How to Maximize your Cardio Routine? (First Friday Fitness #1 Video)

Do you love cardio? Or do you wish you didn’t have to do it?

Regardless of your answer, I’m sure there are times where you just wanted to skip it entirely (exhibit A). That’s why I wanted the first topic for our new feature “First Friday Fitness” video series to be about exactly that – cardio and how to maximize your benefits of doing cardio in less time! Sounds good?

How to maximize your cardio routine

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What is Kundalini Yoga?

Have you ever heard of Kundalini Yoga?

I haven’t. To tell you the truth, I thought Kundalini Yoga was just a name of the yoga studio I was going to. I had no idea it was an entirely different practice of yoga! It was my first time trying this type of yoga and I am so excited to tell you about it.

You are reading this right now, but I am writing it 10 minutes after the practice ended, Thursday at 1pm* (please see note below). The practice was only 45 minutes long and I figured it would be an ideal time frame for a quick yoga session during lunch time. I haven’t done yoga in months and I had been craving it. So I went to a Kundalini Yoga in the Loop lead by Hari Dev.

What is Kundalini Yoga?

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How to be an UNNATURALLY Quick Runner?

The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.

Do you want to be the fastest runner you can possibly be?

There is a whole community of bloggers out there who focus solely on running. Running bloggers live and dream running, racing, and winning those said races.

I am not one of those bloggers.

I barely even consider myself a runner. I did my first 5K run that was not even a real race according to many serious runners. After all, laughing and getting colored corn starch on my clothes and hair can hardly be determined as a serious race. We didn’t even have bibs!

I don’t complain. I never saw myself as a runner anyway.

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I did try to get into running last year though around the time I went to NYC for the first time (and had the time of my life, I need to go back!). I mean, how can you NOT be near Central Park for 5 days and NOT go running through it? It’s like a sin. You have to take advantage of it. And take advantage, I did.

Being in the blogging community, it’s easy to feel down on yourself if you aren’t perfect at something. Bloggers always talk about how great they are at running or lifting or eating clean. It’s great. It can be extremely motivating and inspiring, but it can also be a little intimidating and discouraging at times as well.

I haven’t gone running since it got cold outside because I’m just not a big fan of treadmills. I actually enjoyed going for runs outside (well, they were more like jogs, I’m not very fast) and enjoying the beautiful crisp morning air and wind in my hair, and the fresh morning scent of the leaves and trees, and the chirping of the birds when you’re warming up or cooling down (and music blaring when you do run, I can’t run without music). It’s a nice feeling. No wonder people call it “therapeutic.”

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It’s My Birthday + Fitness Gear for the New Year 2014

The Koss feature is a part of a sponsored opportunity by Fitfluential LLC.

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It’s my birthday! Weee. I am officially 24th. Ugh, does time fly by. I keep thinking I’m young and then I look at my age in writing and I can hardly believe I’m in my middle 20s, what the heck – how and when did that happen?!

Today I’m featuring a few things for fit gear for women who like to stay active or want to stay more active. I am committing to living a more active lifestyle this year (last year was a bit of a flop) and there’s nothing to motivate a girl more than some new gear to get your excited!

Koss Fit Gear for New Year

Koss Fit Series - Koss’ female designers teamed-up with Gold Medalist Dara Torres to create the world’s first headphones designed specifically for women, by women. I love these earbuds because they actually STAY IN PLACE unlike most uni-sex earbuds. They are perfect for an active girl becuase they are sweat resistant. They also have three different sizes of ear cushions included for the perfect fit. They have two options: FitBuds ($29.99*) which are 33% smaller and are closer to your typical earbuds; and FitClips ($29.99*) which stay in place because of the build. I love using the FitClips for cardio.

You can buy them at: Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Walgreens, Kmart, or Sears.

Make sure to like them on Facebook or follow on Twitter!

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Fit Gear for New Year

Fitbit Force – I love Fitbit. I had the Fitbit Ultra and Fitbit One. But I gave the Ultra to my mom a while back when I received the One. Now I have no idea where the One is… I might have lost it. Meh. So you can understand when I learned that there’s an easier way to carry this little device now – on your wrist. No need to worry about it getting lost (ekhem). So yes, I do want this little device for me. It tracks how many steps you take each day, how many floors, how many calories you burned, how well you sleep AND it has a vibrating alarm (I LOVE that part).

You can buy it for $129.99 on Fitbit website.

Fit Clothing – There are many brands that make awesome fitness clothing and I definitely think wearing some fun and comfortable clothes can make you even more motivated to get a workout in. After all, looking fabulous while getting in shape makes it that much more fun ;)

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I like these pants from Bebe (1), this Champion pullover from Target (2), this top from Athleta (3), these sweatpants from Lululemon (4).

 

Question for you:

  • Which fitness products are on YOUR fitness wish list?