10 Feb 2010

Shoveling = Good Core Workout!

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Me and my running buddy!

Me and my running buddy!

What a great opportunity this weather provides us with regards to our fitness training!  (Stay POSITIVE and you’ll enjoy the results!)  On Monday I focused on a 2 hour trainer ride keeping my heart rate at an even keel of 146’ish, the top of aerobic threshold.  This is so important for all of us to fit into our weekly workouts, because in the narrow band width of your aerobic threshold you are teaching your body how to efficiently burn FAT for Fuel.  This will come in very handy this summer when you want to race, hike, bike, or adventure-seek for an hour+ time frame.  This is your absolute optimal intensity for increasing your endurance, your body is recruiting all your slow twitch muscle fibers without accessing the fast twitch muscle fibers, maximizing fat burning and minimizing injury risk and recovery time.

SOOO, Tuesday was SUPPOSED to be my swim/lift day, but being snowed in sent me back to the trainer.  Joyfully I jumped on that bike of mine and rode 1 1/2 hours, this time implementing some ANAEROBIC effort.  The top of my this anaerobic effort is 160 beats per minute, and I spun at this rate for 20 minutes after doing some one leg repeats.  I’ll speak about the importance of anaerobic threshold training when my 2 year old isn’t sitting on my lap trying to type while I am writing this!
Forgot my bike!

Forgot my bike!

Today I went for an hour run at Fountain Head, up and down the nicely cleared driveway.   Apparently the bike trails are OPEN??  If I had known that I would have definitely gone for a ride for sure!!!

So, my tip for you on this beautiful snowy blessing of a week is:  don’t let weather like this stop you from reaching your health goals;  conversely let it inspire you to spend some creative hours each day building your body’s strength and fitness.  The magic number is FIVE.  The minimum number of hours a week I wish for you to spend on your strength and fitness, MINIMUM!
OK folks, good luck, BE INSPIRED!!!    All my best, Kathy

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