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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.

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

3 Steps to Make Your Workouts Easier and More Effective

With the warm weather fast approaching, it may be time to get back on the path and shed that winter coat. This past week I've had a few friends and acquaintances say to me, "Tina, I really wish I lived near you, because I need your influence to get in shape." My response is always the same - You don't need me, all you need is the right frame of mind to get started and build momentum.

The real key to getting on track and staying on track is focused attention. The ability to train your mind, as well as your emotions, on a specific outcome. What works best? It may surprise you that it's not getting into that bikini. No, studies show that for long-term results, we need to focus on how attaining a certain goal will make us feel.  

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