Sunday Fit Day: Claremont Loop

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This morning my boyfriend, his family and I hiked the Claremont Wilderness Loop in Claremont, CA. I’ve never been on this trail before, but it’s a local favorite and we thought we’d try it together. I’m happy to say that it turned out to be a great workout and bonding experience for the family.

The trail starts on North Mills Avenue and although there are two parking lots, we had to park in a residential area nearby due to all the visitors. It was pretty crowded, but I was told that’s normal for a weekend.

There were four adults and three children in our group. The youngest was in a stroller, and boy did that intensify the hike. The adults would take turns pushing the stroller uphill. It was a complete body workout! I felt the burn in my thighs, calfs, core and arms.

The two children on foot were able to keep pace, but after five miles they were quite tired like the rest of us. I definitely recommend this trail for families who like the outdoors or just want to accomplish something together.

I can’t wait until the next family hike!

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Simply Fit Tips for the Office

As I stated in my previous post, I have a new career this year! I’m really happy in my new position, but my biggest challenge is keeping up with my healthy habits.

Like most of corporate America, my day is spent in my chair facing a computer screen. I find myself making less time to eat meals and drink water. To make matters worse, office parties and meetings usually call for sweets and salty satisfactions that break every rule in my book! And in the evenings, after spending what feels like an eternity staring at the rear of someone’s car, I’m too exhausted to even think about getting my workout in, which means gym sessions feel impossible.

So, what do you do? It’s a difficult question for almost everyone to answer these days. Even when I start to motivate myself to get back on track, some big project pops up and everything else gets put on hold. I finally decided to make a plan!

Pack your lunch!
We have all heard of meal prep and yes, it doesn’t seem that entertaining, but it’s worth it! Make Sunday Funday spent preparing some of your favorite meals for the work week. Visit my Pinterest @justsimplyfit for some fun and healthy recipes!

Eat your breakfast!
A lot of that drag I feel around 10 a.m. comes from skipping breakfast. I make sure to prepare yummy protein smoothies/shakes for the morning ride to work. And if that doesn’t appeal to me, I’ll prepare a healthy omelet to eat at my desk when I first get in.

Drink lots of water!
Make it easy on yourself and always bring a full water bottle with you to work. I always pack my favorite 20 oz Nike water bottle  everyday and carry it with me to meetings so that I avoid sugary drinks.

Snack while you can!
It is really important to make sure you are eating in between your meals! I make sure to have healthy snacks in my drawers at work for every craving. For instance, Trader Joe’s has awesome trail mix packs that come with a little bit of  dark chocolate for sweet cravings. And for those who have a weakness for salt, I have some low calorie Kale Chips I bought at my local organic market. I even leave healthy snacks in my car and gym bag to make sure I counteract any reason I make up to grab some junk food.

Exercise during breaks!
We all have those days when we stop concentrating and start slumping over in our chair. When my spirit is down and I need a pick me up, I usually do some exercises in the office. Now, I’m not trying to break a sweat, but I do want to get my blood flowing a little bit. You will be amazed at how much energy you’ll get from just performing a few simple exercises! Here are some of my favorites!

1. Walk it out
Any opportunity you have to take a walk or the stairs, do it! Bring your running/walking shoes with you to work each day and grab a coworker for a stroll around the block. When I worked in Downtown Los Angeles, I used to love walking to my favorite stores nearby during lunch. I always came back to the office feeling great.

2. Find a wall
Walls are everywhere! Find an open space in your office and do some wall sits! Stand with your back against the wall and slide into a squat position. Hold this position for 30 seconds or longer.

3. Pop a squat
As silly as it may feel to do squats at the office, we all know the benefits of this exercise! Do about 15-20 reps and I guarantee you’ll be walking around with a little more pep in your step knowing you just worked those glutes!

4. Just Dip
Grab a non-rolling chair and work on your triceps by doing some dips! Try 10-12 reps and feel the burn!

5. Give me 15
I love sexy arms, so when I have a moment I’ll do some push-ups on the floor in the corner of my office or against my desk. Start with 15 reps and raise the number each day to push yourself.

Looking for more simple exercises? Check out this article called “Deskercise!” to find more!

Get to the gym!
To motivate myself to head straight to the gym after work, I pack my gym bag with my workout clothes the night before and change right after I finish my tasks for the day. Once I am in my gym clothes, I have no excuse to go home. When I get into my car, I make sure to put on my workout playlist to get my energy up. Any Calvin Harris song usually does the trick!

Let me know if these tips help and share some more!

2014 California Fun Runs

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I love to run, especially if it is for a great cause or simply just for fun! This year I have completed two 5k runs: the Color Vibe 5k Run in Pomona, CA to support the Alzheimer’s Association and the Rock N’ Reggae Charity 5k in Pasadena, CA to support NextStep.

Below is a list of upcoming California 5k and obstacle course fun runs that I am interested in. Simply click on a logo for more information. Hope to see you there!

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Do you…ZUMBA?

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When I first heard about the Zumba classes being offered in my area, I was really hesitant to join. Don’t get me wrong – I love a good cardio workout any day – but I’m no dancer and wasn’t eager to bust out my awkward dance moves in public.

After hearing great reviews about the studio, I couldn’t help but grab my mom and convince her to join me for an evening class. With no rhythm and two left feet, I definitely felt out of my comfort zone. It was as if I was learning how to move my hips for the very first time and they were no Shakira.

 Even after the many failed attempts to perfect the feet work, I couldn’t help but notice that I was having a lot of fun. It’s been seven months since my first Zumba workout and now I go to the studio two to three times a week! Zumba has become my new guilty pleasure.

Zumba is one of the most intense cardio workouts I have ever done and the amount of sweat I am lathered in after a class proves it. You know how a girl looks after she’s been dancing in a stuffy overcrowded club for a few hours? Well think of that times ten. As my instructor Martha says, every class really does feel like a party.

Though I still don’t think I have improved my dancing skills, the constant booty bouncing, hip shaking, body rolling dance moves have certainly enhanced my figure. Martha incorporates a lot of toning exercises into her routines that concentrate on the abs, thighs, arms and glutes. I have seen amazing results for her routines and really feel like I’ve worked my butt off when I leave her classes.

I recommend women and men of all ages and sizes to try a Zumba class in their area. Nothing beats working out and having fun all at the same time!