Category: Fitness

Hydration for a Race

It’s almost here!! Stanchart marathon!!
And i am shaking with excitement. Shaking i tell ya!

I realise i have not done my due diligence regarding my training but that will not stop me.
I have registered for the 10km race.
I do not intend to go about it like an athlete. I will be real with myself. I will walk or jog at my pace.
My goal is to do it in 1hr 45mins at most 2hrs. If i do it in less i will be super duper happy.

What i am doing a lot of is hydrating. The importance of water cannot be overemphasized. The weather in Nairobi has been hot! And it is predicted that it will be just as hot on Sunday the 27th of October.

I came across this article on how to include water in your morning routine. http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/waking-water-8212-crucial-193400268.html
Here are some reasons why you should include it in your morning routine:
-It hydrates your cells after a night’s rest. It also increases the rate at which new muscle and blood cells are produced. This allows for healthy flow of oxygen. Thus increases your levels of energy and alertness.
-It flushes out toxins that have accumulated in the course of the night. This leads to clear skin ๐Ÿ™‚
-Drinking water on an empty stomach in the morning boosts your metabolism.
-Not drinking enough water could make you sickly. Water is important in maintaining a healthy lymphatic system. When this system is balanced, your body can properly fight off infection.

Lots of good points raised yes?

Happy Training!

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Fitness Boot Camp

Hello hello all.

I finally tell you about the Fitness Boot Camp event that i went for.

It was a bright morning and i was a bit skeptical as to how that would turn out seeing as i had not hydrated very well.

The trainer Liza was great. Very friendly and encouraging.

I went with one of my best friends- let’s call her N. When we got there, there were 2 other girls waiting for the Boot Camp to start.

The first hour was broken into sessions for strength training, warm ups, and cardio; which included lunges, burpees, sit ups, sprints, jogs and a huddle game.

It was tough. Tougher than i thought it would be.

Unfortunately N did not fare too well. She was woozy (due to a light dinner and no breakfast) and called it quits 30 minutes into the session.

After that we went into the first obstacle course of the day.

First we had to do a set of 6 star jumps, then a bear crawl to a set of tyres and do no less than 5 push ups. Jog to a climbing net (i hate it! lol).

Thereafter do a set of jumps over 3 tyres that were cut in half while turning 180 degrees in the air. Finally do a crawl walk (hands and heels forwards) to the end. Repeat 3 times.

After that a two minute cool down session and we went for more exercises on a hill.

We had to do side jogs up the hill, twice. Do lunges up the hill, twice. Lastly, sprint up the hill, twice. *cue exhausted sigh*

Lastly we did the last obstacle course. We had to bear crawl a distance of 20m, dash back to the beginning, carry a set of 4 kg each, get to the second base and do a set of 8 squats. Go back to the beginning and forward crawl to the second base; go back to the beginning, take a tyre and carry it on your shoulder, go back to the beginning and change shoulders. Finally, choose one of the four and do it.

At the end, Liza kindly served us with fruit salad and juice ๐Ÿ™‚

I enjoyed the session though at some point i was complaining and doing my own thing.

Would i do it again? Yes.

Would i recommend it? Yes.

I could not sit right for two days but the upside is that i could really feel my body getting a thorough work out.

Here is the link to their site: http://fitculturekenya.com/

Enjoy your work out session and remember not to push yourself too hard.

New Beginnings

Hello *waves*

Yesterday, my sister and i went on a run and it was great! Except for the part where i kept on stopping and doing power walks every few minutes.

As a result i am in a GREAT MOOD this day ๐Ÿ™‚

I have been looking for more and more ways to occupy my time and to keep busy (it seems like work is not enough especially when it comes to night time)

So i found out about a fitness boot camp that will be happening right up my alley and boy am i excited about it!!They talk about dynamic stretching , yoga, plyometrics ( no idea what that is), weight and object lifting…sounds daunting but i will try and do it!

I will tell you more about it next week.

It is a stone that kills more than one bird for me.

One of my best friends is getting married in two months time (YAAY!) So we get to help each other out with our fitness goals (for different reasons but who cares), support each other and cheer each other on.

There is a lot happening in Nairobi this weekend: Safari 7s and the Story Moja Hay Festival as well as all the errands i need to run..ugh.. I hope i will finish them on time to get to at least one of the events.

I hope you have a great weekend whatever you decide to do.

Keep smiling ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Hair and Fitness

So in the quest for fitness i have come up with a challenge: How to handle my hair during work out sessions.

I have seen lots of ladies with sweatbands to catch the sweat and prevent it from getting into the eyes, but my question has always been how to handle the sweat from the middle of the head..

One thing i have learnt is that it is essential to clean the scalp after working out because the sweat build up, oil and bacteria could cause eruptions on the face or an itchy scalp. Not good.

Whatย  i have found that works for me is to leave it out in the open. (Washing dreadlocks after every workout session is not practical)

First things first, you could tie a sweatband. For those with long hair you could tie it in a loose bun and then let it air out afterwards. You could also wash it out with plain water-depends on how fast your hair dries though.

Alternatively, you could rinse it out with plain water, tie some twists and then undo them in a few hours or the next day.

There is also the option of using water and tea tree oil in a spray bottle or a mild shampoo, and then spritzing it into your hair after a session. Tea tree oil has great anti bacterial properties that is a plus to your scalp. A massage will also be beneficial. I hope this helps you during your fitness sessions. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

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Muay Thai 2nd Session

Sorry for my silence. It has been quite the week.

So i was more than psyked up for my second session..with the obligatory nerves.

I was sent to the stationary bike – that was easy, until he adjusted something that made it harder to pedal. Then i went to the studio for warm ups and exercises.

Things got thick from there.

I started off with jogging on the spot while counting to 150. Not as easy as it sounds.. but i managed.

I did an exercise that required me to get down to a push up and then jump up..i was supposed to do 5, i did 3 and took breaks between 4 and 5 lol

Pushups. I am happy to say that i am getting better at this. I could feel the belly muscles tightening up. I understand now why so many men like this exercise and swear by it. I can now do 12!! 12 whole pushups!! I am so proud of myself. I have never been able to do them.

The rest of the session was not too hard. The boxing and kicking was good.

Overall a great work out.

Unfortunately i won’t be able to do more of this due to financial reasons, but i intend to go back before the year’s end.

In the meantime i hope to start running. (someone start with me so that we can exchange notes)

Keep warm and smiling.

My First Muay Thai Kickboxing Session

Iย went for my first kick boxing class on Saturday.

It kicked my ass!! And i loved it!!

My trainer started me on jogging on the spot for a minute, raising my knees; then 30 puch ups of 10 reps each – i managed 10 in total. 15 minutes into the session i was ready to wal away. The plank exercise,ย  use your forearms and hold for 10 seconds then change to palms on the floor. Hold for10 seconds then change back to forearms. Do this 5 times. I did it only twice.

By the half hour mark i was telling him how much i hate him. All the while i was doing it with a student that i teach in school.

He was kicking my ass!!

Then i wore the boxing gloves….ooohhh! I felt like Mike Tyson reincarnated!! All those boxing movies i had watched with my Dad came back to me.

I was taught about the stance (left foot in front always), how to throw a punch, protect your face, elbows in..there is lots to learn.

How to throw a kick from the waist, how to kick from the waist using body weight as opposed to just throwing my foot out.

I felt soooo worn out after my session but so ready for another.

I think i can do this on the regular.

My one challenge now is to get over the aching muscles (which are giving me a weird walking style lol) I ache in places i never knew i could ache.. Doing some of the execises as eased some of the soreness.

The Mantra:

The pain of yesterday is the strength of tomorrow

Let’s go!!