Fitness Apps to keep you sweating!

What’s going on y’all? I know we all hear about a ton of different fitness apps that are available, and we probably want to download every single one of them (at least, that’s how I am!).  I wanted to give y’all a look into the top apps that I use and really enjoy!

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Runtastic – (free) I love that this app is clean and streamlined.  It looks crisp, and it is simple to use! Also, if you want to upgrade to Pro, it is only $5.  An inexpensive app that does a great job!

Strava – (free) Another running app.  Not only can you use it to track distance, but the app also offers different weekly/monthly challenges that you can take part of. You can also see the athletes who are around you, check their times and distances – great motivation and networking app!

Pact – (free download) This app is so neat! Okay, so you set a goal on the app + enter what you’ll pay other members if you don’t reach the goal.  So for instance you can set a goal to hit the gym 4 days a week, and if you don’t go then $10 is deducted from your account that week.  It really is an awesome app to keep you accountable! I mean, who wants to give away money? However, if you DO meet your goals you earn cash rewards!

Livestrong – (free) Perfect app to track your caloric goal.  This app shows your progress on a chart, plus it has a community forum.  I am a huge advocate for Livestrong because of what their company represents.  This is an app worth checking out for sure!

Fitness Point – (free) Ever get tired of trying to remember all of the workouts that exist to the human race? Well, this app aggregates every workout by muscle group and allows you to build and save your own workout!

Pump Up – (free) This app is extremely similar to Fitness Point, however Pump Up allows you to choose your goal (lose weight, get toned, etc.), fitness level (beginner, intermediate, advanced), duration, and other general factors to generate a workout that best suits you.

First Aid – (free) What if something happens to you or another friend while training? That is exactly why I have this app – just in case and for safety reasons.  Even if you are not working out, this is a smart app to download – free information is at your fingertips.  Head injury, Choking, Strain and Pains, Asthma Attack are just a few of the topics that are available First Aid Topics.

Luminosity – (free) Keep that brain strong! It is great to have a strong, healthy body but do not forget about that brain of yours.  Daily/weekly brain exercises are great to incorporate into your training routine…it’ll keep you sharp and on your toes! Luminosity covers: Memory, Attention, Flexibility, Speed and Problem Solving.  Stay healthy in all aspects of life!

Those are the top few apps that I frequent. Does anyone use these same apps? If not, what are other awesome apps that I should check out? You know what to do, comment down below!

Thanks for reading 🙂

-Elizabeth

 

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XHIT Daily – A+++ Workout Videos

Hi y’all – so I came across a new found treasure! Oh my gosh, I was thrilled when I found this YouTube Channel.  I am always looking for new, fun ways to enjoy my workouts/gym sessions and this channel totally does that for me!

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This is not going to be a super long post about XHIT Daily.. I really just want to share this with y’all because I have been super excited about their workouts since the first time I watched their videos.

So XHIT Daily is geared towards both the women fitness junkies and the women that are new to the fitness world.  They have videos that range from 5 to 18 minutes and these videos cover every muscle of your body PLUS they can be done in the comfort of your home! So we’re talking HIIT videos to videos that streamline a certain muscle group. One of the reasons why I instantly fell in love with this channel is because these are women, just like you and I who are choosing to live a healthier lifestyle.  I think it’s fabulous! Plus, I can not lie… the studio that they shoot in is gorgeous.  I love the set-up, the directing, I love the colors, their personalities – it really just all flows extremely well together and I find myself watching their videos over and over.  They are now my Go-To channel for any and all types of workouts.  Another neat aspect? They offer an e-newsletter that will give you up-to date info on the newest videos, what is happening behind the scenes, etc.  I’ll link the sign-up page down below, it’s super quick and easy to sign up and it’s totally free!

Check them out when you have a chance, and I pinky promise you – you will most certainly not be sorry!

Oh also, click around on their website – you’ll find a Tip of the Day, Bio’s of the hosts and so much more.  It really is an awesome site!

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/XFitDaily

Website: http://watchxhit.com/

 

Thanks to XHIT Daily, I was inspired to create an outdoor set-up where I can workout to their videos!

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Short and Sweet post!

-Elizabeth

Suprise Suprise – Oh Luck of the Irish!

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Hey folks,

I like to think that some of y’all wondered where I disappeared to… Well, this post will explain a bit of it.  I really missed blogging; I am definitely back.  My fingers are rested and they are SO ready to type away.  Get ready for more fitness and fashion, because it is totally happening!

I hope you all have been doing well, I also hope the Luck of the Irish has found you today and even though I don’t quite believe in “luck”, I do believe in blessings – so here is to continued blessings in 2014! The start of my year was horrible.  I am not saying that to receive apologies and sentiments, but in all honesty it was BAD.  At the start of the New Year I was diagnosed with herpangina.  I won’t go into great detail here, but if you are curious about what had me out of commission for almost a month then I’ll have a link down below. Basically, I couldn’t talk, eat or leave my room throughout that time (because I was contagious).  There were roughly 11 canker sores in my mouth/throat.  I was strictly on a liquid diet, and that was when I wanted to drink… I tried to go as long as I could without drinking anything because the pain to swallow was excruciating.  I was so weak that I couldn’t crack a smile, and when I tried.. my mouth hurt so much.  Well that all cleared up thank GOD! Then a week later……I was playing outdoor volleyball and my boyfriend’s dog went full force toward the volleyball that I was serving and sunk one of his teeth into my right wrist. I couldn’t use my hand for about 3 weeks to a month because I had no strength in my thumb, pointer and middle finger.  That was an interesting month considering I am RIGHT handed.  Then during that time I realized that one of my nails was falling off (due to a sore that came with having herpangina).  I mean, it didn’t hurt, but goodness gracious! Now that all of that is in the past, I can finally blog with a clear mind.  For a while there, I wasn’t the happiest camper, but thank the Lord for my family and boyfriend who were all so encouraging throughout the start of the year.   Because of the virus, I hadn’t worked out or ran in about a month and a half.  When I tried to run, I was so out of breath and super weak and that was only at Mile 1.. I guess my body was still trying to recover from all of that nonsense.  I have gone on a few runs in the past month and definitely need to get back to where I was before I got sick, but I am ready for the challenge! Also, I just got back from the gym and noticed that my regular squat weight was feeling heavier than before.  Well, things happen for a reason right!

I will say that… I was able to see how others live life.  Others who may not have the ability to speak or eat… others who may only have one arm/hand that functions.  I can honestly and wholeheartedly say that I have so much more respect for people who live life positively even though their situations may not be “positive”.  So to all of you who are going through struggles, you will get through it! Stay positive and surround yourself with people who love and cherish you.

I had no intention for this post to end like a Hallmark card… BUT, hey if the shoe fits! Please leave comments below if anyone has any questions or if anyone just wants to comment. 🙂

Thanks for reading – talk to y’all soon!

Elizabeth

To read more about Herpangina click below!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herpangina

Operation Comfort for Wounded Warriors 5k, Bike Ride, BBQ, Car Show

Hey y’all! I ran the Honor Run and Ride – Operation Comfort for Wounded Warriors 5k on December 1, and as you can tell I am a little behind on typing up a review, but better late than never right? This run was put on by Purnell Racing and proceeds raised are being used to send a Veteran back to Vietnam to enjoy the country without being shot at.  If anything warms my heart, it is people, organizations, and events that support our American troops and stand behind them! I have a good amount of military influence in my family, and plenty of friends that are near and dear to my heart which serve in our military. They all play a vital role in my being so patriotic. I just could not pass up this opportunity!

Like I said, the event was at Ladybird Johnson Park on December 1st which is a great way to kick off December! It was at 10 AM, and I arrived at 9:30 which again was plenty of time for me to get registered and do a few leg warm ups.

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I looked around and absolutely loved what I saw..there were runners, walkers and hand cyclists who all joined together for one wonderful cause.

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Check her out – she even came ready to skate her way through the course!

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The run started and we were off, I ended up passing a few people and for the majority of the run, I found myself right behind or right in front of these two runners.  Positive peer pressure!

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This guy was not far behind, he was pretty much next to me the whole time which I thought was extremely neat! I felt honored. 🙂 Watching him handcycle really put things into perspective for me – he completed the exact same event that I registered for, and he was all smiles and had such a great demeanor! I really couldn’t complain that I had a slight headache.

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I finished in about 28 minutes, I believe! Or was it 27 and some change.  Either way, I finished sub 30!

I felt the course was beautiful.  It was my first time running this particular park and I have to say I enjoyed every bit of the course! It was a paved and winding course throughout the park with foliage on both sides of the paved route.  At one point the course led us out of the park, across an access road, under a highway bridge and looped back around.  Was I worried about safety? Not one bit because there were police blocking/directing traffic as we ran across the access road and back again.  The check-in process was quick and simple AND in addition to that.. the greatest thing about this race was that so many different people, with different stories, lifestyles, hobbies.. we were all there to support one extremely honorable cause.  I LOVED seeing people fuse together in the way that we did that one day in honor of those who have fused together overseas and stateside for us every day.  Thank YOU for serving!

The 5k came full force with a Bike Ride, BBQ and Car Show.  So after we completed the run, we checked out the other events.

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I am SUPER happy that I participated in this run! It was fun, humbling and such an incredible experience! I can’t wait for the next Operation Comfort Run. As every day people, sometimes we feel like we can’t do much for our military men and women, past and present, but there are ways of touching lives – even if you think it’s miniscule, to someone it may be the world!

Thank you all for reading and I hope y’all are doing fantastic! Down here in Texas, we are experiencing coooold weather, at least we aren’t used to 30 and 40 degree weather.  Stay warm wherever you are, and keep on smiling!

-Elizabeth

P.S.  If you would like to check out Operation Comfort – here is their website operationcomfort.org.

and if you would like to read into Johnny Purnell of Purnell Racing – here is a short bio of his military experience http://operationcomfort.org/john-allen-purnell/.

 

Toys for Tots 5k

Hey y’all! It has been a while since I have typed up a blog post, but here I am – back and better as ever! I actually have so much to update everyone on, but this post is going to be strictly a review of the  28th Annual Toys for Tots 5k that Johnny Purnell of Purnell Racing put on last weekend.  Here we go….

So the race started at 8:30, I arrived at Bluebonnet Palace (race location) at 8:00, which was plenty of time to pick up my race bib and check-in.  Check-in was located inside of the venue, which was perfect because that Saturday was a bit chilly! I checked in with two lovely volunteers, walked back to the truck to warm up a bit, then headed to the Start Line. On my way to the Start Line, I spotted about 50 runners getting warmed up, I thought it was a pretty nice group! Everyone was extremely friendly and welcoming.  Some seemed to know each other, but again – they made me feel super welcomed, like I was a cousin they hadn’t seen in a while!

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I was also able to talk with Mr. Johnny Purnell about the event, we shook hands, exchanged smiles and I proceeded to the Start Line. He is such a nice gentleman with a big heart! The below picture is of us post-race!

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Once there I met ScottyDog.  Who would’ve ever known that he, too, is also a blogger! He blogs on different races that he participates in.  He was a fun character to talk to!

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One volunteer sang the National Anthem – she has a gorgeous voice by the way! We honored the Colors and once she finished, we were off!

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Before the race, Johnny compared the route to a lollipop, and he nailed it! We ran up one stem, looped around, and came back down the same stem for a total of 5k.  The route was marked with arrows on the asphalt, which helped a ton – being I am horrible at directions, I was ecstatic to also see police and Junior Marines guiding the way.  There were two water stations as well! I didn’t take a drink, but I did see plenty of others stop to take a small drink of water. I think if I wasn’t chewing on gum, then I would’ve totally had to stop for a drink of water.  The course had a couple of nice inclines, just enough to remind your thighs that you are in fact running, but it definitely wasn’t overbearing!

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I completed the race in 28 minutes – I subbed 30, which is always my goal for a 5k! After I ran past the Finish Line (which doubled as the Start Line) – good ol’ Happy Santa Clause was waiting for all of the runners with a smile, bottle of water, and a banana! It was so nice to see Santa Clause – and here I thought he wasn’t real.  🙂

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Oh and as the runners passed the Line, our names and numbers were announced! That was pretty neat! I found my way to Marty (you’ll be seeing his name more often on this blog), and he had a huge hug waiting for me!  Don’t we all love a congratulatory hug after a race? Then as I looked at the Finish Line, I saw Mr. ScottyDog nearing his end! I congratulated him, we took a photo together, then he took one of Marty and I.

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It was a fun time! Again, everyone was so friendly… and ScottyDog was so cheerful! If you are wondering why I am referring to him as ScottyDog, I’ll link his blog down below – make sure you check it out! We talked to ScottyDog and another runner about different runs we were planning on participating in, then about 15 minutes later the Awards Ceremony started.

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I really wasn’t running for a medal, but I received 1st place in my age group! What! I was overly excited – this was the first time I had placed in a run.  Santa Clause, Mrs. Clause, Rudolph and the Young Marines were handing out the medals, that was most definitely a nice touch!

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The best thing about this event was the cause.  This was a run that benefited kids who are not fortunate enough to receive a gift for Christmas.  It was great to be a part of such a great run for a wonderful cause, and it was equally amazing to see other runners come together to run for the same cause! Even though it was a chilly day, the run was a heart-warming oneSo Purnell Racing, thank you for seeing the need and for doing what you do to fill it!

What is your favorite Charity Run to participate in? Are you signed up for any? If you are, leave a comment down below! And if you haven’t registered for a Charity Run – I highly recommend participating! It is extremely humbling.

Here is ScottyDog’s blog address http://scottydogreports.com/

As always, thanks for reading!

-Elizabeth

Killer Ab Circuit + Spartan Challenge

Hi y’all! I wanted to introduce y’all to an Ab Circuit that us Twicethesweat Girls have been incorporating into our daily workouts.  This circuit may sound like a piece of cake, but trust me – you will most definitely love the good burn that this circuit gives you! Ready? Let’s get into it!

V Sits (30 sec.)

http://www.livestrong.com/article/366815-are-v-ups-a-good-abdominal-exercise/

Plank (30 sec.)

http://www.livestrong.com/article/426916-how-long-for-plank-exercises/

Russian Twists (45 sec. with a 15 lb plate)

http://www.livestrong.com/article/431182-russian-twist-exercises/

Plank (30 sec.)

Bicycle crunches (30 sec.)

http://www.livestrong.com/article/540887-what-muscles-do-bicycle-crunches-work/

Plank (30 sec.)

Reverse Crunch (30 sec.)

http://www.livestrong.com/article/382051-how-to-do-reverse-crunches/

Side Plank (60 sec.)

http://www.livestrong.com/article/539120-does-the-side-plank-exercise-strengthen-the-back/

Repeat circuit 4 times!

This is a circuit that we tend to go back to over and over and over again and there is a reason for that – this workout gives results when performed correctly.  Marry this to your already clean eating and you’re in perfect shape for summertime.  We are only 6 months away!

Sit tight, we aren’t through yet! After we complete this circuit, we take about a minute break and jump right into burpees! Typically we complete 20 burpees (either 4 sets of 5 or 2 sets of 10), BUT have y’all heard of the Spartan 30 Day Challenge? Spartan Racing is challenging everyone to complete 30 burpees a day for 30 days! You can start this challenge any day, however today is the second day of the challenge for us so we are currently Burpee-ing 30 after this circuit.  Call us crazy, call us insane, we just don’t want to remain the same! 

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Y’all should do the Spartan Challenge with us!

Leave a comment down below if you have any questions regarding this circuit AND/OR if you accept this challenge!

-Elizabeth

I Wish I Knew That…… (Running/Gym)

Hey hey hey!

There are things that I wish I would’ve known before I started running.  There are also a few things I wish I would’ve known before I started hitting the gym regularly.  Well, here is my Top 11 List of

‘I wish I knew that…’

I wish I knew that Body Glide existed.  Can I just say that I was running for a WHOLE YEAR and a HALF without Body Glide.  Once I discovered the secret to happy inner thighs, oh my WORD – I was and still am obsessed.  My runs are so much “smoother” now, literally.

I wish I knew that some people would think I was out-of-my-mind-crazy for waking up at 6 for a morning run.  Doesn’t the whole world love running?! Especially that early in the morning? Well, I at least thought so.

I wish I knew that Experia socks would be worth the 14 glorious dollars.  Six months into my running I was given a pair of Experia socks for Christmas, and goodness gracious I totally feel the difference when I run with “normal” socks as opposed to my running socks.

I wish I knew that I would have days where I wouldn’t enjoy my runs because I was physically/mentally/emotionally/spiritually exhausted and that is okay.  Learn to embrace your imperfections, but push through them.  Battle them.  Overcome them!

I wish I knew that women could also utilize the cable machines at the gym.  I always saw guys on the cables and thought “Oh that area must be for dudes only…I’ll head to the butt machine.” WRONG.  Ladies, work yourself into the cables – you’ll love how it feels!

I wish I knew that the earphones my gym sells would not stand a chance against my buckets of sweat.  They fall out so easily! Save your $5 and put it towards buying a pair of Yurbuds – they are more expensive, but they will stay in even if you sweat a ton (like me).

I wish I knew that the treadmill would eventually hurt my knees.  If you can stay away from the ‘mill for long runs, please do! Get outside, breathe some polluted air, but don’t hurt your knees on the ‘mill!

I wish I knew that OCR existed! When I started running, I thought running only involved… straight runs.  I had no idea there was such a thing as obstacle course racing 😀 Let’s just say that I would pick an OCR event over shopping any day, hands down! And… I love shopping!

I wish I knew that Elf concealer works perfect for those runs/gym sessions where you want to cover dark circles, but you don’t want to cake on makeup.  Gross! A couple of dabs of the concealer does wonders. Plus, it’s only ONE dollar! A hundred pennies, people, a hundred pennies.

I wish I knew that HIIT was a “thing”. About a a year ago I started incorporating HIIT runs into my running plan and about six months ago I started HIIT cardio blasts at home.  I have been running/working out regularly for 2 years.  I missed a whole year of HIIT.  Don’t be afraid of the sweat, get your HIIT on!

I wish I knew that the running community is full of camaraderie.  Had I known sooner how nice and uplifting we people are, I would’ve joined this community much sooner! 🙂

That’s a fact, Jack.

Anyone else have any to add?  I can think of so many more, but I would have you reading off of your computer screen for HOURS. (I talk a lot if y’all haven’t noticed.)

Enjoy your Friday Eve!

Elizabeth