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This weekend, other than being the Superbowl party, I was supposed to have a race. The Dirty Dog 10k Trail Run. I was very excited for it, because it’s not one of those race where I’d try to set a PR, but really it was all about enjoying the frozen forest, the trails and the landscape. Breath in the cold air in the nature where city noises can’t reach… Well I just found out (totally my fault) that it is 1 hour and a half away from here. And I don’t have a car. So bye bye trail race in the mud/snow/forest, I’ll have to find a closer one. Which is most likely to be just a regular on the road race… I’ll still go on a long run this saturday in the frozen winter landscapes… sigh…

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So here it is, the taboo subject of self-respecting exercisers and gym goers, runners and cyclists (wanting more than toned legs), or simply those wanting to lose some weight. At least in my case, I hope no one ever sees me breaking a sweat in my living room, doing lunges, hops and squats to the rhythms of cheap techno beats. Oh I’m not talking about the wiiiiii and all those new high-tech things, just the old DVD! I mean seriously: the roads, hills, mountains, 100miles bike ride, marathon, ultra, triathlon, you name it, will give you a deserved sweat and amazing feeling of accomplishment (and it’s just so Bad Ass), but a DVD? The truth is that yes, it can give you quite a good deal for your time. Oh, and remember that article On Running and Injuries? Well THIS is the perfect prevention/healing plan!

I like to think that I’m in pretty good cardiovascular shape and quite strong.. but these always challenge me:

  1. Rock Hard Total Body by Marco Reed (ExerciseTv)
    It’s a 40 min (no stretching included) of full body and cardio blast. And I mean the Cardio blast! The design is 45sec. intense all-out on one move, then 15sec. rest, then onto the next move, etc. So it’s always alternating 45 work 15 rest.
    My Favorite move:
    (as fast as you can with most power in the jump while keeping a good form)

    ***the stick figures are an original idea of Marie (told you I liked it!)

    For this workout all you’ll need is a set of dumbbells. I use the 5lbs and my boyfriend uses the 10lbs, and it kills both of us!
    Pro: great cardio, and weight workout
    Con: could use a bit more abs

  2. No More Trouble Zones by Jillian Michaels
    It’s a 40 min. circuit training targeting arms, but, hips, tummy, and all those little imperfections. I don’t get much of a cardio workout, but my muscles are certainly working. It’s HARD! Use 3lbs-8 lbs (I use 3lbs and 5lbs depending on the move). Overall, that’s one of my favorite full-body sculpting DVD.
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  3. Perfect Abs by  Bodywisdom Media
    It’s divided in two categories: Beginner and Advanced. Each have three sections and they are all are very challenging. What I like about it, is that it’s STRAIGHT TO THE POINT and it really works you out (the burning feeling in your abs!). The one thing I don’t like is her voice, but that’s why Mute exists 🙂 (Ok, that wasn’t very nice)!

So what’s your (honest) opinion on workout DVDs, and which ones are your favorites?

– Kloé

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I figured, it’s cold and dark out so what could be better than THE ABSOLUTE BEST hot chocolate to warm you up!

Splurge Thursday:

Hot Chocolate
(yields 4 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of milk, divided
  • 3/4 cup of heavy whipping cream (35%)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. In a pot, add 2 1/2 cups of milk and the cream (3/4 cup) on medium heat stirring often.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the sugar, cocoa, salt and add the vanilla and milk. Stir until you get a smooth mixture.
  3. Reduce the heat to med-low and gradually add the cocoa mixture into the milk. Stir until “fumant” and pour in cups.
  4. Add a bit of cinnamon for spice, and decorate with a cinnamon stick. You can add some whipped cream as well…

Seriously, isn’t that hot chocolate amazing?

Now I know it’s an “indulge day”, but even then you get tons of great nutrients like Calcium (24%), Vitamin D (63%), B12 (46%), A (35%) and top that with 26% of Riboflavin!!

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So, I’ve been feeling under the weather for the last two days – ok I have a full blown cold! – but I know it’s gonna be gone by tomorrow. How? Because I have been drinking over 3 Liters (I mean Quarts) of water throughout the day, got some rest and mild exercise (walk).  Add positive thinking into the bunch, and THIS is my remedy 😉

What’s yours?

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Raquette à Neige

Once reserved for excursions in the deep Siberia or Northern Canada, the snowshoe has made its way into the runner’s agenda. (or any other person wanting to stay in great shape). Although often disregarded, snowshoeing has humongous fitness benefits. And well, for us northern people, running on an iced sidewalk is not always an option (if ever). So whether you live in the south and are taking a snowy vacation, or live in the north (like me) and are simply looking for ways (other than treadmill) to stay in great shape, read on because this is for you.

Most of us (well at least where I’m from) have already done it. But if you haven’t, no worry because really all you need to know is how to walk! Seriously. So put some snowshoes on and head to the trails, because that may be your best workout as of yet (regardless of your fitness level). It is one of the best cardiovascular exercise and according to Dr. Declan Connolly of the University of Vermont, it burns up to twice the amount of calories as walking at the same paste. Not a walker? run and you could burn up to a thousand calories per hour!

Not only is it a low impact sport (perfect if recuperating from a knee injury) it also engages all the muscle groups. Especially great for the quads, hip flexors (also improves flexibility), extensors and calves, add a pair of poles and you’ll be working on your neck, arms and back muscles as well! Not to mention the breathtaking scenery of snowed trail in the woods and the wonderful opportunities to connect with people!

Before you head outside, make sure to stretch properly and warm-up. Wear appropriate clothing (synthetic fibers, wool…) and wind and water resistant outer layer if possible! For the snowshoes, many sites and parks offer cheap rentals o if you are going to buy a pair (great investment!) make sure to do your research because there are many different kinds!

Happy Snowshoeing!

— My next snowshoeing excursion is set for next Sunday! Yay!!!

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