Good morning! Don’t forget what you’re making this weekend :)
What? Ok. Now, when?
-HMH- Fit tip #6
Better Core through Better Biking
Do you like cycling? Are you trying to develop your core? A small adjustment in your cycling form can almost double your speed and turn your ride into an excellent abdominal workout.
When you are pedaling, there is a downstroke with the pushing foot in the front and an upstroke with the foot in the back. The downstroke is the power that propels the bike, but often people pedaling will use that push to also lift their resting back foot back up into the pushing position. The trouble with this is power that could be used to speed up the bike is lost to lifting the weight of the lazy back foot.
Good news! By using your abdominal muscles to lift the back foot up while pushing down with the front foot, you conserve all the energy of the downstroke for propelling the bike. Meanwhile, you turn your ride into an abdominal workout consisting of hundreds of unilateral knee raises. Try it! With some practice you will have a strong downstroke coordinated with a strong knee raise that trains your core and makes your upstroke almost weightless. Avid cyclists buy shoes that clip into the pedals to even be able to pull the back pedal up while pushing the front pedal down. This means a faster bike and great core workout.
A side note: there are a lot of muscles potentially involved in pedaling a bicycle. Use your awareness to recruit the muscles you are most wanting to develop. For example, my ride to work today was driven almost entirely by my gluteals. On the way home, I may try to use my hamstrings more. No matter what you’re using for the downstroke, you can always practice making the upstroke lighter by engaging your core.
-HMH- Fit tip #5
“It takes about a year.”
You can see transformation in about a month. Stick to it for six months and you’ll be at a new best, in a new and vibrant life.
There will be slips but they will become less frequent and less discouraging as the fitness habit forms into a lifestyle. It just starts to feel like ‘you’.
But, the strong, lean superbody you imagine? It takes about a year.
A year of troubleshooting and fine tuning your training and diet.
A year of holidays and celebrations, happy days and sad days. Weeks even.
Four full seasons of just showing up and proving to yourself that this is you through fair weather or foul. Whether you slipped a little or not.
When did your year start, dear fitblrs? Mine started in February. I feel great but along with my body, I’m remembering to exercise patience.
Keep at it. You’re doing great. Remind yourself:
“It takes about a year.”
And as they say, the year will pass
whether you do it or not. Let’s do this!
Good morning! Movement is the oldest medication.
Just a reminder…
Take a deep breath. Drop your shoulders. Lift your head. Thank your body for it’s faithful service. Have a glass of water.
Fit man of the day 02/04
Fit woman of the day 02/04
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Good Morning! Here’s to another week of all our efforts big and small!
Fit woman of the day 01/04
Fit man of the day 01/04
Good morning! I’ve learned that being well means healing your past. You can’t erase it but you can face it and develop a gentle, accepting relationship with it. This makes room for the future to unfold brand new.