Fitness Fridays: Using Geo-Location Apps to Keep Me Honest

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Last year, I excitedly started using FourSquare. I thought it was cool to check-in to places and share it with my social network.  There was a lot, a lot of hype surrounding geo-location apps. And living in San Francisco, it’s hard to not get caught up in it. Though, after awhile, I got the check-in fatigue. Not all of my friends were using FourSquare and then Facebook Places rolled out, and I didn’t know which service would reap the highest rewards in the long-run. Also, coverage in SF often times really sucks so checking in isn’t a smooth, quick process. Then I heard from a trusted source that mostly only guys check-in and noticed that  most of the pending friend requests on FourSquare were from guys I don’t know. Naturally, I was creeped out  and decided checking in wasn’t so cool anymore. Also, I am not a fan of re-creating a new social network on every site, platform, and app.

It was expected that the geo-location apps would roll out new location based  services that made sense of all the check-ins, so the places I check-in into now are the gym and places related to my start-up or Club Dine In.

One of my new year’s resolutions was to workout four times a week, and checking into the gym or Marina Greens helps me keep track of that goal. Also, it makes me a little more motivated to actually leave my apartment and workout. (The gym is too far from my apartment for me to fake a check-in). I have tried becoming the mayor of the gym, but a personal trainer of the gym is holding onto that mayorship. IMHO, employees should have a different mayorship for working there and checking in. It’s annoying.

Anyway, I am really liking Foursquare 3.0, because now all of those check-ins make sense and are going to result in real-life rewards like personal recommendations. Though, until I am assured that checking in is leveled by both males and females and enough of my real friends join in on checking-in, I will keep my check-ins reserved for Glamour Games and Club Dine In purposes (which includes fitness and eating well).

Do you use FourSquare, Facebook Places, or any other geo-location apps?

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Fitness Fridays: What’s In Your Backayard

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Going for a hike does not have to be a big excursion (like hopping on a plane and traversing through a thick rainforest)- all you need are shoes with good grip and a park. The world is full of natural and man-made parks.  Don’t feel like you need to an expert about trees and birds to go on a hike. It really is about just getting out there, taking in fresh air, and getting some exercise. Also, you can experience what your neighborhood/city has to offer in a different way. Bonus, you can hike solo or with family and friends. Hiking provides quality bonding time (no cell phones or computers) and it doesn’t cost much. Find the closest park or trail near you, put on your shoes, carry water and nuts, and get out there!

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Fitness Fridays: What’s Your 10 Minutes?

Little Black Dress Personal Training is based out of New York written by Anne Marie. Anne is a personal trainer who writes about practical ways to include fitness into our daily routine, staying motivated, and eating healthy. Follow Anne on Twitter or Facebook.

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I’m a big proponent of getting in at least 10 minutes a day of exercise, be it cardio or strength training, or a combination of both. I advise all my clients to do it, despite hectic schedules and attention-seeking kids. It’s 10 minutes, you can carve it somewhere out of your day, I know you can. (Quit with the excuses, we all got ‘em… this is a matter of taking control and time for yourself and we all deserve that!)

How to make that the most effective 10 minutes of your day may be the problem for most, but it’s really quite simple; you push yourself right out of your comfort zone and into that freaky, sweaty place which some may refer to as the twilight zone – no hot Twilight vampires here though, or werewolves.) For many this may be walking briskly for 10 minutes while for others it may be doing an all out sprint on the treadmill for 10 minutes. If you’re at a loss for ideas though, don’t worry, I’m just full of ‘em.

The best thing to do in your 10 minutes is to incorporate plenty of combination moves. Example: A squat thrust. Many may remember those from high school gym class. It’s a simple move but works the whole body. Basically you start in standing position, squat low to the ground, place both hands on the ground in front of you and then thrust both legs out behind you, ending up briefly in full plank position (wrists below shoulders, hips, knees, ankles aligned, balancing on toes.) Then you quickly thrust the legs back underneath you and return to standing. Do a set of 10 reps and I’m certain your heart will jump out of your chest!

 

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Another great combo move I do is a reverse lunge with a shoulder press and front kick. Sounds like a lot but again, it’s using all the muscles of your body and making your 10 minutes super effective! Here’s how you do it: From a standing position, step right foot back about 3 feet behind left, then bend both knees 90 degrees. While bending knees, raise both arms up straight overhead (either holding weights or not). As you come back to standing, lower hands back to shoulders while kicking the right leg forward. Then from the kick go right into the reverse lunge and repeat move. Work up to 10 reps and then repeat on other leg. (Again, heart rate will shoot right up and those calories will be a’burning off.)

 

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One more great move is the plank. It’s full body pose and is great for toning your core. You can do either the modified version (which is placing your forearms on the floor) or regular, which is balancing on your hands and toes. There are all sorts of variations you can play around with once you’re in plank pose, like twisting the torso from side to side to work the obliques a little more, or lifting a leg and holding it up for a certain amount of time. Play with stability and place your feet up on a stability ball and hold the position for 10 to 30 seconds, working your way up to 1 minute.

So there you have three great, full body moves that you can do just about anywhere at anytime of the day. Try doing 2 sets in a row followed by jumping rope, jumping jacks or any other cardio move and you’ll be well on your way to tightening up any wobbly bits you may have in no time!

If you already have a 10 minute routine, then please share with me, I’d love to hear the creative ways people are getting in their cardio and strength training!

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What’s It Good For? The Short & Long-Term Benefits of Exercise

Little Black Dress Personal Training is based out of New York by Anne Marie. Anne is a personal trainers and writes about practical ways to include fitness into our daily routine, staying motivated, and eating healthy. Follow Anne on Twitter or Facebook.

What’s It Good For? The Short & Long-Term Benefits of Exercise

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