A 12-Week Blueprint For Running Your First 10K Race (Guest Post)

A 12-Week Blueprint For Running Your First 10K Race (Guest Post)

I thought today’s guest post from running expert David Dack over at Runner’s Blueprint sharing a 12-week blueprint for running your first 10K race would be perfect for those looking to start running or participate in their first race! With 2020 nearly upon us, I know – what?! – I want to share posts about how to set (and achieve) personal goals for the new year. I am not big into the whole ‘resolution’ thing – if you want to change, you can do it whenever you like – however, I am big into embracing a growth mindset. I love running. I have been running for over twenty years and wholeheartedly can say it has helped me through many challenging times. So, here’s David! A 12-Week Blueprint For Running Your First 10K Race Planning on running your first 10K race but nervous because you have zero practical experience? No need to worry, my friend! I know. Training for the 10K when you’re a complete beginner can be tricky. With a little bit of consistency, motivation, and the right guidance, you can make it down the road. Without further ado, here are the tips you need to get race-ready in less than 12… View Post
Total Body Conditioning Boot Camp Workout

Total Body Conditioning Boot Camp Workout

I have such a strange relationship with blogging these days, but not with writing.  I have been writing quite a bit over the past year, but in a more personal way that I am still unsure if or how I will use that work. As I have mentioned (for like three years now), I don’t know what I am doing with Beets Per Minute.  On the one hand, it was my first attempt at blogging, and I met some great people through it and learned a lot about myself in the process.  On the other hand, I have also been through some very conflicting things about myself both professionally and personally. I love health and wellness.  I have certifications and professional qualifications in massage, acupressure, personal training, nutritional therapy, fitness nutrition, eating psychology, and cognitive behavioural coaching.  Since making health and wellness a priority in my life after losing my father in 2011, I have stuck with always making time for fitness.  I truly believe that fitness is my higher power.  On the days when I don’t exercise – even just a ten-minute walk around the block – I can tell just how much that impacts my state of mind… View Post
Fit & Fab Boot Camp Workout

Fit & Fab Boot Camp Workout

Happy Wednesday! I always think of Wednesday as the ‘springboard’ day of the week, because doesn’t it feel like the second it passes Sunday is here already? I dunno, maybe that’s just me, but lately, life is just going by so quickly. via GIPHY I was sick for about six weeks, and during that time I couldn’t workout much, and it was making me so down in the dumps. I have such a hard time when I think back to the long periods in my life when I didn’t exercise regularly (even just moving my arms!) — no wonder I turned to other things to try and make myself feel human. It is always so humbling when I’m getting back into the swing of exercising after many weeks of not having the ability to do so. I think of this whenever I think of people getting started with fitness — maybe for the first time in their life. Exercise doesn’t have to be complicated — in fact, it isn’t — the best advice I can ever give about getting into shape or coming out of a fitness ‘slump’ is to find something you like and take it one workout at… View Post
25-Minute HIIT Cycling Workout + Playlist

25-Minute HIIT Cycling Workout + Playlist

If you used to follow my old blog, BeetsPerMinute, you know that back home in the States I used to be a Spinning instructor. I need to be one again – I do miss it so. I often receive requests for fun workouts and playlists and recently I’ve had several requests for HIIT cycle routines, which happen to be some of my favourite workouts to create and do, so I’m always happy to share them. Life is crazy, and not everybody has 60-90 minutes to put into their workouts.  It doesn’t make you a failure or unmotivated either – and if anybody tells you that, they are dead wrong. If you see a theme with (most) of my workouts it’s that they are quick, fun and effective. If you’re like me, you have days (maybe multiple) when you just don’t feel like doing exercise – especially in the winter.  And this is entirely okay.  Do not beat yourself up for not feeling it some days and sitting out your workout.  It’s not a morality thing, it’s self-care, and it’s 100% up to you how and when you move your body. You don’t need to spend your entire day to get… View Post
Diaphragmatic Breathing For A Stronger Core and Pelvic Floor Muscles

Diaphragmatic Breathing For A Stronger Core and Pelvic Floor Muscles

Diaphragmatic breathing strengthens core and pelvic floor muscles It’s probably not the hottest topic of conversation, but many women – particularly new Mums – struggle with weak core and pelvic floor muscles.  And the side effects of a weak core and pelvic floor muscles can be very frustrating when starting out a new fitness regimen. Weakened core and pelvic floor muscles can also lead to back pain, and poor sleeping exacerbates pressure, specifically of the lower back and excessive lifting, bending and squatting motions. Why diaphragmatic breathing is important Mums are regularly lifting and turning every day, and the loads get heavier as time goes on, so a strengthening up your back’s support system (the core, hips, and pelvic floor muscles) is a must. Although it is best to speak with your doctor about a which muscles are needing some fine tuning, there are some basic pelvic floor muscles strengthening exercises that can help strengthen not only your pelvic floor region but also the lower back and core. Before starting the exercises, it is imperative to master proper diaphragmatic (or abdominal) breathing techniques as they are essential for correct form, increased coordination, and to prevent injury.  The proper breathing technique will not only help… View Post