Monday, January 31, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
1) To hold a PhD, I'm not too picky on what it is going to be in. The way I am going though, I think it's bound to be nursing.
2) To learn another language. I've got a head start on Korean and French, I just need to get motivated enough to do it.
3) To master at least one of the following musical instruments - cornet, cello, piano, or guitar.
4) To live in at least 5 different countries - So far I've only got Canada and Korea. I'm assuming that I will have United States in the near future (preferably San Fran, DC, Portland and Maine). I'm thinking somewhere in Europe and in South America?
5) To run a half marathon. I've a lot of training to do though, seeing as the 5km I ran today was far from easy.
7) Master the following- sewing, knitting & crocheting (Note*** on my way with knitting/sewing, kinda sorta)
8) Become part owner of a Bed & Breakfast (with Adam)
9) Travel to 30 countries. I'm at 7 now.
10) Read at least 12 books a year until I die (Textbooks NOT included).
Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell
Freakonomics - Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
11) Complete 'The Weekend to End Breast Cancer' 60km walk in Toronto. Sept 11-12.
12) Own a little cottage by a lake.
6) Go to Canada's Wonderland with my friends/family
7) Take a road trip back to Maine
8) Go snowshoeing
9) Go ice-skating on the Rideau Canal
10) Get my darn tooth fixed
11) Get some darn shiny nice new glasses
12) I've always wanted to go to Ireland with my father... it's been a dream of mine since I was just a little girl. My father has been, and he loved it. I would love to share this with him while I still can. I don't think I'm ready to let go of this dream yet.
13) See the northern lights.
Friday, January 7, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
Snowshoeing & Other Winter-Fit Activity Tips
Keeping hydrated - in my opinion, the best is a simple recipe of water, lemon juice, maple syrup and sea salt. Stir/shake and it's the perfect "sports drink" carbohydrates, minerals and electrolytes to keep you and the kids going for hours. We need to drink half our body weight in oz of water daily. It's good to assume about a litre for every 1-2hr for an adult.
Our muscles can only store 90min worth of glycogen "muscle fuel" at a time. It's smart to take in about 30g of carbohydrates every 30min during intense activity...like trucking through deep snow. The above drink will do it, or even a piece of fruit (1/2 a banana).
Dressing in layers is key. A thin pair of socks over a thicker pair will make even a cheap pair of boots much warmer. There are some really cool boots and shoes specific to outdoor winter fun ( I can talk about these) but there are also el-cheap-o ways to get by and still be comfortable. If there is wind a scarf or neck/face protector will be appreciated. It also helps to warm the air before it gets to your lungs, especially important if you are exercising hard and cannot continue to breath through your nose.
Getting overheated can quickly lead to exhaustion and dehydration..not fun.
Family -make it fun! snowshoe up a hill and then crazy carpet down to the bottom. Plan for a meal/hot chocolate together afterwards.
- make it enjoyable for all: cater to the fitness level of the lease active person
Calories burned from x-ski and snowshoeing will be about 20% higher than the treadmill and 10% more than on an elliptical, when the work effort is of the comparable intensity.
To get the most out of your workout add intervals of either hills or speed with recovery time in between, carry in a lunch or snacks so you can go longer/further, time yourself and see if you can do it faster next time, relaxation to look forward to afterwards like hot tubing!, use poles when snowshoeing for extra burn, skate skiing is more intense than classic cross country, ...I could go on and on.
Great benefits can be seen when doing this 1-2x per week when combined and active lifestyle through the rest of the week and healthy eating habits.
Results will be seen and felt within 2 weeks if the intensity, frequency and nutrition is appropriate.
Your idea of get the most "fitness benefit" through snowshoeing is a great idea. We could hit a trail with our snowshoes on and discuss proper layering (clothing), posture on snowshoes, polling technique, fun to be outside in nature (good for the soul), muscles used, how to choose a pace, keeping hydrated and fuelled, the benefits: fat loss, muscle tone, energy, sleeping better, vit D, mood increase, healthy hormones, easy, circulation, etc.
Please visit Sarah's website for more information and remember to.....
Squeeze your lemons!