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My Kickass Workout Weapon of Choice

I just got back to my desk after slipping out for an hour of fun, adventurous butt-kicking (my own). Whenever I have had a little too much fun or strayed away from my healthy lifestyle, I don't fret about it, I take care of it right away (really, I do!). So this morning, after a weekend of catching up with girlfriends, eating and drinking a tad too much, I head for the hills – Nordic Walking Poles in hand.

Nordic skiers are among the fittest athletes on the planet and walking poles are a cross training tool used by competitive Nordic skiers to stay in shape in the off-season. Here are some workout ideas for you...

Turn Your Next Trail Run into a Full Body Workout

Turn your runs (and walks) into a full-body blasting adventure! Follow these simple steps to increase your fitness without increasing time spent on the trail.
 
I just came down off the mountain. Clothes drenched. Fully fatigued. Happy! What did I do? I hit the Coastal Trail on Mt Tamalpais for a trail run. Well, not your average trail run, I call it the 60:10 (sometimes I call it the 30:10). The 60:10 includes sixty minutes of cardio, and 10 strength/toning exercises; however, not the kind of exercises you'd expect!

Multi-Site Workout: Urban Neighborhood

/Urban workouts are a blast and easy to create.
 
Here is a workout that I taught in a local San Francisco park, near the new Athleta store, on Fillmore.
 
For the full workout, complete with a printable take along menu, follow the links at the bottom of the page.

Turn Your Next Vacation into an Athletic Event!

Looking for a way to get more fitness AND adventure in you life?  Consider an athletic getaway!
 
If you’ve ever dreamt of completing a marathon and going on an African Safari, you can do both!
 
(Photo:  Tina in Kenya)
 

De-Stress with these 3 "E-cises"

If you’re feeling stressed these days it’s understandable. Tax time, preparing for spring break, work galore, and very little play can all add up to tight muscles and even tighter waistlines.  
 
The body’s physical response to stress is to go into fight or flight mode. Your heart rate increases, your breathing gets quicker and more shallow, your muscles tense up, and you begin to think about a Mai Tai on a tropical beach in Fiji. The first step is to allow yourself 10 minutes to decompress. These 3 e-cises will take 10 minutes and will have you walking away feeling refreshed and renewed. Mai Tai’s are optional.  

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