and asked “You plan on drinking all of that today?” I smiled and said “Yes I do. Probably a second one of these too.” Of course he followed with a question I’ve heard tons of times when talking to people about trying to drink between 3/4 to 1 whole gallon of water today.

“Good for you. I don’t mean to be too personal,” he said “but doesn’t that make you run to the bathroom all day?”

Now to answer his question…not anymore. The first few days of upping your water intake you will most definitely be going to the bathroom more, however probably not in a running fashion. After your body adjusts and starts getting the benefits of hydration you won’t be going so often.

It occurred to me after he noted that it was “good for me” before asking about my bathroom habits that maybe people aren’t drinking enough water not because they don’t realize it’s necessary but because they don’t want to be burdened with an additional few trips to the bathroom. I could be totally off base, but I’m willing to bet I’m not.

Drinking enough water each day helps your body to function at an optimum level. Your organs work better, you blood carries nutrients more effectively, toxins and junk in your body are more easily removed naturally…the list goes on. People who are looking to lose weight or improve their workouts definitely need to be drinking all the water they can. Proper hydration will help the average person see a significant improvement in their weight loss when they are also eating and exercising properly.

For example, person A and person B are both 180lbs, 5’6″ and looking to lose about 20lbs. They are sticking to eating every 3 hours so they eat a well rounded breakfast/lunch/dinner along with small snacks throughout the day. Both ensure protein is included in each snack/meal. Both go to the gym and do a combination of cardio and weight lifting 3 times a week. Person A drinks about 36oz of water a day but person B drinks at least 96oz if water each day. Within the first 30 days of their weight loss plan, guess who saw the better results? Person B!

It’s not rocket science and it’s not difficult. You don’t even have 11130210_1582711152000728_8275094200412273360_nto spend any extra money to get water, grab a cup or a reusable bottle and fill it up! All it takes it paying attention. Some people, like myself, do a better job of ensuring they hit their intake goal by using a large bottle and knowing they have to drink the entire thing by a certain time of day. Others prefer a smaller bottle and challenging themselves to drink X number of that bottle in the day. Find what works for you!

I’d say going to the bathroom 2 or so more times each day is well worth the benefits of drinking enough water! Check out this great article that highlights some, of the many, benefits of staying hydrated. I bet by the time you’re done you’ll be thinking “Oh I need to drink more water!”

Other resources to learn more about hydration:
Hydration: Why It’s So ImportantAre You Drinking Enough Water Every Day?
10 Ways To Drink More Water

17 Minute HIIT Home Workout

Are you struggling to get to the gym? Feel like you don’t have the time to get there? Why not do a quick workout at home?!

This is a quick, effective workout you can do right at home in just 17 minutes. When you get home tonight, before you sit down and unwind with your favorite TV show and wine, knock it out!

17 Minute HIIT Workout

Perform each exercise for 60 seconds followed by 20 seconds of jogging in place.
*Scaled version: 45 seconds exercise – 30 seconds of marching in place

Jumping Jacks
Air Squats
Push-Ups (Do knee push-ups, if needed, to get your chest within two inches of the floor)
Leg Lifts (Hold a couch or chair for support if needed)
Burpees
Right Side Push-Up (Click here for demo)
Mountain Climbers
Left Side Push-Up
Burpees
Leg Lifts
Push-Ups
Air Squats
Jumping Jacks

Be sure to take a few minutes to stretch after completing your workout! Your muscles will thank you later!

Find Your Groove.

When it comes to fitness you’ve got to find your groove, discover what you love. There are so many options out there these days that are worth exploring.

For many people it is easy while they are in high school or college because they participate in organized sports. When you do that your workouts are dictated for you, there is no planning and you just do it. When those days are over it is a whole different game.

If you are just starting a new fitness journey, trying to break through a rut or simply looking to mix up your routine think about trying some of these options.

1. Hiking – Obviously this is easier when the weather is nice but it is still an option when it’s not! Grab the dog or a couple friends and head out. Pack a picnic or take the camera and just explore. You will get a great workout while chatting it up with with friends and building your photo collection!

2. Classes & Programs – As you may know, I am not the biggest fan of classes. For many though classes are a great way to get a structured workout without having to do any planning aside from showing up on time. Classes are also a great way to break through a rut, if you are bored with your typical routine and just need to be reminded why you loved lifting/running/whatever in the first place, jump in a class and find some motivation. There are often deals on Groupon and LivingSocial for a vareity of things like kickboxing, yoga, crossfit,  bootcamps, cycling and more! Check out the deals and give something new a try…you just might love it!

3. Walking the dog – Why not take your furry friend out for some fresh air and a change of scenery?! Ask your friend or significant other for some quality time together away from the TV and your phone. It’s a win-win-win!

4. DVD Workouts – There are dozens of at home workout DVDs on the market. If you can’t spend money on a gym membership you can still get in great shape. Best thing about a DVD is that you can do them anytime at all, all year round! Below are a couple that I highly recommend…

  Jillian Michaels - 30 Day Shred     AdvoCare Workout Series - Can You 24 DVDs Level 1

Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown       Zumba Fitness Incredible Results DVD with Zumba Max DVD    

(Click the images for details or to order!)

So there you have! A couple way to get your groove on, mix it up and get some easy exercise.

How do you find new ways to love fitness? What are your favorite way to get moving? Share with us!

Fitspo or Fitsporn – By: Fitness To Go

Today I wanted to share an article with you all from Fitness To Go. I came across this article somewhere on my facebook feed and was so incredibly excited to see it. Tera, author of the article, absolutely hits the nail on the head when it comes to my opinions about the apparent ‘inspiration’ many girls are seeing all over social media.

Are these half-naked women “working out” and posing for the camera really inspiration? No, I don’t think so, but I will let you decide for yourself. Check out Tera’s article below.

Excerpt: Fitspo or Fitsporn

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“When I see “fitspo” like this I think 3 things:
1. Pull that effing wedgie out of your ass
2. I would not want to sit on a bench after her
3. Are you kidding me? NO ONE works out dressed like that.

But that is what we are bombarded with on tumbler, pinterest, twitter, facebook, fitness mags….it’s everywhere. Almost naked chicks, oiled up, in a gym sporting major wedgies sporting all with the purpose of inspiring you to workout.

Barf!

And then you have the instagramers!

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They clutter up your feed with pics from the locker room in their bra and undies so they can show off their “gains”, post the standard booty shot on #MotivationalMonday, #TransformationTuesday, #WorkoutWednesday, #ThowbackThursday, #FlexFriday, and some other lame ass day they make up and throw a hashtag in front of it so they can show off their hooters and #bootygainsfordays.

What caused this phenomenon of women and men (and yes there are dudes who do this too) feeling they need to plaster the internet with photos of their 3/4 naked bodies all in the name of inspiring others to workout? When did photos like this become what people look to for motivations during their journey to become fit and healthy? And when did this become what fitness newbies aspire to become, another girl showing off their hard work in a gym locker bathroom to an internet full of perverts?…”

Read the remainder here and let us know what you think! We’d love to see and hear what you look to for inspiration.