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Hard work pays off

Hello dears!

I have exciting and exclusive news today. As you know, last year I´ve been working on a free fitness calendar. This January I was delighted to show you what I had done, some workouts or challenges focused on multiple goals. If you need to refresh your memory, please read Workouts for free.

A few weeks ago I received an email from Stanza´s founder herself. I´m not going to share the whole conversation but her first sentence explains why she emailed me: “We noticed that you’ve logged in and added events in the last couple weeks”.

I felt observed (but in a strangely good way), and I laughed as I thought: “the last couple weeks? Really? Where have you been last four months?”. No, I didn´t tell her that! It was just my first thought. Then, I came back to my sense. She wanted some feedback and got a few questions.

Honestly, I don´t know a word about startups, how they work or who does what, but it´s very cool the founder of a company reaches you to ask a couple of questions. So, I answered her questions and gave my opinion. I thought it was it all but she had one surprise. A huge one!

Stanza´s tech team has been working on dynamic rolling calendars but they are not available yet. Guess who has not one, but two rolling calendars before anyone else? You´re right! Me! The tech team converted my calendar in a rolling calendar. What does it mean to you?

No matter the day of the month you join the calendar, it will sync Day-1 to your calendar. You can sync today and a friend of yours on Thursday, both will get Day-1 in your calendars, on different dates. Using a regular calendar, your friend would miss three days. I think this is a great feature for fitness calendars.

I had to choose because I had too many challenges and the tech team had to convert the events one by one. So I decided to keep the most demanded, muscle gain and fat loss. I hope you like my decision. Also, I´ve made the proper adjustments to turn them awesome 30-day challenges.

But, let me tell you that these challenges will start on March 1st because I need to finish some other things that were on hold as I worked with these guys.

As you may expect each workout contains exercise demonstrations, instructions, tips, playlist, links to contact me if you need support, and a positive quote (you know I can´t live without them).

You should take a look, choose your challenge and add it to your calendar, today. And then, tell your friends, neighbors, coworkers because some of them would like to know about this 😉

Have a great week!

 

Guest post – The Easiest Ways To Stay Fit All Year Round

Hello, dears!

Today, I´m pleased to introduce you a new blog, LearnFit.org, and one of the bloggers behind it, Paige. She is a yoga enthusiast and avid cyclist. Loves strength training and weight lifting. And she is going to give you a few tips on how to stay fit all year round.

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These days, many people lead busy lives that leave little room for much besides work and sleep, but it’s important to ensure we eat right and get in daily exercise. So how do we balance those things and stay healthy? It’s not hard if you know where to begin, and with a little planning and some creativity, you can find a great work/life balance that is sustainable all through the year.

One of the first things to do is to get organized. Create a schedule that allows you a little extra time for workouts and meal planning, then stick to it. After that,  it’s a matter of following your schedule and finding ways to make do when the weather throws a wrench in your plan.

Here are a few ways you can get started.

Swim

Swimming is wonderful exercise that gets your entire body involved, but for those of us who aren’t lucky enough to live in California, it gets tricky finding ways to get in the pool once winter rolls around. Check out your local YMCA or city public pool to find out their indoor pool hours and ask about a membership; once we have to pay for something, our resolve to stick to it increases.

Create a home gym

You don’t have to spend money every month to belong to a big fancy gym; there are several easy ways you can create a perfect workout station in your own home, which will come in handy on the nights when you’ve just gotten home from work and can’t handle the thought of going back out into the world. You don’t have to fill it with expensive equipment, although a treadmill is always a great investment. You can also use simple hand weights, a yoga ball, resistance straps secured to a doorframe, and sand bags for resistance training.

Stay in bed

Yes, you can exercise from the comfort of your own bed; it just takes a little creativity. Try lying on your back, putting a good-sized pillow between your feet, and tossing it up to your outstretched hands. Grab it with your feet and bring it back down to the bed, then repeat. Or do stretches that are great for your back, such as lying flat on your back and lifting your pelvis toward the ceiling repeatedly. You can also bring one knee up to your stomach and move it across so that it touches the bed.

Eat right

This sounds like a no-brainer, but many people assume if they are exercising daily they can eat whatever they want. While it’s true that counting calories shouldn’t mean as much when you’re working out every day, it is still important to make sure you’re getting enough protein and vitamins. Dark, leafy greens, nuts, fish, fresh fruit, and berries are all awesome energy boosters that will give your body the fuel it needs and keep you feeling good.

Get enough rest

If you lead a very busy life, you know the importance of getting enough sleep, but you may not be getting quality sleep. Set a bedtime and stick to it, and turn off your phone, laptop, and television at least an hour before you lie down for the night as they can all interfere with your sleep cycle.

Single leg V-up

The single leg v up will help you build up the strength and coordination for a clean full V up. We all want a strong core, right?

Lay on the ground with your back flat to the ground and your arms and legs pointing straight up. At the same time, slowly lower your legs towards the ground.

Raise your arms above your head so that you end up in a banana-like position.

Exhale and raise both arms and one leg at the same time.

Don’t go too fast on these, you want to make sure you’re really using your core strength and not just relying on momentum to get your legs up and down.

Inhale on you way down and repeat, switching legs.

Available free workouts:

Strength training: two different routines to make your muscles grow.
Fat loss: Six training circuits to help you lose those extra pounds.
Quick fixes: Easy routine to take care of your back after a hard day of blogging.

Sync here:

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Push Throughs with Resistance bands

A cool exercise for your core!

Anchor your resistance band at the bottom of the door.

Lie on your back with your knees bent, in a crunch position and grab the handles and keep them just above your stomach. Make sure that you’re in a position where the resistance band is straightened out.

Exhale and push the band towards the center of your thighs. As you do that, lift your shoulders and head off the ground. This step is all done in one motion.

Inhale as you return to the original position. Repeat.

Full workouts:

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Strength training: two different routines to make your muscles grow.
Fat loss: Six training circuits to help you lose those extra pounds.
Quick fixes: Easy routine to take care of your back after a hard day of blogging.

Alternating shoulder tap plank

This exercise strengthens and tones the abdominal muscles and lower back. It requires no equipment and little space. This is one of many variations you should try.

From a standard plank position, reach your right hand to touch your left shoulder. Put it back down and repeat with your left hand tapping your right shoulder.

Do not let your hips sway side to side as you move.

Full workouts:

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Strength training: two different routines to make your muscles grow.
Fat loss: Six training circuits to help you lose those extra pounds.
Quick fixes: Easy routine to take care of your back after a hard day of blogging.

Exercise after pregnancy

Hello, dears!

Along with tons of joy, pregnancy comes with lots of questions. After pregnancy,  how to get back in shape and all kind of questions related are very common. I´ve seen many women go to the gym for the first time after pregnancy. Although exercise may feel like the last thing you want to do as a new mom, according to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, it does have benefits:

  • It helps strengthen and tone abdominal muscles.
  • It boosts energy.
  • It may be useful in preventing postpartum depression, by increasing the levels of feel-good chemicals (endorphins) in your brain.
  • It promotes better sleep.
  • It relieves stress.

The most important exercises in the first few days after birth are your pelvic floor exercises. Start doing them as soon as you can.

The pelvic floor is a broad sling of muscles, ligaments and sheet-like tissues that stretch from your pubic bone at the front of your body, to the base of your spine at the back. Your pelvic floor supports your bladder, bowel, and uterus, and gives you control over when you empty your bladder or bowel.

Having a weak pelvic floor makes it harder for you to squeeze the muscles and sphincters at the bottom of your bladder. You may find that you accidentally leak a little wee when you cough, sneeze or exercise. It affects up to a third of all new moms.

Your pelvic floor affects your vaginal muscles, too. You may find sex less satisfying if you have a weak pelvic floor.

Doing just a few pelvic floor exercises every day will help to treat symptoms, and will help to prevent problems later on so, include pelvic tilts, belly breathing, and abdominal bracing in your daily routine as soon as you comfortably can.

More details on pelvic floor exercises at Pelvic Floor First, an amazing Aussie website!

It is recommended at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity (this means: you are moving enough to raise your heart rate and start sweating) aerobic activity every week. But this is imprecise because it´s also recommended a warm-up and a cool down (10 minutes each). At the end, doing it properly means 40-45 minutes a day. Good news is walking count as exercise! Walking is a great way to get back in shape. Walking outside has an added bonus because you can push your baby in a stroller.

Last, but not least, muscle-strengthening activities like yoga, Pilates, and lifting weights should be done in addition to your aerobic activity on at least 2 days a week. All these disciplines have not only a few exercises or routines but specialties adapted to your needs.

Start by strengthening your core with this easy exercises, when you feel ready:

Belly breathing: Belly breathing simply involves allowing your stomach to expand and contract as much as possible while you actively inhale and exhale as deeply as possible.

Abdominal Bracing: Begin by lying face-up on the floor. Brace your abdomen by contracting your entire abdomen as if you were preparing to get hit in the stomach. From here, perform different movements with your arms and legs (such as raising one or both arms overhead or extending your legs while keeping your back flat against the floor).

Pelvic Tilt: Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor or propped on a ball. Brace your abdomen and tilt your pelvis back by pressing your lower back into the floor. Hold this position for five seconds then repeat.

Happy training, Moms!

 

 

Evernote for fitness. Search Tips.

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Hello, dears!

We´ve seen how to get your data into Evernote but, how do you find your notes when you need them? Evernote provides a set of tools for finding almost anything, easily and on-demand.

If you don´t have a lot of notes, the first and easiest way to find your notes is by clicking on a notebook or tag in the left side panel and visually scan the notes.

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This is probably the least advanced method there is, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. If you know exactly where you want to go, and have organized your notes effectively, simply going to the notebook or tag that the note is categorized by is a great option. As you add more notes, it becomes increasingly difficult.

Next option is the search box. It´s where all the magic happens.

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It works the same way like a search engine, start typing whatever you’re looking for and Evernote will begin narrowing down the results in real time.

If you click on a notebook or tag first, Evernote will limit the search results to those within that notebook or tag group. Also, the search automatically filters out common words like “a”, “and”, “the”, “these”, as well as others,by default. The default method will only display notes containing every word in your search query, but not necessarily in the same order as they are in the search box.

Every note that you create within Evernote has a lot of properties related to it such as what media attachments are included in the note, how it was uploaded and when it was created.

Below are a few of the search operators you can use to narrow down your search:

tag: this operator can be used to find notes with specific tags.

-tag: will search for notes excluding that specific tag.

any: this operator can be used to make a difference between “and” and “or” when you perform a search with two or more words. For example, if you search for pasta recipes the results will be notes that contain only the words: pasta recipes. However, if you add the any operator before pasta recipes (any: pasta recipes) the results will be notes containing pasta OR recipes.

notebook: this operator will specify the search to a specific notebook.

intitle: this operator will search for the specified words in the titles of your notes.

source: this allows you to search via the source you added the note. source:mobile will show you all notes that were created using Evernote on a mobile application.

created: this allows you to search for notes created over a specific time period. created:20140816, searches for all notes created on August 16, 2014.

updated: Searches for notes updated on or after the date specified. If a note hasn’t been updated since the date it was created, the ‘updated’ date will be the same as the ‘created’ date. updated:20140626, searches for all notes updated on June 26, 2014.

todo: Searches for notes containing one or more checkboxes. todo:true, surfaces all notes that contain a checkbox that is checked. todo:false, surfaces all notes that contain a checkbox that is not checked. todo:*, surfaces notes that contain a checkbox, if it’s checked or not.

encryption: Searches for notes that include text that has been encrypted with Evernote’s built-in encryption system.

latitude: longitude: altitude: Searches for notes that were created at or near the specified coordinates.

Use the + or – to include or exclude certain words. Example: weightloss -diet +exercise  will display all notes with the words weightloss and exercise, but not diet. Note that these also work with other search operators, such as tag.

The asterisk can be put at the end of anything and will give you the results of the search term before it. For instance, if you can remember how to spell an exercise, but remember part of it, type what you can remember and add the * at the end, Evernote will take care of the rest. This is especially helpful in cases where you’re searching for the base word, but want to include other variations of it, like plural forms.

You might already use quotations to get an exact phrase. However, you only need one quotation (“) at the beginning of your phase.

You can combine search operators to improve and narrow results. Using the Boolean techniques in combination with search operators is yet another way to improve results.

Eventually,  you can create a “Saved Search” and re-use it whenever you need it. To do this, just construct the search and select File | New Saved Search. Name your search in the first field (this is solely for your use, so name it whatever you feel will make it easy to recognize). To see your saved search, just clear the search bar and click on it. A list of recent and saved searches will appear.

Hope you enjoy your searching!