Pretty Things

As much as I am a fitness enthusiast, I am also a complete girly girl and love all things pretty (hence the name of my blog).

Today I wanted to share a few items and images that I’ve been crushing on lately.

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Kate Spade can do no wrong in my opinion. I love her jewelry, purses, clothes, and shoes.

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Tees with French or Italian sayings seem everywhere now. I actually own this shirt- it’s comfy and I like that I can dress it up or down.

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I’m loving floral dresses for springtime, this one is so adorable and those pink shoes are too die for!

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I’m trying to fancy up our current wall art situation. Etsy always has lots to choose from!

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This picture reminds me of summer and inspires me to ride my bike when I can.

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Another floral number for spring. Love!

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I know we aren’t going to be living in LA forever, so I’m trying to take advantage of being near the ocean and to enjoy it.

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Bright colors make me happy!

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If only my bed looked like this every morning. I’ve had breakfast in bed once in my life while I was on vacation.

Thanks for stopping by! ~M

Share with me in the comments below anything that is inspiring you lately! 

What Workouts Should I Be Doing?

Fitness fads almost seem like fashion trends to me and something is either “in” or “out” each season. With this constant shift of new workouts coming and going, it can be a little overwhelming as to what you should be doing.

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I love that fact that there is now so many options! Anyone can find something that suits them. I like to switch up my routine when I can, so I wanted to briefly review some current fit trends I’ve seen popping up lately, in hopes to inspire you all to try something new!

Cross Fit These gyms are everywhere and continue to expand. Currently just over 2,000 crossfits nationwide. They do a WOD (Workout of the Day) that involves combinations of body weight exercises, olympic lifts (power cleans) and plyometric jumps. In each WOD, they are either trying to complete as many repetitions as possible or a certain number of exercises as fast as you can.  Basically they involve short bursts of high intensity activity with rests in between.

Tabata Another high intensity type of workout, this involves alternating 20 seconds of intense effort with 10 seconds of rest for 4 minutes.  High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is all the rage and research shows it’s the best at improving your strength, speed, and endurance. You can use this same format with any type of exercise you like: dancing, running, biking, or weight training.

TRX  This workout utilizes Body weight suspension training . The idea is that it trains and challenges the entire body, not just one isolated muscle or joint. Even professional baseball players, UFC fighters and Olympic athletes use TRX training in their workout regime.

At-home workouts With the rise of healthy living bloggers (yay!) and our online obsession there is no reason to skip a workout. Sites like Tone It Up, Blogilates, Warrior Fit, and Physique 57  all have a huge library of workouts. And didn’t forget the Nike Club Training App straight from your phone!

My take: Do something! Doesn’t matter if it’s a workout class or just going on a hike. being active any way is the best way to help to keep your body (and mind) healthy, And do what fits into your goals. If you are not happy with how you feel after your workouts, then switch it up!

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I’m sure they are some more “trends” I haven’t named, so please share in the comments below!

What’s your take on fitness trends?

Thanks for stopping by and reading!

An Easter Weekend

Since we don’t have any family close to us in California, every Easter we go out to brunch with our close friends (our LA family one could say!) This year we went to Fig in Santa Monica. The food was awesome and we ate so much! It’s almost 6pm and I’m still full, brunch was at 12:30, lol! 

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After brunch we went out to enjoy a little bit of sunshine. Such a perfect day.

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017I hope everyone had a great Sunday and Easter!

 

Stair Workout

Hello Friends~ Hope everyone is having a fab weekend.  The weekend weather has been so perfect which always makes me happy.  Today hubby and I biked to Manhattan Beach and had some ice cream. Yummy. There were a ton of people out and about which means some good people watching.

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Yesterday we did a stair climb!  The climb was at the AON Center in downtown LA- the 2nd tallest building in Los Angeles, over 850 feet tall and 63 stories.

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I finished in a little over 15 minutes (15:35 I think was the exact time). I was pretty pleased since I didn’t train as much as I wanted to, but I had incorporated in stairs the last 3 weeks.

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A clear day in LA- this vantage point is facing towards Hollywood.

I love stair workouts- they get your heart rate up quick and don’t take that long. Oh, and definitely tone up the booty and calves.

I know everyone’s access to stairs can be different so modify the workout if you have 50 steps to climb up or 5.

For this particular workout, I was running up about 30 steps.

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*Feel free to repeat the workout if you are working with a small amount of steps.

For stretching- stretch the hamstrings, quads, and calves.

Enjoy!

~M

Have you done a stair climb before?

MASH Up Conditioning Review

Jamie from MASH UP Conditioning contacted me recently to try out their Tempo Workout DVD.  If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, then you already know how much I love finding new home workouts. So needless to say, I was anxious to try this one out.

And after doing it, I’m so pumped that I have this DVD at home!

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MASH stands for Mind/Body, Agility & Strength and High Intensity Intervals.

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The Mash Up Philosophy:

“Benefit from the incredible effectiveness of these scientifically based low-volume high intensity workouts. The goal is to achieve and maintain an optimal level of health that fits into any type of schedule. The most effective approach is to maintain good nutrition at least 80% of the time in addition to an efficient exercise program. Interval Training at It’s Finest!”

Why I’m digging this Workout:

  • There are 7 different workouts in this one DVD. The workouts are similar formats, but the routines are definitely mixed up so it’s not boring! They also do a great job of transitioning the exercises throughout the DVD.
  • Each routine is 15 minutes! So nice if you don’t have a lot of time and want to get a good sweat.  (and yes I was sweating after about 5 minutes). Also, if you want to workout longer than 15 minutes, then just do another routine or 2!
  • It’s for all skill levels- I really like that they show a modified and an advanced version of each exercise. So you can always build up your workout with this DVD.

They also have an Endurance DVD and will be coming out soon with a Sprint DVD. All sound fun to me!

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Disclaimer: I received a DVD in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

When In Vegas…

Happy Tuesday All!

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Or the case of the Tuesdays, same difference.

It’s always a bit of an adjustment getting back to the ‘ol work routine after some time off.  I feel like it takes an extra day to turn the brain back on. And, I wanted to stop by Starbucks this AM but was running a little late, so that did not happen. Boo!

Anywho I wanted to fill you all in on our Vegas trip. So much fun, but went by WAY too fast. We walked so much that my legs were actually a little sore yesterday, so I don’t feel bad about missing my weekend workouts.

Here’s some pics I took in no particular order: (Sorry the pics are a little blurry, blame the Iphone!)

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The pink dress, woo!

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MGM pool time. 77 degrees. Perfect

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Last stop at the pool before leaving

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 I love walking around Vegas, there is so much to do and see. And when the weather is just right, you can’t beat it!

As fun as vacation is, I am always happy to get back to my sleeping and exercise routine (do I sound old or what?) I took it easy Monday night, but this is my workout plan the rest of the week:

Tuesday: 4 mile run with stairs (I’m doing a stair climb event in 2 weeks, eek, will fill you guys in on the details soon)

Wednesday: At home workout DVD- Mash Up Conditioning. Will be posting a review on this one soon, can’t wait to try it out!

Thursday: 4-5 mile run.

Friday: Rest Day

Saturday: Pop Physique class

Sunday: Hike with a friend

Hope everyone has a great week!!