Tuesday, August 25, 2015

My Favorite Fitness And Health Finds August 2015

I have recently found some new fitness and nutritional items on Instagram. I just wanted to share with my Frugal Exercisers and what I have been doing recently.  The blog has taken a back seat to my Frugal Exerciser Instagram account but I will be back blogging once or twice a week.

As some of you might know, I'm lactose intolerant but I really have a milk allergy. Every time I try to eat ice cream, even if it is lactose free, I get a sinus infection. I found some ice cream made out of cashew milk called SO Delicious.  I choose the dark chocolate truffle and I wasn't disappointed. They have all sorts of flavors such as cappuccino, creamy cashew, salted caramel cluster, and Snickerdoodle. I found mine at Whole Foods but go to their site to find it near your home.

If you are struggling with your portion sizes you might want to try portion controlled plates.  The Portion Master Skinny Plate Weight Management Portion Control Plate is the best of the bunch because they have several sizes that start at 275 pounds(125kg). As you lose weight, your plate shrinks. I'm thinking about purchasing these plates for my new clients. You can buy it on Amazon.

This assisted pull-up apparatus will be mine soon. I like to add pull-ups to my client's exercise routines but most are not strong enough to do it unaided. This would be a great exercise product to add to your home gym especially if you are into boot-camp or CrossFit workouts. 

These three items are on my late summer favorites' list and if you like my ideas, check them out for yourself.  Have you found a new fitness or wellness gadget you would like to try?

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Wear A Bicycle Helmet, Please!

I wanted to write this in late spring but I never got around to it. One day in May, I was riding and I was fiddling with my phone because my music wasn't working, I lost control of my bike and fell down and hit my head on the grass. I wasn't hurt and I immediately jumped up and rode back to my car.

The next day, I felt sore in my shoulder because I hit the ground with it first and then my head. I didn't start having a headache until Saturday, two days after the accident.  I decided to go to urgent care and the doctors gave me a MRI or Cat Scan, I don't remember. Anyway, I was fine, no bleeding in the brain.  The doctors told me I was fortunate because I had my helmet on. It could have been more serious.

I started biking in 1995 and never wore a helmet. My girlfriend would get on me all the time about that and I finally saw the light in 1996. I was biking with my girlfriend on the lakefront in Chicago and we came upon a bike accident. The bicyclist who was wearing a helmet was being taken away by ambulance after falling down on the bike path. A group of children ranging from mid teens and as young as six were watching by the side of the path. As we rode past, the six year old looked up and pointed to us and said, "She's smart and she's STUPID".  Out of mouths of babes right, I was embarrassed and I told my girlfriend who was smirking, "I guess I should buy a helmet".

Years later, I told to story to my client who was support staff at a rehab clinic and she said the little boy told you right.  She said, "Do you know how many people at the clinic have to learn how to walk and talk all over again because they weren't wearing a helmet". My eyes got big as saucers and that was so scary. I guess the little kid did save me life.

I am telling you this because if you ride a bike or any family member or friend rides without a helmet, please tell them my story.  It might save your life or theirs.

Check out some of these helmets if you don't have one and do you ride a bike without a helmet?

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Results Of The 2015 Humana Rock & Roll Half Marathon In Chicago

I completed the Humana Rock & Roll Half Marathon 5k on July 18, 2015.  At first, I was going to do the 10k but I haven't walked more than 3 miles in months. I was fit cardio wise but I was not sure if my knees could take it. 

The day before, I participated the festivities at the fitness and health fair at McCormick place. It was where participants could still register for the races and one could pick up his or her race day package. The health fair was off the chain. There were so many vendors at the event, I felt like a kid in a candy store. Humana the sponsor of the event had a wonderful booth in which you could had your body fat tested, I refused LOL. 

On race day the weather was hot, in the 90's or 32 celsius. The race had started by the time I got there, however, they had so many starting times because their were over 15,000 participants. I had my phone and my earphones and my fast walking music, saw off I went. My pace was about 4.0-4.2 mph and I was passing up people who started running but ran out of gas. By the time I got to the half way mark water station, I was thirsty. I gulped down 2 cups of water as I picked up my pace. When I passed the DJ and the band that was playing, I would take off my earphones and I would do a walking dance as I passed their station. I even got a high five from one of the singers.

The only thing I couldn't do was track my workout from the Charity Miles app. I need to upgrade my phone because my iPhone 4 doesn't allow me to download the app, that was a bummer. Charity miles is fitness app that tracks your activities in which you earn 25 cents per mile for running, walking and other fitness activities. For wheels such as biking, you get .10 per mile. The monies you earn will go to a charity of choosing that is on the Charity Miles app. If you are interested, please check out their site and get started today.

After the race was over, there was a party taking place in the Beer Garden. They had a new school band playing old school music called The Student Body.  I was rocking to the music for a while and I decided to call it a morning and return home. I could have taken a picture with Meb Keflezighi but I was tired and hot and the line was too long, so I left.  

All in all I would do this race in the future. The theme was to #RockYourHealth and I think I did because I was sore in my glutes for the next few days. The Rock & Roll Half Marathon truly lives up to its name and if it comes to your city, make sure you register.

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Humana.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Where To Purchase Battle Ropes

Inexpensive - Expensive


Have you ever worked out using a battle rope? Do you like it?

I love using battle ropes in my boot-camp classes and my students love them and do not let me forget to bring them. In the video, I show one move, the battle rope squat, but there is so much more you can do with battle ropes. If you are looking to purchase one, you have three options: 
  1. Power Training Rope 
  2. Manila Rope 
  3. Polypropylene Rope 
When I purchased my battle ropes six years ago, I needed three ropes and I did not want to spend a lot of money. At that time, a 30 foot rope (9.144 meters) was $200.00 and I could not afford to buy three battle ropes. I decided to look for a rope store online. Fortunately, I found a store on the internet that sold the exact same rope at a significantly less cost.

Knot and Rope supply carries a huge selection of ropes for all types of activity to fit your needs such as boating, camping, climbing, working out, or decoration. They will cut the rope to fit your specifications and ship it to you very quickly.

I opted for the inexpensive Manila rope. The rope in the video is a Polypropylene from an online fitness professional store. It differs from the Manila as it is gentle on your hands and stops the rope from fraying.  

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There are three options for purchase: 
  1. Power Training Rope- This can be purchased from Power Systems. 30 Feet (9.144 meters) is $ 126.95. 
  2. Manila Rope- This can be purchased from Knot and Rope Supply store.30 Feet (9.144 meters) is $ 51.90. 
  3. Polypropylene Manila Rope-This can be purchased from the Knot and Rope Supply Store. 30 Feet (9.144meters) is $67.50. 

What to Buy:

Beginners to advance individuals - Buy 1.5 inches (3.81cm) in a diameter

Very advance individuals - Buy 2 inches in diameter

If you want less than 30 feet, the Knot and Rope Supply store offers that options.

I hope you buy your battle rope soon and check out the video below for another move you can do with the battle rope.


Monday, July 13, 2015

The 2015 Humana Rock & Roll Half Marathon In Chicago

I'm walking the 10k Race

The Humana Rock & Roll Half Marathon is the week of July 17-19, 2015.  The 5k is Saturday, July 18, 2015, and the 10k and half marathon are the very next day.  I will be walking in the 10K or the half marathon, I haven't decided yet.

The Humana Rock & Roll Marathon is a three day event with a health and fitness expo at McCormick Place in Hall D1 on Friday and Saturday. On race day is when all the fun happens because there are live rock bands and entertainment along the whole course route.  If you need an extra push on race day, these bands will keep you moving and your mind rocking and rolling. Andy Grammer will headlining the Toyota Rock and Roll concert series. For the Saturday 5k, the band The Student Body, will be rocking the 5k runners. As you can see, there will be a lot of things to feast your eyes and ears on, so don't wait to the last moment the register.

The team at Humana has put together a Vitality Cheer Squad so that if you are participating in the race, you can ask friends and family to send you motivational messages that will be displayed on the course. WOW, that is so nice that you will able to read your loved one's words of encouragement while you are racing. If you aren't participating and you know someone who is, you can also send them messages to keep them moving and motivated. Check out the Humana Vitality Cheer Squad here.

Some of you might be asking why aren't you running the 10K? I can't run anymore due to arthritis I have in both of my knees. My running days have been over for quite a while and I wrote about it in a post called, There is Life After Running.  However, my deep affection of participating in organized fitness events still remains one of my favorite spring-time and summer-time hobbies.  I love the festivities, the accomplishment you feel when you finish and the swag you get at these events.

Humana is trying to get people to #RockYourHealth. I'm will be doing that by not giving in to my condition and walking further than I have in a long-time. I will also try to drag a few of my clients along with me. It doesn't matter if you are a beginner or seasoned exerciser, we all need to rock our health from time to time.

I will ask a few of my clients and/or friends to join me but if they can't, I will participating by myself. I'm sure I will make a few friends along the race route with this fun and lively event. Don't miss out, register today.

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Humana.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Fitness Freebie Friday

TGIF everyone and it has been raining like crazy in Chicago. I just hope to see the sun so I can enjoy some outdoor activities this week-end. I found some freebies, giveaways and deals for you this week. Take a look and hopefully you will find something interesting.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Armitron Fitness Watch Review And Giveaway

I got a chance to sample a fitness watch by Armitron from Kohl's. I haven't worn a watch in years and to be honest I didn't feel a need to wear one because I usually use my smartphone.  I also use my smartphone when I train clients and teach my classes. This practice has gotten me in trouble a couple of times when I left my phone behind on park benches.

Last week, I decided to put away the phone and use the watch when I taught my small group fitness training clients. I loved it because it a little more practical and easier to keep up with, without losing it. When using my smartphone, the auto lock comes on after a minute and it can be annoying when teaching. I used my pink Armitron watch and it was easier doing the split timing using this watch. It helped me run the class because the class flowed and ran much smoother.

I also used the watch when I biked outdoors. I'm old fashion and I take my heart rate manually, hell, I have been doing it over 30 years now. I don't need a heart rate monitor or a fancy gadget to monitor my target heart rate.

I definitely recommend you check out the Armitron fitness watches from Kohl's. They aren't expensive and it is a great watch especially if you like something simple. Lovers of outdoor activities or fitness professionals should also check them out.

Do you like simple fitness gadgets or do you love high tech models? Enter to win his and hers Armitron fitness watches from Kohl's.