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Redwood's Got Your Back - For Strong Quads, Try the Tree Sit

Tree Sit
Works: Quadriceps, core abdominals, shoulders, mental focus, environmental integration
Props: Tree with a strong base, light post, wall or mailbox

The Tree Sit exercise is an updated version of that classic ski-conditioning exercise, the “wall sit.” It’s usually done within the confines of large gymnasiums with wood floors and beige walls, but here I’ve added a much more interesting prop—the tree.

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)
 

Simple Exercise to Alleviate Back Pain

Back pain is often caused by years of bad posture. It happens progressively through long hours sitting or standing slumped over.

Good posture is the best way to prevent back pain. And you can dramatically improve your posture by learning to stand properly.

Click image for the Podcast audio exercise.

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.  

Spring into Action (and that Speedo) with a Good Ol' Fashioned Plan

Funny how much the weather and the calendar play with our psychology. Seems once the 1st of the year hits, or the first signs of Spring come along, so does the anxiety - the "bikini" blitz - the OMG! I've got to lose weight NOW syndrome. Here is a note I received in my inbox (tina@outdoorfitness.com) and since I know that Abby is not alone, I thought I'd share it.
 
Hi Tina…HELP! I put on 8 lbs. over the winter and I have a trip to Mexico coming up next month. I've been working out consistently for about 4 weeks and I try to eat sensibly, (about 2000 – 2400 kcal per day).  I also try to workout 4-6x per week, but, I have not lost an ounce. What else should I be doing?   Abby  Petaluma, CA

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