Monday, April 21, 2014

TRX Core class review

I tried a new class at the gym on Thursday night! It was a free demo of TRX Core.

The YMCA describes it as the following, “this extreme workout is designed to offer you a mix of strength, core stability & balance exercises using your own body weight. Meets twice a week. Great for all levels and abilities.”

While the class was only 20 minutes long, it was intense and I was sweating by the time I walked out of there! I was the only new person and the teacher was really good at showing the beginner exercise vs. the experienced. I started with the beginner exercises and then attempted to do the more advanced ones when possible.

I struggled most with keeping my feet in the straps during the plank position exercises and it hurt the ankle I had surgery on a little bit. I most enjoyed the exercises we did while standing and holding on to the straps. However, I know that the plank position exercises were great for building my upper body strength and core.

The day after, I felt a little sore, mostly in one of my arms and just a tiny bit in my core.
The class includes a fee, which is only $25 for a month of Tuesday/Thursday classes for members and $40 for a community participant.

The TRX training website offers a lot of information and visuals of exercises. If you are lucky enough to be able to workout with a TRX system of your own at home or at the gym, check it out for inspiration.

Have you ever tried TRX exercises?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

It was a gorgeous Easter day! The high was 80 degrees near my parents' house! 

We had lunch and then got outside to enjoy the warm weather. Like most kids, my nephew Nathan is a picky eater and he's on a red pepper kick. For the record, he did not eat all of those peppers, but I think he thought he would!
Dessert was Napoleon cake, which is delicious!
I even swung a baseball bat and had so much fun doing it. It's been about 10 years since I did that!
How was your holiday (if you celebrate)?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wellness Wednesday: Brain Health

I coordinated a lecture about the aging brain at work recently and learned a few tips to share about keeping your brain healthy. My mom and her friend were also in the audience and I was glad to hear that my mom already practices many of the suggestions listed below.

The speaker suggested doing the following:
  • Eat right!--this includes dark chocolate and a glass of wine on occasion. The Mediterranean diet is often mentioned as being beneficial. 
  • Exercise--this is the most beneficial thing you can do! Make sure you get 30 minutes of exercise each day.
  • Social interaction--people who actively engage in social situations are likely to live seven years longer than others.
  • Memory workout--do things with your non-dominant hand, perform tasks with your eyes closed, take a different route on your commute, play word games, move framed photos you have up in your house around from time to time so your brain doesn't "get used" to them being in the same spot. She also suggested sites like
    • My favorite word game, SpellTower. 
She also mentioned traveling (even locally, like going to a town you've never been to before); learning different languages; challenging your assumptions; keep doing different things, etc.

Are you concerned about your brain health? Even though I pride myself in having a really good memory now and do many of the things listed above, I still worry about Alzheimer's affecting me someday.