Wednesday, September 26, 2012

great video from

Off Your Butt: 8 Exercises to Combat Sitting Too Much

Cool Down with some Dynamic Stretching

Love to Multitask? I certainly do.

one of my favorite ways to "cool down" is to do dynamic stretches. With dynamic stretches not only are you stretching to recover your tired muscles, you're cooling down, and getting a muscle endurance workout at the same time.
Most of the time people focus on the warm up but not on the cool down. Its good to do some static and dynamic stretches both before and after your workout to prevent injury and promote recovery.

Here are a few of my favorites to do after a good run.

  1. Walking Lunges
    • Advance : Add a side twist to work the obliques and abs ( if the left leg is stepped out in front, twist torso to the left side)
  2.  Squats
    • Advance: Squat Jumps
    • Advance: Squat with side step
  3.  Toy Solider March
    • With an arm outstretched at shoulder level, back straight and legs straight, swing your leg up so your toe touches your hand. Repeat on other leg and arm. For me, I sometimes swing opposite arm/leg or same side arm/leg. 
Happy Cool Downs! :)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Long Beach Sprint Tri 2012

My goal was to take 2012 off from participating in events. I felt September was 'late' enough in the year, and my 'training' has been pretty good. So I opted for the Long Beach Sprint Tri.

In 2010,  LB Tri was my first triathlon, and what started the addiction, so I was excited to do this race again and have some fun to PR. I recommend this race to any 1st-timers. Its not super crowded and everyone is insanely nice. Other "hard core" events I've been to have some "serious-no-nonsense athletes" who aren't too forgiving to the newbies. LB Tri is full of newbies, so everyone just has fun, and shares the love.

While doing this race, I forgot how FUN events can be. I loved, LOVED, every single second of this race, and can't wait to do it again.

I had so much fun, and I bet my previous time by 6 minutes.