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A New Year and New Resolutions

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It’s hard to believe that it’s already the end of January. I swear, the older I get the faster time goes. I never got around to setting goals this year. I was too focused on relaxing, recovering and starting life with my new husband. I simultaneously wanted to accomplish everything and do absolutely nothing. After few low-key weeks and lazy days on the couch I’m back to my same old self and surging ahead with plans and projects. We have a lot we hope to accomplish this year- our list of projects, plans, goals, and dreams is long yet I’m not motivated to share them, or put them down on paper. I like the idea of being able to change or let them go as 2015 comes at us. My true hope is that life will lead us to new adventures, plans and projects that I couldn’t have dreamed of much like 2014 did. In 2015, I want to go with the flow and see where life leads us.

Even though I’m not writing my goals and plans down this year there are still a few things I’d like to accomplish. You could even call them resolutions if you’d like…

I need to get back out there and run more! I got really comfortable with running very little in 2014. Most of my runs were 3-4 miles and it was a good week if I got out there two times. Some weeks I never even got out for a run. I love running, I really do. I love being alone with my thoughts, the fresh air, and sweating. Running just makes me feel good. So this winter I’m determined to get out and run more- despite the cold. My resolution is to run at least twice a week and not let rain, snow, wind or cold stop me.

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My other resolution is to do more push-ups! I’ve been back on the yoga mat lately and those chatarungas are hard! It was a reminder that push-ups really do help me stay strong. I used to do them almost every day at the end of my workout but since I started doing barre more I cut back on them. That means barre was my only source of strength training. Even though I usually go twice a week, it’s just not enough to maintain my strength.

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Lastly, I’m getting back to my ab routine. I used to do this immediately following my set of push-ups but I have let it go and my abs show it. Doing abs in barre twice a week is not the same as doing abs 4 or 5 days a week. It’s time to get back to and build my core strength.

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I’m leaving the definition of “more” open-ended. More may be 5 mile runs or more frequent short runs or a half-marathon. More might be a 30-day ab challenge. More might be push-ups every day. Or maybe it’s just simply getting back to finishing my workouts with abs and push-ups. Much like my goals for 2015, I’m leaving these resolutions open so I can go with the flow and see where life leads.

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What are your fitness resolutions for 2015?

Favorite Winter Workout

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It always seems like the holidays are a good distraction to the fact that winter has arrived. There is something wonderful about bundling up in your favorite winter scarf and hat and heading out for a holiday stroll. A white Christmas seems magical and no one seems to mind the snow. But then the holidays pass and we settle in for the long, cold winter.

Michael and I have talked a bit about our desire to get moving more this winter. When we first met we were incredibly active as a couple. Our date nights usually involved a run followed by dinner and we frequently found our way to the yoga studio on the weekends. Then we moved in together, got engaged and planned our wedding. We had much less time to work out and our priorities shifted a bit. But 2015 has arrived, we’re newlyweds and we have more time on our hands. We’ve both agreed that we need to get running more and back into the yoga studio. Lucky for me, these are two of my favorite winter workouts.

I love running in the winter. I feel like we spend so much time curled up inside with the heat on. The cold air, the crunch of the snow under my feet and the sweat under all my layers gets me excited. I love heading out and tackling 3 or 4 miles. I usually take it slow in the winter with my runs and pay extra attention to my footing and the pavement in front of me. I’m always on the lookout for ice! After my runs I head inside and keep the workout going. I try to mix up my post run routine as much as possible and pull exercises from the yoga and barre studios for inspiration. I’ll often mix in some legwork like squats or lunges, followed by arm work. These days I like to use 3lb. weights and do a few of my favorite barre sequences. I follow it up with a solid 5 minutes of abs to strengthen my core. I try to keep myself moving for another 15-20 minutes after my run and always try to keep my heart rate up! I conclude with lots of stretching, and some foam rolling if I need it.

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On days when the temperature barely breaks 10 degrees and it’s just too cold and too blustery to head out for a run I love to opt for the yoga studio (and barre too!). Yoga is also my go-to workout when I’m snowed in and need a good sweat. I crank the heat, light a candle, and turn on my playlist and flow. It’s amazing and one of my favorite things to do when I’m snowed in! I start with child’s pose, move through cat and cow, start moving with sun salutations, move through triangle, pyramid and revolved triangle (one of my all time favorite sequences), head into half-moon, standing splits, move through some balance poses, and then head down to the mat for pigeon, janushirasana, back bends and savasana. I always vary my practice to give my body what it needs. Sometimes that is more twisting, other times it is lots of movement and occasionally it is just a nice gentle flow.

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Michael and I will definitely be doing these and other variations throughout the winter to stay warm. We’re also looking forward to cross-country skiing together, which is one of my favorite all time activities!

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What is your favorite winter workout?