I've run three half marathons so far, and I've always neglected the strength training portions of the training plans I've followed, mostly because I don't really know how to do it or got bored by the instructions ("three sets of ten squats" or something similar). This summer, when I train for my next half, I'd like to really make an effort to include strength training.
It would be awesome if DailyBurn would offer some guidance on how to combine running and strength training!
I'd agree with the above post, if you found something that works for you, stick to it.
Rather than defining a diet by some sort of name or a set of rules, I'd focus on how you feel -- do you feel good? Are you healthy? Can you maintain a healthy weight? Is it doable and not too complicated to maintain given your job/other commitments? If yes, than that's great =)
I'd definitely suggest focusing on whole foods of high quality, though, whichever diet you end up choosing.
This is the recipe for my "gateway green smoothie" ;)
2 cups frozen spinach
1 small banana
1 med orange
1 Tbsp ground flax seed
water or milk as needed to thin it out, or ice if you want it to be colder
Nowadays, I see it as a daily challenge to come up with a new flavor (I've never used a book). Flavors that go well together IMO are:
* peaches, almonds, yogurt
* strawberries, banana
* banana, cocoa powder, peanuts
* cherries, cocoa powder
* apples, ginger, cucumber
* Start with little greens and increase the amount over time
* Include other veggies like sweet red bell peppers, some baby carrots, cucumbers, small pieces of celery (ideally you move towards smoothies that have more veggies than fruit)
* ground flax seed or chia seeds add Omega-3 fatty acids
* if you have a high-power blender, unsalted peanuts add fantastic flavor. If your blender isn't as powerful, you can use peanut butter or peanut flour (this one also has less fat I think)
Thanks for the quick reply, and yes, please consider this as a future feature!
I like the Cardio Sculpt program and like to squeeze in a workout every day before work. However, weekends are busy for me, and I hate missing workouts -- is there a way to modify the calendar so that I get weekends off? I don't mind it taking longer than 3 months.
I am doing the cardio sculpt program and am on day 12. So far, we've used a mat (for stretching), and you could use a towel if you don't have a mat. We've also used light dumbbells. You could start with using cans of beans or tomatoes, just don't move too fast (don't want to send them flying through your window =P).
I'd like to see that too!
I am doing the Cardio Sculpt program and I was confused about that too, but then I noticed that every few days, there are some exercises that are less intensive. For example, a few days ago I did a "stretch" class, and today I did a 10 minute meditation yoga class -- that was so relaxing, I think it should count as a rest day ;)
Just go for it! Even if you don't get to the "magic number" of 200 by June 1st, you will probably get much closer than where you currently are; think "progress over perfection" =)