#Janathon Day 3

  • 4 miles

These four miles will bring a whole community one step closer to the moon. Why, you ask? Because in honour of Neil Armstrong – the first man on the moon – Tribesports member Nick B set up a challenge to “reach the moon”. And you don`t even have to run to get there. In this virtual challenge every lap in the pool, mile on a bike or rowing on the water counts. It`s “just” 384,400 km and the community wants to reach that goal before Neil Armstrong`s next birthday on the 5th of August. Click on the picture to get to the challenge.

RUN TO THE MOON Challenge poster from Tribesports via WithAnna.Wordpress.com


Just Your Weight

My mother is the type who will weigh herself every day. She even keeps a log. Some days there is no difference and on other days she`ll loose or gain a few grams. That`s life. My mother is more concerned about her weight than the average person, I would say, because I really don`t usually step on a scale.

If I do, I see a number that I wish was actually a little higher. Yes, those people exist. But I know that the number is not a reflection of how much I do, to feel great every day. It`s not rocket science. This number however high or low it may be in kilograms or pounds is just your weight. What is important is that you feel good about yourself.

In my local gym there is a scale, “that`s crazy”, I thought at first. But sometimes I step on it to check whether I am drinking enough during exercise. Because that water will be part of the end number.

Don`t be confused if your weight doesn`t change even though you work out every single day. In the original article Scales Can`t Tell You Everything it says: “In the end, your weight is quite simply the cumulative number of your fat, muscle, bone, cartilegde and organs – it will never tell you what the proportions of these things are from that one number!”

scales via withanna.wordpress.com



Becoming a Pro…

…at writing cover letters and CV`s. That`s what I`ve been doing, in short. But, no, thanks, I don`t want to discuss my future “professional” life just yet, so today, my friends, I have something much better.

…I`d rather become a pro at yoga. But that won`t happen from one day to the other and my first try way back earlier this year was a disaster, if you remember. Actually, I made plans to attend some more yoga classes over the holidays or during my upcoming exam month and winter break.

And, in fact, I have incorporated a little bit of yoga into my daily stretching routine. Before I go to bed I will really stretch out, it relaxes me, and I feel like I am already becoming more flexible, as my body warms up. Tribesports send me this today, it will be my routine tonight:

Vinyasa Yoga Sequence via WithAnna.Wordpress.com

If you go to yoga, and unlike me are not completely confused by all the different styles and names, please help me and tell me what kind of class I should attend for a second “first”. Something suitable for beginners, and totally stiff people like me.

Thoughts on Weightlifting for Women

“The myth that women shouldn’t lift heavy is advanced only by women who fear effort, and men who fear women”

What do you think about this quote? Have you been lifting heavy weights as a woman? If so, why, if not, why not? To be honest, I was always rather intimidated by all the men in my gym, occupying the heavy weights section. I am scared of using bad form or looking like a fool on my first few attempts. But every time I see a brave girl in the weights and heavy machines area of my gym I feel like I want to try the same.

Now what I`ve got to do is find myself a trainer who will walk me through the basic movements, watch my form, give me tips and encourage me to try lifting things that I`m not used to lifting. At home, my only weights exercises are with dumbbells of a few kilos (really more like two or three). Sometimes I see pump group classes with a lot of women – more so than men. I think it sometimes takes a group to feel strong and try something new.

The fact is that lifting heavy weights does not automatically make you bulky. It takes a lot more for that. Lifting makes you strong, defines your muscles and can make you a better athlete all around. The positive side, and which you can read more about here is that weight lifting can be fun, it is not hard to learn, it is a fast type of workout so it`s perfect for a lunch-break session or a quick round at the gym before or after work and according to Nia, it increases self-confidence.

This is the workout that Tribesports has created for all of you girls who want to try out some weights. For the others, maybe a few sessions in pump will be a great start or the next time you are at the gym why not ask your instructor to assist you and give you tips for the weights section? Please keep me updated if you go and try it out!

Click on the graphic above to get to the detailed workout.

Body Focus: Abs & Legs

Maybe you have already spotted that little button on the right side of the blog? I signed up for Tribesports, a little earlier this fall. It`s a community of people who enjoy working out and setting smaller and bigger challenges. As I`m always up for one, I thought the concept was a really fun idea. They also provide the world with circuit workouts, theme challenges and motivation. Today, I have the “Tribesports Abs and Legs mini Circuit” for you. It`s what I will do this afternoon after a short run. If you want to join me, please let me know how you like the exercises. I think they are all easy and I love that in a short time you can be rather efficient in getting a little strength session in. You can also take the challenge officially over on Tribesports along with many other challenges that are sports and fitness related. Have fun with it!