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Keeping Up Your Workout Routine During the Holidays

22 Dec

I’m packed and ready to start my vacation for the holidays! Today I took a rest day. My body is super sore from working out pretty hard Monday through Wednesday, so I ended up waking up and doing a little yoga and stretching. Yoga is such a great way to unwind.

Today definitely dragged at work, probably because I was so excited to travel home, but it’s over and vacation has officially begun.

I love the holidays and as fun as they can be, it can also a stressful time that’s cruel to the waistline. I will definitely be enjoying all the food, baked treats and eggnog this year, but I will also make sure that I’m keeping up with my workouts.

I typically run about 2 to 3 times a week and do early morning cardio/ body weight training about 3 to 4 times a week. It’s important for me not to let this go by the wayside, so I’m going to stay active. Here are a few tips to keep up a workout routine during the holidays.

1. Pack Your Fitness Gear

Workout clothes were the first thing in my suitcase, they also took up a lot more room than expected

If you are going away for the holidays be sure to pack a sensible amount of workout clothes. I took some vacation time from work so I will be home for about 10 days. I packed six workout outfits and my sneakers. I know luggage space is valuable, but the only way you will actually workout is to have your gear ready. On top of workout clothes I brought a running jacket, winter head band, interval timer and my notebook where I log my workouts.

2. Schedule Workouts in Advance

No real reason for this pic except the puppy is adorable and looks like he's doing yoga.

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I know the next week will be pretty busy so I have already picked days that I know I will be able to fit in a workout. I will be opting for morning runs and exercises to start my day, leaving the rest of the day open to relax or enjoy holiday activities. Pick a time of day that works best for you and stick to it. Put out your clothes in advance or keep them in a spot that is easily accessible for when you are ready to exercise.

3. Don’t Overdo It With the Food

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I’m all for enjoying holiday food, but I also know it’s very easy to overdo it. Try not to stuff yourself and stick to your regular servings. I’m a big advocate of enjoying things in moderation. If you are considering going for another plate wait about 15 minutes to see if you are actually hungry. It takes time for food to digest and after waiting you may realize you aren’t that hungry after all.

3. Stick to What You Know

My go-to exercises are pushups and crunches, they are easy and no equipment is needed.

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This may not be the best time to try out a new exercise routine. I will be sticking to my old running routes and some of my go-to exercises. I also have some old exercise DVD’s at home that are also good substitutes in case the weather is too bad out for a run. Though I love getting a good workout in, I don’t really want to be extra sore during the holidays and this can happen if you start to work different muscles with new routines.

4. Have Fun With Family & Friends

Some of my best runs have been with my friends and Matt.

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Friends and family are home for the holidays so this is a great time to invite them to workout with you. Invite someone on a run or to the gym with you. Do a DVD workout together. The holidays are really about enjoying time with your loved ones, so why not include them in something you enjoy. One year my dad brought me to his gym with a guest past and I loved it. We did a spinning class (which I had never done before and really liked) and the next time I was able to try out some of the cardio equipment which was really advanced compared to my gym (TVs on every machine). I also loved that we were able to spend time together doing something we both enjoy.

This will be my last post until after Christmas so I hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday! Merry Christmas everyone. From the weather reports they are saying CT may have a white Christmas this year, I’m keeping my fingers crossed ;)

What will you be doing to stay active during the holidays?

I will be getting in a couple of runs and may try out some old DVDs.

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11 Christmas Gifts for Runners and Fitness Enthusiasts

19 Dec

I can’t believe Christmas is just 6 days away. I can’t wait to go home and visit my family and see my friends. I’m going to start my packing tonight and streamline what I’m bringing home so I don’t stuff my suitcase. My exercise clothes and sneakers tend to take up the most space and sometimes I don’t even use all of it, so I’m only going to bring a few items, and if anything I can do laundry at home instead of over packing.

This morning I got in a pretty good workout. At the gym today I did the interval workout I made a few weeks ago. I really like this workout and love that it really adds some good speed and pushes me. I slightly modified the last interval so I didn’t slow down as much at the end and kep up a quicker pace, I definitely think I might be sore tomorrow.

Christmas Gifts for Runners and Fitness Enthusiasts a.k.a. My Wish List

I’ve been running since high school and most of my running apparel and gear are items I bought or was gifted back then. Needless to say a lot of it has seen better days. There are plenty of gift buying lists out there so I figured I would make one for runners and fitness enthusiasts. These are mostly things that are on my wish list now and that any runner or person living an active life style can get some use out of.

1. Gym Bag

This Nike Sami 3.0 Large Club Bag ($65) would be a great gift for your favorite gym rat. It’s large and has three separated compartments to sort your shoes, clothes, wallet and keys. Not to mention this bag has a great modern design and is nice to look at. This bag also comes in all black. This is a great gift if you don’t know the person’s clothing size.

2. Compression Pants

Every runner should own a good pair of compression pants for running in colder temps and you definitely can’t have too many pairs. These Coldgear Colorblock compression leggings by Under Armour ($59.99) are a great pair to not only wick away moisture but will also keep runners warm and comfortable.

3.  Wrist Wallet

One of the biggest questions a runner has to deal with on their way out for a run is, where can I put my keys? Not all shorts have a running pocket. This Sprigs Banjees Wrist Wallet ($15) is a great alternative to tying your key in your shoe. This little guy leaves room to bring an ID and some cash and wick moisture away while you are running.

4. Skiing / Snowboarding Lift Tickets

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If you know someone that snowboards, a great Christmas gift is a pair of lift tickets to a local mountain (prices vary). This is a great way to get out and enjoy some time with them or let them enjoy a day on the slopes with a friend.

5. Running Shorts

Like the compression pants, a runner can’t have too many pairs of good running shorts. The Nike Pacer line of running shorts ($32) comes in a variety of colors, so you can find the perfect color combination for your favorite runner.

6. Race Bib Holder

For anyone that has ever run a road race, there is the dilemma of where to place your collection of running bibs. This Race Bib Hanger from Etsy ($26) is a perfect way to display race bibs with pride.

Another gift idea for displaying race bibs is the BibFolio ($39.99), basically runners can place their bibs in the pre-made binders.

7. Reflective Running Top

For those late night or early morning runners a reflective top is a must have. This Brooks Women’s Nightlife top ($54.99) is great for city running and to stay in sight when you have cars driving by during your run.

8. Base Layer

A base layer is another great gift for someone who skis or snowboards. This mid weight base layer from L.L. Bean ($34.95) incorporates Polartec technology to keep you warm and dry on the slopes. Thumb holes also help to keep the sleeves down to keep them from riding up mid run.

9. Running Gloves

A good pair of running gloves is another essential for cold weather runners. This Nike Women’s Elite Storm – FIT Running Glove ($30) will protect against the elements including wind and rain.

10. Tech Long Sleeve or Short Sleeve Top

Tech shirts keep you dry during your run and both long sleeve and short sleeve versions are great gifts for anyone that exercises. I’m currently working on boosting my collection and getting away from cotton that tends to weigh my workout down. This tech shirt from Lululemon ($68) is perfect for cold weather runs. This shirt is engineered to reduce chafing, has thumb holes to keep the sleeves in place, is moisture wicking and has a great mid hip length.

11. GPS Sport Watch

This is another must have splurge gift for the runner in your life. GPS running devices are a great way to keep track of distances and running pace. If I didn’t already have my Nike+ for my Nano I would totally put this Nike+ SportWatch GPS powered by TOM TOM ($199.99) on my Christmas list. You can use this watch indoors and out. Other options are Garmin Sport Watches and the new Motorola MOTOACTV.

So, that’s the roundup of some great Christmas gifts for runners.

Are there any other great gifts for fitness lovers? What’s your favorite item from the list?

Holiday Party Outfits – What to Wear on a Night Out

9 Dec

This morning I skipped my usual high intensity workout and opted to do a 20 minute pilates DVD that I totally forgot I had. I think it was my moms but I somehow got a hold of it. It’s called Winsor Pilates and it’s pretty low impact but great for toning.

This weekend I’ll be celebrating Matt’s birthday with him. Tomorrow night we’re going to go out for some drinks with his friends. I’m excited to finally give him his birthday gifts!

What to Wear on a Night Out

This is the second and final part of my Holiday Outfit series. This post will focus on what to wear on a night out with friends and loved ones. Whether that’s a casual night in, a bar or other event where you want to get a little more dressed up, or going all out and classy for New Years or Christmas, I have outfit ideas for you.

Dress Up the Bar Night

By the5kfashionista

Oasis pink top, $17, H M tux jacket, £35, TopShop wet look pants, $44, City Streets platform shoes, $25, H M clutch hand bag, £15, FOSSIL cocktail jewelry, $36, Spike jewelry, $24

Going out with friends for New Years or just going to a bar to catch up? This outfit is a great mix of girly, punk, and refined. First, let’s start with the wet look pants. They have a leather-like look that brings this outfit up a couple of notches. The pants paired with the pumps just scream fierce, while the frilly top add some femininity to this outfit. The menswear inspired tux jacket adds a bit of refinement and also pulls this outfit all together. I went with a simple clutch, but the jewelry is a great accent. The spiked gold hoop and studded ring keep with the edgy theme of this outfit.

I personally love mixing very different elements and this outfit is a great example of that. This would be great outfit to wear to a bar or another evening holiday event where you may not want to get totally dressed up.

Holidays at Home

By the5kfashionista

J Crew scoop neck sweater, $120, Mango straight leg pants, £40, Born leather flat, $70, Oasis camel handbag, $70, Green jewelry, $25, Mimco yellow gold bangle bracelet, £35

Some holidays are simply just spent at home, with family gatherings, small events with friends, or just enjoying Christmas dinner with those closest to you. This outfit is pretty effortless, comfy and still chic. The sweater can be worn slouched over one shoulder. The black trousers make the outfit look a little more polished than just wearing jeans. The flats are cute, but comfy. Who wants to walk around in heels all the time? The earrings and bangles are simple accessories that help to dress this up. The bag is basic and easy to carry or just leave in the coat room.

Christmas Party Glam

By the5kfashionista

Oasis gold dress, $60, Michael antonio shoes, $69, MICHAEL Michael Kors metallic handbag, $100, Jessica Simpson snowflake jewelry, $48, Kenneth Jay Lane yellow gold drop earrings, $45, Leather sash belt, $75

Everything about this outfit screams glamor. From the gold sequined dress to the gorgeous plum pumps. The sash on the dress wasn’t doing anything for me so I would exchange that with the leather sash belt, which also follows with the rest of the color pallet. The gold drop earrings and large cuff bracelet are great accents to this already beautiful dress. The clutch is also simple and plays off the gold accents.

This would be a great outfit for a more formal Christmas party with family and friends. I would totally drink some eggnog by the fireplace in this.

Fun New Years Outfit

By the5kfashionista

Evening party dress, $230, DV by Dolce Vita heel pumps, $74, Dorothy Perkins navy blue handbag, $39, Blu Bijoux black and gold jewelry, $36, Juicy Couture navy blue earrings, $48

New Years is a time to go big or go home and this dress is definitely a show stopper. It doesn’t need much accessorizing, but the small touches add to the glamor. Plain black pumps would do but the bows add that extra little something. I like how the blue accents look against the gold. The studs are simple and the clutch adds just a little extra sparkle. The bracelet is interesting without taking away from the dress. Sometimes you find a piece that just needs to stand alone and this dress deserves all the attention. I would love to party my way into 2012 wearing this!

What’s your favorite look?

This is a tough one, but I think my favorite is the New Years dress. You just don’t get to wear a dress like that very often and it just looks like you would have a great time in it.

Have a great weekend everyone!