“I hate cardio. I do. But realize its inherent worth and importance to your life, and then work it into your exercise regimen. Why? Because you probably love your kids or your partner and your life—and cardio will help you to stay on this Earth longer with them all.”
One of the biggest reasons I started CrossFit was that I hated traditional cardio. CrossFit was a lot more exciting and gave me better fitness results.
Recently though I’ve reintroduced running into my routine. It’s a welcome break to my normal routine. It’s also helped my overall fitness. So even though I’m still not in love with it, I’ve grown to love the benefits.Lisbeth Darsh helps you get your mind right about cardio in I Hate Cardio.
Butter Pecan Apples
I didn’t even go for a clever title. These are just delicious.
She Thrives Blog shows us how to make them.
Drop It Like It’s Hot
Squats are essential but often one leg gets stronger than the other.
Lunges are a great way to work on strengthening that weak side. The problem: beginners usually do traditional lunges wrong. I start beginners with a drop lunge where you move backwards first.
The WLC Blog’s Brandon Hoffer shows you how to do a drop lunge (he calls it a skater squat). Then he progresses into some interesting one leg squat variations that will challenge any fitness level.
This is a leg and hip mobility practice that I myself do regularly. In it, you will only do two drills. You will hold them for a long time, rather than moving through a variety of exercises or stretches. The focus of this practice is quality, not quantity.
Watch the video for demonstrations of beginner, intermediate, and advanced versions of each stretch. You can do all of these at home, in a hotel room, or in a gym. (And by the way, if your little one is as curious as the little on in our video, have him or her join in — get some quality time and make healthy movement a family priority.)
The two stretches are:
Pigeon Variation – Focuses on the hips, glutes, and side of your leg
Couch Stretch – Focuses on the quads, hip flexors, and front of your leg
Hold each stretch for 2.5 minutes per side. Hang out and explore each position. Your mind will appreciate the break, too. Give this a shot every day for just ten minutes. After a few days, I promise that you and your body are going to love this new habit.
Remember: Listen to your body when you’re stretching and don’t try to do what someone else is doing if it’s not right for you. Mobility and flexibility take daily practice and should not be rushed or forced.
“Rather one bird in the hand than ten in the woods” – Swedish proverb “A sparrow in your hand is better than a pigeon on the roof” – Polish proverb “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush” – English proverb